EPL 2015/16 WEEK 11 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Chelsea 1 v 3 Liverpool

Liverpool piled the pressure on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as Jurgen Klopp secured a hugely impressive first Premier League win since taking charge at Anfield, Mourinho was recently given the backing of Chelsea’s hierarchy after their poor start to the season, but whether their faith remains after this desperate defeat remains to be seen, Chelsea made the perfect start when Ramires headed them into the lead after only three minutes but Liverpool’s confidence was not dented and Philippe Coutinho equalised spectacularly in first-half stoppage time. Coutinho put Liverpool ahead with a shot that deflected off John Terry with 16 minutes left before substitute Christian Benteke wrapped up a victory Klopp’s side thoroughly deserved.

Click here for Coutinho’s brilliance – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xof7-CFtLzw

Crystal Palace 0 v 0 Manchester United

The bore draw of the week came at Selhurst Park, where Manchester United’s goal drought extended to more than five hours as they held on to draw at Crystal Palace. Louis van Gaal’s team had plenty of possession but created little as they weathered an early storm after Palace’s Yannick Bolasie hit the bar. Wayne Rooney’s first-half free-kick was saved but Palace had the better chances with Yohan Cabaye going closest. It is the first time since 2005 that United have registered three successive goalless draws in all competitions.Lack of goals a big concern for Van Gaal They remainfourth in the Premier League but are now four points behind leaders Manchester City and second-placed Arsenal. Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes said this week that Van Gaal’s team failed to excite him and lacked creativity. And that criticism seemed justified at a rowdy Selhurst Park where they followed up stalemates against Manchester City and Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup with another lukewarm performance.

I could not show the highlights, as there were none – !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manchester City 2 v 1 Norwich City

Manchester City needed a late Yaya Toure penalty to beat Norwich City and stay top of the Premier League.

Nicolas Otamendi’s header put the hosts in front, before Joe Hart inexplicably dropped the ball at the feet of Cameron Jerome for a Canaries equaliser, that sparked a frantic finale, as Toure scored from the spot after Russell Martin’s red card for handball.

There was still time for Aleksandar Kolarov to miss a penalty in injury time as Man City laboured to victory.

Click here for some awful goalkeeping errors from both keepers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzE_YkKnorI

Tottenham 3 v 1 Aston Villa

I was at White Hart Lane last night to see Villa’s new boss Remi Garde watch the game from the stands as Aston Villa lost at Tottenham, Spurs took the lead after two minutes and I am sure that the ex Arsenal man was wishing he was on a plane back home to France !!! Villa suffered a club record-equalling seventh straight Premier League defeat, Garde had barely taken his seat when Mousa Dembele went unchallenged before beating Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, Dele Alli doubled Spurs’ lead from 18 yards as they extended their unbeaten run to 10 league games, Villa rallied as Jordan Ayew scored from the edge of the box but Harry Kane put the result beyond doubt late on, with a sublime finish.

Click here to see referee Mike Dean appear to celebrate Tottenham’s first goal last night – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StRVqK7xgw4

Click here for all the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-AZcQc8IJk

Newcastle 0 v 0 Stoke City

Stoke keeper Jack Butland produced a number of key saves to help his side earn a point at Newcastle.

The Magpies went close when a first-half header from striker Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the post before Butland scrambled the ball clear.

Moussa Sissoko twice went close with well-struck shots only for Butland to save impressively each time.

However, Stoke’s keeper saved his best until late on when he tipped a Jamaal Lascelles header over the crossbar.

Another game that I could not bring myself to put in front of you – !!!!!!

Swansea City 0 v 3 Arsenal

Arsenal continued their impressive form and kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City with a ruthless second-half dismantling of Swansea City, Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis squandered the best chance of an entertaining but goalless first half, Olivier Giroud headed Arsenal in front soon after the restart, before Laurent Koscielny seized on an error by former Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to double their lead, Joel Campbell struck on his first Premier League start to seal victory and keep Arsenal, missing several key players because of injury, level on points with Manchester City, who have a superior goal difference.

For Swansea, the result is a setback after ending a six-game winless run against Aston Villa in their previous outing.

All Arsenal fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G1GclrFjrU

Watford 2 v 0 West Ham United

Watford secured their second win in a row with victory over West Ham as Odion Ighalo continued his goalscoring form.

Ighalo turned home the opener after Nathan Ake robbed a dallying Andy Carroll in defence and crossed low, the Nigerian doubled Watford’s lead just after the break, firing home from Ikechi Anya’s cut-back for his seventh goal of the season, Watford’s win, their second at home since promotion from the Championship last term, moves them up to ninth, while West Ham drop to fifth.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmYRNY6bq6A

West Brom 2 v 3 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy scored for the eighth game in a row to help Leicester come back from a goal down to beat West Brom.

The England striker scored after two goals from Riyad Mahrez early in the second half had put the Foxes ahead.

Leicester dominated early on, but Salomon Rondon’s near-post header gave West Brom the lead before the break.

Rickie Lambert’s late penalty reduced the arrears but Leicester hung on for the win and remain unbeaten away from home so far this season, the result and their fine run on the road pushed Claudio Ranieri’s side into third place in the Premier League.

Click here for the surprise packages of the season so far, both Vardy and Leicester – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6kxY8P5CV4

Everton 6 v 2 Sunderland

Arouna Kone scored a first Everton hat-trick as his side thrashed Sunderland, the visitors twice hit the post early on but Everton went ahead when Kone played Gerard Deulofeu over the top before scoring the second himself, Jermain Defoe’s fine individual goal and Steven Fletcher’s header levelled matters but three quick Everton goals changed the course of the game, Sebastian Coates’ own goal, Romelu Lukaku’s solo effort and Kone’s second arrived before he headed in late on, it was a perfect response to their critics after failing to win four of their last five games in the Premier League at Goodison Park, and on a day when the club remembered former boss Howard Kendall, it proved a fitting tribute as Everton moved into eighth in the Premier League, it is back to the drawing board for Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce who prides himself on clean sheets, his side’s second-half capitulation shows there is plenty of work to do over the coming months as the Black Cats remain second from bottom.

I did okay with my predictions, five correct results and one correct score.

My week 12 predictions

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Newcastle
Leicester City 2 v 1 Watford
Man Utd 3 v 1 West Brom
Norwich 2 v 1 Swansea
Sunderland 1 v 2 Southampton
West Ham 1 v 2 Evereton
Stoke City 1 v 2 Chelsea
Aston Villa 1 v 3 Man City
Arsenal 1 v 2 Tottenham
Liverpool 3 v 1 Crystal Palace

Have a good week

Gary

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