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EPL 2015/16 WEEK 7 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Newcastle United 2 v 2 Chelsea

Chelsea scored twice in the last 11 minutes to earn a point and deny Newcastle a first win of the season.

Ayoze Perez made the most of a lapse by Kurt Zouma to fire the Magpies in front and Georginio Wijnaldum extended their lead with a stooping header, but Ramires reduced the deficit with a fierce 25-yard strike and Willian equalised when his free-kick from the left sailed straight in, Ramires went close to winning it for Chelsea but saw his late header saved, the manner of their late comeback makes this a point gained for the defending champions, but they remain in the bottom half of the table and are eight points behind new leaders Manchester United, Newcastle stay second-bottom, a point ahead of north-east neighbours Sunderland.

Click here for Chelsea’s awful defending  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCgVyqQNaSM


Liverpool 3 v 2 Aston Villa

Daniel Sturridge scored his first two goals since March as Liverpool beat Aston Villa in an entertaining game, Reds midfielder James Milner opened the scoring after 66 seconds against his former club from 20 yards, Striker Sturridge doubled their lead after the break with a volley following a one-two with Milner, but Rudy Gestede pulled one back from close range, Sturridge scored his second from Philippe Coutinho’s pass, but Gestede gave Villa hope with a fine header, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had been under pressure after six games without a win and would have been breathing a sigh of relief at the final whistle.

Click here for the goals  –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vslZl6Nk9Ao

 

Manchester United 3 v 0 Sunderland

Memphis Depay scored his first Premier League goal and Wayne Rooney added his first of the season as Manchester United beat Sunderland 3-0 to go top of the League. United applied plenty of early pressure at Old Trafford, but only found a way through in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time, when a 35-metre pass by Daley Blind found Juan Mata at the back post and the Spaniard’s cutback was steered in by Depay, who joined from PSV Eindhoven in June.

Rooney had another United newcomer, Anthony Martial, to thank for his goal, the French teenager went on a clever run before whipping back a cross that struck Rooney’s knee and landed in the net, Mata sealed the three points adding United’s third in the 90th.

Click here for Juan Mata’s goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7Ce-IL0aTU

 


Tottenham Hotspur 4 v 1 Manchester City

I was at White Hart Lane on Saturday to see Tottenhsam Hotspur pummell Manchester City 4-1  to condemn Manuel Pellegrini’s team to a third defeat in four game, City took a 25th-minute lead at White Hart Lane through Kevin De Bruyne, but Eric Dier drove home an equaliser on the stroke of half time before Toby Alderweireld’s header early in the second half put the hosts in front.

Harry Kane claimed his first club goal of the season and Erik Lamela added a fourth for Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino’s side followed Juventus and West Ham United in inflicting defeat on the season’s early pace-setters. Spurs climb to fifth and deservedly so, it was the best Spurs performance that I have seen for a while and maybe things are starting to fall into place for this young Spurs side.

Man City fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s22Vp-7BL9k


West Bromwich Albion 2 – 3 Everton

Romelu Lukaku scored two and made one as Everton came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at West Brom.

Saido Berahino’s first-half strike and Craig Dawson’s header 16 minutes after the interval had put the Baggies in full control at the Hawthorns, but Lukaku reduced the deficit 21 seconds after the restart following Dawson’s goal and then turned provider for substitute Arouna Kone to level the scores in the 76th minute, the big Belgian capped a superb evening with the decisive goal from close range seven minutes from time to stun his former club and secure all three points for Everton.

Click here for the Everton comeback – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHMCWdpNfH0

 

Leicester 2 v 5 Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez netted a hat-trick to end his scoring drought as Arsenal came from behind to beat Leicester 5-2 Saturday in the Premier League, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud also netted for the Gunners, who rediscovered their scoring touch in a free-flowing game that easily could have seen even more goals at both end, Arsenal had managed just five goals in their first six league games but matched that total during an entertaining afternoon that saw Sanchez find his best form again. The Chile forward was Arsenal’s leading scorer last season but had been without a goal in a frustrating start to this campaign.Leicester had the better start, though, as Jamie Vardy put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute by finishing off a quick counterattack and then hit the crossbar with a header five minutes later. That led to a counterattack for Arsenal, with Walcott equalizing after running onto Santi Cazorla’s through ball to slot a well-placed shot inside the far post, Sanchez did the rest for Arsenal, tapping into an empty net in the 33rd, heading home his second in the 58th and completing his hat trick with a shot from distance in the 81st.Vardy pulled a consolation back in the 89th and Olivier Giroud added the fifth for Arsenal after coming off the bench.
Arsenal fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCSpjq_i77Y

Watford 0 v 1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the Premier League as Yohan Cabaye’s penalty settled a low-key clash against Watford at Vicarage Road, Wilfried Zaha was the difference as he stepped from the bench and was tripped for the decisive second-half penalty.

Palace deserved victory, having also hit the post through Dwight Gayle, Jose Jurado’s free-kick came back off the bar for Watford, who remain the joint second-lowest scorers in the division.

 


Southampton 3 v 1 Swansea

Virgil van Dijk scored his first goal for Southampton who eased to a comfortable victory over Swansea, the Dutch centre-back, who signed from Celtic in the summer for £13m, headed in at the near post to give the Saints an 11th minute lead, Dusan Tadic made it 2-0 after the break when his attempted cross went in off Ki Sung-yueng before Sadio Mane slotted in the third from inside the area.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty for the Swans in the 83rd minute.

Saints fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ecceLLF3eo

 


Stoke 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Substitute Mame Biram Diouf’s header against Bournemouth gave Stoke their first Premier League win of the season.

Jonathan Walters scored from Marko Arnautovic’s cross to put the hosts ahead before Dan Gosling equalised with a deflected strike after the break, Striker Diouf then stooped to head in Glen Johnson’s superb cross from the right for the winner on 83 minutes.

 

West Ham United 2 v 2 Norwich

Cheikhou Kouyate struck a late equaliser for West Ham to earn a point against Norwich at Upton Park. Substitute Nathan Redmond looked to have won it for the visitors with a low strike, before Kouyate pounced and saved the Hammers blushes.

Robbie Brady had given Norwich the lead early on, seizing on Mark Noble’s mistake before calmly slotting in.

Diafra Sakho levelled for the hosts by sliding in Dimitri Payet’s cutback.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-l26kmqfyw

 

After a poor start to the season, I had my best week of predictions, six correct results and one correct score, just like Brendhan Rogers at Liverpool, I slept a bit better on Saturday night !!!!!!!!!!!

 

My week 8 Predictions :-

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 West Brom

Aston Villa 1 v 1 Stoke

Bournemouth 3 v 1 Watford

Man City 3 v 1 Newcastle

Norwich 1 v 2 Leicester

Sunderland 1 v 2 West Ham

Chelsea 3 v 1 Southampton

Everton 2 v 1 Liverpool

Arsenal 2 v 1 Man United

Swansea 1 v 2 Tottenham

Have a good week

Gary

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