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Abena Alice|myghanalinks - Reigning Champions - Chelsea - kept their terrible start to the season alive and well with another below par performance as Southampton came from behind to record a stunning 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge to compound Mourinho's misery with his fourth defeat of the season on Saturday Night Football.

Manchester City bounced backed beautifully from their recent two straight losses with Sergio Aguero scoring five goals in the span of 23 minutes - a virtuoso show that ended his Premier League goal drought in style as Manchester City demolished Newcastle 6-1 to return to the top of the Premier League table.

Red-hot England forward Jamie Vardy scored in his fifth consecutive Premier League game as Leicester claimed an impressive 2-1 victory over Norwich at Carrow Road.

Elsewhere, Wilfried Zaha kept the C. Palace Eagles flying high as his side notched a 2-0 home win, Marko Arnautovic's lone goal for Stoke downed hosts Aston villa and Bournemouth's Glenn Murray failed to grab victory for the Cherries (Bournemouth) as he failed to convert from the spot with just seven minutes to the end of the game.

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers was fired on Sunday, shortly after his side shared the honors with Everton in the Merseyside derby, Alexis Sanchez led Arsenal's rout of Manchester United with a double and Andre Ayew returned to scoring form with his fourth EPL goal of the season but Christian Eriksen's double denied the Swans the full 3 points.

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

A Wilfried Zaha-inspired Crystal Palace continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 home win against West Bromwich Albion.

The Eagles took all three points thanks to Yannick Bolasie's close-range header midway through the second half and a late Yohan Cabaye penalty.

The win moved Alan Pardew's side up to third, while West Brom dropped to 17th as boss Tony Pulis tasted defeat on his return to south-east London.

Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City

Marko Arnautovic scored the only goal of the game for Stoke as Aston Villa slipped to their sixth defeat in eight games.

The Austrian scored 10 minutes into the second half with a crisp low finish to leave Villa slumped in the relegation zone.

Tim Sherwood's side pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages but the closer the clock ticked to 90 minutes, the less Villa looked like scoring.

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Glenn Murray missed a late penalty as Bournemouth drew 1-1 against Watford at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Murray, making his first start for the Cherries after his summer move from Crystal Palace, opened the scoring on 28 minutes, before Odion Ighalo tapped home for Watford following an Artur Boruc error.

Murray had the chance to win the game from the penalty spot with seven minutes to play after Etienne Capoue brought down substitute Adam Smith, but the former Palace striker saw his effort saved by Heurelho Gomes.

Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle

Sergio Aguero scored five goals within 23 minutes for Manchester City as they came from behind to beat Newcastle United 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Aleksandar Mitrovic shockingly nodded Newcastle in front at the 18th minute mark but Aguero's brilliant burst of goals began when he headed City level three minutes before half-time.

Newcastle's misery started in earnest at the 49th minute mark as De Bruyne and Silva opened them up and Aguero finished with a crisp shot that appeared to take a deflection on its way in.

Within 73 seconds, Aguero had struck again, with a delightfully scooped finish after being supplied by De Bruyne, who then gatecrashed the Argentinian's goal party in the 54th minute with a sweet volley from substitute Jesus Navas's pass.

With all semblance of Newcastle resistance gone, Aguero had all the time in the world to score his fourth, and City's fifth, with a fierce low drive from the edge of the penalty area after being picked out by Silva on the hour mark.

He heaped further humiliation on the Tynesiders, turning in De Bruyne's cross from close range two minutes later. Three minutes after that, he departed to a rocking ovation. His, and City's, job done in the most devastating manner imaginable.

The win returned City to the top of the Premier League, while Newcastle manager Steve McClaren remains without a league win after eight games.

Norwich 1-2 Leicester

England forward Jamie Vardy opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before the half-hour mark after he was brought down in the box by Sebastien Bassong.

Jeffrey Schlupp doubled the Foxes' lead soon after the break with a cool finish after a scintillating break up the field which he began himself.

Substitute Dieumerci Mbokani gave Norwich hope when he pulled one back in the 68th minute but the home side could not find an equaliser despite sustained pressure on the Leicester goal late on.

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Sunderland blew a two-goal lead as they drew 2-2 with West Ham in what could be Dick Advocaat's final game in charge.

Uncertainty over the manager's future did not prevent the home side taking a 2-0 lead, with excellent goals from Steven Fletcher (10) and Jeremain Lens (22) scant reward for their early verve.

Had Fabio Borini then taken a one-on-one chance a first Premier League win of the season would surely have been in the bag, but Carl Jenkinson halved the deficit right on half-time and Dimitri Payet equalised (60) two minutes after Lens was shown a red card.

Chelsea 1-3 Southampton

Chelsea's miserable form continued as Southampton came from behind to claim a deserved 3-1 victory over the champions on Saturday Night Football.

The Premier League champions took an early lead through Willian's exquisite free-kick on 10 minutes.

Steven Davis drove in the equaliser before Sadio Mane ran through after a defensive error to put the Saints ahead.

Graziano Pelle's angled finish sealed victory for Southampton, who climb to ninth in the table. Chelsea's fourth defeat of the season leaves them 16th.

The Blues have taken only eight points from a possible 24 this season and are only four above the relegation zone and 10 solid points adrift of the top spot held by Manchester City.

Chelsea's struggles this season have been exacerbated by an uncharacteristically poor defence. They have now conceded 17 league goals - two more than they did in the whole of Mourinho's first season with the club in 2004-05.


Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Romelu Lukaku equalised after Danny Ings opened the scoring as the Merseyside derby ended 1-1 at Goodison Park.

Liverpool, who sacked Brendan Rodgers just hours after the final whistle, took the lead with four minutes remaining in the first half when Ings headed home unmarked from James Milner's inswinging corner.

However, Liverpool were not ahead for long as Everton hit back through Lukaku, the Belgian taking full advantage of Emre Can's inability to clear a Gerard Deulofeu cross.

The result leaves Everton a point ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League table and just three points off second place.

The result leaves Arsenal two points behind Manchester City, the margin of victory enough to take them above United into second place whilst Manchester Utd. dropped to 10th.

Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United

Arsenal justified Arsene Wenger's pre-match title talk as three early goals blew away Manchester United at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez (6) and Mesut Ozil (7) scored within 33 seconds before the Chilean belted a third to leave United three-down inside 20 minutes for the first time in the Premier League era.

Petr Cech made a big stop from Anthony Martial right on half-time and United did improve after the break but it was all to no avail.

Swansea 2-2 Tottenham

Christian Eriksen scored a free-kick in each half as Tottenham twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Andre Ayew opened the scoring in south Wales on 16 minutes with a superb header, but Spurs drew level as Eriksen's 27th-minute free-kick wrong-footed Lukasz Fabianski.

Harry Kane's unfortunate own goal then handed the initiative back to the Swans four minutes later, with the England striker slicing Jonjo Shelvey's corner beyond a helpless Hugo Lloris.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first as both sides readily exchanged blows, before Eriksen's sumptuous set-piece on 65 minutes levelled the game for the second time.



(Match day reports from skysports, BBC and telegraph.co.uk were used in this compilation)

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