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PL At The Half: City owns the title advantage

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It’s all happening on Premier League Championship Sunday! Liverpool came into the day needing a win and Manchester City help to win its first Premier League title ever, and they had the lead for a bit on Sadio Mane‘s opener, and City stunningly fell behind, but Pep Guardiola‘s group has recovered to regain the advantage.

The rest of the table is lit as well, with Tottenham reclaiming third in the table thanks to Eric Dier‘s early goal with Chelsea held goalless at Leicester City. There’s still 45 minutes left to play!

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Here’s a quick look at what’s happening around the English top flight with all games at the halfway break.

Brighton 1-2 Man City

The unthinkable happened early on when Brighton took the lead when Glenn Murray got a touch from a corner. Sergio Aguero was on hand to immediately nullify the opener, flicking in through the legs of Matt Ryan on a David Silva feed, and Aymeric Laporte restored order and put City back on top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool 1-0 Wolves

Sadio Mane is the man to give Liverpool hope, scoring 17 minutes in to put the Reds on top of the league as it stood, before being pegged back in the table by Manchester City’s double. Wolves hit the bar before the break to give Reds fans a scare.

Leicester City 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea has been relatively tame so far, with Ross Barkley and Gonzalo Higuain coming close but no breakthrough just yet, with the latter putting forth a candidate for Miss of the Season as he bundled an opportunity on the doorstep as the halftime buzzer sounded.

Tottenham 1-0 Everton

Eric Dier got things started just three minutes into the match as he pinged a loose ball into the back of the net on a corner with Everton failing to immediately clear.

Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the crossbar in the opening minutes but Arsenal has not yet found a way through. Mateo Guendouzi had a pinpoint tackle to deny Burnley its biggest opportunity.

Manchester United 0-1 Cardiff City

The nightmare continues for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Cardiff opening the scoring on a penalty by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, despite Diego Dalot’s foul proving soft on replay.

Watford 0-2 West Ham

Mark Noble struck 15 minutes in with a stunning solo goal, weaving through the defense straight down the middle to complete a sliding finish. Manuel Lanzini doubled the lead eight minutes before the break.

Crystal Palace 3-1 Bournemouth

Michy Batshuayi was the man to kick off the scoring 24 minutes in, striking on a deflected Wilfried Zaha cross that fell to his feet. He struck again less than 10 minutes later, and Jack Simpson‘s own goal marked Palace’s third. Jefferson Lerma scored for Bournemouth right on the stroke of halftime.

Fulham 0-2 Newcastle

The Magpies opened the match with a quickfire double to silence the Craven Cottage faithful, with Jonjo Shelvey striking an absolute stunner of a volley, followed by a scrappy goal from Ayoze Perez.

Southampton 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Nathan Redmond hit a blistering strike four minutes before the break to put Saints up at the half.

Best Premier League saves of 2018

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While we’ve already brought you the best Premier League goals of 2018 and the best overall moments of the year, it’s time to give goalkeepers their due and run through the top saves of 2018, and there are plenty of them.

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea won last season’s Golden Glove as the Premier League’s clean sheet king, and he set the tone with one of the plays of the season against Leicester City. North London then gets its time to shine as Petr Cech and Hugo Lloris are featured. Brighton’s Matt Ryan won accolades last season as well and produced one of the top statistical seasons, and he gets his time to shine.

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Others to appear include Chelsea’s new young goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Arsenal backup Bernd Leno, and West Ham shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski, the latter of whom has received plaudits for his stellar first half of the current campaign.

Brighton 3-1 West Brom: Seagulls grab first PL win

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  • Brighton seal first PL win
  • Gross scores twice, either side of HT
  • West Brom suffer first defeat of season
  • Seagulls on four points

Brighton & Hove Albion won for the first time in Premier League history as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Amex on Saturday.

Pascal Gross struck either side of half time for Brighton’s first PL goals, then Tomer Hemed put them 3-0 up as Chris Hughton‘s side won at the fourth-attempt despite James Morrison‘s consolation.

The Seagulls are soaring.

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There was a nervous start to the game from both teams as West Brom, somewhat predictably, sat back and soaked up the pressure.

Brighton tried to get things going with Shane Duffy having a goal correctly chalked off for offside as Chris Hughton saw his side clock up five hours without a PL goal and Gareth Barry went close for West Brom but Matt Ryan saved well.

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Right on half time Brighton’s first PL goal finally arrived. A fine cross from the right arrived from Solly March and it found Gross who struck the ball as he hit the floor and the ball hit the back of the net.

Relief for the Seagulls who led 1-0 at the break thanks to Gross’ first goal for the club since he arrived from Ingolstadt.

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Buoyed by his goal, Gross then got another at the start of the second half with a low strike after a surging run. He didn’t get much power on the effort but he caught Foster out. 2-0 to the Seagulls.

Brighton were in dreamland.

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It soon got better for the Seagulls as Gross then turned into the provider as his fine cross to the near post was headed home bravely by Hemed. The Israeli international made it 3-0.

West Brom pulled a goal back to set up a somewhat nervy finish with Morrison’s shot just creeping over the line to make it 3-1, but Brighton easily held on for a landmark victory.

Leicester 2-0 Brighton: Foxes ease past Seagulls

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  • Okazaki, Maguire on target for Leicester
  • Brighton yet to score goal in PL
  • Mahrez involved in both goals
  • Leicester on three points for the season

Leicester City eased to a 2-0 victory against new boys Brighton & Hove Albion at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Riyad Mahrez was influential as he was involved in everything good which Leicester did and Shinji Okazaki and Harry Maguire popped up with a goal in each half for the win.

The Foxes now have three points on the board, while Brighton have yet to score in the PL and have zero points. Life is tough at the top.

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Leicester took the lead in the first minute as Mahrez danced past two defenders and his strike was palmed away by Matt Ryan to Okazaki who finished. 1-0 to the Foxes after 52 seconds.

The home side should have been 2-0 up in the first half with Okazaki dispossessing Markus Suttner but Jamie Vardy missed a great chance from his cross.

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Brighton improved after their early struggles with Glenn Murray having a goal disallowed for offside.

Matty James fired over for Leicester and Okazaki missed a glorious chance before the break to make it 2-0.

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Leicester did go 2-0 up at the start of the second half as Mahrez’s corner to the back post found Maguire who headed home on his home PL debut to double the Foxes’ lead.

Murray couldn’t be found in the box as Brighton tried to get back in the game with Chris Hughton throwing on Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed to try and find a way back in.

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Hemed forced Kasper Schmeichel into a fine save after coming on, but Mahrez went close down the other end as Leicester finished the game strongly, just as they started it.