ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 27
WEST HAM 1 V 2 CHELSEA
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scored as Chelsea beat West Ham to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 10 points. It was the Blues’ 21st victory of the league season and another big step towards winning the title in Antonio Conte’s first season as manager.
Eden Hazard finished off a lovely flowing Chelsea move in the 25th minute. The Blues doubled their lead after the break when Hazard’s corner from the left was turned in with his thigh by Costa.
West Ham finally pierced the last line of defence in stoppage time. Carroll robbed Cesc Fabregas and fed Andre Ayew, who squared for Lanzini to fire in, for a consolation goal for the Hammers.
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TOTTENHAM 3 V 2 EVERTON
I was at White Hart Lane to see another impressive performance from Harry Kane, he was outstanding and scored twice to give Tottenham the edge over Everton. Two teams who came into the game in fine form, were separated by a goal from nowhere, when he struck from over 20 metres out and gave Spurs the initiative. The 23-year-old is now the leading scorer in the Premier League with 19 goals, and has found the net 14 times in 12 league and cup games in 2017.
The England forward’s second came after the break. Belgian Mousa Dembele caught French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin dawdling on the ball, allowing Dele Alli to poke a pass through to his team-mate. The Spurs striker then applied a side foot finish past the Spanish keeper.
Everton got a goal back when Kevin Mirallas played a pass through to Lukaku, he held off Jan Vertonghen and Lukaku kept his composure to slot in. A frantic finish saw both tiring defences exposed. First, Alli ghosted past his markers to poke in Harry Winks’ free-kick and make it 3-1. And with seconds remaining, Everton substitute Enner Valencia beat the offside trap to tap in Ross Barkley’s set-piece from the right.
Spurs survived the remaining moments to secure their 16th league win of the season. The Toffees remain in seventh.
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SUNDERLAND 0 V 2 MAN CITY
Sunderlands woes continued as Sergio Aguero scored his fifth goal in his last three games to help Manchester City back into third place in the Premier League and keep Sunderland rooted to the bottom of the table.
The Black Cats had defended doggedly before a swift City counter attack ended with Aguero prodding in Raheem Sterling’s low cross from close range.
The visitors then clicked into gear as David Silva fed the explosive Leroy Sane for the Germany winger to double their lead after the break.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN3iMl8-a34
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH
Manchester United remained sixth in the Premier League with a draw against 10-man Bournemouth in a match that had two unpleasant incidents with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings both lucky to remain on the field of play, when red cards should have been shown.
United dominated the game and took the lead when Marcos Rojo diverted Antonio Valencia’s strike past keeper Artur Boruc, the visitors then grabbed a shock equalizer when Joshua King converted from the spot after Phil Jones had brought down Marc Pugh.
United then won a penalty in the 71st minute when Adam Smith handled Paul Pogba’s flick. But from the resulting spot-kick Boruc dived to his right to keep out Ibrahimovic’s effort.
Bournemouth hung on to earn their first league point in five games.
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LIVERPOOL 3 V 1 ARSENAL
Liverpool secured a vital advantage over Arsenal in the battle for a place in the Premier League’s top four with a well-deserved win at Anfield, Arsene Wenger appeared to have made a big mistake by leaving their talisman Alexis Sanchez on the bench. Liverpool took advantage and dictated the game, Roberto Firmino’s far-post finish put Liverpool ahead after nine minutes and Sadio Mane confirmed their superiority with an emphatic strike just before half-time.
Sanchez came off the bench at half time and soon had the expected impact and set up a goal for Danny Welbeck that gave Arsenal hope but Georginio Wijnaldum struck on the break deep into injury-time to seal Liverpool’s win.
Liverpool are now fourth, with Arsenal in fifth trailing by two points.
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WEST BROM 0 V 2 CRYSTAL PALACE
Brilliant second-half strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend earned Crystal Palace victory at West Brom which saw them move out of the Premier League bottom three.
Zaha’s 55th minute goal was only the second effort on target in the match, but it was worth the wait,
Yohan Cabaye played a sublime cross-field pass for his team-mate on the left of the area. The former Manchester United player chested down the ball and then struck a low, angled effort past keeper Ben Foster, but the best was yet to come, when ex Spur Andros Townsend picked up the ball from the left of his own area and ran to the opposition box, before shifting past marker Gareth McAuley in the area and striking a low drive past Foster.
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LEICESTER CITY 3 V 1 HULL CITY
Finally Leicester are back in form as they came from behind to beat Hull City as Foxes caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare gained his second win from his two games in charge. The Champions went behind when Sam Clucas, who began his career at Leicester, scored from close range from Kamil Grosicki’s pull-back.
But Christian Fuchs equalised after good work down the left-wing from Jamie Vardy.
Last season’s PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez scored his first league goal since November, a low 18-yard strike, before Tom Huddlestone headed into his own net to seal a deserved victory for Leicester.
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WATFORD 3 V 4 SOUTHAMPTON
Southampton bounced back after their League Cup defeat to Man United last week, in an exhilarating game at Vicarage road, the Saints came out on top in a seven goal thriller.
Southampton bounced back from their EFL Cup final heartbreak to beat Watford in an entertaining encounter at Vicarage Road.
Troy Deeney volleyed Watford into the lead from close range, in the fourth minute, Dusan Tadic equalised on 28 minutes and Nathan Redmond put them ahead on the stroke of half-time, before Stefano Okaka levelled for Watford with 10 minutes to go, Two goals in two minutes from Redmond and Manolo Gabbiadini seemed to settle matters but Abdoulaye Doucoure’s tap-in on 94 minutes ensured a frenetic finish.
The win sees Southampton leapfrog Watford in the Premier League table and move up to 10th.
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SWANSEA 3 V 2 BURNLEY
Burnley’s woeful away from continues, as Fernando Llorente’s injury-time goal gave Swansea City a thrilling win over Burnley, Llorente’s thumping header gave the hosts an early lead but Burnley levelled as Andre Gray struck with a penalty, wrongly awarded by referee Anthony Taylor after the ball had hit the arm of Clarets striker Sam Vokes, Swansea controlled the game but fell behind in the second half as Gray scored with a sharp turn and finish.
Martin Olsson’s powerful effort brought Swansea level and, deep into added time, Llorente rose majestically to head in and prompt ecstatic celebrations at the Liberty Stadium.
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STOKE CITY 2 V 0 MIDDLESBROUGH
A Marko Arnautovic double helped Stoke City ease to victory as struggling Middlesbrough slipped into the Premier League relegation zone, Arnautovic opened the scoring with a superb solo goal, plucking the ball out of the air with a neat touch and rounding Victor Valdes to finish.
The Austrian doubled the Potters’ lead before the break, lashing in from close range after ex Spurs player Peter Crouch nodded down to create the chance.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6GAEjiXRFg
In my predictions I got seven correct results and one correct score, top of the table form!
It is FA Cup Quarter Finals this week (see my predictions below) and so only a few Premier League games
My predictions for week 28
Man City 3 v 1 Stoke
Bournemouth 2 v 1 West Ham
Everton 2 v 1 West Brom
Hull 2 v 1 Swansea
Liverpool 3 v 1 Burnley
FA Cup Predictions
Arsenal 4 v 1 Lincoln
Tottenham 4 v 1 Millwall
Middlesbrough 1 v Man City 3
Chelsea 2 v 1 Man United
Have a good week