City go top after absolute rocket as Chelsea and Liverpool surprised: PL Wrap

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City go top after absolute rocket as Chelsea, Liverpool stunned: PL Wrap

 

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Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s stunning strike in a 1-0 win over Leicester, as Chelsea boss Graham Potter suffered a nightmare return to Brighton with a 4-1 defeat on Saturday.

And Liverpool was stunned at the death by Leeds, losing 2-1.

Tottenham fought back from 2-0 down to beat Bournemouth 3-2 to remain in third ahead of Newcastle, who thrashed Aston Villa 4-0.

 

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City were without the free-scoring Erling Haaland for the trip to the King Power due to a foot injury and were blunted up front without the Norwegian’s firepower.

But one moment of magic from De Bruyne was enough as the Belgian’s free-kick four minutes into the second half clipped the inside of the post on its way past Danny Ward.

City needed one brilliant save from Ederson to prevent another sensational strike from a Belgian international as he turned Youri Tielemans’ volley onto the crossbar.

“I want this Kevin and we need this Kevin. The goals and assists he can do blind. But we need this type of involvement in the game and today that was the case,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.

 

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With Arsenal not in action until Sunday when they host Nottingham Forest, the victory lifts City one point ahead of the Gunners at the top of the table.

Liverpool now trail City by 13 points after suffering a first league defeat at Anfield in front of fans since losing to Crystal Palace in April 2017.

Leeds began the match second bottom of the table, but climbed to 15th with their first win in nine games courtesy of Crysencio Summerville’s stunning 89th minute winner – ahead of a 21st birthday for the Dutch winger tomorrow.

“My birthday is going to be special!” Summerville said. “Scoring the winner at Anfield is a dream for every player.”

Rodrigo’s early opener for the visitors was quickly cancelled out by Mohamed Salah.

But Liverpool have now lost twice as many games in the first 12 league matches this season as they did in 38 last season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men increasingly look outsiders just for a return to the Champions League next season as they slip to ninth, still eight points adrift of the top four.

“We cannot qualify for the Champions League if you play as inconsistent as we do in the moment,” said Klopp. “We have to fix that and then anything is possible.”

For the second time in a week, Liverpool were beaten by a side that started the day in the relegation zone.

Klopp again pointed the finger for his side’s struggles this season on a series of injuries and a brutal schedule to make way for a mid-season World Cup.

“The situation is like it is. There is no excuse but we had problems from the first day with injuries or half-fit players. Some play too often, others play too early (after injury).

“It’s not now for an overhaul, but you have to fight through and fight for momentum and confidence.”

Leeds began the night second bottom of the table but climbed out of the relegation zone thanks to their first win in nine games.

That winless run had left Jesse Marsch fighting to save his job. “Everybody has made a big deal about firing me, but the board and I have been unified and we’ve stuck together,” said the American.

“My feeling is that we shouldn’t be in the situation we’re in, but we are. “I’ve tried to stay calm, but I’ve also tried to push. The players have stepped up big today.”

 

Chelsea's German midfielder Kai Havertz reacts after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on October 29, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) .
Chelsea’s German midfielder Kai Havertz reacts after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on October 29, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) .Source: AFP

 

– Brighton’s revenge on Potter –

Potter had been unbeaten in his first nine games since leaving Brighton to take over at Chelsea last month.

By contrast, the Seagulls had not won in their first five games under new boss Roberto De Zerbi, but that all changed in a dominant first half by Brighton.

Thiago Silva twice cleared off the Chelsea goal line in the first five minutes before Leandro Trossard fired home the opener.

The visitors were then their own worst enemies as both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah deflected crosses into their own goal.

Kai Havertz’s header early in the second half pulled a goal back, but Pascal Gross rounded off a memorable win for Brighton late on.

“I’m not going to throw the players under the bus at all because they’ve been brilliant for us. They’ve given everything for me,” Potter said.

“I have to take responsibility and try to find a way for us to do better.”

 

Chelsea’s German midfielder Kai Havertz reacts during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on October 29, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)Source: AFP

SPURS RALLY

Tottenham were staring a third consecutive league defeat in the face after Kieffer Moore struck twice for Bournemouth either side of halftime.

Spurs have at times looked toothless at times going forward in recent weeks, but won the game thanks to two set pieces after Ryan Sessegnon pulled a goal back just before the hour mark.

Ben Davies rose highest to head home Ivan Perisic’s cross to level before Rodrigo Bentancur smashed home the winner from another corner in stoppage time.

 

 

Callum Wilson of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St. James Park on October 29, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

MAGPIES DEMOLISH VILLA

Newcastle underlined their threat to the traditional powers for a place in the top four with a dismantling of Villa.

Callum Wilson struck twice to further his case for a call-up to England’s World Cup squad with Gareth Southgate in attendance at St. James’s Park.

Joelinton rounded off a fine counter-attack to make it 3-0 before Miguel Almiron continued his sensational form with his sixth goal in as many games.

 

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PALACE WIN, WOLVES SCRAP DRAW AS COSTA SEES RED

Crystal Palace moved into the top half with a 1-0 win over Southampton as Odsonne Edouard slotted home the only goal at Selhurst Park.

Wolves remain in the bottom three despite coming from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at Brentford.

Ben Mee put the Bees in front before Ruben Neves levelled with just Wolves’ sixth goal in 13 league games.

And Wolves’ issues in front of goal will not be helped by a suspension for Diego Costa after he was sent off in stoppage time.

Diego Costa of Wolverhampton Wanderers leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Brentford Community Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Fulham moved up to seventh place despite squandering a host of chances in a 0-0 draw against Everton at Craven Cottage.

 

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Manchester City rose to the top of the Premier League thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s impressive goal in a 1-0 win over Leicester, while Chelsea manager Graham Potter suffered a nightmare on his return to Brighton with a 4-1 defeat. on Saturday.

And Liverpool were shocked by the death of Leeds, losing 2-1.

Tottenham came back 2-0 to beat Bournemouth 3-2 and remain third ahead of Newcastle, who thrashed Aston Villa 4-0.

City were without goalscorer Erling Haaland for the trip to King Power due to a foot injury and were beaten up front without the Norwegian’s firepower.

But a moment of magic from De Bruyne was enough when the Belgian’s free-kick four minutes into the second half hit the inside of the post as it passed Danny Ward.

City needed a brilliant save from Ederson to avoid another sensational goal from a Belgian international as he deflected Youri Tielemans’ volley to the crossbar.

“I want this Kevin and we need this Kevin. The goals and assists he can do blindly. But we need that kind of involvement in the game and today it was like that,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.

With Arsenal only in action on Sunday when they host Nottingham Forest, the victory puts City one point ahead of the Gunners at the top of the table.

Liverpool are now 13 points behind City after suffering their first league defeat at Anfield in front of fans since their loss to Crystal Palace in April 2017.

Leeds started in the second half of the table but moved up to 15th with their first win in nine games courtesy of impressive 89-minute winner Crysencio Summerville – ahead of the Dutch winger’s 21st birthday tomorrow.

“My birthday is going to be special!” said Summerville. “Scoring the winning goal at Anfield is a dream for every player.”

Rodrigo’s opening goal for the visitors was quickly disallowed by Mohamed Salah.

But Liverpool have now lost twice as many games in their first 12 league games this season as they did in 38 last season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men look increasingly odd just for a return to the Champions League next season as they drop to ninth, still eight points behind the top four.

“We can’t qualify for the Champions League if you play as inconsistently as we do at the moment,” Klopp said. “We have to fix this and then anything is possible.”

For the second time in a week, Liverpool were beaten by a team that started the day in the relegation zone.

Klopp again pointed the finger at his team’s struggles this season on a string of injuries and a brutal schedule to pave the way for a mid-season World Cup.

“The situation is as it is. There’s no excuse, but we’ve had problems from day one with injuries or half-fit players. Some play too often, others play too soon (after injury).

“It’s not now for a review, but you have to fight and fight for momentum and confidence.”

Leeds started the night penultimate in the table, but left the relegation zone thanks to their first win in nine games.

That winless run left Jesse Marsch struggling to save his job. “Everyone made a big deal about firing me, but the board and I were unified and we stayed together,” the American said.

“My feeling is that we shouldn’t be in the situation we are in, but we are. “I tried to stay calm, but I also tried to force it. The players have increased a lot today.”

– Brighton’s Revenge on Potter –

Potter was undefeated in his first nine games since he left Brighton for Chelsea last month.

On the other hand, the Seagulls have not won their first five games under new manager Roberto De Zerbi, but that all changed in Brighton’s dominant first half.

Thiago Silva twice cleared Chelsea’s goal line in the first five minutes before Leandro Trossard scored the opening goal.

The visitors were then their worst enemies, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah deflected crosses into their own goal.

Kai Havertz’s header early in the second half pulled a goal back, but Pascal Gross completed a memorable victory for Brighton at the end.

“I’m not going to throw the players under the bus because they were brilliant for us. They gave everything for me,” Potter said.

“I have to take responsibility and try to find a way for us to do better.”

SPURS RALLY

Tottenham were facing their third straight league defeat after Kieffer Moore scored twice for Bournemouth at half-time.

The Spurs have looked toothless at times over the past few weeks, but they won the game thanks to two set pieces after Ryan Sessegnon pulled back a goal just short of the one-hour mark.

Ben Davies climbed higher to head

MAGPIES DEMOLIZE VILLA

Newcastle underlined their threat to traditional powers for a place in the top four with the dismantling of Villa.

Callum Wilson scored twice to further his England World Cup call-up case with Gareth Southgate present at St. James’s Park.

Joelinton completed a beautiful counter-attack to make it 3-0 before Miguel Almiron continued his sensational form with his sixth goal in as many games.

PALACE WIN, WOLVES REST WHILE COAST SEES RED

Crystal Palace climbed into the upper half with a 1-0 win over Southampton, with Odsonne Edouard scoring the only goal at Selhurst Park.

Wolves remain in the bottom three despite coming from behind to save a 1-1 draw at Brentford.

Ben Mee put the Bees ahead before Ruben Neves equalized with just the Wolves’ sixth goal in 13 league games.

And Wolves’ problems in front of goal won’t be helped by a suspension from Diego Costa after he was sent off in stoppage time.

Fulham climbed to seventh despite wasting a string of chances in a 0-0 draw against Everton at Craven Cottage.

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