EPL 2015/16 WEEK 22 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Stoke 0 v 0 Arsenal

Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League thanks to a point from a goalless draw at Stoke.

Arsene Wenger’s side missed the creativity of Mesut Ozil, who was injured, but had chances to win the game only to be denied by Jack Butland.

The England goalkeeper tipped over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s long-range strike, before denying Olivier Giroud’s header.

Stoke finished strongly as Jon Walters had a late header cleared off the line by Aaron Ramsey.

The draw means Arsenal move ahead of Leicester on goal difference. Stoke remain seventh.

Click here for no goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRDSOK-bvWQ


Liverpool 0 v 1 Man Utd

Wayne Rooney’s late strike settled a scrappy encounter to give Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal a vital victory at Liverpool.

In a game that was a pale shadow of previous meetings between these two Premier League superpowers, Liverpool had the better chances and United keeper David de Gea kept his side in it with fine saves from Adam Lallana and Emre Can.

Jurgen Klopp’s side wasted other opportunities and paid the price 12 minutes from time when Rooney fired United’s first shot on target high past Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet after Marouane Fellaini’s header came back off the bar.

Van Gaal’s position had been under scrutiny after only two wins in United’s previous 11 games, but victory at Anfield is the perfect tonic and his team are now in fifth, just two points off the Champions League places.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqm7sOADyuk

 

Tottenham 4 v 1 Sunderland

I was at White Hart Lane for  this humilation of Sunderland, despite some great support from their supporters, Sunderland showed why they will be very lucky to escape relegation this season, not enough quality, too many unforced errors and an unwillingness to fight, was my verdict on the Sunderland performance. Christian Eriksen scored twice as Tottenham maintained their challenge for a top-four finish and deepened Sunderland’s relegation worries. Patrick van Aanholt gave the Black Cats the lead against the run of play but Eriksen levelled as Lee Cattermole failed to clear on the goalline.

Mousa Dembele fired Spurs ahead before Eriksen’s 25-yard shot deflected in off Sunderland debutant Jan Kirchhoff. Harry Kane then converted a penalty after Kirchhoff fouled Danny Rose. Tottenham remain fourth in the Premier League, while Sunderland drop a position to 19th following Newcastle’s win over West Ham.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP2rK2sdlPU

 

Bournemouth 3 v 0 Norwich

Bournemouth easily overcame relegation rivals Norwich City to move five points clear of the bottom three.

The Cherries led when Dan Gosling headed in Marc Pugh’s cross. Bournemouth wanted a penalty when Russell Martin held back Charlie Daniels in the area, and Norwich keeper Declan Rudd was fortunate not to be sent off for fouling Benik Afobe.

But Vadis Odjidja brought down Pugh to allow Daniels to score from the spot before Afobe rounded off the win.

It ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League for Eddie Howe’s men, who climb above their opponents into 15th.

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

 

Chelsea 3 v 3 Everton

No goals in the first half and six in the second, this was the game to watch this weekend.
John Terry scored a controversial 98th-minute equaliser to earn Chelsea a point in a thriller against Everton.

The Toffees took the lead when Terry put through his own net, and Ross Barkley hit a post for Everton before Kevin Mirallas put the visitors 2-0 up.

Diego Costa reduced the margin and Cesc Fabregas’s deflected shot made it 2-2. Ramiro Funes Mori restored Everton’s lead in the 90th minute only for Terry to back-heel in from close range,  although he looked to be well offside.

Click here for a great Chelsea comeback – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoJ-tO0q4d0

 

Man City 4 v 0 Crystal Palace

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the Premier League by thrashing a lacklustre Crystal Palace side.

After a slow start from the hosts, midfielder Fabian Delph gave them the lead with a long-range drive.

Striker Aguero doubled the advantage with an effort that deflected in off the head of defender Scott Dann.

Aguero finished off a sublime team move and David Silva added a fourth, with Palace winless in five league games.

The Eagles could have gone ahead in the first couple of minutes but defender Damien Delaney headed straight at Joe Hart when free inside the area. Yohan Cabaye went close late on with an effort that flew narrowly wide, but Palace have now failed to score in their past five league games.

Click here for Man City’s demolition of Palace – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3JlcTBo65M

 

Newcastle 2 v 1 West Ham

Jonjo Shelvey made an impressive debut for Newcastle as he helped his side move out of the relegation zone with a win over West Ham.

Shelvey had a hand in both goals as Ayoze Perez curled in a low shot before Georginio Wijnaldum side-footed in from six yards to make it 2-0.

A stray backpass by Chancel Mbemba let Nikica Jelavic score for the Hammers.

Newcastle squandered a number of chances but held on for a first win in six league games.

Magpies striker Aleksandar Mitrovic produced a hard-working performance but was denied by Hammers keeper Adrian three times.

Missed opportunities almost cost the home side, but keeper Rob Elliot kept out a 90th-minute Cheikhou Kouyate header with his knee.

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

 

Southampton 3 v 0 West Brom

Southampton followed up their midweek victory over Watford with a convincing home win against West Brom. James Ward-Prowse scored a brilliant 25-yard curled free-kick and a penalty for his first goals of the season as Saints cruised into a half-time lead. West Brom boss Tony Pulis made two attacking changes at the break but the home side remained in charge. Serbian forward Dusan Tadic sealed the three points from a tight angle after a clever pass from Matt Targett. Ronald Koeman’s Southampton move up to 10th in the Premier League table, while the Baggies stay 13th.

Click here all Saints fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_pTgSv4Z7I

 

Aston Villa 1 v 1 Leicester City

Leicester City returned to the top of the Premier League as they drew away to struggling Aston Villa. Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for City, reacting quickest to poke home after keeper Mark Bunn had athletically clawed out Jamie Vardy’s lob. Riyad Mahrez missed a chance to double the lead from the spot after a controversially-awarded penalty.  But Villa striker Rudy Gestede levelled after his second-half shot deflected past keeper Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester were presented with a chance to go 2-0 up in the first half when the assistant referee flagged for handball after Mahrez’s shot hit the hand of the diving Aly Cissokho. Villa protested that the defender was simply protecting his face, and felt that justice was done when Mahrez’s weak penalty was saved by Bunn.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFNmt2Io-h0

Click here to see where your team are in the Premiership – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/tables

 

Please see following my predictions for week 23

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

Have a good week

Gary

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