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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 23 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 23 ROUND UP

CHELSEA 0 V 0 LEICESTER CITY

The bore draw of the week came at Stamford bridge where third-placed Chelsea could not break down a stubborn Leicester side. Leicester was probably the better side and should have come away with all three points but the sending off of Ben Chilwell, for two yellow cards, did not help their cause and both teams came away with a point.

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CRYSTAL PALACE 1 V 0 BURNLEY

Bakary Sako’s winner against Burnley at Selhurst Park, has now moved Palace five points above the relegation zone and given them some breathing space in their relegation fight, Sako cut in from the left following good work by Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, before drilling a left-footed shot that went straight through Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope for his second goal in as many games.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozuDBvF4y_E


HUDDERSFIELD 1 V 4 WEST HAM UNITED

West ham put in an excellent performance and have now gone five games unbeaten in all competitions, Mark Noble gave the Hammers the lead following a goalkeeping error from goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, Joe Lolley equalised with a superb curling effort before Marko Arnautovic scored within seconds of the second half, Manuel Lanzini then scored twice as the visitors showed no mercy on a poor Huddersfield performance.

NEWCASTLE 1 V 1 SWANSEA CITY

Newcastle was lucky to come away with a point after a gutsy performance from bottom placed Swansea.
Swansea took the lead through Jordan Ayew’s header after Karl Darlow had parried his first effort, but Newcastle then equalized eight minutes later when Ayoze Perez’s deflected shot fell for substitute Joselu and he shot through the legs of Alfie Mawson and into the net.

Swansea is now four points behind 17th-placed Bournemouth, while Newcastle is now only three points above the relegation zone in 14th.

WATFORD 2 V 2 SOUTHAMPTON

It was the weekend of near wins for a number of away teams, the Saints were on course to win their first game in nine Premier League games, after two goals from James Ward-Prowse had given the Saints a 2-0 lead at half-time, Watford pulled a goal back two minutes before the hour mark as Andre Gray headed home after McCarthy turned Daryl Janmaat’s shot onto the crossbar and it was left to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s bundled home 90th-minute equaliser to earn a draw with Southampton. It appeared that Dacoure had used his hand to divert it past ex-Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8b-rnFKEhA

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 V 0 BRIGHTON

West Brom ended a 20-match winless streak in the Premier League with victory over Brighton, Jonny Evans put the Baggies ahead early on when he arrived at the back post to head in Jay Rodriguez’s flick-on from a Matt Phillips corner and the hosts added a second from another corner shortly after half-time when Dawson beat Gaeten Bong to Chris Brunt’s outswinger to head home powerfully. The victory was Alan Pardew’s first in the league since he replaced Tony Pulis in charge at The Hawthorns at the end of November, a welcome victory for the West Brom fans.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4 V 0 EVERTON

I was at Wembley to see Spurs complete dominate a poor Everton side, Harry Kane scored twice to become Spurs’ all-time Premier League goalscorer, overtaking Teddy Sheringham, Kane twice netted from close range, converting passes from Son Heung-min and Eric Dier, to take his Premier League tally to 98, Son who in my opinion has been Spurs best player this season so far opened the scoring by finishing off Serge Aurier’s cross, the best move of the game resulted in Christian Eriksen smashing in the fourth from the edge of the penalty area late on after a fine backheel from Dele Alli. Tottenham, are now unbeaten in six matches, remaining fifth in the Premier League, level on points with Liverpool and 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Click here for Spurs demolition of Everton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpUnMGaUNUM

BOURNEMOUTH 2 V 1 ARSENAL

Arsenal were the creators of their own demise, with schoolboy errors costing the team dearly. Arsenal is now without a win in their last five games and needs to shore up, what is a very suspect defensive unit. Arsenal was winning one nil before Bournemouth came from behind to extend their unbeaten run to four games and move further away from the bottom three. Defender Hector Bellerin had given the Arsenal the lead when he latched on to a defense-splitting Alex Iwobi pass to force the ball past Asmir Begovic. But Callum Wilson took advantage of Petr Cech’s indecision as he got to Ryan Fraser’s low cross before the Arsenal keeper and poked it past him. The 25-year-old then turned provider, bringing down Lewis Cook’s cross for Jordan Ibe to rifle home, Arsenal is now five points adrift of Spurs and remain in fifth place, whilst Bournemouth moves up to 13th place and four points away from danger.

Arsenal fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JWX-byncZo

LIVERPOOL 4 V 3 MANCHESTER CITY

This was one of the games of the season, with both teams going all out for the three points. The Reds scored three times in a rousing eight-minute spell in the second half to go 4-1 up, then clung on after City scored twice in the last six minutes. Jurgen Klopp’s side deserved their victory as they ended City’s hopes of going through the league season without losing, and extended their own unbeaten run to 18 games, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s low drive gave Liverpool an early lead, but City were level before half-time by Leroy Sane, who beat Loris Karius at his near post following Joe Gomez’s mistake, The game turned decisively in two minutes either side of the hour mark, when poor defending by John Stones let in Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane struck a stunning finish high past Ederson, Ederson’s poor clearance gifted Mohamed Salah a fourth, and despite their late wobble, Liverpool closed out the win to go third in the table.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJiM0izPWwU

MANCHESTER UNITED 3 V 0 STOKE CITY

Paul Pogba was the star man for Manchester United as they eased past a sorry looking Stoke team, Stoke have now been beaten by three or more goals for the seventh time this season, Pogba created first-half goals for Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial, added to by Romelu Lukaku after the break as Jose Mourinho’s men cut Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to 12 points, whilst Stoke remain in the relegation zone, a point adrift of fourth-bottom Southampton.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-D2YLLJmRc

It was not a great week for my predictions with only four correct results.

Please see following my week 24 predictions:

Brighton 1 v 3 Chelsea

Arsenal 3 v 1 Crystal Palace

Burnley 1 v 2 Man United

Everton 2 v 1 West Brom

Leicester 2 v 1 Watford

Stoke 2 v 1 Huddersfield

West Ham 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Man City 3 v 1 Newcastle

Southampton 1 v 3 Spurs

Swansea 1 v 2 Liverpool

Please see following my week 25 predictions:

Swansea 1 v 2 Arsenal

West Ham 1 v 2 Crystal Palace

Huddersfield 1 v 2 Liverpool

Chelsea 3 v 1 Bournemouth

Everton 1 v 2 Leicester

Newcastle 2 v 1 Burnley

Southampton 1 v 1 Brighton

Man City 4 v 1 West Brom

Stoke 2 v 1 Watford

Spurs 3 v 1 Man United

Have a good week,

Gary

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