Sheffield United were the recipients of a harsh VAR decision but Chris Wilder's side battled back to draw 1-1 with Tottenham after Son Heung-min's opener on Saturday.

After Son - who was initially set to be suspended for this match but had his red card for a tackle that led to Andre Gomes' ankle injury overturned in midweek - put Spurs ahead, the Blades looked to have equalised until VAR disallowed David McGoldrick's goal.

However, George Baldock earned a share of the spoils for the Blades 12 minutes from time.

While Spurs are without a win in five league matches, their London rivals Chelsea are having no such issues under Frank Lampard, as they claimed a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Elsewhere, Everton claimed a vital away win at Southampton, Newcastle United saw off Bournemouth 2-1 and Burnley returned to winning ways in style with a 3-0 triumph over struggling West Ham.

 

SON ON TARGET BUT BLADES OVERCOME VAR CONTROVERSY

Much has been made of Son's devastation after his part in Gomes' injury, but he had reason to celebrate after the forward proved his importance to Spurs in what was another impotent display from Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Tottenham successfully appealed Son's red card, and they benefitted from having the forward available when the South Korea international pounced on Enda Stevens' mistake just before the hour.

The Blades thought they had scored a swift equaliser through McGoldrick, only for VAR to come to Spurs' rescue as - after a lengthy VAR check - it was deemed John Lundstram, who also hit the post, was marginally offside.

But VAR would not deny the visitors again - George Baldock's cross-cum-shot looping in to secure a deserved share of the spoils and lift the Blades, for now, into fifth.

ABRAHAM STRIKES AGAIN AS CHELSEA MAKE IT SIX IN A ROW

Chelsea were frustrated by some stubborn Palace defending in the first half at Stamford Bridge, but Lampard's side made the breakthrough courtesy of Tammy Abraham's 10th league goal of the season.

A sublime team move culminated in Willian flicking it around the corner into Abraham, who took a superb first touch before slotting beyond Vicente Guaita.

Three deserved points were wrapped up 11 minutes from time - Christian Pulisic acrobatically firing home as Chelsea won a sixth successive league match and, temporarily at least, moved above Manchester City into second.

EVERTON CLAIM VITAL VICTORY AS BURNLEY CLATTER WEST HAM

Defeat - or even a failure to win - at St Mary's for Everton could have spelled the end for Marco Silva, but the Toffees came away with the points thanks to Richarlison's 75th-minute effort.

Danny Ings' goal five minutes into the second half had cancelled out Tom Davies' early opener, yet Southampton - who have now lost six out of their last seven league matches - could not keep up the momentum, with Richarlison having the final say as Everton held onto their first away win of the season.

Everton sit in 13th, a point behind Burnley, who ended a three-game losing streak by dismantling West Ham, whose boss Manuel Pellegrini may well be under pressure heading into the international break.

Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood - who has scored in all five of his Premier League games against the Hammers - had Burnley in control by the break, before Roberto Jimenez's calamitous own goal wrapped things up at Turf Moor. 

Ashley Barnes has signed a new Burnley contract that will run until the end of the 2021-22 season, with the option of a further year.

The 30-year-old is into his seventh season at Turf Moor and has made a club-record 146 Premier League appearances for the Clarets.

Former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Barnes had just over 18 months to run on his existing deal but has now agreed fresh terms.

Burnley confirmed the news on their official website and Barnes said: "I'd like to see out my playing days here. 

"At this moment in time I don't see anything else for me and I just want to continue playing at the highest level possible, and hopefully that is with Burnley."

Barnes scored 12 goals in the Premier League last season and has four in 10 appearances this campaign.

An incredible day of Premier League drama saw both leaders Liverpool and champions Manchester City rescue all three points with late fightbacks.

Liverpool trailed at Aston Villa while City were behind at home to Southampton, although Pep Guardiola's men looked set to profit when they turned their match around as the Reds continued to flounder.

Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane clinched a stunning away victory, though, and Liverpool remain six points clear of City at the top after both sides won 2-1.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Brighton and Hove Albion all won, while Wolves held Arsenal.

 

INCREDIBLE DRAMA AT THE TOP

Villa away and Southampton at home - particularly after the Saints' horror show against Leicester City - looked like straightforward enough fixtures for Liverpool and City respectively.

However, it appeared for long spells on Saturday as though both would come away empty-handed.

At Villa Park, Trezeguet netted after 21 minutes and not until the 87th minute did Robertson level matters. Liverpool still appeared set to see their advantage cut, only for Mane to strike deep into stoppage time.

City were also given a scare as Southampton led through James Ward-Prowse early on.

But Sergio Aguero struck with 20 minutes remaining and then Kyle Walker, like Robertson an unlikely scorer, stole victory with just four minutes left on the clock.

 

BOOS FOR EMERY'S ARSENAL AGAIN

At Emirates Stadium, pressure continues to grow on Unai Emery after a third Premier League game without a win.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - captaining the Gunners in Granit Xhaka's absence - put them in front, the striker scoring his 50th Gunners goal in his 78th appearance.

But again Arsenal dropped points despite leading, Raul Jimenez heading home Joao Moutinho's cross with 14 minutes to go to extend Wolves' unbeaten run to six league games.

Although Emery had restored fan favourite Mesut Ozil to the XI, boos rang out at full-time.

 

UNITED BEATEN BY BOURNEMOUTH

An entertaining day of Premier League action had kicked off with Bournemouth beating Manchester United, ending the Red Devils' brief resurgence.

After three straight away wins looked to have turned United's season around, former Old Trafford youngster Joshua King grabbed the only goal of the game at Vitality Stadium.

King turned away from Aaron Wan-Bissaka late in the first half, before slamming past David De Gea acrobatically for what proved to be the decisive strike.

 

NEWCASTLE HOLD ON, BLADES WIN BIG

Even the games on the slate not involving 'big-six' teams were full of thrills and spills.

Newcastle won 3-2 at West Ham, ending the match clinging on after dominating for an hour. They scored through Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez and Jonjo Shelvey, and the Magpies should have netted two or three more before the Hammers mounted something of a fightback, but ultimately fell short.

There was no such response from Burnley, as they went down 3-0 at Sheffield United, with John Lundstram on target twice as all three goals came in the first half.

Brighton ended the day all the way up in eighth after beating Norwich City 2-0.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche claims he has been told by "prominent managers" to stop talking about diving because it will affect his career.

Dyche has never hidden his disdain for simulation and was last weekend outspoken on the issue once more when Callum Hudson-Odoi was shown a yellow card for going to ground too easily after a VAR review in Burnley's 4-2 loss to Chelsea at Turf Moor.

In a radio interview this weekend, the Clarets boss called out "blatant diving" in the Premier League and stated he considers a booking to be insufficient punishment.

Despite suggestions from colleagues that his complaints could have an adverse impact on his future prospects, Dyche plans to stick to his guns.

"We've got a meeting coming up with the Premier League and it is one of the talking points, so that could be interesting. I'm not backward in coming forward," said Dyche.

"I've been told by other prominent managers to stop going on about it because it will affect my career.

"I said, 'Sorry, not my bag'. You have to be true to yourself and able to look at yourself in the mirror.

"A couple of managers said it could affect me. I'm the bad guy, don't forget.

"But at the end of the day, it was a passing comment over a chat, and I said it wasn't my thing."

Dyche has particular concerns about the amount of diving he has seen in youth football.

He said: "Bear in mind I've been in football all my life, I've watched it all my life, at every age group, from seven, which my lad Max played in, through every age group … and people are going down with nothing wrong with them, and all that.

"And somehow I end up coming out of it the bad guy. I can't fathom it at all.

"I keep meeting people – unless I only happen to meet the only people who don't like diving – fans who've caned us, but then saying, 'By the way, you were right though about diving'.

"I don't know how it happens, people factually diving, feigning injury – which is even worse than diving – and I mention it, and people say I'm making excuses.

"Eh? I've been making excuses for five years? How's that then, we're still in the Premier League, what excuses am I making?

"They all see it with their own eyes, yet it's, 'No, I don't think so, he touched his earlobe with his breath'. That makes it all right then.

"If your kid cheats at a maths test, do you tell them, 'Well done'?"

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says there is a serious problem with "blatant diving" in the Premier League and has called for harsher punishments for simulation.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was booked after going to ground to win a penalty in Chelsea's 4-2 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Dyche said after the match that "it is shambolic how people dive about the place", with Hudson-Odoi initially having been awarded a spot-kick by referee Michael Oliver before a VAR review.

The 48-year-old has regularly been outspoken when it comes to concerns about how easily players drop to the deck and he believes the issue has reached "unacceptable" levels in English football.

He told talkSPORT: "Just to clear it up, this is nothing against Hudson-Odoi – he's a fantastic young talent and I'm sure he's got a great career in front of him – or Chelsea for beating us, because they were too strong for us and Frank [Lampard] is doing a great job.

"This is about the biggest picture of the game. We get told to respect everything and everyone, but the powers that be and certain players at certain times are not respecting the actual game and what it stands for.

"I'm not talking about gamesmanship and clearness of players – that's been there forever. I was a centre-half, and not a very good one, and if a centre-forward goes past me and I clip his ankles and he goes down, that's my fault and I accept that.

"We're talking about blatant diving, people who get no contact at all. These are highly powered and highly athletic players who have incredible balance, and yet somehow they seem to be going to ground all over the place with minimal touch and I think it's unacceptable.

"The sanction has got to be stronger than just a yellow card. I was flummoxed in the Premier League meeting earlier this year when they said the worst that can happen [if someone dives] is they get a yellow card.

"It's ridiculous! It gives everyone a free shot. They'll be doing it all the time. Players will be thinking, 'I'll take a yellow card if there's a chance I might get a penalty.'

"No one really wants to take it on – I seem to be a lone voice in this – but hopefully people will start listening and will try and get rid of it."

Christian Pulisic described his outing for Chelsea at Burnley as a "perfect day" after his hat-trick helped Frank Lampard's side to a 4-2 win at Turf Moor.

In his first Premier League start since August, Pulisic produced a standout display for the Blues on Saturday, scoring his side's first three goals before Willian netted a fourth.

Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil made the scoreline more respectable for Burnley but could not take away from Pulisic's performance as Chelsea secured a seventh win in a row in all competitions.

The United States international has struggled for regular game time since completing a reported £58million transfer from Borussia Dortmund and there had been suggestions he could be sent out on loan in January.

However, after an "incredible" day at Burnley, the 21-year-old is confident he is growing more and more adjusted to life at Stamford Bridge.

"It feels incredible, I can't really put it into words. It couldn't have been a more perfect day for me," said Pulisic, as quoted by The Standard.

"I was thinking about it at half-time, it was one right [foot] and one left and I don't normally score headers, so it was pretty crazy how it turned out.

"As I get older, I want to improve every day and being here and training and working with these guys every day, playing at the highest level, I've learned so much already. It's been a crazy experience.

"It's the competition every week, it's the physicality. It's a combination of everything, the schedule, it's getting used to this whole environment but I'm enjoying every moment of it."

Pulisic insists Lampard has made it clear he has faith in the forward, who hopes his stellar performance is "just the start".

"He believes in me and he's told me that," said Pulisic. "You have to keep working hard in training and earn your spot. That's how it is at the highest level. I'm going to continue to do so.

"I wanted to be on the field as much as I could right from the start. That is everyone's goal. But I didn't come here expecting everything to be easy and have an easy route and start every game. It's not always that easy. So, I came in and had to work for my spot just like everyone does. I'm proud of the journey I've had so far."

Christian Pulisic "showed the full package" with his perfect hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-2 victory against Burnley, according to head coach Frank Lampard.

United States international Pulisic scored with his left foot, right foot and his head to give Chelsea a three-goal lead in Saturday's Premier League clash at Turf Moor.

Willian added a fourth goal before Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil pulled a couple back for Burnley in the final five minutes, but the Blues saw out a seventh successive win in all competitions.

Lampard lavished praise on Pulisic after the match and is hopeful his hat-trick hero will take confidence from scoring his first goals in English football.

"The way that he's trained over the past few weeks and the impact he's had when he's been playing has said to everyone 'here I am' and what talent he does have," he said at his post-match news conference.

"I'm really pleased for him today, it's what we need from all our attacking players - to be a threat, to play like that, to have a ruthless edge about how they finish. He showed the full package today.

"The first goal, where the waits, then a step over, then moves away from the players. That sort of thing is brilliant and I hope it gives him the confidence that it should do. I'm pretty sure that it will do."

Pulisic's treble in Lancashire was even more special given it was his first Premier League start since August, the 21-year-old even failing to make Chelsea's matchday squad for a Champions League clash at Lille earlier this month.

He featured for USA at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June and Lampard said he was keen to further manage the youngster's playing time on the back of a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund during the close season.

"I'm absolutely delighted for him," Lampard said.  A lot of talk around Christian for the big price tag, for the fact he's quite rightly a star in his country and plays for the USA so well.

"From my point of view, I'm delighted to see him do that today because I know the backstory, I know the pressures of a move like that.

"I also know he played for his country through the summer and had a one-week break this summer. Then you get the pressure of 'can you settle in the Premier League' so I've tried to deal with it in the way that I see best, which is to give him minutes.

"He fully deserved his start today and it was a fantastic match-winning performance."

Chelsea were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes to play when Callum Hudson-Odoi went to ground under pressure from James Tarkowski, only for VAR to overturn referee Michael Oliver's decision.

Hudson-Odoi was booked for simulation and was criticised by Burnley boss Sean Dyche for his "ridiculous" antics, but Lampard hit back at the criticism of his young forward.

"If I felt like it was a dive I would speak to Callum and say that's not what we're about," he said. "But when you're moving into the box at pace and cutting across defenders…

"I thought there were a lot of things going on in the game today of people going down under not real contact. 

"If it was a dive I'd address it, for sure. I need to look at it back but I don't think it's as clean cut an argument as that."

Christian Pulisic is loving life at Chelsea after repaying Frank Lampard's faith in him with a hat-trick in the Blues' 4-2 win at Burnley.

After being left out of Chelsea's Premier League starting line-ups since August, Pulisic was drafted in for Callum Hudson-Odoi at Turf Moor and scored the opening goal of the game after 21 minutes.

The 21-year-old, who provided an assist for fellow substitute Michy Batshuayi's goal in a 1-0 Champions League win over Ajax in midweek, doubled Chelsea's lead on the cusp of half-time and scored again after 56 minutes to become the club's youngest hat-trick scorer the Premier League era.

Pulisic picked out his first goal - a low, angled drive from 12 yards after a neat piece of skill inside the box - as his favourite of the three but was quick to credit his team-mates for the victory.

"The goals were amazing today," said Pulisic. "It was a really good team performance.

"I just wish in the end we could have got the clean sheet. I lost the ball [for Burnley's first goal], which I'm not happy with, so I can still improve.

"It’s incredible, these guys are so much fun to play with, they bring so much energy. I'm enjoying every moment of it."

Chelsea paid Borussia Dortmund £58million (€64m) for Pulisic in January before loaning him back to the Bundesliga side until the end of 2018-19.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge he has made seven league appearances, including four starts, and the USA international said the stop-start nature of his first season at the club has not dulled his enthusiasm.

"I came to the team and wanted to make an impact," said Pulisic.

"It didn't happen right away but I want to work.

"We're on a roll, we're taking it game by game. The next focus is midweek [Chelsea face Manchester United in the League Cup on Wednesday] and we'll go from there."

Christian Pulisic was handed a first Premier League start since August when Chelsea visited Burnley on Saturday and the United States star certainly did not disappoint.

A £58million (€64m) signing from Borussia Dortmund - the deal agreed in January before the Blues were hit with a FIFA player registration ban - Pulisic has been forced to bide his time during the early stages of Frank Lampard's reign, with the Stamford Bridge hero electing to blood Chelsea's homegrown youngsters.

"The way he's played he deserves a starting place regularly in the last few weeks, but so do others and that's what I keep saying it's the nice problem that I have," Lampard said ahead of the trip to Turf Moor, the 21-year-old having laid on Michy Batshuayi's late Champions League winner at Ajax in midweek as part of a lively cameo.

It will certainly be very hard to take Pulisic out of the Blues' first XI anytime soon after he scored a perfect hat-trick in an impressive 4-2 win, while proving a thorn in Burnley's side throughout the contest.

Here, we take a blow-by-blow look at a breakout Premier League performance.

4th minute – The sight of Pulisic shimmying infield from the left to put the Burnley defence on their heels would quickly become familiar, but this was more of an exploratory mission as he was tracked tenaciously by Jeff Hendrick and laid the ball off to Mateo Kovacic.

9th minute – Another indication that Pulisic was still feeling his way into the Chelsea attack as Tammy Abraham held up play on halfway. He ignored the American's run through the middle, opting for an unsuccessful diagonal ball to Willian on the right.

14th minute – The first sign of what was to come. Pulisic launched into a driving run from the left to leave Burnley scrambling. Ben Mee caught the playmaker late after he offloaded possession to Mason Mount.

21st minute – GOAL! Pulisic gave the ball away initially but his pressure contributed to Matthew Lowton losing his footing. The Chelsea man did not need a second invitation, tearing towards the penalty area and beating James Tarkowski with a stepover before arrowing across Nick Pope left-footed.

28th minute – Some wonderful chest control from Willian's crossfield pass forced Pope to save from a shot that deflected off Lowton.

35th minute – Chelsea endured some tricky moments, with Ashley Barnes passing up opportunities to equalise. Pulisic helped to get them back on the foot and Tarkowski had to block his attempt after Marcos Alonso's cross was not dealt with.

39th minute – Again, Pulisic sashayed towards the area, drawing four defenders. That created space for the pass inside to Abraham, who shot wide from the edge of the box.

45th minute – GOAL! Pulisic wrapped up an irresistible first-half display by seizing upon another loose moment in possession from Burnley. The home defence backed off, allowing their tormentor to create an angle for a right-footed strike. This time a deflection, off Mee, worked in his favour and Pope was beaten at his near post.

54th minute – Given room to advance towards an increasingly beleaguered Clarets backline, Pulisic looked to slide a throughball to Abraham but Mee checked the forward's run.

56th minute – GOAL! Mount's left-wing corner was cleared back to him and Pulisic found space at the near post to flick the second delivery backwards and into the net – replacing Abraham as Chelsea's youngest Premier League hat-trick scorer. He is only the second American to score a hat-trick in the competition after Clint Dempsey.

68th minute – Ten minutes after Willian made it 4-0, Pulisic popped up on the right flank and twisted beyond Erik Pieters. Lowton headed his chip to the far post behind with Abraham in close attendance.

86th minute – A perfect hat-trick but not quite the perfect performance. Lampard will not need to remind Pulisic that him giving the ball away allowed Burnley substitute Jay Rodriguez to thrash a fabulous long-ranger into the top corner.

88th minute – Pulisic got the jump on Pieters but could not convert Callum Hudson-Odoi's cross. Dwight McNeil's deflected attempt gave Burnley the final goal of an action-packed contest, but Pulisic's contributions will live longest in the memory.

A superb second-half display helped Manchester City to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.

Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan were all on target after the break as Pep Guardiola's side closed the gap to leaders Liverpool to three points ahead of their game with Tottenham on Sunday.

Christian Pulisic was the star of the show as Chelsea beat Burnley 4-2 at Turf Moor, the American plundering a hat-trick after being recalled to the starting XI by Frank Lampard.

Elsewhere, a stoppage-time own goal by Lucas Digne condemned Everton to a 3-2 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion and Sheffield United came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Meanwhile, Watford and Bournemouth played out a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road.

 

STERLING SHINES AS CITY SEE OFF VILLA

The England forward followed his midweek hat-trick against Atalanta with another strike as City cruised past Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

Sterling latched onto Gabriel Jesus' headed flick-on before squeezing a low effort underneath Tom Heaton to open the scoring just 20 seconds into the second period.

That was followed in the 65th minute by David Silva's strike, the Spaniard's deft touch from Kevin De Bruyne's whipped cross given the green light after a lengthy VAR review.

Ilkay Gundogan then added a third 20 minutes from time, the German sending a fine half-volley past Heaton, before Fernandinho spoiled a fine performance with a second yellow card in the 87th minute.

 

PATIENT PULISIC MAKES HIS MARK

United States international Pulisic has had to be patient this season, with Lampard choosing not to start him in a Premier League since August.

He was chosen ahead of Callum Hudson-Odoi at Turf Moor, though, and repaid his head coach's faith in style as the Blues made it seven consecutive wins in all competitions.

The 21-year-old put his side 2-0 up at the break with a well-taken double before completing his hat-trick 11 minutes after the restart. Willian then made it 4-0 two minutes later with a clinical finish past Nick Pope.

Burnley finished on the front foot, with Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil scoring in the final five minutes, but it was too little, too late for Sean Dyche's side.

 

SEAGULLS LEAVE IT LATE TO OVERCOME TOFFEES

Everton remain in trouble near the foot of the table after Digne's own goal four minutes into stoppage time handed Brighton a 3-2 win at the Amex Stadium.

Pascal Gross had put the hosts ahead with a thunderous free-kick after 15 minutes but an own goal from Adam Webster pulled the Toffees level five minutes later.

Everton looked on course for their first away win of the season when Dominic Calvert-Lewin stroked home with 16 minutes remaining.

However, Neal Maupay levelled from the spot in the 80th minute after VAR adjudged Michael Keane to have fouled Aaron Connolly inside the penalty area, with Everton's misery completed by Digne's unfortunate intervention late on.

MOUSSET THE DIFFERENCE AGAIN FOR BLADES

Lys Mousset's second goal of the week ensured Sheffield United left London with a point.

West Ham had taken the lead shortly before the interval when Robert Snodgrass fired low past Dean Henderson for his first Premier League goal of the campaign.

Mousset – who scored the winner against Arsenal on Monday – had the final say, though, finishing past Hammers goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez just six minutes after coming off the substitutes' bench.

Watford, meanwhile, remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League after they were held to a goalless draw at home by Bournemouth.

Christian Pulisic plundered a hat-trick as Chelsea made it seven consecutive wins across all competitions with a 4-2 Premier League win over Burnley on Saturday.

Pulisic – a close-season arrival from Borussia Dortmund – had not started a league game for the Blues since August but repaid manager Frank Lampard's faith in selecting him over Callum Hudson-Odoi with a stunning display.

He opened his account for the club with a fine solo effort in the 20th minute before adding a second goal with a deflected strike on the stroke of half-time.

The 21-year-old completed his treble 11 minutes after the restart, with Willian adding a fourth soon after against the sorry Clarets, who scored late consolations through Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil.

Both sides attacked with intent in the opening stages, but it was Chelsea who struck first.

Pulisic powered towards the Burnley penalty area after Matthew Lowton slipped just inside his own half. The American waltzed past James Tarkowski and slid a fine left-footed effort past Nick Pope.

The Burnley goalkeeper denied Pulisic a swift second, while at the other end Kepa Arrizabalaga kept out a deflected Erik Pieters effort and Ashley Barnes inexplicably headed wide at the back post.

There was little Pope could do to deny Pulisic on the stroke of half-time, the winger's low strike from 15 yards taking a wicked deflection off Ben Mee on its way into the net.

Pulisic completed his treble in the 56th minute when he converted Mason Mount's cross with the top of his back after missing with his head.

That was followed just two minutes later by Willian's second league goal of the season, the Brazilian collecting Tammy Abraham's pass, surging into the area and drilling a low strike past a helpless Pope.

Chelsea thought they would have the opportunity to make it 5-0 but Michael Oliver's decision to award a penalty for a trip on Hudson-Odoi was overturned after a VAR review. The substitute was instead booked for a dive.

The hosts ended the game on the front foot, with Rodriguez hammering home from 25 yards and McNeil seeing a deflected effort fizz past Kepa inside the final five minutes, but it was too little, too late for Sean Dyche's side.

What does it mean? Blues youngsters continue to shine

After just two wins in their opening six Premier League games of the season, Lampard's side have now reeled off four victories on the spin in the competition. The Blues boss has a team brimming with young talent, who are making a mockery of those who expected them to struggle amid a transfer ban this season. If they are playing like this after just 10 games, how good could they be come the end of the season?

Pulisic shows his class

The United States international channelled his frustration at a lack of playing time to superb effect at Turf Moor, scoring three goals in what was an impressive all-action display.

Clarets left to rue Barnes' miss

It was not long after Pulisic's first that Barnes headed wide from point-blank range. Dyche will be stewing over what might have been had his top scorer taken that golden opportunity.

What's next?

Chelsea host Manchester United in the EFL Cup last 16 on Wednesday before travelling to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday – the same day that Burnley visit Sheffield United.

Christian Pulisic has been handed a start for Chelsea's Premier League encounter with Burnley at Turf Moor.

The United States winger had been left out of Chelsea's starting line-ups since August in the league, having started three of the Blues' opening four matches of the campaign.

However, having struggled for form, Pulisic impressed against Ajax in the Champions League in midweek, coming on to tee up Michy Batshuayi's winner late on.

Frank Lampard has rewarded the 21-year-old with a start at Turf Moor, with the former Borussia Dortmund man replacing Callum Hudson-Odoi in the only change to Chelsea's starting XI.

Meanwhile, Burnley boss Sean Dyche has made two changes, with Ashley Barnes and Jack Cork replacing Chris Wood and Robbie Brady respectively.

Chelsea have no timeframe for N'Golo Kante's return from a groin injury, with Frank Lampard stating they are taking a measured approach to restoring his fitness.

Kante has struggled with a series of injuries since April, the latest of which he sustained during the warm-up ahead of France's Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland on October 14.

The midfielder sat out last weekend's 1-0 home win over Newcastle United and Wednesday's Champions League victory against Ajax and will not be available for the trip to Burnley on Saturday.

Lampard has no intention of rushing Kante back because he does not want him to suffer another setback in his quest to return to regular action.

"N'Golo won't be ready, he's training on his own with some physical work because he's had some physical issues. We need to get him right now because he's been in and out this season," said the head coach, who confirmed Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley remain sidelined.

"I just want him fit. He's played a lot of football for the past four years, he's had a big injury off the back of last year. Now it's time to take a small step back and get his fitness up.

"He had a bad injury, he hadn't played since April. This is the fall-out of last season's injury for us. We've lost Ruben, we've lost Rudi and we've lost Kante."

A transfer ban has forced Lampard to utilise Chelsea's academy products, with Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori making the most of the opportunities handed to them.

Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who in September returned from a serious Achilles injury, have signed new long-term contracts at Stamford Bridge and Lampard would like to see Abraham and Tomori follow suit.

"Of course I do [want them to stay], but that is out of my remit," said Lampard. "The club know I love the players.

"I brought them into the team this season and they are doing particularly well, but I leave contract situations to the club. They are playing really well and I want them to stay."

Chelsea are awaiting a hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over their appeal against their two-window ban from signing players.

Lampard suggested the Blues would be open to improving the squad in January if the sanction is reduced.

"I don't know if we can, it's not in my hands. I wouldn't want to speculate … we're just concentrating on what's ahead of us in terms of the squad we've got now," he said.

"A club like Chelsea will always be looking at improving the squad if there's a chance of bringing players in, but at the moment I don't know the answer."

Premier League leaders Liverpool's winning start to the season was brought to a halt as they drew 1-1 against fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford's contentious goal looked set to claim all three points for United in the clash at Old Trafford, but substitute Adam Lallana hauled Liverpool level late on.

The Reds are still unbeaten in the league this season and lead the way, although Manchester City's victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday means the gap is now six points.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino will not have been pleased by another unconvincing Tottenham display despite Dele Alli rescuing a point for Spurs against Watford.

Chelsea overcame Newcastle United, while Leicester City got back on the winning trail following their heartbreak at Anfield.

Marco Silva's Everton claimed a much-needed win over West Ham, with Aston Villa beating Brighton and Hove Albion late on. Wolves drew with Southampton and Norwich City held Bournemouth in Saturday's other encounters.

Our Premier League Data Diary sheds some light on the detail behind the big stories of this weekend's big games.

 

SEVENTEEN AND OUT FOR LIVERPOOL

Lallana may have scored his first league goal since May 2017, but it was only enough to earn Liverpool a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, as the Reds failed to win for the first time in 18 Premier League matches.

It means, with 17 straight victories, the top-flight leaders fall just short of the Premier League record set by City in 2017.

Jurgen Klopp was furious that Rashford's opener was allowed to stand, though the goal means the England forward has now scored 11 times against "big six" opposition.

It was backs-against-the-wall stuff for United for much of the match, with the Red Devils registering their second-lowest possession figure (32.1 per cent) in a Premier League home match since 2003-04.

Five of the last seven Premier League meetings between the north west rivals have ended level – just four of the previous 36 encounters had been drawn.

JESUS RISES TO THE CHALLENGE AS CITY BOUNCE BACK

City's slip-up before the international break allowed Liverpool to open up an eight-point gap, but Pep Guardiola's side responded in confident fashion on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus scored his 50th City goal to put the champions ahead at Selhurst Park, with the Brazil international becoming the seventh player to reach that milestone while being coached by Guardiola, joining Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Thomas Muller and Pedro on an illustrious list. 

David Silva added City's second, just 93 seconds after Jesus' opener as Palace succumbed to a 10th home league defeat since the start of last season.

City have now won 12 of their 14 away Premier League games in 2019, three more than any other club this calendar year, while in all competitions they have won 16 of their previous 19 meetings with Palace, scoring 47 goals.

Jesus has been directly involved in 58 goals in his 64 starts across all competitions for the club, including scoring 21 in his last 20 games when featuring in the starting XI.

ALLI SAVES A POINT BUT SPURS' SLUGGISH RUN ROLLS ON

A mix-up between Kiko Femenia and Ben Foster may have allowed Alli to salvage a point for Tottenham against Watford, but Spurs have now won just three of their last 12 Premier League games, keeping just one clean sheet across those games.

Lowly Watford thought Abdoulaye Doucoure's early goal was going to be enough, but the Hornets remain winless in the Premier League this season, failing to win their opening nine league games for the first time since 2006-07, when they went on to finish bottom.

Spurs made seven changes to their starting XI for this match, with Alli rewarding Pochettino for his faith as he scored his fifth league goal against Watford.

Watford lost Danny Welbeck to injury in the fourth minute – the earliest substitution of a starting player in a Premier League match since Daniel Sturridge for West Brom against Chelsea in February 2018.

IT'S...... JAMIE VARDY

After their late defeat at Anfield, Leicester returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Burnley, albeit it was a triumph not without some controversy as Sean Dyche's side had a late goal harshly disallowed by VAR.

Jamie Vardy cancelled out Chris Wood's opener, heading home a cross from Harvey Barnes, who later became the second youngest player to provide two assists in a Premier League game for the Foxes when he teed up Youri Tielemans' winner.

Since Brendan Rodgers' first Premier League game in charge of Leicester on March 3rd, Vardy has scored 15 top-flight goals – two more than any other player.

In-form Leicester have now won four consecutive home Premier League matches for the first time since winning five in a row in May 2017, while the Clarets have won just 16 times from Burnley's 100 away matches in the top tier.

Tottenham were rescued by a late equaliser as Dele Alli salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to the Premier League's bottom club Watford.

Having gone into the international break on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, which followed on from their 7-2 capitulation to Bayern Munich, Spurs looked set to become the first team to lose to Watford in the league this term until a mix-up between Ben Foster and Kiko Femenia presented Alli with the chance to sweep in a late equaliser.

Chelsea claimed a fifth successive win in all competitions by beating Newcastle United 1-0 as Frank Lampard's side temporarily moved up to third, a place behind Leicester City, who came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans.

Leicester and Chelsea were then overtaken by Manchester City, however, as the defending champions – who started with Rodri and Fernandinho in the centre of defence – beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

Aston Villa overcame 10-man Brighton 2-1, courtesy of a late effort from Matt Targett, who had been picked out by the excellent Jack Grealish, while Bournemouth shared the points with struggling Norwich City and Raul Jimenez's penalty earned Wolves a point against Southampton.

In the early kick-off, Everton claimed a much-needed 2-0 victory over West Ham at Goodison Park to hand under-pressure Marco Silva a lifeline.

WATFORD MIX-UP RELIEVES THE PRESSURE ON POCHETTINO

It looked to be going from bad to worse for Spurs, who fell behind early on at home when Abdoulaye Doucoure swept home from Daryl Janmaat's cross to increase the pressure on boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham dominated throughout, though Watford will point to what appeared to be a valid penalty appeal which was turned down by both the referee and VAR after Jan Vertonghen had slid into Gerard Deulofeu.

Foster made a terrific save to tip Son Heung-min's strike onto the crossbar early in the second half, but confusion between Watford's goalkeeper and Femenia ensured Alli salvaged a point.

Having raced out to claim a cross, Foster appeared to hesitate, only managing to bundle into Femenia, who headed directly to Alli, who lashed in from a tight angle - VAR confirming the goal.

CHELSEA AND LEICESTER INTO THE TOP FOUR

The Blues are hitting their stride under Lampard, though they looked set to be frustrated by Newcastle until Marcos Alonso's second-half winner.

With Tammy Abraham and Willian having squandered great chances, Newcastle's resolve was broken when their goalkeeper Martin Dubravka failed to keep hold of Alonso's strike.

Chelsea are level on points with Leicester, who bounced back from their defeat at Anfield last time out with a hard-fought victory over Burnley.

The Foxes restored parity through Vardy - who cancelled out Chris Wood's opener - before Tielemans hammered home with 16 minutes remaining. The Clarets thought they had snatched a draw late on, only for Jonny Evans' own goal to be contentiously disallowed.

CITY CLOSE THE GAP

Liverpool's lead at the top has, temporarily at least, been reduced to five points as City eased to a 2-0 win over Palace through goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva.

With Nicolas Otamendi injured and John Stones deemed not ready to start, Pep Guardiola opted to go with Rodri and Fernandinho at the back, though Palace could not test the makeshift pairing before Jesus headed City in front.

Silva added another with a sublime volley before the break, with City going for the jugular in the second half – though they were denied a penalty, Kevin De Bruyne hit the post and Raheem Sterling missed a golden chance to wrap up the points.

Ederson was called into action twice late on, but City were not made to pay for their profligacy as they returned to winning ways and edged closer to Liverpool, who face Manchester United on Sunday.

SILVA EASES THE PRESSURE

Everton entered Saturday's early match on the back of four successive league defeats, but the Toffees handed Silva a boost with a dominant display against West Ham - Bernard putting them ahead with a cute finish after some sublime footwork got him through a crowd of defenders.

Silva's side could easily have extended their lead, with Richarlison and Theo Walcott hitting the post and crossbar respectively while Everton also had two goals disallowed.

West Ham might have snatched an unlikely point if not for Jordan Pickford's save from Angelo Ogbonna's close-range effort, but the points were wrapped up when Gylfi Sigurdsson arrowed in his first league goal of the season in stoppage time as Everton ended their dismal run.

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