TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 V 0 EVERTON
This was the bore nearly draw of the week, Everton did not show up and Spurs had to do little more to take a vital three points in their fight for a European place this season. The game was settled by Michael Keane’s own goal, the ball deflecting in off the Everton defender from Giovani lo Celso’s strike. The Toffees barely threatened in a poor attacking display and substitute Anthony Gordon’s long-range strike, which was straight at Lloris, their only shot of note.
The win keeps alive Tottenham’s hopes of playing European football next season. They move up to eighth, four points behind sixth-placed Wolves, while Everton stay in 11th.
CHELSEA 2 V 0 WATFORD
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Blues, latching on to Ross Barkley’s clever pass and steering a left-foot shot into the bottom-right corner.
Chelsea went two up when Etienne Capoue’s rash challenge on Christian Pulisic resulted in a Chelsea penalty that Willian converted.
Nigel Pearson’s Watford remain a point above the relegation zone.
WOLVES 0 V 2 ARSENAL
This was Arsenal’s best performance since the restart of the season, with a confident two nil win at high flying Wolves, Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka scored the opener in the Gunners’ victory at Wolves on Saturday, and was very eloquent in his post match interview.
The teenager struck his first Premier League goal with a sweet, left-foot volley to deliver a blow to the hosts’ hopes of Champions League football next season.
Arsenal made sure of a fourth successive victory when Alexandre Lacazette capped a fine team display by turning on fellow substitute Joe Willock’s pass and firing emphatically past Wolves keeper Rui Patricio with five minutes left.
MANCHESTER UNITED 5 V 2 BOURNEMOUTH
Mason Greenwood scored twice in the Premier League for the first time as Manchester United came from behind to beat Bournemouth 5-2.
Greenwood, 18, equalised for United after a shock Junior Stanislas 15th-minute opener before scoring United’s fourth with a superb effort after half-time when he took on Diego Rico on the edge of the area and cut a right-footed shot back across goal into the far corner.
Marcus Rashford had put United 2-1 in front from the penalty spot and Anthony Martial then increased the advantage with a brilliant curling effort into the top corner just before the break.
In an action-packed game, Joshua King pulled one back for Bournemouth with a penalty four minutes after the interval, but Eddie Howe’s men crumbled to an eighth successive away defeat after Arnaut Danjuma had what would have been an equaliser disallowed for offside.
Bruno Fernandes scored United’s fifth with a free-kick from the edge of the area.
LEICESTER CITY 2 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Jamie Vardy took his top-flight tally to 101 goals scored, with a second-half double to give Leicester City their first win since the restart and boost their hopes of achieving a top-four Premier League finish.
His hundredth goal was a simple finish, tapped into an open net after Harvey Barnes had reclaimed possession in the box and fed him the ball.
Having failed to find the net in three games since the Premier League’s resumption, Vardy then added a second, running clear of the Palace defence before chipping a neat finish past Vicente Guaita.
Kelechi Iheanacho had given Leicester the lead, side-footing home a superb, low left-wing cross from Youri Tielemens to claim his second goal in as many games. The victory puts Leicester
six points clear of fifth-placed Wolves.
NORWICH CITY 0 V 1 BRIGHTON
The demeanour of the Norwich side is of one already relegated and they are going to have to man up, if they have any desire to get out of trouble.
The Norwich players appeared devastated at full time as the significance of the result struck home, it is now down to them to give themselves a chance.
Leandro Trossard scored the winner and Brighton are now well-placed to see in a fourth straight season in the top flight, Norwich are seven points from safety with five games remaining.
Belgian winger Trossard settled a scrappy match with a smart finish, sweeping home Aaron Mooy’s perfect delivery in what was Brighton’s first genuine attack.
Brighton’s third away win of the season lifts them nine points above the relegation zone.
SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 0 MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola made six changes to the side which thrashed champions Liverpool 4-0 at Etihad Stadium on Thursday, with key playmaker Kevin de Bruyne among those initially rested and City paid the price for their complacency.
A Che Adams goal for Southampton drew an intense reaction from City, as Fernandinho hit the post and the in-form Alex McCarthy kept out David Silva’s header in the aftermath.
The visitors rarely let up thereafter but were repeatedly left frustrated by Saints goalkeeper McCarthy, whose one-handed save from Gabriel Jesus in the second half was the pick of several superb stops.
LIVERPOOL 2 V O ASTON VILLA
This was Liverpool’s first game at Anfield since becoming Premier League champions and the win ensured they bounced back after being thumped 4-0 by Manchester City on Thursday.
However, they still looked to be struggling to shrug off their champions celebrations, as they were far from their best.
The opening goal coming from just their second shot on target, Mane lashing Naby Keita’s cross in via the underside of the crossbar.
Until then Villa had looked like earning a precious and unexpected point and had even had chances to go ahead themselves, with Alisson parrying away Anwar el Ghazi’s fierce shot early in the second half.
Mane’s strike clearly deflated the visitors and they fell further behind just before full-time when Jones celebrated signing a new long-term deal by volleying home his first Premier League goal.
Defeat for Villa means they remain in the relegation zone in 18th, one point adrift of safety and still searching for their first win since the Premier League restarted.
NEWCASTLE 2 V 2 WEST HAM UNITED
Jonjo Shelvey equalised for Newcastle just 92 seconds after West Ham took the lead for a second time
West Ham manager David Moyes said his side may have to fight to the last kick of the season to survive after twice surrendering the lead to draw at Newcastle.
West Ham were in a confident mood after their recent victory over Chelsea, and they were rewarded for their bright start at Newcastle when Michail Antonio pounced on Jamaal Lascelles loose touch to open the scoring, before the hosts drew level after Miguel Almiron converted Emil Krafth’s low cross from close range.
West Ham went in front for the second time when Tomas Soucek fired in from close range, but the Magpies equalised again just 92 seconds later through Jonjo Shelvey.
West Ham remain 16th in the table and move four points clear of the relegation zone after ending their run of seven consecutive away defeats in the top flight, while Newcastle stay 12th.
BURNLEY 1 V 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED
James Tarkowski had given Burnley the lead with a sliding close range finish , before
United’s John Egan scored with 10 minutes to go to earn Sheffield United a draw at fellow European hopefuls Burnley. The defender struck a rising half-volley into the far top corner of the net after a short corner had been swung into the box and flicked on by Billy Sharp
The draw means Sheffield United stay eighth, a position that could be good enough for European qualification, two points ahead of ninth-placed Burnley.
In my predictions I got seven correct results, so still in good form after the restart 🙂
Please see following my predictions for week 34 –
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Chelsea
Watford 2 V 1 Norwich City
Arsenal 2 V 1 Leicester City
Manchester City 3 v 1 Newcastle United
Sheffield United 2 v 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
West Ham United 2 V 1 Burnley
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 V 3 Liverpool
Bournemouth1 V 3 Tottenham Hotspur
Everton 2 V 1 Southampton
Aston Villa 1 V 3 Manchester United
Have a good week