Chelsea leads EPL race, table still tight
Through the early stages of this season of the English Premier League, Chelsea has been a step above the pack. After a convincing 4-2 victory over city rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the Blues kept their four-point lead over Manchester United and Manchester City, and look stronger than the rest of the competition.
Both United and City managed to keep pace with Chelsea with impressive wins over the weekend. City was able to come from behind to edge West Bromwich Albion 2-1, as Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko struck twice in the final 10 minutes to prevent the upset. United comfortably defeated Stoke City 4-2 at Old Trafford. The two clubs are level on 18 points with eight matches played, despite the Red Devils' edge in goal differential.
The Tyne-Wear derby took place on Sunday, with Newcastle and Sunderland sharing the spoils. Newcastle's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye scored during the third minute, but Demba Ba put the ball in his own net in the 86th minute to even the scoreline. Newcastle almost pulled off an impressive victory, as the club was down to 10 men for the final 65 minutes of regular time.
Arsenal's shock defeat at Carrow Road to Norwich City dropped the Gunners to ninth in the table. Grant Holt's first half strike helped the Canaries to their first win of the season, and out of the drop zone.
Relegation battle no clearer after weekend
While still quite early in the season, the relegation battle is shaping up to be quite competitive. Only five points separate 13th and 20th in the table, with cellar-dwellers Queens Park Rangers pulling off an impressive 1-1 draw against overachievers Everton. Additionally, Liverpool managed to take care of 19th place Reading, as the Royals are level on points with QPR. West Ham handled Southampton 4-1, which kept the Saints in the bottom three.
Fulham helped themselves to eighth place in the table, as they managed to squeak out a 1-0 win against Aston Villa, as the club is only one point clear of the drop. Wigan also didn't do itself any favors, as the club fell to Swansea City 2-1.
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