Manchester Metropolis missed the possibility to go high of the Premier League as they suffered a shock 2-1 residence defeat to Brentford and Tottenham rallied to win a 4-3 thriller over Leeds.
Liverpool climbed into the highest six by seeing off Southampton 3-1, whereas James Maddison gave England supervisor Gareth Southgate a scare by limping off in Leicester’s 2-0 win at West Ham.
Metropolis had not misplaced on the Etihad since February, however had been surprised by Ivan Toney’s response to being unnoticed of England’s World Cup squad.
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The Brentford captain headed in his tenth objective of the season to provide the Bees an early lead, however Metropolis responded earlier than half-time because of Phil Foden’s luxurious strike.
Pep Guardiola warned forward of the sport that his aspect might need one eye on the World Cup with 10 of the Metropolis beginning XI heading to Qatar.
A lacklustre efficiency from the champions was punished within the eighth minute of time added on when Brentford reduce open Guardiola’s males on the counter-attack and Toney tapped in Josh Dasilva’s cross.
“The higher staff gained,” conceded Guardiola.
“We had a variety of issues and we couldn’t press as they did not permit us.”
Thomas Frank hailed the outcome as maybe Brentford’s finest ever as they moved as much as tenth within the Premier League.
“Talking to some folks from the membership, that is in all probability the one largest ever outcome,” mentioned Frank.
“In opposition to one of many richest golf equipment on the planet and we have now one of many lowest budgets within the division.”
Tottenham as soon as once more needed to come from behind. Objectives from the in-form Crysencio Summerville and Rodrigo both aspect of Harry Kane’s equalizer put Leeds in entrance at half tie.
Jesse Marsch’s males gained 4-3 towards Bournemouth final weekend, however had been this time on the receiving finish of an exhilarating comeback.
“I really feel like somebody has ripped my coronary heart out,” mentioned Marsch.
Ben Davies’ highly effective strike made it 2-2 earlier than Rodrigo restored Leeds’ lead. Tottenham have made a behavior of late fightbacks this season and rescued the three factors as Rodrigo Bentancur scored twice within the last 10 minutes to maneuver Antonio Conte’s males as much as third.
Arsenal head into the World Cup break 5 factors clear on the high of the Premier League after they beat Wolves 2-0 whereas Newcastle stay in third after inflicting Chelsea’s third consecutive league defeat 1-0 at St. James’ Park.
The Magpies are simply two factors adrift of Metropolis after a run of twenty-two factors from a doable 24.
“I really feel immense delight at how the gamers have carried out persistently,” mentioned Newcastle boss Eddie Howe. “Now the problem is to keep up and improve that.”
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Liverpool signed off till Boxing Day on a constructive notice as Darwin Nunez struck twice towards Southampton.
Roberto Firmino’s header opened the scoring inside six minutes at Anfield, however in Nathan Jones’ first recreation in cost, the Saints responded instantly via Che Adams.
Nunez has been erratic since his 75 million euro ($77 million) signing from Benfica, however the Uruguayan is already as much as eight targets in his debut season at Liverpool.
He produced a cool end to fit residence Harvey Elliott’s go earlier than sliding in to show residence Andy Robertson’s cross earlier than half-time.
“It has been a protracted, tough interval for the boys so now first a part of the season completed, 22 factors, I am more than pleased with that now and right here we go in six weeks,” mentioned Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Leicester’s stand up the desk continued however there have been fears it might come at a value for England.
Maddison’s gorgeous type compelled his approach into Southgate’s squad and he opened the scoring together with his seventh objective of he season.
The midfielder hobbled off shortly after, however Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers performed down the seriousness of the issue.
“He is nice. It was simply precautionary, a little bit soreness on the aspect of the knee,” mentioned Rodgers.
Harvey Barnes added a second for the Foxes 12 minutes from time to go away West Ham one level above the relegation zone.
Everton are additionally solely some extent above the underside three after a 3-0 thrashing by the hands of Bournemouth.
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Marcus Tavernier, Kieffer Moore and Jaidon Anthony on track for the Cherries and there have been offended confrontations between the Everton gamers and touring help at full-time.
Frank Lampard mentioned: “The followers have a proper to be disenchanted as a result of they’ve come down right here twice this week and seen poor performances and earlier than that we have been going OK. After which they see that there are performances that they do not like.
“So once they see after Palace – and we are able to see that they gave us a welcome – they need to voice their opinion. And their opinions had been proper as we speak.
“They need to voice their opinion. And their opinions had been proper as we speak.”
Everton has now scored simply 11 targets in 16 Premier League video games this time period, averaging an all-time low 0.7 targets per recreation.
Nottingham Forest moved off the underside as Morgan Gibbs-White scored the one objective of a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.