SPURS VS ARSENAL (PREDICTION SPURS 1- 1 ARSENAL)
(FINAL SCORE: SPURS 2-2 ARSENAL)
Got this right I guess, It is still a draw.
The North London derby lived up in some way to its billing as a potential title decider with both teams aiming for the top prize come May. In the end they had a share of the spoils as the game ended in an enthralling 2 all draw. Mohammed Elneny was handed his full debut with David Ospina deputizing for the injured Petr Cech.
Spurs were a man up for more than one third of the game but failed to make the advantage count as they succumbed to a late Alexis Sanchez goal that put the Gunners right back into the game after seeing their early goal advantage cancelled out after going a man down in the 55th minute. Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners the lead in the first half after they had been on the back foot for much of the early exchanges. It was against the run of play though but Spurs paid the price for not making their early domination count. The second half was quite a different story as the home side were in search of a quick response to going behind. They were gifted a numerical advantage however after Francis Coquelin was given his marching orders for a second bookable offense – the first being a needless hand ball. The home side did find the breakthrough through Tobi Alderweireld, tapping in from close range. Harry Kane followed up with a brilliant finish from the left hand side of the 18 yard box to send Spurs into the lead. It was now a question of how many more goals they could add. Unfortunately for Tottenham the answer was none as the Gunners showed great fightback lacking in their title pursuit this season. In the end the attacking force of Arsenal proved too much for Spurs to handle and they got their reward when Sanchez was sent through on goal by Bellerin. He bagged the resulting pass to equalize and put his side in the ascendency. It could so nearly have been 3-2 to the Gunners but for some good defending from Kevin Wimmer on Ramsey late on. At the final whistle Leicester City were the winners as a win in their later game would send them 5 points clear again.
CHELSEA VS STOKE CITY (PREDICTION CHELSEA 2- 0 STOKE)
(FINAL SCORE: CHELSEA 1-1 STOKE)
Wrong score line here
The Blues welcomed an in form Stoke City to the Bridge in the Premier League this weekend. Chelsea were in search of their 5th consecutive win in all competitions to give them an outside chance of 4th place or European football at least next season. For Stoke it was also the same agenda, also in search of a place in Europe and their 4th consecutive Premier League win. Diego Costa was ruled out of the game with an injury leaving Bertrand Traore to lead the line for the Blues. He made his mark as he put the Blues 1-0 up 5 mins to half time. It was a superb strike from 20 yards out after a beautiful turn from the 20 year old. Stoke were the better side though with Afellay and Shaqiri their chief tormentors.
Striker Mame Diouf was guilty of missing some chances in first half that could have opened the scoring for the Potters. He would however make amends for that later on in the 85th minute after the ever reliable Courtois punched a cross from Shaqiri onto the head of the striker which he just could not miss. On the balance of play a draw was a fair result as Jack Butland produced a string of wonderful saves to keep his team in the game. The profligacy of Stoke did not cost them this game however as the late equalizer was well and truly merited.
WATFORD VS LEICESTER CITY (PREDICTION WATFORD 2- 3 LEICESTER)
(FINAL SCORE: WATFORD 0-1 LEICESTER)
Same margin different score line though
Before the kick off to this, Leicester were given a much needed boost in that their closest rivals had yet again dropped vital points. They had the opportunity to steer clear of the chasing pack and go five points clear with a win over Watford at Vicarage Road. They welcomed back midfield linchpin Kante after he had missed out on the midweek draw against West Brom. Watford who have been unlucky in their recent games were in desperate need of a good result here that would put them back on track after showing much promise earlier on in the season. Stiker Odion Ighalo who had a December to remember earlier on in the season has become a shadow of his former self – failing to score in the last 3 matches. The match started brightly with Watford showing great fight and eagerness early on but it was Vardy who nearly scored after just 2 minutes into the game.
Chances followed from Deeny, Vardy once again and Fuchs who tested Gomes with a fine shot. The second half began with Leicester showing more attacking verve. They were in the mood now for sure. It did not take long for them to find the opening through none other than Riyad Mahrez who latched onto a loose ball and slotted it pass the helpless Gomes. Watford pushed late on for at least a point but it was not meant to be as Leicester claimed all three points to go five points clear with nine games to go. It would surely be a remarkable story if Leicester should win this title and with games against Newcastle and Crystal Palace to follow, you would not put it past them to do just that.
MANCHESTER CITY VS ASTON VILLA (PREDICTION CITY 4- 1 VILLA)
(FINAL SCORE: CITY 4-0 VILLA)
Close with this prediction
Rock bottom Aston Villa visited the Etihad in a bid to revive their already hopeless season. Their opponents were none other than Manchester City who were in a crisis of their own – failing to win in their last 3 premier league games. That however was all about to change. The first half was well dominated by hosts and seemed like a matter of time before the flood gates would open. It did not open in the first half as both sides went into the interval goalless. That all changed after two quick fire goals from Toure and Aguero set the home side onto a 4- 0 victory. Aguero added a second to his tally but failed to convert a penalty after Sterling had put them 3-0 upcoming on as a substitute.
City eased off getting to the end of the game as they settled for the 4-0 win which kept their slender title hopes alive. For Villa they are steadily sleepwalking into the Championship with performances like this and hope of survival gets thinner if not gone every week.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS MANCHESTER UNITED (PREDICTION WEST BROM 1- 3 UNITED)
(FINAL SCORE: WEST BROM 1 – 0 UNITED)
Was way off with this one?
Manchester United have done it again. As has been their theme this season, they have dropped 3 vital points when they seemed to be in a purple patch of form. One step forward 2 steps backward. The 1-0 loss to West Brom on Sunday was the latest in a season characterised by what ifs. What if we had an injury free squad, what if we did not lose that game, what if we had held on to this or added on to that lead. It has been a frustrating season for fans and it continued on Sunday. Another case of the what ifs was thrown in when Juan Mata was sent off after just 28 minutes for a second bookable offense on former teammate Darren Fletcher. United now had to play 65 minutes with 10 men. Their organization was good – keeping the hosts at bay and going into half time goalless. The resilience of West Brom was clear too as they just come off the back of a 2 all draw with the league leaders Leicester City.
Then in the 66th minute they made their man advantage count as they took the lead through Solomon Rondon after he neatly controlled a cross to beat David De Gea with his left footed shot. Marcos Rojo was guilty of ball watching as he failed to close down the striker. Anthony Martial and later on Memphis tried to rescue the match for the Red Devils all to no avail as the game ended 1-0 in favour of the home side. This loss was a real setback for United as it dented their chances of top four qualification.
Final score on predictions: 2/5.
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