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Summary

  1. Leicester top after 3-0 win at Swansea (Mahrez hat-trick)
  2. Leaders Man City beaten 2-0 at Stoke
  3. Man Utd held to goalless draw by West Ham
  4. Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland - Giroud scores at both ends
  5. Watford in top half after 2-0 win over Norwich
  6. West Brom rally to draw 1-1 with Spurs
  7. Bottom club Villa draw 1-1 at Southampton

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson and Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

Jurgen Klopp and Martin Skrtel
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That is us done with the Premier League 15:00 GMT kick-offs.

But live text commentary of Chelsea' meeting with Bournemouth continues.

The champions are being held 0-0 at home by the Championship winners. Second half just under way.

Tomorrow, it is Newcastle v Liverpool in the Premier League.

See you then.

Absent friends

Manchester United 0-0 West Ham

James Wilson
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Manchester United fans will be pleased to know that as well as Javier Hernandez, who has scored 12 goals in 17 games for new side Bayer Leverkusen, James Wilson looks in terrific nick on loan at Brighton.

The 20-year-old scored a superb solo goal in the Seagulls 3-2 win over Charlton today.

Adnan Januzaj is having a rotten time of it at Dortmund if it is any consolation.

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Tom in Bristol: Personally I'm pleased to see Costa on the bench. He needs discipline and lots of it, good decision Mourinho! 

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Rich, Bristol:  So glad Costa has been benched. Chelsea are finally waking up to how much of a filthy player he is.

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Diego Costa
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Should he? Or shouldn't he?

HALF-TIME

Chelsea 0-0 Bournemouth

Chelsea have been more than matched by Bournemouth so far at Stamford Bridge.

Ten shots from Chelsea, nine from the visitors.

Live text commentary on that match is right here.

Mahrez and Williams rumble - report

Swansea 0-3 Leicester

Ashley Williams and Riyad Mahrez
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It sounds like there was a bit of afters between Leicester's hat-trick hero Riyad Mahrez and Swansea captain Ashley Williams post final-whistle in south Wales.

The two were rumbling around behind the scenes at the Liberty Stadium like a pair of professional wrestlers by the sounds of PA reporter Phil Blanche's tweets.

Post-match bust-up between Swans skipper Williams & Mahrez after Leicester player appeared to go into home dressing room after game. #SWALEI

Mahrez was ushered away by Leicester official and Williams, apparently unhappy with first-half incident, wanted to continue conversation.

Williams walked past reporters asking where Leicester bus but understand Wales captain did not get on the bus and went back into stadium.

Chelsea 0-0 Bournemouth

'We want our Costa back' sing Chelsea fans as he heads out in his bib for the warm up. Hard to be sure if that's aimed at player or manager.

Chelsea still goalless

Chelsea 0-0 Bournemouth

Diego Costa and Jose Mourinho
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Half an hour gone at Stamford Bridge and Bournemouth have had the best of what few chances there have been.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sent substitute striker Diego Costa for a jog along the touchline.

Live text commentary on this match is available just over here.

Pizza powered Foxes

Swansea 0-3 Leicester

Clean sheets mean clean plates in the Leicester City changing room as manager Claudio Ranieri gets the pizza in for his team.

⚽️⚽️⚽️ superb @mahrez22! #Keeptherungoing #TopOfTheLeague @premierleague 🍕

⚽️⚽️⚽️ superb @mahrez22! #Keeptherungoing #TopOfTheLeague @premierleague 🍕

Friday, Saturday, Habib Beye

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Habib Beye
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Who is this getting on the punditry bandwagon for French television?

Only former Newcastle, Aston Villa and Doncaster defender Habib Beye who was at the Emirates to lend his insight to Arsenal v Sunderland.

Habib Beye
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Wasteful United

Man United 0-0 West Ham

Daley Blind
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Manchester United had 21 shots at goal in the goalless draw with West Ham. Just one - a Marouane Fellaini effort - was on target.

The most wasteful Premier League performance ever?

Nearly. But not quite.

Blackburn and Manchester United in 2007 and Everton in 2009 all played league games in which they had 23 shots with only one on target.

United performance today is fourth on that list of shame.

'Watford win and are still improving'

Watford 2-0 Norwich

Quique flores
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Watford manager Quique Flores, speaking to BBC Sport: “It was difficult to play Norwich. They put a lot of strikers in the pitch and played long ball. We tried to keep calm until the last moment and still counter attack. Finally I think the result is clear because we had a lot of chances – especially in the second half.

“The wind was very hard for both teams. But in the second half we protected the ball better. I think we played a good match.

"Odion Igahlo is not just scoring goals but he is also supporting the offensive system with Troy Deeney and is creating chances too.

"The players here have been really focussed since the beginning of the season. They are very positive, and it’s true that we have a lot of new players but they are very good professionals. And we are still improving."

MOTD commentator's view

Chelsea v Bournemouth (17:30 GMT)

Steve Wilson

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge

"Bournemouth and Chelsea may only have taken a point each last weekend but both managers seemed well satisfied with that.

"Jose Mourinho declared it Chelsea's best performance in weeks,whilst Eddie Howe delighted in his side's character to come back against Everton in a game they twice seemed to have lost.

"You have to feel for Howe. There were always going to be some tough days for Bournemouth this season, but to have his most expensive signings injured and potentially be down to his third-choice goalkeeper seems particularly cruel.

"Bournemouth continue to ignore adversity and try to play with verve and spirit, but if they get anything at all at Stamford Bridge then Mourinho really will be at rock bottom."

KICK-OFF

Chelsea 0-0 Bournemouth

We are up and running at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are 17 points off the top, 14 off the top four as we get started.

You can follow dedicated live text commentary over here.

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Chelsea v Bournemouth (17:30 GMT)

Diego Costa left on the bench again for Chelsea and he didn't come out for the pre-match warm up @5liveSport

Diego Costa left on the bench again for Chelsea and he didn't come out for the pre-match warm up @5liveSport

'Norwich didn't do enough'

Watford 2-0 Norwich

Norwich City

Alex Neil
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Norwich manager Alex Neil, speaking to BBC Sport: "The conditions didn’t make for a great game and they dealt with them better. There wasn’t anything between the teams. At this level the first goal is absolutely crucial. To give it away in the manner we did, it didn’t do us any favours.

"To lose 2-0 is extremely disappointing. As the game opened up we left more space at the back but that is the price you pay when you concede the first goal. 

"Robbie Brady had a couple of good chances, there was a bad touch and a bad finish. There were wee bits and bobs throughout the game, but I don’t think we did enough."

'This Premier League is a battle'

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "This Premier League is a battle. You have to give credit to Sunderland who were well organised and always dangerous on the break. It could have been one of those days, but the mental aspect was good and we kept concentration. Joel Campbell also scored against Swansea has since he has come into the side his contribution is very positive.

"We have to keep winning games and collecting points and hope that Leicester slip up."

Mahrez mania

Swansea 0-3 Leicester

For all the (justified) Vardymania, Riyad Mahrez cost €500k from Le Havre, is only 24, has 15 in all comps this season and 6 PL assists.

Look at this for a haircut...

When you ask for a number one and you change your mind a few seconds in.

When you ask for a number one and you change your mind a few seconds in.

We all make mistakes when we are young though don't we Gary?

Like a young Mick Jagger. About 15 years too late...

Gary Lineker
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'We deserved the win'

Watford 2-0 Norwich

Watford striker Odion Ighalo speaking to BBC Sport: "We really deserved the win because we played really well from the first minute until the last. We are now going to push higher up the table but today is gone. 

"I was a bit frustrated because I had a chance to score two or three goals. But that is football. The important thing is the team performance. We are very happy with the three points and we want to keep going."

'Solidarity is the key'

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde:"It is a big point. We have suffered a lot, Southampton created many chances and we were under pressure for long periods. But we showed a very good spirit. I'm happy about that.

"The solidarity between the players and the desire to fight ant not concede, we didn't have that at Everton or against Watford. Southampton are a very strong side and we expected to be questioned and the answers we gave were very good.

"Sometimes you have to fight hard for 15-20 minutes at the start of a game. We were lucky but we did not give up.

"I prefer to have this solidarity in every game than have much more talent. Solidarity is the key when you are fighting relegation. If we show this spirit again we will get more points. The talent at Aston Villa is not the same as at Manchester City or Arsenal but they still lose games." 

"Fabio Borini...."

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Sunderland

Sunderland

Sam Allardyce
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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce: "I could not ask for more in terms of chances created, but we failed to convert any and that makes me wonder what would have happened with Jermain Defoe on the pitch. He could have bagged two or three today. 

"I am really disappointed not to have got anything out of the game, but I am really pleased with the performance and the chances that we created against Arsenal on their own patch.

"The system is working well in both attacking and defending point of view. I think we have got goalscorers.Steven Fletcher is a goal-scorer, Duncan Watmore has got a few goals, Fabio Borini...has been out for a bit so I can forgive him his miss."

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Southampton

More from Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "We played well in the second half, maybe it's a good result. We have had three or four defeats in a row and it is a knockback. You have to believe and we did that.

"It was windy for both teams - but it wasn't Stoke!"

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'It's about scoring goals'

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "Normally you don't sign for one point at home, but it's a point. We make it difficult for ourselves. We had three or four big chances to score and then we concede.

"Straight after half time we had some difficulties but they showed great character to come back and draw the game. We deserved more but OK, it's about scoring goals and creating chances. That was not the the case today.

"Last year we were 4-0 up against Villa [when Saints won 6-1] and we didn't start as well as today! But we didn't score and that is the detail in football. For the first time in maybe two seasons we conceded such a soft goal from a corner."

Deja-vu?

Man United 0-0 West Ham

Manchester United are suffering on countback as the guys in the press box re-heat previous match reports for another disappointing day for Louis van Gaal.

Not quite sure how that game ended 0-0 but that's 5 goalless draws in the past 9 games in all competitions for #MUFC

Manchester United's last six home games: 0-0, 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 0-0, 0-0.

A quarter of United's competitive games this season have been 0-0 draws. Six of 24.

Vardy's streak over

Swansea 0-3 Leicester

Jamie Vardy
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This was the moment that 11 straight games should have become 12.

But Jamie Vardy fired straight at Lukasz Fabianski and finishes without a goal to his name for the first league match since the 1-1 draw against Tottenham on the 22 August.

He did get an assist though for Riyad Mahrez's third goal.

Man United 0-0 West Ham

Louis van Gaal
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Chances created blah blah blah. Should have scored blah blah blah. Good possession blah blah blah. Good defence blah blah blah. LVGs usual post match comments simplified for you. He hasn't got a clue. Other fans saying we have no right to complain, you aren't watching the games, you aren't suffering.

Adam in Edinburgh

We'll see what LvG says soon...

"It is going to be tight at the top to the end"

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey: "It was important to get back to winning ways, close the gap at the top and it was nice to do it in front of our own fans. Everyone is going to be taking points off each other - it is going to be tight all the way through - and we have to try and make the most of this busy period coming up."

'Massive for morale'

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Aston Villa captain Joleon Lescott: "That is massive for morale. We had to stand up to it today and in the first 20 minutes they could have won the game. We rode our luck.

"But we showed grit and determination, the manager wanted more desire from us and we showed that."

FULL-TIME

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Remi Garde gives his players a huge round of applause. In Villa's situation that's a very good point. 

FULL-TIME

Watford 2-0 Norwich

Watford up to ninth.

Quique Sanchez Flores celebrates Watford's win
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FULL-TIME

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Those big old flags wave at the Clock End.

Arsenal were not pretty, but they have got the job done.

CLOSE!

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Shane Long thumps a low shot into the side-netting!

FULL-TIME

Swansea 0-3 Leicester

Leicester are top and with a couple of points to spare.

The fairytale goes on.

FULL-TIME

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham

FULL-TIME

Man Utd 0-0 West Ham

Anthony Martial
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Loud boos at Old Trafford. Not happy. 

GOAL - Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey
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Relief around the Emirates. Arsene Wenger does a little jump of delight.

His side are home and dry as Aaron Ramsey stabs in from close range after Theo Walcott has wrecked havoc.

Who will win the title?

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

"It's a Premier League that no one wants to seem to win. City did not look like champions today and Arsenal are not consistent."

GOAL - Watford 2-0 Norwich

Odion Ighalo

Finally, finally, finally Odion Ighalo gets the goal he so throughly deserves.

The Watford striker shrugs off Sebastien Bassong and fires home to make the points safe.

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham

James McClean feeds a wonderful low cross across the six-yard box, it's crying out for a tap-in! But there's nobody there!