ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 8

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 8

BRIGHTON 1 V 0 WEST HAM UNITED

Glenn Murray scored his fifth goal of the season to give Brighton victory over West Ham in an entertaining Premier League match at the Amex. Murray stroked home Beram Kayal’s excellent cross from the left on 25 minutes for the only goal of the game.

The Hammers responded positively, with Marko Arnautovic threatening to equalise before half-time. The visitors continued to press in the second half, but Brighton held on to claim all three points. My good friend, Brighton manager Chris Hughton was delighted with the result and I managed to catch up with him as he came to watch the Spurs v Cardiff game.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDsdSJF7wpc

BURNLEY 1 V 1 HUDDERSFIELD

The bore draw of the week came at Turf Moor, where bottom club Huddersfield got a valuable point, thanks to German defender Christopher Schindler’s first Premier League goal, this result lifts the Terriers off the foot of the table. Sam Vokes had headed in the second goal in as many games to give the hosts a half-time lead, but German centre-back Schindler glanced a Chris Lowe cross beyond Joe Hart to secure a draw.

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 V 1 WOLVES

Wolves set a new Premier League record by naming an unchanged starting line-up for an eighth consecutive opening game. Raul Jimenez put Doherty through on 56 minutes and, despite the tight angle, the full-back was able to beat Wayne Hennessey at his near post, Matt Doherty’s winner extended Wolves’ unbeaten Premier League run to six matches, Rui Patricio had produced an excellent double save as Wolves held onto the win, first stopping Max Meyer’s volley and then blocking Wilfried Zaha’s follow-up as the hosts chased a first home goal of the campaign.

Substitute Ivan Cavaleiro then struck the bar late on as Wolves achieved their best run in the top flight since 1979, and left Roy Hodgson’s side with just one win in their past seven league games.

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

LEICESTER CITY 1 V 2 EVERTON

Ex-Spurs player Gylfi Sigurdsson scored his 50th Premier League goal against Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning second-half strike gave Everton a 2-1 win against 10-man Leicester after Wes Morgan was sent-off for the second time in three league games.

The Iceland midfielder struck in the 77th minute, skilfully turning away from James Maddison with a Cruyff turn and bending an effort from 25 yards into the top corner.

Just 14 minutes earlier, Foxes captain Morgan received his second booking in 20 minutes for a foul on Richarlison, Richarlison had put Everton ahead on seven minutes with a close-range volley, set up by some wonderful trickery by fellow Brazilian Bernard, who was making his first Premier League start since his summer move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Just before half-time, Ricardo Pereira scored a deserved equaliser, the Portuguese full-back led a counter-attack, exchanging passes with Kelechi Iheanacho, then left Toffees defender Jonjoe Kenny on the floor as he twisted and turned inside the box before firing in at Jordan Pickford’s near post.

Leicester continued to push for an equaliser after Sigurdsson’s goal and deep into injury time, with Schmeichel joining the attack for a corner, Daniel Amartey missed a free header from close range.

Everton got their first back-to-back wins this season and their first away win, to move up to 10th, while Leicester are in ninth.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5N19VGB2kM

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 V 0 CARDIFF CITY

I was at Wembley to see Spurs scrape to an unimpressive victory over bottom club Cardiff City.

After the game, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side “need to improve a lot” despite edging to victory over Cardiff to equal their best start to a Premier League season.

Eric Dier scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute, tapping in a loose ball from inside the six-yard box from a corner, Cardiff, who had to play most of the second half with 10 men after Joe Ralls was sent off in the 58th minute, remain without a win this season and fall to bottom of the table.

Spurs have 18 points after eight games, and are third in the table, one point behind leaders Manchester City, who are ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBLFRj3WLHA

WATFORD 0 V 4 BOURNEMOUTH

Bournemouth embarrased a poor Watford side to move up to fifth in the Premier League.

David Brooks opened the scoring for the Cherries before Joshua King converted from the spot after being brought down by Christian Kabasele, who was sent off for a second bookable offence. The Norwegian forward then added a third for Bournemouth in first-half injury time, and Callum Wilson wrapped up the win early in the second half.

The victory was Bournemouth’s biggest ever away win in the Premier League.

Watford fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyXiw3TxI08

MANCHESTER UNITED 3 V 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED

The Manchester United camp is not a happy one, with so many stories emanating from Old Trafford at the moment, it is hard to not believe that things are not in turmoil behind the scenes.

Their first half performance was woeful with everything that you would expect from a team of United’s status, sadly lacking, however, Manchester United fought back from two down to beat Newcastle and avert a defeat that would have cranked up the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho.

The hosts conceded twice in a lacklustre first 10 minutes, with Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto breezing in to score, United briefly roused themselves with Marcus Rashford heading wide from five yards, but also needed David de Gea’s excellence to deny Muto his second and a potentially decisive third for the Magpies.

The hosts departed at the break to jeers, some of which were aimed at the club’s owner and executives, rather than the manager, but by the final whistle, it was the name of Mourinho that rang around Old Trafford.

Things are not looking good for United or for Mourinho and if he gets out of this predicament he will be performing a better escape act than Harry Houdini.

Click here to see the amazing Man United comeback – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myMGA5zpmJY

FULHAM 1 V 5 ARSENAL

Arsenal thumped Fulham and haqve now gone nine games without defeat in all competitions.

Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette claimed the opening goal of the London derby at Craven Cottage when he spun on Nacho Monreal’s cutback before drilling the ball past England’s latest goalkeeping addition Marcus Bettinelli.

But Fulham drew level before the break as Luciano Vietto pounced on a loose pass by Monreal to thread the ball through to Andre Schurrle, who chipped over Gunners keeper Bernd Leno, Arsenal regained the lead through Lacazette, after his opportune strike from long range seemed to catch the Fulham keeper by surprise, as it nestled in the bottom corner, Aaron Ramsey was introduced in the 67th minute and the Welshman added a stunning third just 39 seconds later as Arsenal moved from left to right with one-touch passing and neat headers, before Aubameyang cut the ball back for Ramsey to flick past Bettinelli

Aubameyang added a fourth when he swivelled on a low cross from Bellerin to side-foot the ball into the far corner, before the Gabon striker rounded off the scoring after a neat low finish to cap a thoroughly entertaining victory in the derby. A sixth consecutive Premier League victory for Arsenal moved Unai Emery’s men in to fourth in the table, after Chelsea won at Southampton and Manchester City claimed a point at Anfield, Fulham remain just above the relegation zone in 17th.

Click here and enjoy Aaron Ramsey’s cheeky goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpdbUkKM_io

SOUTHAMPTON 0 V 3 CHELSEA

Ross Barkley set up Chelsea’s opener with a fine pass to Eden Hazard, who finished with aplomb, before netting their second himself, tapping in Olivier Giroud’s acrobatic cross, Alvaro Morata scored Chelsea’s third deep into injury time, chipping over oncoming home goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, after a slick passing move. Defeat for Mark Hughes side means they remain in 16th, and their run without a win against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ is extended to 26 games. Meanwhile, the Blues have now won nine of their 11 games across all competitions this season, and sit second in the Premier League.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LybC__2IMHo

LIVERPOOL 0 V 0 MANCHESTER CITY

Quite unbelieveably, this game was a contender for the bore draw of the week, with both sides outstanding front three, failing miserably to create chances.

Champions City have not won a league game at Anfield in 15 years, and Riyad Mahrez wasted a glorious opportunity to send them clear when he missed a late penalty firing an 85th-minute spot-kick high over the bar after substitute Leroy Sane was brought down by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

It handed the Reds a reprieve as both sides extended their unbeaten league starts to eight games, with City now top on goal difference from Chelsea and Liverpool. All three are level on 20 points. Mahrez also squandered City’s other big chance in a game that failed to live up to expectations, dragging an effort wide, while keeper Ederson was virtually unemployed against Liverpool’s normally potent attack.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP766IpoRL8

In my predictions, I got five correct results this week, still room for improvement.

My predictions for week 9

Chelsea 2 v 1 Man United

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Southampton

Cardiff 2 v 1 Fulham

Man City 3 v 1 Burnley

Newcastle 2 v 1 Brighton

West Ham United 1 v 2 Spurs

Wolves 2 v 1 Watford

Huddersfield 1 v 2 Liverpool

Everton 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Arsenal 3 v 1 Leicester City

Have a good week,

Gary

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