Sensational Suarez and Sturridge Send Liverpool Top
Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace thanks in large to their fearsome strike force of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The two strikers have a wonderful understanding and genuinely look like scoring in every game they play. In nine league starts they have scored 12 goals and the Reds finally look like they could be contenders for a first league title since 1990.
Liverpool's defence looked shaky at times and Palace could have scored more than just the one with a bit more luck, or a world-class finisher like Suarez or Sturridge. Brendan Rodgers is still experimenting at the back but once Philippe Coutinho returns you can expect even more creativity in the final third. Liverpool arguably boast the most dangerous front two in the league this season should the pair remain fit, they will go a long way to keeping the Merseyside club in contention for a first Premier League crown come May.
Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace: Suarez, Sturridge, Gerrard; Gayle
Red Hot Remy Earns Newcastle Vital Win
Alan Pardew may have been left frustrated over the course of the summer as Joe Kinnear failed to attract players to the club but he must be thanking his lucky stars that QPR allowed Loic Remy to join the club on a season-long loan. The French striker scored six goals in 14 appearances for the struggling west London club last season and has made an incredible start to his Newcastle career.
He was near unplayable against a Cardiff defence that had frustrated Tottenham for so long in their last home game. Remy made it five goals in his last three games and helped Newcastle move clear of the relegation zone. Pardew has been feeling the pressure for some time and with Papiss Cisse struggling, he must be forever grateful to Harry Redknapp for allowing Remy to move to St James' Park. The one worry is that he may not sign permanently, and may be offered a move he can't refuse by a top club at the end of the season.
Cardiff 1-2 Newcastle: Odenwingie; Remy (2)
Jol On Borrowed Time Despite Late Bent Winner
Few Fulham fans were disappointed when Shahid Khan got rid of the frankly horrendous Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage. Sadly there probably won't be many supporters too concerned if Martin Jol also falls foul of the new owner. The likeable Dutchman has cut an increasingly disturbed figure on the touchline in recent weeks and has looked like a man expecting the chop.
Facing a Stoke City side that hadn't won since August, and on home soil, this seemed like the last chance saloon. They were second best for much of the game as Stoke dominated proceedings but the introduction of Darren Bent would provide Jol with a slender lifeline. The former Tottenham striker danced around Robert Huth and Asmir Begovic to grab a later winner but surely Jol remains on borrowed time.
Fulham 1-0 Stoke City: Bent
Hull Frustrate Villa to Maintain Excellent Start
Aston Villa are a strange side. At times they can cut sides to pieces with their sharp and incisive football in the final third. They've scored three against Manchester City and Arsenal this season, defeating both sides, yet against Hull they were decidedly wasteful. They would have some 18 shots but only four were on target and it was clear they missed injured talisman Christian Benteke. Being a Villa supporter will be a rollercoaster ride this season but they have shown they have enough quality to stay clear of the relegation zone.
While Villa were frustrating, Hull were dogged in defence and are now eighth in the league after claiming 11 points from seven games. Steve Bruce's side were well organised throughout and despite never looking like beating Brad Guzan, they look at home in the top flight already. Hull missed top scorer Robbie Brady but Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore once again impressed in central midfield and Tigers fans will be hopeful of a mid-table finish.
Hull 0-0 Aston Villa