Chelsea pip Brentford, stay top of EPL

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Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has pulled off some stunning saves in Chelsea's 1-0 EPL win over Brentford.
Camera IconGoalkeeper Edouard Mendy has pulled off some stunning saves in Chelsea's 1-0 EPL win over Brentford. Credit: AP

Chelsea have survived a late onslaught by English Premier League new boys Brentford to win a pulsating West London derby 1-0 and remain on top of the table ahead of fellow winners Liverpool and Manchester City.

But troubled Manchester United fell to a 4-2 defeat against Leicester City, meaning they have picked up just one point from their last three Premier League games as they slipped to fifth place.

Chelsea have 19 points, one ahead of Liverpool and two ahead of City, after Ben Chilwell struck in the first half before goalkeeper Edouard Mendy pulled off a string of late saves to deny Brentford an equaliser.

"Mendy was absolutely world class and I think he's been crazy good for Chelsea," Brentford coach Thomas Frank said.

"I just said to him it was a little bit annoying he was so good today."

Leicester were able to pip Manchester United with goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka, earning Brendan Rodgers' side their third win of the campaign.

While United slip outside of the top four, Liverpool's impressive start to the season continued with Roberto Firmino scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 demolition of Watford at Vicarage Road, inspired by Mohamed Salah.

Salah played a sublime pass to Sadio Mane with the outside of his left boot for the Senegalese striker to claim his 100th Premier League goal in the ninth minute.

Mane then picked out James Milner on an overlapping run and he drove a perfect ball across the goal for Firmino to steer home from close range in the 37th minute to put the Reds 2-0 up at half-time.

Firmino then had a simple tap-in after Watford keeper Ben Foster failed to collect a backpass from Craig Cathcart, the ball spilling out to the Brazilian.

Salah then produced a moment of magic - trapped in tight space surrounded by Watford defenders, he showed great skill to wriggle his way clear and then curl past Foster.

Firmino sealed his hat-trick in stoppage time, to complete a miserable first game in charge of Watford for Italian manager Claudio Ranieri.

Manchester City's win over winless Burnley was less spectacular but still comfortable with goals from Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

Portuguese midfielder Silva opened the scoring in the 12th minute, tapping in after Burnley keeper Nick Pope had pushed out a well-struck low drive from Phil Foden.

City finally put the contest to bed in the 70th minute when De Bruyne blasted home with his left foot.

Wolverhampton Wanderers came from two down to win 3-2 at Aston Villa with all five goals coming in the second half of a thrilling Midlands derby.

Midfielder Ruben Neves' 95th-minute free-kick deflected off Matt Targett to give Wolves their fourth win of the season and move them up to eighth.

Leeds United's poor start continued with a 1-0 loss at Southampton with Armando Broja's second-half goal earning the Saints their first win of the season.

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