ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 26 ROUND UP
LIVERPOOL 2 v 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
What an amazing game at Anfield, Harry Kane’s penalty converted with virtually the last kick of the game gave Spurs a vital point at Anfield after Mohamed Salah’s outstanding stoppage-time strike looked to have given Liverpool victory. Liverpool had only seconds to survive when referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot after Virgil van Dijk collided with Erik Lamela allowing Kane, who had missed an earlier penalty, to score his 100th Premier League goal, Salah’s third-minute goal, scored after he intercepted Eric Dier’s poor back pass, gave Liverpool a lead they held until 10 minutes from time when Spurs substitute Victor Wanyama lashed keeper Loris Karius’ punched clearance back into the top corner from 25 yards. In a dramatic finale, Karius saved Kane’s penalty after he brought down the striker, paving the way for Salah to weave his way into the area before lifting a finish over Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris at the start of five minutes of stoppage time. And after Moss awarded Kane a second opportunity from the spot, the England international placed his penalty into the bottom-right corner. It was a fitting end to a thriller and a result which will bring more satisfaction to Spurs as defeat would have left them five points adrift of Liverpool in the race for a place in next season’s Champions League. Liverpool remains third in the Premier League table, two points ahead of Tottenham in fifth.
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CRYSTAL PALACE 1 V 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED
Crystal Palace had to come from behind to earn a draw at home to home to Newcastle Mohamed Diame had put the visitors in front when he headed in at the far post from Kennedy’s corner, But Luka Milivojevic earned Palace a point with a second-half penalty after Ciaran Clark was penalised for pulling Christian Benteke’s shirt. The point lifted Palace up to 14th, with Newcastle remaining 16th.
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BURNLEY 1 V 1 MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City are now only 13 (unlucky for some) points clear at the top after throwing away two points at Burnley, a game that City completely dominated, turned on its head when Raheem Sterling performed the miss of the season, City 1-0 were up with less than 20 minutes to play, Sterling somehow failed to find the open goal from six yards after meeting Kyle Walker’s cross at the far post. That miss lifted Burnley and their supporters, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson leveled for Burnley with eight minutes remaining. A couple more defeats for City and their nerves will start to jingle!
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BOURNEMOUTH 2 V 1 STOKE CITY
Bournemouth had to come from behind to beat Stoke City, Xherdan Shaqiri, put Stoke ahead early on when he headed in from debutant Badou Ndiaye’s cross, Bournemouth had a shot cleared off the line by Erik Pieters and Jack Butland saved efforts from Junior Stanislas and Joshua King, before King fired the equaliser, Nine minutes later, substitute Lys Mousset scored his first Premier League goal as he headed in Jordon Ibe’s free-kick to give Bournemouth the win.The defeat drops Stoke back into the relegation zone.
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BRIGHTON 3 V 1 WEST HAM UNITED
My good friend Brighton manager Chris Hughton says his team will survive in the Premier League if they can keep producing this type of performance in beating a woeful West Ham 3-1 at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls took the lead when Glenn Murray raced clear to finish, only for the Hammers Javier Hernandez to fire in and level. Brighton started the better after halftime and Jose Izquierdo produced a moment of quality, curling into the top right-hand corner with his right foot from the angle of the penalty area before Pascal Gross slammed a third from 20 yards. They climbed to 13th in the table, a place below West Ham. Both sides sit three points above the relegation zone.
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LEICESTER CITY 1 V 1 SWANSEA CITY
Relegation-threatened Swansea have now gone seven games unbeaten, but in all honesty Leicester should have won this game comfortably, but their failure to convert clear chances cost them dearly, Jamie Vardy slotted home after Kelechi Iheanacho slipped a pass through two Swansea defenders’ legs but their failure to convert numerous chances cost them dearly and allowed Federico Fernandez to equalise when he headed home a Ki Sung-Yeung corner, when Carlos Carvalhal took over at Swansea in December, the club sat rock bottom of the Premier League, having won just three league games. Since suffering a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham at the start of January, Swansea has gone seven games without defeat in all competitions, picking up crucial wins against Liverpool and Arsenal in their past two league games, they have now moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
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MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD
Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for Manchester United as they comfortably beat Huddersfield, Romelu Lukaku gave United the lead on 55 minutes with a close-range volley, Sanchez was then fouled by Huddersfield defender Michael Hefele to win a penalty and the Chilean, who was virtually anonymous against Spurs in midweek, saw his penalty saved Jonas Lossl, but made no mistake with the rebound to double United’s lead on his home debut, United remain in second place, but it was a fifth successive league defeat for Huddersfield, who are without a win in eight league games and now sit 19th.
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ARSENAL 5 V 1 EVERTON
Everton conceded three times in the opening 20 minutes amid defensive chaos, Aaron Ramsey scored the opener, touching in the from Mkhitaryan’s cross, Laurent Koscielny got in front of Aubameyang to head the second at the far post after Shkodran Mustafi glanced on Mesut Ozil’s corner, before Ramsey scored his first, Aubameyang, a club-record £56m signing from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, chipped in from fellow new arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass as the home side led 4-0 by half-time, Substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed an Everton consolation from Cuco Martina’s left-wing delivery, before Ramsey swept in his hat-trick goal from another low Mkhitaryan cross. Despite the victory are five points adrift of a Champions League qualification place.
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WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 V 3 SOUTHAMPTON
Despite falling behind early to Ahmed Hegazi’s header, Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton fought back to end a 12-game winless run and move out of the relegation zone, the Saints deservedly equalised when Mario Lemina smashed a 20-yard strike into the top corner in the 40th minute before Jack Stephens put them in front with an excellent looping header from James Ward-Prowse’s corner, Ward-Prowse added the visitors’ third 10 minutes into the second half by firing in a low free-kick from 20 yards but West Brom pulled a goal back through Salomon Rondon’s header. West Brom remains bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety.
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WATFORD 4 v 1 CHELSEA
Chelsea are in freefall, after losing at home last week 3-0 to Bournemouth they were battered by Watford, a great first home game for new Watford manager Javi Gracia’s and the pressure is now on Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte, Chelsea did have to ply for an hour with10 men after Tiemoue Bakayoko’s red card capped a dreadful individual performance. The Hornets took the lead in controversial circumstances as Gerard Deulofeu went down easily under keeper Thibaut Courtois challenge and Troy Deeney scored the penalty, Chelsea hit back with another wonder goal from Eden Hazard as he curled home brilliantly from 25 yards. But, two minutes later, Watford’s Daryl Janmaat scored a fantastic goal of his own when he cut in from the right wing, played a one-two with Roberto Pereyra and beat another couple of defenders before scoring with his left foot, Deulofeu added another when he ran from halfway before his shot was deflected home by Gary Cahill, and Pereyra scored a fourth from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s through ball. The Hornets are now six points above the relegation zone.
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Please see following my week 27 predictions:
Tottenham 3 v 1 Arsenal
Everton 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Stoke 2 v 1 Brighton
Swansea 2 v 1 Burnley
West Ham 2 v 1 Watford
Man City 3 v 1 Leicester
Huddersfield 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Newcastle 1 v 2 Man United
Southampton 1 v 2 Liverpool
Chelsea 3 v 1 West Brom
Have a good week,