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The 2 Robbies: Gabriel Jesus puts Man City back on top of PL

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Robbie Earle braves it alone without Robbie Mustoe for this one, but is joined by members of NBC’s Premier League crew — Jen Calhoun, Mike Wolosz and Jorge Bustamante — to discuss Manchester City’s win over Everton (0:45), Tottenham’s last-gasp victory against Burnley (12:00) and hear from a true Bournemouth fan after their defeat to Wolves (19:15). Plus a look ahead to Liverpool v. Manchester United — can Jose Mourinho pull off one more special upset? (31:10)

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Three-straight for Wolves after defeat of Bournemouth

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  • Visitors have 62 percent possession, 13-9 shots edge
  • Jota, Jimenez gives Wolves lead
  • Cavaleiro bags stoppage time goal
  • Wolves win third-straight

Raul Jimenez and Ivan Cavaleiro scored as Wolverhampton Wanderers won their third-straight match with a 2-0 defeat of Bournemouth at the Molineux on Saturday.

The win moves Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men into seventh with 25 points, one back of Manchester United. Bournemouth’s struggles continue after a rich start to the season, the Cherries now 10th with 23 points.

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Conor Coady blocked an early Joshua King scoring chance as the Cherries tested the hosts.

And the Wolves made good on some early threats when Mexican international Jimenez slotting a Diogo Jota pass into an empty goal after good work from the Portuguese attacker.

Helder Costa set up Cavaleiro for a late insurance goal as Wolves made it three-straight and look set to (again) challenge for a Top Seven position.

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Wolves stun Chelsea with amazing comeback win

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  • Loftus-Cheek scores for third-straight PL game
  • Jimenez, Jota scored for Wolves
  • Second defeat in three games for Chelsea
  • First victory in seven for Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Chelsea 2-1 at Molinuex on Wednesday, as they stunned Maurizio Sarri‘s with a four-minute spell in the second half.

Chelsea led through Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s deflected first half goal, but Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored in quick succession to deliver a famous victory for Wolves.

With the win they move up to 12th place on 19 points, while Chelsea slip to fourth place on 31 points and are now 10 points behind leaders Man City who they play on Saturday.

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Chelsea had the majority of the ball but Wolves threatened on the break as N'Golo Kante gave the ball away and a poor touch at a pivotal moment let down Diogo Jota.

But it was Chelsea who took the lead. Loftus-Cheek picked up the ball on the inside left channel, drove towards goal and hit a shot which Conor Coady nodded past his own goalkeeper to put the visitors 1-0 up. The goal was eventually awarded to Loftus-Cheek, as his positive impact continued.

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Willian went close with a free kick before the break as Rui Patricio tipped his superb curling effort over the bar as Chelsea dominated the first half.

Wolves had no answer to wave after wave of Chelsea attacks, although they did improve slightly before the break as Raul Jimenez headed just over. Willian should have made it 2-0 in the first half but Ryan Bennett made a wonderful last-ditch tackle.

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In the second half Eden Hazard played in Loftus-Cheek and his perfect cross towards Alvaro Morata saw Willy Boly dive in and somehow deny the Chelsea forward who wanted a penalty kick.

Morata was probably correct as Boly’s challenge from behind was reckless, and the Spaniard then headed a glorious chance over from a cross as Chelsea knocked at the door for a second.

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But it was Wolves who came roaring back, as they hit Chelsea twice in four minutes.

First, Jimenez was played in by youngster Morgan Gibbs-White and he slammed the ball straight at Kepa Arrizabalaga and it somehow went in to make it 1-1.

Moments later Wolves were 2-1 up as Matt Doherty was found on the right and he found Jota at the back post to slot home and spark wild scenes among the home fans in Wolverhampton.

Chelsea went close through Marcos Alonso and Cesc Fabregas late on but the Blues lost in the PL for the second time in the last three games.

Top Premier League storylines for Week 15

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It’s a quick turnaround from the weekend as the Premier League launches into a round of midweek fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday — round 15 of the 2018-19 season.

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Here are the five storylines we’ll be watching most closely over the next 48 hours…


Struggling Man United host surging Arsenal
Man United vs. Arsenal, 3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

While Arsenal spent the latter days of Arsene Wenger‘s reign scraping and clawing their way to fourth-place finishes, Manchester United were still living the glory days of competing for, and winning, titles. Now, fast-forward a few years since Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement, and the Red Devils would bite your hand off if you offered them so much as a chance at finishing fourth come May. Following the club’s worst start in the PL era, fortunes haven’t improved all that much for Jose Mourinho’s side: just two points to show for their last three PL outings, while Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 12 and enter Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford on the back of a 4-2 thrashing of Tottenham on Sunday.

Man City, Liverpool continue title race marathon
Watford vs. Man City, 3 p.m. ET, Tuesday, on NBCSN [ STREAM ]
Burnley vs. Liverpool, 2:45 p.m. ET, Wednesday, on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Manchester City and Liverpool have combined to drop just two points between them over the last six rounds of fixtures. Those two points, dropped by Liverpool away to Arsenal, are the difference between first and second heading into this midweek round of games. Both will be away from home against eminently beatable opposition, as City visit 10th-place Watford (winless in four games, including three losses) while Liverpool will take on 19th-place Burnley (winless in their last seven games, including five losses).

Post-Hughes era begins at Southampton
Tottenham vs. Southampton, 3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Mark Hughes became the second PL manager to be fired this season when Southampton sent the former Blackburn, Man City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke boss packing. Saints sit 18th in the table with just nine points after 14 games, and have grown more and more desperate for a turn of luck with each passing week. Saturday’s draw with Manchester United might prove a decent place to begin, but it clearly wasn’t enough to save Hughes’ job. On the other side, Spurs will be just as desperate to bounce back from their north London derby defeat to Arsenal and move back into the top-four.

Harsh reality check for Wolves
Wolves vs. Chelsea, 2:45 p.m. ET, Wednesday, on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ return to the PL went just swimmingly for the first two months, at which point Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side sat seventh in the table. Since then, the harsh reality of competing in arguably the world’s most competitive league has set in with five defeats during their ongoing six-game winless skid. Heading into Wednesday’s visit from third-place Chelsea, Wolves sit a modest 12th place in the table, but their points total now closer to 16th place than they are to seventh.

Nuno bemoans ‘bad moment’ as Wolves fall winless in six

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Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers, despite running away with the Championship crown last season, was one of the best stories of the new Premier League season as they climbed as high as seventh in the table by mid-October. Nuno was hailed as a miracle worker, not only laying claim to one of the league’s savviest summer transfer windows, but laying claim to such a cohesive squad, it set the Premier League record for most consecutive unchanged starting lineups to start a season.

They’ve now failed to win since a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on October 6, a run of six matches that includes just a single point gained. The club has fallen down to 11th in the table, and that threatens to worsen as other teams could pass them over the weekend.

Following Friday’s 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City that saw Wolves throw away a one-goal lead at halftime, Nuno admitted the club is working to improve, and while the struggles may be getting to them mentally, he urged his team to keep trudging forward.

“It’s about being conscious of the moment that you are…we are in a bad moment,” Nuno said after the match. “We have bad performances [and] good performances, but we are not achieving results. And there’s only [one] way to keep working hard, believing what you, the things that you do, how you do it, and try to achieve that moment again.”

When asked if this defeat was particularly difficult to swallow given they were ahead, he said the losing streak is hard to stomach no matter the manner of defeat.

“All defeats are hard to take,” Nuno said, “but when you have the lead and you concede and the game changes from that, it’s very hard to understand what happened. I feel we had a better game than last week, but it was not enough.”

It doesn’t get any easier, as Wolves next takes the field at home against Chelsea before meeting Newcastle and Bournemouth in the run-up to the holiday schedule.