ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 12 ROUND UP

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 12 ROUND UP 

Arsenal 2 v 0 Spurs

This was a thoroughly deserved victory for Arsenal, they were the better side on the day, Spurs were without Toby Alderweireld and his absence was a significant factor in the game, Spurs defence did not look organised and were caught out a number of times, especially down the left-hand side, where Arsenal kept exploiting the lack of communication to cause numerous problems for the Spurs defence. However both of the Arsenal goals were a tad dubious, with both being borderline offside, but the strikers were given the benefit of the doubt and firstly Mustafa put the Gunners in front with a great header and then Sanchez sealed the points with a well-taken goal.

Man United 4 v 1 Newcastle

Paul Pogba scored on his return from injury as Manchester United came from behind to beat Newcastle United and set a club record of 38 games unbeaten at Old Trafford. Dwight Gayle gave the visitors a surprise lead when a slip by Victor Lindelof let in the striker to score in off the post. Pogba, back after nine weeks out with a hamstring injury, crossed for Anthony Martial to head the equalizer before Chris Smalling met Ashley Young’s center on the stroke of half-time. Pogba finished off a fine team move before Romelu Lukaku’s first league goal since 30 September sealed a fine win. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench for the final 14 minutes after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Bournemouth 4 v 0 Huddersfield

Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick as Bournemouth brushed Huddersfield aside with ease. Wilson headed Bournemouth in front from a corner before doubling the lead after beating the offside trap five minutes later. The hosts were reduced to 10 men shortly before half-time when Simon Francis was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Rajiv van La Parra. Harry Arter scored his first goal of the season, a low finish after robbing Scott Malone just outside the penalty area before Wilson fired home his third.

Burnley 2 v 0 Swansea

Burnley moved to within a point of the top four with this victory over the Swans. The hosts took the lead in the 29th minute when Jack Cork headed home in the six-yard box to finish an excellent move against the club he left in July. Ashley Barnes then doubled the lead 11 minutes later, smashing in off the left post from 25 yards. Burnley is now seventh on the table but is just one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham and level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool. An amazing start to the season for them.

Crystal Palace 2 v 2 Everton

Everton twice came from behind to earn a point at Palace. James McArthur put the home side in front after good work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Leighton Baines responded from the penalty spot. Palace restored their lead thanks to Wilfried Zaha’s close-range and in first-half stoppage time, Scott Dann was dispossessed by Idrissa Gueye. Gylfi Sigurdsson played in striker Oumar Niasse, who punished the error with a calm finish.

Leicester 0 v 2 Man City

Man City are now eight points clear at the top of the table, Pep Guardiola’s side picked up where they left off before the international break as they recorded a 16th consecutive win in all competitions to take them to 34 points from their opening 12 games. Gabriel Jesus gave them the lead from close range just before half-time from David Silva’s pass and then Kevin de Bruyne’s thumping finish from Leroy Sane’s cut-back 22 seconds later put City firmly in control of the contest. Man City will be difficult to catch if they continue this form.

Liverpool 3 v 0 Southampton

Liverpool cruised to a convincing victory, Taking the lead after Egyptian forward Salah curled high into the net from 18 yards, the goal gave the home side added confidence and a fine Philippe Coutinho threaded pass picked out Salah who prodded home the second, Coutinho prodded home the third when Roberto Firmino’s shot was saved.

West Brom 0 v 4 Chelsea

Chelsea moved into third place in the league after embarrassing West Brom on their home turf. Alvaro Morata scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season when he converted a rebound after Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster had parried Eden Hazard’s low shot. Hazard made it 2-0 shortly after when he collected Morata’s flick and took the ball around Foster before Marcos Alonso volleyed in a third from Cesc Fabregas’ free-kick. In the second half, Hazard scored his second of the game with a curled finish from 18 yards out after another excellent Fabregas pass. The victory was Chelsea’s fourth successive league win, and West Brom has not won in their last eleven matches, adding more pressure on my mate Tony Pulis. Tony is renown for his preparation and planning, mainly organizing his team from the back and so generally are difficult to beat, but things are going pear-shaped and Tony will have to turn this around.

Watford 2 v 0 West Ham

David Moyse’s first game in charge of West Ham did not go well, his team was outplayed by Watford and goals from Will Hughes and Richarlison has left the Hammers in the bottom three.

Brighton 2 v 2 Stoke

Brighton twice came from behind, to earn a point and extend their unbeaten run to five games. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had poked Stoke into the lead from a wonderful Xherdan Shaqiri pass in the first half. Pascal Gross fired through Lee Grant’s legs to level, but Kurt Zouma headed Stoke back in front 120 seconds later, Jose Izquierdo then secured a point for the Seagulls with a scrappy second-half goal that keeps them ninth in the table.

I got seven correct scores this week, on a similar form to Man City!

My week 13 predictions:

West Ham 1 v 2 Leicester

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Stoke

Man United 3 v 1 Brighton

Newcastle 2 v 1 Watford

Swansea 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Spurs 3 v 1 West Brom

Liverpool 2 v 1 Chelsea

Southampton 2 v 1 Everton

Burnley 1 v 2 Arsenal

Huddersfield 1 v 3 Man City

There are more games early next week and so I will do my week 14 predictions now:

Brighton 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Leicester 1 v 2 Spurs

Watford 1 v 2 Man United

West Brom 2 v 1 Newcastle

Arsenal 3 v 1 Huddersfield

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Burnley

Chelsea 3 v 1 Swansea

Everton 2 v 1 West Ham

Man City 3 v 1 Southampton

Stoke 1 v 2 Liverpool

 

Have a good week,

Gary

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