EPL Round-up: Matchday 13 of 38.
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Newcastle recorded their third successive win when they got the better of a floundering Burnley 1-2 away at Turf Moor and breaking a Monday-night hoodoo of seven win-less games in the process. Burnley defender Ben Mee helped the visiting Magpies' cause by deflecting a Federico Fernandez shot for an own goal in the 4th minute while Ciaran Clark doubled the lead by heading in a Matt Ritchie cross in the 23rd.
Sam Vokes responded in the 40th minute by looping a header over Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka from a Ben Mee long ball. Rafael Benitez's men could have inflicted more pain on the hosts through Matt Ritchie and substitute Joselu, both of whom struck the post. While the result at Turf Moor catapulted the Magpies to the 13th spot on the table (far from the 20th they were in a couple of months ago), Burnley are gradually heading towards relegation territory and four places away from the bottom on the 17th.
The highlight of the week was Chelsea's first defeat of the season when Maurizio Sarri's Blues were totally outplayed by Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley on Saturday night.
Mauricio Pochettino's men played a high pressing game that left the visitors at sixes-and-sevens.
The upshot was that Del Alli opened the score for the hosts with a flicked header from a perfect Christian Eriksen in-swinging cross. Harry Kane added one more to the tally in the 16th minute, firing in a drive from long range.
Son Heung-min scored one of the better goals of the Premier League season when he picked the ball up on the halfway line, dodged past Jorginho and David Luiz before leashing an angled left-footer to far bottom corner of the net.
It was 3-0 for the Spurs in the 54th minute and a route seemed to be on the cards. But Olivier Giroud introduced in the 76th minute of play, lent some respectability to Chelsea's losing score line, powering in a header low into the corner with just 5 minutes of play to go.
With the 3-1 win, Spurs have now unseated Chelsea from the third spot and now have 30 points from their 13 games compared to the 4th placed Blues' 28.
Pep Gurardiola's Manchester City and Liverpool have maintained their places in the 1st and 2nd spots with emphatic away wins of 0-4 and 0-3 over West Ham United and Watford respectively.
Both sides' spots at the top of the EPL table look unassailable for the moment with their points tally reading 35 and 33 respectively.
Meanwhile coach Unai Emery's Arsenal extended their run of unbeaten games to 17 with a victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium.
After a 10-game winning streak earlier in the season, Arsenal had drawn four of their past five games going into Sunday's match against Bournemouth.
Jefferson Lerma's own goal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's eighth strike of the season helped Arsenal to a 1-2 win and edge closer to Chelsea on the points table.
The Gunners after the Vitality stadium game are just a point behind Chelsea with 27 points from their 13 outings.
Manchester United put in a pathetic show, home at the Old Trafford, while hanging on to a 0-0 draw with bottom-half side Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils were, in fact, fortunate enough not to have gone down by a goal or two with Patrick van Aanholt and Andros Townsend coming close to scoring twice. With this, United stay rooted to the 7th spot while Everton have edged past them to the sixth place with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City. Everton are now a point ahead of United's 21.
A 10-man Leicester City managed to cling on to the top half of the table when a late Jamie Vardy penalty helped the visiting Foxes draw parity with Brighton & Hove at the Falmer Stadium on Saturday. Earlier in the game in the 27th minute, Leicester City mid-fielder James Maddison was shown the red-card for going down too easily under the challenge of Shane Duffy.
Southampton are the new addition to the bottom three along with regulars Cardiff City and Fulham who are now at the 20th spot. Ironically it was the weekend defeat of 2-3 to Fulham that pushed Southampton into relegation territory. The Saints are now in the 18th place with just 8 points, same as Cardiff City and Fulham's tally of 8, but are ahead by virtue of a better goal difference.