ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 15 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

BOURNEMOUTH 2 V 1 HUDDERSFIELD

The Cherries moved up to sixth in the Premier League thanks to early goals from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser. Bournemouth went ahead after five minutes as Wilson muscled home a powerful header from Fraser’s cross.

Wilson returned the favor soon after, slipping in Fraser for a well-worked second.

Huddersfield rallied with Terence Kongolo’s first goal for the club halving the deficit before the interval, but it was not enough to deny the Cherries the three points.

BRIGHTON 3 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE

Brighton produced one of the best Premier League performances of the season to sweep aside Crystal Palace despite playing for 62 minutes with only 10 men. Moments after the Seagulls went 1-0 up through Glenn Murray’s spot-kick, defender Shane Duffy was sent off for thrusting his head at Patrick van Aanholt after referee Kevin Friend had turned down a second penalty appeal.

Playmaker Pascal Gross was immediately replaced by the more defensive-minded Leon Balogun, and the substitute’s first touch was a stunning strike to double the home side’s lead, the best was yet to come for the hosts, as Florin Andone ran 40 yards down the left to fire in the third goal in first-half stoppage time. The Romanian forward had only been on the pitch for 14 minutes, having replaced the injured Murray.

Home goalkeeper Mat Ryan had little to do until the 81st minute when he was beaten by Luka Milivojevic’s penalty.

Chris Hughton’s side managed to subdue Palace’s attack in the remaining minutes to record a memorable win.

Click here for the goals and a great win for my good friend and Brighton manager Chris Hughton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GSLbvdgrbM

WEST HAM UNITED 3 V 1 CARDIFF CITY

Lucas Perez came off the bench to score twice at London Stadium, Perez, who replaced the injured Marko Arnautovic in the first half, struck twice in five minutes early in the second. After Perez’s double, Michail Antonio headed a third for West Ham, and Josh Murphy bundled in a consolation for Cardiff with the last touch of the game. West Ham moved up to 12th in the table, while Neil Warnock’s Cardiff has taken only one point from seven away games this season and sit two points above the relegation zone.

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

WATFORD 1 V 2 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City’s nervous finish in an otherwise comfortable win at Watford showed “you can never relax in the Premier League”, according to manager Pep Guardiola, the reigning champions had controlled Tuesday’s game and led through goals from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez but Abdoulaye Doucoure scrambled in for Watford in the 85th minute to give the hosts hope of an unlikely comeback.

Watford sent goalkeeper Ben Foster forward for set-pieces in a frantic finish, with Guardiola introducing defensive reinforcements to deal with the pressure, but the visitors held on for their seventh successive league win, but are there some chinks in the Man City armor?

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71gbuvNC36o

BURNLEY 1 V 3 LIVERPOOL

Substitute Roberto Firmino scored with his first touch as Liverpool came from behind to beat struggling Burnley and stay in touch with leaders Manchester City in the Premier League table, Jack Cork gave the hosts a surprise lead after Alisson could not gather the ball following a corner but Jurgen Klopp’s side hit back with three goals, James Milner equalised with a superb low finish from the edge of the box and Firmino,  tapped home Virgil van Dijk’s athletic cutback, Xherdan Shaqiri made sure of the win for Liverpool with a clinical counter-attack goal moments after Alisson had saved superbly from Ben Mee.

Liverpool is two points behind Pep Guardiola’s side after 15 games and has made the best start to a season in the club’s 126-year history. All Liverpool fans, including eLan CEO Mark Taylor, click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e40l14dPmg

EVERTON 1 V 1 NEWCASTLE

Everton was left to rue several missed chances as Newcastle United claimed a point at Goodison Park.

Marco Silva’s men had 19 shots at goal but it was the visitors who took the lead as Salomon Rondon smashed home after a sweeping counter-attack. Everton responded well and was rewarded for a period of sustained pressure when Richarlison equalized seven minutes before the interval, lifting the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun both had guilt-edged chances and the hosts continued to dominate possession after the break, but Christian Atsu had two late opportunities to steal all three points for the visitors. A point apiece sees Everton move back to sixth while Newcastle remains above Crystal Palace in 14th.

FULHAM 1 V 1 LEICESTER

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri was denied victory over former club Leicester as James Maddison scored for the second successive match to secure a point for the Foxes, Until Maddison swept in the equalizer from Shinji Okazaki’s cross from the right, Fulham had looked on course to climb off the bottom of the Premier League and out of the relegation zone thanks to Aboubakar Kamara’s goal.

WOLVES 2 V 1 CHELSEA

Two goals in four second-half minutes, from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, gave the hosts victory after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s 25-yard effort was headed into his own net by Wolves captain Conor Coady after only 18 minutes.

Sarri the Chelsea was furious with the lackluster performance from Chelsea, who looked like they did not have the stomach for the fight against Wolves. Wolves win leaves them 12th in the Premier League, only four points behind sixth-placed Everton.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPi0SKg_OIY

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 2 ARSENAL

Mourinho dropped Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku after recent disappointing performances which have brought only three points from the past 12 available and, while quality was lacking, no-one could doubt his side’s endeavor and character.

Goalkeeper David de Gea made an uncharacteristic error as he failed to deal with Shkodran Mustafi’s tame 26th-minute header, which Ander Herrera could not clear before it crossed the line. United was swiftly level through Anthony Martial after Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno could only half-clear a free-kick to set up an exciting second half.

Substitute Alexandre Lacazette scrambled Arsenal back in front after 68 minutes but United was on terms once more within seconds as Jesse Lingard pounced on Sead Kolasinac’s attempted backpass. United are now eighth in the Premier League and Arsenal, who extended their unbeaten run this season to 20 games, are in fifth.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy8cHj3Cke8

SPURS 3 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

I was at Wembley sitting just behind Ralph Hasenhuttl the new manager of the Saints, who saw the huge task that he has in front of him, as his side crumbled in four second-half minutes after Harry Kane had tapped in the opener in the ninth minute, Brazilian Lucas Moura made it 2-0 in the 51st minute when he fired home from eight yards, before Son Heung-min notched his fourth goal of the season with a close-range finish from Kane’s ball.

Southampton created several chances but was twice thwarted by the woodwork and by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. They finally found a way past the France keeper in stoppage time when Charlie Austin fired home.

The victory sees Spurs leapfrog Chelsea and Arsenal into third, with 33 points, while Southampton remains in the relegation zone with nine points, but I think that with the new manager in place, the Saints will pull away from the relegation zone.

It was great to catch up with Matt Le Tissier, the Southampton legend, who I played alongside during my England career. In my predictions, I got six correct results with four of them to spot on scores, so a good week for me!

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8dOQM12NNc

Have a good week,

Gary

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