ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 29 ROUND UP
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 v 3 MANCHESTER UNITED
Nemanja Matic scored a stunning stoppage-time winner as Manchester United came from 2-0 down to go second in the Premier League table and leave Crystal Palace in the relegation zone. Roy Hodgson’s side held a two-goal lead shortly after half-time and would have climbed all the way up to 13th place with a win. But, after Chris Smalling’s header started a comeback from an improving United, Romelu Lukaku swept in his 99th Premier League goal to pile the pressure on the tiring hosts. And, with 91 minutes on the clock, Matic smashed in a dipping shot from 25 yards to consign Palace to another week in the drop zone and move United above Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL 2 v 0 NEWCASTLE
Liverpool secured their rights to a top four place, with a comfortable victory over strugglers Newcastle, Their opener came when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drove through the away side’s lines and played in Salah for his 24th goal of the league season, their second came when Sadio Mane swept the home side further ahead from Roberto Firmino’s pass. Newcastle is now only two points above the relegation zone with nine matches to play.
BURNLEY 2 v 1 EVERTON
Burnley ended a run of 11 Premier League matches without a win by coming from behind to beat Everton at Turf Moor. Cenk Tosun had put the visitors in front on 20 minutes with his first Everton goal, heading past Burnley keeper Nick Pope from Seamus Coleman’s neat flick, Burnley responded well, forcing Jordan Pickford into three excellent saves before Ashley Barnes equalised by converting Matthew Lowton’s immaculate through ball. substitute Chris Wood took advantage of woeful defending to head in the winner from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s corner on 80 minutes. to secure the three points for the Clarets.
LEICESTER 1 v 1 BOURNEMOUTH
Riyad Mahrez’s sensational stoppage-time equaliser snatched a Premier League draw for Leicester City against Bournemouth, Mahrez curled home a 25-yard free kick deep into injury time to cancel out Joshua King’s first-half penalty, the Foxes remain without a league win since mid-January, but a draw kept them in eighth place. Bournemouth is 11th.
SOUTHAMPTON 0 v 0 STOKE CITY
The bore draw of the week came on the south coast where goals were hard to come by, Stoke can thank England keeper Jack Butland for keeping a clean sheet, Saints failure to score meant Stoke kept an away clean sheet in the league for the first time in 10 matches, Southampton slipped to just one place above the relegation zone after Butland denied Josh Sims, Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond in the second half.
SWANSEA 4 v 1 WEST HAM UNITED
This was a woeful performance from West Ham as they rolled over and had their tummies tickled by a rampant Swansea side, Ki Sung-yueng shot low into the corner from Andre Ayew’s pass to open the scoring inside 10 minutes, before Mike van der Hoorn nodded in the South Korean’s corner amid slack marking, after the break, things got worse for West Ham, Andy King tapped in the rebound from an Adrian save that denied Andre Ayew’s header from another corner, before Cheikhou Kouyate tripped Ayew in the box, Andre’s brother Jordan Ayew coolly slotted the spot-kick into the corner to round off a vital win, West Ham got a late consolation goal with Michail Antonio finishing from Aaron Cresswell’s delivery.
TOTTENHAM 2 v 0 HUDDERSFIELD
I was at Wembley to see Spurs demolish a lacklustre Huddersfield, Jonas Lossl had already denied Harry Kane when Son rounded the Huddersfield keeper to score after Dele Alli’s excellent pass sliced open the visitors’ defence, Spurs were denied a penalty by stand-in referee Kevin Friend after Son was grabbed around the waist by defender Terence Kongolo, Son’s header, after one of the passes of the season from Harry Kane, secured Pochettino his 100th Premier League win as a manager and Spurs enjoying their new Wembley home.
WATFORD 1 v 0 WEST BROM
West Brom boss Alan Pardew has admitted his job is on the line after a 1-0 defeat by Watford saw his side slump to their fifth successive league defeat and stay rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, Troy Deeney profited from a West Brom mistake, as Grzegorz Krychowiak gave away the ball in midfield and Will Hughes played in the Watford captain, who coolly clipped the ball over Ben Foster in the 77th minute, Pardew’s side are now eight points from safety, with just one league win since August.
BRIGHTON 2 v 1 ARSENAL
Brighton beat Arsenal for the first time in 36 years to increase the pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. Lewis Dunk put Brighton ahead when he hooked the ball home from a corner after it dropped to him inside the six-yard box, the Seagulls added a second when Laurent Koscielny’s misplaced pass was intercepted and Pascal Gross teased a high cross into the box for Glenn Murray to head past Petr Cech, Arsenal pulled a goal back when Brighton failed to clear their lines. Granit Xhaka fed the ball into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who cleverly flicked the ball home with the outside of his boot, but Brighton held on for a famous victory, enhancing their chances of Premier League Football next season.
MANCHESTER CITY 1 v 0 CHELSEA
Chelsea were their own worst enemies, as they conceded defeat to the league leaders, before the game even started, little imagination or use of their undoubted talents, allowed Man City to cruise to victory, with Chelsea not recording one shot on target in the whole game, however Pep Guardiola’s side were forced to bide their time before making the breakthrough and it came when Bernardo Silva stole in ahead of Marcos Alonso from David Silva’s cross to beat Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and give City a mammoth 18 point lead at the top of the table.
I got seven correct results in my predictions and one correct score, so, top of the table form from me this week!
Please see following my week 30 predictions.
Man United 1 v 2 Liverpool
Everton 2 v 1 Brighton
Huddersfield 2 v 1 Swansea
Newcastle 2 v 1 Southampton
West Brom 1 v 2 Leicester
West Ham 2 v 1 Burnley
Chelsea 3 v 1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 3 v 1 Watford
Bournemouth 1 v 3 Spurs
Stoke 1 v 3 Man City
Have a good week,