Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League today courtesy of their Sergio Aguero-inspired 6-1 hammering of bottom-of-the-table Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side trailed 1-0 after 42 minutes, but this equaliser from Aguero triggered a staggering spell of six goals in 20 minutes, five of which belonged to the Argentine striker.
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Kevin de Bruyne also got in on the act with a fourth goal in five games as the Citizens leapfrogged local rivals Manchester United ahead of the Red Devils’ trip to Arsenal tomorrow afternoon.
Defending champions Chelsea would have expected to be in the mix at the top end of the table, but lie in the lowly position of 16th after a fourth defeat in eight top-flight games this season.
The Blues took a ninth-minute lead through Willian’s free-kick, but Steven Davis, Saido Mane and Graziano Pelle strikes gave Southampton a deserved 3-1 success at Stamford Bridge.
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Jose Mourinho’s side now face a 10-point deficit between them and the title pacesetters, while the Saints are into the top half of the table as they begin to rediscover their form of last term.
Crystal Palace and Leicester City make up the rest of the top four after they each continued their impressive early-season form with wins over West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City respectively.
Second-half goals from Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye saw off the Baggies at Selhurst Park, while Jamie Vardy bagged again as the Foxes beat their East Anglian hosts 2-1 in a tightly-fought affair.
Summer signing Dieumerci Mbokani delicately flicked home his first Premier League goal, as the below video shows, but Norwich could not salvage a point as their three-game unbeaten run came to an end.
West Brom are kept out of the relegation zone by Midlands rivals Aston Villa, who lost 1-0 at home to Stoke City as Marko Arnautovic’s strike secured the Potters back-to-back victories.
Sunderland are also in the bottom three, despite showing signs of improvement in going two-nil up on West Ham United thanks to Steven Fletcher’s goal and a superb Jeremain Lens chip.
But the Dutchman’s second-half red card helped the Hammers rally for a 2-2 draw, with the comeback started by Carl Jenkinson on the stroke of the break and completed by Dmitri Payet on the hour mark.
Elsewhere, it was a tale of two goalkeepers at the Vitality Stadium as newly-promoted Bournemouth and Watford played out a 1-1 draw. Hornets stopper Heurelho Gomes saved a Glenn Murray penalty after Artur Boruc’s gaffe had gifted Odion Ighalo a first-half equaliser to Murray’s opening goal.
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