English Premier League Round-up | City retain top spot; United fail again

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English Premier League Round-up | City retain top spot; United fail again

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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City regained their mojo in the Premier League by putting four past West Brom Albion on Saturday, after six games without a win. Manchester United's struggles in the league, though, continued as they were held to a goal-less draw by a resolute Burnley at Old Trafford.

Manchester City retained the top spot in the Premier League after a convincing 4-0 win over the Baggies at the Hawthorns. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring after latching on to an Ilkay Gundogan through ball and coolly finishing it past Ben Foster.

Foster was beaten by Aguero again when the Argentine curled a powerful shot, that can easily be an early goal of the season contender, past him from 20 yards. Gundogan then scored a brace himself in the last ten minutes to end Guardiola's worst run as a manager.

Manchester United, on the other hand, remained winless in four league games after Burnley held them to a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Saturday. In an incredible game, United had 26 attempts on goal with 10 of those testing Tom Heaton in the Burnley goal.

United's task was made difficult in the second half when first Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands, and with just over 20 minutes to go, Ander Herrera was given his marching orders by the referee for a second bookable offence. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a great chance to secure three points for the Manchester side, but the Swede miscued the ball from a few yards out.

Liverpool secured a win at Selhurst Park for only the third time in nine games following a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace. Emre Can opened the scoring for the visitors in the 16th minute, but Palace responded within two minutes when Dejan Lovren's mistimed clearance was headed in by James McArthur.

The centre-back, however, made up for his mistake just three minutes later when he headed Liverpool back in front from a Philippe Coutinho corner. In the 33rd minute, McArthur leveled things up again when he headed in a Wilfried Zaha cross from just five yards out. Liverpool, though, went into the half time break with a lead as Joel Matip scored off another Coutinho corner.

Roberto Firmino's delicate chip for the fourth was the pick among the goals as Liverpool stayed level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

In the early game on Saturday, Arsenal inflicted even more misery on Sunderland running out 4-1 winners at the Stadium of Light. Alexis Sanchez fired Arsenal into the lead when he got at the end of an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross in the first half. Sunderland, who came out swinging in the second half, were rewarded for their effort as Jermain Defoeleveledd the score with just over 25 minutes left in the game.

But an incredible seven minutes of play saw the London side take a 4-1 lead with Frenchman Olivier Giroud scoring two goals off his first two touches after replacing Alex Iwobi in the 69th minute. Sanchez scored his second of the game in the 78th minute to condemn Sunderland to their 8th defeat in 10 league games this season.

In Sunday's game, Chelsea continued their good run of form in the league with a win over Southampton at St. Marys. Eden Hazard scored a brilliant solo effort in the first half to give Chelsea the lead. After the Belgian received the ball on the right wing, he went past a couple of defenders before smashing the ball into the net through the legs of Fraser Forster.

Diego Costa doubled Chelsea’s advantage in the second half with a curling effort from distance that was reminiscent of Aguero's goal. Southampton did find the back of the net through Charlie Austin but his goal was disallowed correctly for offside.

Other scores :

Middlesbrough 2 - 0 AFC Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 Leicester City

Watford 1 - 0 Hull City

Everton 2 - 0 West Ham United

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