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Chelsea and Brighton are kings of the water break having gained THREE points each in the aftermath

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Chelsea and Brighton are kings of the water break having gained THREE points each in the immediate aftermath... while it has come at the worst time for Arsenal with Mikel Arteta's side having thrown away FOUR points after matches resumeChristian Pulisic and Willian scored crucial goals for Chelsea against Man CityNeal Maupay's winner for Brighton against Arsenal sees them join the BluesThe result and their defeat at Man City means Arsenal have lost the most points Manchester City follow close behind Chelsea on two, as do high-flying WolvesPep Guardiola's men however have scored the most goals during these periods 

Chelsea and Brighton are the kings of the Premier League water breaks having managed to earn three points in the period between the stoppages that occur during each half of matches since the restart - including FA Cup ties.

Christian Pulisic's fantastic breakaway goal after the first water break against Manchester City gave Chelsea the lead and what would have been an extra two points if the game had finished at half-time.

And after Kevin De Bruyne's brilliant free-kick, Willian scored from the spot to again convert a stalemate into a win.

Chelsea and Brighton are the kings of the water break having earned four points each

Christian Pulisic's fantastic goal on the counter gave Chelsea the lead against Man City

Willian's penalty then helped restore the lead after Kevin De Bruyne's fantastic free-kick

But Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause's header against the Blues means they drop one point

Brighton join Chelsea on three points after Neal Maupay's late winner against Arsenal


1. Chelsea  - 3 (0-0 vs Manchester City becomes 1-0 and 1-1 becomes 2-1, but 0-0 vs Aston Villa becomes 0-1)

2. Brighton - 3 (0-1 vs Arsenal becomes 2-1)

3. Manchester City - 2 (0-0 vs Arsenal becomes 1-0, 0-0 vs Newcastle becomes 1-0, but 0-0 vs Chelsea becomes 0-1 and 1-1 becomes 1-2)

4. Wolves - 2 (0-0 vs West Ham becomes 2-0)

5. Burnley - 2 (0-0 vs Watford becomes 1-0)

6. Aston Villa - 2 (0-0 vs Chelsea becomes 1-0) 


However, Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause's goal saw Chelsea go into half-time at Villa Park a goal down, and the Blues are therefore docked a point. 

Graham Potter's Brighton are the surprise challengers to Frank Lampard's men, having also secured three points in the specified periods over the 90 minutes after completing their first-ever Premier League double over Arsenal earlier this month.

The Gunners' club-record signing Nicolas Pepe had put the Gunners ahead at the Amex with a wonderful curling effort just before the stoppage.

But Lewis Dunk's stabbed home a 75th-minute equaliser before striker Neal Maupay's dramatic, last-gasp winner 20 minutes later saw Arsenal throw away all three points.

Mikel Arteta's side have therefore also lost the most points in these two periods, after Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for Manchester City right on half-time a few days before the Gunners' defeat at Brighton.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City feature next on the list with two points earned, with Kevin De Bruyne's penalty against Newcastle in the FA Cup and Sterling's effort against Arsenal to put them ahead being tempered by Pulisic and Willian's goals at Stamford Bridge.

Last year's Premier League champions are also joined on the same number by Wolves after they turned a stalemate against West Ham into a victory thanks to Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto's late strikes.

Maupay's 95th-minute winner means the Gunners have lost four points, the most of any side

Pep Guardiola's City are next in line having won two points from the respective periods

Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne countered the goals conceded at Chelsea


1. Manchester City - 5 (Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez x2, Kevin De Bruyne)

2. Manchester United - 3 (Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial x2)

3. Newcastle United - 3 (Matt Ritchie, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle)

4. Southampton - 3 (Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings, James Ward-Prowse) 

Burnley have also gained two points overall from the two periods specified thanks to Jay Rodriguez's 73rd minute goal which sealed a 1-0 victory against Watford. 

Along with Arsenal, Newcastle United, Watford and West Ham therefore have a negative goal difference overall across the two periods specified. 

Guardiola's City have also scored five goals between the first water break and half-time and the second water break and full-time, the most of any top-flight side.

Riyad Mahrez scored twice against Burnley before the end of the first half, while midfielder Phil Foden added a third goal in second-half added time against Arsenal to add to the aforementioned Sterling and De Bruyne strikes.

Their city rivals Manchester United follow close behind on three goals, the latest being Anthony Martial completing his hat-trick against Sheffield United.

Wolves have also won two points after Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto scored against West Ham

De Bruyne's penalty against Newcastle means City are the highest scorers in these periods

Martial's exquisite ship had been preceded by Bruno Fernandes' 81st-minute penalty against Tottenham on United's return to top-flight action following the coronavirus outbreak as well as Martial's 44th-minute strike against Sheffield United to make it 2-0.

Southampton and Newcastle United are also on three goals each.

Matt Ritchie and Joelinton's goals helped secure a comfortable 3-0 win against Sheffield United before Dwight Gayle's opener against Villa, while Nathan Redmond added a third goal against Norwich, before Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse struck against Watford nine days later.

While West Ham and Bournemouth have failed to score since the return, Crystal Palace and Everton have also been unsuccessful in finding the net in the two specific periods highlighted.

Bruno Fernandes' penalty at Tottenham earned Manchester United a point on their return

A few days later Anthony Martial scored in the 44th and 74th minute against Sheffield United

United are matched by Newcastle with Dwight Gayle scoring one of their three goals

Southampton complete the list with James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings among the scorers

Liverpool meanwhile have scored just one goal in the specified periods, which came when Mohamed Salah netted their second in their 4-0 win against Crystal Palace.

This season's high-flyers Leicester City and Chris Wilder's Sheffield United also join the new Premier League champions on one goal, as do Sean Dyche's Burnley. 

The statistics may hide that teams may have gone on to score and earn points regardless of a managerial pep talk similar to the one Lampard delivered to his Blues side of playing with more confidence against Man City.

But Lampard's talk - which may well have contributed to the turnaround - demonstrated that extra influence from the manager may have helped push players sapped of energy and yearning for the atmosphere produced by the fans to drive them on.

Everton are one of four clubs yet to find the net during the two specified periods

Mo Salah's goal against Crystal Palace is the only strike Liverpool have registered during them

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