Premier League Matchday 11 Review
Manchester City powered on at the top of the Premier League with a convincing 3-1 win over Arsenal
at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal may have had grievances over two of City's goals but the hosts were full value for their victory, which was also their ninth in succession in the Premier League.
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Son Heung-min spared Tottenham's
blushes as his second-half winner sealed a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
After defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, Spurs were almost brought crashing down to earth by a resilient Palace side at Wembley.
came from two goals down to secure a dramatic 3-2 home victory over Watford
and move out of the Premier League relegation zone, with ex-Toffees midfielder Tom Cleverley missing a last-gasp chance to level for the visitors from the penalty spot.
Alvaro Morata gave Manchester United
a taste of what could have been by heading Antonio Conte's Chelsea
to a much-needed victory as Jose Mourinho endured another frustrating Stamford Bridge return.
Mohamed Salah scored twice in Liverpool's
4-1 victory over West Ham
. The win sees Liverpool close the gap on the top five while West Ham continue to hover around the relegation zone.
pushed hard throughout the second half but Burnley
prevailed by netting the game's only goal. Manager Dyche showed again why he has been linked to the vacant Everton managerial role as he masterminded another important victory for his high-flying Clarets.
Glenn Murray netted his fourth goal in three Premier League games to hand Brighton
a 1-0 win at Swansea
. The former Crystal Palace striker bundled the ball home with his thigh in an untidy but pivotal finish for Chris Hughton's Seagulls.
Rajiv van La Parra curled home a fine strike for his maiden Premier League goal as 10-man Huddersfield
held on for a 1-0 home win over West Brom
. The hosts had Christopher Schindler sent off for two bookable offences, but were still able to grind out an impressive victory.
Steve Cook's added-time goal gave Bournemouth
a vital 1-0 win at Newcastle
, to move Eddie Howe's side out of the relegation zone. Cook's late header ensured Howe's men claimed just their second league win since September.
Xherdan Shaqiri curled in a free-kick then laid on a Peter Crouch header as Stoke
twice came from behind to grab a 2-2 draw at home to Leicester
. Vicente Iborra and Riyad Mahrez found the net for the Foxes, as new boss Claude Puel extended his unbeaten start.
So business as usual with Man City leading the "Top-six" and the bottom three all losing.
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|Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City |
Stoke manager Mark Hughes said substitute Peter Crouch "changed the game for us", after the striker salvaged a draw for his side against Leicester in the Premier League.
The Potters twice came from behind to claim a point in a thrilling game, a result that maintained Claude Puel's unbeaten start as Leicester boss.
Switzerland playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri was involved in both of the home side's goals, curling in the first equaliser at the far post before providing the corner for substitute Crouch's thumping header.
Leicester went ahead when Vicente Iborra lashed home from a corner and the Spaniard could have had a first-half hat-trick but had a close-range effort blocked and powered a header over the crossbar.
Former PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez impressed throughout for the visitors and cut in from the left to drill home Leicester's second, before Crouch levelled.
Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made a string of saves to preserve a point,
|Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom|
Huddersfield manager David Wagner says the club's journey to the top 10 of the Premier League has been "something unbelievable" after watching his 10 men mark the second anniversary of his appointment by beating West Brom.
The 46-year-old German, who replaced Chris Powell on 5 November 2015 with Town 18th in the Championship, saw the Terriers move into the top half of the table with a gritty victory.
Town survived Christopher Schindler's 57th-minute sending-off to extend Albion's miserable run of form and increase the focus on manager Tony Pulis.
West Brom had only won two of their previous 19 Premier League games before their trip to West Yorkshire, a poor sequence of results that has Baggies boss Pulis in the spotlight.
Pulis has guided Albion to three mid-table finishes since taking over in January 2015, but those achievements have still not won over some sections of the Albion support.
They are unhappy with Pulis' methodical style of play and bemoan a lack of creativity in an Albion side that has scored just nine goals in their opening 11 Premier League matches.
|Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth|
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes Steve Cook's injury-time winner against Newcastle could be a "key turning point in our season" after the Cherries moved out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Cook's first goal since 4 December 2016, a header from Andrew Surman's corner, lifted the visitors three places up the table to 16th.
A match low on quality was heading for a goalless conclusion after both teams wasted good chances to score before Cook struck to earn the Cherries a second successive away win.
Newcastle's former Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie hit the post from distance while visiting keeper Asmir Begovic produced fine saves to deny Ritchie and Christian Atsu, and Dwight Gayle spurned another opportunity for the hosts.
"We have to understand that in these sort of games we have to do better," said Magpies boss Rafael Benitez.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche hailed his "fantastic" side after their narrow win at Southampton moved them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and fifth-placed Arsenal.
The victory, which came courtesy of substitute Sam Vokes' header with nine minutes left, moved the Turf Moor club on to 19 points from 11 games, their best start to a top-flight campaign since 1973-74.
The Clarets have collected 11 points on the road this season, four more than they did in the whole of 2016-17.
Southampton had come closest to scoring before the break, with Pope thwarting Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond with excellent saves.
But the hosts ran out of ideas in the second half and dropped to 13th place with their third home defeat of the season.
|Swansea City 0-1 Brighton |
Brighton extended their unbeaten run to four matches with victory at Swansea City, who slipped into the relegation zone with a fifth defeat from six home Premier League games this season.
The visitors were gifted their goal as Federico Fernandez ducked out of the way of a cross, allowing Glenn Murray to nudge the ball in with his thigh.
Having been booed off at half-time, the Swans at least mustered a handful chances after the interval, with Tammy Abraham having one shot well saved by Mat Ryan and substitute Luciano Narsingh hitting the crossbar.
But they were undermined by a combination of their own unimaginative attacking and Brighton's disciplined defending.
Victory for the Seagulls lifts them to eighth in the Premier League and gives them back-to-back away wins in the top flight for the first time since 1981 and only the second time in their history.
Liverpool produced the "perfect" counter-attacking performance to thrash West Ham at London Stadium on Saturday, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said.
Mohamed Salah scored twice, while Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also netted in a 4-1 win.
The Reds, who are sixth in the Premier League, have now scored 10 goals in their last three games in all competitions.
Defeat for West Ham means they are 17th and just one point above the relegation zone. The Hammers' points total of nine after 11 games matches their total over the same period in 2010-11 when they were relegated from the top flight.
"The pressure mounts game by game and at this moment it is big," Bilic said.
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|Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace|
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga performed "fantastically well" on his debut as Spurs laboured to victory against the Premier League's bottom club Crystal Palace.
The north London side looked weary after their Champions League victory over Real Madrid in midweek, but Son Heung-min's superb curled shot from the edge of the area on the hour mark secured three points.
Roy Hodgson's side remain at the foot of the table but they were disciplined and sufficiently industrious going forward to create several chances at Wembley.
Deputising for the injured Hugo Lloris and ill Michel Vorm, Gazzaniga thwarted Palace with a sequence of fine saves - and on the occasion he was beaten, Wilfried Zaha screwed his shot wide of an open goal after rounding the 25-year-old.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised his side's "amazing" run of form after they outclassed Arsenal to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
City have won nine consecutive league matches, a club record for a single season, have progressed to the knockout stage of the Champions League and are through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Kevin de Bruyne's driven finish and a Sergio Aguero penalty put City in command and, even though substitute Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back for Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus sealed victory for the home side from close range.
Arsenal were aggrieved at the penalty awarded for Nacho Monreal's challenge on Raheem Sterling and both Jesus and David Silva appeared to be offside for the third goal, but the visitors did not deserve to take anything from the game.
"It is unfortunate that the game finished the way it finished," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "You can accept it if City win in a normal way, but this is unacceptable."
|Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since September as Chelsea deservedly beat Manchester United to move a point behind the Red Devils in the Premier League.
Morata escaped the attentions of United's defenders to find yards of space and beat goalkeeper David de Gea from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross in the 55th minute.
It was another unproductive away day for United and manager Jose Mourinho after a goalless draw at Liverpool and loss to Huddersfield Town, leaving them eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who beat Arsenal 3-1 earlier in the day.
Everton held on to earn their first win under caretaker boss David Unsworth as Watford threw away a two-goal lead and Tom Cleverley missed an injury-time penalty for the visitors.
In a remarkable second half which lasted 58 minutes, Cleverley had the chance to snatch a point but put his weak spot-kick wide, handing Everton a first victory in five games.
The Hornets had taken a healthy lead thanks to goals from Richarlison and Christian Kabasele.
But they lost first-choice keeper Heurelho Gomes, who was taken off with a nasty head gash shortly before Kabasele's goal, and it proved to be the turning point.