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1705: That's all, folks!

Thanks for joining us for another great afternoon of action in the Premier League and Sky Bet EFL.

Don't forget, it is Spurs v Liverpool in around half an hour's time - what a match that will be. Join us for our live blog for that.

While we jump across to the new blog, read our Premier League round-up and our preview content for this evening's big clash.

Have a good evening!


1700: FULL-TIME RESULTS

Premier League

  • Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal
  • Chelsea 3-0 Burnley
  • Everton 1-0 Brighton
  • Leicester 1-2 Southampton
  • Man United 4-0 Norwich
  • Wolves 1-1 Newcastle

Championship

  • Brentford 3-1 Queens Park Rangers
  • Barnsley 2-1 Huddersfield Town
  • Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Preston North End
  • Charlton Athletic 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
  • Hull City 0-1 Fulham
  • Leeds United 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Luton Town 1-2 Birmingham City
  • Middlesbrough 2-2 Derby County
  • Reading 1-1 Nottingham Forest
  • Stoke City 0-0 Millwall
  • Wigan Athletic 0-2 Bristol City

Click here to see the full-time results from Sky Bet Leagues One and Two


1657: Late Sky Bet Championship goals at the Madjeski!

90+6 and 90+7...


1654: Sensational result for the Saints - they move level with Arsenal in 10th!

Who could have seen that coming after the 9-0 reverse in October.


1653: Another horrid afternoon for Norwich - that's full-time


1651: Leeds 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

That's a Super 6 buster...


1650: A late, late blow to deny the Acca

😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢


1647: Leicester equaliser...but VAR says otherwise!

A terrific response from Brendan Rodgers' side as Evans heads home what looks like an equaliser. It goes to VAR, the protractor and ruler comes out in Stockley Park to deny the hosts. The Saints just have added time to hold on now!


1641: Leeds 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Huge goal in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race. As West Brom draw at Charlton, Patrick Bamford headed over at one end before Jacob Murphy put the Owls ahead at the other end.


1640: GOAL! Leicester 1-2 Southampton (Ings)

We knew it was coming! A fully-deserved goal from the visitors as Ings - our 3/1 in-play tip - finds the back of the net. Great finish past Schmeichel after latching onto Che Adams' ball. It's not 9-0, but so far it's revenge from Ralph Hasenhuttl's men.

Can they get a third? They just went close, Schmeichel making a stunning save to deny Ings again. The Danish goalkeeper has been key this afternoon, keeping the Foxes in this. Just under 10 to go.

Leicester now pushing and Alex McCarthy pulls off a great stop at the other end to deny Iheanacho.


1638: Arsenal reaction - Arteta's apology

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta apologised to Crystal Palace midfielder Max Meyer for the tackle which earned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a red card in the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

The Gunners captain, who opened the scoring in the 12th minute at Selhurst Park, was given his marching orders with 67 minutes on the clock.

Aubameyang caught Meyer high on the ankle and, although referee Paul Tierney cautioned him originally, VAR upgraded it to a red card and he will now serve a three-match ban.

It was a case of deja vu for boss Arteta, who had no complaints over the decision, as he also scored and was sent off away to Palace in the Premier League for Arsenal back in October 2013.

Arteta said: "I just watched it. It looked nasty to be fair. We know there is no intention to make such a tackle.

"Hopefully he (Meyer) hasn't been injured and we are sorry for that. They made a decision and we have to accept it.

"It is a massive blow (to lose Aubameyang). You know how important Auba is for the team and we lose him for a couple of games."


1635: Everton denied!

Calvert-Lewin bundles the ball home but the English forward is instead shown a yellow after VAR decides it was deliberate handball.


1633: GOAL! Manchester United 4-0 Norwich (Greenwood)

Youngster Mason Greenwood gets in on the act, striking from the edge of the box. It wasn't clean but they all count and this guy has a promising future ahead of him - 10 goals this season at the age of 18.


1629: Come on Traore!

We tipped the Wolves winger to score at 3/1 anytime, but he is yet to even have a shot. Typical after having five efforts in his last two appearances at Molineux. It's getting to that stage where Nuno Espirito Santo may look to make changes.

It's a poor contest but Wolves are pushing at the minute.


1626: Leicester-Southampton tip

There's been action at both ends in this one, a really interesting clash and surely an allowed goal is coming soon. Both teams to score in the second half is an appealing 6/1 - not too shabby at all considering the current pattern of play.

Check out the latest odds here


1625: Leicester now denied!

Leicester have the ball in the back of the net, Iheanacho getting it off the bench (as per our tips!) but it is ruled out for offside. Correctly.


1623: Action shots

Callum Hudson-Odoi scores for Chelsea against Burnley
Callum Hudson-Odoi scores for Chelsea against Burnley

Manchester United's Anthony Martial heads home against Norwich
Manchester United's Anthony Martial heads home against Norwich


1621: Southampton denied a penalty

Long is brought down in the box and Ward-Prowse steps up to take it. While he this doing that, a VAR review rules that there was an offside in the build-up. Penalty, no doubt, but offside is given.


1619: Saints pushing Leicester

Armstrong just missed a sitter at the King Power, one he should most definitely be hitting the target with, and that came not long after the visitors had an effort cleared off the line.

They are certainly pushing for a second, but it would not be a surprise if they were punished for their mistakes.


1612: Championship - West Brom lead, Leeds goalless


1611: GOAL! Man United 3-0 Norwich (Martial)

The Red Devils well out of sight now as Frenchman Anthony Martial gets in on the act, heading home. Game over at Old Trafford.


1609: DOUBLE GOAL ALERT!

  • Chelsea 3-0 Burnley (Hudson-Odoi): Despite a VAR review for offside by Abraham in the build-up, Callum Hudson-Odoi gets his first Premier League goal! The Clarets well on their way to a fourth successive league defeat.
  • Man United 2-0 Norwich (Rashford x2): Brandon Williams wins the penalty and Rashford coolly converts.

1603: Second half!

Half-time oranges (are they still a thing?!) devoured, instructions on board - here we go for the second period.


1559: SKY BET PRICE BOOST - Man United 1-0 Norwich

Marcus Rashford scores against Norwich on his 200th appearance for Manchester United
Marcus Rashford scores against Norwich on his 200th appearance for Manchester United

Sky Bet have Price Boosted:

  • Brandon Williams to be carded is 11/2
  • Manchester Utd to win and both teams to score is 11/4
  • Marcus Rashford to score the 2nd goal is 10/3

Bet here


1557: SKY BET PRICE BOOST - Chelsea 2-0 Burnley

Jorginho celebrates his penalty for Chelsea against Burnley
Jorginho celebrates his penalty for Chelsea against Burnley

For the contest at Stamford Bridge Sky Bet have Price Boosted:

  • Tammy Abraham to score the 3rd goal is 7/2
  • Both teams to score in the 2nd half is 10/3

Full market here


1550: HALF-TIME SCORES

Premier League

  • Chelsea 2-0 Burnley
  • Everton 1-0 Brighton
  • Leicester 1-1 Southampton
  • Man United 1-0 Norwich
  • Wolves 1-1 Newcastle

Sky Bet Championship

  • Barnsley 1-0 Huddersfield Town
  • Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Preston North End
  • Charlton Athletic 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
  • Hull City 0-1 Fulham
  • Leeds United 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Luton Town 0-1 Birmingham City
  • Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby County
  • Reading 0-0 Nottingham Forest
  • Stoke City 0-0 Millwall
  • Wigan Athletic 0-0 Bristol City

Click here to see the latest scorelines in Sky Bet Leagues One and Two


1547: Acca update

As we approach the interval, let's see how the Sporting Life Accumulator is looking:

✅ Barnsley: 1-0 up v Huddersfield

✅ Middlesbrough: 1-0 up v Derby

✅ Coventry: 1-0 up v MK Dons

✅ Plymouth: 1-0 up v Carlisle

So far so good, slim leads though but all to play for in the second half! That was available at 16/1 - don't forget to check out our latest Acca every Friday.


1544: Ings so close!

There has been talk of Gareth Southgate persuading Jamie Vardy to return to England duty, but one man putting himself in the running for the Euro 2020 squad is Danny Ings. The 27-year-old has 15 goals in 23 appearances this season and has just hit the post at Leicester twice in quick succession!

He is 3/1 with Sky Bet to score anytime here - third time lucky?


1538: DOUBLE GOAL ALERT!

  • Everton 1-0 Brighton (Richarlison): The hosts take a deserved lead. Great footwork to take a touch, turn and curl into the far corner.
  • Chelsea 2-0 Burnley (Abraham): Tammy Abraham heads Reece James' ball into the floor and Nick Pope, who should probably have got to it.

1537: Elsewhere

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has his first goal since returning to AC Milan!


1534: VAR-dy denied

The forward finds the back of the net but it is disallowed for offside - probably rightly so.


1533: Action shots

Dennis Praet: Leicester ace celebrates his goal against Southampton
Dennis Praet: Leicester ace celebrates his goal against Southampton

Leicester celebrate Dennis Praet's goal against Southampton
Leicester celebrate Dennis Praet's goal against Southampton

Celebrations for Wolves after Leander Dendoncker's equaliser against Newcastle
Celebrations for Wolves after Leander Dendoncker's equaliser against Newcastle

Burnley's Jeff Hendrick scores at Chelsea before being denied by VAR
Burnley's Jeff Hendrick scores at Chelsea before being denied by VAR


1530: GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Burnley (Jorginho)

Willian earns the hosts a penalty and Jorginho coolly converts. Never in doubt when he steps up to take one.


1528: GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Norwich (Rashford)

The England forward nets his 18th goal of the season after meeting Mata's cross at the back post.


1524: Flying start for the Black Cats

They already lead Wycombe 3-0 - wow!


1521: Burnley denied!

The Clarets have the ball in the back of the net through Hendrick...but a VAR review determines that Mee is offside in the build-up. A huge let-off for Chelsea after conceding a set piece.


1519: GOAL! Leicester 1-1 Southampton (Armstrong)

Whether they get thrashed again or not, the visitors have a goal as Armstrong's strike deflects past Schmeichel.


1514: DOUBLE GOAL ALERT!

  • Wolves 1-1 Newcastle (Dendoncker)

Poor defending from the visitors, who have already lost Paul Dummett to injury, as Moutinho's corner is swept home by Leander Denoncker.

  • Leicester 1-0 Southampton (Praet)

Birthday boy Jamie Vardy turns provider as Belgian star Dennis Praet gets his first goal for the Foxes, converting at the far post.


1508: GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Newcastle (Almiron)

After waiting so long for his first Magpies goal, Miguel Almiron has three in a month!

The Paraguayan started brightly at Molineux and deservedly found the back of the net. A well-worked goal that saw Gayle tee up Almiron to smash into the roof of the net.

Like London buses...


1506: Early Championship goals

  • Blackburn 1-0 Preston (Armstrong)
  • Luton 0-1 Birmingham (Jutkiewicz)


1504: Everton denied

Great build-up play by Everton as Walcott runs at Brighton, shoots and the ball looks to strike Webster's hand as the defender turns to block a shot. VAR review waves away claims.


1500: Kick-off!

Here we go around the grounds, good luck with your teams and your fancies!


1455: Closing in

Warm-ups done, teams in the tunnel and ready. Last chance to place your bets and enter Super 6!


1448: Special edition Man United jersey


1441: Upset on the cards?

Don't forget about Spurs v Liverpool at 1730 - Dimitar Berbatov is tipping Jose Mourinho to pull off a result.

Check out our latest previews for that clash:


1440: Clarification on Auba's red card


1437: Backed the Acca?

The latest Sporting Life football Accumulator
Click here to back the latest Sporting Life football Accumulator

We're back with another Sporting Life Accumulator with four Sky Bet EFL teams fancied for victory. This week's price is 16/1.

Head here to back Barnsley, Middlesbrough, Coventry & Plymouth all to win enhanced to 16/1 with Sky Bet

Two from the Sky Bet Championship and we'll start with BARNSLEY who have experienced a significant upturn in form since a managerial change in November. This week gives them a home tie against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield.

MIDDLESBROUGH are enjoying life under Jonathan Woodgate and have won four Championship matches; a run that includes away victories over Preston and West Brom. They face a Derby side who have lost six of their last seven league games.

Into Sky Bet League One and COVENTRY continue to show that they have little issue in playing their home matches in Birmingham. They sit second in the home charts and take on a MK Dons side with just one away league win this season.

Finally, we're backing the in-form PLYMOUTH for success as they travel to Carlisle. They've won four of their last five Sky Bet League Two games and have seen three wins from their last four league away fixtures. They take on Carlisle who have won just three of their 12 league home matches.


1433: Sky Bet Championship result - Brentford 3-1 QPR

Bees close gap on the top two ahead of this afternoon's games.

Leeds host Sheffield Wednesday while West Brom travel to Charlton for a repeat of last week's FA Cup third round tie.


1431: Warm-ups commence


1427: FT: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

Crystal Palace celebrate their equaliser against Arsenal
Crystal Palace celebrate their equaliser against Arsenal

Palace will feel they've got anyway with one here, after being so poor in the first half.

Arsenal have paid the price for not building on their lead. They were far superior, but they never pushed to get the second goal and then in the second half their old problem of defending hurt them again.

Palace never really pushed hard for a winner once they had the man advantage and had to relay on a superb Guaita to keep hold of the point.


1420: Tom's EFL tips

Our latest look at the Sky Bet EFL action
Our latest look at the Sky Bet EFL action

The Sky Bet Championship returns following FA Cup weekend. Tom Carnduff has two goalscorers to back at 23/5 and 11/1.

Take a look here


1405: Team news

  • 🔵 Chelsea v Burnley 💜

Frank Lampard makes three changes from their last Premier League game – a 1-1 draw against Brighton on New Year’s Day.

Kurt Zouma, N'Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic are replaced by Andreas Christensen, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi. A sigh of relief from Burnley? Pulisic scored a hat-trick at Turf Moor.

Burnley go 4-5-1 with Matt Lowton replacing Phil Bardsley at right-back while Jeff Hendrick and Aaron Lennon also come into the team.

Clarets youngster Ali Koiki makes the bench for the first time in the Premier League this season. Sean Dyche has five defenders starting the game as substitutes.

  • 👿 Man United v Norwich 💛

Fred makes his 50th Manchester United appearance as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes four changes - in come Maguire, Matic, Mata and Martial. Out go Jones, James, Lingard and Greenwood.

Adam Idah is rewarded for his FA Cup hat-trick with a start in place of the injured Teemu Pukki as Daniel Farke makes just one Norwich change.


  • 🦊 Leicester v Soton ♦️

Two changes for the Foxes this afternoon, as Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury come into the starting XI while Kelechi Iheanacho remains on the bench despite his goal in midweek.

One change for the visitors as Shane Long replaces Moussa Djenepo.

  • 🍬 Everton v Brighton 🏖️

Three changes for Everton as Davies, Keane and Bernard get the nod at Goodison, while Brighton make four changes from their Premier League draw with Chelsea. Out go Burn (injured), Mooy (injured), Bissouma, Alzate (both on the bench) and in come Duffy, Bernardo, Stephens, Jahanbakhsh.

  • 🐺 Wolves v Newcastle 🔲

Wolves make four changes from the FA Cup draw with Man United, as Patricio, Otto, Jimenez and Moutinho return while our goalscorer tip Adama Traore starts in the front three.

Dwight Gayle starts for injury-hit Newcastle as Steve Bruce makes four alterations in total. In come Clark, Dummett and Willems as well as Gayle.


1352: Premier League tips

Two clubs with high hopes for the future under their respective managers - Carlo Ancelotti hoping to take Everton to the next level while Graham Potter is making waves on the south coast, having already earned a new long-term Brighton contract since arriving in the summer.

In the six league games since Marco Silva's departure (including Duncan Ferguson's caretaker stint), the Toffees are fourth in the form table and their only loss in that time was a hard-fought defeat at Man City, which is fair enough really.

Brighton's away form has not been great with just two wins from 11 and with Ancelotti's reign still in its early days, the feel-good factor can continue here.

The Toffees' good form has noticeably been down to starting games well, keeping tight and making it count in the second half.

Against Chelsea, three second-half goals were scored in the game in total, against Newcastle there were two and three in the defeat to City at the Etihad. And in the narrow victory over Burnley, Dominic Calvert-Lewin's goal came late on.

Brighton, meanwhile, could be a little more restrained in order to stop Everton's attacking threat, as they often do away from the Amex, and of the 29 goals they have conceded this term 17 have come in the second half, so you can see how this game might pan out.

Backing two or more goals in the second half at 11/10 is a great option and does not rely on the final outcome in the event of an upset or draw.

Adama Traore celebrates scoring for Wolves at Manchester City
Adama Traore celebrates scoring for Wolves at Manchester City

Wolves may be without a win in their last three games in all competitions, but here is an opportunity for them to bounce back and keep within touching distance of the teams chasing that final top-four spot.

Newcastle's form on the road is already dreadful, but their alarmingly long injury list makes it even more difficult to see them getting something at Molineux. They had six players return to training this week but it remains to be seen how many more can return to the starting XI.

There was a temptation to back the hosts to get off to a good start, or to back them to score at least three, but there is an anytime goalscorer price at 3/1 that is too good to turn down.

That is on Adama Traore, who has had a promising month or two and is finally starting to show his potential.

The former Barcelona winger, as well as receiving public praise from Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, waited a long time for his first Premier League goal but this season he has four to his name and is running high on confidence.

The 23-year-old - who once attracted interest from NFL teams, according to team-mate Romain Saiss this week - has attempted 15 shots in his last six Premier League games, eight of them coming in his last two Molineux outings.

The Magpies' defence has not been great on the road, conceding 21 in 10 games, and Traore can ride the wave and get another here.

For a man in his confidence and starting in a front three against an inconsistent and defence that could be changed yet again due to injuries, that 3/1 is too good to pass up for a small play.

Click below to see more of our tips...


1347: Sporting Life Accumulator


1345: Good afternoon!

Welcome to our live coverage of Saturday's football. I am George Pitts, here to keep you company for what should hopefully be an exciting afternoon.

After Palace v Arsenal in the early kick-off, which is currently 1-1, we have six 3pm fixtures to look forward to in the Premier League, with coverage of the key Sky Bet EFL matches, followed by Tottenham v Liverpool at 1730 BST.

Today's fixtures are as follows:

🦅 Palace v Arsenal 🟥

🔵 Chelsea v Burnley 💜

🍬 Everton v Brighton 🏖️

🦊 Leicester v Soton ♦️

👿 Man United v Norwich 💛

🐺 Wolves v Newcastle 🔲

We will provide updates, goal flashes, statistics, the odd in-play tip and much more. Sit back, relax and enjoy football!

Get in touch with your fancies by tweeting @SportingLifeFC or @GeorgePitts_

Let's take a look at our fancies before heading onto team news...


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