EPL 2015/16 WEEK 9 ROUND UP

Tottenham 0 v 0 Liverpool

I was at the Spurs v Liverpool game and it was a match that was void of a lot of attacking enterprise, with only a handful of chances in the 90 minutes. Jurgen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager began with a hard-earned draw at White Hart Lane, The German was overseeing his first game since replacing the sacked Brendan Rodgers, and he will have seen plenty to please him as Liverpool battled fiercely to secure a point, Liverpool showed plenty of the pressing intensity Klopp demands but it was goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who saved Liverpool’s blushes.

Mignolet saved superbly from Spurs substitute Clinton Njie and from Harry Kane in each half and was busier than opposite number Hugo Lloris, Liverpool also had chances to win as Belgium striker Divock Origi, in for Daniel Sturridge who is injured again, struck the bar with an early header but neither side could break the deadlock, Klopp went around embracing his players at the final whistle suggesting that he may well be the right man for the Reds.

Click here for what highlights there were – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rmo0W3eKYg

 

Chelsea 2 v 0 Aston Villa

Diego Costa played a key role as Chelsea earned a much-needed win over struggling Aston Villa, the striker tapped in Willian’s pass midway through the first half after defender Joleon Lescott’s mis-control gifted the ball to the home side, it was a welcome break for the Blues, who doubled their lead when Villa’s Alan Hutton deflected in Costa’s shot, Chelsea, 16th in the table at the start of the day, were again not at their best, but Villa offered little resistance, Tim Sherwood’s side repeatedly gave the ball away and were punished accordingl, Villa remain in 18th place and without a win in their past eight matches, Chelsea’s second home win of the season moves them up to 11th in the table, five points behind fourth place.and ten points off the leaders.

Click here to see the pressure released on Jose Mourinho – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JZoB-PLhmM

 

Crystal Palace 1 v 3 West Ham United

West Ham again confounded their critics with a superb three points at local rivals Palace, moving them into fourth place in the table thanks to two late goals against 10-man Crystal Palace, the Hammers went in front through Carl Jenkinson, before Yohan Cabaye made it 1-1 with a twice-taken penalty, Dwight Gayle, who won the penalty, was shown a second yellow just before the break for a foul on Cheikhou Kouyate, with two minutes left Manuel Lanzini drove in before Dimitri Payet dinked his effort over Wayne Hennessey to seal victory for the Hammers.

 

Everton 0 v 3 Manchester United

It was a sad day all around at Goodison Park, their popular and most succesful manager Howard Kendall, sadly passed away and the match was not one to remember for the home fans as Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Everton, Morgan Schneiderlin netted his first United goal, slotting in a first-time finish from inside the area, the home side fell further behind through Ander Herrera’s header, Romelu Lukaku came close for Everton, before Wayne Rooney coolly tucked in his first away league goal in 11 months, to secure all three points for the Red Devils.

Click here for the highlights of Uniteds emphatic win – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SylkrDXamgI

 

Manchester City 5 v 1 Bournemouth

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Bournemouth to remain top of the Premier League, City were missing the injured Sergio Aguero but went ahead when Sterling poked in from close range. Adam Federici then spilled a cross for Wilfried Bony to tap in before Glenn Murray scored from 20 yards, Sterling waltzed around the Cherries defence for his second and made up for Jesus Navas’ hesitation to grab a third before Bony turned and struck late on.

It was a clinical performance from 20-year-old Sterling, who scored a first career hat-trick after being criticised for his lack of composure in front of goal since his £44m move from Liverpool.

But the England international also benefited from a fine display from Kevin de Bruyne, whose pass for Sterling’s second goal was of the highest quality.

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

 

Southampton 2 v 2 Leicester City

The Premier Leagues top scorer Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester came from 2-0 down to draw at Southampton. Jose Fonte’s first goal for 18 months gave the hosts the lead, glancing in a header from Dusan Tadic’s corner. Virgil van Dijk earlier saw a header cleared off the line, but he doubled the lead with a close-range prod. Vardy headed the Foxes back into the match, before blasting home his ninth of the season in injury time to keep the Foxes in fifth.An amazing comeback from the team who are this seasons surprise package.

Click here for Leicesters amazing comeback – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1WImInPdJw

 

Newcastle 6 v 2 Norwich city

Steve McLaren can rest a little easier this week, after the pressure on him to be sacked was eased with this emphatic win over Norwich, in a game where defences were suspect on both sides, Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals as Newcastle got their first Premier League win of the season to move off the bottom of the table. Wijnaldum struck a composed first, two headers and a superb long-range fourth.

Spaniard Ayoze Perez stroked in the third for Newcastle and Aleksandar Mitrovic lashed in the fourth, Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani had poked in an equaliser to make it 1-1, and Nathan Redmond volleyed for 3-2 before the home side pulled away, an entertaining contest saw five goals scored in the space of 20 first-half minutes, Mbokani managed to score from inside the six-yard box despite the close attentions of Chancel Mbemba and Fabricio Coloccini, while Wijnaldum was allowed two free headers and Redmond was also unmarked for his brilliant strike, Norwich could have had two more themselves but Robbie Brady and Redmond both hit the post.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlSry1rvdz4

 

West Brom 1 v 0 Sunderland

Big Sam Allardyce suffered defeat in his first game in charge after taking over from Dick Advocaat,

Saido Berahino scored the only goal for West Bromwich Albion as Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge as struggling Sunderland lost again. Black Cats goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon was unable to collect Chris Brunt’s cross under pressure from Berahino, who poked in the winner from close range, the visitors had the best chance of a goalless first half, with Boaz Myhill tipping over a Billy Jones header.

Sunderland remain without a Premier League win this season.and stay second from bottom of the table.

 

Watford 0 v 3 Arsenal

Arsenal produced a superb second-half display to defeat Watford and move into second place in the Premier League. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring after the break when he pounced on the loose ball after Mesut Ozil appeared to be fouled and fired in. Olivier Giroud slammed in the second, before Aaron Ramsey slotted in his first for the club this season. Watford’s best chance came in the first half when Odion Ighalo screwed his shot wide from 12 yards, but it was a thoroughly deserved victory for the Gunners.

Arsenal fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtXM4xI9co4

Swansea City 0 v 1 Stoke City

Stoke City claimed their third successive Premier League victory by defeating Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night, Bojan gave the away side the lead from the penalty spot in the third minute after being brought down in the 18-yard box by Swansea captain Ashley Williams.

Swansea failed to fashion a clear chance during the opening 45 minutes and were lucky not to fall further behind, with Stoke defender Glen Johnson going close to doubling the away side’s advantage.

 

In my predictions I had a decent week with six correct results.

My week 10 predictions

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

Have a good week,

Gary

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