ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 12 ROUND UP
Middlesbrough 0 v 1 Chelsea
Diego Costa’s 10th goal of the season moved Chelsea top of the Premier League as their sixth straight win saw off Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, Chelsea deservedly led at the break when Costa reacted quickest to drill in a loose ball inside the Boro box, Chelsea dictated the game and defensively rarely gave Middlesbrough a sniff at a chance, with the home side only recording one effort on goal, Chelsea leapfrogged Liverpool and Manchester City to go a point clear, while Boro remain one point above the relegation zone in 15th place.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOC2Y6Jd1Sg
Man United 1 v 1 Arsenal
For once in a while, Manchester United dictated a game, deserved to get all three points, but were then denied at the last minute when Olivier Giroud’s 89th-minute equaliser earned Arsenal a point, Juan Mata looked to have put United on course for three points with a sweeping left-foot finish from Ander Herrera’s cut-back after 68 minutes, Arsenal had not had an effort on goal but secured the draw that leaves them six points ahead of United when substitute Giroud rose at the far post to head home Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross, United had controlled a game that was ordinary for long periods, with Arsenal keeper Petr Cech making important interventions and Mourinho was left furious that his United team could not hold on for the win.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1QVkw6X6hY
Tottenham 3 v 2 West Ham United
I was at White Hart Lane for the local derby against West ham and what an exciting game it was, West Ham had seemed to be in control of the game after Michail Antonio’s first-half header and a Manuel Lanzini penalty had put West Ham 2-1 up and seemingly on course for only a fourth league win of the season, but Spurs who have showed great promise, quality and resilience this season were not going to give up their unbeaten start to the season without a fight and a last gasp comeback ignited by the introduction of Son from the substitute’s bench turned the contest on its head, first Harry Kane turned home from close range after good work down the left by substitute Son Heung-Min, while two minutes later the South Korean was brought down in the area by Havard Nordtveit and Kane tucked away the resulting spot-kick to give Spurs a 3-2 victory.
Earlier, 20-year-old midfielder Harry Winks had equalised for Tottenham on his full Premier League debut, but Lanzini’s penalty awarded after Vincent Janssen pulled back Winston Reid in the area put West Ham back in the driving seat before Kane intervened, Spurs are now 12 games unbeaten at the start of the season, the last time they managed that was in the 1960-61 season, which ended with the north Londoners claiming a league and cup double.
Click here for a great Spurs comeback – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye-gonS07Fs
West Brom 4 v 0 Burnley
West Brom scored three first-half goals as they swept aside a Burnley team that is struggling away from home this season.
The Clarets, now with only one point from 15 on their travels, got off to an awful start when Matt Phillips turned six yards out and fired high past keeper Tom Heaton, James Morrison added the second when he ran on to Salomon Rondon’s pass and curled a low shot inside Heaton’s near post from the edge of the box, Phillips then provided the cross for the third, which was tapped in at the far post by Darren Fletcher for his first of the season.
Forward Rondon produced another terrific all-round performance and was rewarded with a goal after the break when his strike took two slight deflections as it beat Heaton.
The Baggies are back up to ninth in the Premier League, replacing Bournemouth, while Burnley move one place down to 12th.
All West Brom click here, it is not often you win by four – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuU5RbW7vG4
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Man City
Yaya Toure marked his shock return to the Manchester City team with two goals as his side grabbed a dramatic late win at Crystal Palace, Toure, making his first Premier League appearance of the season, combined with Nolito before firing City ahead.
Palace’s Wilfried Zaha then set up substitute Connor Wickham to smash home a second-half equaliser.
But Toure, who has not figured at all for City for almost three months, had the final word when he turned home Kevin de Bruyne’s corner from close range, the win moves City second in the table, level on points with leaders Liverpool and with an identical goal difference, Palace, who suffered their fifth straight league defeat, remain one point above the relegation zone.
Click here for Toure’s two goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C5rVF7c234
Watford 2 v 1 Leicester City
Watford put more pressure on the champions with a deserved victory at Vicarage Road, Etienne Capoue volleyed the Hornets into the lead in the first minute before Roberto Pereyra curled in a second after 12 minutes, Leicester pulled one back when Riyad Mahrez converted a penalty after Miguel Britos’ clumsy foul on Jamie Vardy, but the Foxes could not score again and remain without an away league victory this season, what a difference a few months can make in this great game.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueOu-wsEY1k
Sunderland 3 v 0 Hull City
Sunderland got their first home win of the season and Jermain Defoe scored his 150th Premier League goal as Sunderland comfortably beat Hull City at the Stadium of Light to move off the foot of the table, Defoe’s darting run and firm low finish made him just the eighth player in Premier League history to bring up the milestone and set Sunderland on their way to consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since May, Victor Anichebe scored twice after the break, The Black Cats remain inside the bottom three but are now two points ahead of Swansea and just two behind third-bottom Hull, a remarkable turnaround for a team that had already become relegation favourites, Papy Djilobodji’s late red card for a second caution took some of the gloss off for Sunderland, whose fans nevertheless went away jubilant.
Click here to see Defoe’s 150th Premiership goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDzEuWbpp4Q
Everton 1 v 1 Swansea City
Everton were dire in this game and were lucky to get a draw as Seamus Coleman’s late goal denied Swansea a first victory under manager Bob Bradley, Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson had put the visitors ahead at Goodison Park with a penalty in the 41st minute, but Coleman scored a minute from time, with a looping header to salvage the draw in what had been a poor Everton performance, Swansea are now bottom of the Premier League after Sunderland’s win against Hull moved them two points above Bradley’s side, the Welsh club have not won in the league since the opening day of the season, but it was a spirited perfromance from the Swans and something for the new manager to work with.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B3sXyO9N08
Stoke City 0 v 1 Bournemouth
Bournemouth earned their first Premier League away win of the season as Nathan Ake’s header ended Stoke’s six-game unbeaten run, centre-back Ake, on loan from Chelsea, met Junior Stanislas’ cross to give the Cherries the lead midway through the first half at the Bet365 Stadium, the hosts had the chance to equalise when Simon Francis was deemed to have fouled Bojan Krkic just inside the area, but Bojan smashed the resulting penalty against the bar.
Stoke continued to fluff their lines and wasted chances late on from Xherdan Shaqiri, Jon Walters and Bruno Martins Indi, that could have changed the course of the game.
Southampton 0 v 0 Liverpool
A draw was a fair result in this encounter on the South Coast, Liverpool forward Sadio Mane twice went close to opening the scoring on his return to St Mary’s before the break, only to be denied by a superb Fraser Forster save and Virgil van Dijk’s last-ditch block.
Liverpool’s Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino missed good chances when clear on goal, while another former Saint, Nathaniel Clyne, headed wide late on, Liverpool lacked the fluency that has characterised their impressive start to the season.
The Saints had chances of their own, with Charlie Austin having their best chance but headed Cedric Soares’ cross wide.
Click here for the few highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_EmiWkkCCc
In my predictions, I got five correct results and one correct score this week, still room for improvement !!
My week 13 predictions
Burnley 1 v 3 Man City
Hull 1 v 2 West Brom
Leicester 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Liverpool 2 v 1 Sunderland
Swansea 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 1 v 2 Tottenham
Watford 2 v 1 Stoke
Arsenal 3 v 1 Bournemouth
Man United 2 v 1 West Ham
Southampton 2 v 1 Everton
Have a good week