Chelsea's dominance of the Premier League came to an end against the least expected rival, and now the Blues will have to bounce back to try and recover their top spot with two teams: Manchester City and Liverpool.
Both the Cityzens and the Reds leapfrogged Chelsea with their victories this weekend, making the tournament even more interesting to watch. Before we go deeper in what went down in the league in the past few days, let's just say there were more changes among the top five, including the first time for an Italian boss who returned to the league just last month.
It will be a busy week for those English teams involved in continental competitions, which will make those behind them in the league eager to take advantage of any possible slip-ups caused by poor form or tiredness. Either way, let us give you an idea of what happened this past weekend in the English top-flight.
Who are the top five Premier League teams after Matchday 15?
Manchester City are now top of the league with a one-point margin over Liverpool and with two more than Chelsea, the former leaders. West Ham got closer to the leading pack with their victory against the Blues, while Tottenham took advantage of Arsenal's misfortunes to claim the fifth spot all to themselves with a win against Norwich.
Premier League top 3 scorers
Mo Salah maintained his spot as the top scorer in the league with thirteen goals to his name despite going blank against Wolverhampton. The Egyptian ace is followed closely by Jamie Vardy, who has nine up to this point, and Salah's teammate Diogo Jota, who has found the back of the net eight times and was also unable to score this past weekend.
Premier League – Top headlines
Man City take the top spot while riding Guardiola's wave of success vs Watford - The Catalan boss continues to thrive in the English Premier League, and this weekend he led the Cityzens past Watford for the ninth time since he joined the club back in 2016. Guardiola has won all nine of his matches against Watford in all comps, and while doing so his team has scored a whopping 39 times compared to only three conceded. That in itself is a personal record for Guardiola, since he has not been as successful against another club as he has been when playing against the Hornets.
Liverpool confirm themselves as most accurate team in stoppage time - The Reds are well-known for their dramatic wins, and Divock Origi's goal this weekend added to that legend. The Belgian striker's goal became the 13th game-winning goal for Liverpool after the 90th minute since Klopp's apppointment as coach. No other team gets even close to that number since Klopp joined the Merseyside club.
Rangnick makes history with win against Crystal Palace - There had been five German coaches to make their debut in the Premier League without a win...and along came Ralf Rangnick. Manchester United's coach suceeded where Felix Magath, Jürgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Daniel Farke, and Jan Siewert had failed: he won his first match at the helm of a Premier League side. It may not have been an impressive win, but it surely looks like the start of something new for the Red Devils.
Top matches to watch in the Premier League on December 10-12, 2021
Manchester City vs Wolverhampton: The league leaders will face the Wolves in what should be a hectic but interesting match to watch. The team led by Bruno Lage almost walked away with a win when playing against Liverpool, and that kind of defensive effort could be expected when they face the ever-powerful City, but will they be able to claim a win here instead?
Chelsea vs Leeds United: The Blues are forced to climb back after their slip-up against West Ham, and while facing Leeds may not be as complicated as you might think, having coach Marcelo Bielsa in the opponents' dugout will surely make things interesting for all Blues fans. It seems to be a David vs Goliath matchup, where the away team has proven that they can fit the bill and knock the defending UCL champions out.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa: The Reds will welcome former midfielder Steven Gerrard in his managerial job with all to play for, especially with the top spot up for grabs if Manchester City drop the ball. It will be an emotional day for everyone at Anfield, but it might not end very well for the hosts if Gerrard can lead the Villains to their fourth win out of five games under his wing.
Norwich City vs Manchester United: The team now coached by Ralf Rangnick will be forced to show something more appealing to their fans when they visit Norwich, a team that seems destined to return to the Championship if things continue their current course. Nonetheless, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. will be followed closely in this match that could very much go the wrong way if they enter the pitch showing the slightest level of disrespect.
*Keep track of all the activity in the English top-flight by following our dedicated English Premier League competition page.