EPL 2015/16 WEEK 12 ROUND UP
Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester City
The bore draw of the week came at bottom club Aston Villa where they held leaders Manchester City to a goalless draw in Remi Garde’s first game as manager, displaying a new-found defensive solidity, the hosts restricted City well although Raheem Sterling should have scored with a close-range header, Fernando saw a late header hit the bar for the visitors, while substitute Fabian Delph’s low shot rolled just wide, Villa were less effective going forward and did not manage a shot on target, however, they will welcome their first point since August against a free-scoring City side who were held to their second successive 0-0 draw away from home in the Premier League.
Manchester United 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Jesse Lingard was the hero for Manchester Unted as they claimed a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are failing to excite with their performances this season and this was no different, It was another dull game involving the Red Devils as a forgettable first half passed without much incident, but seven minutes into the second period youngster Lingard was on hand to brighten proceedings as he controlled superbly just outside the box and clipped a lovely shot beyond Boaz Myhill into the far corner, while, in added time, Gareth McAuley took down a rampaging Anthony Martial in the box, earning himself a red card, and Juan Mata converted the spot-kick to make sure of the points, meanwhile, despite another goalless display, Wayne Rooney was handed a standing ovation by the Old Trafford faithful when he was substituted.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLBKN-rKE5Q
Leicester City 2-1 Watford
Jamie Vardy scored for the ninth successive Barclays Premier League game as third-placed Leicester moved level on points with leaders Manchester City by defeating Watford, the in-form England international converted a second-half penalty in a 2-1 win over the Hornets, if he nets against Newcastle on November 21, he will have the chance to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for scoring in the most consecutive games against the Dutchman’s old club Manchester United at the end of the month. N’Golo Kante broke the deadlock with his first goal for Leicester with a toe-poked finish that somehow slipped through Heurelho Gomes’ grasp, and it was the goalkeeper who then fouled Vardy to allow him to step up and slam home the spot-kick and make it nine on the spin, Troy Deeney halved the deficit with a penalty of his own, but Claudio Ranieri’s men held on to move on to 25 points, and remain third in the table.
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Norwich City 1-0 Swansea City
Norwich City ended a run of four league defeats in a row by claiming a 1-0 success over Swansea, who have themselves won just once since August, midfielder Jonny Howson headed in from close range 20 minutes from time after Dieumerci Mbokani had nodded the ball into his path.
Click here all Canary fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD3jS2s9KOw
Sunderland 1-0 Southampton
There was another defeat for Sunderland as Southampton beat them 1-0 at the Stadium of Light, after much huffing and puffing, Saints nabbed the lead from the spot as Dusan Tadic clamly tucked home after Ryan Bertrand’s run was ended,abruptly by Yann M’Vila inside the penalty area.
West Ham United 1-1 Everton
West Ham United and Everton could not be separated as they drew 1-1 at Upton Park.
In recent years, the Toffees have had all the luck in these encounter but the Hammers got themselves in front on the half-hour mark as Manuel Lanzini followed up a Victor Moses shot and, with Tim Howard well out of position, curled a lofted strike into the top right corner.
Romelu Lukaku, coolly side-stepped the onrushing Adrian before slotting into the empty net just before the break to complete the scoring.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG1-lUgzIU8
Stoke City 1-0 Chelsea
Chelsea’s struggles continued as Marko Arnautovic’s second-half volley earned Stoke City a 1-0 victory over the reigning champions.
With manager Jose Mourinho banned from attending the game at the Britannia Stadium, the visitors failed to make the most of a dominant first-half display as Arnautovic’s spectacular effort on 53 minutes earned the Potters all three points, the result leaves Chelsea just three points above the relegation zone, and 13 points adrift of the top-four places, while Stoke climb to 12th in the Premier League table.
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Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace
Jurgen Klopp suffered his first l oss as Liverpool manager, seeing his side beaten by Crystal Palace at Anfield.
Defender Scott Dann nodded in the 82nd-minute winner, reacting quickest after Simon Mignolet parried his header, the visitors took the lead in the first half through winger Yannick Bolasie, who swivelled inside the box to fire in after the Reds failed to clear, Philippe Coutinho curled in Liverpool’s leveller three minutes before half-time following Adam Lallana’s flick.
But Liverpool-born Dann then inflicted a first defeat in 13 matches for the Reds, who were watched by former captain Steven Gerrard.
Palace moved above their hosts into eighth place in the Premier League, having ended a four-match winless run.
Mark the eLan CEO look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3bnrNvlQ7A
Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Substitute Kieran Gibbs rescued a point for Arsenal in a pulsating north London derby against Tottenham.
Spurs dominated for long periods and took a deserved first-half lead when Harry Kane broke clear and slotted in.
However, Arsenal slowly took control in the second half and equalised when Mesut Ozil provided a deep cross for Gibbs to bundle past Hugo Lloris, Arsenal are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, while Spurs lie fifth.
Spurs were were denied an impressive victory, Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain unbeaten since the opening day of the season and are within three points of a Champions League place, On the evidence of this performance, they are credible contenders to finish in the top four, They have developed into a highly efficient unit who press the ball well from a solid base, while their attacking trio of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane with give headaches to the meanest of defences.
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Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle
Ayoze Perez’s first-half goal earned Newcastle a fortunate first Premier League away win of the season as they leapfrogged Bournemouth in the table, Perez scored from Newcastle’s only shot on target, with Adam Federici failing to stop his tame effort, the result was very harsh on a dominant Bournemouth, who were denied by a string of brilliant saves from Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, the Cherries, six league games without a win, slip into the bottom three.
My predictions form is about the same as Chelsea’s !!! with only three correct scores and one correct result this week.
My week 13 predictions :-
Watford 1 v 2 Manchester United
Chelsea 2 v 1 Norwich
Everton 3 v 1 Aston Villa
Newcastle 1 v 2 Leciseter City
Southampton 2 v 1 Stoke
Swansea 2 v 1 Bournemouth
West Brom 1 v 2 Arsenal
Manchester City 2 v 1 Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur 2 v 1 West Ham
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Sunderland