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Abena Alice|myghanalinks - West Ham United continued their flirtation with the top of the EPL log for a second straight season with another big win; hammering and shocking their way to their first-ever win at the Etihad of all places with a 2-1 victory over hitherto undefeated league leaders Manchester City with goals from Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho.

Reigning Champions - Chelsea, took advantage of a nine man Arsenal side to notch their second win of the campaign as they continue to right a faltering start to the season and Leicester City (Foxes) fought back from 2 goals down to earn a draw at Stoke to keep their unbeaten start to the season alive.

Elsewhere, the 'Baggies'- (west Brom) claimed all 3points over Aston Villa courtesy of Saido Berahino's goal, Matt Ritchie's volley sealed Bournemouth' first home victory of the young season, Swansea settled for a goalless tie at home against Everton and a double from Nigerian International Odion Ighalo sealed victory for newly promoted side Watford at St James' Park.

In the three games played on Sunday, Anthony Martial powered Manchester Utd. to a 3-2 win over Southampton, Heung-Min Son handed Spurs all three points and Russell Martin canceled out Danny Ings opener as Liverpool and Norwich divvied the spoils.

 

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

The Premier League champions made their numerical advantage count in the 52nd minute as Kurt Zouma headed home from Cesc Fabregas' free-kick. Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were both sent off as Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in a heated contest at Stamford Bridge.

And, after Cazorla was shown a second yellow card, Eden Hazard secured Chelsea's first home league win of the season in the dying stages as his shot deflected past Petr Cech.

The defeat caps off a disappointing week for Arsenal following their Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb and their frustration will only be compounded by the controversial dismissal of Gabriel.

Aston Villa 0-1 West Bromwich

Saido Berahino scored the winner on his return to the starting line-up by touching a James Morrison shot into the net just before half-time to win it for the visitors as a really well-organised West Brom side secured a deserved 1-0 victory at the home of local rivals Aston Villa.

Albion have yet to concede a goal on their Premier League travels this season and they produced another masterful away performance here, keeping a subdued Villa side very quiet.

The Baggies are up to 10th in the table but problems are mounting for Villa, who barely had a shot in anger and are just a point and a place above the drop zone.

 

Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland

Matt Ritchie’s wonder-strike helped Bournemouth claim their first home victory of the season with a 2-0 win against Sunderland.

Callum Wilson opened the scoring early on with his fifth goal in four Premier League games, before Ritchie's spectacular volley gave the home side an unassailable two-goal lead inside the first 10 minutes.

Sunderland had a Jeremain Lens header ruled out for offside in the second half before Younes Kaboul picked up his second caution of the game and was sent off to compound the Black Cats' misery.

Bournemouth climbed to 11th with their first ever top-flight home win against rock-bottom Sunderland.

 

Manchester City 1-2 West Ham

West Ham United caused a huge shock by inflicting the first defeat of the season on Manchester City, with the visitors winning 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday night.

Slaven Bilic's side raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho, only for City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to pull a goal back for the home side just before half-time, his first for his new club.

However, West Ham held on for all three points thanks to a resolute second-half display, a result that moves the Hammers up to second in the table, while City remain top despite this setback.

Newcastle 1-2 Watford

Odion Ighalo continued his fine goalscoring form as Watford claimed consecutive Premier League victories for the first time in 16 years with a 2-1 win at Newcastle.

Fresh from sealing Watford's first win of the season against Swansea last weekend, Ighalo needed just 10 minutes to open the scoring at St James' Park when his low near-post finish beat Tim Krul.

The newly-promoted side outworked their hosts for the majority of the first half and doubled their lead when the Nigeria international latched onto Troy Deeney's through pass, rounded the 'keeper and slipped the ball home on 28 minutes.

The hosts put in an improved display after the break, thanks in part to Daryl Janmaat who halved the deficit shortly after the hour mark. But Watford held on for their first victory at St James' since 1981, while Steve McClaren's wait for a first victory as Newcastle manager continues.

 

Stoke City 2-2 Leicester

Leicester City fought back from 2-0 down for the second weekend in succession to extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 2-2 draw at Stoke City.

Stoke raced into a commanding half-time lead thanks to two goals in seven minutes from Bojan and Jon Walters.

However, a penalty from Riyad Mahrez six minutes after the restart allowed Leicester back into the game and Jamie Vardy completed the comeback with a 69th-minute equalizer.

 

Swansea 0-0 Everton

Everton dominated for much of the game but were unable to find the breakthrough against Swansea as they had Kevin Mirallas sent off late on in a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.

The Belgian was given his marching orders for a studs up challenge on Mo Barrow in the last minute of added time, just two minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Romelu Lukaku guilty of passing up two excellent opportunities to put his side ahead as he failed to capitalize on passes from Ross Barkley and Gareth Barry.

Bafetimbi Gomis also failed to capitalize on his chances, first testing Tim Howard with a well-struck half-volley before scuffing a shot wide of Howard's right-hand post.

 

Sunday

Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace

Heung-Min Son scored on his home Premier League debut to give Tottenham a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.

The South Korean, who scored twice in the 3-1 midweek Europa League win over Qarabag, broke the deadlock with 22 minutes remaining with a left-footed effort from just inside the box to give the hosts their second 1-0 league win in succession.

Crystal Palace had not dropped a point away from home before Sunday's game, and hit the post either side of half-time, first through Yohan Cabaye and then Bakary Sako, whose fierce shot was fantastically clipped onto the woodwork by Hugo Lloris.

Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

Anthony Martial scored twice on his first Premier League start as Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary's.

The £36m summer signing from Monaco showed good composure to level in the 34th minute after Graziano Pelle had given Saints an early lead.

Martial then capitalised on a poor backpass from Maya Yoshida to double the advantage before David de Gea pulled off a brilliant save to keep out Jose Fonte's header.

Juan Mata netted the third in the 68th minute after Memphis Depay struck the post and United held out for victory - even though Pelle pulled a goal back for Saints in the closing stages.

The victory moves United up to second in the table, just two points behind leaders Manchester City, and maintains their excellent record at St Mary's, where they have won on nine of their last 11 visits.

Liverpool 1-1 Norwich City

Liverpool were left frustrated as Norwich City came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday.

The pre-match hype was around the returning Daniel Sturridge, but it was Danny Ings who stole the headlines when he came off the bench to give the hosts the lead early in the second half.

Liverpool looked to be heading towards their first win in four games, until Norwich fought back and Russell Martin scored with a brilliant looping finish to level the scores.

The goal capped a brilliant day for the Norwich City captain who witnessed the birth of his child in the morning, before flying up to Merseyside to make kick-off.

 

 

 

Match results from skysports, bbc and nbcsports were used in this compilation

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