ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 11 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

BOURNEMOUTH 1 V 0 MANCHESTER UNITED

Bournemouth produced the shock of the week, by beating Manchester United, after going 358 minutes and 50 shots without a goal

United made a positive start after going four games unbeaten but their new-found belief seemed to evaporate in driving rain and swirling wind on the south coast.

Former United trainee Joshua King struck on the stroke of half-time to claim Bournemouth’s first win since September.

United came into the game in seventh place but now have a haul of 13 points from 11 games, their lowest at this stage of a league campaign since 1986-87.

Bournemouth could have won by a bigger margin as Harry Wilson twice went close to doubling their lead, before late substitute Mason Greenwood hit the post moments after coming on for United.

But United could not prevent Bournemouth securing their first win in six, which sent them back above United in the table.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h9iSbUM_-I

ARSENAL 1 V 1 WOLVES

The Arsenal fans Booed the team off the pitch after a difficult time for the Gunners, two points from the last nine, not playing club captain Xhaka for his swearing at fans

and another lacklustre performance is asking questions about the managers future.a

However, the afternoon had started brightly for the Gunners, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, standing in for the dropped Xhaka as captain opening the scoring to register his 50th goal for the club, that is where the Arsenal efforts to win the game ended with Wolves looking the most likely to claim all three points.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side got their reward when Raul Jimenez headed Joao Moutinho’s hooked cross past Bernd Leno into the bottom right corner.

It ensured Wolves, who are up to 11th, stretched their unbeaten run to six games, while Arsenal remains in fifth.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMhZe3aap-g

ASTON VILLA 1 V 2 LIVERPOOL

Aston Villa had led from the 21st minute through summer-signing Trezeguet’s first goal for the club, a volleyed finish from John McGinn’s free-kick.

Villa matched the European champions in the first half and then maintained their grip on the lead until the dying moments of the second.

Liverpool then scored two late goals, just as their 10 month long unbeaten league record looked to be at and, Liverpool dug deep to conjure a champions style finish,  Andy Robertson got them level when he arrived at the back post to head them level and then a dramatic injury-time winner from Sadio Mane, whose glancing a header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner went past Tom Heaton and into the far corner of the net, giving Liverpool the three points to preserve their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Villa defeat leaves them in 16th place, three points above the relegation zone.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZQZrPmX84c

BRIGHTON 2 V 0 NORWICH CITY

The Seagulls were by far the more impressive side and secured their third successive home win in the Premier League with second-half goals from substitutes Leandro Trossard and Shane Duffy. Norwich, in contrast, has lost five of their last six league games since beating Manchester City at Carrow Road in September and could have no complaints here, as they were always second best to a revived Brighton side.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4U2Fev08iM

MANCHESTER CITY 2 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton having lost 9-0 at home to Leicester last week had to salvage some pride and they did this, taking an unlikely early lead when Ward-Prowse pounced on an Ederson error and they then defended deep with all outfield players behind the ball, and held out until Aguero hammered home Kyle Walker’s cross with 20 minutes to go.

City’s struggle to turn their possession into clear chances was testament to Southampton’s incredible defensive display.

The visitors’ resistance was only ended when Angelino’s cross was not cleared and Kyle Walker volleyed the loose ball home for his first City goal since January.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnHWBxm3Z4

SHEFFIELD UNITED 3 V 0 BURNLEY

Big-spending Sheffield United seem to reap the rewards as they moved into sixth place in the league after this demolition of Burnley.

All of the Blades’ goals came before half-time, with John Lundstram scoring twice, with John Fleck getting his first of the season.

Sheffield has now gone four games unbeaten, a testament to the manager Chris Wilder being given money to spend, and so far looking like money well spent.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvHnsWeAyc4

WEST HAM UNITED 2 V 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED

This was a woeful West Ham performance, which Newcastle took full advantage of and dictating the game from the start Newcastle had scored once in their previous five games and took the lead when Ciaran Clark lost his marker from a free-kick to head in the opener.

The visitors doubled their lead from another set-piece when Federico Fernandez outjumped Hammers goalkeeper Roberto, who wandered off his line, to head into the empty net.

Newcastle had plenty more chances to extend their lead, finally grabbing a third when Jonjo Shelvey clipped in a precise free-kick after half-time.

West Ham pulled one back when Fabian Balbuena bundled in from close range and set up a grandstand finish through Robert Snodgrass’s neat effort in injury time.

But a dramatic equaliser would have been unfair on Newcastle, who hung on to spark wild celebrations in the away end at the full-time whistle and give manager Bruce some breathing space as Newcastle move four points above the relegation zone.

West Ham fans look away 🙁   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NMuWaqpAdA

WATFORD 1 V 2 CHELSEA

On a windy Autumnal day, Chelsea opened the scoring after five minutes when Jorginho’s delicious pass allowed Tammy Abraham to lift in his 10th goal of the season.

Foster made two superb stops to prevent Frank Lampard’s side going further ahead before the break as he denied both Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

But he could not prevent Pulisic following up his hat-trick against Burnley last Saturday with another goal as the American tucked in Abraham’s low cross.

Watford, who remain bottom of the Premier League and are still searching for their first league win of the season, were handed a lifeline when Gerard Deulofeu tucked in a video assistant referee-awarded penalty, his first goal of the season.

And the hosts almost equalised when Watford keeper BenFoster came up for a corner in inury time and was denied by a superb save from Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Overall, Watford could not match a superior Chelsea side who recorded a fifth successive away win in the league, and a club-record equalling seventh away victory in all competitions.

Lampard’s side showed another impressive step forward for his young side who are now two points behind second-place Manchester City.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg2DwMqX48g

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 V 2 LEICESTER CITY

Leicester is starting to look like they are a serious contender at the top of the table.

They moved back into third place in the league with victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Caglar Soyuncu put Leicester in front when he headed the Foxes into the lead with his first goal for the club. Then Jamie Vardy sealed victory with an 80th-minute goal after second-half substitute Demarai Gray provided the assist for Vardy.

Leicester is now level with Chelsea on 23 points, but with a better goal difference, and just two points behind second-placed Manchester City.

They have one more point than they did at this stage during their title-winning campaign in 2015-16.

Click here for the extended highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcj8EgjBIwE

EVERTON 1 V 1 SPURS

The game at Goodison Park was completely overshadowed by a serious ankle fracture and dislocation injury sustained by Gomes.

The challenge by Son was one that we see often in the game, but the way that Gomes fell and falling into Serge Aurier all combined to cause a sickening injury, players were crying and praying as they looked at Gomes suffering.

Everyone wishes Gomes a speedy recovery, no one wants to see this sort of injury and it is at times like this that you realise that there are things that are far more important than the game of football.

Before the injury, Spurs midfielder Dele Alli’s clinical finish had livened up a dull game where the video assistant referee again proved a controversial talking point when Everton was denied what looked like a penalty. Spurs, without a league win on the road since January, seemed set to take all three points when Alli punished a loose pass from Everton’s Alex Iwobi to fire in. Moments later, Alli looked to have handled in the Everton box but, after a three-minute delay peppered with boos from supporters, a penalty was not given by VAR.

Everton eventually equalised deep into the 12 minutes of stoppage time following Gomes’ injury, with the draw moving Marco Silva’s side three points clear of the relegation zone.

Spurs were set to move eighth with a rare away win, but instead are 11th in the middle of a pack of 13 teams separated by just six points.

Son initially looked set to be given a yellow card for the challenge before referee Atkinson changed his mind and reduced Spurs to 10 men for the rest of the match.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xES7Vk1sMag

In my predictions, I got six correct results and one spot on the scoreline.

Please see following my predictions for week 12

Norwich 2 v 1 Watford

Chelsea 3 v 1 Crystal Palace

Burnley 1 v 2 West Ham United

Newcastle 1 v 2 Bournemouth

Southampton 2 v 1 Everton

Spurs 3 v 1 Sheffield United

Leicester 2 v 1 Arsenal

Manchester United 2 v 1 Brighton

Wolves 1 v 2 Aston Villa

Liverpool 2 v 1 Manchester City

Have a good week, fingers crossed that Everton’s Andre Gomes starts a successful rehabilitation this week.

Gary

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