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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 27

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 27 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 V 0 ARSENAL 

I was at Wembley to see Spurs overcome their biggest local rivals to take all three points and move seven points clear of Arsenal. Harry Kane once again was the match-winner when he rose majestically above Laurent Koscielny in the 49th minute to direct a Ben Davies cross beyond Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, Cech was the Arsenal star man and without his heroic display the score could have been five or six nil, as Spurs completely outplayed Arsenal in the second half and tormented the Gunners defence. Spurs missed numerous chances and nearly paid the price as substitute Alexandre Lacazette wasted two last-gasp opportunities, the second when he was clear through on Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris but shot wide of the far post. Tottenham took complete control of the game after the break, after an even-sided first half and it would have been a travesty had Arsenal managed to steal a point, in front of a Premier League record attendance of 83,222.

Click here all Spurs fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAJTQSrvcpE

EVERTON 3 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE

After suffering a heavy defeat last week to Arsenal, Everton bounced back with a convincing victory over relegation-threatened Palace. Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the Toffees the lead driving home via a deflection and Oumar Niasse guiding in a headed second less than six minutes after the break and then Tom Davies sealed the win from six yards. Palace now sits 14th, just two points above the relegation zone.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX0wCuqeQg0

STOKE CITY 1 V 1 BRIGHTON

Stoke’s Charlie Adam missed a last-minute penalty throwing away two points that would have been vital for Stoke’s fight against relegation, however a Stoke victory would have been unfair on my friend Chris Hughton’s side, who deservedly led for most of a game with Izquierdo’s superb first-half opener after a lovely passing move between the Colombian and Stephens. Xherdan Shaqiri pulled things level with a confident strike in the 68th minute. The draw is not enough to move Stoke out of the bottom three and they remain 18th, with the Seagulls staying 13th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_ek6PHXcII

SWANSEA CITY 1 V 0 BURNLEY

A late strike from Ki Sung-Yueng’s gave Swansea an important win over fellow strugglers Burnley. Burnley may feel the defeat was a tad unjust as they took the game to Swansea and were unlucky to come away with nothing, but the introduction of Swansea’s club-record signing Andre Ayew was the turning point in the game and swung the game Swansea’s way.

HUDDERSFIELD 4 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH

Having started the game in the relegation zone, Huddersfield put in an amazing performance as they brought their five-match losing streak in the Premier League to an end with an emphatic home victory over Bournemouth. Ex-Spurs player Alex Pritchard’s gave Huddersfield the lead when he scored his first goal for Huddersfield, tucking away a Steve Mounie’s cut-back, Bournemouth replied quickly as Junior Stanislas guided a delicate low finish just inside the post after collecting Ryan Fraser’s cross, Mounie then nodded his team back in front from Aaron Mooy’s free-kick, their third goal came via an own goal when Mounie’s first-time shot was deflected in by Steve Cook. After Pritchard was brought down in the box in stoppage time, Rajiv van la Parra converted from the spot to add further gloss to a vital win. Bournemouth’s club record run of seven matches unbeaten in the top flight ended with a first defeat since 23 December, and they stay 10th.

WEST HAM UNITED 2 V 0 WATFORD

Goals by Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic took West Ham up to 12th in the league. Mexico forward Hernandez, who had earlier had a goal ruled out for offside, took advantage of Marvin Zeegelaar’s slip to power home Michail Antonio’s cross, Austria forward Arnautovic, back in the side after three games out with a hamstring injury, marked his return with a tap-in to double the lead at London Stadium. Watford remains 11th.

MANCHESTER CITY 5 V 1 LEICESTER CITY

Sergio Aguero scored four second-half goals, and a fantastic performance from Kevin de Bruyne tore Leicester to pieces, De Bruyne picked out Raheem Sterling at the back post to put the home side ahead in the third minute, Leicester, levelled when Nicolas Otamendi’s mistake let the England striker into a score. But Manchester City resumed control with two goals in the space of five minutes at the start of the second half, a brilliant De Bruyne cross put the ball on a plate for Aguero to fire home from close range and the pair combined again soon afterwards, with De Bruyne slipping the Argentine clear to score with a powerful finish. Aguero, who has now scored in seven consecutive home games at Etihad Stadium, was not finished yet and helped himself to his fourth goal with a dinked finish from Schmeichel’s disastrous clearance, and he completed the scoring with his best goal of the night, collecting the ball from substitute Phil Foden on the edge of the area and finding the net via the underside of the bar.

Click here for all the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzqHUO6kjEc

SOUTHAMPTON 0 V 2 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool moved to within two points of second-placed Manchester United after goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah secured a comfortable victory, Brazilian forward Firmino gave Liverpool an early lead with his 20th goal of the season when he finished off a counter-attack after being teed up by Salah. Liverpool added a second through Salah after he exchanged passes with Firmino. It was the Egypt international’s 29th goal of the season for the club from 36 appearances. Southampton drop into the relegation zone.

Liverpool fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowwKkuLnmM

NEWCASTLE 1 V 0 MANCHESTER UNITED

Newcastle won a Premier League home game for the first time since October with a surprise victory over second-placed Manchester United. Matt Ritchie scored the only goal in the second half as the Magpies climbed out of the relegation zone and left the visitors 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, debutant Martin Dubravka was excellent in the Newcastle goal, denying Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Ashley Young and Michael Carrick. defeat for Manchester United raises the prospect of Manchester City being crowned champions when the teams meet at Etihad Stadium on 7 April, should both teams win all of their league matches prior to that, City would only need a draw with their fierce rivals to secure the title that day, and how would the United faithful feel about that !

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stfBu9MiY5I

In my predictions, I got eight correct results Smile

Please see following my predictions for week 28

Leicester 2 v 1 Stoke
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Newcastle
Brighton 2 v 1 Swansea
Burnley 2 v 1 Southampton
Liverpool 3 v 1 West Ham
West Brom 2 v 1 Huddersfield
Watford 2 v 1 Everton
Man United 2 v 1 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 1 v 3 Spurs

Have a good week,

Gary

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