ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 6 ROUND UP
ARSENAL 2 V 0 WEST BROM
Congratulations to West Brom’s Gareth Barry whose appearance in this game broke the Premier League appearance record, surpassing Ryan Giggs, however, it was not a night to remember on the pitch. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice to earn Arsenal a victory over West Brom, their third Premier League win in a row at Emirates Stadium, The France striker headed into an open net in the 20th minute after West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster tipped Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick onto the crossbar. After the break, Arsenal awarded a spot-kick when Allan Nyom barged over Aaron Ramsey close to the byeline and up stepped Lacazette to tuck the ball into the bottom right corner, his fourth goal since his club record £46.5m summer move from Lyon. Victory for the Gunners lifts them to seventh in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham and six behind leaders Manchester City.
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BRIGHTON 1 V 0 NEWCASTLE
Brighton edged out Newcastle United to record their second successive home Premier League victory. The hosts scored when Pascal Gross’ free-kick was headed back across goal by Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed hooked the ball in from six yards out. Newcastle, who had won their past three league matches, had chances, but Mikel Merino’s volley was pushed wide by Mat Ryan, Joselu twice missed when well placed, and substitute Jonjo Shelvey hit a post direct from a corner. The victory lifted the Seagulls to 13th in the table, while Newcastle dropped to ninth, and my friend Chris Hughton, the Brighton manager is starting to enjoy life in the Premier League.
WEST HAM UNITED 2 V 3 SPURS
In-form striker Harry Kane scored twice as 10-man Tottenham survived a late fightback from West Ham to move up to third in the Premier League. Kane’s header and low strike gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead before midfielder Christian Eriksen fired home the third in the 60th minute, five minutes later Mexico forward Javier Hernandez nodded in from close range, Tottenham wing-back Serge Aurier was then shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a late tackle on Andy Carroll, West Ham made their numerical advantage count when Cheikhou Kouyate powered in a magnificent cross from substitute Arthur Masuaku with three minutes left. It was a well-fought victory for Spurs, with the only drawback being Serge Aurier’s red card, which was totally avoidable.
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BURNLEY 0 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD
The bore draw of the week was at Burnley, where there was not even a shot on target in the first half. Huddersfield had the better chances in the second half as both Laurent Depoitre and Tom Ince went close. The result means both sides have nine points from their opening six games.
EVERTON 2 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH
Substitute Oumar Niasse scored two late goals to earn Everton victory over Bournemouth in a controversial game which saw Wayne Rooney denied a penalty after being struck by Simon Francis’ elbow, Rooney was angry with referee Martin Atkinson for not punishing Francis and made his feelings known as he went off for treatment with blood pouring from the cut. Joshua King gave Bournemouth the lead early in the second half with a low 20-yard finish before Jordan Pickford denied Jermain Defoe from making it 2-0 at Goodison Park, with Everton facing a fourth successive league defeat, Niasse hammered the equalizer from a ball by fellow substitute Tom Davies before hooking home the winner from close range.
MANCHESTER CITY 5 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Manchester City’s goal spree continues with another five scored this weekend, whilst Crystal Palace remain the only side in Europe’s top five leagues yet to score this season. City boss Pep Guardiola was visibly frustrated by City’s early form but just before the break Leroy Sane produced a classy first touch and then a prodded finish to change the dynamic of the game, Raheem Sterling touched home a fine Sane cross shortly after the interval and slotted from a yard out when Sergio Aguero unselfishly squared, Aguero showed no mercy, heading home a sublime Sane cross to move within one goal of levelling the club’s goalscoring record and Fabian Delph’s superb strike into the top corner from 20 yards added to Palace’s misery.
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SOUTHAMPTON 0 V 1 MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United continue their promising start to the season as Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season to give them a hard-fought victory at Southampton. Lukaku broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, converting the rebound after Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster parried his header from Ashley Young’s cross.
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STOKE 0 V 4 CHELSEA
A brilliant hat-trick from Alvaro Morata helped Premier League champions Chelsea to a dominant win over Stoke City, their third in succession away from home this season. Antonio Conte’s side took the lead after only two minutes, Morata showing composure to latch onto Cesar Azpilicueta’s long ball over the top and slotting it past goalkeeper Jack Butland. Stoke gifted Chelsea a second when captain Darren Fletcher, trying to chest the ball back towards his own goal, set up Pedro, who drilled home, a wonderful run from the halfway line from Morata, ended with a smart finish from an angle, which gave Chelsea their third before the Spaniard completed his hat-trick from inside the six-yard box.
SWANSEA 1 V 2 WATFORD
Watford bounced back from their 6-0 drubbing at Man City last week, to get all three points at Swansea, Andre Gray seized on hesitant home defending to put the Hornets in front from close range, Tammy Abraham, scored the equalizer after Wilfried Bony’s initial shot was saved, but then Richarlison stole the ball from Roque Mesa and evaded Alfie Mawson to scamper clear and score despite a touch from keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
LEICESTER CITY 2 V 3 LIVERPOOL
Leicester beat Liverpool 2-0 three days ago in the League Cup, but the Reds went after revenge and got it. Philippe Coutinho scored for the first time this season and Jamie Vardy saw his penalty saved as Liverpool survived a Leicester fightback, Coutinho’s set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then struck a majestic free-kick for a two-goal lead before the break, Shinji Okazaki poked home from close range to give Leicester hope, before a frantic five-minute spell in the second half almost turned the game on its head, Jordan Henderson netted from a Liverpool counter-attack to make it 3-1 but the hosts immediately responded when Vardy headed into an empty net a minute later. An excellent game of football and in the end a fair result.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQHYAeUq6z8
I had my best week with eight correct results in my predictions.
Please see following My week 7 predictions:
Huddersfield 1 v 2 Tottenham
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Leicester
Man United 4 v 1 Crystal Palace
Stoke 2 v 1 Southampton
West Brom 2 v 1 Watford
West Ham 2 v 1 Swansea
Chelsea 1 v 2 Man City
Arsenal 3 v 1 Brighton
Everton 2 v 1 Burnley
Newcastle 1 v 2 Liverpool
Have a good week,