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EPL 2015/16 Week 8 Round Up

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United

Arsenal stunned Manchester United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes as the Gunners moved up to second in the Premier League table, United had no answer to Arsenal’s opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 second, Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings, United improved after the break but Arsenal substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hit the crossbar late on, defeat leaves Louis van Gaal’s side in third place, behind Arsenal on goal difference. Van Gaal still has a lot of work to do.

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

 

Swansea City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham continued their impressive recent run as two superb free-kicks from Christian Eriksen earned them a point at Swansea. Andre Ayew’s header gave the Swans the lead after awful defending left him free to head home, before Eriksen levelled with his first set-piece finish from 25 yards. Tottenham’s Harry Kane scored next but to Swansea’s benefit as he sliced Jonjo Shelvey’s corner into his own net, fortunately for Harry, Eriksen came to the rescue again by finding the top corner from another free kick to make it seven games unbeaten for Spurs.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf76qLq6CnA

 

Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City

Marko Arnautovic scored the only goal of the game for Stoke as Aston Villa slipped to their sixth defeat in eight games. The Austrian scored 10 minutes into the second half with a crisp low finish to leave Villa slumped in the relegation zone. Tim Sherwood’s side pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages but the longer the game went on, the less Villa looked like scoring.

 

Chelsea 1-3 Southampton

Chelsea’s early season slump turned into a full-blown crisis on Saturday when they were beaten 3-1 by Southampton, Southampton’s win at Stamford Bridge meant Chelsea have made their worst start to a season for 37 years and ended the day in 16th place on eight points, 10 behind Manchester City. Chelsea’s dire run continued even though they took an early lead with Willian scoring with a 10th minute free-kick.

Southampton hit back with goals from Steven Davis just before halftime, Sadio Mane after 60 minutes and a third from Graziano Pelle 12 minutes later.
Chelsea fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKNSrPVsGnQ


Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Everton and Liverpool fought out a Merseyside derby deadlock at Goodison Park as Romelu Lukaku equalised Danny Ings’ opener for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Ings escaped Ross Barkley to head James Milner’s corner past Everton keeper Tim Howard, but the game’s outstanding performer Lukaku pounced on Emre Can’s poor clearance to level just before half-time.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet kept his team in contention, before Ings scored, with two magnificent saves from Steven Naismith and James McCarthy, Everton looked the stronger and more likely winners as the game progressed, so Liverpool boss Rodgers will be satisfied to have ended with a point.

Click here for the Merseyside Derby highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xARK_7ruy0Q

 

Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle

Manchester City went top of the Premier League with Sergio Aguero scoring five in a 6-1 win over Newcastle United. Aguero scored five times in 20 minutes, including an eight-minute hat-trick, after City appeared to be in danger of a third straight league defeat when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Newcastle ahead in the 18th minute at the Etihad Stadium, the visitors, without a win so far this season, looked the better team for much of the first half but imploded as Aguero burst into life with goals after 42, 49, 50, 60 and 62 minutes. With Kevin De Bruyne also on target, five of City’s six goals came in a dazzling 13-minute spell.

Aguero became only the fifth player in the Premier League era to score five in a game following Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov.

Click to see Aguerro’s five goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2AUbmTsGN8
Crystal Palace 2-0  West Bromwich Albion

Crystal Palace continued their excellent start to the season with a comfortable victory over West Brom.Yannick Bolasie opened the scoring midway through the second half when he headed home Yohan Cabaye’s inviting curling cross.Cabaye added the second from the spot after Wilfried Zaha, a constant menace on the right wing for Alan Pardew’s side, was tripped by Chris Brunt.

The defeat was West Brom’s first away league loss of the season.

Palace, meanwhile, climb to third, a point behind leaders Manchester United.

 

Norwich 1-2 Leicester City

Leicester moved up to fourth in the Premier League with a narrow victory over Norwich at Carrow Road.The Canaries had most of the possession in the first half, but Leicester went ahead through striker Jamie Vardy’s penalty after being brought down.Jeffrey Schlupp put the Foxes in control by slotting in a second, before Norwich’s Dieumerci Mbokani scored.Nathan Redmond struck the post with a rising, angled drive in the closing minutes, but Leicester held on. Despite a late flurry, the hosts, who slip to 13th place were unable to find an equaliser and prevent their first defeat in five games in all competitions.

 

Sunderland 2-2  West Ham United.

Sunderland are yet to win in the Premier League this season after blowing a 2-0 lead to draw against West Ham at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats raced 2-0 ahead, Steven Fletcher firing home from Yann M’Vila’s free-kick before Jeremain Lens’s sublime chip doubled the advantage. Carl Jenkinson led the fightback after Victor Moses’ cutback before Lens was sent off for a second yellow card, a mistake by Costel Pantilimon allowed Dimitri Payet to equalise.

 

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Glenn Murray scored and had a late penalty saved as Bournemouth were held to a home draw by Watford.

Summer signing Murray, replacing the injured Callum Wilson, nodded in a Matt Ritchie cross to put the hosts ahead, Watford were gifted an equaliser when Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc passed to Odion Ighalo, who side-footed home, Bournemouth were awarded a penalty for Etienne Capoue’s foul on Adam Smith, but Murray’s effort was pushed away by Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes, ex Spurs keeper Gomes was Man of the Match, which says it all !!

The odds are stacking up on who will be the first Premier League manager sacked this season with, Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa) Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) and Steve McLaren (Newcastle United) all vying for the unenviable position of being the bookies favourite, I have not put Jose Mourinho in this list, but how long will it be before Roman Abromavich cannot stomach looking at his team in the bottom five !!!!

Within hours of writing the above, Brendan Rogers of Liverpool and Dick Advocaat of Sunderland were both sacked, well Rogers was sacked and Advocaat resigned !!

Less than five months after owners Fenway Sports Group gave their backing to the Northern Irishman after a woeful end to the 2014-15 campaign the Americans have done a U-turn, just a couple of hours after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park in the 225th Merseyside derby, in another unconvincing performance, Rodgers was relieved of his duties.

 

Dick Advocaat has left his job as Sunderland’s head coach just four months after being persuaded to delay his retirement plans for a year.

The 68-year-old Dutchman,  has walked away with the club sitting in 19th place in the Barclays Premier League on three points after winning none of their opening eight fixtures following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham at the Stadium of Light. To his credit Advocaat has walked away and has asked for no financial compensation to go, an unusual decision in the current game, but one which the Sunderland fans will appreciate.
I got four correct results and one correct score in my predictions, still not hitting consistent form.

 

My week 9 predictions :-

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

Have a good week

Gary

 

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