• Premier League talking points
    Reuters Talking points from the Premier League weekend: MAN CITY NEED TO REDISCOVER CUTTING EDGE Last season Manchester City's fragile defending meant they were never really in the title hunt, even if their attacking play remained a joy to watch. This season Pep Guardiola's side appear to have lost their cutting edge up front as well. The creative hole left by the departure of playmaker David Silva was vividly exposed in a laboured first half at West Ham United o
  • Vardy header gives Leicester first win at Arsenal in 47 years
    LONDON, October 26 (Reuters): Leicester City won at Arsenal for the first time in 47 years on Sunday, with substitute Jamie Vardy's late close-range header enough to secure victory in the Premier League at The Emirates. The win lifted Brendan Rogers' side to fourth on 12 points, while the Gunners stay in 10th place on nine after six games. Arsenal were left ruing their failure to score in the first half hour when they pushed forward time and again, racking up 10
  • Man City suffer new Aguero injury scare
    LONDON, October 24 (Reuters): Manchester City suffered a fresh injury blow in their 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Saturday as Sergio Aguero was withdrawn at halftime at the London Stadium. The Argentine striker was replaced by Phil Foden, who grabbed City's equaliser, and manager Pep Guardiola said later he had suffered a muscular injury, only a week after making his first start of the season following knee surgery. "A hamstring I think, but tomorrow we will know e
  • Zaha leads Palace in 2-1 win over struggling Fulham
    LONDON, October 24 (Reuters): Wilfried Zaha helped Crystal Palace secure a 2-1 Premier League win over bottom side Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with the winger scoring one goal and providing the assist for the other. The victory was Palace's first since their 3-1 win at Manchester United last month as Roy Hodgson's side moved up to fifth place on 10 points. "We definitely needed to bounce back," said Zaha, who has scored five goals this season. &qu
  • Bamford grabs hat-trick as Leeds end Villa's winning start
    BIRMINGHAM, October 24 (Reuters): Leeds United's Patrick Bamford scored a second-half hat-trick as they brought Aston Villa's 100% start to the season to an abrupt end with a 3-0 away victory in the Premier League on Friday. The win moves Leeds up to third on 10 points, albeit having played an extra game, two points behind Villa, while leaders Everton, who have 13 points, are at Southampton on Sunday. An entertaining but goalless first half at Villa Park saw the
  • Foden salvages a point for Man City at West Ham
    LONDON, October 24 (Reuters): Youngster Phil Foden came off the bench to inject some life into Manchester City and salvage a point in a 1-1 draw at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday. City were abject in the first half despite dominating possession, and in-form West Ham deservedly took the lead through Michail Antonio's acrobatic volley in the 18th minute. But Foden, who replaced Sergio Aguero at halftime, prompted a massive improvement for the visitors.
  • Liverpool's Van Dijk to undergo knee surgery
    Reuters Liverpool have been a dealt a huge blow with news that centre back Virgil van Dijk needs surgery on damaged knee ligaments sustained in Saturday's Merseyside derby draw against Everton. The Premier League champions confirmed on Sunday that the Dutchman, ever-present in the league for the last two seasons, would need an operation, although they did not say how long he would likely be missing. Van Dijk was substituted early in the game when Everton goalkeeper Jordan
  • Premier League: Villa maintain perfect start, Bale's Spurs return eclipsed by West Ham fight back
    LONDON, October 19 (Reuters): Aston Villa preserved the Premier League's only 100% record as Ross Barkley's late goal earned them a 1-0 win at Leicester City on Sunday to move into second place, one point behind early leaders Everton whose perfect start ended on Saturday. Gareth Bale's first appearance for Tottenham Hotspur for seven years, following his loan move from Real Madrid, was eclipsed by West Ham United who scored three times late on to draw 3-3 in th
  • Mourinho hails 'historic' win for Spurs at United
    MANCHESTER, October 5 (Reuters): Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho hailed his team as history-makers after they hammered 10-man Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday. The loss was United's joint worst of the Premier League era -- equalling their 6-1 defeat by Manchester City in 2011. "It is history for Tottenham, history for my boys and I cannot deny it is also history for me," said Mourinho after his side superbly exposed the limitations of his
  • Klopp admits Liverpool 'lost the plot' in thrashing at Villa
    BIRMINGHAM, October 5 (Reuters): Stunned Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said his side did "all the things you should not do in a football match" as they "lost the plot" to play into Aston Villa's hands in their 7-2 humbling at Villa Park in the Premier League on Sunday. Following on from Manchester United's 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool added to a remarkable day as they became the first reigning English top-flight champions to ship seve
  • Manchester United's Rashford apologises to fans after Spurs thrashing
    Reuters  Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has apologised to the club's supporters following their 6-1 hammering by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Spurs' Son Heung-min and Harry Kane each scored twice as manager Jose Mourinho celebrated a victorious return to the club which sacked him 22 months ago. The result at Old Trafford equalled United's worst defeat in the Premier League era. They were previously beaten 6-1 by local rivals Manchester City in Octob
  • Will most unpredictable Premier League season produce surprise champions?
    Reuters The most astonishing set of results yet, in an already very unpredictable Premier League season, and the different environment in which the English top flight is operating have raised the prospect of unexpected champions. With Manchester City having conceded five goals at home for the first time in 438 games at the Etihad Stadium last weekend against Leicester City, champions Liverpool continued the trend of extraordinary results at Aston Villa. In their remarkable 7-2
  • Strong anti-racism message at re-start of Premier League
    BIRMINGHAM, June 17 (Reuters):  Aston Villa and Sheffield United re-started the Premier League on Wednesday after a 100-day hiatus caused by the COVID-19 health crisis with a strong statement of support for the worldwide protests against racism.   All the players' names on the back of their shirts were replaced with the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ as the Premier League formally joined the international protest campaign sparked by the death of George