Rondon happy with another win

Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon said he was delighted with his team's second successive win to take them further away from relegation trouble.

After a difficult start to the season United now have two in two following a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth, Rondon scoring both Newcastle's goals.

He gave them an early lead after good work from DeAndre Yedlin and made it two five minutes before half-time, powering a header into the net after a Kenedy cross.

The Cherries reduced the deficit deep into first half injury-time, through Jefferson Lerma and had a good chance to equalise from Jordan Ibe.

However, United held on and have now climbed out of the bottom three. They are 14th in the table though only a point above the bottom three in a congested bottom half of the Premier League.

Rondon said afterwards: "We need this to be honest, this is the way we need to keep working and fighting. You can see the level tonight, so we need to keep playing like that to stay up.

"Tonight I am really happy, we have played really well. I have to keep working, this is my job to score, I am very happy."

United were boosted by other results on Saturday. Though Cardiff had won earlier in the day, beating Brighton, both Southampton and Huddersfield were ahead in home games against Watford and West Ham respectively.

Both however ended up drawing, dropping points to boost Newcastle's league placing ahead of the international break.

United are next in action on 26th November when they travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley. They are 8/5 to make it three in a row while Sean Dyche's side are 7/4 with the draw 11/5.

Newcastle are 7/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Warnock senses improvement

Neil Warnock says his Cardiff City side are getting better every game after they recorded their second win of the season in the Premier League.

The Bluebirds came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1, the away side taking the lead but hit by a red card for Dale Stephens in the first half.

Brighton took an early lead, Lewis Dunk putting the visitors ahead, heading home from a Solly March free-kick.

The home side were level just before the half hour, Kadeem Harris producing a good run and the ball fell to Callum Paterson who scored from close range.

Brighton's task was made more difficult after a contentious red card on 34 minutes, Stephens sent off after a challenge on Greg Cunningham.

Warnock's side increased the pressure in their efforts to make the extra man pay but they had to wait until the final minute of normal time to grab the winner, Sol Bamba hitting the post and then Paterson the crossbar before Bamba reacted quickest to force the ball home.

It was Neil Warnock's 100th game in charge of the Bluebirds and, after seeing his side escape the bottom three with the victory, he said the team are improving all the time.

He said: "You have to work so hard for wins like this. We've come on that quickly over last 18 months, but we are getting better every game. It was a blow to go down to that goal, Sol goes to sleep and it's fitting he got the winner.

"We are everybody's favourites to go down, and we need three or four players In January, but we have come along way in 18 months. You can't say no to coming in Premier League and we are going to enjoy it."

The result takes Cardiff onto eight points and they need other results on Saturday to go their way if they are to be out of the bottom three during the international break.

Cardiff are next in action in two weeks when they travel to Everton. They are 13/2 for the win with Marco Silva's side 4/11 and the draw 4/1.

Cardiff are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Hughes unaffected by board change

Southampton manager Mark Hughes says that his position at the club has not been affected by a boardroom change.

Les Reed has left his position as vice-chairman at St Mary's Stadium, with the club announcing that "constructive action" was required to "get results back on track".

Reed had been in that position within the club since 2010 and chairman Ralph Krueger said he hopes the change would provide new drive and direction to the football operations team.

That puts the spotlight upon manager Hughes with the team having won just one league game this season, sitting just one point above the bottom three.

The Saints play Watford at home on Saturday and, at a press conference ahead of the game, Hughes said the change at the top would not affect him.

He told reporters: "The club was in a difficult situation when I came in late last year. We were able turn it around in the summer as a consequence of seeing the job that I did at first hand and how I operate and how I go about my business.

"Although Les is no longer around as a sounding board and as a supportive guy in the background there are still a lot of people here that felt I was the right man for the job so I don't think my position has been diminished too much in that regard."

Southampton, without a win  in seven games are 11/8 to get a much needed three points on Saturday with Watford 19/10 and the draw 23/10.

In contrast to their struggling hosts, the visitors on Saturday are having an impressive start to the new season; Watford currently sit eighth in the table and are seemingly set to reward manager Javi Gracia with a new three-year contract.

Southampton are 4/1 to be relegated at the end of the season while Watford are 12/1 to finish in the top six.

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Pochettino dismisses Real talk

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed talk linking him with Real Madrid, insisting that he is focussed on his job with Tottenham.

The Spurs boss was talking at a press conference ahead of his side's trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday and said, while he couldn't control rumours surfacing about his future, he was concentrating on getting on with the job.

He told reporters: "I am so focused in my job at Tottenham, a rumour appears every day.

"The most important thing is that people need to know that I am focused in Tottenham. I am so responsible with my job, our fans need to know that I am focused in Tottenham working so hard to help the club achieve what we want."

Spurs are 3/4 to win Saturday's game with Palace 15/4 and the draw 5/2.

Pochettino also told the assembled media that Mousa Dembele has suffered ligament damage to his right ankle and will not play again this year, though he hopes to have him back available from the start of January.

He added that Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama have both returned to training while Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose are continuing their rehabilitation.

Spurs go into the weekend's game on the back of a crucial win over PSV Eindhoven in midweek which keeps alive their hopes of progression through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Pochettino added: "We found a reward, fully deserved our victory and we are still alive and with the hope of staying in the Champions League. I am so optimistic, I never give up."

Spurs are fourth in the Premier League and face a Palace side struggling towards the bottom of the table, just three points above the relegation zone.

Spurs are 8/11 to finish in the top four while Palace are 5/1 to be relegated.

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Chelsea stay in hunt

Chelsea kept up the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool after beating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

City returned to the top of the Premier League table after an emphatic 6-1 win over Southampton earlier on Sunday but the Blues ensured they stay in contention, the win taking them above Liverpool on goal difference and two points behind Pep Guardiola's side.

Chelsea went ahead just after the half hour mark, Pedro finding Alvaro Morata in the area and the striker turned the ball home for his third goal in four games.

Willian almost made it two shortly afterwards but his goal was ruled out for offside and the visitors were perhaps fortunate to be only a goal down at half-time.

Palace were however level after 53 minutes, James McArthur passing for Andros Townsend who did well to control the ball and fire home.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri made a double change, Mateo Kovacic and Eden Hazard replacing Willian and Ross Barkley and it paid instant dividends with Chelsea regaining the lead a minute later, Hazard's free-kick reaching Morata at the far post, the striker making no mistake for his second of the game.

Five minutes later the home side scored again and Pedro, who had been heavily involved throughout the game, scored after being set up by Marcos Alonso.

Morata could have had his hat-trick just before the end after another fine pass from Pedro but Luca Milivojevic got a touch which enabled Wayne Hennessey to collect the ball in the Eagles goal.

The win moved Chelsea second but Palace remain too close to the bottom three for comfort; they sit 14th in the table, three points clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea, 1/6 to finish in the top four, are in Europa League action in midweek, with a home game against BATE Borisov before another game at Stamford Bridge next Sunday at home to Everton.

They are 4/11 for another win with Marco Silva's side 15/2 and the draw 15/4. Chelsea are 8/1 to win the game 1-0.

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City hit Saints for six

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table, beating Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Three early goals ensured the emphatic win that takes them two points clear of Liverpool at the top.

City took the lead after just six minutes, Leroy Sane, recalled to the starting line-up in place of Riyad Mahrez, playing a ball across goal and the unfortunate Wesley Hoedt turned it into his own net.

That put an immediate dent into Southampton's plans to frustrate City and just five minutes later it was 2-0, Raheem Sterling doing brilliantly on the win and laying the ball off for Sergio Aguero to score another well-worked goal.

Before the 20-minute mark it was three and Sterling and Sane were again involved in a move that finished with David Silva smashing the ball home.

At that stage it looked as if City could go on to score many more, attacking at will and faced by a side who hadn't scored a goal in the Premier League since the middle of September.

However, they soon rectified that via the penalty spot, Danny Ings being fouled by Eederson in the area and the striker got up to take the kick himself, making no mistake from the spot.

Any slight hopes of a Saints fightback though were effectively ended when Sterling scored City's fourth just before half-time, Aguero setting him up after a defensive mistake from the visitors.

City scored a fifth midway through the second half, Sterling getting his second after again Aguero was the provider.

There was time for a sixth, in the final minute, Sterling forgoing the chance of a hat-trick, setting up Sane who made no mistake from close range.

Sterling, after such an impressive performance spoke afterwards, telling the BBC: "I thought it was a great team performance. Not just with the ball. We were brilliant at times today.

"I am grateful for the position I am in, learning and trying to get better. It is great times at the moment.

"After Liverpool dropped points it was important that we won today. They are a brilliant side."

City have a Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek before the first Manchester derby of the season next Sunday.

City are 4/11 to win the game with Jose Mourinho's team 15/2 and the draw 15/4. City are 8/1 to win the game 1-0.

Pep Guardiola's team are 9/2 to win the Champions League this season.

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Toffees snatch late win

Two late goals gave Everton a second win in a row in the Premier League and pushed them up to eighth in the table.

They beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Goodison Park with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring three minutes from time and Cenk Tosun adding a second two minutes later to make the game safe.

However, it could have been very different had Roy Hodgson's team converted a penalty when the score was still 0-0.

Everton had the first chance of note just before the half hour, Seamus Coleman finding Gylfi Sigurdsson in the box but Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey did well to tip it over the bar.

Palace responded with Wilfried Zaha instrumental, beating two men and feeding Andros Townsend who crossed but James Tomkins headed wide.

The visitors went even closer minutes later, hitting the woodwork, Cheikhou Kouyate heading against the bar with Jordan Pickford beaten.

The game was goalless at the break but, despite Everton starting the second half on top, it was the visitors who should have opened the scoring on the hour mark.

They were awarded a penalty when Coleman was adjudged to have fouled Zaha in the box but Luka Milivojevic missed from the spot, Pickford keeping the shot out with his legs.

Palace were made to pay for the miss late in the game when Calvert-Lewin got on the end of a cross from Ademola Lookman and headed home.

Palace pushed men forward in search of an equaliser but the Toffees made the game safe with a breakaway, Michael Keane punting the ball forward and Tosun controlled and scored.

The win moves Everton up to eighth in the Premier League while Palace are 15th, just two points clear of the bottom three.

Everton, 8/1 to finish in the top six, go in search of a third successive win next Sunday away to Manchester United. They are 9/2 for the win with United 8/13 and the draw 11/4.

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Jokanovic vows to find solution

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has vowed to work hard to try and find solutions to help his team climb the Premier League table.

The Cottagers fell into the league's relegation zone on Saturday, replacing Cardiff in the bottom three after losing 4-2 away to Neil Warnock's side.

Fulham got off to the perfect start at the Cardiff City Stadium, Andre Schurrle scoring from 30 yards to put the visitors ahead.

However, their defensive frailties were again exposed, City scoring two goals in five minutes to go ahead and though Fulham equalised before half-time, the Welsh side scored two more in the second half to clinch their first league win of the season.

Worryingly for Jokanovic, Fulham have now conceded 12 goals in their last three league games and have let in 25 goals so far this season, by far the most in the league.

So, it is clear where the Cottagers have to improve if they are to survive in their first season back in the top flight.

Jokanovic said after the game: "I can find the solution. My job is to keep working and fighting to find the solution.

"We showed some positive things, but the negative things are killing us.

"They scored easy goals, even when we defended in numbers they finished the action and scored. We weren't strong enough in our box.

"I will keep going and keep working for my best XI."

They will aim to climb out of the bottom three in their next game, at home to Bournemouth on Saturday. They are 9/5 to get their second win of the season while Eddie Howe's team are 11/8 with the draw 5/2.

That game is followed by a fixture away at Manchester City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Fulham are 66/1 to win the EFL Cup this season with City 9/4.

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Stephens anticipates “massive” game

Southampton's Jack Stephens appreciates the "massive" importance of next weekend's home game against fellow strugglers Newcastle.

Saints go into the game just a point above the relegation zone while their visitors, Rafa Benitez's side are bottom of the table, yet to win this season.

Southampton haven't yet won at home but at least go into the St Mary's clash having ended a run of three straight losses.

They achieved that with a goalless draw away at Bournemouth, a performance that made a statement according to manager Mark Hughes.

However, they remain in trouble towards the bottom of the table and Stephens said it was time the players gave the home fans reason to get behind the team.

He told the club's official website: "Next week against Newcastle is massive, there's no getting away from that.

"It's a home game, in front of our fans, and we're aware we haven't won at home this season yet.

"So we need to give them something to cheer about, and we need to get three points."

Southampton are 21/20 to win next weekend with United 14/5 and the draw 9/4.

A win away at Crystal Palace was Saints only league win this season but they can at least approach the Newcastle game having held in-form Bournemouth.

They had chances to get all three points too with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg twice testing home keeper Asmir Begovic while Stuart Armstrong had a chance towards the end.

However, the need to get a positive result against Newcastle is highlighted by the fact Saints go to champions Manchester City the following weekend.

Before that they face Leicester away in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. Saints are 25/1 to win the trophy this year with Leicester 16/1.

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Wagner ready to fight

Huddersfield boss David Wagner said he and his team were ready to fight to try and preserve their Premier League status.

Wagner welcomes his good friend Jurgen Klopp to West Yorkshire on Saturday evening with Liverpool joint top of the table.

Their hosts on Saturday the Terriers are at the other end, sitting in the bottom three without a win yet so far this season.

Seeking a win to take them out of the relegation places, Wagner says the fight is on to try and get some wins on the board.

He told a press conference ahead of the Liverpool game: "We know that we fight to stay in the Premier League. We have the feeling we are competitive and even though we haven't had the best start, everything is tight around us, so game on.

"We will invest everything and we aim to deliver something extraordinary."

Huddersfield are 10/1 to win at the weekend with Liverpool 2/7 and the draw 4/1.

Huddersfield ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a draw against Burnley just before the international break and Wagner says that performance and result gives them belief as they return to league action this weekend.

"We've performed consistently over the last few weeks," he added. "Every game is a new chance, a new opportunity and we have one at home on Saturday. We'd like to use it even if we know it's against one of the top teams."

While the Terriers are yet to win this season, their visitors Liverpool have not lost and sit joint top of the table with Manchester City and Chelsea, all three teams having won six and drawn two of their eight games so far.

Huddersfield are 2/7 to be relegated while Liverpool are 9/4 to win the title at the end of the season.

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