Premier League: Chelsea suffer title bid blow with loss to West Ham United

first_imgWest Ham United put a fresh dent in Chelsea’s fading hopes of retaining the English title on Saturday when they beat the Premier League champions 1-0, thanks to a first goal for Marko Arnautovic since he joined West Ham in July.Arnautovic swapped passes with Manuel Lanzini on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area and curled a low shot beyond Thibaut Courtois in the sixth minute of the London derby at West Ham’s London Stadium.Chelsea struggled to break down a West Ham defence that looks much sturdier under new manager David Moyes, and the visitors were vulnerable on the break to the power of Arnautovic and Michail Antonio playing as a striker.The result left Chelsea 11 points behind runaway league leaders Manchester City and three behind second-placed Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s derby between the two Manchester clubs.STEVE MOUNIE DOUBLE HELPS HUDDERSFIELD TO 2-0 WIN OVER BRIGHTONHuddersfield Town forward Steve Mounie struck twice in the first half as his side coasted to a 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.The Benin-born striker, who had not scored since netting a brace on the opening day of the season, ghosted in at the far post to bundle the ball home from Huddersfield’s first corner of the game in the 12th minute.Photo Credit: ReutersThe 23-year-old, who arrived at Huddersfield from French side Montpellier in July, made it two with a header just before halftime as Brighton failed to clear another set piece.With Brighton barely threatening in attack, Huddersfield continued to dominate after the break, but wasteful finishing prevented them from adding to their goal tally.advertisementSCOTT ARFIELD’S ICE COOL FINISH GIVES BURNLEY WIN OVER WATFORDScott Arfield’s goal on the stroke of halftime was enough to give seventh placed Burnley a 1-0 win over eighth placed Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.Pre-match snow made for wintry conditions at Turf Moor for the clash of two of the surprise packages of the season so far and it was Scottish-born Canadian international Arfield, in for the injured Robbie Brady, who rose to the occasion.Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s low cross was well collected by Arfield who beat his marker and delivered a slick finish to beat Huerelho Gomes in the 45th minute.Watford had been down to ten men from the 39th minute after Marvin Zeegelaar was shown a straight red for a wild challenge on Steven Defour. Burnley had two efforts disallowed for offside in the second half.last_img read more

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