2020-21 Premier League: Week Eight Roundup

Leicester City climbed onto the Premier League summit on a weekend which saw the gap between those battling for supremacy and survival widen heading into the November international break. 

Jamie Vardy’s 15th minute penalty after Max Kilman handballed Dennis Praet’s cross proved enough to defeat Wolves and send Leicester top, despite Vardy missing a second penalty on the rebound from Rui Patricio’s save.

Harry Kane headed in his 150th Premier League to launch Tottenham into second as the 2016-17 vice-champions edged their way past West Bromwich Albion in a tight encounter at The Hawthorns, consequently keeping the Baggies just inside the relegation zone heading into the two-week break.

Last weekend’s leaders, Liverpool slipped to third after Mohamed Salah’s penalty was cancelled out by Gabriel Jesus’ strike as Manchester City snatched a point in a meeting between last season’s top two teams at the Etihad Stadium.

Southampton round out the top four after defensive errors from Miguel Almiron and Sean Longstaff allowed Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong to fire the Saints to a comfortable win over Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium.

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Down in the relegation zone, Burnley moved off the foot of the table after holding Brighton to a goalless draw at the Amex Stadium.

Sheffield United replaced the Clarets as the rock-bottom club as Hakim Ziyech helped Chelsea come from behind to defeat the Blades 4-1 at Stamford Bridge, after David McGoldrick had put the visitors ahead in the ninth minute from a backheel kick.

Fulham remain just outside the bottom three after Ademola Lookman missed a last-gasp penalty to rescue a point at West Ham, as Tomas Soucek fired in a late winner for the Hammers from Said Benrahma’s pass.

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Elsewhere, Aston Villa climbed to sixth as a brace in three minutes from Ollie Watkins plus Bukayo Saka’s own goal helped Aston Villa to their first away win over the Gunners since August 2013.

Bruno Fernandes’ brace plus a 95th minute effort from Edinson Cavani helped Manchester United come from behind to defeat Everton at Goodison Park, after Bernard had put the Toffees ahead only for Carlo Ancelotti’s men to eventually suffer a third consecutive defeat on the bounce.

Finally, Ebere Eze produced his first goal for Crystal Palace after assisting Scott Dann’s headed opener as the Eagles thrashed Leeds United at Selhurst Park, to condemn the Whites to a second consecutive 4-1 defeat following their defeat against Leicester last weekend.

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