ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 7 ROUND UP
HUDDERSFIELD 0 V 4 SPURS
Spurs absolutely tore Huddersfield apart, with Harry Kane taking his September goal tally to 13 with two in the 4-0 victory at Huddersfield. Kane delivered his first blow inside 10 minutes when he collected Kieran Trippier’s header, ran into the Huddersfield area and slotted past keeper Jonas Lossl. It was 2-0 soon after. This time Ben Davies demonstrated his poise in front of goal with a good strike after great combination play from Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. The goal of the match came barely midway into the half. Kane was again fed by Trippier before he drifted across the 18-yard area and bent a brilliant effort past Danish keeper Lossl.
Spurs eased off after the break but still managed a fourth goal when substitute Moussa Sissoko claimed his first for the club with a deflected effort from close range. Spurs move up to third in the Premier League while Huddersfield is 10th.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhANt17k39c&sns=em
BOURNEMOUTH 0 V 0 LEICESTER
The bore draw of the week came on the South Coast as neither club could muster a goal. Bournemouth failed to convert a host of chances as both their and Leicester’s disappointing starts to the Premier League season continued. The draw leaves Bournemouth second from bottom and Leicester only one place outside the relegation zone, with both sides having won just once in their opening seven league matches.
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Manchester United put in a very professional performance to beat a terrible Crystal Palace, who have lost all seven Premier League games this season without scoring. Unbeaten United led within three minutes when Marcus Rashford’s excellent work on the left wing ended with a cut-back to Juan Mata, who steered home from 10 yards out. Their second came when Ashley Young crossed for Marouane Fellaini to volley home from two yards out at the back post. Fellaini scored his second goal with a close-range header from Rashford’s free-kick early in the second half. Romelu Lukaku scored a late fourth, his 11th goal in 10 United games by converting Anthony Martial’s cross from close range.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YlhDnvznFI&sns=em
STOKE 2 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says striker Peter Crouch still has a “huge role” to play at the club after scoring the winner against Southampton. The 36-year-old striker came on as a substitute in the 70th-minute before poking home to hand his side their second victory of the season. Crouch has scored three goals in seven appearances for Stoke this season, two of those coming as a substitute. Crouchy would love to get some more game time, but whilst he is proving to be such a super sub, the manager may not give him the starts he wants.
Click here for Crouchy’s winner – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nddD9e1-2F0&sns=em
WEST BROM 2 V 2 WATFORD
West Brom threw away the three points and, manager Tony Pulis will be less than impressed. West Brom took a two-goal lead in three first-half minutes through Salomon Rondon and captain Jonny Evans, before Abdoulaye Doucoure reduced the deficit before the break. The hosts looked set to record a first Premier League win since 19 August when Brazil Under-20 international Richarlison connected with a Jose Holebas free-kick deep into added time. The result means Watford maintain their unbeaten record on the road this season, whilst West Brom will rue their defending in the final minute.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI7Crc13OxA&sns=em
WEST HAM 1 V 0 SWANSEA
Sakho eased some of the pressure on the Hammers when he got on the end of fellow substitute Arthur Masuaku’s cross in the 90th minute and stabbed the ball home from close range. Swansea was positive with their approach but a long-range effort from Wilfried Bony, parried by Joe Hart, in the first half was the best they had to show.
CHELSEA 0 V 1 MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City returned to the Premier League summit with an outstanding win at reigning champions Chelsea. Kevin de Bruyne’s spectacular 67th-minute winner against his former club, a rising left-foot drive from outside the area, gave Pep Guardiola’s side a victory their dominance deserved and saw them leapfrog back over arch-rivals Manchester United. City never looked in danger once De Bruyne scored and almost added a second when Gabriel Jesus’ volley was headed off the line by Antonio Rudiger.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUU0pncWq3A&sns=em
ARSENAL 2 V 0 BRIGHTON
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger celebrated the 21st anniversary of his arrival at the club with a routine victory over Brighton, Nacho Monreal put the Gunners ahead early on when he shot through a crowded penalty area, Arsenal added a second goal after half-time when a slick passing move on the counter-attack was emphatically finished off by Alex Iwobi. The win ensures Wenger’s side are a point behind north London rivals Tottenham in the chasing pack behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzfkL8uEkHc&sns=em
NEWCASTLE 1 v 1 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool endured a familiar frustrating afternoon in front of goal as they were held to a draw at Newcastle. Manager Jurgen Klopp once again saw his side dominate possession and create chances but once again saw them fail to capitalise as former Reds boss Rafael Benitez guided the hosts to a draw, Philippe Coutinho gave Liverpool the lead with a superb 25-yard curler but more poor defending allowed Joselu to equalise with a fortunate finish before the break. Klopp’s side has now won only one of their last seven games in all competitions and are seventh in the Premier League.
I got six correct results and one correct score this week, so still in the top of the table form!!
Please see following my week 8 predictions:
Liverpool 1 v 2 Man United
Burnley 2 v 1 West Ham
Man City 3 v 1 Stoke
Crystal Palace 1 v 3 Chelsea
Swansea 1 v 2 Huddersfield
Tottenham 3 v 1 Bournemouth
Watford 1 v 2 Arsenal
Brighton 1 v 2 Everton
Southampton 2 v 1 Newcastle
Leicester 2 v 1 West Brom
Have a good week,