These Cherries have Caused a Sports Betting Sensation!

Who was brave enough to ignore the betting odds and put money on some of these results?

For here were midweek football games which produced surprises, drama and more than stand-out results in south Wales and west London.

Swansea City 3-1 Arsenal

First Liverpool, now Arsenal.

The Carlos Carvalhal effect is working wonders at the Liberty Stadium.

What a morale-boosting victory this was to lift the Swans out of the relegation zone.

Sam Clucas’ double and a Jordan Ayew goal, after a Petr Cech blunder, mean Carvalhal has taken 10 points from his five games in charge.

West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace

Hammers’ captain Mark Noble kept his nerve from the penalty spot to earn a threadbare West Ham a point.

The goal came after Christian Benteke had returned to scoring form, nodding home only his second goal of the campaign midway through the half.

Arguably, both sides were not too disappointed to take a point each.

Huddersfield Town 0-3 Liverpool

A much-needed win for the Merseysiders and a clean sheet.

It included a 20th Premier League goal of the season for Egyptian Mohamed Salah, late January being the quickest time a Liverpool player has reached that milestone

Huddersfield are in freefall and now just a point clear of the drop zone.

Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth

My word, who saw this coming?

One of the shock results of the season as Bournemouth stunned Chelsea.

Three goals in 16 second-half minutes cliched one of the Cherries’ best ever results and left the reigning champions floundering.

An unbeaten home run ended abruptly, courtesy of Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Nathan Ake against the club which sold him last summer.

Everton 2-1 Leicester City

What a welcome for Theo Walcott!

His first game in Everton blue at Goodison saw him set up a Toffees’ equaliser, this second home match saw him emerge as the goalscoring hero.

Their first win of the calendar year was secured, despite a nervous finale after Jamie Vardy reduced the arrears, Kelechi Iheanacho twice hit the woodwork and Matty James saw a shot cleared off the line.

Newcastle United 1-1 Burnley

Newcastle fans must be wondering if their fortune will change.

Certainly, Burnley barely deserved the point they gained through a late own goal.

Yet, to a degree, Newcastle only had themselves to blame.

A first-half Joselu penalty, saved by Nick Pope, and a luckless Karl Darlow own goal mean the Toon still haven’t won at home in the league since October 21.

Southampton 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

All square in the south coast clash.

In truth, both sides could have done with a victory.

Glenn Murray fired Brighton ahead from the penalty spot with his ninth goal of the season.

After the break, Jack Stephens’ second goal in as many matches earned the hosts a point, although the Saints remain in the drop zone.

Manchester City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

A routine home win for the leaders as they outclassed West Brom.

The Baggies were always unlikely to repeat their memorable FA Cup success at Anfield.

Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero got the goals as City moved 15 clear at the summit.

Stoke City 0-0 Watford FC

A lack of cutting edge from both sides goes some way to explaining why this encounter finished goalless.

Ultimately, this was a fair result and one which moved Stoke out of the bottom three.

Gerard Deulofeu was bright on his return to the Premier League, on loan from Barcelona.

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Ayew re-signs for Swansea

Andre Ayew has sealed a return to Swansea City, joining for a club-record fee of £18m, possibly increasing to £20m.

The Ghanaian international will be reunited with his brother Jordan at the Liberty Stadium having moved back to the South Wales club from West Ham.

The 28-year-old joined the Hammers from Swansea in the summer of 2016 for a then club record fee of £20.5m.

At the London Stadium, he scored 12 goals in 50 appearances, the same number of goals as in his 35 appearances for Swansea.

He has now signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the relegation-threatened Swans, who have only scored 18 goals in 25 Premier League games this season.

However, they have won their last two and will be hoping to make it three league wins on the spin when they travel to Leicester on Saturday. They are 4/1 to win this game, with the draw 13/5 and a Foxes win at 7/10.

Potters pleased to sign Ndiaye

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has completed the signing of the Senegal international Badou Ndiaye from Galatasaray.

The 27-year-old has penned a four-and-a-half year deal with the Potters, who had already signed Moritz Bauer from Rubin Kazan on a permanent basis and Kostas Stafylidis from FC Augsburg on a loan agreement this month.

Chief executive Tony Scholes said: "Badou was a player in great demand but from talking to him it's clear he always wanted to play in the Premier League and we are delighted he has chosen to fulfil that ambition with Stoke City.

"We are delighted with the business we have done over the course of this transfer window. All three players we have signed have real pedigree, have played senior international football and will really enhance the options Paul Lambert has within his squad."

Ndiaye moved to Galatasaray from Osmanlispor last year and has scored 50 goals in 205 first-team appearances during his career.

He has also represented his country on eight occasions.

Stoke City are 5/2 to beat Bournemouth this weekend and 12/1 to win the match 1-0.

Spurs land Lucas from PSG

Lucas Moura could make his debut for Tottenham against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday after completing his transfer to Mauricio Pochettino's team.

The 25-year-old Brazilian moves to north London from Paris Saint-Germain in a deal understood to be worth around £25million.

Lucas is eligible to play in the Champions League for Spurs as he failed to make an appearance in the competition for the French side during the group stage.

The former Sao Paolo player, who moved to the French capital five years ago for £38million, made only six substitute appearances for PSG in all competitions this season.

Lucas has represented his country 35 times and won a silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012. He scored 46 goals in 229 appearances for the current Ligue 1 leaders and won four league titles during his time with the club.

"Everything is perfect and I'm sure that we will do big things together," said Lucas, who has signed a contract that will keep him at Spurs until 2023.

Spurs are 6/4 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and 25/1 to win the Champions League. PSG are available at 5/1 to lift European club football's premier competition this term.

Ailing Hornets snap up Ndong

Watford head coach Javi Gracia has continued to revamp his squad by snapping up the Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong on loan.

The 23-year-old will spend the rest of this season with the Hornets, who also have the option of a permanent transfer in the summer.

Ndong has played 54 times for the Black Cats and has also represented Gabon 17 times.

It has been a busy few days for Watford as they signed the Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu on loan until the end of the season earlier in the week, while Juan Camilo Zuniga has completed his move back to Colombia where he will rejoin his former team Atletico Nacional.

Zuniga played 22 times for Watford, scoring once against Manchester United in a 3-1 win at Vicarage Road.

Mauro Zarate's return to Velez Sarsfield has finally been confirmed while winger Isaac Success has agreed a loan move to Malaga.

The 22-year-old Successs, who has played 20 times for the Hornets, will spend the remainder of this season with the Spanish side.

Watford also completed the signing of the Belgian winger Dodi Lukebakio earlier this week and he has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Vicarage Road.

Watford are 9/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season while they can be backed at 7/1 to be relegated.

Giroud seals Chelsea switch

Olivier Giroud says he is proud to have signed for Chelsea after penning an 18-month contract with last season's Premier League champions.

The 31-year-old striker moves to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal while Chelsea have allowed Michy Batshuayi to move to Borussia Dortmund on loan until the end of the season.

Giroud said: "Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It is a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea and I am looking forward to playing."

Giroud moved to Arsenal from Montpellier in the summer of 2012 and scored 73 goals in 180 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

During his time with Arsenal, Giroud won the FA Cup three times, while his best season came in 2015/16 when he found the net 24 times.

Last season he scored 16 goals despite often starting games as a substitute and he spent most of this term on the bench as well.

Meanwhile, Batshuayi moves to Dortmund after spending a disappointing 18 months at Chelsea, scoring 19 goals in 53 appearances for the club, although Blues boss Antonio Conte was often loathe to hand the Belgian a starting spot.

Batshuayi moved to Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2016 and scored twice on Sunday as Conte's side beat Newcastle United 3-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal, who lost at Swansea City on Tuesday, are 12/1 to clinch a top-four Premier League spot this season while Chelsea can be backed at 7/2 to win the FA Cup.

Roma pleased to keep Dzeko

Roma insist they never intended to sell Edin Dzeko, who was wanted by Chelsea, during this month's transfer window.

The Serie A side say they are very happy to still have the former Manchester City striker on their books and are also on the verge of signing Sporting Lisbon left-back Jonathan Silva.

Roma sold left-back Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea earlier this week and general manager Mauro Baldissoni is pleased with the business they have managed to complete this month.

Baldissoni said: "We are nearly always in the Champions League, but if an unexpected bid comes in for a player like Dzeko which may be considered interesting, we have to evaluate it and see how the money could be used to remain competitive.

"We are very happy that Dzeko will stay. If he had gone then it would have been up to the sporting management to find other solutions which kept us equally competitive.

"At the moment we're talking about a team that has sold Emerson Palmieri but replaced him with Jonathan Silva, who has played the Champions League and made the final of the Copa Libertadores."

Roma are 8/11 to finish in the top four in Serie A this season and 1/2 to beat Verona on Sunday.

Ozil commits to Arsenal

Mesut Ozil has ended speculation over his future at Arsenal by signing a new-long term deal that will see him become the club's highest-paid player.

The 29-year-old had less than six months left to run on his previous contact and looked set to leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer come the end of the season.

Ozil has been free to discuss a move to a non-English team since the start of January but has decided to stay in north London, penning a deal that will run until 2021.

The Germany international has made 21 appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring four goals and recording six assists.

He has won three FA Cups since joining from Real Madrid  in 2013 for a then club-record fee of £42.4million and no player has created more chances in the Premier League than Ozil since he made the switch.

News of his extension comes on the same day Arsenal smashed their transfer record to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Ozil and Aubameyang will hope to link up for the first time when Arsenal face Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Gunners are in need of a win after slipping eight points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and are 1/4 to take all three points. The Toffees are 10/1 and the draw is 19/4.

Arsenal are 15/8 to win the EFL Cup this season.

McGing handed new Mariners deal

Young right-back Jake McGing has inked a two-year contract extension with Central Coast Mariners.

The 23-year-old has been at the Gosford club since 2015, originally playing for their academy side before making his senior debut in an FFA Cup tie against Wellington.

He's made 13 starting appearances this season as well as coming off the bench twice.

McGing's highlight of the season so far was scoring the clinching goal when the Mariners beat defending champions Sydney FC 2-0 in round 6, inflicting the only defeat this campaign on Graham Arnold's team.

He also netted early in the second half of the 2-2 draw at home to Melbourne City earlier this month, where Paul Okon's side were denied a win by a late Marcin Budzinski equaliser.

That's one of nine consecutive winless games for the Mariners, who'd won three out of four at one stage to climb up to fourth spot.

McGing's side find themselves next to bottom with nine games left, but are only three points outside the Finals Series places.

The right-back is thrilled that his hard work has earned him a deal through to the end of the 2019/20 season.

"You work hard as a player, and it's great to be recognised by signing a new deal," he said. "I'm loving it up here … my time at the Mariners so far has been great.

"It's been good to see all the young boys coming through. Not many people my age get as many chances as we have and I'm glad – it's a great club to be at."

Now with 65 A-League appearances to his name, McGing said it was disappointing to have gone down 2-1 to Brisbane at home at the weekend, where the Mariners conceded two soft goals.

"[We want to improve] the overall performance, trying to get back to where we were the week before against Sydney – the way we moved the ball around and the way we pressed them, just to get back to that kind of style," added McGing. "Overall, we just try to improve ourselves every week, and we assess how we went on the weekend and then go from there."

Central Coast are 13/8 to finish bottom of the A-League and 11/8 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 19/10 with the draw 5/2.

Doyle sets sights on upset win

Defender Tom Doyle insists he's not fazed by Wellington Phoenix's visit to Sydney FC on Friday.

It would be the shock of the season if bottom side Wellington could become just the second team to beat the Sky Blues. They've already lost home and away to Graham Arnold's side, who are 29 points above them at the top of the table.

Their first trip to Sydney, in round 2, was a decent effort as they went down 3-2 but in their most recent meeting Bobo netted a hat-trick as the Sky Blues won 4-1 at Westpac Stadium.

Doyle felt last weekend's clash with Adelaide United was pivotal to their chances of making the top six, and their 1-0 defeat did them no favours.

However, the full back is looking forward to the chance of going back across the Tasman to take on the defending champions.

"It is tough going and playing Sydney away, but I love going over there. I love the crowd they get," said Doyle. "You always want to play against the best team and they're the best team in the league; they are absolutely dominating it.

"But we've shown in the past we can perform against Sydney and nothing will change this weekend. We will go in with the mindset that we can cause an upset."

The Phoenix are two points adrift at the bottom of the table as they go into the meeting with the Sky Blues, who have only lost once in 18 games.

Doyle said: "Obviously it's a massive game but I think every game from here on out is pretty massive, especially if we want to get off the bottom of the table, which is a horrible place to be."

Wellington are 4/5 to finish bottom of the A-League and 10/1 to beat Sydney FC, who are 2/7 with the draw 9/2.