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 By Nick Miller

Chelsea thrash Brighton as Eden Hazard runs riot to end barren run

Eden Hazard was at the heart of Chelsea's attack yet again, as the Blues overcame a spirited Brighton side and ran out convincing winners at the Amex.
Eden Hazard handed over his jersey to a young supporter after Chelsea's comprehensive win over Brighton.

BRIGHTON, England -- Three thoughts on Chelsea's 4-0 win over Brighton as Eden Hazard ended their recent barren spell with a brace, but the Blues had some good fortune to thank for the win.

1. Chelsea make Brighton pay

There are certainly better players in the world than Eden Hazard -- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are pretty good, to name two -- but when the Belgian is on top form, there aren't many better to watch, as he displayed by masterminding a Chelsea win (their first of 2018)...

 By Nick Miller

VAR's English debut brings more uncertainty than clarity

Arsene Wenger is happy with the addition of VAR in the FA Cup, but has concerns that it could slow the game down.

It probably wasn't a handball. Or it might have been. It was difficult to tell. From one angle it looked fine, from another it was possible to see a hint of arm. After watching about 10 replays you could make some pretty strident arguments that the goal shouldn't have been allowed. And some of equal conviction that it was fine.

Welcome to VAR. Or, in this case, not. As Glenn Murray glanced home Brighton's winner in their 2-1 FA Cup win over rivals Crystal Palace, for a moment it looked like we might...

Martin Jol: Chris Hughton's Tottenham connections help rise to top

Martin Jol is not easily lost for words but on Aug. 18, 2012 he struggled to find the right ones.

Jol's Fulham had just opened the Premier League season with a resounding 5-0 home win but the Dutchman found himself shifting uncomfortably in his office afterwards. The victory had come at the expense of Chris Hughton's Norwich and Jol took no pleasure in humiliating his friend and former assistant in his first game as Canaries boss.

"What can you say? You can't say: 'I feel for you' or whatever because...

 By Nick Miller

Salah, Coutinho and Firmino steal the show as Liverpool cruise at Brighton

Liverpool showcased their attacking talent in a comprehensive win at Brighton.
Liverpool showcased their attacking talent in a comprehensive win at Brighton.

BRIGHTON, England -- Three thoughts on Brighton 1-5 Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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1. Liverpool upwardly mobile

After the 3-3 debacle at Sevilla a few weeks ago, you'd forgive Liverpool fans for getting nervous when their team take a 3-0 lead. But for the second game in a row Jurgen Klopp's men completed an emphatic, fuss-free victory after scoring the first three goals, this time a 5-1 win over a Brighton side whose limitations were exposed.

Philippe Coutinho was the outstanding...

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Laboured Man United get lucky vs. Brighton as strike trio fail to inspire

MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts on Manchester United's 1-0 win over Brighton as they continued their fine home form but struggled to impress.

1. Laboured United get lucky

The best that could be said about Manchester United is that this was the kind of match they drew last season. For long periods their labours brought back memories of matches against Burnley, Stoke, Bournemouth and Swansea, where a smaller club escaped Old Trafford with a point after Jose Mourinho's team struggled to...

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Burnley, Watford, Brighton, Huddersfield show promise in Prem

Small is beautiful in this season's Premier League. English football's "big six" are jockeying for position in the table as expected, but below them lie Burnley, Watford, Brighton and Huddersfield, clubs punching above their weight while drawing strength from having a definite plan.

Breakthrough stars of the 2016-17 season are previously unheralded players like Ben Mee and Chris Wood at Burnley, Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure at Watford, Shane Duffy and Davy Propper at Brighton and Aaron Mooy...