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Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 18:44

Merson's predictions

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 14:37
Paul Merson is back with his latest round of Premier League predictions, including Bournemouth vs Liverpool, Newcastle vs Wolves and Everton vs Watford...

Top 50 in-form Premier League players

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 14:34
Manchester City's Leroy Sane has ousted team-mate Raheem Sterling atop the Sky Sports Power Rankings.

Rose: Atmosphere at Wembley is flat

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 14:17
Danny Rose says the "flat" atmosphere at Wembley is affecting Tottenham.

Premier League questions

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 13:44
What questions could be answered by the time the final whistles go in the latest round of Premier League matches?

Ref Watch: Klopp right to be annoyed?

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 13:30
Should Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo have seen red against Arsenal? Were the Gunners unfortunate to have two late goals disallowed? And was Jurgen Klopp right to call for more protection for players after Liverpool's win at Burnley?

PL and SPFL build-up recap

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 12:21

The ultimate goal fest?

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 10:41
Bournemouth vs Liverpool has produced stacks of goals - but which Premier League fixture delivers the most on average?

WATCH & VOTE: PL goals of the round

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 07:00
Every team scored in the Premier League in midweek with some wonderful strikes in the mix, and you can vote for your favourite!

WATCH: PL Saves of the round

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 01:00
Watch the best saves of this round of Premier League fixtures, including a vintage performance from Hugo Lloris.

PL goals: Old Trafford drama, Jota winner

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 01:00
For the first time in eight years, all 20 Premier League teams scored in the same matchday. Watch the goals and highlights from all the midweek matches below.

Poch understands low Wembley crowd

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 00:17
Mauricio Pochettino had sympathy for Tottenham fans after just 33,102 turned up at Wembley for the win over Southampton.

Davis envious of Lloris as Saints lose

Sky Sports - tor, 06/12/2018 - 00:04
Southampton interim boss Kelvin Davis admitted he was "envious" watching Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris continuously thwart his side at Wembley.

Kane scores as Spurs go third

Sky Sports - ons, 05/12/2018 - 23:17
Tottenham moved up to third in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Southampton at Wembley as new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl watched on from the stands.

Spurs 3-1 Southampton, Wolves 2-1 Chelsea, Burnley 1-3 Liverpool: clockwatch – as it happened

Guardian - ons, 05/12/2018 - 23:07

Wolves upstaged Chelsea at Molineux, while Tottenham breezed past Southampton 3-1 in front of a sparse crowd at Wembley

10.07pm GMT

Read Paul Wilson’s match report:

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10.04pm GMT

Read Daniel Taylor’s match report:

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9.59pm GMT

Read Dominic Fifield’s match report:

Related: James Maddison earns Leicester draw at Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham

9.58pm GMT

Read Stuart James’s match report:

Related: Raúl Jimenez and Jota give Wolves comeback win over Chelsea

9.57pm GMT

Read Andy Hunter’s match report:

Related: Salomón Rondón steals Everton’s thunder but Richarlison soon makes their point

9.57pm GMT

Read David Hytner’s match report:

Related: Harry Kane puts Tottenham on way to routine win against Southampton

9.54pm GMT

Up in Scotland, some drama. “A late equaliser for Motherwell against Celtic, and Aberdeen’s win at Rangers sees Kilmarnock go top,” emails Simon McMahon. “Rangers and Celtic are a point behind, but with games in hand. For Leicester 2016 in England, read Kilmarnock 2019 in Scotland? ...”

9.52pm GMT

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Fulham 1-1 Leicester
Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal
Tottenham 3-1 Southampton
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

9.49pm GMT

The substitute Charlie Austin grabs a deserved consolation.

9.48pm GMT

Into stoppage-time at Old Trafford and Wembley. Tottenham, who have just introduced the highly-rated Oliver Skipp, still lead Southampton 3-0, while Arsenal are level-pegging 2-2 with Manchester United. And Saints have another golden chance, but Elyounoussi cannot convert.

9.46pm GMT

A bit of a spat between Klopp and Dyche at full-time at Turf Moor. It’s more a few words than anything. Klopp did not appear to venture or crusade on to the pitch at the final whistle, at least.

9.43pm GMT

A quick take from our man at Molineux. “Terrific win for Wolves against Chelsea,” says Stuart James. “Played with the dynamism, flair and belief that has been badly missing recently. Morgan Gibbs-White, aged 18, was outstanding on his full Premier League debut – some lovely touches and provided an assist. Diogo Jota off the mark too. Perfect night for Wolves.”

9.38pm GMT

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Fulham 1-1 Leicester
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

At Wembley, Southampton would have pulled a goal back, but for two brilliant saves by Hugo Lloris, the Tottenham captain. The Frenchman denies James Ward-Prowse from point-blank range after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s powerful effort before he tips Charlie Austin’s goal-bound effort around the post. Saints have summoned Mohamed Elyounoussi for the final nine minutes.

9.35pm GMT

Game over at Turf Moor.

9.28pm GMT

Phil Bardsley hacks another Liverpool effort off the line! After Joe Hart denies Keïta and Salah, and then Henderson, Keïta dispatches another effort goalwards but the Burnley defender somehow prevents Liverpool adding a third. Up at Old Trafford, two goals in 60 seconds. It’s 2-2 with 20 minutes to play:

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9.24pm GMT

A few changes around the grounds, with Lukaku and Lacazette on at Old Trafford, while Burnley have introduced Chris Wood and Aaron Lennon against Liverpool. Over at Molineux, Maurizio Sarri has summoned Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Mateo Kovacic in search of restoring parity. Elsewhere, Bernard and Theo Walcott are on against Newcastle at Goodison Park. Joe Bryan’s on for Fulham.

9.22pm GMT

A quick, and slightly unnerving, stat courtesy of Opta: Fulham have conceded 36 goals in their 15 Premier League games in 2018-19; only Barnsley (40 in 1997-98) have ever conceded more at this stage of a campaign in the competition.

9.19pm GMT

The attendance at Wembley is 33,012. That’s really low, isn’t it? That’s a few thousand less than the capacity at White Hart Lane. And Tottenham may be three goals to the good, but Maya Yoshida has just missed a sitter for Saints with the defender somehow cocking-up James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick.

9.17pm GMT

Shinji Okazaki, just on in place of Danny Simpson, does brilliantly raiding forward down the right before cutting the ball back for James Maddison. The midfielder sweeps home to score his second goal in as many matches. Game on!

9.13pm GMT

Roberto Firmino puts Liverpool ahead at Turf Moor, with the forward scoring with his first touch having replaced Divock Origi. Mo Salah is also on, with Alberto Moreno making way.

9.11pm GMT

Son Heung-min adds a third. It’s turning into something of a rout at Wembley. A penny for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s thoughts.

9.07pm GMT

Lucas Moura hammers home his sixth goal of the season.

9.06pm GMT

Diogo Jota pokes Wolves in front at Molineux. Chelsea turn a little sloppy, Matt Doherty crosses and Jota side-foots in from close range.

9.06pm GMT

James Milner equalises at Turf Moor. That’s the Liverpool midfielder’s 50th Premier League goal. He has not lost a top-flight game in which he has scored, having scored 49 goals prior to his latest effort in Lancashire.

9.02pm GMT

Morgan Gibbs-White feeds Raúl Jiménez, and the striker drills beyond Kepa. What a night for Manchester City. Meanwhile, we’re back under way at Old Trafford and Wembley, where Saints trail Tottenham by a single goal.

8.59pm GMT

Jack Cork scores his first goal since April, beating Alisson from close range! When will Klopp feel the need to summon Salah and co? The cavalry are warming up.

8.58pm GMT

A stunning save by Joe Hart denies Naby Keïta! The midfielder shaped a wonderful effort from 25 yards, but the Burnley goalkeeper does brilliantly to prevent the £52m man from opening his Liverpool account with his fingertips.

8.55pm GMT

Willy Boly brings down Alvaro Morata in the box at Molineux, but Wolves get away with it. It stemmed from good work by Eden Hazard, who found goalscorer Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who then played in the Spain striker. VAR, what is it good for? Well, scenarios like that, certainly. And then Morata fluffs his lines, heading over from inside the six-yard box under pressure from the defender Ryan Bennett. At Craven Cottage, summer loan signing Luciano Vietto has been replaced by Tom Cairney at the interval.

8.50pm GMT

As the half-time whistle sounds at Old Trafford (Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal) and Wembley (Tottenham 1-0 Southampton), we’re back under way at Craven Cottage, Goodison, Turf Moor and Molineux.

8.45pm GMT

There aren’t too many Spurs fans at Wembley tonight. Tottenham lead 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane, with one minute of added time to play in the first half. Three minutes stoppage-time at Old Trafford.

8.41pm GMT

Whether it’s the absurdity of a 97th-minute Teemu Pukki winner, the way Marcelo Bielsa studiously refers to opposition players not by name but number, the six-point blanket that covers the top seven teams, or the pass-the-parcel manner in which six different sides have topped the table since August, the Championship’s eclectic charm has been plain this season. Unpredictable and unforgiving, it is a land of bewitching drama, which prompts the question: is it the best league in the country?

Related: Is the Championship the best league in the country? | Ben Fisher

8.38pm GMT

A serious-looking injury for Rob Holding at Old Trafford. The Arsenal defender leaves on a stretcher after a late challenge by Marcus Rashford. He’s replaced by Lichtsteiner 36 minutes in. Down at Wembley, Southampton are holding their own, but are yet to truly frighten Tottenham going forward.

8.34pm GMT

Burnley 0-0 Liverpool
Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Fulham 1-0 Leicester
Wolves 0-1 Chelsea

8.31pm GMT

And José Mourinho does not move an inch.

Related: Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

8.30pm GMT

Aboubakar Kamara powers home, hard and low, beyond Kasper Schmeichel to score his first league goal since January. Kamara, the man who wears the No47, nicknamed AK-47 in France before joining Fulham from Amiens last year. At Turf Moor, Ashley Barnes rifled a gorgeous volley into the net – but was ruled offside.

8.27pm GMT

A howler from David de Gea.

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8.26pm GMT

“There’s a full card in the Scottish Premiership tonight,” emails Simon McMahon, “and plenty of early goals too. Celtic lead 1-0 at Motherwell, Sunday’s League Cup final hero Ryan Christie on target again, and beaten finalists Aberdeen have the same advantage at Stevie G’s The Pope’s Newc O’Rangers. St. Johnstone and Hearts are 1-1, Kilmarnock are 2-0 ahead against Livingston, and St Mirren lead at Hibs through an incredible 50 yard, halfway line effort from Adam Hammill.”

8.24pm GMT

And now Everton pull level, with the Brazilian poking home unmarked at the back post after Newcastle fail to clear a corner.

8.23pm GMT

Everton should be level at Goodison, but Federico Fernández makes a superb block to stop Gylfi Sigurdsson finding an equaliser. Digne’s cross fell to Sigurdsson in the box, 10 yards out, but the Spaniard gets his left boot in the way.

8.18pm GMT

Plenty of laughs up at Old Trafford. “José Mourinho, we want you to stay” sing the Arsenal fans, before belting out a chorus of: “Is this the Emirates?” Oh, and Tyson Fury’s in the directors’ box:

Related: Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

8.11pm GMT

A blow for Liverpool, with Joe Gomez carried off with an ankle injury. He’s replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold. At Molineux, Rui Patrício prevents Chelsea from doubling their tally, with the Portuguese superbly keeping out Willian.

8.09pm GMT

Spurs take the lead at Wembley, with Eriksen playing in an inviting ball for Harry Kane to slot home beyond Alex McCarthy. They should have seen him coming, really, given the England skipper has scored seven goals in his last six league games against Saints.

8.05pm GMT

Advantage Newcastle at Goodison Park, with the on-loan striker Salomón Rondón notching his fourth goal of the season. Against the run of play, Rondón sweeps home at the back post after good work by Jacob Murphy. Meanwhile, Kasper Schmeichel denies Fulham an opener, making a magnificent save to deny Calum Chambers his first goal for the club after hitting a sweet volley.

8.04pm GMT

A massive deflection gives Chelsea advantage at Molineux. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s effort from the edge of the box takes a huge knock of Coady and deceives the Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio. A second goal in two games for Loftus-Cheek.

8.02pm GMT

Morgan Gibbs-White is making a dent on his first Premier League start, with the 18-year-old Wolves winger enjoying a lively few minutes against Chelsea. Sarri’s side have had a couple of efforts from distance, with Morata and Hazard both driving over. At Goodison, Cenk Tosun has glanced a header wide from Lucas Digne’s cross, with Everton seemingly growing into that one.

7.53pm GMT

Five minutes in at Craven Cottage, Leicester fans are singing Claudio Ranieri’s name, obviously. Lovely stuff. Aleksandar Mitrovic, captain for the evening, has meanwhile just fired a pitiful free-kick straight at Kasper Schmeichel.

7.52pm GMT

A couple of early chances: Kelechi Iheanacho was freed by James Maddison, but shot straight at Sergio Rico. Up at Burnley, Liverpool had an early scare when a Robbie Brady ball evaded everybody before bouncing out for a goal-kick.

7.48pm GMT

No matter how many goals are scored tonight, it’s going to take something special to top mice-gate woes in Beckenham:

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7.46pm GMT

And just like that, we’re under way at Craven Cottage, Goodison Park, Turf Moor and Molineux.

7.41pm GMT

Southampton, winless since September, have seemingly forgotten how to march and those heady European adventures feel long gone, though the appointment of Ralph Hasenhüttl goes some way to answering the question marks over whether there is sufficient appetite to restore them

Related: Southampton strive for surer footing after calamitous loss of their step

7.36pm GMT

Remember when Leicester were champions? It’s still sinking in. Another intriguing subplot tonight of course is Claudio Ranieri taking on the team he created history with, though the Fulham manager insists the fairytale is very much over. “Now the chairman, Vichai, is dead, the fairytale finished but the memories remain,” the Italian said. “I am very sad for what happened and we have to continue in our life. It will be strange, a very emotional moment. It is not a match like others. Every time I face one of my former teams, there is always more emotion. Football for me is emotion. And Leicester is the club that gifted me a dream.” Meanwhile, another interesting soundbite, courtesy of Mr Sarri, whose Chelsea team take on Pep Guardiola’s purring side this weekend. “Manchester City are in another category,” Sarri said. “We just have to think about the top four. At the moment we are not able to fight with Manchester City.”

7.28pm GMT

So, Maurizio Sarri opts to shuffle the pack, because of facing “11 matches in the next 35 days”. Fàbregas, Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen get the nod for Chelsea. And Sarri’s not the only one, with Jürgen Klopp describing his seven changes as “absolutely normal in this period of the season”. The Liverpool manager says: “The midfielders played a lot of games already. We had to change the midfield, the most intense area of the pitch. Using Daniel [Sturridge] was clear; Div [Origi] after the last game makes sense, using the momentum, trying to use it. Alberto [Moreno] – Robbo [Robertson] played pretty much all the games so far. Gini [Wijnaldum] played a lot of games.”

7.05pm GMT

Headline team news: José Mourinho makes seven changes to his side, with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku dropped to the bench. At Wembley, Steven Davis makes his first league start of the season as he captains Southampton in front of new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, while at Molineux, Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets his first Premier League start under Maurizio Sarri. Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp also makes seven changes, with no Salah, Mané and Firmino in his starting XI. For more Manchester United v Arsenal musings, follow all of the events at Old Trafford with Paul Doyle:

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6.56pm GMT

Man Utd: De Gea, Dalot, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian, Herrera, Matic, Lingard, Rashford, Martial

10.16am GMT

After the first instalment of midweek action proved rather lukewarm, the second, with 12 teams in action, holds plenty of promise at least. Consider last night the compere, this the headline act. Not only is there a Wenger- and Ferguson-less duel between Manchester United and Arsenal for the first time since 1986, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are also in action. There are endless subplots to ponder and a bottomless Premier League feast to get stuck into. How might Mauricio Pochettino enjoy coming up against his former club, for example? “I care a lot for Southampton,” he said. “I have spoken with my family and I think it was one of the better periods in my life. We found some amazing people there, an amazing town and they provided us with everything.” And what will Ralph Hasenhüttl, watching at Wembley, make of the Saints side he has inherited? How will Jordan Pickford respond to that almighty clanger? And will Wolves bounce back from a fifth defeat in six? “We have had a block of games with mistakes, from a team which is still growing,” said Nuno Espírito Santo. “When the results don’t come, what is important is how you approach the situation.”

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Spurs’ Harry Kane shows Southampton’s new manager size of job ahead

Guardian - ons, 05/12/2018 - 22:55

It was tempting to say that Ralph Hasenhüttl now knows the scale of the challenge that faces him at Southampton but the truth is the new manager was already painfully aware. Relegation-threatened clubs are queasily placed for good reason. They call for fresh direction in the middle of a season because they are desperate.

There were familiar flaws for Hasenhüttl to digest from his seat in the Wembley stands, having been confirmed as Mark Hughes’s successor in the morning – namely, defensive looseness that added up to the softest of concessions and, at the other end, a lack of discernible goal threat until Tottenham were 3-0 up and the game was over.

Related: James Maddison earns Leicester draw at Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham

Related: Salomón Rondón steals Everton’s thunder but Richarlison soon makes their point

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Tottenham 3-1 Southampton recap

Sky Sports - ons, 05/12/2018 - 17:46

Son Heung-min lights up Premier League with his joyful performances | Paul Wilson

Guardian - ons, 05/12/2018 - 13:51

Son’s highlights tape at Spurs would make almost anyone smile, including José Mourinho, who was right when mentioning him in the same breath as Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen

When José Mourinho was thinking of Tottenham players he might theoretically fancy buying the other day, to illustrate his point about Manchester United not being able to get their own way in the transfer market as they used to, he named Son Heung-min in addition to Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen as unattainable objects of desire.

Related: Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino says it is important to show humility in victory

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Leicester 0-2 Tottenham recap

Sky Sports - ons, 05/12/2018 - 10:00

Leicester vs Tottenham preview

Sky Sports - ons, 05/12/2018 - 09:33
Jamie Vardy remains sidelined for Leicester with a groin injury when they host Tottenham on Saturday night.
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