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Premier League talking points

Diego Costa fired Chelsea back to the top and Sunderland once again slipped to the foot on an eventful Premier League weekend.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the talking points from the latest round of fixtures.

IT'S A HARD LIFE...

...for goalkeepers. Liverpool's Loris Karius and West Ham counterpart Darren Randolph suffered the ignominy of costly clangers as the sides drew 2-2 at Anfield on Sunday. Republic of Ireland international Randolph later redeemed himself with a stunning save from Jordan Henderson, but the jury is still out on German Karius, who was shipped in from Mainz during the summer at great expense to replace Simon Mignolet, but continues to look a weak link after palming Dimitri Payet's free-kick into his own net before being left stranded in no-man's land by Joel Matip's error.

THE GRASS ISN'T ALWAYS GREENER

Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Andy Carroll have all headed away from Newcastle in recent seasons, Sissoko in a £30million switch to Tottenham this summer and Wijnaldum and Carroll to Liverpool in exchange for a total of £60million. The Frenchman turned in one of his better displays for Spurs after being introduced as a 57th-minute substitute in their 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday, while Dutch counterpart Wijnaldum is yet to justify his fee and Carroll has been blighted by injuries since leaving St James' Park in January 2011. True they, unlike the Magpies, are all playing in the top flight, but life is far from sweet.

VARDY BACK AT THE TREBLE

Jamie Vardy enjoyed the season of his life as Leicester roared to an unlikely 2015-16 title success, scoring 24 goals. He had gone 16 games for the club without finding the back of the net until Saturday, when he rattled in a hat-trick in the Foxes' 4-2 victory over Manchester City to remind the rest of the league that he still knows where the back of the net is.

COSTA BRAVO

Whatever else Antonio Conte does during his time as Chelsea manager, perhaps his most significant achievement will have been to turn striker Diego Costa back into a match-winner. Last season, Costa was at times a shadow of the man who took the Premier League by storm during his first campaign in England, but he has been revitalised and his 12 goals to date - the most recent a priceless winner against West Brom on Sunday - have put the Blues in a strong position.

GRIM AT GOODISON

Everton staged something of a coup to land Ronald Koeman as their new manager during the summer, and the first five league games - which brought four victories and a draw - could hardly have gone much better. But they now find themselves in the midst of a desperate run of 10 games which has brought just a single win and seven points to leave hopes of an assault on the top four dwindling.

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