ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 31 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

EVERTON 2 V 0 CHELSEA

Chelsea threw away another three points and question marks over manager Sarri’s future are getting bigger, Chelsea dominated possession in the first half with Eden Hazard striking the post and Pedro wasting a chance from close range, but their inability to capitalise on their dominance was punished four minutes after the break as Richarlison headed in following a corner for his 13th goal of the season, and the visitors’ woes increased on 71 minutes when Richarlison was brought down in the area by Marcos Alonso, with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring the rebound from his own penalty.

As a result, Chelsea failed to capitalise on their game in hand and still sit sixth in the Premier League table, a point behind Manchester United, who they would have gone above had they won. Victory would also have taken them level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv5kwy6qXE8

FULHAM 1 V 2 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League but needed James Milner’s late penalty to avoid dropping points at Fulham.

Leading through Sadio Mane’s 11th goal in as many games in all competitions, the visitors failed to put a limited Fulham side away, allowing the hosts back into the game, a dire defensive mix-up between defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson gifted Ryan Babel an equaliser against his former club on 74 minutes, but Fulham keeper Sergio Rico then made an equally poor blunder, dropping Mohamed Salah’s curling shot and fouling Mane as Senegal forward went for the ball, Substitute Milner calmly hit his penalty down the middle as Rico dived right, sending a relieved Liverpool back to the top for the first time since 1 March.

Jurgen Klopp’s side is now two points ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5hW66M88lg

BOURNEMOUTH 2 V 2 NEWCASTLE

Salomon Rondon opened the scoring for Newcastle with a superb free-kick on the stroke of half-time but Joshua King turned the game in Bournemouth’s favour in the second half, sending Martin Dubravka the wrong way from the penalty spot before finishing coolly into the far corner from Dominic Solanke’s pass, then former Bournemouth player Matt Ritchie sent a spectacular volley into the top corner from DeAndre Yedlin’s cross to lift the visitors on to 35 points with seven games left to play.

The draw lifts Bournemouth above Everton into 11th place, while Newcastle remains 13th.

BURNLEY 1 V 2 LEICESTER CITY

Leicester had England centre half had Harry Maguire sent off within four minutes for bringing down Johann Berg Gudmundsson when he was clean through on goal, but despite their one-man disadvantage, Leicester took the lead from a James Maddison free-kick after he was brought down by James Tarkowski, while Dwight McNeil levelled for Burnley soon after.

Leicester left it late and scored against the run of play when substitute Wes Morgan headed home from Youri Tielemans’ cross. The result means Burnley remain in 17th place in the Premier League and keep their two-point cushion over 18th-placed Cardiff City, but Sean Dyche’s side have played one game more than the Bluebirds.

Leicester, meanwhile, is in 10th place and have crossed the 40-point mark with seven games of the season remaining.

WEST HAM UNITED 4 V 3 HUDDERSFIELD

This game had all the spectacle, the up and downs and the sort of game that makes the Premier League the best in the world. When skipper Mark Noble cracked in a penalty to put West Ham ahead, few could have predicted the drama which would unfold in east London.

Huddersfield arrived without a victory on the road since November, but their confidence was not dented as they levelled almost instantly through Juninho Bacuna’s free header,  the away fans had more to celebrate when a well-worked free-kick ended in young forward Karlam Grant sidefooting them ahead., then Grant, 21, cracked a thunderous 25-yard strike into the top corner after the break, which gave Huddersfield a  3-1 lead with barely 15 minutes left.

West Ham produced a thrilling late comeback when substitute Javier Hernandez inspired an incredible turnaround to stop relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town moving off the bottom of the Premier League for the first time since December. Angelo Ogbonna thumped in a header to make it 3-2, Hernandez- who was introduced by Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini at half-time scored twice in the closing stages to spark jubilant celebrations for the West Ham fans at London Stadium, whilst the Huddersfield fans went home with their team 16 points adrift of safety with seven matches left to play. Relegation is a mere formality.

West Ham meanwhile has consolidated their place in the top half of the table, staying ninth in the table.

Click here for the seven goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRpb1Qf0yoM

there were only four games in the Premier League as it was FA Cup quarter-final weekend and bad news for Manchester United fans 🙁

The FA Cup quarter-final results were:-

Wolves 2 v 1 Manchester United

Millwall 2 v 2 Brighton – Brighton won 5-4 on penalties

Swansea 2 v 3 Manchester City

Watford 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

 

The FA Cup Semi-Final draw is as follows:

Brighton v Manchester City

Wolves v Watford

The Tottenham Hotspur New Stadium is nearly ready, only the test events remain before the Stadium is opened. The final test event is on the 30th March when Spurs Legends play against Inter Milan Legends, with 48,000 people attending the game. I have been chosen as the Manager of the Spurs Legends and so it has been very hectic trying to get the players and everything in place.

We are going to have some great names from the clubs history playing against the Italian legends from Inter Milan

Click here for the announcement – https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2019/march/first-group-of-legends-for-test-event-match-revealed/

I got two out of five in my predictions 🙁

Please see following my predictions for week 32

Fulham 1 v 3 Man City

Brighton 2 v 1 Southampton

Burnley 1 v 2 Wolves

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Huddersfield

Leicester 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Man United 2 v 1 Watford

West Ham United 2 v 1 Everton

Cardiff 1 v 3 Chelsea

Liverpool 1 v 2 Spurs

Arsenal 3 v 1 Newcastle United

 

Have a good week,

Gary

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