Premier League commentator Jim Beglin tweeted that one of the two Premier League title hopefuls' chances may be about to take a dive, ahead of Manchester City's visit to Anfield. Right he proved, as Manchester City succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Matchday 12 of the Premier League. The defeat to Liverpool leaves Manchester City in fourth, behind Leicester City and Chelsea. It also means that the reigning champions are now nine points behind league leaders Liverpool.
A piledriver of a strike from Fabinho, coupled with goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah means that Pep Guardiola has now lost more away games at Anfield as a manager than at any other ground in his career. The win leaves Liverpool in a strong position in the title race considering that Manchester City face a tough home game against third-placed Chelsea right after the international break. Liverpool are currently enjoying the best start to a Premier League season, with Liverpool taking 34 points out of a possible 36.
Liverpool now have at least twice as many points (34) as any other Premier League team outside the top four.— Coral (@Coral) November 10, 2019
Eight points clear at the top of the table. 😳 pic.twitter.com/4z5uyvYsIr
Leicester City vs Arsenal was the other blockbuster fixture, and the game didn't end too well for Unai Emery's side. Goals from the in-form duo of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison saw the Foxes emerge winners at the King Power Stadium this weekend. Jamie Vardy's goal against Arsenal was his ninth against the Gunners, meaning that Vardy now has more goals against Arsenal than Didier Drogba (8).
Speaking of Drogba, Chelsea's Christian Pulisic netted his first goal at Stamford Bridge during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. The win against the Eagles means that Frank Lampard is the first English manager to win six consecutive Premier League games since Alan Pardew in 2012. Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham was also on the scoresheet, during the win. His goal takes his tally to 10 in the Premier League, which is also Marcus Rashford's best return in a Premier League season.
Elsewhere, Manchester United scored two or more goals at Old Trafford for just the second time this season, as they emerged 3-1 winners against Brighton & Hove Albion. Anthony Martial's assist for Marcus Rashford's goal means that the Frenchman has now been involved in six Premier League goals for Man United in six starts this season. The win leaves Manchester United in seventh on the Premier League table.
Tottenham continued their abysmal run of form, drawing 1-1 against fifth-placed Sheffield United. Heung-min Son put Tottenham ahead on 58 minutes. However, 20 minutes later, the Blades equalised through George Baldock to ensure that the two sides shared the spoils. The draw leaves Tottenham languishing in 14th on the Premier League table; just six points above 18th-placed Watford.