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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 15 ROUND UP

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 15 ROUND UP

MAN CITY 2 V 1 WEST HAM

Manchester City had to come from behind to win a record-equalling 13th Premier League match in a row with a victory over a well organized West Ham at Etihad Stadium. Angelo Ogbonna’s header on the stroke of half-time put the Hammers ahead, but Nicolas Otamendi responded with a quality finish shortly after the break. David Silva won it for City, stylishly converting a Kevin de Bruyne pass with seven minutes left. The victory meant Pep Guardiola’s side re-established their eight-point lead over Manchester United, who they play at Old Trafford next Sunday.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRZk2LZhaPA

BRIGHTON 1 V 5 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool continued their remarkable away scoring form, putting five goals past a usually well organized Brighton defense. Emre Can powered a header beyond Mat Ryan from Philippe Coutinho’s corner after half an hour and the Reds doubled their lead 79 seconds later following a quality move. Mohamed Salah drove at the Brighton defense and picked out Coutinho, who slid a left-footed cross to the back post for Roberto Firmino to finish with ease. Brazil striker Firmino made it 3-0 after Salah’s brilliant assist before Glenn Murray, who had missed two great chances, beat Simon Mignolet with a penalty following Jordan Henderson’s foul on Shane Duffy. Coutinho scored with a well taken free kick and then forced Brighton defender Lewis Dunk to head into his own net. Liverpool has scored 15 goals in their past five away games, moving up towards the top four and Brighton drop to 11th on the table.

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

CHELSEA 3 V 1 NEWCASTLE

Eden Hazard was the catalyst for this demolition of Newcastle, he scored twice in an outstanding performance. Newcastle had taken a shock lead through after Dwight Gayle’s poked effort had given the Magpies the lead, but Hazard fired the Blues level with an angled strike. Striker Alvaro Morata made it 2-1 to the hosts when he headed in from close range following Victor Moses’ driven cross. Hazard made sure of Chelsea’s 10th league win of the season with a penalty after Matt Ritchie fouled Moses in the area.

Click here for the action – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFpRf9QnOW8

EVERTON 2 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD

Everton gave new manager Sam Allardyce the perfect start with a positive performance and three points, there is still plenty of work to be done, but an excellent start for the larger than life manager. Gylfi Sigurdsson but finished neatly less than two minutes into the second half after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s lovely angled back-flick played him in. England youth forward Calvert-Lewin, Everton’s outstanding player, added a deserved goal when he ran on to Wayne Rooney’s pass and scored via a deflection off Mathias Jorgensen. Everton is now are now 10th on the table.

Everton fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5t7pk5-gX0

LEICESTER 1 v 0 BURNLEY

An early goal from Demarai Gray was enough to give Leicester victory against Burnley at the King Power Stadium. Gray got on the end of a Riyad Mahrez cross for the winning goal. Burnley started the match in sixth place, just three points off Arsenal in fourth, after winning four of their previous five games. But Sean Dyche’s side couldn’t continue their recent good form and have dropped to seventh after suffering only their second away defeat of the season.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqoiDs9EFW4

STOKE CITY 2 V 1 SWANSEA CITY

Wilfried Bony’s first top-flight goal for more than a year gave the visitors an early lead, but Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf had the home side in front by halftime. Stoke held on despite coming under pressure from a Swansea side, who now is at the foot of the table, whilst Stoke moves six points clear of the bottom three.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBF4taYZgFI

WATFORD 1 V 1 SPURS

Watford took an early lead when Christian Kabasele headed in from six yards from Tom Cleverley’s left-wing corner, Tottenham’s Son Heung-min finished off Christian Eriksen’s cross to equalise, but in the end it was a Spurs performance that showed a lot of spirit as they had to play the last 38 minutes with ten men after defender Davinson Sanchez was dismissed for a complete lack of discipline when elbowing Richarlison in the 52nd minute, the point lifts Spurs to sixth in the league.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rb0_qGLqRg

WEST BROM 0 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE

The bore draw of the week came at the Hawthorns, where an easily forgettable game, failed to produce any highlights. While a point moves Palace off the bottom of the league table, they have now gone a Premier League record of playing 10 away games without scoring a goal.

SORRY, NO HIGHLIGHTS

ARSENAL 3 V 1 MANCHESTER UNITED

This game was at the other end of the highlights scale, where a fantastic game of football was won by ruthless finishing from a confident United side. Despite Jose Mourinho’s side being reduced to 10 men late on when Paul Pogba was sent off for a dangerous tackle, they were thoroughly deserving of the three points Arsenal may well feel slightly hard done by as they came up against a stunning goalkeeping display by David de Gea throughout the game.Antonio Valencia pounced on a loose Laurent Koscielny pass to drill the opener before Jesse Lingard side-footed a second after robbing Shkodran Mustafi to link smartly with Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial, with Lingard getting his second and United’s third.

Click here for some great football action – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RenUIlh7eSM

BOURNEMOUTH 1 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

A draw was a fair result on the South Coast, Bournemouth took the lead just before the break when Scotland winger Ryan Fraser slotted a first-time effort past Fraser Forster. But the Cherries were pegged back when Southampton striker Charlie Austin swept home the equalizer just after the hour mark. The point takes Southampton up to 11th in the Premier League, while Bournemouth moves above Newcastle into 14th.

I had a decent week with my predictions, getting six correct results with two of them with the correct scores.

My week 16 predictions:

West Ham 1 v 3 Chelsea

Burnley 2 v 1 Watford

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Huddersfield 2 v 1 Brighton

Swansea 2 v 1 West Brom

Tottenham 3 v 1 Stoke

Newcastle 1 v 2 Leicester

Southampton 1 v 2 Arsenal

Liverpool 3 v 1 Everton

Man United 1 v 2 Man City

The Week 17 follows a couple of days later and so here are my predictions for those games:

Burnley 2 v 1 Stoke

Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Watford

Huddersfield 1 v 2 Chelsea

Newcastle 2 v 1 Everton

Southampton 2 v 1 Leicester

Swansea 1 v 3 Man City

Liverpool 3 v 1 West Brom

Man United 3 v 1 Bournemouth

Spurs 3 v 1 Brighton

West Ham 1 v 2 Arsenal

Have a good week,

Gary

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