EPL 2015/16 WEEK 14 ROUND UP

Leicester 1 v 1 Manchester United

Jamie Vardy wrote his name into Premier League history by scoring for the 11th successive game, but both Leicester City and Manchester United missed the chance to go top of the table with this draw at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy, wearing golden boots, went into this game hoping to eclipse former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, set across two seasons in 2003.

And he savoured his moment in the 24th minute, running on to Christian Fuchs’ pass to send a low, powerful finish past United keeper David de Gea.

Bastian Schweinsteiger headed United’s equaliser right on half-time and despite plenty of energy from both sides after the break, the stalemate leaves Manchester City still at the top of the Premier League

Click here for the goals –   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1mRY9Tm9ug


Sunderland 2 v 0 Stoke City

Sunderland lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with just their third Premier League win of the season, as two late goals saw off 10-man Stoke, the Potters had held firm despite Ryan Shawcross being sent off but Patrick van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore struck with two goals in the last 10 minutes.

Shawcross was dismissed for a second yellow after a foul on Watmore, who replaced the injured Jermain Defoe.

Stoke, slip to 12th.

 

Manchester City 3 v 1 Southampton

Manchester City got their Premier League title challenge back on track with a win over Southampton.

Raheem Sterling crossed for Kevin de Bruyne to slot the hosts ahead, Fabian Delph added the home side’s second with a deflected shot but Shane Long nodded in to give Saints hope, Long had a penalty appeal turned down before Aleksandar Kolarov fired in City’s third with an angled strike.

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

 

 

Crystal Palace 5 v 1 Newcastle

Alan Pardew enjoyed victory against his old club as Crystal Palace came from a goal down to trounce Newcastle.

Striker Papiss Cisse opened the scoring for the visitors with a glancing free header from close range on 10 minutes.

But Palace hit back quickly with two goals in three minutes through James McArthur’s deflected effort and Yannick Bolasie’s lashed finish.

Wilfried Zaha volleyed a third with further Bolasie and McArthur strikes leaving Newcastle in the bottom three.

Palace move up to sixth after a devastating display in which they could have won by more.

Jason Puncheon and Joel Ward both had efforts saved by Rob Elliot, the goalkeeper could do nothing about the five he did concede though.
Click here all Palace fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajOEs0Fzjcw

 


Bournemouth 3 v 3 Everton

Junior Stanislas scored a 98th-minute equaliser as Bournemouth twice came from behind to earn a point in an astonishing game at Vitality Stadium. Everton looked set for victory when goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku put them 2-0 up at half-time.

Adam Smith rifled in a sizzling strike from 25 yards and Stanislas converted Joshua King’s cut-back to make it 2-2.

Ross Barkley swept a shot in on the turn in the 95th minute but Bournemouth responded through Stanislas’s header.

Only five minutes of added time had been signalled, but in truth few could begrudge Bournemouth their last-gasp equaliser after a hugely spirited second-half display.

They remain in the relegation zone but move up one place to 18th, while Everton remain seventh after twice squandering winning positions.

 

click here for the amazing finish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nPd-3DIAQo

 

Aston Villa 2 v 3 Watford

Watford condemned bottom club Aston Villa to their 11th defeat in 14 Premier League games.

Odion Ighalo poked home to give the visitors the lead, but Micah Richards’ header levelled it before half-time.

The Hornets lost goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to a head injury, but Alan Hutton’s own goal and Troy Deeney’s bullet header put them in control, Jordan Ayew’s shot found the corner to give Villa hope but they could not equalise in 10 minutes of injury time.

The result means Aston Villa, on five points, have equalled the league record for the lowest points tally after 14 matches of a season.

And no Premier League team has ever avoided relegation having accumulated five points or fewer after 13 games.

Watford, meanwhile, climb to 11th, nine points above the relegation zone and five off the European places.

Click here for a five goal thriller – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOqAC4cs4wQ

 

Tottenham 0 v 0 Chelsea

I was at this game and it was not one to remember, Mourinho’s side came and parked the bus in front of their goal and were going for a 0-0 draw from the first minute, they showed no ambition and bored Tottenham into submission. Tottenham extended their unbeaten run but missed the chance to go fourth with this goalless draw.

Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic was the busier goalkeeper in the first half, keeping out Son Heung-min’s header and Mousa Dembele’s low drive. playing up front, Eden Hazard forced Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris into a low, reflex save from a superb volley, their only shot on target. The point saw Chelsea to move up a place to 14th in the Premier League.

Spurs striker Harry Kane also tested Begovic, while Pedro was wayward with a couple of strikes from outside the box.

It was a fair result in a London derby which petered out in the second half after boredom set in !!!

Click here for the highlights – http/www – ooops sorry no highlights in this game !!!!

 

West Ham 1 v 1 West Brom

Rickie Lambert’s deflected shot earned West Brom a point against a West Ham side who have gone four Premier League games without a win, the Hammers took the lead when Mauro Zarate curled an exquisite 25-yard free-kick high into the net.

But the visitors equalised when a Lambert shot was deflected into his own goal by Hammers defender Winston Reid.

Salomon Rondon had a promising chance but his header from six yards was excellently saved by keeper Adrian.

 

Liverpool 1 v 0 Swansea

Jurgen Klopp picked up his first league win at Anfield as James Milner’s second-half penalty gave Liverpool the points in a stale game against Swansea, Milner converted after Swans full-back Neil Taylor was penalised for handball. Liverpool were so impressive in their win at Manchester City last week, but were way short of the tempo required. Swansea have now won once in 10 league games since August, Garry Monk’s side failed to record a single effort on target in 90 minutes and face the top two in Leicester and Manchester City in their next two games.

 

Norwich 1 v 1 Arsenal

Arsenal missed the chance to draw level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table after Lewis Grabban’s equaliser earned a point for Norwich, the Gunners were gifted the lead when John Ruddy’s poor clearance allowed Alexis Sanchez to set up Mesut Ozil.

But the visitors were pegged back by Grabban, who received Robbie Brady’s defence-splitting pass and held off the challenge of Gabriel to fire in. the Gunners are now two points off the lead in fourth and manager Arsene Wenger may come under renewed pressure to bolster his squad in January to sustain their title challenge.

Norwich, meanwhile, remain 16th but will be buoyed by a display full of heart and determination.

Click here for the Premier Legaue table – http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/matchday/league-table.html

 

Not a great week for my predictions, with only three correct results and one correct score. If anyone thinks they can do better than me, send your predictions to me at marketing@elan.co.za

 

My Week 15 predictions

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

Have a good week

Gary

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