ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 16 ROUND UP
SPURS 5 V 1 STOKE CITY
I was at Wembley for this complete demolition of a poor Stoke side, Stoke was lucky that the final score was not in double figures! Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs scored four second-half goals to climb above Arsenal into fifth in the Premier League table. It ended a four-game run without a league win, and Poch is demanding we show the same consistency between now and the end of the season. Spurs went ahead when Potters skipper Ryan Shawcross inadvertently diverted the ball past his own keeper, before three goals in the space of 12 minutes put the game out of sight. Son Heung-min doubled the lead and Kane’s header made it 3-0. Kane drilled home the fourth, and Son set up Christian Eriksen for the fifth goal before Shawcross headed in a late consolation from a corner.
Click here for the goal fest – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Jpagz3T_4
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 V 3 LEICESTER CITY
This was a thrilling encounter at St James Park, with Leicester securing the three points in the dying seconds. Leicester’s win was their third in a row in the Premier League, a run that has taken them up to eighth in the table. Newcastle celebrated their 125th anniversary by taking the lead through Joselu’s close-range finish. The visitors rallied quickly and drew level when Mikel Merino’s loose pass gave them possession and began an attack that Riyad Mahrez ended with a superb 25-yard, left-footed drive into the top corner. Demarai Gray put them in front after the break with a shot that found the net via a deflection off Florian Lejeune before Dwight Gayle levelled matters with a shot that came off Harry Maguire, but City would have the final word, when Newcastle Striker Ayoze Perez poked the ball into his own net in the 86th minute as he tried to prevent Shinji Okazaki scoring, giving Leicester a thrilling 3-2 victory at St James’ Park.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lN8uiI1HiQ
SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 1 ARSENAL
Arsenal was fortunate to come away from the South coast with a point, Charlie Austin clipped home an early opener for the home side with the away defense in disarray. Southampton keeper Fraser Forster had very little to do little to do as the visitors struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances before Oliver Giroud salvaged a point when he climbed above Virgil van Dijk to steer home Alexis Sanchez’s cross, to give the Gunners a point.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_w4xoGZlpI
LIVERPOOL 1 V 1 EVERTON
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was at his worst as his team failed to break down a stubborn Everton side and accused all and sundry, except himself and his own team, for only managing to take a point from the inferior Everton side. Liverpool took the lead through Mohamed Salah’s sublime curling finish from an angle towards the end of the first half, which was deserved a reward for the command shown by Klopp’s in-form side. Sadio Mane wasted a fine opportunity to double the lead before Everton, who had only one shot on target from open play, were awarded the 77th-minute penalty, Everton captain Wayne Rooney calmly equalized from the spot after referee Pawson ruled Dejan Lovren’s push on Dominic Calvert-Lewin was worthy of a penalty.Juergen clearly saw things differently!
Click here for Sala’s great goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXi9g3B8Jd8
Click here for Wayne Rooney’s equalizing penalty – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib9IqR5eK_o
MAN UNITED 1 V 2 MAN CITY
United Manager Jose Mourinho was also in an accusing mood as Pep Guardiola’s team stretched their lead at the top of the table to 11 points and became the first team to win 14 successive English top-flight games in a single season, City took the lead their vast superiority deserved when man-of-the-match David Silva hooked home from close range after confusion at a corner on 42 minutes, only for United to be handed a lifeline in first-half stoppage time when poor defending from Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph allowed Marcus Rashford to steal in for a composed finish. Otamendi made amends nine minutes after the break when Romelu Lukaku lashed at a clearance in the area and the City defender pounced on the rebound to score.
Mourinho’s post-match focus centered on an incident in the 79th minute, when Ander Herrera went down in the box under a challenge from Otamendi and was booked for diving. “My first reaction is I feel sorry for Michael Oliver because he had a very good match but unfortunately he made an important mistake,” Mourinho told BBC Match of the Day. “The result was made with a big penalty not given. That would have been 2-2.”Michael was unlucky because it was a clear penalty.” Asked whether the title race was over, Mourinho replied: “Probably, yes. Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck, and the gods of football are behind them.” he remarked sarcastically!
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enFiWF_weKY
WEST HAM 1 V 0 CHELSEA
The shock result of the weekend came at the Olympic Stadium where West Ham won for the first time under new manager David Moyes and consigned the Champions to a defeat that they deserved. The Hammers scored the only goal after just six minutes when Arnautovic curled a deft strike into the bottom corner after exchanging passes with Manuel Lanzini on the edge of the area. Chelsea had a couple of chances well saved by Adrian, retaining his place in the team ahead of the dropped Joe Hart, but Chelsea offered very little and are now 14 points behind Man City whilst West Ham remain in the bottom three.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtxJCM773pQ
BURNLEY 1 V 0 WATFORD
Scott Arfield’s first-half goal gave Burnley victory over the Hornets. Arfield’s winner took Burnley amazingly to within a point of the Champions League places, a fine effort from Sean Dyche’s team.
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 V 2 BOURNEMOUTH
Christian Benteke was the pantomime villain as he refused to let the club’s named penalty taker Luka Milivojevic take an injury-time penalty, Benteke took it and missed! Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic pushed away Benteke’s weak effort as an entertaining game ended with the points shared. The visitors had taken the lead when Jermain Defoe fired low into the bottom corner from Andrew Surman’s cross. But Palace roared back with two goals in three minutes, Luka Milivojevic, buried a penalty awarded for a foul on Wilfried Zaha, before Scott Dann steered home Yohan Cabaye’s ball across the face of goal, then one of the goals of the season from my friend Jermaine Defoe, hitting a dipping volley from an acute angle sent the teams to the break even, Palace finished the stronger, with Dann stabbing over and Benteke squandering the penalty. The result, combined with Swansea’s win, means Palace return to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Click here for the highlights –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz6lR6zmc8A
HUDDERSFIELD 2 V 0 BRIGHTON
Huddersfield ended their run of four consecutive defeats with victory over Brighton. Steve Mounie recalled to the starting line-up in place of Laurent Depoitre, put the hosts in front in the 12th minute when he bundled home Chris Lowe’s corner from close range, he added his second two minutes before half-time when Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan failed to stop his tame low header following another corner. The victory for Huddersfield, their fifth of the season takes them above Brighton and into 11th, while Chris Hughton’s side falls to 13th and are now five games without a win.
SWANSEA 1 V 0 WEST BROM
Swansea City hauled themselves off the bottom of the Premier League table as captain Wilfried Bony’s emphatic late finish gave them a precious win over West Brom to ease the pressure on head coach Paul Clement, with both teams struggling to find any decent form, it was a poor game of football, Swansea looked the more likely to score and with nine minutes left a loose ball from a corner fell invitingly for Bony, who blasted it through a crowd of bodies to earn the Swans a first victory since October.
I got six correct results this week, maintaining a decent run of form in my predictions!
Here are my week 18 predictions:
Leicester 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 3 v 1 Newcastle
Brighton 2 v 1 Burnley
Chelsea 3 v 1 Southampton
Stoke 2 v 1 West Ham
Watford 2 v 1 Huddersfield
Man City 1 v 2 Tottenham
West Brom 1 v 3 Man United
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Liverpool
Everton 2 v 1 Swansea
Have a great week,