ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 5 ROUND UP
SPURS 1 V 2 LIVERPOOL
I was at Wembley for the titanic clash between Spurs and Liverpool, two teams who I have predicted will be pushing Manchester City all the way in the challenge for the title, but Spurs failed to get out of the starting gates and it was Liverpool who completely dominated the game and won in a far more convincing manner than the scoreline suggests. The Reds emerged impressively from their biggest test so far at Wembley and keeps them level on points with Chelsea, who are top of the Premier League table on goal difference.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first away league goal since joining Liverpool, technology adjudging his header to have crossed the line despite the attempts of backup Spurs keeper Michel Vorm to clear, the visitors were dominant almost throughout and doubled their advantage after 54 minutes when Roberto Firmino scored from on the line after Jan Vertonghen turned Sadio Mane’s cross on to his own post, Andrew Robertson and Lucas Moura hit the woodwork for either side but the Reds could and should have made this a more convincing win, with Naby Keita and Mane missing chances to add to their goal tally, Erik Lamela pulled one back for Spurs deep into stoppage time and Son Heung-min saw a late penalty claim turned down after he was brought down by Mane but it was all too late and Liverpool’s triumph was fully deserved.
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BOURNEMOUTH 4 V 2 LEICESTER CITY
This impressive victory puts Bournemouth fifth in the Premier League when this time last year they had not got a point from their first four games. The hosts were well in control by half-time, with Joshua King adding a penalty to two goals from Ryan Fraser.
Adam Smith then made it 4-0 before James Maddison and Marc Albrighton replied late on for the Foxes, who had Wes Morgan sent off in the second half.
An amazing start for the South coast team, now the manager will be looking to his team to show in every game the same attitude and level of performance, which has been the basis of their success.
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CHELSEA 4 V 1 CARDIFF CITY
Eden Hazard is one of my favourite players in the Premier League and he completely annihilated Cardiff single-handedly in this game where Chelsea had to come from behind to secure the three points, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri clearly agrees with me when he said Eden Hazard may be the best player in Europe, after the Belgian scored a hat-trick as the Blues went top of the Premier League with victory over Cardiff, Hazard scored twice in seven minutes before half-time, after Sol Bamba volleyed home for the visitors, to help Chelsea make it five wins from five so far this season, he scored his third with a late penalty after Bamba brought down Willian, who added the Blues’ fourth from long range.
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HUDDERSFIELD 0 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE
Wilfried Zaha produced a moment of brilliance on his return to the team as Crystal Palace earned their second win of the season against Huddersfield. Halfway through September is far too early to be labelling matches six-pointers, but this was an encounter with a fiery edge to it from the start.
It looked as though it might be a frustrating afternoon for Zaha, who missed Palace’s defeat to Southampton before the international break with a groin injury, after he was booked for a late tackle on Florent Hadergjona, that foul was a reaction to being hauled to the ground by Mathias Jorgensen, but Zaha regained his composure and in the 38th minute knocked the ball between two defenders before smashing past Jonas Lossl, the hosts offered a threat in the second half, flooding the Palace box with high crosses, and Aaron Mooy came close to finding the equaliser only to see his well-struck volley clatter off a post, Huddersfield’s wait for their first win of the season continues but Palace move up to 11th in the table.
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MANCHESTER CITY 3 V 0 FULHAM
City won this game at a canter and rarely got out of second gear, Sane, making his first league start for Guardiola’s side this season, netted after one minute and 36 seconds as the defending champions maintained their unbeaten start to the season, David Silva doubled the hosts lead before the break, with Raheem Sterling all but securing the win two minutes into the second half, the fourth win in five games keeps City within touching distance of league leaders Liverpool and Chelsea, who have taken maximum points so far.
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NEWCASTLE 1 V 2 ARSENAL
Arsenal manager Unai Emery urged Mesut Ozil to contribute more goals after the German’s strike secured a third consecutive victory for his side and left Newcastle without a win.
Granit Xhaka opened the scoring for the Gunners with an excellent long-range free-kick after the break, before Ozil followed up Alexandre Lacazette’s blocked effort to double the advantage, Ciaran Clark responded in stoppage time for the hosts, however Newcastle remain 18th in the table with one win in their last 10 league games, worrying times for the Magpies fans.
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WATFORD 1 V 2 MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said Romelu Lukaku epitomised his team’s performance as they withstood a spirited fightback from Watford to claim back-to-back victories and condemn the Hornets to a first loss of the season, United scored twice in three first-half minutes as Belgium striker Lukaku diverted Ashley Young’s cross in via his chest before Chris Smalling fired home Marouane Fellaini’s knock-down, Watford pulled a goal back midway through the second half through Andre Gray, but despite putting Mourinho’s side under heavy pressure for the final 20 minutes, they were unable to find an equaliser, Nemanja Matic was sent off after a mistimed challenge on Will Hughes saw him pick up his second booking in the closing minutes, but United were able to hold on to claim their 15th victory over Watford in their last 16 meetings.
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WOLVES 1 V 0 BURNLEY
Wolves dominated large periods of the game and thoroughly deserved the three points, and Raul Jimenez opened the scoring on the hour mark as he turned in Matt Doherty’s cross.
The visitors rarely threatened, with the only real chances they created falling to Johann Berg Gudmundsson late on, Defeat for the Clarets means they have equalled a club record run of four consecutive Premier League losses and now sit bottom of the table, while promoted Wolves have climbed to ninth.
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EVERTON 1 V 3 WEST HAM UNITED
West Ham halted their disastrous start to the season with a first Premier League win under Manuel Pellegrini as they outplayed Everton in a lively contest at Goodison Park.
Andriy Yarmolenko’s first Hammers goal opened the scoring, the Ukrainian finishing off a slick counter that went from the halfway line to the net in three touches, Marko Arnautovic with the assist, Yarmolenko got his second in the 31st minute with a fine curled effort from just inside the box after a Jordan Pickford error gave possession to Mark Noble. Just before the break, ex-Spurs player Gylfi Sigurdsson powered in a header from Jonjoe Kenny’s cross, converting after Cenk Tosun missed two good chances.
Arnautovic ensured the three points when he struck clinically after a one-two with Pedro Obiang.
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SOUTHAMPTON 2 V 2 BRIGHTON
Glenn Murray struck a stoppage-time penalty as Brighton came from two goals down for the second consecutive game to earn a dramatic point at Southampton. Murray’s fourth goal in five games came when referee Anthony Taylor ruled James Ward-Prowse had shoved Shane Duffy. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s 35-yard strike had given Southampton a half-time lead before Danny Ings penalty made it 2-0.
But Duffy’s free header from Anthony Knockaert’s cross two minutes later set up the tense finish.
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I am at least being consistent with another six correct results in my week 5 predictions.
My predictions for week 6:
Fulham 2 v 1 Watford
Burnley 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Cardiff 1 v 3 Man City
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Newcastle
Leicester 2 v 1 Huddersfield
Liverpool 3 v 1 Southampton
Man United 2 v 1 Wolves
Brighton 1 v 3 Spurs
West Ham 1 v 2 Chelsea
Arsenal 2 v 1 Everton
Have a good week,