Category Archives: English Premier League

Aston Villa, Everton EPL clash ‘postponed’ over COVID-19.

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As a result, the Premier League Board has agreed to Aston Villa’s request to postpone the match on Sunday

The Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Everton on Sunday 17 January has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the Villa camp.

Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground was closed on Thursday 7 January following a number of positive tests among the Villans first team.

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Dean Smith’s side were forced to field a starting XI of debutants from their Under-23 and Under-18 sides for the FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool the following day.

Their Premier League fixture against Tottenham that had been scheduled for Wednesday 13 January was postponed as a result of the outbreak, and the Premier League confirmed that Sunday’s clash has been too.

Picture of a Stadium. (Noble Reporters Media, Olamide)

“Aston Villa’s home match against Everton, scheduled to be played on Sunday 17 January at 12pm, has been postponed by the Premier League Board,” the statement released by the Premier League read.

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“Following the rescheduling of Villa’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, which was due to be played last night, a significant number of players and staff remain in isolation.

“Newcastle United’s postponed match at Aston Villa, which was due to be played on 4 December 2020, has been rescheduled and will now be played on Saturday 23 January at 8pm, live on Sky Sports.

“The Premier League, in consultation with its clubs, has enhanced its COVID-19 protocols, in addition to reimplementing a twice-weekly testing programme as the heath of players and staff remains the priority.

“The protocols, which strengthen key elements of the existing guidance, came into immediate effect last week.”

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Public Health England guidelines state that individuals who have tested positive for Covid or anyone who has come into contact with someone who has tested positive must self-isolate for 10 days.

Nine Aston Villa first team players and five staff members tested positive – meaning the earliest the Villa squad can come out of isolation is Sunday 17 January.

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Tottenham’s draw against Fulham gets Mourinho ‘yelling’

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was left hugely frustrated after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham and miss the chance to climb up to third in the Premier League.

Spurs took the lead midway through the first half as Harry Kane headed home a wonderful cross from Sergio Reguilon, but some sloppy finishing (and a fantastic showing from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola) kept the visitors alive.

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Spurs’ profligacy was punished late on as Ivan Cavaleiro responded with a header of his own, and Mourinho was left to field questions about Spurs’ failure to push on and see off yet another opponent.

“Not good enough, but good enough to win,” Mourinho said of Spurs’ performance (via football.london).

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“Not good enough because I think we have to play better in a more consistent way, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo in a very quiet evening.
Good enough to win the game but not good enough because we have to play better than we did.

“I understand that in the first half we had chances to kill the game. Some of them are Areola’s responsibility. In the second half we had the biggest chance to kill the game but when you don’t do it you cannot concede goals the way we did do it.

“This is the same story basically since the beginning of the season. We can talk about not killing the game yes, we can speak about that, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half but then you go back to the goals that we concede and it’s not also easy to assimilate that.

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“I think there are things [to do with the goals Spurs have conceded] that have to be with the characteristics of players. There are things that are difficult too. There are some things they have to do with organisation of the team, but other things they have to do with individual skills, individual ability, and its as simple as that.”

It was a performance which also left midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg frustrated, with the Dane questioning Spurs’ lack of bravery yet again.

“Very disappointing,” said Hojbjerg (via the Daily Mail). “We have to do better in a couple of aspects of the game. More bravery, more focus in terms of organising the team and being solid as a team.

“That doesn’t mean you have to stand in your own box and defend, it means the team is compact, the team is close to each other. I had a chance, I had to score. There are many details we have to do better.

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“I’m happy there is a game in three days again so we can show a reaction, show we are better than this. We are ready to go again, and of course heads are high.

“There’s a long way to go. We’re still very ambitious. We’re still very solid and very hungry as a team. We’ll keep going.”

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‘It took City’s solid defense’ to have defeated Brighton.

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Their victory over Brighton was their seventh on the bounce, and their recent success has been built on their newfound solid defensive foundations.

A touch of class from Phil Foden coupled with Manchester City’s newfound defensive solidity proved to be the difference as Manchester City recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday evening.

After two flawless, title-winning campaigns, Pep Guardiola’s side could hardly muster a Premier League title challenge last season, with Liverpool runaway champions – and the Citizens’ vulnerability at the back was a major contributing factor in their failure to defend their crown.

After a slightly unconvincing start to the 2020/21 campaign, City have come into a bit of form of late.

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Ruben Dias – evidence to suggest that if you throw enough money at a problem it might actually go away eventually – and John Stones have forged a really nice central defensive partnership, the pair complimenting each other well. They’re assured, calm and composed – and you don’t get the fear that they’ve got a mistake in them…a concern that Stones has previously been guilty of.

The centre back pairing of Dias and Stones have kept 11 clean sheets in the 14 games they have started together. With City’s backline finally settled and sorted, they have been able to flourish going forward.

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This wasn’t necessarily the case against Brighton. Having turned in sumptuous attacking performances against Chelsea and Manchester United at the beginning of January, City were slightly more subdued going forward on Wednesday evening.

This is in part a credit to Brighton, who were compact, dogged and frustrated Guardiola’s side for large periods of the game.

But this is where the class of Foden shone through.

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The Manchester City youngster has not been used quite as lavishly in the Premier League as had been expected following the departure of David Silva in the summer.

However, Foden had been the beating heart of City’s recent victories over Chelsea and United, and he proved to be the match winner on Wednesday too.

The 20-year-old drifted past Joel Veltman and collected Kevin De Bruyne’s pass on the edge of the box, before getting the better of Adam Webster with a fabulous first touch.

Having singlehandedly created the space inside the area, Foden then found the bottom corner with a low, pin point effort.

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It was a demonstration of Foden’s soaring importance at City, who would not have taken all three points against Brighton were it not for the England international’s moment of quality.

In this season’s most bizarre of title races, sitting four points off top spot with a game in hand, a consistent, solid defensive base and the watch-winning capabilities Foden is a pretty healthy position to be in.

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PFA warns EPL Players over goals Celebration

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The Premier League, Women’s Super League, English Football League and FA Cup – both men’s and women’s – have all had games postponed this season due to the pandemic.

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has reminded players to be careful when celebrating goals, as COVID-19 cases increase in England.

“We’ve sent a message to all our members saying: ‘You have done a great job, you’ve kept the game going and you deserve a lot of credit, but it’s important you keep to the protocols,’” PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor told the Times.

“Always abide by what you’re being told by doctors and medical staff with regard to the protocols about keeping your distance and the hygiene that’s required.

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“I understand with the celebration of a goal it’s difficult to just put the ball in the back of the net and act as though nothing has happened.

“It’s that adrenaline rush… that’s what the game is all about, but that’s part and parcel of the process, so they’ll be reminded.”

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Crystal Palace trashes 10-Man West Bromwich

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At the other end of the table, the margin of defeat sees West Brom sink behind Burnley to second bottom.

Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke both scored twice as Crystal Palace made West Brom pay for Matheus Pereira’s first-half red card in a 5-1 rout at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

The Eagles had struggled for goals in recent weeks, but with Zaha restored after missing defeats to Burnley and Newcastle due to coronavirus, Palace were a team transformed as they moved to 11th and within three points of the top four.

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Zaha made an instant impact as Palace took the lead after eight minutes when his low cross was turned into his own net by Darnell Furlong.

Furlong made amends on the half hour mark when his cross was swept home by Conor Gallagher.

But just four minutes later the game swung decisively in the visitors’ favour when Pereira was sent off after kicking out at Patrick Van Aanholt.

Zaha restored Palace’s lead 10 minutes into the second half when he brilliantly curled in from 16 yards.

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Four minutes later Benteke marked his return to the starting line-up with a first goal since July by stooping to head home Van Aanholt’s cross.

Zaha made it 4-1 after 68 minutes when he stabbed in following Eberechi Eze’s strong run into the box and Benteke rounded off the scoring in style by turning his marker and powering home a left-footed drive from just inside the penalty area eight minutes from time.

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Aston Villa disgrace Arsenal in 0-3 away win.

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Aston Villa went up a gear in the second half with Jack Grealish pulling the strings in midfield and it was no surprise when Watkins headed home in the 72nd minute.

Aston Villa returned to winning ways in stunning fashion as Ollie Watkins scored twice in a 3-0 away thumping of an abject Arsenal in drizzly north London on Sunday.

The visitors had already seen a John McGinn goal ruled out for a harsh offside decision when Bukayo Saka, under pressure from Trezeguet, put into his own goal after 25 minutes.

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Watkins struck again three minutes later after a rapid counter-attack to seal the points.

Two consecutive defeats had halted Aston Villa’s early season charge but they moved back up to sixth with 15 points from eight games.

Inconsistent Arsenal are down in 11th with 12 points after four wins and four defeats so far.


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Guardiola already experiencing his worse season at Mancity

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Manchester City currently sit in 13th place in the Premier League table after two wins, two draws and one defeat from their opening five matches. Pep Guardiola has never been in a lower position at this stage of the season at any of his previous clubs.


On Saturday, City dropped yet more points after a 1-1 draw against West Ham at the London Stadium, having already drawn with Leeds and lost at home to Leicester this campaign.

“At this level, we’ve already dropped seven points, which is a lot,” Guardiola said on Saturday. “We’ve had difficulties. We have to go game by game and see what happens.”

With eight points from five games, City are already five points behind joint league leaders Everton and Liverpool, with the latter looking to defend their Premier League title.


At no point in his four seasons at Barcelona, three at Bayern Munich and previous four at City has Guardiola been lower than fifth in a league table after the first five games of the season – let alone his current position of 13th.

Before this season, Guardiola’s previous worst start to a campaign was the 10 points he picked up from his first five games as Barcelona boss in 2008/09 and the first five games in the Premier League in 2019/20.

Never have his teams scored fewer goals (eight) and conceded as many goals (eight) as City this season.

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Causes
Guardiola has pointed out that the packed schedule has had an adverse effect on the fitness levels of his City squad this season.

“We’ve had problems with lots of injuries and the lack of preparation and time to recover between matches,” Guardiola said.

“Gabriel Jesus got injured in the first game, [Kevin] De Bruyne has been out, [Sergio] Aguero spent four months out, [Ilkay] Gundogan recovered from coronavirus, which has happened to five players… We’ve had barely any time to rest.”

On top of those names the City boss mentioned, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake have all suffered injuries this season, while Aguero is now sidelined again.

In terms of performance, Guardiola’s team still dominate games – no one reaches their average possession of 63 percent in the Premier League this season – but five teams have scored more goals than them.


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Final Score: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea

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Cavani fired just wide with his first touch while Marcus Rashford went close late on. And down the other end Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Harry Maguire held Cesar Azpilicueta down. But ultimately nobody could argue the goalless draw wasn’t a fair result.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

12′ Cavani is watching the game on bench

27′ James’ free kick stopped by De Gea

31′ Fernandes’ long shot too straight

34′ Pulisic’s shot wide out

35′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

41′ Mata’s shot stopped by Mendy

58′ Cavani subbed on to make his Manchester United debut

59′ Cavani’s shot wide out

80′ Ziyech subbed on to make his Chelsea debut

90′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

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Line-ups
Man Utd XI: Mata, De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay

Subs: Cavani, Matic, Pogba, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Greenwood

Chelsea XI: Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Jorginho, E. Mendy, Kante, Werner, Chilwell, Pulisic, Havertz, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Giroud, Kovacic, Rudiger, Ziyech, Abraham, Mount.


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Final Score: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

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Defending champions Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a hard-fought comeback victory over struggling Sheffield United at Anfield.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

13′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 0-1 Sheff Utd (Berge)

21′ CHANCE! McBurnie’s shot inches wide

22′ Robertson handball overlooked by ref

25′ CLOSE! Osborn’s shot denied by Alisson

41′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Sheff Utd (Firmino)

48′ CLOSE! Baldock’s shot inches wide

53′ CLOSE! Salah’s shot over the bar

62′ OFFSIDE! Salah’s goal disallowed

64′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Sheff Utd (Jota)

76′ CLOSE! McGoldrick’s shot over the bar

81′ OFF THE POST! Salah nearly scores

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Line-ups
Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Fabinho, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Jota, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Shaqiri, Minamino, Curtis Jones, N. Phillips, Neco Williams

Sheff Utd XI: Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, McBurnie, Berge, Ampadu, Ramsdale, Brewster

Subs: Jagielka, McGoldrick, Sharp, Norwood, Robinson, Verrips, Burke.


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Mancity Vs Liverpool’s clash postponed till next month

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Manchester City’s crunch clash with title rivals Liverpool has been moved to Sunday, November 8 after the Premier League announced the next cohort of matches to be broadcast live.


A host of fixtures have been moved around in order to accommodate the broadcasting slots for television, with the league now announcing the run-down of games from match weeks 8 to ten.

City will now welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the Etihad for a 4.30pm kick-off, following on from the earlier fixture of the day which will see Leicester City take on Wolves, as part of Sky Sports’ ‘Super Sunday’ package.

Revised schedule can be found at the bottom of this article

Other key fixtures to have been shuffled around for TV include Newcastle’s clash with Chelsea – now Saturday November 21 at 12.30pm – and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United welcoming Arsenal to Elland Road – now 4.30pm on Sunday, November 22.

The Premier League announced the dates and kick-off times via its official website on Friday, though included no mention of whether select games would continue to go ahead on the controversial pay-per-view (PPV) basis.

At present it has been indicated which games will be shown live by either Sky Sports or competitors BT Sports, though further word is expected regarding whether some games will remain accessible only by further payment.

In recent weeks fans across the entire Premier League have express their disdain at the money-spinning move, with many boycotting the PPV matches and instead donating money to other causes.

Last week it was revealed that both Sky and BT had refused to release the sales figures from their first weekend of paid for Premier League matches.

Sportsmail learned that even internal staff are not being briefed on the success or otherwise of the sales figures, although they suspect that is because the numbers are low.

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Sky said the information was ‘commercially sensitive’. However, they have previously revealed numbers for sports such as boxing. BT Sport have said that they do not typically release viewing figures for their broadcasts.

Newcastle fans responded by boycotting Sky’s PPV offering of their 4-1 home defeat by Manchester United and have instead raised £19,000 for the city’s West End Foodbank.

Other supporters’ groups, including Leeds, are now encouraging fans to give to charity rather than pay to watch matches.

Likewise, Arsenal supporters are calling for a boycott of their side’s upcoming PPV tie with Leicester, with fan groups urging others to turn their back on the game and instead donate to local north London causes including Islington Cares.

On Thursday Liverpool FC fan group Spirit of Shankly took to social media to state that supporters clubs of all 20 Premier League sides are now united behind the movement referred to as #CharitynotPPV.

Spirit of Shankly wrote: ‘In a time of crisis & struggle for so many, fans should not be asked to pay extortionate fees to watch their team #BoycottPPV.’

Liverpool’s match with Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United takes the headline act on Saturday with the late 8pm slot, though thousands of supporters are expected to go without seeing their team play in refusal to pay the £14.95 viewing fee.


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Final Score: Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham

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Tottenham came from behind in remarkable fashion to inflict an embarrassing home defeat on a shambolic Manchester United, who played an hour of the game with 10 men.

2020/2021 Premier League
1-6
Bruno Fernandes (2′ PEN)
Martial (28′)
Ndombele (4′)
Son (7′)
Kane (30′)
Son (37′)
Aurier (51′)
Kane (79′ PEN)

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Match Events
2′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham (Bruno Fernandes)

4′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Tottenham (Ndombele)

7′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham (Son)

28′ Red Card! Martial sent off

30′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-3 Tottenham (Kane)

37′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-4 Tottenham (Son)

51′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-5 Tottenham (Aurier)

63′ Yellow Card! Bailly booked

69′ Alli replaced by Ndombele

79′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham (Kane)

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Line-ups
Man Utd XI: Matic, De Gea, Pogba, Maguire, Shaw, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Bailly, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, Greenwood

Subs: Mata, Lindelof, Fred, Lingard, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, McTominay

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Aurier, Kane, Hojbjerg, Dier, Sanchez, Ndombele, Reguilon

Subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Lucas, Doherty, Ben Davies, Alli, Winks


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Final score: Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United

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Arsenal scored two quick-fire team goals to extend Sheffield United’s point-less start to the Premier League season – although the Blades did manage their first goal.

2020/2021 Premier League
2-1
Saka (61′)
Pepe (64′)
McGoldrick (83′)

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Match Report
The Gunners did not really get going until the 60th minute when Bukayo Saka celebrated his first England call-up with a header from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

Three minutes later they doubled their lead with Nicolas Pepe’s good run and finish into the bottom corner – finishing off a move with 19 passes.

They looked completely in control until David McGoldrick curled home the Blades’ first league goal of the season.

But it was not enough to affect the outcome and United have now lost seven consecutive top-flight games for the first time since 1975.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal move onto six points from three games, having lost 2-0 to champions Liverpool last Monday.

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Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

5′ Leno makes a timely clearance

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12′ Basham makes an important deffence

29′ Nketiah’s header too straight

37′ Aubameyang’s shot over the bar

38′ Yellow Card! Berge booked

44′ Aubameyang’s bycicle kick stopped

61′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheff Utd (Saka)

64′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheff Utd (Pepe)

78′ McBurnie’s long shot parried by Leno

83′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Sheff Utd (McGoldrick)

Line-ups
Arsenal XI: Willian, Luiz, Aubameyang, Leno, M.Elneny, Bellerin, Tierney, Ceballos, Gabriel, Nketiah, Saka

Subs: Lacazette, Xhaka, Runarsson, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Willock

Sheff Utd XI: McGoldrick, Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Robinson, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, Burke, Berge, Ramsdale

Subs: Sharp, Fleck, Norwood, W. Foderingham, M. Lowe, McBurnie, Ampadu


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Final score: Southampton 2-5 Tottenham

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SON HEUNG-MIN has given Tottenham a crucial win by banging in FOUR goals to see off Southampton.

Danny Ings gave the Saints the lead, but Son responded with a brilliant display as Harry Kane assisted every one of his goals.

And the England captain finally got on the scoresheet himself for the fifth, before Danny Ings grabbed a consolation with a controversial penalty.

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Match Events
0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

3′ OFFSIDE! Kane’s goal disallowed

10′ What a save from Lloris

15′ Handball early, Ings’ goal disallowed

27′ Lucas offside, Kane’s goal disallowed

32′ GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Tottenham (Ings)

44′ Yellow Card! Bertrand booked

47′ GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Tottenham (Son)

47′ GOAL! Southampton 1-2 Tottenham (Son)

64′ GOAL! Southampton 1-3 Tottenham (Son)

73′ GOAL! Southampton 1-4 Tottenham (Son)

82′ GOAL! Southampton 1-5 Tottenham (Kane)

90′ Penalty Goal! Southampton 2-5 Tottenham (Ings)

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Line-ups
Southampton XI: Bertrand, McCarthy, Romeu, Armstrong, Ings, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Bednarek, Adams, Walker-Peters, Djenepo

Subs: Shane Long, F. Forster, Vestergaard, Vokins, W. Smallbone, Obafemi, N. Tella

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Son, Lucas, Kane, Doherty, Hojbjerg, Ben Davies, Dier, Winks, Sanchez, Ndombele

Subs: Hart, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Lamela, Aurier, Bergwijn, Lo Celso


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Bale to be EPL’s top salary earner

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The Welsh striker appears destined for a return to Tottenham Hotspur with his departure set to alleviate the Spanish club’s annual financial outlay.


Following his 2013 101 million euro move to Real Madrid, during his time at the club, Gareth Bale has bagged some key goals for the Spanish side, left behind a legacy overshadowed by injuries and in recent years has fallen foul of the Bernabéu faithful with lacklustre performances. The club paid the player 30 million euro last season in salary and with the striker only featuring for 1.260 minutes, (27.5% of possible playing time) this equated to Bale being paid 23,800 euro per minute of match action.

Bale’s iconic goals in the famous white shirt are undoubtedly his 2014 Copa del Rey effort where he out-sprinted Bartra at Mestalla to bag the winner and his spectacular over-head effort in the Kiev Champions League final where Zidane’s men overcame Liverpool in the 2018 final. The Welsh international was named man of the match upon being interviewed post game, demanded more playing time for the club.

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Differences with Zizou
That night in May served to add to tension with French coach Zinedine Zidane with the relationship between both individuals overshadowed with tension which culminated with Bale poised to move to China in the summer of 2019 only for the LaLiga club to make an eleventh hour u-turn. Zidane’s feelings on the Cardiff born striker’s continuity at Real Madrid was epitomised in his famous “better that he leaves today rather than tomorrow” comment at a press conference.

Bale is now set to take a break from his life as a Real Madrid player despite his contract with the Spanish side not expiring until June 2022. In his time in the Spanish capital, the striker has bagged 105 goals in the white shirt, delivering 68 assists in 251 official matches. The Welsh international has secured four Champions League titles, two LaLiga winners medals along with success in one Copa del Rey final. Bale has also lifted three UEFA Super Cups, one Spanish Super Cupo and four FIFA Club World Cups.


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Final Score: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal

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Game is over and the final score is Fulham 0-3 Arsenal. Willian and Gabriel shone as Mikel Arteta’s side swept to three points away at Fulham.

2020/2021 Premier League
0-3
Lacazette (8′)
Gabriel (49′)
Aubameyang (57′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

7′ Odoi’s shot stopped

8′ GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Arsenal (Lacazette)

18′ Odoi’s cross too high

21′ Elneny’s shot blocked

27′ Willian’s free-kick hits the post

37′ CLOSE! Aubameyang’s attempt stopped

46′ Kebano’s free-kick cleared off

47′ Aubameyang’s cross blocked

49′ GOAL! Fulham 0-2 Arsenal (Gabriel)

55′ Yellow Card! Bellerin booked

57′ GOAL! Fulham 0-3 Arsenal (Aubameyang)

67′ Leno denies Mitrovic’s effort

73′ CHACNE! Xhaka’s shot blocked

78′ Aubameyang’s good chance blocked by Hector

79′ Subs! Ceballos replaces Xhaka

83′ Bellerin’s cross blocked on the box

86′ Subs! Nketiah in, Lacazette out

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Line-ups


Fulham XI: D. Odoi, T. Cairney, T. Ream, N. Kebano, M. Hector, Ivan Cavaleiro, J. Bryan, J. Onomah, H. Reed, M. Rodák, A. Kamara

Subs: Le Marchand, Areola, Knockaert, C. Christie, B. De Cordova-Reid, Mitrovic, Anguissa

Arsenal XI: Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Leno, Xhaka, M.Elneny, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Holding, Gabriel

Subs: Kolasinac, Macey, Pepe, Ceballos, Willock, Nketiah, Saka.


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Final Score: Leeds 3-4 Liverpool

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A fearless Leeds equalised three times before eventually losing to a late penalty from Mo Salah. That also completed a hat-trick for Salah, who looked extremely sharp. The same can’t be said of both defences, though that only added to the entertainment.

2020/2021 Premier League
4-3
Salah (4′ PEN)
Van Dijk (20′)
Salah (33′)
Salah (88′ PEN)
J. Harrison (12′)
P. Bamford (30′)
M. Klich (66′).


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

4′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 1-0 Leeds United (Salah)

9′ OFFSIDE! Costa’s goal disallowed

12′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Leeds United (Harrison)

17′ Disallowed! Mane scores but Robertson challenged Keeper on offside position

20′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Leeds United (Van Dijk)

28′ CLOSE! Robertson nearly makes Strujik a own goal

30′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Leeds United (Bamford)

33′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-2 Leeds United (Salah)

40′ Mane’s double attempt blocked

49′ Meslier makes decent save to stop Wijnaldum

53′ Van Dijk’s header over the bar

59′ Subs! Fabinho in, Keita out

62′ Mane fires his shot into the sky

65′ Subs! Curtis Jones replaces Henderso

66′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-3 Leeds United (Klich)

75′ Curtis Jones goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

77′ CLOSE! Phillips’ free-kick nearly score

79′ Disallowed! Van Dijk scores but Curtis Jones has an earlier foul

82′ Alexander-Arnold’s lob almost score

88′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United (Salah)

89′ Subs! Matip in, Alexander-Arnold out

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Line-ups
Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Van Dijk, Mane, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Matip, Minamino, Origi, Fabinho, Curtis Jones

Leeds United XI: Pablo Hernández, M. Klich, Ayling, S. Dallas, Hélder Costa, P. Bamford, Koch, K. Phillips, J. Harrison, P. Struijk, I. Meslier

Subs: Kiko Casilla, Rodrigo, E. Alioski, T. Roberts, I. Poveda-Ocampo, J. Shackleton, O. Casey


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