ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK16 ROUND UP

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WEST HAM UNITED 1 V 3 ARSENAL

New manager Ljungberg has to fix his Arsenal defence if they are going to compete for a Champions League place, I have said it before that Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette are up there with the best strikers in the League, but poor defending is their Achilles heel.

Arsenal came from behind to end their nine-match winless streak as Freddie Ljungberg enjoyed his first victory as interim manager at the expense of his former club West Ham.

Eighteen-year-old Gabriel Martinelli marked his full Premier League debut by side-footing an equaliser which cancelled out Angelo Ogbonna’s deflected the first-half opener at London Stadium.

Within nine minutes, Nicolas Pepe had curled a magnificent second into the top corner and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired in a third.

The salvo turned the game on its head and piled the pressure on West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose side have taken four points from their past nine league games and conceded three times in three successive home games.

The Hammers remain a point above the relegation zone in 16th and Arsenal move up two places to ninth.

All Arsenal fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBjDD1MQve8

BRIGHTON 2 V 2 WOLVES

In an entertaining game at the AMEX Stadium, Diogo Jota scored twice as Wolves stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 games with a 2-2 draw at Brighton.

All four goals were scored in an entertaining first half, with Jota putting the visitors ahead following a quick counter-attack, playing a one-two with Raul Jimenez before slotting in.

Then came a crazy couple of minutes as Brighton turned the game on its head.

First, Neal Maupay equalised after latching on to a long ball from Jack Stephens before thumping a strike beyond Rui Patricio’s reach.

Then, just 96 seconds later, the Seagulls took the lead when Davy Propper headed in Leandro Trossard’s cross.

Brighton went close to adding a third when Aaron Mooy swept an effort just wide of the far post before Jota equalised a minute before half-time. Jonny pounced on a defensive mistake before finding Jota inside the area and the Portuguese forward turned and tucked a shot in at the far post.

The second half failed to match the high tempo of the first, with Brighton’s Maupay going closest to finding a winner when he fired a fierce shot that was held by Patricio.

The point moves Wolves up to sixth in the table, while Brighton remains 12th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGWc77I5fr8

NORWICH 1 V 2 SHEFFIELD UNITED

Sheffield United came from behind to earn their first win in five Premier League games and leave Norwich City still four points adrift of safety.

George Baldock provided the cross for Enda Stevens’ equaliser and then turned to fire in what proved to be the winner in a vastly improved second-half performance from the Blades.

In doing so, the visitors maintained their record of going unbeaten away from home in the top flight this season, a feat matched only by league leaders Liverpool.

As United moved eighth, two points behind fifth-placed Manchester United, Norwich, in 19th, missed the chance to close the gap on Aston Villa and Southampton, who were both beaten.

They deservedly led at the break after Alexander Tettey capitalised on confusion in the United box to lace in a skimming shot.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ESwBlMuvqw

NEWCASTLE 2 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez scored a late winner as his side came from behind to beat Southampton at St James’ Park.

Fernandez fired in a rebound from close range after Sean Longstaff’s shot was parried by keeper Alex McCarthy.

His 87th-minute winner came after Jonjo Shelvey had cancelled out Danny Ings’ opener with a second-half header.

Newcastle has not lost at home in the Premier League since the opening weekend.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQIDs9vxZmo

ASTON VILLA 1 V 4 LEICESTER CITY

Wow, Leicester was regarded as one of the wonders during their title-winning campaign, but just look at them go!

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester City thrashed Aston Villa to make it a club-record eight Premier League wins in a row and keep alive their hopes of catching leaders Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers’ side reduced the deficit on top spot to eight points once more with a clinical display at Villa Park, in which former England striker Vardy netted for the eighth successive match.

Vardy linked up with Kelechi Iheanacho to open the scoring after 20 minutes, skipping around Villa keeper Tom Heaton and finishing at the second attempt.

Iheanacho added the Foxes’ second from close range as the visitors looked to have taken control before the break, only for Villa captain Jack Grealish to whip an effort into the bottom corner on the stroke of half-time.

The hosts’ comeback was short-lived, however, with Jonny Evans heading in from a corner shortly after the interval.

Vardy then dashed clear with 15 minutes remaining to slide an effort beyond Heaton and put the game out of Villa’s reach.

Leicester remains second in the top flight, but now have a six-point advantage over Manchester City.

Click here for the goals -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvCnLToYSyo

EVERTON 3 V 1 CHELSEA

Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson made an instant impact on the pitch and a spectacular one-off it as he started his reign with a vital victory over Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Ferguson is in interim control after Marco Silva was sacked, following Wednesday’s Merseyside derby thrashing at Liverpool that had left the Toffees in the relegation zone.

This was a refreshed Everton who banished their recent struggles to run out fully deserved winners on a thunderous occasion illuminated by the former striker’s wild celebrations.

The Scot raced down the touchline when Richarlison headed Everton in front from Djibril Sidibe’s cross after only five minutes, then swung a ball boy around in the air when Dominic Calvert-Lewin took advantage of slipshod Chelsea defending to increase their lead four minutes after half-time.

Chelsea frayed some nerves in the home crowd when Mateo Kovacic pulled one back from long range, but Ferguson was off down the touchline again when more awful defending from Frank Lampard’s side allowed Calvert-Lewin to scramble his second through goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s legs with six minutes left.

Ferguson and his players took the acclaim at the final whistle as the mood lifted at Goodison Park.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright is a friend of mine and so I am pleased for him, they have a good squad, but have been underperforming all season.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOLczRlH7w0

BOURNEMOUTH 0 V 3 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool moved 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a comfortable win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of seven changes for the Reds, opened the scoring after a brilliant long-range pass from Jordan Henderson.

Naby Keita made it 2-0 before the break, slotting in with the outside of his foot after Mohamed Salah set him up with a sublime backheel.

Keita then turned provider for Salah as Liverpool eased to victory.

It extends Liverpool’s club-record unbeaten run to 33 league games.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYJUg_tdqOw

SPURS 5 V 0 BURNLEY

I was at the New Spurs Stadium to see the best performance from Spurs this season, they completely outclassed a poor Burnley side and Son scored one of the best goals I have ever seen.

Son picked up the ball on the edge of his area before sprinting the length of the pitch, leaving a trail of eight Burnley players in his wake, and slotting in to give Spurs a 3-0 half-time lead.

That all but sealed victory after Harry Kane had put the home team ahead and Lucas Moura converted a second from close range.

Burnley had chances of their own in the first half, hitting the woodwork through Robbie Brady, but paid dearly for their defensive vulnerability.

Spurs skipper Kane took advantage of more slack defending to fire in the fourth, then combined with Moussa Sissoko for the fifth.

Mourinho’s side moved up to sixth, while Burnley drops to 13th, three points above the relegation zone after their third defeat in a row.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa5dgAwb4Hg

WATFORD 0 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE

These two teams are the lowest-scoring teams in the Premier League and guess what, they played out the bore draw of the week.

After an uninspiring first half that produced no shots on target for either side, bottom side Watford improved following the break but Gerard Deulofeu fired their best opportunity wide.

The visitors’ Wilfried Zaha endured a difficult and physical afternoon as he picked up a yellow card after tangling with Christian Kabasele in the first half.

Watford, who are without a home win this season, we’re being watched by new manager Nigel Pearson as Hayden Mullins took charge of his final game as interim boss.

The Hornets are six points from safety, while Palace stays seventh, a point outside the Europa League places.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn2QWsgwdJY

MANCHESTER CITY 1 V 2 MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United dealt a crushing blow to Manchester City’s title hopes with a stunning derby win that leaves the defending champions 14 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial fired United into an early lead and although Nicolas Otamendi’s late reply set up a thrilling finale, the visitors held on for arguably the most impressive victory of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 12-month reign.

Both United goals came in a breathless opening half-hour at Etihad Stadium, where they repeatedly carved open City’s creaking back-line to devastating effect.

Rashford opened the scoring from the spot after he was clumsily knocked over by Bernardo Silva, with the penalty awarded by video assistant referee Michael Oliver.

The in-form England striker, who has now scored 13 goals in his past 14 games for club and country, hit the bar moments later but United did not have to wait long to extend their lead.

United’s next attack saw Daniel James find Anthony Martial on the right of the area, and he had space to turn and squeeze his shot inside Ederson’s near post.

City had never trailed by two goals so early in a home league game since Pep Guardiola took charge in 2016 and their fans were left in stunned silence as United’s supporters celebrated noisily at the other end of the stadium.

While the home side finally began to get a grip on the game after that, especially in midfield, the damage was done.

City had repeated penalty appeals for United handballs turned down by referee Anthony Taylor and VAR before the break, while Gabriel Jesus wastefully headed a Kevin de Bruyne cross wide.

United continued to defend deep after the break but City struggled to create meaningful chances and Otamendi’s header from a Mahrez corner could not rescue them from their fourth league defeat of the season.

An amazing win for the United faithful, Solksjaer was under pressure to perform and boy, they did just that, a remarkable win in the scheme of things.

Click here for the goals -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7jHGLtKTbY

I got six correct results in my predictions, please see following my week 17 predictions.

Liverpool 4 v 1 Watford

Burnley 1 v 2 Newcastle

Chelsea 3 v 1 Bournemouth

Leicester 3 v 1 Norwich

Sheffield United 1 v 2 Aston Villa

Southampton 1 v 2 West Ham United

Manchester United 2 v 1 Everton

Wolves 1 v 3 Spurs

Arsenal 1 v 3 Manchester City

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Brighton

Have a good week,

Gary

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