Premier League Matchday 19 Preview as Everton vs Burnley becomes the THIRD Boxing Day fixture to be postponed

While the world prepares to celebrate Christmas – which is the birth of the baby Jesus, clubs on the domestic scene in England are also in the mood to do battle, as the Premier League enters Matchday 19 on Sunday being Boxing Day.

The festive period is very unique in the English football calendar, and it is one which most football lovers look forward to – as they are still very much in the Christmas spirit and festivities. It is a period whereby the Premier League fixtures are spread around the holiday season – with games beginning from Boxing Day up until the New Year.

Thus far, after eighteen rounds of intense action, drama and excitement, the Premier League edges into its halfway mark – with table toppers and current defending champions Manchester City seemingly looking poised to retain the title they won in the 2020/2021 season. The Cityzens maintained their grip at the summit, following a 4-0 away spanking of Newcastle United at St. James’ Park last weekend.

Fans of the Premier League can look forward to a festive weekend of entertaining football, after being starved of premium action last time out – no thanks to the Coronavirus. A total of six out of ten matches had to be postponed, following rising cases of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus in the camps of most of the teams coupled with injuries most clubs had to deal and contend with. Though, the four fixtures which did go ahead turned out to be good value for money.

This weekend has also seen some of the matches suffer the same fate of postponement, just like the last time. The fixtures involving Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford at the Molineux, Liverpool vs Leeds United at Anfield and Burnley vs Everton at Turf Moor (which was the latest to be postponed on Friday) have all been pushed back – with a new date set to be announced later. The suspension of some of the games further adds to the pile of fixture backlog which the organizers will have a hard time sorting out.

Away from postponements, Matchday 19 will see stuttering Chelsea visit Villa Park to take on hosts Aston Villa. The Blues have been inconsistent in recent weeks and have relinquished their lead at the top of the standings. But Thomas Tuchel and his lads can take solace in the fact that they haven’t conceded in their last two games (0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out in the league and a 2-0 success away at Brentford in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup).

Furthermore, the Blues will have most of their players returning from injuries and illness, which will put them in a good stead to attack Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa. The Villans themselves have been impressive ever since the former Liverpool captain assumed the role and would be looking to pile more misery on Chelsea.

In other matchups, Brighton and Hove Albion will take on Brentford at the Amex Stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs will square up against Crystal Palace – in what is a London Derby, West Ham United will go up against Southampton at the London Stadium, basement boys Norwich City will welcome a formidable and an in-form Arsenal side at Carrow Road. Old Trafford outfit Manchester United will look to continue their unbeaten run since former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, as they travel away to St. James’ Park to play Newcastle United on Monday, December 27th.

The Match of the Week no doubt is the tie between table toppers and reigning champions Manchester City who will face visiting Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium. The Cityzens can extend their lead at the top of the Premier League standings to six points (pending when Liverpool play) with a win against Leicester City. City currently hold a three-point lead at the top of the table, and with Liverpool unable to take to the pitch against Leeds United due to the postponement of their fixture because of Covid-19, City can take full advantage – provided they overcome the Foxes on Sunday.

Leicester City on the other hand, will be reeling from their quarter-final ouster to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup during the course of the week. The Foxes let a two-goal lead slip – as a 3-1 halftime lead suddenly changed to 3-3 at the end of regulation time, before being eliminated via penalties. Coach Brendan Rodgers have endured a topsy-turvy campaign so far. They have not hit the heights they were in the last two seasons and they dropped from the UEFA Europa League group stages into the UEFA Conference League Playoffs. It might be a daunting task to face Manchester City at this point in time, but they will be hoping for the same luck and good form which saw them beat the Cityzens at their home patch last season.

Man City winger Ferran Torres set to join Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona for around 55 million Euros

Catalan giants FC Barcelona have agreed a mega deal with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City for the transfer of Spanish forward Ferran Torres.

The deal is said to be worth in excess of 50 million Euros (around 55 million Euros) plus an extra 10 million Euros in add-ons and it will be the very first signing under the management of new coach Xavi Hernandez.

Ferrán Torres will put pen to paper on a five-year deal, as he makes a return to his native homeland – having previously featured for Valencia. Barca will pay an initial fee of €50 million Euros for Torres, with an additional amount to follow in add-ons.

Valencia on the other hand, will receive 10% of the transfer fee – having added that stipulation to their agreement with Manchester City last year, plus an additional 4%.

Torres joined Manchester City in the summer of 2020 from Spanish side Valencia but has struggled to nail a regular place in the Starting XI, having to battle it out and contend with the likes Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.

While Barcelona can revel in having bolstered their attacking options with the recruitment of Ferran Torres, following the sudden and abrupt retirement of striker Sergio Aguero, they MUST now offload dead-weights in a bid to enable them register their latest acquisition – as a result of their terrible financial situation.

FT: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona, Araujo salvages point for the Catalans, Papu Gomez on target and Jules Kounde is SENT OFF for the hosts

FULL-TIME IN SEVILLE: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

64′ MIN: Jules Kounde is given his marching orders for throwing the ball at Barca left-back Jordi Alba’s face.

RED CARD!!! Jules Kounde (Sevilla)

A night Charlie Patino will remember for a long time to come.

The Gunners are through to the Last-Four of the EFL Cup. They can surely now fancy their chances of winning silverware this season.

FULL-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY IN SEVILLE: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

90′ MIN: What a special moment for Charlie Patino, who makes his debut for the Arsenal and SCORES to put the icing on the cake in what has been a dominant evening for the Gunners.

GOOAAAALL!!! Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland (C. Patino)

HALF-TIME IN SEVILLE: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

45′ MIN: Araujo levels things up for the visitors. GAME ON!!!

GOOOAAAALLL!!! Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona (R. Araujo)

32′ MIN: In our other feature game, hosts Sevilla have taken the lead against Barcelona through former Atalanta skipper Alejandro Papu Gomez.

GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona (P. Gomez)

58′ MIN: Eddie Nketiah is on FIRE!!! He bags his hat-trick on the night and he now has 10 goals in nine League Cup games.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland (E. Nketiah)

49′ MIN: It’s Nketiah at the double! The young gun bags his brace of the evening.

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland (E. Nketiah)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

KICK-OFF IN SEVILLE: Sevilla 0-0 Barcelona

HALF-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

31′ MIN: Embleton’s through ball finds Broadhead and he lifts the ball over Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Nicholas Pepe marks his 100th Gunners cap with a goal.

GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland (N. Broadhead)

27′ MIN: Ivorian attacker Nicholas Pepe adds a second for the Gunners off an assist by Cedric Soares.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland (N. Pepe)

STATS: Eddie Nketiah has scored eight goals in nine EFL Cup appearances for the Gunners, including five in five at the Emirates Stadium.

17′ MIN: The hosts are in front! A corner kick comes in and Rob Holding’s header is initially saved by Lee Burge but the rebound comes to Eddie Nketiah who bundles home from close range.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland (E. Nketiah)

KICK-OFF AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

STATS: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Sunderland (Won 8, Drawn 3) since they lost 2-0 in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in February 2012. This is the first meeting between both sides since May 2017 – which ended in a 2-0 win for the Gunners in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Barca’s safe pair of hands Marc Andre Ter Stegen is set to make his 300th appearance for the Blaugrana.

Barca coach Xavi Hernandez has named a side filled with experience and youth, as he hopes to make a statement with a win at Seville.

Coach Julen Lopetegui’s XI set to take on Barcelona at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson has named his squad that will do battle against their more fanciful hosts.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta expectedly has named a different line-up for tonight’s encounter against Sunderland. He makes NINE changes to the Starting XI.

Hello and welcome to our evening coverage of the EFL Cup quarter-final clash between Arsenal and lower-league opposition Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium and the super encounter (at least on paper) between Sevilla and Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga. Do keep up with the action LIVE from both matches!

FT: Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland, Eddie Nketiah hat-trick fires the Gunners into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, Pepe & Patino also on targets

FULL-TIME IN SEVILLE: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

64′ MIN: Jules Kounde is given his marching orders for throwing the ball at Barca left-back Jordi Alba’s face.

RED CARD!!! Jules Kounde (Sevilla)

A night Charlie Patino will remember for a long time to come.

The Gunners are through to the Last-Four of the EFL Cup. They can surely now fancy their chances of winning silverware this season.

FULL-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY IN SEVILLE: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

90′ MIN: What a special moment for Charlie Patino, who makes his debut for the Arsenal and SCORES to put the icing on the cake in what has been a dominant evening for the Gunners.

GOOAAAALL!!! Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland (C. Patino)

HALF-TIME IN SEVILLE: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

45′ MIN: Araujo levels things up for the visitors. GAME ON!!!

GOOOAAAALLL!!! Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona (R. Araujo)

32′ MIN: In our other feature game, hosts Sevilla have taken the lead against Barcelona through former Atalanta skipper Alejandro Papu Gomez.

GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona (P. Gomez)

58′ MIN: Eddie Nketiah is on FIRE!!! He bags his hat-trick on the night and he now has 10 goals in nine League Cup games.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland (E. Nketiah)

49′ MIN: It’s Nketiah at the double! The young gun bags his brace of the evening.

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland (E. Nketiah)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

KICK-OFF IN SEVILLE: Sevilla 0-0 Barcelona

HALF-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

31′ MIN: Embleton’s through ball finds Broadhead and he lifts the ball over Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Nicholas Pepe marks his 100th Gunners cap with a goal.

GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland (N. Broadhead)

27′ MIN: Ivorian attacker Nicholas Pepe adds a second for the Gunners off an assist by Cedric Soares.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland (N. Pepe)

STATS: Eddie Nketiah has scored eight goals in nine EFL Cup appearances for the Gunners, including five in five at the Emirates Stadium.

17′ MIN: The hosts are in front! A corner kick comes in and Rob Holding’s header is initially saved by Lee Burge but the rebound comes to Eddie Nketiah who bundles home from close range.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland (E. Nketiah)

KICK-OFF AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

STATS: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Sunderland (Won 8, Drawn 3) since they lost 2-0 in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in February 2012. This is the first meeting between both sides since May 2017 – which ended in a 2-0 win for the Gunners in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Barca’s safe pair of hands Marc Andre Ter Stegen is set to make his 300th appearance for the Blaugrana.

Barca coach Xavi Hernandez has named a side filled with experience and youth, as he hopes to make a statement with a win at Seville.

Coach Julen Lopetegui’s XI set to take on Barcelona at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson has named his squad that will do battle against their more fanciful hosts.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta expectedly has named a different line-up for tonight’s encounter against Sunderland. He makes NINE changes to the Starting XI.

Hello and welcome to our evening coverage of the EFL Cup quarter-final clash between Arsenal and lower-league opposition Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium and the super encounter (at least on paper) between Sevilla and Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga. Do keep up with the action LIVE from both matches!

Premier League confirms that festive fixtures to go ahead as planned, inspite of Covid-19

Clubs in the Premier League and in the English Football League (EFL) have opted to fulfil their festive fixtures, amidst rising Coronavirus cases in the country.

All twenty Premier League clubs had met on Monday to discuss the festive fixture schedule, following the postponement of six domestic matches last weekend. In the end, no vote took place which means that there will be two rounds of fixtures across five days – beginning from 26th December, while the EFL revealed they will continue to play matches “where it is safe to do so”.

Prior to Monday’s meeting, it was widely expected that the postponement of one round of games over Christmas was likely – with Matchday 20 which starts on December 28th being postponed, in order to ease the pressure on Premier League squads.

Instead, clubs have been advised that if they have 13 fit players plus a goalkeeper, they should fulfil their games. Also, FA Cup replays in Rounds Three and Four have been SCRAPPED and talks are ongoing on whether to reduce EFL Cup semi-final ties to one-leg matches.

As for the lower-tier of English football widely known as the EFL, the body says it anticipates further postponements, but sees “optimism that disruption can be minimised.”

FT: Tottenham Hotspurs 2-2 Liverpool, Son Heung-Min scores on 300th appearance for Spurs, Kane on target; Jota scores & Robertson is SENT OFF for the visitors

Manchester City are the biggest beneficiaries of Matchday 18 round of games. They are currently three points above the Reds and six points ahead of West London giants Chelsea.

FULL-TIME AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS STADIUM: Tottenham Hotspurs 2-2 Liverpool

78′ MIN: Andrew Robertson is sent off following a challenge on Emerson Royal, with the decision being confirmed after visiting the Referee Review Area. Hero turned Villain!

RED CARD!!!!! Andy Robertson has been SENT OFF for the visitors.

74′ MIN: In what is his 300th appearance for the Lilywhites, Son takes advantage of an error from Alisson to level proceedings.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Tottenham Hotspurs 2-2 Liverpool (S. Heung-Min)

70′ MIN: Trent Alexander-Arnold hits the ball across goal and Andrew Robertson is at the back post to nod in from close range.

GOOOOAAAALLL!!! Tottenham Hotspurs 1-2 Liverpool (A. Robertson)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS STADIUM: Tottenham Hotspurs 1-1 Liverpool

HALF-TIME AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS STADIUM: Tottenham Hotspurs 1-1 Liverpool

35′ MIN: The visitors are LEVEL! A sharp header from Diogo Jota makes the difference as he converts Andrew Robertson’s clipped cross.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Tottenham Hotspurs 1-1 Liverpool (D. Jota)

13′ MIN: The hosts take the lead! Tanguy Ndombele picks out Harry Kane with a sublime pass, and the forward slides the ball into the far corner.

GOOOAALLLL!!! Tottenham Hotspurs 1-0 Liverpool (H. Kane)

KICK-OFF AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS STADIUM: Tottenham Hotspurs 0-0 Liverpool

STATS: Liverpool haven’t won in London this season, after drawing 3-3 with Brentford and losing 3-1 to West Ham United.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has included the usual suspects in his starting line-up and he will be hoping to come away with all three points, so as to reduce the deficit between the Reds and Manchester City.

Meanwhile, South Korean attacker Son Heung-Min is set to make his 300th appearance for the club this evening.

Spurs gaffer Antonio Conte has named his Starting XI who will do battle against the Reds. It is the first time in two weeks that Tottenham will take to the pitch, after previous domestic and European matches were postponed due to Covid-19.

Welcome to our Big Game feature between North London side Tottenham Hotspurs and Merseyside outfit Liverpool.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS VS LIVERPOOL:

FT: Wolves 0-0 Chelsea, Blues drop points again; Newcastle Utd 0-4 Man City, Dias, Cancelo, Mahrez & Sterling all on targets as Cityzens maintain lead at the top

FULL-TIME AT THE MOLINEUX: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Chelsea

FULL-TIME AT ST. JAMES’ PARK: Newcastle United 0-4 Manchester City

80′ MIN: Gabriel Jesus storms into to box near the byline and plays the ball across the face of goal for Raheem Sterling to tap home!

GOOOOAAALLLLL!!! Newcastle United 0-4 Manchester City (R. Sterling)

65′ MIN: A delightful ball from Oleksandr Zinchenko was met on the volley by Riyad Mahrez to give City an unassailable lead. It is the Algerian’s 50th goal for the Cityzens.

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Newcastle United 0-3 Manchester City (R. Mahrez)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE MOLINEUX AND AT ST. JAMES’ PARK: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Chelsea, Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City

HALF-TIME AT THE MOLINEUX AND AT ST. JAMES’ PARK: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Chelsea, Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City

27′ MIN: In what is his 100th appearance for the club, full-back Joao Cancelo picks the ball up in the middle of the park, drifts past one, fakes onto his strong foot and then unleashes a rocket past Dubravka! Certainly one of the goals of the season!

Rocket

GOOOAAALLL!!! Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City (J. Cancelo)

5′ MIN: The Cityzens find an early breakthrough! Portuguese defender Ruben Dias takes full advantage of the confusion in the Newcastle backline to head the ball into an empty net.

GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City (R. Dias)

KICK-OFF AT THE MOLINEUX AND AT ST. JAMES’ PARK: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Chelsea, Newcastle United 0-0 Manchester City

STATS: Chelsea have won just twice in five Premier League fixtures (D2, L1) and have dropped seven points from winning positions in their last seven Premier League matches. The Blues have also conceded in their last five league games – their longest streak without a clean sheet under German tactician Thomas Tuchel.

City gaffer Pep Guardiola has made three changes from the side that thrashed Leeds United 7-0 as Joao Cancelo, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus all in the Starting XI while John Stones, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden are all among the substitutes.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe makes five changes to the side that began the 3-1 loss away to Liverpool at Anfield last Thursday with Ciaran Clark, Joe Willock, Miguel Almiron, Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson all in the Starting XI, while Allan Saint-Maximin is only good enough to be on the bench.

NEWCASTLE UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY:

The Blues have made two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Everton last time out, with N’Golo Kante and Trevoh Chalobah replacing the injured Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho. Chelsea name just six players on their bench, including midfielder Mateo Kovacic who has been out for 11 games plus two goalkeepers.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage makes three changes to his starting XI, with Mexican striker Raul Jimenez returning from suspension to replace the injured Hwang Hee-chan. Ki-Jana Hoever and Leander Dendoncker both comes in for Nelson Semedo and Francisco Trincao.

Welcome to our Super Sunday coverage of the Premier League (Matchday 18) as Chelsea visit the Molineux to take on Wolves, while Newcastle United will play hosts to table-toppers and current defending champions Manchester City. Follow this live feed which will give you all of the action as it breaks.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS VS CHELSEA:

Inter Milan terminates contract of Christian Eriksen

Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan have confirmed that they have terminated the contract of Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The reigning domestic champions announced they have mutually agreed to terminate Christian Eriksen’s contract, as he continues to rehabilitate from the cardiac arrest he suffered while representing Denmark during the UEFA European Championship (Euro 2020).

The 29 year-old has not played competitive football since collapsing during his country’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland in June. The former Ajax and Tottenham Hotspurs player had resumed training on his own, but it was at a facility arranged by his former club in Denmark.

Eriksen joined Inter Milan from Tottenham Hotspurs in January 2020 on a four-and-a-half-year contract. Though he struggled initially under then-coach Antonio Conte, he later became one of the key members of the Nerazzurri side – helping the team to win the 2020/2021 Serie A title, which was their first domestic title in 11 years.

While Inter would have wanted to keep Eriksen, he is legally unable to play in Italy because he has a heart defibrillator implanted. The only way he could have played in the Serie A is if the ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) that was inserted following his cardiac arrest was removed.

Inter Milan have released a statement confirming the Dane’s departure and said “a strong and indissoluble bond will remain” between the club and Eriksen.

Following the termination of Eriksen’s contract, he is now free to look for a new club.

FT: Chelsea 1-1 Everton; Blues lose ground in title chase, Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle Utd; Jota, Salah & Alexander-Arnold on targets as Reds complete turnaround

Liverpool close the gap between them and table-toppers Manchester City to one point, as they record their 2,000th victory in England’s top-flight.

FULL-TIME AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United

87′ MIN: Trent Alexander-Arnold drills the ball past Martin Dubravka to wrap things up for the Reds.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United (T. Alexander-Arnold)

The Blues drop precious points at home and are now four points behind leaders and defending champions Manchester City.

FULL-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-1 Everton

74′ MIN: The hosts’ lead didn’t last long. Anthony Gordon lofts in an inviting free-kick from the left, and Jarrad Branthwaite arrives at the back post to poke home

GOOOOAAALLLL!!! Chelsea 1-1 Everton (J. Branthwaite)

70′ MIN: The Blues are in front! Reece James plays in Mason Mount on the right side of the penalty area, and Mount hammers home for his fourth goal in as many Premier League matches.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Chelsea 1-0 Everton (M. Mount)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Everton

HALF-TIME AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United

HALF-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Everton

25′ MIN: The hosts have turned it around! Martin Dubravka keeps out Sadio Mane’s effort, but Mohamed Salah is there to slot home and put the hosts ahead.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United (M. Salah)

21′ MIN: Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka denies Diogo Jota from close range, but the Liverpool forward is able to force in the rebound.

GOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle United (D. Jota)

7′ MIN: The visitors are in front! Newcastle counter quickly and the ball falls to Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box and he smashes it home.

GOOOAAAAALLL!!! Liverpool 0-1 Newcastle United (J. Shelvey)

KICK-OFF AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 0-0 Newcastle United

STATS: The Toffees have suffered four consecutive away league defeats and are winless in their past six.

KICK-OFF AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Everton

Magpies boss Eddie Howe has put out his best XI for tonight’s clash at Anfield, even though it is difficult to see them getting a result that will help their relegation cause.

The Reds will be banking on the form of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota to wreak havoc on an already hapless Newcastle United side.

LIVERPOOL VS NEWCASTLE UNITED:

In other news, four more weekend Premier League matches have been postponed with the ties involving Southampton vs Brentford, Watford vs Crystal Palace, West Ham United vs Norwich City on Saturday as well as Sunday’s game between Everton and Leicester all affected.

Everton boss Rafa Benitez has made five changes from the side that lost 3-1 at Crystal Palace with Fabian Delph, Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Richarlison all missing in the squad, while youngsters Anthony Gordon (20), Jarrad Branthwaite (19) and Ellis Simms (20) are among the starting XI.

Team news from Stamford Bridge sees manager Thomas Tuchel make two changes from the side that started last weekend’s 3-2 win over Leeds United, as Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic come in for German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

Both Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are absent in the Matchday squad, likewise Romelu Lukaku – though N’Golo Kante is back on the substitutes’ bench.

Welcome to our LIVE feed for tonight’s round of Premier League fixtures in what has been a week littered with several postponements.

CHELSEA VS EVERTON:

LIVE: Chelsea vs Everton; Lukaku, Werner & Havertz NOT in Matchday Squad, Liverpool vs Newcastle Utd; Salah, Mane & Jota start, Four more PL games postponed; Follow the action>>

Liverpool close the gap between them and table-toppers Manchester City to one point, as they record their 2,000th victory in England’s top-flight.

FULL-TIME AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United

87′ MIN: Trent Alexander-Arnold drills the ball past Martin Dubravka to wrap things up for the Reds.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United (T. Alexander-Arnold)

The Blues drop precious points at home and are now four points behind leaders and defending champions Manchester City.

FULL-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-1 Everton

74′ MIN: The hosts’ lead didn’t last long. Anthony Gordon lofts in an inviting free-kick from the left, and Jarrad Branthwaite arrives at the back post to poke home

GOOOOAAALLLL!!! Chelsea 1-1 Everton (J. Branthwaite)

70′ MIN: The Blues are in front! Reece James plays in Mason Mount on the right side of the penalty area, and Mount hammers home for his fourth goal in as many Premier League matches.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Chelsea 1-0 Everton (M. Mount)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Everton

HALF-TIME AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United

HALF-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Everton

25′ MIN: The hosts have turned it around! Martin Dubravka keeps out Sadio Mane’s effort, but Mohamed Salah is there to slot home and put the hosts ahead.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United (M. Salah)

21′ MIN: Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka denies Diogo Jota from close range, but the Liverpool forward is able to force in the rebound.

GOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle United (D. Jota)

7′ MIN: The visitors are in front! Newcastle counter quickly and the ball falls to Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box and he smashes it home.

GOOOAAAAALLL!!! Liverpool 0-1 Newcastle United (J. Shelvey)

KICK-OFF AT ANFIELD: Liverpool 0-0 Newcastle United

STATS: The Toffees have suffered four consecutive away league defeats and are winless in their past six.

KICK-OFF AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Everton

Magpies boss Eddie Howe has put out his best XI for tonight’s clash at Anfield, even though it is difficult to see them getting a result that will help their relegation cause.

The Reds will be banking on the form of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota to wreak havoc on an already hapless Newcastle United side.

LIVERPOOL VS NEWCASTLE UNITED:

In other news, four more weekend Premier League matches have been postponed with the ties involving Southampton vs Brentford, Watford vs Crystal Palace, West Ham United vs Norwich City on Saturday as well as Sunday’s game between Everton and Leicester all affected.

Everton boss Rafa Benitez has made five changes from the side that lost 3-1 at Crystal Palace with Fabian Delph, Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Richarlison all missing in the squad, while youngsters Anthony Gordon (20), Jarrad Branthwaite (19) and Ellis Simms (20) are among the starting XI.

Team news from Stamford Bridge sees manager Thomas Tuchel make two changes from the side that started last weekend’s 3-2 win over Leeds United, as Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic come in for German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

Both Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are absent in the Matchday squad, likewise Romelu Lukaku – though N’Golo Kante is back on the substitutes’ bench.

Welcome to our LIVE feed for tonight’s round of Premier League fixtures in what has been a week littered with several postponements.

CHELSEA VS EVERTON: