It seems like Crystal Palace put the international break to good use as Roy Hodgson's men were in scintillating form against Chelsea. Elsewhere, City dominated Stoke City and a late Eriksen goal secured a win for Tottenham Hotspur against Bournemouth. 

By 90Min
October 14, 2017

David de Gea led a resilient Manchester United in the early kick-off as Jose Mourinho's men drew 0-0 and earned their seventh consecutive clean sheet of the season against an agressive Liverpool. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, was in fantastic form against Chelsea as the Londoners won 2-1 and grabbed their first points of the season. City dominated Stoke, Spurs took a late victory against Bournemouth and 10-man West Ham could not not hold off Burnley as the hosts stole a late point. Tammy Abraham's reputation keeps elevating as his brace made it 2-0 against Huddersfield, who just can't find a way to score.

The final match of the day ended with another late winner as Tom Cleverley's goal was the difference for Watford. The hosts won 2-1 against Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

Sunday's action saw Everton's pursuit of a victory against Brighton nullified as it ended 1-1 at The American Express Community Stadium. Elsewhere, Manolo Gabbiadini's brace saved Southampton against Newcastle as the Saints tied 2-2 at St Mary's Stadium.   

Read up on all the action below. 

Manchester United withstood huge pressure from a dominant Liverpool side in front of a packed Anfield to hold onto their unbeaten start to the 2017/18 Premier League season. David de Gea put in a phenomenal performance during the forgettable draw between the two English giants. 

Following a fiercely contested opening half an hour which had seen both teams fail to produce a clear goal-scoring opportunity, the game burst into life in the 34th minute when de Gea made an incredible save with his left foot from a Joel Matip effort. 

As the interval approached United fashioned a big chance of their own. Following a tidy one-two between Anthony Martial and Lukaku, the Belgian centre-forward had only Simon Mignolet to beat to put the Red Devils ahead. However Lukaku, who has struggled to score against the top six Premier League clubs, fired the ball straight at the Liverpool stopper in what was the final chance of a first-half stalemate.   

Liverpool squandered another big chance to take the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Joe Gomez whipped a cross into the box which avoided both of United's centre-backs and fell to Emre Can. The German midfielder awkwardly made contact with the ball from 10 yards out, but could not keep his shot on target. 

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Liverpool continued to push for a winner, while the away side never really got a foot-hold in the game but as the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the game, both sets of fans and neutrals will have been disappointed by a match that had huge hype during the week but failed to deliver. 

Jurgen Klopp will feel his side should have secured all three points in a game they dominated, while Mourinho will be concerned by his side's ability to hold onto the ball - but thankful Man Utd are leaving Anfield with their unbeaten record this season intact. 

Crystal Palace earned their first points of the Premier League season on Saturday afternoon, stunning champions Chelsea in an enthralling 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park.

Palace took the lead in the 11th minute, with César Azpilicueta helpless to avoid diverting Yohan Cabaye's bundling effort past Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois to score an own goal. The Blues pulled a goal back in the 18th minute - Tiémoué Bakayoko powering a header into the net from a Cesc Fàbregas corner.

Wilfried Zaha put his side back in front just before half-time, poking home from close-range after bamboozling the Chelsea back-line. The visitors seemed bereft of confidence and cohesive attacking play, while the Eagles fed off the electric home atmosphere to hold on for a famous win over their London rivals.

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The home side almost got off to the perfect start, after Townsend's darting run tied Blues defender David Luiz in knots, finding Zaha in the box whose solid effort drew a smart save from Courtois. Palace looked to take the game to the visitors, hurtling towards Antonio Conte's side with confident, attacking movement.

Palace's positive play soon drew dividends - Andros Townsend burst down the wing, fired a cross across the face of goal which bounced off Luiz and into the path of Cabaye, before flying past Courtois via Azpilicueta's knee for an own goal. The Blues were rattled, with the cauldron-like atmosphere clearing troubling Conte's side.

Chelsea began to find a foothold in the game, and they didn't have to wait long before finding the equaliser. In the 18th minute, Fabregas beautifully floated corner was seized upon by Bakayoko, who outfoxed his marker Patrick van Aanholt to power a header beyond Julián Speroni. The game was ignited, with Palace clearly unwilling to let the Blues boss the play.

Townsend continued to cause Chelsea all kinds of problems, and bent a viciously curling shot agonisingly wide of Courtois' post. 

The hosts then reclaimed the lead on the stroke of half-time, as Mamadou Sakho superbly bullied the ball off Willian, before passing to Zaha, who held off to Chelsea defenders to poke a perfectly guided effort into the bottom-right corner.

Chelsea came out with a look of serious intent in the second half, and Fàbregas clipped the crossbar with a 25-yard strike that caught Speroni well off-guard. Palace held strong, the combination of Zaha and Townsend continued to terrorise the shaky looking Chelsea backline.

The Blues began to look frustrated, with Palace thwarting their attacking endeavours superbly.

Antonio Conte's side pressed hard for an equaliser with a trio of chances - substitute Charly Musonda volleyed over the bar, before Marcus Alonso's header was clawed out by Speroni. Moments later Eden Hazard almost got on the end of a teasing Davide Zappacosta cross.


The home side held on for a famous win, chalking up their first points of the season as well as their first goals. Roy Hodgson's side will see the result as a real platform to build upon, as his team embarks on the unenviable mission of escaping relegation to the Championship this season.

Manchester City continue to roll over every team they face, as the secured another comprehensive win with victory over Stoke City at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola made zero changes to the side that beat Chelsea before the international break, with Fabian Delph retaining his position at left-back with Danilo remaining on the bench. The only surprise was the inclusion of Sergio Aguero on the bench, with the Argentinian defying a broken rib to make the squad. 

Mark Hughes had to make a number of changes to his side, with Joe Allen's absence being a massive blow after he was crunched by a pair of Ireland players on international duty. It was also a baptism of fire for young defender Thomas Edwards, who was making his debut for the Potters.

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Stoke started the game looking to frustrate City, but could have been 1-0 down within minutes of the opening whistle when City winger Leroy Sane smashed a shot over the bar from close range.

Despite the early frustrations, it didn't take long for City to break the deadlock. Kyle Walker intercepted a Stoke ball, before playing a one-two with Kevin De Bruyne - picking the ball back up and crossing for Gabriel Jesus to make it 1-0.

Stoke were then 3-0 down within 30 minutes. First, Raheem Sterling finished off a silky move, completely engineered by the brilliant De Bruyne. The English winger then turned provider, cutting the ball back to David Silva to get the third.

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Despite the first-half dominance, Stoke did get one goal back before the break when Mame Diouf was played down the right wing, before he cut inside Delph and saw his low, angled shot deflected into the net. 

That goal clearly gave the Potters a boost going into the second half. Minutes after the break, young debutant Edwards whipped in a ball which Diouf got his head to - the ball flying wide until it cannoned off Kyle Walker and bounced into the net making it 3-2. 

This bought a reaction out of Guardiola’s side, with Gabriel Jesus getting their fourth; his sixth in the league this season, just moments after Edwards was stretchered off injured. 

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That fourth goal seemingly opened the floodgates for City. First Fernandinho blasted a 30-yard free kick into the net to make it 5-2. Minutes later, De Bruyne produced another piece of magic, his through-ball finding Sane who slotted home. 

Bernardo Silva made it 7-2 at the death with his first Manchester City goal, following good work from Raheem Sterling. The win takes City ahead of rivals Manchester United to the top of the league, while Stoke continue to creep closer to the relegation zone. 

Tottenham secured their first league win at Wembley this season after defeating a defiant Bournemouth side thanks to an early second-half strike from the in-form Christian Eriksen.

A game of two halves saw Tottenham languish in possession as they struggled to break down a well-organised Cherries outfit in the first period, however Mauricio Pochettino's side emerged from the break with a sense of urgency as they hit the front in the 46th minute and held on to secure three points at home for the first time this season.  

A tame start to the proceedings saw Tottenham dominate the early possession with little danger as the Cherries frustrated the home side with their deep lying defence, which successfully limited the in-form Harry Kane to just one touch in the opening 20 minutes. 

Half-chances came the way of Spurs through Erikson and Dele Alli but it was Bournemouth who came closest to taking an early lead when Junior Stanislas was teed up superbly by Adam Smith, whose first-time shot was blocked by Davinson Sanchez - the visitors claimed handball, but the ball struck the midfielders chest. 

A subsequent corner secured Bournemouth's second clear chance in quick succession as Stanislas's delivery took a couple of deflections which required the desperate intervention of Hugo Lloris, whose instinctive low stop saved Tottenham's blushes.

The Cherries opportunities on goal should have kicked Spurs into gear but they remained passive and safe in possession, as their slow ball movement failed to to cut through Bournemouth's tight defensive line. 


When the ball did manage to find Kane, after a clever pass from Eriksen, the England international's lack of involvement showed as he struggled to get the ball out of his feet, with his weak shot then saved by Asmir Begovic. 

The first period petered out with little incident, with only a headed effort over the crossbar from Toby Alderweireld at the back post offering something for the home supporters to rise to their feet for. 

As poor as Tottenham were in the first half, it took just one minute for Pochettino's side to hit the front as their quick passage of play from the start reaped its immediate reward.

After a quick exchange of passes on the edge of the box, Eriksen rode a weak challenge from Simon Francis to nestle the ball into the corner of the goal - making it three goals in five league games for the Dane. 

Now with renewed vigour and intent, Tottenham were pulling apart Bournemouth's defence and allowing little opportunity for Eddie Howe's side to relieve the pressure from their half. 

Although Spurs continued to pepper Begovic's goal it took until the 62nd minute for another clear-cut chance to come the home side's way, and it was a miraculous escape for Bournemouth as Kane spurned two successive golden opportunities to double his side's lead when both his shots in the six-yard box were blocked. 

It was a reprieve for the Cherries who had worked tirelessly to contain Tottenham's attacking threat, and as the game entered the final twenty minutes it was the visitors who threw caution to the wind.

Opportunities came the way of Stanislas and substitute Jermain Defoe in behind Spurs back-line as they pressed higher up the field to force Tottenham into an error which would offer an opportunity for an equaliser. 

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Pochettino's men were up for the task however, as superb defending from Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld denied the Cherries and ensured three points were headed Spurs' way. 

The home win will have silenced the critics who questioned Tottenham's ability to win at Wembley, but Spurs must now swiftly turn their attention to the Champions League where they will face the imposing Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, before they face Liverpool in the league at the weekend.

Bournemouth on the other hand are set to make the trip to Stoke City in search of their first away win of the season, as they continue to languish in the bottom three. 

Saturday afternoon saw Burnley host West Ham United at Turf Moor with the Clarets doing fairly well in the Premier league at 7th place and the Hammers arriving with an attempt to get out of 15th.

The first 20 minutes of the match saw an equal bout between the home and away sides as both tried to put in early chances against each other.

The first goal came in the form of Michail Antonio in the 19th minute as he took the shot directly down the middle of Burnley's box.

The remainder of the half was left in controversy as home fans roared with rage against Andy Carroll.

In a space of two minutes, Andy Carroll managed to get two yellows for almost identical fouls against James Tarkowski and Ben Mee which saw the West Ham forward sent off in the 27th minute.

Both teams tried to get chances in during extra time of the first half but failed to make a change from West Ham's early 0-1 lead.

In an attempt to improve the host's performance, Clarets manager Sean Dyche used two substitutions in the start of the second half bringing on Welsh forward Sam Vokes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Gudmundsson made his first two attempts on goal past the hour mark, but failed to convert the chances denied once by the post and also from a solid Joe Hart in the Hammers' net. 

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Both teams continuously pressed against each other but failed to make an impact to change the scoreline. 

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez was taken off in the 75th minute as Slaven Bilic look improve the attack, but boos filled the stadium by the West Ham boss' decision. 

An injury scare in the last 20 minutes of the match concerned the visitors as Hart was down after a clash from Burnley substitute Ashley Barnes. Both players to the relief of their fans got up and the play continued.

It wasn't until the 85th minute that Burnley managed to score a late equaliser in the form of Chris Wood, who smashed a header into the back of the net from a Gudmundsson cross. 

Bilic made his last substitution of the match nearing the 90-minute mark as he replaced Manuel Lanzini for Arthur Masuaku.

But the Frenchman wouldn't be enough for the Hammers to try and make a late breakthrough in the match as it ended 1-1.

Arsenal found themselves on the end of a shocking 2-1 defeat against Watford on Saturday, having visited Vicarage Road and getting off to the better start.

Troy Deeney was left out of the Hornets' starting lineup in favour of summer acquisition Andre Gray, with Roberto Pereyra replacing Etienne Capoue as Marco Silva tweaked the squad that drew with West Brom last time out.

The Gunners were without star man Alexis Sanchez, with Arsene Wenger revealing that the Chilean had a slight muscular issue ahead of the match. Aaron Ramsey also missed out due to a similar problem.

Per Mertesacker, though, made his first league start for the Londoners in well over a year, replacing the injured Shkodran Mustafi, while Mesut Ozil started on the bench.

As for the match, one shot in the first 25 minutes pretty much summed up the first half, just nearly. But Mertesacker would rise to meet Granit Xhaka's corner kick to put Arsenal ahead with a powerful header in the 40th minute.

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That would be all for the half, and Wenger's men would go into halftime with a lead. But with the Hornets giving a good account of themselves, especially through Richarlison's forages forward, they would have to remain wary of the Brazilian's threat.

The second half proved a bit more entertaining as the home side took the game to Arsenal, but not without response.

Danny Welbeck, as per usual, went off with an apparent injury, and Ozil was thrown on in his place in the 60th minute.The German's impact was immediate, as he almost instantly set up Alex Iwobi with a goal. It took a good save from Heurelho Gomes to keep the scoreline at 1-0.

Iwobi returned the favour around 20 minutes from time. But the stopper stepped up to make another save, setting up a counter that ultimately cost Arsenal a penalty after Hector Bellerin fouled Richarlison in the Gunners' box.

Deeney, who had come on as a second-half substitute buried the resulting spot kick, tying the score 1-1 on 71 minutes. The Hornets nearly stung again in the late stages, Arsenal's scorer Mertesacker nearly deflecting a shot into his own goal. Fortunately for him, said shot hit the post.

The closing moments were all about Watford, who kept on piling the pressure keeping the Londoners pegged back. 

Things finally paid off in the second minute of stoppage time, with Tom Cleverly blasting one into the top of the net after a bit of a scramble in the box to leave the Arsenal squad crestfallen. Silva's men were able to hold on to their lead, despite frantic attempts from Arsenal, winning 2-1 in the end. 

The results leave Watford in fourth place on the table, with Crystal Palace shockingly beating a toothless Chelsea side earlier on. 


Everton manager Ronald Koeman finds himself under intense pressure as Everton extend to a run of three games without a win in all competitions. Anthony Knockaert scored late on to give Brighton the lead, but an even later Everton penalty saved them a point following a dismal performance. 

Brighton looked to stay compact from the get-go, dropping into two banks of four that Everton consistently struggled to break down. Both teams were toothless going forward - with a distinguishable lack of quality in the final third. 

Brighton came close to opening the scoring half an hour in, when Lewis Dunk powered the ball towards the Everton net. A battle in the area saw the ball fall to the feet of Dunk, and were it not for the heroics of Michael Keane, who threw himself in front of the ball - the home side would have taken an unlikely lead.

In a largely uneventful first half, Glenn Murray was caught offside a plethora of times and you could sense the frustration amongst the crowd boiling over. The teams would go into the break with it still all to play for, with a huge room for improvement. 

Brighton's Davy Propper could have been sent off following a horror tackle in the early moments of the second half. Launching his foot into the leg of Idrissa Gueye, the referee deemed a booking a worthy punishment - a clear mistake given the harm it could have caused. 

The game began to liven up as the second half continued, with Brighton looking the most likely to break the deadlock. The home side relied on crossing heavily to have any sort of threat going forward - with no clear-cut chances created just yet. 

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A huge loss to Brighton could be Shane Duffy, who was forced out of action after 20 minutes with a groin problem. The centre-back was arguably Brighton's best player of the match, marshalling the defence and preventing any Everton chances being crafted. 

However, it would be a grandstand finish as Anthony Knockaert scored his first Premier League goal this season. With a rebound falling to his feet 12 yards out, Knockaert slammed the ball home and sent the home fans into disarray with 10 minutes to play. The Frenchman must have thought he had won the game, but there would be another twist in the tale.

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Everton would equalise very late on, when Bruno sunk his elbow into Calvert-Lewin and the referee awarded a penalty. Following a forgettable performance from Wayne Rooney, the skipper stepped up and converted with ease - driving the ball low into the bottom left corner; Mr Reliable. 

A draw was probably the fairest result but may cost Ronald Koeman his job nonetheless - Everton looked berate of any ideas or creativity. Failing to test the keeper enough, the Merseyside club are still evidently suffering from the loss of Romelu Lukaku. 

Sunday afternoon saw Southampton host Newcastle United at the St Mary's Stadium, with new permanent signing Mikel Merino starting on the bench for the Tynesiders.

The opening minutes of the game saw Southhampton press in attack against the visitors, creating five chances in the first 17 minutes including a huge miss from Dusan Tadic after Nathan Redmond crossed a ball into the box and the Serbian's header went over the goal.

Though Southampton looked to dominate with possession in the first half, Newcastle provided an immediate response in the counter attack as Isaac Hayden smashed in his first goal for Newcastle outside of the box in the 20th minute.

The remainder of the first 45 minutes showed a pretty stable game for Southampton as the ball was in the Tynsiders' half for the majority of the time.

The Saints maintained a solid press with their passing and almost converted a chance in the closing minutes as Manolo Gabbiadini missed a shot in the box.

Southampton's chances were failing to convert due to a solid Jamaal Lascelles leading the Toons' back line. The half ended with the visitors leading 0-1 over an attacking Southampton side. 

The second half of the match kicked off with an immediate reverse of the previous 45 minutes. 

Newcastle looked to dominate in the opening minutes of the match with a chance on goal missed as a shot from Joselu deflects off the post.

Southampton came on the counter and Redmond provided a long pass to Gabbiadini. After a few seconds of wrestling in the block, the Italian's low strike gave the Saints the equaliser they were looking for.

The celebrations didn't last long for the home fans as almost immediately Newcastle bounced back with a response.

With immense pace and pressing to the home side's half, Ayoze Perez managed to smash in a second attempt from goal after Fraser Forster initially saved his first shot in the 50th minute.

In order to push Southampton forward, Mauricio Pellegrino took of Redmond and brought Sofiane Boufal who looked to make an immediate impact for the Saints.

They were playing faster with the new sub on and Boufal displayed is ability on the ball in attack in his opening minutes on the field.

In general both teams kept a balance in possession of the ball showing equal amounts of pressing against each other.

Gabbiadini secured an equalising double in the 75th minute after Florian Lejeune clipped Shane Long in the box.

He smashed in a penalty to get the Saints level at home as both side fought on to surpass each other on the Premier League table.

The closing minutes of the game came with full intensity as fans were roaring from both ends.

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Both teams increased their pressing to the very end with close chances coming from the Saints and Toons. 

Virgil Van Dijk stepped up in the last 20 minutes as he kept the back wall solid for Southampton while most of the game was free flowing. 

The match ended level at 2-2 with an equally impressive performance for both teams. 

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