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The latest rumour and gossip from the back pgaes1

Paper Talk: Lukaku to go?

Manchester United are ready to sell £75m striker Romelu Lukaku as they look to bring in one of Serie A's top hit men in Paulo Dybala or Mauro Icardi.

Our best bets for the latest FA Cup round2

FA Cup betting preview

Paul Higham casts an eye over the fifth round games in the FA Cup with best bets for every game coming up over the weekend.

Our best bets for Blackburn v Middlesbrough
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Rovers to bounce back against Boro

There's one game in the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday. Tom Carnduff picks out two best bets for the clash at Ewood Park.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi4

Yet another milestone for Messi

Lionel Messi scored the only goal as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid and it meant he achieved another notable landmark in an astonishing career.

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WATCH: Sky Bet Championship goals

All the goals, results and review from Saturday's Sky Bet Championship action as Norwich and Sheffield United claimed 4-0 wins in the promotion race.

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PREMIER LEAGUE FULL TIMES

Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle

Brighton 0-0 Watford

Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham

Everton 1-3 Wolves


1730 GOODNIGHT

Well that is as far as we go for Match Companion this week. We will be back next Saturday from 1pm.

We will have full roundup's of all today's action from the Premier League and the three Sky Bet EFL divisions onsite.

Remember we have every goal from every EFL goal onsite and social on Sunday.

Follow us on twitter at @sportinglifeFC for updates and videos from tonight's games, including Leeds United v Norwich City


1725 SUNDAY'S GAMES

What a Sunday we have coming up with Manchester City at home to Arsenal and Leicester hosting Manchester United.

Get our previews and tips here


1720 🎆 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 review our day's betting then. I hope your own bets came in and that we also helped you make some winning picks.

Previews

  • George Pitts called Wolves to score 2+ goals at 2/1

In Play

  • At 1-0 down, Burnley to score next at 5/2
  • At 2-0 up, we tipped Luton to get a third at 7/4
  • Once 1-0 up we advised Chelsea to score next at 1/4
  • Pre match we went for Chelsea to win to nil at 10/11
  • Spurs to to score first at 1/2

1713 📈 TABLE MOVERS

Premier League

Tottenham are up to second after ther 1-0 win over Newcastle at lunchtime. They are four off the leaders Liverpool. However both them and Manchester City still have to play this weekend.

Chelsea move three points ahead of Arsenal in fourth, but again the Gunners play tomorrow.

Wolves are up to seventh on 38 points - that is the most by a promoted team at this stage of a Premier League season since Birmingham City's tally of 37 in 2009-10. Also Wolves have now equalled their highest tally of 11 wins in a Premier League season, set in 2010-11.

At the bottom, Huddersfield remain doomed, 13 points from safety. Burnley's late point moves them five clear of the drop zone. Palace are on 26 points after their win, seven clear.

Sky Bet Championship

With the top two playing at 5.30 it has allowed Sheffield United into second and three points off top at this point, but something will chance there whatever happens at Elland Road.

Middlesbrough move to 50 points, joint with WBA after beat them today. Bristol City are into the play offs after another win and Derby drawing last night to Preston. Hull are 10th after beating Stoke, who are 15th.

Ipswich and Bolton lost again, while Reading picked up a point and are one after from Rotherham, who also got a point.


1709 CARDIFF v BOURNEMOUTH

Our best bets for Cardiff v Bournemouth
Our best bets for Cardiff v Bournemouth

In the 5.30 Premier League kick off, Paul Higham is tipping Bournemouth to win & under 2.5 goals at 21/5

Read his full preview here


1705 GOALS GOALS GOALS

Remember - Sporting Life is the home of the EFL. So come back tomorrow to watch every goal from every game in Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two.

We will pick out our games of the day and have full highlights of those; and pick out the best goals from the weekend from all three leagues and have them both on our website, twitter and facebook


1703 LEEDS V NORWICH

Our best bets for Leeds v Norwich
Our best bets for Leeds v Norwich

At 5.30 the top two in the Sky Bet Championship go head to head as Leeds United host Norwich. We will have updates, and post match video interviews from both clubs on twitter @sportinlifeFC, so do follow us there.

Here is Tom Carduff's preview and tips for the game


1700 6⃣ SUPER 6 UPDATE

This is how the Super 6 games finished today

  • Brighton 0-0 Watford
  • Burnley 1-1 Southampton
  • Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield
  • Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
  • Everton 1-3 Wolves
  • Birmingham 2-0 Forest

1658 SO CLOSE

Ahh, that's annoying. We called Lincoln to score a second and win, and they've just missed an injury time penalty to draw 1-1 at Notts County


1657 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Sadly we couldn't make it two weeks in a row for the ACCA, with just one of our four selections winning.

  • Millwall 0-0 Rotherham
  • Ipswich 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Walsall 1-2 Rochdale
  • Grimsby 3-0 Newport

1655 ⌛️FULL TIME

Full times starting to come in...

Premier League

Brighton 0-0 Watford

Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham

Everton 1-3 Wolves

Sky Bet Championship

Wigan 2-1 QPR

Birmingham 2-0 Forest

Brentford 5-2 Blackburn

Bristol City 2-0 Swansea

Hull 2-0 Stoke

Ipswich 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Millwall 0-0 Rotherham

Reading 0-0 Aston Villa

Sheffield United 2-0 Bolton

WBA 2-3 Middlesbrough

Live scores for all leagues here


1654 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

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

We called Burnley to score next at 5/2


1651 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Crouch on his debut wins a penalty for his new club and Barnes scores it. The goal was coming and deserved. It was Burnley's first penalty in 66 games!!


1646 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Sorry everyone, there goes the ACCA, as Sheffield Wednesday take a 1-0 lead at Ipswich. Steve Bruce heading for a win in his first game in charge.

However the winner has come from Luca Joao and we like him. He was lovely when we interviewed him as he was named Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month winner for December.


1644 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield

Luiz scored number 5, and if they weren't already, Town should now be planning to be back in the Sky Bet Championship

Palace 2-0 Fulham

Schulup wins this one for Palace.

Brentford 4-2 Blackburn

What a comeback from the hime side - from 2-0 down! Maupay again

WBA 2-3 Middlesbrough

Boro lead again as Assombalonga gets his second


1641 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

The way this game has gone calling a 0-0 draw for Brighton v Watford looks sensible at 1/5.

However Brighton are price boosted to 15/2 to win 1-0 and they are the side pushing for a winner with four shots on target and 11 off. Six minutes left can they get something?


1640 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Good old Grimsby - now 3-0 up against Newport, and still the only one of our four ACCA teams to be winning


1637 📸 ACTION SHOT

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates his first Chelsea goal
Gonzalo Higuain celebrates his first Chelsea goal


1635 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Bristol City 2-0 Swansea

WBA 2-2 Middlesbrough

Wigan 2-1 QPR

Brentford 3-2 Blackburn


1633 🌩 CROUCH IS ON

As Burnley look for an equaliser Peter Crouch is on from the bench and his first touch is to head down a corner towards goal before it is cleared.

Crouch to score is 14/1 and Burnley to score next is 5/2 as they apply the pressure - four shots on target now and six in total


1631 🎆 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 Luton to get a third at 7/4 and they've just done it - 3-0 up at Shrewsbury


1629 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Chelsea 4-0 Huddersfield

Higuain has his second of the game

Sheffield United 2-0 Bolton

The Blades score again and it is Billy Sharp - of course!


1628 THE CAT

No I'm not talking about a goalkeeper, play is stopped at Goodison Park as a black cat enters the pitch. It takes a lot of stewards and about five minutes to remove the poor thing - bless it


1625 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Chelsea 3-0 Huddersfield

Hazard scores again. I tipped Chelsea to win to nil, and also looked at 3-0 scoreline - so let's hope it stays like this

Everton 1-3 Wolves

I wouldn't like to be Mr Silva at the moment, as Dendoncker makes it three.

Sunderland 1-0 Wimbledon

In Sky Bet League One, Sunderland score again - they always score!


1622 🌩 GOAL FLASH

WBA 2-1 Middlesbrough

Typical - I was just writing to tip WBA to score next, and Gayle's beaten me to it

Hull 2-0 Stoke

What a great season for Hull, and a terrible one for Stoke.


1621 NFL SUPER BOWL

Just a quick break to remind you that it is Super Bowl 53 this Sunday. Our NFL man Paul Higham has been in America all week, so check out all his previews, video and tips on our NFL pages

Super Bowl LIII: Back the Pats


1620 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Oh no, Rochdale lead again at Walsall 2-1. D'oh


1619 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Wigan 2-0 QPR

Leon Clarke marks his return to the club with a goal, having rejoined the club from Sheffield United this week.


1617 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Luton lead 2-0 at Shrewsbury, they've scored 4 and 3 in two of their last three matches and 60 goals in total in Sky Bet League One. Shrewsbury have let in 8 in their last three matches (including this current game). Luton to get a third is 7/4


1616 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Burnley 0-1 Southampton

Redmond gets his sixth goal of the season - are the Saints heading for a rare win at Turf Moor?


1614 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Sheffield United 1-0 Bolton

The Blades finally have the opener against struggling Bolton, thanks to McGoldrick. That's after Bolton had just missed a great chance themselves.


1613 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Grimsby are doing us proud today, as they go 2-0 against Newport. Now we need the other three to get winners. Come on boys - pull your socks up


1611 📸 ACTION SHOT

Penalty or not? Ashley Barnes is booked for this, rather than being given a penalty
Penalty or not? Ashley Barnes is booked for this, rather than being given a penalty


1608 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Sky Bet League Two leaders Lincoln equalised right on half time at Notts County. They are now 6/5 to go on and beat the league's bottom club and 1/1 to get the next goal. I'm going for this.


1606 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Bristol City 1-0 Swansea

City are in great form and pushing for the play offs, and now Weimann has them ahead in this one


1604 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Watford created the better chances in the first half, dominating with 5 shots in total

If that it carries on in the second half they must find a way through and they are 15/8 currently to get the opening goal


1600 🎆 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 Premier League expert called Wolves to score 2+ goals v Everton at 2/1 and that's already in at half time


1556 6⃣ SUPER 6 UPDATE

So, how are your Super 6 predictions looking and how close are you to winning £250,000?

  • Brighton 0-0 Watford
  • Burnley 0-0 Southampton
  • Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield
  • Crystal Palace 1-0 Fulham
  • Everton 1-2 Wolves
  • Birmingham 1-0 Forest

1553 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

So work to do on the ACCA at the interval. One of four winning so far and the other three drawing

  • Millwall 0-0 Rotherham
  • Ipswich 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Walsall 1-1 Rochdale
  • Grimsby 1-0 Newport

1548 ⏳ HALF TIME

They are starting to tick in and there's not a lot of goals to talk about in the top two divisions...

Premier League

Brighton 0-0 Watford

Burnley 0-0 Southampton

Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 1-0 Fulham

Everton 1-2 Wolves

Sky Bet Championship

Wigan 1-0 QPR

Birmingham 1-0 Forest

Brentford 1-2 Blackburn

Bristol City 0-0 Swansea

Hull 1-0 Stoke

Ipswich 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Millwall 0-0 Rotherham

Reading 0-0 Aston Villa

Sheffield United 0-0 Bolton

WBA 1-1 Middlesbrough

Live scores for all leagues here


1545 🎆 BETTING SUCCESS

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

We advised Chelsea to score next at 1/4 and that penalty does the job


1543 🌩 GOAL FLASH

WBA 1-1 Middlesbrough

Boy, Darren Moore's side needed that, as Rodriguez scores

Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield

Hazard bangs in a penalty, after César Azpilicueta was brought down in the box. It was never a pen, and just sums up Huddersfield's luck this season

Everton 1-2 Wolves

Jimenez scores right on half time to put Wolves back ahead


1542 📸 ACTION SHOT

Luka Milivojevic fires home from the spot for Palace against Fulham
Luka Milivojevic fires home from the spot for Palace against Fulham


1539 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Walsall level at home to Rochdale, so it's 1-1 and that's more like it. So we have three teams drawing and one winning in our ACCA.


1538 ALMOST FOR BENTEKE

Christian Benteke has thundered an overhead kick against the crossbar What a goal that would have been!


1536 📸 ACTION SHOT

Andre Gomes fires home against Wolves
Andre Gomes fires home against Wolves

Andre Gomes celebrates his goal against Wolves
Andre Gomes celebrates his goal against Wolves


1534 At Turf Moor

Ashley Barnes is fuming as he feels Burnley should have had a penalty - so much so he has ranted at the ref and got himself booked.


1530 At the Hawthorns...

Boro still lead against WBA. If it stays like this it will keep their automatic promotion hopes alive - and dash WBA's - as they would be one point off second place Norwich.

What it could also mean is that if Leeds then beat Norwich tonight, the Sky Bet Championship could be wrapped up already at the top

Check out our preview for Leeds v Norwich here


1525 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Palace 0-1 Fulham

No idea what Christie was doing there - flapping his arms like he was trying to fly. So no surprise the ball hits his hand and the penalty is awarded. Milivojević bangs it in

Everton 1-1 Wolves

Gomes fires in a superb strike after a lovely run to get his first goal at the 19th time of asking to level up for the home side


1520 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Chelsea have their tails up now. Since going 1-0 up they've already two more good chances, which they should have done better with.

1/4 to get the next goal are Sarri's side


1519 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Grimsby lead 1-0 against Newport, meaning with have the first notch on the board for the ACCA.


1518 📸 ACTION SHOT

Ruben Neves scores from the spot against Everton
Ruben Neves scores from the spot against Everton


1516 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Chelsea 1-0 Huddersfield

Higuain scores his first club for his new club

Birmingham 1-0 Forest

Brentford 1-2 Blackburn

Benrahma gets one back for the home side

West Brom 0-1 Middlesbrough

Saville puts the visitors ahead.


1514 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

In Sky Bet League Two Exeter have taken the lead against MK Dons. The Dons have lost three of their last four matches, two of which 1-0. Exeter have scored three goals in their last four matches.

It might be early to call this, but no more goals in this game is 8/1


1510 CHANCE

Oh Mitrović, if you want anyone on the end of a cross six yards out to tap it home then it is this man, and somehow he has missed. It remains Palace 0-0 Fulham


1509 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Brentford 0-2 Blackburn

Graham leaps high and heads home

Wigan 1-0 QPR

Windass is the key man again for the home side


1508 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

Not a great start for the ACCA as we look for successive victories. Walsall are losing 1-0 at home to Rochdale - still plenty of time left - we say in hope


1506 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Everton 0-1 Wolves - Neves pen

Wonderful work from Doherty down the right flank, he breaks into the box before being bundled over and winning a spot kick. Neves slots it home


1505 CHANCE

A great chance for Danny Ings against his former club. In on goal, Heaton stays big and makes the striker make a decision and he fires it straight at the stopper.


1502 🌩 GOAL FLASH

First goal of the day goes in in Sky Bet League Two

Notts County 1-0 Lincoln City

Jon Stead's penalty after two minutes puts the bottom club up against the top club. This is why we love football

Brentford 0-1 Blackburn

And Blackburn aren't far behind in scoring quickly. Dack - who else - scores


1500 🕒 KICK OFF

So here we go... good luck to you, your team and your bets this afternoon.

Remember we are covering all the Premier League games and key EFL matches to bring you the best in play betting advice. We had some great success last week, so lets hope for more this Saturday.

The Sporting Life ACCA came in last week, so if you've backed it this week, remember we want...

  • Milwall to beat Rotherham
  • Ipswich to win at home to Aston Villa
  • Walsall to beat Rochdale at home
  • Grimsby to record victory over Newport.

1457 COOL AS A...

Just watching shots in the tunnel at the AMEX Stadium, could Watford skipper Troy Deeney look any more relaxed? If he did, he would be horizontal.

Maybe this is why, he's scored in three of his four league away appearances for Watford against Brighton - although all were in the second tier.

He is 5/2 to score anytime today


1456❓QUESTION TIME - ANSWER

We asked you...

If Peter Crouch scores today - or any time - for his new club Burnley he will become only the second player to score for seven different clubs in the Premier League. Who was the first player?

That man is...... Craig Bellamy. Did you get it? Well done if so. Feel free to try it on your mates and claim it as your own!

Craig Bellamy: interested in Wales job
Craig Bellamy


1453 🚨 SOCCER SATURDAY PRICE BOOST

Ahead of today’s Premier League matches, Sky Bet have Price Boosted:

  • Chelsea, Crystal Palace & Aston Villa all to win (WAS 7/2) – now 11/2
  • Chelsea & Crystal Palace to win & Aston Villa to draw with Reading (WAS 13/2) – now 9/1
  • Chelsea, Crystal Palace & Reading all to win (WAS 6/1) – now 8/1

Place your bets here.


1452 🕵 EFL TIP

Here is Tom Carduff's final EFL tip of the day. Remember he will be at Elland Road providing updates and post match video interviews for Leeds United v Norwich - so follow us on Twitter @sportinglifeFC

Scunthorpe were struggling for results and didn't see the instant impact they would have hoped from Stuart McCall's arrival at the club. However, with time to work with the squad and his own arrivals this month, the Iron have started to play and most importantly, pick up results.

They are also enjoying a six-game unbeaten run in the league. That run has seen them pick up a points against promotion hopefuls Sunderland and Peterborough, alongside wins at sides such as Fleetwood who boast a fairly decent home record.

The points have fired them away from any immediate relegation trouble. They now sit six points clear of Bradford in the final drop zone place, and their form could potentially see them have a bit of a run at the play-offs in the last third of the season.

Barnsley's home form is strong and they are a team who will fancy their chances of a return to the Championship. However, Scunthorpe's recent results shows how a price of 19/10 on the double chance in their favour is too big.


1448 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE - Chelsea v Huddersfield

Chelsea have failed to score in three of their last four matches and there are clearly problems at the club. However, even with a new man at the helm, it’s hard to see Huddersfield get anything. They’ve lost 10 of their last 11 league games, and not scored in their last four in all comps. They’ve also failed to find the back of the net in half of their 24 league matches this campaign.

So Chelsea to win to nil at 10/11 will deliver a little profit. 2-0 is 5/1 and 3-0 is 6/1


1446❓QUESTION TIME

10 minutes left for you to answer this teaser....

If Peter Crouch scores today - or any time - for his new club Burnley he will become only the second player to score for seven different clubs in the Premier League. Who was the first player?


1443 🎤 INTERVIEW

After the mid-week thrashing at Bournemouth Sarri need's a reaction from his Chelsea players today against Huddersfield


1440 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – Palace v Fulham

Expect goals in this one, as 15 have gone in in their last four meetings between these two.

However only Liverpool have let in fewer first-half goals this season than Palace's seven. So maybe expect more in the second half.

So both teams to score in the second half at 5/2 looks decent. Over 3.5 goals at 9/4 could be worth a shout too.


1436 🎤 INTERVIEW

Tottenham are up to second after a hard fought, but deserved win over Newcastle


1435 6⃣ SUPER 6

Still time to enter Super 6 this week with another £250,000 of Jeff Stelling’s cash up for grabs, if you can predict correctly all the full time results of these games:

Brighton v Watford

Burnley v Southampton

Chelsea v Huddersfield

Crystal Palace v Fulham

Everton v Wolves

Birmingham v Nottingham Forest

Enter for FREE here.


1433 PREMIER LEAGUE VITALS

We look at the key Premier League stats which you can back
We look at the key Premier League stats which you can back

With stats becoming a bigger part of the game, plus the likes of corners, cards, etc becoming a big betting angle, we have Premier League vitals, which provides you with all of the key stats for each Premier League club ahead of each round of games.

From these you can pick your bets or request a bets, and this is one of our Premier League vitals recommendations for today

Chelsea have been under some scrutiny recently, losing two consecutive Premier League matches without scoring a goal, most notably to Bournemouth 4-0 last time out.

Maurizio Sarri's side have failed to score in four of their last seven league games, scoring no more than two in the other three of those fixtures. Huddersfield have gone three matches without scoring but will be bolstered by the returning Aaron Mooy so it will not be an easy match to navigate for an out-of-form Chelsea team, so this bet may be a worthy consideration.


1430 ⚽️ SPORTING LIFE ACCA

After two close weeks of calling three out of four wins, the Sporting Life EFL ACCA finally came in again last Saturday. So we stride confidently into this one, although we have gone for some big calls

Click here to back Millwall, Ipswich, Walsall and Grimsby all to win enhanced to 30/1

  • Milwall to beat Rotherham
  • Ipswich to win at home to Aston Villa
  • Walsall to beat Rochdale at home
  • Grimsby to record victory over Newport.

1426 🚨 SOCCER SATURDAY PRICE BOOST

Ahead of today’s Premier League matches, Sky Bet have Price Boosted:

Chelsea, Crystal Palace & Aston Villa all to win (WAS 7/2) – now 11/2

Chelsea & Crystal Palace to win & Aston Villa to draw with Reading (WAS 13/2) – now 9/1

Chelsea, Crystal Palace & Reading all to win (WAS 6/1) – now 8/1

Place your bets here.


1423 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – Burnley v Southampton

Charlie Austin: Charged by the FA
Charlie Austin - can he keep up his good form against Burnley?

These two teams played out a 0-0 draw on the opening day of the season, and there have only been four goals in the past four meetings. All three of Burnley's Premier League wins against Southampton have been by a score of 1-0.

So I’d be tempted to go for either a 1-0 or 2-0 victory to Burnley at 7/1 and 11/1 respectively.

Under 1.5 goals is 9/4

Meanwhile Southampton’s Charlie Austin has scored four in this last four games against his former club. So if you think the Saints will score then, he might be your man at 21/10 anytime.


1422 🎥 VIDEO GOAL HIGHLIGHTS

Heung-Min Son’s 7th goal in seven Premier Leagu games takes him to 40 overall in the top flight - the 9th player to reach that figure for Tottenham.


1420 ⌛️FULL TIME

Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle

Tottenham have Son and a goalkeeping howler to thank for this victory. It moves them second - four points off leaders Liverpool.


1419 🕵 EFL TIP

Our EFL Expert Tom Carnduff's second EFL tip of the day is....

This is the type of games where Jack O'Connell can get himself among the goalscorers. The centre-back has had a direct involvement in three league goals this season but has possessed a constant attacking threat.

He's also been a key figure in the heart of the Blades defence, playing every single minute of their Sky Bet Championship campaign so far.

What stood out in Bolton's recent defeat to West Brom was their inability to defend set-pieces. It came as a bit of a surprise, but they were completely static from a free-kick and the Baggies scored with ease.

O'Connell's aerial threat is a difficult one to defend against and that should mean goals in a game such as this. O'Connell has won over twice as many aerial duels than he has lost. That puts him in the top-eleven in the Championship for headers won and Bolton will likely put Mark Beevers on marking duty in order to try and nullify his presence.


1417 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE – Brighton v Watford

Did you know that Brighton have scored 16 goals from a set piece this season, a joint-league high with Liverpool and Manchester United? At the same time, Watford have conceded the second most in the Premier League from a set piece with a total of 13.

The worst? Only Manchester United have conceded more.

So looking at one of the Brighton big men like Murray (11/8); Duffy (5/1) or Dunk (9/1) to score anytime might prove beneficial.


1415 ❓ QUESTION TIME

If Peter Crouch scores today - or any time - for his new club Burnley he will become only the second player to score for seven different clubs in the Premier League. Who was the first player?

Answer to become before 3pm


1413 Group Bets

The Sporting Life team have made their Group Bets selections
The Sporting Life team have made their Group Bets selections

With Sky Bet you and your mates can now create your own community, where you can see each others bets and choose whether to add them to your selections or not. The group chat function means you can banter away as your bets either win you cash or cost you.

Group Bets: Get started here

Check out Sporting Life's Group Bet for Saturday's Premier League and EFL action, which is made up of four selections from the team:

Billy Lumsden: West Brom (to beat Middlesbrough) - 11/10

West Brom were boosted massively by the Transfer Deadline Day signings of Jacob Murphy, Stefan Johansen and Jefferson Montero. They have been in excellent form whereas Middlesbrough have only recorded three wins from their last 10 Sky Bet Championship fixtures, losing three in that time. It's the Baggies for me.

George Pitts: Crystal Palace and Fulham (BTTS) - 8/11

Fulham have been incredibly unpredictable under Claudio Ranieri. Crystal Palace, who beat Tottenham in the FA Cup last week and Man City in the Premier League last month, are hardly easy to predict, either, but goals are expected and both teams to score looks banker material.

Palace have conceded 33 goals in 24 league games this season and could be without Cheikhou Kouyate and James Tomkins, who picked up injuries in midweek. Although Fulham's defence has improved under Ranieri, they have conceded more than any other side in the league this term and have shipped at least a goal in their last five outings.

Tom Carnduff: Bristol City (to beat Swansea) - 13/10

Swansea City saw Tom Carroll, Wilfried Bony and Jefferson Montero all leave on loan deals and they failed to bring in anyone who could help them improve on their current position of 11th. The Swans are lighter on numbers and that could mean next to no chance of making the play-offs.

The bad news is that they have to now go to a Bristol City side who have won their last six in all competitions and are also currently enjoying a 12-game unbeaten run. That gives them the best form in the Sky Bet Championship, and while Swansea have also been picking up points in recent weeks, a weak January window has clearly affected the mood in the camp, and will continue to do so with a Bristol City win here.

Ben Linfoot: Burnley v Southampton (Draw) - 9/4

Burnley are unbeaten in 2019 and registered a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Southampton are on a resurgence under Ralph Hasenhuttl but a draw would suit both sides in this fixture, allowing them to further extend themselves from the relegation zone. It will be a tight game with two tightly-matched teams, with a few chances here and there, so a draw would be a good route to go down.

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1412 📰 TEAM NEWS - Chelsea v Huddersfield

Maurizio Sarri makes four changes from Chelsea's heavy defeat at Bournemouth. Christensen, Alonso, Barkley and Willian all start, with Rudiger, Emerson, Kovacic and Pedro missing out.

Huddersfield make five changes from their loss against Everton, Billing, Mooy, Smith, Lowe and Mbenza all come into the starting XI.


1409 🌩 GOAL FLASH

Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle

Oh now Spurs have missed Son, and he's scored on his return on 83 minutes and its been coming. It is a decent strike, however it's a big error from Dubravka in the Newcastle net and he should have saved it.


1408 📰 TEAM NEWS - Burnley v Southampton

Peter Crouch makes the bench for Burnley with Sean Dyche opting for Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood upfront.

Slattery and Armstrong replace Valery and Hojbjerg for Souhampton as they make two changes from the side that drew with Crystal Palace.


1406 📰 TEAM NEWS - Brighton v Watford

The Seagulls name an unchanged line-up from their defeat at Fulham, although Alireza Jahanbakhsh returns to the bench.

Watford’s only change sees Ken Sema replace the injured Roberto Pererya.


1404 📰 TEAM NEWS - Palace v Fulham

Palace's new signing Michy Batshuayi is only on the bench, asChristian Benteke gets his first start since September.

Fulham have neither of their deadline day signings in the squad at all.


1403 📰 TEAM NEWS - Everton v Wolves

Everton make just one change to the side that beat Huddersfield Town, with Theo Walcott replacing Brazilian winger Bernard. Baines is also fit to play again.

Wolves also make one change, as Willy Boly returns.


1401 🕵 PREMIER LEAGUE TIP

Lets sneak in another Premier League tip from George Pitts before the team news starts flying in...

A market that catches the eye is both teams to score, available at just below evens, which seems a good price considering the records of both sides.

Palace have conceded 33 goals in 24 league games this season and could be without Cheikhou Kouyate and James Tomkins who picked up injuries in midweek.

Although Fulham's defence has improved under Ranieri, they still concede far too many, at least once in their last five outings, and should do so again here, so BTTS could be on the cards.


1359 📊 STATS – Everton v Wolves

Marco Silva
Marco Silva has had a very mixed week, after cup defeat to Millwall, but victory over Huddersfield

Wolves have won six of their last 10 and will look to further dampen the mood at Everton. However, the Toffees are unbeaten in seven against Wolves.

  • The Toffees have won 21 of their past 25 home matches in all competitions in February, losing just once.
  • Marco Silva's side have only averaged a point per game over the past 11 league fixtures
  • Richarlison has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Everton this season, the same tally as Wayne Rooney when he finished as the club's top goalscorer in 2017-18
  • Wolves have 35 points after 24 matches, the most by a promoted team at this stage of a Premier League season since Birmingham City's tally of 37 in 2009-10.
  • They are vying to score three or more goals in three consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since March 1980.
  • Wolves need one more win to equal their highest tally of 11 in a Premier League season, set in 2010-11.

1358 TEAM NEWS COMING SOON

Get excited - team news for all of the Premier League games coming soon - Yippee!!!


1356 🎥 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


1355 📊 STATS – Palace v Fulham

A clash of two sides desperate for the points in the fight to stay up. Fulham are improving under Ranieri, and so will fancy their chances of recording their first away win of the season, against a Palace side that have claimed just five points from a possible 18 since December's 3-2 victory at Manchester City.

  • Fulham have lost only one of their last 11 league matches away to Palace, winning five.
  • Only Liverpool have let in fewer first-half goals this season than Palace's seven.
  • Fulham’s Ranieri is without a win in his last 20 Premier League away matches, losing 14 of them.

1347 🕵 EFL TIPS

Our EFL expert Tom Carduff will be at Elland Road tonight for Leeds United v Norwich City in the top of the Sky Bet Championship. Follow us on Twitter at @sportinglifeFC as he provides updates of that big one and video post match interviews from the coaches.

In the meantime, here is his first EFL tip for this afternoon

Swansea take on a Bristol City side who have won their last six in all competitions and are also currently enjoying a 12-game unbeaten run.

That gives them the best form in the Sky Bet Championship, and while Swansea have also been picking up points in recent weeks, a weak January window has clearly affected the mood in the camp.

That window seeing Daniel James denied a move that he wanted to Leeds, while a few squad players also departed given Graham Potter less choice when it comes to picking his team. Cryptic Tweets were sent from some players on deadline day, it doesn’t seem a happy environment and City can capitalise on that.


1343 📊 STATS – Chelsea v Huddersfield

Maurizio Sarri: A frustrating evening at Bournemouth for the Italian's Chelsea side
Maurizio Sarri under pressure at Chelsea

Well this is a battle of two clubs going through tough times for differing reasons. Huddersfield remain rooted to the bottom and wait for the new boss effect to kick in, Chelsea’s Sarri seems to spend more time falling out with his players than coaching them.

Last season Stamford Bridge was the venue that saw Huddersfield secure their Premier League status thanks to a 1-1 draw. Although it’s hard to see them getting anything there this time.

  • Huddersfield's last league victory over Chelsea was 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the old Second Division in March 1963.
  • Chelsea are in danger of losing three league matches in a row for the first time since November 2015.
  • Huddersfield have lost 10 of their past 11 league matches, drawing the other.
  • Town have gone four matches without a goal in all competitions, and have failed to score in half of their 24 league games this season.

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1335 🕵 PREMIER LEAGUE TIPS

Over the next hour I'll be dotting throughout the blog our Sporting Life football teams best tips for the Premier League and EFL.

As you'll know, our team provide tips in their match previews for all Premier League and selected EFL matches. Ahead of weekend games, these are normally up on site from Thursday. So please do check them out.

Let's start with George Pitt's first Premier League tip

Wolves are fancied to get a result here, so backing them to score two or more goals provides the insurance of a high-scoring draw. The 2/1 price is appealing considering they have scored at least two in five of their last seven games in all competitions.

Both teams like to play football and there should be plenty of goals with Wolves edging it.


1333 📊 STATS – Burnley v Southampton

Sean Dyche: The 47-year-old was appointed Burnley manager in 2012
Sean Dyche has turned Burnley's form around since the turn of the year

Southampton do not like Turf Moor – fact! They’ve only recorded one league victory in nine attempts at the cold, northern ground, back in March 1971. However they are now on their best run of the season, being unbeaten in four, so there is some light there.

Burnley are looking so much stronger now though, aren’t they? After nine losses in 11 games, they are now unbeaten in five, winning three of those.

  • The Clarets have won three of their past four home league fixtures - but lost the other 5-1 to Everton.
  • Burnley haven't won any of their last 13 Premier League matches played in February (D6, L7).
  • Saints are 16th in the table but would be eighth based on results since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over.
  • Southampton have lost 15 points from a winning position this campaign, a joint-league high with Fulham.

1330 🔍 IN PLAY ADVICE

Lucas Moura celebrates after scoring against Barcelona
Lucas Moura - will he get on the score sheet today?

So Tottenham are on top here and wasted some good chances. They are 1/2 to score the first goal now. Lucas Moura has had two shots so far and is 5/1 to score in 90 minutes, so that might be worth a look too


1325 🚨  SKY BET PRICE BOOST

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1320 🎥 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

One of Tottenham's wasted chances


1316 ⏳ HALF TIME

Tottenham 0-0 Newcastle

Tottenham have dominated and forced Dubravka into one good save and hit the woodwork, however they have not been clinical enough overall.

Stats

Possession: Spurs: 70% v Newcastle 30%

Shots on Target: Spurs 1 v Newcastle 0

Shots off Target: Spurs 4 v Newcastle 0

Corners: Spurs 2 v Newcastle 2

Fouls: Spurs 2 v Newcastle 3


1315 6⃣ SUPER 6

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Brighton v Watford

Burnley v Southampton

Chelsea v Huddersfield

Crystal Palace v Fulham

Everton v Wolves

Birmingham v Nottingham Forest

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1312 📊 STATS - Brighton v Watford

Brighton
Brighton host Watford

Let's get our stats game going for today's Premier League 3pm games. We will use some of the this information once the team news is in to create some in play betting advice too.

Would you believe that Brighton’s last Premier League victory came on December 4! Since then they’ve earned just five points from 9 games and threw away 2 goal leads twice.

Watford’s lose to Spurs in mid-week was their first in six.

  • Brighton could lose four top-flight games in a row in the same season for the first time since 1982.
  • Glenn Murray is one short of scoring 100 league goals for Brighton.
  • The Hornets have scored 17 goals away from home in this season's Premier League, one more than they have at Vicarage Road.
  • Troy Deeney has scored in three of his four league away appearances for Watford against Brighton - although all were in the second tier.

1306 GAMES OFF

Frost - biting into the football programme
The snow and ice is biting into the football programme

A good few games have fallen foul of the weather in the EFL and National League this afternoon:

Sky Bet League One

  • Accrington Stanley v Blackpool

Sky Bet League Two

  • Cheltenham Town v Cambridge United
  • Crewe Alexandra v Carlisle United
  • Oldham Athletic v Morecambe
  • Port Vale v Tranmere Rovers
  • Swindon Town v Forest Green Rovers

National League

  • Boreham Wood v Wrexham
  • Ebbsfleet United v Hartlepool United
  • Maidenhead United v Dagenham & Redbridge

1303 SCORE UPDATE

Tottenham 0-0 Newcastle

After they shock and inspirational win over champions Manchester City in mid-week, Newcastle are looking to upset another top four big boy in the Premier League’s early kick off, as they take on a wobbling Tottenham at Wembley.

However, at an icy Wembley, it is the hosts on top and have had all the chances so far - although all have been half chances and not fully finished, with three shot off target.


1300 WELCOME

On another cold day, we wish you a very warm welcome to Match Companion – Sporting Life’s Football In Play Blog – with me Gareth Jones.

Hope you are all well and have survived the cold snap and snow this week. We hope we can keep you warm this afternoon with lots of action, stats, fun and most importantly lots of good tips and winners!!

Coming up we will build up to our 3pm kick offs, with team news from every Premier League game; stats for the key games; our best preview tips and our in play tips.


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