Champions Leicester City left striker Jamie Vardy on the bench but capped a fine week with a third home league win of the season, beating Crystal Palace 3-1 thanks to goals by Ahmed Musa, Shinji Okazaki and Christian Fuchs.
After continuing their 100 percent start in the Champions League, Leicester‘s disappointing domestic form came back under scrutiny and they responded emphatically.
Leicester had created little until three minutes before halftime when Musa lashed home an unstoppable shot from Islam Slimani’s set-up to open his account for the club.
Claudio Ranieri’s side doubled their lead when Shinji Okazaki fired home in the 63rd minute after Danny Drinkwater’s cross was only half cleared and Austrian defender Fuchs iced the cake with a thunderous third from 25 metres.
Palace grabbed a late consolation through Yohan Cabaye.
Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger failed to collect the one birthday present he really coveted as his Arsenal side missed a golden opportunity to open daylight on their rivals at the top of the Premier League.
Wenger had hoped to celebrate his 67th birthday with an eighth successive win in all competitions but the Gunners were frustrated in a goalless home draw with Middlesbrough.
Defender Winston Reid fired the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time as West Ham beat bottom club Sunderland 1-0.
Sunderland, who had picked up just two points from their first eight league games this season, were subjected to an onslaught for much of the game.
However, apart from an effort by Dimitri Payet in the 26th minute that struck the post, West Ham found it tough to hit the target.
The home side looked like they were in for another frustrating afternoon before Reid received the ball from Payet and rifled home the only goal.
New manager Bob Bradley saw his Swansea side end their streak of four successive Premier League defeats with a 0-0 draw against Watford on Saturday in his first home match in charge of the Welsh club.
Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri netted two fine goals to lead his team to a comfortable 2-0 win at struggling Hull City.
Shaqiri put the visitors ahead with a brilliant strike after 26 minutes, cutting in from the wing before unleashing a dipping shot into the top corner.
The Swiss midfielder doubled the lead with a curling free kick five minutes after halftime to lift Stoke out of the bottom three.
Scott Arfield struck in the 90th minute to earn Burnley an unlikely late, late 2-1 win over Everton at their Turf Moor fortress after the visitors had fought back into the Premier League game.
Maarten Stekelenburg, Everton’s hero with two penalty saves against Manchester City last week, turned villain with his keeping at fault for Burnley’s first goal in the 38th minute quite against the run of the play.
Arfield’s low shot should have been dealt with comfortably but the Dutchman parried the ball into the predatory path of Sam Vokes, who tapped home.
Everton, though, hit back strongly after the break as Yannick Bolasie equalised but they ended up suffering only their second defeat of the season when Arfield slid home the rebound after Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s shot hit the bar.