West Ham shock for City

Manchester City's bid to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered a setback as the champions slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday.

Manuel Pellegrini's team, who kicked off in second place, had hoped to close the gap on the Blues to two points ahead of their rivals' clash with Manchester United on Sunday.But West Ham maintained their impressive recent form to stun the visitors, who were beaten in the league for the second time this season following their loss to Stoke in late August.

Morgan Amalfitano opened the scoring in the 21st minute and Diafra Sakho added the decisive second goal in the 75th minute.

David Silva set up a tense finish when City's Spanish forward scored a fine individual effort two minutes later, but fourth-placed Hammers held on for a fourth win in their last five matches.

Later on Saturday, Sou­thampton's 1-0 win at home to Stoke saw the south coast club leapfrog City into second place.

Meanwhile Southampton's stunning start to the season continued against Stoke.

Fresh from last week's 8-0 home thrashing of Sunderland -- their record win in the English top flight -- Ronald Koeman's side scored only one goal at St Mary's this match when Senegal winger Sadio Mane followed up in the 33rd minute after Graziano Pelle's shot came back off the post.

It was a sixth win in nine Premier League matches this season for a Southampton side who saw £92 million ($148 million, 117 million euros) worth of talent in Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Rickie Lambert all leave for rival Premier League clubs in the last transfer window, with former manager Mauricio Pochettino joining Tottenham Hotspur.

Sunderland conceded just two goals on Saturday but that was enough to ensure Arsenal won 2-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice, both times seizing on defensive errors.

He put Arsenal ahead in the 30th minute following a poor back pass by Wes Brown and then latched on to a 'gift' clearance from former Gunners keeper Vito Mannone in the closing seconds.

Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Hull at Anfield.

Crystal Palace squandered a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw away to West Bromwich Albion.Brede Hangeland put Palace ahead in the 16th minute at the Hawthorns before Mile Jedinak doubled the London club's lead with a penalty at the end of the first half after Yannick Bolasie was brought down in the box.

But the Baggies hit back in the 51st minute when
 half-time substitute Victor Anichebe headed in from a corner before Saido Berahino rescued a point in stoppage-time with a penalty after Jedinak fouled Anichebe.

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