EPL 2015/16 WEEK 15 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Stoke City 2 v 0 Man City

The first shock of the weekend came at Stoke, where Marko Arnautovic scored twice to hand Stoke City a superb victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City. Xherdan Shaqiri created both of Arnautovic’s first-half goals in an inspired performance by the Swiss.

Arnautovic nudged home Shaqiri’s cross for the opener and then finished off a perfectly weighted through ball from his team-mate.

Man City, with Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure out injured, lacked ideas and have not won in four away league games.

The few chances they did create were met by the impressive Jack Butland, as the Stoke keeper kept out efforts from Kevin de Bruyne and Aleksandar Kolarov with sharp saves.

The result sees Man City drop to third in the table, three points behind top side Leicester City.

All Man City fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixn8WwJvjeo

 

Arsenal 3 v 1 Sunderland

Arsenal are staking a claim for the title, they are not playing well, have a number of injuries but are getting results, Olivier Giroud scored for both teams as below-par Arsenal battled past Sunderland to end a run of three Premier League games without a win.

Arsenal were poor for long periods, but led when Joel Campbell finished from a Mesut Ozil through ball.

Sunderland deservedly levelled through a free-kick that Giroud deflected into his own net.

But Giroud made amends with a header from virtually the same spot, before Aaron Ramsey scrambled a late third.

Sunderland, have been dragged back into the relegation zone whilst Arsenal move into second place two points behind leaders Leicester.

Click here for the goals –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZnuCUqs9cg

 

Man Utd 0 v 0 West Ham

The bore draw of the week came at Old Trafford, where Manchester United dropped to fourth in the Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by West Ham.

The visitors had the better chances in the contest, hitting the post twice in quick succession through Mauro Zarate followed by Winston Reid’s header.

Zarate dragged an effort wide in the second half and Marouane Fellaini forced Adrian into a smart save.

Striker Anthony Martial struck a shot narrowly wide as the hosts failed to break down West Ham.

Louis van Gaal’s side have conceded just once at home in the league all season, but their problems lie at the other end of the pitch, where they found the target only once from 20 efforts against the Hammers. It meant they missed the chance to go second and take advantage of rivals Manchester City’s 2-0 loss at Stoke, It could have been worse, though, had midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger been sent off for raising his arm at West Ham defender Reid in the first half, the incident went surprisingly unpunished by the referee.

Click here for the lowlights – sorry nothing to show from this game !!!

 

Southampton 1 v 1 Aston Villa

Oriol Romeu’s equaliser earned Southampton a draw against an Aston Villa side who have now gone 14 Premier League games without a win.The visitors had to withstand an early onslaught as Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Jose Fonte each missed gilt-edged chances for the home side. Southampton were punished when defender Joleon Lescott turned in a corner.

But the top-flight’s bottom club Villa could not hold on as Romeu stabbed in a shot from a corner for the leveller.

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

 

Swansea 0 v 3 Leicester

Riyad Mahrez’s hat-trick propelled Leicester to the top of the Premier League as they beat Swansea to increase the pressure on manager Garry Monk. Mahrez headed the Foxes in front after five minutes and fired in calmly for his second, Swansea’s Ki Sung-yueng headed against the bar after the break, but Mahrez finished an incisive counter-attack to seal his first ever hat-trick.Proof that Leicester are not a one man Vardy show !!

Manchester City’s defeat by Stoke sees Leicester leapfrog them at the summit.

This result leaves the Swans, 15th in the league, four points above the relegation zone, having won only one of their last 11 league matches.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmntSQQ2Y2I


Watford 2 v 0 Norwich

Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo both scored as Watford earned a deserved win over struggling Norwich.

Captain Deeney smashed home from the spot after strike partner Ighalo had been fouled by Alex Tettey.

Nigeria’s Ighalo, who gave Norwich’s defence huge problems, added a second in stoppage time when he slotted in.

Norwich keeper Declan Rudd also twice denied Ighalo with good blocks as well as producing a great save to push away his close-range toe-poked shot.

 

West Brom 1 v 1 Tottenham

Tottenham lost ground on the Premier League’s top four after letting a lead slip at West Brom.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were ahead after 15 minutes when a long Toby Alderweireld pass picked out Dele Alli, who flashed a volley past Boaz Myhill.

But Spurs’ intensity dropped after that strong start and West Brom levelled before the break when James McClean’s header concluded a patient move.

The draw means Tony Pulis’ side stay 13th, nine clear of the bottom three.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8FQXJroc24

 

Chelsea 0 v 1 Bournemouth

The biggest shock of the weekend came at Stamford Bridge, where Glenn Murray’s late header gave Bournemouth a famous win and heaped up the pressure on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The 82nd-minute goal, scored after Chelsea failed to clear a corner, moves Eddie Howe’s side up to 17th place.

It also makes them the first promoted side to beat Chelsea at home since Charlton in April 2001.

But it leaves the defending champions in 14th place, 14 points adrift of the Champions League places.

Click here for the shock of the week – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKbFg5MCruI

 

Newcastle 2 v 0 Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum’s late strike helped Newcastle beat in-form Liverpool to earn their third win of the season.

The Magpies moved above Sunderland into 18th place in the table after Wijnaldum’s shot was deflected off Martin Skrtel’s knee, before the Dutchman added a second late on. Liverpool, who had won seven of their last eight games, were way below par.

Alberto Moreno was wrongly denied by an offside flag as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp suffered a second defeat in 12 games.

Click here to see the in form team get stuffed at Newcastle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFqIwXhdXKo


Everton 1 v 1 Crystal Palace

Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth goal in five league games to equalise with a late strike in an entertaining match against Crystal Palace.

Poor Everton defending allowed Scott Dann to head Palace in front late on as the Londoners looked on course to win.

But Lukaku tapped in Gerard Deulofeu’s low cross from two yards for a deserved point for the dominant hosts. The draw was still enough to move Palace to sixth on goal difference, though manager Alan Pardew will be disappointed that his team only held their lead for five minutes, to drop points from a winning position for the first time this season.

I got three correct results and one correct score in my predictions, so a fair week by my standards !!!!!!


My week 16 predictions :-

Norwich 1 v 2 Everton
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Southampton
Man City 4 v 1 Swansea
Sunderland 2 v 1 Watford
West Ham 2 v 1 Stoke
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Man Utd
Aston Villa 1 v 2 Arsenal
Liverpool 2 v 1 West Brom
Tottenham 3 v 1 Newcastle
Leicester 2 v 1 Chelsea

Have a good week

Gary

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