ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP ROUND UP WEEK 20
Tottenham 4 v 0 West Brom
I was at White Hart Lane to see Spurs dismantle West Brom with consummate ease, Harry Kane scored a hat trick as Tottenham moved second in the Premier League table, Spurs equalled their club record of six straight Premier League wins, Kane smartly lifted Christian Eriksen’s neat through ball in off the upright, before Eriksen’s own effort went in via Gareth McAuley, England striker Kane was a continued threat and he turned in Kyle Walker’s low cross, before completing his treble with a low finish across Ben Foster, after a scintillating pass from Dele Alli.
Spurs are looking like a team who fear no one and they have a credible opportunity of staking a claim for the title this season.
Click here to see credible title contenders in action (not that I am biased) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOBo20ZM4oU
Leicester City 0 v 3 Chelsea
Marcos Alonso scored twice as Chelsea beat Leicester to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, even with Diego Cost throwing his toys out of the pram, as he wants to join the even bigger money Ciese leauge missing from the starting line up, Chelsea easily dealt with the current champions with Eden Hazard setting up Alonso to fire home after only six minutes, the Spanish wing-back added his second early in the second half when his shot from the edge of the area was deflected in, Pedro made sure of the points with a deft header from William’s cross.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWfC5GH67xQ
Burnley 1 v 0 Southampton
Substitute Joey Barton scored the second-half winner on his league return for Burnley, who saw off Southampton in a tight contest at Turf Moor.
The 34-year-old had only been on the field for five minutes when he fired in a low 25-yard free-kick which took a deflection before beating keeper Fraser Forster, the Saints now slip to 13th after their fourth consecutive loss in the Premier League, whilst Burnley climb to 10th after a third win in four games.
Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZgZT4_qnKo
Hull 3 v 1 Bournemouth
New boss Marco Silva guided Hull City to victory in his first Premier League match as the Tigers moved off the foot of the table with an impressive performance against Bournemouth, Abel Hernandez was the hero for the hosts, scoring twice on his first start since 6 November.
Hull have now won twice in three games under former Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon boss Silva.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66z87pO8HTc
West Ham 3 v 0 Crystal Palace
Andy Carroll scored with a stunning volley as West Ham beat Crystal Palace at London Stadium, the 28-year-old met Michail Antonio’s cross in mid-air to hit a left-footed effort that flew past Eagles keeper Hennessey to make it 2-0, Sofiane Feghouli had put the hosts ahead from close range earlier in the second half and Manuel Lanzini sealed victory late on with a sublime chip over the advancing Hennessey to leave Palace boss Sam Allardyce still searching for his first win.
Click here for two amazing goals from Carroll and Lanzini – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzTeWNmgOjg
Watford 0 v 0 Middlesbrough
The bore draw of the week too lace at Watford, where both teams failed to reach any heights and left the crowd looking for pillows !!
After a first half that only had three shots, the lowest in any match in the Premier League this season, Watford created the best chances in the second period, On-loan substitute Tom Cleverley hit the post late on, Etienne Capoue shot over and Abdoulaye Doucoure headed wide on an emotional afternoon at Vicarage Road as the Watford faithful paid tribute to their ex manager Graham Taylor who passed away last week at the age of 72.
Graham Taylor was a good friend of mine, we crossed paths many times during my playing and his managerial careers, I also played under him during his realm as the England manager, my last game under Graham was a 2-2 draw in Prague where we played Czechoslovakia, on the morning of the game in Prague, we were training and Graham walked passed me and said, ‘my Mum would be so proud of me’ we both smiled and it showed how much the England job meant to him. Like all of us, Graham had his highs and lows during his career, but he always handled himself with the utmost sincerity and dignity. “The game has lost a good friend”
Sunderland 1 v 3 Stoke City
Sunderland remain in the relegation zone following a sixth Premier League home defeat, The Potters stunned the hosts with three goals in 19 first-half minutes, Arnautovic scoring his first at the second attempt after Vito Mannone had saved his initial shot.
Austria international Arnautovic’s composed finish doubled the lead before Peter Crouch’s header from Charlie Adam’s cross made it 3-0.
Sunderland got a goal back when Jermain Defoe beat Lee Grant with his first chance after Donald Love’s long pass.
However, David Moyes’ side were rarely in the game and slip to 19th in the table, one point from safety.
Click here for three good Stoke goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEV_vN0ND78
Swansea 0 v 4 Arsenal
Arsenal returned to the top four with a stunning victory at Swansea City, handing Paul Clement a demoralising defeat in his first Premier League game in charge of Swansea, the Gunners led at half-time thanks to Olivier Giroud’s powerful, close-range finish, Alex Iwobi’s strike looped in via a big deflection off Jack Cork to double their advantage, and Kyle Naughton scored a second Swansea own goal when he turned another Iwobi shot into his own net, Alexis Sanchez completed the rout to lift Arsenal up to third in the table, while Hull’s win over Bournemouth means Swansea return to the bottom of the table.
All Gunners fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP2KMXBgtpw
Everton 4 v 0 Man City
Despite only having 29% possession, Everton put Man City to the sword and all but crushed the title ambitions of Guardiola’s team.
Romelu Lukaku coolly side-footed in a Kevin Mirallas cut-back and the Belgium internationals combined again after the break, Mirallas drilling Lukaku’s through-ball across the keeper,Tom Davies set Goodison Park alight on just his second league start by dunking a third over Claudio Bravo and £11m debutant Ademola Lookman fired between the legs of the keeper in injury time to add insult to injury for Man City.
Click here for the Everton demolition of Man City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvXYJttk-fk
Manchester United 1 v 1 Liverpool
With the usually expected passions coming to the fore, it was a great combative end to end game at Old Trafford that saw the sides share the spoils.
Liverpool led through James Milner’s 27th-minute penalty, awarded after Paul Pogba inexplicably handled a corner as he went up to challenge Dejan Lovren, Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was Liverpool’s hero with superb first-half saves from Ibrahimovic’s free-kick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as Jurgen Klopp’s side put up stern resistance and threatened on the break, It looked like the visitors were going to hold on and move back to second in the Premier League, but United finally forced the goal they merited when Antonio Valencia reacted first when substitute Marouane Fellaini’s header came back off the post, crossing for Ibrahimovic to head home off the bar.
Liverpool are now in third place, seven points adrift of top-flight leaders Chelsea, while United, whose nine-match winning run in all competitions came to an end are now 12 points off the top.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-FF7TIJam0
In my predictions, I again got six correct results, becoming very consistent.
My week 21 predictions :-
Liverpool 3 v 1 Swansea
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Watford
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Everton
Middlesbrough 1 v 2 West Ham
Stoke 1 v 2 Man United
West Brom 1 v 2 Sunderland
Southampton 1 v 2 Leicester
Man City 1 v 2 Tottenham
Arsenal 3 v 1 Burnley
Chelsea 3 v 1 Hull
Have a good week