ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 35 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

CHELSEA 2 V 2 BURNLEY

Chelsea moved above Arsenal into the fourth position in the Premier League as they were held by Burnley in a thrilling game at Stamford Bridge.

All the goals were scored in the opening 24 minutes with Jeff Hendrick giving Burnley an eighth-minute lead before N’Golo Kante equalised after wonderful skill by Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea in front six minutes and 14 seconds after Burnley’s opener.

However, the visitors were level when Ashley Barnes scored from close range, his 11th league goal of the season.

Burnley is now almost certainly safe from relegation with three games to go, holding a nine-point advantage over 18th  placed Cardiff and with a goal difference 17 better than the Welsh side.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GWmy6ehKJU

EVERTON 4 V 0 MANCHESTER UNITED

Everton produced a thrilling display to outclass a woeful Manchester United at Goodison Park and expose all the problems facing Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United face a fight to secure a Premier League top-four place and Champions League football next season after 90 minutes which were little other than embarrassing against a fired up Everton side. United goalkeeper David de Gea had saved superbly from Richarlison before the Brazilian hooked in an acrobatic 13th-minute volley to set the tone for a magnificent display from Marco Silva’s side.

De Gea was beaten by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s low 25-yard drive, going down late, as Everton took total control. Everton did not let up after the break, Lucas Digne scoring from long range after De Gea punched out a corner, before substitute Theo Walcott ran clear on to Sigurdsson’s pass to slide home the fourth.

United have lost six of their past eight games in all competitions, while a fifth successive away defeat, leaves them facing the prospect of Europa League football next season.

United fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg3ogQJNDsg

ARSENAL 2 V 3 CRYSTAL PALACE

Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four finish were dented after Christian Benteke’s first goal in a year helped Crystal Palace to an excellent win which confirmed their Premier League place, Benteke was left unmarked to head Luka Milivojevic’s delivery past Bernd Leno, only for Mesut Ozil to equalise with a clever finish shortly after half-time. However, two goals in eight minutes ended Arsenal’s 10 matches winning league run at Emirates Stadium, Wilfried Zaha capitalised on a mistake by Shkodran Mustafi to restore Palace’s lead and James McArthur’s header made it 3-1 before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit with his 19th league goal of the season.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Nb_u-vaGM

CARDIFF 0 V 2 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League but was pushed all the way by relegation-threatened Cardiff City. Jurgen Klopp’s side had to be patient as they dominated a dogged Cardiff side, who had chances of their own to cause an upset.

Liverpool made the breakthrough in spectacular fashion, as Georginio Wijnaldum met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low corner with a thunderous first-time effort which threatened to break the net.

The wild celebrations spoke of the visitors’ relief, and they had to negotiate some nervy moments, most notably a staggering miss by Cardiff captain Sean Morrison, who miscued a header with the goal at his mercy.

Things then got worse for Morrison, who conceded a penalty after grappling with Mohamed Salah, and substitute James Milner confidently converted the spot-kick to seal the victory for the visitors.

Cardiff remains in the relegation zone, three points adrift of safety. Liverpool, meanwhile, restores their two-point lead at the top of the table over Manchester City, who play their game in hand away at Manchester United on Wednesday.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrB8eCKUYqE

MANCHESTER CITY 1 V 0 SPURS

Phil Foden’s first Premier League goal returned Manchester City to the top of the table as they overcame Champions League conquerors Tottenham at Etihad Stadium.

Spurs, however, were very unlucky not to have come away with at least a point, as they had four one on one’s with Ederson and failed to take advantage of the chances created as Ederson had to make several crucial saves. They also lost key midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to injury.

Foden gave City the perfect start but Ederson thwarted Son Heung-min on three occasions and saved well from Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura. Son was also denied by a magnificent tackle by Aymeric Laporte.

Raheem Sterling had City’s best chance after the break, only to be frustrated by the outstretched leg of Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, in for injured Hugo Lloris.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTRyBNFXvz0

BOURNEMOUTH 0 V 1 FULHAM

Bournemouth, who thrashed Brighton last Saturday, slipped to a third loss in five games at the Vitality Stadium as Aleksandar Mitrovic’s second-half penalty gave the Cottagers a first away victory this term.

The Cherries began brightly but fell away after missing several early chances. Howe’s side was also hampered by injuries to right-back Adam Smith in the warm-up and his replacement Junior Stanislas midway through the first period, contributing to a disjointed showing.

Serbia international Mitrovic profited by drawing a foul from substitute Jack Simpson and sending home goalkeeper Artur Boruc the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

The result leaves Bournemouth in 12th while Fulham remains the second bottom of the Premier League.

HUDDERSFIELD 1 V 2 WATFORD

Watford’s amazing season continues as Gerard Deulofeu scored an impressive double as they kept their European ambitions alive with a comfortable victory over Huddersfield, the Spaniard opened the scoring in the fifth minute and sealed victory late on, sending the Hornets up to seventh in the table, for the first, Jonathan Hogg lost possession deep inside his own half before Terence Kongolo’s recovering tackle knocked the ball into the path of Deulofeu, who guided it past Jonas Lossl, Deulofeu cemented the win when he was on hand to convert from close range after Lossl parried Ken Sema’s shot.

Huddersfield did salvage a late consolation, as substitute Karlan Grant capitalised on some tired Watford defending to head in from close range in the final seconds.

The already relegated Terriers remained rooted to the foot of the table, while Watford took a step closer to European football, and could also yet qualify via the FA Cup.

WEST HAM UNITED 2 V 2 LEICESTER CITY

West Ham took the lead when winger Michail Antonio put West Ham ahead before the break, rising above Ben Chilwell to head in Mark Noble’s fine cross from the left, Jamie Vardy levelled for the Foxes with his ninth goal in 10 league games thanks to an exquisite finish at the near post.

The Hammers looked on course for victory after Lucas Perez turned in the rebound when fellow replacement Pedro Obiang hit the post after 82 minutes, but Leicester substitute Harvey Barnes scored in stoppage time to secure a controversial Premier League draw in a frantic finish at the London Stadium,

Leicester falls one place to eighth in the table, while West Ham remains 11th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USD2kPEBEx8

WOLVES 0 V 0 BRIGHTON

This was a vital point for my good friend Chris Hughton’s Brighton side, in their fight against relegation. Their keeper Mat Ryan was the hero for the visitors, who now move three points clear of the Premier League bottom three.

First, Ryan bravely got down as Leander Dendoncker closed in on the rebound when Wolves dangerman Diogo Jota headed against a post midway through the second half. Then, three minutes from time, Ryan was in the right place to stop the Belgian’s header.

Given Brighton’s 12-goal advantage over third-bottom Cardiff, safety is not far away for the South coast team. Wolves will surely feel it is two dropped points.

NEWCASTLE 3 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

Ayoze Perez scored a hat-trick as Newcastle saw off a spirited second-half performance from the Saints.

This win propelled Newcastle into 12th place in the Premier League table, 10 points above the relegation zone and almost certainly safe for another season. Southampton sits just five points above Cardiff in 18th with four games to play.

 

In my predictions, I only got four correct results this week.

Please see following my week 36 predictions:

Liverpool 4 v 0 Huddersfield

Spurs 3 v 1 West Ham United

Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Everton

Fulham 2 v 1 Cardiff City

Southampton 1 v 1 Bournemouth

Watford 2 v 1 Wolves

Brighton 2 v 1 Newcastle

Leicester 2 v 1 Arsenal

Burnley 1 v 2 Manchester City

Manchester United 2 v 1 Chelsea

Have a good week,

Gary

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