It appears that draws were the name of the game in the Premier League this week, with Chelsea benefiting greatly from what was a dismal Manchester derby. Edwin van der Sar felt that City simply parked the bus last night, while Mancini believed it was simply fatigue playing its part. Elsewhere it was pretty predictable, with the only real shock occurring at St James Park where Sam Allardyce had a triumphant return to the North East.
In the papers today it has been relatively quiet with the only news really surrounding Cesc Fabregas’ lunge and Joey Barton’s off the ball punch on Pedersen. There has been plenty of transfer gossip flying around, as the count down towards the January window has begun.
Edwin blasts ‘defensive’ City – Sky Sports
Villa play catch-up as Houllier plans global vision – Daily Telegraph
Szczesny set to sign new deal – Mirror
Holloway issues quit threat – Sky Sports
Modric calls for greater protection – Daily Telegraph