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The win sees Brighton earn three consecutive top-flight victories for the first time since 1981 in a game that was dominated by their opponents. Wolves, with greater possession and more on-target shots, were unfortunate not to come away with at least a point.

They came close through Matt Doherty, who shot just wide of the post from 10 yards early on and could have had a first-half penalty when another effort from Doherty hit the raised arm of Jose Izquierdo. Shane Duffy headed off the outside of the post at the end of the first half for Brighton but Murray’s goal was the hosts’ only shot on target in the game.

Wolves pressed hard for an equaliser in a remarkable finish with Brighton’s goalkeeper Mat Ryan saving brilliantly from Ryan Bennett in stoppage time. Ryan also dived low to stop Ruben Neves’ strike from distance while Doherty had another chance blocked wide.

Brighton climbs to 11th with the win while Wolves stay ninth.


In an open game at Craven Cottage, Bournemouth opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Wilson was clumsily fouled by Timothy Fosu-Mensah early on. The hosts had chances throughout but were never as clinical as the visitors a fact highlighted when the Cherries turned to defence to attack before David Brooks’ composed finish for their second.

Fulham’s Kevin McDonald was sent off for a second bookable offence late on, and Wilson scored his second and Bournemouth’s third to wrap up the victory and condemn the Cottagers to their fourth straight defeat, having conceded 15 goals along the way.

Weary sections of the home support met the full-time whistle with jeers and the defeat means the Cottagers’ remain 18th and in the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Eddie Howe’s men stay sixth and have closed the gap on Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham to one point.


At the start of the season I said that Liverpool would be fighting it out with Man City and Tottenham, Liverpool is unbeaten and their eighth win sent them to the top of the table. Having also drawn two matches, Liverpool has 26 points matching their tally from the 2008-09 campaign, when they finished second.

Sadio Mane scored twice while Mohamed Salah and substitute Xherdan Shaqiri also found the net as Cardiff were put to the sword by a rampant Liverpool side.

Click here for the highlights – https://youtu.be/2WqYA3xUtT4l


The bore draw of the week came at Southampton, where neither team could break the deadlock and Southampton are still looking for their first win of the season. Saints midfielder Mario Lemina went closest to breaking the deadlock midway through the first half as the Saints had the better chances to win the game, however, Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka produced a string of fine saves to preserve his clean sheet and end Newcastle’s run of three consecutive league defeats.


Two sublime individual goals from Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu helped Watford secure their best start to a top-flight season and send Huddersfield to the foot of the table, Pereyra slotted home following a mazy run into the Terriers’ box, before Deulofeu thumped past Jonas Lossl from a tight angle to double the hosts’ lead.

The visitors had started brightly at Vicarage Road as Aaron Mooy tested Ben Foster from distance and Alex Pritchard sent a curling effort narrowly over the crossbar inside the opening minutes.

The defeat means Huddersfield slip to the foot of the Premier League table, Watford move on to 19 points.


There appear to be troubled times at Leicester as they have only picked up one point in their last three games, Wilfred Ndidi scored an 89th-minute equaliser to break West Ham’s resolve after they looked set to take all three points despite Mark Noble’s first-half sending-off.

Centre-back Fabian Balbuena had put the visitors in the lead, reacting first to the rebound from his own header, to prod home after 30 minutes, just eight minutes later Noble was shown a straight red card for a high, lunging tackle on Wilfred Ndidi, but West Ham frustrated Leicester, who could not take advantage! star player Jamie Vardy had been left out by manager Puel, claiming that the player was not 100% fit! with the player himself going onto social media before the game, saying that he was fully fit, troubled times for the Champions of three years ago.


Ross Barkley was the star man for Chelsea, the England midfielder scored one goal and set up two more as Sarri’s unbeaten side moved second in the Premier League. Barkley set up the visitors 22nd-minute opener, sliding a wonderful through ball for Alvaro Morata to poke past Burnley keeper Joe Hart. He then scored himself, sending a 25-yard shot into the bottom corner of Hart’s net just before the hour mark.

Five minutes later, he registered his second assist of the match, as he set up Willian, to cut in on to his right foot and curl a shot past Hart into the same corner. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored a midweek hat-trick in the Europa League, added a fourth in injury time to seal the win.

Another convincing victory for new manager Sarri was I right in my assessment that they would not finish in the top three???


Two Palace penalties stopped Arsenal from getting their twelfth straight win in a row, Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored twice from the penalty spot to earn his side a dramatic draw.  Milivojevic scored the opener for Palace in the first half after Shkodran Mustafi brought down Cheikhou Kouyate. Granit Xhaka’s sublime free-kick had drawn Arsenal level at 1-1. The Serb then smashed in a late equaliser for Palace after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s controversial goal had put the visitors ahead after the break. The honours were shared in this London derby.

Click here for the highlights – https://youtu.be/bH8Y-XTZTs8


Is Manchester United back from the brink? As they edged past Everton to move to within five points of the Premier League’s top four, they climbed up two places to eighth after victory at Old Trafford over the Toffees. The hosts went ahead through Paul Pogba’s fortuitous strike making a stuttering 26-step run-up to take a penalty that was saved by Jordan Pickford, then tucking home the rebound when it fell straight back to him.

Pogba fed fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial to curl in a delightful, first-time finish from the edge of the box in the second half, to give them a two-goal cushion! but Everton, whose three-game winning run came to an end, had chances of their own but Bernard hit the side netting after going round David de Gea and the Spain goalkeeper saved sharply from Richarlison’s low strike. Ex-Spurs Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a penalty with 12 minutes remaining, but United held on to their advantage, much to, the delight and relief of the United fans.

Click here to see Paul Pogba’s 26 step run-up to penalty – https://youtu.be/EBx3Yy2R5bU


Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League as Riyad Mahrez’s early goal gave them victory over Tottenham in a scrappy encounter on a Wembley surface scarred by Sunday’s NFL game. The pitch did not help either team style of play, but it was Man City who seemed to cope better with the uneven surface.

Former Leicester City forward Mahrez, who swept home Raheem Sterling’s sixth-minute cross, dedicated his goal to Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium after Saturday’s game with West Ham. City deserved the win and could have avoided an anxious finale had David Silva and Sterling has taken second-half opportunities, while Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris saved twice from Sergio Aguero. Tottenham was restricted to limited opportunities but could have rescued a point late on, only for Erik Lamela to waste a golden opportunity in front of an open goal from substitute Dele Alli’s pass. City goes ahead of Liverpool on goal difference with both teams on 26 points from 10 games.


In my predictions, I got six correct results with one correct score, so maintaining some consistency with my predictions, how is everyone else doing with theirs? 😀

Here are my week 11 predictions:

Cardiff 1 v 2 Leicester City

Everton 2 v 1 Brighton

Newcastle 1 v 2 Watford

West Ham United 2 v 1 Burnley

Arsenal 1 v 2 Liverpool

Wolves 1 v 2 Spurs

Man City 3 v 1 Southampton

Chelsea 3 v 1 Crystal Palace

Bournemouth 1 v 2 Manchester United

Huddersfield 2 v 1 Fulham

It was a sad weekend for English football, with deaths of the Leicester City owner and

A Brighton fan who collapsed on his way home from their game with Wolves. The footballing families thoughts are with their families. Also my good friend, my team mate at Spurs and one of the best players that I have ever

Played with, Glenn Hoddle suffered a heart attack, whilst in the studios on Saturday. Fortunately, there was immediate help available and Glenn is now recovering well. Here’s hoping for a speedy and full recovery.

Have a good week,


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