ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 7

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Manchester United 1 v 1 Arsenal

This was a poor game of football, with only the occasional display of quality and shows just how far away from a Premier League challenge both clubs are.

In a disappointing encounter that was a pale shadow of their mighty clashes of years gone by, Scott McTominay gave Manchester United the lead at the end of an attritional first-half with a rising drive from the edge of the area.

Arsenal equalised just before the hour courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cool finish. It was originally ruled out for offside but the video assistant referee confirmed the striker had been played onside by Harry Maguire.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno excelled for Arsenal with fine saves from Maguire and Marcus Rashford’s late free-kick, while Bukayo Saka’s goalbound shot crucially struck Victor Lindelof and flew over the top.

McTominay also headed a great chance well over from Ashley Young’s corner but neither side could force a winner.

The result takes Arsenal into the top four but Manchester United are now down in 10th after an outcome that means they have made their worst start after seven games in 30 years, failing to reach double figures for the first time since 1989-90, a season in which they finished 13th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2VLli9xy8c

Leicester City v Newcastle

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester demonstrated potential to secure a top-four finish by recording their biggest Premier League win to move back up to third in the table.

The 2015-16 champions are three points clear of both Chelsea and Tottenham.

Newcastle is anchored in the relegation zone after Leicester took full advantage of Isaac Hayden’s straight red card for a terrible tackle on fellow midfielder Dennis Praet.

Leicester was already leading through Ricardo Pereira’s outstanding low finish before the hosts made the extra man advantage count with three goals in 10 second-half minutes.

Vardy beat Martin Dubravka at his near post to double the lead and after Paul Dummett had deflected Praet’s cross into his own net to make it 3-0, headed the fourth.

On a shocking day for Newcastle, Wilfred Ndidi added a late fifth goal with a shot on the turn.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLIPXcPyb4c

Sheffield United 0 v 1 Liverpool

A blunder by Sheffield keeper Dean Henderson gave Liverpool the three points, he dropped Winaldjims shot, as the ball squirmed agonisingly over the line.

Klopp’s side was far from their best in South Yorkshire and left thankful that the hosts could not find a way through in a game where they matched the European champions in many respects.

Substitute Leon Clarke, making his Premier League debut at the age of 34, should have levelled it late on, but blazed over.

Liverpool has won their first seven league games of the season, and have a five-point lead at the top of the early-season table.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5YtvEg4qeA

Aston Villa 2 v 2 Burnley

Aston Villa took the lead when Anwar El Ghazi swept home Frederic Guilbert’s cross in the first half before Jay Rodriguez equalised early in the second, John McGinn then restored their lead, firing home from Trezeguet’s cross, after the break, only for Chris Wood to restore parity shortly afterwards to ensure the points were shared.

The hosts were the better side for much of the first half and could have gone ahead early on when Conor Hourihane saw his free-kick strike the upright, while McGinn had earlier seen his tap-in ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

But Burnley held firm and could have opened the scoring themselves when Dwight McNeil’s free-kick crashed against the crossbar.

The second half was a more even affair as the game’s intensity was affected by regular breaks for players to receive treatment which eventually saw seven minutes of injury time.

But Wood had the final say as his third goal in two league games saw Burnley claim their third consecutive away draw in the Premier League.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ff-CL_P0-8

Bournemouth 2 v 2 West Ham United

Both sides came into the game in the top six and produced a pulsating match, with Andriy Yarmolenko opening the scoring with his third goal in six Premier League games this season, the lead lasted just seven minutes as Joshua King struck from close range. Although the goal was initially flagged offside, the video assistant referee overturned the decision after a lengthy stoppage.

West Ham then kicked off the second half yet fell behind just 27 seconds later as Callum Wilson swept in his fifth goal of the season.

But the England striker spurned a great chance to make it 3-1 and within 90 seconds Cresswell volleyed home to deny Bournemouth a third straight Premier League win.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHXGc6r8488

Chelsea 2 v 0 Brighton

Chelsea deservedly won to make it nine wins out of nine league games against Brighton, they led at Stamford Bridge when Jorginho scored a penalty after Adam Webster fouled Mason Mount. Brighton, who have not won in the league since the opening day of the season, briefly rallied and Dan Burn’s header hit the crossbar.

But Willian sealed the victory with a deflected strike from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s pass.

Chelsea moves up to sixth in the Premier League while Brighton fall to 16th.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEj1b7AU07w

Crystal Palace 2 v 0 Norwich City

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic gave his team the lead from the penalty spot, after Norwich defender Ibrahim Amadou fouled James McArthur, Serbia international Milivojevic struck the penalty confidently into the top corner after 21 minutes

Substitute and ex-Spurs player Andy Townsend then finished neatly in the bottom corner in second-half injury time as the Eagles equalled their Premier League record of six unbeaten home matches.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvOW6HHHW2E

Tottenham 2 v 1 Southampton

I was at the Spurs new stadium for defeat of Southampton, after a week where they had lost to Leicester before being beaten by League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup, Spurs’ spirits were lifted as £53.8m club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored with a powerful deflected finish, Serge Aurier, who had already been booked, was sent off in the 32nd minute for a foul on Ryan Bertrand after Spurs felt the ball had gone out of play just before. After an awful mistake by Lloris, trying a Cruyff turn on the goalline, Danny Ings poked the ball in for the equaliser, but five minutes later after a great counter-attack involving Eriksen, Son and Kane, Kane swept home what proved to be the winner.

Spurs captain Lloris went some way to redeeming himself for his howler with two excellent second-half saves.

He flung himself across his line to keep out James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick before producing an acrobatic leap to block Maya Yoshida’s header following a corner.

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

Wolves 2 v 0 Watford

The home side claimed all three points with a 2-0 victory at Molineux to move up to 14th in the table, while winless Watford remains bottom.

A Matt Doherty strike followed by a Daryl Janmaat own goal either side of half-time was enough to secure the three points.

Watford have conceded 12 goals in three league games since Quique Sanchez Flores returned to the club to replace Javi Gracia on 7 September and the Hornets have now gone 11 league games without a win, their worst run since the 1999-2000 campaign, which ended in relegation from the top flight, in contrast, Wolves’ first win of the season moves them clear of the bottom three.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX3sRPXa0Jw

Everton 1 v 3 Manchester City

Manchester City had to work hard to see off a spirited Everton side and stay five points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling both struck in the final 20 minutes to give City victory after they had wasted some good chances, but they needed two excellent saves by Ederson to hold off the Toffees.

The defending champions started well and, after Ilkay Gundogan somehow hit the bar from point-blank range, they took a deserved lead thanks to another moment of genius from Kevin De Bruyne, his trademark whipped cross from the right was nodded home by Gabriel Jesus, giving the Belgian his eighth assist of a stellar campaign.

That spelt trouble for Everton, whose boss Marco Silva was under pressure before kick-off after back-to-back league defeats, but they responded well and were soon level.

Toffees substitute Alex Iwobi fought his way into the box and the ball dropped for Seamus Coleman, who beat Ederson with a dinked shot before Dominic Calvert-Lewin made sure of the equaliser with a diving header on the line.

This defeat leaves Everton looking towards the bottom of the table, with the pressure starting to build on manager De Silva.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x11Qkm3aC2c

In my predictions, I got seven correct results and one spot on the score, better form from me 🙂

Please see following my week 8 predictions

Brighton 1 v 3 Spurs

Burnley 1 v 2 Everton

Liverpool 2 v 1 Leicester City

Norwich 2 v 1 Aston Villa

Watford 2 v 1 Sheffield United

West Ham 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Arsenal 3 v 1 Bournemouth

Manchester City 3 v 1 Wolves

Southampton 1 v 2 Chelsea

Newcastle United 1 v 2 Manchester United

Have a good week,

Gary

 

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