ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 34 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

WATFORD 0 V 1 ARSENAL

Watford Goalkeeper Ben Foster gifted Arsenal an opening goal after 10 minutes when he took too long on the ball after collecting a back pass, allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to charge down his clearance and deflect the ball in. Just a minute later, Watford captain Deeney was sent off for throwing his forearm into the face of Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira in a late challenge.

Despite playing with 10 men for 80 minutes, Watford offered the far greater threat, hitting the bar through Adam Masina’s powerful drive from distance in the second half, and forcing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno into a number of excellent saves. The Gunners were well below their best but the rare away win could prove crucial in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

They climb two places to fourth in the table, two points clear of Manchester United and ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY3b86bAlH8

LIVERPOOL 2 V 0 CHELSEA

Mohamed Salah’s wonder-strike helped Liverpool beat Chelsea and ensured they remain two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Almost five years since Liverpool’s title chances were ruined by a 2-0 defeat in the same fixture, the hosts kept themselves in the hunt for a first league title in 29 years with two goals in the space of two minutes that saw Anfield erupt, after a nervy first half in which both sides had chances, Liverpool emerged from the break with added purpose and took the lead via Sadio Mane’s header, there was a huge sense of relief inside the ground, but that became a deafening roar when Salah smashed a left-footed angled drive into the top right corner from 25 yards for his 19th Premier League goal of the season.

All Liverpool fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNXYxImU-wM

CRYSTAL PALACE 1 V 3 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester barely had to get out of breath to brush aside the Palace challenge, Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for Man City after Kevin de Bruyne’s beautifully weighted pass saw his team-mate outsprint Patrick van Aanholt before an exquisite finish beyond Vicente Guaita, England winger Sterling’s instinctive finish after Leroy Sane’s pass doubled the lead.

Palace, who are 11 points above the relegation zone, reduced the deficit through Luka Milivojevic’s late free-kick before substitute Gabriel Jesus made it 3-1 with a smart finish.

Click  here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eruFxKJ4ixg

LEICESTER CITY 0 V 1 NEWCASTLE

Ayoze Perez scored his first away league goal of the season with a glancing header as the Magpies recovered from back-to-back defeats to move 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

The Foxes started confidently, having won their previous four matches under Brendan Rodgers, but they struggled to get a foothold on the game, Salomon Rondon almost handed the visitors a spectacular lead when he struck the crossbar with a powerful free-kick from 35 yards.

Newcastle remained resolute and was rewarded when Perez struck the decisive blow with over half-an-hour played. The Spaniard rose well inside the Foxes’ box to meet Matt Ritchie’s cross and nod the ball over Kasper Schmeichel.

Rodgers’ first home defeat as Leicester boss sees his side remain in seventh, although eighth-placed Wolves are level on points with two games in hand.

Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZdaQ53Ze9I

SPURS 4 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD

I was at the New Spurs Stadium for this demolition of a very sorry looking Huddersfield side, already relegated and six defeats in a row hardly inspire any confidence. Lucas Moura scored a brilliant hat-trick as Tottenham cruised past Huddersfield and moved above Chelsea into third in the Premier League.

A much-changed Spurs side dominated from the off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and deservedly went ahead when Victor Wanyama danced around Ben Hamer and slotted home midway through the first half, Moura added their second just 144 seconds later as he rifled a low shot past Hamer after being played in by Moussa Sissoko, the Brazilian was on the scoresheet again three minutes from time as he controlled and volleyed home Christian Eriksen’s cross, and he completed his hat-trick deep into injury time with another emphatic finish past Hamer.

Christian Eriksen and Fernando Llorente had earlier hit the woodwork for Spurs as they piled on the pressure, although Hugo Lloris was called into action late on to tip a Leandro Bacuna free-kick on to the crossbar.

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

BRIGHTON 0 V 5 BOURNEMOUTH

It was not a good weekend for my friend Chris Hughton, whose Brighton side were emphatically beaten at home to Bournemouth. Chris even said “it could have been worse” after his side were thrashed 5-0 at home by Bournemouth.

The Seagulls’ Anthony Knockaert was sent off in the second half for a reckless tackle on Adam Smith, with his side already behind to goals from Dan Gosling and Ryan Fraser.

Further goals from David Brooks, Callum Wilson and then Junior Stanislas in injury time sealed a result that leaves Brighton one place above the relegation zone.

The Seagulls are five points above next-placed Cardiff, who visit the Amex on Tuesday, 16 April.

Brighton fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctprZeSBRNc

BURNLEY 2 V 0 CARDIFF CITY

Cardiff’s woes continued as with Burnley leading through Chris Wood’s header from a corner, Cardiff were awarded a penalty when home defender Ben Mee headed the ball against his own arm, however, referee Dean reversed the decision after talking to his assistant Darren Cann, much to the anger of Cardiff’s players, decisions like this can finish a team who are battling for survival.

Wood headed a late second goal to leave the Bluebirds five points from safety with five games remaining after a sixth defeat in seven games.

FULHAM 2 V 0 EVERTON

Fulham opened the scoring 30 seconds into the second half at Craven Cottage when Cairney stroked home Babel’s pass from just inside the area for his first goal of the season. Babel then ran on to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s pass to double Fulham’s lead.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had Everton’s best chance but his clipped effort hit the outside of the post, as the Toffees’ three-game winning run came to an end. It was a deserved victory for Fulham, who kept just their third clean sheet of the season and first since December.

The defeat means Everton stay ninth and miss the chance to move above Watford and Wolves into seventh.

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

SOUTHAMPTON 3 V 1 WOLVES

Southampton took the lead when Josh Sims, making his first Premier League start this season and a big influence in the match, squared the ball to the feet of Redmond who fired high past Rui Patricio at the near post.

Wolves equalised when Willy Boly headed in but soon after the restart the home side were back in front when Redmond clipped a shot over the Portuguese keeper.

Substitute Shane Long settled any nerves among his team-mates and the home fans when he poked in Southampton’s third in the 71st minute.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iEnuGf5P9I

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 1 WEST HAM UNITED

A well below par United won thanks to two Paul Pogba penalties, but the first was when Robert Snodgrass was deemed to have fouled Juan Mata – was contentious, and West Ham should have taken the lead in the ninth minute but Felipe Anderson’s goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside.

After the first penalty scored by Pogba, the Hammers deservedly equalised through Anderson shortly after half-time, when he converted Manuel Lanzini’s cross at the back post and Michail Antonio twice came close to putting Pellegrini’s side 2-1 in front.

First, he smashed a shot from the edge of the box off the crossbar and minutes later had a header excellently saved by David de Gea. The win sees United climb to fifth, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea who play Liverpool on Sunday, while West Ham stays 11th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiPQf0d1Nvg

In my predictions, I got seven correct results this week, back to decent form 🙂

Please see my predictions for week 35 (and some week 34 catch up games)

Brighton 3 v 1 Cardiff City

Manchester City 2 v 2 Spurs

Bournemouth 3 v 1 Fulham

Huddersfield 1 v 3 Watford

West Ham United 2 v 1 Leicester
Wolves 2 v 1 Brighton
Newcastle 2 v 1 Southampton
Everton 2 v 1 Manchester United
Arsenal 3 v 1 Crystal Palace
Cardiff City 1 v 3 Liverpool
Chelsea 3 v 1 Burnley
Spurs 3 v 1 Brighton
Watford 2 v 1 Southampton

Wolves 2 v 1 Arsenal

Manchester United 1 v 2 Manchester City

 

Have a good week,

Gary

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