ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 14 ROUND UP

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NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 V 2 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City’s hopes of retaining their Premier League title were dealt another blow when Jonjo Shelvey’s stunning late equaliser earned Newcastle a point at St James’ Park.

City boss Pep Guardiola must have thought his side had won it when Kevin de Bruyne found the net in the 82nd minute with a brilliant long-range effort which went in off the crossbar.

But with two minutes of normal time remaining, home substitute Christian Atsu pulled the ball back for Shelvey, who beat the dive of Ederson.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5P6tY3oe48

BURNLEY 0 V 2 CRYSTAL PALACE

A goal in either half earned Crystal Palace their first Premier League win in six games in a cagey affair at Burnley.

Wilfried Zaha struck the opener right on half-time with a low drive, despite Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope getting a hand to the ball at his near post.

Jeffrey Schlupp sealed victory nine minutes after coming on as a substitute as he capitalised on Ben Mee’s mistake to fire between Pope’s legs from inside the area.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSA33v9YA84

CHELSEA 0 V 1 WEST HAM UNITED

The shock of the day cam at Stamford Bridge, where Aaron Cresswell scored the winner, for West Ham three minutes after the break as he cut inside and fired low past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea had plenty of chances early on as Christian Pulisic missed the target from a few yards out. The American also wasted a great opportunity late on.

The victory lifted West Ham four points clear of the relegation zone while Chelsea failed to close the three-point gap to second-placed Manchester City and Leicester City in third.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV2NWpoIN3E

LIVERPOOL 2 V 1 BRIGHTON

Liverpool keeper Alisson was sent off for a blatant handball outside his penalty area as the Reds moved 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League with victory over Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp’s side was coasting to victory after two Virgil van Dijk headers from Trent Alexander-Arnold assists in the space of six first-half minutes.

But Alisson’s red card – for handling as Brighton substitute Leandro Trossard bore down on goal – gifted the visitors a lifeline.

Substitute Adrian’s first touch was to gather the ball out of his own net after Lewis Dunk’s cute free-kick left the keeper, stranded, before Liverpool’s stopper saved late on from Aaron a Mooy chance.

Click here for the goals -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IhOIm3sJA0

TOTTENHAM 3 V 2 BOURNEMOUTH

I was at the New Spurs Stadium to see Spurs win their third game in a row under Jose Mourinho.

Toby Alderweireld’s defence-splitting pass created Dele Alli’s opener, with the England midfielder racing on to Son Heung-min’s touch to tap the ball past Cherries goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Alli’s second came from the same source, as he superbly controlled Alderweireld’s pass before holding off Jack Stacey and flicking the ball over Ramsdale.

When Moussa Sissoko added Spurs’ third goal with a close-range volley from Son’s exemplary cross, the hosts appeared to be en route to an emphatic win.

But Bournemouth substitute Harry Wilson scored a superb free-kick and then reduced their arrears further six minutes into stoppage time.

However, it proved too little too late for the Cherries, who have now conceded 16 goals on their last five visits to Tottenham, and have dropped to 12th in the league.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNTuFUsVm2k

SOUTHAMPTON 2 V 1 WATFORD

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said he “suffers” for the fans, players and owner after defeating at fellow strugglers Southampton and was then sacked !!!

The Saints came from behind to win with late goals from Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse, easing the pressure on their own boss Ralph Hasenhüttl and leaving the Hornets bottom of the Premier League.

Southampton appeared set for a damaging defeat until Ings bundled home Moussa Djenepo’s cross with 12 minutes remaining.

Ward-Prowse then found the top corner with a superb free-kick five minutes later to complete the turnaround.

Ismaila Sarr had given the Hornets a deserved lead in the first half, capitalising on poor defending by Jack Stephens before lifting the ball beyond Alex McCarthy for his first Premier League goal.

Southampton’s first league win since September moves them above Norwich and to within two points of safety, while Watford remains six points adrift of 17th place.

My good friend Chris Hughton, who is waiting to get back into football, after his sacking by Brighton at the end of last season, must be a favourite and seriously considered by the Watford board to take over.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbJRbsC033E

NORWICH 2 V 2 ARSENAL

This was Arsenal’s first game since the sacking of Unai Emery and with ex-Arsenal star Freddie Lundberg at the helm in an interim position, it was the same old Arsenal, quality upfront but woeful in defence.

The result leaves Arsenal eighth in the Premier League, seven points off a place in the top four, while Norwich remains 19th, three points from safety.

While Arsenal started brightly, familiar defensive failings resurfaced as Teemu Pukki ended his eight-game goal drought with a shot that deflected off Shkodran Mustafi.

The hosts’ lead only lasted eight minutes though, with Christoph Zimmermann penalised for handball and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelling for the visitors with a retaken penalty, after four Norwich players had encroached when his original effort was saved by Tim Krul.

More calamitous defending allowed Todd Cantwell to re-establish Norwich’s lead, with the midfielder slicing through the Gunners defence and placing an effort into the bottom corner on the stroke of half-time.

However, Aubameyang again drew the visitors level, turning in a loose ball from a corner to ensure Arsenal gained a share of the points.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9vaFpjSqZA

WOLVES 1 V 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED

Wolves remain sixth in the Premier League after Matt Doherty’s equaliser against Sheffield United extended their unbeaten run to nine games.

Wolves were second best until Doherty headed in Raul Jimenez’s cross after 64 minutes. But they finished the game stronger as United hung on to extend their unbeaten run to six games. It was a sharp contrast from earlier in the match as the visitors took the lead after 63 seconds.

Lys Mousset took a touch from Baldock’s right-wing cross before firing in his fifth goal of the season. But Chris Wilder’s team paid for costly misses by David McGoldrick early in the second half when they were in the ascendancy.

Sheffield United, who have not lost away in the league since January, remain a place below Wolves in seventh.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgrjwfHO4ZI

LEICESTER CITY 2 V 1 EVERTON

Silva appears to be managing Everton on a game-by-game basis after the club’s power-brokers met to discuss his future following the dismal home defeat by Norwich City last week and it looked like he would claim a precious point here until just seconds before the end of a pulsating game.

Iheanacho placed a composed finish past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with the linesman’s flag raised for offside but after a lengthy wait, the goal was given amid wild celebrations from Leicester’s players and manager Brendan Rodgers as they kept Liverpool’s lead at eight points.

Everton deservedly led at half-time after Richarlison headed in powerfully from Djibril Sidibe’s cross, although Leicester had a penalty rightly ruled out by VAR after Ben Chilwell went down in a challenge with Mason Holgate, Silva’s side were pulled back after 68 minutes when Jamie Vardy arrived unmarked at the back post to steer in Iheanacho’s effort as it flew across the face of goal. Vardy missed a good chance to win it for Leicester but then came that dramatic finale.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qZ7BGNMofE

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 2 ASTON VILLA

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United’s league position is not a concern after a home draw with Aston Villa left them ninth after 14 games.

Tyrone Mings’ first Premier League goal levelled the scores shortly after Victor Lindelof had given United a 64th-minute lead, though, the England defender did have to wait to see if it would be ruled out by the assistant video referee (VAR).

But the assistant referee kept his flag down and VAR proved he was correct to do so as Villa avoided defeat at Old Trafford for the first time since 2009.

Villa skipper Jack Grealish gave his side a deserved lead with a magnificent curling shot after 11 minutes only for United to equalise against the run of play just before the interval when a Marcus Rashford header hit the inside of a post before bouncing in off the back of former United keeper Tom Heaton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men pushed forward looking for a late winner but Anthony Martial failed to convert their best chance as United had to settle for a second successive draw against a promoted team.

United have now taken just 18 points from their opening 14 league games. That means Solskjaer must guide them to wins in their next three games if they are to surpass the 26 points Jose Mourinho amassed when he was sacked after 17 games in 2018-19.

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

I got four correct results and one correct score in my week 14 predictions.

Here are my predictions for week 16

Everton 1 v 2 Chelsea

Bournemouth 1 v 3 Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur 4 v 1 Burnley

Watford 1 v 2 Crystal Palace

Manchester City 3 v 1 Manchester United

Aston Villa 1 V 2 Leicester City

Newcastle United 2 V 1 Southampton

Norwich City 2 V 1 Sheffield United

Brighton & Hove Albion 2 V 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

West Ham United 2 v 1 Arsenal

 

Have a good week,

Gary

 

 

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