Leicester City continue to sit atop of Premier League summit on another high scoring yet controversial weekend, which featured 36 goals, including a seven goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez put Man City ahead with a fourth minute smash but Leicester struck back through a hat-trick from Jamie Vardy, of which two goals came from the penalty spot after fouls from Kyle Walker and Eric Garcia respectively either side of Vardy’s chipped goal from Timothy Castagne’s low cross.
James Maddison added a fourth for the Foxes with a 77th minute curler before Nathan Ake scored a debut home goal for City to briefly reduce their arrears, until Benjamin Mendy fouled Maddison from which Youri Tielesman fired in to complete a 5-2 away win that keeps Leicester top.
Comeback goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Diogo Jota sent Liverpool second on goal difference as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds fought back to beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, after Alexandre Lacazette had fired the Gunners ahead from Robertson’s poor clearance in a lively first-half.
Everton slipped to third as Richarlison’s 40th minute penalty clinched victory at Crystal Palace, who had cancelled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s opener with a 26th minute header from Cheikhou Kouyate.
Down in the relegation zone, Southampton sent Burnley tumbling to third bottom after snatching an edgy one goal victory at Turf Moor through Danny Ings’ fifth minute strike.
Sheffield United remain second-bottom after falling to a narrow defeat in an entertaining Yorkshire derby after Patrick Bamford headed in a 88th minute winner for Leeds from Jack Harrison’s cross.
Fulham continue to prop up the table after falling to a three goal home mauling by Aston Villa, as Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings all scored their first league goals of the campaign which put Villa fourth in table.
Elsewhere, Tammy Abraham’s late strike rescued Chelsea a point as Frank Lampard’s Blues fought back from three goals down to draw 3-3 at West Brom, despite Callum Robinson’s brace plus a side-footed effort from Kyle Bartley putting the Baggies 3-0 up at half-time.
Manchester United snatched a controversial 3-2 away win at Brighton after Bruno Fernandes struck a 100th minute winner from the penalty spot following Neal Maupay’s handball of Harry Maguire’s header, despite full-time whistle being blown before VAR settled on a penalty.
Jarrod Bowen struck twice as West Ham stunned Wolves to claim a 4-0 home win despite Hammers manager, David Moyes managing from home as he continues to self-isolate after testing positive for Coronavirus in midweek.
Finally, Newcastle clawed a point out of a controversial clash with Tottenham as Callum Wilson struck a 97th minute equaliser from penalty spot, following Eric Dier’s handball of Andy Carroll’s header just moments after Spurs were denied a penalty as Jamaal Lascelles handballed Tanguy Ndombele’s cross.