Everton and Liverpool played out a thrilling and controversial Merseyside derby on Saturday, while Pep Guardiola brought up his 500th managerial win.

Mohamed Salah and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both continued their scoring streaks in a dramatic encounter at Goodison Park, which finished 2-2 in contentious fashion.

Manchester City then saw off Mikel Arteta's Arsenal 1-0, after Chelsea had been pegged back to a 3-3 draw by Southampton, with Manchester United bouncing back from their 6-1 defeat to Tottenham with a comprehensive 4-1 win at Newcastle United in the late match.

Here, using Opta data, take a look at the key stats from Saturday's games.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Salah reaches century as Calvert-Lewin keeps on scoring

The reigning champions were humbled against Aston Villa before the international break, though Jurgen Klopp's side responded in force at Goodison Park.

Yet their efforts were not enough to claim a win over their rivals, who had Richarlison sent off late on, with Jordan Henderson's late strike contentiously disallowed by VAR.

Salah netted the 100th goal of his Liverpool career in his 159th appearance to put Liverpool 2-1 up – only Roger Hunt and Jack Parkinson have made it to the century in fewer appearances for the club. 

Salah's partner in crime Sadio Mane opened the scoring early on. It was the Reds' fastest ever goal in a Premier League derby, though Everton have done it quicker in the fixture , with Olivier Dacourt scoring after just one minute in April 1999.

Andrew Robertson provided the assist, the full-back's 14th since the start of the 2018-19 season. Only Kevin De Bruyne (21) has managed more in the English top flight, yet the lead did not last for too long, Michael Keane heading in James Rodriguez's delivery, with the Colombian having set up three league goals for the Toffees so far.

Calvert-Lewin got Everton's second and what proved to be the encounter's final goal, with his 12th headed goal in the top flight since the start of last term.

Having also struck on his England debut, the forward continued his fine start to the campaign, becoming the first Everton player to score in the first five league games of a season since Tommy Lawton, way back in 1938-39. 

Chelsea 3-3 Southampton: Walcott back with a bang

Kai Havertz's first Premier League goal looked set to be enough to secure a 3-2 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but Jannik Vestergaard snatched a point for Southampton.

Though Timo Werner and Havertz broke their Premier League ducks, becoming the fifth and sixth Germans to score for Chelsea in the competition in the process, Frank Lampard's defensive issues once again came to the fore.

With Danny Ings and Che Adams having already capitalised on defensive lapses, Theo Walcott, making his first Saints appearance in 14 years and 276 days, lashed in a stoppage-time shot which Vestergaard headed in.

It means Southampton have lost just one of their last eight away Premier League games (W4 D3) after losing two in a row directly before that in February.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game in the Premier League under Lampard (63 in 43 games), the Blues' worst rate under any boss to oversee more than one game in the competition.

In the process of getting off the mark in the Premier League, Werner has now scored 30 league goals since the start of last season – only Robert Lewandowski, Ciro Immobile and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more goals in Europe's top five leagues.

Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal: Sterling brings up Pep's 500th win

Raheem Sterling's fourth goal in his past three games got Manchester City back to winning ways, and sealed a landmark victory for Guardiola in the process.

Sterling sat out England's recent matches with a hamstring issue but was back in action to score midway through the first half in Manchester.

Guardiola has now won 500 games in all competitions as a manager (including Barcelona B), winning 172 as City boss.

City are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League encounters with Arsenal (W8 D2), since a 1-2 loss in December 2015, though Arteta did guide the Gunners to a win in last season's FA Cup semi-final.

Arsenal are winless in their last 29 Premier League away games against "big six" opponents (D10 L19), however, and have lost each of their last seven top-flight games against City, their longest such run against an opponent since losing seven in a row to Ipswich Town between 1974-1977.

Ederson has kept 53 clean sheets in the Premier League since his debut in August 2017; 15 more than any other goalkeeper in this time, while Sterling has been directly involved in each of City's last five goals in all competitions (four goals, one assist).

Newcastle United 1-4 Manchester United: Fernandes strikes again despite penalty miss

After their dismal defeat to Spurs at Old Trafford, United needed a response, though matters looked bleak when Luke Shaw's early own goal put them behind at Newcastle.

However, Harry Maguire – after a tumultuous time with England – struck back, with Bruno Fernandes missing a penalty before scoring a wonderful goal to restore United's lead.

Fernandes' penalty miss was his first for United on what was his 11th spot-kick since his debut on February 1, with those 11 six more than any other Premier League player has taken in that time.

However, with his goal and subsequent assist for Marcus Rashford, who added a fourth after Aaron Wan-Bissaka had made it 3-1 in emphatic fashion, Fernandes has been directly involved in 20 goals in his 18 Premier League appearances for United (11 goals, nine assists).

Newcastle conceded four goals at home in the Premier League for the first time since April 5, 2014, also against the Red Devils.

United enjoyed their 10th comeback win against Newcastle in the Premier League, the most by any side against a single opponent in the competition, while Steve Bruce's side are now without a clean sheet in seven top-flight games, their longest such run without a shut-out on home soil since February 2014.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been awarded 17 penalties in the Premier League since the start of last season, five more than any other side in the competition (12 scored).

With his brilliant strike, Wan-Bissaka became the 116th different player to score for United in the Premier League in what is his 38th league appearance for the club, as Rashford registered three goal involvements in a top-flight match for the third time.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Donny van de Beek will get game time as he tries to balance his starting XI.

Van de Beek came off the bench as struggling United overturned an early deficit to rout Newcastle United 4-1 in Premier League action on Saturday.

The Netherlands international swapped Ajax for United before the transfer window closed amid much fanfare but he is yet to start a league match for the Red Devils.

Solskjaer resisted calls to start Van de Beek following United's 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham prior to the international break – the Dutch midfielder replacing Daniel James 14 minutes from the end at St James' Park.

Asked about Van de Beek as he attempts to accommodate Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay, Solskjaer told reporters: "He'll get his game time. He's been fantastic in the group.

"I think you see today and in training, he's so neat and tidy, I don't think he lost the ball once.

"It's about finding the balance in the team. We've won 4-1 today and you're asking why I didn't start one of the players.

"He'll have a very good impact on the team."

Under-fire United captain Harry Maguire headed in a 23rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Luke Shaw's second-minute own goal before Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford scored during the closing stages.

The Red Devils had lost two of their opening three Premier League fixtures before enjoying their 10th comeback win against Newcastle in England's top flight – the most by any side against a single opponent in the competition, per Opta.

United are 14th in the Premier League table through four games, seven points adrift of leaders Everton.

Solskjaer's United will open their Champions League campaign at last season's finalists Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Bruno Fernandes heaped praise on "big player" Harry Maguire after the under-fire defender responded to criticism by scoring in Manchester United's 4-1 Premier League victory at Newcastle United.

Maguire entered Saturday's showdown under the microscope and his position in question following a red card for England during their Nations League loss to Denmark during the week.

But the world's most expensive centre-back bounced back amid his struggles for club and country at St James' Park, where he headed in a 23rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Luke Shaw's second-minute own goal before Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford scored during the closing stages.

Fernandes, who missed a penalty, hailed Maguire in the midst of external and social media noise, which came to a head during the previous transfer window as fans demanded new signings.

"We are happy for Harry. Harry is a big player. He is playing for the one of the biggest teams in the world, he is captain of one of the biggest teams in the world and he plays for a big national team," Fernandes – directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 Premier League appearances, scoring in each of his last three matches – told MUTV.

"I think it's bad to be under fire but he has a great mentality. He needs to keep doing what he did today, not about the goal he scored because it's not what he has to do but defending like he has to do and giving us the chance up front to be secure when we lose the ball. We have a great defence with him and the guys who played today and the others who were on the bench or at home.

"Everyone is talking about we need a defender, midfielder, a striker, a winger, it's easier talking from outside saying we need everything without being on the pitch. I think, us, we need to look for each other, help each other and be positive as a team.

"We can defend ourselves on the pitch, not on social media. It was important for me to talk in that moment after the national team, I have no problem talking openly about nothing. The most important thing was the response we gave on the pitch."

United also responded collectively from their 6-1 humbling at the hands of Jose Mourinho's Tottenham prior to the international break.

The Red Devils had lost two of their opening three Premier League fixtures before enjoying their 10th comeback win against Newcastle in England's top flight – the most by any side against a single opponent in the competition, per Opta.

"I think the team has big characters and big players," Portugal international Fernandes, who missed his first penalty for United in what was his 11th spot-kick taken since joining from Sporting CP in January, added.

"What happened against Tottenham can't happen again. We play for such a big club and such a big team. This club deserves better than that. Everyone needs to be better, starting with me, I need to look at myself first and then at what the group needs to do better.

"Today it was perfect, after that defeat. I think we need to continue improving, don’t concede goals, as I said before, and keep scoring."

United are 14th in the Premier League table through four games, seven points adrift of leaders Everton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United will open their Champions League campaign at last season's finalists Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed a new dawn in Manchester United's 2020-21 campaign after they accelerated away from Newcastle United in the closing stages at St James' Park on Saturday.

United had been thrashed 6-1 at home by Tottenham in their previous match before the international break and looked set for another testing outing when Luke Shaw's own goal gave Newcastle a second-minute lead.

However, the Red Devils responded impressively to win 4-1, with Harry Maguire's equaliser followed by late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford, even allowing for the scorer of the second to miss a penalty.

Solskjaer was delighted with his team's character as they now look to build on this result and picked out Maguire - under-fire after poor performances with club and country - for special praise.

"It's a great result and great character to come back, led by a very inspirational captain," Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

"The boys came together really well. They are looking forward to every game. Today I rested a few and they have come on and done the business for us.

"Harry scored and leads by example. He showed good character, I am happy for him. He had a couple of difficult weeks since he last played for us.

"The season started for us today. We have come up to the speed of the game and that showed today."

With Paris Saint-Germain to come on Tuesday, a United team already weakened by the enforced absences of Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani saw some big names start on the bench.

Paul Pogba was chief among them and was joined by Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles - two new signings - while Mason Greenwood did not even make the 18.

Solskjaer revealed Pogba was restricted to a role as a second-half substitute partly due to fitness complaints while away with France.

"Paul had hip and back problems when he was away with France, so it wasn't right to start him," the manager explained after bringing on both the World Cup winner and Van de Beek with the game still level.

"We have got big games coming up. Everyone has to perform when they come on. I am delighted for him."

Harry Maguire insisted there was no "big crisis" at Manchester United despite their poor start to the season as they bounced back to beat Newcastle United 4-1 at St James' Park.

United headed into the international break at a low ebb after suffering a 6-1 home humiliation at the hands of Tottenham - a second defeat in their opening three Premier League games this term.

But after a fortnight away - in which time Maguire's form was again placed under the microscope amid an England red card - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side responded in Saturday's match.

They trailed to Luke Shaw's dismal second-minute own goal, yet Maguire headed in the equaliser and United's patience finally paid in the closing stages.

Dominant for much of the match but still level after Bruno Fernandes saw a penalty saved, Solskjaer's men finally got their breakthrough as the Portugal midfielder made amends and then both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford got in on the act.

Maguire was delighted with the reaction from his team but dismissed the crisis talk, telling Sky Sports: "I wouldn't say we have answered [the critics].

"It's funny, three games into the season and it seems like a big crisis. Won two, lost two. There is a long way to go, we have to improve.

"When you play for this club and get beat at home, we ask questions. We work hard in training - it is a great group - and we knew we had to bounce back.

"I felt it would have been really harsh if we came away with just a point. It is a fully deserved win.

"It was important. Every game in the Premier League, we want to be on top. Some games we will not be at our best but we have to do the basics well. In the games we lost, we didn't do the basics well.

"We knew we needed to get three points and we managed to do so. We've got a tough run coming up.

"We are still a young team, but we won't use that as an excuse. It was disappointing to start like we had, but it was a big performance tonight when we needed it."

Newcastle became the first opponents Maguire has scored twice against in the Premier League, having also netted for Leicester City, but team-mate Fernandes looked set to be frustrated for long periods.

The January signing had not missed any of his prior 10 penalties for United but could not beat Karl Darlow from 12 yards.

Fernandes made sure to get the Red Devils back on track himself, though, scoring in the 86th minute and also creating the fourth goal for Rashford with 96 minutes on the clock.

He told BBC's Match of the Day: "I already change [the penalty technique] sometimes. Today it didn't work.

"I need to do what is better for the game; today was not the right choice but it doesn't matter. I missed the penalty and have to keep improving in the next games."

Bruno Fernandes recovered from a rare penalty miss to set up a late 4-1 Premier League win for Manchester United at Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Portugal international, who had never previously failed from 12 yards for United, looked to have passed up the visitors' best chance of victory at St James' Park when Karl Darlow produced a magnificent stop.

That spot-kick came after Harry Maguire - fit despite a knock on international duty - cancelled out a second-minute Luke Shaw own goal, with United dominant but set to be frustrated heading into the closing stages.

A rapid counter-attack produced the breakthrough moment, though, as Fernandes picked out the top-right corner before Aaron Wan-Bissaka lashed in a third and Marcus Rashford finished the 96th-minute fourth, ensuring United bounced back from the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham with all three points.

Harry Maguire has been passed fit to start for Manchester United at Newcastle United, where new signing Alex Telles and midfielder Paul Pogba were among the substitutes.

United captain Maguire was sent off in England's Nations League defeat to Denmark in midweek and suffered a knock just before his red card.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed on Friday his skipper required a late test to see if he would be fit for the trip to Tyneside, but he was selected alongside Victor Lindelof, continuing a run that has seen Maguire play every Premier League minute since joining United.

Lindelof replaced Eric Bailly in one of five changes from United's humiliating 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham prior to the international break.

Pogba was another to make way, alongside Nemanja Matic, with Solskjaer preferring the duo of Fred and Scott McTominay in the centre of the midfield, Donny van de Beek remaining among the substitutes.

World Cup winner Pogba this week openly discussed the possibility of joining Real Madrid.

Anthony Martial is suspended following his red card against Spurs, but there was no Mason Greenwood in the matchday squad either.

With Edinson Cavani still in quarantine, Marcus Rashford was therefore named up front, supported by Juan Mata and Daniel James.

Telles - a new signing like Cavani - only made the bench, meaning Luke Shaw kept his place despite a poor showing in the Tottenham game.

Newcastle, who beat United 1-0 at St James' Park last season, made just the one change from their win over Burnley as captain Jamaal Lascelles returned from injury.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Manchester United will not be divided by outsiders following reports Bruno Fernandes had lost faith in him.

United suffered a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham at Old Trafford in their final game before the international break, with Fernandes substituted at half-time after the Red Devils were reduced to 10 men.

Asked about the situation while on international duty, the Portugal midfielder denied suggestions of a rift with Solskjaer, suggesting such claims were intended to "destabilise" the group.

Solskjaer was proud of the response from Fernandes and insisted the team will remain united in the face of criticism.

"It's one of those things. You have to get over it as soon as you can and move on," Solskjaer said of the defeat to Tottenham.

"We know that any little chance from outside you want to create a division. I think Bruno spoke really well the other day about, 'We are united, we have to stay together'. We can't listen to everyone outside, we've got to just get on with it.

"Bruno has now lost two league games and he came to the club in February, but it's been two in quick succession so he's not used to losing league games.

"But now Bruno, welcome to United, this is what happens when you lose a couple. They try to create a division between us, but that's not going to happen because this group is a group that wants to work hard together and stick together."

United will look to get back on track at Newcastle United on Saturday but they could be without Harry Maguire, who came under fire for his performance against Tottenham and was shown a red card in England's 1-0 defeat to Denmark on Wednesday.

"When Harry is part of the England team that beats number one ranked Belgium that's just a normal day, and then you get the headlines when you get the sending-off. That's just football," said Solskjaer.

"There's so many ups and downs, we've got to deal with it individually and as a group. Harry has great resilience. I know he'll bounce back. I know he wants to play, he wants to work his way out of the last couple of games he's been criticised.

"He picked up a knock just before he came off so I'm just hopeful he'll be fit. We had a look at him yesterday and we'll give him a test again today."

Edinson Cavani will not play as he is yet to train with the team due to COVID-19 protocols, while fellow new signings Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri are unlikely to be involved.

"We're looking forward to integrating them into the group," the United boss said of the deadline-day additions.

"Facundo, he's been training with us two days, very exciting, young, enthusiastic player with some attributes we don't have. He's maybe one more for the future, not for now, because he's still 18.

"Alex came in yesterday [Thursday], did his recovery after a long flight from Sao Paulo having come on twice for Brazil, so we're looking forward to integrating him.

"Edinson still has not been with the group because of his quarantine.

"All three of them have something different to what we have and they'll definitely come in and help us. I think the group are looking forward to having them join in."

Manchester United return to St James' Park this weekend just over a year on from their previous away match against Newcastle United.

As in 2019, the trip north comes amid considerable pressure upon manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a poor start to the season.

Solskjaer was not helped by defeat on Tyneside last term as Matty Longstaff scored the only goal on his Premier League debut.

The United boss will hope for a better return on Saturday, yet his team kicked on following that 1-0 loss to finish third and qualify for the Champions League.

After losing 6-1 at home to Tottenham before the international break, Solskjaer certainly needs another response.

But the concern is United are no further forward heading to Newcastle this season than they were 12 months ago. Using Opta data, we take a look.
 

POST-NEWCASTLE UPTICK IN FORM

Longstaff's goal last October left United 12th after a very ordinary start to the campaign. The Red Devils make the journey north on this occasion languishing in 16 after three games.

Not since December 2013 - another 1-0 Newcastle win courtesy of a Yohan Cabaye goal - have United faced the Magpies while trailing them in the league table, yet Steve Bruce's side are ninth this time.

It is still very early in the campaign , however, and results alone certainly show progress over the past 12 months.

Before playing Newcastle last year, United had just nine points from seven matches, winning only twice. They averaged 1.3 points per game and won 29 per cent of their matches.

Despite losing at St James' Park, the next 34 games - including that October match - have brought 60 points (1.8 per game), with United winning exactly half of their Premier League fixtures.
 

LITTLE CHANGE IN PERFORMANCE

While results improved, there is little in the statistics to say this was due to better performances.

United have still averaged 14.0 shots per game over the past 34 matches, as they had in the previous seven, and their possession figures have dropped marginally from 56.0 per cent to 55.6 per cent.

Passes in the opposition half have increased from 269.9 per game to 305.7 - aided, surely, by the signing of Bruno Fernandes - but touches in the opposition box are down (26.4 per game to 25.0).

It seems United have simply been more effective at taking their chances, their shot conversion rate crucially rising from 9.2 per cent to 13.1 per cent.

With shots inside the box per game also up slightly from 7.4 to 7.8, their Expected Goals have improved from 1.48 to 1.65, leading to more goals (1.8 per game, up from 1.3) and better results.
 

DEFENSIVE CONCERNS INCREASING

Perhaps it should come as no surprise, having shipped six to Spurs last time out, but there is one area in which United have clearly deteriorated in the past year: their defence.

With Harry Maguire lacking confidence and the identity of his centre-back partner still the subject of debate, United are conceding more goals (1.2 per game, up from 1.0).

Expected Goals are up from 0.9 to 1.2 and shots faced per game up from 9.4 to 11.1. Things could be even worse for United, too, with their opponents increasingly wasteful - hitting the target with 3.6 shots per game rather than 4.0.

Defeat to Newcastle last season might have sparked United into life, but their problems are mounting and more Longstaff magic this week would really turn up the heat on Solskjaer.

Newcastle United have agreed new terms with star winger Allan Saint-Maximin, extending his contract by a further 12 months to keep him at St James' Park until 2026.

Saint-Maximin has quickly established himself as Newcastle's most exciting player since signing from Nice in a reported £20million transfer at the start of last season.

The 23-year-old signed a six-year deal upon his arrival at St James' Park and has made the same commitment again just over a year on, although reportedly now on wages in line with Newcastle's top earners.

"I've played for a lot of clubs - Monaco, Nice, in Germany - but Newcastle, I feel, is like my home," Saint-Maximin told the club's official website.

"The supporters give me a lot of love, the coach, too, and my partners on the pitch. Everybody gives me love and, when you have this, I feel it's my home and I hope this stays my home for a long time."

The former France youth international, who is in line to face Manchester United on Saturday, has been Newcastle's most productive performer since the start of the 2019-20 season.

He has been involved in nine league goals (four goals and five assists), the most of any Newcastle player, and created nine big chances - another club high.

In the Magpies' most recent game - a 3-1 win against Burnley prior to the international break - their number 10 scored and assisted in the same Premier League match for the first time.

It is Saint-Maximin's close control, trickery and ability to beat a man that has really caught the eye, though.

Of players to feature in 25 Premier League games and attempt at least 10 dribbles since Saint-Maximin debuted, he ranks second for both dribbles attempted per 90 minutes (9.0) and dribbles completed per 90 minutes (5.6).

Only Wolves' Adama Traore - 9.3 attempted and 6.5 completed - beats the Newcastle man in each category, with Wilfried Zaha third having completed 4.1 of 7.9 attempts on average.

Newcastle coach Steve Bruce added: "With Allan, the world is at his feet. He can go as far as he wants to go, because he's got the talent to do it."

Manchester United have confirmed Edinson Cavani will not be available to face Newcastle United on Saturday due to self-isolation protocols following his arrival from France.

Cavani signed for United on a free transfer on deadline day, but coronavirus-prevention guidelines in the United Kingdom require people to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival from certain foreign territories.

The Uruguayan striker came directly from France, one of the countries on the list, meaning he has had to train in isolation ever since joining the club.

It was reported United were seeking clarification regarding Cavani's quarantine period and they have now confirmed Cavani, 33, will not be able to make the trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

A statement on the United website read: "Cavani is being forced to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 guidelines, following his arrival into the country from France, which means he is unable to make his debut at St James' Park."

Therefore, Cavani's debut will likely come against his former club Paris Saint-Germain, where he spent seven years and became the club's all-time leading scorer.

Cavani's absence for the weekend match comes as an added blow given Anthony Martial – sent off in the 6-1 humiliation by Tottenham – is starting a three-match domestic ban.

United have not confirmed whether fellow deadline day arrivals Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri are in contention.

There is a team from Merseyside leading the way in the Premier League, but it is not the reigning champions.

Everton have started the 2020-21 season in outstanding form, making it four wins from four as they saw off Brighton and Hove Albion to move clear of neighbours Liverpool and Leicester City at the summit.

Manchester City are a little off the pace in the early stages after they were held by Leeds United, while Chelsea and Newcastle United were victorious on home turf in Saturday's action.

Now the dust has settled, relive the action with the help of some notable facts from Opta.

 

Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace: Chilwell impresses before Jorginho hits the spot

Talk about a game of contrasting halves. Chelsea struggled in the first 45 minutes, but everything changed when Ben Chilwell opened the scoring on his 100th Premier League appearance - his first for the Blues since arriving from Leicester.

The left-back also delivered the ball that allowed Kurt Zouma to double the advantage, making Chilwell just the third player to score and assist in a Premier League debut for Chelsea, a feat previously achieved by Deco and Alvaro Morata.

Jorginho converted twice from the spot to give the final score a lopsided look, meaning the midfielder has scored 10 of his 11 penalties in the Premier League (his solitary miss came against Liverpool last month, in case you happen to have forgotten).

Still, perhaps the outcome should have been expected. Chelsea have now won six straight in the league against Palace, who have been beaten in nine of their past 12 top-flight outings.

Everton 4-2 Brighton and Hove Albion: Inspirational James helps Toffees stay perfect

The good times continue at Goodison Park as Everton continue to impress. The previous time they won four in a row at the start of the season was back in 1969, when Carlo Ancelotti was 10 years old.

James Rodriguez is certainly rolling back the years since his arrival in England, scoring twice in this game to help down the Seagulls. He was one of three Colombians to appear in this fixture too, joined by team-mate Yerry Mina and Brighton's Steven Alzate.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued his scoring streak with the opener, becoming the first player to find the net in each of Everton's first four Premier League games of a season in the process.

Another error by Jordan Pickford is a concern - the England international has now made 11 that led to goals since his Everton debut in August 2107, more than any other goalkeeper in that time - but should not spoil the feel-good atmosphere on the blue half of Merseyside.

Leeds United 1-1 Manchester City: Pep makes his point as Rodrigo ends wait

The clash between stylists Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola did not disappoint, even with heavy rainfall throughout at Elland Road. Pep remains unbeaten against his fellow coach in four meetings, though he had to settle for a point as his depleted City side were pegged back.

Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock; he has scored more goals than any other Premier League player in all competitions since the start of last season (34), albeit this one was not enough to secure victory.

Rodrigo levelled, in the process becoming the first Spaniard to score for Leeds in the Premier League. It was not his first in the competition, though, as that came for Bolton nine years and 272 days earlier. Only Andy Johnson (nine years and 276 days) has had a longer gap between goals in the Premier League era.

Speaking of gaps, City have four points from three games so sit eight points behind Everton. Plenty of time left yet, of course, but the international break may come at a nice time for Guardiola and his squad, provided no players get injured while representing their countries.

Newcastle United 3-1 Burnley: Maximin effect helps give Bruce home comforts

Allan Saint-Maximin stole the show as Steve Bruce's side collected their first home league win in six attempts, while they are unbeaten in seven against Burnley at St James' Park.

Callum Wilson converted a late penalty to finish with a brace, making the striker the first Newcastle player to have four goals in his opening four Premier League games since Les Ferdinand in the 1995-96 campaign.

While Newcastle head into the break on a high, Burnley remain without a point to their name. The last time they lost three straight to start a top-flight campaign was back in 1927-28.

There was a reason to celebrate for Ashley Westwood, grabbing Burnley's goal as he became the eighth player to hit the 100-game mark in the Premier League for the club.

This, however, is a game that will be remembered for the excellence of Saint-Maximin, who both scored and assisted in a Premier League fixture for the first time.

With an international break on the horizon, this is the last opportunity for a couple of weeks for fantasy football manager to get some significant points on the board.

It's been a tricky season for predictions so far as well, making it a bit hazardous for picking fantasy teams, with home advantage seemingly going out of the window.

While there were five home wins on matchday two, matchday three produced just two of them.

Even just a single player change can have a massive points swing in fantasy football, so ahead of the weekend action, take a look at our Opta-powered picks – they might just give you the advantage in your league.

KARL DARLOW

With Burnley visiting St James' Park this weekend, Newcastle United fans might just fancy their chances of a clean sheet.

Given Karl Darlow's start to the season, you can see why. He has made more saves (18) than any other goalkeeper, while he also boasts the best saves per 90 minutes average (six).

Only Emiliano Martinez has a better save percentage (100 per cent) than Darlow (81 per cent) – but the Argentinian has played just one game. Burnley have only scored twice this term, so Newcastle will surely be confident.

 

ANDY ROBERTSON

Liverpool's left-back needs little introduction – over the past few years he will have certainly been among the most popular players in fantasy football given he is routinely part of a good defence but also impacts the game in attack.

He is in one of the most impressive periods of his career as well. He has had a hand in seven goals in his past eight Premier League games for the Reds (two goals, five assists).

Since the 2019-20 season restarted in June, he has six assists in total – that's more than any other player in the division, but Sunday's hosts Aston Villa are yet to concede a goal this term.

TIMOTHY CASTAGNE

Wing-backs are always a popular choice in fantasy football as they are often a great bet for attacking and defensive points – Timothy Castagne encapsulates that.

In three Premier League games since joining from Atalanta, he already has a goal and two assists (the same amounts he managed in all of 2019-20) – that makes him the most productive defender this season.

Leicester have won all three of their matches and host West Ham next. The Hammers showed they are not to be underestimated against Wolves, though the Foxes will expect to have too much for them.

 

WILFRIED ZAHA

If ever you consider sticking Wilfried Zaha in your team, history suggests it should be before games against Chelsea.

With three goals and three assists in 12 games against the Blues, they are his favoured opposition in the Premier League along with Leicester.

It's also worth considering that Chelsea have been shaky defensively so far, conceding six times in three matches.

SADIO MANE

Expensive he may well be, but if you have Sadio Mane in your team, there's always a strong chance you're going to rake in a few points.

He's already got three in as many games this term, while the stats show that he loves playing against Aston Villa, scoring six times and setting up another two in just six meetings with them.

Southampton fans in particular might remember three of those goals, as they came in a spell of just two minutes and 56 seconds in May 2015, and that remains the Premier League's quickest hat-trick.

 

CHE ADAMS

Danny Ings isn't the only Southampton striker in good form – Che Adams is worth a look given his recent output.

In his past five Premier League games, Adams has scored three times and got an assist. Overall, that's one more goal involvement in his previous 28 top-flight games.

Saints host West Brom next, the leakiest defence in the league, so introducing Adams – a low-cost option for the time being – could be a masterstroke.

 

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE

Predicting Mikel Arteta's choices in attack have proven a little difficult since he took over from Unai Emery. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have both been used as that focal point, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also lining up.

But Lacazette is in particularly fine fettle this season, the Frenchman having scored in all three of Arsenal's Premier League matches.

On top of that, he has been involved in six goals (four scored, two set up) in his past seven home matches in the competition. Sheffield United are up next, and given their struggles in recent weeks, Lacazette looks a solid option.

Mikel Arteta will face former mentor Pep Guardiola after Arsenal were drawn against Manchester City in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

Arsenal manager Arteta spent three seasons as assistant to Guardiola during an unprecedented period of success for City before swapping jobs last December.

The sides have met twice since then, with Arsenal exacting revenge for a 3-0 Premier League defeat towards the end of last season with a 2-0 win in the 2019-20 FA Cup semi-finals.

Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties after a goalless last-16 tie on Thursday, while City saw off Burnley 3-0 to stay on course for a fifth EFL Cup triumph in six years.

Elsewhere, Manchester United will travel to Everton in another all-Premier League tie and Tottenham's reward for knocking out London rivals Chelsea is a trip to Championship outfit Stoke City.

Brentford are the other second-tier side remaining and host Newcastle United – penalty shoot-out winners against Newport County on Wednesday – for a place in the semi-finals.

The last-eight ties will be contested over one leg on the week commencing December 21.

Jose Mourinho has implored national team managers to heed Tottenham's packed schedule and protect his players during next week's international break, after which he expects Son Heung-min to return to fitness.

Son suffered a hamstring injury in Spurs' controversial 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday, forcing his withdrawal at half-time as Mourinho's side were ultimately undone by a penalty awarded thanks to a contentious late handball call.

The controversy relating to the spot-kick overshadowed Son's injury, but at the time Mourinho did confirm he expected the forward to be out for a few weeks.

Spurs were in action again on Tuesday, a little more than 48 hours after the Newcastle match, as they fought to a 1-1 draw with Chelsea and eventually progressed to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup in a penalty shoot-out.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg – they still have two more matches to play before the international break begins at the start of next week, with Maccabi Haifa visiting in the Europa League on Thursday and a trip to Manchester United following that on Sunday to end a run of five games in 11 days.

As such, Mourinho is urging national team bosses to use his players sparingly.

"I expect to have [Son] back after the international period," Mourinho began. "And this gives me the opportunity to speak about it [the international break].

"I hope the national team coaches have their data and they realise how many minutes Tottenham players have played this week.

"I hope they care about the players and they protect them because Tottenham players this week they have an incredible amount of minutes and work and it's very, very dangerous.

"What I did today with Eric Dier [playing him two days after his previous game] is very, very dangerous."

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