Highway blues for Chelsea
West Bromwich Albion proved they are a legitimate Premier League force by beating European champions Chelsea 2-1 on Saturday as Manchester City crushed Aston Villa 5-0 to go top of the table for the first time this season. Peter Odemwingie scored West Brom's winner after 50 minutes at the Hawthorns, sending the home side into fourth place and ruining the return of former Baggies manager Roberto Di Matteo.
It left third-placed Chelsea off the pace after two goals from Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez gave defending Premier League champions City a comfortable day at the Etihad Stadium. City have 28 points from 12 matches, one ahead of second-placed Manchester United who were facing Norwich City at Carrow Road in a late night match. Chelsea have 24 points from 12 games with Albion a point further back. Arsenal kickstarted their season in the early Saturday kickoff by beating north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 after Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor had been sent off shortly after giving his side the lead.
Southampton increased the pressure on QPR manager Mark Hughes by winning the basement battle 3-1 at Loftus Road, and Reading surprised Everton with a 2-1 win at the Madejski Stadium, their first league win of the season.
Liverpool beat Wigan Athletic 3-0 at Anfield, with two goals from Luis Suarez, and Swansea City enjoyed a 2-1 victory at a struggling Newcastle United.
West Brom fans gave Chelsea manager Di Matteo a warm welcome on the Italian's return to the Hawthorns, and then their team showed him how far they had come since he left in 2011. The home side were ahead after 10 minutes, when Shane Long shrugged off Chelsea defender David Luiz in the area to head home a cross from James Morrison.
Di Matteo had rested Brazilian Oscar and Spaniard Juan Mata but six minutes before the break, another of the club's galaxy of talents, Eden Hazard, emerged. The Belgian began the move for the equaliser by finding Cesar Azpilicueta, who returned the favour by crossing to the far post for Hazard whose header took a deflection before beating Boaz Myhill in the West Brom goal.
- Need equal rights for all gender minorities: Transgenders
- Rahul questions Mamata inaction on Saradha scam
- Karnataka govt ends lockout at Toyota plants
- After Pune, BJP now raises doubts about Mumbai voters’ list
- In Etawah, SP candidate holds ears to seek forgiveness and votes
- Cong, Shia cleric supporters trade charges day after attack on MLA