Premier League weekly round-up: Match 12 of 38.
The much-touted Manchester United revival post their sensational away win in Turin against Juventus simply dissipated at the Etihad on Sunday evening when Jose Mourinho's Red Devils were blown away by their dominant city rivals 3-1 at the Etihad stadium. It was a winning tip as well from our football free bets at 10/1.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City were in complete control of the proceedings, hogging 65 per cent of the possession and making as many as 17 attempts on the goal and 6 six shots on target.
Goals from David Silva, SergieAguero and IlkayGundogan were numerical evidences of City's dominance. By contrast, United's only shot on target was a penalty scored by Anthony Martial in the 58th minute.
City after the weekend Derby win have moved smartly up to top of the Premier League table with 32 points from 12 games and widening the gap with United to 12 points. The Red Devils are in the 8th place with Everton breathing down their necks in the 9th, trailing by just a point.
Chelsea missed a great opportunity to move up the table to the 2nd spot thanks to a dogged display from Marco Silva's Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri's boy were held to a 0-0 draw that left them rooted to the 3rd spot with 28 points.
20-year Argentine defender Juan Foyth's 66th minute header helped break the shackles that Crystal Palace wound around Tottenham Hotspur who somehow scraped through with a 0-1 win at Selhurst Park. Spurs managed to remain in the Top four, just a point behind Chelsea.
Arsenal, as expected remained in the 5th spot, but fell 3 points behind Tottenham thanks to a listless performance against Wolverhampton at the Emirates. The Gunners, normally dominant at home, were spared the blushes of a shock defeat.
Down early in the 13th minute to a goal from Wolves winger, Ivan Cavaleiro, the hosts managed to eke out a 1-1 draw thanks to a late Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalizer that materialized when the Armenian's cross went straight past rival goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Mohamed Salah got his 8th goal of a comparatively quiet season when he struck the first blow for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over bottom-placed Fulham at Anfield. Ex-City winger-cum-striker Xherdan Shaqiri scored the 2nd goal for the Reds who have had to be content for the time-being, holding on to the 2nd spot and 2 points behind League leaders Manchester City.
West Bromwich loanee striker Salomon Rondon not just scored his first Premier League goals for Newcastle but gave the Magpies their second win on the trot when they bettered Bournemouth 2-1 at the St James' Park on Saturday.
The successive home wins have catapulted Rafael Benitez's boy out of the relegation zone to a respectable 14th on the table currently. Bournemouth are lucky to still find themselves in the 6th spot and sharing 20 points with Watford and Manchester United but being ahead of the two by virtue of a better goal difference.
Leicester City's emotional return to the King Power Stadium for the first time since the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash outside the stadium ended in a 0-0 draw with Burnley.
It was definitely a much-improved performance from Sean Dyche's Burnley, especially coming out of 3 crushing defeats to Manchester City, Chelsea and West Ham in succession that saw them concede a staggering 13 goals.
Leicester City, despite the drawn result were still able to cling onto the 10th spot, while the Clarets are left struggling in the 15th with 9 points and just one ahead of relegation-zone 18th-placed Cardiff City.
A beleaguered Huddersfield Town have had their best spell of the season with a 1-0 win over Fulham and a 1-1 draw to West Ham but are still stuck in relegation territory. Coach David Wagner's Terriers are just one place above bottom-scraper Fulham with a measly 7 points accrued from 12 games played so far.