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Please see following the round-up of this week’s games, in which an amazing 33 goals were scored in the ten games.


Fulham had nine shots on goal in an impressive first half and took a deserved lead when Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente scored an own goal.

The Spaniard, making his first Premier League start of the season in place of the injured Harry Kane, inadvertently beat Hugo Lloris from close range while attempting to clear the danger inside his own six-yard box after a Jean Michael Seri corner.

The hosts thought they had doubled their lead five minutes before the interval but Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header was ruled out as the Serbian was adjudged to be offside.

However, Spurs responded in the second period and they drew level six minutes after the interval when Dele Alli ghosted in behind the Fulham defence to head a pin-point Christian Eriksen cross past Rico.

And Winks completed the turnaround in stoppage time when he met substitute Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s cross to break Fulham’s resistance.

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

I watched the game with Spurs Fans at a Pub, near to White Hart Lane.


Manchester City scored their 100th goal of the season as they eased past managerless Huddersfield to move back to four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, David Wagner left the Terriers by mutual consent on Monday with the club bottom of the league, leaving coach Mark Hudson temporarily in charge.

the defending champions went ahead in the 18th minute when Danilo’s long-range effort deflected in off the head of Christopher Schindler.

The visitors then struck twice in two minutes after the break to put the game to bed, with Leroy Sane creating the first and scoring the second. First, Germany forward whipped in a cross for Raheem Sterling to dive and head in his 12th goal of the season. Then Sergio Aguero cushioned a header for Sane to run on to and finish past Jonas Lossl.

For Huddersfield, this was their ninth defeat in 10 league games and the result leaves the Terriers bottom of the table and 10 points from safety.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI4ZRfb6QPE


This was an amazing game and shows the topsy turvy way games can change the fans emotions in seconds.

Diogo Jota completed a hat-trick in injury time to snatch a thrilling victory for Wolves, who punished a dire Leicester defensive display to increase the pressure on Foxes boss Claude Puel, Leicester attempted to play offside in the final added minute and Jota was left unmarked to turn in a Raul Jimenez cross, moving his side to eighth in the Premier League table, a place above their opponents.

The Portuguese forward had opened the scoring by prodding home at the back post, with Ryan Bennett heading a second to prompt chants of “sacked in the morning” being aimed at Puel, clearly angry in the opening 45 minutes, the Leicester boss saw his side hit back within six minutes of the restart, first through Demarai Gray’s solo run and finish, and then a Conor Coady own goal, but after digging themselves out of trouble, Leicester’s defence was again undone by a Ruben Neves long ball for Jota to power in his second, only for Wes Morgan to head a late equaliser which appeared to have earned them a point that had seemed so unlikely for much of the game.

Wolves, who beat Leicester 4-3 the last time this fixture was played in the top flight at Molineux in 2003, had other ideas and, in a chaotic finish, Jota won it with Leicester again a mess at the back.


Callum Wilson’s stunning strike helped Bournemouth register a deserved victory over in-form West Ham at Vitality Stadium.

The England striker, recalled to the starting line-up after two weeks out with a hamstring injury, lashed home Ryan Fraser’s deflected cross on the half-volley, eight minutes after the break, Joshua King sealed only the Cherrie’s second win in 10 league and cup games in second-half stoppage time, firing David Brook’s low cross past the helpless Lukasz Fabianski, the Hammers struggled to break down Bournemouth’s resolute defence, although they did go close to an equaliser when Andy Carroll somehow blazed over from point-blank range not long after the restart.

Eddie Howe’s team move level on points with 11th-placed Everton, while West Ham drops a place to 10th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAXGjKHcsh4


It was a week of goals aplenty, as seven more were scored at Anfield.

Mo Salah scored twice, including his 50th Premier League goal as Liverpool survived a scare by coming from behind to defeat a resolute Crystal Palace in a seven-goal thriller at Anfield, the Reds led 3-2 as the final whistle of a topsy-turvy match approached, but after James Milner was sent off in the 89th minute for two yellow-card offences, it was a nervy ending as the Premier League leaders desperately tried to hold on to their lead.

The win was ultimately secured when Sadio Mane added a fourth in stoppage time, though there was still time for Max Meyer to score a consolation for the visitors. Liverpool had dominated the vast majority of the first half at Anfield but it was Palace who broke the deadlock through Andros Townsend, who beat Alisson from close range after Wilfried Zaha pulled a cross back, within one minute of the second half Salah equalised before they went ahead seven minutes later through Roberto Firmino.

Palace was not down and out just yet, though, and James Tomkins capitalised on poor defending to head his side level from a corner.

However, a calamitous error by Julian Speroni, making his first appearance since December 2017 handed Liverpool an advantage they did not relinquish again, the visitor’s keeper scooping the ball towards his own net for Salah to prod in from on the line.

All Liverpool fans click here (the Title could just be fifteen games away) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPFBp6Xq824


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first ever Manchester United manager to win his first six league games in charge as his side held on to beat Brighton, it was United’s seventh straight win since the Norwegian took over at Old Trafford on an interim basis a month ago and they are now just three points off fourth-placed Chelsea. Paul Pogba put United in front after winning and then converting a penalty in the 27th minute.

Marcus Rashford doubled the lead just before half-time with a beautiful solo goal on his 150th appearance for the club. Pascal Gross halved the deficit for the visitors when he scored in off the bar with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Brighton improved in the second half but their wretched away record continued as they fell to a fifth defeat in their last eight Premier League games.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di-JO3SEp84


Newcastle lifted themselves out of the relegation zone and leapfrogged Cardiff as they secured a much-needed win over Neil Warnock’s side.

Fabian Schar proved the difference as his first Newcastle goals lifted the gloom around St James’ Park where Rafael Benitez’s team have already lost eight times in the league this season,

The Swiss defender took full advantage midway through the first when he was allowed to run from the right touchline before curling left-footed into the bottom corner. Schar’s second was more straightforward as he found himself in the right spot to bundle in Matt Ritchie’s corner,

Ayoze Perez added gloss in injury time from Salomon Rondon’s low cross as Newcastle scored three goals for the first time in the league this season.

The victory ended a five-game winless run for the Magpies and lifted them two points clear of their opponents, who only have Fulham and Huddersfield beneath them.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFVuLnCp_W8


While Southampton had dominated the first period it took a superb 20-yard effort from James Ward-Prowse, which found the top corner, to confirm their superiority and lift the game, Lucas Digne’s toe-poke past his own goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, summed up a miserable afternoon for the visitors who had travelled to the south coast hoping to earn a first league double over Southampton since 2001-02.

While Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late effort into the bottom left corner briefly gave them hope of retrieving a point, Marco Silva’s side generally toiled in the attack. The result moves Southampton up to 15th, three points clear of the relegation zone, with Everton remaining 11th.


The bore draw of the week came at Watford, as both Goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Ben Foster produced inspired displays at Vicarage Road as Watford and Burnley maintained their unbeaten starts to 2019.

Both teams had chances to score and the home side could have taken the lead as early as the second minute but Heaton denied Gerard Deulofeu with his right foot after the forward went through on goal, Heaton was called into action once more on the stroke of half-time when he dived to his right to parry Troy Deeney’s crisp side-footed effort to safety.

Foster was equally impressive at the other end when he caught Ashley Barne’s header from close range after it skidded off the greasy surface.

The Watford keeper had to show his experience in the second half when he sprung off his line to divert the ball behind after Jeff Hendrick tried to poke the ball into the net with an outstretched toe.

Southampton’s victory over Everton sees Burnley move down one place into 16th while Watford remains in seventh.

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Arsenal finally provided their fans with a glimpse of the passion that they want to see every week from their team, as they earned an important win in a pulsating London derby against Chelsea to keep themselves in the race for the Premier League top four.

The victory moves the Gunners to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea and back above Manchester United, who had gone fifth by beating Brighton, Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead in the 14th minute when he made the most of a poor Hector Bellerin cross with a fine first touch before turning and beating Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at his near post with a fierce strike.

Arsenal’s intense pressing hampered Chelsea’s ability to play the ball from the back, particularly in the first half, and the Gunners deservedly added a second through captain Laurent Koscielny in the 39th minute.

Chelsea failed to mark well enough at another set-piece and Koscielny missed a free header but the ball fortuitously looped in off his shoulder.

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea struggled to create in the first half but did hit the post on the stroke of half-time through Marcos Alonso’s header at a corner, they posed greater threat in the second half but failed to have a shot on target until the 82nd minute as Arsenal’s defence, led by the excellent Koscielny, held firm to secure the three points.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25djt6bSCMc


I got six correct results with one score spot on in my predictions.

Please see following my week 24 predictions:

Arsenal 3 v 1 Cardiff

Fulham 2 v 1 Brighton

Huddersfield 1 v 3 Everton

Wolves 2 v 1 West Ham

Manchester United 3 v 1 Burnley

Newcastle 1 v 3 Manchester City

Bournemouth 1 v 3 Chelsea

Southampton 1 v 2 Crystal Palace

Liverpool 3 v 1 Leicester City

Spurs 3 v 1 Watford

Have a good week,


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