ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP WEEK 9 ROUND UP
Man City 1 V 1 Southampton
Manchester City are back on top of the league, but this will be seen as two points dropped by Pep Guadiola’s team. The visitors led when John Stones’ sloppy pass allowed Nathan Redmond to round Claudio Bravo and slot in, City improved after being booed off by some home fans at the break, equalising when half-time substitute Kelechi Iheanacho prodded in Leroy Sane’s low cross. Pep Guardiola’s side controlled the second half as they searched for a winner, but Saints keeper Fraser Forster produced splendid saves to deny Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva.
Chelsea 4 v 0 Man United
This was not a good return for ex Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, The Blues, who sacked Mourinho for a second time last year, led after just 30 seconds when Pedro capitalised on slack defending to roll in, Gary Cahill smashed in the second after United allowed Eden Hazard’s corner to bounce in their box. United offered little sign of making a comeback, falling further behind when Hazard drilled in a precise 15-yard strike, N’Golo Kante skipped around a static defence to slot in and seal victory as Chelsea moved within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City and sent Mourinho way with his team humiliated. The comprehensive win lifted the Blues above Tottenham into fourth, with just one point separating the top five. United stay seventh as the gap between them and the early pacesetters widens to six points, with almost a quarter of the season gone.
Bournemouth 0 v 0 Spurs
Spurs could have gone to the top of the league if they had won at Bournemouth, but it was the Cherries who nearly took a shock early lead when Charlie Daniels’ close-range effort following a corner was brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris, the Spurs keeper reacting to deflect the ball onto the bar with his legs. Spurs’ Erik Lamela then hit the crossbar at the other end, and though the visitors raised their game after the break, the Cherries held firm, with keeper Artur Boruc keeping out Dele Alli and Danny Rose, while Bournemouth substitute Benik Afobe headed just over late on. Spurs who won here 4-1 last season will be rueing the missed chances.
Arsenal 0 v 0 Middlesbrough
The bore draw of the week came at the Emirates with Middlesbrough ending Arsenal’s six match unbeaten run. Manager Arsene Wenger watched his side dominate possession but underwhelm in the final third.The Gunners managed five efforts on target, but only one worried Boro keeper Victor Valdes when he pulled off a great one-handed stop to deny Alexis Sanchez. Aitor Karanka’s side defended brilliantly and, despite conceding much of the possession to the home side, created the better chances. Arsenal keeper Petr Cech blocked Gaston Ramirez’s header, twice denied the outstanding Adama Traore and also saved from Alvaro Negred.
Burnley 2 v 1 Everton
Burnley got the surprise victory of the week, beating High flying Everton, It had looked like Yannick Bolasie’s first Everton goal had earned his side a point before Arfield fired home after Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s fierce shot rebounded off the crossbar. Kevin Mirallas nearly gave the visitors an early lead but an error by Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg allowed Sam Vokes to poke Burnley in front. Bolasie stole the ball off team-mate Romelu Lukaku before firing across home keeper Tom Heaton to equalise. Lukaku was twice close to making it 2-1 to the Toffees but Michael Keane and Heaton both made crucial clearances with the Belgium striker ready to pounce. It is only Everton’s second league defeat under new manager Ronald Koeman.
Liverpool 2 v 1 West Brom
Jurgen Klopp’s team dominated at Anfield and took the lead as Sadio Mane steered in Roberto Firmino’s dinked cross. Philippe Coutinho added a second when he picked up the ball from Mane, cut inside Baggies defender Gareth McAuley and shot into the bottom corner. A two-goal victory would have taken Liverpool top, but McAuley denied them first place when he smashed in a late goal after the hosts failed to clear a corner.
Hull 0 v 2 Stoke
Stoke made it a miserable day for the home fans, in this bottom of the table clash, with Shaquiri scoring twice for the Potters.The Switzerland midfielder cut inside on his left foot and found the top right corner with a sublime finish, he doubled the lead with a free-kick from the edge of the area just after half-time, the result sees Mike Phelan’s side drop into the bottom three, after a fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.
Leicester 3 v 1 Crystal Palace
Leicester have now gone 20 league games without defeat at home, Filbert St is becoming quite a fortress, Summer signing Ahmed Musa scored his first goal for the club, while Shinji Okazaki and Christian Fuchs struck after the break Yohan Cabaye scored a consolation for the Londoners and Palace pressurised the hosts in the final five minutes as they attempted an unlikely comeback. But it was too late against a Leicester side who showed something of the form that won them the title last season, even without England striker Jamie Vardy in the starting line-up. Vardy, who played in the 1-0 win over Copenhagen and has not scored in eight games, was rested with manager Claudio Ranieri saying he needed to rotate his players as he juggles European and league commitments.
Swansea 0 v 0 Watford
Another scoreless bore draw was played out at the Vetch, as Watford gained a point, the two sides played out a easily forgetful first half, but in the second half Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes made an excellent sprawling save to deny Mike van der Hoorn from close range, Swansea poured forward in desperate search of a winner, Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the post for the Swans, who are winless in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and stay second from bottom in the table. Watford’s well-earned point sees them climb one place up to ninth.
West Ham 1 v 0 Sunderland
West Ham bagged the three points, with a 94th minute winner.The hosts may well have had a penalty when Reid was wrestled to the ground by Javier Manquillo early on, Dimitri Payet then drew a smart save from Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford before firing a low strike against the post after some clever footwork on the edge of the box, Sunderland must have thought they had earned a point, but Winston Reid turned smartly on the edge of the box from a West Ham corner to fire left-footed past Pickford, this result leaves Sunderland with two points out of a maximum 27, Sam Allardyce keep your phone switched on, a call might be imminent !!!
Only four correct results in my predictions this week.
My week 10 predictions :-
Sunderland 1 v 2 Arsenal
Man United 3 v 1 Burnley
Middlesbrough 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Tottenham 2 v 1 Leicester
Watford 2 v 1 Hull
West Brom 1 v 2 Man City
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Liverpool
Everton 2 v 1 West Ham
Southampton 1 v 2 Chelsea
Stoke 2 v 1 Swansea
Have a good week