ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 33 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

CHELSEA 3 V 0 BRIGHTON

Chelsea cruised to Premier League victory over Brighton with three excellent goals. Olivier Giroud flicked home Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross before Eden Hazard curled home from the edge of the box from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s pass.

Loftus-Cheek then scored an excellent 25-yard strike into the top corner to seal the victory. The Blues, who have won their last 10 games against the Seagulls since 1967, move up to fifth in the league.

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

WOLVES 2 V 1 MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United missed the chance to move third in the Premier League as they threw away a lead, had a man sent off and lost at Wolves.

Scott McTominay’s low strike from 22 yards put them ahead after 13 minutes but the hosts equalised 12 minutes later as Diogo Jota coolly finished from a Raul Jimenez pass. The visitors had captain Ashley Young sent off in the 57th minute for two yellow-card offences after he twice fouled Jota in a five-minute spell. Wolves took advantage as they scored a scrappy second goal when David de Gea failed to collect the ball and it ricocheted off United defender Chris Smalling and into the net to give the hosts the win.

The defeat was the first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he was given the United manager’s job on a full-time basis and left them fifth in the Premier League.

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

WATFORD 4 V 1 FULHAM

Fulham has been relegated from the Premier League with five games still to play after being hammered by Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Cottagers needed to avoid defeat to put off their inevitable demotion for another week and were level at half-time, Ryan Babel having equalised after Abdoulaye Doucoure’s stunning opener for the Hornets, however, second-half goals from Will Hughes, Troy Deeney and Kiko Femenia condemned them to an immediate return to the Championship.

Fulham spent more than £100m on 12 new players last summer but the quality has been lacking all season.

Their players looked dejected as the final whistle confirmed they will be playing Championship football alongside Huddersfield next season, making 2 April the earliest date two clubs have been relegated from the Premier League.

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

SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 3 LIVERPOOL

Mohamed Salah scored a brilliant solo goal as Liverpool came from behind to beat Southampton at St Mary’s and return to the top of the Premier League, Liverpool were in danger of dropping vital points with the score level at 1-1 with 10 minutes remaining, before Salah clinically ended his run of six league games without a goal, with Southampton defenders backing off, the Egyptian ran half the length of the pitch before firing past Angus Gunn with his left foot, Liverpool substitute Jordan Henderson sealed victory late on with a close-range finish,

Shane Long had handed Saints an early lead with a composed strike from inside the area but Naby Keita headed the visitors level with his first goal for the club before the break.

The result sees the Reds leapfrog Manchester City yet again, the 25th time the lead has changed hands this season.

It is getting very interesting.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdKQRz0xkbQ

NEWCASTLE 0 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace’s victory at Newcastle means they have amassed enough points to avoid the drop, according to manager Roy Hodgson.

The Eagles’ victory saw them take their points tally to 39, 11 clear of 18th-placed Cardiff with just five games left to play. Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic scored the decisive goal at St James’ Park as he fired home from the spot after Wilfried Zaha had been felled in the penalty box by DeAndre Yedlin late on.

Both sides had seen goals disallowed in the first half; Salomon Rondon was called offside after bundling home Matt Ritchie’s knockdown before James Tomkins fired in from a corner only for the flag to be raised due to James McArthur’s offside position.

The victory lifts Palace to 12th while the Magpies drop to 15th, though they are still seven points clear of Cardiff, who currently occupy the final spot in the relegation zone.

HUDDERSFIELD 1 V 4 LEICESTER CITY

Leicester got their fourth consecutive Premier League win at the expense of relegated Huddersfield.

Youri Tielemans, on loan from Monaco, broke the deadlock for Leicester with a clever finish from the edge of the area after Huddersfield failed to clear from a corner, Jamie Vardy doubled the visitors’ advantage with his 14th league goal of the season two minutes after half-time, as Ricardo Pereira delivered a perfect low cross to the back post, Huddersfield responded quickly with their first penalty of the season, Aaron Mooy converting from the spot after 52 minutes following Caglar Soyuncu’s foul on Karlan Grant, but James Maddison added a third for the Foxes with an excellent free-kick before Vardy scored his second from the penalty spot with 84 minutes played.

The result sees Leicester climb from ninth to seventh, level on points with Wolves having played a game more.

BOURNEMOUTH 1 V 3 BURNLEY

Bournemouth who remain 10 points clear of the bottom three despite the defeat, made the best possible start on the south coast as Ashley Barnes sent a header into his own net under pressure from Nathan Ake.

But relegation-threatened Burnley responded brilliantly, scoring twice in as many first-half minutes to turn the game on its head. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic misjudged Ashley Westwood’s corner, allowing Chris Wood to nod into an empty net from point-blank range.

The turnaround was complete two minutes later when Westwood converted Chris Mepham’s poor clearance before Barnes atoned for his early own goal by slotting home Wood’s cut-back in the second half.

The result lifts Burnley eight points above the relegation zone, two points and one place behind the Cherries.

EVERTON 1 V 0 ARSENAL

Phil Jagielka, who was called into the starting XI as a replacement for Michael Keane shortly before kick-off, poked home the only goal of the game following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header from Lucas Digne’s early long throw.

Arsenal was poor in the first half and, while they did improve in the second, they never seriously tested Jordan Pickford in the Toffees goal.

Everton, meanwhile, had plenty of chances to double their lead in the second half as Bernard, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson all spurned chances.

Victory for Everton means they leapfrog Watford into ninth while Arsenal remains in fourth.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JmXu8BrmtY

SPURS 2 v 0 CRYSTAL PALACE

I was at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the Opening Ceremony and the first game there.

Click here for the opening ceremony, Spurs fans have your hankies ready 🙂   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSmdDykSFls

We celebrated the official opening of our magnificent new £1bn stadium with a crucial victory over Crystal Palace to cement their our place in the Premier League’s top four.

After two dress-rehearsal games, Spurs staged the opening ceremony before kick-off, 689 days after their last league fixture on this site against Manchester United.

And, after a series of celebrations to mark the occasion, Spurs overcame a nervous first 45 minutes in their new home to record their first Premier League win since 10 February when they beat Leicester City at Wembley. South Korean Son Heung-min will take his place in history as the first player to score a Premier League goal here when his shot from the edge of the area deflected in off Luka Milivojevic after 55 minutes.

And the win was sealed 10 minutes from time when Christian Eriksen scrambled home from close range as Harry Kane looked for a penalty after tangling with James McArthur. It rounded off the perfect night for Spurs, in front of a crowd of 59,215, as they leapfrogged arch-rivals Arsenal to go third, a point ahead of the Gunners, who have a game in hand, and Chelsea.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiNIqc4tALc

I got five correct results in my predictions, please see following my week 34 predictions.

Leicester City 2 v 1 Newcastle

Spurs 4 v 1 Huddersfield

Brighton 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Burnley 3 v 1 Cardiff

Fulham 1 v 2 Everton

Southampton 2 v 1 Wolves

Man United 3 v 1 West Ham United

Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Man City

Liverpool 2v 1 Chelsea

Watford 1 v 2 Arsenal

 

Have a good week,

Gary

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