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Paper Talk: Rashford's big pay day

Marcus Rashford is set to see his wages double with a new Manchester United deal as Gonzalo Higuain jets in for Chelsea move.

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Saturday's Premier League tips

Mark your card for Saturday's 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League with the best bets, Super 6 predictions and top stats for each game.

Marko Arnautovic has been linked with a move away from West Ham3

Arnautovic can go at right price

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is willing to sell Marko Arnautovic to China in the January transfer window, but only if the price is right.

Our best bets for Norwich v Birmingham4

Friday night shots at Carrow Road

With 6/1, 9/1 and 11/1 winners among others in 2019 already, Tom Carnduff picks out three best bets for Friday night's game.

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1730 GOODNIGHT

Thank you for being with us today. Please join us next Saturday for another eight Premier League games and a full Sky Bet EFL programme.

Please come back to Sporting Life daily too, for all the latest football news; transfer rumours; debate and opinion; Podcasts; and betting previews


1725 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips

Let's wrap up our betting success today.

In our previews we tipped:

  • Scunthorpe to beat Walsall at 23/10
  • Che Adams to score anytime in Birmingham v Middlesbrough at 5/2

In Play we advised:

  • Swindon at 2-1 down to draw 2-2 with Lincoln at 13/8
  • Watford to win 2-1 at 14/1
  • Salah to score first at 11/4 or 5/6 to score any time.
  • Cardiff and Huddersfield to draw 0-0 at 3/1
  • Southampton to spring a surprise away win at 7/2.

1720 TRANSFER MARKET

The latest transfer news, brought to you by Sporting Life
The latest transfer news, brought to you by Sporting Life

Remember to follow our live Transfer Market throughout January.


1715 CHAMPIONSHIP PODCAST

We will have a new Sky Bet Championship Podcast out on Monday, so please look out for that and listen for FREE via iTunes and Soundcloud.

We will be discussing

  • Spy Gate
  • Stoke & Forest manager changes
  • Barnes' WBA exit
  • Leeds v Derby
  • WBA v Norwich
  • Ipswich v Rotherham
  • You can listen to this week's Podcast here.

1712 TOMORROW'S GAMES

Sporting Life's Premier League preview
Sporting Life's Spurs v Manchester United preview & tips

Tomorrow Everton host Bournemouth; while Tottenham are at home to Manchester United in a mouth watering game and we are tipping Tottenham to win at 11/10

Read our full preview here


1705 📈 TABLE MOVERS

Full Live Tables here

PREMIER LEAGUE

Liverpool back to winning ways puts them on 57 points, seven clear of Manchester City, who are yet to play this weekend.

Watford are up to seventh on 32 points, above Leicester City, who lost again today.

Huddersfield Town are still bottom and eight from safety, after drawing at Cardiff, who are a point and place above the drop zone now. Newcastle still to play tonight, are now in the bottom three, as Southampton's win takes them out of it.

Sky Bet Championship

Leeds United are four points clear at the top and of third place after their win over Derby last night. Sheffield United are up to second after their 1-0 over QPR. A 1-1 draw wasn't ideal for WBA or Norwich, but it puts WBA fourth on 47 points and Norwich third on 50.

Gomez's first win as Reading boss moves them to 23 points, two now from safety. A rare Ipwich win puts them to 18 points, seven away from Rotherham, who are fourth bottom after losing to the Tractor Boys.


1701 PREMIER LEAGUE TIP

Sporting Life's Premier League preview
Sporting Life's Premier League preview

Our Premier League expert Paul Higham is going for the following for the 5.30 kick off

Newcastle usually keep games tight and I quite fancy a Chelsea clean sheet but there's just enough of a nagging doubt about their defence to play it safe a bit here and throw in an away goal.


1700 📰 TEAM NEWS: Chelsea v Newcastle

Chelsea host Newcastle in the Premier League’s evening game.

No Alvaro Morata in Chelsea’s squad – the Spaniard is 8/15 to leave the Blues this month

Two changes for the Magpies as local boy Sean Longstaff makes his debut


1657 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

Our EFL Expert Tom Carduff tipped Scunthorpe to beat Walsall at 23/10. Another great one Tom - Well Done

We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips


1656 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Oh, so, so, so close to a 30/1 ACCA coming in. Just Preston's 1-1 draw stopped us from glory. Hey ho, onwards and upwards.

  • Bristol City 2-1 Bolton
  • Preston 1-1 Swansea
  • Walsall 1-2 Scunthorpe
  • Bury 4-3 MK Dons

1655 6⃣ SUPER 6

How well did your predictions do today?

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

Burnley 2-1 Fulham

Cardiff 0-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

Leicester 1-2 Southampton

Wigan 3-0 Aston Villa


1652 ⌛️FULL TIME

Premier League

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

Burnley 2-1 Fulham

Cardiff 0-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

Leicester 1-2 Southampton

Sky Bey Championship

Birmingham 1-2 Middlesbrough

Brentford 3-1 Stoke

Bristol City 2-1 Bolton

Hull 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Ipswich 1-0 Rotherham

Preston 1-1 Swansea

Reading 2-0 Forest

Sheffield United 1-0 QPR

West Brom 1-1Norwich

Wigan 3-0 Aston Villa

Get all Scores here


1651 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Swindon 2-2 Lincoln

The hosts level up in injury time against the nine men. We advised a 2-2 result at 13/8

We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips


1648 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Bury from 3-1 down to 4-3 up - Now we just need 10 men Preston to find a winner and we are in at 30/1 - PLEASE!!!!

  • Bristol City 2-1 Bolton
  • Preston 1-1 Swansea
  • Walsall 1-2 Scunthorpe
  • Bury 4-3 MK Dons

1646 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Reading 2-0 Forest

We just advised you to take Reading to score a second - please tell us you took it!

We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips


1644 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Sky Bet EFL tips

We tipped Che Adams to score anytime in Birmingham v Middlesbrough at 5/2 and that's happened - well done Tom Carduff


1642 🔴 ANOTHER DOUBLE RED CARD

We've seen Lincoln go down to nine men, and now Nottingham Forest are too at Reading.

No manager, and now nine players, and losing to a side in the Sky Bet relegation zone - bad to worse

Reading to score a second is 2/1; no score is 4/9


1642 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Birmingham 1-2 Middlesbrough

Adams equalises for the home side, but straight away the visitors retake the lead through Assombalonga.

Wigan 3-0 Aston Villa

WBA 1-1 Norwich

Rhodes levels it for Norwich.


1639 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Leicester are pushing for an equaliser against the 10 men of Southampton.

They are up to 69% possession, 7 shots on target and 5 against.

To score the next goal they are now 15/8 and the 2-2 draw has been Price Boosted by Sky Bet to 3-1


1638 📈 AS IT STANDS – SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

With West Brom beating Norwich at the Hawthorns, the Canaries will drop out of the top two with Sheff United taking their place.

Leeds’ lead at the top would be by four points.

1. Leeds – 54 pts

2. Sheff United – 50 pts

3. West Brom – 49 pts

4. Norwich – 49 pts

Click here to see the in-play tables in full


1637 6⃣SUPER 6 UPDATE

Wigan 2-0 Aston Villa


1636 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Bury have levelled - amazing, if they can get a fourth and Preston get a winner then we are in - COME ON!!!

  • Bristol City 2-1 Bolton
  • Preston 1-1 Swansea
  • Walsall 1-2 Scunthorpe
  • Bury 3-3 MK Dons

1635 PEN, NO PEN

Huddersfield are awarded a penalty at Cardiff by the ref. But then the assistant steps in and says no penalty and the decision is reversed.


1634 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Palace 1-2 Watford - Cleverley

And as we say that, it happens as Cleverley scores. We advised a 2-1 Watford win at half time, did you back it?


1631 WHAT A MISS

Palace's Zaha is having a stormer and he's latest run puts McArthur in for a tap in, but somehow he let's it go through his legs and misses it - terrible

But then Watford go down the other end and have a shot cleared off the line.

There seems another goal in this game, but which way?


1630 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA UPDATE

Bury letting us down badly in this one, with two of our selected teams winning

  • Bristol City 2-1 Bolton
  • Preston 1-1 Swansea
  • Walsall 1-2 Scunthorpe
  • Bury 1-3 MK Dons

1626 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Palace 1-1 Watford - Cathcart

After scoring the own goal, Cathcart's now scored at the right end

Bristol City 2-1 Bolton

Palmer, on as a sub, scores on his debut to turn this game around. All three goals came in eight minutes. Also means another team leading in our ACCA!

Sunderland 1-1 Luton

But Luton are now down to 10 men here, with Hylton sent off


1625 JOHN MARQUIS DOES IS AGAIN


1622 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Bristol City 1-1 Bolton

Dam it, we were just getting the odds of a Bristol City equaliser, as Bolton never hold leads, and City have beaten us to it


1619 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Bristol City 0-1 Bolton

Magennis scores for the visitors

Preston 1-1 Swansea


1617 🔴 DOUBLE RED CARD

Not often you see this, Sky Bet League Two Leaders Lincoln City are down to 9 men at Swindon!

Andrade went after 34 minutes; and now Shackell has seen a second yellow on 55.

The imps do lead 2-1, but with two men advantage Swindon will fancy their chances of getting fully back into this one.

A draw is now 13/8 and Swindon to win is 9/4


1615 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Leicester 1-2 Southampton - Ndidi

The Foxes have one back against the 10 men.

Brentford 3-1 Stoke

Brentford's return to form continues


1613 🎥 VIDEO GOAL HIGHLIGHTS

Jarrod Bowen has scored both goals as Hull lead Sheffield Wednesday 2-0, That's a day after being named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for December. This is why...


1610 🚨 SKY BET PRICE BOOST

Sky Bet have Price Boosted Liverpool to win 2-0 to 5/2

Salah to score a brace is 11/4

Check out the Market and bet here


1608 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Fulham are really struggling in this game now and Burnley are looking more likely to get another goal. The hosts are 13/8 to get the fourth goal of the game


1606 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips
We have a winner: Success in our latest Premier League tips

Our in play betting advice pre-match recommended Salah to score first at 11/4 or 5/6 to score any time. and that penalty gets that money in. That's three goals in four games against Brighton.


1605 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool - Salah Pen

And as we say that Liverpool get a penalty and Salah scores it - just - as the keeper gets a hand to it. Our in


1603 LIVERPOOL FINALLY ON TARGET

Liverpool have had 68% possession at the AMEX but it's taken until the first minute of the second half to see a shot on target and it's gone to Liverpool


1600 🕵 MAN ON THE SPOT

Tom Carduff at Sheffield United 1-0 QPR:

"It'll be interesting to see what QPR do in this one now. They may have been happy to slow the game down, but they do possess an attacking threat and have had opportunities in the first-half. There is a potential for more goals here, and over 2.5 is worth a consideration at a current price of 11/10"


1557 GUAITA OFF, HENNESSEY ON

Crystal Palace have won three of their five Premier League games this season with Vicente Guaita in goal, conceding 0.6 goals per game. They won just three of their 16 games with Wayne Hennessey in goal this term, shipping 1.4 goals per game.

Watford to win 2-1 is now available at 14/1


1554 HALF TIME BREAK

We will fire some half time in play betting advice and Sky Bet Price Boosts at you shortly, in the meantime, here's some things to look over now or later on Sportinglife.com

Our latest Sky Bet Championship Podcast is out now
Our latest Sky Bet Championship Podcast is out now

Take a listen to our latest Sky Bet Championshi Podcast as we discuss all the big news and latest results from the second tier of English football, as we are joined by former Leeds, Derby, Coventry and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan.

Listen for FREE on Soundcloud or iTunes here.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview
CLICK HERE FOR Sporting Life's Chelsea v Newcastle Preview for the 5.30 kick off

And Check out the last transfer rumours and the done deals with our LIVE Transfer Market Blog

The latest transfer news, brought to you by Sporting Life
The latest transfer news, brought to you by Sporting Life


1554 6⃣ SUPER 6 UPDATE

How are your chances of winning £250,000 looking currently?

  • Brighton 0-0 Liverpool
  • Burnley 2-1 Fulham
  • Cardiff 0-0 Huddersfield
  • Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
  • Leicester 0-2 Southampton
  • Wigan 1-0 Aston Villa

1553 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA UPDATE

  • Bristol City 0-0 Bolton
  • Preston 0-0 Swansea
  • Walsall 0-1 Scunthorpe
  • Bury 1-2 MK Dons

1550 ⏳ HALF TIME

Premier League

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

Burnley 2-1 Fulham

Cardiff 0-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

Leicester 0-2 Southampton (down to 10 men)

Sky Bey Championship

Birmingham 0-1 Middlesbrough

Brentford 2-1 Stoke

Bristol City 0-0 Bolton

Hull 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Ipswich 1-0 Rotherham

Preston 0-0 Swansea

Reading 1-0 Forest

Sheffield United 1-0 QPR

West Brom 1-0 Norwich

Wigan 1-0 Aston Villa

Get all Scores here


1545 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Leicester 0-2 Southampton - Long

Rollercoaster few minutes for the Saints, down to 10 men, but straight away they score a second. Great run from Long and he fires it at goal, it might have been going wide, but deflected in by Kasper in goal.


1544 🔴 RED CARD

Southampton lead at Leicester but they are now down to 10 men, Valery receives a second yellow card


1542 FOXES FREEDOM OF SPEECH??

Maybe not at the King Power Stadium, look at this....

'PUEL OUT': A Leicester City fan lets their feelings known ahead of their clash with Southampton
'PUEL OUT': A Leicester City fan lets their feelings known ahead of their clash with Southampton

'PUEL OUT': A Leicester City fan has a sign taken off them ahead of their clash with Southampton
'PUEL OUT': A Leicester City fan has a sign taken off them ahead of their clash with Southampton

A Leicester fan has a sign confiscated ahead of their clash with Southampton
A Leicester fan has a sign confiscated ahead of their clash with Southampton


1541 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Wigan 1-0 Aston Villa

This is a Super 6 game, so how does that affect you as Roberts puts the hosts ahead?


1540 🕵 MAN ON THE SPOT

Our EFL Reporter Tom Carduff at Bramall Lane says:

Sheffield United take the lead. David McGoldrick beats the goalkeeper with a header from close range. QPR haven't been in a rush today and have come with the intention of been a bit disruptive, trying to get the crowd frustrated. It worked a bit, but they'll have to change their ideas now they are behind.


1539 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Palace 1-0 Watford - Cathcart

Another Premier League own goal - that's three today already - gives Palace a lead. Goal line technology was needed to sort this one out

Sheffield United 1-0 QPR

Birmingham City 0-1 Middlesbrough


1537 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA UPDATE

One out of four winning so far...

Walsall 0-1 Scunthorpe

Bristol City 0-0 Bolton

Bury 1-2 MK Dons

Preston 0-0 Swansea


1535 MORE CLOSE CALLS

Thrilling came at Turf Moor, and another good chance for Fulham to level it up. Neither side are able to defend as Ryan Sessegnon has a free header but blazes it over.

In Cardiff, the home keeper Etheridge makes a fine from Mounie and from the resulting corner Kachunga heads over for Huddersfield.

And at the King Power, Leicester have a goal disallowed.


1532 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Ipswich 1-0 Rotherham

A relegation battle in the Sky Bet Championship and Paul Lambert's side, boosted by new signings like James Collins, are leading.

Barnsley 1-0 Bradford

The Oakwell side lead this Yorkshire derby


1530 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

In the relegation six pointer Huddersfield are dominating Cardiff with 65% possession, but we've only had one shot so far from either side.

0-0 final score is at 3/1 currently.


1527 🕵 MAN ON THE SPOT

Tom Carduff is at Sheffield United v QPR today...


1526 📸 ACTION SHOT

James Ward-Prowse celebrates his penalty for Southampton at Leicester
James Ward-Prowse celebrates his penalty for Southampton at Leicester


1524 PELLEGRINI ON MARKO

Here's what Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports when asked about Marko Arnautovic's future. 

"We'll see what happens in the next days. We'll see what's best for the player, the club, for everyone."

Waving goodbye? Marko Arnautovic's reaction to being substituted by West Ham
Waving goodbye? Marko Arnautovic's reaction to being substituted by West Ham


1522 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Burnley 2-1 Fulham - Odoi OG

Would you believe it, Fulham score two own goals in a minute. Seriously, when your defence is as bad as Fulham's surely you don't need to help the opposition further by scoring their goals for them too!

Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Managerless Forest's bad week continues, with Reading leading as they try to give their new boss Gomez a first win.

Brentford 2-1 Stoke

Afobe scores the first goal of Nathan Jones' reign to get Stoke back into this one


1519 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Burnley 1-1 Fulham - Bryan OG

Burnley needed that and are back in it. Fulham just cannot keep a clean sheet

Brentford 2-0 Stoke

Not a great start for Nathan Jones as the new Stoke manager. We discussed in the Sporting Life office that Stoke's problems were bigger than just who the manager was, and that seems to be proved true with this score line


1517 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Sunderland 1-0 Luton - MaGuire

What a battle between two sides chasing automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One. Luton, of course, starting life without Nathan Jones, who left this week for Stoke, and it's not going well.

It is now 34 consecutive games that Sunderland have scored in - amazing


1516 📸 ACTION SHOT

Fulham celebrate Andre Schurrle's goal at Burnley
Fulham celebrate Andre Schurrle's goal at Burnley


1515 🌩 GOAL FLASH

WBA 1-0 Norwich - Gayle

The first shot on target of this game goes in, as Gayle smashes home.


1511 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Walsall 0-1 Scunthorpe

A good start for the Sporting Life Acca, with Scunthorpe leading in Sky Bet League One


1510 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Leicester 0-1 Southampton - Ward-Prowse pen

A clumsy foul by Mendy gives Ward-Prowse the chance to open the scoring and despite Schmeichel getting a hand on it, he scores.

Brentford 0-1 Stoke


1508 TOWN PUNCHEON CARDIFF

Jason Puncheon is making his Premier League debut for Huddersfield Town and he's just fired a shot past the post.

Meanwhile Town's Schindler, just returning from a ban, has been yellow carded already.

Huddersfield have had players sent off in their last two matches at Cardiff City and a red card in this game is 3/1 - worth a punt I feel


1506 BIG EFL GAME

Really big game in the Sky Bet Championship at WBA host Norwich, with both fighting for an automatic promotion place. A good start from both sides here, but it's the hosts dominating the early possession.


1504 CLOSE FOR WATFORD

It's an incredible start at Selhurst Park too as Watford hit the same post twice in five seconds. Deulofeu should score from 12 yards, but his shot hits the post, it falls to Pereyra for a simple tap in and somehow he puts it against the same post


1502 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Burnley 0-1 Fulham - Schurrle

It's a wonderful start for Fulham at Burnley and it's a wonder goal from the German. An amazing strike and one to tune into Match of the Day for


1500 🕒 KICK OFF

So here we go - kick off! Good luck to you and your team over the next few hours.

Stay with us for score and match instant update; Sky Bet offers and the best in play betting advice we can provide.


1455 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE - LEICESTER V SOUTHAMPTON

A few things to consider here. Leicester have a decent home record against Southampton, not losing in their last five to the Saints. However the Foxes have lost two of their last three games at the King Power and have earned just 14 points at home. Southampton have earned four points from their last two league away days.

So Southampton to spring a surprise away win is 7/2; with Leicester to claim victory at 17/20.

Also something to consider later depending how the day goes…

Leicester have won 12 points from losing positions this season – the joint highest in the Premier League, Southampton have lost 15 points from winning positions – more than any other side


1453 🤕 ALEXANDER-ARNOLD CONCERN

A potential concern for Liverpool in the warm-ups as Trent Alexander-Arnold may have suffered a slight injury.

He stretched for a ball, stayed down and then looked a bit uncomfortable as he twisted and tried to shake it off while speaking to Jurgen Klopp.

No news of a change yet, but James Milner is staying out and warming up while the rest of the team have gone in.


1450 🎤 END FOR ARNAUTOVIC

Have we seen the last game in England for West Ham's Marko Arnautovic?

This is what his boss Manuel Pellegrini has had to say following their win over Arsenal, where the striker was subbed off in the second half.


1449 EFL TIP

We go into Sky Bet League Two for our final pre match tip from Tom Carduff...

After months of poor performances and results, Scunthorpe look like a team on the up at the moment with Stuart McCall's side stringing together three consecutive wins.

The fact that their last two wins came against play-off hopefuls Peterborough and Coventry makes it look even more impressive, and they are well-equipped to grab another victory here.

They take on a Walsall side who are out of form at the moment. They are winless in their last six and have won just one of their last six games at home.

Everything points towards a team who are making their way back up the table, with the right man at the helm bringing in his own signings. At a price of 23/10, it is more than worth a small stake on a Scunthorpe win.


1447🚨 SOCCER SATURDAY PRICE BOOST

A big day ahead in the Premier League and Sky Bet have the following Soccer Saturday Price Boost Specials:

Liverpool, Leicester and Burnley all to win is NOW 7/1

Liverpool, Leicester and Fulham all to win is NOW 12/1

Place your bets HERE


1445 PREMIER LEAGUE TIP

A final Premier league outright tip from George Pitts ahead of today's 3pm kick offs

Cardiff's Callum Paterson celebrates his goal against Southampton
Cardiff's Callum Paterson celebrates his goal against Southampton

Callum Paterson to score anytime against Huddersfield at 13/5

Backing the hosts to score twice was initially the best bet before seeing the price available on Scottish forward Callum Paterson to score anytime.

The 24-year-old is four games without a goal but the Bluebirds man averages nearly two shots per game and can return to scoring form against a relegation rival.

He is likely to lead the line and is Cardiff's danger man in opposition boxes, so nearly 3/1 looks a tad overpriced and too good to turn down.

Click here to see our Premier League preview in full

*Odds correct at time of publication


1443 🎤 INTERVIEW

West Ham are the first winners of the day, as Delan Rice became only the 10th teenager to score a Premier League goal for West Ham, and the first since Junior Stanislas in November 2009.


1441 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – PALACE V WATFORD

Wilfried Zaha is such a key play for Crystal Palace, so you might not believe this stat, but he has failed to score or provide an assist in his last 12 league appearances! So potentially it is worth avoiding him today.

What might be worth looking at is Jordan Ayew, as he’s 9/4 to score any time in this one and he's scored in three of his four starts against Watford.

On the other side, Troy Deeney is vying to score in three successive Premier League away matches for just the second time in his career. He’s 17/2 with Sky Bet to score first today and 5/2 anytime.


1439 📊 STAT TIME – LEICESTER V SOUTHAMPTON

Leicester City are looking to bounce back from their shock and humiliating FA Cup exit to Sky Bet League Two club Newport County, while Southampton threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Derby. So neither are in great mood going into this one.

  • Leicester have won 12 points from losing positions this season, the joint-highest tally in the Premier League.
  • Jamie Vardy has been involved in five of Leicester's last eight Premier League goals (four goals, one assist), earning seven points for the Foxes.
  • Southampton have used 26 different players in the Premier League this season, the joint-highest total in the division. They used 26 different players in each of the previous three Premier League campaigns.

1437 EFL TIP

Another EFL tip from Tom Carduff...

The tie of the weekend comes at the Hawthorns as West Brom welcome title rivals Norwich and this game does have the potential for goals. These two sides are in the top-three for goals scored this season, while their 34 goals conceded is the highest out of any of the other sides in the top-eight.

One player to keep an eye on in this game is City’s Onel Hernandez. The winger has been in great form in recent weeks - scoring two and contributing a further three assists in his last five league games.

With Marco Stiepermann missing this game through injury, Hernandez will enjoy more minutes on the pitch and should have opportunities to find the net.

Given that recent form, the value is there in taking the 15/4 with Betway for a goal anytime in this contest.

The Baggies have only managed to keep two clean sheets in their league home games this season, those coming against teams struggling at the other end of the table.

It's difficult to keep out Norwich at the moment, which is why it's worth looking for goalscorers.


1435 6⃣ SUPER 6 UPDATE

There's still time to get involved in round 36 of Super 6, with another £250,000 to be won. Enter for FREE and correctly predicted the final scores from today’s six selected games.

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1430 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – BURNLEY V FULHAM

We are scouting the team news and stats - matching them up to work out what could happen today and come off from a betting in play point of view.

Chris Wood finds the net at the John Smith's Stadium
Burnley's Chris Wood finds the net against Huddersfield

Chris Wood starts again for Burnley against a leaky Fulham side.

Wood has scored in his last three games in league and cup, including back-to-back Premier League strikes

He is 2/1 to score anytime; 10/1 to score two or more; and 11/2 to open the scoring.


1428 CHAMPIONSHIP PODCAST

Our latest Sky Bet Championship Podcast is out now
CLICK HERE for our latest Sky Bet Championship Podcast

Talking of the Sky Bet Championship, take a listen to our latest podcast as we discuss all the big news and latest results from the second tier of English football, as we are joined by former Leeds, Derby, Coventry and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan.

Listen for FREE on Soundcloud or iTunes here.


1426 EFL TIPS

Our EFL expert Tom Carduff has been casting his eye over today's fixtures and is going for the following tips.....

Middlesbrough come into this one with issues in defence as Aden Flint, Daniel Ayala and Ryan Shotton could all be missing from Tony Pulis' starting line-up.

The Blues have a strong home record this season and have lost just one of their 13 league games in front of their own supporters.

They have little issue in finding the net here, and you'd back them to score at least one given that situation at the back for the visitors.

Che Adams is one player enjoying life at St. Andrews currently. The forward has 12 goals and four assists in 26 Championship games this season, including three in his last five.

Odds of 5/2 look generous on Adams adding to his tally in a game such as this. Middlesbrough, a side who pride themselves on defence, will be significantly weaker if all three fail to feature.

Adams has the ability to capitalise, in a game where Birmingham will fancy victory.


1422 ⌛️FULL TIME

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Rice's second half goal delivers any early 20th birthday present for himself and in turn gives the Hammers just their second win in 22 games against Arsenal.

The Gunners miss the chance to close in on the top four, while West Ham move to 31 points, level with seventh placed Leicester


1420 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – BRIGHTON V LIVERPOOL

Mohamed Salah scores from the penalty spot for Liverpool against Arsenal
Will Mohamed Salah continue his fine form against Brighton?

We know how good Mohamed Salah is and he likes to show that against Brighton. He has scored twice and assisted twice in his three Premier League appearances against the Seagulls.

He is 11/4 to get the opening goal today, and 5/6 to score any time.


1416 PREMIER LEAGUE TIP

Jurgen Locadia celebrates after scoring for Brighton v Arsenal
Jurgen Locadia celebrates after scoring for Brighton v Arsenal

Time for another one of George Pitts' tips for the day

Brighton are now unbeaten in four matches in all competitions but a tough match against leaders Liverpool beckons and avoiding defeat will be an incredibly tough task for the Seagulls.

Jurgen Klopp will be looking for a reaction after back-to-back defeats for his side - first in the Premier League against Man City and then in the FA Cup at Wolves. A win is a lot to ask for Brighton, but getting on the score sheet is not out of question.

Brighton are strong at the Amex this season, have scored against Man United (and won), Arsenal and Chelsea. Liverpool have a bit of a defensive crisis at the minute - with Fabinho having to slot in at the back in place of the injured Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, so the Seagulls could look to explore this weakness.


1414 🕵 EFL MAN ON THE SPOT

No spying here, we officially got a press pass for Sheffield United against QPR and our EFL expert Tom Carduff is there for us. He'll keep us updated with all the news and game development at Bramall Lane....

Billy Sharp is the cover star on the programme today – the Blades honouring him for hitting the 220 goal mark and becoming the highest England league scorer this century. Unsurprisingly, the majority of Chris Wilder’s column is on the signing of Gary Madine. He is “delighted that we’ve been able to bring in a forward who has won promotion for the past two seasons.”

Sharp starts, while Wilder has named Madine on the bench for this one alongside another new signing in Kieran Dowell. Those two new faces will give United a real impact should they need it in the latter stages of this one. The return of Chris Basham is also a huge boost and puts them in a great position for victory here.

QPR haven’t chopped and changed massively in recent league games, they haven’t had to in all honesty, and the same applies for today’s clash.

Sheffield United will know that Norwich face that tough test away at West Brom and three points could move them above the Canaries into second. Blades fans around the ground feel confident of a win today and they should see it.

Loftus Road has been important for the R’s up until this point, but their away form sees just one win in their last six.

Obviously Sharp is a short price for a goal here, around the 11/10 mark. So if you’re looking for something a tad bigger then consider Mark Duffy to score anytime. He has four goals and four assists on his tally from attacking midfield, including one in their 3-0 victory over Wigan in their last league encounter.


1412 📰 TEAM NEWS: Cardiff v Huddersfield

Callum Paterson – our goalscorer tip for this afternoon – starts as Neil Warnock makes three changes from their last Premier League outing. Joe Bennett, Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing come into the Bluebirds XI.

Erik Durm and Jason Puncheon in: Two changes for the Terriers in what their manager labelled a must-win match.


1410 📰 TEAM NEWS: Burnley v Fulham

Tom Heaton continues in goal for the third game in a row as Jeff Hendrick comes in for the Clarets.

Tom Cairney on the bench for the visitors, Aboubakar Kamara – who was part of the penalty row at the end of December – is not in the squad, much to the annoyance of Fulham fans


1408 📰 TEAM NEWS: Palace v Watford

Guaita stays in goal for Palace, ahead of the in trouble Hennessey

One change for Watford, with Hughes replacing Sema.


1406 ANDY CARROLL ON AS SUB

Last 12 minutes between West Ham and Arsenal, with the Hammers leading. Andy Carroll is on and has scored four times in his last two home Premier League appearances for West Ham against Arsenal, bagging a hat-trick in April 2016 at Upton Park and a consolation goal in a 1-5 defeat at London Stadium in December 2016.

You can back the forward to net the game’s next goal at 12/1


1404 📰 TEAM NEWS: Leicester v Southampton

Leicester make three changes from their last league game. James Maddison returns to the starting lineup, while Harvey Barnes is on the bench following his loan recall from West Brom.

Injured duo Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings are both out and are among the four changes to the Southampton side who drew 0-0 with Chelsea.


1402 📰 TEAM NEWS: Brighton v Liverpool

One change for Chris Hughton’s side as Gaetan Bong comes in for the Amex clash with the Premier League leaders.

Sadio Mane makes his 100th appearance in a Liverpool shirt as Fabinho starts at centre-back for the visitors


1400 GOODBYE FROM ARNAUTOVIC?

Marko Arnautovic has been subbed off by West Ham and as he left the pitch he did a 360o clapping of the crowd - was that goodbye with his desire to leave for China?

Check out all completed deals and latest rumours and gossip with the Sporting Life Transfer Market blog


1357 📊 STAT TIME – PALACE V WATFORD

So this is a tough one to call in London. Watford go into the game seven points ahead of their hosts, but Palace boast a good home record against the Hornets. Add to that, Palace have won three of their last five home matches, while Watford could equal a club top flight record of four consecutive away games unbeaten.

  • Roy Hodgson's side have kept eight Premier League clean sheets this season, a record bettered only by Liverpool (12), Chelsea (10) and Tottenham (9).
  • The Hornets have earned 13 points away from home this season, just one fewer than in the whole of 2017-18. However, they've only managed two victories in 11 league games (D4, L5).

1355 GROUP BETS

Team news to come shortly from our 3pm games, in the meantime, check out Sky Bet's new Group Bets

Our football team have joined Sky Bet’s new feature and if you want to do the same, all you have to do is set one up and invite your friends before building an accumulator together.

Simply set up the group and invite in your mates to get the conversation started, and then build an accumulator together with the brand new way to bet.

Once everyone has chosen their selection, you can each decide if you want to back it. If you think one of your group has thrown in a dodgy selection, you can leave it out.

Track the action in-play and once the final whistle has blown, check the stats and see how your selections performed.

Allow the Soccer Saturday boys to show you how it is done:

Find out more about Group Bets here

See the Sporting Life Group Bets selections this week here


1352 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

We are hoping for a return to winning ways with the Sporting Life EFL ACCA, after last week three out of our four teams won, leaving us painfully close to glory.

This week we are going for Preston, Bristol City, Scunthorpe and Bury all to win enhanced to 30/1 with Sky Bet


1347 📊 STAT TIME – CARDIFF V HUDDERSFIELD

Now here is your classic relegation six pointer with hosts Cardiff a place and two points out of the drop zone, with visitors Huddersfield bottom and eight adrift from safety. It was 0-0 earlier in the season when these sides met in Yorkshire.

  • The Bluebirds have lost back-to-back home league games, conceding a total of eight goals. Prior to that, they had won three successive home matches.
  • Defeat would be Cardiff's 100th loss at home in the top flight.
  • Huddersfield are only the fourth club to have 10 points or fewer after 21 Premier League matches. The other three all ended the season bottom: Bolton in 1995-96, Sunderland in 2005-06 and Derby in 2007-08.

1342 🎥 VIDEO GOAL HIGHLIGHT


1340 📊 STAT TIME – BURNLEY V FULHAM

Burnley are on the up thanks to back to back league wins, which has earned them more points in two games than the whole of their previous 12! Fulham would love such a little run as they fight to get out of the drop zone.

  • Burnley are unbeaten in their last 29 home matches against Fulham in all competitions (W24, D5).
  • Fulham's last win at Turf Moor was 2-0 in the top flight in April 1951.

1336 🌩 GOAL FLASH

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal - Rice

Classic old skool Arsenal defending - and by that I mean terrible defending - allows Declan Rice to open the scoring, two days before his 20th Birthday.

Ball into the box, a weak Arsenal header clearance goes straight to former Gunner Nasri in the box, who find Rice to slam home.


1334 🔍 PREMIER LEAGUE TIP

George Pitts is with me today and he's providing his trusty Premier League tips as always.

He's been spying on all the teams this week to try and find the best value around. Let's fire the first one in...

One of the division's worst home sides comes up against its worst away side and this one is certainly not expected to be first up in the Match of the Day running order.

Sean Dyche's side have improved but this is by far the best run they have had all season and it is difficult to see it stretching much further. This is a great chance for Fulham to get a first league away win of the season.

We have been waiting a long time for the Cottagers to improve under Claudio Ranieri and they showed glimpses of that with a three-match unbeaten run over the festive period.

Turf Moor is no longer a fortress and at odds above 2/1, Fulham look great value for the win - providing they do not suffer a hangover from their FA Cup defeat to Oldham.

Adding 1.5 total goals into the equation boosts it up to 17/5 - a great price for a side whose three wins this season have been against sides starting the day in the bottom four. The likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Andre Schurrle can provide the quality to help Fulham return to London with all three points.


1327 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Alexandre Lacazette tries his luck in Arsenal's away clash at West Ham in the Premier League
Alexandre Lacazette tries his luck in Arsenal's away clash at West Ham in the Premier League

Heading back to the London Stadium, where we've seen a really even game. It's one shot on target apiece, with the hosts having six in total, and the Gunners having four.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette has been the busiest attacker with four attempts so far, one of them on target, and the Frenchman to score the game's first goal is now available at 13/2.

Back it here, along with more in-play odds for West Ham v Arsenal


1325 6⃣ SUPER 6 UPDATE

It’s Round 36 of Super 6, with another £250,000 to be won. Enter for FREE and correctly predicted the final scores from today’s six selected games.

  • Brighton v Liverpool
  • Burnley v Fulham
  • Cardiff v Huddersfield
  • Crystal Palace v Watford
  • Leicester v Southampton
  • Wigan v Aston Villa

Enter here


1320 TRANSFER MARKET

The latest transfer news, brought to you by Sporting Life
The latest transfer news, brought to you by Sporting Life

With the focus on the field today, you won't be surprise to hear that no transfer movement has happened as yet on this Saturday.

However there are plenty of rumours and gossips doing the rounds still.

Check out all the latest transfer news and completed deals with our LIVE Transfer Market blog, which is running throughout January.


1316 📊 STAT TIME – BRIGHTON V LIVERPOOL

Let's start looking at the 3pm Premier League games and start with an interesting game at the AMEX.

League leaders Liverpool are looking to avoid losing three straight games for the first time since January 2017, while this is the first time Brighton have played a home game against the current Premier League leaders.

  • Brighton have lost just six of their 29 Premier League home matches, but five of those have come against the established top-six sides.
  • The Reds have won their last eight Premier League games which have kicked off at 3pm on a Saturday, with seven of those victories by a margin of at least three goals.

🕵️‍♂️ 1314 SPY GATE

It really was a fascinating match at Elland Road last night, and it provided a pre-match build up you rarely experience.

Rather than the normal "we respect the opposition; it will be a hard game; it's all about what we do on the night" type quotes ahead of kick off, we instead had the Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa admitting to sending a spy to scout out Derby's training sessions, and Frank Lampard's honest reaction of how appalled he was at it. Catch up on the whole story and watch what was said here.

And watch the game highlights:


1310 🚨 SOCCER SATURDAY PRICE BOOST

A big day ahead in the Premier League and Sky Bet have the following Soccer Saturday Price Boost Specials:

  • Liverpool, Leicester and Burnley all to win is NOW 7/1
  • Liverpool, Leicester and Fulham all to win is NOW 12/1

Place your bets HERE


1305 COMING UP

Coming up this afternoon we will bring you team news at 2pm, for the Premier League 3pm games.

In this hour we will have key stats for those games and share the Sporting Life team's best bets for selected Premier League and Sky Bet EFL matches.

We'll also start to offer in play betting tips as that team news comes in.

There might also be the odd Spy pun too - as we never say never again to a good pun here at Sporting Life!


1303 AT THE LONDON STADIUM

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

West Ham's Marko Arnautovic is closed down by Laurent Koscielny
West Ham's Marko Arnautovic is closed down by Laurent Koscielny

West Ham are hosting Arsenal in the early Premier League kick off and we've yet to have a goal

The Hammers have won just one of their last 21 Premier League matches against Arsenal, while the Gunners are unbeaten in 11 away matches at West Ham in all competitions since November 2006


1300 WELCOME

Good afternoon, thanks for being with us for another busy and exciting day of Premier League and Sky Bet EFL football.

We’ve had the drama of Spy Gate last night at Elland Road, and today we are here ‘for your eyes only’ hoping for more great action and talking points from today’s encounters.

As always, we will have team news; match stats, instant score updates, Sky Bet Price Boost, Offers and betting advice to help you with your in-play selections this afternoon.

Good luck to you and your team today.


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