In Gary Mabbutt Blog


Manchester City moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League as second-placed Manchester United’s unbeaten run surprisingly ended at Huddersfield Town.

City’s class final thwarted Burnley in their 3-0 home win as Sergio Aguero equaled the club’s all-time scoring record.The Argentine tucked in a first-half penalty to equal Eric Brook’s tally of 177 before City, who had previously been free-scoring at Etihad Stadium, wore down the visitors and added further goals though Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane.

Neighbours Man United had only themselves to blame as they lost their defensive concentration and conceded twice early on against newly-promoted Huddersfield. Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre took advantage of first-half errors as the Terriers beat United for the first time since 1952, despite Marcus Rashford’s strike setting up an interesting finish.

Defending champions Chelsea came from behind in a thrilling 4-2 win against Watford. Aiming to avoid a third league defeat, Antonio Conte’s side trailed 2-1 before substitute Michy Batshuayi (2) and Cesar Azpilicueta lifted the performance.

Leicester under caretaker manager Appleton managed a fine 2-1 win away at Swansea, Leicester outplayed the Swans creating a host of chances and took the lead when Federico Fernandez headed into his own net from Riyad Mahrez’s whipped cross, a swift counter-attack saw Shinji Okazaki score Leicester’s second early in the second half, before Alfie Mawson hooked in from close range to spark hopes of a Swansea revival, but the Foxes held on for only their second victory this season.

Mikes Merino scored a late winner as Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 1-0, a result that leaves Palace rooted to the bottom of the table. Their victory last week over Champions Chelsea failed to inspire the Palace side and they slipped to yet another defeat.

After Stoke’s crushing 7-2 defeat at Man City last week, manager Mark Hughes was hoping for a positive response from his side, but they failed to deliver as Bournemouth took control of the game and two goals in 133 seconds stunned City as Andrew Surman’s 16th-minute opener was quickly followed by Junior Stanislas’ penalty, awarded after Ryan Shawcross tripped Benik Afobe in the box.Stoke got a goal back when Mame Biram Diouf found the net from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s knock-down, but it was too little too late for the Potters, the result, leaves Stoke 18th in the table, a point above their opponents.

West Brom without a win since August, lost again as Moroccan Sofiane Boufal scored a sublime individual goal as Southampton snatched a late winner.

Everton was once again humiliated by a rampant Arsenal at Goodison Park, despite taking the lead through a Rooney goal, t was to prove a false dawn as only Everton keeper Jordan Pickford kept his side on terms before Nacho Monreal reacted to a rebound from his save to draw Arsenal level. Arsenal never looked back and it was no surprise when the outstanding pair of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil combined for the German to head past the besieged Pickford eight minutes after half-time, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey increased the agony for Everton with goals in the final 16 minutes, even when Everton substitute Oumar Niasse pulled one back in stoppage time, there was still time for Sanchez to end a slalom run with a fifth to bring the curtain down on a desperate day for Everton manager Ronald Koeman who is now surely fighting to save his job.

I was in contact with eLan CEO Mark Taylor, (a big Liverpool fan) during the Spurs v Liverpool game, but I was very kind and did not tease him about this Liverpool performance!

The game of the week was at Wembley where Spurs were hosting Liverpool, Spurs came into the game after an excellent draw in the Champions League away at Real Madrid and Liverpool on the back of a seven-goal demolition of Marabor. However the Liverpool defense failed to show up and Spurs took full advantage with a 4-1 thrashing of the Reds, in front of a Premier League record crowd of 80,827, Spurs claimed their sixth win of the season and move level on points with second-placed Manchester United.

Kane opened the scoring for Spurs on Sunday after four minutes as Kieran Trippier’s chipped pass went over Dejan Lovren’s head and the England striker took the ball around Simon Mignolet, who had rushed from his goal, to score from 12 yards, eight minutes later Spurs doubled their lead as Hugo Lloris’ long throw was not dealt with by Lovren, who missed a header on the halfway line and Kane was able to square to Son Heung-min to slot home. Liverpool got a goal back as Jordan Henderson’s wonderful cross-field pass found Mohamed Salah, who outpaced the Tottenham defense and finished off the inside of the post with a scuffed shot. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp responded by taking off Lovren for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after 31 minutes, but Dele Alli added a third for Spurs just before half-time as he lashed in a volley from 18 yards. Kane got his second in the 56th minute as he followed up a rebound from Jan Vertonghen’s shot after Mignolet failed to clear a free-kick. Spurs have shown that Pochettino’s work in progress at Spurs is progressing very well.

My week 10 predictions follow:

Arsenal 3 v 1 Swansea

Man United 1 v 2 Spurs

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 West Ham

Liverpool 3 v 1 Huddersfield

Watford 2 v 1 Stoke

West Brom 1 v 3 Man City

Bournemouth 1 v 2 Chelsea

Brighton 2 v 1 Southampton

Leicester 2 v 1 Everton

Burnley 2 v 1 Newcastle

Have a good week,


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