ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP ROUND UP WEEK 15
Leicester City 4 v 2 Man City
Champions Leicester finally showed the form that gave them that title, they have been well below par this season, but they tore Man city apart and thoroughly deserved this victory. Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester City pulled off a stunning victory, The Foxes were 2-0 up in five minutes as Vardy ended his 10-game run without a Premier League goal by slotting home, and Andy King curled in moments later.
It was 3-0 within 20 minutes as Vardy added another after skipping past visiting keeper Claudio Bravo, and he completed his hat-trick by intercepting a misplaced John Stones pass and finishing from a narrow angle, Aleksandar Kolarov, with a free-kick, and Nolito scored late consolation goals for the disappointing Man City side, for defending champions Leicester, victory ended a five-game run without a league win and moved them up to 14th.
Click here for Leicester’s demolition of Man City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqb2t19ZGHw
Watford 3 v 2 Everton
Everton’s woes continued at Watford, Stefano Okaka scored his first goals for Watford as they came from behind to beat out-of-form Everton in the Premier League, Okaka, signed from Anderlecht in the summer, flicked in a superb backheeled effort in the first half, before heading home following a corner after the break, In between, Sebastian Prodl powerfully nodded in from Jose Holebas’ whipped cross.
Everton had gone ahead on 17 minutes as Romelu Lukaku slotted in from Gareth Barry’s inch-perfect, first-time pass, and the Belgian headed in a late consolation, but the problems at Everton mount with manager Ronald Koeman under increasing pressure to hold onto his job.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEereGnr5po
Swansea 3 v 0 Sunderland
Ex Spurs player Gylfi Sigurdssson was in sublime form as Swansea City climbed off the bottom of the Premier League with a vital and comprehensive victory over fellow strugglers Sunderland, After an edgy goalless first half in miserable conditions, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty put the Swans ahead,
Sigurdsson’s clever corner set up Fernando Llorente for their second, and the Spaniard headed in a late third to give Bob Bradley a precious second win as manager, Swansea are now out of the relegation zone and up to 17th, while Sunderland replace them at the foot of the table.
The result is a setback for David Moyes’ visitors, who had won three of their previous four matches.
Arsenal 3 v 1 Stoke
Arsenal came from behind to beat Stoke at Emirates Stadium, the visitors took the lead through Charlie Adam’s penalty after Granit Xhaka elbowed Joe Allen, Theo Walcott turned in substitute Hector Bellerin’s cross just before half-time for his 100th club goal, Mesut Ozil headed over goalkeeper Lee Grant to give Arsenal the lead before substitute Alex Iwobi side-footed home the third.
All Arsenal fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0R029VDnYA
Burnley 3 v 2 Bournemouth
Jeff Hendrick’s stunning half-volley helped Burnley end a run of three Premier League defeats as they beat Bournemouth at Turf Moor, Burnley’s record signing opened the scoring on 13 minutes, finding the top corner from 25 yards for his second goal for the Clarets.
Three minutes later the home side doubled their lead, as Hendrick’s Republic of Ireland team-mate Stephen Ward slid in to score on the rebound from close range, Bournemouth halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time as Benik Afobe swept home Simon Francis pass, before George Boyd extended the lead when he latched on to Andre Gray’s backheel to slam home, Charlie Daniels’ thumping injury-time strike set up a tense final few minutes but Burnley held on to the relief of their fans.
Hull City 3 v 3 Crystal Palace
A late equaliser from substitute Fraizer Campbell saw Crystal Palace snatch a draw at Hull City in a thrilling Premier League game.
The Tigers went ahead through a Robert Snodgrass penalty before Christian Benteke equalised with another spot-kick.
Wilfried Zaha blasted the Eagles ahead, but Hull benefited from poor Palace defending as Adama Diomande and Jake Livermore scored twice in a six-minute period to put the hosts back in front, But Campbell, who played 38 times for Hull in the 2007-08 season, headed in from Zaha’s cross to make it 3-3 and leave the fans going home with 6 goals to mull over.
Click here for the six goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLxfhMKr1hk
Chelsea 1 v 0 West Brom
Chelsea moved back to the top of the Premier League and made it nine successive league wins as Diego Costa scored the winner against the usual stubborn West Brom at Stamford Bridge, the Spainish striker took advantage of a mistake by a hesitant Gareth McAuley in the 76th minute to rob the defender of possession and curl a brilliant left-foot shot past Ben Foster.
West Brom had looked like earning a point after restricting the Blues to just one other shot on target, a 30-yard David Luiz free-kick.
Chelsea also came close through an N’Golo Kante shot that deflected off Pedro and rolled just wide of the post.
The Baggies had early chances through a Chris Brunt shot that fizzed wide and Salomon Rondon shooting across goal.
Chelsea move three points ahead of Arsenal while West Brom stay ninth.
Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ81nJBcpY0
Manchester United 1 v 0 Spurs
Spurs took the game to United but did not have the cutting edge to take advantage of their possession and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first Premier League goal gave Manchester United victory over their top-four rivals Tottenham, United took the lead led when Mkhitaryan raced on to Ander Herrera’s through ball and hammered into the roof of the net, Victor Wanyama should have levelled with a header from six yards out, although visitors Spurs created few chances despite plenty of possession, Paul Pogba almost made it more comfortable for Jose Mourinho’s side when he hit a free-kick against the post, but United ended a run of three games without a win in the league.
Click here for the winning goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWbydkvVZG8
Southampton 1 v 0 Middlesbrough
Sofiane Boufal scored his first Premier League goal as his spectacular strike from 25 yards gave Southampton a win over Middlesbrough.
Boufal collected the ball from James Ward-Prowse before blasting past Boro goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
The result takes Southampton up to 10th in the table, while Middlesbrough are 16th, only three points above the relegation zone.
Liverpool 2 v 2 West Ham
Liverpool dropped more points as goals from Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio exposed Liverpool’s defensive frailties again as West Ham climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a hard-fought draw at Anfield.
Adam Lallana’s smart low finish had put Liverpool ahead inside five minutes but the visitors were level before the half-hour when goalkeeper Loris Karius, at fault for Bournemouth’s winner a week ago, failed to deal with Payet’s saveable 25-yard free-kick.
A mistake by West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph, dropping a cross into the path of Divock Origi, gifted Liverpool the equaliser.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzZThtqc1kc
I went one better this week and got six results correct and one correct score
My week 16 predictions (these are midweek games this week and I will be at White Hart Lane to see Spurs beat Hull !!!!!)
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Leicester
Everton 1 v 2 Arsenal
Mioddlesbrough 1 v 2 Liverpool
Sunderland 1 v Chelsea 2
West Ham 2 v 1 Burnley
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Man United
Man City 3 v 1 Watford
Stoke 2 v 1 Southampton
West Brom 2 v 1 Swansea
Tottenham 3 v 1 Hull City
I was in Bristol at the weekend to see Bristol Rovers beat Bury 3-2 in the Division One, I was there to collect a Sportsmanship award, see following
Gary Mabbutt became the latest former football player to be handed the famous Harry Bamford Trophy
Bristolian Mabbutt, a former Bristol Rovers and Tottenham legend, braved the weather on Saturday and stepped out at half-time during the Rovers match with Bury to receive his award,The ex-England player, pictured below, made over 130 appearances from 1979 to 1982 for the Pirates before moving to White Hart Lane.
Have a good week