ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 30 ROUND UP
ARSENAL 2 V 0 MANCHESTER UNITED
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first Premier League defeat since being appointed Manchester United’s interim manager as Arsenal leapfrogged their opponents to move into the top four, Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka beat David de Gea with a swerving shot from outside the penalty area, which the United keeper should have saved, Romelu Lukaku hit the bar while the game was goalless, when it appeared easier to score, and, soon after Arsenal took the lead, Brazilian midfielder Fred struck a post for United, Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno also produced two crucial saves to keep out Lukaku, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot after Fred’s foul on Alexandre Lacazette.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cChrWKabE40
CHELSEA 1 V 1 WOLVES
Chelsea threw away the chance to get closer to a top-four finish, with only a draw at Stamford Bridge, they had to come from behind after Raul Jimenez finished off a swift counter-attacking move to put Wanderers ahead with their only shot on target nine minutes into the second half and it was very nearly a momentous victory for Wolves, but who else but Eden Hazard scored a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a point against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard curled into the bottom corner in the second minute of added time to deny Wanderers a memorable victory and ensure Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Premier League since their 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City last month.
The draw keeps Chelsea in the sixth, two points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and three points adrift of Arsenal in fourth, albeit with a game in hand on all the sides above them.
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LIVERPOOL 4 V 2 BURNLEY
Liverpool maintained the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City by coming from behind to beat Burnley in tricky conditions at Anfield. Burnley took a shock sixth-minute lead when Ashley Westwood scored directly from a corner, but Liverpool was only behind for 13 minutes before Roberto Firmino tapped in after Tom Heaton had fumbled Mohamed Salah’s cross.
In a first half played in strong wind and hailstorms, Liverpool took the lead when Sadio Mane curled a shot past Heaton.
Firmino scored his second following Heaton’s poor clearance and Burnley pulled one back late on through Johann Berg Gudmundsson from six yards out, but there was no fightback as Mane then went around the Burnley keeper in injury time for his second and Liverpool’s fourth to seal the win, which leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side one point behind City with eight league games of the season remaining.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP6JvWbjmJY
MANCHESTER CITY 3 V 1 WATFORD
Raheem Sterling’s quickfire second-half hat-trick sent Manchester City four points clear at the top of the Premier League.
With the game goalless at the start of the second half, Sterling was challenged by Daryl Janmaat as he ran on to Sergio Aguero’s flick and the ball cannoned off him and into the net to give City the lead, Sterling’s second goal, came only four minutes later when he tapped in Riyad Mahrez’s cross at the far post after a flowing City move and, just before the hour mark, the 24-year-old England forward made it 3-0, running on to a David Silva pass and cutting past two defenders before slotting home his 18th goal of the season.
Watford, in desperation, threw on substitutes Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu, who combined seconds later to pull a goal back with their first touches when Deeney flicked on a long ball for Deulofeu to fire home with his side’s first shot, after 66 minutes. It proved to be only a consolation, with City comfortably holding on to clinch their sixth successive league win.
Click here to see Sterling’s hat trick – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LyXHJEZn2k
SOUTHAMPTON 2 V 1 SPURS
Tottenham was sloppy, arrogant and complacent as Southampton came back from being behind to secure a very much needed three points in their fight against relegation.
Spurs took the lead when Harry Kane scored his 200th career goal, awful defending by Spurs, allowed Southampton to draw level via Yan Valery, who pounced on Danny Rose’s mistake and it was two late goals in five minutes that earned Southampton an incredible victory against Tottenham, whose top-four hopes took a nosedive.
James Ward-Prowse earned the win with a sensational free-kick from 25 yards to keep the Saints two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
Spurs are now looking over their shoulders as Manchester United, who were 13 points behind Spurs when Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager on 16 December, can move level on points with Spurs should they beat Arsenal on Sunday.
And if Chelsea wins their two games in hand, they will go above Tottenham, who have already reached the last eight of this year’s Champions League but face second-place Liverpool in their next game.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gIjYaPCl8E
NEWCASTLE 3 V 2 EVERTON
Ayoze Perez was the star of the show for Newcastle, scoring twice and setting up Salomon Rondon in a stunning performance. Newcastle stormed back from two goals down at half-time to beat Everton in a captivating match.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin got the opener for Everton on 18 minutes with a fine glancing header from Lucas Digne’s superb cross and then Richarlison tapped in Everton’s second after Martin Dubravka parried Andres Gomes’ low cross straight to the Everton winger.
Perez then set up Rondon’s fine volley to get the hosts back into the game. Perez had levelled in the 81st minute when Pickford spilt Miguel Almiron’s stinging drive into his path, Perez then capped a stellar performance by whipping the ball past Jordan Pickford in the 84th minute after the Everton defence failed to react to Isaac Hayden’s lofted pass back into the box.
A very important victory for Newcastle.
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LEICESTER CITY 3 V 1 FULHAM
Brendan Rodgers secured his first win as Leicester City manager to push Fulham closer to relegation, as Jamie Vardy reached a century of goals for the Foxes, Vardy was the key figure throughout, unselfishly setting up a simple first-half finish for Youri Tielemans before rising to the occasion after substitute Floyd Ayite’s scrappy equaliser for Fulham after the break, he raced on to James Maddison’s perfect through ball to put Leicester back in front with 12 minutes left, then got his 100th goal for the club when he turned a finish past Sergio Rico after 86 minutes.
Fulham, under the interim management of ex-Spurs player Scott Parker, had no answer and this is a defeat that leaves them cut adrift from safety and surely on their way back into the Championship after just one season in the top flight.
HUDDERSFIELD 0 V 2 BOURNEMOUTH
Callum Wilson, who had been sidelined since January with a knee problem, forced home Ryan Fraser’s cross to put Bournemouth ahead in the first half, the same duo combined for Bournemouth’s second goal after the break, with Wilson crossing for Fraser to sweep home his sixth Premier League goal of the season and secure the south coast side’s first away win since October.
Bournemouth stays 12th despite the win but are now 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Huddersfield, meanwhile, remains bottom and are now 16 points from safety, with relegation now looking all but certain.
CARDIFF 2 V 0 WEST HAM UNITED
Cardiff City produced a big performance at the right time as they put pressure on their relegation rivals with a vital home victory over a lacklustre West Ham. The Bluebirds made a perfect start when Junior Hoilett swept home a fine move after just four minutes thanks to some questionable Hammers defending, they doubled their advantage seven minutes after half time with Victor Camarasa bundling the ball home, and the Bluebirds might have added to that advantage in their most dominant home display of the season.
Declan Rice hit the post for the Hammers with 20 minutes remaining, but Manuel Pellegrini’s side never truly looked capable of mounting a comeback, even when Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge denied Marko Arnautovic.
CRYSTAL PALACE 1 V 2 BRIGHTON
This was a great win for Brighton and for my good friend Chris Hughton, Palace had been in good form and Brighton was being sucked into the relegation dogfight, but Anthony Knockaert’s stunning strike gave Brighton their first win at Selhurst Park since 2005.
Former Palace forward Glenn Murray had given Brighton the lead with his 100th league goal, pouncing on a mistake by James Tomkins before superbly volleying into the far corner from 18 yards.
Palace equalised shortly after the break when Milivojevic scored his eighth penalty of the season after Davy Propper had fouled ex-Spurs player Andros Townsend.
The result leaves Brighton in 15th in the table, while Palace who is also on 33 points are in 14th.
I got five correct results this week, mid-table form 🙂
Please see following my predictions for week 31
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Newcastle
Burnley 2 v 1 Leicester
West Ham United 3 v 1 Huddersfield
Fulham 1 v 3 Liverpool
Everton 1 v 2 Chelsea
Have a good week,