ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 20 ROUND UP
CRYSTAL PALACE 0 V 1 CHELSEA
Chelsea increased the gap between themselves and fifth-placed Arsenal to five points as N’Golo Kante’s second-half strike earned them victory at Crystal Palace.
Kante scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute when he broke forward from midfield to convert David Luiz’s through-ball.
There were few clear-cut chances as the Blues dominated possession and Palace sat back hoping to catch the opposition on the counter-attack, so not a great game for the fans, but three points for the Blues.
Click here for Kante’s goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3pcgz9OMk0
BURNLEY 2 V 0 WEST HAM UNITED
Sean Dyche the Burnley manager made five changes from the team thrashed 5-1 at home to Everton on Boxing Day and it had the desired effect, Chris Wood put Burnley in front with a right-footed finish from the left of the penalty area to conclude a sweeping move involving Heaton, Ashley Westwood, McNeil and Ashley Barnes. And with the hosts repeatedly carving through the visitors, they pressed home their advantage before the interval, when 19-year-old McNeil turned in Westwood’s cross at the far post.
SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 3 MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City survived a brief scare to beat Southampton and reduce league leaders Liverpool’s advantage to seven points.
Southampton responded to David Silva’s early opener when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg took the ball off Oleksandr Zinchenko and fired it into the top corner. City had luck on their side when Raheem Sterling’s shot deflected off James Ward-Prowse to make it 2-1.
Sergio Aguero’s back-post header completed the scoring before half-time.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmbmPXT-YJ4
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH
A cavalier display in the first half at Old Trafford saw United score three times, with Paul Pogba netting his second double in successive matches and Marcus Rashford grabbing the other. Solskjaer’s side conceded their third goal in as many games when Nathan Ake headed in before substitute Romelu Lukaku fired home a fourth. United, in the sixth, are now only three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal, a remarkable turnaround since the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as manager until the end of this season.
All United fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GJJ-BSKY3Q
BRIGHTON 1 V 0 EVERTON
Jurgen Locadia’s second-half goal proved decisive as Brighton beat Everton to end 2018 with another win at the Amex Stadium. The Dutchman’s strike just before the hour mark came after Toffees midfielder Andre Gomes inadvertently diverted the ball into his path from a corner. It means the hosts have now gained 33 of their 43 points this calendar year at home.
FULHAM 1 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a stoppage-time winner as Fulham secured what could be a priceless victory against bottom side Huddersfield. Mitrovic slid the ball low past Jonas Lossl for his eighth goal of the season after being played in by substitute Ryan Sessegnon following a swift counter-attack.
Just minutes earlier, Aboubakar Kamara saw his spot-kick saved by Lossl with eight minutes remaining after Chris Lowe had been penalised for handball. The win, Fulham’s first in seven matches, moves Fulham above Burnley and to within one point of safety. Huddersfield remains bottom after a seventh successive defeat, equalling a club record set in 1955.
LEICESTER CITY 0 V 1 CARDIFF CITY
Leicester City manager Claude Puel said “a lot of players were tired” as they slipped to a disappointing home defeat against Cardiff City. The Foxes had beaten Chelsea and champion Manchester City in their previous two matches, and Puel said it was “normal” that his side should be feeling the effects “in this busy period”.
Leicester had 62% of the possession against Cardiff, but Victor Camarasa’s stunning injury-time strike gave the Bluebirds their first away win of the season. Against the run of play, the midfielder curled home a 25-yard shot which sailed into the top corner over a flailing Kasper Schmeichel.
Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge had earlier produced an inspired display, including saving James Maddison’s second-half penalty.
SPURS 1 V 3 WOLVES
I was at Wembley to see Wolves produce an amazing comeback against a previously rampant Spurs side. Pochettino’s side had won 6-2 and 5-0 against Everton and Bournemouth respectively in their last two games and although Spurs led through Harry Kane’s spectacular 25-yard strike in the first half, Wolves punished a poor second-half performance, scoring three times in the final 18 minutes to end their hosts’ five-game winning run.
Willy Boly brought the visitors level with a powerful header in the 72nd minute and Raul Jimenez then beat Hugo Lloris with a weak effort from the edge of the area to put Wolves in front.
Helder Costa added a third on the counter-attack three minutes from time. Wolves deserved the victory, their support was fantastic and the fans got their reward.
Spurs fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlV-co5pR4
WATFORD 1 V 1 NEWCASTLE
The Hornets had dominated possession during the match but found it difficult to create chances against the Magpies, who took the lead when Rondon nodded in. The Venezuelan striker also had two goals disallowed for offside, although the first decision was marginal.
Watford finally breached Newcastle’s last line of defence in the 82nd minute when Doucoure powered home from Gerard Deulofeu’s right-wing cross.
LIVERPOOL 5 V 1 ARSENAL
Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to an imposing nine points with a devastating attacking dismissal of Arsenal at Anfield, with hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino the inspiration, Arsenal took the lead after only 11 minutes when Ainsley Maitland-Niles slid in at the far post to score from Alex Iwobi’s cross, but it was a false dawn for Unai Emery’s side.
Liverpool responded with an explosive display that saw them 4-1 up by the interval and on their way to extending their unbeaten league run to 20 games.
Firmino took advantage of Arsenal’s defensive confusion to quickly equalise then slalom past a posse of defenders to put Liverpool in front after Lucas Torreira lost possession, all in the space of two minutes, Sadio Mane extended Liverpool’s lead after 32 minutes when Andrew Robertson’s long cross exposed Arsenal after they needlessly conceded a corner, Mohamed Salah then effectively ended the contest from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time, having been fouled by Sokratis.
Liverpool cruised to close out the win in the second half, Firmino completing his hat-trick from the spot after 65 minutes following Sead Kolasinac’s push on Dejan Lovren.
Liverpool is my candidates to win the title, the purchases of Alison and Virgil Van Dyk have completely transformed the team and could both be the best ever Liverpool signing’s?
Liverpool fans click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APMfkPBrgU0
Liverpool fans click here for a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone from the Kop – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2KLcmn41tQ
In my predictions, I got six correct results and one spot on the score.
Please see following my week 21 predictions:
Everton 2 v 1 Leicester City
Arsenal 3 v 1 Fulham
Cardiff City 1 v 4 Spurs
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Watford
Chelsea 3 v 1 Southampton
Huddersfield 1 v 2 Burnley
West Ham United 2 v 1 Brighton
Wolves 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Newcastle United 1 v 3 Manchester United
Manchester City 1 v 2 Liverpool
HAPPY NEW YEAR – HAVE A GREAT 2019!