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Chelsea move into English Premier League top spot

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Chelsea move into English Premier League top spot thanks to a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in Sunday’s only fixture. Fantasy Premier League’s second highest points man Diego Costa had an outstanding day. The forward not only tallied the game’s only goal, but he nabbed 18 points for his FPL managers.

The Blues had 57% possession in the fixture and could have scored more goals. Pedro’s left footed shot just after the hour-mark hit the woodwork. Costa’s man of the match performance puts him two points behind teammate Eden Hazard for the FPL points lead.

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

In what was suppose to be the match of the weekend, Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute equaliser spoiled Jose Mourinho’s attempt at a second win in his last six matches.

Manchester United had taken the lead through Juan Mata on 69 minutes, and it looked like the Red Devils would eke out a win at Old Trafford. Arsenal only managed one shot on target during the 90 minutes as Manchester United out shot the Gunners 12-5. However, it was not to be a win for Mourinho picked up their fourth draw of the season.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester City nearly slipped up at Selhurst Park, however, Yaya Toure came to the Blues’ rescue. Playing in his first match of the season after being frozen out by manager Pep Guardiola, Toure scored twice to lift Manchester City into third place in the Premier League. The loss turns the pressure up on Alan Pardew. He is now 5/1 to get sacked, according to SkyBET.

Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool missed the chance to continue their onslaught on the Premier League as they were held to a scoreless draw with Southampton. Despite having 65% of the possession, Liverpool failed to breakdown the Saints’ rearguard.

Liverpool bombarded Southampton’s goal with 15 shots, but only two of those were able to find the target. The Reds slip into second in the Premier League following the draw, one point behind Chelsea.

Sunderland 3-0 Hull City

Liverpool’s next opponents, Sunderland, pulled off their second straight win of the Premier League season. David Moyes’ side emphatically beat Hull City 3-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to a goal from Jermain Defoe and two from Victor Anichebe.

Defoe was able to pick up an assist on Anichebe’s second, and FPL managers that had either man in the side were greatly rewarded. In the end, Defoe scored 11 points over the weekend, while Anichebe added 13 to his season’s total. Hull have lost five of six. Manager Mike Phelan is 4/1 to be sacked next.

Everton 1-1 Swansea

Despite Swansea players taking the blame for the team’s performances, manager Bob Bradley is still under pressure. The American is winless as Swansea manager, despite the Welsh club gaining a point with a 1-1 draw at Everton.

Bradley looked likely of gaining his first Premier League win thanks to a first half penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson. However, a lapse in the Swansea defence allowed Everton’s Seamus Coleman to strike just before full-time. Bradley currently leads SkyBET’s managerial sack race.

Tottenham 3-2 West Ham

Tottenham came from behind twice to snatch a late winner, 3-2. West Ham’s Michail Antonio had the Hammers up 1-0 within half hour-mark. Spurs’ Harry Winks levelled things just after halftime. However, West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini put West Ham back in the lead with a 68th minute penalty.

Just as the east end side looked likely to snatch a win at White Hart Lane, Harry Kane popped up with an 89th minute equaliser. Two minutes later, Kane struck from the penalty spot to give Spurs all three points. The win keeps Spurs quickly fading title hopes alive.

There were also wins over the weekend for Bournemouth and Watford as the two sides downed Stoke and Leicester City, respectively.


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