EPL 2015/16 WEEK 28 ROUND UP

Arsenal 1 v 2 Swansea City

It was a mid week full of surprise results with none of the top four teams in the league winning !!
The biggest surprise came at the Emirates where Arsenal were well beaten by a struggling Swansea team, Arsenal’s hopes of landing a first league title in 12 years took a severe denting as Swansea came from behind to gain a vital three points in their fight against relegation, Joel Campbell put the Gunners into an early lead, but the Swans equalised when Wayne Routledge side-footed home and got the sucker punch when Ashley Williams forced the ball home to earn a crucial Swansea win.

Arsenal fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nlCbuVI000

 

West Ham United 1 v 0 Tottenham Hotspur

If Tottenham had won this game they would have gone top of the table for the first time in March since 1964 !! but a fantastic performance from West Ham, put Spurs on the back foot and denied them the opportunity to be the Kings of the Premiership castle.Michail Antonio’s seventh-minute header from Dimitri Payet’s corner gave Bilic’s side a narrow victory margin and sent their fans home in ecstasy, West Ham controlled the game and Spurs could not get enough possession to threaten the West Ham goal. West Ham have put themselves in sixth place in the table and in contention for a top four finish.

All Hammers fans, enjoy this ! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGhOTKVxoJY

 

Liverpool 3 v 0 Manchester City

After suffering deafeat to Man City in the Capital One Cup Final on Sunday, Liverpool bounced back to humiliate the lack lustre City side. Man City dominated Liverpool at Wembley, but this was a complete role reversal and the Reds gained some revenge Adam Lallana’s low drive gave Liverpool the lead before James Milner poked in a second against his former club.

Roberto Firmino fired in Liverpool’s third to dent Man City’s title hopes. City are now 10 points behind Leicester at the helm of the Premiership.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk6hXC4cSC8

 

Manchester United 1 v 0 Watford

A late free kick from Juan Mata’s earned Manchester United a victory over Watford to move them level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City.

Watford had the better chances in the early stages with Odion Ighalo being guilty of missing two good chances.

United were fortunate to gain the three points, but when youngster Rashford won afree kick on the edge of the Watford penalty area, Mata stepped up and curled in from 20 yards.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPpYLoHkdL8

 

Stoke City 1 v 0 Newcastle

Newcastle’s woes continue as they remain in the Premier League relegation zone after Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri’s late strike lifted Stoke City up to seventh in the table, it was a game to easily forget, except for Shaqiri’s 20-yard effort which flew in past Rob Elliot, at the other end Jack Butland superbly saved Doumbia’s injury-time header to give Stoke their third win in a row.

 

Aston Villa 1 v 3 Everton

The Premier Leagues bottom club, Aston Villa are already looking like a team who have accepted that they will be relegated, they were easily beaten by Everton who merely had to turn up to get the three points it seemed, Mori put the Toffees in front, ex Spur Aaron Lennon doubled their lead, before Lukaku made it 3-0, with the Villa fans heading for the exits, Rudy Gestede pulled one back for Villa. Villa are now eight points from safety and the Championship League is beckoning.

 

Bournemouth 2 v 0 Southampton

The battle of the South coast was won by Bournemouth, as they move eight points clear of the relegation zone, Bournemouth were always in control of their local rivals and took the lead when Fraser Forster parried Matt Ritchie’s free-kick and Steve Cook volleyed in. Afobe then headed in from another Richie free kick and the Cherries got their first win over the Saints in 58 years.

 

Leicester City 2 v 2 West Bromwich Albion

I said in my round up of last Saturdays games that Leicester were maybe showing signs that their bubble may burst at the top of the league, they managed to get a last minute winner against Norwich in their last game, but last night they let a 2-1 lead slip and had to share the points with a determined West Brom side. Leicester could have gone five points clear at the top of the Premier League had they got a victory. West Brom took the lead when Salomon Rondon shrugged off Robert Huth far too easily and finished neatly but a Danny Drinkwater deflected shot levelled it, Andy King finished a lovely move to put Leicester ahead only for Craig Gardner to equalise with a free-kick. West Brom, who have now lost only two of their past 10 league games, stay 13th, 12 points clear of the relegation zone, which must put a smile on the face of my ex Bristol Rovers team mate Tony Pulis.

 

Norwich 1 v 2 Chelsea

Norwich fell into the Premier League relegation zone as Chelsea continued their impressive form under Guus Hiddink with victory at Carrow Road, Chelsea have been unrecognisable from theteaqm who were plaing under the steardship of Jose Mourinho

Blues full-back Kenedy scored the quickest goal this season in the Premiership, when he fired home from 20 yards after 39 seconds,  Diego Costa doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time, before Nathan Redmond got one back for the homeiide, but itwas n enough as Norwich lost for the eighth time in nine games and are now staring relegation in the face.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hT1OQBI5ak

 

Sunderland 2 v 2 Crystal Palace

Unlike Aston Villa, Sunderland are showing signs that they are going to fight and scrap for their Premiership survival,

Dame N’Doye’s deflected first-half effort had put the hosts in front, but two goals from Connor Wickham put Palace in control, but an inspired substitution from Sam Allardyce saw the introduction of Borini and his last minute effort from a nigh impossible angle rescued a point for Sam Allardyce’s side and moved them up to 17th, one place above the relegation zone.

Click here for Borini’s incredible finish from an impossible angle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8cpHQw_hqI

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

I had another decent week with my predictions with six correct results and one correct score.

 

Please see following my week 29 predictions ;-

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

Enjoy the rest of the week

Gary

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