Chelsea remain top of the Premier League as domestic club action resumed following this month’s international break.
Ben Chilwell struck a 45th minute winner to keep Chelsea top of the table as Thomas Tuchel’s Blues scraped past Brentford in a nervy West London derby.
Roberto Firmino netted his first hat-trick since December 2018 as second-placed Liverpool destroyed Watford 5-0 at Vicarage Road, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also netting as Claudio Ranieri suffered a disastrous start as Hornets manager.
Manchester City stay third after strikes from Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne dispatched third-bottom Burnley 2-0 in a quiet but dominant display at the Etihad Stadium.
Late goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka saw Leicester snatch a comeback 4-2 victory at home to Manchester United, after Youri Tielemans cancelled out Mason Greenwood’s opener before Caglar Soyuncu and Marcus Rashford both struck to make it 2-2 with eight minutes left.
Brighton consequently climbed to fourth after finding themselves held to a goalless draw at rock-bottom Norwich in controversial fashion, following denied penalty appeals after Neal Maupay was fouled by Tim Krul.
Down in the relegation zone, Newcastle remain second-bottom despite Callum Wilson firing in a second minute opener as Tottenham fought back to win 3-2 at St James’ Park, despite the game being paused for 20 minutes due to a medical emergency shortly before half-time.
The defeat at St James’ Park also marked Newcastle’s first match since Mike Ashley sold the club for £300m to a Saudi Arabia led consortium during the international break.
Leeds remain just above the drop zone despite failing to a 53rd minute strike from Armando Broja as Southampton defeated Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium.
Elsewhere, Ruben Neves’ free-kick sealed a dramatic 3-2 comeback away victory for Wolves at Aston Villa in a five goal Midlands derby thriller, as goals from Romain Saiss, Conor Coady initially cancelled out strikes from Danny Ings and John McGinn after Villa initially led 2-0 midway through second half.
Alexandre Lacazette’s injury-time goal rescued Arsenal a huge point in a 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s eighth minute volleyed opener was overturned by Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard in a second-half fightback from the Eagles.
Finally, Angelo Ogbonna’s 74th minute header saw West Ham snatch a narrow away win at Everton.