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    FT: Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham


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    Odsonne Edouard scored twice on his debut as Crystal Palace claimed their first win of the season to end 10-man Tottenham's 100% Premier League start.

    Wilfried Zaha set the Eagles on their way, rolling in from the spot after Ben Davies was penalised for handball, before substitute Edouard added a second and third late on.

    The result moves Palace up to 11th in the table and it was no more than they deserved after a dominant display against the league leaders.

    The hosts were well on top even before Japhet Tanganga's dismissal, with the Spurs defender collecting two yellow cards in the space of five minutes before the hour mark.


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    He scores

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    Chelsea 3 Villa 0

    Liverpool have just beaten Leeds 3-0 away.



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    Everton continue their good start to the season under Benitez - 3-1 win against Burnley after being 1-0 down.



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    The PL table after the end of Gameweek 4:

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    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Allan Saint-Maximin's fine equaliser lifted the pressure on Newcastle boss Steve Bruce as his side earned a point against Leeds.

    After a week when Bruce had to defend his position following further criticism from fans, the mood turned ugly inside a packed St James' Park when Raphinha cut in from the right and sent his cross into the far corner of Karl Darlow's goal after 13 minutes.

    As Leeds threatened to run riot against a disjointed Newcastle, "we want Brucey out" was sung by all sides of the stadium.

    Marcelo Bielsa's free-spirited side should have been further ahead before the break, but after Matt Ritchie hit a post, Saint-Maximin lifted the mood when he danced around the Leeds defence before finding the bottom corner.

    It was a massive goal for both Newcastle and Bruce, who punched the air in delight, and restored some equilibrium after a torrid first half.

    There was less stress for Bruce after the break as both sides cancelled each other out, as Saint-Maximin twice tested Illan Meslier in the Leeds goal.

    The result left both sides still searching for their first win of the season, and at the wrong end of the table.

    But a point kept Bruce's head above water even if there will still calls for him to leave the club as the game finished. As the 60-year-old headed down the tunnel, his face told the story of a man relieved for now but who faces an uphill task to turn the mood around.



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    Great match. LFC scored 3 incredible goals, looking good this season.


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    Norwich and Burnley look absolutely buried. Cant see them surviving this season. Its upto Newcastle, Saints and Leeds to fight the drop

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    It is gonna be a tight league that much is certain. About 4 or 5 contenders with all having an equal chance. My early favourites are Liverpool


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    Raul Jimenez scored his first goal since suffering a life-threatening fractured skull as Wolves won at Southampton.

    The Mexico forward grabbed the only goal of the match when he collected a long ball forward, showed great skill to evade two home defenders and finished calmly past Alex McCarthy.

    Southampton previously had chances to open the scoring but Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa denied Adam Armstrong, Valentino Livramento and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

    After Jimenez's goal, his first for Wolves since October 2020, the Saints had a chance for an equaliser but Che Adams' shot was saved and despite late home pressure, Wolves held on for the win.

    Southampton remain without a Premier League victory this season and drop to 16th, while Wolves move above them up to 13th.

    After Jimenez had scored, following a long ball from Sa and excellent work to evade defenders Jan Bednarek and Mohammed Salisu, the delight was clear for the 30-year-old as he ran towards the Wolves fans, leaping high in the air and screaming in delight.

    It has been a long road to recovery after he sustained a serious injury following an accidental clash of heads with David Luiz early on during Wolves' Premier League game against Arsenal in November 2020.

    Jimenez had received oxygen on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher and was taken to hospital, where he had emergency surgery for a major traumatic brain injury and skull fracture.

    He has since revealed that it "was a miracle" to be back playing football again and returned to action in pre-season in July.

    Jimenez, who now has to wear a protective headguard, had played every minute of Wolves' previous five league matches, before he got the goal he desired an hour into their win at St Mary's.

    He had a chance to get his second in stoppage time, but was denied by McCarthy with only the goalkeeper to beat.

    Southampton have now drawn four matches and lost twice and are one of only five sides without a Premier League win this season.

    It took them more than half an hour to have a shot on target, but they ended the first half strongly with Nathan Redmond having a goal ruled out for offside.

    With Sa equal to anything that came his way, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl brought on Shane Long for his first league involvement of the season after he tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month, but the Republic of Ireland striker could not inspire an equaliser.

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    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Brighton players and Crystal Palace fans goaded each other near the tunnel following a dramatic and fiery end to their Premier League draw at Selhurst Park.

    Seagulls striker Neal Maupay scored a 95th-minute equaliser, cancelling out Wilfried Zaha's penalty, before being involved in a heated confrontation with Zaha as the game restarted.

    Both sets of players then got in an argument as the final whistle went.

    Afterwards, Brighton players heading down the tunnel had to run a gauntlet of home supporters, with a group of fans taunting the visitors - and getting the same back from some Albion players.

    Brighton supporters broke through the advertising hoardings to celebrate their equaliser and a blue flare was thrown onto the pitch.

    "With the goal going in at that time there's emotion and passion, which you'd expect," said Seagulls manager Graham Potter, who hung back as the exchanges took place before heading down the tunnel. "There wasn't a massive amount of security there and it's a little bit intimidating. Everyone is OK."

    Maupay, who celebrated by cupping his ears in front of the Palace fans, clashed with Zaha on the halfway line as Palace were ready to take the kick-off.

    "Football is nothing without fans and some involvement with players," said Maupay. "The atmosphere was really tough and when I scored, I looked at Zaha and smiled at him because when he scored his penalty he celebrated and he gave some to our fans.

    "I won't say what he said and what I said but you know how it is on the pitch with players sometimes. You give banter on the pitch sometimes and it was the perfect time to give him something."

    The game itself was exciting enough before the action in the stands.

    With seconds left on the clock, Palace keeper Vicente Guaita passed the ball straight to Joel Veltman on the halfway line.

    Veltman hit a long ball into the path of Maupay, who lobbed Guaita from the edge of the box.

    Zaha had looked set to be the hero when he scored a penalty - his eighth goal against Albion - at the end of the first half after Leandro Trossard barged over Conor Gallagher.

    Maupay's equaliser was not enough to send Brighton top of the table at the end of a day for the first time in their 120-year history, which a win would have done.

    Palace are a team whose style of play has been transformed under Patrick Vieira this season and will be hugely frustrated by the finale, having missed chances to seal the win.

    This is the third time in a row that this rivalry has seen a late game-changing goal.

    Last October, it was Alexis Mac Allister in the 90th minute to rescue a 1-1 draw for Brighton. In February, Christian Benteke scored in the 95th minute as Palace won 2-1.

    Both those games had something in common - Brighton deserved to win.

    In those two games Brighton had 45 shots, with Palace scoring with three of their four efforts.

    But this time it was the Seagulls who were fortunate to get a point.

    Palace are a different team this season. They are proactive now with passing and pressing, compared to the reactive style of counter-attacking football under Roy Hodgson.

    In the first half of this game, Palace had more shots, touches in Brighton's box and passes in the final third than they had in those two matches last season combined.

    They deservedly led through Zaha's confident penalty, his fifth goal in five games at Selhurst Park against Albion. Jordan Ayew missed a glorious chance to kill the game off when he shot wide on the end of a counter-attack.

    Brighton remain sixth, a far cry from their four seasons in the Premier League until now, all between 15th and 17th place.

    Potter said before the game not much was actually different this season - just the club having more luck. Or perhaps the absence of bad luck.

    Palace played quite 'Brighton-esque football' at times, especially in the first half, which they dominated.

    Actual Brighton were better when Steven Alzate replaced Dan Burn at half-time and they went to a back four. Alzate went off injured himself 20 minutes later, but the system remained.

    They had as many shots in the first seven minutes of the second half as they did in the first 45 (three). But they had to wait until the 90th minute for another chance with Shane Duffy heading straight at Guaita.

    It looked as if that would be their final chance but Maupay ghosted in behind the Palace defence to loft the ball over Guaita's head.


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    Today's fixtures:

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    Everton almost won this - disallowed goal towards the end of the game!

    So more points dropped for MUFC but Everton could have easily taken this.

    FT: Man Utd 1-1 Everton


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    Arsenal just about hanging on at Brighton so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Arsenal just about hanging on at Brighton so far.

    Half time 0 0
    Remains 0-0 at FT

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    Man Utd not looking good considering all the money they spent. Lucky to get away with this one today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Everton almost won this - disallowed goal towards the end of the game!

    So more points dropped for MUFC but Everton could have easily taken this.

    FT: Man Utd 1-1 Everton
    Everton should have won, dominated large parts.

    Biggest game of the season imo tomorrow!

    LFC v Man City

    Its near impossible to predict the outcome of this match. Both teams can beat each other by a few goals if they are on top form.

    My prediction is 3-1.


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    Leicester threw away a two-goal lead as Crystal Palace came from behind to draw with the Foxes at Selhurst Park.

    After going into the break 2-0 down, teenage substitute Michael Olise pulled a goal back for Palace with a brilliant volley past Kasper Schmeichel.

    Former Leicester player Jeffrey Schlupp added a second just 48 seconds after his introduction, heading past Schmeichel with only his second touch.

    Brendan Rodgers' side opened the scoring against the run of play when Kelechi Iheanacho capitalised on a mistake from Joachim Andersen before slotting past Vicente Guaita on 31 minutes.

    Jamie Vardy added a second six minutes later with a cool finish from Harvey Barnes' assist.

    The Eagles move to within a point of the Foxes and remain unbeaten at Selhurst Park under manager Patrick Vieira, while Leicester are now winless in four Premier League games.


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    What a game and an example of why the EPL is so good:

    Liverpool 2 Man City 2



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    It was all City in the first half bullying us for 45 minutes. As expected we came back strong after the break scoring somewhat against the run of play with a neat Mane finish. City fully deserved to equalise then Salah scores a brilliant solo goal somewhat similar to Maradona at his peak. L'pool must do whatever it takes to get Salah signing a new contract. The second equaliser was more of an own goal with Matip deflecting it in otherwise our goalie saves it comfortably.

    We got lucky with Milner not being sent off when his tackle clearly deserved a second yellow card making Pep run around in massive pain! It is a concern to see Liverpool being dominated so much in the first half being given the run around even if the opposition was full of world class players. Overall Liverpool will be the happier side with the draw.


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    Manchester City have made a complaint to Liverpool about a supporter allegedly spitting towards members of their backroom staff during the 2-2 draw at Anfield.

    There is understood to be footage of the incident and City boss Pep Guardiola hopes Liverpool take action if the allegation, which is said to have occurred after City's first goal, is proven.

    He told Sky Sports: "I don't know what happened. I heard something from the crowd - something not nice to staff. But I don't know what exactly. I didn't see the images.

    "I'm pretty sure that if it happened, what the people told me, I'm sure Liverpool will take measures about this person. Liverpool is much greater than this behaviour.

    Pep Guardiola has insisted James Milner should have been sent off during Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Man City, while Micah Richards has branded the decision of referee Paul Tierney not to dismiss Milner as "ridiculous" and a "shocker".

    Milner, who had already been booked despite Tierney adjudging that the stand-in Liverpool right-back had not fouled Phil Foden for a first-half penalty, avoided a second yellow card despite a clear foul on Bernardo Silva midway through the second half.

    Minutes later, Milner was heavily involved in Liverpool's second goal before being substituted.

    City boss Guardiola remonstrated angrily on the touchline at Tierney's refusal to caution Milner for a second time and told Sky Sports afterwards: "It's a yellow card. It's clear. It's Anfield, it's Old Trafford. In our situation a City player is sent off. It's too much clear. It was a second yellow."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    What a game and an example of why the EPL is so good:

    Liverpool 2 Man City 2
    Would have loved 3 points but a fair result in the end.

    Once again it seems its LFC v City for the title. Both teams are incredible! The football is on the highest level you'll ever see.

    Salah has landed from another planet this season. Only 4/5 players in the PL could have come near scoring such a goal!


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    LP got away with one there, they got dominated, city made them look like Norwich City for large parts of the game, couldve been 3/4 nil by HT, LP would have been so relieved at HT, at the end of the day it was the best result for the rest.

    LP dont look good against the big teams this season.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    LP got away with one there, they got dominated, city made them look like Norwich City for large parts of the game, couldve been 3/4 nil by HT, LP would have been so relieved at HT, at the end of the day it was the best result for the rest.

    LP dont look good against the big teams this season.
    Look whose talking! MU can't even beat Everton who were also unlucky not to win yesterday. You don't even look good against average teams like Villa, Southampton and Everton where as City are a world class team. So much for spending all those million's in the summer.


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    City better first half, LFC better second.

    LFC had more shots on target. City keeper made more saves.

    A draw was a fair result.

    City and LFC are ahead of Chelsea imo. Chelsea ahead of West Ham, Leicester and Manchesters 2nd club.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    Look whose talking! MU can't even beat Everton who were also unlucky not to win yesterday. You don't even look good against average teams like Villa, Southampton and Everton where as City are a world class team. So much for spending all those million's in the summer.
    we were worse at this stage last season yet were on top by Jan, early days still.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    we were worse at this stage last season yet were on top by Jan, early days still.
    We are talking about this season here. Man City won it last season even if you were top for a period. Drawing home to a world class side like city is much better then doing so against an average side like Everton.
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    Claudio Ranieri has agreed to become Watford's new head coach and is expected to sign on Monday, according to Sky in Italy


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    HT: Watford 0-2 Liverpool.

    Liverpool are in total control here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    HT: Watford 0-2 Liverpool.

    Liverpool are in total control here.
    Liverpool run riot at Watford in Ranieri's first game in charge - Mane, Firmino hat-trick and superb Salah strike

    FT Watford 0-5 Liverpool.

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    Watford did not manage a corner until the 78th minute. That it was greeted with huge cheers and a standing ovation just about summed up Ranieri's day.

    Watford is Ranieri's 22nd different job in his long and varied coaching career. Rarely can he have endured a start as sobering as this.

    It was Watford's heaviest Premier League defeat since their eight-goal hammering by Manchester City in September 2019 and their biggest at home since the same opponents scored six here two years before that. There was certainly nothing to trigger a celebration before his 70th birthday on Thursday.

    The dimensions of Vicarage Road mean the edge of the managers' technical areas are about as close as it is possible to get to the side of the pitch.

    It meant that Ranieri was almost on top of the action as the size of his task was laid bare.

    A long pre-match chat with Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was about as good as it got for the Italian.

    The hosts simply did not get near enough to their talented opponents. Salah was given far too much space by Danny Rose even before he created the opener. Firmino was allowed to drop into the space between Watford's defence and midfield without anyone tracking his movements and Liverpool stroked the ball about at will further back, with no press to hurry them up.

    With a paltry 17% possession, no shots, no corners and, obviously, no goals, the first half was a non-event for Ranieri and his new team. And if he hoped the introduction of Tom Cleverley into midfield for the second period would improve matters, he was sadly mistaken as Liverpool scored twice within 10 minutes of the restart.

    Watford did rally towards the end, with Ismaila Sarr striking a post, although by then any chance of turning the game into a contest was long gone.

    If there was a consolation for Ranieri, it is that there should be no dissenters if he wants to make significant changes during his first full week working with his new team.

    However, with a fixture list that includes Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs among Watford's next seven opponents, Ranieri needs a plan if his club's famously trigger-happy owners are not to be considering whether to axe yet another manager.


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    Leicester City increased the pressure on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they ran out fully deserved winners in a thriller at King Power Stadium.

    Manchester United at one stage threatened to steal a point from a dreadful performance but the Foxes rallied to secure their best win of an indifferent start to the season.


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    Firstly lets laugh at Man Utd struggling to get a win against average sides after spending so much in the summer I already feel they will struggle to compete for the title having lost a good many matches this season. It will be a straight fight between Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea possibly going down to the wire.

    That goal by Salah today was Maradona at his best. Our front three are the best in the EPL scoring goals for fun. Today one genuinely felt sorry for Watford so poor were they partly due to their own fault and also because they were outclassed. We must get Salah to sign a long term contract, he is irreplaceable.


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    Just catching up on yesterday’s highlights. Mo Salah is in absolute worldie form at the moment, scoring achingly beautiful goals and he looks absolutely incredible on the ball. Liverpool one would have to say are clear favourites for the title at the moment alongside Chelsea.

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    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/58833947

    West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna headed a second-half winner to give David Moyes' side a hard-fought Premier League victory at Everton.

    In a game of few clear-cut chances, defender Ogbonna netted the only goal in the 74th minute, rising inside the six-yard box to flick home Jarrod Bowen's corner.

    The Hammers dominated the first half but lacked incisiveness in the final third and called Jordan Pickford into action just once.

    The England keeper palmed out Bowen's stinging shot and while Tomas Soucek thought he had found the breakthrough with his follow-up from close range, it was ruled out for offside.

    Alex Iwobi missed a glorious opportunity for Everton when he failed to make any contact with the ball from six yards out then in the second half the Nigeria forward's spin and strike was blocked.

    The Toffees could not find an equaliser as their winning run in the league under Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park ended.

    West Ham's victory takes them up to sixth in the table as they leapfrog Everton, who drop to seventh.

    Benitez and Moyes were familiar foes on Merseyside during the 2000s when the Spaniard was with Liverpool and the Scotsman at Everton.

    Sunday's victory will taste sweet for Moyes on his return to the club he managed for 11 years - especially as Benitez got the better of him on most occasions during that period.

    Benitez has made an impressive start to his time with the blue half of the city and this was just his side's second league defeat of the campaign.

    Summer signings Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have proved to be excellent bargain buys and the majority of Everton's attacking play came via the English duo on either flank.

    But without the presence of the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison up front, the hosts struggled to test visiting keeper Lukasz Fabianski, who had a comfortable afternoon.

    Stand-in striker Salomon Rondon is yet to get off the mark and came agonisingly close to breaking his duck when he flicked Townsend's dangerous delivery wide of the far post.

    But it was West Ham who took all three points as Ogbonna escaped Ben Godfrey to deflect Bowen's excellent corner past Pickford and ensure the Londoners picked up just the second victory in their last six games.

    Everton players disputed the awarding of the corner from which the goal was scored, when Michail Antonio jumped to challenge for a high ball with Pickford - but replays suggested the last touch came from the goalkeeper's hand.

    A clean sheet was welcome too, as it was just their third shut-out in the last 19 top-flight matches, with former Everton loanee Kurt Zouma playing his part by making a vital block from Gray's shot late on.

    The visitors could have had a second right at the end but Bowen's curled effort was superbly tipped away by Pickford.

    Moyes' side are back in action on Thursday in the Europa League against Genk, knowing a third victory in the group will take them to the cusp of the knockout stages.

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    Newcastle United's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur was halted in the 40th minute because of a medical emergency in the crowd.

    Both teams were told to leave the pitch by the referee with Spurs leading 2-1 as medics attended to the supporter.

    Fans in the East Stand at St James' Park alerted players and officials to the incident before play was suspended.

    The supporter was taken to hospital with Newcastle saying the fan had been stabilised before play resumed.

    Tottenham had been about to take the corner when Spurs' Sergio Reguilon alerted the referee to the fact a section of supporters were calling for assistance.

    Players from both teams then signalled the need for medical staff, including Tottenham defender Eric Dier calling for a defibrillator, before the sides left the pitch while the fan received help.

    After a delay of more than 20 minutes the rest of the half was played - the five remaining minutes of normal time plus two of added time - with Tottenham scoring a third goal before the delayed interval through Son Heung-min.


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    Arsenal play host to Palace later on today. I fancy or draw here.


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    So far, so good for Arsenal, 1-0 up against Palace at half time.



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    Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 2

    95th minute equaliser for the Gooners.



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    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Sixty eight percent of all Premier League players have now had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, the league has announced.

    The Premier League also confirmed that 81% of players have had at least one jab.

    The numbers mark a large increase in uptake of the vaccine.

    At the end of September there were only seven clubs in the Premier League where more than 50% of players were fully vaccinated.

    "Vaccination rates are collected by the Premier League on a weekly basis and the League continues to work with clubs to encourage vaccination among players and club staff," the league said.

    Earlier this month Republic of Ireland international Callum Robinson revealed he had chosen not to be vaccinated against Covid-19, despite twice contracting the virus.

    Robinson was speaking days after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expressed exasperation with Premier League players who have not had the vaccine.

    Klopp said that "99%" of his players have been vaccinated and that he had not had to convince them to do so, adding that he was jabbed to protect not just himself but "all the people around me".

    In the English Football League, the BBC understands that as of September 49% of players were fully vaccinated - up from 18% the previous month.

    Premier League managers have previously called on their players to get immunised, including Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta, Nuno Espirito Santo, Steve Bruce and Graham Potter.

    "At their age they are more open to some of these conspiracy theories," England manager Gareth Southgate said of younger people in the UK.

    "They are reading social media more, they are perhaps more vulnerable to those sort of views.

    "From what I can see there is a bit of confusion around."


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    Arsenal 2-0 up at half time against Villa.

    Looked good in that first half Arsenal and played with a lot of confidence.



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    Arsenal gained a thoroughly deserved victory over Aston Villa to move into the top half of the Premier League table.

    Thomas Partey headed in Emile Smith Rowe's corner for his first goal for the Gunners - having earlier hit the crossbar.

    Right at the end of the first half, Arsenal were given a penalty after a long video assistant referee review for a Matt Targett foul on Alexandre Lacazette.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty was saved excellently by former Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez, but the Gabon striker put home the rebound from close range.

    Villa improved on a thoroughly wretched first half, but Smith Rowe scored Arsenal's third 11 minutes into the second half.

    He won the ball in his own half and then finished the move via a deflection and the post.

    The visitors got a consolation when Jacob Ramsey curled his first Villa goal into the top corner from 20 yards. They put on good pressure and created a few chances in the closing stages but it was too little, too late.



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    Joshua King's hat-trick helped Watford to a stunning first win under Claudio Ranieri as Everton collapsed in a pulsating Premier League game at Goodison Park.

    Tom Davies put the hosts ahead early on but Watford equalised before the break through King from close range.

    Former Hornets striker Richarlison put Everton ahead again but Juraj Kucka's header drew Watford level.

    King, who didn't score for Everton during his spell there in the first half of 2021, then struck twice inside six minutes before Emmanuel Dennis put the seal on an incredible comeback.

    While Watford had never won at Goodison in any competition before this match, Ranieri has happier memories of trips to Everton - this was his fifth consecutive win at the ground.

    It is a second successive home defeat for Everton's former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and some boos greeted the Spaniard's decision to replace Anthony Gordon with Richarlison in the second half.

    He seemed vindicated when the Brazilian struck with a fine diving header just three minutes after coming on, but Benitez then saw his side's lead evaporate in a disastrous final 10 minutes that leaves his side in eighth place.

    Watford, having started life under Ranieri with an emphatic defeat against Liverpool, climb the table to 14th - suddenly well clear of the relegation zone.

    When Davies slid in to convert Demarai Gray's low cross from close range after three minutes it looked like being another difficult day against Merseyside opposition for Ranieri following their 5-0 thrashing at Vicarage Road a week earlier.

    But while Everton failed to build on that start and were tentative, Watford took the attack to the home side in defiance of having the lowest number of shots in the Premier League - 76 - prior to this match.

    King's first goal was initially ruled out for offside by referee Graham Scott but after looking at the pitchside monitor he overturned his decision because Gray had just played King onside.

    Ranieri responded to Richarlison's goal by immediately throwing on Dennis and Joao Pedro.

    His move soon worked, as King had the time and space to steady himself after receiving Dennis' cross for his second and then kept his head again inside the box to claim his hat-trick.

    Dennis has enjoyed a good start to his Premier League career, despite Watford's struggles, and the Nigerian claimed his third goal of the season as large sections of the home support headed for the exits.


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    FT: Leicester 0-2 Arsenal

    Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers to BT Sport: "It was an awful start to the game. We spoke before hand that it was important to get the crowd going but we were so passive. We made it far too easy. We can defend both goals better.

    "First one I'm disappointed in the referee - it was a foul and the game gets played on, which leads to a corner. We should defend it better. We can be much better. Two really really soft goals.

    "It wasn't a great start but we had chances in the first half. Their keeper made a great save but at 2-0 we had to do something in the game. Second half we were much the better team. The keeper made great saves but you rue the start - that's what cost you.

    "At times we have to defend better, the two goals today were soft. They get through the pitch too easily. Apart from that Kasper [Schmeichel] didn't have much to do.

    "The club is absolutely brilliant for a manager to be here and develop players. We can compete and that's what we always want to do. Great bunch of players that will develop and we keep fighting to improve and try to get to the" next level."


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    Bottom club Norwich City remain without a Premier League win 10 games into the season after slumping to defeat against fellow strugglers Leeds United at Carrow Road.

    After a dour first half, the match burst into life when Raphinha dribbled past three players to fire the visitors into a 56th-minute lead after being picked out by Dan James.

    Norwich were level inside two minutes when 19-year-old defender Andrew Omobamidele headed home from a corner needlessly conceded by keeper Illan Meslier.

    But Leeds restored their advantage on the hour through Rodrigo's long-range effort after Norwich had lost possession outside their own box.

    It was an improved performance by the Canaries after their humiliating 7-0 defeat at Chelsea last week, but Daniel Farke's side have now lost eight of their 10 matches since winning the Championship with 97 points last season.

    James went closest to scoring in the first half after rounding Tim Krul but Grant Hanley was in the right place to clear his attempt off the line.

    The hosts at least showed more desire than they did at Stamford Bridge, but once again they lacked any real attacking threat.

    Teemu Pukki and Mathias Normann both went close with first-time attempts and Milot Rashica forced a save from a free-kick.

    Norwich also felt they should have had a penalty in the early stages when the ball struck James but referee Anthony Taylor waved away their appeals.

    Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber came out fighting after the Chelsea debacle stating "we've not come into this league to be tourists", while reminding the club's critics that the Canaries were the 11th highest spenders in Europe during the summer transfer window.

    But with more than a quarter of the season gone, the table makes miserable reading for Farke and his players.

    Eight defeats in 10 games, just three goals scored and conceding at a rate of 2.5 per game.

    This was a must-win after their rout in London and although there was an improvement of sorts, Norwich are eight points from safety with fans wondering where their next point - never mind victory - is going to come from.

    Leeds have struggled themselves and arrived at Carrow Road having won just once, with Farke targeting this match to finally get his side's season up and running.

    Instead Norwich remain on two points - five fewer than at the same stage two seasons ago when they were relegated with three games left.

    Their players looked bewildered at the final whistle as the visitors celebrated a first away win of the campaign.

    Without injured trio Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Robin Koch, Leeds have struggled to find the momentum that propelled them to a top-nine finish last season.

    They started this game in the bottom three but after Raphinha provided some real quality in attack, they now sit four points off 10th-placed Leicester, who they host next Sunday.


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    West Ham pushed their top-four credentials as they thrashed 10-man Aston Villa (1-4) to condemn them to a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat.

    The result leaves David Moyes' side level on points with third-placed Manchester City in fourth, while Villa remain 15th, three points above the bottom three.

    Ben Johnson opened the scoring for the visitors with a low drive into the bottom left corner from 18 yards after being picked out by Declan Rice's cross-field pass.

    And Rice drove into the same corner to restore the Hammers' lead after Ollie Watkins had swept home an equaliser following good work from Emiliano Buendia near the byline.

    Though Villa rallied and saw Watkins head against the bar from John McGinn's cross their hopes of taking anything from the contest were ultimately undermined by Ezri Konsa's dismissal for a foul on Jarrod Bowen, with the Hammers forward through on goal.

    As they pressed forward for an equaliser, Pablo Fornals tapped in a third on the break and Bowen rounded off the scoring for West Ham with another close-range finish into an empty net after good work from Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.

    West Ham's victory epitomised their fine start to the campaign and saw them equal an eight-game unbeaten run on their travels in the top-flight dating back to November 1986.

    While there is still a considerable distance to go until prizes and European places are confirmed next May, momentum and hope appears to be building at West Ham.

    Moyes' side have been excellent on three fronts this term, with a superb Premier League start, reaching the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and taking charge of their Europa League group with three straight wins.

    And there is also a positivity and attacking impetus attached to his side that has perhaps not always been present in his previous jobs elsewhere.

    Rather than sitting back at Villa Park they went straight after their out-of-sorts opponents and the likes of Bowen, Tomas Soucek and Antonio all had good opportunities to double their lead before the home side levelled.

    Rice's goal owed a little to luck with Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez complaining that he had been unsighted by the England midfielder's effort from distance.

    However, after Konsa's red card, they were thoroughly professional and eventually made their extra man count.

    Villa, who started Leon Bailey for the first time and lost Jacob Ramsey to a first-half injury, will consider themselves unfortunate in moments but they were also far too passive early on, and with a man down, paid the price for having to constantly chase the game.


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    Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has left the club hours after their first win of the Premier League season.


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    Premier League leaders Chelsea ruthlessly tightened their grip on top spot by punishing the failings of lacklustre Leicester at King Power Stadium.

    Antonio Rudiger continued his habit of scoring against the Foxes with a glancing, looping header from a corner whipped in by ex-Leicester wing-back Ben Chilwell.

    Another former Foxes favourite, midfielder N'Golo Kante, doubled the lead by firing home from the edge of the box after being allowed to roam 30 yards virtually unchallenged.

    Chelsea could have been out of sight by half-time, Chilwell grazing the bar when he should have scored from an early one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel , who later denied Kante with his legs.

    Leicester offered more as an attacking force after the break as Edouard Mendy made a fabulous save to tip away a fierce long-range shot from Daniel Amartey and Jamie Vardy headed over from close range.

    But Chelsea, who stretched their lead at the top to six points before Saturday's later kick-offs, could have had more as Schmeichel saved smartly from Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi curled inches over.

    The Blues had also three goals ruled out for offside, the assistant's flag foiling Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Christian Pulisic, who capped his return from injury by slotting home Chelsea's third from Hakim Ziyech's cross.


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