English Premier League: Weekend round-up – Matchday 16 of 38
Manchester City after all are human. Pep Guardiola's men succumbed to their first Premier League defeat of the 2018-19 season when they went down to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge 0-2 on Saturday and slipped to the second place behind Liverpool on the points table.
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The Citizens lacked the ruthlessness normally associated with their games, allowing Chelsea to gain the upper hand of the proceedings after a period of brief domination in the first half.
The hosts came to life at the stroke of interval when N'GoloKante slammed in a Eden Hazard pass high past City custodian Ederson.
The Blues put the match beyond the visitors' reach with just 12 minutes of play to go when David Luiz's glancing header found the far post and bounced in.
Chelsea with Saturday's win helped them hang on to a slot in the Top Four with 34 points from their 16 games identical to 5th placed Arsenal but a notch up on the table thanks to a better goal difference than the Gunners.
Arsenal began the proceedings at the Emirates in their customary shaky fashion against an unfancied Huddersfield Town, failing to create any chances against the visitors in the first-half despite Alexandre Lacazette having a goal disallowed for offside shortly before interval.
Coach Unai Emery replaced Lacazette and Stephan Lichtsteiner with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi after half-time. Arsenal were in the attack mode now but were unable to find a way through the Huddersfield defense.
Just when the match was disturbingly petering towards a draw, Lucas Torreira scored from a spectacular bicycle kick in the 83rd to break the visitors' resistance and secure a win and three points for the hosts.
Coach David Wagner's Terriers have now slipped to the 18th spot and into relegation territory after Saturday's Emirates defeat.
Liverpool powered their way to the top of the table, thumping Bournemouth 0-4 away at Dean Court. Mohamed Salah helped himself to a hat-trick, taking his tally to 10 Premier League goals and equalling that of Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Jurgen Klopp's men now have 42 points, one ahead of Manchester City's 41.
Bournemouth are fortunate to find themselves in the Top 8 despite a horrendous six-match spell in which they have lost as many as five.
Manchester United moved to their best ranking since September when they edged up to the 6th slot on the back of a 4-1 drubbing of a hapless Fulham who just can't seem to get out of the bottom of the table.
The Red Devils made merry of the visitors' defense with Ashley Young, Juan Mata, RomeluLukaku and Marcus Rashford contributing to the goal-fest.
Incidentally, this was United's biggest League win this season.
Everton are in the 7th spot with 23 points and it could be status quo for them irrespective of the outcome of their forthcoming game against Watford on Monday night.
Tottenham Hotspur seem to have cemented their position in the Top Four with a convincing 0-2 win over Leicester City away at the King Power stadium on Saturday.
Son Heung-Min and Del Alli continued their sublime form from previous games finding the back of the net in the 46th and 58th minute respectively.
Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs are now on the 3rd spot with 34 points, 2 ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Foxes after their home defeat are still in the 9th spot with 22 points from 16 games.
Coach Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham United are on a roll and are a far cry from the side that begun the season on such a dismal note.
The Hammers edged closer to the top half of the EPL table with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, accumulating 22 points in the process from the 16 games played so far. Saturday's win over Palace was their third in a row taking them to the 11th spot and on equal points with 10th placed Wolverhampton who in turn recorded an impressive 1-2 away win over Newcastle.
Southampton's woes continued as they languished in relegation zone post a humiliating 0-1 loss to Premier League debutantes Cardiff City.
Meanwhile the Welsh club climbed to a respectable 14th after their Saturday's win over the Saints while 17th placed Burnley were able to stave off relegation with a facile 1-0 home win over Brighton at Turf Moor.
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