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Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea: Clinical Morata buries Potters

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  • Morata scores in 2′
  • Pedro doubles lead
  • Stoke give away chances

Alvaro Morata scored his first Premier League hat trick as part of a dominant display as Chelsea punished mistake-ridden Stoke City 4-0 at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Pedro scored the Blues’ other goal, and Chelsea moved third in the league with 13 points.

Stoke sits 15th with five points, one ahead of the drop zone.

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It was a ruthless start from the Blues, with Tiemoue Bakayoko starting a charge with N'Golo Kante that led to Alvaro Morata 1v1 with an indecisive Jack Butland. There was only one result, as the saying goes, with Morata sliding a clinical finish beyond the splayed Butland in the second minute.

Stoke didn’t shrink away, though, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was again a threat for the Potters.

Pedro made it 2-0 off a miscue from Potters’ skipper Darren Fletcher, who chested the Spaniard through on goal.

Stoke had a chance to answer back when Bakayoko gave away a foul atop the arc, but Xherdan Shaqiri‘s effort hit the wall and went out for a corner.

Mame Biram Diouf missed an overhead kick in the 43rd minute as the Potters kept searching for a way back into the match.

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Stoke fans were living when Marcos Alonso nearly took a second yellow card in the 53rd minute, let off the hook by Mike Dean.

But Morata took his next chance very, very well, forcing a turnover and racing past Fletcher before making a difficult finish look simple. His hat trick goal was much easier, a tap-in past Butland.

PL AT HALF: Morata scores as Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City lead (video)

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Mauricio Pochettino says he’s in love with Harry Kane, and we’ll wait to see if Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea gaffer Antonio Conte feel the same about their star strikers after goals in two of Saturday’s six 10 a.m. ET kickoffs in the Premier League.

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Manchester City 1-0 Crystal Palace  – NBCSN [STREAM]

Wayne Hennessey is certainly being tested, and Scott Dann didn’t give him much help when Leroy Sane worked a 1-2 with David Silva to make it 1-0 just before halftime.

Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea – CNBC [STREAM]

Alvaro Morata found himself 1v1 with Jack Butland, and made it look like a shooting drill to give the visitors a lead. An uncharacteristic Darren Fletcher giveaway cued Pedro up for Chelsea’s second.

Swansea City 0-1 Watford  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Unfortunate defending and/or communication from Swans led to Andre Gray with the ball on the doorstep. That is rarely a good thing for the opposition.

Everton 0-0 Bournemouth  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Simon Francis bloodied Wayne Rooney with an elbow to the eye inside the 18. The call? Nothing.

Southampton 0-1 Manchester United  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

It’s Romelu Lukau who’s scored at St. Mary’s, as United looks ready to continue its fine unbeaten run. The Belgian’s header off an Ashley Young cross was saved by Fraser Forster, but the rebound dropped right to the star striker.

Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield Town  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Nothing going to separate two early season top half surprises.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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It is still early in the season but the player Power Rankings are already becoming increasingly familiar.

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Players from Manchester City dominate our top five, while plenty of stars from Manchester United are also in the top 20 as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola work their magic. There are also plenty of new entries as new signings find their feet across the league.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.


  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
  2. Nemanja Matic (Man United) – Up 11
  3. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – New entry
  4. David Silva (Man City) – Up 11
  5. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Up 4
  6. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) – New entry
  7. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Down 5
  8. Gabriel Jesus (Man City) – Even
  9. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – New entry
  10. Juan Mata (Man United) – New entry
  11. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – Down 7
  12. David De Gea (Man United) – New entry
  13. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) – New entry
  14. Mario Lemina (Southampton) – New entry
  15. Cesar Azpcilicueta (Chelsea) – Down 3
  16. Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Down 11
  17. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) – New entry
  18. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) – New entry
  19. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) – New entry
  20. Shokdran Mustafi (Arsenal) – New entry

League Cup: Foxes oust LFC; Stoke, Burnley upset (video)

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Leicester City turned to its favorite tactics to send Liverpool out of the League Cup, while Bristol City stunned struggling Stoke City as 11 matches dotted the English tournament landscape on Tuesday.

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Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool

Both sides were decidedly second-string, and the Reds had plenty of control over the proceedings despite a lack of goals.

But substitute Shinji Okazaki scored in traffic after Vicente Iborra headed a corner kick his way, and the Foxes took a late lead.

And Okazaki cued up Islam Slimani for a wonderful 78th minute marker (see above) to ensure the result.

Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City

The Robins were flying at Ashton Gate, getting an opener in the 50th minute through Famara Diedhiou and a 60th minute insurance tally from Matt Taylor.

Stoke left some starters on the bench in Erik Pieters, Joe Allen, Jack Butland, and Jese, but had plenty of their best in the XI (Kurt Zouma, Eric Choupo-Moting, Darren Fletcher).

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Barnsley

Spurs had a hefty edge in shots and possession, but the visitors held firm against a decent side including Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele.

Fernando Llorente made his first Spurs start, but it was Dele who broke the Londoners through on the side’s 17th shot of the night.

Burnley 2-2 (3-5 PKs) Leeds United

Sean Dyche‘s Premier Leaguers were dismissed from the tournament by Thomas Christiansen’s high-flying Championship side.

It took penalty kicks, where Leeds GK Andy Lonergan stopped James Tarkowski to send the Clarets out of the Cup.

Hadi Sacko had an eye for the winner, assisted by Pablo Hernandez, but Chris Wood converted an 89th minute penalty to, seemingly, send the match to extra time.

Hernandez then scored a penalty of his own in stoppage time, only for Robbie Brady‘s free kick to equalize and again put the match on pace for extra time.

Elsewhere
Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough
Brentford 1-3 Norwich City
Bournemouth 1-0 (ET) Brighton
West Ham 3-0 Bolton
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 (ET) Bristol Rovers
Reading 0-2 Swansea City
Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers — Wednesday
Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest — Wednesday
Everton vs. Sunderland — Wednesday
Manchester United vs. Burton Albion — Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City — Wednesday

Latest Premier League player Power Rankings

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It is time to reflect on where we are at during the 2017-18 Premier League season and rank the players who stood tall in Week 4.

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Players from Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea dominate the list as their good form continues, while a few Man United players slip down the list as stars from Liverpool and Arsenalslide out of the top 20.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.


  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
  2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – New entry
  3. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – Up 1
  4. Pascal Gross (Brighton & Hove Albion) – New entry
  5. Jack Butland (Stoke City) – New entry
  6. Cesar Azpcilicueta (Chelsea) – New entry
  7. Willian (Chelsea) – Up 2
  8. Gabriel Jesus (Man City) – New entry
  9. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – New entry
  10. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – New entry
  11. Paul Pogba (Man United) – Down 9
  12. Erik Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City) – New entry
  13. Nemanja Matic (Man United) – Down 1
  14. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – Up 2
  15. David Silva (Man City) – Down 5
  16. Benjamin Mendy (Man City) – New entry
  17. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – Down 4
  18. Pedro (Chelsea) – New entry
  19. Michail Antonio (West Ham) – New entry
  20. Andy Carroll (West Ham) – New entry