Matchday 13 sees muddled title race
The English Premier League recently completed Matchday 13 and, while the title is still Manchester United's to lose, there are plenty of clubs in range of taking the Red Devils down, at this early stage.
United managed to keep up its winning ways over the weekend, as it calmly defeated bottom-feeders Queens Park Rangers. Three goals in eight minutes from Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez helped prevent what would be a shock win from the Super Hoops, as Jamie Mackie opened the scoring in the 52nd minute. QPR will start life with new manager Harry Redknapp later this week, as the club sacked Mark Hughes in an attempt to turn its fortunes around.
Manchester City stayed close, as the club managed a 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. This was the first match with Rafael Benitez at the helm of the West London club, and it showed he will have a tough task. Chelsea dropped to fourth place in the table with the draw, five points from first. City now sits one point behind United in the table.
West Bromwich Albion continued its dream season, as the club defeated Sunderland 4-2. This puts the Baggies into third place, only four points off of the league leaders.
Midtable sides fail to move up
West Ham United had an opportunity to push itself into the fifth spot this weekend, but a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur saw the East London side fall to eighth. Southampton managed to distance itself from the drop zone, as the club surprised Newcastle 2-0. However, this was at the expense of Aston Villa, who are now in 18th. Villa only managed a 0-0 draw against Arsenal, as the North London side also continued its struggling form.
Liverpool missed an opportunity to move up the table, as it only managed a draw against Swansea City. Additionally, Everton and Fulham ended 1-1, preventing each side from making up ground.
Wigan kept Reading in the relegation zone with a 1-0 win, while Stoke City also took care of Fulham 1-0, which put the two sides level on points.
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