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EPL 2015/16 WEEK 30 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Aston Villa 0 v Tottenham 2

Tottenham have reignited their title challenge  after Harry Kane scored two goals in three minutes to sink Aston Villa, 2-0. Kane latched onto Dele Alli’s quickly taken free-kick and fired past Brad Guzan just before half time. The same combination worked again moments after the interval as Kane poked in Alli’s low cross. Villa again were woeful and mustered just two shots on target as they slipped to a fifth-straight league defeat. After two games without a win, Spurs look set for a serious challenge, while Remi Garde’s side remain nine points from safety and look increasingly destined for life in the Championship next season.

Stoke 1 v 2 Southampton

Graziano Pelle scored twice as Southampton held on for victory in the Premier League against Stoke.Italian Pelle, who had not scored in his previous 12 league games, netted twice in the first half through a flicked header and a low finish.Stoke got back into the game early in the second half when Marko Arnautovic flicked in from close range. but for all their huffing and puffing Stoke could not get back on level terms and the Saints went back to the south coast with all three points. Southampton climb above their opponents into seventh place in the table.

Leicester 1 v 0 Newcastle

Leicester are maintaining their place at the top, but are becoming less convincing with their odd goal victories, please do not get me wrong, I am absolutely full of praise and admiration for the way that Leicester have put themselves in a great position, but I have a feeling that they will have a slip up and allow possible Spurs or Arsenal to take over at the top.

Okazaki was the Leicester hero with a spectacular overhead kick to get the three points from a more determined  Newcastle side, under new manager Rafa Benitez, the win keeps them five points clear with 25 points left to play for.

Norwich 0-0 Man City

You would not have expected this game to be the bore draw of the week ! as Manchester City’s title hopes suffered a severe setback as they drew at struggling Norwich to move nine points behind leaders Leicester with nine games left. It was a game of few chances, but Norwich fought gallantly for the much needed point in their fight against relegation.

Bournemouth 3 v 2 Swansea

Bournemouth secured a third successive league win with a dramatic victory over Swansea which moved them 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

Bournemouth took the lead after Gradel slotted the home side in front, but Modou Barrow cut in from the right and curled in a shot to equalise. Joshua King drilled in a strike to restore Bournemouth’s lead, only for Gylfi Sigurdsson to fire in and level and it was left to Steve Cook to head home late on to clinch another vital win for the Cherries.

Two correct results in my Premier League predictions was not too bad, although as my teacher used to say ‘Could do better’.

My week 30 predictions :

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

My FA Cup predictions were not quite up to my usual standard, with the cup bringing about many shocks, Arsenal lost 2 v 1 to Watford, Reading lost at home to Crystal Palace 2 v 0, West Ham drew away at Man United 1 v 1 and Chelsea lost away at Everton 2 v 0,

Have a good week

Gary

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