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EPL 2015/16 WEEK 36 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

THE GREATEST SPORTING STORY OF ALL TIME

CONGRATULATONS  !!!!
LEICESTER CITY FC ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE

Leicester City have won the Premier League title after Spurs drew at Chelsea and Leicester took a point at Old Trafford, it was rather appropriate that Leicester got the point they needed at the stadium that is called ‘The Theatre of Dreams’

The Leicester story this season has been a fairytale and has caught the attention of every sports fan around the world, this time last season Leicester had been on the bottom of the league for most of the season and an incredible seven wins in their last nine games (after only winning four in their previous twenty nine games) saved them from relegation, at the start of this season every pundit (myself included) and the bookmakers had Leicester as the favourites to be relegated this season with odds of 5000 to 1 to avoid the drop. Instead with an amazing team spirit, work rate, desire and qualities beyond what anyone believed that some of these players had, have taken the Premier League by storm and have brushed all of the big guns aside. everyone has suddenlty become engulfed in this David v Goliath story.

I do not believe that what has been achieved by this Leicester team will ever be seen again in our lifetimes.

Many Congratulations to all the Leicester team, manager, staff and supporters, you deserve it !!!

 

Manchester United 1 v 1 Leicester City

Leicester had to wait until Spurs drew at Chelsea, after not getting the three points at Old Trafford that would have secured their title, on Saturday, but they moved to within two points of the Premier League title after holding Manchester United to a draw and clinched it on Monday when Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

United started well and took the lead after eight minutes when Anthony Martial drilled home a near-post finish from Antonio Valencia’s cross, leicester bounced back nine minutes later when captain Wes Morgan outmuscled United’s defenders to head the equaliser past David de Gea. Leicester then had the better chances but could not get the winning goal to secure their first ever title.

Whilst Leicester already have one hand on the trophy Manchester United are now stand four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with only three games left and are looking that it might only be the Europa League for them next season.

 

Chelsea 2 v 2 Spurs

Spurs had to win their last three games to have a chance of claiming their first title since 1961, but squandered a two-goal lead to draw with Chelsea, but what a game it was, full of quality goals, tough challenges, on and off field incidents, a game that was full of tension and passion, as both teams went head to head.

Spurs deservedly took the lead through two lovely moves that cut Chelsea apart, firstly Harry Kane, timed his run to perfection to get beyond the Chelsea defence then rounded keeper to Bergovic to put Spurs into the lead, then another fine move saw Lamela play a sublime ball into Son’s path and he finished with aplomb.

Before this game a number of Chelsea players had publicly said that they did not want Spurs to win the title and so this gave the game an extra edge and there were a number of unsavoury incidents throughout the game, Spurs had nine players yellow carded, a record for a Premier League game, not the sort of record that you want to have. (although it did show their team spirit, fight and desire to have a chance at winning the title, but still Nine yellow cards ??).

Gary Cahill got one back for Chelsea just after half time and then substitute Eden Hazard scored a sublime equaliser, that ignited celebrations for Leicester around the globe.
Click here for the Battle of London – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX1lghWGJi0

 

Swansea 3 v 1 Liverpool

Liverpool again failed to come up to expectations in Wales at the weekend.

Andre Ayew’s header and a sumptuous Jack Cork goal put Swansea in complete control after tearing Liverpool apart in the first half, but after half time Christian Benteke nodded in to give the visitors hope, but Ayew’s second goal swiftly ended those aspirations,  Brad Smith was then sent off for Liverpool, who now only have the Europa League to salvage their season. However Swansea’s victory has assured them of Champions League football next season.

 

Southampton 4 v 2 Man City

Manchester City’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League remain in the balance as a brilliant Sadio Mane hat-trick secured Southampton an easy win, Shane Long struck at the near post and Mane doubled the lead from 10 yards before City’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored, Mane then pounced twice to make sure of the win,Iheanacho found the top-right corner late on for City, but too little too late.

 

Everton 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Everton after going nine games without a win, finally got a much needed victory, a team which is full of quality, have failed all season to reach it’s potential. Everton took an early lead when Tom Cleverley expertly got himself into a goalscoring position and drove in a low shot, but Everton’s defensive frailties were there for all to see as Bournemouth equalised within seconds when Marc Pugh finished off a Pennnington cross, Leighton Baines got the winner when he struck from the left hand side of the box. The natives were not happy and protested for the removal of manager Roberto Martinez.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NEABtzT8xM

 

Newcastle 1 v 0 Crystal Palace

After beating Watford in the FA Cup semi Final last week, it appeared that their celebrations may have lasted too long into the week and Newcastle took full advantage as they moved out of the relegation zone.  Andros Townsend’s (ex Spurs) magnificent 25 yard free kick gave the Magpies all three points, having to thank Palace’s Yohan Cabaye who had the chance to salvage a point but his poor penalty was saved by Karl Darlow in the Newcastle goal. Newcastle are now in 17th place,  a point above Sunderland and two clear of Norwich.

Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py-Lt60Rv5s

 

West Brom 0 v 3 West Ham

After fighting so hard to take a point at Spurs last week, West Brom rolled over and had their tummies tickled by the Hammers.

Mark Noble scored twice as West Ham eased past West Brom to reclaim fifth place in the Premier League table.

West Brom started well enough and had the better of the chances early on, but then the Hammers took control, Cheikhou Kouyate’s header opened the scoring then set up Mark Noble, whose made it 2-0 before half time. Noble grabbed his second when he volleyed home an Andy Carroll cross.

West Brom have now gone seven games without a win, just as well Tony Pulis’s side had a decent start to the season, otherwise their Premiership status might have been in doubt.

All West Ham fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiBx5EoWJBE

 

Arsenal 1 v 0 Norwich City

Not just because I am a Spurs man, but the behaviour of the Arsenal fans towards their greatest ever manager Arsene Wenger is shameful, fans protested outside the stadium and during the game, for  the sacking of the manager !! this is the man who has over the last twenty years has won 6 F A Cups, 3 league titles and has every year for the last 18 years been in the top four and have played Champions League football every year.

And exactly who do these moaning minnies want to bring in to replace Arsene, Pep Guardiola is going to Man City, Jose Mourinho probably to Man United and Conte to Chelsea, do the Arsenal fans think that any of the above managers would have chosen Arsenal, of course not !!

This was not a classic Arsenal performance, where they played up to their billing as a team who want to walk the ball into the net, rather than being more direct, there was little for Arsenal to cheer until substitute Danny Welbeck put them ahead with a sweet shot to give the Gunners another three points.

Norwich huffed and puffed but could not find a way through the Arsenal defence nd are now two points from safety with three games left to play.

Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_A7v68hPHk

 

Stoke City 1 v 1 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe’s stoppage-time penalty rescued a dramatic point for Sunderland at Stoke, but Newcastle’s win means they drop into the bottom three, Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke a controversial lead, firing home after Peter Crouch (ex Spurs) held off Black Cats defender Younes Kaboul (ex Spurs) inside the box, Sunderland struggled to create chances in response, until Geoff Cameron tangled with Jermaine Defoe (ex Spurs) in the 93rd minute, referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot and Defoe stepped up to fire home.Quite an afternoon for the ex Spurs players !!

Jermaine is a good lad and I really hope his goals can keep Sunderland in the Premier League.

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

 

Watford 3 v 2 Aston Villa

Relegte Aston Villa’s woes continued as it looked like they were going to get only teir fourth leaguwin of the season as the gamwent into injury time with them leading 2-1, but Troy Deeney’s two late goals denied them. Ciaran Clark hheaded Villa’s opener from Ashley Westwood’s corner, and Almen Abdi equalised for Watford with a curled free-kick just before half-time.

Jordan Ayew’s low drive restored Villa’s lead, before Aly Cissokho was then sent off with 17 minutes to play.

Deeney rose to head home Steven Berghuis’s 90th-minute cross, before slotting in a loose ball in the box to give Watford all three points.

Click here for the five goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlZklSH1qK4

 

I got five correct results and one correct score this week in my predictions.

Here are my predictions for week 37

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

Have a good week

Gary

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