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EPL 2015/16 WEEK 25 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Chelsea 1 v 1 Man Utd

Diego Costa scored a late equaliser to preserve Chelsea’s unbeaten record under interim boss Guus Hiddink and deny Manchester United a win, Chelsea getting a point seemed to be unlikely after the first spell of the game when United were completely dominant, but United could not turn their terrirtorial advantage into goals, Courtois made a couple of important saves ,

but Chelsea kept United out and then started to get more possession with Willian becoming more of a threat, Terry appealed for a penalty when his shot struck the arm of Blint, but the ref was not convinced. Jesse Lingard’s fine turn and shot put United ahead.

this was a special piece of skill from lingard, he was facing away from goal and on the trun hit a half volley into the top corner giving Courtois no chance, this piece of skill is at the highest level of difficulty and yet Lingard pulled it off with aplomb, United were heading for victory when in the 91st minute Costa rescued a point for the Blues after rounding De Gea following Cesc Fabregas’ pass.

United are now five points off Man City in fourth place, whilst remain 13th in the table.

Click here for the goals, watch out for Lingard’s incredible piece of skill. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7fOGhBOFIk

 

Bournemouth 0 v 2 Arsenal

Arsenal left the South Coast with the three points, but it was a far from convincing performance, a one and a half minute spell in the first half where Arsenal scored twice, Mesut Ozil lashed the ball home from 12 yards for the Gunners’ opener, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drifted in from the right and scored with a low shot. Bournemouth played the better football and had more attempts at goal, but their finishing was poor, allowing the Gunners to take the three points and move level with Tottenham on poinbts, but remain in third place on goal difference.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2I7Tpgr_gg

 

Man City 1 v 3 Leicester

The more all the pundits say that Leicester cannot maintain their form and cannot stay at the top of the table, the more it seems to strengthen Leicester’s resolve, a priceless victory away at Man City only reiterated the amazing season that Leicester are having, with two away games at Man City and then at Arsenal, everyone was expecting Leicester’s balloon to burst, but they have overcome the first hurdle with ease !

Leicester are now five points clear at the top of the table, Robert Huth opened the scoring when he met Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick to give the Foxes an early lead, Mahrez made it 2-0 with a neat finish, and Huth found space to head home a Christian Fuchs corner before Sergio Aguero’s late consolation for City.

Last week in my blog, I said that the fact that Manchester City have already announced Pep Guardiola as their new mnager for next season, it might have a positive impact on the team, in that they might lift themselves to greater heights to give the current manager Pelligrini a decent end to his time at the club, but this was certainly not in evidence in this performance, they were well off the pace, their defensive errors were basic and not in keeping with a team who have their eyes on the title. Leiceter’s title challenge meanwhile is gaining momentum.

Click here for highlights of Leicester’s impressive win – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYx5oNTg4pk


Aston Villa 2 v 0 Norwich

This was not the most exciting game to watch, unless of course you are a Villa fan, Villa Villa moved to within eight points of Premier League safety with their third win of the season as Norwich slipped into the bottom three, Joleon Lescott’s headed goal at the end of an awful first half was Villa’s first attempt on target. Gabriel Agbonlahor got the second after the break, stroking home after a defensive error. Norwich have now lost their last five games in a row and drop into the bottom three

Norwich, for whom this was a fifth defeat in a row, are now 18th.

 

Liverpool 2 v 2 Sunderland

This was not a day to be a Liverpool fan, Roberto Firmino headed the Reds in front after James Milner’s cross before the goalscorer turned provider to allow Adam Lallana to tap home. when it was 2-0 to Liverpool the Reds fans decided to walk out in protest at the rising prices of the Liverpool match tickets, it was probably just as well for them that they left, as Liverpool imploded,  Adam Johnson’s curled a free kick around Mignolet in the Liverpool goal and then Jermain Defoe completed the comeback after finishing from 10 yards to make the final score 2-2. Liverpool are going to have to strengthen their squad in the summer, but at least Daniel Sturridge was back on the Liverpool bench after a lengthy lay off.

Click here for the Sunderland comeback – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMWK7RwQ5Zc

 

Newcastle 1 v 0 West Brom

Newcastle finally produced a performance their fans could be proud of as they beat West Brom to move out of the Premier League bottom three. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the only goal in the 32nd minute, when he slotted in from inside the area.

Newcastle’s new signing from Spurs Andros Townsend had a great effort rebound back off the post.

Victory moved the Magpies up to 17th, one point above Norwich.

Click here for Newcastle’s winning goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcIbkJW66hQ

 

Stoke 0 v 3 Everton

This result was was probably just as surprising as Leicester’s win at Man City, Stoke with two consecutive defeats under their belts were expected to show the typical Stoke fighting spirit and get a result against Everton, instead Everton totally dominated a poor Stoke side and moved up to seventh in the table. Romelu Lukaku put the visitors in front with a penalty after keeper Jack Butland had brought down Tom Cleverley, followed by Seamus Coleman heading home a Cleverley corner,  Aaron Lennon put the final nail in Stoke’s coffin when he intercepted a pass before slotting in as Everton went 3-0 up at the break.

 

Swansea 1 v 1 Crystal Palace

Swansea remain unbeaten under new manager Francesco Guidloin, but failed to get the three points from a struggling Crystal Palace team, who had lost their last five games. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s excellent  free-kick gave Swansea a well-earned half-time lead.

but Palace equalised just after the restart when Scott Dann scored his fifth goal of the season. Swansea slip to four points above the Premier League relegation zone. while Palace’s first point since December keeps them 12th.

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

 

Tottenham 1 v 0 Watford

I was at White Hart Lane to see Spurs easily brush Watford aside, Tottenham controled the game from start to finish and had it not been for some great saves by the former Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes Spurs would have run away with the game. Spurs had 26 shots on goal whilst Watford did not have one. Kieran Trippier scored his first goal for the club, arriving at the far post to tap home a sublime cross from Delle Alli. Tottenham move into second place in the Premier League table, increasing the pressure on Leicester at the top.

Tottenham’s defensive strength, only having conceded 19 goals in 255 games and their free flowing attacking verve and swagger has notched up 45 goals scored, meaning that Spurs have a goal difference of 26, the biggest of any other team in the Premiership. Things are about to get a little tougher for Spurs as suddenly their challenge on the title is being taken seriously, every game that Spurs now play between now and the end of the season will be like a cup final, with every point having to be fought for and won, but I believe that this young Spurs side have it in them to win the Premiership title.

Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWy0MMZ9c3k

 

Southampton 1 v 0 West Ham

Southampton are showing some of the form of last season, as they won their fourth game in five matches against a high flying West Ham. The Saints started strongly and took the lead when Maya Yoshida thundered home from Sadio Mane’s centre.

Despite having Wanyama sent off for diving in on West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet. Southampton held on and victory lifts them to seventh in the Premier League table, just one place and two points behind the Hammers.

Click here for the Premier League table to see where your team are in the League. -http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/tables


I got four correct results this week, mid table form from me !!

My week 26 Predictions :-

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

Have a good week

Gary

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