English Premier League Report: Manchester City v Stoke City 14 October 2017

Mike Norman rounds-up the weekend action.

David Silva has assisted six Premier League goals this term, which is more than any other player.

Arsenal were surprisingly toppled too as Watford came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win with a 71st-minute penalty from Troy Deeney and a stoppage-time strike from Tom Cleverley, which lifted the Hornets to the giddy heights of fourth on 15 points.

Yes, Palace scored, and early, via a deflection.

At Anfield, the match-up between England’s two most illustrious teams failed to deliver again, though it needed a wonder save from United goalkeeper David de Gea to earn the visitors a point and maintain their unbeaten start to the season after eight games.

Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City showed their attacking prowess as they thrashed Stoke at the Etihad Stadium.

In the Championship, Bolton were another club ending a long wait for a goal.

United – [5.9] second favourites in the victor market – will be much happier with the result and trail Man City by just points in the title race, while Jurgen Klopp’s men are now down in eighth, fully nine points off the lead and available to back at [55.0] to win the title.

Chelsea will now turn their attention to the Champions League where they will face Roma at Stamford Bridge in midweek.

Sensation of the day came at Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace, hitherto without a goal and point to their name, downed champions Chelsea 2-1 with Wilfried Zaha, returning from injury, scoring a fine victor just before the break.

The win keeps Spurs within five points of leaders Manchester City. “It is the best performance since I am here”, Guardiola said.

Tottenham, [1.57], also look like being right there until the death and could still mount a serious title challenge if they become more consistent at Wembley, but all three of Chelsea, [1.52], Liverpool, [2.16], and Arsenal, [3.15], need to become far more consistent if they are to climb the table. Marco Silva’s men remain big outsiders in the market however, available to back at [38.0].

Despite their win against Chelsea, Crystal Palace remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Sunday brought draws for Newcastle and Brighton, who both led before being pegged back, a day after Huddersfield had succumbed 2-0 at Swansea.

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