ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 36 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

LEICESTER CITY 3 V 0 ARSENAL

Arsenal was woeful and their defence has been a disaster, as Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester dented Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a dominant victory at the King Power Stadium.

The unmarked Youri Tielemans headed in a cross from James Maddison just before the hour mark, then Vardy struck late on with a header and a tap-in from close range. Arsenal played almost an hour of the contest with 10 men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off.

A third successive Premier League defeat left them two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford in Sunday’s late kick-off.

Leicester can still finish seventh, they are three points behind Wolves with two matches left, which could earn a Europa League place depending on the outcome of the FA Cup final.

Arsenal fans look away again – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXV8xYyFC1g

BURNLEY 0 V 1 MANCHESTER CITY

This Manchester City performance was the way that championships are won, a very scrappy performance, a poor game of football, but three points in the bag, City look favourites to win the title, but are there more twists and turns to come 🙂

Manchester City stand just two victories away from retaining their Premier League title after Sergio Aguero’s second-half goal gave them a scrappy victory over Burnley at Turf Moor, Aguero’s 64th-minute goal, bundled in and given via goal-line technology despite Matthew Lowton’s attempted clearance, summed up much of City’s performance as Burnley’s organisation and resilience threatened to keep them out.

Gabriel Jesus had another effort kicked off the line by Ben Mee and while Burnley rarely threatened, City knew only victory would do or the initiative would be handed back to Liverpool. It was duly secured with a 12th successive league win.

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton also saved from Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva in a City performance that was average for long spells but the main priority of three points was achieved and they know victory at home to Leicester City and away at Brighton will ensure they keep the crown.

Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhDFYeRXf6c

MANCHESTER UNITED 1 V 1 CHELSEA

A mistake by goalkeeper David de Gea gifted Chelsea an equaliser as Manchester United’s hopes of playing in next season’s Champions League faded at Old Trafford, With United leading through Juan Mata’s goal against his former club. De Gea spilt Antonio Rudiger’s 30-yard attempt for Marcos Alonso to level shortly before the interval. It was a costly error by the Spaniard, whose form has been abysmal in recent weeks, although De Gea did come to his side’s rescue deep in stoppage time to deny Gonzalo Higuain a dramatic winner.

Up until Chelsea’s equaliser, United had been in control yet they remain sixth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two games to play, after a third successive league game without a win.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r7qywYNWXg

SPURS 0 V 1 WEST HAM UNITED

I was at the new Spurs stadium to see us suffer our first defeat at our new stadium and it was hard to take, with local rivals going home with the bragging rights.

Michail Antonio’s superb second-half strike was enough to inflict Spurs’ first loss after five games in their new stadium. Third-placed Spurs had won all four of their games since moving into Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month. Antonio’s goal in the 67th minute was the first they had conceded at home since moving into their new stadium and means they are not yet certain of finishing in the top four and securing Champions League football next season.

The victory ended a run of four games without a win for West Ham, who remain 11th in the table with two games to play this season.

West Ham United fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1dFGW5IJuQ

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 V 0 EVERTON

The bore draw of the week came at Selhurst Park, as Everton lost ground in the race for seventh place in the Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace.

Substitute Cenk Tosun’s brilliant back-heeled effort was saved by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita in the closing stages, while winger Bernard and left-back Lucas Digne also hit the post for Everton in the second half, Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed opportunities to put them ahead in a lively first half, but was denied by Guaita from close range and failed to hit the target from Seamus Coleman’s cross.

Palace had chances too, as Max Meyer fired wide early on and James McArthur struck the side-netting during a positive spell for the Eagles after the interval.

The result lifted Marco Silva’s Everton into eighth in the table, although they are now four points behind Wolves, who won 2-1 at Watford on Saturday.

FULHAM 1 V 0 CARDIFF

Cardiff threw away their best opportunity of getting three points to give them at least a hope of Premiership survival, there attitude and performance was not that of a team fighting for their lives, with the appearance that they have already accepted their fate.

Their hopes of Premier League survival are hanging by the thinnest of threads after Ryan Babel’s beautiful curling strike consigned them to defeat at already relegated Fulham.

The entertainment improved after the break, with both sides playing with greater urgency and creating several chances to score before Babel struck with a brilliant first-time effort from 20 yards to break Cardiff’s hearts.

Cardiff remains 18th in the Premier League table, four points behind Brighton, and with a goal difference 14 worse than the Seagulls, with only two games to play this season.

SOUTHAMPTON 3 V 3 BOURNEMOUTH

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl praised his side’s “amazing” achievement after an entertaining draw with Bournemouth secured their Premier League survival. The Saints were 18th with only nine points from 15 games when Hasenhuttl replaced the sacked Mark Hughes in December.

However, they have now taken 29 points from the 21 league games since the Austrian took over, and this draw, along with Cardiff’s 1-0 defeat at Fulham has guaranteed Southampton’s safety with two games to go.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzzc292oSkc

WATFORD 1 V 2 WOLVES

Wolves moved four points clear of Watford in the race for seventh place in the Premier League as goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side earn all three points at Vicarage Road.

Jimenez opened the scoring with his 13th league goal of the season, turning Jota’s low cross past Ben Foster from point-blank range. Andre Gray capitalised on an error from Ryan Bennett to equalise for Watford shortly after the restart, but a mistake from Foster allowed Wolves to retake the lead with 13 minutes remaining.

Foster misjudged Ruben Neves’ long ball into the Watford penalty area, allowing Jota to tap into the unguarded net to seal the win for the visitors.

The result lifts Wolves on to 54 points, while Watford drops to ninth.

LIVERPOOL 5 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD

Liverpool once again put the pressure back on Manchester City with an emphatic win over Huddersfield at Anfield.

Naby KeĂŻta’s goal after 15 seconds set the tone for a dominant display against a very poor Huddersfield side, who seem to have their eyes on Summer holidays, rather than this game. KeĂŻta won possession high in Huddersfield territory, the Guinea midfielder swept a close-range effort into the bottom left corner from Mohamed Salah’s pass to record the Reds’ quickest goal in a Premier League match.

It was also Liverpool’s 100th goal in all competitions this term, and they doubled their lead when Sadio Mane glanced Andrew Robertson’s superb cross into the bottom right corner. Salah then lobbed Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on the stroke of half-time to deliver a third after running on to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ball forward, it remained largely one-way traffic after the break.

Salah and KeĂŻta both went close to their second goals of the evening before Mane headed in his second from Jordan Henderson’s cross to briefly become the Premier League’s joint-top scorer, on 20 goals.

However his Egyptian team-mate Salah regained that honour, converting from another Robertson delivery in the closing stages to move on to 21 goals, sealing a fine team performance.

Liverpool has now amassed more points than Arsenal’s unbeaten “Invincibles” team of 2003-04 and has 12 points more than the Manchester United Treble-winning team of 1998-99.

No team has ever reached this number of points (91) and not gone on to win the title???

 

I have to applaud the Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa, his team had gone one nil up against Aston Villa, but the goal was scored when an Aston Villa player was down and looked to be badly injured, the Villa players stopped expecting the Leeds team to kick the ball out of play, but Leeds did not and went on and scored.

Marcelo Bielsa the Leeds Manager then instructed his team from the kick off to let Aston Villa walk through and score a goal unopposed.

A remarkable act of dignity and fair play.

Well done Marcelo, my star of the week.

Click here to see how it happened – https://news.sky.com/video/leeds-let-aston-villa-score-after-controversial-goal-11706319

 

I got five correct results in my predictions this week, please see following my predictions for week 37

Everton 3 v 1 Burnley

Bournemouth 1 v 3 Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham United 2 v 1 Southampton

Wolves 3 v 1 Fulham

Cardiff 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Newcastle 1 v 2 Liverpool

Chelsea 3 v 1 Watford

Huddersfield 1 v 3 Manchester United

Arsenal 1 v 1 Brighton

Manchester City 3 v 1 Leicester City

 

Have a good week,

Gary

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