EPL 2015/16 Week 4 Round Up
If the season was finished, then it would be Man City, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Swansea who would play in next years Champions League !!!!!! but it is very early days, when I was playing we never even looked at the league table until after the 6th to 8th games, I am imagining that after the next four games the league table will look more as you would expect, but I hope not, it would make it far more exciting !!!
Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Manchester City are the only team so far, to show the sort of form that can win titles, Raheem Sterling scored his first Premier League goal as they beat Watford 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, Sterling fired the hosts in front early in the second half after they struggled to find a way through in the opening period, despite dominating proceedings, Fernandinho’s fine strike then gave Manuel Pellegrini’s men a comfortable cushion as they strolled to their fourth victory in succession to maintain their perfect start.
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal took advantage of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s early red card to beat Newcastle 1-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday, the Magpies striker, who had been booked in both his previous Premier League matches, was dismissed after just 16 minutes following a high tackle on Francis Coquelin, the hosts managed to hold out until half-time but their resistance was broken in the 52nd minute by an own goal as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot deflected in off Fabricio Coloccini.
Swansea 2-1 Man Utd
Swansea City staged a stirring comeback to inflict a first defeat of the season on Manchester United, after the Swans had edged a goalless first half, United took the lead early in the second as Luke Shaw’s marauding run and cross set up Juan Mata to blast in from close range, Andre Ayew headed the hosts level after a swift counter-attack as United conceded their first league goal of the season, Ayew then provided a marvellous pass for Bafetimbi Gomis, whose shot squirmed under Sergio Romero to give Swansea a third straight win against United.
Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland
Jeremain Lens struck his first Sunderland goal as Aston Villa had to settle for a 2-2 draw, The visitors had led through Yann M’Vila’s fine early free-kick, Scott Sinclair’s double had put the hosts in the driving seat before the break, but Lens’ second-half strike ensured the spoils were shared.
Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester
Jamie Vardy’s penalty five minutes from time secured a 1-1 draw for Leicester at Bournemouth in a game of few chances.
Vardy was fouled in the 85th minute and converted the spot-kick himself as Leicester finished strongly on the south coast.
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace condemned Chelsea to defeat in Jose Mourinho’s 100th league home game as Bakary Sako and Joel Ward earned a shock 2-1 win, Sako, fresh from scoring the winner against Aston Villa last weekend, turned the ball home with 25 minutes remaining after Yannick Bolasie’s cut back, substitute Radamel Falcao headed in Chelsea’s equaliser from Pedro’s superb cross, but Palace went up the other end and scored through Ward, who headed home Sako’s cut back with nine minutes remaining.
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham
There were a few shocks this week alongside Chelsea’s debacle against Palace and Man Utd’s against Swansea, but it was probably West Ham who who topped the shocks, when they stunned Liverpool 3-0 to win their first league game at Anfield in more than 50 years and end their hosts’ unbeaten start to the season, goals from Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho secured a famous victory, which also featured controversial red cards for Philippe Coutinho and Noble.
Southampton 3-0 Norwich
Southampton recorded their first Premier League win of the season as they comfortably beat a Norwich side who played for an hour with 10 men, Norwich had Steven Whittaker sent off just past the half-hour mark when he received two cautions in three minutes under heavy pressure, their resistance broke just before half-time as Graziano Pelle converted Sadio Mane’s pass, Dusan Tadic rifled another Mane pass into the top corner after the break, before then tapping home for his second.
Stoke 0-1 West Brom
My good friend Tony Pulis, got a victory at his old club Stoke to give the baggies a satisfying victory for the manager.
Stoke’s Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam were given straight red cards as West Brom took advantage to win 1-0 and earn their first Premier League victory of the season, Salomon Rondon handed his manager Tony Pulis a successful return to his former club by scoring the only goal in first-half stoppage time, when Stoke had already been reduced to nine men for a pair of separate violent conduct offences, the game hinged on the two red-card decisions by referee Michael Oliver within seven minutes of each other for the home side. Firstly, after 25 minutes, an innocuous-looking foul from Craig Gardner on Afellay around the half-way mark turned ugly. The ex-Barcelona midfielder, frustrated at having his progress halted, flicked his hand towards Gardner’s face when he returned to his feet.
Tottenham 0-0 Everton
My old team Spurs, have not yet won a game this season, they had the chances but could not break down the Everton defence, Tim Howard produced a number of good saves but Tottenham once again lacked a cutting edge during a 0-0 draw with Everton at White Hart Lane, Harry Kane, still without a goal this season, squandered the hosts’ best chance when he was put clean through by Ryan Mason in the first half but shot straight at Howard’s legs, Kane also had a goal ruled out for offside in the second half and Nacer Chadli, Mason and Nabil Bentaleb could also have done better with decent opportunities.
My predictions have been about as good as Chelsea this season !!!
My week 5 predictions
Everton 1 – 2 Chelsea
Arsenal 2-1 Stoke
Crystal Palace 1-2 Man City
Norwich 2-1 Bournemouth
Watford 1-2 Swansea
West Brom 2-1 Southampton
Man Utd 1-2 Liverpool
Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham
Leicester 1-1 Aston Villa
West Ham 2-1 Newcastle
Have a good week
Gary Mabbutt MBE