Saturday 3 P.M Kickoffs See Movement At Both Ends Of Premier League Table

The Premier League is back after the second international break of the season.

After the early draw between Manchester United and Chelsea saw the latter go top of the table, champions Manchester City had to overcome Burnley at home in order to lead the table once again.

Pep Guardiola’s side continued their long unbeaten domestic run in easy fashion, putting a struggling Burnley to the sword by five goals to nil. Five different players got on the scoresheet, with Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva getting one each during a comfortable rout.

The most significant development however was the return of Kevin De Bruyne to action, a whole month earlier than expected, coming on in the 58th minute. The comeback of the Belgian is a real shot in the arm given a difficult game against Spurs on the horizon next weekend following a midweek visit to Ukraine.

As for Spurs, they have forced their way into the top three, just about defeating West Ham in an all-London clash. Erik Lamela struck before half time as the away side held on to go briefly ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal, who are yet to play their games in hand.

Watford were winless in their last five matches, but thanks to a sensational start to the season, their away win at Molineux today puts  them in the European qualifying spots. Etienne Capoue and the red-hot Roberto Pereyra both struck within the space of two minutes to put Javi Gracia’s side 7th heading into November.

Cardiff City doubled their goal tally and got out of the relegation zone in one fell swoop against Fulham today. In a 4-2 win, Josh Murphy, Bobby Reid, Callum Paterson and Kadeem Harris condemned Fulham to their third straight defeat, with Slavia Jokanovic’s charges now in the relegation places.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth were held to a stalemate at home against Southampton. That the Saints were unable to break the deadlock comes as no surprise – they have scored just six league goals this season. Mark Hughes today went with Charlie Austin and promising new signing Danny Ings up front, but to no avail. Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini replaced both late on, but couldn’t force their way into the reckoning.

Newcastle lost 1-0 at home to Brighton, and are now bottom on just two points, a result that likely tightens the noose on Rafael Benitez’s tenure. The victory is Brighton’s first away win in the league since November 2017, and they go six points clear of the bottom three on eleven points.

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