By Niall Clarke

  • Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week 11
  • Full results
PREMIER LEAGUE – Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League as they record their ninth straight win. Can anyone stop them?

 

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Jose Mourinho struggles against Chelsea

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It was another miserable return to Stamford Bridge for Jose Mourinho as his side lost further ground on Manchester City having been beaten 1-0 by Chelsea.

The Blues controlled the game for the most part, and got their reward ten minutes into the second half when Alvaro Morata headed home. It was once again another cautious away performance from United, who have not won in their last three trips in the Premier League.

Mourinho has never won at Stamford Bridge since becoming Manchester United manager, and after the 4-0 loss last season and the FA Cup defeat earlier in the year, it is clear Antonio Conte has the edge when the two meet at Stamford Bridge.

The Red Devils are now eight points behind Manchester City and their title hopes are beginning to look bleak after a string of poor form. The win will come as a big relief to Chelsea and Conte who will have silenced some of the doubters with this win.

 

Can anyone stop Manchester City?

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It is more of a question than a lesson, but it is a question that needs to be asked. Who can stop Manchester City?

The Citizens made it nine wins on the bounce as they brushed aside Arsenal 3-1 at the Etihad on Sunday. The Gunners started well, but City wrestled control of the game and took the lead through Kevin De Bruyne. Sergio Aguero doubled their lead from the penalty spot after half time, and though Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back for the Gunners, Gabriel Jesus put the game beyond doubt by adding a third.

City have now opened up an eight point gap at the top of the League, the biggest advantage any team has had after 11 games. They have a total of 31 points and +31 goal difference which is another Premier League record.

The way they hold the ball and their stunning attacking displays have been the reason for their early season dominance, and they look almost unstoppable at this stage. Can anyone catch them? I highly doubt it.

 

This could be a turnaround for Everton

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It literally was a turnaround for the Toffees as they came from 2-0 down to beat Watford 3-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday. But not only did they turn this match around, this could be a big result for their season.

Everton have made a terrible start to the campaign and started match-week 11 in the bottom three. Their poor form led to the sacking of Ronald Koeman and the team was facing a relegation battle if they could not turn things around.

They fell 2-0 behind against Watford, and for a moment it looked like more misery would be piled onto Everton, but the Toffees showed the heart and desire to pull the match back to 2-2, making for a compelling finish to the game. Leighton Baines converted a penalty in stoppage time to complete the turnaround, but it was almost cancelled out late on as Tom Cleverley had a penalty of his own. The Englishman missed it however, and the three points went to Everton, a much needed win.

This could be a season changing performance for Everton, who will now be in a buoyant mood after their comeback. The next question is who will be their manager? David Unsworth, who is currently in charge, will be a candidate. Sam Allardyce, Sean Dyche and David Moyes have also been linked with the job.

 

Crystal Palace can stay up if they perform like that

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Crystal Palace lost to Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley, but their performance will give them confidence in staying in the Premier League.

Son Heung Min’s curling effort was enough to give Spurs the win, but for the most part Palace remained well disciplined and they created enough chances to warrant a point on the day. Wilfried Zaha had the best of them, but he could not convert an open goal after rounding the Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga

Palace are still in a terrible position. They sit bottom, four points adrift of safety. Their lack of goals is concerning, but this performance may inspire confidence going forward. They kept a very good Spurs side out for over an hour and may have nicked a point if they converted their chances.

Tottenham move level on points with Manchester United in second, but they still sit eight behind Man City at the top of the table.

 

What else happened?

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The end of the road came for Slaven Bilic as West Ham were battered 4-1 by Liverpool at the Olympic Stadium. Mohamed Salah continued his fine goal scoring form by netting a brace in the Red’s victory.

Stoke and Leicester played out an entertaining 2-2 draw to kick off week 11, but apart from the two above results, Saturday was a day of 1-0s. Burnley edged Southampton, Huddersfield defeated West Brom, Bournemouth beat Newcastle and Brighton got an away win at Swansea all by this scoreline.

 

Predictions round-up

Neil extended his lead in the predictions challenge to eight points after a poor week of predicting by Niall. He only scored two points compared to Neil’s five in match-week 11, with neither writer getting a correct score.

Surely next week they can both do better?

Niall (65)
Actual Score Neil (73)
Stoke 1-2 Leicester Stoke 2-2 Leicester Stoke 1-1 Leicester (1)
Huddersfield 0-0 West Brom Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom Huddersfield 2-1 West Brom (1)
Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth Newcastle 2-0 Bournemouth
Southampton 1-1 Burnley Southampton 0-1 Burnley Southampton 1-1 Burnley
Swansea 2-0 Brighton Swansea 0-1 Brighton Swansea 1-1 Brighton
West Ham 2-2 Liverpool West Ham 1-4 Liverpool West Ham 2-3 Liverpool (1)
Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace (1) Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace (1)
Man City 3-2 Arsenal (1) Man City 3-1 Arsenal Man City 4-2 Arsenal (1)
Chelsea 1-1 Man United Chelsea 1-0 Man United Chelsea 1-1 Man United
Everton 1-2 Watford Everton 3-2 Watford Everton 1-2 Watford
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