EPL On Citi: Chelsea fall to Crystal Palace, Man City thrash Stoke


After a frenetic worldwide break, the English Premier League has returned and delivered its fair share of drama and goals.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester City produced its most ruthless display of an already-prolific season in the English Premier League, overwhelming Stoke in a 7-2 win that was orchestrated by playmaker Kevin De Bruyne on Saturday.

The victory leaves the Citizens two points clear at the top of the table, following Manchester United's goalless draw against Liverpool.

Palace's first goals and points of the season weren't enough to lift them from the bottom, but they are now just one point shy of Bournemouth in 19th.

Arsenal were surprisingly toppled too as Watford came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win with a 71st-minute penalty from Troy Deeney and a stoppage-time strike from Tom Cleverley, which lifted the Hornets to the giddy heights of fourth on 15 points.

City has won seven games and drawn the other to take a two-point lead over Manchester United.

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Pep Guardiola's side looked irresistible as goals from Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and David Silva in the opening half-hour put the seal on their dazzling football and made a sixth straight league win a seeming formality.

"It was a good performance, I thought worthy of three points".

City's dazzle was a stark contrast to their neighbours' safety-first approach in the underwhelming Anfield game during which the only Manchester United highlight was David de Gea's great save to deny Joel Matip. That's how it stayed in the second half - and Roy Hodgson gets his first win.

Chris Wood's 85th-minute equaliser rescued Burnley from an embarrassing defeat against West Ham, who played over an hour with 10 men at Turf Moor. It was all Liverpool after the interval, but once again the Reds' lack of cutting edge left Jurgen Klopp scratching his head and gurning his way into the evening.

Swansea grabbed their second win of the season, brushing aside Huddersfield with relative ease at the Liberty Stadium.