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Chilwell shines as Chelsea thump Crystal Palace 4-0 

London: Chelsea settled their stuttering start to the season with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday as Ben Chilwell marked his league debut for the Blues by scoring the opening goal and creating another for Kurt Zouma.

Jorginho sealed the win with two late penalties in a second-half demolition of Palace who had stifled Chelsea in a goalless first half.

Chilwell punished the visitors for their first defensive error, scoring from close range in the 50th minute after Mamadou Sakho fluffed a clearance and allowed Cesar Azpilicueta to cross.

Chelsea doubled their lead in the 66th minute when Palace failed to clear a corner and Zouma headed home after a cross by Chilwell.

Jorginho made sure of the win when he converted two penalties in the space of five minutes late in the game.

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard sounded as happy with his team's first clean sheet of the season as the four goals they scored and he lauded the impact of Chilwell.

"I thought Ben Chilwell was fantastic in his contribution in all senses," Lampard said. "He gets his goal, he gets an assist and he was always ready to join in... He looked like he’d played for us for a long time."

Lampard made six changes to the team that salvaged a 3-3 draw after being 3-0 behind at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, four of them at the back as he gave league debuts to left back Chilwell and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Chilwell, who moved from Leicester City in August, showed his pace down the wings and fired crosses into the Palace box all match.

"It was a brilliant team performance, and I'm obviously very happy with my personal performance," Chilwell told BT Sport. "The gaffer said at halftime we need to be more creative in the final third, and in the second half we showed that."

Mendy, signed from Rennes of France to replace out-of-form Kepa Arrizabalaga, had a quieter afternoon.

He had to wait 63 minutes before having to make his first save against a Palace side intent on thwarting their hosts until they went behind.

Chelsea's defence, which leaked six goals in their first three league games of the new season, looked stronger with former Paris St Germain centre half Thiago Silva in commanding form alongside Zouma.

Lampard was asked about reports that Bayern Munich had renewed their interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and wanted to sign him before the transfer deadline on Monday.

"There is no definitive answer but by Monday, we will have one," he said. "At the minute, I want Callum part of my squad." 






Rodrigo earns battling Leeds 1-1 draw against Man City 

Leeds United's Rodrigo Moreno struck his first goal for the club to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday as visiting Pep Guardiola was denied victory against one of the men who inspired him to be a coach.

City's Spanish boss has often spoken highly of Leeds' Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, who Guardiola took advice from before going into management at Barcelona, with the two tacticians meeting for the first time in England.

City were dominant early on as they looked to quickly forget their shock 5-2 home defeat by Leicester City last time out, with Kevin De Bruyne almost opening the scoring with a clever free kick in the third minute -- the post denying the Belgian.

Guardiola did not have to wait long, however, for his side to take the lead, with Raheem Sterling darting inside before firing home his first league goal of the season into the bottom corner in the 17th minute.

City continued to create chances, finishing the first half having had 12 shots at goal, but Leeds improved after the break, with Rodrigo pouncing on a mistake from City goalkeeper Ederson to equalise in the 59th minute.

Leeds even had chances to win, with Ederson tipping a goal-bound Rodrigo header onto the bar, but City weathered the storm. The result leaves Leeds in fifth place on seven points from four games ahead of City in 10th with four points from three matches.






Beaming Ancelotti heaps praise on Calvert-Lewin and Rodriguez

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has earned his place in the spotlight after becoming the first Everton player to score in the opening four games of a Premier League season, manager Carlo Ancelotti said after their home 4-2 win over Brighton on Saturday.

The result kept the Toffees top of the league on a maximum 12 points while Calvert-Lewin took his season's tally to nine goals in six games in all competitions.

James Rodriguez, who joined Everton during the close-season after a patchy six years at Real Madrid which included a two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich, also continued to impress after scoring twice and setting up another.

"This is the moment of Dominic Calvert-Lewin now," Ancelotti told the BBC.

"There is not just one reason. He is confident, we are seeing him improving and he is scoring goals and that is the most important motivation for a striker."

Speaking of Rodriguez seamlessly settling into a wide forward's role on the right flank, the Italian said: "The players with quality have not a problem with that. The quality is there because football is not so complicated.

"The pitch is always the same, the opponents are always 11, the ball is the same, the goal doesn't move. Football is simple. It is not complicated."

Having scored 12 goals in their opening three league games, Everton are thriving from clinical finishing and Ancelotti pointed out the lethal fast breaks are also rooted in defensive ability under pressure.

"We managed the situation of the game well," he said.

"We had composure defensively and had opportunities on the counter attack. The performance was complete and this was the reason we deserved to win."

Everton face their toughest face of the season yet as they host champions and Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Oct. 17 after the international break and Ancelotti acknowledged that he was relishing the challenge.

"We are optimistic now for 15 days because there is a break but then we will have a fantastic test, the most difficult test against our neighbours." 


  





Wilson double for Newcastle condemns Burnley to third loss
 

NEWCASTLE - A double from Callum Wilson earned Newcastle United their first home win of the new Premier League season with a 3-1 success over Burnley at St James' Park on Saturday, leaving the visitors in the bottom three after three straight defeats.

Allan Saint-Maximin got Newcastle up and running in the 14th minute after twisting and turning to make space for a shot before drilling the ball into the bottom corner.

Burnley improved in the second half and got back on level terms thanks to a fine volley from captain Ashley Westwood just after the hour mark.

However, four minutes later dangerman Saint-Maximin crossed brilliantly to the far post for a tap-in by Wilson who then converted a 77th minute penalty after goalkeeper Nick Pope miscontrolled the ball and brought down substitute Ryan Fraser.

Wilson's fourth goal this season wrapped up the points as Newcastle moved up to sixth in the table after taking seven points from their opening four games.

Burnley dropped to second-bottom after a third defeat from their three games, with manager Sean Dyche hoping to bring in much-needed signings before the transfer window shuts on Monday.

"Our focus and concentration has to be there all the time in the Premier League," Dyche said. "We did not look emotionally right and ready for the challenge.

"We have still got four important players missing. We will work with the players, with what we've got, and see what we can get done (in the transfer market)."

Newcastle came into the game having had only three shots on target in their opening three games, albiet scoring from all of them, but the brilliant Saint-Maximin eased their nerves early on while remaining a handful in the north-east rain.

"I try to do my best for my team," he told Sky Sports. "I’m happy to win this game and give my team more confidence." 






Watkins hat-trick as Villa humble champions Liverpool 7-2 

Birmingham, England: A sensational first-half hat-trick from Ollie Watkins helped Aston Villa to a stunning 7-2 victory over Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday to end the champions' 100% start to the season in extraordinary fashion.

Liverpool started badly at Villa Park as a poor pass from Adrian -- deputising for Alisson in goal for the visitors after the Brazilian picked up a shoulder injury -- gifted Watkins the opener in the fourth minute.

If there was an element of good fortunate about Watkins' first goal in a Villa shirt, his second was all his own fine work as he cut inside before firing into the top corner to stun the champions and make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute.

Mohamed Salah's fine left-foot finish seemed to get Liverpool back in the game in the 33rd minute, but John McGinn's deflected strike two minutes later restored Villa's two-goal advantage.

Watkins completed his hat-trick inside 39 minutes, with former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley -- making his debut after joining Villa on loan -- making it five, 10 minutes into the second half.

Salah did give Liverpool hope on the hour mark, before a late double from Grealish completed a remarkable victory for the team who just avoided relegation last season. 






Manchester United humiliated as Mourinho's Spurs win 6-1 at Old Trafford

Manchester, England: A shambolic Manchester United suffered a club record-equalling defeat in the Premier League era as they crashed to a 6-1 loss at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane each scored twice for Spurs while United's Anthony Martial was sent off in the 28th minute as Jose Mourinho celebrated a stunning victory on his return to the club which sacked him 22 months ago.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had taken a second-minute lead through a Bruno Fernandes penalty but Spurs responded quickly, taking advantage of some awful United defending as Tanguy Ndombele and Son put them 2-0 ahead.

United went down to 10 men after Martial was sent off following a clash with Erik Lamela at a corner and then Harry Kane made it 3-1.

Son added his second shortly before the break as United conceded four goals in the first half of a league game for the first time since 1957 -- also to Spurs.

Serge Aurier made it 5-1 in the 51st minute before Kane completed the rout from the penalty spot.

United also lost 6-1 to Manchester City in October, 2011.


  





Saka on target as Arsenal beat struggling Sheffield United 2-1

Arsenal scored two goals in four minutes to grab a 2-1 Premier League home win over struggling Sheffield United, with Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe getting on the scoresheet in the second half as The Gunners’ misfiring attack finally found its rhythm.

The visitors frustrated Arsenal for the first hour, but Saka broke the deadlock by heading home following a snappy passing move in the 61st minute, and substitute Nicolas Pepe added a second three minutes later.

Irish striker David McGoldrick gave his side hope with a brilliant curling effort in the 84th minute, but the vistors couldn’t conjour up an equaliser as Arsenal held on comfortably to win.

The victory lifts them to fourth place in the table on nine points, three behind leaders Everton, while Sheffield United are 19th after four defeats in their opening four league games.  





Saints compound West Brom troubles with 2-0 victory

Southampton beat an insipid West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in the Premier League with goals either side of halftime from Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu at St Mary's Stadium on Sunday to leave the visitors in danger of dropping into the relegation zone.
 
Southampton had a couple of chances to take an early lead but goalkeeper Sam Johnstone stood strong to make reflex saves to deny Ryan Bertrand, Stuart Armstrong and Che Adams from close range inside the first 15 minutes.

But Johnstone could do nothing when Moussa Djenepo received the ball in the box and executed a sharp turn to shrug off two defenders and fire a low shot into the bottom corner, giving the home side the lead four minutes before the break.
 
Romeu then produced a stunner with 20 minutes to play when he leapt into the air to latch on to an Armstrong cross, firing home a thunderous volley for his first goal in 50 games for the club.
 
Southampton moved up to 10th in the standings with their second consecutive win and clean sheet while winless West Brom remained in 17th place with a point after four games, with the bottom teams having a game in hand. 
  

 





Brilliant West Ham snap Leicester's winning streak 

LEICESTER - West Ham celebrated a stunning 3-0 win at Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday to end the Foxes' perfect start after three successive wins thanks to goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen.

The result provisionally left 2016 champions Leicester second in the standings on nine points from four games while the Hammers climbed to sixth on six points with their first away win of the season.

Following their impressive 5-2 win at Manchester City a week ago, Leicester were brought crashing down to earth against the visitors, who could have won by a bigger margin.

Antonio headed West Ham into a 14th-minute lead as he rose at the far post to meet a long Aaron Cresswell cross and steer the ball into the opposite corner.

Fornals made it 2-0 in the 34th when he took a lofted pass in his stride and beat home goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with a left-footed shot from eight metres after holding off two defenders.

Declan Rice hit the underside of the bar for West Ham after a darting solo run from inside his own half before Bowen put the icing on the cake with a clinical finish in the 83rd minute, courtesy of a defence-splitting pass by Fornals.






Fulham rooted to the bottom after defeat at Wolves

WOLVERHAMPTON - Pedro Neto's goal early in the second half earned Wolverhampton Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Molineux in the Premier League on Sunday, leaving the visitors rooted to the bottom of the standings after their fourth successive league defeat.

In a tepid first half, Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola produced a superb double save to first deny Neto before getting up to smother the ball at the feet on Nelson Semedo, who was making his home debut for Wolves.

The hosts stepped it up after the break, and moments after Raul Jimenez had been denied by another fine save from Areola, Neto rifled his first of the season into the bottom corner in the 56th minute.

Fulham had a glorious chance to snatch an unlikely point in the 73rd minute, but substitute Aboubakar Kamara, with the goal at his mercy, fired straight at Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Neeskens Kebano also came close to levelling late on but, in truth, a point would have been undeserved after another toothless display from Scott Parker's side.

Wolves' second win of the season takes them onto six points and up into 12th, while Fulham remain firm favourites for relegation at the foot of the table having failed to get off the mark.




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