Everton Triumphs as Dyche's Quick Influence Showcased, Arsenal and Man City Suffer Losses

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Tue, 07/02/2023
Everton Triumphs as Dyche's Quick Influence Showcased, Arsenal and Man City Suffer Losses
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Manchester City's hopes of closing the gap to Arsenal at the top of the Premier League took a hit on Sunday when they suffered a defeat against Tottenham. Harry Kane scored the only goal of the match in the 15th minute, which also marked his 267th goal for the club, breaking the all-time club record held by Jimmy Greaves. Despite their best efforts, City was unable to find the back of the net, with Riyad Mahrez coming closest to scoring. The loss marks the fourth time that City has lost against Tottenham, and Pep Guardiola's side missed a prime opportunity to put pressure on their main title competitors.

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche had an immediate impact in his first game as Everton's new manager. His side won 1-0 against league leader Arsenal, thanks to James Tarkowski's 60th-minute header off of a Dwight McNeil corner. The win was particularly impressive given the close working relationship between Tarkowski and McNeil with Dyche during their time at Burnley. The victory keeps Everton in the bottom three, despite a 3-0 win by Wolverhampton against Liverpool.

Manchester United held on for a 2-1 win at home against Crystal Palace, with Bruno Fernandes scoring from a 7th-minute penalty and Marcus Rashford adding another goal. However, the game was marred by Casemiro's first-ever direct red card in a league game, which occurred in the 70th minute. Despite a goal from Jeffrey Schlupp for Palace in the 72nd minute, United was able to hold on for their 13th consecutive home win.

Newcastle was held to a 1-1 draw at home against West Ham, with Callum Wilson opening the scoring early on before Lucas Paqueta equalized for the visitors just after the half-hour mark. Brighton moved up to sixth place with a 87th-minute header from Kaoru Mitoma in their win against Bournemouth, while Brentford moved up to seventh after a convincing 3-0 win against bottom-of-the-table Southampton.

Leicester City also had a successful day, coming from behind twice to win 4-2 against Aston Villa. Goals from James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho, Tete (another new arrival), and Dennis Praet were enough to secure the win despite Ollie Watkins and an own goal from Harry Souttar giving Villa an early lead.

Nottingham Forest continued their recent run of form with a 1-0 win at home against Leeds United, thanks to Brennan Johnson's 14th-minute volley and some excellent saves from loanee goalkeeper, Keylor Navas. The win extends Forest's unbeaten run to five games, while Leeds has not won in their last seven league matches.

Finally, Chelsea and Fulham played to a 0-0 draw on Friday, with Chelsea's record signing Enzo Fernandez making his debut. The result suggests that Graham Potter still has plenty of work to do in order to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.