Manchester City, with Jérémy Doku in all the good moves, marched on Bournemouth (6-1) on Saturday, to take the lead in the Premier League ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal, engaged later in this 11th day of the championship. The Skyblues won at home thanks to their young Belgian winger, involved in their first five goals. However, they lost their star striker, Erling Haaland, to injury, replaced at half-time by Phil Foden.
Doku opened the scoring with a curling shot (30th), offered three assists to Bernardo Silva (33rd, 83rd) and Foden (64th), and made it 3-0 with a left shot deflected off the back of Manuel Akanji (37th). After this victory, Pep Guardiola and his players are one point ahead of Tottenham, host of Chelsea on Monday (9 p.m.), and three over Arsenal who face Newcastle this Saturday (6:30 p.m.).
In the first half of the table, Brighton caught up with Everton (1-1) late to recover sixth place ahead of Manchester United, winner earlier at Fulham (1-0) and who have the same number of points. Brentford won an indecisive match with twists and turns against West Ham (3-2), including the first goal this season from French striker Neal Maupay, on loan from Everton and silent against the opposing goal for many months.
In the standings, Brentford are ninth with 16 points, one more than Crystal Palace who beat penultimate Burnley 2-0, and two more than West Ham.
The red lantern Sheffield United won its first victory of the season against Wolverhampton (2-1) in a scenario of great suspense. The Blades, joined in the 89th minute by a goal from Jeanricner Bellegarde, won at the end of added time thanks to a penalty from Oliver Norwood (90th 10th).