HAPPY NEW YEAR
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 22 ROUND UP
BRIGHTON 2 V 2 BOURNEMOUTH
Bournemouth came from behind twice to edge three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone by drawing with Brighton at the Amex Stadium, Anthony Knockaert had given Brighton the lead converting Jose Izquierdo’s unselfish pass, but Steve Cook’s header leveled matters before half-time. Glenn Murray re-established Brighton’s lead by smashing home from Izquierdo’s pass after a lovely ball from Pascal Gross. Callum Wilson then netted the Cherries’ second equalizer 11 minutes from time, this point moves Bournemouth up a place into 13th, one spot below Brighton, whose home form, only winning twice in the last three months, will be giving Manager Chris Hughton cause for concern.
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BURNLEY 1 V 2 LIVERPOOL
Ragnar Klavan scored in injury time to give Liverpool a dramatic Premier League victory over Burnley and extend their unbeaten run to 16 matches. The hosts looked to have earned a point when Johann Gudmundsson equalized with just three minutes of normal time remaining. But Klavan headed home from almost on the goalline as the Reds snatched all three points. Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead earlier in the second half with a superb shot from the edge of the area.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIsFn-Cda0U
LEICESTER 3 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD
Riyad Mahrez was the star of the show, as Leicester overcame a lacklustre Huddersfield with ease, the 26-year-old scored the opener, expertly guiding home a side-foot volley from Marc Albrighton’s ball into the box, seven minutes later he set up Islam Slimani with a precise through-ball and his countryman dinked a cool finish over Jonas Lossl, Albrighton added further pain to the Terriers fans with Leicester’s third in injury-time
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STOKE 0 V 1 NEWCASTLE
Mark Hughes’s job at Stoke is on the line after another defeat against fellow Premier League strugglers Newcastle, Ayoze Perez gave Newcastle the lead with a neat finish from Jacob Murphy’s cross, which was enough to seal the three points, Newcastle moves up to 13th in the table, while Stoke fall to 16th.
EVERTON 0 V 2 MAN UNITED
It was another poor performance from Everton as they showed no real fight against a Man United team who had drawn the last three games and who were without Lukaku and Ibrahimovic, it would have appeared that it was a great chance for the Toffees to take advantage, but it never looked possible from a lacklustre Everton side. Anthony Martial put the Reds in front with a superb curling effort from 20 yards in the 57th minute after former United star Wayne Rooney lost possession, United wrapped up a win that takes them back to second in the table when Jesse Lingard struck a brilliant shot from outside the area beyond Jordan Pickford.
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SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 2 CRYSTAL PALACE
Crystal Palace continues their amazing run with another hard fought victory on the South Coast against the Saints. Shane Long had put the hosts in front, but after the break Palace switched to a 4-4-2 system after the break and profited when James McArthur volleyed in from close range. Christian Benteke was arguably offside when he headed into McArthur’s path but Palace built on it when Luka Milivojevic smartly curled home the winner from 25 yards. The strike boosted Palace’s record to one defeat in 11 games, enough for 14th place in the Premier League. Southampton, in contrast, are nine without a win and slip to 17th, two points adrift of Palace.
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SWANSEA 0 V 2 SPURS
A lovely start to the New Year for the Spurs fans as Tottenham overtook Arsenal and climbed to fifth place in the Premier League table by defeating bottom side Swansea City at a sodden Liberty Stadium, with Harry Kane left on the bench, his deputy Fernando Llorente headed home against his former club from what appeared to be an offside position to put the dominant visitors ahead, having initially set out to contain Spurs, Swansea grew in belief in the second half and had chances to equalise, most notably when Mike van der Hoorn’s header hit the post, but after surviving spells of home pressure, Spurs launched an 89th-minute counter-attack and Kane found Dele Alli, who had his initial shot saved by Lukasz Fabianski before scoring with the rebound. Alli’s goal guaranteed Tottenham’s third successive league win and inflicted the first defeat for Swansea under new manager Carlos Carvalhal as the Welsh club stayed at the foot of the table, four points adrift of safety.
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WEST HAM 2 V 1 WEST BROM
West Bromwich Albion went ahead through James McClean’s deflected strike, but Andy Carroll scored twice, including a 94th-minute winner, to take West Ham out of the Premier League relegation zone, a fine three points for the Hammers, but for the Baggies, they have not won one game, in the last eight under new manager David Moyes and already questions will be asked of the management.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bmRu3ACI_Q
MAN CITY 3 V 1 WATFORD
Runaway leaders Manchester City showed no ill-effects from the end of their 18-game Premier League winning run by comfortably beating Watford. Playing two days after the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, City took just 38 seconds to open the scoring as Raheem Sterling slotted home Leroy Sane’s cross for the quickest goal in the Premier League this season. City, who are 15 points above second-placed Manchester United, doubled their lead when Kevin de Bruyne’s cross was turned into his own net by a sliding Christian Kabasele, City got the third goal their dominance merited when Sergio Aguero scored from close range after the Watford goalkeeper parried De Bruyne’s cross, Andre Gray netted a late consolation for Watford, tapping home Andre Carrillo’s low cross. The visitors, who remain 10th by virtue of their early season form, have lost 10 of their last 14 games.
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Please see following my predictions for week 23:
Arsenal 2 v 1 Chelsea
Spurs 3 v 1 West Ham
Chelsea 3 v 1 Leicester
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Burnley
Huddersfield 2 v 1 West Ham
Newcastle 2 v 1 Swansea
Watford 2 v 1 Southampton
West Brom 1 v 2 Brighton
Spurs 3 v 1 Everton
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Arsenal
Liverpool 1 v 2 Man City
Man United 3 v 1 Stoke
Have a good week,