Haaland strikes again as Man City go top, Chelsea tame Wolves

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London (AFP) – Manchester City swept to the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 rout of Southampton as Erling Haaland extended his incredible run of goalscoring streak to 10 successive games, while revival Chelsea secured a 3-0 victory over the Wolves on Saturday.

Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez all scored for Pep Guardiola’s side before Haaland added his usual goal to seal another one-sided success at the Etihad Stadium.

Haaland has scored an astonishing 20 goals in his first 12 competitive games since his £51m ($56m) move from Borussia Dortmund.

Powered by the Norwegian striker, City are the first club to score at least three goals in nine consecutive home matches since Wolves in 1959.

The champions are now two points clear of second-placed Arsenal ahead of the north London club’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

Guardiola’s remarkable side have lost just one of their last 37 league games as they chase a fifth English title in the last six seasons.

City have scored 24 goals in their last six games, winning eight of their last nine in all competitions.

Unlike City’s blistering form, Southampton’s fifth successive defeat added to the mounting pressure on boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

City opened the scoring in the 20th minute as Joao Cancelo forced his way through the Southampton defence, evaded James Ward-Prowse’s challenge and shot through the legs of goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

Phil Foden doubled City’s lead as he raced past Kevin De Bruyne’s pass and cut a deft lob over Bazunu into the far corner after 32 minutes.

Riyad Mahrez put the result beyond doubt in the 49th minute, the Algerian winger meeting Rodri’s cross with a clinical volley from a tight angle.

Inevitably, Haaland was not to be denied and he finished Cancelo’s pass with a typically ruthless close-range effort in the 65th minute.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea picked up a third win in new boss Graham Potter’s four games since replacing sacked Thomas Tuchel.

Potter made seven changes following the midweek Champions League win over AC Milan, with Reece James, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang among those rested.

Chelsea smooth

Showing the depth of their side, Chelsea took the lead when Kai Havertz scored three minutes into first-half stoppage time with a looping header from Mason Mount’s cross.

Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea full control with a fine finish after exchanging passes with Mount in the 54th minute.

Armando Broja scored his first goal for Chelsea with a 90th-minute drive from 20 yards.

After their sputtering form at the end of Tuchel’s reign, Chelsea are in fourth place, although Brighton would return above them with a win against Tottenham in Saturday’s late game.

Managerless Wolves, who sacked Bruno Lage earlier in the week, remain in the relegation zone after a third successive defeat.

Bournemouth put Leicester’s under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers back in the hot seat with a 2-1 win at Dean Court.

Second down Leicester took the lead in the 10th minute when Patson Daka scored the goal.

But Bournemouth equalized in the 67th minute through Philip Billing, who flew into the roof of the net following an error by Wout Faes.

And Ryan Christie completed Bournemouth’s 71st-minute comeback with a close-range finish after Dominic Solanke kicked in Billing’s cross.

After winning for the first time this season on Monday, Leicester have lost seven of their last eight games.

Fifth-placed Newcastle beat Brentford 5-1 at St James’ Park.

Eddie Howe’s men took the lead after 22 minutes when Bruno Guimaraes regained the lead from a Kieran Trippier cross.

Six minutes later, Callum Wilson crossed for Jacob Murphy to tap into the empty net.

Ivan Toney reduced the deficit with a 54th-minute penalty awarded for a Dan Burn handball, but Guimaraes’ long-range shot restored Newcastle’s two-goal advantage two minutes later.

Miguel Almiron scored in the 81st minute and Ethan Pinnock’s 90th-minute own goal completed Brentford’s dismal day.

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