Manchester City went top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Southampton as Erling Haaland extended his incredible scoring streak to 10 straight games, while the resurgent Chelsea clinched a 3-0 win over Wolves on Saturday. Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez all scored for Pep Guardiola’s side before Haaland added his usual goal to seal another one-sided success at the Etihad Stadium. Haaland has scored a staggering 20 goals in his first 12 competitive games since joining from £51m ($56m) Borussia Dortmund.
Spurred on by the Norwegian striker, City have become the first club to score at least three goals in nine straight home games since Wolves in 1959.
The champions are now two points clear of second-placed Arsenal ahead of the north London club’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday.
Guardiola’s remarkable side have lost just one of their last 37 league games as they battle for their fifth English title in the last six seasons.
City have scored 24 goals in their last six games and won eight of their last nine games in all competitions.
In stark contrast to City’s stellar form, Southampton’s fifth consecutive defeat put increasing pressure on boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
City opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Joao Cancelo weaved through the Southampton defence, dodging James Ward-Prowse’s challenge and shooting through the legs of goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.
Phil Foden doubled City’s lead when he ran into Kevin De Bruyne’s pass and lobbed a skillful lob over Bazunu into the far post after 32 minutes.
Riyad Mahrez put the score in doubt in the 49th minute when Algeria winger saved Rodri’s cross with a clean volley from a tight angle.
Haaland was inevitably undeniable, ending Cancelo’s pass in the 65th minute with a typically reckless close-range shot.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea clinched a third win in new boss Graham Potter’s four games since replacing the sacked Thomas Tuchel.
Potter made seven changes including Reece James, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the midweek Champions League win over AC Milan.
Chelsea showed the strength of their squad and took the lead when Kai Havertz headed in from Mason Mount’s spot-on cross three minutes into first-half injury time.
Christian Pulisic put Chelsea under control with a sweet finish after a pass exchange with Mount in the 54th minute.
Armando Broja scored his first goal for Chelsea in the 90th minute with a 20-yard drive.
Their stuttering form at the end of Tuchel’s tenure sees Chelsea in fourth place, although Brighton would be above them again with a late-game win over Tottenham on Saturday.
The unmanaged Wolves, who sacked Bruno Lage earlier in the week, remain in the relegation zone after their third straight defeat.
Bournemouth put Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers back in the hot seat with a 2-1 win at Dean Court.
Second from bottom Leicester took the lead in the 10th minute when Patson Daka fired home.
But Bournemouth equalized in the 67th minute through Philip Billing, who fired into the roof of the net after a mistake by Wout Faes.
And Ryan Christie completed Bournemouth’s comeback in the 71st minute with a close-range finish after Dominic Solanke turned in a Billing cross.
Leicester won for the first time this season on Monday and have lost seven of their last eight games.
Fifth-placed Newcastle defeated Brentford 5-1 at St James’ Park.
Eddie Howe’s men took the lead after 22 minutes when Bruno Guimaraes headed in from a Kieran Trippier cross.
Six minutes later, Callum Wilson crossed to Jacob Murphy to tap into the empty net.
Ivan Toney reduced the deficit with a penalty in the 54th minute, penalized for a Dan Burn handball, but Guimaraes’ long-range effort restored Newcastle’s two-goal lead two minutes later.
Miguel Almiron scored in the 81st minute and Ethan Pinnock’s own goal in the 90th rounded off Brentford’s dismal day.
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