Links: EPL tightens at the top, plenty of Mersey Controversy, and Fernando’s “dive”

– [Video] Fernando Torres red card vs Manchester United October 2012 Sent off Dive – This Fernando Torres red card vs Manchester United ( VIDEO BELOW) reduced Chelsea to nine men in their 3-2 loss against the Red Devils on October 28, 2012. Torres was sent off for alleged simulation by referee Mark Clattenburg, resulting in a furious altercation between Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo… (Soccer Blogger)

– Premier League Referees Playing With Fire By Awarding Yellows For Diving – The referees in the Premier League now seem intent on trying to stamp diving out of the game based on the matches this weekend. The obvious examples were Fernando Torres and Antonio Valencia both being shown a yellow card for alleged dives in the Chelsea-Manchester United match, but Swansea’s Angel Rangel was also shown a card of the same color in the match against Manchester City… (EPL Talk)

– [Video] Suarez celebrates goal by performing dive in front of critical Everton boss… as Neville is booked for simulation – Luis Suarez celebrated his deflected strike in Sunday’s Merseyside derby by ‘diving’ in front of David Moyes. The Everton manager has been critical of Suarez in the build-up to Sunday’s match after claiming that ‘divers’ such as the Liverpool striker were turning supporters away from English football… (Daily Mail) (Video Here)

– 14 Things We Know So Far About NBC’s US Coverage Plans for the Premier League 2013-16 – After NBC Univeral’s announcement tonight, we now know a lot more about their Premier League coverage plans for 2013-16. Here’s what we know so far… (EPL Talk)

– Contentious call at heart of Merseyside Derby – The Merseyside derby – which ended in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park — generated enough talking points to fuel pub discussions for days. The first half was a crackling affair in which Liverpool got on the board twice before Everton tied the match before the break. The second half, on the other hand, is more of what we’ve come to expect from this derby… (ESPN Soccernet)

– Mark Clattenburg accused of racial slur during Chelsea v Manchester United – Chelsea have made a formal complaint to the football authorities about the referee Mark Clattenburg, whose handling of their 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United caused such controversy, alleging that he directed “inappropriate language” towards two of their players, with club officials briefing that one part of the allegation concerns language of a racist nature… (The Guardian)

– Robbie Savage: Talking Tactics on how QPR set up to stop Arsenal – Queens Park Rangers are without a win this season and lie bottom of the Premier League, having conceded an average of two goals a game so far. They were beaten again on Saturday, but only by a late Arsenal goal after Stephane Mbia was sent off… (BBC Sport)

– AMERICANS ABROAD: WEEKEND REWIND – From a collective standpoint, the U.S. Men’s National Team forwards could not have asked for a better weekend, as three different players found the back of the net and another delivered a late game-winning assist. Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez and Terrence Boyd were the players to get on the scoresheet, while Jozy Altidore continued his strong form with AZ Alkmaar by setting up the winner in their latest victory on a banner weekend for U.S. forwards.. (Soccer by Ives)

– Player Stats: Chelsea v Manchester United – Chelsea and Manchester United occupy the top two slots in the Premier League this season, and Sunday game already looks like a potential turning point in the title raceDespite a disappointing Champions League outing in the week, Chelsea’s Premier League form has been dominant. Last weekend they dispatched Spurs 4-2, with goals from Gary Cahill, a brace from Juan Mata, and the final goal from Daniel Sturridge… (Soccer Lens)

– Arsenal at the Crossroads – Sometimes a manager loses it and reaches a point where he must admit that perhaps the game has passed him by. Like a golfer who suddenly gets the yips he must accept that, whatever it was that made him capable of doing the things he once did, it ain’t in him no more. None of it. Arsene Wenger looks increasingly like a man whose best days are long behind him… (Grantland)

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