ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP WEEK 7 ROUND UP
Manchester United 1 v 1 Stoke City
Bottom of the table Stoke came to Old Trafford fearing the worst, but they snatched a point at Manchester United as Joe Allen capitalised on a spill from David de Gea to punish the hosts who had many a chance to have sewn the game up. After a string of saves from Lee Grant before the break, United made the breakthrough when substitute Anthony Martial swept home a curling shot, It appeared to be heading for a certain United three points as looked like a side in trouble and had rarely threatened, but when De Gea failed to hold Glen Johnson’s shot and Jon Walters’ follow-up came off the bar, Allen poked in. Paul Pogba rattled the bar with a header as United mounted a late siege on the Stoke goal, but Mark Hughes’ side clung on to the point that takes them off the bottom of the table.
Click here for the gaols – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhP_gVl6ndk
Everton 1 v 1 Crystal Palace
Everton had the chance to go to second place on Friday night, but a sloppy performance allowed Palace to continue their good run and are now in seventh place in the table, the hosts led when Romelu Lukaku curled a 20-yard free-kick over the Palace wall and into the top-right corner, Palace improved after the break, levelling when Benteke met Joel Ward’s cross with a towering far-post header, it could have been worse for the Toffees when the visitors almost claimed a fourth straight win but Damien Delaney’s header was ruled out for offside.
Click here for Lukaku’s great free kick – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arl-jjA5OVc
Tottenham Hotspur 2 v 0 Manchester City
I was at White Hart Lane for the visit of Man City, who I have been very impressed with this season so far, under Pep Guardiola they have been unbeaten in the League and looked very assurred, however Spurs put in a sizzling performance, one the best that I have seen from a Spurs team in a long time and they made Man City look very ordinary.
The work rate, passion and quality of the Spurs players was exemplary and it has sent out a very strong message that Spurs are serious title contenders this season. Guardiola had won his previous six games and 10 of his previous 11 matches in charge, but City were outplayed by a vibrant Spurs who moved second in the table and are now the league’s only unbeaten team.
Spurs dominated from the start and were in front early on when Aleksandar Kolarov sliced Danny Rose’s cross into his own net after nine minutes, Dele Alli confirmed our superiority eight minutes before half-time with a cool finish from Son Heung-min’s pass. We even could afford the luxury of seeing Erik Lamela’s second-half penalty saved by City keeper Claudio Bravo.
Click here for a masterclass from Spurs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYO6-zKrcmE
Leicester City 0 v 0 Southampton
The bore draw of the week came at Filbert Street where Champions Leicester City’s struggles in the Premier League continued as they were held to a draw by Southampton.
The home side almost went behind when Charlie Austin went close with two headers and hit the post with a shot.
Austin was also through on goal in the second half but an ambitious chip was saved by keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Jamie Vardy had Leicester’s best chance after a poor backpass but he was tackled by Oriol Romeu, who also blocked two follow-up shots, the Foxes have now won only two of their opening seven leagues games, collecting eight points.
Burnley 0 V 1 Arsenal
Arsenal’s recent good run of results continued with a less than convincing performance at Turf Moor, with a controversial Laurent Koscielny goal giving the Gunners the three points, going into added time, Theo Walcott headed across goal towards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain whose effort went in off what appeared to be Koscielny’s elbow, as well as a possible handball, there was also a hint of offside with captain Koscielny standing on the goalline, but the goal was given
It was very touch on Burnley who had shut out Arsenal until the 94th minute, with some fine defending, but alas they came away with nothing, it can be a cruel game !!
Click here for the Arsenal goal that should never have been, offside and handball all in one – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPxbOXrlMKU
Swansea City 1 v 2 Liverpool
Liverpool moved up to second place in the Premiership with a hard fought victory away at Swansea, Leroy Fer gave the hosts a first-half lead when he steered the ball home from close range at the back post after Baston Borja’s knockdown from a corner.
Roberto Firmino levelled shortly after half-time when he headed in from Jordan Henderson’s cross. James Milner’s late penalty then gave Liverpool six minutes from time after Firmino was fouled. Liverpool have now won four Premier League games in a row.
However the Swans are above the relegation zone on goal difference only, with their only victory coming on opening day of the season.
Watch the extended highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUDMoci8qXM
Hull City 0 v 2 Chelsea
After two successive Premier League defeats Chelsea came back to form as they outplayed Hull at the KCOM Stadium.
The hosts enjoyed the better of a cagey first half but went behind when Willian swept home a curling shot after good work from Diego Costa after the break, Costa found the top corner with a similar strike to double the lead after Nemanja Matic’s powerful run.
All Chelsea fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPi75pOKbjk
West Ham United 1 v 1 Middlesbrough
One of my current favourite players in the Premier League Dimitri Payet scored a quality equaliser to ensure West Ham ended a run of four successive league defeats by drawing with Middlesbrough who themselves secured a point after three defeats in a row. Payet took possession on the left, turned past Antonio Barragan and weaved his way across goal, past four defenders, before angling in a shot (click on the link below to see the goal), his effort cancelled out Cristhian Stuani’s opener for Boro, the Uruguayan heading home from a Viktor Fischer corner.
Click here for Payet’s wonder goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGmONhc3EV8
Only four correct predictions this week, a number of unexpected draws cost me !!
Please see following my week 8 predictions.
Chelsea 2 v 1 Leicester City
Arsenal 3 v 1 Swansea City
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Hull City
Manchester City 2 v 1 Everton
Stoke City 2 v 1 Sunderland
West Brom 1 v 3 Tottenham
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 West Ham
Middlesbrough 2 v 1 Watford
Southampton 2 v 1 Burnley
I was at a London Hospital this week, opening a fitness and healthy eating project.
Have a good week