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EPL 2015/16 WEEK 26 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Arsenal 2 v 1 Leicester City

This was a massive win for Arsenal, Danny Welbeck’s dramatic winner with only seconds left gave the Gunners the three points over Leicester and has thrown the title race wide open. Even after being reduced to ten men, Leicester looked like they were going to hold on for a point, this was until Welbeck, playing his first competitive for ten months, glanced Mesut Ozil’s free-kick past the magnificent Kasper Schmeichel to spark wild celebrations at Emirates Stadium as Leicester lost in the league for just the third time this season.

Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead with a hotly-disputed penalty on the stroke of half-time after he tumbled over Nacho Monreal’s outstretched leg,  Theo Walcott then set up a frantic final 20 minutes with a side-foot finish from Olivier Giroud’s assist.

Leicester still lead the table, but Arsenal and Spurs are now only two points behind.

Click here all Gunners fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t6bzW2crYQ

 

Aston Villa 0 v 6 Liverpool

Yes, it is correct, Liverpool 6, Villa were thrashed on their home turf, after an awful performance saw them being torn apart from a rampant Liverpool side, Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring when he headed home before James Milner’s free-kick crept in after being missed by keeper Mark Bunn, goals from Emre Can, Divock Origi  and Nathaniel Clyne bundled in to add to the Reds’ lead.

before Kolo Toure headed in a sixth, Liverpool move to eighth in the table.

Villa fans do not click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIcZ5lxmJ7o

 

Man City 1 v 2 Tottenham

I have been saying it for a while, but this performance and victory really has shown Spurs to be title contenders and are definitely the team who the bookmakers are quickly reducing their odds of winning the Premeirship title. Harry Kane put Spurs ahead from the penalty spot, Sterling was adjudged to have handballed the ball, but it was an injustice, but gratefully received by Kane, who made no mistake, City’s substitute Kelechi Iheanacho levelled the scores, but Spurs earned a fifth league win in a row as Eriksen slotted in after being played through by a cjeeky pass from Lamela. This win has put Spurs in second place only two points behind league leders Leicester.

Spurs fans don’t keep pinching yourselves, it is not a dream – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a34txDYQoKI
Sunderland 2 v 1 Man Utd

Sunderland boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a deserved victory over a lethargic Manchester United.

I am a fan of Van Gaal, but his decision making and his efforts to get his team to perform at the level we know they can, have not been good enough. The managers aim is to work with his players to get each and every one of them to be performing to their maximum levels and this has not been happening at United.

Jose Mourinho is waiting in the wings, but is this not the same manager who was in charge at Chelsea and only got six wins in his last eighteen games and since his departure Chelsea have gone ten games unbeaten !! and they say football is a funny old game !!

Sunderland took the lead when Wahbi Khazri put the strugglers ahead after three minutes with a free-kick from the left that eluded everyone, Martial levelled for UNited after he chipped the ball over Vito Mannone, but the Black Cats won it when Lamine Kone’s header from Khazri’s corner went in off David de Gea to leave Van Gaal living on borrowed time as manager at United.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffcqRxzM5ss

 

Bournemouth 1 v 3 Stoke City

Stoke came to the south coast hurting, three defeats in a row is not what this Stoke team ever expect and they soon got back to their tough to beat ways, Giannelli Imbula scored his first goal for Stoke to give the visitors a half-time lead, Ibrahim Afellay then struck a sweet second for Stoke, and substitute Joselu made it 3-0 two minutes later.

Matt Ritchie responded for Bournemouth, but his left-footed strike proved to be a mere consolation and Stoke went home with their reputation not so tarnished.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-U2cvKocHY

 

Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Watford

Crystal Palace have now gone nine games without a victory and appear to be on a slippery slope, their early season form is keeping them out of trouble, for the time being and with a game away at Spurs in the FA Cup next week, things may get worse before they can start getting better. Troy Deeney scored twice to steer Watford to victory, Deeney put Watford into an early lead from the penalty spot, but Emmanuel Adebayor’s first goal for Palace drew the Eagles level, but the winning goal came from Deeney when he finished off a fine cross from Watson.

 

Everton 0 v 1 West Brom

My good friend Tony Pulis got a huge victory away at Everton, they were up against all the odds, but somehow managed to keep the Toffees at bay, Salomon Rondon scored the only goal when the visitors netted against the run of play as Rondon chested in from close range after Jonas Olsson’s flick on.

Everton were unlucky not to get anything from this game, but the way that Tony works with his team, they are very difficult to break down and this was the story of this game.

Click here for the west brom goal that shocked Everton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGv8DCQQ1fI

 

Norwich City 2 v 2 West Ham
Norwich came into this game with a run of five defeats behind them, but all looked to be going well when they took a two goal lead through Brady and Hoolahan, but they threw away the three points when Dimitri Payet slotted in for the Hammers after Victor Moses had a shot parried into his path, Payet then pulled the ball back for Mark Noble to steer in a shot and complete West Ham’s comeback.

 

Swansea 0 v 1 Southampton

Swansea suffered their first defeat under new manager Francesco Guido, as Southampton went away with the spoils, stretching their unbeaten run to six games.

The visitors struck as Shane Long headed in despite a touch from Fabianski, Southampton now climb up to sixth in the Premier League table, as for Swansea, a first loss in five matches keeps them in 16th place but reduces the gap between them and the relegation zone to three points.

 

Chelsea 5 v 1 Newcastle

Chelsea’s resurgent run under Guus Hiddink continued against a poor Newcastle side, who now drop into the relegation zone on goal difference, it was an easy romp for Chelsea, Diego Costa opened the scoring when he slid home Willian’s pass.

A mistake by Rolando Aarons let Pedro in to make it 2-0 and Costa played in Willian to score from close range.

Cesc Fabregas set up Pedro for his second and Bertrand Traore turned in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross, ex Spur Andros Townsend got a late consolation for the Magpie fans.

Click here for the Blues hammering of Newcastle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k2vk8fivuE

Click here to see how tight it is at the top of the Premiership – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/table

I did okay in my predictions with four correct results and two correct scores.

 

My week 27 predictions

West Ham 2 v 1 Sunderland
Leicester 2 v 1 Norwich
Southampton 1 v 2 Chelsea
Stoke 2 v 1 Aston Villa
Watford 2 v 1 Bournemouth
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Tottenham 3 v 1 Swansea
Man United 1 v 2 Arsenal
West Brom 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

Have a good week

Gary

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