GOAL! Bournemouth 2-2 Chelsea (Alonso 85)
Marcos Alonso, goal machine. It’s three in two league games for the rampaging left back. That had been coming, with Chelsea piling on the pressure. Now the Cherries, so close to a precious win, will simply be looking to hang onto a point.
Absolutely nothing has happened at St James’ Park in the match between Newcastle and Burnley. Nothing, nowt, zilch, nada, nix, bugger all. There: if that doesn’t guarantee some late drama, nothing will.
Steve Mounie has scored a second for Huddersfield against Charlton. This win would catapult the Terriers up to the heady heights of 17th in the Championship table, leaving Charlton one place and two points above the relegation zone.
The match at Hoffenheim has restarted. By all accounts, Bayern are just doing keepie-uppies, Jim Baxter style, and Hoffenheim players are merely standing around in the fag-while-waiting-for-bus style. Having a nice chat. Meanwhile the clock ticks on, and the referee doesn’t give two hoots. What is it with touchy billionaires, though? Guess it’s true what the moptops said: money can’t buy you love.
A huge goal in the Championship. Wigan take the lead against West Brom at the Hawthorns, Sam Morsy taking advantage of a post-corner scramble to slam home. If this stays the same, Leeds will be just a point behind the Baggies at the top of the table, while Wigan will escape the dropzone at the expense of Middlesbrough.
The teamsheets are in at Vicarage Road.
Watford: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Hughes, Capoue, Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu, Deeney.
Subs: Gomes, Dawson, Welbeck, Chalobah, Gray, Pussetto, Pereyra.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Adrian, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip, Jones, Hoever.
Rob Smyth helms the MBM, and will furnish you with all the pre-match analysis you require. And possibly some more.
Chelsea have brought on Michy Batshuayi, in the hope of getting back into the game at Dean Court. The erratic Belgian has just slotted home … but from a clearly offside position. VAR does its job, and Bournemouth remain 2-1 in the lead.
Fulham are determined to stay on the tails of West Brom and Leeds in the Championship promotion places. Preston North End appear equally determined to give them a hand. David Nugent has put through his own net, giving the Cottagers a 58th-minute lead.
Thin-skinned rich men latest. Bayern Munich are currently 6-0 up at Hoffenheim. But the game has been suspended because their fans are waving an offensive banner against Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp.
Dundee United have a Liverpoolesque lead at the top of the Scottish Championship. Second-placed Inverness Caley Thistle aren’t going to catch them, 18 points behind, albeit with two games in their pocket after today. So a defeat today is unlikely to cause the Arabs too much despair. Nevertheless, the leaders are 2-0 down at Dunfermline, Jonathan Afolabi adding to Kevin Nisbet’s first-half goal.
Freddie Sears has equalised for momentum-free Ipswich Town at Blackpool. Meanwhile QPR, who were trailing 1-0 at half time at home to Birmingham City, have staged a fine comeback, Marc Pugh and Jordan Hugill scoring the goals in a four-minute burst to snatch the lead. And down near the bottom of the Championship, out-of-form Reading are 2-0 up on Barnsley, George Puscas adding to Yakou Meite’s first-half strike.
GOAL! Bournemouth 2-1 Chelsea (King 57)
That cup of half-time tea must have been a tasty drop. Two goals in three minutes, the second from Josh King, has turned things around for the Cherries at Dean Court. Bournemouth, like West Ham, are fighting hard for three precious points.
GOAL! West Ham United 3-1 Southampton (Antonio 54)
Saints have brought on Danny Ings. And he’s got a job to do, because Michail Antonio has just stretched West Ham’s lead in a must-win game for the hosts.
A Tomas Kalas own goal has brought Millwall level against Bristol City. It’s 1-1 at the New Den. Meanwhile from og to Ng: in the old Fourth Division, Perry Ng puts Crewe 1-0 up at Morecambe. As things stand, Crewe will be going to the top of the table.
GOAL! Bournemouth 1-1 Chelsea (Lerma 54)
Ryan Fraser swings a corner into the Chelsea mixer. Jefferson Lerma rises highest to bullet a header into the net. It’s his first home goal for the Cherries.
The Championship leaders West Brom are being held at home by lowly Wigan. It’s 0-0, and it’s not exactly been a classic at the Hawthorns. Meanwhile at Ewood Park, Swansea have turned things around completely either side of the half-time break, Andre Ayew stroking home a penalty kick on 48 minutes. It’s 1-2.
Huddersfield are playing Charlton this afternoon, you’ll have noticed. Any excuse to exhume an old Joy of Six. Why not while away the time before the second-half goals start flying in?
Scottish League Two half-times.
- Albion Rovers 1-2 Elgin City
- Brechin 0-0 Sterling Albion
- Cowdenbeath 1-0 Edinburgh City
- Queen’s Park 2-0 Annan Athletic
- Stenhousemuir 0-2 Cove Rangers
Scottish League One half-times.
- Clyde 2-1 Falkirk
- Dumbarton 0-0 Raith Rovers
- Forfar 0-1 East Fife
- Montrose 1-0 Airdrieonians
Scottish Championship half-times.
- Alloa Athletic 0-1 Ayr United
- Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Dundee United
- Queen of the South 0-2 Greenock Morton
The League Two half-times.
- Bradford City 2-0 Plymouth Argyle
- Cambridge United 0-1 Carlisle United
- Colchester United 0-1 Cheltenham Town
- Exeter City 0-1 Crawley Town
- Grimsby Town 0-2 Northampton Town
- Macclesfield Town 0-2 Salford City
- Morecambe 0-0 Crewe Alexandra
- Oldham Athletic 2-0 Newport County
- Port Vale 1-0 Scunthorpe United
The League One half-times.
- Blackpool 1-0 Ipswich Town
- Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Accrington Stanley
- Bristol Rovers 0-0 Shrewsbury Town
- Burton Albion 0-0 Peterborough United
- Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers
- Gillingham 0-0 AFC Wimbledon
- Oxford United 1-1 Southend United
- Rotherham United 1-1 MK Dons
The Championship half-times.
- Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Swansea City
- Cardiff City 2-2 Brentford
- Fulham 0-0 Preston North End
- Huddersfield Town 1-0 Charlton Athletic
- Luton Town 0-1 Stoke City
- Millwall 0-1 Bristol City
- QPR 0-1 Birmingham City
- Reading 1-0 Barnsley
- Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Derby County
- WBA 0-0 Wigan Athletic
Rhian Brewster, on loan at Swansea from Liverpool, has just whacked one in from 20 yards against Blackburn. It’s an equaliser, right on the stroke of half-time, Sam Gallagher having given Rovers a 25th-minute lead at Ewood Park. Meanwhile Cardiff have levelled up at home against Brentford, Joe Ralls completing a comeback from two goals down just before the half-time whistle. It’s 2-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Premier League half-times.
- Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea
- Newcastle United 0-0 Burnley
- West Ham United 2-1 Southampton
As things stand, West Ham catapult themselves up to 16th, leapfrogging Bournemouth and pushing Aston Villa into the bottom three. With games against Arsenal, Wolves, Spurs and Chelsea coming up, a win today couldn’t be more precious.
GOAL! West Ham United 2-1 Southampton (Haller 40)
But not for long! Sebastien Haller bullies Alex McCarthy as the pair compete for a high ball, then slides home. VAR has a check, harshing West Ham’s buzz, but eventually they’re allowed to celebrate properly. The goal stands, and the Hammers deservedly lead on the balance of play.
Could it be one of those days for West Ham? They’ve messed up a three-on-one break, conceded minutes after missing a great chance, and now another goal goes betting. From a corner, Issa Diop fails to connect a couple of yards out, and the score remains 1-1.
Cardiff are back in it against Brentford. Junior Hoilett has halved the deficit on 34 minutes; it’s 1-2. Elsewhere in the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday are capitulating at home against Derby. Jason Knight scores a third for the Rams on the half-hour, and already plenty of Owls regulars have decided enough is enough. They’re off to the pub.
GOAL! Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea (Alonso 33)
Bournemouth had started well, but it’s Chelsea who have taken the lead at Dean Court (some habits, etc.). Olivier Giroud hits the bar, and Marcos Alonso rifles home the rebound from close range. The destroyers of Spurs last week combine again.