Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today, as unlikely champions Fulham took on Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Once again, the champions were underdogs against an Aston Villa team who beat Arsenal and played Manchester United to a draw in their last two fixtures, results which had left them sitting pretty in fourth place.
Fulham weren't in bad form either—beating Newcastle and Tottenham, and drawing against Liverpool so far this month.
As it was, both teams extended their respective unbeaten runs.
Aston Villa pressed for the whole match, especially in the second half, and at one time, they had five corners in quick succession, but somehow, they didn't score.
Ashley Young had another good game, and was responsible for setting up great opportunities for teammates Steve Sidwell and Gareth Barry, which they squandered.
Villa threatened with high balls into the box, and you couldn't help but think that if John Carew had been playing, they could have won, at least 3-0.
But, for the second time in a row, Fulham held their opposition to a 0-0 draw, which is the first time in UWCC history that we have had back-to-back goalless matches. Fulham are still yet to score as defending UWCC champions.
It was Villa's second shot at the title, their first coming back on October 5, when they lost to Chelsea, 2-0. It was also the 10th time that the UWCC title has been held in a Premier League fixture.
70.3 percent of 64 voters on the poll said that Villa would not beat Fulham to claim the UWCC title, so well done to all those who got that right! I got it wrong for the fourth week in a row!
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (Liverpool become new champions)
Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool (Tottenham become new champions)
Fulham 2-1 Tottenham (Fulham become new champions)
Aston Villa 0-0 Fulham
Fulham's next title defence comes next Saturday as they host the billionaires of Manchester City at Craven Cottage. Can Man. City beat Fulham and become the greatest club side in the world?!