ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP WEEK 8 ROUND UP
Liverpool 0 v 0 Manchester United
The bore draw of the week came at Anfield where Jose Mourinho’s team parked the bus in front of their goal and held out for a scoreless draw on a disappointing night at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool would have drawn level on points with leaders Manchester City with a fifth successive Premier League victory, but were subdued by a classic Jose Mourinho performance of defensive organisation and discipline, United did not allow Liverpool to build the momentum and intensity that has characterised their game this season, while Mourinho’s limited attacking ambitions ensured chances were at a premium.
The Portuguese was still grateful for two fine second-half saves from goalkeeper David de Gea, who dived low to stop Emre Can and saved athletically from Philippe Coutinho’s 25-yard effort, United’s best chance also came in the second half, but the unmarked Zlatan Ibrahimovic directed Paul Pogba’s cross off target.
Chelsea 3 v 0 Leicester City
Leicester’s woes continued at Stamford Bridge where they were outplayed and outfought by a revitalised Chelsea side.
Chelsea condemned defending Premier League champions Leicester to a fourth consecutive away defeat with a dominant display at Stamford Bridge, the Blues were ahead inside seven minutes when Nemanja Matic flicked on Eden Hazard’s corner for Diego Costa to smash home, a David Luiz free-kick struck the post, before Pedro played in Hazard, who rounded Kasper Schmeichel to slot in, Victor Moses added the finishing touches when he scored after a one-two with substitute Nathaniel Chalobah completed the scoring.
Leicester, failed to register a shot on target, defeat leaves Claudio Ranieri’s side with eight points from their first eight games, the joint second lowest haul by a defending Premier League champion, along funnily enough along with Chelsea’s team of last season !!
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Middlesbrough 0 v 1 Watford
Middlesbrough are a decent team but their home form has to improve if they are to stay in the Premier League, Jose Holebas’ fine strike settled a poor game as Watford’s victory left Middlesbrough still looking for a first home win of the Premier League season.
The Greece defender drove past Victor Valdes from 20 yards to provide some inspiration in an easily forgettable match.
The result moves Watford up to ninth, whilst Middlesborough are now hovering just above the relgation zone, Middlesbrough have now lost three home games in a row for the first time in seven years.
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Crystal Palace 0 v 1 West Ham
West Ham beat in form team Crystal Palace to climb out of the relegation zone, Manuel Lanzini converted Aaron Cresswell’s low cross to secure the Hammers’ first win in six Premier League games in an awful game of football at Selhurst Park.
Benteke missed two chances to level for Palace, floating a woeful spot-kick wide after he was fouled by Angelo Ogbonna and heading against the post moments later.
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Arsenal 3 v 2 Swansea City
Theo Walcott scored twice as 10-man Arsenal won their sixth Premier League game in a row against their bogey team Swansea City, Gunners and England forward Walcott now has five goals in eight games, taking advantage of a heavy Jordi Amat touch for his first and a poor Jack Cork header for his second, Gylfi Sigurdsson pounced on a Granit Xhaka error to curl in and give Swansea some hope before the break, but Mesut Ozil volleyed an Alexis Sanchez cross into the top corner to restore a two-goal lead for the hosts, but substitute Borja tapped in from the impressive Modou Barrow’s cross to set up a tense finale, Arsenal saw Xhaka sent off for a petulant trip with 20 minutes left and had to fight hard to earn a win which moves them level on points with league leaders Manchester City.
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Southampton 3 v 1 Burnley
Southampton once again are beating the odds, their top player m oving, managers going and coming and yet they still manage to outdo the pundits predictions, they are now eighth in the Premier League as goals from Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond punished Burnley’s poor second-half defending, Austin broke the deadlock by poking home at the near post after Virgil van Dijk was allowed to head across the face of the goal from a corner, Burnley’s defence was at fault again as Redmond beat Tom Heaton with a low strike from another corner, Austin scored from the spot before a Sam Vokes penalty reduced the arrears.
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Bournemouth 6 v 1 Hull City
Mike Phelan was handed the reigns at Hull this week and got a feel of the battle that lies ahead for his team, a complete humiliation at the hands of Bournemouth was his welcome to the job, Bournemouth made it three home wins in a row and hull are winless in the last six games, Charlie Daniels opened the scoring after Junior Stanislas’ free-kick came back off a post, before Ryan Mason’s shot deflected in off Steve Cook to draw the game level, Cook headed in moments later to restore Bournemouth’s lead, before Stanislas netted from the spot and then added a smart finish after the break, Callum Wilson headed in late on before Dan Gosling grabbed a sixth.
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Manchester City 1 v 1 Everton
Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg was the Toffees saviour saving two penalties as his side escaped with a point against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Kevin de Bruyne was the first to miss in the opening period, seeing the Dutch goalkeeper push his effort away, and Sergio Aguero saw the same outcome in the second half, what should have been a safe three home points for City, saw them going behind as Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with a cool finish, Nolito headed in for the hosts from David Silva’s inch-perfect cross, but De Bruyne had a drive brilliantly saved by Stekelenburg, as City failed to find the winner.
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Stoke City 2 v 0 Sunderland
A relegation battle after only eight games was won convincingly by Stoke, leaving Sunderland struggling on the foot of the table with only 2 points out of a possible 24.Joe Allen’s scoring streak continued as he grabbed both goals to hand Stoke their first win of the season the 26-year-old has now scored four times in the past three league games, having also netted for Wales in the 2-2 draw against Austria last week, The 5ft 6in midfielder was allowed to get his head to Marko Arnautovic’s cross from the left to give the Potters an eighth-minute lead, He then added a second just before half-time with an 18-yard strike through a crowd of players.
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West Bromwich Albion 1 v 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs are still the only unbeaten team in the Premier League this season, Nacer Chadli’s late goal for West Brom seemed set to inflict an unlikely first defeat of the season on in-form Spurs but Dele Alli’s equaliser a minute from time ensured Tottenham maintained their unbeaten start to the season and remained within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
but It was only a series of fine first-half saves from brummies keeper Ben Foster, 33, that kept the hosts in contention at the break, with Alli admitting his team could have scored “three or four” were it not for the former England goalkeeper.
But despite enjoying less than 30% of possession, West Brom were worthy of a draw, improving considerably as an attacking force after the interval, Eriksen could have snatched victory with a free-kick aimed towards the top-right corner in the last action of the match but, once again, the outstretched Foster kept out the Dane’s curling effort.
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I had a pretty good week with five correct results and one correct score.
Please see following my week 9 predictions
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Tottenham
Arsenal 3 v 1 Middlesbrough
Burnley 1 v 2 Everton
Hull 2 v 1 Stoke
Leicester 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 2 v 1 Watford
West Ham 2 v 1 Sunderland
Liverpool 2 v 1 West Brom
Man City 3 v 1 Southampton
Chelsea 2 v 1 Man United
Have a good week