ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 6

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Leicester City 2 v 1 Tottenham Hotspur

James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester thought they had opened the scoring when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilt Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the campaign had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min

James Maddison then drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at Spurs expense.

Click here for the goals, Spurs fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WD5u1AlRK8

Crystal Palace 1 v 1 Wolves

Leander Dendoncker’s own goal put Palace in front, with the unfortunate Belgian midfielder diverting Joel Ward’s wayward shot past Rui Patricio, but Wolves, who enjoyed the better of the first half with Dendoncker, Matt Doherty and Jota all having chances to open the scoring, merited their point. The equaliser came through Wilfried Zaha’s failure to maintain possession for Palace, Adama Traore galloping clear on the right, with his far-post cross poked home by Jota from four yards as defender Ward lost his balance.

That denied Roy Hodgson’s Palace side, who move up to 12th in the table, a fourth win in five matches against Wolves, a win could also have moved them into the top six.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbz7DhZWsQg

West Ham United 2 v 0 Manchester United

Yarmolenko opened the scoring for West Ham on the stroke of half-time, sending a low finish past David de Gea following patient build-up play involving Mark Noble and Felipe Anderson, United were well off the pace of the game and their desire to win, was questionable, playing like individuals, rather than a team, it looked like Manchester Un United

Cresswell sealed all three points for the hosts in the second half with a superb free-kick into the top right-hand corner.

The result lifts West Ham up to fifth in the table, 12 places and seven points better off than at the same stage last season.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaIvKMrE3Ws

Arsenal 3 v 2 Aston Villa

This was some game at the Emirates stadium, with all the thrills and spills of a Premier League game.

John McGinn flicked home Anwar El Ghazi’s cross to put Villa ahead in the first half before Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Neil Taylor four minutes before the break.  Arsenal levelled early in the second period thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s first goal for the club from the penalty spot only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead from Jack Grealish’s low cross less than two minutes later.

But in a thrilling conclusion, substitute Calum Chambers’ close-range finish brought the Gunners level on 81 minutes before Aubameyang’s late strike from a free-kick, secured their third Premier League win of the season to lift Emery’s side back into the top four.

The result was harsh on Villa, who impressed for long periods but paid the price for dropping far too deep in the closing stages and inviting Arsenal pressure. A fourth defeat from six league games means they remain in the bottom three.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qaOlHKwVUU

Chelsea 1 v 2 Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side do not have to compete with Manchester City’s style as the two clubs battle at the top of the Premier League.

The Reds were not at their attacking best at Chelsea on Sunday but earned a 2-1 win to maintain their five-point lead over City at the top.

Pep Guardiola’s side, meanwhile, swept aside Watford 8-0

Klopp’s title pace-setters looked on course to win in comfort as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s magnificent free-kick and Roberto Firmino’s header gave them complete control at the interval.

Chelsea, who had been denied an equaliser when Cesar Azpilicueta’s close-range effort was ruled out for offside by VAR, were in no mood to capitulate and made Liverpool fight every inch of the way to maintain that perfect record.

Tammy Abraham had chances to increase his tally of seven goals this season, particularly when he was denied by Liverpool keeper Adrian when clean through in the first half, but it was left to N’Golo Kante to set up a grandstand finish with a superb strike with 19 minutes to play.

Liverpool, however, held on, surviving missed chances from Michy Batshuayi and Mason Mount, to take the three points.

Spurs are going to have to start winning, otherwise Mark and Jason from eLan will be giving me a lot of stick 🙂

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDkdQw0BIuU

Burnley 2 v 0 Norwich City

Two Chris Wood goals in four first-half minutes helped Burnley to a comfortable Premier League win over Norwich at Turf Moor. Wood’s goals ensured the Clarets recorded their first win since the opening day of the season as they climbed up to seventh in the table.

In an opening period characterised by Norwich playing themselves into trouble at the back, Wood capitalised on some slack marking to head the hosts in front from Ashley Westwood’s near-post corner.

The forward, who had to wait until November for his first league goal last term, then doubled his and Burnley’s tally four minutes later, stroking Dwight McNeil’s driven cross into the roof of the Norwich net from five yards.

Norwich remains on six points in 15th, two points above the bottom three.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQPsZO0jk14

Everton 0 v 2 Sheffield United

The shock of the week came at Goodison Park, where Sheffield United got their first away win of the season, I had picked Everton as a maybe surprise package to push for the top six, but current form suggests differently.

United took the lead five minutes before the break when a ball from an Oliver Norwood corner deflected off Yerry Mina to land in the back of the net for an own goal, Everton had won their first two games on home soil this season and dominated for large periods of this game as they looked to bounce back from defeat at Bournemouth last week, but Sheffield withstood huge pressure as the home side looked to rescue something from the game and, although Bernard had a penalty appeal waved away, Everton struggled to find a way through a resolute defence.

Chris Wilder’s side made certain of a superb away victory when substitute Mousset raced through before calmly slotting beyond Jordan Pickford for his first Sheffield United goal.

The win means Sheffield United move up to eighth with eight points, four clear of the relegation zone. Everton, who were booed at the final whistle, are 14th with six points.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW6pJOr0lsc

Manchester City 8 (yes, Eight) v 0 Watford

Five goals in the first 18 minutes set Manchester City on their way as they ripped apart a woeful Watford team to cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to two points, City had already bounced back from last weekend’s humbling by Norwich with a clinical Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, but this was a timely reminder of their ruthlessness and attacking power.

Bernardo Silva scored a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side ran riot to clinch their biggest league win since he took charge in 2016. They also hit the woodwork twice and continued to chase further goals until the end, but a record victory eluded them.

Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995 remains the biggest victory in the Premier League era but City become only the seventh team to win a top-flight game by an eight-goal margin in the modern era.

City scored the opener after 52 seconds through David Silva before Sergio Aguero added a penalty and Riyad Mahrez struck via a deflection.

Bernardo Silva headed the fourth and Nicolas Otamendi slid in the fifth. After the break City’s intensity eased but Bernardo Silva struck twice more and Kevin de Bruyne slammed in the eighth.

Watfrod remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Click here for an attacking delight – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSkraU8i7hs

Newcastle United 0 v 0 Brighton

The bore draw of the week came at St James Park, where Newcastle hosted Brighton.

Premier League strugglers Newcastle and Brighton played out a largely forgettable draw which does neither side any favours.

The Seagulls dominated and went closest through substitute Aaron Connolly’s chip which was cleared off the line by a Fabian Schar overhead kick.

It was another disappointing day for Newcastle, who were poor in front of a far from full St James’ Park.

Don’t click here, bore draw 🙁 🙁

In my predictions, I again got four corect results, only mid table form 🙁

Please see following my predictions for week 7

Sheffield United 1 v 3 Liverpool

Aston Villa 2 v 1 Burnley

Bournemouth 2 v 1 West Ham United

Chelsea 3 v 1 Brighton

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Norwich

Tottenham Hotspur 3 v 1 Southampton

Wolves 3 v 1 Watford

Everton 1 v 3 Manchester City

Leicester City 3 v 1 Newcastle United

Manchester United 1 v 2 Arsenal

Have a good week,

Gary

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