Premier League Roundup: Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United win big

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What a tremendous day of action on Saturday, as Week 10 of the Premier League delivered plenty of goals and some massive wins for the big teams.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all bagged big victories, while Chelsea were upset at Newcastle and West Brom piled on more misery to Crystal Palace.

Stoke’s goalkeeper Asmir Begovic got on the scoresheet, while Hull City beat 9-man Sunderland.

So, if you want a little taster of what happened in every single game, look no further than right here as we recap all the action from the eight games played on Saurday.

Enjoy.

Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool

Goals in either half from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey sealed a massive win for the Gunners who went five points clear at the top of the table. Liverpool rarely threatened as Arsene Wenger’s men eased to victory at the Emirates.

Fulham 1-3 Manchester United

A splendid start to the game saw United 3-0 up after 22 minutes with goals from Antonio Valencia Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney putting the result beyond doubt. A second half consolation did little to ease Fulham’s woe as the Red Devils got back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Hull City 1-0 Sunderland

An own goal from Carlos Cuellar was enough to hand all three points to the Tigers, and Sunderland didn’t make life easy on themselves as both Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena were sent-off before half time to leave the Black Cats with nine-men for most of the game.

Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City

Seven different goalscorers hit the back of the net for City, and it could’ve been even more after they took their foot off the gas after the break. Leading 4-0 at half time, City were in cruise control and reacted perfectly to the 2-1 loss at Chelsea last weekend. The big story before the game was Joe Hart being dropped, and his replacement Costel Pantilimon was hardly tested as he recorded a clean sheet.

Newcastle United 2-0 Chelsea

What a win for the Magpies as they weathered an early storm in the first half at St. James’ Park before putting in a great second half display. Yoan Gouffran’s header put them ahead, before Loic Remy sealed the win late on after Chelsea had battered the Newcastle goal.

Stoke City 1-1 Southampton

The Potters went ahead after just 12 second in crazy fashion, as goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored from inside his own box. Stoke’s ‘keeper launched a long ball forward and caught Artur Boruc off guard with a massive bounce. But the Saints responded well as Jay Rodriguez equalized before half time and they had numerous chances to win the game. Draw probably a fair result.

West Brom 2-0 Crystal Palace

Big win for the Baggies who climb comfortably into midtable after dispatching a spirited Palace side. Youngster Saido Berahino finished coolly before Gareth McAuely’s late header sealed the win. Nine defeats from 10 games for the Eagles…

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

The Hammers and Villans played out a game that won’t live long in the memory. With plenty of injuries, Villa held firm despite plenty of pressure from West Ham who have now failed to score in six of their 10 PL games this season. Back to the drawing board for both sides.

Championship Focus: Bluebirds flying, Villa second-last

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The wild 46-game slate that is the Football League Championship is already howling, with all 24 teams three matches deep into their campaigns toward Premier League promotion (or avoiding relegation to League One).

The three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season all sit within the Top 8 after three match days. Sunderland is unbeaten with a win and two draws, while Hull City is 1-1-1.

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Middlesbrough has two wins from three matches, three points behind three sides who’ve started a perfect 3-0.

Wolves and Ipswich Town are two of the three, and Cardiff City leads the way. Owner Vincent Tan has seen his club score six goals without conceding once in defeats of Burton Albion, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United.

Burton is 0-3, while Steve Bruce‘s Villa is just one point better and sits 23rd.

As for individual superlatives, Bristol City’s Bobby Reid has four goals to lead the league while familiar names Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) and Abel Hernandez (Hull City) are among a quartet of players to score thrice.

Meanwhile, PL transfer target Jota of Brentford continues to impress with three assists through three matches. Will he remain in the second tier by the close of the transfer window?

MLS Snapshot: Montreal Impact 3-0 Chicago Fire

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The game in 100 words (or less)Ignacio Piatti is very good at soccer, and Chicago backstop Matt Lampson is going to see him deep into his dreams. Piatti beat Lampson up close on a turnover and then, with Montreal ahead 2-0 off a PK, the Argentine curled a surprise shot from distance around the keeper. Game, set, match, and it wasn’t even halftime. The loss keeps Chicago from using its match-in-hand to catch second place New York City FC, while the three points move Montreal to within two points of the East’s final playoff position.

Three moments that mattered

6′ — Piatti starts the party — Gifted a chance with the keeper by a sloppy missed clearing attempt, the Argentine deftly pops the ball over Fire keeper Matt Lampson.

36′ — Lampson hurts his cause — Chicago’s backstop wasn’t at fault on the opening goal, but he was for the second. After chopping down Matteo Mancosu in the box, Lampson guessed wrong on the striker’s penalty kick and the Fire went down 2-0.

38′ — It’s not your night, Lamps — Pretty sure you can anyone named Lampson, Lamps. Anyway, this time it was one of MLS’ top newcomers who set up Piatti for a goal. “Nacho” has his 12th of the season thanks to Blerim Dzemaili, and my goodness did Piatti do well here.

Man of the Match: Piatti.

Forbes ranks the top supporters in Major League Soccer

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Forbes claims the shared honor will give two Cascadia Cup rivals one less thing to argue about, but we completely disagree.

The celebrated magazine says their metrics show the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders tied for the honor of who has the best fans in Major League Soccer.

The post says the determination was made through four factors: attendance, local TV ratings, merchandise sales, and social media followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Attendance was weighted heaviest, which certainly gives Atlanta United hope to go charging up the rankings in the future. For now, the “Five Stripes” are not included in the list.

The Galaxy finish third in the rankings, while the sixth-place New York Red Bulls edge New York City FC by one spot.

For the report and full explanation, head here.

Europa League preview: Everton, Milan, Marseille take next steps

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The UEFA Europa League playoff round takes full flight Thursday, a day after Utrecht struck a blow for the Eredivisie with a 1-0 win over Zenit Saint-Petersburg in a Wednesday first leg.

Premier League participants Everton will be seeking a result at home against Hajduk Split, the third-place team from Croatia’s top flight.

Gylfi Sigurdsson passed his medical at Goodison Park but will not be available for Everton on Thursday.

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As for the match, manager Ronald Koeman knows the Thursday matchdays for the UEL will try his club’s endurance and depth. From EvertonFC.com:

“We know English teams have some problems. I think it is more mental than physical because if you play in the Champions League – so Wednesday and Saturday – you have the same amount of days to recover. I try to put out the strongest team to start the game. That will take into account the tactical aspects of each game. That will mean different players start and different options in terms of substitutions.”

Captained by Zoran Nizic and managed by Joan Carrillo, Hajduk has a young star in the making in the form of 19-year-old attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic, but Everton is heavily favored at home with Hajduk given 12:1 odds by bookmakers.

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Those numbers are a relative sure thing compared to AC Milan’s visitors. Macedonia club Shkendija are a 33:1 underdog for its trip to Italy.

Elsewhere, Slovenian side Domzale is a longshot at home to visiting Marseille.

Speaking of bookmakers, Arsenal won’t enter the competition until the group stage but is considered the favorite to win the UEL by a hair over Milan. Everton, Villarreal, and Athletic Bilbao are level with third-best odds.

UEFA Europa League playoff first legs
Utrecht 1-0 Zenit — Weds.
BATE Borisov vs. Oleksandriya — 1 p.m. ET Thursday
Apollon Limassol vs. Midtjylland — 1 p.m.
Krasnodar vs. Red Star Belgrade — 1 p.m.
Dinamo Zagreb vs. Skenderbeu — 1 p.m.
FH vs. Braga — 1:45 p.m. ET Thursday
PAOK vs. Ostersund — 2 p.m. ET Thursday
Vardar vs. Fenerbahce — 2 p.m.
Plzen vs. AEK Lamaca — 2:15 p.m. ET Thursday
Altach vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday
Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Suduva — 2:30 p.m.
Panathinaikos vs. Athletic Bilbao — 2:30 p.m.
Domzale vs. Marseille — 2:45 p.m. ET Thursday
Osijek vs. Austria Wien — 2:45 p.m.
Viitorul vs. Red Bull Salzburg — 2:45 p.m.
Ajax vs. Rosenborg — 2:45 p.m.
Legia Warsaw vs. Sheriff — 2:45 p.m.
AC Milan vs. Shkendija — 2:45 p.m.
Club Brugge vs. AEK — 2:45 p.m.
Partizan vs. Videoton — 3 p.m. ET Thursday
Everton vs. Hajduk Split — 3:05 p.m. ET Thursday
Maritimo vs. Dynamo Kyiv — 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday