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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 30

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 30

CHELSEA 2 v 1 CRYSTAL PALACE

Chelsea finally found some form and revived their hopes of a top-four finish as they got back to winning ways with a victory over lowly Crystal Palace. Brazil winger Willian opened the scoring for the hosts, aided by a deflection off Palace defender Martin Kelly, with a shot that crept inside the left-hand post. Kelly was again unfortunate as the Ball rebounded off him into the net, to give Chelsea a two-nil lead, Patrick van Aanholt’s late goal briefly raised Palace’s hopes, but Conte’s side held on with Palace remaining in the bottom three and Chelsea in fifth place.

MAN UNITED 2 v 1 LIVERPOOL

Marcus Rashford scored twice on his recall to the starting XI to give Mourinho’s side the points despite a largely defensive display in which they had just 32% of possession and two shots on target. The win meant Mourinho’s side narrowed the gap on runaway leaders Manchester City to 16 points. Between them, Rashford and Lukaku’s kept asking questions of the Liverpool defence, which they had no answers to

EVERTON 2 v 0 BRIGHTON

Brighton worked hard and will feel slightly aggrieved to have lost this game, they frustrated Everton, who had lost three of the past four games, for an hour before they lost concentration to hand Allardyce’s side three points, Gaetan Bong’s own goal broke the deadlock before Cenk Tosun’s quality finish, his second in as many games, doubled the lead. Brighton travelled back to the South coast with nothing to show for their efforts and the loss of Anthony Knockaert for some games as he was sent off for a wild challenge on Leighton Baines.

WEST HAM 0 v 3 BURNLEY

West Ham fans behaved badly invading the pitch at the London Stadium after three second-half Burnley goals condemned the hosts to a third consecutive defeat. Two goals from Chris Wood and one for Ashley Barnes caused the Hammers fans to throw abuse at the club owners, who had to be escorted away from the stand for their own safety, as the fans demanded the board to be sacked.

WEST BROM 1 v 4 LEICESTER CITY

West Brom boss Alan Pardew’s position is under threat after a savage beating by Leicester left the Baggies eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table! after taking the lead when Salomon Rondon produced a close-range finish from Oliver Burke’s low cross, West Brom capitulated, Leicester equalised in spectacular fashion when Jamie Vardy volleyed crisply past Ben Foster from Riyad Mahrez’s ball over the top, Mahrez then got on the scoresheet himself after half-time when he coolly finished after a clever pass from Kelechi Iheanacho, former Manchester City striker Iheanacho put the game beyond West Brom when he headed in Ben Chilwell’s cross, Leicester completed the demolition in injury time when Vicente Iborra headed home from a corner, which was not seen by many home fans as they had left the stadium long before. With fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham to come in their remaining eight matches, West Brom’s survival hopes look impossible, along with manager Pardew’s position.

NEWCASTLE 3 v 0 SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino was completely unimpressed with his team’s lacklustre performance, accusing some of his players of “giving up” during their 3-0 defeat at Newcastle. Kenedy scored twice for the Magpies, with his first coming after just 63 seconds, and Matt Ritchie added a third as the hosts eased their relegation fears with a fine win that leaves them five points clear of safety in 13th. But Pellegrino’s team were awful and are just a point above the relegation zone in 17th.

HUDDERSFIELD 0 v 0 SWANSEA CITY

The bore draw of the week came at Huddersfield, after Jordan Ayew was shown a straight red card by referee Michael Oliver after only 11 minutes, after he caught Huddersfield captain Jonathan Hogg on the leg with his studs, it looked like the Terriers would win the game comfortably, but some tenacious defending allowed the Swans to go home with a point.

ARSENAL 3 v 0 WATFORD

After Watford Captain Troy Deeney had bad mouthed the Arsenal team in the lead up to this game, the Gunners found the perfect way to shut him up, after three consecutive defeats in the league and only 59,131, turning up, Arsenal took it out on the Hornets. Goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave Wenger’s side their first league win since beating Everton 5-1 on 3 February.

BOURNEMOUTH 1 v 4 SPURS

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side’s “perfect response” to their Champions League upset against Juventus’s after they came from behind at Bournemouth to go third in the Premier League, Spurs won with ease. Bournemouth took the lead in the seventh minute when Junior Stanislav hit home, Dele Alli levelled and two goals through Son Heung-min and Serge Aurier’s late far-post header put the game to bed.

STOKE CITY 0 v 2 MAN CITY

David Silva scored both goals at the relegation-threatened Stoke Coty to ensure that Man City can clinch the title at home to their biggest rivals Manchester United on 7 April if they beat Everton in their next game. Silva slotted in Raheem Sterling’s cross to give Manchester City an early lead over Stoke before finishing off a slick passing move after the break.

Man City have been the team of the year by far, an outstanding group of players with a team mentality.

In my predictions, I got six correct scores, still in top form!

Please see following my predictions for week 31, it is FA Cup Quarter Finals this week so only a few Premier League games.

Bournemouth 2 v 1 West Brom

Huddersfield 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Stoke City 2 v 1 Everton

Liverpool 3 v 1 Watford

My FA Cup predictions

Swansea City 1 v 3 Spurs

Manchester United 2 v 1 Brighton

Wigan 2 v 1 Southampton

Leicester 1 v 2 Chelsea

Have a good week,

Gary

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