ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 8 ROUND UP
LIVERPOOL 0 V 0 MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United keeper David de Gea produced a world-class save to deny Joel Matip as Liverpool failed to turn their superiority into three points. Jurgen Klopp’s side peppered the United goal with 19 shots but a combination of outstanding goalkeeping by Spain keeper De Gea and the home team’s poor finishing denied them a decisive moment. Liverpool controlled the game but their wastefulness in front of goal means they have now won just once in eight games. United offered very little quality in attack although De Gea’s counterpart Simon Mignolet had to smartly parry Romelu Lukaku’s fierce attempt before the interval. Liverpool dominated even more after half-time but Emre Can wasted their best chance when he volleyed over the bar from eight yards after being picked out by the impressive Joe Gomez. The point leaves United, who I claimed might struggle defensively at the start of the season, with nine clean sheets in their last 10 league games.
No goals, so I thought I would put up a treat for the Liverpool fans, with the singing of the club’s anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at Anfield on Saturday, enjoy !!
BURNLEY 1 V 1 WEST HAM UNITED
Andy Carroll was at his worst, as he was sent from the field for using his elbow, an immature action that has cost his team and the fans a possible three points Chris Wood’s header five minutes from time cancelled out Michail Antonio’s opener to rescue a point for Burnley as West Ham played the majority of the contest with 10 men.Antonio put West Ham ahead when he capitalised on Ben Mee’s misjudgment of Joe Hart’s clearance to touch the ball past Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and slide it into the empty net.
Wood leveled for Burnley late on when he headed home Johann Gudmundsson’s cross.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzNoU50b6x8
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 V 1 CHELSEA
Wilfried Zaha scored the winner as Crystal Palace stunned reigning champions Chelsea to pick up their first victory of the Premier League season. Palace had lost all seven of their previous games, failing to score a goal, they finally ended their 731-minute wait for a league goal when Yohan Cabaye forced the ball down off his chest, which bounced off David Luiz and into the back of the net off Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta. Palace’s lead lasted only eight minutes as Cesc Fabregas’ corner was headed in by Tiemoue Bakayoko. But Zaha, on his return from injury, made it 2-1 just before the break and Hodgson’s side held on for their first points and clearly the performance of the week.
All Palace fans, enjoy this !! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajJZL4AxX1w
MANCHESTER CITY 7 V 2 STOKE CITY
Manchester City has laid down the challenge to the rest of the Premiership, after another scintillating performance. Gabriel Jesus was the first to find the net when he nipped in ahead of Mame Biram Diouf to prod home. De Bruyne then threaded a wonderful pass into the path of Leroy Sane, who fed Raheem Sterling to slot in. It was 3-0 by the 27th minute when Spain midfielder David Silva fired home after more good work from Sterling and Sane. The only surprise of the first 45 minutes was when Diouf’s deflected shot reduced the deficit. The home side then received another jolt when the Senegal player’s header came off the leg of Kyle Walker, hit the post and beat Ederson in goal two minutes after the restart. Any hopes of a fightback, though, were quashed when Jesus smashed in his second from close range via another beautiful De Bruyne delivery. Fernandinho then produced the goal of the game with a rocket from 25 yards that whistled past Jack Butland in goal. Belgian De Bruyne’s magic then allowed Sane to slot in the sixth before substitute Bernardo Silva completed the rout when he converted Sterling’s pass.
Click here for the nine goals, great commentary !! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aAL_k5EoFA
SWANSEA 2 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD
Swansea City earned their first home win of the Premier League season to lift the pressure on manager Paul Clement. Two goals either side of half-time from Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham proved decisive as Huddersfield paid the price for making mistakes at both ends and have now gone seven games without a victory. With the tension rising at the Liberty Stadium, the Terriers gifted Swansea the lead on 41 minutes when Jonas Lossl passed straight to Tom Carroll, who had time and space to pick out Abraham to slot home his first. Jordan Ayew got the second after a lovely little lob over Lossl, with Abraham on hand to poke home.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JYT5u2eNcI
SPURS 1 V 0 BOURNEMOUTH
I was at Wembley to see Spurs win their first home game of the season, it was not a convincing victory but the three points were vital to a Spurs side heading off to Spain today to face RFeal Madrid in the Champions League tomorrow. Bournemouth’s back five stifled Spurs in the first half, but Eriksen gave the hosts the lead immediately after the break with a smart left-footed finish. Jermain Defoe almost leveled against his old side after coming off the bench, but Hugo Lloris was equal to the striker’s low effort.
Click here for the goal that gave Spurs their first home win of the season – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlytG7XNw1Q
WATFORD 2 V 1 ARSENAL
Arsene Wenger declared the decision to award Watford their penalty a “scandalous decision” as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose 2-1 in injury time at Vicarage Road. The Gunners led through Per Mertesacker’s header but the Hornets equalized when Troy Deeney converted from the spot after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Richarlison. Substitute Deeney’s strike with 19 minutes left to set the scene for a stirring Watford finish, with Tom Cleverley converting in the closing seconds to send Watford fourth and Arsenal in ruins.
Arsenal fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-cSVudnvpc
BRIGHTON 1 V 1 EVERTON
Brighton looked set to secure their third successive home league win when Anthony Knockaert slotted home in the 82nd minute after Jose Izquierdo’s shot was blocked by Michael Keane, but in the dying seconds of the match, Seagulls defender Bruno elbowed Dominic Calvert Lewin in the area as a free-kick was floated in. Rooney sent Ryan the wrong way with his spot-kick, but the Australian keeper rescued his side when he twice saved from Everton’s Kevin Mirallas in the closing seconds.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o30TkOqxcOU
SOUTHAMPTON 2 V 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED
Manolo Gabbiadini marked his return to the Southampton team by scoring both goals as battling Saints twice came from behind to deny Newcastle United victory in an entertaining game at St Mary’s. Isaac Hayden fired the Magpies ahead from 25 yards, Saints equalised through Gabbiadini’s shot on the turn only for Newcastle to restore their lead 87 seconds later, Ayoze Perez finding the net from an angle after Forster had spilled the Spaniard’s initial shot, Newcastle were denied victory when Gabbiadini, scored from the penalty spot after Florian Lejeune needlessly bundled over Shane Long.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS5urTzj4kw
LEICESTER CITY 1 V 1 WEST BROM
West Brom had one shot on target and scored from it as Nacer Chadli’s sublime free-kick looked set to earn West Brom a hard-earned win. But Mahrez marked his return to the side after being dropped against Bournemouth by tucking home 10 minutes from time to give Leicester a share of the points, however, they still remain in the relegation zone and without a win in six Premier League games.
I only got three correct results this week, like Chelsea, my form took a nosedive.
Please see following my predictions for week 9
West Ham 1 v 2 Brighton
Chelsea 3 v 1 Watford
Huddersfield 1 v 3 Man United
Man City 4 v 1 Burnley
Newcastle 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Stoke 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Swansea 2 v 1 Leicester
Southampton 2 v 1 West Brom
Everton 1 v 2 Arsenal
Spurs 2 v 1 Liverpool
Have a good week,