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Joel Sanderson-Murray·4 December 2021

🦁 PL: Bernardo purple patch continues as Man City ease past Watford

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The Premier League train never stops running, and after a host of pulsating midweek fixtures we go again today.

Follow all of Saturday’s action live here.

City top of the pops

Scorers: Sterling 4′, Bernardo 31′, 63′; Cucho 74′

Manchester City jumped back to the top of the Premier League after cruising past Watford at Vicarage Road.

It took City just four minutes to take the lead when Raheem Sterling was left unmarked to head home Phil Foden’s pinpoint cross.

After Jack Grealish and Sterling went close to doubling the visitors’ lead, Bernardo added their second after reacting quickest to fire beyond Daniel Bachmann.

Bernardo continued his fine run of form in the second half, securing his brace after drifting inside from the right and curling beautifully into the far corner.

Cucho Hernández netted a consolation for the hosts after his initial effort was saved by Ederson but they were outclassed considerably by their opponents.

Origi comes up clutch

Scorers: Origi 90+4′

Liverpool leapfrogged Chelsea into top spot after Divock Origi’s injury time winner broke Wolves’ hearts at Molineux.

After an even first half, Diogo Jota had the best chance of the game but headed wide from close range, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah also going close.

Jota then missed another glorious chance to put Liverpool ahead after capitalising on an error from goalkeeper Jose Sá, but fired his effort straight at Conor Coady who blocked on the line.

Just as time was running out, Salah broke free and crossed for Origi who swivelled and fired into the net, sparking wild scenes on the Reds bench.

Magpies off the mark

Scorers: Wilson 41′

Newcastle secured their first win of the season and under Eddie Howe after scraping past Burnley at St James’ Park.

With both sides struggling to create chances in the first half, Callum Wilson eventually broke the deadlock after reacting quickest in a packed penalty area.

The Magpies continued to press and went close through Miguel Almirón and Jonjoe Shelvey, but couldn’t find that elusive second as nerves began to creep in.

And their dominance looked to be undone when Jay Rodriguez netted for Burnley – who was quickly flagged offside – much to the relief of Eddie Howe who secured their first win of the season and his first as Newcastle boss.

Late drama at St Mary’s

Scorers: Broja 29′; Maupay 90+8′

Brighton struck late to deny Southampton an important win at St Mary’s on Saturday.

After an even start, Southampton took the lead through Armando Broja who cut inside Shane Duffy before finishing expertly into the corner.

But Brighton grew into the game and almost equalised in the second half, only for Alex McCarthy to deny Neal Maupay with an excellent stop.

Maupay would eventually have the last laugh after finding himself unmarked in the Saints box, before controlling and volleying into the corner deep into injury time.

Hammers come from behind to topple Chelsea

Scorers: Lanzini (pen) 40′, Bowen 56′, Masuaku 87′; Silva 29′, Mount 44′.

Chelsea blew the lead twice to fall to defeat away at West Ham courtesy of a bizarre late winner at the London Stadium.

The visitors edged into the lead in the 29th minute when Thiago Silva headed Mason Mount’s corner past Łukasz Fabiański.

But David Moyes’ side were given a route back into the match when Édouard Mendy was caught on the ball by Jarrod Bowen before hauling the Hammers forward down in the penalty area – with Manuel Lanzini stepping up from the spot to level proceedings.

However, there was one more twist just before half time as Chelsea restored their advantage through Mount, who caught Hakim Ziyech’s looping pass on the volley to squeeze in at Fabiański’s near post.

The hosts came from behind to level again ten minutes into the second half, with the ball falling for Bowen at the edge of the area to sweep into the bottom corner with a left-footed drive.

And then came the crushing blow for Thomas Tuchel’s men as in the 87th-minute Masuaku’s attempted cross bizarrely confused Mendy and ended up in the back of the net to earn a remarkable victory for the Hammers.

Sunday’s fixtures …

  • Leeds United v Brentford
  • Manchester United v Crystal Palace
  • Tottenham v Norwich
  • Aston Villa v Leicester City