ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 14
Everton 1 v 1 Man United
Leighton Baines rescued a late point for Everton against Manchester United after substitute Marouane Fellaini conceded a costly penalty against his former club at Goodison Park, Fellaini, on his 100th United appearance, came off the bench in the 85th minute to help see out the win but his first action was to commit a clumsy foul on Idrissa Gueye in the area, and Baines made no mistake from 12 yards.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sixth goal in five games had earlier put United on course for just a third Premier League win in 11 matches.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5h-BH4ppkQ
Bournemouth 4 v 3 Liverpool
Bournemouth completed one of the comebacks of the season to beat Liverpool for the first time in a sensational Premier League game.
The Cherries battled back from 2-0 down at half-time and 3-1 behind with 15 minutes to go. Liverpool seemed to be in control when Sadio Mane scored the Reds’ first goal, then Divock Origi went past Artur Boruc and curled home their second from a narrow angle.
Bournemouth brought on Ryan Fraser in the 55th minute and that proved to be the turning point of the game. Seconds later James Milner brought him down in the area and Callum Wilson scored the penalty, Emre Can put the Reds 3-1 up with a 20-yard curling effort but Fraser scored his first Premier League goal when he tucked home after Wilson’s cross had hit the heels of Benik Afobe.
Centre-back Steve Cook got Bournemouth level when he controlled Fraser’s cross, swivelled and volleyed home.
It looked like the drama was over until the third minute of injury time when Loris Karius spilled Cook’s shot and Ake tapped home into an empty net, sending the joyous Bournemouth fans home full of Christmas good cheer.
Click here for all the goals, Mark Taylor look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENs7wVVk834
Man City 1 v 3 Chelsea
Chelsea’s eighth successive Premier League win cemented their place at the top of the table, Antonio Conte’s side delivered an impressive statement of intent as they cut City apart on the break after going behind to Gary Cahill’s own goal on the stroke of half-time, the game turned on Kevin de Bruyne’s 56th-minute miss with City in control, crashing Navas’ cross against the bar from inside the six-yard box., Chelsea were level on the hour when Diego Costa outmuscled Nicolas Otamendi to score and they were ahead 10 minutes later when substitute Willian raced clear to beat City keeper Claudio Bravo with ease, Eden Hazard completed a magnificent win for Chelsea with another goal on the break, showing too much pace for Aleksandar Kolarov to wrap up three vital points, but their victory at Etihad Stadium ended in chaos as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off in injury time and rightly so, poor performance from City, and poor attitude will cost them dearly !!
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West Ham United 1 v 5 Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez’s fine hat-trick secured an emphatic victory over West Ham at London Stadium as Arsenal moved up to second in the Premier League table, Mesut Ozil opened the scoring after Angelo Ogbonna’s mistake and Sanchez’s cut-back set up a simple finish, after half time Sanchez turned, drove into the box and finished brilliantly past Darren Randolph, the Chilean added a second eight minutes later with a low strike into the corner, before Andy Carroll came on for a first appearance since 18 August and stooped to nod in the rebound from a Dimitri Payet free-kick that hit the bar.
However, any faint hopes of a comeback were extinguished by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s excellent finish from range and Sanchez’s masterful dinked chip over the keeper. Arsene Wenger’s side are now unbeaten in 13 league games.
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Crystal Palace 3 v 0 Southampton
Two goals from Christian Benteke helped Crystal Palace gain a win over Southampton to ease the pressure on Eagles boss Alan Pardew.
The hosts went ahead when Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster, in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate, sliced a clearance and Benteke scored from close range, Palace doubled their lead when an unmarked James Tomkins prodded home from three yards out after a corner.
Benteke grabbed his second late on as he tapped in after Jason Puncheon’s pull-back as Palace secured their first win in eight matches.
West Brom 3 v 1 Watford
West Brom moved up to sixth in the Premier League after securing a third win in four league games with victory over Watford at The Hawthorns.
Central defender Jonny Evans headed in to put the Baggies in front, Brunt added a second when his low, left-footed strike from 25 yards went in via a deflection off Watford defender Juan Zuniga, Watford pulled one back when Christian Kabasele sidefooted in from close range, Pereyra was then dismissed late on when he reacted angrily to a James McClean challenge in an incident which resulted in both sets of players clashing on the touchline, Matt Phillips curled in a stoppage-time goal for the home side as West Brom moved into the upper heights of the league.
Tottenham 5 v 0 Swansea City
I was at White Hart Lane to see Spurs completely and utterly dominate a very poor Swansea side, on this performance, Spurs will be challenging for the title and Swansea will be relegated. There was controversy over their opening goal, scored by Harry Kane from the penalty spot, after Dele Alli appeared to dive in the box, but it looked like contact had been made to me. Son Heung-min’s brilliant acrobatic strike doubled the lead at the end of a first half Spurs totally dominated, Kane added his second when smashing home Son’s unintentional lay-off, before Christian Eriksen nodded home from close range and later drove in his second to further punish the Swans in stoppage time.
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Middlesbrough 1 v 0 Hull City
A Gaston Ramirez header was enough to give Middlesbrough only a second win since August and leave Hull stuck in the Premier League relegation zone, Ramirez, the game’s outstanding player, nodded in Viktor Fischer’s corner after being left unmarked at the back post.
Hull, have now lost eight of their past 10 league games and remain 19th in the table, Boro, who have now lost only one in six, climb to 13th, four points above the relegation zone.
Stoke City 2 v 0 Burnley
Striker Jonathan Walters put Stoke ahead with an exquisite finish, guiding home a volley from Mame Biram Diouf’s teasing cross.
Spanish defender Muniesa made it 2-0 before half-time thanks to a crisp low volley,
Stoke’s fifth win in seven games lifted them to ninth in the table, while Burnley slipped to 14th spot courtesy of a third successive defeat.
Sunderland 2 v 1 Leicester City
Sunderland moved off the bottom of the table by beating reigning Premier League champions Leicester, their third win in four matches.
The Black Cats took the lead when Robert Huth turned a corner into his own net midway through the second half, Jermain Defoe added the second when he drove in after Duncan Watmore’s shot was blocked, Substitute Shinji Okazaki flicked Demarai Gray’s cross in at the near post to set up a tense finish, but Sunderland held on.
The result moves them up to 18th and within two points of the Foxes, who are yet to win away in the league this season, the worst start to a season from any of the previous Premier league Champions.
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I had five correct scores for the third week running, I am certainly consistent !!
Please see following my predictions for week 15
Watford 2 v 1 Everton
Arsenal 3 v 1 Stoke City
Burnley 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Hull City 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 2 v 1 Sunderland
Leicester 1 v 2 Man City
Chelsea 3 v 1 West Brom
Man United 1 v 2 Spurs
Southampton 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Liverpool 2 v 1 West Ham United
Have a good week