Manchester City 2 Crystal Palace 3: Townsend wonderstrike stuns Guardiola's men

Manchester City Chelsea stunned at home in EPL as Arsenal win

Andros Townsend's 30-yard screamer for Crystal Palace against Manchester City is a contender for goal of the season, according to Roy Hodgson.

But after Ilkay Gundogan had handed them the ideal start, City were undone by goals from Jeffrey Schlupp, Townsend and a Luka Milivojevic penalty - all three coming in an 18-minute spell.

City now lie four points behind Liverpool at the top of the Premier League but Guardiola was keen to remind onlookers that there is a long way to go yet in the race for the title.

In a season during which there have been precious few shock results in the Premier League, Crystal Palace's win at Manchester City felt practically seismic for everyone at Etihad Stadium.

It's games like Sunday - against one of the PL's top-six sides - which have vexed Everton, though, as they've managed just a single point from five games against the big boys this season (a 0-0 draw with Chelsea last month). The important thing was we stood up to Manchester City really well.

A second league defeat in three games left Pep Guardiola vowing not to give up on City's hopes of retaining the title.

Palace had a nervous finish after City substitute Kevin De Bruyne made it 3-2 in the 85th with an apparent cross which goalkeeper Vicente Guaita couldn't keep out.

Chelsea was another club that got upset, as a Jamie Vardy goal handed Leicester a momentum-producing 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Cardiff City travel to Selhurst Park for a clash which will see both sides desperate to take crucial points over the busy festive period.

Guardiola said: "Normally the selection, when you win I am a genius and when they win the selection is not good".

"We had just made some changes and chose to play with two strikers to try to get back in the game, then straight away we give away a penalty and a third goal", he added. "So how can we think about anything else other than just winning our games and getting as many points as we can?" The honours fell to Luka Milivojevic who finished easily for a three-goal lead.

Watford brought West Ham United's streak of Premier League success to an abrupt halt with a surprise 2-0 win at the London Stadium thanks to a first-half Troy Deeney penalty and a late Gerard Deulofeu strike.

Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings, with a penalty, and Michael Obafemi scored as Southampton won 3-1 at Huddersfield, a second straight win for new manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.

Bournemouth won 2-0 at home to Brighton, and Newcastle's home game with Fulham ended 0-0.

Rafa Benitez's side pumped balls into the area in the second half, looking to find the head of striker Salomon Rondon, but the match finished in a stalemate leaving them 14th in the standings.

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