Chelsea have their lead at the top of the Premier League to three points when Reece James scored twice in a 3-0 win over Newcastle when Liverpool and Manchester City stumbled at home in the title race on Saturday. Liverpool took a 2-0 lead at Anfield when Brighton fought back to draw a deserved 2-2 draw. City are now five points from the top after Pep Guardiola’s 10 men were beaten 2-0 by Crystal Palace at the Etihad. Newcastle hope to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and City’s success following major investments from foreign owners.
However, the Saudi-controlled Magpies have a struggle to stay only in the top league as they remain rooted in the bottom three without a league win this season.
Chelsea were without the injured Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Mason Mount, but the European champions still had far too much class at St James’ Park.
James made two breathtaking rounds from right wing before Jorginho’s penalty goal rounded off the score.
Liverpool have stretched their unbeaten run to 24 games in all competitions, but will feel that two points have slipped away after another flying start.
Mohamed Salah’s scoring series came to an end in 10 games, but the Egyptian set up the opening bat when she was wiped out by Jordan Henderson in the far corner.
Sadio Mane doubled the home side’s advantage with a header before the Senegalese ruled out another goal for handball after catching Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
The Seagulls grabbed a lifeline before halftime when Enock Mwepu’s cross flew over the stranded Alisson Becker.
And Brighton picked up a point after half-time when Leandro Trossard rounded off a brilliant team move 25 minutes ahead of time.
City’s first home defeat of the season rounded off a perfect day for Chelsea in the title race.
Wilfried Zaha punished weak defenses of Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte to fire in the far corner after six minutes.
Laporte was then sent off for pulling Zaha off as the last man in the first half’s half-time break.
Gabriel Jesus thought he had drawn halfway through the second half just for the purpose of being ruled out offside against Phil Foden.
The 10-men were then caught out two minutes before the time when Connor Gallagher smashed high past Ederson.
Arsenal are up to fifth after a quick start and some inspired Aaron Ramsdale goalkeepers gave the Gunners a 2-0 win over Leicester.
Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe struck 18 minutes for the visitors at the King Power within the opening.
But they then relied on Ramsdale as the English international made a miraculous save from James Maddison amid a series of impressive stops.
“When I saw the ball leave Maddison’s foot, I said ‘Goal’. So I do not know how it happened,” said Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
“It was incredible – and the moment and timing of it was also crucial.”
Burnley recorded their first win of the season in style with a 3-1 win over Brentford to move out of the bottom three.
Chris Wood, Matt Lowton and Maxwel Cornet all struck out in the first 36 minutes when Burnley took a 3-0 Premier League lead at half-time for the first time.
Southampton opened a four-point cushion over the relegation zone thanks to Che Adams’ attack to win 1-0 against Watford.
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