Chelsea consolidated their place at the top of the Premier League standings after a Mason Mount hat-trick helped them to a resounding 7-0 victory over bottom of the table Norwich City on Saturday.
The Blues (5/2 Premier League Outright) made it four wins in a row across all competitions in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff, with Mount’s three-goal haul coming alongside strikes from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, as well an own goal from Max Aarons.
It was a bad day at the office for Norwich, who also had central defender Ben Gibson sent off, with the Canaries having now failed to win any of their last 19 top-flight games, although boss Daniel Farke (pictured) refused to be too downbeat after their Stamford Bridge humbling.
“It’s important not to over-interpretate this game too much, we played an away game at Chelsea who were in top shape and who were there with a top class performance, you expect in 19 out of 20 games that you lose such a game,” Farke told reporters.
“We will allow two days to be down and embarrassed that we conceded seven goals.
“From Tuesday on, we won’t speak about this game. There will just be one topic – we want to win points in our next home game.”
Manchester City (5/6 favs Premier League Outright) are now the nearest rivals to Chelsea in the standings, with Pep Guardiola’s side claiming a 4-1 victory at Brighton in the late kick off.
City were irresistible during the first half at The Amex, with Ilkay Gundogan and a Phil Foden brace racing them into a three-goal lead, but Brighton did respond after the break and reduced the arrears thanks to an Alexis Mac Allister penalty before Riyad Mahrez struck again late on for the Citizens.
In the three o’clock kick offs, Newcastle United and Burnley are still awaiting their first league wins of the season, but both did claim draws on the road at Crystal Palace and Southampton respectively.
There was also a share of spoils at Elland Road as Leeds United and Wolves drew 1-1, with the hosts salvaging a point in stoppage time thanks to a penalty from Rodrigo that cancelled out the visitors’ opener from Hwang Hee-chan.
Arguably the game of the day came at Goodison Park as Watford claimed their first ever victory at the venue in emphatic style – triumphing 5-2 thanks largely to an impressive hat-trick from Josh King against his former club.
The Premier League weekend will be rounded off with three further matches on Sunday, the highlight being Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford (Man United 21/10, Draw 13/5, Liverpool 13/10 – Match Betting).