City open up huge lead at top of Premiership going into break
by Rex Factor Scores & Statson
While there were technically nine winners in the 10 games involving English Premier League teams this weekend, none was a bigger one than Manchester City. The league leaders opened up an eight-point lead on city rival Manchester United thanks to City’s 3-1 triumph over visiting Arsenal. Coupled with Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Man U, and City now sits on 31 points, with United in second on 23.
Video: English Premier League Highlights Week 11 | 2017-18
While only 11 of the 38 fixtures have been played this season, it would take an incredible turn of horrid luck or injuries to deny Pep Guardiola his first Premiership crown. So how did others fare over a wild weekend across England’s top soccer division?
Leicester City and Stoke City shared the spoils in Stoke in Saturday’s opening match, a fascinating 2-2 draw. Leicester sit in 12th, one point ahead of Stoke.
One match cost a manager his job this weekend, as Liverpool went to West Ham United and overwhelmed the hosts in a 4-1 triumph. After the contest, Slaven Bilic was unceremoniously sacked by club management, which now can use the international fortnight break to find a suitable replacement. David Moyes is rumored to be waiting in the wings for the London club, which fell into the relegation zone with the trouncing from their Mercyside guests. Two weeks ago, Brighton & Hove thumped West Ham 3-0 in their last home game before Saturday evening; that’s 10 times since last season’s move from Upton Park to the London Stadium that West Ham have conceded at least three goals. The Reds, meanwhile, sit in fifth after the weekend action, on 19 points.
There were four games that kicked off at 3 in the afternoon British time, and each of them ended in a 1-0 final. Huddersfield Town held off visiting West Bromwich despite playing with 10 men after the 57th minute. Huddersfield sit in 10th on 15 points, while WBA have now extended the Premier winless streak to nine games, dating to August. Tony Pulis is perhaps the next Premier League manager on the hot seat. West Brom fans were chanting “We want Pulis out” at the start of the second half. WBA are in 16th, on 10 points and just one clear of the relegation zone.
Bournemouth went to Newcastle and prevailed 1-0 with a stoppage time goal for just their third win this season. Bournemouth sit in 17thon 10 points, while Newcastle suffered a rare home loss under Rafa Benitez and sit in 11th, four points ahead of AFCB.
Brighton & Hove Albion went to Swansea City and got a Glenn Murray 29th-minute goal to triumph 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium. Brighton & Hove sit on 15 points, the same as fellow promoted side Huddersfield; goal difference has BHA in eighth place. Swansea are on eight points and in 19th.
Burnley had already won at Chelsea and Everton and drawn at Tottenham and Liverpool this season. When looking at the Premier League scores, you see a trip to the south coast to steal a 1-0 win at Southampton was hardly their most notable achievement of the season. Manager Sean Dyche has had a great five-year run at Burnley, with rumors that Everton might try to pry him away during this break. Burnley are tied with Liverpool and Arsenal on 19 points, though behind on goal differential in seventh, with just two defeats in the first 11 matches. Southampton are in 13th, on 13 points.
Everton came from two goals down to stun Watford at Goodison Park on Sunday evening. All of the goals came in the second half, with Everton’s first coming in the 67th minute. Leighton Baines converted a penalty in stoppage time for the 3-2 lead, and Tom Cleverley missed a penalty for Watford that would have knotted it up at the death. Everton are still unclear of who will be the manager going forward but figure to decide soon; the Toffees still sit in 15th with just 11 points on the season. Watford remain on 15 points and in ninth. The Hornets’ 21 goals allowed to this point are four worse than any other side in the top half of the table.
Chelsea’s win at Stamford Bridge moved the Blues into fourth on 22 points, one back of Tottenham and ManU. The aforementioned Spurs won a nervy 1-0 battle against last-place Crystal Palace in the other early Sunday game opposite of Arsenal’s trip to the Ethiad.
Eight of the 10 fixtures in Round 12 take place on Nov. 18. Watford will entertain West Ham on Nov. 19 while Stoke City travels to Brighton & Hove Albion on Nov. 20.