ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 28/29 ROUND UP

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 28/29 ROUND UP

BOURNEMOUTH 2 V SWANSEA 0

Benik Afobe had a hand in both goals as Bournemouth moved nine points clear of the bottom three and added to Swansea’s relegation worries with victory over the Welsh club. Swans centre-back Alfie Mawson broke the deadlock when he deflected the ball past his own goalkeeper. Ofebe finished clinically via the inside of the post in the second half after Joshua King played him through, ex Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson was involved in Swansea’s best attacking moments as always, delivering a free-kick that King glanced just wide of his own goal, and curling a 25-yard shot that Artur Boruc tipped aside. Swansea have dropped one place to 17th, and are three points clear of the relegation places.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjRa2aBi6TE

WEST BROM 3 V 1 ARSENAL

Arsenal suffered a fourth defeat in five league games as Craig Dawson’s double helped West Brom inflict a major blow to the Gunners’ hopes of a top-four finish. Dawson capitalised on some awful defending from the Gunners to head both of his goals from corners – the first to give the Baggies the lead, the second to seal their win. Arsenal had initially rallied after falling behind, levelling through Alexis Sanchez’s close-range finish his 18th league goal of the season. However, they fell behind again 10 minutes into the second half when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu rolled the ball home with only his second touch after coming on.

Arsenal’s woes continued and put even more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpkba8v63go

WEST HAM 2 V 3 LEICESTER

Leicester City held on to claim their first Premier League away win of the season and further ease their relegation worries in an unexpected victory over West Ham.

The Foxes scored twice inside the first seven minutes as Riyad Mahrez’s cross evaded Hammers keeper Darren Randolph before an unmarked Robert Huth headed in Marc Albrighton’s deft chipped pass following an excellent set-piece move. Manuel Lanzini put the hosts back in contention with a sublime free-kick on 20 minutes, only for Jamie Vardy to restore his side’s two-goal advantage before the break as he pounced on lax defending from Albrighton’s corner to strike high past Randolph, after the interval, Andre Ayew headed in after Andy Carroll won the ball at the back post from a corner as West Ham exerted constant pressure on the visitors in a dramatic finale, however, Kasper Schmeichel made two tremendous saves to deny Carroll from close range late on and secure a fourth straight victory for the Foxes under new manager Craig Shakespeare as they move six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

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

CRYSTAL PALACE 1 V 0 WATFORD

Crystal Palace earned their third successive victory thanks to an own goal by Watford’s Troy Deeney at Selhurst Park. The Hornets captain headed Yohan Cabaye’s free-kick into his own net at the near post after 68 minutes. Sam Allardyce’s side failed to have a shot on target in the match but improved after the goal and deserved the win. Victory moves the Eagles up to 16th, four points clear of the relegation zone, while Watford drop to 14th, three points ahead of Palace.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkq_sK2in1s

SUNDERLAND 0 V 0 BURNLEY

The bore draw of the week came at the Stadium of Light, where bottom club Sunderland drifted further from safety with a draw at home to Burnley, whose wait for a first away win of the Premier League season continues. David Moyes’ side are now without a win from their last six home matches and are now clear favourites to be relegated.

There were no highlights !!

EVERTON 4 V 0 HULL CITY

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as Everton beat 10-man Hull City to move level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin tapped home from close range to put the Toffee’s ahead after connecting with Tom Davies’ low cross. Sam Clucas and Andrew Robertson both wasted chances for the visitors before ex spurs player Tom Huddlestone was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Idrissa Gueye, substitute Enner Valencia doubled Everton’s lead before Lukaku struck twice in stoppage time to take his Premier League goal tally to 21 for the season.

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


STOKE 1 V 2 CHELSEA

Gary Cahill had an eventful day, conceding a penalty and then scoring the winner as Chelsea moved a step closer to the Premier League title with victory at Stoke, the England defender settled a heated encounter three minutes from time by sweeping home after Stoke failed to clear a Cesc Fabregas corner. It sent Chelsea 13 points clear at the top with 10 games to play.

Willian had given Chelsea a first-half lead with an in swinging free-kick from the left that caught out keeper Lee Grant at his near post. Martins Indi had a goal ruled out for a push by Saido Berahino on Cesar Azpilicueta, but the hosts drew level when Cahill was ruled to have pushed Jon Walters, who blasted in the penalty, then Cahill stepped up to secure the three points late in the game.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBQObw50uh8

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 V 3 MAN UNITED

Manchester United moved up to fifth in the Premier League as Middlesbrough’s first game since the departure of manager Aitor Karanka ended in defeat. Ashley Young’s deep cross found Marouane Fellaini at the back post to head past Victor Valdes, before Jesse Lingard’s terrific strike doubled United’s lead after the break.

Boro got one back for the home side when substitute Rudy Gestede scored, but former United keeper Valdes slipped in stoppage time and Antonio Valencia’s tap-in secured the three points, it was harsh for poor Valdes who made a complete fool of himself in trying to clear a back pass. Jose Mourinho’s side leapfrog Arsenal and Everton into fifth, while Middlesbrough remain 19th in the table and are five points from safety.

All United fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0HmFu18YgQ

TOTTENHAM 2 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

I was at White Hart Lane to see Spurs brush aside Southampton to maintain second place in the league. Spurs without Harry Kane had to rely on midfield goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to claim the three points.

Southampton lost in-form striker Manolo Gabbiadini to injury in the first half but gave a good account of themselves in the second, at the start of which James Ward-Prowse scored from close range, but despite putting Spurs under pressure they were unable to break through again. Defeat leaves the Saints 10th in the table and are looking at having their end of season party already as they settle for a mid table finish.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzBepgK08LU

MANCHESTER CITY 1 V 1 LIVERPOOL

Manchester City and Liverpool played out an enthralling draw at the Etihad Stadium. A hugely entertaining game was littered with talking points, astonishing misses and a referee who failed to spot some clear penalty claims.

James Milner put Liverpool ahead against his former club with a penalty six minutes after the break, after Gael Clichy was penalised for a raised boot on Roberto Firmino, Sergio Aguero scored against Liverpool for the fifth successive Premier League game at Etihad Stadium from Kevin de Bruyne’s perfect cross after 69 minutes, before both sides wasted glorious opportunities to secure a vital win in the race for top-four places.

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

Another good week for my predictions with seven correct results and one correct score.

My week 29 predictions

Liverpool 2 v 1 Everton
Burnley 1 v 2 Tottenham
Chelsea 3 v 1 Crystal Palace
Hull 2 v 1 West Ham
Leicester 2 v 1 Stoke
Manchester United 2 v 1 West Brom
Watford 2 v 1 Sunderland
Southampton 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Swansea 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Arsenal 1 v 2 Man City

Week 30 predictions :-

Burnley 2 v 1 Stoke
Leicester 2 v 1 Sunderland
Watford 1 v 2 West Brom
Manchester United 2 v 1 Everton
Arsenal 2 v 1 West Ham
Hull 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Southampton 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 1 v 2 Tottenham
Chelsea 2 v 1 Man City
Liverpool 3 v 1 Bournemouth

Have a good week

Gary

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