It was yet more disaster for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea this weekend as they collapsed to a 1-3 home defeat to Southampton, despite going a goal ahead through Willian after ten minutes. Sunday's reversal made it a scarcely believable three defeats in five league games for the west Londoners, and Mourinho was straight on the offensive after the game, insisting he wouldn't walk away from the beleaguered team.
Any realistic chance they may have had at defending their league title has now vanished according to most experts as well as the market, which currently has them way out at 20.019/1 to win the Premier League this season. And, with ten points separating them and league leaders Manchester City, you'd be a brave bettor indeed to back them.
And, speaking of Manchester City, it was a fine day's work for them as they cast Newcastle aside with reckless abandon on Saturday afternoon, spearheaded by Sergio Aguero who helped himself to no less than five goals in around 20 minutes to heap more pressure on Steve McClaren. Despite going a goal ahead, the Magpies 90 minutes was characterised by hapless defending and terrible organisation and they found themselves on the end of a heavy 6-1 defeat.
It's early days, but 2.47/5 about the Toon to be relegated looks generous the way they're currently playing - just three points from their first eight games tells its own story.
This weekend also saw the top flight's first managerial casualty - Dick Advocaat oversaw Sunderland pick up a vital point against West Ham, but they were pegged back from 2-0 up to draw 2-2 at the final whistle and that was obviously enough for him as he decided to call it a day on Sunday morning. The Black Cats are heavy 1.330/100 favourites for the drop.
On Sunday, Everton traded out a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, a result that finally cost Brendan Rodgers his job, and Arsenal destroyed Manchester United in the first 19 minutes of their game at the Emirates - Mesut Ozil bagged one and Alexis Sanchez two in the opening exchanges to make it 3-0 very early on. United were shellshocked and looked overrun in midfield, having no answer for the Gunners' superior touch and vision. No-one else was able to trouble the scorers, the game finished 3-0 and Arsenal are now in to shorter than 3/1 for the league title.
Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom
Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke
Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
Man City 6-1 Newcastle
Norwich 1-2 Leicester
Sunderland 2-2 West Ham
Chelsea 1-3 Southampton
Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United
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