Chelsea maintained their position at the Premier League summit as they thumped sorry Norwich City 7-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Manchester City remain two points behind after cruising past Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 at the Amex Stadium.
Watford produced a stunning comeback to thump Everton at Goodison Park, while Leeds United left it late to snatch a point against Wolves.
Using Opta data, Stats Perform takes a look at the pick of the fixtures from the day.
Chelsea and Man City cement their title credentials with big wins pic.twitter.com/sLREiWQf9P
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 23, 2021
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-4 Manchester City: Foden inspires City’s latest win over Seagulls
Phil Foden was at the heart of City’s big win at the Amex Stadium as Pep Guardiola’s side sealed an eighth win in nine Premier League games against the Seagulls.
Ilkay Gundogan put the visitors ahead before Foden scored just his second brace in the Premier League, previously doing so against Burnley in June 2020.
Alexis Mac Allister pulled one back for Graham Potter’s side to became the first player to score a Premier League penalty as a substitute for Brighton.
Riyad Mahrez added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time, though, after being teed up by Foden. The Algerian has scored more goals in all competitions (16) than any other City player so far in 2021.
The result meant Brighton conceded four goals for the first time in 43 Premier League games, since a 4-2 loss against Everton in October 2020. Indeed, the Seagulls conceded as many goals as they had in their previous seven league games combined.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 23, 2021
Chelsea 7-0 Norwich City: Mount puts Blues in seventh heaven
Chelsea made light work of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner’s absences, winning a Premier League game by seven or more goals for the fourth time and the first time since an 8-0 win over Aston Villa in December 2012.
Mason Mount was the star man, the England international becoming the 20th different player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Chelsea. Only Arsenal (21) have had more hat-trick scorers in the competition.
Ben Chilwell was on the scoresheet as well, the former Leicester City left-back becoming the first Englishman to score in four consecutive Premier League appearances for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in February 2013.
The defeat was Norwich’s joint-heaviest in Premier League history, the Canaries also losing 7-0 to Manchester City in November 2013.
Their haul of just two goals after nine league games this season is the joint-lowest tally ever at this stage of an English league campaign, and just the third time a team has registered such a low return at this stage in the Premier League (Crystal Palace in 2017-18 and Everton in 2005-06).
Everton 2-5 Watford: King comes back to haunt Toffees
Watford scored four times in the final 12 minutes to complete a remarkable fightback at Goodison Park.
They were indebted to a superb hat-trick from former Toffees striker Josh King, who became just the third player to score a Premier League hat-trick against a side he has previously played for in the competition, after Andy Cole (for Manchester United vs Newcastle) and Marcus Bent (for Wigan vs Blackburn).
It was just the second time Watford had scored five goals in an away Premier League game (also vs Cardiff in February 2019), becoming just the seventh newly promoted side in Premier League history to score five or more goals in an away game.
The result also marked the first time the Hornets had come from behind to win an away Premier League game since January 2019 vs Crystal Palace, having lost each of their previous 21 such matches in the competition.
77 mins: 2-1
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) October 23, 2021
Leeds United 1-1 Wolves: Rodrigo leaves it late for Bielsa’s men
Despite earning a late point thanks to Rodrigo’s stoppage-time penalty, seven points from nine games marks Leeds’ worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1981-82 (six points), a season in which they were relegated to the second tier.
Wolves had looked destined for all three points thanks to another goal from Hwang Hee-chan. The South Korean has scored four goals from just four shots on target in the Premier League this season, the best such 100 per cent conversion rate in the competition so far this term.
Rodrigo stepped up late on to salvage a point, though. His equaliser from the spot was just Leeds’ third penalty goal scored in the final minute of a Premier League match, after Gary McAllister against Coventry City (October 1995) and Ian Harte against Derby County (December 1999).
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