The fifteenth day of the Premier League opened with the traditional multiplex and four posters scheduled at 3 p.m. Runner-up to the Gunners, Manchester City hosted Fulham, seventh at kick-off. Under the eyes of their supporters, gathered in the lair of the Etihad Stadium, the men of Pep Guardiola, who fell for Leicester last weekend, could temporarily regain the lead in the championship. To do this, Riyad Mahrez’s teammates had to get rid of the Cottagers, undefeated in the last four days (2 draws, 2 wins).
Lined up in 4-3-3, the Skyblues quickly took control of the ball and after a first wick from De Bruyne, pushed back by Leno, City took the lead. Served by Gündogan in the back of the defense, Alvarez armed a heavy strike from the right and deceived the last German rampart (1-0, 16th). The stranglehold on this meeting, the Citizens would however revive Fulham a few moments later. Guilty of a foul on Harry Wilson as the last defender, Cancelo conceded a penalty, converted by Pereira (1-1, 28th), and saw red. Reduced to ten, Man City found it more difficult to approach the opposing cages.
With the entry into play of Erling Haaland, back from injury, on the hour mark, the reigning English champion was more pressing and the Norwegian ended up delivering his own, on penalty, at the end of time additional (2-1, 90 + 5th). A result that allows the Skyblues to temporarily regain the lead before Arsenal move to Chelsea this Sunday at 1 p.m. Despite a good resistance, the Cottagers concede, for their part, a fifth defeat this season and remain eighth. In the other meetings, Nottingham Forest, Premier League red lantern despite an XXL summer transfer window, received Brentford, eleventh at kick-off. Faced with struggling Bees in recent weeks, the Reds wanted to raise their heads after the slap received against Arsenal (0-5).
Manchester City still relies on Haaland, Leeds stunning, Forest miraculously
Dominated in the game but sharper on the offensive level, Steve Cooper’s men took the lead thanks to Gibbs-White (1-0, 20th). Just before the break, Wissa obtained a penalty, converted by Mbeumo (1-1, 45 + 3rd, sp). On returning from the locker room, Wissa gave his side the advantage (2-1, 75th) but Gibbs-White finally offered himself a double after additional time to snatch the draw (2-2, 90 + 6th). Final score: 2-2. Forest is always last. Brentford move up to tenth place. At Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, nineteenth before the meeting, challenged, for its part, Brighton, eighth and impressive against Chelsea (4-1) during the previous day. After a rich first act, marked by four goals and a red card, the two teams returned back to back (2-2). In numerical superiority following the red card received by Semedo, Brighton ended up cracking Wolves in the very last minutes of the game thanks to a fine strike from Gross (2-3, 83rd).
Finally, Jesse Marsch’s Leeds, fifteenth, crossed swords with Bournemouth, fourteenth with a small point more than the Peacocks. At Elland Road, Rodrigo quickly showed the way to his team by converting a penalty (1-0, 3rd). Surprised from the start, the Cherries finally reversed the course of this game thanks to the achievements of Tavernier (1-1, 7th) and Billing (1-2, 19th). Behind at the break, Leeds cracked a little more in the second half when Solanke made the break (1-3, 48th). But LUFC showed great mental strength to come back to this game. First through Kristensen (2-3, 61st) before Cooper allowed his side to equalize (3-3, 68th). Finally, it was Summerville who, in the last moments, offered a stunning victory to the Whites. With this precious success, the Peacocks go back to twelfth place. Bournemouth drops to fifteenth place.
All 4 p.m. results
Manchester City 2-1 Fulham: Alvarez (16th) and Haaland (90+5th, sp) / Pereira (28th, sp)
Wolverhampton 2-3 Brighton : Guedes (12th) and Neves (34th, sp) / Lallana (10th), Mitoma (44th) and Gross (83rd)
Leeds 4-3 Bournemouth: Rodrigo (3rd, sp), Kristensen (61st), Cooper (68th) and Summerville (84th) / Tavernier (7th), Billing (19th) and Solanke (48th)
Nottingham Forest 2-2 Brentford: Gibbs-White (20th, 90+6th) / Bryan Mbeumo (45+3rd, sp) and Wissa (75th)