Chelsea put a miserable week behind it to return to the Premier League summit on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Fulham, as the wheels came off Liverpool’s bright start in a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton.
Chelsea had Brazilian playmaker Oscar and midfielder John Obi Mikel to thank for sealing a victory that will help lessen the pain of last weekend’s defeat by Everton and the midweek Champions League reverse against Basel.
The win moved the team up to 10 points from five matches, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, after Southampton inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Merseysiders.
Southampton defender Dejan Lovren scored with a second-half header to emphatically quieten the premature talk of a title push that had been swirling around Anfield.
Everton celebrated a stunning 3-2 win at West Ham United, with Leighton Baines twice equalizing from free kicks and striker Romelu Lukaku (on loan from Chelsea) heading a late winner.
Hull City also twice came back from a goal down to win 3-2 at Newcastle United, while Stephane Sessegnon scored against his former club as West Bromwich Albion beat bottom side Sunderland 3-0.
Aston Villa’s Libor Kozak came off the bench to score his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win at Norwich City.
Champion Manchester United visits local rival Manchester City today, while Arsenal takes on Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur goes to Cardiff City.