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Man City return to winning ways as full-backs make the difference vs. Newcastle

It wasn't all plain sailing for Man City as they were left to rely on a rasping drive from Kyle Walker to secure victory over Newcastle.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester City's 2-1 Premier League win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

1. Walker helps City get back to winning ways

Manchester City celebrated the 10th anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's takeover with the kind of outcome that has been so familiar throughout his ownership of the club. They got back to winning ways against a defensive Newcastle side that briefly threatened to upset them when DeAndre Yedlin equalised Raheem...

Rafa Benitez being left behind as Newcastle sleepwalk to relegation dogfight

Where does Rafa Benitez go from here? The Newcastle United manager has always divided opinion, but his team's poor start to the campaign has provoked a storm of criticism. Newcastle have taken a single point in the first three games and on Wednesday were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest.

Their negative tactics in a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea generated widespread scorn. A season of struggle lies ahead on Tyneside and there is little chance of Saturday's visit to Manchester...

Chelsea show their grit to get win at Newcastle when glittering possession falls short

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League win over Newcastle at St. James' Park on Sunday.

1. Chelsea show their grit when glitter falls short

Speaking after Chelsea's 3-2 win over Arsenal last weekend, Maurizio Sarri said his priority was to coax 90 minutes of football out of his players that matched their thrilling opening 25 against the Gunners.

That aim remains unfulfilled. Chelsea's football frequently faltered in the face of Newcastle's...

Dele Alli heads Tottenham winner as World Cup stars cover for lack of signings

Most of Tottenham's World Cup stars featured from the start and overcame fatigue and an inspired Newcastle team to get three points away from home.
American DeAndre Yedlin hobbles off at the end of the match with an apparent knee injury.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley reflects on the first Saturday of Premier League action, including a debut victory for Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop had a case of deja vu after watching Tottenham's opener against Newcastle.
Mauricio Pochettino says if Tottenham are to win trophies, they need players focused on the team's goals and not individual targets.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England -- Three points from St James' Park as Tottenham Hotspur got their 2018-19 Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory against Newcastle United.

1. No signings, no problem (so far)

Tottenham have just become the first Premier League club not to make a summer signing since the transfer window was introduced in 2003, but they have nine World Cup semifinalists and their squad certainly looked competitive at St James' Park.

Five of those players...

Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
FC's Stevie Nicol feels Liverpool have strengthened in all the right areas to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
With Jose Mourinho's antics reaching a tipping point this preseason, the FC panel examine the effect it's having on Man United's dressing room.
Jurgen Klopp contends his top players 'don't use Liverpool and then go,' but Shaka Hislop explains why that's not a sure thing.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection.

The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up?

ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19. 

Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead.


Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...

Chelsea's top-four hopes die with a whimper in capitulation at Newcastle

NEWCASTLE, England -- Three quick thoughts on Newcastle's 3-0 Premier League win over Chelsea at St James' Park on Sunday.

1. Chelsea's top-four hopes die with a whimper

The final day of the Premier League season was always likely to end in disappointment for Chelsea, but the manner of their surrender to Newcastle provided a fitting end to an utterly miserable 2018 for Antonio Conte.

Chelsea could not be certain walking onto the St James' Park pitch that the Brighton win over Liverpool...