2018-19 Premier League: Week 12 Roundup

As the international break begins, Manchester City sit top of Premier League after a dramatic weekend of action. 

This weekend’s big action took place on Sunday as Liverpool struck first with a 2-0 win over bottom placed Fulham to move top.

Chelsea then could only take a goalless home draw against Everton to hand City a shot to return top if they saw off Manchester United in the Manchester derby. 

The Citizens made a bright start when Bernardo Silva curled a shot wide just two minutes in, before eventually going ahead ten minutes later.

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Raheem Sterling produced a cross from left to Bernardo at back post who could only volley his effort across goal before David Silva was alert to lash in from close range and open the scoring. 

City then had to wait till 48th minute, when they capitalized on a poor goal kick from David De Gea as Fernandinho got possession before ball eventually found its way to Sergio Aguero, who played a one-two with Riyad Mahrez as he found space to blast into top left and double City’s lead. 

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United then pulled one back after Ederson brought down Romelu Lukaku in box nine minutes later, as Anthony Martial smashed in a penalty to give the visitors hope of snatching a draw. 

That hope wasn’t to be as after an epic 44 pass move, it was 3-1 to City when a stunning 44 pass move was completed when Bernardo crosses in for Ilkay Gundogan to tap in and wrap up victory. 

City therefore sit top and two points clear of Liverpool, who leapfrogged Chelsea into second ahead of international break.

Tottenham Hotspur occupy fourth after Juan Foyth’s header proved the difference against Crystal Palace, ahead of Arsenal who could only draw 1-1 after Henrikh Mkhitaryan cancelled out Ivan Cavaleiro’s opener for Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Down at bottom, Cardiff leapfrogged Huddersfield into 18th after goals from Callum Paterson and Sol Bamba cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s opener for Brighton.

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They however only remain in relegation zone on goal difference because Southampton drew 1-1 with Watford. 

Manolo Gabbiadini had fired the Saints ahead for their 900th Premier League goal before Jose Holebas snatched a late point for Watford after drilling low into goal. 

The Terriers meanwhile were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham after Felipe Anderson rescued a point following Alex Pritchard’s sixth minute opener. 

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Elsewhere, a Salomon Rondon brace proved decisive as Newcastle United made it back to back home wins as they saw off Bournemouth, who suffered their first consecutive losses despite Jefferson Lerma gifting them a late first half consolation. 

Finally, Leicester could only draw 0-0 with Burnley in their first home match since the tragic helicopter of two weeks ago, which claimed owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s life plus four others. 

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