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PREMIERSHIP ROUND UP WEEK 31

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Tottenham Hotspur 3 v 0 Bournemouth AFC

I was at White Hart Lane to see a Spurs performance that will be sending ripples of fear through league leaders Leicester.

Harry Kane inspired Spurs to a 3-0 victory scoring twice and making the third, he turned in Kyle Walker’s cross after 43 seconds and then latched onto Dele Alli’s pass to finish left-footed past Artur Boruc to double the lead, Christian Eriksen tapped in Tottenham’s third from close range after Boruc had only parried Kane’s shot from 25 yards.

Harry Kane is now the Premier League’s top scorer with 21 goals, matching his tally from last season. Before this game Bournemouth had only lost once in their last nine away matches, but Spurs disposed of them with ease. Tottenham’s victory cut Leicester’s lead at the top of the Premier League to five points, leaving the Spurs faithful singing “Leicester City we are coming for you” as the final whistle went.

Click here for the Harry Kane show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JDN_wPG8F8

Manchester City 0 v 1 Manchester United

Teenager Marcus Rashford was the hero for United, as his winner gave Manchester United a victory that moved them to within one point of fourth-placed Manchester City, Rashford has hit the Premier league like a whirlwind, demonstrating amazing talents, with his pace and skills giving defenders nightmares, he glided past City defender Martin Demichelis before showing a maturity ahead of his time to slide a 16th-minute finish past keeper Joe Hart.

Click here for Rashford’s winning goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I37l16T1-Xw

Southampton 3 v 2 Liverpool

Liverpool snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory, as they let a two goal lead slip at Southampton, to dent any chance they might have of a top four finish. Liverpool were in complete control after goals from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge had given them an early two goal lead, but the comeback from the Saints was on after Sadio Mane and then Pelle brought the teams level and then Mane produced the killer blow, scoring his second and giving the Reds a long journey back to Liverpool.

Southampton remain seventh, with Liverpool two places lower and still seven points off the top four.

Newcastle 1 v 1 Sunderland

The big North East local derby, took on a lot more importance this week, as both sides are battling relegation.

Aleksandar Mitrovic rescued a point for Newcastle with only seven minutes to go, when he headed home, after Jermain Defoe had volleyed Sunderland ahead just before half time, The draw leaves both teams still in the bottom three, with 18th-placed Sunderland a point and a place ahead of Newcastle but two points from safety. It was a crucial point for Newcastle, playing at home under new manager Rafa Benitez for the first time.

Click here for the fiercely contested Tyne-Wear Derby game – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1swCroprGvk

Everton 0 v 2 Arsenal

When all the talk was about Arsenal imploding after going out of the Champions League and FA Cup, they responded with an excellent victory away at Everton, Danny Welbeck opened the scoring after a terrific interchange of passes, finally rounding Robles to open the scoring after seven minutes, then youngster Alex Iwobi making an impressive first Premier League start, scored their second. Everton were well off the pace and had just two shots on target as their dreadful home form continued. Arsenal are now 11 points behind leaders Leicester City.

Arsenal fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6H9oOPNhaU

Chelsea 2 v 2 West Ham

West Ham will be ruing a lost opportunity of going fourth in the league after twice being in front against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Hammers took the lead when Manuel Lanzini beat Courtois with a stunning effort from 25 yards, Fabregas’s superb set piece drew Chelsea level just before the break, Substitute Andy Carroll looked to have won it for West Ham, before Fabregas snatched a point with a last minute penalty. Victory would have moved West Ham in front of Manchester City into fourth place,

Thanks to Fabregas Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league under interim boss Guus Hiddink and stay10th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zC8Dl7Rwew

Crystal Palace 0 v 1 Leicester

Once again Leicester City’s tenacity and team ethic managed to get them the three points, with another 1-0 victory away at Crystal Palace, Palace are having a woeful time in the league, but frustrated Leicester for much of the game.

Mahrez scored the winning goal, turning in a Jamie Vardy cross. Leicester then survived a last minute scare when Delaney hit the bar for Crystal Palace but the Foxes held out to clinch another important win.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIA44FMu-7s

Watford 1 v 2 Stoke City

Stoke City controlled the game away at Watford and were rewarded with the three points thanks to goals from Jon Walters and Joselu. Watford created very little to please their home fans but Troy Deeney’s close-range header late on gave them some consolation.

West Brom 0 v 1 Norwich

This was a massive win for Norwich, it was their first win in 11 league games and have now moved out of the relegation places.

It was an uninspiring contest with only Robbie Brady scoring with the game’s only shot on target.
This was an uncharacteristic performance from West Brom, who have had a decent home record this season.

Swansea 1 v 0 Aston Villa

This was another game that will not have the fans rushing to fill seats, Villa all but relegated and Swansea fighting to avoid being drawn into the relegation battle, did little in this game to convince you that they deserve to be in the top flight, but it was Swansea who took some initiative and thanks to a scrambled goal from Federico Fernandez snatched the three points. Swansea are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone in 15th, while Villa remain 12 points adrift of safety.

Click here to see the current Premier league table to see where your team are :-
http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/matchday/league-table.html
Not a great week for my predictions with only four correct results.

My week 32 predictions :-

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

Have a good week

Gary

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