ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 32 ROUND UP
Tottenham 4 v 0 Watford
I was sleeping on Miami Beach, while Spurs continued marching on and adding more pressure on Chelsea, Spurs now have a better goal difference, which is worth an extra point. They dominated the game throughout and secured their sixth win in a row. Spurs took the lead with a stunning goal from Dele Alli’s taking Son Heung-min’s pass and curling it into the top corner, within just 11 more minutes they were three behind as Eric Dier smashed in from Son’s deflected cross, before the South Korea forward added a third just before the break, firing in a rasping drive following Christian Eriksen’s pass, Watford now just wanted the game to end and to go home, Son added the fourth meeting Kieran Trippier’s perfect cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post.
Harry Kane, returning as a second-half substitute, struck the bar with an injury-time free kick.
We are now fourteen points ahead of Arsenal, the last time we finished above Arsenal in the league was when I was the Captain in 1995.
Man City 3 v 1 Hull
Manchester City ended a four-game win-less run in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Hull City on Saturday that boosted their hopes of finishing in a Champions League spot, Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring before half-time at Etihad Stadium, as the Hull defender turned in Jesus Navas’ dangerous low cross. Raheem Sterling’s jinking run then set up Sergio Aguero and the Argentine’s powerful shot squeezed past Eldin Jakupovic. The Hull goalkeeper had no chance from City’s third, with Fabian Delph was allowed time and space to lash in from outside the box. Andrea Ranocchia did pull one back late on, but it was far too little too late.
Middlesbrough 0 v 0 Burnley
The bore draw of the week came at the Riverside stadium where Middlesbrough wasted a golden opportunity to boost their survival hopes as they were held to a goalless draw by Burnley, the only team not to win away from home this season.
Middlesbrough look certain for the drop!
Stoke 1 v 2 Liverpool
Liverpool came from a goal down to beat Stoke City and stay on course for a top-four finish thanks to goals by substitutes Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, unmarked Jon Walters headed the hosts into the lead after meeting Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross, Coutinho levelled with a first-time shot before Firmino smashed the bouncing ball beyond keeper Lee Grant after Georginio Wijnaldum’s pass, Liverpool remain third in the Premier League table.
West Brom 0 v 1 Southampton
The Dutchman Jordy Clasie scored an excellent goal with the outside of his foot to settle this drab encounter in Southampton’s favour. West Brom prompted and probed but was denied by the outstanding Saints keeper Fraser Forster who made three stunning saves.
West Ham 1 v 0 Swansea
West Ham ended a five-game losing run as they gained a much-needed win over struggling Swansea City, the Hammers took a deserved lead just before half-time when Cheikhou Kouyate collected a Robert Snodgrass pass and scored with a stunning low 25-yard strike. The result leaves Swansea in the bottom three of the Premier League with only six games left to secure their top-flight survival.
Bournemouth 1 v 3 Chelsea
Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead over Spurs at the top of the Premier League with an entertaining victory over spirited Bournemouth. A Smith own goal and another gem from Hazard gave Chelsea a commanding lead but Bournemouth, who had already hit the post, got back into the contest through Joshua King’s long-range deflected effort, the home team continued to press after half-time, only for Chelsea to gradually regain control and secure the points through Marcos Alonso’s impeccable free-kick. The Blues next travel to Manchester United, their sternest of six league fixtures between now and the end of the season where Jose Mourinho will be doing his best to derail Chelsea’s title ambitions.
Sunderland 0 v 3 Man United
Sunderland’s hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt another blow as Manchester United eased to victory to climb to fifth on the table. Sunderland played with 10 men for more than 45 minutes after Sebastian Larsson’s controversial red card for a challenge on Ander Herrera. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had already put United ahead with a sublime, curling 20-yard effort.Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 before Marcus Rashford drilled in the third.
Sunderland are 10 points from safety and will already be planning for life out of the Premier League, hopefully, Spurs can bring Jermaine Defoe back to The Lane, if Sunderland has to cut their wage bill.
Everton 4 v 2 Leicester
Leicester’s great run of six wins under new manager Craig Shakespeare came to an end at Goodison Park, where Everton put the Champions in their place. Tom Davies poked in for the hosts after 30 seconds, before Leicester rallied with a slick counter-attacking goal from Islam Slimani and a superb free-kick from Marc Albrighton, at 2-1 in front the Leicester revival looked to be continuing but Lukaku headed in a Ross Barkley cross to draw Everton level and Phil Jagielka was allowed too much space at a corner as the Toffees reached the break ahead. Lukaku drilled in from close range after the interval to give Everton a comfortable victory, as the Champions head for the Champions League Quarter Finals this week.
Good luck to Leicester, their last twelve months has been a real pleasure to follow.
Crystal Palace 3 v 0 Arsenal
Crystal Palace continued their recent revival to boost their Premier League survival hopes and leave Arsenal struggling to maintain their run of top-four finishes under Arsene Wenger. Palace led through Andros Townsend’s close-range finish, doubling their lead when Yohan Cabaye’s shot looped in. Luka Milivojevic clinched victory with a firm, low penalty as Palace moved six points clear of the relegation zone. Sixth-placed Arsenal did not manage a shot on target in a poor second half and the pressure is building on Wenger to leave.
Again I got seven correct results and two correct scores, in my predictions, still on top form!
My week 33 predictions
Tottenham 3 v 0 Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Leicester
Everton 3 v 1 Burnley
Stoke 2 v 1 Hull
Sunderland 2 v 1 West Ham
Watford 2 v 1 Swansea
Southampton 1 v 3 Man City
West Brom 1 v 2 Liverpool
Man United 2 v 1 Chelsea
Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Arsenal
Have a good week