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Match of the Day running order confirmed after wins for Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea

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THE MATCH OF THE DAY running order has been confirmed for tonight’s episode with Liverpool’s win at Tottenham topping the billing.

There have been seven Premier League fixtures played today as the top-flight retuned after the international break.

Having had a weekend off, Gary Lineker and co are back on BBC One this evening with highlights and analysis from the action.

Liverpool’s impressive 2-1 win over Spurs at Wembley is first up on Match of the Day.

That’s followed by Chelsea’s 4-1 victory at home to Cardiff before a thrilling 4-2 between Bournemouth and Leicester.

Up fourth on the programme is Manchester United’s 2-1 success away to Watford and then Arsenal, who claimed the same scoreline at Newcastle.

Huddersfield and Crystal Palace finish off the billing after the Eagles were made to work hard to secure a 1-0 win.

While confirming the running order, Lineker tweeted: “7 games, 24 goals. Not one to miss, folks. See you at 10.20 on BBC One.”

Liverpool beat Tottenham at Wembley to post a fifth consecutive win at the start of the season for the first time since 1990-91 and banish the memory of last year’s London mauling by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Chelsea, though, also recorded a perfect start after Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick in their win over Cardiff, allowing them to edge past Liverpool on goal difference at the top of the Premier League.

 

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Match of the Day running order confirmed after wins for Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea
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It is the first time in 110 years that two top-flight English teams have won their opening five games.

Liverpool’s goals came from Georginio Wijnaldum – his first away from home in the Premier League – and Roberto Firmino, who went off with a gruesome eye injury.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea ran out comfortable winners despite conceding a 16th-minute Sol Bamba opener.

That was the cue for Hazard to take charge, scoring a fine treble before Willian added their fourth late on.

Champions City remain two points off the pace after a routine 3-0 win over Fulham, who fell behind on two minutes to Leroy Sane and never looked capable of forcing their way back into the game. 

David Silva and Raheem Sterling also netted with the only worry for City coming with an ankle injury to Sergio Aguero.

United hit Watford with a one-two halfway through the first half with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling.

Although Watford set up a tense finish with a goal from Andre Gray, United, who had Nemanja Matic sent off late on, held on to allow Jose Mourinho another chance to salute the fans at the final whistle.

Bournemouth sprang the surprise of the day, smashing Leicester.

The match was effectively over before the break, with Ryan Fraser scoring twice and Josh King adding a third from the penalty spot. Adam Smith made it 4-0 before James Maddison and Marc Albrighton replied late on.

Arsenal provided further signs that they have put their jittery start behind them by winning at Newcastle, who now have just one point from five games. 

Granit Xhaka’s excellent free kick opened the scoring with Mesut Ozil ensuring Arsenal won consecutive away league games for the first time since May 2017.

In the day’s other game, Roy Hodgson celebrated the first anniversary of his appointment as Palace manager with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield. The scorer, predictably enough, was Wilfried Zaha, who marked his return from injury with a stunning solo effort.

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