Liverpool 4-0 Southampton
Diogo Jota scored twice in the first half as Liverpool romped to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.
The Portugal forward grabbed his first with less than two minutes played, turning Andy Robertson’s low ball in before adding a second from close range after being set up by Mohamed Salah half an hour later.
Thiago Alcantara fired in a deflected third to give the Reds a commanding half-time lead before Virgil van Dijk steered a corner home to round off the scoring shortly after the restart.
The victory sees Liverpool keep the pressure up on league leaders Chelsea, moving to within a point of the Blues – although the Reds have played an extra game.
Liverpool got off to a flying start as Sadio Mane and Robertson combined on the left before the latter fizzed a low cross into the middle that Jota converted on the stretch.
A couple of chances fell Southampton’s way after that, but Liverpool remained the side on top and doubled their lead in the 32nd minute as Salah squared for Jota to tap in his second after playing a neat one-two with Jordan Henderson on the right.
The Reds made it 3-0 just five minutes later as the ball fell to Thiago on the edge of the box and the midfielder advanced into the area before lashing a left-footed strike into the top-left corner via a hefty deflection off the knee of Lyanco.
Van Dijk extended Liverpool’s advantage even further in the 52nd minute, volleying Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner under Alex McCarthy – who perhaps should have done better – and in.
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Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli were on target as Arsenal edged past Newcastle United 2-0 in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Mikel Arteta’s side saw their eight-game unbeaten league run end at Liverpool last weekend, while Newcastle, with Eddie Howe in the dugout for the first time, were the only winless team in England’s top four tiers after 12 games.
Jonjo Shelvey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both struck the woodwork in the first half at Emirates Stadium before Saka eventually broke the deadlock after 56 minutes.
Substitute Martinelli added a second just 93 seconds after his introduction as Arsenal moved level on points with fourth-placed West Ham, who play Manchester City on Sunday.
Saka poked narrowly wide and Martin Dubravka excellently parried away Martin Odegaard’s free-kick as the hosts looked to score first for the 17th consecutive top-flight meeting with Newcastle.
Aaron Ramsdale then pushed Shelvey’s long-range attempt onto the crossbar before Aubameyang inexplicably hit the right-hand post from point-blank range following Emile Smith Rowe’s saved header.
Norwich 0-0 Wolves
Norwich were left to rue missed opportunities after they were held to a goalless draw by Wolves at Carrow Road.
Dean Smith’s men more than matched their visitors from the Midlands and had a great chance to go ahead midway through the second half.
Teemu Pukki, who is usually so reliable from these situations, failed to score after being found by Lukas Rupp, instead poking it straight at the onrushing Jose Sa.
However the Norwich boss was still in good spirits despite his players not managing to get all three points.
He said: “I think we looked a good team today and restricted a good club to few chances – this was a better performance than the win at Southampton.
“We looked really organised without the ball, we adjusted to the tweaks we had to make.
“We went to a flatter three in midfield because their two No10’s [Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho] were getting too much ball and we cut the supply to them.
“Their goalkeeper had to come up with a big save from Max Aarons in the first half.”
The Canaries next face the team immediately below them in the Premier League table, but Smith is relishing the six-pointer.
“The players can take an awful lot of belief from what they are doing ahead of the match against Newcastle.”
Crystal Palace 1-2 Aston Villa
Steven Gerrard maintained his 100% record in charge of Aston Villa with an away win at Crystal Palace.
A first-half goal from Matt Targett was backed up in the final five minutes by John McGinn who curled a left-footed effort into the corner.
Marc Guehi’s stoppage-time strike gave the Eagles a glimmer of hope, but time was against the hosts.
The visitors were handed a reprieve midway through the second half after Douglas Luiz had initially been shown a straight red card for a challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate, but after a review of the pitch-side monitor, referee Michael Salisbury changed his decision.
The former Rangers boss was understandably delighted to earn a second successive win, but knows there is a long way still to go.
He said: “We can’t get carried away, it has been a positive couple of weeks.
“The players have been fantastic in their application, we had to dig in at times today but we managed to get over the line which is nice.
“There was great work before we came in, Dean Smith had done an impressive job before and the performances in the five games before probably didn’t warrant five defeats.
“We’ve had to put a lot of information across in a short of period of time and there are still little tweaks to make.
“We have got an impressive set-piece specialist at Aston Villa and his job is to identify weaknesses in the opposition side, the players deserve all the credit for going and implementing that goal.”
Brighton 0-0 Leeds
Report and free match highlights as Brighton register 20 shots, but fail to find the net; Neal Maupay, Leandro Trossard, Jakub Moder and Solly March all miss key chances; Leeds below-par again, but come away with a point from the Amex Stadium
Neal Maupay was back in the Brighton starting XI for the first time in three Premier League outings and, despite having a point to prove, spurned an early chance as Tariq Lamptey terrorised Junior Firpo down the right wing in the first half.
Leandro Trossard and Jakub Moder were also guilty of missing gilt-edged chances – both hitting the woodwork – with Solly March also going close after coming on as a second-half substitute.
Of Brighton’s 20 shots, 14 were off target – the joint-highest tally of the season, along with Arsenal in their defeat to Brentford on the opening weekend of the season
Stuart Dallas registered Leeds’ first shot on target in the 55th minute, while Tyler Roberts twice tested Robert Sanchez late on, but he was unable to secure the visitors’ third league victory of the season, as they remain 17th, three points ahead of Burnley in the relegation zone.
However, if Sean Dyche’s side win against Tottenham on Sunday, Leeds could finish the weekend in the bottom three.
Brighton’s winless run is now only beaten by Newcastle’s 13-match streak, having drawn six of their last eight games. They move up a place into eighth with 18 points, although it was another frustratingly familiar story for the misfiring Seagulls.
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