ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 16

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

EVERTON 2 V 2 WATFORD

Lucas Digne’s injury-time free-kick earned Everton a point and denied Watford what would have been a sweet victory over former manager Marco Silva. Silva was sacked by Watford last season after an approach by Everton earlier in the campaign and the two clubs are still in dispute over the Portuguese boss.

And Watford was on the brink of a deserved three points until France full-back Digne stepped up to send a perfect free-kick beyond Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster with only seconds left.

Everton received the perfect start when another former Watford man, Richarlison, gave them an early lead, Watford were a threat all night and they capped a fine start to the second half with a 63rd-minute leveller when Roberto Pereyra’s shot hit the post and rebounded in off Seamus Coleman.

They struck again two minutes later when the outstanding Abdoulaye Doucoure rose above Coleman at the far post to beat Jordan Pickford. However, the last minute equaliser meant that the sides shared the spoils.

NEWCASTLE 1 V 2 WOLVES

Wolves got all three points with a last gasp winner when Matt Doherty headed home the rebound after Diogo Jota’s shot was pushed into his path in the 95th minute, Ayoze Perez’s superb header had pulled Newcastle level after Jota gave Wolves the lead before the break at St James’ Park.

Magpies defender DeAndre Yedlin was sent off by referee Mike Dean after 57 minutes with the score at 1-1, a decision that infuriated the Magpies boss Benitez.

BOURNEMOUTH 0 V 4 LIVERPOOL

Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick against Bournemouth to send Liverpool to the top of the table, then handed his man of the match award to team-mate James Milner, who became the 13th player to make 500 Premier League appearances when he captained Liverpool against the Cherries.

Salah scored his second hat-trick for the club since arriving from Roma 18 months ago as Jurgen Klopp’s side went one point clear of Manchester City, who later suffered their first top-flight defeat of the season as they lost to Chelsea.

Salah was in an offside position when Roberto Firmino hit a 30-yard shot that home keeper Asmir Begovic carelessly pushed out in the direction of Egypt forward. He finished clinically and his eighth top-flight goal of the season was allowed to stand to break the deadlock in a game the visitors dominated from the start, Salah’s second was a composed finish after driving at the Bournemouth defence, before Steve Cook backheeled the ball into his own net while attempting a clearance to make it 3-0, Salah then completed his hat-trick after rounding Begovic, cutting back to beat the Bournemouth keeper for a second time and poking the ball past Nathan Ake on the line.

Click here for Salah’s Hat Trick – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL7ivS9xq2U

ARSENAL 1 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD

Lucas Torreira scored a sublime bicycle kick late on to break Huddersfield’s resistance and secure victory for Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Huddersfield who has now slipped into the bottom three had looked on course for a valuable point with a resolute defensive display. But on 83 minutes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the room at the back post and deftly chipped across the six-yard box for Torreira to acrobatically volley in.

Click here for Torreira’s overhead kick goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeCbw42vMOA

BURNLEY 1 V 0 BRIGHTON

Burnley was 19th before Saturday’s game, and without a win in their past eight league matches, but James Tarkowski’s fortuitous first-half goal was enough to win a tight game at Turf Moor.

In a game of few chances, the Clarets took the lead five minutes before half-time as Tarkowski deflected in Jack Cork’s shot with his chest, Brighton failed to get going until the closing stages and rarely tested Joe Hart, though substitute Jurgen Locadia did spurn a great chance late on when he headed fellow substitute Glenn Murray’s cross over the bar from six yards out.

Defeat leaves Brighton 11th while Burnley climbs to 17th.

CARDIFF 1 V 0 SOUTHAMPTON

Cardiff squandered several chances during a frenetic first half in which a vulnerable visiting defence looked there for the taking, after seeing Southampton’s woeful performance against Spurs in midweek, this result was not a surprise.

New manager Hasenhuttl will have a very hectic Christmas period, to get his team in any kind of shape to fight against relegation. In the end, more defensive frailties cost them dearly, a pass from Victor Camarasa ran harmlessly to Jannik Vestergaard, but the Saints centre-back inexplicably dithered on the ball and was dispossessed by Paterson, whose low finish dribbled slowly into the corner.

Cardiff’s fourth win in five home matches lifted them to 14th place in the table, four points clear of the bottom three.

For Southampton, meanwhile, a 12th league game without victory leaves them second from bottom, three points adrift of safety.

MANCHESTER UNITED 4 V 1 FULHAM

Manchester United recorded their biggest Premier League win of the season as they swept aside Fulham, United’s first win in five league matches moved them up to sixth, while Fulham remains on the bottom of the table.

United took the lead after 13 minutes when Ashley Young bustled his way into the penalty area and curled the ball into the far corner. Marcus Rashford set up Juan Mata for United’s second before Romelu Lukaku finished from close range from Mata’s low cross.

Substitute Aboubakar Kamara pulled one back with a penalty after he had been fouled by Ander Herrera, but Ranieri’s side was soon reduced to 10 men when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was dismissed for two bookable offences.

England striker Rashford sealed United’s victory with a powerful strike from a tight angle to beat Sergio Rico at his near post.

All United fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei6uDoBVSOg

WEST HAM UNITED 3 V 2 CRYSTAL PALACE

Second-half goals from Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez and a sublime finish from Felipe Anderson gave the Hammers a third consecutive league win. Bottom of the table after losing their first four matches of the season, West Ham moved into the top half for the first time.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkpOB2stheY

CHELSEA 2 V 0 MANCHESTER CITY

Chelsea bounced back from the disappointment of losing at Wolves in midweek to end Man City’s 21 game unbeaten league run stretching back to April, and a sequence of 14 unbeaten games away from home, the defending champions paid for a lack of ruthlessness as they dominated the first half, only to be struck by a smash-and-grab right on half-time as N’Golo Kante fired high past Ederson from Eden Hazard’s pass.

Chelsea gained confidence and momentum and improved after the break, securing the win with 12 minutes left when David Luiz’s glancing header following a corner bounced in off the far post.

After seeing Spurs completely outplay and embarrass Chelsea at Wembley a couple of weeks ago and being defeated away at Wolves in midweek,, manager Sarri has clearly had words to say and got the response he was looking for and they closed out the win to give Sarri his first-ever triumph over a team managed by Pep Guardiola. Man City drop one place with Liverpool displacing them at the top of the table.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cVK3byM-pw

LEICESTER CITY 0 V 2 SPURS

Tottenham retained third place in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over a poor Leicester side at the King Power Stadium. With Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, both rested, Spurs initially struggled to break down the hosts until Son Heung-min’s superb strike just before the break.

South Korea forward cut in from the right and hit the top corner with a curling left-footed shot from outside the area.

The impressive Dele Alli then headed in Son’s weighted cross after a flowing counter-attack to put the game beyond Leicester. Spurs had dropped to fifth after wins for Chelsea and Arsenal earlier on Saturday, but have moved back above their London rivals and are five points behind Manchester City in second, with leaders Liverpool a point further in front.

Tottenham now has 36 points after 16 matches, their highest ever tally at this stage in a Premier League season. I am flying out on Tuesday to be at the Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona to see Spurs hopefully beating Barcelona and qualifying for the knock out stages of the Champions League.

Click here for Sons great goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdp4gbyrMj0

 

I got six correct scores this week and so continuing my good form in my predictions.

Please see following my Week 17 predictions.

Manchester City 3 v 1 Everton

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Leicester City

Huddersfield 2 v 1 Newcastle

Tottenham 4 v 1 Burnley

Watford 2 v 1 Cardiff

Wolves 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Fulham 1 v 2 West Ham United

Brighton 1 v 2 Chelsea

Southampton 1 v 2 Arsenal

Liverpool 3 v 1 Manchester United

Have a good week,

Gary

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