In Gary Mabbutt Blog


Marcus Rashford scored a dramatic injury-time goal to snatch the three points for the Red Devils as he netted at the second attempt following Paul Pogba’s cross.

United had been awful defensively in the first half and was lucky to be level at 1-1 at the interval after an uninspiring first-half display.

The Cherries had come close three times inside the first 10 minutes before a corner was half-cleared to Lewis Cook. The young England midfielder played a superb through pass to Junior Stanislas, whose pinpoint right-wing cross was stabbed in by Callum Wilson.

Despite numerous chances Bournemouth could not convert any and United equalised when Ashley Young burst down the right and played in Alexis Sanchez, who cut it back for Anthony Martial to guide home, Rashford then completed United’s smash and grab three points with the late winner.

Click here for the goals – tps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olc83X2P-mA


Leicester City played with great will and nerve to beat Cardiff City on an emotional day as the Foxes returned to action for the first time since the death of their owner in a helicopter crash,On an afternoon when football seemed both an irrelevance and a form of release for Leicester’s grieving players and fans, the two clubs united to remember Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the other four people who lost their lives on 27 October.

Leicester’s players were visibly moved during a minute’s silence and, after the laying of wreaths before the match, there were further tributes including the unfurling of banners shared between the two sets of fans, who joined forces to create a stirring atmosphere of rare solidarity.

Once the match at Cardiff City Stadium was underway, it was contested as fiercely as any Premier League fixture with chances at both ends in a goalless but competitive first half, Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa struck the crossbar with a free-kick and Jamie Vardy felt Leicester should have had a penalty when his shot appeared to hit Sol Bamba’s arm. However, the Foxes were not to be denied and, after Demarai Gray scored with a low finish early in the second half, there was a huge outpouring of emotion as the entire team celebrated together before running over to their travelling supporters.

The Foxes move up to 10th in the table while Cardiff drop into the relegation zone in 18th after Newcastle beat Watford 1-0.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQvS1JVO9Kc


Richarlison the 21-year-old Brazilian scored in both halves to take his tally to six for the season as Everton secured their fourth win in five Premier League matches and brought the Seagulls’ three-game winning run to an end.

Lewis Dunk equalised for Brighton after Everton had taken the lead, but Seamus Coleman scored his first goal for 22 months soon after the restart to equalise before Richarlison sealed the win.

Richarlison was the star of the show and was outstanding on the day, his second goal was an amazing piece of skill and composure.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1BpMz78HWA


Newcastle claimed their first win of the season against Watford at St James Park, as Ayoze Perez headed Ki Sung-yueng’s in-swinging free-kick past Ben Foster in the second half to end the hosts winless run and lift them out of the relegation zone.

The Magpies rode their luck in the first half, with Watford duo Adrian Mariappa and Gerard Deulofeu both guilty of spurning excellent opportunities to put the Hornets ahead and in reality it was a very fortuitous victory for the Magpies, but that will not stop the Geordie fans from celebrating their first victory this season, but still a lot of work needs to be done by Rafa Benitez to keep Newcastle away from the relegation zone.


Felipe Anderson started to repay the massive £34 million paid out to Lazio for his services, as he put in a masterly performance as his two goals helped the Hammers beat Burnley, despite struggling for consistency thus far, if he continues to play like this he will be a great asset to the Hammers.

The Hammers opened the scoring when Arnautovic dispossessed James Tarkowski before racing clear and firing home before Johann Berg Gudmundsson slotted home to equalise just before the break, The hosts then retook the lead when the excellent Anderson curled a shot past Burnley keeper Joe Hart before second-half substitute Chris Wood’s thumping header hauled the visitors level again, Anderson, who was at the heart of everything West Ham did well, scored his second of the match six minutes from time, capitalising on some sloppy Burnley defending, Hernandez completed the victory in injury time with a fine dinked finish which finished off a move started by Anderson in midfield.

West Ham is now 13th in the table two places above Burnley.


Both managers will be happy enough with a point each, but it will be Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who will be the less impressed, Liverpool had numerous chances to finish off Arsenal, who in the end got a hard-earned 1-1 draw in a thrilling encounter at Emirates Stadium.

James Milner’s powerful strike just after the hour, drilled home after Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s clearance rebounded off Rob Holding, looked to have put unbeaten Liverpool on course for victory, but Alexandre Lacazette, however, had other ideas and drew the Gunners level eight minutes from time with a superb finish on the turn after he had taken the ball away from Liverpool keeper Alisson.

The point puts Liverpool back on top of the Premier League but they will feel hard done by after a first-half strike from Sadio Mane was incorrectly ruled out for offside, while Virgil van Dijk hit the post with a header and forced a fine save from Leno after the break.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsqbDwOP9wQ


Spurs were coasting after establishing a 3-0 lead, thanks to goals from Lamela, Moura and Harry Kane, but Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez scored from the spot after two fouls by 20-year-old Foyth. Juan Foyth was making his Premiership debut and despite showing some calm defending he was at fault for two rash challenges that he cannot be lulled into in the Premier League. It made for an uncomfortable finish for Pochettino’s side at Molineux, but they hung on to climb above north London rivals Arsenal into fourth place.


Manchester City cruised to victory over a woeful Southampton side to return to the top of the Premier League.

City took just six minutes to open the scoring as Wesley Hoedt smashed an attempted clearance of Leroy Sane’s cross into his own net, before Sergio Aguero doubled their lead by tapping in Raheem Sterling’s cross, David Silva slammed home their third from Sane’s flick-on after 18 minutes but Danny Ings did pull one back from the spot after Ederson brought him down in the area, Sterling then netted either side of the break to complete an impressive personal performance, while Sane added a late sixth to cap off a fine afternoon for Pep Guardiola’s men and send the Saints back to the south coast with their heads held in shame.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1_wwKHheFg


Spanish international Alvaro Morata inspired the hosts to a victory which took them above Liverpool and into second place in the Premier League. His two goals mean that has netted 14 times in 40 league appearances since joining from Real Madrid

The headlines will be about Morata yet the return of Eden Hazard added much-needed energy and flair to a team that had struggled to open up Palace for the first hour. Having missed the previous three league and cup games with a back injury, the Belgium international did not take long to make an impact after replacing Willian in the 64th minute with the score locked at 1-1.

Ninety-one seconds after his introduction, Chelsea were back in the lead after Palace’s defence failed to deal with Hazard’s free-kick into the box, allowing Morata to drill home. And five minutes later it was 3-1. Pedro produced an unstoppable finish from Marcos Alonso’s low cross.

Morata could have gone home with the match ball, but he missed a glaring chance to complete his hat-trick in the closing stages after being sent clean through by Hazard.

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


Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s headed own goal was Huddersfield Town’s first at home this season and lifted them off the bottom of the table. It had been 659 minutes since Huddersfield had found the net on home soil. Fulham was poor and they have now equalled a Premier League record by conceding 29 goals in their opening 11 games.

Monday’s defeat was Fulham’s fifth in a row and been their worst ever start to a top-flight season. Fulham now sits at the bottom of the league level on five points with Cardiff and 20th courtesy of the league’s worst goal difference.

Huddersfield remains in the bottom three and are just a point and two places above Fulham, but will be buoyed by their superiority over a relegation rival and the first victory in 15 top-flight matches.


I was on top form this week with eight correct results, with two of them being spot on scores

Please see below my week 12 predictions:

Cardiff 1 v 2 Brighton

Huddersfield 1 v 2 West Ham United

Leicester 3 v 1 Burnley

Newcastle 1 v 2 Bournemouth

Southampton 2 v 1 Watford

Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Spurs

Liverpool 4 v 1 Fulham

Chelsea 3 v 1 Everton

Arsenal 3 v 1 Wolves

Manchester City 3 v 1 Manchester United


Have a good week,



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