MANCHESTER, England — The English Premier League served up a feast of goals and drama as Manchester City re-established its title credentials, Everton conceded an equalizer in the eighth minute of stoppage time, and Newcastle was thrashed again on Saturday.
City grabbed three of the 23 goals in the day's first five games, beating Southampton 3-1 to end a sobering week on a high after losses to Liverpool in the Premier League and Juventus in the Champions League. Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal and set up the other two for Fabian Delph and Aleksandar Kolarov.
The win lifted City provisionally to first place ahead of the late game between Leicester and Manchester United, who started the weekend as the top two.
Junior Stanislas salvaged Bournemouth's last-gasp equalizer in a wild 3-3 draw against Everton, with four of the game's goals going in from the 80th minute. Ross Barkley's goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time restored the lead for Everton, which was 2-0 ahead after 36 minutes.
Newcastle dropped into the bottom three after losing 5-1 at Crystal Palace, which is coached by Alan Padrew — the manager who left Newcastle at the start of the year. Newcastle has conceded at least three goals in four of its last seven matches, piling the pressure on its manager Steve McClaren following reports this week that he was involved in a training-ground bust-up with some players.
Even more galling for Newcastle is the fact that it took the place of northeast rival Sunderland in the relegation zone. Sunderland capitalized on the sending-off of Ryan Shawcross right after halftime to beat Stoke 2-0 through goals in the final eight minutes by Patrick van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore.
Aston Villa was five points adrift in last place after matching the club's longest run without a victory — 13 games — by losing 3-2 to Watford. Troy Deeney, who was released by Villa as a 15-year-old, scored what proved to be Watford's winner in the 85th.
Later, Leicester will look to justify its surprise position atop the Premier League by beating United. Leicester striker Jamie Vardy aims to score for the 11th straight game — breaking the Premier League record for consecutive scoring matches and tying ex-Blackpool striker Stan Mortensen's all-time top-flight record in England from 1950-51.