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EPL 2015/16 Week 2 Round Up

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Sunderland 1-3 Norwich

Sunderland’s season is not going well, they were 2-0 down at home to Norwich in the first half. Russell Martin opened the scoring from close range when the ball fell to him after Costel Pantilimon parried the ball into his path from a Robbie Brady shot. Steven Whittaker made it two with some excellent passing between him and Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond got in on the action after the break to score the third. The home fans got something to cheer about when Premier League debutant Duncan Watmore scored for the hosts late on.

 

Swansea 2-0 Newcastle

Bafetimbi Gomis displayed his panther celebration in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea and Swansea fans did not have to wait long to see it again. Jonjo Shelvey opened up the Newcastle defence and the Frenchman collected the ball, lost Chancel Mbemba, rounded Tim Krul and scored inside ten minutes. Then, just before half-time, Daryl Janmaat was sent off for a second bookable offence when he pulled Jefferson Montero to the ground and it was the Ecuadorian whose cross saw Andre Ayew make it 2-0.

 

Tottenham 2-2 Stoke

Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead against Stoke having gone 2-0 up by half-time. Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli’s efforts were cancelled out by a Marko Arnautovic penalty and Mame Biram Diouf in the space of five second half minutes. Hugo Lloris and Jack Butland both produced excellent saves to keep the scores down.

 

Watford 0-0 West Brom

It was all square at half-time at Vicarage Road, despite Watford’s dominance. A rare foray into the Watford penalty area from West Brom early in the second half saw Saido Berahino appeal for a penalty, though the home side continued to press, but they tired towards the end. Baggies manager Tony Pulis will be happier with the point here.

 

West Ham 1-2 Leicester

What an amazing start for the Leicester faithful, two games played and two wins, see them perched aloft at the top of the table. Shinji Okazaki headed in from a yard out after Adrian had superbly saved his initial volley and then five minutes before the break, Okazaki fed Marc Albrighton, who pulled it back for Riyad Mahrez to slam the ball into the Hammers’ goal. While West Ham’s popular new signing Dimitri Payet fired West Ham back into the game from 16 yards, the home side were unable to build on their excellent win at Arsenal in their first game and the day was made worse by goalkeeper Adrian’s red card late on.

 

Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez was back in the Arsenal starting line up and what a difference he made to this Arsenal side who lost at home last week to West Ham, Sanchez is a special player who can turn a game your way, with his special qualities.

Sanchez only returned to pre-season training at Arsenal two weeks ago after a summer spent helping Chile to the Copa America, but with performances like this from Sanchez when he is only half fit, he could be an important part of Wengers title ambitions.

Giroid scored Arsenal’s opening goal with a spectacular overhead kick, only to see Palace equalise ten minutes into the second half, when Joel Ward struck from 25 yards out, Arsenal should have been out of sight of Palace at this stage, but missed chances threw some hope to the Palace faithful, but it was Sanchez who put Arsenal back into the lead with help from Delaney and from there Wenger’s side, to their manager’s pleasure dug in to see out the win.

 

Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea

The Premiership champions, Chelsea are still basking in their glory of last season, they are 16th in the Premier League there are problems behind the scenes and their captain, John Terry who led them to success last season, appears to be still on his summer holidays. Yes it is only two games into the new season, but on this showing, it will be Man City who will be the team to beat this season.

Man City struggled to find their form last season as defending Champions, and now Chelsea appear to be having the same problem, a lack of desire to defend the title, everyone wants to topple the Champions, but true Champions can stand up and be counted, Jose Mourinho has his work cut out to turn things. Aguero gave City a well-deserved half-time lead and Kompany and Fernandinho scored in the last ten minutes.

 

Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth

Christian Benteke’s controversial winner on his Anfield debut ensured Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the new season with an unconvincing victory over Premier League newcomers Bournemouth.

Liverpool’s £32.5m summer signing from Aston Villa turned home from close range in front of the Kop after 26 minutes, but Philippe Coutinho was clearly offside as he also tried to reach Jordan Henderson’s cross

It meant a second successive narrow defeat for Bournemouth, who showed plenty of confidence and promise and were also frustrated when Tommy Elphick’s early header was ruled out by referee Craig Pawson for a foul on Dejan Lovren

Eddie Howe’s side had plenty of possession but rarely troubled Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and it was Benteke who came closest to adding a second on his impressive Anfield bow when he struck the bar from close range in the last minute.

It was a case of job done for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in front of watching owner John W Henry with a second win and second clean sheet of the new season.

Well four correct results this week is an improvement this week in my predictions, but my form is resembling Chelsea’s start to the season.

 

Week 3 predictions

 

Manchester United 3 v 1 Newcastle

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Aston Villa

Leicester 1 v 2 Tottenham

Norwich 2 v 1 Stoke

Sunderland 1 v 2 Swansea

West Ham 2 v 1 Bournemouth

West Brom 1 v 2 Chelsea

Everton 1 v 2 Manchester City

Watford 1 v 2 Southampton

Arsenal 2 v 1 Liverpool

 

Have a good week

Regards,

Gary

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