2019-20 Premier League: Week Eight Roundup

Liverpool extended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season on a weekend which contained many surprises and more changes at both ends of the table. 

Sadio Mane gave the Reds a 40th minute lead in a tough home encounter with Leicester with a stunning strike from James Milner’s long ball, only for James Maddison to restore parity 40 minutes later when he slotted in Marc Albrighton’s cross via Ayoze Perez.  

Hamza Choudhury then committed a tackle on Mohamed Salah which led to Albrighton fouling Mane inside the box on a Liverpool counter triggered by Divock Origi from the resulting goal kick.

Milner then stepped up and dispatched the penalty to continue the Reds’ unbeaten domestic start to this season, leaving them eight points clear at the top from Manchester City who were stunned by Adama Traore’s late brace for Wolves in a surprise home defeat. 

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David Luiz’s ninth minute header lifted Arsenal to third as they edged a tough clash with Bournemouth. (Image credit; Arseblog)

Arsenal improved to third after David Luiz headed in his first goal for the Gunners as they edged their way to a narrow win over Bournemouth. 

Chelsea occupy fifth after taking a 4-1 away win at Southampton as they extended their winning run in all competitions to four matches, ahead of Crystal Palace who came from behind to see off West Ham in a feisty 2-1 win. 

Sebastian Haller gave the Hammers an early second-half lead when he poked in a cross from Ryan Fredericks, only for Patrick van Anholt to restore parity from the penalty spot after a handball by Declan Rice. 

Palace then secured victory in a dramatic finish three minutes from time as Jordan Ayew poked in Gary Cahill’s headed down nod from a free-kick, only for it to be ruled offside until VAR overturned the decision and adjudged the Ghanaian as just onside. 

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Down at the bottom, Watford still prop up the standings after a goalless home draw with Sheffield United, ahead of Norwich who suffered an embarrassing 5-1 home defeat by Aston Villa in front of Prince William and his family. 

Newcastle climbed to safety after Matty Longstaff’s 72nd minute strike saw off a struggling Manchester United, in turn dropping Everton into the relegation zone after Jeff Hendrick’s volley gave Burnley a late 1-0 win. 

Finally, Tottenham followed up their 7-2 European humiliation in midweek with a surprise 3-0 away defeat to Brighton, in which Hugo Lloris injured his elbow saving Neal Maupay’s eventual tap-in opener. 

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