In Gary Mabbutt Blog


Mo Salah scored his sixth goal of this campaign to hold off a stubborn Fulham resistance. Salah’s goal came after goalkeeper Alisson instigated a quick counter-attack, with the Egyptian running unopposed from the halfway line to open the scoring.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s cushioned finish in the second half confirmed victory for the Reds who equalled their best ever start to a Premier League season.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otal50QxVd8


The bore draw of the week came at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea had the better chances at Stamford Bridge but missed the opportunity to briefly return to the top of the Premier League, Everton defended well, but if Chelsea are going to putting in a challenge at the top of the table, they are going to have to start winning these games.

However, the result means Chelsea have now stayed unbeaten in their opening 12 top-flight games for only the second time in their history.

It also secured a small piece of history for Sarri himself, who has become the first Premier League manager to avoid defeat in their first dozen games.


Wolves had taken the lead in the first half through Ivan Cavaleiro’s close-range finish before Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a late equaliser. Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin both went close to equalising while leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post before Mkhitaryan’s 86th-minute cross went straight past Rui Patricio.

In a thrilling contest, Wolves almost snatched it in stoppage time when 18-year-old substitute Morgan Gibbs-White hit the bar.

The fifth-placed Gunners are three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, while Wolves remain 11th in the table.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72bwx_HhKHk


Jose Mourinho was in his usual looking for excuses mood after the game, blaming the result on how tough the week had been for United, compared to City’s week, and completely forgetting to mention that the gulf between these two sides is growing bigger all the time. City’s victory was rarely in doubt after Silva bundled home an early goal to give them a narrow interval advantage.

They got the second their superiority deserved with Aguero’s rasping, rising finish past David de Gea three minutes into the second half following an exchange of passes with Riyad Mahrez, Mourinho’s side, without injured Paul Pogba, barely mounted a serious threat but were given hope of earning an unlikely point just before the hour when Romelu Lukaku was hauled down by Ederson seconds after he had come on as substitute. Anthony Martial sent the Brazilian keeper the wrong way from the spot,It briefly revived memories of last season’s dramatic derby here when United came from two goals down to win, but City never looked like losing control and wrapped up the win two minutes from time when substitute Gundogan took advantage of poor United defending to beat De Gea from close range following a 44-pass move.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIz-9g4jafg


Brighton, who took the lead via Lewis Dunk’s early header before Callum Paterson’s equaliser, had Dale Stephens sent off for a lunge at Greg Cunningham after 34 minutes, after some superb defending, Brighton looked like they would escape with a point but Cardiff twice hit the woodwork in the build-up to Bamba’s strike.

Sol Bamba then won the game for Cardiff, but in controversial circumstances, as he appeared to be in a clearly offside position. Having won three successive games in October, Brighton surrendered a winning position for the first time this season and have now had two consecutive defeats.


Alex Pritchard was the first Huddersfield player to score at home in the Premier League in 726 minutes since Tom Ince scored against Watford in April. West Ham’s Felipe Anderson scored a late equaliser to prevent the Terriers from claiming their second win in six days.

Huddersfield started brightly and Alex Pritchard opened the scoring with just their second goal at home this season, the hosts hit the woodwork twice more in the first half, but West Ham had the better of the second half and Anderson drew the Hammers level, The Hammers remain 13th in the Premier League after missing the chance to gain back-to-back league wins for the first time since January 2017, while Huddersfield are second-bottom.


Leicester City’s emotional return to the King Power Stadium for the first time since the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash outside the stadium ended in a 0-0 draw with Burnley.

It was a poignant occasion, commemorating the man whose vision inspired Leicester’s unlikely Premier League title win in 2015-16. It was no surprise that Leicester started brightly then faded after the emotional and physical exertions of the past two weeks, which included a 12,000-mile round trip to pay their respects at the former owner’s funeral in Bangkok.

Leicester had the best of the first half, with Jamie Vardy’s shot cleared off the line by Matt Lowton, Rachid Ghezzal heading against the bar and Joe Hart saving at the feet of Demarai Gray, but Burnley grew into the game and will be satisfied with a point.


Salomon Rondon struck twice as Newcastle recorded consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since April with a victory over Bournemouth at St James’ Park.

Rondon put the home side ahead after just seven minutes following great work by DeAndre Yedlin, who darted in behind the Bournemouth defence to pick out the waiting Venezuelan, the 29-year-old striker then doubled his side’s advantage as half-time approached, dropping deep to collect the ball before charging into the penalty area to meet Kenedy’s cross with a powerful header.


Mark Hughes was furious as he blamed Southampton’s draw against Watford as a big mistake from referee Simon Hooper, who disallowed a Charlie Austin goal for the hosts in the second half, had Austin’s goal stood, Saints, who went ahead through Manolo Gabbiadini’s left-footed strike, would have had a two-goal cushion, as it is, they are still waiting for their first home win of the season.

The referee incorrectly believed Austin’s shot had gone in off team-mate Maya Yoshida, who was in an offside position. Watford, meanwhile, climbed to seventh in the Premier League thanks to the point gained when Jose Holebas’ equaliser deflected in off home defender Cedric Soares late on.


Spurs put in a performance full of character as they had to grind out a result against a strong Palace side. Juan Foyth, the 20-year-old Argentine headed in from close range to gain the three points, when he reacted quickest after Harry Kane’s header had been partially blocked, it was only his second league appearance after he had conceded two penalties during Spurs’ 3-2 victory at Wolves last Saturday.

Palace has now failed to win in seven games in all competitions and was left rueing James Tomkins’ failure to hit the target with a free header when it was goalless.

The hosts pushed for an equaliser late on, but Spurs captain Hugo Lloris did well to deny Jeffrey Schlupp, ex-Tottenham man Andros Townsend and substitute Alexander Sorloth as the visitors held on, the result leaves the Eagles 16th, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference, while Spurs remain in fourth place.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gje7pf5jSl0


I got five correct scores this week, with one result spot on.

Please see my week 13 predictions:

Brighton 2 v 1 Leicester City

Everton 2 v 1 Cardiff City

Fulham 1 v 2 Southampton

Manchester United 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Watford 1 v 2 Liverpool

West Ham United 1 v 3 Man City

Spurs 2 v 1 Chelsea

Bournemouth 1 v 2 Arsenal

Wolves 2 v 1 Huddersfield

Burnley 2 v 1 Newcastle

11th November was Remembrance Day, remembering the soldiers that fell in wars to preserve our freedom and our way of life.

Please click here to see me laying a wreath on behalf of Tottenham Hotspur FC.


Have a good week,


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