EPL 2015/16 Week 5 Round Up

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Everton 3-1 Chelsea

Before the season started I backed Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to be in a position to hold onto their status as Champion’s, this was based on their form last season that saw them breezing in as Champions, however their success last season was based on solid defensive performances, what we have seen so far this season is a team that are leaking goals, having conceded twelve goals in five games, more than any other team in the league, their  early-season woes continued as substitute Steven Naismith’s hat-trick inspired Everton to a 3-1 victory over the champions at Goodison Park.

The result condemns Chelsea to their worst league start since 1988, they now have four points from their opening five games, and are now eleven points behind high flyers Manchester City.

Meanwhile Everton’s second victory of the season sees them claim a long-awaited first home win since their defeat of Manchester United in April, having been brought on in place of the injured Muhamed Besic after only nine minutes Naismith rounded off a great move to head the hosts in front on 17 minutes.

After stand-in Chelsea ‘keeper Asmir Begovic had denied Arouna Kone and James McCarthy with two brilliant saves, the Scotland international doubled the Toffees’ tally with a low strike on 22 minutes, Chelsea clawed themselves back into the game when Nemanja Matic’s thunderous drive halved the deficit ten minutes before the interval, but the Chelsea comeback failed to materialise as Naismith became the first player to score a hat-trick against Jose Mourinho in the Premier League with his third eight minutes from time.

Click here to see Chelsea’s awful defensive marking – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1lzQtd1hpM


Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City

Arsenal were another of my backed teams and Goals from Theo Walcott and Oliver Giroud sent Arsenal to their first home win of the season as Stoke were humbled 2-0, Arsene Wenger faced heavy criticism after failing to add a striker in the transfer window but both his forwards found the net in a very one-sided contest, Walcott, starting up front instead of Giroud, opened the scoring on 30 minutes after Alexis Sanchez had hit the post twice in the early stages, making it 11 goals in his last 11 Premier League starts, Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland continued to deny the hosts with a string of wonderful saves but the second goal came with five minutes remaining when substitute Giroud flicked home a header from close range. Arsenal are still missing lots of goalscoring opportunities, if they do not start taking these chances then against better teams they could suffer.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3CJ22h9wPc

 

Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City

Manchester City left it late to snatch the three points away at Crystal Palace, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a last-minute winner to give Manchester City the victory and continue their incredible start to the season, the teenage substitute forced the ball home from close range within a minute of his arrival to maintain City’s 100 per cent start to the season and move five points clear at the top of the table at Selhurst Park.
Last season I questioned the Manchester City players desire to be winners, as they appeared to be resting on laurels and enjoying being in their comfort zone as reigning champions, but they have started this season with a new found zest.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlV4WW-Nxws

 

Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool

Substitute Anthony Martial scored on his Manchester United debut as they beat Liverpool 3-1 to move up to second in the Premier League, Daley Blind gave the hosts the lead shortly after the break, before Ander Herrera converted from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Joe Gomez in the box, Christian Benteke pulled one back with a stunning overhead kick, but Martial restored United’s two-goal lead with an excellent individual goal.

Click here for the action, watch out for some stunning goals. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjt_97NNW88

Tottenham recorded their first Premier League win of the new season after Ryan Mason’s late strike gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light that sent Sunderland bottom, the two sides came into the match placed 17th and 19th in the table and their lack of confidence showed in a disappointing match, the home side produced a spirited performance and had the best of the chances when former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe hit the post in the first half, Tottenham did not have a single attempt on target until the closing stages, but Mason’s 82nd-minute finish gave them the points, although he was injured in the process of scoring and left the field on a stretcher. Spurs striker Harry Kane is still waiting for his first goal of the season, but they will soon start flowing, his attitude, positioning and finishing abilities will ensure goals.

Click here to see the lovely move that led to the Spurs winner – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjEh4APsM4M

 

Aston Villa 2-3 Leicester City

The surprise package of the season, Leicester City mounted a stunning comeback to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season, the visitors looked to be coasting at the King Power Stadium after excellent strikes from Jack Grealish and Carles Gil put them two goals to in front, but Claudio Ranieri’s side scored three times in the final 18 minutes to climb to second in the table, with Ritchie De Laet, Jamie Vardy and Nathan Dyer on target.
Leicester are now nine top-flight games unbeaten, while Tim Sherwood’s Villa sit 15th, having earned just four points from their opening five matches.

Click here for Leicester’s amazing comeback – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQrww-_Kl9I

 


Watford 1-0 Swansea City

Click here all Watford fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgx59rbtCpo

Odion Ighalo’s second-half strike ended Watford’s goal drought and their winless return to the Barclays Premier League season as they beat Swansea City 1-0 at Vicarage Road, Quique Sanchez Flores’ men had not found the net for more than five-and-a-half hours in the Premier League since their opening day draw at Everton. But despite rarely troubling Swansea in the first half, Ighalo struck on the hour and the home side hung on despite losing Valon Behrami to a red card within five minutes of taking the lead, Swansea’s best chances fell to Bafetimbi Gomis, but the club’s top scorer was unable to find the goal that would have equalled the record for scoring five times in the opening five matches of a Barclays Premier League season.

 


Norwich 3-1 Bournemouth

Two teams who most football fans want to see do themselves justice in the Premier League met on Saturday and it was Norwich new-boy Matt Jarvis who scored on his debut as Alex Neil’s side saw off fellow newcomers Bournemouth to win their first home game of the season and move into the top half of the table, Jarvis, the former England winger signed on loan from West Ham last month, struck Norwich’s third goal in the 66th minute to cap a sparkling debut for the Canaries, who cruised to victory with goals from Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan either side of half-time.

Click here for the battle of the Premier League newcomers. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d5twy1mTVk

 


West Brom 0-0 Southampton

The bore draw of the weekend came at the Hawthorns,Saido Berahino made a swift return after his strike threat but there was no drama here to match the forward’s deadline day meltdown, Berahino appeared as a substitute ten days after insisting he would never play for West Bromwich Albion again and the decision to keep him is already looking a shrewd one, Albion were toothless and lacking any menace without the England under-21 international and rejecting four bids from Tottenham Hotspur could prove pivotal to Tony Pulis’ hopes of avoiding relegation this season, this dour stalemate will not live long in the memory either, after a game of few highlights but for Berahino’s return, he is a talented young man, but he must behave in an acceptable manner, if he is to reach the top of the game.

Click here for the lowlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INkWi4wBsRs

 

West Ham United 2-0 Newcastle United

Dimitri Payet scored early in both halves as West Ham United eased to a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League, the French midfielder formed part of Slaven Bilic’s new-look attacking line-up at Upton Park and was the man of the match as they capitalised on a poor display from Steve McClaren’s men, who are now rock bottom of the league with two points from five matches.

A stunning strike from Payet gave the hosts the lead in the ninth minute and the player bought from Marseille was on target again within four minutes of the restart. Victor Moses, on his debut, struck on the break after a Newcastle free-kick had been cleared but his shot hit the crossbar. It fell to Payet to make the most of the rebound and double his tally for the evening. The goal put the game to bed as McClaren saw his side struggle, it could be a long season for the passionate Magpie fans.
Five correct results this week in my predictions, so a slightly better performance from me.

My Week 6 predictions

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

Have a good week

Gary

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