EPL 2015/16 WEEK 16 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Another week of shock results, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs all losing and Manchester City only winning in the last minute of the game.

It is becoming a very interesting season.

 

Leicester 2 v 1 Chelsea

Leicester City returned to the top of the Premier League and increased the pressure on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with victory at King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy’s 15th goal of the season put Leicester ahead before half-time and Riyad Mahrez’s brilliant curling strike just after the break sealed the win for Claudio Ranieri’s side. Chelsea substitute Loic Remy pulled one back but Leicester survived in relative comfort to move back ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.The reigning Premier League champions, in contrast, lie just a point off the relegation zone in 16th place with Mourinho fighting for survival.

Click here all Leicseter fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDeS5aVFg5g

 

Aston Villa 0 v 2 Arsenal

Arsenal ended a good week by going top of the Premier League courtesy of a win at Aston Villa that leaves Remi Garde’s side further adrift at the bottom. The Gunners, who reached the last 16 of the Champions League in midweek, led through Olivier Giroud’s early penalty.

Aaron Ramsey then started and finished a superb counter-attack to reward the away side’s first-half dominance. Jack Grealish returned to action for Villa, who improved after the break but wasted a number of good chances. Villa’s defeat, coupled with positive results for some of their rivals, means they are now eight points from safety with only six points from 16 games. In sharp contrast, Arsene Wenger’s side have won 10 league games this season.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_89P9dpwK7U

 

Liverpool  2 v 2 West Brom

Divock Origi’s deflected 95th-minute strike rescued a point for Liverpool against a resolute West Brom.The home side began well and took the lead when Jordan Henderson finished a superb and patient passing move. But Simon Mignolet’s error gifted a goal to Craig Dawson of Albion, who were furious when a delayed offside flag denied Jonas Olsson a goal. Olsson looked to have headed West Brom to victory before substitute Origi’s shot found the net deep in added time. Such was the relief around Anfield at full-time that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp called his entire team together to conduct on-field celebrations in front of the Kop. The point earned means Liverpool are ninth in the table, five points off the top four, while the two points lost leave West Brom 13th, six points above the bottom three.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w17FVMmAStY

 

Tottenham 1 v 2 Newcastle

I was at White Hart Lane, hoping to see a Spurs victory that would have put us above Manchester United, but a poor second half performance allowed Newcastle to capitalise and snatch the three points. Substitute Ayoze Perez scored three minutes into stoppage time as Newcastle came from behind to  move out of the relegation zone. Magpies keeper Rob Elliot frustrated Spurs with two fine saves to deny Erik Lamela before Eric Dier struck.

Spurs fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hzh81T2T6M

 

Norwich 1 v 1 Everton

Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth successive league game with a header from Gerard Deulofeu’s excellent cross.

Leighton Baines was denied by the woodwork, while Arouna Kone and Lukaku also missed chances for Everton.

Wes Hoolahan levelled for Norwich from close range before Cameron Jerome missed a great chance for the hosts.

 

Crystal Palace 1 v 0 Southampton

Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the table thanks to a Yohan Cabaye winner that inflicted a third defeat in four league games on struggling Southampton. The hosts fully deserved their first Premier League win over Southampton, a victory that also extended Palace’s unbeaten run to three league games. Yannick Bolasie’s perfect cross allowed the unmarked Cabaye to tap home from six yards late in the first half.

It ensured only Palace’s fourth clean sheet in 24 home league matches, as the hosts held on for a win that moves them level on points with Tottenham, who are fifth on goal difference.

 

Manchester City 2 v 1 Swansea

Kelechi Iheanacho’s injury-time deflection helped Manchester City beat managerless Swansea. The hosts, who lost at Stoke a week ago, struggled against the Swans, who sacked ex-boss Garry Monk on Wednesday. And after Wilfried Bony lost Ashley Williams to score against his former club, Bafetimbi Gomis’ late equaliser looked like it would earn a point. But there was still time for Yaya Toure to curl in off Iheanacho.

Yet after an almost perfect game plan, where Gomis came off the bench late on to end an 11-game goal drought in the league, Swansea slumped to a third consecutive defeat.

The result means the visitors have won one of their last 12 league games and after Bournemouth’s win over Manchester United, slip to 16th in the table, a point above the relegation zone.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA8VINJ6lLY

 

Sunderland 0 v 1 Watford

Odion Ighalo’s early goal gave Watford their third successive win and left Sunderland stuck in the bottom three. Ighalo and Black Cats defender Sebastian Coates met Allan Nyom’s low cross at the near post and diverted the ball past Costel Pantilimon.

Jermain Defoe and Jack Rodwell forced good saves from Heurelho Gomes but the Hornets hung on for a victory that moves them up to seventh in the table.

 

West Ham 0 v 0 Stoke

West Ham were held by Stoke in a scrappy but entertaining goalless draw. The visitors produced an impressive attacking display to beat Manchester City last week, but could not find the same form again. Marco van Ginkel, brought in for the injured Xherdan Shaqiri, had Stoke’s best chance in the first half but he put wide from close range. West Ham enjoyed more action in front of goal but they were denied time after time by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland. It means the Hammers have now gone six games without a win in the league, their last victory coming against Chelsea on 24 October. although they have picked up four draws in that period. Stoke City have now kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Premier League games. The draw saw the hosts slip one place to eighth while the Potters remain 11th.

 

Bournemouth 2 v 1 Manchester United

Manchester United lost ground at the top of the table as their former striker Joshua King scored the winner in Bournemouth’s 2-1 triumph – the Cherries’ second shock win in a week. After David de Gea was beaten direct from a corner by Junior Stanislas, United equalised via Marouane Fellaini. The visitors faded after the break and could not fight back after King fired in from Matt Ritchie’s set-piece.

The scoreline and final few minutes could have been more comfortable for the hosts, but substitute Glenn Murray squandered two excellent chances to put Bournemouth further out of reach. Bournemouth are up to 14th in the Premier League.

Click here all Bournemouth fans and pinch yourselves at the same time !! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBDHz3ckCcw

 

I got four correct results and one correct score this week, slowly improving !!!

My week 17 predictions :-

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

Have a good week

Gary

 

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