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Will Hughes scored his first Premier League goal and added an assist as Watford snap a three game losing streak with a 0-2 win over West Ham United.

Watford were able to spoil David Moyes' debut by taking advantage of an early goal and dictating the flow from there. In the eleventh minute, Andre Gray scuffed a shot that landed in the path of Hughes, who scored with his first ever shot attempt in the top flight. Late on in the first half, Heurelho Gomes came up with a couple of big saves to preserve the lead. The Hornets then doubled their lead a bit after the hour mark, when Hughes played provider to Richarlison, who scored his fifth goal of the season and has now scored or assisted in six of Watford's last seven matches. Hughes may have cemented an extended run in the side with today's performance.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 19 - 1:04 PM

Paul Pogba returned from injury and put in a man-of-the-match performance as Manchester United came from behind to beat Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Victor Lindelof slipped and allowed Dwight Gayle to fire Newcastle to a surprise lead in the 14 minute, but that was the lone negative for Jose Mourinho's side on Saturday. Pogba, back from nine weeks on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, was excellent during his 70 minutes on the pitch and Zlatan Ibrahimovic came of the bench for the final 14 minutes after seven months out. Pogba assisted Anthony Martial to level the match eight minutes from the break before Chris Smalling headed them ahead on the stroke of half-time. United then showed their attacking firepower after the restart, as Pogba finished off a fine team move in the 54th before Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal since late September. The result sees United remain second, one point above Chelsea, but eight points behind leaders Manchester City.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 3:03 PM

Josh King returned to Bournemouth's starting lineup but it was Callum Wilson who stole the show as 10 man Bournemouth crushed Huddersfield.

Huddersfield dominated the early exchanges but the Cherries managed to grab the lead after 26 minutes through Wilson. His goal was Bournemouth's first home goal since September 15. Andrew Surman's low free-kick made its way to Wilson who fired home whilst all the Huddersfield defenders were looking for an offside flag to make it 2-0. The Terriers' defence collapsed and Bournemouth only increased that lead after Simon Francis saw red for a second bookable offence. Harry Arter struck from outside the box to make it three and then there was joy for Wilson as he marked his escape from injury hell by completing his hat-trick late on. A great day for Bournemouth and a huge relief for Eddie Howe.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 18 - 12:36 PM

Everton came from behind once again to steal a point from Selhurst Park in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

Oumar Niasse has proven to be one of the club's shining stars this season, and now leading scorer on five goals. The Senegal international celebrated a memorable week that saw him qualify for the World Cup and produce two goals for the Toffees when they needed him most, starting in the fifth minute when he drew a penalty, however dubious, that ended with a Leighton Baines conversion. Then, in stoppage time of the first half, Niasse took a pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson and tucked it past Julian Speroni for the final goal of the match.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:27 PM

Burnley continue to exceed everyone's expectations with another comprehensive win, their third straight, putting Swansea City away 2-0.

With each passing week, the Clarets must be attracting more and more neutral fans around the globe as Sean Dyche is getting the best out of all of his players. Today, he was faced with an injury blow at striker, with both Chris Wood and Sam Vokes out of the squad. In stepped Ashley Barnes for a rare start, and he would go on to score the second of Burnley's two first-half goals. The first came just before the half-hour mark, when former Swan Jack Cork nodded home a Robbie Brady cross. About ten minutes later, Barnes doubled the lead, collecting a pass from Jeff Hendrick and finding the net from the edge of the box. The usually stout defense were hardly tested, but it was another mistake-free performance nonetheless.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:20 PM

Crystal Palace took two leads and saw it disappear in the first half alone in a 2-2 draw with Everton.

Palace jumped on the board early with the second-fastest goal in Premier League history after James McArthur pounced on a saved shot by Ruben Lofus-Cheek at the back post just 51 seconds into the match. After Scott Dann gave away a dubious penalty in the fifth minute, Wilfried Zaha gave the Eagles another lead with a goal in the 35th minute for his third goal in the last five league games. In the 35th minute, Joel Ward zipped across a pass that found Zaha for a rare, composed finish. But the lead was gone on the brink of half-time as Palace stayed bottom with only a point to show from Saturday.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:20 PM

Leicester City was a shell of itself, like most sides against Manchester City, in a 2-0 loss at home.

The game didn't have the lopsided scoreline featured in most Manchester City games of late, but it was one of the most dominant performances put together by any team this season. The Foxes couldn't do much but watch as Manchester City controlled the match; literally, the Foxes couldn't do much: two shots, none falling on target and 25 percent possession. Kelechi Iheanacho wasn't even given a starting chance to face his former side for the first time, coming on in the 67th minute when the match was already won.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:13 PM

Mo Salah accelerated his emergence as a cult figure in fantasy football with a brace as Liverpool eased to a 3-0 win over Southampton.

The Egyptian got on the scoresheet first after the Dusan Tadic scuppered a chance to break on the counter and lost possession near his own area. Salah curled in with his left foot from 20 yards. The Reds grew into the game from there and Coutinho played Salah in for his second with a perfectly weighted through-ball. The Brazilian got one of his own with a follow-up after Firmino saw one of his shots spilt forward by Forster to round out the scoring for the day. Southampton failed to register a single shot on target and the pressure continues to mount on manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 18 - 12:09 PM

Swansea City put in a flat performance that was magnified by a back injury that required Tammy Abraham to exit early in a 2-0 loss to Burnley.

Paul Clement's side has really hit the skids, suffering their fourth loss on the trot this afternoon, as they conceded two first half goals to the home side while offering virtually no threat in the opposite direction. The only stretch of the match in which they did look positive going forward was about a twenty minute span in the second half, with their best chance to cut the deficit in half missed by Abraham. Late on, the striker went to ground for the second and final time of the game, requiring a stretcher. It appears to be a back injury and we should get an update on his status before the end of the weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:08 PM

Manchester City stayed undefeated with an easy 2-0 win against Leicester City thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.

Manchester City waited until the final moments of the first half to take the lead with a beautiful team goal that featured roundabout passing along the edge of the box with Sterling finding De Bruyne, who thread the needle to David Silva, who sent a sharp pass to Gabriel Jesus. The goal gives the Brazilian a share of the team lead on eight with Sergio Aguero, who was unused on the bench following a fainting spell this week. But it was De Bruyne's third goal of the season that was the highlight, blasting a shot from outside of the box to double the lead in the 49th minute. The only bad news for City was a first-half hamstring injury to John Stones that will be assessed this week.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 18 - 12:05 PM

Tony Pulis rumors will gain even more steam after Chelsea came to the Hawthorns and thrashed West Brom 4-0 with Albion barely putting up a fight.

The rumor mill surrounding the track-suited manager was already swirling after a string of poor results. This is bound to increase not only because Albion lost to Chelsea but based on the manner in which they lost. This wasn't the tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoners Tony Pulis side that we have grown accustomed to watching over the years but one that seemed content to be swept aside by superior talent. If they had lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision where they defended hard and gave everything for the cause then Pulis could be excused based on the talent gap. Instead, Albion turned in another performance that makes it look like Pulis has either tired of his uncompromising style or lost this group of players and their desire to put forth the effort his style demands. Either way, it will be a noisy week in the gossip pages as Pulis' fate is decided.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 18 - 12:05 PM

Eden Hazard led the way for the champions as they destroyed scuffling West Brom 4-0 at the Hawthorns in Week 12 action.

Eden Hazard started the season slowly but has come on strong over the last month and reasserted his place as one of the top players in the world. The Belgium international was at it again against West Brom scoring the 2nd and 4th goals for the Blues. Hazard was joined in his dominance by Cesc Fabregas who had two assists and Alvaro Morata who had a goal and an assist as the outcome was never in doubt for Antonio Conte's men.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 18 - 12:00 PM

Manchester City suffered a first half setback after John Stones pulled up sharply chasing a ball over the top.

The England international has been in excellent form this season and the sight of Stones limping off on the half hour mark will be a huge concern for Pep Guardiola. City have twelve games between now and the end of 2017, and if tests confirm a hamstring tear, then potentially, the centre-back could miss at least 3-4 weeks. Fortunately, Vincent Kompany returned to the match-day squad at Leicester replacing the suspended Otamendi, but given the captains chequered injury past, City’s defence is beginning to look a little exposed with Benjamin Mendy ruled out until April. Eliaquim Mangala is available, while Pep hinted during Friday’s press conference that Kyle Walker could provide cover centrally if needed. City has been linked to Espanyol defender Aaron Martin and France Under-21 starlet Mouctar Diakhaby in recent weeks with Pep expected to strengthen during the January transfer window.
Source: Goal.com
Nov 18 - 11:27 AM

Harry Kane and Dele Alli were both questionable with injuries and their lack of full sharpness showed as Arsenal were the better side in Arsenal's 2-0 North London Derby win.

The narrative ahead of the match was the growing talent gap between Spurs and Arsenal as well as the "revolution" that Mauricio Pochettino has effected as his counterpart's revolution fades from memory. Arsenal's 2-0 win to kick off Week 12 in the Premier League doesn't necessarily change the narrative but puts it on hold. Spurs will take solace in the fact that their best attacking players - Kane and Alli - were both shy of their best. Expect both to rebound starting with Week 13.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 18 - 9:39 AM

Shkodran Mustafi returned to the Arsenal line-up with a goal and some stout defending as Arsenal beat bitter rivals Spurs 2-0 for a key North London Derby win.

The German defender had been a question mark heading into the match. Arsene Wenger will feel fortunate that the World Cup winner passed his late fitness test as he scored the opening goal from a Mesut Ozil free kick. After Alexis Sanchez extended the first half lead to 2-0 it was Mustafi, along with Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech, who provided the defensive heroics as Arsenal closed out a scoreless second half. Mustafi's goal is certainly a one-off but with the German back, Arsenal's defense should promise clean sheet points going forward.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 18 - 9:36 AM




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