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Mohamed Salah strikes to help send Liverpool to Premier League summit, end doubt over form

Mohamed Salah scored his 51st goal to open the scoring before Sadio Mane's brace and Xherdan Shaqiri's effort compiled further misery on Cardiff City's start to life in the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL -- Three quick points on Liverpool 4-1 Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

1. Liverpool go top and look close to their best

Liverpool went to the top of the Premier League on Saturday and did so with a largely dominant display over Cardiff at Anfield.

The Reds were the only top-five side in action and can sit back and hope rivals slip up over the rest of the weekend.

Sadio Mane scored twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Liverpool...

 By Michael Cox

Cardiff's direct, no-nonsense style can test Manchester City

Resident fantasy expert Mark Donaldson shares his tips for this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

On Saturday, the greatest stylistic mismatch of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign takes place when promoted Cardiff City, managed by Neil Warnock, host Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

The statistics tell the story effectively. Man City's pass completion rate this season is 90 percent, a reflection of their determination to build patiently from the back and move the ball through a technically proficient midfield trio.

Cardiff, on the other hand, have a pass completion rate of just 64 percent....

Tammy Abraham war of words adds spice to Chelsea vs. Cardiff

Neil Warnock has never knowingly passed up an opportunity to speak his mind, and his comments accusing Chelsea of a lack of class in their handling of Tammy Abraham over the summer have injected some unlikely spice into Cardiff City's visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Warnock revealed he wanted to bring Abraham to Cardiff on loan "from day one" this summer and made his interest clear to Chelsea, claiming he missed out on other striker targets while...

Arsenal overcome familiar defensive calamities to win at Cardiff

Three thoughts from Arsenal's 3-2 win at Cardiff in their Sunday morning Premier League clash.

1. Lacazette to the rescue for Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette spared Arsenal's blushes as he marked his first start of the season by scoring a spectacular winner in Sunday's 3-2 win at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Gunners looked set for another poor away result after their familiar defensive weaknesses allowed Cardiff to come from behind twice, but Lacazette capped a terrific performance by firing a shot...

Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge blazing a trail for South East Asia in the Premier League

When Cardiff City kick off their return to the Premier League at Bournemouth's Dean Court on Saturday afternoon, Neil Etheridge will be making history when he takes his position between the posts for Neil Warnock's side.

The 28-year-old Philippines goalkeeper will become the first player from South East Asia -- a region fanatical about English football -- to feature in the Premier League as England's top flight adds another nationality to its ever-growing list of international participants.

"Well...

Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
With Jose Mourinho's antics reaching a tipping point this preseason, the FC panel examine the effect it's having on Man United's dressing room.
Jurgen Klopp contends his top players 'don't use Liverpool and then go,' but Shaka Hislop explains why that's not a sure thing.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection.

The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up?

ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19. 

Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead.

MAN CITY

Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...