Manchester City ensured their title-chasing juggernaut kept rolling on with a 2-1 victory at Watford that extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.
The defending champions, who are unbeaten in the league, were without key first team players including Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, the in-form Raheem Sterling and French centre-half Aymeric Laporte.
But close-season signing Riyad Mahrez showed his worth by setting up Leroy Sane for the first goal before scoring himself.
City were having trouble finding a way past Watford keeper Ben Foster at Vicarage Road but the Englishman was eventually beaten by the chest of Sane five minutes before the break after a Mahrez cross.
Algerian Mahrez then fired home himself shortly after halftime to set Pep Guardiola’s side on the way to what looked like an easy victory.
The match took a different turn, however, when Abdoulaye Doucoure fired in from close range five minutes from time to half the deficit for the hosts.
Javi Garcia’s men then pushed City deep into their half but could not stop them claiming a 13th win in 15 league games this term.
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser notched a goal and an assist each to snap the south-coast side’s four-game losing streak with a 2-1 home win over Huddersfield Town.
Brighton and Howe were reduced to 10 men in their clash against Crystal Palace but still ran out comfortable 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone.
West Ham ran out 3-1 winners over Cardiff City at the London Stadium for a run of three straight wins that’s seen them score three goals in each.
Former Arsenal striker Lucas Perez came off the bench to score twice shortly after halftime before Michail Antonio headed home a third.