English Premier League: Live scores, fixtures, EPL results and standings – 7-9 December_1

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The English Premier League freewheels on into
December, as the Manchester Derby headlines a packed weekend of EPL action.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his Manchester
United side to the east of the City on Saturday evening to take on Pep
Guardiola’s defending champions, whose grip on the title has been loosened
dramatically by the fizzing form of north west rivals Liverpool.

City looked like their old selves for the
first time in a while in midweek, thumping Burnley 4-1 to remain third, three
points behind Leicester in second and an alarming 11 points adrift of the Reds
at the summit.

United are loitering in sixth but have gone four
unbeaten, with their tentative upturn in fortunes highlighted on Wednesday by a
satisfying 2-1 victory over ex-boss Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham side at Old

Table-topping Liverpool are in action earlier
on Saturday when they make the trip to Bournemouth. Jurgen Klopp’s men put the
final nail in coach Marco Silva’s coffin at Anfield on Wednesday, whacking
their Merseyside rivals 5-2 despite missing a host of key names.

The Cherries have slipped right off the radar
in recent weeks, with Tuesday’s narrow loss at Crystal Palace their fourth on
the spin. Everton fans won’t be comforted by having to kick off their
post-Silva era at home to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

The Blues stopped the rot of back-to-back
defeats in the week, rising to see off Aston Villa 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and
remain comfortably fourth in the Premier League standings.

Purgatory is the theme for capital city rivals
West Ham and Arsenal, who must wait until Monday night to try to turn their
fortunes around when they meet at the London Stadium.

The Gunners were roundly booed off at the
Emirates on Thursday as they fell to defeat against Brighton – their ninth game
without a win in all competitions and their worst run since 1977.

Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers, meanwhile, sit
just two points above the relegation zone and lost 2-0 at Wolves in the week.

Leicester are out to keep the heat on
Liverpool at the top when they play one of four Sunday fixtures in the EPL.

The Foxes make the short hop across the
Midlands to face struggling Aston Villa – and they do so off the back of a 2-0
win over Watford, making it seven in a row in the Premier League.

Tottenham had been getting their act together
under new boss Mourinho before slipping up at his former employers.

Spurs return to home turf for a Saturday clash
with Burnley, who have dipped into the bottom half of the EPL table after
back-to-back defeats.

Rock bottom Watford continue their desperate
scramble for points on Saturday when they welcome high-flying Crystal Palace at
Vicarage Road. Roy Hodgson’s side have recovered from a blip in form to record
successive victories, most recently at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Wolves’ top six
credentials will be put to the test at Brighton. The Seagulls snatched three
points at Arsenal on Thursday, while Nunu Espirito Santo’s men are unbeaten in
ten Premier League fixtures.

Newcastle were shock midweek winners when they
pulled off a 2-0 heist at Sheffield United.

Steve Bruce’s men have the chance to back that
up at St James’ Park on Sunday when they host Southampton, who have hauled
themselves out of the drop zone by virtue of three unbeaten games and seven
points out of their last nine.

No such luck for Norwich, who were beaten by
the Saints on Wednesday to stay 19th in the EPL standings ahead of their home
tie with Sheffield United on Sunday at Carrow Road.

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