In a pulsating clash at Stamford Bridge, Premier League leaders Manchester City and Chelsea battled to a stunning 4-4 draw, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. Former City prodigy Cole Palmer stole the spotlight by leveling the score with a dramatic stoppage-time penalty, capping off a week of extraordinary tussles for Chelsea.
The champions, buoyed by Erling Haaland’s brace, including a penalty, ended the weekend one point clear at the top with 28 points. Liverpool, fueled by Mohamed Salah’s milestone 200th goal in English football, followed closely on 27 points, alongside Arsenal, who secured a victory over Burnley.
As Aston Villa matched a 40-year-old club record with 13 straight home league wins in their 3-1 triumph over Fulham, West Ham United secured a topsy-turvy 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile, Brighton & Hove Albion’s winless league run extended to six games with a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.
The clash between Chelsea and City unfolded as a Sunday classic, showcasing Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s resurgence after a lackluster start. The rollercoaster of goals included Haaland’s penalty, Thiago Silva’s header, Raheem Sterling’s opportunistic strike, and Manuel Akanji’s equalizer. Haaland added a second, but Nicolas Jackson responded for Chelsea. Rodri’s late strike seemed to seal City’s win, but Cole Palmer’s calm penalty, amid escalating tensions, secured a thrilling draw.
In contrast, Anfield witnessed a more serene affair as Liverpool, fueled by Salah’s brilliance, surged into title contention. Jurgen Klopp praised Salah’s exceptional performance, describing it as “crazy” and acknowledging the striker’s historic 200th goal in England.
Aston Villa continued their dominance at home, securing a comfortable win over Fulham with goals from John McGinn, Ollie Watkins, and an Antonee Robinson own goal. Unai Emery’s side joined Liverpool and Manchester City as the only teams to maintain a perfect home record this season.
West Ham’s Tomas Soucek powered home a late header to break their winless streak in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. The win lifted the Hammers to ninth in the table, while Brighton’s Mahmoud Dahoud’s red card contributed to a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United, leaving them eighth in the standings.