ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 32 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

ARSENAL 2 V 0 NEWCASTLE

Arsenal beat Newcastle at Emirates Stadium to move above Manchester United and north London rivals Tottenham and goes third in the Premier League.

Aaron Ramsey put Arsenal ahead with a fine low strike from 15 yards out,  Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal’s lead late on when he calmly lofted the ball over goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Arsenal were 10 points behind Tottenham at the start of February but this victory took the Gunners two points clear of fourth-placed Spurs and United in fifth with seven league games remaining

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

LIVERPOOL 2 V 1 SPURS

Toby Alderweireld’s late own goal gave Liverpool a priceless victory and put them back on top of the Premier League.

Visitors Tottenham looked on course to earn a point after Lucas Moura deservedly equalised Roberto Firmino’s first-half header for the home side.

Liverpool was on the brink of losing ground to Manchester City until the title race took another dramatic twist in the closing moments in front of the Kop.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris failed to hold Mohamed Salah’s routine far-post header and the ball ricocheted into the net off Alderweireld.

It was sheer elation for Liverpool, who are now two points clear of City having played a game more, but misery for Spurs, who are in a real fight for a top-four place and were left to regret Moussa Sissoko’s glaring miss when through on goal minutes earlier.

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

CARDIFF 1 V 2 CHELSEA

Chelsea staged a remarkable late revival to snatch a controversial victory at relegation-threatened Cardiff City.

Cardiff took the lead less than a minute into the second period thanks to Victor Camarasa’s delicate curling volley.

With five minutes left, Cesar Azpilicueta nodded in an equaliser from a clearly offside position and then, in added time, substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed the winner to break Cardiff’s hearts.

The result is a major blow to Cardiff’s bid for Premier League survival, leaving them five points adrift of safety with seven games remaining.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKXior10AZc

FULHAM 0 V 2 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City cruised back to the top of the Premier League as they condemned strugglers Fulham to their eighth consecutive defeat.

Pep Guardiola’s side quickly established their superiority in the west London sunshine, with Bernardo Silva’s 20-yard drive finding the bottom left corner inside five minutes, City, who had 10 shots in the first 15 minutes, added their second when Sergio Aguero sublimely lifted the ball over home goalkeeper Sergio Rico from close range.

City, who are chasing an unprecedented quadruple, move one point above Liverpool.

The Cottagers stay second bottom, 16 points from safety with six league games remaining.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on6IjYkSdGU

BRIGHTON 0 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton moved level on points with Brighton as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the only goal.

The Saints captain latched on to Nathan Redmond’s pass to poke the ball past Mat Ryan and give the visitors a second consecutive league victory. Nathan Redmond produced the only shot on target in a disappointing first half, but Hojbjerg’s strike sparked the game into life after the interval.

The visitors held on to claim their fourth away win of the season and join Brighton on 33 points, although Hughton’s side has a better goal difference and a game in hand. Southampton’s victory and Burnley’s win over Wolves mean Huddersfield, who lost at Crystal Palace, are relegated to the Championship.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY–_lxvyA8

BURNLEY 2 V 0 WOLVES

Burnley teenager Dwight McNeil was the star of the show inspiring his side to a win over Wolves that boosted their hopes of Premier League survival,

McNeil, 19, set up the early opener on Saturday, and then sealed victory with a superb solo strike as the hosts ended a run of four straight defeats and moved five points clear of the relegation zone, Burnley led inside 90 seconds when Chris Wood’s shot from a tight angle hit the post before going in off Wolves captain Conor Coady, a hard-fought match produced few clear cut chances and could have swung in the direction of either side, but a moment of brilliance from McNeil sealed a potentially crucial win for the home side at a jubilant Turf Moor.

The forward maintained his composure in the Wolves box, to slot home into the bottom corner.

Burnley’s victory, coupled with relegation rivals Southampton winning at Brighton, confirmed Huddersfield’s demotion back to the Championship.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYUXbY6HeH0

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD

Huddersfield equalled the record for the earliest relegation in a Premier League season as second-half goals from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt earned Crystal Palace all three points at Selhurst Park, Huddersfield’s defeat, combined with victories for Burnley and Southampton, confirmed the visitors’ demotion back to the Championship.

Huddersfield, who have propped up the table since December, join Derby County and Ipswich Town as the only teams in Premier League history to be relegated with six games left to play.

Milivojevic opened the scoring in the second half, sending Ben Hamer the wrong way from the penalty spot after Wilfried Zaha had been fouled by Juninho Bacuna, Patrick van Aanholt’s composed finish secured a valuable victory for Palace, who move eight points clear of the bottom three.

Whilst Huddersfield’s two-year stay in the Premier League came to an end.

LEICESTER CITY 2 V 0 BOURNEMOUTH

Wes Morgan put Leicester ahead in the 11th minute, his second goal in as many games, by flicking Ben Chilwell’s shot in off the post with the inside of his boot, Leicester controlled the game and missed a number of chances before Jamie Vardy sealed the three points in the 82nd minute by heading Youri Tielemans’ cross in off the bar.

Scorer Vardy missed an excellent opportunity in the first half, dragging a first-time shot wide of the post from 10 yards when left free.

The win means Leicester climb to eighth in the table.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_GEM426uBA

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 1 WATFORD

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not happy as his reign as permanent manager of Man United began with a fortunate win over Watford.

The victory was harsh on the visitors, who dominated possession for long periods and had superior chances, but it lifts United into fourth place above Arsenal, who play on Monday.

Marcus Rashford’s 10th Premier League goal of the season, after a superb through ball from Luke Shaw, gave United a flattering lead. And as Watford wasted further opportunities to earn their first league win at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial made them pay midway through the second half with a close-range finish.

Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a late consolation goal but United held on for the three points, which takes them level on points with third-placed Tottenham, who travel to Liverpool on Sunday.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdzgFPFzW3w

WEST HAM UNITED 0 V 2 EVERTON

West ham was woeful as Everton cruised to victory and move past the Hammers into the top half of the Premier League table. Marco Silva’s side was utterly dominant in a sparkling first-half showing which could have brought them more than goals from Kurt Zouma and Bernard.

West Ham was looking for a fourth home Premier League win in a row for the first time in 17 years but had no answer to the visitors’ energy and imagination and was only saved from an embarrassing scoreline by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and the woodwork.

 

On Saturday, Spurs played their final test event at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, I was the manager of the Spurs Legends against Inter Milan Legends and it was watched by 45,000 fans.

Some amazing names were on show, for Spurs Juergen Klinsmann, Paul Gascoigne, Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, David Ginola, Rafael Van Der Vaart, for Milan, Laurent Blanc, Sebastian Veron, Silvestre, Zanetti. Their manager was their famous Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, with Jose Mourinho as his assistant.

 

Please click here to find out more about this amazing occasion.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6867929/Tottenham-icons-Gascoigne-come-play-new-stadium.html

Me with Robbie Keane and Paul Gascoigne, I am the smart one 🙂

I got five correct results in my predictions this week with one spot on the correct score.

Please see following my week 32 predictions

Watford 3 v 1 Fulham

Chelsea 2 v 1 Brighton

Man City 3 v 1 Cardiff

Tottenham 3 v 1 Crystal Palace

Southampton 2 v 1 Liverpool

Bournemouth 3 v 1 Burnley

Huddersfield 1 v 2 Leicester

Newcastle 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Everton 1 v 2 Arsenal

Chelsea 3 v 1 West Ham United

 

Have a good week,

Gary

 

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