West Brom 0 v 2 Man United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his tenth goal in nine matches as Manchester United cruised to victory over West Bromich Albion, the Swedish international headed home from a brilliant Jesse Lingard cross after only five minutes to put the visitors ahead, Ibrahimovic struck again just after the break when his effort from inside the box went in off Baggies defender Craig Dawson, United are now unbeaten in 10 matches in all competitions, the Baggies remain in seventh place.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffnKkmupQ2c
Crystal Palace 0 v 1 Chelsea
Chelsea will top the Premier League at Christmas as they equalled a club record as they beat Crystal Palace to secure their 11th successive Premier League win and move seven points clear at the top of the table, Diego Costa put the Blues ahead as he headed in from Cesar Azpilicueta’s floated cross, Palace’s best chances fell to Jason Puncheon, but he headed wide and fired a free-kick narrowly over.
Click here all Chelsea fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5ow-xNBikQ
Middlesbrough 3 v 0 Swansea City
Alvaro Negredo scored twice as Middlesbrough eased to a comfortable home win that sent struggling Swansea deeper into the relegation zone.
Negredo’s excellent first-time finish from Adam Clayton’s cross came at the right time, then Negredo coolly slotted in Boro’s first penalty of the season, to put the Swans on the back foot, Gaston Ramirez’s excellent pass was cushioned home by Marten de Roon, Aitor Karanka’s side move up to 14th in the Premier League table, four points from the bottom three.
Everton 0 v 1 Liverpool
Mark Taylor (eLan CEO and his son) will be delighted that the Reds are in second place in the premier league at Christrmas time, it was not an inspiring game of football and looked to be heading for a stalemate, but in the final seconds, Daniel Sturridge produced a scuffed left foot shot that came back off the post and the first one to react was Sadio Mane who calmly stroked the ball home, Sadio Mane’s goal deep into injury time sank Everton and settled a scrappy Merseyside derby in Liverpool’s favour at Goodison Park, there was a flashpoint in the second half when a dreadful tackle by Ross Barkley on Jordan Henderson sparked angry scenes and the Everton midfielder was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card from referee Mike Dean, in my opinion it was a certain red card.
Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v78BSClEyKk
West Ham 1 v 0 Hull City
Mark Noble’s controversial penalty was enough to give West Ham an unconvincing victory over a Hull team that must have broken a mirror recently. The visitors hit the frame of the goal three times before the hosts went ahead after Tom Huddlestone was adjudged to have brought down Michail Antonio in the area with 14 minutes left, the Hull midfielder had his hands on Antonio but the contact appeared minimal. Referee Lee Mason thought otherwise and Noble stepped up to fire West Ham to back-to-back home Premier League wins for the first time at their new home.
A seventh straight away defeat allied to Sunderland’s victory over Watford means Hull will spend Christmas bottom of the table, while West Ham – after taking seven points in a week, move five points clear of trouble.
Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiopGH24KHI
Sunderland 1 v 0 Watford
Sunderland moved off the bottom of the Premier League and to within a point of safety with victory over Watford at the Stadium of Light.
Patrick van Aanholt scored the only goal of the game shortly after the break, Adnan Januzaj slid a lovely ball to Jermain Defoe, whose low cross was touched by Van Aanholt, who then swivelled and shot in off the post from six yards out as Watford slipped to a fourth defeat in five games.
Stoke City 2 v 2 Leicester City
Despite an awful sending off decision, Leicester recovered without star man Vardy and came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Stoke, Vardy was guilty of a strong but in my opinion not a red card challenge.
Stoke took advantage to score twice before half-time, with Bojan Krkic converting a penalty after Danny Simpson’s handball, and Joe Allen tapping in, but the Foxes mounted a remarkable comeback in the final 15 minutes, with substitute Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey heading home to snatch a point, It leaves Leicester three points above the relegation zone in 15th, while Stoke are 11th.
Click here for the goals and the awful sending off – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-44a1RCFbY
Bournemouth 1 v 3 Southampton
The South coast derby was won in convincing style by the Saints, Jay Rodriguez’s first Premier League goals since August gave Southampton victory over local rivals Bournemouth.
Nathan Ake’s acrobatic header had put the Cherries in front after six minutes before Ryan Bertrand levelled with a solo dribble and finish.
Half-time substitute Steve Davis made an immediate impact, providing Rodriguez with a tap-in to give the Saints the lead, and Rodriguez’s superb 20-yard finish late on eased the visitors to victory, Southampton move up to seventh, three points above Bournemouth, who stay 10th.
Tottenham 2 v 1 Burnley
I was at White Hart Lane to see Spurs continue their unbeaten run at White Hart Lane this season, it was not a classic Spurs performance but it was enough to easily dispose of any threat that Swansea posed, Spurs had a number of half chances and should in all fairness have been three or four up at the close of play.
Danny Rose was outstanding and scored the winner for Spurs, who had to come from behind due to some sloppy defending, Dele Ali equalised from a Kyle Walker cross and that left Rose to seal the victory with a beautifully struck shot.
Spurs fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xskpTSn1dAo
Man City 2 v 1 Arsenal
Manchester City moved up to second in the Premier League table as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose for the second successive game.
Theo Walcott’s cool fifth-minute finish from Alexis Sanchez’s pass put the Gunners in control at the interval, but the second half brought a familiar painful fate for manager Arsene Wenger and his players, as at Everton on Tuesday, they were outplayed and the credits were rolling once Leroy Sane ran on to David Silva’s pass to beat Petr Cech with Arsenal appealing in vain for offside, City were on a roll and Arsenal were on the ropes, the winner coming 19 minutes from time when Raheem Sterling was the beneficiary of Kevin de Bruyne’s brilliant pass to arrow a low finish past Cech at his near post.
Arsenal fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVXmCrsBe1U
In my predictions I got six correct results and one correct score.
There are a lot of games over the Christmas and New Year period and so please see following my predictions for those games.
My week 18 predictions :-
Watford 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 3 v 1 West Brom
Burnley 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Chelsea 3 v 1 Bournemouth
Leicester 1 v 2 Everton
Manchester United 3 v 1 Sunderland
Swansea 2 v 1 West Ham
Hull 1 v 2 Manchester City
Liverpool 2 v 1 Stoke
Southampton 1 v 2 Spurs
My week 19 predictions :-
Hull 1 v 2 Everton
Burnley 1 v 2 Sunderland
Chelsea 3 v 1 Stoke
Leicester 2 v 1 West Ham
Man United 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Southampton 2 v 1 West Brom
Swansea 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Liverpool 2 v 1 Man City
Watford 1 v 2 Spurs
Arsenal 3 v 1 Crystal Palace
Week 20 predictions :-
Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Leicester
Everton 2 v 1 Southampton
Man City 3 v 1 Burnley
Sunderland 1 v 2 Liverpool
West Brom 2 v 1 Hull
West Ham 1 v 2 Man United
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 swansea
Stoke 2 v 1 Watford
Spurs 2 v 1 Chelsea
I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas and a great 2017