Premier League: Erling Haaland scores again as Manchester City roll; Chelsea beat Wolves


With Manchester City on their way to another big win in the English Premier League, the only question that lingered for an hour into the game was whether Erling Haaland would score.

Of course he would. Haaland scored his 15th league goal in the 65th minute to put the finishing touches to a 4-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, taking the Norwegian striker’s remarkable scoring streak to 10 consecutive games across all competitions. “Incredible weapon for us, a big threat,” City manager Pep Guardiola said of Haaland.

The win put City two points clear of Arsenal ahead of the Gunners’ game against Liverpool on Sunday. City is the only team that is unbeaten after nine rounds.

Haaland has been in such prolific shape that going more than 60 minutes without a goal is enough to raise eyebrows these days. His team-mates were happy to fill the void, however, with Jose Cancelo and Phil Foden making it 2-0 at halftime before Riyad Mahrez scored the third in the 49th.

And after Haaland missed a few chances that he normally puts away, he showed once again that he is simply unstoppable. Cancelo withdrew the ball from the left and Haaland shot into the net for the first time. He was held scoreless in just one game all season.

“I’m so mad at him,” Guardiola joked. “He didn’t score three goals!” Chelsea kept up their recent momentum under Graham Potter by beating managerless Wolverhampton 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, while Tottenham ended a difficult week beating Brighton 1-0.

American forward Christian Pulisic took full advantage of a rare start for Chelsea to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute, after Kai Havertz opened the scoring deep into first-half stoppage time. Armando Broja added the third.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa made his debut for Wolves but had little impact on the game before being taken off the court after less than an hour to receive a huge ovation from the home crowd.

Newcastle climbed to fifth place with a 5-1 win over Brentford. Newcastle was once again without injured record signing Alexander Isak, but he was barely missed as his attack sometimes tore Brentford apart. Bruno Guimaraes scored twice.

Bournemouth also came from behind, beating Leicester 2-1 at home as the future new owner looked on. American businessman Bill Foley sat in the stands at Vitality Stadium amid reports that he was about to complete a takeover of the club. Brighton hosted Tottenham in the late game.

GOOD WEEK FOR POTTER

Chelsea seem to be adapting well to Potter’s ideas, even though they can change quickly from game to game.

Potter made seven changes from Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League win over AC Milan and also changed his tactical system. Chelsea still looked fluid and overwhelmed Wolves, missing a number of chances before Havertz headed home a cross from Mason Mount just before half-time.

Pulisic looked particularly buoyant after a difficult start to the season, and Jose Sa forced a great save with a long-range attack into the top corner after a well-executed team move.

But the American got his goal shortly after the restart with a fine chip from a tight corner past the goalkeeper.

Potter is unbeaten in four games as Chelsea manager since taking over the fired Thomas Tuchel. The Blues have a winning streak of three games in all competitions.

“The week we’ve just had has been fantastic,” said Potter. “We’ve taken some steps with the group on how we behave.”

WIN SPURS FOR VENTRONE

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris walked to the away fans after the final whistle in Brighton, holding up a team shirt with “Gian Piero” on the back.

This win belonged to Gian Piero Ventrone, the team’s popular fitness coach who passed away this week at age 61.

“It’s been a tough week to say the least, and it was nice to take the win today,” said striker Harry Kane, who scored the only goal in the 22nd minute with an instinctive header.

Kane reacted quickly to get his head on a cross from Son Heung-min to send in his eighth league goal in nine games. Tottenham have recovered from a loss to Arsenal in the North London derby last weekend and a disappointing 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League midweek.

Tottenham are third in the standings, three points behind Man City, while Chelsea are another four points behind in fourth after having played one game less.



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