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Premier League build-up: Leicester v Man Utd & Man City v Arsenal

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  1. Solskjaer’s 10th game as Man Utd boss – still unbeaten
  2. United could overtake Arsenal into fifth place
  3. Man City v Arsenal (16:30 GMT) – BBC Radio 5 live
  4. City start day in third place after Spurs win on Saturday

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  2. ‘Everton hopeless at set-pieces’

    Everton 1-3 Wolves

    Alan Shearer

    Former England captain on MOTD

    Wolves are impressive. They play very good football – they
    don’t have a lot of possession – but teams know that they can hit you on the
    break.

    We’ve mentioned Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez
    but two players who haven’t had a lot of mentions are Jonny Otto and Matt
    Doherty.

    Those two caused Everton all sorts of problems – they
    stretched Everton. Wolves dominated and it was a very, very poor performance by
    Everton.

    Everton are hopeless at defending set-pieces.

  3. Cat steals show at Goodison

    Everton 1-3 Wolves

    Cat

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    But that game will perhaps be more remembered for a black cat holding up play for a few minutes.

    Final Score reporter John Acres filled nearly two minutes of prime-time television with his superb commentary of the cat’s movement across the Wolves penalty area, including the descriptive “it looks like a fully grown… cat. He drops a shoulder, jinks one way, goes another” and “the steward’s after the cat, but the cat knows it and puts in a turn of pace…”

    Wolves boss Nuno said: “Where I come from in Portugal, the black cat is bad luck so I never want to see cats again. I don’t like black cats.”

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    Video caption: Acres on Black Cat Pitch Invasion
  4. Silva understands fans’ anger after latest defeat

    Everton 1-3 Wolves

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    Video caption: Everton 1-3 Wolves: Marco Silva disappointed by Everton mistakes

    Everton boss Marco Silva said he understood the reaction of the crowd after his team were booed off Goodison Park following an impressive Wolves victory.

    Andre Gomes cancelled out Ruben Neves’ opener from the penalty spot before goals by Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker cemented Wolves’ seventh-placed spot in the Premier League.

    Everton have won just three of their past 12 league games and their latest defeat was greeted with boos from the stands.

    “I understand they expect to see a good afternoon and a good game,” said Silva, who has been in charge since May.

  5. ‘Spurs found way to win without playing well’

    Spurs 1-0 Newcastle

    Alan Shearer

    Former Newcastle captain on MOTD

    Newcastle made it very difficult for Spurs – they were
    tight and compact and defended really well at times.

    The impressive thing about
    this Tottenham team is they found a way to win without playing particularly
    well. They brought on Fernando Llorente and Danny Rose and that gave them a
    different dimension.

    That’s the impressive thing about this Tottenham side –
    without playing well they haven’t given up. They’ve found a way to win games.

  6. ‘Spurs can play more direct’

    Spurs 1-0 Newcastle

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former Tottenham midfielder on MOTD

    Son Heung-min is Tottenham’s danger man, and especially in the first half, Newcastle knew he was playing out wide and they surrounded him with bodies.

    It was more of the same in the second half so Mauricio Pochettino made a couple of changes and he went with three at the back which allowed them width and meant Son could play in the pocket of space behind substitute Fernando Llorente.

    It allowed Spurs to play more direct. It was a lovely touch for the goal and Martin Dubravka made a big mistake. Spurs are still in the title race and it’s in their hands to put themselves amongst it.

  7. Son takes Spurs into second place

    Spurs 1-0 Newcastle

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    Video caption: Constant selection debates ‘upset’ Pochettino

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino likened Son Heung-min’s energy levels to “a battery” after his late strike beat Newcastle and moved them second in the Premier League.

    The South Korean forward – only back from the Asian Cup a week ago – benefitted from a Martin Dubravka error with seven minutes left as his powerful 20-yard shot went under the Newcastle goalkeeper’s body.

    “Sonny is like a battery that you have – you work, work, work until the battery is gone,” said Pochettino. “He is like this. He gives you everything and when he is exhausted he says he needs to rest. On the pitch he is always 100% in every action.”

  8. ‘Hazard and Higuain telepathic at times’

    Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former England midfielder on MOTD

    Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain are two world-class players and when they get on that wavelength with each other, great things can happen.

    It was very telepathic at times between the two of them. Higuain likes to drop deep at times and Hazard likes to run with it.

    Higuain came alive inside the area for the first goal but he linked up everything really well. If Maurizio Sarri can get a tune out of him that will be great.

    Hazard was ruthless and his finish for the second goal makes it look simple.

  9. ‘We’ll learn more from next two games’

    Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield

    Alan Shearer

    Former England captain on MOTD

    If there was one game Chelsea would want to play after
    getting battered at Bournemouth – I said it was embarrassing and it was – then
    it would be Huddersfield at home.

    We’ll learn a lot more from the next two
    league games – away to Manchester City and at home to Tottenham – and then
    we’ll find out where they are as a team and a club. Chelsea have to get into
    the top four.

  10. Higuain and Hazard shine for Chelsea

    Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield

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    Video caption: Sarri wants constancy from Chelsea

    Maurizio Sarri says Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard are “suitable” to play with each other, as the pair both struck twice in Chelsea’s dominant victory over Huddersfield, which moved the Blues back into the top four.

    They were Higuain’s first goals since signing on loan from Juventus in the January transfer window.

    David Luiz added a fifth in the closing minutes.

    The win ended a troubled week for Sarri, following Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Bournemouth – their heaviest league defeat in 23 years.

  11. Post update

    But first let’s have a look at what happened yesterday.

  12. What’s on the menu today?

    Have Manchester City started to wobble? They have lost as many games in nine matches as they had done in the previous 72.

    Last weekend a defeat by Newcastle gave Liverpool the opportunity to go seven points clear… but the Reds didn’t take it, drawing against Leicester.

    Today City face a tough game, at home to Arsenal (16:30 GMT).

    But first – resurgent Manchester United visit Leicester (14:05 GMT).

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