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A top-four tussle, a riveting relegation six-pointer and one heck of an own goal at the Vitality Stadium were the highlights from another hectic weekend of Premier League action.
Read on for our round-up.
1. Result of the weekend
Wolves 0-2 Huddersfield
“Everybody went surfing, surfing Huddersfield.” David Wagner reckons his side are riding the crest of a wave after a first away win of the campaign at Molineux. Returning refreshed from a mid-season sojourn in Marbella, The Terriers escaped the bottom three thanks to Aaron Mooy’s well-taken brace. That’s seven points from nine for a team who failed to win any of their opening ten fixtures.
2. Goal of the weekend
Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) v Fulham
Only Saints manager Mark Hughes can explain why the highly rated Scottish international has started only three games all season. Even though he has yet to complete a full 90 minutes since his £7m summer move from Celtic, Armstrong opened his Saints account at Fulham – and the second of his double was as typically “top bins” as any strike you’ll see this term.
3. Performance of the weekend
Dele Ali (Tottenham) v Chelsea
Spurs haven’t recorded successive league wins against Chelsea since 1987. To put that into perspective, the Blues have racked up 16 trophies during that time, compared with Tottenham’s three. Standout star Dele nabbed his fifth in five games against Maurizio Sarri’s men in a win that could well start the tide turning in Premier League London.
4. Manager of the weekend
Claudio Ranieri (Fulham)
He’s back! After a second-season stinker at Leicester two years ago, victory over Southampton leaves everyone’s favourite Tinkerman with one from one in his 18th managerial post. Has Claudio converted The Cottagers into a resurgent Premier League powerhouse? We’re chucking a tenner on a 5,000/1 title triumph next term. Just saying.
5. The other goal of the weekend
Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) v Arsenal
What a belter from the Colombian… but at the wrong end! A fortnight after netting his first goal in what has been an impressive first season for the club so far, Bournemouth’s midfield maestro left Asmir Begović helpless when he rifled a Sead Kolašinac cross into his own net. If we can offer any advice, it’d probably be to steer clear of social media for a few days.
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