ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 7
WEST HAM UNITED 3 V 1 MANCHESTER UNITED
This result signals the end of Jose Mourinho’s time as manager at Manchester United and it can only be a matter of hours, days, but certainly not weeks before he will be sacked and the French legend Zinedine Zidane takes his place at the helm.
Manchester United recorded their worst league start in 29 years as Jose Mourinho’s side were beaten by West Ham at London Stadium.
They have 10 points from seven games, the same as in 2013-14 under David Moyes, but inferior goal difference means this is their worst top-flight start since they picked up seven points in 1989-90, the Hammers, with only one win in the preceding 19 top-flight meetings, were ahead after just five minutes through club-record signing Felipe Anderson’s clever back-heeled finish from Pablo Zabaleta’s cross. and the hosts doubled their advantage on the brink of half-time in fortunate fashion, as Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot cannoned in off Victor Lindelof and beyond the wrong-footed David de Gea, Marcus Rashford responded for the largely pedestrian visitors on 71 minutes, but Marko Arnautovic restored the Hammers’ two-goal lead less than three minutes later as Mark Noble’s pass sliced through the visitors’ unconvincing back-line.
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ARSENAL 2 V 0 WATFORD
A 2-0 victory over Watford at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to two goals in the last nine minutes, secured the Gunners fifth league win in a row. They now sit fifth in the table, behind fourth-placed north London rivals Tottenham on goal difference.
Alex Iwobi, introduced midway through the second half, was the catalyst behind Arsenal’s win. The Nigerian’s driven low ball from the right resulted in Arsenal’s opener, inadvertently turned in by Watford’s Craig Cathcart.
Two minutes later Iwobi was involved in a one-two with Alexandre Lacazette, who delivered a low cross for Mesut Ozil to sidefoot home.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1PsSYmJDjU
EVERTON 3 V 0 FULHAM
Everton scored three second-half goals against Fulham to record their second Premier League win of the season.
After a poor first-half Toffees display, Gylfi Sigurdsson made amends for a missed penalty with a brace that helped Everton record their first win since August and inflict a fourth defeat of the season on Fulham, Sigurdsson wasted a big chance for Silva’s side early in the second half when he hit the crossbar from the spot, but atoned shortly after with a crisp left-footed strike from the edge of the box, substitute Cenk Tosun doubled the Toffees lead 10 minutes later with an easy header at the far post from a smart Theo Walcott cross before Sigurdsson
Fulham sits three points above the bottom three in 16th with just one Premier League win this season, while Everton is 11th.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s447AeflLyM
HUDDERSFIELD 3 V 0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs moved up to fourth, but the Terriers stayed bottom of the Premier League and are still waiting for their first victory after seven games.
The hosts started brightly but went behind when Kane headed in Kieran Trippier’s right-wing cross.
Spurs added a second when Danny Rose went down in the box after slight contact from Florent Hadergjonaj, with Kane sending Jonas Lossl the wrong way with the resulting penalty.
Laurent Depoitre hit the bar, but the hosts rarely looked like mounting a comeback despite their hard work.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4OFlZOHHhs
MANCHESTER CITY 2 V 0 BRIGHTON
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero sent Manchester City top of the Premier League with a victory over Brighton.
The outcome of this match was never in doubt once Sterling broke the deadlock after 29 minutes, sliding home Leroy Sane’s cross after a swift counter-attack opened up the Seagulls defence for the first time, The defending champions continued to dominate and Aguero made sure of the points on 65 minutes, firing home from a Sterling pass to finish a move he started, City had 28 attempts at goal, while the visitors had just four which portrays Man City’s exciting attacking style of football.
Man City are looking impressive, as the bookie’s favourites to hold onto the title.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYdfSi0bqMo
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 V 2 LEICESTER CITY
Newcastle’s miserable start to the season continued as goals from Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire gave Leicester a comfortable away victory.
In a game of few chances, striker Vardy broke the deadlock from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark after DeAndre Yedlin handled a Maguire shot. Ricardo Pereira had the first chance to open the scoring for Leicester, cleverly cutting infield before his shot was pushed wide by Martin Dubravka.
Vardy found a way through, slotting home his third goal of the season. Jonjo Shelvey went closest for Newcastle in the first half with a speculative lob from his own half which a back-tracking Kasper Schmeichel only just kept out.
The hosts looked more positive in the second half, but Maguire’s second goal of the season consigned them to their fifth defeat of 2018-19.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQDeZfvY5vY
WOLVES 2 V 0 SOUTHAMPTON
Ivan Cavaleiro scored with his first touch in the Premier League as Wolves struck two second-half goals to beat Southampton at Molineux.
The Portuguese international converted after great work by record signing Adama Traore down the right with 11 minutes remaining, before Jonathan Castro Otto received Matt Doherty’s cut-back to secure the points in the closing stages. Southampton has now won only four of their last 32 league fixtures, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, meanwhile, have climbed to eighth in the league and are now on an unbeaten top-flight run of five games for the first time since 1981.
CHELSEA 1 V 1 LIVERPOOL
This was a fantastic game of football with both teams maintaining their unbeaten starts to the Premier League season with a draw at Stamford Bridge. It is very tight at the top with Chelsea third in the table, two points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side and defending champions Man City, who are top on goal difference.
Eden Hazard has been my favourite player to watch over a number of years and he just seems to get better and better, his qualities, his attitude and what he brings to the team is invaluable and it was his 25th-minute strike, driven low past Alisson, that gave Chelsea the lead and whilst the Reds wasted a host of opportunities, it was left to Daniel Sturridge who curled a magnificent shot into the top corner from 25 yards to rescue a point in the 89th minute.
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CARDIFF 1 V 2 BURNLEY
Sam Vokes scored the winning goal as Burnley beat Cardiff to extend the Bluebirds winless start to the season.
Vokes stooped to head home a Johann Berg Gudmundsson cross with 20 minutes remaining to leave Neil Warnock’s men above only Huddersfield in the Premier League. Gudmundsson had headed Burnley in front with his side’s first effort on target six minutes after half-time.
Cardiff summer signing Josh Murphy, who had a first-half effort disallowed, struck a deserved equaliser on the hour mark with his first Premier League goal.
But the Welsh side was level for just 10 minutes before Vokes header took Burnley up to 12th in the table.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQoN7FpyGq8
BOURNEMOUTH 2 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE
Bournemouth took the lead after just five minutes when David Brooks curled in off the crossbar for his first Premier League goal.
But after half-time Palace improved, and the visitors equalised in the 55th minute when Dutch full-back Patrick van Aanholt beat Asmir Begovic at the near post with a powerful strike into the top corner, Palace were awarded a penalty in the 87th minute and Junior Stanislas stepped up to score the spot-kick which gave Bournemouth a fourth Premier League win from seven games this season.
Bournemouth has secured their best start to a Premier League season and climb to seventh while Palace stays 13th.
Please see following my week 8 predictions :-
Burnley 2 v 1 Huddersfield
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Wolves
Leicester 2 v 1 Everton
Spurs 4 v 1 Cardiff
Watford 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Man United 2 v 1 Newcastle
Fulham 1 v 3 Arsenal
Southampton 1 v 2 Chelsea
Liverpool 2 v 1 Man City
Have a good week,