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Crystal Palace took the lead early on when James McArthur’s low cross eluded everyone to drift in at the back post before Andros Townsend added a second with a superb left-footed drive 12 minutes from time.

It could have been worse for Burnley, who had Joe Hart to thank for a number of fine saves, while Palace missed several good chances prior to Townsend’s stunner.

Burnley, without a win in seven matches, did not deserve to take anything from this game and have dropped to 19th in the Premier League, Palace’s first home victory of the season saw them end a run of eight league games without a win and move up three places to 14th.


The hosts took the lead inside a minute at the John Smith’s Stadium but were reduced to 10 men just after the half-hour when Steve Mounie was penalised for a high challenge on Yves Bissouma.

It was Mathias Jorgensen who gave Huddersfield the lead after 55 seconds, the fastest goal in the Premier League this season when he headed in off the post after Brighton had failed to clear their lines.

The visitors made their numerical advantage count following Mounie’s dismissal, Shane Duffy equalising deep into added time at the end of the first half, before Florin Andone struck from close range after the break.


James Maddison scored a superb goal against Watford, the England Under-21 midfielder juggled Marc Albrighton’s searching pass on his foot and knee before dispatching a sumptuous effort past Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The Foxes are now unbeaten in five Premier League matches, Jamie Vardy’s first-half penalty had put Leicester ahead, with the forward converting from the spot for the second week running after being brought down by Foster.

While the visitors created a series of chances, their day went from bad to worse in the second half with midfielder Etienne Capoue was dismissed for a two-footed tackle on Kelechi Iheanacho.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYSlPv6ahWc


Manchester City had to work hard to see off a determined Bournemouth side before Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured the win that sends them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

City’s victory maintains their 100% home record in the league this season, with eight wins out of eight, but this latest triumph was not as straightforward as the scoreline might suggest. Are Man City taking their foot off the gas –


Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGV0T5HPAAY


Javier Hernandez scored twice as the Hammers humiliated Newcastle, he grabbed his first in the 11th minute, Robert Snodgrass was allowed to run down the left and deliver an in-swinging cross for his Mexican team-mate who got himself in front of Federico Fernandez to poke in.

Hernandez then missed a couple of great chances before he fired home the second from Arnautovic’s flick-on.

And with the final kick of the game, Anderson capped off an exceptional display by slotting in West Ham’s third under the body of keeper Martin Dubravka.

The victory was only the Hammers’ second in the league at Newcastle since 1998, and moves them into 13th spot, on 15 points, Newcastle drops down to 14th and has 12 points.

All West Ham fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRj33MwPShk


Manchester United recovered from a terrible start but were still held to a disappointing draw at struggling Southampton, Jose Mourinho’s side were facing an embarrassing defeat early on as the Saints went into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes, Marcus Rashford inspired a comeback before half-time, with two goals in six minutes from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera earning the visitors a point, but it was another unconvincing display.

The draw leaves the Saints in the relegation zone in 18th with just one win in their last 15 Premier League games, including last season, Mark Hughes’ side will reflect on a costly capitulation at the end of the first half after fine goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares had seemingly put them in control.

United move seventh, still six points off a Champions League place and a massive 16 shy of the lead held by rivals Manchester City.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VI826n81y4


The Blues took the lead early on when Pedro slotted home from N’Golo Kante’s pass and they could have had more in the first half had Sergio Rico not twice denied Olivier Giroud, Fulham threatened to find an equaliser in the second half as Chelsea struggled for fluency, but substitute Loftus-Cheek made the win safe when he fired past Rico after an intricate passing move with Eden Hazard and Pedro.

Defeat for Fulham means they stay bottom of the table, having claimed only one point from a possible 24 away from home this season.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVp3ZxMM6zM


Arsenal came out the victors in the big North London derby, they extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches, moving above Spurs into the top four, with a display that reflected the outstanding work the new manager Emery has done since succeeding Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal’s fast start drew early reward when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them ahead from the spot after Jan Vertonghen’s ridiculous handball, yet Spurs, against the run of play, were ahead before the break. Eric Dier glanced home Christian Eriksen’s free-kick to equalise, sparking a melee involving players from both sides with his celebrations in front of Arsenal’s fans, before Harry Kane scored from the spot after Rob Holding was penalised for a challenge on Son Heung-min, Emery introduced Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey at the start of the second half to dramatic effect, the Welshman set up Aubameyang’s magnificent finish and the France striker’s deflected shot beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from the edge of the area to put Arsenal ahead with 16 minutes left.

The outstanding Lucas Torreira ran clear to wrap up Arsenal’s win and Spur’s misery was complete when Vertonghen was sent off for a foul on Lacazette.

Spurs fans (including myself) look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K2mwoBOvQY


Liverpool’s Divock Origi scored a bizarre 96th-minute goal in sensational circumstances as a terrible Jordan Pickford error gifted the Reds victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

It was cruel on Everton, who had at times played the more adventurous football in a lively encounter.

The 232nd meeting between the city rivals was heading for a draw when Pickford mishandled a sliced Virgil van Dijk shot that had ballooned high up into the air, it seemed set to land on top of his net, but the England keeper clawed the ball back down from above his crossbar and spilt it out to Origi, a late substitute making his first Premier League appearance since August 2017, all the Belgian striker had to do was nod into an empty goal to secure a win that consolidates Liverpool’s second place, two points behind defending champions Manchester City.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78CB2p6iURs


Cardiff City staged a stirring second-half fightback to beat Wolves and climb out of the Premier League relegation zone, Wolves took the lead as Matt Doherty seized on a rebound to score on his 200th appearance for the club, Cardiff hauled themselves back into the contest, after a corner was half-cleared, Harry Arter hoisted the ball back into the box and, with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio seemingly blocked by Cardiff’s Callum Paterson, Sean Morrison was able to nod the ball down to Aron Gunnarsson, who struck from close range.

Then Junior Hoilett whipped in a fabulous first-time effort from 25 yards, clipping the crossbar on its way into the net, to claim the three points for Cardiff.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V8S5GAxcNg

I got seven correct results, with one score spot on, back to good form

Please see following the predictions for week 16

Bournemouth 1 v 3 Liverpool

Arsenal 3 v 1 Huddersfield

Burnley 1 v 2 Brighton

Cardiff 2 v 1 Southampton

Manchester United 3 v 1 Fulham

West Ham United 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Chelsea 1 v 2 Manchester City

Leicester City 1 v 3 Spurs

Newcastle 2 v 1 Wolves

Everton 2 v 0 Watford

Have a good week,


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