ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 28 ROUND UP
LIVERPOOL 2 V 1 BURNLEY
Despite an unconvincing performance, Liverpool managed to secure the three points against a stubborn Burnley side. The Reds were far from their best and fell behind when Ashley Barnes turned home Matthew Lowton’s brilliant defence-splitting pass. Liverpool equalised on the stroke of half-time with their first shot on target when Georginio Wijnaldum poked home, Emre Can then secured a second-successive victory for Liverpool with a long-range effort into the bottom corner.
It was a game of few memorable moments but the win means Jurgen Klopp’s side, who remain fourth, are now five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.
Burnley, who are yet to win a game away from home in any competition this season, are 12th.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdmMt2JpI1Q
BOURNEMOUTH 3 V 2 WEST HAM
Joshua King scored a hat-trick as Bournemouth boosted their Premier League survival hopes by beating West Ham to secure a first win in 2017.
King had missed an early penalty for the Cherries when he fired wide of the post, and 48 seconds later West Ham took the lead when Michail Antonio swept a low shot into the bottom corner. Bournemouth were given another chance from the spot after Marc Pugh was fouled but again failed to convert it as Benik Afobe’s effort was saved by Darren Randolph. Bournemouth were finally level when King hooked the ball over his marker before volleying home. He then made it 2-1 with a close range finish just after the break, Andre Ayew had looked to have earned West Ham a draw with a placed finished late on but King stole the points when he lashed into the roof of the net after Randolph had denied substitute Jack Wilshere.
The win moves Bournemouth six points clear of the relegation zone.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHIERU0n1dk
EVERTON 3 V 0 WEST BROM
Everton made easy work of disposing of West Brom. In this encounter at Goodison Park, Kevin Mirallas put Everton on course for a fifth successive Premier League home win when he tucked home after Ben Foster had parried Ross Barkley’s shot.
Morgan Schneiderlin doubled the lead after clipping the ball past Ben Foster, following a fine turn and pass by Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku sealed the points when he headed Ross Barkley’s cross past Foster, marking the Everton striker’s 19th league goal of the season.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL2Ai7hnJjg
HULL CITY 2 V 1 SWANSEA
Substitute Oumar Niasse scored two goals as Hull City secured a potentially crucial victory over fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea.
The 26-year-old, on loan from Everton, had only been on the pitch six minutes when he latched on to Abel Hernandez’s pass and slotted past Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski, his second came just nine minutes later, with a close-range finish from fellow substitute Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross.
It was a nervy finish at the KCOM Stadium, as Swansea defender Alfie Mawson pulled one back in injury time, the Tigers remain in the bottom three, one point from safety, but moved to within three points of Swansea, who remain in 16th.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C0RH-2aegw
FA CUP QUARTER FINAL RESULTS
ARSENAL 5 V 0 LINCOLN CITY
Non-league Lincoln City’s astonishing run in the FA Cup came to an end as Arsenal knocked them out with a five goal margin.
Lincoln, 88 places below their Premier League opponents, gave a good account of themselves and can hold their heads high, especially in the first half.
However, Theo Walcott’s deflected strike gave the Gunners the lead on the stroke of half-time and Olivier Giroud put the hosts in control with a clinical strike just after the break, Luke Waterfall then scored an own goal, turning in Kieran Gibbs’ cross.
Alexis Sanchez added a brilliant fourth, expertly placing the ball beyond Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman’s reach, before Aaron Ramsey completed the win when he tapped in from Sanchez’s cross.
A fairytale run for Lincoln, bringing back the reasons as to why the FA Cup competition is the oldest and fondest in the world.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obtc9_Neby0
MIDDLESBROUGH 2 v 0 MAN CITY
Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City a deserved win over Middlesbrough and earned Pep Guardiola’s side a place in the FA Cup semi-finals, Silva scored just three minutes in from six yards out after Pablo Zabaleta crosse low from the right, Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan produced a number of fine saves to deny Silva, Leroy Sane and deflect an Aguero shot on to the post.
But Aguero finally made the result safe for the visitors when he converted from Sane’s low cross to earn his side a Wembley semi-final.
City have reached the last four of the FA Cup for the first time in four years as Guardiola aims to win some silverware in his first season in English football.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGukuuGos4I
TOTTENHAM 6 v 0 MILLWALL
Millwall who had knocked out three Premier League teams in getting to the quarter finals, were finally humbled by a rampant Spurs side, I was at the game and I was expecting a lot more from Millwall than they offered, it was if they just lay down and had their tummies tickled as Spurs went into cruise control to put six past them, Son got a hat trick, Erickssen got one, Dele Ali another, but the loudest cheer of the day was reserved for Substitute Vincent Janssen, who scored his first goal in open play since his transfer last summer.
The one down side for Spurs was an injury to star striker Harry Kane, hopefully it is not as serious as first thought.
All Spurs fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8efFCu8lR3M
CHELSEA 1 V 0 MAN UNITED
Chelsea remained firmly on course for a domestic Double as N’Golo Kante’s second-half winner settled a stormy FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
United manager Jose Mourinho was involved in touch-line clashes with opposite number Antonio Conte, as the passions of the great game of football spilled over in the heat of battle.
The Portuguese was furious when midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off 10 minutes before half-time after a second foul on Eden Hazard, and the managers were kept apart moments later after Marcos Alonso tumbled to the floor after being brought down.
Kante’s low 51st-minute drive finally beat defiant United keeper David de Gea, who saved superbly from Hazard and Gary Cahill before the break to keep Mourinho’s side in contention before Chelsea made the breakthrough.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn8Rb7vSEds
FA CUP SEMI FINAL DRAW
CHELSEA V TOTTENHAM
ARSENAL V MAN CITY
In my predictions I got eight out of eight results correct
Please see following my week 28 predictions :-
West Brom 1 v 2 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Watford
Everton 2 v 1 Hull
Stoke 1 v 2 Chelsea
Sunderland 2 v 1 Burnley
West Ham 1 v 2 Leicester
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Swansea
Tottenham 3 v 1 Southampton
Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Man United
Man City 2 v 1 Liverpool
Have a good week