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Premier League still full of surprises, with Man City stumbling, Salah back on form, Arsenal on song

The Exploding Heads wrap up the Premier League weekend in a tidy 90-second (plus stoppages) package.

When it comes to the Premier League, we're all prone to jumping to conclusions and taking the latest preachings from the pundits as gospel. Well, predictions make fools of us all, and the action last weekend blew a few theories sky high. It turns out Manchester City are not invincible: Fancy that!

Likewise, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was able to laugh in the faces of those experts, who basically told him he did not know what he was doing using "the world's top holding midfielder," N'Golo Kante,...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.
Gabriele Marcotti outlines Lucien Favre's tactics in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Schalke.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

Respite for Mourinho, home goal for Lukaku as Man United cruise past Fulham

Marcus Rashford scored an excellent goal and provided two assists as Man United eased past 10-man Fulham at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford scored an excellent goal and provided two assists as Man United eased past 10-man Fulham at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford scored an excellent goal and provided two assists as Man United eased past 10-man Fulham at Old Trafford.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three points on Manchester United's 4-1 win vs. Fulham in the Premier League.

1. Much-needed win for Mourinho, Man United

Manchester United can do routine after all.

There was no crisis and no spectacular comeback, just a comfortable win against a team they were expected to beat. The pressure on Jose Mourinho, who recorded his 50th league win in charge of the club, has eased. For a few days, at least.

Fulham fans in the corner of Old Trafford made sure Mourinho and his players...

Fulham draw with Leicester but are taking steps forward under manager Claudio Ranieri

James Maddison scored his second goal in as many games for Leicester as Claudio Ranieri's old side earned a share of the points at Craven Cottage.

LONDON -- "One game at a time" was one of Claudio Ranieri's mantras during Leicester's miracle Premier League title triumph in 2016, and if the early days of his Fulham tenure are anything to go by, it is likely to serve him again at Craven Cottage.

His first game, a knockabout 3-2 win over Southampton, brought him a first victory. He was more encouraged by his side's display in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, and there were further positives to be taken from game three, a 1-1 draw against...

Andre Schurrle's journey from winning the World Cup to fighting relegation

How would you cope if you reached the pinnacle of your profession at 23 years of age? Where would you go from there? Would you find it difficult to return to the prosaic realities of everyday life? Would you be able to rouse enthusiasm for the less glorious aspects of your job?

Andre Schurrle was in that position in 2014. The German forward set up Mario Gotze's winning goal in the World Cup final over Argentina, not forgetting grabbing a couple for himself in the historic 7-1 humiliation of...

Premier League W2W4: Spurs, Chelsea have chance to show off brilliance

Marcus Rashford's name has been linked with Real Madrid, but the FC panel feel his lack of growth under Jose Mourinho may be a cause for concern.

Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on.

Are we about to see the best of Spurs and Chelsea?

It's been a curious season at the top of the Premier League. The established order is more or less in place, only goal difference keeping Watford and Bournemouth above Manchester United, and thus the top six being the big six. The elite feel more entrenched than ever, the rest having to leap upon increasingly meagre scraps.

And yet, Manchester...