Premier League Round-Up Week 12
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Premier League Round-Up Week 12

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the sixth managerial casualty of the Premier League season following a 4-1 thrashing at newly-promoted Watford on Saturday. Elsewhere, there were debut wins for new Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard and Dean Smith at Norwich City. Eddie Howe, newly appointed as Newcastle United manager, missed his side’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Brentford due to Covid-19, and the first weekend after the international break lived up to its return, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all displaying their title credentials with emphatic victories. Here is our round-up from another weekend of thrilling Premier League action.


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Leicester City 0-3 Chelsea

Chelsea continued to make their mark on the top of the table, as they ruthlessly eased past a struggling Leicester side 3-0 at the King Power Stadium in the opening game of the weekend.

Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring with a glancing header from a corner whipped in by former Leicester defender Ben Chilwell. Former Foxes favourite N’Golo Kante doubled the Blues’ lead with a delightful left-footed strike. 

Thomas Tuchel’s side put the game to bed in the 70th minute when substitute Christian Pulisic slotted home from close range. But the Blues could have had more, as they had three goals ruled out for offside.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are now winless in their last three league games, leaving them in 12th place. Chelsea, meanwhile, tightened their grip on top spot, maintaining a three-point advantage over second-placed Manchester City.




Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal

In the standout fixture of the weekend, Liverpool eased past Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield to halt the Gunners’ impressive form.

Goals from forwards Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino maintained the Reds’ pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table.

Salah’s second-half goal means that he has now made a goal contribution in all of his last 10 league games, as Liverpool stay in third spot — just four points off the summit.

Arsenal remain in fifth place, with the defeat their first in their last nine league matches.




Watford 4-1 Manchester United

Watford thrashed 10-man Manchester United 4-1 to bring the curtain down on Solskjaer’s Old Trafford reign in spectacular fashion.

Goals from Josh King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis put United to the sword in Solskjaer’s last game in charge.

It could have been more but David de Gea saved Sarr’s first-half penalty — and the subsequent re-take due to encroachment.

A comeback looked on at one stage when Donny van de Beek scored after coming off the bench in just his third league appearance this season. 

But United captain Harry Maguire was sent off after making two reckless fouls in quick succession.

The defeat sees the Red Devils drop to seventh place, while Claudio Ranieri’s side climb to 16th.




Manchester City 3-0 Everton

Manchester City kept the heat on leaders Chelsea at the top of the table by beating Everton 3-0 in a routine victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva’s goals sandwiched an emphatic finish from Rodri as Pep Guardiola’s side continued to sit in second, three points behind Chelsea.

Everton are on a dismal run of form, having failed to win any of their last six games — the Toffees’ longest winless run since January 2018.




Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Leeds United

Antonio Conte secured his first league win as Tottenham boss as the North Londoners came from behind to beat Leeds 2-1 on Sunday.

Daniel James scored his first goal since rejoining Marcelo Bielsa’s side, but two goals in the space of 10 minutes from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon gifted Spurs their first league win in four.

Conte’s side advance into seventh place, whereas Leeds remain just one place above the relegation zone in 17th.

Newcastle United 3-3 Brentford

Newcastle got off to an eventful start to life under absent new manager Howe, drawing 3-3 against Brentford at St James’ Park.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles gave the Magpies a 10th-minute lead before former Newcastle striker Ivan Toney drew the sides level just a minute later.

The Bees then went ahead via Rico Henry, but Joelinton’s first league goal of the campaign ensured it was even going into half-time.

Thomas Frank’s side regained the advantage just after the hour mark when Lascelles’ deflection took Frank Onyenka’s effort past Karl Darlow. 

Allan Saint-Maximin stole the headlines though with a terrific strike 15 minutes from time ensuring the spoils were shared.

Newcastle fall to the foot of the table and are still yet to win a league game this season. Brentford are winless in their last five, remaining in 14th.




Burnley 3-3 Crystal Palace

Not to be outdone by the goings-on at St James’ Park, Burnley and Crystal Palace also shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller at Turf Moor.

The lead changed hands three times in the game, as the Eagles went into the interval ahead.

A brace from Christian Benteke and a first Palace goal for Marc Guehi cancelled out goals from Ben Mee and Chris Wood for the Clarets.

But Maxwel Cornet struck a stunning equaliser just after the break to draw the sides level — the Ivorian’s fourth goal in as many league games.

Sean Dyche’s side are now unbeaten in their last four games, yet the point was not enough to lift them out of the relegation zone. Palace, though, are now undefeated in their last seven and sit in 10th spot.

Aston Villa 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Liverpool legend Gerrard made a winning return to the Premier League as new side Aston Villa saw off Brighton 2-0 at Villa Park.

Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings scored goals in the last six minutes to take Villa four points clear of the relegation zone. 

The defeat means the Seagulls are now winless in their last seven league games after a bright start.

Norwich City 2-1 Southampton

Sticking on the theme of managers making their bows at a new club, Norwich defeated Southampton 2-1 at Carrow Road in Smith’s first game in charge.

The Canaries came from a goal behind to defeat the Saints, via goals from Teemu Pukki and Grant Hanley — with the Norwich captain’s winner  his first Premier League goal in almost 10 years.

Three points lift Norwich off the foot of the table into 19th, while Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side remain in 13th.




Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 West Ham United

Wolves brought to an end West Ham’s four-game Premier League winning streak with Raul Jiminez scoring the only goal in a deserved victory at Molineux.

Bruno Lage’s side leapfrog Manchester United to move into sixth place, with the win their fifth in their last seven league outings.

It is just the second time this season that the Hammers have failed to score in a league match this campaign, as they stay in fourth place. 

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