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No way Jose
Chelsea spoiled Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge with a 4-0 drubbing on the weekend. Chelsea winger Pedro opened the scoring with the fastest goal of the Premier League season so far after just 30 seconds. He also achieved the fastest yellow card of the season after being booked for the celebration. Chelsea moved into the top four with the win just one point behind leaders Manchester City. Chelsea’s resurgence since a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September has coincided with a tactical switch from Antonio Conte. His preferred 3-5-2 formation has seen his side flourish particularly Eden Hazard who seems to relish the freedom he has under the system.
City stumble again
Manchester City maintained their position on top of the table after round nine of the Premier League season despite failing to win at home to Southampton. City only managed a 1-1 draw with the Saints leaving them equal with Arsenal and Liverpool on 20 points but 1st due to a superior goal difference. Nathan Redmond opened the scoring for Southampton who led 1-0 at half time but City began to control the match after the break and equalised when substitute Kelechi Iheanacho scored. City dominated the end to the game but couldn’t find a winner as a determined and organised Saints managed to hang on for a point. The Saints ended their run of six straight defeats at the Etihad while City have now failed to win their last three Premier League games.
Liverpool have moved level with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table after a impressive 2-1 over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Liverpool dominated the game from start to finish and could have easily won by a more convincing margin. The Reds had 68% possession and 21 shots to West Brom’s 7. Philippe Coutinho was terrific for Liverpool scoring his fourth goal this season after scoring eight goals last season. Daniel Sturridge however is struggling to find form this season, he is scoreless in his seven appearances despite Liverpool scoring the most equal most goals in the competition.
Hull City have dropped into the relegation zone after a fifth successive defeat. Stoke beat Hull 2-0 after two goals from Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, the first a 25-yard strike and the second a well placed free kick just after half time. Hull have conceded 19 goals in their last five games and are without a win since the 20th of August. Stoke meanwhile after a poor start to the season where they failed to win their first seven games have now won two in a row to climb out of the relegation zone.
Two title contenders has scoreless draws on the weekend with Arsenal and Tottenham failing to beat their opponents. Arsenal had 73% of the possession against Middlesbrough but couldn’t find a winner. Santi Cazorla missed the match with an achilles injury and his absence was noticeable with Arsenal struggling to create chances, only having four shots on target for the match. Cazorla has started in all six of Arsenal’s wins this season. Scoring has been a problem for Tottenham lately as well with only one goal in their last three matches. Spurs failed to score against a hard working Bournemouth side with Son Heung-min not managing a shot on target playing as a lone striker. Vincent Janssen has yet to score a Premier League goal after switching from AZ Alkmaar for £17m and Harry Kane is still on the sidelines with an ankle injury.