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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 9

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 9

ARSENAL 3 V 1 LEICESTER CITY

Mesut Ozil produced one of the best midfield displays in the Premier League this season as Arsenal beat Leicester to record a 10th successive win in all competitions, Ozil’s first-time finish for the equaliser, the pass that led to the second goal and his two flicks in the build-up to the third were the catalyst for a remarkable performance by the Gunners, who had been overwhelmed by Leicester in the opening 30 minutes.

The Foxes deservedly took the lead in the 31st minute, their goal came from a pacy counter-attack, which resulted in Ben Chilwell’s attempt at a low cross being turned in by the boot of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Arsenal levelled just before the break when Ozil sprinted forward and played a one-two with Bellerin before opening up his foot to place the ball in off the far post. It was a stunning finish.

Their second goal came after Ozil cut open the defence with a beautifully weighted ball which found Bellerin. The Spaniard then played it square for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who tapped home two minutes after coming on.

The Gabon international’s second followed one of the moves of the season. Ozil’s audacious flick in midfield set it in motion before a sand-wedge of an assist by the German gave Aubameyang a simple finish.

WOLVES 1 V 2 WATFORD

Watford ended a five-match winless run with their victory at Molineux. Two goals in 58 first-half seconds saw a dominant Watford seal their first win since September and end Wolves’ six-game unbeaten run.

A rocket shot from Etienne Capoue opened the scoring for the Hornets following a tentative start at Molineux, before a slick finish from Roberto Pereyra doubled their lead moments later.

The defeat was Wolves first at home this season.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAW6c2WIq3I

CHELSEA 2 V 2 MANCHESTER UNITED

Ross Barkley’s late goal maintained Chelsea’s unbeaten Premier League start and sparked a melee on the touchline. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was involved in a furious touchline bust-up after Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser rescued Chelsea’s unbeaten Premier League start at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s side looked on course for an outstanding win over his former club after two goals from Anthony Martial overturned the first-half lead given to the hosts by Antonio Rudiger’s 21st-minute header.

He bowed his head in disappointment as Barkley scored in the dying seconds after a goalmouth scramble but then reacted angrily as Chelsea technical assistant Marco Ianni celebrated in front of him before then pumping his fists in Mourinho’s direction again.

The Portuguese jumped from his seat and was then held back by a mixture of stewards and Manchester United staff as he attempted to get down the tunnel at Ianni.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWFeNvO4_Qg

BOURNEMOUTH 0 V 0 SOUTHAMPTON

The bore draw of the week came on the South coast at Bournemouth, the players preferring to enjoy a very sunny Autumnal day before Winter sets in on the South Coast.

CARDIFF 4 V 2 FULHAM

Andre Schurrle’s scored a spectacular 30-yard strike to put Fulham ahead, but within 10 minutes they trailed against a resurgent Bluebirds side inspired by a fervent home crowd, Josh Murphy equalised with a precise low finish, then Bobby Reid seized on frenetic Fulham defending to slot in his first goal for the club, only for Ryan Sessegnon to make it 2-2 before the break, Cardiff took the lead again when Callum Paterson shot on the turn to squeeze the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-2, Then, as the visitors went in search of a late equaliser, a slip from Tim Ream allowed Victor Camarasa to square the ball to Cardiff substitute Kadeem Harris, whose close-range finish prompted delirious celebrations among the home fans.

MANCHESTER CITY 5 V 0 BURNLEY

Joe Hart making his first return to Etihad Stadium after ending his 12-year stay in the summer, was in outstanding form making superb first-half stops to deny Sergio Aguero and David Silva, but he was powerless to stop Aguero firing home as the duo combined to round off a neat passing move. Burnley barely threatened before half-time but their hopes were only truly extinguished when City added two more goals in two minutes shortly before the hour mark.

There was some controversy about City’s second goal, which came after Leroy Sane went down in the area under a challenge by Jack Cork, the Burnley defence stopped thinking that a penalty had been given, allowing Silva to retrieve the ball before it ran out of play and cross for Silva to sweep home. Seconds later, a corner was cleared as far as Fernandinho on the edge of the area and he found a sublime finish, Fernandinho then teed up Riyad Mahrez to curl home a superb fourth goal late on, and Sane converted a Benjamin Mendy cross.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KQfYN3wDZo

NEWCASTLE 0 V 1 BRIGHTON

Newcastle slipped into the bottom of the Premier League following this defeat by Brighton.

The Magpies remain winless after a fifth straight home loss thanks to Brighton’s Beram Kayal, who deflected in Jose Izquierdo’s strike in the 29th minute. The result means Newcastle are the fourth team in top-flight history to lose their first five home games of a season, all the other three teams were relegated, not good news for the fantastic Newcastle fans.

WEST HAM UNITED 0 V 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Tottenham have now won nine of their last 12 away games in the Premier League and have keeper Hugo Lloris to thank, he made four outstanding saves to keep the Hammers out allowing Eric Lamela to score the only goal at the London Stadium when he  heading in Moussa Sissoko’s cross,

Tottenham have now won nine of their last 11 league games and sit fourth in the table, while Manuel Pellegrini’s side remains 15th after back-to-back defeats.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9E0lTYUE0I

HUDDERSFIELD 0 V 1 LIVERPOOL

Mohamed Salah sealed a narrow victory at Huddersfield that keeps them level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City, his 50th goal in English football came courtesy of a smart low finish, as he put away Xherdan Shaqiri’s 24th-minute through ball, Liverpool gave a league debut for £39m former Monaco midfielder Fabinho but, even with his introduction, Liverpool failed to totally assume control of a game that Huddersfield substitute Steve Mounie almost snatched away from them, with eight minutes to play, the Benin striker rashly blazed over from inside the box after a cross spilt through unconvincing blocks from Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren.

The victory lifted Liverpool into second in the table. They trail Pep Guardiola’s side on goal difference, with the defending champions 10 goals better off after their 5-0 win over Burnley.

Huddersfield, who last season defied the odds to avoid relegation, remain without a victory this term and are now two points from safety in 19th.

EVERTON 2 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE

Everton left it late to secure the three points, in the last three minutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed in fellow substitute Ademola Lookman’s cross. Moments later a third substitute, Cenk Tosun, hit their second.

Earlier in the second half, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saved Luka Milivojevic’s penalty with his feet. Everton’s third victory in a row lifted them to eighth in the table, while Palace stays 15th, two points above the relegation zone with only two wins this season.

I got six correct results in my predictions this week.

Please see following my predictions for week 10

Brighton 2 v 1 Wolves

Fulham 1 v 2 Bournemouth

Liverpool 3 v 1 Cardiff

Southampton 2 v 1 Newcastle

Watford 2 v 1 Huddersfield

Leicester City 2 v 1 West Ham United

Burnley 1 v 3 Chelsea

Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Arsenal

Manchester United 2 v 1 Everton

Spurs 2 v 1 Manchester City

Have a good week,

Gary

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