ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 18 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog, Property News

EVERTON 0 V 0 ARSENAL

This was not the bore draw of the week, but the bore draw of the season, Everton did not even have a shot on target!

Everton and Arsenal played out a dire goalless draw at Goodison Park as respective new bosses Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta watched from the stands.

Three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti was named to replace to sacked Marco Silva on a contract until 2024 shortly before kick-off on Saturday, whilst Arteta, who was appointed the Gunners boss on Friday, was sitting nearby, but they both were clearly aware of them – but there was little to excite either man.

Arsenal, under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg for the last time, came closest to scoring as Gabriel Martinelli shot wide in the first half before Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saved superbly from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the break.

The hosts, led by caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson for the fourth and final time, rarely troubled Arsenal

Sorry, no goals or highlights in this bore draw 🙂

ASTON VILLA 1 V 3 SOUTHAMPTON

This was one of the surprises of the week, as the Saints victory moves them above their opponents in the race to keep away from the relegation zone.

Saints move up a place to 17th, leapfrogging Villa who drops to 18th after a fourth consecutive defeat.

Southampton arrived at Villa Park has been in the bottom three in seven of the last eight weeks but deserved their victory after controlling the game from start to finish.

Hassenhuttl’s team were assisted by some shambolic defending from Villa and Danny Ings’ two-goal contribution, as they registered their biggest win since their 3-1 victory over Wolves in April.

Ings opened the scoring, tapping in from close range after Shane Long’s initial effort was saved by Villa keeper Tom Heaton.

And Long could have added a second before Jack Stephens met James Ward-Prowse’s corner to double Saints’ lead with a towering header into the bottom right corner.

Ings punished Marvelous Nakamba’s loose control to add Southampton’s third after the break.

And while Jack Grealish’s superb effort flew into the top right corner for the hosts to reduce the arrears it was not enough to prevent Saints from claiming only their fifth win of the season.

this will give the saints fans something to cheer about over the festive period.

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

BOURNEMOUTH 0 V 1 BURNLEY

This was another dire Christmas game, the first shot on target came in the 89th minute when Jay Rodriguez scored the winner to beat Bournemouth.

There had not been a single shot on target from either side until substitute Rodriguez headed in from close range following Ashley Westwood’s cross.

Jefferson Lerma’s 30-yard effort for the hosts went well over the top and Chris Mepham’s second-half header went wide.

A physical Burnley side had offered little as an attacking threat in a disrupted match littered with fouls and strong challenges before Rodriguez’s winner.

With Six players were being booked. A full-blooded Xmas game.

The three points for Burnley takes them up to 10th in the Premier League table.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo4xPdVxvJo

BRIGHTON 0 V 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED

Scotland international Oliver McBurnie latched on to goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s long ball to smash home the winner in the first half.

McBurnie’s effort earned the Blades a third successive top-flight win for the first time since 1993. United could have been out of sight, twice having goals ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee.

Brighton’s best move of the match resulted in Neal Maupay tapping in from close range, but Martin Montoya was offside earlier in the move.

The Blades go into Christmas fifth in the Premier League, a great Christmas gift for their fans, who are still pinching themselves.

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

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE

Miguel Almiron’s scored his first goal for the club as the Paraguayan midfielder scored a late winner in a drab contest against Crystal Palace

to send the Magpies above the Eagles to ninth in the Premier League. Another boring game, maybe the players have been enjoying the Christmas spirit too much?

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

NORWICH 1 V 2 WOLVES

Wolves have been in amazing form and apart from their defeat to Spurs last week have been unbeaten in their last thirteen games.

Raul Jimenez scored his 16th goal of the season as Wolves came from behind to win 2-1 at Norwich, who are now six points from safety in the Premier League.

The Canaries dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead when Todd Cantwell fired home from the middle of the box after pouncing on a loose ball.

But Wolves hit back after the break when Romain Saiss headed powerfully home. Jimenez then snatched victory for the visitors when he fired in after Tim Krul had denied Matt Doherty.

Norwich remains in 19th place but Southampton’s win against Aston Villa means the Saints move up to 17th, six points clear of Norwich.

Meanwhile, victory for Wolves moves them up to sixth and gets them back to winning ways.

Click here for the goals –

MANCHESTER CITY 3 V 1 LEICESTER CITY

Liverpool remains 10 points clear at the top of the table after an enthralling battle between their two nearest rivals saw Manchester City fightback from a goal down to beat Leicester.

Pep Guardiola’s side stays third despite this impressive victory, a point behind the Foxes and 11 behind the leaders,  but this was a timely reminder of how good the defending champions are at their best.

Manchester City had to do it the hard way, falling behind to Jamie Vardy’s superbly taken breakaway goal but inspired by a magnificent performance by Kevin de Bruyne, they roared back to take the points.

Vardy silenced Etihad Stadium when he raced on to Harvey Barnes’ pass, out-paced Fernandinho and chipped Ederson to score with Leicester’s first effort at goal.

Riyad Mahrez, who was being half-heartedly booed by fans of his former club, cut in from the right and fired in a low shot that cannoned off Caglar Soyuncu and left Kasper Schmeichel helpless.

Three minutes before the break, Ricardo Pereira lunged in on Raheem Sterling inside the box and, after Mike Dean pointed to the spot, Ilkay Gundogan fired his penalty into the bottom corner.

De Bruyne was outstanding and he burst into the box with an unstoppable run down the right and squared for Gabriel Jesus to slide home his side’s third goal at the far post.

In the end, a thoroughly deserved victory and the chase is still on.

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

WATFORD 2 V 0 MANCHESTER UNITED

This was an abysmal performance form United, lacking an inspiration or fight, bottom club Watford deservedly got the three points and has left manager Solksjaer, with a lot of thinking to do over the festive period.

Watford moved within six points of safety and level on points with Norwich in 19th after defeating a dismal United side that remains eighth.

Watford was helped on their way courtesy of David de Gea’s error for their opening goal, with the Spanish keeper allowing Ismaila Sarr’s mishit shot to bounce through his arms and strike him in the face as it entered the net. Troy Deeney compounded a miserable day for United as he registered his first league goal since April with a penalty after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s foul on Sarr.

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

TOTTENHAM 0 V 2 CHELSEA

I was at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium for this game and saw a Chelsea side who had not been in the best of form in recent games, completely dominate their hosts and

outplayed Spurs in every position on the field, very disappointing for the Spurs fans who were expecting a lot more than cheer about over the holidays.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard outmanoeuvred his one-time mentor Jose Mourinho, but a comfortable win at Tottenham was overshadowed by alleged racist behaviour aimed at visiting defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger was involved in the second-half incident that saw Tottenham’s Son Heung-min sent off.

The striker was dismissed, following a video assistant referee review, for raising his boot in a clash with the German centre-back near the touchline.

Shortly afterwards, Rudiger, 26, appeared to gesticulate that he had received racist abuse from Spurs fans.

Chelsea drew the incident to the attention of referee Anthony Taylor and three subsequent announcements were made over the public address system warning that racist behaviour among spectators was interfering with the game. The match was also held up when objects were thrown towards Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, capping a miserable afternoon for Spurs and Mourinho against his former club.

It marred an outstanding Chelsea display that halted their recent slide, with the game effectively won inside the first 45 minutes courtesy of Willian’s superb curling finish and a penalty from the Brazilian awarded by VAR after Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga had flattened Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea’s victory strengthened their grip on fourth place and left them four points above fifth-placed Sheffield United. Spurs remain in seventh place six points adrift.

 

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

 

In my predictions, I got four correct results and one spot on scoreline. Please see following my predictions for the Boxing day games, week 19 and week 20.

 

SPURS 4 V 1 BRIGHTON

ASTON VILLA 2 V 1 NORWICH

BOURNEMOUTH 1 V 3 ARSENAL

CHELSEA 3 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 V 1 WEST HAM UNITED

EVERTON 2 V 1 BURNLEY

SHEFFIELD UNITED 2 V 1 WATFORD

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 1 NEWCASTLE

LEICESTER CITY 1 V 2 LIVERPOOL

WOLVES 1 V 3 MANCHESTER CITY

 

WEEK 20

 

BRIGHTON 2 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH

NEWCASTLE 2 V 1 EVERTON

SOUTHAMPTON 2 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE

WATFORD 2 V 1 ASTON VILLA

NORWICH 1 V 3 SPURS

WEST HAM UNITED 1 V 2 LEICESTER CITY

BURNLEY 1 V 2 MANCHESTER UNITED
ARSENAL 1 V 2 CHELSEA
LIVERPOOL 3 V 1 WOLVES
MANCHESTER CITY 3 V 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED

 

 

Have a great Christmas and a wonderful 2020

 

Take care

 

Gary

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