Premier League Saturday Roundup: Chelsea win, City loss headlines mad day

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Seven games took place in the Premier League on Saturday and boy, do we have a lot to catch up on.

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Reigning champs Chelsea beat Arsenal in a game dominated by controversy surrounding Diego Costa as Arsenal finished with nine-men, while Man City lost at home to West Ham as the Hammers continue their sublime away form. New boys Bournemouth and Watford both won, plus West Brom beat Aston Villa on the road.

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Below you will find recaps, videos, analysis and more on all seven games from the PL on Saturday.

Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalRECAP

Where do we start? Diego Costa could well have been sent off but his flailing arms were missed by the officials and when Arsenal’s Gabriel reacted, he was shown red. Goals at the start and end of the second half from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard did the damage, plus Santi Cazorla was sent off 10 mins from time to compound Arsene Wenger‘s misery. Big win for Chelsea, but all the talk will be about Costa.

Manchester City 1-2 West Ham UnitedRECAP

West Ham stunned City to record their third-straight away win against a PL giant to start the season. Slaven Bilic’s side were 2-0 up after 30 mins as Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho scored, and although Kevin De Bruyne scored his first City goal just before half time, it wasn’t enough to rescue a point as the Hammers defense was heroic. City’s perfect start to the season is over, as they dropped points and conceded goals for the first time in six games, while West Ham is up to second after another remarkable win.

Newcastle United 1-2 WatfordRECAP

More misery for Steve McClaren’s Magpies. newly promoted Watford made it two wins on the spin and moved up to ninth place thanks to two goals from Ighalo. Janmaat have Newcastle hope of a comeback, but McClaren is already under plenty of pressure as Newcastle is still without a win.

Stoke City 2-2 Leicester CityRECAP

Stoke have also not won yet this season, and they threw this game away. Leading 2-0 at half time through goals from Bojan and Jonathan Walters, the Potters imploded in the second half as Riyad Mahrez scored a penalty kick and Jamie Vardy equalized. The Foxes fought back from 2-0 down for the second-straight week and remain unbeaten through six games.

Bournemouth 2-0 SunderlandRECAP

Two goals inside the first 10 minutes sealed this one, as Calum Wilson and Matt Ritchie scored beauties (especially Ritchie’s) to help the Cherries bounce back from defeat. It was Bournemouth’s first home win and clean sheet in the PL, as Sunderland is now winless through six games and have Younes Kaboul sent off late on.

Aston Villa 0-1 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

Saido Berahino deflected James Morrison‘s shot in just before half time as the Baggies nicked bragging rights in the West Midlands. Villa huffed and puffed but lacked a cutting edge as Tim Sherwood’s side have now failed to win since the opening day of the season.

Swansea City 0-0 EvertonRECAP

Tim Howard pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the Swans at bay as both teams cancelled each other out at the Liberty Stadium.

Serie A: Leaders Inter Milan open door for Juve by drawing Roma

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MILAN (AP) Italian league leader Inter Milan was held by Roma to 0-0 on Friday, giving second-placed Juventus a chance to return to the top.

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The home draw left Inter only two points ahead of Juventus, which can regain the lead when it visits third-placed Lazio on Saturday.The result also wasn’t good for Roma, which moved from fifth to fourth place in the standings but remained nine points off the lead after 15 matches.

Inter forward Lautaro Martinez had one of the game’s best chances when he got past a defender and entered the area in the 68th minute, but his shot was blocked at the last minute. He called for a handball by the defender but the referee let play continue.

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Inter was coming off five straight wins in the league, with its last setback in all competitions last month against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Its last league loss was against Juventus in October, nine matches ago.

Roma was seeking its third straight league win. It had won five of its last six matches since last month.

Inter visits Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Premier League Preview: Man City v. Man United

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  • Man City (3rd) trail Liverpool by 11 points
  • Man United (6th) eight points out of 4th
  • Last meeting: Man United 0-2 Man City

For the first time in recent memory, Manchester City and Manchester United each find themselves failing to meet expectations — by their own respective standards, at least — as they prepare to meet at the Etihad Stadium in the 179th Manchester derby on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

Man City, the two-time defending Premier League champions, are looking increasingly unlikely to retain their crown for a third straight season but look a surefire bet to finish in the top-four, which is a place for which Man United would bite your hand off as they currently trail leaders Liverpool by more points (22) than they have points of their own (21).

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The struggles for United have been all about consistency as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side hasn’t won back-to-back games all season. The Red Devils haven’t won two in a row in the PL since March. On the bright side, United turned in one of their complete performances of the season on Wednesday, spoiling Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford and beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1. Marcus Rashford scored both goals and Solskjaer couldn’t rave enough about his 22-year-old forward after the game. From start to finish, United were the better team and looked in majority control, which isn’t something they’ve been able to say often in 2019.

As for City, they’ve simply been “not good enough” without ever actually being “bad” this season, given Liverpool’s scintillating form (14W-1D-0L thus far). Realistically, City likely need to pick up all 69 remaining points this season, and even then they might still come up short.

Injuries/suspensions

Man City: OUT – Sergio Aguero (thigh), Aymeric Laporte (knee), Leroy Sane (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (knee)

Man United: OUT – Anthony Martial (hamstring), Eric Bailly (knee), Marcos Rojo (undisclosed); QUESTIONABLE: Paul Pogba (ankle), Nemanja Matic (groin), Diogo Dalot (groin)


Projected lineups

Man City: Ederson — Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Angeliño — Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva — Bernardo, Jesus, Sterling

Man United: De Gea — Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young — Fred, McTominay, James, Mata, Lingard — Rashford


What they’re saying

Pep Guardiola, on the derby: “It’s Man United. I respect what they’ve done for English football, European, and world football. United have huge history and their quality is always there but we must try to beat them. We play against a good team, try to follow the performances we’ve put in and try to win the game. You know my opinion on the title race.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on his derby memories: “It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself. Of course, Man City are a better team now than when I was playing. … Confidence is a strange thing in football; you can get performances and results like Wednesday night and it boosts it so much. And I know our boys will be up for it. 24 hours less recovery time [than City] shouldn’t matter, you go on adrenaline.”


Prediction

The win over Tottenham was impressive, no doubt about it, but City remain a challenge of an entirely different class, no matter what their points total says. If the title is well and truly gone for Guardiola’s side, then retaining superiority in Manchester will have to suffice. City 3-1 United.

Klinsmann gets first point as Hertha Berlin manager

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Jurgen Klinsmann claimed his first point since returning to coaching as his Hertha Berlin team let slip a two-goal lead to draw with Frankfurt 2-2 in the Bundesliga on Friday.

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Hertha was clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute when Sebastian Rode hammered the ball in from a corner for Frankfurt to deny the Berlin team the win.

Hertha is in the relegation playoff spot in 16th and winless in its last six league games, while Frankfurt is 10th.

Dodi Lukebakio gave Hertha the lead with a shot through Frederik Ronnow’s legs. That goal was assisted by Marko Grujic, who later made it 2-0 with a header from a free kick.

However, Frankfurt almost immediately replied with a header of its own from Martin Hinteregger, the Austrian defender with five Bundesliga goals.

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Frankfurt’s fans expressed their disapproval of the video assistant referee after it ruled out two goals for the hosts. There was a rare disallowed own goal when Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft palmed a cross into his own net but was found to have been pushed while jumping.

Klinsmann took over Hertha last week on a temporary deal until the end of the season, after Ante Covic was fired with the team under threat of relegation. Klinsmann hadn’t coached since being fired in 2016 by the United States, and last worked at a club in 2009 at Bayern Munich.

Nigel Pearson appointed new Watford manager

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Nigel Pearson has been appointed new manager of Watford and been handed a very straightforward — but tall — task for the remainder of the season: avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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Pearson takes over from Quique Sanchez Flores — who only took over from Javi Gracia in September — who left his post at Vicarage Road with the Hornets sitting 20th out of 20 teams in the PL table, already seven points adrift from safety. Pearson’s contract runs through the end of the season.

The 56-year-old Pearson, who last managed in the PL with Leicester City in 2015, was most recently in charge of Belgian side OH Leuven before he was fired in February.

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Pearson won’t take charge of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold). Interim manager Hayden Mullins will see out the week’s preparations and manage the team before handing the reins to Pearson on Sunday.