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Both Manchester clubs are starting to run away at the top of the table after Gameweek 7 in the Premier League. Manchester United dominated in the mid-afternoon match against Crystal Palace. Manchester City needed just one moment of brilliance to beat title-contender Chelsea. Tottenham Hotspur moves to third with another victory. Finally, Arsenal moves into the top five with its win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Red Devils scored early and often in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, which is a club still without a goal and at the bottom of the table. In the third minute, Marcus Rashford picked up the ball on the left wing and after a couple moves to get past Joel Ward, the Englishman’s low cross was turned home by Juan Mata. Marouane Fellaini doubled the lead in the 35th minute when he converted an Ashley Young cross at the back post. Fellaini nabbed the brace four minutes into the second half when Rashford recorded another assist with a whipped set piece. Romelu Lukaku scored in his fourth straight Premier League match with a tap-in off Anthony Martial’s cross. Manchester United has now recorded its fourth 4-0 league win of the season and the Red Devils now have 21 league goals this season. Crystal Palace is still without a point and without a goal.
Manchester City also recorded a win Saturday, but it was a much tougher match for the noisy neighbors. Kevin De Bruyne took one moment to make the difference in the 1-0 win over Chelsea. The Belgian midfielder came back to haunt his former team with the winner at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City had the better share of the ball and the chances throughout the match and in the 67th minute, De Bruyne picked up the winner. He received a pass from Nicolás Otamendi in the attacking third of the field and played the ball off with one touch to Gabriel Jesus. The ball was played back to De Bruyne, where the Belgian took a touch and rifled a left-footed shot past Thibaut Courtois. The Citizens go back to the top on goal difference, just edging out its rivals by one goal scored. Chelsea has now suffered its second loss of the season and is fourth.
Harry Kane and Tottenham continue to cruise in the month of September and the club notched another win. Kane scored his 10th and 11th goals in all competitions for the month and Spurs beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 in the first match of the weekend. Kane opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a clinical finish on the break. Ben Davies doubled the lead seven minutes later when he pounced on a loose ball heading into the box after a Chris Löwe tackle on Christian Eriksen. Kane scored his second six minutes before the half-hour mark. His left-footed shot from outside the box found the back of the net. Moussa Sissoko scored the fourth and final goal one minute into second-half added time. Spurs have now moved up to third in the table while the Terriers sit 11th.
Arsenal moved back into the top-four conversation with a nice run of form, including the 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion Sunday. In the 16th minute, Granit Xhaka curled in a set piece from the right wing. The ball bounced around the box with no real clearance and eventually fell to Nacho Monreal, who fired a shot past Mat Ryan. In the 56th minute, Alex Iwobi converted from close range after a nice back-heeled pass from Alexis Sánchez. The Gunners are now fifth in the table with Brighton down to 14th.