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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Premier League round-up: Chelsea Crystal Palace's first victims, Watford snatch victory against Arsenal

Andy Carroll sent off as West Ham draw at Burnley; Spurs finally win for first time in Premier League at Wembley

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, centre, scores his side's second goal against Chelsea. Tony O'Brien / Reuters
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, centre, scores his side's second goal against Chelsea. Tony O'Brien / Reuters

Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea

Palace: Azpilicueta (11' og), Zaha (45')

Chelsea: Bakayoko (18')

Bottom of the table Crystal Palace had lost their opening seven league games without scoring a goal, the worst start to a season in English top-flight history.

But stunningly it was Chelsea who were the victims as they finally ended that goal drought at Selhurst Park.

Palace took the lead in the 11th minute when Yohan Cabaye's effort was deflected in for an own goal by Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

Tiemoue Bakayoko equalised for Chelsea seven minutes later as the France midfielder headed his first Premier League goal from a Cesc Fabregas corner.

However, Chelsea were already without injured duo Alvaro Morata and N'Golo Kante and they suffered another setback when Victor Moses limped off in the first half.

There was even worse to come for Chelsea as Wilfried Zaha restored Palace's lead with a fine curling strike in first half stoppage-time.

Fabregas hit the crossbar but Chelsea were unable to avoid a second successive league defeat after their damaging 1-0 loss to Manchester City before the international break.

Antonio Conte's fourth-placed side, beaten three times this term, are now nine points behind leaders Manchester City.

Burnley's Steven Defour, left, and West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini battle for the ball. Anthony Devlin / PA
Burnley's Steven Defour, left, and West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini battle for the ball. Anthony Devlin / PA

Burnley 1-1 West Ham United

Burnley: Woods (85')

West Ham: Antonio (19')

Red card: Andy Carroll (West Ham)

Chris Wood's 85th-minute equaliser rescued Burnley in their 1-1 draw against 10-man West Ham United at Turf Moor.

Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead in the 19th minute, but West Ham striker Andy Carroll was sent off after catching Ben Mee with an elbow less than two minutes after being booked for the same offence.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah just misses with a header against Manchester United. Phil Noble / Reuters
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah just misses with a header against Manchester United. Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

A cautious Manchester United frustrated hosts Liverpool as a lacklustre Premier League encounter ended 0-0 on Saturday with neither side able to find the creative touch.

The draw leaves United alone at the top of the table on 20 points although Manchester City, who are now a point behind, can regain first place when they host Stoke City later on Saturday.

Those hoping for a classic blood-and-thunder clash of the two most successful clubs in English football were probably being overly optimistic but few would have predicted such an uninspiring 90 minutes at Anfield.

With United's Romelu Lukaku left alone - and isolated - in attack and French forward Anthony Martial shunting up and down the left with little inspiration, United sat deep and waited to see what Liverpool could do with the possession.

The answer was not very much.

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Manchester City's David Silva scores his side's third goal against Stoke. Andrew Yates / Reuters
Manchester City's David Silva scores his side's third goal against Stoke. Andrew Yates / Reuters

Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City

Man City: Jesus (17', 55'), Sterling (19'), David Silva (27'), Fernandinho (60'), Sane (62'), Bernardo Silva (79')

Stoke: Diouf (44'), Walker (47' og)

Manchester City maintained their blistering start to the season as the Premier League leaders demolished Stoke 7-2y.

With second placed Manchester United settling for a drab stalemate at Anfield earlier in the day, it was their Manchester rivals who provided the thrills as City moved two points clear at the top.

Pep Guardiola's free-scoring side struck three times in the first 27 minutes at the Etihad Stadium, securing their sixth successive league win in swashbuckling style.

City took the lead through Gabriel Jesus in the 17th minute and Raheem Sterling doubled the advantage two minutes later with a tap-in that capped a flowing move.

David Silva got City's third with a simple finish after another incisive raid in the 27th minute.

Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf reduced the deficit with a deflected effort in the 44th minute and City's defence was breached for just the fourth time in the league this season when Kyle Walker scored an own goal two minutes after the interval.

But Jesus' second goal in the 55th minute restored order and his compatriot Fernandinho put the result beyond doubt five minutes later.

City reached six goals in a game for the second time this season as Leroy Sane netted in the 62nd minute.

Bernando Silva's first City strike, in the 78th minute, made it 24 goals in his team's last five league games.

Swansea City's Tammy Abraham hits a shot towards the Huddersfield Town goal. Nick Potts / PA
Swansea City's Tammy Abraham hits a shot towards the Huddersfield Town goal. Nick Potts / PA

Swansea City 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Swansea: Abraham (42', 48')

Swansea climbed out of the relegation zone as Tammy Abraham's doubke sealed a 2-0 win against Huddersfield.

Abraham put Swansea in front three minutes before half time at the Liberty Stadium and the on-loan Chelsea forward struck again with his fifth goal of the season in the 48th minute.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen scores against Bournemouth. Dylan Martinez / Reuters
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen scores against Bournemouth. Dylan Martinez / Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Bournemouth

Spurs: Eriksen (47')

Tottenham finally won for the first time at Wembley in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Mauricio Pochettino's side had failed to win their first three league games since moving into Wembley while White Hart Lane is redeveloped, but Christian Eriksen's deft 47th minute finish ended that frustrating streak.

Watford 2-1 Arsenal

Watford: Deeney (70' pen), Cleverley (90+1)

Arsenal: Mertesacker (38')

Tom Cleverley’s late winner capped a remarkable Watford fightback against Arsenal.

Cleverley was found wanting for Arsenal’s opener as the former England international could do nothing to stop Per Mertesacker soaring high above him to head home on 38 minutes for the German defender’s first goal of the season on his first league start in 532 days.

Watford were awarded a contentious penalty on 70 minutes when Hector Bellerin was ajudged to have bundled Richarlison over in the area.

Substitute Troy Deeney stepped up to convert before Cleverley’s injury-time strike secured the points.

Sunday's fixtures:

  • Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton, 4.30pm
  • Southampton v Newcastle United, 7pm

Monday's fixture:

  • Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion, 11pm