ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 24
Man city 2 v 1 Swansea
Gabriel Jesus scored twice to take Man City to third in the league and take all three points against a stubborn Swansea side. Jesus had an immediate impact in front of his home fans, putting his side in front with a tap past Lukasz Fabianski, the hosts dominated the first half, but the visitors had the better of the second half. Taking advantage of Manchester City’s lack of concentration as Gylfi Sigurdsson picked up Luciano Narsingh’s cross and steered the ball beyond a diving Willy Caballero. However, the goal woke the home side up and Jesus was on hand to slide home a winner after his header was parried by Fabianski.
Click here for the goals – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp3_Xl5ptrc
Leicester 0 v 3 Man United
This time last year the football world was transfixed to Leicester’s charge at the title, now we are all hoping that they are not going to be relegated one year later. This big home defeat has left them one point off a relegation place.
In a poor opening half the game came to life just before the break when the visitors scored twice in two minutes. Henrikh Mkhitaryan latched onto Chris Smalling’s flick-on and raced through on goal before beating Kasper Schmeichel with a clinical finish. Zlatan Ibrahimovic then took advantage of terrible Leicester marking to side-foot home his 15th Premier League goal of the season. Juan Mata ensured there was no way back for the hosts when he finished off a one-two with Mkhitaryan early in the second half. Leicester never looked like scoring, with their only shot on target a tame Wilfred Ndidi strike just before half-time.
Click here for the goals – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uApFn5ZoN28
Chelsea 3 v 1 Arsenal
Chelsea tore Arsenal apart and tightened their grip on the title race. Arsenal were off the pace, lacking in quality and their passion for the fight was non-existent. Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea the lead after 13 minutes, heading home after Diego Costa’s header came back off the bar. Eden Hazard made the decisive contribution with a magnificent solo goal eight minutes after half-time, leaving a trail of Arsenal players in his wake in a run from the halfway line before beating Petr Cech. The ex Chelsea goalkeeper’s poor clearance then gifted ex Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas Chelsea’s third, five minutes from time, and Olivier Giroud’s late goal barely counted as consolation for Arsenal, this was an unrecognisable Arsenal side, a few of their players are going to have to have a good look at themselves and their performance at Chelsea.
Click here for the goal of the season from Hazard – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SHi1WrZkmks
Tottenham 1 v 0 Middlsbrough
I was at White Hart Lane to see the most one-sided game I have seen in a long time, but the frustrating, stubborn and excellent defensive efforts from the visitors limited Spurs to very few chances. Tottenham’s seventh successive home win was secured when Kane fired home from 12 yards after Son Heung-min was hauled down in the area by Bernardo Espinosa and referee Mark Clattenburg correctly pointed to the spot.
The hosts were without injured defenders Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen, but Middlesbrough did not do enough to put pressure on their under studies, with the visitors failing to produce a shot on target over the 90 minutes.
Crystal Palace 0 v 4 Sunderland
After getting their first victory under new manager Sam Allardyce last week, Palace were an embarrassment to their fans as they conceded four goals in the first half to the bottom club Sunderland. Lamine Kone reacted quickest to Wayne Hennessey’s spill to steer in Sunderland’s opener after 10 minutes. The visitors then scored three goals in six minutes in a stunning end to the first half as Didier Ndong struck a superb effort from 25 yards before Jermain Defoe punished lax Palace defending with two excellent finishes. Sunderland easily controlled the second half to secure their first away Premier League win in six games and join Palace on 19 points, but Sunderland remain bottom on goal difference.
West Brom 1 v 0 Stoke
The Baggies started brightly, with Morrison latching onto Nacer Chadli’s pass to tap it past Lee Grant. Saido Berahino, who moved from the Baggies to Stoke in January, was booed when he came on in the 58th minute. West Brom withstood a late attack from the visitors to keep their second clean sheet in 12 games and stay in eighth place. The result means that Stoke slip from ninth to 11th in the table, seven points behind the Baggies.
Everton 6 (yes six) v 3 Bournemouth
If you go away from home and score three goals, you would be forgiven for thinking that you must have at least got a point, but not so for The out of form Bournemouth. Everton striker Lukaku curled home an exquisite opener after just 30 seconds to equal the record for the fastest league goal of the season set by Chelsea’s Pedro against Manchester United. Lukaku’s trickery set up James McCarthy for Everton’s second before the Belgium striker doubled his tally when Simon Francis’ suicidal back pass gifted him the opportunity to loft the ball over Artur Boruc for a 3-0 half-time lead. Joshua King’s brace gave Bournemouth hope but Lukaku added two more inside the final 10 minutes to put the game to bed, although there was still time for Harry Arter to add a third for the visitors and Ross Barkley to slot in Everton’s sixth.
Click here for the nine goals – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jCmN79aDIOk
Watford 2 v 1 Burnley
The last time that Burnley won away from home was in May last year and their miserable away run continued as they were put to the sword by Watford. It did not help them that lack of control from midfielder Jeff Hendrick saw him being sent off in the sixth minute for a two-footed challenge on Jose Holebas. A large fine must be handed to him, for his complete recklessness. Niang, signed on loan from AC Milan last month, then crossed for Troy Deeney to head his third goal in four matches, the winger then guided in Holebas’ left-wing cross with a fine header to make it 2-0 just before half-time. Ashley Barnes gave Burnley hope by scoring a penalty with 12 minutes left after Sebastian Prodl handled Joey Barton’s shot but they could not equalise.
Southampton 1 v 3 West Ham
West Ham came from behind to take all three points on the south coast. The Saints took an early lead when Manolo Gabbiadini blasted in an opener on his debut after a £14m move from Napoli on transfer deadline day. But Andy Carroll equalised when he finished after a fine pass from Pedro Obiang, who then put the Hammers ahead with a 30-yard low effort. West Ham grabbed a third as Mark Noble’s free-kick deflected in off Saints midfielder Steven Davis, to end a miserable day for the Saints fans.
Hull 2 v 0 Liverpool
Liverpool’s awful start to,the year continued at Hull where they confined Liverpool to their fourth defeat in their last five games, Alfred N’Diaye the Senegalese forward signed on loan from Villarreal, tapped home unmarked after Simon Mignolet dropped the ball at his feet, despite striker Sadio Mane’s first start since 2 January, Liverpool failed to force a single save in the first half and were poor throughout, Hull, who have won all four home games under new manager Marco Silva, sealed victory when Oumar Niasse, on loan from Everton, kept his composure after the Reds defence had been carved open, questions are now,being asked of Jurgen Klopp and with Spurs up next he is under immense pressure.
Click here for the goals – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OaoK_VJnytI
I got seven correct results this week and one correct score, so I am hitting championship form!
My week 26 predictions
Arsenal 3 v 1 Hull
Man United 3 v 1 Watford
Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Everton
Stoke 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Sunderland 2 v 1 Southampton
West Ham 2 v 1 West Brom
Liverpool 1 v 2 Tottenham
Burnley 1 v 3 Chelsea
Swansea 2 v 1 Leicester
Bournemouth 1 v 3 Man City
Have a good week,