In Gary Mabbutt Blog



Liverpool took the lead when Sadio Mane pounced in the penalty area to poke Liverpool in front after only 10 minutes. Liverpool’s position looked even more secure when Roberto Firmino stole in on James Milner’s corner to double their advantage with a header on the stroke of half-time, but Liverpool put themselves under pressure after some sloppy play, with the main culprit being keeper Alisson, the £67m summer signing from Roma, who was embarrassed as he gifted Leicester a goal after 63 minutes when he was robbed by Kelechi Iheanacho while inexplicably performing an elaborate turn with the ball at his feet in the area, Rachid Ghezzal scoring following the ensuing chaos.

Leicester pushed for the equaliser but Liverpool closed out the victory to make it four wins out of four at the start of a league season for the first time in 28 years, and leave Alisson the most relieved man inside the King Power Stadium.

For any youngsters who want to be a goalkeeper, the rule is 100% safety first, we saw Hugo Lloris give away a silly goal in the World Cup final, yesterday Alisson thought he was Lionel Messi and tried tricks to dribble around a striker, they also have to be reminded that they are goalkeepers and are not there to showboat. On both of the above occasions the keeper should have kicked the ball into row z of the stadium, SAFETY FIRST.

Click here for the goals and Alison’s goalkeeping howler – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGaeATY3drU


My good friend Brighton manager Chris Hughton praised the character of his team as they fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw with Fulham. Glenn Murray struck twice in the second half as the Seagulls secured a point that seemed unlikely with 25 minutes remaining.

“To come from 2-0 down here and to show the character we did speaks volumes,” Hughton said.

Having missed a penalty, and trailing to goals from Andre Schurrle and Aleksandar Mitrovic, Murray converted Anthony Knockaert’s pass to initiate the fightback. The forward then dispatched their second penalty of the afternoon with six minutes remaining after Mitrovic was penalised for controlling the ball with his arm in the Fulham area.

Pascal Gross had earlier missed a spot-kick for Brighton, with Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli turning his effort away.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UnmCe2zwkk


Goals from substitute Pedro and Eden Hazard gave the Blues victory over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The result leaves Chelsea level on points with leaders Liverpool, who have a superior goal difference, heading into the first international break of the season. Sarri succeeded fellow Italian Antonio Conte in the summer after the Blues finished 30 points behind champions Manchester City last season.

“I’m very happy with 12 points in four matches. But I always think we can do more. We can improve,” said the former Napoli boss.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3l2-drQHDg


This was only Southampton’s second win in fifteen away matches, which shows how below par, Palace was in this game. Danny Ings, signed on loan from Liverpool in the summer, confidently netted his second goal of the campaign to put the visitors in front after being set up by Cedric Soares.

Substitute Charlie Austin, who scored the Saints’ Carabao Cup winner against Brighton in midweek, had the chance to double the lead on 65 minutes but his weak penalty, after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s handball, was saved by Wayne Hennessey. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg added the second in stoppage time after the visitors, with two defeats and one point from their opening three matches, had to soak up the concerted pressure in the closing stages, but came away with a very welcome three points.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONUyjHIK7FU


Everton will see this result as two points thrown away, but they did not deserve more than a point against a well organised Huddersfield team. They had to come from behind to maintain their unbeaten start to the season in a disappointing game at Goodison Park.

The hosts enjoyed most of the possession, but failed to register a shot on target, before Philip Billing gave the Terriers a surprise lead in the 33rd minute when he headed past Jordan Pickford from a corner, Huddersfield’s lead lasted just 87 seconds as Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised by the same method, diverting a Lucas Digne cross past the diving Jonas Lossl.

Toffees boss Marcos Silva introduced Ademola Lookman off the bench in the second period, and the 20-year-old created the best chance of the half when he produced a tantalising cross that just eluded Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson with the goal at their mercy.

The result lifts David Wagner’s side out of the relegation zone into 17th, while Everton climbs one place into seventh.

No real highlights to watch.


West Ham’s awful start to the season continued as substitute Adama Traore gave Wolves victory with an injury-time winner. Traore fired home in the 93rd minute just as it looked as though the hosts would earn their first point of the campaign. The result gives Wolves their first top-flight win since 4 February 2012 and means West Ham have lost all four league games under Manuel Pellegrini.

Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic had the chances but the Hammers’ are misfiring and Pellegrini has his work cut out to make a team of all the individuals that he has brought to the club.

Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ixRQoIcKuw


Ex-Spurs player, Full-back Kyle Walker was the match-winner with his first goal for the club, picking the ball up 30 yards out and drilling a low finish into the far corner of the net. Man City has seen title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea win earlier on Saturday and had to work hard for three points to keep pace at the top end of the table.

Guardiola’s side were forcing the issue against a Newcastle side set up to defend at Etihad Stadium and took the lead within the opening 10 minutes through Raheem Sterling’s curled effort, but the home side missed clear-cut chances and were punished when striker Salomon Rondon set up (another ex-Spurs full back) DeAndre Yedlin to stroke home the equaliser before half-time, It proved to be Newcastle’s only shot on target in the match, and Rafael Benitez’s struggling side have now collected just one point from their first four games.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB6qj10oQhQ


Arsenal secured their first away win of the season as they edged a pulsating Premier League encounter with Cardiff City. Alexandre Lacazette’s powerful late winner proved the difference in a contest full of attacking quality and defensive fragility.

The Gunners led twice, through Shkodran Mustafi’s header and a curling effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, before Lacazette crashed home the winner on 81 minutes. Victor Camarasa’s first Cardiff goal, on the stroke of half-time, and Danny Ward’s header had seemed as though they would earn Neil Warnock’s side a point as they scored their first goals of the league campaign.

All Arsenal fans Click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6kEtJOgqMo


Manchester United recovered from back-to-back defeats to beat Burnley despite Paul Pogba missing a penalty and Marcus Rashford being sent off. Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the first half as the Red Devils were largely untroubled by their hosts.

Pogba had the chance to stretch United’s lead midway through the second half but his penalty after Aaron Lennon fouled Rashford was saved by former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, two minutes later the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Rashford was sent off for leaning into Burnley defender Phil Bardsley with his head. That made the closing stages unnecessarily tense for Jose Mourinho’s side, but the Clarets were unable to find a way through.

Victory took United up to 10th in the table, level on points with Everton in seventh.

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


Watford came from behind to shock Tottenham and maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season.

Both sides began the match with 100% records but captain Deeney led the home side’s comeback with his second goal of the campaign before Craig Cathcart’s second-half header decided a tight encounter, Tottenham had scored a fortuitous opener as Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled into his own net but, after winning their first four league games for the first time in 30 years, it is the Hornets who join Liverpool and Chelsea on maximum points at the top of the table.

Poor defending from set pieces was Spurs downfall and will be on the agenda at the Spurs training ground this week.

Click here for the shock of the week – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aLOhUmNNuM

In my predictions, I got four correct results and one spot on correct score, so maintaining a decent start to my prediction season.

Please see following my predictions for week 5

Tottenham 3 v 1 Liverpool

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Leicester

Chelsea 3 v 1 Cardiff

Huddersfield 1 v 2 Crystal Palace

Manchester City 3 v 1 Fulham

Newcastle 2 v 1 Arsenal

Watford 2 v 1 Manchester United

Wolves 2 v 1 Burnley

Everton 2 v 1 West Ham United

Southampton 1 v 2 Brighton

I had an unusual incident whilst on holiday, please click here for the story – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45323426

Have a good week,


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