Don’t you just tire of the Top Four predictability in the Premier League?
Claudio Ranieri and unlikely Leicester City are leading England’s top flight after 13 matches, Manchester United is second, and Chelsea is down in 15th place.
As usual. What a season so far!
Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City — RECAP
Tell me this doesn’t sound like a sentence you would have read read in an Onion-style Premier League preview back in August: Jamie Vardy scored in his 10th-consecutive game, joining Ruud van Nistelrooy in the record books, as Leicester moved atop the table with a romp at St. James Park.
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Arsenal — RECAP
James Morrison‘s 35th minute goal was joined by a Mikel Arteta own goal in helping West Brom to a come-from-behind home win over the wasteful Gunners, who had 73 percent possession and an 11-4 edge in shots. Olivier Giroud put home a Mesut Ozil set piece offering for Arsenal’s goal.
Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool — RECAP
Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho were absolutely electric in keeping Jurgen Klopp unbeaten in his managerial career against Manchester City (2W-1D). After an early own goal from Eliaquim Mangala, the Liverpool’s Brazilian pair helped the Reds to a 3-0 lead before Sergio Aguero got City on the board. Klopp didn’t start a single true striker, with Coutinho and Firmino playing the role for Liverpool. By the time Martin Skrtel cemented the win with his late goal, it was clear Klopp didn’t need one.
Watford 1-2 Manchester United — RECAP
The Red Devils relaxed a bit after going up early through Memphis Depay, and Troy Deeney converted a late penalty for Watford. Tied with just five minutes to play, Bastian Schweinsteiger forced Deeney into a late own goal, and United grabbed all three points. The Red Devils are second in the Premier League, a point behind Leicester.
Chelsea 1-0 Norwich City — RECAP
Diego Costa scored his first goal in over 600 minutes, and Chelsea deserved much more than a one-goal win in snapping its three-game Premier League losing streak. The Blues leapfrog the Canaries, but still sit 15th on the table.
Everton 4-0 Aston Villa — RECAP
Tim Howard didn’t have a lot to do on Saturday, quite the contrast from his USMNT counterpart Brad Guzan, who watched Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley each score a pair of goals. The Villans remain in the Premier League cellar, five points clear of safety.
Southampton 0-1 Stoke City — RECAP
Just when you want to believe Ronald Koeman‘s side is ready to break through, the Saints fall at St. Mary’s to allow Stoke City within a point. Bojan Krkic‘s 10th minute goal was the difference for the Potters, who have the Premier League’s second-best form.
Swansea City 2-2 Bournemouth — RECAP
The Cherries are as plucky as you like, but Swansea met their desperation to overcome a 2-0 home deficit at the Liberty Stadium. Joshua King and Dan Gosling boosted Bournemouth to its advantage, but Andre Ayew scored quickly to narrow the gap to 2-1 before Jonjo Shelvey equalized from the penalty spot.
Sunday: Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN
Monday: Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN