ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 19 ROUND UP
EVERTON 0 V 0 CHELSEA
This game’s result appears to give it the bore draw of the week, but it was a very different story, Chelsea had 25 shots, completely dominated the game and should have won comfortably, however, the Everton defense was not in a festive mood, refusing to hand Chelsea any presents, they threw everything in front of the Chelsea onslaught, on the other hand, Everton for the first time in their history at Goodison Park, did not have one shot on target. A hard fought draw for Everton, but two points were thrown away by Chelsea.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPokLKontwo
BRIGHTON 1 V 0 WATFORD
German midfielder Pascal Gross’s goal on 64 minutes was the difference between these two sides, his shot from the edge of the box should have been saved but went under Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes. It also ended Brighton’s goal drought and was just the second time they have found the net in their past seven games. Watford rarely threatened and the Seagulls should have been out of sight with Lewis Dunk and Tomer Hemed missing good chances. This was Watford’s fourth league defeat in a row and there fifth in their last six games, while Brighton moves to 12th, five points clear of the relegation zone.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOEUM-T1Oi4
MANCHESTER CITY 4 V 0 BOURNEMOUTH
Sergio Aguero was the star at the top of the tree, as he scored two goals and brilliantly made another as the Premier League leaders racked up their 17th successive win in the competition. Asmir Begovic’s poor clearance led to Fernandinho finding Aguero to nod the home side in front, Raheem Sterling made it 2-0 at the start of the second half when Aguero deftly flicked the ball over the visitors defence for him to slot home, Aguero added a third with another header, this time from a Silva cross. Danilo completed the rout with five minutes to go when he ran on to Sterling’s pass to score his first goal for the club. City’s victory extended their lead at the top of the table to 13 points, the biggest ever margin at Christmas between first and second placed teams. Bournemouth, who are now without a win in their past seven league games, slip into the bottom three.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjmbCK94iwM
SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 1 HUDDERSFIELD
Charlie Austin was the hero and the villain in this game, he opened the scoring for the Saints before Laurent Depoitre leveled for the Terriers, heading home from close range following Tommy Smith’s cross, Austin was then accused of deliberately kicking Huddersfield’s goalkeeper Jonas in the face, which could be the subject of an FA enquiry.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpYHwebEkzc
STOKE 3 V 1 WEST BROM
The Potters cruised into a two-goal lead when Joe Allen’s close-range strike and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s cool finish put them in control at half-time. Salomon Rondon gave West Brom hope six minutes after the break, and the hosts were living on their nerves as they escaped several scares with the visitors wasting chances in a frenzied finale. Then, while under pressure Stoke manager Mark Hughes was demanding the final whistle, Stoke broke away and Choupo-Moting to set up a simple finish for substitute Ramadan Sobhi to extend West Brom’s winless streak to a club record 18 games in all competitions.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJHCuW31nno
SWANSEA 1 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE
Swansea’s under the guidance of stand-in manager Leon Britton came back from a goal down to earn a point. Palace took the lead after Ruben Loftus-Cheek was brought down by Federico Fernandez, Luka Milivojevic stroked his penalty down the middle to give Roy Hodgson’s men the lead, but then Jordan Ayew struck with a viciously swerving effort from 20 yards to give Swansea just an eighth point from 10 home Premier League games this season, leaving them four points adrift of safety. For Palace, the draw extended their club record unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games but they slipped to 16th in the table, it is a vital time for both teams to pick up points over the busy Christmas period of games.
WEST HAM 2 V 3 NEWCASTLE
In one of the best games of the weekend, Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone. The Hammers took the lead when forward Marko Arnautovic, raced into the area before slotting the ball past Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal. That lead lasted only four minutes as Saivet hit a 25-yard free-kick that sneaked inside Adrian’s near post. The visitors hit the woodwork twice before they went in front when Mo Diame fired in from Christian Atsu’s pass. Atsu soon made it 3-1 with a poked finish after a swift break, but David Moyes’ side gave themselves more than a fighting chance when Ayew smashed home after Andy Carroll’s header was parried, but Newcastle held on in a frantic finish to send their fans home full of Christmas cheer.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6UJAGOkBv4
BURNLEY 0 V 3 TOTTENHAM
Harry Kane was in fine form as his hat-trick put Burnley to the sword and gave Spurs fans an early Christmas present. Kane broke the deadlock at Turf Moor in the sixth minute, scoring from the spot after Spurs were awarded a controversial penalty when Kevin Long was adjudged to have fouled Dele Alli. Kane made it 2-0 midway through the second half, racing on to Moussa Sissoko’s pass before sliding the ball past Burnley keeper Nick Pope. He completed his hat-trick late on, tucking in a clinical finish at the far post. The win moves Spurs to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool, while Burnley drops to seventh.
I have been fortunate enough to see Harry Kane’s rise to the highest level over the last few years and the great thing about Harry is that he is still learning and is getting better with every game played, I have seen Harry in training and I have been lucky enough to have played with some great strikers, Gary Lineker, Juergen Klinsmann, Clive Allen, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer amongst them and Harry is certainly in the same quality bracket as those players.
Click here for Harry’s hat trick – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWGNfiFObIw
LEICESTER 2 V 2 MAN UNITED
I mentioned at the start of the season that I was concerned about United’s defensive qualities and they surfaced once again against Leicester. United dominated the game had numerous chances to put the game to bed, but failed to do so and allowed Leicester to equalize with the last kick of the game after some woeful defending. It was the second time in a week that United have conceded a goal in injury time, losing 2-1 to Bristol City in the League Cup Cup quarter-finals.
United had looked set to take all three points after Juan Mata’s double had seen them recover from Jamie Vardy’s opener, while Foxes substitute Daniel Amartey was sent off for the home side 16 minutes and nine seconds after coming on, following two bookings in four minutes. Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were particularly guilty of missing golden opportunities in the second half to put the game beyond Leicester. However, Maguire caught the United defense out as they failed to deal with Marc Albrighton’s deep cross into the box, the England defender side-footing the ball past David de Gea from close range.
ARSENAL 3 V 3 LIVERPOOL
There was another entertaining game at the Emirates where Arsenal and Liverpool played out a six-goal thriller to each earns a point. The Gunners had been trailing 2-0 after Philippe Coutinho scored his first headed league goal in England before Mohamed Salah added a second early in the second half with a deflected strike. But Arsenal suddenly came alive as Alexis Sanchez headed in Hector Bellerin’s cross from close range before Granit Xhaka’s thumping strike was too powerful for Simon Mignolet’s weak save.
Barely two minutes later Mesut Ozil put Arsenal ahead with a neat clip over Mignolet. Play swung from one end of the pitch to the other at a blistering pace, with both sides looking capable of scoring with every attack. But it was Liverpool who had the final say as Petr Cech could only take the sting out of Firmino’s shot and the ball bounced over the line. The point meant Liverpool hold onto fourth place, a point in front of Spurs and Arsenal.
Click here for the goal fest – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwTCk0aMndQ
I clearly have been celebrating Christmas too much with my prediction results this week, only three correct results, my worst of the season, but I will blame it on the Christmas festivities!
Have a lovely Christmas,