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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Chelsea win to move back to top four in table after wins for Manchester sides: Premier League round-up

A round-up of all the reports and results from this weekend's Premier League action

Chelsea's Eden Hazard was among the goals again. Steven Paston / AP Photo
Chelsea's Eden Hazard was among the goals again. Steven Paston / AP Photo

Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea Hazard 51'

Eden Hazard quietened the debate surrounding Antonio Conte’s future with the second-half goal that secured a 1-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday and maintained champions Chelsea’s hold on fourth spot, nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea manager Conte had reacted angrily to suggestions in the build-up to this game that fellow Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti was being lined up as his successor amid talk of dissent among the London club's squad.

Those concerns were stilled as Chelsea showed enough resolve to overcome a determined Bournemouth side whose display suggested they are capable of moving out of the bottom three, with Hazard’s 51st-minute goal proving the difference between the two sides.

Conte's outburst came after a positive week for Chelsea that began with an impressive comeback to beat Watford and continued with the midweek League Cup defeat of another Premier League side in Everton.

Raheem Sterling scores Manchester City's third goal as the Premier League leaders continued their superb run on Saturday. Darren Staples / Reuters
Raheem Sterling scores Manchester City's third goal as the Premier League leaders continued their superb run on Saturday. Darren Staples / Reuters

West Bromwich Albion 2 Manchester City 3

West Bromwich Albion Rodriguez (13'), Phillips (90'+2)

Manchester City Sane (10'), Fernandinho (15'), Sterling (64')

Leaders Manchester City strolled past West Brom to maintain their grip at the top of the Premier League.

Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling scored to clinch a 3-2 win at The Hawthorns and wrap up an eighth straight league win.

Jay Rodriguez briefly equalised for Albion and Matt Phillips capitalised on Nicolas Otamendi's late mistake to give the scoreline a closer look than Albion deserved.

Georginio Wijnaldum, in red, was one of Liverpool's three goalscorers on Saturday. Phil Noble / Reuters
Georginio Wijnaldum, in red, was one of Liverpool's three goalscorers on Saturday. Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool 3 Hudderfield Town 0

Liverpool Sturridge (50'), Firmino (58'), Wijnaldum (75')

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp got one over on best friend David Wagner as Daniel Sturridge's 100th club goal paved the way for a 3-0 win over Huddersfield at Anfield.

Wagner's Terriers, who ended Manchester United's unbeaten start to the season last week, comfortably held their hosts at bay for 50 minutes courtesy of goalkeeper Jonas Lossl's penalty save from Mohamed Salah.

However, a brilliant striker's finish from Sturridge broke their resistance just after the break and Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum secured only Liverpool's second win in seven Premier League games.

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Aaron Ramsey, left, scored Arsenal's winner on Saturday. Frank Augstein / AP Photo
Aaron Ramsey, left, scored Arsenal's winner on Saturday. Frank Augstein / AP Photo

Arsenal 2 Swansea City 1

Arsenal Kolasinac (51'), Ramsey (58')

Swansea City Clucas (22')

Arsenal came from behind to beat Swansea City in Arsene Wenger's 800th Premier League game in charge of the Gunners.

Wenger stuck with the same side that thrashed Everton 5-2 last weekend and they eventually came up with the goods to secure a 2-1 win and move within a point of rivals Tottenham in third place.

Sam Clucas had given Swansea a first-half lead with his first goal for the club but Sead Kolasinac levelled after the interval before laying on Aaron Ramsey's winner seven minutes later.

Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring Crystal Palace's equaliser. Eddie Keogh / Reuters
Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring Crystal Palace's equaliser. Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Crystal Palace 2 West Ham United 2

Crystal Palace Milivojevic (50' pen), Zaha (90'+7)

West Ham United Hernandez (31'), Ayew (43')

Slaven Bilic's do-or-die week ended in disappointment as Wilfried Zaha's 97th-minute equaliser earned Crystal Palace a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham.

Bilic had conceded this was another crunch few days for his future as manager and the visitors looked on course for a morale-boosting win when Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew put them two up at Selhurst Park.

But Palace came roaring back in the second half as Luka Milivojevic's penalty and a stoppage-time strike from Zaha earned Roy Hodgson's men a dramatic point.

Stoke City's Darren Fletcher, right, celebrates scoring the only goal of the game. Daniel Hambury / AP Photo
Stoke City's Darren Fletcher, right, celebrates scoring the only goal of the game. Daniel Hambury / AP Photo

Watford 0 Stoke City 1

Stoke City Fletcher (16')

Darren Fletcher volleyed his first goal for Stoke to take the wind out of Watford's sails.

The Hornets were looking to cement their place in the top six, but Fletcher's Paul Scholes-style strike from the edge of the area secured a first away win for City.

The 1-0 victory also eased the pressure on Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who was in danger of becoming the latest boss under the microscope following four defeats in five matches.

Anthony Martial scored Manchester United's winner on 81 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
Anthony Martial scored Manchester United's winner on 81 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

Manchester United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Manchester United Martial 81'

Anthony Martial came off the bench to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over Premier League title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Victory saw United, who had started the day ahead of Spurs on goal difference alone, go three points clear of their London rivals.

France international Martial, battling to win a regular starting place under Jose Mourinho, did his chances no harm with the manner of his 81st-minute winning goal, even if it was a curiously direct affair.

A long kick forward by goalkeeper David de Gea was headed on by Romelu Lukaku and Martial sprinted away from the Spurs back line before calmly beating the keeper with an excellent finish.

It was a disappointing way for Spurs to lose a game and the fact that the London club were without injured leading striker Harry Kane is bound to revive the debate over whether their bid to be crowned champions is too reliant on the England forward.

Upcoming games

SUNDAY 

Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton (5.30pm)
Leicester City v Everton (8pm)

 

MONDAY 
Burnley v Newcastle United (midnight)

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