Manchester City sink Leicester with Kevin de Bruyne super strike

Hard to believe now that Manchester City lost this fixture 4-2 a year ago, putting in a shambolic performance that fatally undermined any pretensions they might have had of a title challenge.

Pep Guardiola’s side arrived here 18 points ahead of the Foxes and deservedly increased the gap to 21 with an impressive display of control, even with two centre-halves who were rusty through lack of games. Leicester City did not play badly; they might have taken something from the game against most opponents, but the whole point about Manchester City these days is that they are not any old opponents.

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Chelsea turn up heat on Tony Pulis with four-goal rout at West Brom

Tony Pulis is on the brink of losing his job after the West Bromwich Albion supporters repeatedly called for him to be sacked during a humiliating defeat against Chelsea that was witnessed by Guochuan Lai, the club’s Chinese owner. “We want Pulis out‚“ was the message from a fanbase that is no longer willing to tolerate the sight of the Welshman in charge of a team in freefall.

Chelsea, who won the Premier League title at this stadium last season, brutally exposed the brittle confidence in a side that has now won only two of their last 21 Premier League matches and collected just 12 points in the process. It is relegation form and Pulis appears powerless to arrest the slide. “You’re getting sacked in the morning‚“ chanted the Chelsea fans, prompting some from Albion to join in as the mood darkened in these parts.

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Mohamed Salah hits double to help Liverpool cruise past Southampton

Mohamed Salah has become known as “The King of Egypt” around Melwood since his penalty heroics took the country to its first World Cup since 1990. He has quickly established a regal presence at club level too. The £36.9m summer signing swept Liverpool to a fourth straight win in all competitions as he became the Premier League’s leading goalscorer with a brace against Southampton. And to think his finishing has previously been open to question.

Salah followed up his two goals against West Ham United before the international break with two more against Mauricio Pellegrino’s out-classed team. The former Roma and Chelsea winger now has 14 goals in total for the season and has set a Premier League record for Liverpool with nine in 12 league appearances for his new club. He departed to a richly deserved standing ovation in the 80th minute, and into the inevitable hug from manager Jürgen Klopp, as Liverpool moved to within a point of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.

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