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EPL 2015/16 WEEK 19 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Crystal Palace 0 v 0 Swansea

Crystal Palace’s push towards the Premier League’s top four stalled as  Swansea ground out a point at Selhurst Park,
in the bore draw of the week, Swans caretaker boss Alan Curtis saw his side secure a third clean sheet in a row to remain above the bottom three. Palace defender Brede Hangeland’s flicked header early in the second half was well saved by Lukasz Fabianski, who later denied Patrick Bamford. Gylfi Sigurdsson almost won it for Swansea, but his free-kick was well saved.

 


Everton 3 v 4 Stoke

The game of the week came at Goodison Park where  Stoke earned a thrilling win at Everton through Marko Arnautovic’s injury-time penalty. The Potters led through Shaqiri early on and after Romelu Lukaku levelled from eight yards, Xherdan Shaqiri scored one of the goals of the season as the Swiss looped a stunning half-volley over Tim Howard. Lukaku struck again after the break and Gerard Deulofeu tapped Everton ahead. But Joselu volleyed his first Premier League goal and Arnautovic won it after being brought down by John Stones.

Click here for some fantastic action and goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJDc5QjuGo0

 


Norwich 2 v 0 Aston Villa

Norwich lifted themselves away from the Premier League relegation zone with a nervy win that leaves rock-bottom Aston Villa further adrift of safety. In a game devoid of quality, Jonny Howson’s crisp strike at the far post separated the sides for over an hour.

Villa rarely looked like scoring, with Jordan Ayew heading their best chance straight at home keeper Declan Rudd.

Norwich ensured they moved three points clear of the bottom three when Dieumerci Mbokani powerfully headed in.

Ayew’s 20-yard free-kick stretched Rudd in injury time, but Villa did not do enough to avoid falling 11 points from safety with 19 games remaining.

 

 

Watford 1 v 2 Tottenham

Son Heung-Min scored a dramatic late winner as Tottenham moved up to third in the Premier League with victory over 10-man Watford.

Erik Lamela put the visitors in front when he stroked in a shot after Dele Alli dispossessed Craig Cathcart.

Odion Ighalo equalised when his determination helped him beat Eric Dier and poke home.

Nathan Ake was sent off for a challenge on Lamela before Son scored with a deft flick from Kieran Trippier’s cross. Spurs are now looking like a team with a purpose and the consistency in the side is going to give the team an opportunity to put pressure on the top of the table.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0zuKZ8Peog

 

 

West Brom 1 v 0 Newcastle

 

West Brom enjoyed their first league win in six games to ease their relegation fears but deepen Newcastle’s worries at the bottom of the table, both teams hit the crossbar, with Paul Dummett’s header ricocheting off the woodwork for Newcastle and Victor Anichebe going close for the hosts, just as a draw seemed inevitable, Darren Fletcher timed his run perfectly to head home Claudio Yacob’s cross.

 

 

Arsenal 2 v 0 Bournemouth

Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal, as they won their first league meeting with Bournemouth. After a tense opening, Ozil’s corner was met with a firm header by defender Gabriel for his first goal in English football. Ozil made it 2-0 after the break from a slick one-two with Olivier Giroud. Bournemouth showed plenty of spirit, but could not find their way through as Arsenal closed out the victory.

Bournemouth, slip to 16th and remain only three points from danger as their six-match unbeaten run came to an end.

Arsenal fans click here to help get over the Boxing day demolition at Southampton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGgPUoUMkuc

 

 

Man Utd 0 v 0 Chelsea

Manchester United provided some respite for manager Louis van Gaal with a much-improved performance as they were held to a draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford. Van Gaal’s future was shrouded in uncertainty after a run of four straight defeats  and while a draw offers minor relief, United were still unable to secure the victory the 64-year-old Dutchman so desperately needs. United’s luck was out as both Juan Mata and Anthony Martial struck the woodwork inside the first 15 minutes and only a brilliant reflex save from Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois stopped Ander Herrera from six yards after the break. Chelsea, under the temporary control of Van Gaal’s fellow countryman Guus Hiddink, had chances of their own and United needed the brilliance of keeper David de Gea as he saved athletically from John Terry’s early header then made a double save from Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta after the break. Van Gaal must start getting some victories as Jose Mourinho is already eyeing up the job at United !!! Watch this space !!!!

Click here for the action !! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDTuI1kjnb0

 


Leicester 0 v 0 Man City

Leicester City missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League as they played out a goalless draw with Manchester City at the King Power Stadium. Claudio Ranieri’s side can take great heart, however, from a highly impressive response to only their second league defeat of the season at Liverpool on Boxing Day, but Arsenal stay top on goal difference. Leicester and Manchester City both had chances in an entertaining encounter, with goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart excelling with a succession of saves.Jamie Vardy missed Leicester’s best chance when he shot over the top after racing clear in the first half while the normally lethal Sergio Aguero was off target from inside the six-yard box as both sides pushed for the win.

 

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWZR5ekFCAc

 

West Ham 2 v 1 Southampton

Andy Carroll came on to score the winner as West Ham recorded their first Premier League victory in two months by fighting back to beat Southampton. Saints dominated the first half and went ahead when Dusan Tadic’s prodded effort deflected in off Carl Jenkinson.

Michail Antonio levelled in bizarre fashion when a clearance hit him and looped in, before Carroll struck.

The West Ham striker made amends for a terrible miss by heading in from close range after Antonio had hit the bar.

Victory was the Hammers’ first since a 2-1 win at home to Chelsea on 24 October, Slaven Bilic’s side move up to seventh in the table, while Ronald Koeman’s Saints, who beat Arsenal 4-0 at home on Boxing Day, stay 12th.

All Hammers fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiUhnT0K5u4

 

Sunderland 0 v 1 Liverpool

Christian Benteke’s rapid second-half goal gave Liverpool a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

The striker scored just 22 seconds after the break to condemn Sunderland to a fifth straight defeat and ensure Liverpool will finish the year seventh in the Premier League. Benteke should have made it 2-0 late on when he was denied by Vito Mannone while Roberto Firmino hit the post for the visitors in the first half.

Click here to see where your team are in the Premier League as we go into 2016 – http://www.theguardian.com/football/premierleague/table

It was a good week for my predictions with six correct results and two correct scores

 

My predictions for week 20 :-

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

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

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