In Gary Mabbutt Blog


The bore draw of the week came in Wales, where Premier League newcomers got their first point of the season.

Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saved an injury-time penalty from 10-man Newcastle United’s Kenedy, to earn their first point of the campaign. A full-blooded and evenly contested first half contained chances at both ends, and Kenedy was lucky not to be sent off for kicking Victor Camarasa off the ball.

Backed by a raucous home crowd, Cardiff dominated after the break and should have led when Kenneth Zohore headed wide before Newcastle substitute Isaac Hayden was dismissed for scything down Josh Murphy from behind. Zohore had another chance to score with a close-range header that was cleared off the line by Jacob Murphy, but Rafael Benitez’ side reorganised efficiently and was awarded a penalty deep into added time when Bluebirds captain Sean Morrison handled a cross from Yoshinori Muto.

However, for the second match in succession, Etheridge saved a spot-kick to prompt jubilant celebrations among Cardiff fans.

No highlights in this 0-0 draw !!!!


Everton held off a resurgent Southampton side to mark Marco Silva’s first competitive home match as Toffees boss with victory at Goodison Park. Theo Walcott provided the reward for early pressure when stabbing home from a rehearsed free-kick after 15 minutes, latching onto Morgan Schneiderlin’s disguised pass. Walcott then turned provider as Richarlison doubled the lead, battling his marker and sending a header thumping past Alex McCarthy for his third Everton goal in two games.

Danny Ings the former Liverpool man found the net nine minutes after half-time when turning home from a clever Mario Lemina flick at James Ward-Prowse’s corner. Ings was totally unmarked in the six-yard box, and his goal opened a far more positive period for Southampton, but Everton held on the three points.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb8LGrauT_8


Leicester City held on with 10 men to beat Wolves after striker Jamie Vardy was sent off, with manager Claude Puel saying they were “lucky” to win.

Vardy, who started the game after scoring as a substitute in the Foxes’ Premier League opener against Manchester United, was dismissed on 66 minutes for a reckless challenge on Matt Doherty, Leicester already led by two goals at that point, Doherty inadvertently setting them on their way with an own goal he knew little about as he headed home a Marc Albrighton cross which took a flick off Conor Coady, James Maddison, a £20m signing from Norwich, scored the second on his home debut on the stroke of half-time with a well-placed finish from the edge of the area after referee Mike Dean allowed play to continue following a foul on Ricardo Pereira.

Wolves had started the game strongly but failed to make the most of their opportunities, Joao Moutinho striking the crossbar with Kasper Schmeichel beaten and Raul Jimenez hitting the post following a sharp turn.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oUpjiEX4GA


I was at Wembley to see Spurs cruise past Fulham and to see Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal in August after 1,000 minutes without a goal in this month.

England striker Kane had failed to find the net in 14 previous games in the first month of the season and it looked like his barren run was going to continue as he had a goal ruled out and hit the crossbar at Wembley, but his luck turned with 13 minutes remaining as he cleverly turned his marker inside the area before tucking the ball into the far corner for his side’s third.

After the game I presented Lucas Moura with his much deserved Man of the Match award, he had opened the scoring in the first half with his first Premier League goal, curling a clinical strike beyond Fabri’s dive, however, Fulham levelled just after the break when Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded in from close range.

Kieran Trippier restored Tottenham’s lead with a stunning free-kick that stirred memories of his strike for England against Croatia at this summer’s World Cup, before Kane’s strike secured the points that moved the hosts top of the Premier League with two wins from their opening two games.

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


West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini urged fans to “trust” the team after the Hammers threw away a lead and lost at home to Bournemouth, their second loss in two games this season, a fine individual goal from Callum Wilson and a Steve Cook header six minutes later gave Bournemouth the win after Marko Arnautovic’s penalty had put the hosts ahead in the first half. Testing times ahead for the Hammers fans, but with the quality, they have their first win of the season cannot be far away.

Click here for a Fans filmed highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Je_vsgFek


Marcos Alonso’s late strike settled a chaotic Premier League classic in Chelsea’s favour after Arsenal fought back from two goals down and threatened to earn a point at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea had built a two-goal advantage inside the first 20 minutes as Pedro turned in Alonso’s cross and Alvaro Morata added another second after Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shot over from close range, Henrikh Mkhitaryan wasted a similar opportunity before pulling one back with a low shot that Chelsea’s new £71m keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga should have saved, before Alex Iwobi put the Gunners on level terms, Aubameyang and Iwobi missed further chances before half-time and Chelsea controlled the second half, Alonso sweeping in substitute Eden Hazard’s cross nine minutes from time to make it successive wins for Sarri and two defeats for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

All Chelsea fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkI8zRsHAbg


Andre Gray struck on his return to Burnley as Watford scored an away goal for the first time since January to continue their winning start to the Premier League season. Gray, who left Turf Moor to join the Hornets in August 2017, produced a brilliant volley from Troy Deeney’s cross in the first three minutes, their first goal on their travels since Javi Gracia was appointed the head coach.

Burnley, who beat Istanbul Basaksehir in their Europa League third qualifying round tie on Thursday, equalised just three minutes later as James Tarkowski headed his first goal for the club.

But Watford scored twice in the opening six minutes of the second half to secure victory, captain Deeney hitting his first goal since March by latching on to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s perfectly weighted pass and Will Hughes firing home the third when he collected Burnley defender Matt Lowton’s loose pass and drove home from outside the area.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZyZYcfX_4U


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero is in the best condition he has seen him in, after the striker scored a superb hat-trick in a thumping win over Huddersfield. Aguero opened the scoring in the first half before adding two goals after the break to complete his 13th career hat-trick and ninth in the Premier League. Only Alan Shearer, with 11, has scored more in the competition.

The defending champions, who beat Arsenal 2-0 in their opening match, lost only once at home in 2017-18, and victory never looked in doubt against a Huddersfield team who have now been beaten in their first two games. The Terriers did manage to hold City at bay for 25 minutes but were undone when goalkeeper Ederson picked out Aguero with a pinpoint pass and the striker drew out Ben Hamer before lifting the ball into the net, Gabriel Jesus added a second seven minutes later with a crisp low strike from the edge of the area, before Aguero pounced on a Hamer error to stab in his second, Jon Gorenc Stankovic gave the visitors the slightest glimmer of hope before half-time when he poked in from Steve Mounie’s flick-on, but any optimism was snuffed out early in the second half by a brilliant free-kick from David Silva, Aguero wrapped up his hat-trick with a smart flick from Benjamin Mendy’s cross, before a Terence Kongolo own goal sealed an emphatic win for an impressive City.

Guardiola’s side is top of the table and has scored eight goals in two games, conceding just one. Huddersfield, meanwhile, drop to the bottom on goal difference.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F8diOJ0Yc4


In my round-up of week one of the Premier League, I said that my friend Chris Hughton would have been furious after his team’s woeful performance against Watford in the first game of the season, but what a difference a week makes, Chris got his team back to their best as they embarrassed Manchester United. The Seagulls, who beat Jose Mourinho’s side at the Amex Stadium in May to retain their top-flight status, stunned their visitors by scoring three goals in the first half, Glenn Murray flicked in the opener before Shane Duffy stroked home two minutes later, Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit 11 minutes before the break, rising unmarked to nod in Luke Shaw’s ball, but Pascal Gross converted a penalty after a foul by Eric Bailly. Pogba also scored from the spot, deep in second-half stoppage time, but it was not enough to deny Brighton a famous win.

All Brighton fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EBZlMfbvUc


Liverpool sent a statement to their title rivals after victory over Crystal Palace gave them a second successive Premier League win. The Reds, who finished 25 points behind champions Manchester City in fourth last season, were worthy winners at Selhurst Park and join five other teams, including City, on six points after two games, James Milner gave them the lead with a penalty after Mohamed Salah was brought down by Mamadou Sakho in the closing seconds of the first half, amazingly James Milner has never lost a Premier League game in which he has scored, extending his record to 48 games. Palace had young defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka sent off with 15 minutes left after he brought down Salah when the Egyptian was through on goal, and Sadio Mane wrapped up the points in injury time when he ran from his own half before rounding Wayne Hennessey to score.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5eLIRmi8vU

I am keeping up my start of the season predictions form, with five correct results and one correct score!

Please see following my week 3 predictions:

Wolves 1 v 3 Man City

Arsenal 2 v 1 West Ham United

Bournemouth 1 v 2 Everton

Huddersfield 2 v 1 Cardiff

Southampton 2 v 1 Leicester

Liverpool 3 v 1 Brighton

Watford 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Fulham 2 v 1 Burnley

Newcastle 1 v 2 Chelsea

Manchester United 1 v 2 Spurs

Have a good week,


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