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PL roundup: Chalk at the top, blowouts at the bottom

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Get caught up on all of Saturday’s Premier League fixtures…

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Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham HotspurFULL RECAP

What’s left to say about Man City at this point? Christmas is still nine days away, and their lead in the title race has already ballooned to 14 points. Pep Guardiola‘s side will have such an advantage that they’ll be able to choose between chasing the elusive unbeaten PL season, or resting key players with an eye toward winning the UEFA Champions League. Or, you know, he might just choose to do both, because he can.

Anyway, Ilkay Gudogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling (twice) scored the goals as City blew the doors off Tottenham. Christian Eriksen‘s consolation goal was little more than a 92nd-minute pity present.

Chelsea 1-0 SouthamptonFULL RECAP

Marcos Alonso scored a stunning free kick — what else? (WATCH HERE) — to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had ample opportunity to put the game to bed, but much like fellow top-four chasers Arsenal, couldn’t do so and were made to sweat all the way through the game’s final moments. The victory pulls Antonio Conte‘s side level with Manchester United for second in the PL table, though United don’t play until Sunday.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle UnitedFULL RECAP

Mesut Ozil scored one of the goals of the season (WATCH HERE), and it was all Arsenal needed to edge past Newcastle and leave Rafa Benitez‘s side sitting in the relegation zone another few days, at least. Thanks to points dropped by Tottenham and Burnley (yes, Burnley), Arsenal now sit fourth in the league table with only Liverpool capable of leapfrogging them this weekend.

Leicester City 0-3 Crystal PalaceFULL RECAP

The good times were really rolling for Leicester, who entered Saturday’s clash with Palace riding a five-game unbeaten streak (four straight wins) under new manager Claude Puel. Oh, how quickly fortunes can change in the PL. Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha had the visitors 2-0 up by halftime, and Bakary Sako added another goal during second-half stoppage time, just for good measure. Speaking of fortunes changing quickly, Palace now sit 14th in the league table, four places and two points clear of the relegation zone.

Roy Hodgson, miracle worker.

Watford 1-4 Huddersfield TownFULL RECAP

Huddersfield will stave off relegation quite comfortably if they can continue picking up lopsided wins every second or third game for the rest of the season, even if they’re sandwiched by blowout defeats. Saturday’s romp past Watford will surely go down as the most straightforward all season, as the Terriers went 2-0 up in 23 minutes, then went a man up after Troy Deeney was sent off in the 33rd. It was 3-0 after five second-half minutes, and 4-0 with more than 20 minutes still to play. Back up to 11th, David Wagner‘s side is six points clear of relegation just one game shy of the halfway mark.

Stoke City 0-3 West Ham UnitedFULL RECAP

Marko Arnautovic haunted his former club, Stoke City, as he scored a goal and was a constant threat throughout West Ham’s 3-0 victory at the bet365 Stadium. That makes three games without a loss, including two wins, for the Hammers under new manager David Moyes. Like Palace, they are also now two points clear of the relegation zone.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 BurnleyFULL RECAP

Burnely, who began the weekend level with Tottenham and Liverpool (and ahead of Arsenal) for fourth place, dropped points for the first time in three games. Brighton, meanwhile, haven’t won in their last seven PL games and have slowly but surely slid back to the relegation-fighting pack.

Sunday’s PL schedule

West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United — 9:15 a.m. ET
Bournemouth vs. Liverpool — 11:30 a.m. ET

Tottenham 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Spurs back into Top Four

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  • Spurs outshoot Gulls 25-7
  • Earn 10 corners to Gulls’ 2
  • Aurier, Son score
  • Spurs back into Top Four

Serge Aurier‘s sailing cross and Heung-Min Son‘s late insurance goal led Spurs to a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

Tottenham is back in the Top Four with the win on 31 points, while Brighton is 13th. The Gulls are now just three points clear of the drop zone.

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Spurs had a pair of early possibilities, and Heung-min Son was blocked by Shane Duffy just after the latter got enough of the ball to avoid a penalty for going to ground.

Harry Kane then had two chances, one cleared off the line and another blocked by the Gulls.

It took a drifting cross to put Spurs on the board, as Aurier’s effort sailed over Mat Ryan and into the upper 90.

The second half didn’t have much pep, though Hugo Lloris was called upon to stop Tomer Hemed.

Kane blasted the bar with a free kick in a bid to make it 2-0 in the 70th, and Spurs found that second goal through Son’s redirection of a Christian Eriksen free kick.

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Huddersfield 2-0 Brighton: Vital win for Terriers

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  • Huddersfield have won 14 of their 18 PL points at home
  • Brighton without a win in five
  • Mounie scores first goals since double on opening day

Huddersfield Town beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday in the battle of the newly-promoted sides.

The Terriers were 2-0 up at half time with Steve Mounie bagging a brace against a struggling Seagulls who barely threatened throughout.

With the win in front of their raucous fans, Huddersfield climb to 11th place on 18 points and move above Brighton in the table.

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Huddersfield started well with Steve Mounie drilling in a low effort from outside the box which Mat Ryan saved well.

The Terriers took the lead after 13 minutes with a corner whipped in from the right by Chris Loewe, Christopher Schindler flicked it on and Mounie chested the ball home to put Huddersfield 1-0 up.

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Brighton looked dangerous on the break but rarely threatened Jonas Lossl as Huddersfield always looked more likely to double their lead. They made it 2-0 just before half time and it was that man Mounie again.

A corner was half cleared by Brighton and Huddersfield whipped the ball into the box with Mounie heading towards goal and the ball somehow squirming past Ryan. The Brighton goalkeeper will not want to see that moment again.

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Huddersfield continued to dominate the game and should have extended their lead further in the second half.

Tommy Smith whipped in a lovely cross which Tom Ince met but Ryan saved well and soon after Mounie drilled over from a good position.

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Smith went close himself as he curled an effort wide with Ryan beat, while Brighton never looked like getting back into the game as Ince smashed another effort over the bar.

Liverpool clobbers host Gulls

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  • Can scores first PL goal
  • Firmino adds two
  • Henderson concedes PK

Liverpool hung five goals on Brighton and Hove Albion in a rout at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino had two of the goals, with Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho markers joining a Brighton own goal on the score sheet.

Coutinho’s goal was a slick free kick under the wall.

The Reds climb above Arsenal for the time being, into fourth on 29 points, while Brighton sits 11th with 17.

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A set piece helped Can put the Reds, already in near complete control, ahead of the hosts.

Mohamed Salah, surprise, was at the helm for Liverpool’s second, cuing up Firmino for a finish.

The second half started with fury, as Simon Mignolet turned aside Glenn Murray for close range and Liverpool flipped the field with vigor. At the other end, Firmino sent an arrow into the top of the goal to make it 3-0.

Brighton ruined the clean sheet through Murray’s penalty, with Jordan Henderson taking down Shane Duffy in the box.

The Reds again scored quickfire goals late, a finish from Coutinho followed by a Lewis Dunk own goal.

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Brighton 0-0 Crystal Palace: Rivals share the spoils

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  • Brighton have 1 defeat in 7 PL games
  • Palace pick up first away point of season; first shutout
  • Seagulls unbeaten at home since opening day of season

Rivals Brighton and Crystal Palace played out a 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium in their first-ever meeting in the Premier League.

Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha had the best chances for Palace in the first half, while Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo went closest to breaking the deadlock for Brighton.

With the point Brighton move on to 17 points for the season, while Palace have nine points and are within three points of moving out of the relegation zone.

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It was a tense, tight start down on the South Coast and the first big chance of the game went to Palace.

A long ball over the top found Christian Benteke and his shot was saved superbly by Mat Ryan who then reacted to the loose ball and denied Wilfried Zaha on the follow-up.

At the other end Lewis Dunk had a header on goal saved by Wayne Hennessey but it was Palace who started to turn the screw as they enjoyed more possession.

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Jose Izquierdo then had a shot saved well down low by Hennessey and Dale Stephens fluffed his follow-up with the home side growing into the game.

Pascal Gross then had a low shot well saved by Hennessey as Brighton threatened as the first half came to a close.

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Palace went close as Zaha smashed a ball across goal but neither Andros Townsend or Benteke read the situation and they let Brighton off the hook.

Shane Duffy then nodded an effort onto the top of the net and Stephens spanked an effort inches wide of the post with Brighton pushing hard.

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Brighton had a great chance to grab the lead late on as Glenn Murray’s header was kneed off the line by Townsend.

Late on Zaha broke free and set up Ruben Loftus-Cheek but his shot was straight at Ryan and the game finished scoreless with both teams seemingly happy enough with a point.