ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 12

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

CHELSEA 2 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE

Chelsea’s great start to the season continued with this defeat of Crystal Palace and now go above Manchester City and are only five points behind leaders Liverpool.

Tammy Abraham’s 10th league goal of the season and Christian Pulisic’s header ensured the win against a resolute Palace side who barely got out of their own half during the first period.

And after dominating a goalless opening half, Chelsea finally made the breakthrough when Mateo Kovacic and Willian combined to release Abraham, with the forward stroking a right-foot effort into the bottom right corner from 10 yards.

James Tomkins missed a glorious opportunity to equalise for the Eagles, heading Luka Milivojevic’s right-wing delivery wide from six yards.

But Chelsea more than merited their win, with Pulisic (what an impressive start he has had for the Blues) wrapping up the points with a close-range header after Michy Batshuayi’s deflected shot fell into his path.

Palace’s defeat, their third in four games, leaves them 10th in the table.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os00AstFR4E

BURNLEY 3 V 0 WEST HAM UNITED

West Ham is in freefall, not having won in their last six league games.

The Clarets were leading 1-0 through Ashley Barnes’ close-range effort when a Chris Wood header was chalked off by the video assistant referee, with the New Zealand striker shown to be just offside.

But Wood doubled Burnley’s lead just before half-time with a first-time shot, and the hosts were out of sight when Roberto turned the ball into his own net from an Ashley Westwood corner early in the second half.

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

NEWCASTLE 2 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH

Newcastle recorded back to back wins for the first time this season, and they are now in 11th position, two points off fifth place.

The Magpies overcame a shaky first quarter of the match during which the Cherries took the lead through Harry Wilson. The Welshman, on loan from Liverpool, finished off one of the set-piece moves of the season as Ryan Fraser and Joshua King played a one-two from a corner before the winger finished with a superb low shot.

The Magpies went close when Saint-Maximin’s fierce strike struck the bar before they equalised through ex-Spurs player Yedlin, who anticipated brilliantly as he converted the Frenchman’s deflected strike with a flying header.

Clark completed the turnaround seven minutes after the break when he scuffed a shot past keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQJalkl3jlI

SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 2 EVERTON

Tom Davies put Everton in charge, heading in from close range following Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner but Marco Silva’s side was also guilty of wasting several good chances.

That allowed the hosts to hit back with substitute Sofiane Boufal laying on tap in for Danny Ings to equalise.

But Everton, took the points, with Richarlison turning in Djibril Sidibe’s right-wing cross from six yards out in the 75th minute.

Southampton’s sixth defeat in seven league matches leaves them in the bottom three on eight points.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJAByQ6gpJs

TOTTENHAM 1 V 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED

I was at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for this game and it was not a great game to watch, especially if you are a Spurs fan.

Sheffield United have had a magnificent start to the season and it is by no means fortuitous.

They took the game to Spurs and thoroughly deserved the point, even if they had gone back to Sheffield with the three points, we could not have really complained.

Spurs took the lead against the run of play when Son Heung-min capitalised on Enda Stevens failed clearance before slotting the ball through Dean Henderson’s legs.

David McGoldrick thought he had equalised just two minutes after Son’s opener, but VAR replays showed that Lundstram’s toe had been marginally offside in the build-up a decision that was so close it took almost four minutes to make.

The point lifts the Blades to fifth in the table, while Spurs drop to 14th.

Click here for VAR fun – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71ymmQBcz94

LEICESTER 2 V 0 ARSENAL

Leicester took the lead when Jamie Vardy finished off an excellent team move, firing in his 11th goal of the season after Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans cut open the Arsenal defence.

James Maddison then made sure there was no way back for Arsenal with a low strike through Héctor Bellerin’s legs and into the back of the net.

The victory means Leicester move into second place above Manchester City and Chelsea with 26 points from 12 games, five behind leaders Liverpool but nine clear of fifth-placed Sheffield United.

Arsenal fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITVPKMznN8w

MANCHESTER UNITED 3 V 1 BRIGHTON

Manchester United could have had six as they completely dominated Brighton,

Midfielder Andreas Pereira and striker Marcus Rashford scored either side of a Davy Propper own goal to give United their biggest home win since August and move them into seventh place, their highest position for two months.

Rashford should have had another but incredibly fired Daniel James cross wide of an open goal.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITVPKMznN8w

WOLVES 2 V 0 ASTON VILLA

Wolves, climbed from 15th up to eighth, to move into the top half of the Premier League for the first time since the opening weekend, were always in control.

Inside a raucous Molineux, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side repeatedly carved the visitors open but had to wait until the stroke of half-time to open the scoring.

Joao Moutinho’s clever free-kick deceived the Villa defence and allowed Ruben Neves to whip a right-foot effort into the bottom right corner from 18-yards.

Adama Traore went close to adding a second for the hosts after the break, while Brazilian forward Wesley curled Villa’s best chance over.

Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota also missed good opportunities before Jimenez’s sweeping right-foot shot confirmed Wolves first top-flight win over Villa since 1978.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITVPKMznN8w

LIVERPOOL 3 V 1 MANCHESTER CITY

Liverpool struck a potentially decisive blow in the Premier League title race as the victory over reigning champions Manchester City at Anfield opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

The confrontation between the two domestic superpowers had been billed as a defining moment in Liverpool’s 30-year quest to land the title, and this outcome leaves them with a commanding advantage over Leicester City in second place and looks set to dominate proceedings in the Premier League.

Liverpool took the lead after only six minutes when Fabinho flashed a 25-yard drive past keeper Claudio Bravo, deputising for injured Ederson, the goal given after a video assistant referee check for handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Manchester City were threatening in possession but Jürgen Klopp’s team are ruthless in attack, as proved when Mohamed Salah doubled their lead six minutes later, heading in at the far post from Andrew Robertson’s superb cross.

Raheem Sterling missed a headed chance and Sergio Agüero saw a shot deflected on to the post as City tried to find a foothold but it was all over six minutes after the break when Jordan Henderson’s pinpoint delivery lured Bravo into a critical moment of hesitation and Sadio Mané headed in.

Bernardo Silva pulled one back with 12 minutes left but it was too late for City, who will rue not making the most of their plentiful possession and opportunities as they now lie nine points off the top in fourth place.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITVPKMznN8w

I represented Spurs at a Remembrance service in London last Sunday, laying a wreath to remember and to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in the wars.

 

In my predictions, I got seven correct results, pretty cool !!

 

Please see following my predictions for week 13 :-

 

West Ham United 1 v 3 Spurs

Arsenal 3 v 1 Southampton

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Wolves

Brighton 1 v 2 Leicester City

Crystal Palace 1 v 3 Liverpool

Everton 2 v 1 Norwich

Watford 1 v 2 Burnley

Manchester City 3 v 1 Chelsea

Sheffield United 2 v 1 Manchester United

Aston Villa 2 v 1 Newcastle

 

Have a good week

 

Gary

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