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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 32

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 32


ARSENAL 3 V 0 STOKE CITY

Arsenal finally overcame Stoke, in an uninspiring 3-0 victory at a half-full Emirates stadium. After being booed off at halftime, Arsenal improved slightly and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty finally broke the deadlock after a disputed foul by Bruno Martins Indi on Mesut Ozil, before the Gabon striker fired home from an Ozil corner, Aubameyang then had a great chance to complete his hat-trick, but passed up the chance to take the penalty after Badou Ndiaye’s push on substitute Alexandre Lacazette, Lacazette converted the penalty for a scoreline that flattered the Gunners. Arsenal condemned the Potters to their eighth game without a win, keeping them second from bottom and three points from safety, whilst Arsenal are now 13 points off a top four and Champions League place.

Click here for extended highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8NPR24YMqs

CHELSEA 1 V 3 SPURS

I was the captain of Spurs the last time that we won at Chelsea, twenty-eight years ago and several of the current Tottenham players, including match-winner Dele Alli, were not even born, when a Gary Lineker header last gave us victory at Stamford Bridge in the league. Spurs had to come from behind after Alvaro Morata headed in Victor Moses cross to give the hosts the lead, Christian Eriksen then hit a stunning equaliser on the stroke of half-time as his dipping effort from 25 yards dropped just under the bar and over the flailing Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal, Dele Alli then took centre stage, putting Tottenham ahead just after the hour mark when he produced a sublime first touch to bring Eric Dier’s ball under control before slotting beyond Caballero.

The England midfielder was well-placed four minutes later to stab in following a goalmouth scramble and wrap up a win that moves fourth-placed Tottenham eight points clear of Chelsea, who are fifth.

All Spurs fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz-87WdkQcU


CRYSTAL PALACE 1 V 2 LIVERPOOL

Palace will feel hard done by, as Liverpool came from a goal down to snatch the three points in the last few minutes, and left the hosts two points above the relegation zone. Luka Milivojevic had converted from the spot early in the first half to give Palace the lead after Liverpool keeper Loris Karius took out Wilfried Zaha, and Sadio Mane turned in James Milner’s cross shortly after the break to level the scores before Egypt international Mohammed Salah took a touch before firing past keeper Wayne Hennessey after Andy Robertson had crossed in from the left.

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

BRIGHTON 0 V 2 LEICESTER CITY

Brighton had a great chance to have taken the three points when Brighton was given a penalty with 13 minutes to go, but Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel saved Glenn Murray’s penalty, Leicester then took the lead when Vicente Iborra’s header putting Leicester into the lead shortly afterwards. Ndidi’s foul on Shane Duffy earned the Leicester midfielder his second yellow card, but Leicester hung on with Jamie Vardy adding Leicester’s second deep into injury time. The win keeps Leicester in eighth, while Brighton drops one place to 13th in the table.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awtf6OUtM00

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 0 SWANSEA CITY

Romelu Lukaku scored his 100th Premier League goal as Manchester United strengthened their grip on second place and dented Swansea’s survival hopes. Lukaku gave United an early lead when he collected Alexis Sanchez’s pass to fire in with the aid of a deflection. Sanchez’s crisp strike soon after doubled the advantage. Jose Mourinho’s side re-opened a two-point gap over third-placed Liverpool. Swansea stays three points clear of the relegation zone, but drop down a place to 15th.

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

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Ayoze Perez’s late goal gave Newcastle a victory that moved them a big step closer towards Premier League safety and left Huddersfield in danger of dropping back into the Championship, Huddersfield’s lack of goals is a big concern for the Terriers, but they frustrated Newcastle and it looked like they would hold on for an important point until Perez turned home Kennedy’s smart cross in the final few minutes to secure a win that lifts Newcastle to 12th in the table and seven points above the relegation zone. Huddersfield, meanwhile, remains three points above 18th-placed Southampton, who lost at West Ham, and are now without a win in their last four Premier League games.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gkCZAfFAQY

WATFORD 2 V 2 BOURNEMOUTH

Bournemouth have to be thankful for the finishing of ex-Spurs player Jermain Defoe for a point away at Watford, Bournemouth twice had to come from behind Kiko Femenia had given Watford the lead on 13 minutes, volleying in Jose Holebas’s cross from just inside the box, Holebas then gifted the Cherries a penalty just before half-time as he pushed the ball away with his hand to stop Jordon Ibe getting to a rebound, after Orestis Karnezis had saved Junior Stanislas’ shot, Joshua King sent Karnezis the wrong way to roll his penalty in, but the Hornets restored their lead four minutes after the break, Roberto Pereyra’s low shot trickling past Asmir Begovic.

Watford looked set for three points that would have gone a long way to ensuring their Premier League safety until Defoe’s goal denied Watford victory at Vicarage Road. The 35-year-old substitute pounced on a long free-kick to smash home from close range. Both teams move to 37 points, nine points clear of the relegation zone, with Bournemouth staying in 10th and Watford a place behind.

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

WEST BROM 1 V 2 BURNLEY

Ashley Barnes spectacular volley and Chris Wood’s second-half goal kept Burnley’s European hopes alive, while a late Salomon Rondon strike could not prevent the hosts losing again. The Baggies remain seven points adrift at the bottom of the table and Pardew demanded more confidence from his players, as they are losing their fight to remain in the Premier League.

WEST HAM UNITED 3 V 0 SOUTHAMPTON

West Ham scored two goals in the opening 17 minutes, first from Joao Mario and then Marko Arnautovic, to take complete control of the game against a very poor and uninspired Southampton team. Mario smashed in the opener from the edge of the penalty area after being picked out by Cheikhou Kouyate, Portuguese Mario then set up Arnautovic for the second with a brilliant cross from the right that the Austrian bundled home at the second attempt.

Arnautovic added his second in first-half stoppage time, volleying home another fine cross, this time from the left flank by Arthur Masuaku. Mark Hughes was brought in as manager to save Southampton from relegation, but on this showing the Saints are in deep trouble and remain in the relegation zone, two points from safety, a victory for West Ham takes them up to 14th, five points clear of Saints in 18th.

All Hammers fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL36na1Olcs

EVERTON 1 V 3 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City is just cruising to the title, with no one even close to disrupting their fantastic league performances this season, this victory at Everton means that Manchester City will win the Premier League if they beat arch-rivals Manchester United in the derby at Etihad Stadium next Saturday.

The result of this game was never in question as Everton just lay down and had their tummies tickled by City. Leroy Sane volleyed home David Silva’s cross after four minutes. Then Gabriel Jesus headed in Kevin de Bruyne’s cross and Raheem Sterling applied a simple finish to another Silva delivery. Yannick Bolasie pulled a goal back for Everton after the break when he fired in via a post from 20 yards, but City now has the opportunity to reclaim the title in circumstances they will relish when Jose Mourinho brings his Manchester United side to Etihad Stadium. All United fans look away already!

Click here to see the Champions Elect – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX8s4mO6LBw

In my predictions, I had eight correct results and two correct scores, Man City like form!

Please see following my predictions for week 33:

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

Have a good week,

Gary

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