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Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford are all perfect through Gameweek 4 and the first international break of the Premier League season. Manchester City also asserted its dominance in a win over Newcastle, though the three points were in doubt.
The Reds are still top after a 2-1 win over Leicester City to open the weekend action early Saturday. The first goal came in the 10th minute after Andrew Robertson made a run and threaded a low left-footed cross through the box. Sadio Mané collected and fired past Kasper Schmeichel for the opener. Roberto Firmino doubled the lead right before the break when he headed home a James Milner corner. The club finally conceded its first goal of the season when Kelechi Iheanacho picked Alisson before finding James Maddison, which allowed the ball to fall to Rachid Ghezzal with an open net.
Chelsea continued its winning ways, though the club left it late in the 2-0 victory against AFC Bournemouth Saturday. The match was in a goalless stalemate midway through the second half. Pedro and Olivier Giroud came on around the hour mark and both would make impacts. In the 72nd minute, the duo would exchange a give-goal and the Spaniard’s shot would deflect past Asmir Begović. Eden Hazard sealed the win for the Pensioners with a goal in the 85th minute with Marcos Alonso playing Hazard in on goal. Chelsea is just one goal difference behind Liverpool.
Watford is the biggest surprise of these top clubs and the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur was a little bit of a bigger surprise. After a goalless first half, the first goal of the match came in the 53rd minute and it was an own goal. Abdoulaye Doucouré put a Lucas Moura low cross into his own net. Troy Deeney made amends for the error 16 minutes later when he headed in a José Holebas set piece. Craig Cathcart got the Hornets all three points when he scored on a header from a Holebas corner.
Manchester City secured three points with a win over Newcastle in the late match Saturday. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a curled right-footed shot to the far corner. American DeAndre Yedlin scored his first Premier League goal to level the score for Newcastle. Kyle Walker gave the Citizens the lead for good with a rifled shot from distance to the bottom right corner.