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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Watford extend perfect start with win over Crystal Palace: Premier League round-up

All the reports and results from this week's round of fixtures from the English top flight. All kick-off times UAE (+4 GMT)

Jose Holebas, left, celebrates scoring Watford's second goal in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Reuters
Jose Holebas, left, celebrates scoring Watford's second goal in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Reuters

SUNDAY

Watford 2 Crystal Palace 1

Watford: Pereyra (53'), Holebas (71')

Crystal Palace: Zaha (78')

  • Watford continued their perfect start to the Premier League season with a third successive win when they beat visiting Crystal Palace 2-1. It was the first time they had begun with three wins out of three in the top tier of English football, keeping them right up among the early pacemakers. Etienne Capoue might have been sent off for an early foul on Wilfried Zaha, so Palace were aggrieved that he made the opening goal for Roberto Pereyra in the 53rd minute. Defender Jose Holebas doubled the lead with what looked like an intended cross before Zaha reduced arrears 12 minutes from the end.

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SATURDAY

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game in Liverpool's win over Brighton. EPA
Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game in Liverpool's win over Brighton. EPA

Liverpool 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 0

Liverpool: Salah (23')

  • Mohamed Salah's 23rd-minute strike was enough to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win over a dogged Brighton and Hove Albion and give them an early top spot in the Premier League with three wins out of three. Jurgen Klopp's side made a strong start, and Brighton's goalkeeper Mathew Ryan did well to keep out a Roberto Firmino header before Trent Alexander-Arnold rattled the crossbar with a 15th-minute free kick. The breakthrough came when James Milner robbed Yves Bissouma as Brighton tried to play the ball out from the back and a quick exchange of passes from Sadio Mane and Firmino ended with a clinical finish from Salah, last season's top scorer with 32 league goals. Brighton, who beat Manchester United last week, defended with determination, frustrating Liverpool but creating little until a Pascal Gross header in the 88th minute forced a good save out Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker.

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Arsenal 3 West Ham United 1

Arsenal: Monreal (30'), Diop (70' og), Welbeck (90'+2)

West Ham: Arnautovic (25')

  • Arsenal celebrated their first Premier League win of the season under new manager Unai Emery after coming from behind to beat London rivals West Ham United 3-1 in an action-packed match. A Nacho Monreal strike, Issa Diop's own goal and Danny Welbeck's stoppage-time effort enbaled Arsenal to bounce back from their opening two defeats after Marko Arnautovic had fired West Ham into a 25th-minute lead. Monreal equalised five minutes later, drilling a fierce shot from eight metres past two defenders on the line after goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski parried Hector Bellerin's cross into the defender's path. Arsenal took the lead when Diop's poor clearance resulted in Alexandre Lazazette's cut-back cannoning off the defender's body into the net and Welbeck sealed the win after Bellerin's cross gave him time and space to beat Fabianski from close range.

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Nathan Ake, centre, scores Bournemouths equalising goal against Everton. Reuters
Nathan Ake, centre, scores Bournemouths equalising goal against Everton. Reuters

Bournemouth 2 Everton 2

Bournemouth: A Smith (red card 61'), King (75' pen), Aké (79')

Everton: Richarlison (red card 41'), Walcott (56'), Keane (66')

  • Bournemouth fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Everton in a dramatic match as both teams ended with 10 men but with their unbeaten records intact. Everton recovered from the first-half sending-off of their new forward Richarlison, who aimed a head-butt at Adam Smith just before the break, to take a 56th-minute lead through Theo Walcott. The home side, though, were also reduced to 10 on the hour when Smith was sent off for bringing down Walcott, and Michael Keane's header put the visitors two up. But Bournemouth, looking for a third consecutive win this season, battled back with Josh King converting a 75th-minute penalty before Nathan Ake prodded home the equaliser four minutes later. Keane had to be taken off on a stretcher after a late collision left him with what looked a serious injury and 13 minutes of stoppage-time failed to separate the teams.

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Jonathan Hogg was sent off for Huddersfield Town in the goalless draw against Cardiff City. Getty Images
Jonathan Hogg was sent off for Huddersfield Town in the goalless draw against Cardiff City. Getty Images

Huddersfield Town 0 Cardiff City 0

Huddersfield: Hogg (red card 63')

  • Huddersfield Town survived Jonathan Hogg's sending off to claim their first point of the season after a goalless draw against newly promoted Cardiff City. A relatively uneventful contest was brought to life shortly after the hour mark when a scuffle led to midfielder Hogg's dismissal for an apparent headbutt on Cardiff's Harry Arter. Cardiff used their numerical advantage to dominate the remaining 27 minutes but could not find a way past Huddersfield's substitute goalkeeper, Jonas Lossl, who had earlier replaced the injured Ben Hamer. Bobby Reid went tantalisingly close for Cardiff just minutes before the final whistle but the Welsh side have now yet to score in three matches since being promoted to the Premier League.

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Harry Maguire, centre, celebrates his injury-time winner for Leicester City against Southampton. Reuters
Harry Maguire, centre, celebrates his injury-time winner for Leicester City against Southampton. Reuters

Southampton 1 Leicester City 2

Southampton: Bertrand (52'), Højbjerg (red card 77')

Leicester: Gray (56'), Maguire (90'+2)

  • Defender Harry Maguire's stoppage-time goal gave Leicester City a hard-fought 2-1 victory over 10-man Southampton. Southampton had failed to score at home in four of their past six games, but after a goalless first half, full-back Ryan Bertrand broke the deadlock with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box. The lead proved short-lived as Leicester winger Demarai Gray punished slack Southampton defending to rifle home the equaliser and the sending-off of Saints midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg in the 77th minute proved pivotal. Hojbjerg's foolish dive and subsequent dismissal for his second yellow card handed the initiative to the visitors and Maguire sent a low shot into the bottom corner for the winning goal in stoppage time.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers players celebrate with Wily Boly, third right, after his goal against Manchester City. AFP
Wolverhampton Wanderers players celebrate with Wily Boly, third right, after his goal against Manchester City. AFP

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Manchester City 1

Wolves: Boly (57')

Man City: Laporte (69')

  • Champions Manchester City's scintillating start to the season came to a halt as newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers held Pep Guardiola's men to a 1-1 draw at Molineux. The hosts were well worth a point having attacked City in a fashion precious few sides did last season, but also had luck on their side when Willy Boly's opener was allowed to stand despite the final touch clearly coming off the defender's hand. City struck back through an unlikely source as Aymeric Laporte grabbed his first goal for the club with a thumping header, and only the woodwork denied the visitors all three points when Sergio Aguero's free-kick came back off the bar in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

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Still to come:

SUNDAY

  • Fulham v Burnley (7pm)
  • Newcastle United v Chelsea (7pm)

MONDAY

  • Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur (11pm)