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Jamie Vardy scored his first goal since September to earn 10 man Leicester a draw against Brighton at the Amex Stadium. Vardy sent Mat Ryan the wrong way from the penalty spot after Beram Kayal had brought down Kelechi Iheanacho inside the area.

Glenn Murray had given Brighton the lead on his 100th Premier League appearance, heading Anthony Knockaert’s corner into the net after 15 minutes. Things went from bad to worse for Leicester before the half-hour mark when James Maddison was shown a second yellow card, barely a minute after his first caution, for going down too easily under the challenge of Shane Duffy.

The visitors improved after Vardy’s second-half introduction, however, and got their just rewards when the 31-year-old fired past Ryan for his fourth goal of the campaign in all competitions.

The win keeps 10th-placed Leicester three points clear of Brighton, who remain in 12th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyusYVP7IEQ


Everton moved into the Premier League top six with a hard-fought win over Cardiff at Goodison Park. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s close-range finish was enough to help his side claim three points, tapping home after Neil Etheridge had denied Theo Walcott.

The Toffees dominated possession throughout, but it was in the second half when they put real pressure on the visitors as Sigurdsson also had a shot cleared off the line by Sol Bamba shortly before the breakthrough.

The result leaves Neil Warnock’s men in the bottom three, with just one point and two goals from their first six away matches.

Click here for the Sigurdsson goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsjuTumY2yA


Fulham were seeking only their second Premier League win of the season after Claudio Ranieri took over as manager, Alexsander Mitri]ovic was the hero, he had gone six Premier League games without scoring but struck either side of half-time to move the former Newcastle forward to seven Premier League goals this season, only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has scored more, although Mitrovic is the top scorer in the Nations League with six from four matches for Serbia.

Southampton started well and Stuart Armstrong poked home to reward Southampton’s bright opening. Fulham shrugged off their early lethargy to turn it around before half-time through Mitrovic’s angled header, followed by Andre Schurrle’s far post finish from Ryan Sessegnon’s cross.

Southampton, who will feel they had opportunities to claim a point were back on level terms eight minutes after the break with another from Armstrong flashed high passed Sergio Rico.

Fulham was soon back in front when Mitrovic volleyed past Alex McCarthy, and despite some late pressure Saints are now nine league games without a win as speculation mounts about the future of manager Mark Hughes.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ECD3quVJU4


The bore draw of the week came at Old Trafford, where Palace pushed United all the way and could have gone away with the three points, United was lethargic and looking like a team lacking in confidence and leadership. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accused his players of not showing “enough heart” after they limped to a goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace.

United have won just three of their nine games at Old Trafford this season.

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After embarking on a 10-game winning run earlier in the season, Arsenal had drawn four of their past five games going into Sunday’s match at the Vitality Stadium, but Jefferson Lerma’s own goal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s eighth strike of the season secured their fourth Premier League away win of the campaign, equalling their tally for the whole of last season, and moved them to within one point of the top four.

I have to admit that I may have been a bit harsh on Arsenals chances this season, due to the fact that a new manager had come in and I believed that the adjustment of this may well have hit Arsenal’s performances, but they have soon come to terms with the new manager and are now a top four candidate.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHDOv9iL-LE


The Terriers had arrived at Molineux with the worst scoring record in the division scoring only six goals from their opening 12 games, but Aaron Mooy’s first goal of the campaign delivered an early lead as he placed his effort from Erik Durm’s cut-back, the Australian midfielder then secured the points for the visitors in the second period with a curling free-kick, beating home goalkeeper Rui Patricio at his near post.

The result sees Huddersfield climb to 14th in the table, while Wolves remain in 11th.

All Terriers fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAsDZrAovBs


Mohamed Salah set Liverpool on their way to a victory over Watford that kept them within two points of leaders Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stunning free-kick and Roberto Firmino’s tap-in added to the score for the Reds, but it was far from a comfortable afternoon for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who had captain Jordan Henderson sent off in the second half. Liverpool is now unbeaten in 13 league games in 2018-19 and has more points than they have ever had at this point in a Premier League season before.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6StQJRd-xNY


Manchester City scored four of their nine shots to record an eighth consecutive victory in all competitions and remain two points above Liverpool in the Premier League.

The game was over by half-time, with David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane all getting in on the act, Silva poked home Sterling’s deflected cross for the opener and Sane then rolled in a low cross for Sterling to tap into an empty net, Sane added a fine third from Sterling’s volleyed cross, with the German’s touch leaving defender Fabian Balbuena on the ground, allowing him to slot home, then Sane scored his second and City’s fourth in injury time, for a convincing demolition of the Hammers.

All West Ham fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSEQowIwT80


I was at Wembley for the Spurs complete annihilation of Chelsea, Spurs made the Blues look very average and thoroughly deserved the victory. The 3-1 result was flattering to Chelsea as it could have been six or seven to Spurs.

Mauricio’s men produced a terrific performance to move above their opponents in the table to third, five points behind unbeaten leaders Manchester City, while Chelsea drop to fourth. Spurs deservedly scored two goals in the first 16 minutes through midfielder Dele Alli’s flicked header from Christian Eriksen’s cross, and Harry Kane firing in a drive from long range.

Son Heung-min had struck straight at goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga when through on goal and had a volley pushed away before scoring a brilliant goal in the second half. South Korean forward picked the ball up on the halfway line, outpaced Jorginho and darted past David Luiz before coolly rolling the ball into the net. Chelsea did manage to pull a consolation goal back with five minutes remaining when substitute Olivier Giroud powered a header low into the corner.

All Spurs fans, just enjoy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLS8Srz49D0


Newcastle recorded their third successive Premier League victory as they capitalised on Burnley’s defensive frailties to move up to 13th in the table. Federico Fernandez’s effort, which deflected in off Clarets defender Ben Mee for an own goal, and Ciaran Clark’s header from a Matt Ritchie cross proved decisive for Rafael Benitez’s side.

Burnley had lost their past 23 top-flight matches in which they had conceded the first two goals and, although Sam Vokes responded for the home side, connecting with Mee’s long ball to loop a header over goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from almost 18 yards, they were unable to force an equaliser.

The result leaves Burnley 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgl2rgXupGA

In my predictions, I only got five correct results, with one spot on the score.

Please see following my week 14 predictions:

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Burnley

Huddersfield 1 v 2 Brighton

Leicester 2 v 1 Watford

Manchester City 4 v 1 Bournemouth

Newcastle 1 v 2 West Ham

Southampton 1 v 2 Manchester United

Chelsea 3 v 1 Fulham

Arsenal 1 v 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool 3 v 1 Everton

Week 15 – Midweek games predictions:

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Huddersfield

Brighton 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

West Ham United 3 v 1 Cardiff

Watford 1 v 3 Manchester City

Burnley 1 v 3 Liverpool

Everton 2 v 1 Newcastle

Fulham 2 v 1 Leicester City

Wolves 1 v 2 Chelsea

Manchester United 1 v 2 Arsenal

Tottenham 3 v 1 Southampton

Have a good week,


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