Electric striker Victor Obinna was the only substantial points scorer on an evening when debut goalscorers took centre stage. The in-form Nigerian netted twice, including a stunning second, for six points, with Wayne Bridge and Scott Parker getting the assists, as West Ham beat Blackpool 3-2.
Fantasy League managers on the hunt for goals were given plenty of strikers to choose from following yesterday’s transfer deadline day merry-go-round. Chelsea broke the British transfer record to bring Liverpool hero Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge and the Reds replaced him with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
Each week the Goals Guide will take a look back at the weekend's action, review all the goals and explain any dubious assists. This week, Darren Bent got of to the perfect start to his career at Villa Park, while there were hat-tricks for Berbatov and van Persie as United and Arsenal won big.
Dimitar Berbatov netted his third hat-trick of the season and nine points as leaders Manchester United destroyed Birmingham 5-0. Arsenal striker Robin van Persie also registered nine points after ending his hat-trick hoodoo against Wigan.
There will be several new faces on show up and down the country this weekend with the likes of Darren Bent, Steven Pienaar, John Carew, Adam Hammill, David Wheater and possibly Ricardo Fuller all beginning the next stage of their careers.
Stoke City have today completed the signing of Aston Villa striker John Carew, on loan until the end of the season. The Norwegian has fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park with the arrival of Darren Bent.
Darren Bent is set for his Aston Villa debut on Saturday evening when Manchester City visit Villa Park. Villa have what should be a simple enough run-in and Bent could be a great source of points if he shows his potential from the word go.
If you can take your eyes of the non-stop excitement of The Transfer Window on a certain 24 hours news channel, there are matches this weekend! And the Insider Eye thinks Bolton and Fulham will prosper. Plus, injuries and suspensions...
Stoke beat Cardiff 2-0, after extra time, in their FA Cup third round replay to set up a fourth round trip to Wolves, who were also victorious on the night. Manchester City were the night's other winners as they brushed aside Leicester in a 4-2 win at Eastlands.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie top-scored this week with eight points each, while Tevez, Odemwingie and Taylor-Fletcher all scored braces. Also, find out who topped the Classic and Professional weekly standings.
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Manchester City went level on points at the top of the Premier League after beating Wolves, while rivals United were held by Tottenham. Elsewhere all of Sunday's derby matches ended in stalemates.