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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 28 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

CARABAO CUP FINAL

MANCHESTER CITY 3 V 0 ARSENAL

The first Silverware of the English season was won by Manchester City, as they took apart an apathetic Arsenal at Wembley in the League Cup final. Manchester City has won the League Cup for the fifth time.Pep Guardiola secured his first trophy as Manchester City manager as they overpowered Arsenal to win the Carabao Cup in convincing fashion at Wembley, Sergio Aguero gave City an 18th-minute lead when he took full advantage of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi’s feeble challenge to latch on to keeper Claudio Bravo’s goal-kick and loft a cool finish over David Ospina, the contest was effectively over when man-of-the-match Vincent Kompany swept in Ilkay Gundogan’s cross, David Silva put the final flourish on City and Guardiola’s day with a powerful shot past Ospina.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 28 ROUND UP

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 V 1 SPURS

Harry Kane netted the winner for Spurs, as it looked like they were going to be frustrated by a dogged Palace performance. Harry has now scored 35 goals this season, as he found space at the back post to head in Christian Eriksen’s 88th-minute corner. It seemed Spurs were going to fail to capitalise on having 76% of the possession, with England international Kane unusually wasteful when he missed from close range at the start of each half. Spurs moved up one place to fourth and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 games. Defeat leaves Palace 17th, level on points with 18th-placed Swansea, with relegation still looming.

JOSE MOURINHO 2 V 1 ANTONIO CONTE

Manchester United moved back into second place in the Premier League as substitute Jesse Lingard gave them victory over top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford, The Red Devils had to come from behind after Willian started and finished a flowing move to give the visitors the lead in the first half. United pulled level before the break, with striker Romelu Lukaku getting in front of Marcos Alonso to score against his former club for the first time. Lukaku then set up Lingard to head home with 15 minutes left, after which Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside.

Defeat leaves the Blues in fifth place.

LEICESTER CITY 1 V 1 STOKE CITY

Jack Butland was Stoke’s villain and hero as they somehow managed to snatch an unexpected draw away at Leicester, Leicester dominated for most of the match but the visitors took a first-half lead through Xherdan Shaqiri’s strike, then in the 70th minute England international Butland experienced a moment to forget, Marc Albrighton crossed towards Vardy, but Vardy missed the ball and it cannoned off Butland’s chest into his own goal. Butland then made two brilliant saves as he went some way to atoning for his mistake. The first was an exquisite one-handed stop from Riyad Mahrez, and that was followed by a superb fingertip effort to push Harry Maguire’s shot onto the post. The point for the Potters leaves them in the bottom three one place from the bottom, whilst the Foxes remain in seventh place.

BOURNEMOUTH 2 V 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED

Bournemouth showed a lot of character as they came back from two-nil down at home against Newcastle, Dwight Gayle’s double had given the visitors a two-goal lead at the break. The strikers first came on 17 minutes as Jonjo Shelvey’s wonderful through ball found Matt Ritchie, whose cross across the box was missed by defender Steve Cook and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, allowing Gayle to finish at the second attempt with a backheel. The second, just before half-time came from another Begovic mistake when Ayoze Perez’s cross went underneath the Bosnian keeper and Gayle was able to tap in at the back post, Bournemouth substitute Adam Smith gave the home fans hope when he scored a screamer, firing his shot off the underside off the crossbar to beat Dubravka, the Cherries kept up the pressure on the Newcastle defence and were rewarded with the equaliser, as ex-Newcastle midfielder Gosling side-footed in Nathan Ake’s pass from close range.

The result left Bournemouth 11th, while Newcastle drops to 15th.

BRIGHTON 4 V 1 SWANSEA

My good friend Chris Hughton’s Brighton got the result of the weekend, thrashing a very mediocre Swansea side, who up until this game had gone ten games unbeaten, but you would not have believed that after seeing this woeful performance. Glenn Murray opened the scoring from the penalty spot after he was clumsily fouled by Mike van der Hoorn, before combining with Jose Izquierdo for his second, Anthony Knockaert, added a third after a neat exchange with Pascal Gross, late on, Swansea got one back when Tammy Abraham’s effort deflected off the unfortunate Lewis Dunk for his fourth own goal of the season, before Jurgen Locadia, on as a substitute for his Premier League debut, completed Brighton’s victory.

Chris’s side is up to 12th in the table, four points clear of the Swans, who drop back into the relegation zone in 18th.

BURNLEY 1 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

This looked to be a certain three points for Burnley until Saints substitute Manolo Gabbiadini scored a 90th-minute equaliser as Southampton climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a draw at Burnley. The Clarets looked to be heading for their first win of 2018 thanks to Ashley Barnes’ close-range goal But Italy international Gabbiadini lashed home to finish off a move during which referee Bobby Madley had inadvertently blocked Burnley’s Ashley Westwood, the draw leaves Southampton 16th whilst Burnley remain seventh.

LIVERPOOL 4 V 1 WEST HAM UNITED

Liverpool hammered the Hammers, Emre Can headed Liverpool ahead from a corner, Salah made it 2-0 with an instinctive, low finish after a sublime pass by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before Firmino added the third after a mistake by goalkeeper Adrian. Substitute Michail Antonio’s quality, low finish gave West Ham hope, but Mane, who had hit the post moments before, completed a fine Liverpool win.

Liverpool is third in the league, whilst West Ham ‘unlucky for some’ is thirteenth.

WEST BROM 1 V 2 HUDDERSFIELD

Bottom-of-the-table West Brom was booed off by their fans after they lost again to fellow strugglers Huddersfield at The Hawthorns. West Brom have won just once in 14 Premier League games under Alan Pardew and remain seven points adrift of safety, while Huddersfield move up three places to 14th, the Terriers went ahead early in the second half through Rajiv van la Parra, and doubled the lead when Steve Mounie struck before the hour, Craig Dawson headed in a Chris Brunt corner to give some hope of a comeback, which did not materialise

West Brom is looking like a side who are staring at relegation, with no blinkin’ idea of how to save themselves!

WATFORD 1 V 0 EVERTON

Troy Deeney’s fine late finish was the only spark in a damp squid of a football match at Vicarage Road and gave Watford a win that moved them further clear of the Premier League relegation zone, Deeney smashed a shot into the roof of the net, to help the Hornets crawl six points above the bottom three, it was the only moment of quality in an otherwise dreadful match as Everton offered next to nothing. They have won once away from home in the Premier League under Sam Allardyce and are a point above the Hornets.

I got five correct results this week and one correct score:

Arsenal 1 v 2 Man City
Burnley 2 v 1 Everton
Leicester 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Southampton 2 v 1 Stoke
Swansea 2 v 1 West Ham
Spurs 3 v 1 Huddersfield
Watford 2 v 1 West Brom
Liverpool 3 v 1 Newcastle
Brighton 1 v 2 Arsenal
Man City 2 v 1 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 1 v 3 Man United

Have a good week,

Gary

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