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Sports Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool win as normality returns to EPL

23:55  31 october  2020
23:55  31 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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On a day uncertainty reigned in England as the nation prepared to go back into lockdown, the Premier League returned to something resembling normality.

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Three of the teams expected to contend for the title — Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool — all picked up wins in back-to-back fixtures on Saturday. There was also the familiar sight of Liverpool, the defending champion, back atop the standings thanks to a late goal that is becoming its trademark.

Diogo Jota came off the bench and scored in the 85th minute to earn Liverpool a hard-fought 2-1 victory over West Ham, extending the team’s unbeaten record in league play at Anfield to 63 games — tied for the longest streak in the club's history.

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Chelsea also got off to winning start under new boss Maurizio Sarri and there are three Premier League games taking place today. Southampton vs Burnley and Liverpool vs West Ham both kicked off at 1.30pm, with a heavyweight clash between Arsenal and Manchester City set for 4pm.

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That’s a goal in three straight games for Jota, an off-season signing who is giving an extra edge to Liverpool’s attack. It is needed given the team’s troubles in defence.

Somewhat bizarrely, the defending champions lead the league — by three points from Everton, having played one game extra — despite having the worst defence in the division after conceding 15 goals so far.

The latest goal Liverpool let in was avoidable, too, with Joe Gomez heading a clearance straight at Pablo Fornals, who drove a finish into the bottom corner in the 10th minute.

Mohamed Salah equalized for Liverpool from the penalty spot just before halftime after he was tripped by Arthur Masuaku. That lifted Salah to seven goals, one behind the league’s top scorer, Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.

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Jota’s winner came about the same time British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was announcing a four-week lockdown in England, starting from Thursday. The Premier League will be allowed to carry on — matches are already being played without fans, and with players undergoing regular testing — so the much-anticipated meeting between Man City and Liverpool will go ahead as scheduled next weekend.

City might be starting to find some form after a difficult start.

A well-controlled 1-0 win at Sheffield United saw City return to the top half of the standings and stay five points behind Liverpool, with a game in hand. Kyle Walker was the scorer against his boyhood team.

Chelsea followed that with a 3-0 win at Burnley — secured through goals by Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner —and moved into the top four.

The opening six rounds of the Premier League were marked by lots of goals, and even more bizarre score lines — including Liverpool’s 7-2 loss at Aston Villa and City’s 5-2 home defeat to Leicester.

Things might be starting to normalize, though.

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The hits just keep coming. Liverpool were dealt yet another massive blow during their bid to retain the Premier League title, with the club confirming on Thursday that Joe Gomez will miss "a significant part" of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a left knee tendon damaged during an England training session. The absurdity of making exhausted players travel the world during a pandemic to play meaningless international friendlies has been discussed at length, and Gomez shouldn't have been in that position. But all Jurgen Klopp can do now is come up with a contingency plan.Virgil van Dijk is recovering after undergoing ACL surgery.

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