ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 34 ROUND UP
Chelsea 4 v 2 Southampton
Chelsea continued their charge for the title, with a convincing victory over Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were key figures, the Belgian putting Chelsea ahead with a low shot after five minutes. Former Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu bundled in an equalizer for Saints before Gary Cahill headed the title pace-setters back in front right on half-time.
Costa confirmed Chelsea’s supremacy with a header early in the second half before scoring his second with a low shot late on. Ryan Bertrand, another former Chelsea man, was on target for the Saints in the dying seconds, but Chelsea marches on.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sLDugqKYxQ
Arsenal 1 v 0 Leicester
Arsenal kept up their top-four chase as a late strike from Nacho Monreal went in off Robert Huth’s chest gave them victory against a determined Leicester side. Alexis Sanchez had rattled the bar and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez brought a good save out of Petr Cech, but it was not an enthralling night of football.
Click here for Huth’s deflected own goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1yblkIQ6e8
Middlesbrough 1 v 0 Sunderland
Sunderland is all but relegated from the Premier League, after losing the Tees-Wear derby to fellow strugglers Middlesbrough, who registered the first victory of 2017. Marten de Roon’s goal early in a drab contest was the 59th Sunderland have conceded this season and left the Black Cats 12 points adrift of safety with five games remaining. Sunderland faces Bournemouth on Saturday and could be relegated if they fail to win and other results go against them.
Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpVRsg3I3-I
Crystal Palace 0 v 1 Spurs
Tottenham bounced back from their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea with a deserved victory at Palace. Spurs had struggled to break down a disciplined Palace side for much of the game and it looked like they would have to settle for a point. But Eriksen fired into the bottom corner from 30 yards late on to keep Spurs within four points of Chelsea with five games remaining. The win means Tottenham move on to 74 points, surpassing their previous best ever Premier League total of 72. If they beat rivals Arsenal on Sunday it will ensure they finish above the Gunners in the table for the first time since I was the captain in the 1994-95 season. Palace, meanwhile, remains 12th, seven points above the relegation zone.
Click here for Eriksens great winning goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkop0Ql3RnY
Burnley 0 v 2 Man United
Wayne Rooney was the star of the show as he scored his first goal since January as Manchester United kept up the chase for the top four in the Premier League with victory at Burnley. The England captain started the impressive counter-attack which led to Anthony Martial’s opener and squeezed the ball home from a tight angle to double United’s lead before half-time. It means United remain fifth in the league but are only a point off rivals Manchester City, whom they face on Thursday at Etihad Stadium. Burnley have now won only once in 11 matches and are five points off the relegation zone in 16th.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkRCNVzLzMY
Liverpool 1 v 2 Crystal Palace
Christian Benteke enjoyed his return to his old stomping ground, as he scored in either half as Sam Allardyce’s Eagles mounted a brilliant fightback after Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho’s fine free-kick. His first was a well-taken strike high into the net from Yohan Cabaye’s low cross, his second a poacher’s header from six yards after some lax Liverpool defending at a corner. Palace is all but assured of another season of top-flight football, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds stay in third place, but they have played two games more than both Manchester City in fourth place and fifth-placed Manchester United, who are two and three points back respectively.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj6U453v2pU
Bournemouth 4 v 0 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough were completely taken apart by the Cherries as their hopes of avoiding relegation suffered a major setback as they lost heavily. Midfielder Gaston Ramirez was sent off after 20 minutes for two bookable offenses, which did not help their cause, they were already trailing 2-0 after Joshua King scored from close range just 96 seconds into the match and Benik Afobe converted from Charlie Daniels’ pass. Marc Pugh’s curling effort made it 3-0 and Daniels added the fourth. Middlesbrough is now destined to returning to the Championship, after just one season in the top league.
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Hull 2 v 0 Watford
Hull City claimed an all-important victory against Watford to ensure they remain outside the relegation zone and in control of their Premier League destiny. The hosts endured a nightmare first half at the KCOM Stadium, losing striker Oumar Niasse when he was shown a straight red for a challenge on M’Baye Niang in the 25th minute.
Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was Hull’s saviour, tipping over from Sebastian Prodl in the first half and then producing a point-blank save to keep out Etienne Capuoe just a minute before Hull took the lead, the breakthrough came with Kamil Grosicki crossing for Lazar Markovic to fire in on the rebound after his header came back off the bar. Sam Clucas made sure of the points with a superb shot from distance, the midfielder controlling 25 yards from goal and firing ferociously beyond the reach of Heurelho Gomes. Hull have now won 19 points out of a possible 21 at home under Silva and stay two points above the drop zone. Watford remains in 10th place.
Swansea 2 v 0 Stoke
Swansea City have given themselves a chance of avoiding relegation as they beat Stoke to end a six-match winless run, Fernando Llorente’s early header gave the hosts a precious lead, and when Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic blasted a penalty high over the bar, ex-Spurs player Tom Carroll’s hit a long-range effort that was deflected into the Stoke goal. Swansea remains 18th in the table, two points adrift of Hull and safety, but the first victory since March will give them a much-needed lift with four games to go.
West Ham 0 v 0 Everton
The bore draw of the week came at the Olympic Stadium, where Everton missed the chance to move into the Premier League top five as they drew against West Ham. After a dire first half from both sides, Everton registered their first shot in the 70th minute and they did not manage an effort on target in the whole game.
No highlights from this one !!
I got seven predictions correct and am putting pressure on the top of the table for the Premier predictions League !!!!
My week 35 predictions
Southampton 2 v 1 Hull
Stoke 2 v 1 West Ham
Sunderland 2 v 1 Bournemouth
West Brom 1 v 2 Leicester
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Burnley
Man United 2 v 1 Swansea
Everton 2 v 1 Chelsea
Tottenham 2 v 1 Arsenal
Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Man City
Watford 1 v 2 Liverpool
FA CUP SEMI FINALS
Chelsea 4 v 2 Spurs
I was at Wembley doing media work, and watched a fantastic game of football, between the two best sides in the Premier League. Spurs were the better team throughout the 90 minutes, but Chelsea’s finishing was more clinical.
Hazard had been rested, along with Diego Costa, as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte shuffled his pack against a Spurs side high on confidence after closing to within four points of their London rivals in the Premier League title race, but Hazard came off the bench to make a telling contribution, Willian, in for Hazard, gave Chelsea the lead with a fine free-kick after five minutes but Harry Kane levelled for Spurs with an instinctive stooping header. Willian put Conte’s side back in front from the penalty spot just before the break, after Son Heung-min penalized for a foul on Victor Moses.
Spurs seemed to have the momentum after Dele Alli converted Christian Eriksen’s brilliant pass seven minutes after half-time, but Hazard’s introduction, along with Costa, on the hour, turned the game Chelsea’s way. Hazard drove powerfully past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris after 75 minutes and Nemanja Matic then scored one of the best goals that I have seen at Wembley for a long time to take Chelsea to the FA Cup Final.
All Chelsea fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeB845vGF2c
Arsenal 2 v 1 Man City
Our (Spurs) biggest rivals Arsenal worked hard, coming from behind to ensure a place against Chelsea in the FA Cup final, with a 2-1 victory over Man City. Alexis Sanchez’s extra-time winner was the difference between the two sides, scoring 11 minutes into the extra period after Manchester City failed to clear Mesut Ozil’s free-kick.
Sergio Aguero had raced clear of Nacho Monreal to put City ahead in the 62nd minute, but Monreal made amends with the equalizer 11 minutes later as he volleyed in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross at the far post. Man City will be feeling aggrieved at the defeat after a perfectly good goal in the first half was ruled out by the linesman, Leroy Sane’s cross was adjudged to have gone out before Aguero and Raheem Sterling combined to turn it into the net, and in the second half Yaya Toure and Fernandinho hit the woodwork. Arsene Wenger now has the opportunity to go for a record seventh FA Cup triumph. Quite an achievement if Arsenal can turn Chelsea over in the Final at the end of May.
All Arsenal fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaAN5Ilxnk0
I got both of my FA Cup predictions wrong and it is going to be an Arsenal v Chelsea final.
Have a good week