ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 18 ROUND UP
MANCHESTER CITY 4 V 1 SPURS
Manchester City looked like Champions in waiting as they destroyed Spurs challenge at the top of the table, with a sublime football performance. Ilkay Gundogan, in for the absent David Silva, headed City in front of a corner after 14 minutes, City had numerous chances to extend their lead, but due to some excellent saves from Hugo Lloris and some poor finishing it took until 20 minutes before time until man-of-the-match De Bruyne’s powerful shot extended their advantage. Gabriel Jesus struck the post with a penalty after Jan Vertonghen fouled De Bruyne but Raheem Sterling crowned a sweeping move with a simple finish to put the game well and truly out of Spurs reach.
Sterling then took advantage of Eric Dier’s mistake to walk in the fourth for his 15th goal of the season before Spurs, for whom Harry Kane and Dele Alli were lucky not to get red cards from referee Craig Pawson for challenges on Sterling and De Bruyne respectively, pulled one back in stoppage time through Christian Eriksen.
Spurs fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2Sma79yisw
LEICESTER CITY 0 V 3 CRYSTAL PALACE
Apart from the Man City result above the shock result of the week came at Leicester where they were convincingly beaten 3-0 by relegation-threatened Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke who cost Palace victory last week with a missed injury time penalty against Bournemouth, made amends with his performance at Leicester, he opened the scoring against the Foxes with a first-half header from Andros Townsend’s cross, his first goal of the campaign. Palace had failed to score in their last 10 league away games but added a second goal before the break when Benteke’s strong run and pass set up Wilfried Zaha for a brilliant individual finish. Bakary Sako eventually provided the final punch to Leicester by tucking away Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s pass across goal to round off a 94th-minute counter-attack. The Foxes remain eighth on the table, while Palace rises four places to 14th.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyzy7wKOzIQ
ARSENAL 1 V 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED
Newcastle found themselves in relegation trouble after another defeat at Arsenal left them with only one point from their last 27. Mesut Ozil’s brilliant volleyed goal in the first half was enough for Arsene Wenger’s side, who dominated until Newcastle rallied late in the game. The result puts Arsenal into fourth place while Newcastle is now in the bottom three.
Click here to see the highlights and Ozil’s amazing goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY1EQLVgkN4
BRIGHTON 0 V 0 BURNLEY
The bore draw of the week came at Brighton where points were shared in a 0-0 encounter, that had the fans wishing they had gone Christmas shopping. The only high point for the Brighton fans came when they were awarded a penalty but Glenn Murray missed it as Brighton’s winless run stretched to seven matches The result sees the south-coast club stay 13th, whilst Burnley remains in sixth place.
CHELSEA 1 V 0 SOUTHAMPTON
Chelsea have now won eight out of their last ten games, but cannot make any inroads into Man City’s dominance at the top, remaining 14 points adrift to remember that in the last 10 games, Alonso’s long-range free-kick beat Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster to put Chelsea ahead in stoppage-time of a first half the hosts had dominated. Eden Hazard thought he had doubled the Blues’ lead after the break, but Cesc Fabregas was flagged offside in the build-up. Pedro hit the post and Fabregas shot wide as Southampton, now winless in five matches, were lucky to only escape with a 1-0 deficit.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzZ6ie-o9Sc
WATFORD 1 V 4 HUDDERSFIELD
There was another shock result at Watford where the in-form Hornets were battered by Huddersfield, who got their first victory in eight away league matches took them up to 11th in the table on 21 points. Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga scored his first Premier League goal when he tapped in after Watford had failed to clear a corner. The visitors doubled their lead after only 23 minutes when a cross from the excellent Collin Quaner hit Aaron Mooy six yards out and went into the net. Hornets captain Troy Deeney was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Quaner in the 33rd minute and Huddersfield added a third when Laurent Depoitre capitalized on a slip from Jose Holebas and smashed the ball past Heurelho Gomes. Huddersfield skipper Jonathan Hogg was dismissed for two bookable offenses and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled a goal back with a superb 25-yard half-volley, however, the visitors added a late fourth as Mooy grabbed his second goal when he converted a penalty after Doucoure fouled Depoitre.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex6hnP9LZMs
STOKE 0 V 3 WEST HAM
Stoke manager Mark Hughes is under big pressure to be sacked after this 3-0 home defeat by West Ham. The Potters have now lost five of their past six and conceded the most goals in the Premier League. A Mark Noble penalty and further goals from ex-Stoke player Marko Arnautovic and Diafra Sakho added to their misery and has put Stoke one point and one place above the relegation zone, whilst WQest Ham move up to 15th on the table, two points above the relegation zone.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AI_eo-XTwA
WEST BROM 1 V 2 MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United moved back to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City by holding on to beat West Brom. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with a header, Jesse Lingard doubled United’s lead before the break with a shot that deflected off Albion’s Ahmed Hegazi. The Red Devils appeared to be heading for a comfortable win until Albion substitute Gareth Barry poked home from close range with 13 minutes left. But, despite finishing strongly, the Baggies could not add to their first goal in four games and remain second from bottom and are on a club record run of 17 games without a win.
BOURNEMOUTH 0 V 4 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool thrashed Bournemouth to move up to fourth in the Premier League table, goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino gave the Reds the win and took them above Burnley and Arsenal, although they are still 18 points behind leaders Manchester City. Coutinho, who had earlier hit the post with a free-kick, put the visitors ahead with a fine individual goal and Lovren headed in a second six minutes later. Jermain Defoe hit the post for Bournemouth, but Salah made it 3-0 before half-time after an excellent silky skilled run, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also hit the woodwork before Firmino headed in from Coutinho’s cross to seal the impressive win for Juergen Klopp’s side. The victory extends Liverpool’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches, while Bournemouth has not won in six games.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM708VYrBeM
EVERTON 3 V 1 SWANSEA
Everton appears to be back on track after winning won four of their past five games and drawing the other. A Rooney missed a penalty, saved by Lukasz Fabianski, was turned home by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. That brought the Toffees level after Leroy Fer had lost his marker at a corner to open the scoring for Swansea. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s exquisite long-range strike against his former club put Everton ahead after the break before Rooney’s second penalty completed the scoring. Rooney after Martin Olsson was adjudged to have fouled Jonjoe Kenny.
I got five correct scores this week!
Please see following my week 19 predictions:
Arsenal 1 v 2 Liverpool
Everton 1 v 2 Chelsea
Brighton 1 v 2 Watford
Man City 4 v 1 Bournemouth
Southampton 2 v 1 Huddersfield
Stoke 2 v 1 West Brom
Swansea 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
West Ham 2 v 1 Newcastle
Burnley 1 v 2 Spurs
Leicester 1 v 2 Man United
Please see following my week 20 predictions from the Boxing Day games:
Tottenham 3 v 1 Southampton
Bournemouth 2 v 1 West Ham
Chelsea 3 v 1 Brighton
Huddersfield 2 v 1 Stoke
Man United 3 v 1 Burnley
Watford 2 v 1 Leicester
West Brom 1 v 2 Everton
Liverpool 3 v 1 Swansea
Newcastle 1 v 4 Man City
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Arsenal
Have a lovely Christmas time and a great 2018