Premier League Essential


Mahrez hat-trick against Swansea sends Leicester top

Chelsea condemned to eighth defeat by Bournemouth

Stoke’s Arnautovic knocks Man City off summit; Newcastle sink Liverpool

Quote of the Weekend
“Before this game it was realistic to think that our quality would take us out of this position, but maybe now we have to think about top six.” – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits Champions League qualification may be beyond his side after 1-0 loss to Bournemouth leaves champions 14 points below top four

Tweet of the Weekend
“Can’t believe what I witnessed at OT (Old Trafford) today….! Credit West Ham for coming to play but not 1 player at UTD can be enjoying that football.” – Former Sunderland left-back Michael Gray (@mickygray33) is less than impressed by Manchester United following their 0-0 home draw with West Ham United

Stat of the Weekend: 14
Tottenham Hotspur are now unbeaten in 14 league games — their longest such top-flight run since March 1985

Goal of the Weekend
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City 2-0 Manchester City)
Eight minutes after combining for Stoke’s seventh-minute opener, Xherdan Shaqiri and Arnautovic link up again. Shaqiri beats Fernando with sharp turn and plays sublime through ball for Arnautovic to roll low shot past Joe Hart

Moment of the Weekend
Murray magic (Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth)
Just 99 seconds after coming on, Glenn Murray nods home 82nd-minute winner to give promoted Bournemouth what manager Eddie Howe describes as “the biggest individual result in the club’s history”

Player of the Weekend
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
After Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking exploits last weekend, Algeria winger Mahrez steals show at Swansea by scoring all goals in 3-0 win that propels Claudio Ranieri’s side to top of table

Next weekend’s fixtures
Saturday (1500 GMT unless otherwise stated):
Bournemouth v Manchester United (1730 GMT), Crystal Palace v Southampton, Manchester City v Swansea City, Norwich City v Everton (1245 GMT), Sunderland v Watford, West Ham United v Stoke City

Sunday (1600 GMT unless otherwise stated):
Aston Villa v Arsenal (1330 GMT), Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Monday (2000 GMT):
Leicester City v Chelsea



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