ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 11 ROUND UP
Leicester City 1 v 2 West Brom
The Champions were brought down to earth after their successful exploits in the Champions League, winger Matt Phillips punished a horrendous error by midfielder Danny Drinkwater to score the winner for West Brom.
Two goals in three second-half minutes livened up what had been a dull encounter at the King Power Stadium.
The Baggies scored first when midfielder James Morrison, making his first league start since January, headed in from Phillips’ brilliant right-wing cross, minutes later £29m club-record signing Islam Slimani nodded in his fourth goal since joining the Foxes in the summer, but with 18 minutes remaining Phillips pounced on the ball after Drinkwater miscontrolled, and strode forward before dinking his shot past keeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
Swansea City 1 v 3 Manchester United
Manchester United ended a run of four Premier League games without a win as they trounced a poor Swansea City side.
United dominated from the start and were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to Paul Pogba’s stunning volley and two goals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his first in the league since September, Mike van der Hoorn headed in for Swansea midway through the second half but Swansea did not pose any more threats to the end result, United climb up to sixth in the table, while a 10th Premier League match without victory means Swansea remain second from bottom.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCxpjB7o_3A
Liverpool 6 v 1 Watford
I am sure that eLan CEO Mark Taylor is smiling, the team that he and his son support go to the top of the table for the first time under Jurgen Klopp, with an emphatic victory over Watford at Anfield, Sadio Mane’s acrobatic header finally put the Reds ahead after a host of missed chances, before Philippe Coutinho drilled in a second from 20 yards three minutes later, Adam Lallana crossed for Emre Can to nod home before half-time, Watford were woeful and Liverpool gave them a masterclass in football as Roberto Firmino tapped in a Lallana cut-back before the Brazilian turned provider and Mane slotted in a fifth, Georginio Wijnaldum completed the scoring in the 91st minute with his first goal for the club, after substitute Daniel Sturridge had struck the bar twice,
Watford managed one consolation with Daryl Janmaat getting a goal for the Hornets, but on the day it was the Hornets who got stung, many times !!
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0O4angOmAY
Hull City 2 v 1 Southampton
Hull ended a six game losing streak with a hard fought three points against Southampton, it was the Saints who took control early in the game when Charlie Austin’s sixth-minute penalty gave them the advantage, but within two second half minutes Snodgrass swept home his fourth league goal of the season from Sam Clucas’s low cross before the Scotland international delivered an inviting free-kick that my mate and ex Spurs player Michael Dawson headed past Fraser Forster to give the Hull fans something to cheer about.
Myself with Michael Dawson and Jessica Motaung, Kaiser Chiefs Marketing Director
Arsenal 1 v 1 Tottenham
Arsenal missed out on the chance to go top of the Premier League as they were held by Tottenham in a closely contested north London derby, Kevin Wimmer headed Mesut Ozil’s free-kick into his own net under pressure from Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez, Koscielny was penalised for a foul on Mousa Dembele in the box and Harry Kane converted the spot-kick on his Spurs return after seven weeks out injured, Kane was denied a second by a superb Nacho Monreal block before Christian Eriksen’s cross from a free-kick struck the post, before that, Granit Xhaka should have done better with Alex Iwobi’s cross and Hugo Lloris kept out Ozil from close range,the draw means Arsenal stay third, one point behind leaders Chelsea and level with second-placed Manchester City. Tottenham remain in fifth place.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE-SSv738Iw
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Sunderland
Sunderland recorded their first league win of the season as my friend and ex Spurs player Jermain Defoe’s scored a second-half penalty that handed them victory against Bournemouth, this result was completely against the run of play but the Black Cats, continually soaked up pressure from their opponents and found themselves a man down when Steven Pienaar was sent off in the 59th minute.
Bournemouth took a deserved 11th-minute lead when Dan Gosling converted Adam Smith’s cross from close range for his third goal of the season, but Sunderland drew level in the 33rd minute when Victor Anichebe smacked his six-yard shot high past the reach of keeper Artur Boruc, Sunderland were then dealt a huge blow when Pienaar was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Stanislas, despite being a man down, David Moyes’ side still pressed and were rewarded with a spot-kick when Anichebe was fouled by Adam Smith in the area. Defoe converted against his former team as his current side hung on for a completely unexpected but morale boosting win.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFe5sLfC1PE
Myself with Jermain Defoe and Ledley King last week at a charity event in London.
Burnley 3 v 2 Crystal Palace
Ashley Barnes hit a stunning last-minute winner as Burnley climbed into the top half of the Premier League with an amazing victory over Crystal Palace at Turf Moor, Burnley took the lead inside 90 seconds through Sam Vokes and doubled their lead when Johann Berg Gudmundsson drilled home, Palace pulled one back when Connor Wickham scored with his first touch after coming off the bench, and levelled on 81 minutes when Matt Lowton blocked Andros Townsend’s cross with his hand and Christian Benteke stroked in the penalty, the game was heading for a draw when substitute Barnes struck home in the fourth minute of injury time.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH20bjYFwuk
Man City 1 v 1 Middlesbrough
Manchester City were made to pay for a lacklustre performance, when Marten de Roon’s injury-time equaliser snatched a draw for Middlesbrough at Etihad Stadium, Sergio Aguero put City ahead, stabbing in Kevin de Bruyne’s cross for his 150th City goal,
City were in total control but could not take their many chances, after the break Alvaro Negredo brought a fine save from Claudio Bravo with a cheeky lob from the halfway line, Pep Guardiola’s side looked to have the three points in the bag, but De Roon’s header from George Friend’s 91st-minute cross denied them.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-ZhPqDULSA
West Ham United 1 v 1 Stoke City
Bojan Krkic earned Stoke City a draw at West Ham as the Potters extended their unbeaten run to six games.
The Hammers took the lead when Michail Antonio’s header from a Dimitri Payet cross came off Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan and beat keeper Lee Grant at his near post, West Ham keeper Adrian might have conceded a penalty for a foul on Jonathan Walters but the referee played on and Bojan volleyed in from his team-mate’s cross.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-upheos9ne0
Chelsea 5 v 0 Everton
Eden Hazard capped an outstanding performance with two goals as Chelsea thumped Everton 5-0. Hazard put Chelsea ahead with a low, angled shot, before Marcos Alonso added a second when he slotted through Maarten Stekelenburg’s legs.
Diego Costa made it 3-0 just before half-time, and Hazard scored the pick of the goals after the break.
Pedro put the gloss on the result when he tapped into an empty net.
Click here for the Hazard show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81VHvp6xwNI
I only got four correct results this week, not maintaining my form of last week !
Please see following my week 12 predictions
Man United 1 v 2 Arsenal
Sunderland 2 v 1 Hull City
Watford 1 v 2 Leicester
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Man City
Everton 2 v 1 Swansea City
Stoke City 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Tottenham 3 v 1 West Ham United
Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Chelsea
West Bromwich Albion 2 v 1 Burnley
Southampton 1 v 2 Liverpool
Have a good week