West Ham ride luck in 2-1 win vs Aston Villa

The Hammers have made their best start to a season since they moved to the London Stadium four years ago but won’t have many fond memories from this lacklustre display other than the three points they take from the match.

A missed penalty from Ollie Watkins and a disallowed goal courtesy of VAR could easily have swung the result the other way but as it stands two goals, early in each half, was enough to seal the win for David Moyes.

West Ham started well with a goal inside the first two minutes of the game when Ogbonna headed home from a Jared Bowen corner after Tomas Soucek’s early shot was deflected wide.

Villa slowly grew into the game with Ezri Konsa heading over and Conor Hourihane tested Lucas Fabianski with a tasty free-kick before Jack Grealish levelled things up on 25mins with a deflected shot from 20 yards.

With West Ham offering little in the half outside of the goal, David Moyes rang the changes at half time hooking the returning Michael Antonio and Arthur Masuaku in favour of Sebastian Haller and Said Benrahma – the latter of which set up what turned out to be the winning goal within 30 seconds of the restart – swinging in a pinpoint cross with his right foot that was met by the head of Jared Bowen to net.

Aston Villa responded with Ollie Watkins laying a guilt edge opportunity on a plate for Trezeguet who somehow found Lucas Fabianski’s outstretched arm when it would have been easier to score.
Watkins then had the opportunity to score himself after Declan Rice was adjudged to have fouled Trezeguet in the box for the slightest pull on the Egyptians shirt but instead, Watkins missed the resuting penalty kick, striking the crossbar high to the keepers right.

The summer signing from Brentford thought he had rescued a point for the Midlands outfit in stoppage time as he tapped home Matt Targett’s cross but the VAR officials thought otherwise judging the striker to be marginally offside and handing West Ham a third straight win that takes them above Manchester City, Manchester United, Wolves and Southampton in the table.

Leicester City 1-2 Fulham: Cottagers strike from the spot in vital Premier League win

The striker’s spot-kick, after Ademola Lookman’s opener, gave Scott Parker’s side a surprise 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.

The Cottagers had missed their previous three penalties but they are now a point above the Premier League’s drop zone.

Harvey Barnes grabbed a late consolation for the hosts while Youri Tielemans and Wesley Fofana hit the woodwork in the first half.

Leicester stay fourth, missing the chance to go level on points with Tottenham and Liverpool at the top.

Defeat also increased their home woes with the Foxes having lost three of their last four and they now face a 3,200-mile round trip to Ukraine for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Zorya Luhansk.

Fulham, though, were good value for their win with Andre-Frank Anguissa, Cavaleiro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all impressing.

They rode their luck in the first half but rarely looked troubled once Lookman opened the scoring.

Yet it would have been different had Leicester gone ahead after 19 minutes instead of hitting the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds.

Harrison Reed chopped down James Justin and James Maddison’s free-kick struck the Cottagers’ wall.

It fell for Tielemans on the edge of the area and his first-time strike flew through a crowd to hit the post with the rebound finding Fofana.

The defender was unmarked with just Alphonse Areola to beat but managed to lift his shot over the goalkeeper and onto the bar from six yards.

The Foxes briefly threatened to take control but, after Antonee Robinson fired straight at Kasper Schmeichel, Fulham snatched the lead on the half hour.

Anguissa took possession inside his own half and burst forward, slipping in Lookman as Fofana went to the ball.

The striker then comfortably beat Schmeichel for his second goal of the season and celebrated by lifting a Senegal shirt in tribute to former Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop following his death over the weekend.

If the opener stunned the Foxes they were shell-shocked when Fulham grabbed a second eight minutes later.

Bobby Decordova-Reid went down under Christian Fuchs’ challenge in the box only for play to continue. VAR stepped in and referee Simon Hooper awarded the spot-kick after consulting his screen.

Cavaleiro buried the penalty – three-and-a-half minutes after the initial foul – having missed from the spot in last week’s defeat to Everton.

The Cottagers had missed five of their previous eight Premier League penalties.

Fulham reached the break unscathed – the first time they had a two-goal lead away in the Premier League at the interval in almost nine years.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers introduced Cengiz Under and Barnes but the visitors stood firm.

Loftus-Cheek even had a shot deflected over and Schmeichel denied Lookman a second with 16 minutes left.

The Foxes looked out of ideas before Barnes pulled a goal back with four minutes remaining, hammering in Jamie Vardy’s knockdown, but Fulham held on.

Wolves pick up vital 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal

Mikel Areta’s team have won just once in Premier League action since October and goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence condemned them to another home defeat.

Both teams struggled for fluidity in the opening stages as Neto converted the first genuine chance on the night.

Leander Dendoncker powered Adama Traore’s cross against the Gunners crossbar and Neto reacted quickest to the rebound to slot home the opener.

But despite the setback, Arsenal did react quickly as Gabriel emphatically nodded home Willian’s corner.

However, the game seesawed back into Wolves’ favour as Podence edged them back in front before the break.

Again it was the Arsenal defence that shot themselves in the foot as Bernd Leno could only parry Neto’s drive and the sharp Podence pounced on the rebound.

Arsenal did look to haul themselves back into after the break, but their sporadic threat only yielded a wasted effort from Reiss Nelson as Nuno Santo’s Wolves stayed on course for all three points.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 1 Wolves 2

Chelsea and Tottenham battle out 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge

Lampard stretched his unbeaten Premier League run over Jose Mourinho to three games in one of the more forgettable London derbies.

Neither side created much in a busy opening half an hour, with Timo Werner offside goal the closest to a breakthrough.

Spurs seemed happy to leave the Blues in possession in the first 45 minutes with Serge Aurier and Harry Kane testing Edouard Mendy from distance.

Chelsea continued to edge it in a scrappy start to the second period as Tammy Abraham skidded a header wide of Hugo Lloris’ post.

Lampard threw on Olivier Giroud to try and force a winner in the closing stages and the French striker almost punished Joe Rodon’s error in added time but Lloris reacted smartly to save a point for Mourinho.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Edinson Cavani inspires Manchester United 3-2 comeback win at Southampton

The hosts dominated the opening 45 minutes, but an old classic of a game of two halves, Cavani’s half time kickstarted an incredible United comeback.

On a day to forget for United’s defence, it was the Saints who stormed into the lead on 23 minutes as Jan Bednarek powered home James Ward-Prowse’s corner.

And Ward-Prowse turned from provider to lethal finisher ten minutes later as the England midfielder curled home a trademark free kick.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team could and should have wrapped the game up before the break, but United keeper David De Gea produced a brilliant stop to deny Stuart Armstrong.

That chink of hope was all United needed after restart, as Alex McCarthy denied Cavani and Marcus Rashford in a busy spell for the visitors.

But that change in direction for Solskjaer’s side was exactly what they needed as Bruno Fernandes burst into the box to bury Cavani’s cross.

With their tails up in the final stages, a determined United equalised with 15 to go, as Fernandes and Cavani linked up again.

The Portuguese international’s cross caused panic inside the Saints box and Cavani stayed alive to poke past McCarthy.

However, the veteran striker was in no mood to settle for a point on the south coast and he nodded home Rashford’s cross to seal a dramatic three points in added time.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 2 Manchester United 3

West Brom secure their first Premier League win in 2020/21 against Sheffield United

Both sides were winless heading into this tie, with a total of 18 games and no wins on the board.

But a first half strike from Chelsea loanee Conor Townsend proved the difference in the West Midlands as Slaven Bilic’s team edge out of the relegation zone.

The Blades were the brighter in the opening stages as Oli McBurnie and John Fleck both wasted early chances.

But with the visitors unable to find a cutting edge despite creating chances, West Brom took full advantage on 13 minutes.

Mateus Pereira’s corner was only cleared to the edge of the box and Gallagher was onto the loose ball in a flash and drilled past Aaron Ramsdale.

But Chris Wilder’s side were quick to react to that as Sam Johnstone produced a fantastic stop from Oli Burke.

It was the hosts that enjoyed the better chances just after the break as Ramsdale was called into action to deny Kyle Bartley and Callum Robinson.

That left the door open for the Blades late on but their familiar lack of cutting edge came back to haunt them again as West Brom hung in for that vital first win.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 1 Sheffield United 0

Leeds United get back on track with brilliant 1-0 Premier League win at Everton

Marcelo Bielsa’s side landed on Merseyside without a win in over a month, but a first club goal for Brazilian Raphinha sees them right back on track.

Both teams were quick out of the blocks at Goodison, with Raphinha and Jack Harrison wasting excellent early chances and Abdoulaye Doucoure testing Illian Meslier.

But it was Leeds that dominated things before the break, with Ben Godfrey clearing Harrison’s effort off the line before the Manchester City loanee powered a header off the post.

The pattern of chance after chance continued at a frantic pace after the restart as man of the moment Dominic Calvert-Lewin forced a fine stop from Meslier.

With the game swinging from end to end in the final stages, it was Leeds that looked the most likely to find that all important breakthrough.

Everton had looked to have done enough to weather the West Yorkshire storm late on but a moment of magic from Raphinha settled it for Bielsa.

Harrison found him in space on the edge of the box and a quick shift of the hips created the perfect as he slammed home past a helpless Jordan Pickford.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 0 Leeds 1

Newcastle secure late 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace

Three points for the Magpies ends poor run on the road for Steve Bruce, with late strikes from Joelinton and Callum Wilson securing a crucial three points.

Neither side created much in poor opening half hour in South London, with Joelinton’s long range strike testing Vicente Guaita.

Palace did slowly edge themselves into the game before the break, with Eberechi Eze and Jeff Schlupp both denied by Karl Darlow.

That sense of frustration continued for both teams after the restart, before Palace missed a huge chance to take the lead.

Christian Benteke shook off two Newcastle defender to connect with Patrick van Aanholt’s cross but his header was well stopped by Darlow.

That let off opened the door for Newcastle, and Wilson raced on Joelinton’s pass to expertly slot past Guaita.

And the Brazilian got the goal his hard work deserved in added time as his deflected wrongfooted Guaita and sealed the win for Bruce.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 2

Riyad Mahrez nets a hat trick as Manchester City crush Burnley 5-0

Pep Guardiola’s side have been in dire need of a dominant performance in recent weeks, and a hat trick from Riyad Mahrez power his side to all three points.

City dominated this one from start to finish at the Etihad, with Mahrez edging them in front after six minutes.

James Tarkowski gifted possession to Kevin De Bruyne just inside his own half and the Belgian fed the rampaging Mahrez to fire a brilliant effort past Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

And Burnley were to shoot themselves in the foot yet again on 24 minutes, as Mahrez seized on a loose ball on the edge of the box and fired an unstoppable effort home.

With the Clarets simply chasing shadows before the break, a brilliant team goal from Benjamin Mendy essentially sealed the tie before the break.

De Bruyne was once again at the heart of it for City, finding Mendy on the overlap after a 25 pass move, and the French full back powered into the far corner.

And there was to be no slowing down from Pep’s men after the break as they continued to tear Burnley to bits.

Ferran Torres got himself in on the act on the hour as he tucked home another City passing carousel, before Mahrez completed a hat trick just after.

The Algerian was unplayable for Burnley on the day and he bulleted home a header from Phil Foden’s clever cross to make five goals and three points for Pep.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 5 Burnley 0

Premier League Preview: West Ham v Aston Villa

The Villains have come off the rails a bit in recent weeks, with just one win in four, and the former Brentford boss will need to rotate to arrest their worrying dip in form.

However, with seven stars sidelined through injury, his options are reduced ahead of the trip to the capital.

Conor Hourihane could come in to stiffen up the midfield, with fit again Bertrand Traore in line to replace Ross Barkley in attack.

The hosts head into this on the back of some solid form, with back to back 1-0 wins over Fulham and Sheffield United.

And that consistency means David Moyes is set to stick with the old reliable here and name an unchanged team for the third game in a row.

And it’s a late one to wrap up the Premier League weekend with an 8pm start at the London Stadium.

Premier League Preview: Leicester City v Fulham

The Foxes are still in a strong position in the opening weeks of the campaign, but that defeat will have dented some confidence in their side.

However, Rodgers could stick by his players, and name an unchanged side this weekend, with Ricardo Pereira, Timothy Castagne and Wilf Ndidi all still sidelined.

Turkish international Cengiz Under impressed off the bench at Liverpool and he could be one potential change, if Rodgers opts to rest Marc Albrighton.

For Fulham, things don’t get any easier for under fire boss Scott Parker, with no away wins so far this season ahead of the trip to Leicester.

But with his options limited by a struggling squad, he is also set for minor changes with Aleksandr Mitrovic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both set to start.

And it’ll be a 5.15pm kick on Monday night at the King Power Stadium

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Wolves

The Gunners have won just once since the start of October in Premier League action and Mikel Arteta is certain to rotate his options.

Nicolas Pepe misses out through suspension, with Alexandre Lacazette set to return to the starting team as his replacement.

Bukayo Saka and Willian are also back in full training and should start, but Thomas Partey and David Luiz are expected to miss out.

For the visitors, Santo and his players are also stuck in a rut, with one win in four in the league.

But the Portuguese boss is set to stick to his guns in North London, with skipper Conor Coady the only change to his side, replacing Matt Kilman in defence.

And it’s all set for a 7.15 kick off on Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium.