Premier League Roundup: Both clubs from Manchester fall, Arsenal assumes two-point lead atop the table (video)

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There was history making stuff on Saturday as the bulk of Round 6 played out across England. And those tables … they are looking a bit wacky today, with Southampton ahead of Manchester City and well ahead of mighty Manchester United!

Here’s the full recap of Saturday’s PL matches, with video highlights of each:

Swansea 1-2 Arsenal – Recap

Wasn’t it just one month ago with the pitchfork-and-lantern crowd were at Arsene Wenger’s North London door? It has all turned so Gunners golden, as Arsenal’s 15 points matches the club’s best start since 2007-08. (They earned 16 points from their first six contests that year.) The Gunners are top of the PL table now after goals by Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey at the Liberty Stadium.

Hull City 1-0 West Ham United – Recap

The big talkers of the day were those two glamour sides from Manchester falling. But we should save a few excited words for little Hull City, too! How about those Tigers, a newly promoted side now sitting (almost regally) in seventh after Saturday’s win over West Ham. Yes, these newly promoted sides have a way of starting fast and then slipping slowly through the year. But never mind that for now, because three wins in six matches is worthy achievement, indeed.

Fulham 1-2 Cardiff City — Recap

How about Cardiff, with its first win away from home in England’s top flight since 1961! Meanwhile, the shot of beleaguered Martin Jol on Fulham’s bench tells the story of this one, a big three points at Craven Cottage for the team from Wales. What will come of Jol this week?

Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea – Recap

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has not always had the kindest words for midfielder Juan Mata this year. But the Spanish midfielder has responded just as a good pro should, raising his game recently. And Mata was certainly the difference in Saturday’s London derby. Mourinho got his second half tactics right as the Blues split the points with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Manchester United 1-2 West Bromich Albion – Recap

It was elation for West Brom (first win at historic Old Trafford since 1978, back before most of the players were even born) and more grim news for Manchester United and first-year manager David Moyes. This is the worst start for a league campaign around Old Trafford since the 1989-90 season. Coming off last week’s 4-1 hammering by the local rivals, the heat on Moyes must be absolutely intense.

Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace – Recap

It may not have been the prettiest of matches, but Dani Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert hit for Southampton, and look who is suddenly in fourth place! If the Champions League places were chosen today … well, never mind. It’s a bit early for all that. Still, another big day for Southampton’s excellent defense (just two goals conceded) and more woe for Crystal Palace, just one spot off the bottom.

Aston Villa 3-2 Manchester City – Recap

It must have been difficult for City to come back to Earth after last week’s ginormous 4-1 win over rival Manchester United. But credit to Villa for a big second half performance, especially from Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna (who scored on a free kick) and to Andreas Weimann, who raced past the visitor’s clunky defense to poke in the game-winner. Said Weimann: “Scoring the winner against Man City, you don’t do that every day. It is incredible!”

Spanish police dismantle match-fixing scheme in 3rd, 4th tiers

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MADRID (AP) Spanish police have dismantled a match-fixing scheme involving players and clubs in the country’s lower divisions.

Authorities said more than 20 people have been detained as part of the police operation launched on Monday, including players, although no names were immediately disclosed.

The matches under suspicion were in the third and fourth divisions this season and last season.

The match-fixing scheme reportedly involved Chinese betting sites.

The Spanish league said the operation was based on information collected by its analysts about suspicious activities.

UCL preview: Chelsea host Barcelona; Bayern vs. Besiktas

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  • Chelsea vs. Barcelona, at Stamford Bridge
  • Bayern Munich vs. Besiktas, at Allianz Arena
  • Champions League round of 16 resumes on Tuesday

[ UCL: Spurs fight back to draw Juventus | Liverpool thrash Porto in leg 1 ]

Chelsea, mired in some of their worst form since the disastrous 2015-16 season, welcome a Barcelona side enjoying one of the best six-month runs of results in the famed club’s entire history. The Blues have won just four of their last 12 games across all competitions, while the Blaugrana have lost once in 38 games.

On the plus side, Chelsea enter Tuesday’s colossal clash as winners of their last two games — back-to-back wins for the first time in 2018 — having outscored the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Hull City by a combined 7-0. Star striker Alvaro Morata returned to action against Hull after five weeks out with a back injury, thus Antonio Conte has something of a selection dilemma on his hands with the Spaniard perhaps only partially fit, and Olivier Giroud racking up a goal and three assists in the last two games, his first starts for the club.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have conceded just two goals in their last nine games (all competitions) and even managed to overturn their lone defeat, to Espanyol, and advance to the Copa del Rey semifinals (and eventually final). Despite losing Neymar in the summer, Barca mostly cruised through their Champions League group, only dropping points in draws away to Juventus and Olympiacos. Lionel Messi has, strangely, never scored a goal in his eight career appearances against Chelsea, a record which has been spoken about at length in the build-up to Tuesday — similarly to the goal-less record which plagued him against Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, whom he finally bested back in September.

[ MORE: Man City win big away to Basel | Real Madrid 3-1 PSG ]

In the other round-of-16 first-leg matchup on Tuesday, five-time (soon-to-be six) defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich host surprise winners of Group G, Besiktas, ahead of the likes of Monaco, RB Leipzig and Porto.

Since taking over on an interim basis (through the end of the season), Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes has won 21 of 22 games of which he’s been in charge, including four of six games during the group stage en route to finish second behind Paris Saint-Germain, while also racing out to a 19-point lead back home in Germany.

Aguero involved in clash with Wigan fan after FA Cupset

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Sergio Aguero was involved in a confrontation with a Wigan fan as ugly scenes marred the end of the third-division side’s shock FA Cup win over Manchester City on Monday.

[ MORE: Wigan shock Man City, the world and themselves ]

Fans spilled on to the pitch at DW Stadium as the host celebrated its 1-0 fifth-round win against the runaway English Premier League leader.

Supporters from both clubs were involved in disturbances, while television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and striker Aguero involved in a physical exchange.

Aguero appeared to hit the supporter after the fan said something to the player, and Aguero had to be held back by his City teammates.

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Advertising hoardings were also ripped out and thrown as a pitch invasion by Wigan fans got out of hand while the defeated City players were being escorted off the pitch.

Footage also appeared to show objects, including an advertising board, being thrown at police officers by fans in the City end.

Wigan shock themselves: “Not sure how it feels, hasn’t sunk in yet”

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Wigan Athletic didn’t just shock Manchester City with their FA Cup fifth-round slaying of the runaway Premier League leaders; nor did they merely shock the rest of the footballing world; they also shocked themselves into disbelief, according to defender Dan Burn.

[ MORE: Goodbye, quadruple! Wigan bounce 10-man City from FA Cup ]

Speaking following Monday’s triumph over Pep Guardiola‘s quadruple-chasing side at the DW Stadium, Burn admitted he himself didn’t know what to make of the night that would undoubtedly highlight and change his own professional career — quotes from the BBC:

“Not sure how it feels, hasn’t sunk in yet. It was a really tough game. The belief was always there. We’ve got Will Grigg, who does what he keeps doing.

“We pride ourselves on our clean sheets. We had a couple bad results before, so we wanted to prove ourselves, so a clean sheet against the best team in England is great.

“Once we scored, the fans really got behind us, just knew we needed to hang on. It was the longest 10 minutes of my life.”

[ MORE: Money from Wembley replay “will support Rochdale for 2 or 3 years” ]

Manager Paul Cook was able to articulate his happiness and pride only slightly better — “It feels great” — but offered the highest of praises to his players, whom “had to ride [their] luck at times” during the game, and gave everything they had to the cause, because that’s the only way you beat a team like Man City:

“It feels great. It’s such a severe test. They’re such a strong side and move the ball so well. We had to ride our luck at times and the sending off is always a big incident.

“Our lads deserve credit for their work and some of the blocks they made were outstanding, and to beat Man City you have to do that.”