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Premier League roundup: Spurs & Liverpool draw thriller, Man City crush Newcastle

Toby Cudworth
Robertson scored for Liverpool but was then dismissed
Robertson scored for Liverpool but was then dismissed / Alex Pantling/GettyImages
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With the Premier League calendar decimated by a wave of positive Covid-19 cases, just four games out of a scheduled ten made the cut ahead of what's likely to be a manic festive period.

Arsenal hammered Leeds 4-1 in Saturday's only game, inspired by a brace from Gabriel Martinelli and goals from Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, but the bulk of action came on Sunday, headlined by a trip to Tottenham for Jurgen Klopp's in-form Liverpool.

Premier League leaders Manchester City were in action against struggling Newcastle, while Chelsea, who have also been hit hard by positive Covid-19 cases, visited Molineux to take on Wolves, having seen a request rejected by the Premier League to postpone the fixture.

Here's how the action unfolded.


Newcastle 0-4 Manchester City

Joao Cancelo
Cancelo's strike was superb / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester City cruised to a 34th win of the calendar year at St James' Park, winning 4-0 at a beleaguered Newcastle side who appear to be in desperate, desperate trouble.

Comically bad defending allowed Pep Guardiola's side to open the scoring after just five minutes, as a complete breakdown in communication allowed Ruben Dias to head home Joao Cancelo's limp cross home after a corner wasn't properly cleared.

To make matters worse, Cancelo then reminded us all why he's in millions and millions of FPL teams around the world by a sauntering through a non-existent Newcastle midfield, before hammering past a helpless Martin Dubravka in the home goal. A wonderful finish but more awful defending.

Allan Saint-Maximin came on for Newcastle in a bid to turn the game around, but instead it was a third goal that arrived for the visitors as Riyad Mahrez scored his 50th goal for City in all competitions.

The gloss was added to the scoreline late on as Raheem Sterling got on the end of Gabriel Jesus' low cross, after the Brazilian had left Jacob Murphy for dead with a powerful driving run.

Read 90min's Newcastle vs Man City player ratings here.


Wolves 0-0 Chelsea

Daniel Podence, Leander Dendoncker
Daniel Podence's goal was chalked off / Clive Mason/GettyImages

Chelsea's stumbling run continued as they limped to a 0-0 draw at Wolves, having seen a request to the Premier League to postpone the game rejected before kick-off.

Covid-19 cases and injuries have ravaged the Blues' squad, but their ability to name a 17-player squad meant the game went ahead as planned despite Thomas Tuchel's pleas that the environment the players had been mixing in meant it wasn't safe to proceed.

The game itself started off as a cagey affair, with neither side able to create many clear cut opportunities. That said, Wolves did have the ball in the back of Chelsea's net just past the quarter of an hour mark, but replays showed an offside in the build-up to Daniel Podence slotting home.

Leander Dendoncker wasted the best opportunity of the half, heading tamely at Edouard Mendy, while Chelsea's best effort fell to Christian Pulisic as the game approached the final ten minutes. Howeber, instead of finding the back of the net, the American was unable to beat Jose Sa as he turned his shot around the post.

Read 90min's Wolves vs Chelsea player ratings here.


Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

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Harry Kane was back among the goals / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

Liverpool's Premier League clash with Tottenham was the most anticipated game of the weekend, and the game in north London didn't disappoint.

A pulsating opening 45 minutes of football, quite possibly the best of the season so far, saw Antonio Conte's Spurs take the lead as Harry Kane bagged just his second Premier League goal of the season. Dele Alli could, and should, have made it two minutes later, but an incredible fingertip save from Alisson denied the 25-year-old on his return to the starting lineup.

Liverpool weren't without their own chances, though, and they drew level through a fabulous header from Diogo Jota, who netted his 10th Premier League goal of the season. The Reds then took the lead through Andy Robertson midway through the second half, although replays suggested that his diverted header from Trent Alexander-Arnold's drilled cross should have been ruled out after a handball from Mohamed Salah in the build-up.

Son Heung-min quickly levelled after an Alisson clearance blunder, further enhancing a charged atmosphere, before Robertson saw red for a wild swipe on Emerson Royal - a decision that left the visitors outraged after Kane escaped with just a yellow card for a similarly dangerous tackle in the first half.

Read 90min's Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings here.


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