Week 9: Early Pedro goal helps Chelsea thrash Man United, Arsenal held by Middlesbrough

It was an unhappy return to Chelsea for Jose Mourinho as he saw his Man United side fall to a heavy 4-0 defeat with the Blues running out deserved winners at Stamford Bridge.

It took just 31 seconds for Chelsea to take the lead as Pedro rounded David De Gea and slotted home into an empty net and it was 2-0 on 21 minutes when Gary Cahill poked home after the Red Devils failed to deal with Eden Hazard’s corner kick.

Pedro scored the fastest goal this season in Chelsea's 4-0 thrashing of Man Utd image: skysports.com

Pedro scored the fastest goal this season in Chelsea’s 4-0 thrashing of Man Utd
image: skysports.com

Hazard went from provider to goalscorer for Chelsea’s third as he got on the end of a Nemanja Matic pass and fired a low strike home from inside the box, before a brilliant solo effort from N’Golo Kante for his first Chelsea goal completed the rout.

Man City made it five games without a win in all competitions as the early leaders held onto their position at the top of the table after coming from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw against Southampton.

Nathan Redmond gave the Saints a 27th minute lead as the winger took advantage of a John Stones’ error and calmly slotted home, but substitute Kelechi Iheanacho rescued a point as he got on the end of a Leroy Sane pass to send the ball past Fraser Forster.

Arsenal missed the chance to make it seven Premier League wins on the trot as Arsene Wenger’s side were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough.

Tottenham were also left to rue missed chances as they were also held to a scoreless draw by Bournemouth, which allowed Liverpool to leap-frog Spurs into third place after a 2-1 win over West Brom.

Saido Mane got the Reds up and running as he got on the end of a superb Roberto Firmino to fire home cross on 20 minutes, while Phillippe Coutinho added a second on 35 minutes as he cut inside and beat Ben Foster at his near post with a low strike.

Gareth McAuley pulled one back for the Baggies with a tap in after Liverpool failed to clear Chris Brunt’s corner kick nine minutes from time but Jurgen Klopp’s side would not let them nab an equaliser as they held on for all three points.

Champions Leicester got back to winning ways as Claudio Ranieri’s side picked up just a third win of the season with a convincing 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Ahmed Musa’s first Premier League goal gave the Foxes a 1-0 lead just before half-time as he fired home from the edge of the area and Shinji Okazaki added a second just after the hour mark as he pounced on a loose ball inside the box.

Christian Fuchs rifled home a terrific volley to secure all three points for the champions on 80 minutes, while Yohan Cabaye grabbed a consolation for the Eagles five minutes later with a tap in from close range.

Stoke made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season as Xherdan Shaqiri scored two stunning strikes to secure a 2-0 win over Hull to push Mike Phelan’s side into the relegation zone.

Sunderland still remain without a win as Winston Reid’s late goal secured a 1-0 win for West Ham to condemn David Moyes side to a seventh loss in nine games, while Swansea also remain in the bottom three after a 0-0 draw with Watford.

Ahmed Musa scored his first Foxes goal in their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace image: adelove.com

Ahmed Musa scored his first Foxes goal in their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace
image: adelove.com

Saturday 22 Oct

Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham
Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough
Burnley 2-1 Everton (Vokes 39, Arfield 90| Bolasie 58)
Hull 0-2 Stoke (Shaqiri 26, 50)
Leicester 3-1 Crystal Palace (Musa 42, Okazaki 63, Fuchs 80 | Cabaye 85)
Swansea 0-0 Watford
West Ham 1-0 Sunderland (Reid 90)
Liverpool 2-1 West Brom (Mane 20, Coutinho 35 | McAuley 81)

Sunday 23 Oct

Man City 1-1 Southampton (Iheanacho 55 | Redmond 27)
Chelsea 4-0 Man United (Pedro 1, Cahill 21, Hazard 62, Kante 70)

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