West Brom inflicted a third league defeat of the season on champions Chelsea in an eventful game at The Hawthorns.
Saido Berahino opened the scoring with a fine 20-yard strike, before Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas was sent off for kicking the ball at Chris Brunt, Berahino added a second from the spot after he was brought down by John Terry within seconds of the restart.
Brunt rounded off the win with an angled shot from a quick corner.
For those of you who believe in coincidences, Chelsea have lost only four times in domestic games this season and all of the managers who beat them, have surnames that start with the letter ‘P’. Alan Pardew, Mauricio Pochettino, Phil Parkinson and Tony Pulis !!!!!!
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUbqX2jKe7s
A Yaya Toure double and a late strike from Wilfried Bony on his return to the Liberty Stadium gave Manchester City all three points in a thrilling 4-2 win over Swansea, Bony, who joined City in January, came on as a substitute to round off an impressive attacking display by the deposed champions, who closed in on second spot and secured their place in the Champions League group stages with a fifth successive league win, Toure whose goals took him past the 50-goal mark in the Premier League, gave Manchester City the lead in the 21st minute against the run of play when David Silva played him in on the edge of the box, his speculative shot deflecting off Ashley Williams’ knee past Lukas Fabianski.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA3SOs2OebM
Tyler Blackett’s late own goal handed Arsenal a share of the spoils at Manchester United and kept them in pole position for a top-three finish in the Premier League, Louis van Gaal’s side made the perfect start at Old Trafford thanks to Ander Herrera’s 30th-minute volley but they could not add to their lead despite being in the ascendancy for much of the opening 60 minutes, the visitors threw on Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere for the last 20 minutes and the move paid dividends seven minutes from time, Walcott’s cross deflecing off Blackett and past Victor Valdes to maintain the Gunners’ two-point lead over their hosts.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=366ff4uezx8
QPR came from behind to beat Newcastle United and to send the Magpies home with Emmanuel Riviere fired the visitors ahead before the halfway mark but Matt Philips and Leroy Fer struck either side of the hour mark to secure Chris Ramsey’s side victory.
Hull remain in the relegation zone after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
I was at White Hart Lane for the visit of Hull City, who are still fighting to save their Premiership status, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose were the men on target for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, scoring in the 54th and 61st minutes respectively after a dour first half.
Click here for the Spurs goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqM2-NFYioE
Burnley, who will definitely be playing Championship football next term, fought out a goalless draw with Stoke at Turf Moor.
Everton leap-frogged their hosts West Ham with a 2-1 victory at Upton Park despite falling behind to a Stewart Downing goal on the hour-mark, Roberto Martinez’s side were quick to respond and Leon Osman restored parity with an assured finish before Romelu Lukaku pounced in injury time to snatch all three points.
Southampton striker Sadio Mane made history against Aston Villa at St Mary’s as he rattled in the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history, netting in the 12th, 13th and 16th minutes to eclipse Robbie Fowler’s record, Shane Long struck also twice before the break and although Christian Benteke pulled one back, Graziano Pelle rounded off the scoring in the second period to add gloss for Ronald Koeman’s side, in an embarrasing 6-1 defeat for im Sherwood’s side.
Click here for the Premier Leagues fastes hat trick ever – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzfzS38UdOo
Steven Gerrard’s final game for Liverpool at Anfield ended in defeat as Crystal Palace came from behind to seal a deserved 3-1 victory.
Liverpool took the lead when Adam Lallana punished Martin Kelly’s mistake with a fine finish after 26 minutes, but Palace then assumed control of the game and equalised through the outstanding Jason Puncheon’s free-kick two minutes before the break.
Steven Gerrard was given a guard of honour as he walked out for the final time at Anfield, the visitors moved ahead when Wilfried Zaha bundled home in the 60th minute with his first touch just 23 seconds after coming on, and fellow substitute Glenn Murray wrapped up the victory by stroking home the rebound from his own saved penalty in injury time, driven on by a visibly motivated Gerrard, Liverpool applied heavy pressure in the last 15 minutes but Palace fully warranted the three points and denied a captain desperate to end on a winning note at home, the result sees Liverpool remain fifth and mathematically ends their chances of finishing in the top four, while Palace stay 12th but are now just two points off the top half.
Prior to kick-off, Gerrard emerged from the tunnel with his three daughters to a guard of honour from the two teams and a rousing rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone from the Liverpool fans, a much deserved accolade.
Click here for Gerrards last game at Anfield – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHKoxeM01kU
I got four correct results and one correct score, so not too bad by my standards in the latter part of the seasons predictions !!!
My week 38 predictions :-
Arsenal 3 v 1 West Brom
Aston Villa 3 v 1 Burnley
Chelsea 3 v 1 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Swansea
Everton 1 v 2 Tottenham
Hull 1 v 2 Manchester United
Leicester 2 v 1 QPR
Manchester City 2 v 1 Southampton
Newcastle 2 v 1 West Ham
Stoke 1 v 2 Liverpool
Have a good week
Gary Mabbutt MBE