Premier League team news: predicted lineups for the weekend action | Manchester City

Bournemouth v Everton

Saturday 3pm Venue Vitality Stadium Last season n/a

Referee Craig Pawson This season G7 Y31 R0 4.43 cards/game

Odds H 19-10 A 7-4 D 9-4

Bournemouth v Everton


Subs from Dennis,Christie, Marcondes, Rothwell, Stacey, Lowe, Stanislas, Zemura, Dembélé, Pearson, Hill, Anthony

Doubtful Zemura (knock)

Injured Brooks (thigh, 26 Dec), Kelly (ankle, 26 Dec), Neto (thigh, 26 Dec)

Suspended Mepham (one match)

Discipline Y22 R0


Leading scorer Billing 4


Subs from Begovic, Jakupovic, Lonergan, Patterson, Mina, Keane, Holgate, Vinagre, Doucouré, Garner, Davies, Rondón, McNeil, Welch, Mills, John, Cannon

Doubtful Holgate (knee)

Injured Calvert-Lewin (hamstring/knee, 26 Dec), Godfrey (broken leg, 26 Dec), Townsend (knee, 26 Dec)

Suspended None

Discipline Y33 R0


Leading scorer Gordon 3

Liverpool v Southampton

Saturday 3pm Venue Anfield Last season Liverpool 4 Southampton 0

Referee Simon Hooper This season G9 Y26 R0 2.88 cards/game

Odds H 3-11 A 11-1 D 6-1

Liverpool v Southampton


Subs from Adrián, Kelleher, Davies, Ramsay, Matip, Tsimikas, Phillips, Milner, Jones, Elliott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bajcetic, Carvalho, Gomez

Doubtful Matip (calf), Milner (concussion)

Injured Keïta (thigh, 26 Dec), Díaz (knee, 26 Dec), Jota (calf, Jan), Arthur (thigh, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y12 R1


Leading scorers Firmino, Salah 6


Subs from Caballero, McCarthy, Caleta-Car, A Armstrong, Mara, Djenepo, Edozie, Diallo, Walcott

Doubtful xnamex (xreasonx), xnamex (xreasonx)

Injured Walker-Peters (thigh, 26 Dec), Livramento (knee, Jan), Larios (groin, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y22 R0


Leading scorer Adams 3

Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace

Saturday 3pm Venue City Ground Last season n/a

Referee John Brooks This season G6 Y24 R0 4 cards/game

Odds H 11-5 A 16-11 D 2-1

Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace

Nottingham Forest

Subs from Hennessey, Smith, Soh, Williams, Colback, Awoniyi, Surridge, Cafú, Kouyaté, Dennis, McKenna, Badé, Boly, Taylor

Doubtful Kouyaté (knock), McKenna (knock)

Injured Richards (calf, 26 Dec), Toffolo (thigh, 26 Dec), Biancone (knee, unknown), Niakhaté (thigh, unknown)

Suspended Mangala (one match)

Discipline Y34 R0


Leading scorer Awoniyi 3

Crystal Palace

Subs from Butland, Johnstone, Whitworth, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Mateta, Clyne, Hughes, Édouard, Ebiowei, Ferguson, Balmer, Riedewald, Gordon, Wells-Morrison, Phillips, Goodman, Rodney

Doubtful Édouard (thigh)

Injured McArthur (groin, unknown), Richards (thigh, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y29 R0


Leading scorer Zaha 6

Tottenham v Leeds

Saturday 3pm Venue Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Last season Tottenham 2 Leeds 1

Referee Michael Salisbury This season G6 Y31 R0 5.16 cards/game

Odds H 11-17 A 43-10 D 17-5

Tottenham v Leeds


Subs from Forster, Austin, Doherty, Spence, Sánchez, Tanganga, Bissouma, Skipp, Sarr, Lucas Moura, Gil

Doubtful Lucas Moura (tendon)

Injured Romero (calf, 14 Nov), Sessegnon (knock, 14 Nov), Son (eye, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y25 R1


Leading scorer Kane 11


Subs from Klaesson, Robles, Ayling, Llorente, Firpo, Hjelde, Gelhardt, Greenwood, Harrison, Gyabi, Drameh

Doubtful Gelhardt (knock), Harrison (knock)

Injured Bamford (hip, 26 Dec), Forshaw (knee, 26 Dec), Gray (ankle, 26 Dec), Klich (knee, 26 Dec), Sinisterra (ankle, 26 Dec), Dallas (broken leg, Jan)

Suspended None

Discipline Y25 R1


Leading scorer Rodrigo 7

West Ham v Leicester

Saturday 3pm Venue London Stadium Last season West Ham 4 Leicester 1

Referee Jarred Gillett This season G6 Y24 R0 4 cards/game

Odds H Evs A 11-4 D 5-2

West Ham v Leicester

West Ham

Subs from Areola, Randolph, Johnson, Coufal, Fornals, Antonio, Lanzini, Downes, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Coventry, Ashby

Doubtful None

Injured Cornet (calf, unknown), Palmieri (knock, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y16 R0


Leading scorers Antonio, Benrahma, Bowen, Scamacca 2


Subs from Iversen, Smithies, Ward, Vardy, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Pérez, Amartey, Vestergaard, Mendy, Soumaré

Doubtful None

Injured Pereira (calf, Jan), Justin (achilles, May), Bertrand (knee, unknown), Soyuncu (hamstring, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y17 R0


Leading scorer Maddison 6

Newcastle v Chelsea

Saturday 5.30pm Sky Sports Premier League Venue St James’ Park Last season Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3

Referee Robert Jones This season G8 Y28 R1 3.63 cards/game

Odds H 7-5 A 2-1 D 28-11

Newcastle v Chelsea


Subs from Darlow, Gillespie, Karius, Lascelles, Targett, Manquillo, Lewis, Shelvey, Anderson, S Longstaff, Wood, Fraser, Murphy

Doubtful Darlow (ankle), Fraser (calf), Wilson (illness)

Injured Isak (thigh, 26 Dec), Ritchie (calf, 26 Dec), Krafth (knee, Aug), Dummett (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y20 R0


Leading scorer Almirón 8


Subs from Bettinelli, Jorginho, Pulisic, Broja, Zakaria, Ziyech, Gallagher, Koulibaly, Soonsup-Bell, Hall

Doubtful Jorginho (ankle)

Injured Arrizabalaga (ankle, 26 Dec), Kanté (thigh, Feb), Chilwell (thigh, unknown), Chukwuemeka (thigh, unknown), Fofana (knee, unknown), James (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y31 R2


Leading scorers Havertz, Sterling 3

Brighton v Aston Villa

Sunday 2pm Sky Sports Premier League Venue Amex Stadium Last season Brighton 0 Aston Villa 2

Referee Chris Kavanagh This season G4 Y16 R0 4 cards/game

Odds H 9-10 A 10-3 D 3-1

Brighton v Aston Villa


Subs from McGill, Steele, Lamptey, Colwill, Welbeck, Sarmiento, Enciso, Undav, Gilmour, Van Hecke, Veltman

Doubtful None

Injured Moder (knee, Feb)

Suspended None

Discipline Y17 R0


Leading scorer Trossard 7

Aston Villa

Subs from Olsen, Steer, McGinn, Sanson, Ings, Chambers, Augustinsson, Young, Nakamba, Bednarek, Guilbert, Archer, Kamara

Doubtful None

Injured Coutinho (thigh, unknown), Diego Carlos (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y30 R1


Leading scorers Bailey, Ings 3

Fulham v Manchester United

Sunday 4.30pm Sky Sports Premier League Venue Craven Cottage Last season n/a

Referee Paul Tierney This season G11 Y43 R2 4.09 cards/game

Odds H 3-1 A Evs D 3-1

Fulham v Manchester United


Subs from Rodak, Kurzawa, Adarabioyo, Duffy, Chalobah, James, Mbabu, Harris

Doubtful None

Injured Solomon (knee, Jan), Kebano (calf, unknown), Mitrovic (ankle, unknown)

Suspended Reed (one match), Tete (one match)

Discipline Y35 R1


Leading scorer Mitrovic 9

Manchester United

Subs from Dubravka, Heaton, Jones, Maguire, Ronaldo, Fred, Sancho, Pellistri, Van de Beek, Elanga, McTominay, Mengi, Shoretire, Garnacho

Doubtful Antony (match fitness), Ronaldo (illness), Sancho (illness)

Injured Varane (hamstring, 22 Nov), Tuanzebe (match fitness, unknown), Wan-Bissaka (match fitness, unknown), Williams (match fitness, unknown)

Suspended Dalot (one match)

Discipline Y36 R0


Leading scorer Rashford 4

Fire, faith and fastidiousness: Nathan Jones’s road to Southampton | Southampton

It is hard to argue Nathan Jones does not deserve the opportunity to manage in the Premier League. Towards the end of his time at Yeovil, where he spent seven years as a marauding left-back in League One, his Sundays would be spent coaching the women’s team and later, while first-team coach at Brighton, he spent a week shadowing the then England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate in the buildup to the 2015 European Championship. He took charge at Luton when they were 15th in League Two and last season led them to within two games of the Premier League with a modest squad assembled for less than £1.5m. On Saturday he will go toe-to-toe with Jürgen Klopp at Anfield.

The common denominator when talking to those who have worked under or alongside him is that the new Southampton manager is meticulous. It is commonplace for him to give prospective signings in-depth presentations on the plan, where he sees them slotting in and, critically, the journey on which he thinks they can go. For Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, whom Jones signed for Luton on loan from Leicester at the beginning of 2020-21, it was an hour of Wyscout clips, Venn diagrams and data in a hotel off the M1. For James Collins, it was the training ground and clips of previous games and goals. “To walk into a meeting with a manager having so much detail on you, it just shows how much he wants to sign you,” Collins says. “He’s really enthusiastic and passionate about what he wants. I signed a few days later.”

It is unlikely to be long before the neutral takes note of Jones, a fiery and animated character on the touchline who sometimes wears plasters on his fingertips to prevent him biting his nails down to his skin amid the nervous energy. Jones sometimes slept overnight at Luton’s training ground. “He’s very intense but that’s what makes him so unique,” says Collins, the Derby striker who spent four years at Luton. “He makes sure you’re all set up and ready to go into the games without leaving any stone unturned. On the pitch he’s kicking every ball with you. He lives and breathes his job.”

Nathan Jones celebrates Luton’s win at Cardiff in April.
Nathan Jones celebrates Luton’s win at Cardiff in April. Photograph: Nathan Munkley/Shutterstock

Jones, a born-again Christian, has several tattoos, including Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam across his back. He makes his players believe. Jordan Clark’s heat maps as a winger at Accrington detailed his engine and ability to get up and down the flank in League One. Jones ran Clark through some clips when making his sales pitch, adamant that energy would allow Clark to excel in the middle, and though the player was initially unsure, since he signed on a free transfer in 2020 he has developed into an accomplished Championship central midfielder.

Southampton’s owner, Sport Republic, whose chief executive, Rasmus Ankersen, was a co-director of football at Brentford when they appointed Dean Smith and Thomas Frank, has monitored Jones for a few years and his track record of developing players, from James Justin to Dewsbury-Hall and Jack Stacey, all now in the Premier League, was a key attraction. At Yeovil, where he became assistant manager after finishing playing, he worked with Andros Townsend, Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and the Southampton goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy.

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu and Dan Potts remain at Luton from the team promoted out of League Two in 2018. “In his first full season at Luton we reached the playoffs but lost in the semi-finals [to Blackpool, in 2017],” says Joaquín Gómez, Jones’s former first-team coach at Luton and Stoke and now head coach of SJK Seinäjoki in Finland. “We watched the game back the same night, tried to heal and we hurt, but very quickly the day after or two days after we were meeting again to see what things could get better to make sure that we didn’t have to go through it again. There was a belief that we were doing something the right way and that we had to succeed.”

Nathan Jones pictured at Southampton’s stadium.
Nathan Jones, pictured at Southampton’s stadium ‘wants to invest time into his players’ careers,’ says Joaquín Gómez, his former first-team coach at Luton. Photograph: Matt Watson/Southampton FC/Getty Images

Jones has been joined by his assistants Chris Cohen, with whom he played at Yeovil, and Alan Sheehan, whom he managed in his first season at Luton. “He does not just use his players as a tool but he cares for their own individual development,” says Gómez. “He wants to invest time into his players’ careers. He shows a lot of empathy.”

Jones has had a hugely positive couple of years since returning to Luton towards the end of 2019-20, after his “regret” at leaving for Stoke, where he was sacked after nine months with six wins from 38 games. “We were moving from a club where the environment was all we wanted it to be because we had been there for a long time and at Stoke we tried and couldn’t make it work,” Gómez says. “As has been proven afterwards, it is hard to make it work. It was a learning curve for all of us … I’m sure that the experience that he had is going to help him for this one to make it even more successful. I’m sure that he’s more ready for the Premier League.”

Collins insists Jones is better prepared now “to deal with bigger players and personalities”. Jones, like Eddie Howe, has managed in each division of the Football League. “He’s taken every step, worked every hour, every minute that he had to do,” says Gómez. “He has shown he can manage in the Championship and he has maximised his resources very, very well. I’m sure it will take a bit of time but I hope it works because he fully deserves it. He will be him. He won’t change because he’s in the Premier League. In football you’ve got to be yourself, otherwise you get found out.”

Nathan Jones agrees ‘long-term deal’ to become Southampton manager | Southampton

Nathan Jones has agreed a “long-term” deal to be the next Southampton head coach after holding further talks with the club’s hierarchy on Wednesday. Jones was in the stands for Southampton’s Carabao Cup game at home to Sheffield Wednesday and is set to be in the dugout for Saturday’s trip to Liverpool.

Southampton and Luton Town had broadly agreed a compensation package for Jones, believed to be £2.5m, before he took charge of his final Luton game on Tuesday at his former club Stoke but the clubs have since formally agreed terms.

Jones, a former Brighton, Southend and Yeovil defender, has been highly successful at Luton across two spells, winning back-to-back promotions into League One and last season led the club into the Championship playoffs. Jones is set to be joined at Southampton with his assistants Chris Cohen, with whom he played at Yeovil, and Alan Sheehan.

Jones, 49, admitted to being “flattered” by Southampton’s interest in him following Luton’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke. “I know my strengths and if a group buys into that, then I can manage at any level,” he said.

Arsenal slip to draw at Southampton and now lead City by two points at top | Premier League

This was a reality check for any title pretensions Arsenal hold, although any stewing will still be done from the top of the pile. They had taken an 11th-minute lead through Granit Xhaka and a weakened Southampton side, unable to get near their visitors, looked ripe for a thrashing. Instead they failed to turn the screw and, in a development that may give the embattled Ralph Hasenhüttl’s tenure fresh life, were pegged back by a beautifully worked equaliser from Stuart Armstrong.

By the end Saints, looking a vastly more confident unit than the crestfallen group that had earlier chased shadows, could feel they were worth a point; Arsenal, fortunate to scrape through at Leeds a week previously, were unable to generate a late slice of luck this time.

Anyone wondering where they had seen an identikit of Xhaka’s rasping finish only had to look back three days. He had seen off PSV Eindhoven with a relatively rare goal, scored first-time via his even lesser-spotted right foot, and the similarity was uncanny. There was a sliver of fortune for Arsenal when Ben White played a give-and-go with Bukayo Saka and saw his teammate’s backheel flick off Romain Perraud into his path; everything else was immaculately worked, White clipping back for an untracked Xhaka to blast unstoppably above Gavin Bazunu with his supposedly weaker limb.

Even at such an early point, the goal had been well advertised. Xhaka had already drawn a sharp save from Bazunu with an angled shot after Mohammed Salisu had tackled Gabriel Jesus; then the Swiss, who has taken to more of a playmaking role with gusto, slipped across for Martin Ødegaard to roll a low shot wide from 20 yards.

At this point Southampton were not in the game. New injuries had added to Hasenhüttl’s headaches, Kyle Walker-Peters damaging a hamstring in the midweek win over Bournemouth and Che Adams, the scorer that night, only deemed fit for the bench. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, on loan from Arsenal, was ineligible and with three other first-teamers out the hosts were plainly stretched.

It was to their credit that, at the interval, they retained a genuine interest in the outcome. A rout had looked perfectly plausible after Arsenal went ahead but only a Jesus shot, which found the side netting after he had twisted and turned, threatened a quick doubling of the agony. A belated display of initiative brought a series of corners after the half-hour and, while those were all dealt with, Arsenal no longer had the luxury of virtually unchallenged possession.

Granit Xhaka scores
Granit Xhaka opens the scoring for Arsenal at St Mary’s. Photograph: David Cliff/AP

A burst infield from Martinelli was more reminiscent of the earlier exchanges and might have yielded an outstanding solo goal had Duje Caleta-Car not deflected his effort off target. But Southampton had at least partly got to grips with Arsenal’s wide threat. A little earlier they had brief cause for concern when Caleta-Car appeared to fell Saka just outside the area, but the England forward was harshly booked for diving.

Bazunu was worked again with the half’s final action, parrying Jesus’ volley after an outrageous scooped pass from Ødegaard, and Arsenal still had a job to complete even if they had not been especially extended.

Southampton re-emerged energetically but, given a chance to run at a backpedalling Gabriel Magalhães after intercepting Takehiro Tomiyasu’s pass, Adam Armstrong seemed to lose confidence and saw the chance disappear. Arsenal had not begun as quickly this time around although Jesus, who had wanted a first-half penalty after a grappling match with Caleta-Car, was indignant after feeling a surge towards the box had been illegally halted by the same opponent.

A brief stoppage for an injury to Gabriel saw Arteta call the rest of his outfield players into a meeting by the touchline. There was a sense only inattention could cost them but the afternoon had certainly become less comfortable. Almost immediately Mohamed Elyounoussi was fractionally too late to a Stuart Armstrong cross while the hitherto underworked Aaron Ramsdale saw a clearance change down by Joe Aribo.

Jesus, a perpetual menace in behind, then had another chance to settle things but was frustrated by an excellent covering block from Elyounoussi. Arsenal had made life hard for themselves by failing to finish the job and, from nowhere, were punished by the best move of the match.

A smart dummy from Aribo allowed Perraud, the left-back, to carry the ball diagonally inside Arsenal’s half and switch it right to Elyounoussi. What followed was a study in composure, Elyounoissi slipping a reverse pass to Gabriel’s left and into the path of Armstrong, whose finish across Ramsdale was clinical. It was Southampton’s first real chance.

Now the atmosphere in St Mary’s, verging on flat and resigned for much of the game, was supercharged. Perraud volleyed wide and then, after a spell of pressure, Aribo shot at Ramsdale through a crowd of players. It was now Arsenal who looked skittish; Mikel Arteta sought a remedy through the introductions of Eddie Nketiah and Kieran Tierney.

Nketiah dragged wide and Tierney thought he had teed up a winner for Ødegaard, only for the ball to have run out of play. It would be as close as they came late on.

Che Adams heads Southampton out of bottom three and sinks Bournemouth | Premier League

A few minutes after the final whistle Ralph Hasenhüttl and his players linked arms in front of the away support to toast a much-needed victory and a long overdue first clean sheet of the season, Southampton the last team in England’s top four divisions to claim one.

Was it a defiant show of unity? A symbol of togetherness despite the never-ending, engulfing sense of crisis? Or a chance to celebrate only their second away win since February with fans, safe in the knowledge that his future visits to Bournemouth’s beaches will not be tarnished? “I’m very often here and enjoy this beautiful landscape,” a smiling Hasenhüttl said afterwards. “It’s always good when you pass here and know that you haven’t lost.”

It is amazing what three points can do. Che Adams’s expertly-taken ninth-minute header was enough to hoist Southampton out of the relegation zone and garner belief that perhaps all is not lost under Hasenhüttl, even if his side were camped inside their own half for long periods. The stakes were always going to be high for Hasenhüttl and the agitation never ceased as the Southampton manager paced around the away technical area. The last time Southampton tasted victory Scott Parker was still in charge of Bournemouth and the roars of relief were palpable at the final whistle, especially given Mohammed Salisu’s heroic clearance off the line moments earlier.

At one point in the first half Hasenhuttl removed his black baseball cap and gave the referee, John Brooks, an earful. It was a snapshot that spoke to the pressure that has been mounting on Hasenhüttl in recent weeks – Southampton came into this game with a grim record of 15 defeats in their past 22 matches – and how he needed this result before hosting leaders Arsenal on Sunday. Hasenhüttl is the fourth-longest serving manager in the Premier League but has been lurching from stable to insecure for what feels like an eternity. For Bournemouth, this defeat marks the first bump in the road for a while, this Gary O’Neil’s first defeat in interim charge.

Southampton revamped their squad in the summer with an influx of young players but Hasenhüttl named his eldest starting lineup of the season. The 26-year-old Croatia defender Duje Caleta-Car shone on his second start after replacing Armel Bella-Kotchap, who is sidelined with a dislocated shoulder. “We know we have to fight as a group after an intense transfer window in the summer,” Hasenhüttl said. “We speak very often about the patience we need to have for them. It is not always that you get this patience in this business, especially when you are a little bit long working in the club like I am. Sometimes the patience is not always there. From the whole pressure you have in the Premier League it is not easy to go through this but it’s the only way we can do it.”

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl celebrates with his goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl celebrates with his goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. Photograph: James Marsh/Shutterstock

It felt pertinent that Adams pointed to his ear as he wheeled away in celebration and his header went some way to quelling the noise. Mohamed Elyounoussi, who missed a chance to put the game to bed late on, skewing wide from the angle, surged down the right before switching play to Romain Perraud, who sent a cross in from the left. Adams peeled off the Bournemouth defender Marcos Senesi towards the penalty spot and the Southampton striker sent a fine glancing header into the corner. Hasenhüttl’s double fist pump in the direction of the away support on one side of this stadium also felt telling. The Southampton substitute Moussa Djenepo also squandered a chance to seal victory but they just about did enough to end Bournemouth’s pristine unbeaten run.

Marcus Tavernier was perhaps Bournemouth’s brightest spark but they struggled to truly work Gavin Bazunu in the Southampton goal. Bournemouth’s biggest complaint centred on a penalty claim when Junior Stanislas’s cross struck Salisu’s right arm in the second half. “The ball hits Lloyd Kelly at Nottingham Forest from a similar distance, it’s a penalty,” O’Neil said. “The ball hits Jefferson Lerma at Newcastle, it’s a penalty.. The ball hits Salisu, it’s not penalty. Hopefully the officials can clear up what is and what isn’t [a penalty] because I don’t see much difference.”

Rice secures draw for West Ham at Southampton after Perraud’s opener | Premier League

If Ralph Hasenhüttl felt like the most vulnerable manager in the Premier League before kick‑off – other than perhaps Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard – this result will do little to shield him.

Southampton came into this game in dismal form: four defeats on the bounce, combined with Wolves’ 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, ensured they started the day in the bottom three. West Ham arrived at St Mary’s with momentum behind them after four wins in a row in all competitions. Were it not for their wasteful finishing, they would have made it five here.

Hasenhüttl stuck largely with the same side which was left chasing shadows at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, presumably because losing 4-0 to Manchester City elicits little more than a rueful shrug from most managers these days. Ibrahima Diallo and Stuart Armstrong made way for Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elyounoussi but, otherwise, Southampton were unchanged.

With Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson unavailable David Moyes was forced into a more extensive reshuffle. He made five changes to the team which beat Anderlecht in midweek.

Things were fairly even in the opening stages. Emerson sent a shot whistling wide of the post early on before a spell of pressure from the hosts ended with Che Adams scuffing one. West Ham had another half‑chance when Lucas Paquetá picked out Jarrod Bowen but he failed to direct his header goalwards. Other than that it was a messy start, all midfield headers, miscontrols and elusive openings.

The game burst into life with a quarter of an hour gone, Adams bullying Thilo Kehrer off the ball to go one-on-one, only for Lukasz Fabianski to make the save. Moments later West Ham were inches away from taking the lead when Gianluca Scamacca lined up a shot from distance which almost skimmed the stanchion. The home crowd barely had time to release their collective intake of breath before they were celebrating the opener.

Romain Perraud nicked the ball off Bowen’s toe and tucked the ball into the corner with help from a deflection off Ben Johnson. West Ham were furious that the referee, Peter Bankes, had got in Bowen’s way in the build-up, inadvertently helping Perraud to sneak in, but the goal stood.

Romain Perraud of Southampton scores the opening goal during the Premier League match against West Ham United.
Romain Perraud opens the scoring for Southampton in the first half with a deflected strike. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images

Moyes was unhappy that Bankes did not stop play, also lamenting a “judo move” on Tomas Soucek in the box that he felt should have been a penalty. “The ball comes out, Jarrod Bowen goes to get the ball, the referee blocks him from getting it and the boy scores from it, ridiculous – maybe you have to say the referee was in a really bad position.”

The rest of the first half was end‑to‑end, with West Ham pushing for an equaliser. Scamacca continued to offer a threat, firing wide after a neat one-two with Bowen before going round Armel Bella-Kotchap and teeing up Paquetá for a header which fell the wrong side of the post.

Paquetá also sent a fierce drive over the crossbar, while Adams and Elyounoussi were denied by Fabianski.

While both sides were scattergun with their shooting, there was little doubt there would be another goal. It came after 64 minutes, Declan Rice playing a neat one-two with Said Benrahma, on as a substitute, before smashing a shot into the far corner.

West Ham had come close to scoring immediately after the restart, Paquetá and Scamacca both menacing the goal before the former forced Gavin Bazunu to palm away a stinging shot. Southampton had lapsed into a hesitant counter-attacking stance, seemingly unsure about how best to preserve their lead. This was only the third time this season they had scored the first goal in a league game and their discomfort showed.

Southampton wavered after the equaliser. Benrahma was denied by a desperate block from Kyle Walker-Peters before Rice had a shot deflected wide.

Hasenhüttl is fixated on his team’s “automatisms” – pressing triggers which are so well drilled they become instinctive – but the Southampton machine began to clank and shudder as the second half wore on. It was a sign of how close they were to a critical malfunction when he made a quadruple change with 15 minutes to go.

Two of those substitutes, Diallo and Samuel Edozie, went close, with the latter drawing a frantic save from Fabianski. At the other end Bazunu stopped Scamacca from nabbing a late winner. While Southampton brought their losing run to an end, a point was not enough to lift them out of the relegation zone.

Hasenhüttl, despite his best efforts, remains in a precarious position. “In the past week I have not had the feeling that we have not put every effort in what we should [have],” he said. “We have more quality, I think, and we can play better football.”

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Premier League

1) Reds know benchmark for City showdown

One “freak” result – as Jürgen Klopp put it – has transformed the mood inside Liverpool after they condemned Rangers to the joint-heaviest defeat in their history at Ibrox on Wednesday. The next, and more onerous, challenge is to ensure an emphatic first away win changes the momentum of an inconsistent season. Manchester City and a rested Erling Haaland pose the most formidable threat but the 7-1 win in Glasgow, or certainly the standard of the second-half display, has to be the benchmark for a team that comfortably beat Rangers at Anfield last week before underperforming in defeat at Arsenal. With 13 points separating the two teams who have dominated the title race in recent years, Liverpool cannot afford another false dawn. Their intensity will be key, according to Andy Robertson. “We need to get consistency back into our game, back into our performance,” said the fit-again full-back. “We have to play with that intensity again. At our best we know we can cause problems to any team. Anything below that and it will be a difficult afternoon.” Andy Hunter

2) Another chance for Casemiro to shine

Casemiro began Sunday’s first Premier League start at Everton being mugged by Amadou Onana, whose intervention led to Alex Iwobi’s opener. From this quasi-disastrous moment the Brazilian showed character and class to become Manchester United’s star act in a comprehensive performance that featured tackles, interventions, metronomic passing and the precisely weighted 40-yard ball that created Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner (and his 700th career strike). Here was evidence of why the 30-year-old was pivotal in Real Madrid’s five Champions League triumphs since 2013-14 and an encouraging sign of how influential he may prove in Erik ten Hag’s rebuild. Particularly old news is how the 20-times champions have struggled for a generation – since Michael Carrick was signed in 2006 – to sign a midfielder of requisite quality so maybe, at last, Casemiro will be the man. It’s very early days, but after having to wait for his chance due to Scott McTominay’s form it will be a surprise should Casemiro not again be in the XI for the visit of Newcastle United. Jamie Jackson

Casemiro shares a joke during Manchester United training.
Casemiro shares a joke during Manchester United training. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

3) Rodgers and out?

The internet is renowned as a reliable source of information, Twitter in particular. As such, we have no reason and certainly no desire to disbelieve the story that broke on the platform this week – that Leicester have banned all Tannoy birthday greetings, after requests that regards be passed on to “Zak Rodgers” and “Brenda Nout”. In a sense, though, its veracity doesn’t actually matter, because the reality remains the same: many Leicester fans have lost faith in the man who just last year brought them the only FA Cup win in their 138-year history. Moreover, it is unarguably the case that few managers turn such antipathy around. And it seems likely that, with Leicester bottom of the table and few obvious relegation candidates immediately above them, there are only so many more reverses the club are likely to allow. As such, another against Palace – whose speed and quality makes them a suboptimal opponent for any side, never mind one in desperate need of a win – may mean the end. Daniel Harris

4) Doherty’s chance to regain Conte trust

Remember this game in early March? Frank Lampard does. “Lampard’s going down,” taunted the Tottenham support, jumping in two-footed on the Everton manager, whose team were hammered 5-0. To the Spurs crowd, Lampard will always be a villain due to his Chelsea connections. On a lower-profile level, Matt Doherty will remember this game. Trusted by Antonio Conte at right wing-back, it was something of a turning point. Doherty was outstanding, providing two assists and revelling in the freedom to get forward. Conte would count on him thereafter – until a knee ligament tear ended his season in mid-April. Doherty has struggled to recover his levels from that purple patch, mainly for fitness reasons. But with Emerson Royal banned after his red card against Arsenal, Conte started Doherty in last Saturday’s win at Brighton, when he was solid. The manager could prefer Ivan Perisic on the right against Everton, which would be a blow to Doherty. What he craves is the opportunity to regain momentum. David Hytner

5) A lesson in the Blues for Villa

It doesn’t edify the clubs involved in it, but never has The Battle for the Top FourTM been as intense as this season. Which makes things difficult for Graham Potter who, as well as handling Todd Boehly’s multi-dimensional ego, must also contend with managers more experienced in life at the top end of the table. But so far, he’s doing a pretty decent job – in large part because he quickly decided that Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are his go-to attackers, so picks them in nearly every game. Villa, on the other hand, are struggling to score, and though Steven Gerrard was right to demand more from his creators, he is also part of the problem, constantly tinkering having built a strong squad with no obvious first team. Now it is time for him to settle on an XI and allow it to groove; the same wrong team playing together every week will be better than playing an altogether different team every week. DHa

Tyrone Mings and Emi Martínez during Villa’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.
Tyrone Mings and Emi Martínez during Villa’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

6) Leeds’ future bright but present depends on Bamford

Leeds may have collected only two points from their last possible 15 and could arguably do without facing Arsenal at Elland Road but at least their longer-term future looks bright. They possess one of England’s best academies, and already this season Sonny Perkins, Mateo Joseph, Joe Gelhardt, Wilfred Gnonto, Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood have shone for the Under-21s. Foremost among that little lot have been Perkins and Joseph: the two 18-year-old strikers cannot stop scoring, with Perkins having registered eight goals in eight games this term and Joseph nine in eight appearances. Gnonto and Gelhardt are currently ahead of that duo on the path towards Jesse Marsch’s first team but Perkins and Jospeh may not be all that far behind. For the moment though, everything hinges on Patrick Bamford returning to full fitness. It is no exaggeration to say his ability to remain on the pitch could represent the difference between success and failure for Leeds this season. Louise Taylor

7) More Midlands desperation

Of the Premier League’s bottom five, four are from the Midlands – bad for the area but great for those who enjoy the needle, desperation and devastation that only football rivalries provide. Both Forest and Wolves have made the news in the last week: the former handed Steve Cooper a surprise new contract before firing the head of recruitment and head scout, and the latter were rejected by Julen Lopetegui, their choice to replace Bruno Lage. Generally speaking, this is no big deal – no one knows whether he was right for the job – but more specifically, it feels problematic. Given the story broke on Tuesday, it’s now Friday and Wolves remain managerless, the likelihood is that the formulation of a thorough contingency plan was not deemed necessary. Ultimately, both of these clubs look set for a long winter. DHa

8) Hammers the latest Hasenhüttl threat

West Ham made a slow start to the season, winning just one of their first seven league games, but in recent weeks there have been signs of improvement. It’s true that their two victories came in home fixtures against Wolves and Fulham, but they are a much better side now than the one which subsided to meek defeat at Forest. Declan Rice looks more like his usual self and Jarrod Bowen has rediscovered the form of last season, while Gianluca Scamacca has settled and Lucas Paquetá is showing the class that prompted his signing. That makes them difficult opponents for a Southampton side that followed victory over Chelsea by scoring just once in the process of losing four on the trot and, while defeat against Manchester City can be excused, consecutive reverses against Wolves, Villa and Everton cannot. Consequently, they now sit 17th, a position it is hard to see them improving this weekend – or in the near future. DHa

9) First win could get De Zerbi era up and running

One point from meetings with Liverpool and Spurs probably goes down as par for Roberto De Zerbi’s first two games in charge of Brighton. They were arguably worth more than a narrow defeat in the latter but did not quite click in attack and, in any case, the Italian’s methods will take time to sink in. “He wants us to dictate play from the back and it is all about how we react to the pressure that is coming on us, to make spaces,” said the defender Adam Webster. “We have to take risks but, as long as we’re in the right positions, we can get out.” High risk and high reward have characterised De Zerbi’s career so far; he will hope for plenty of the latter against Brentford, who have only won one in six since demolishing Manchester United. A first win for the new regime would suggest Brighton can stick around in the table’s other reaches and ease any uncertainty about destabilising effects of Graham Potter’s departure. Nick Ames

Roberto De Zerbi during Brighton’s defeat to Tottenham last weekend.
Roberto De Zerbi during Brighton’s defeat to Tottenham last weekend. Photograph: Javier García/Rex/Shutterstock

In August, there weren’t many who expected these sides to still be in the top division come next season, so the current table – in which Bournemouth are eighth and Fulham ninth – is both surprising and affirming. It is not clear whether Bournemouth are a Championship side with Championship players enjoying a new-manager bounce against opponents unfamiliar with what they do, or whether the two wins and three draws since Gary O’Neil took temporary charge is their standard. Fulham, on the other hand, boast individuals whose work may just keep them up. João Palhinha was an excellent acquisition, Andreas Pereira is thriving with regular football in his favourite position and Aleksandr Mitrovic seems, finally, to have cracked the Premier League. We don’t know whether he has recovered from an injury sustained on international duty in time to play – and, with the World Cup imminent, it would be no surprise if he was circumspect – but either way, a reliable goalscorer looks the major point of difference between the sides. DHa

Chelsea close to taking Joe Shields from Southampton as head of recruitment | Chelsea

Chelsea are closing in on an agreement with Southampton to appoint Joe Shields as their director of recruitment. He is the head of senior recruitment at St Mary’s and is highly regarded by Chelsea for his work there and at Manchester City.

Shields joined Southampton in July and has been responsible, for instance, for signing Roméo Lavia, a defensive midfielder for whom Chelsea then had a £50m offer rejected. Lavia was recruited from City along with two other teenage talents, Juan Larios and Sam Edozie, and the 20-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

The move made by Shields at Southampton for the defender Armel Bella-Kotchap, who was bought from Bochum and made his Germany debut last month, is also regarded by Chelsea as a mark of his suitability.

Shields joined Southampton after nine years at City working in scouting and recruitment for their academy. He previously held scouting or recruitment roles at Crystal Palace and Fulham.

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Chelsea’s move for Shields comes as they make changes to the infrastructure under the ownership of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. The club are poised to appoint Christopher Vivell as their technical director after the German was sacked by RB Leipzig and also want a sporting director.

Haaland grabs 20th goal to guide Manchester City past Southampton | Premier League

If a 20-goal season is the recognised mark of success for any striker then Erling Haaland reaching the tally after 12 competitive appearances casts him as football’s Jonah Lomu.

The 22-year-old is unstoppable, his finishing ratio is staggering – one Premier League goal delivered every 50 minutes – and the fascination is where the Norwegian may take his talent over the coming seasons.

Until the 64th minute Southampton, 3-0 down and steamrollered by City, appeared to be heading to join Bournemouth and Serbia as the only teams to keep out the prolific marksman. But, no. Kevin De Bruyne, excellent throughout, angled a ball to João Cancelo down the left and his delivery was rammed in by Haaland.

The win takes City top on 23 points after nine matches, with Arsenal, who play Liverpool on Sunday, second on 21.

“Being close to the top of the league is important going into the World Cup,” Pep Guardiola said. “We will see the result from Arsenal and Liverpool, always in the Premier League there are good games.”

Kyle Walker’s groin injury meant a Guardiola rejig – he is partial to these – which featured an impressive Manuel Akanji operating at right‑back though the Swiss soon drew a manager’s mutter for an errant pass.

Ralph Hasenhüttl, who seems perennially in danger of the sack, could be pleased with some early Saints pressure but it soon ended. From his familiar left flank Foden served the ball into Haaland’s path: the shot was instant and with his right foot but the ball smacked off the right post. Next, Cancelo claimed a corner which De Bruyne dipped in from the left but Mahrez’s effort careered over.

Cancelo, now, showed how to do it via superb solo strike. Foden was flattened by Kyle Walker-Peters but Andy Madley, smartly, allowed the game to flow. City’s left-back skated along his wing, zipped inside, sold James Ward‑Prowse a double-dummy, then drilled across Bazunu into the far corner.

“We’ve got Guardiola,” sang jubilant City fans who are so used to their team cruising. Next came Saints being taunted as the ball was stabbed about them before those in blue glimpsed an opening and suddenly Haaland’s cannon of a left foot was smashing a shot into Romain Perraud from close range.

João Cancelo celebrates scoring Manchester City’s opener against Southampton
João Cancelo celebrates scoring Manchester City’s opener against Southampton Photograph: Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC/Getty Images

City’s lead, though, doubled when Mahrez fed De Bruyne and he passed left to Foden: as Bazunu charged out the forward followed his hat-trick against Manchester United last week with a dink over the keeper.

The half ended with Akanji’s wild attempt sailing over Bazunu’s bar but City had coasted serenely in second gear and continued to do so after the break, Southampton remaining extras in the contest.

A De Bruyne surge – he tried to find Haaland at the end – then one from Bernardo Silva preceded City’s third: Cancelo rolled to Rodri and from his lob to the right Mahrez volleyed – off the ground – in.

It made a ninth successive Premier League home outing of at least three goals for City and was followed by a Haaland miss and the sight of the coach unhappy at a defensive mistake.

Foden, who was about to be replaced with Jack Grealish, helped to create another chance for the Norwegian with quick feet that had him escaping near the left corner flag and passing to De Bryune. When the latter crossed, Haaland kicked only air.

The 22-year-old was, again, set up by the Belgian whose vision this time steered the ball through an inside‑left channel. Haaland galloped forward and tried to round Bazunu, the keeper stuck out a hand and took possession.

Haaland did register to the delight of player, teammates, manager and supporters: expect to see endless repeats of the act until May.

Mahrez said: “Haaland is part of our team, he is our striker. Like any other striker, if we can find him it’s perfect because he is on fire. If not, there are a lot of [other] players and everyone can make a difference.

“It was a difficult game, we made it easy by scoring early and then we controlled. We had a lot of chances to score more but we didn’t.”

Hasenhüttl was honest in his appraisal. “Our possession was not good enough. To get something you need to play the perfect game. The gap is too big. Teams come here with more quality than we have and concede six goals or more,” he said.

Premier League team news: predicted lineups for the weekend action | Premier League

Bournemouth v Leicester

Saturday 3pm Venue Vitality Stadium Last season n/a

Referee Michael Salisbury This season G3 Y15 R0 5 cards/game

Odds H 13-5 A 22-19 D 11-4

Bournemouth v Leicester
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light


Subs from Travers, Fredericks, Stephens, Marcondes, Stacey, Lowe, Dembélé, Moore, Hill, Anthony, Bevan, Dennis, Rothwell, Pearson

Doubtful Fredericks (match fitness), Rothwell (hamstring), Pearson (knee)

Injured Stanislas (match fitness, 19 Oct), Brooks (hamstring, unknown), Kelly (ankle, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y15 R0


Leading scorer Billing 2


Subs from Iversen, Smithies, Albrighton, Vestergaard, Soyuncu, Brunt, Braybooke, Iheanacho, Pérez, Praet, Thomas, Daka

Doubtful None

Injured Mendy (knee, 15 Oct), Ndidi (hamstring, 23 Oct), Pereira (achilles, Feb), Bertrand (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y10 R0


Leading scorer Maddison 5

Chelsea v Wolves

Saturday 3pm Venue Stamford Bridge Last season Chelsea 2 Wolves 2

Referee Simon Hooper This season G5 Y15 R0 3 cards/game

Odds H 1-2 A 42-5 D 4-1

Chelsea v Wolves
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light


Subs from Mendy, Bettinelli, Pulisic, Jorginho, Ziyech, Havertz, Chukwuemeka, Broja, Chilwell, Gallagher, Azpilicueta, Kanté

Doubtful Kanté (hamstring)

Injured Fofana (knee, Nov)

Suspended None

Discipline Y18 R2


Leading scorer Sterling 3


Subs from Sarkic, Søndergaard, Campbell, Smith, Toti, Ronan, Hwang, Semedo, Costa, Mosquera, Hwang

Doubtful Hwang (hip)

Injured Chiquinho (knee, Apr), Jiménez (match fitness, unknown), Kalajdzic (knee, unknown), Neto (ankle, unnown)

Suspended Collins (second of three), Neves (one match)

Discipline Y15 R1


Leading scorer Podence 2

Manchester City v Southampton

Saturday 3pm Venue Etihad Stadium Last season Manchester City 0 Southampton 0

Referee Andy Madley This season G5 Y16 R0 3.2 cards/game

Odds H 1-7 A 22-1 D 10-1

Manchester City v Southampton
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light

Manchester City

Subs from Carson, Palmer, Álvarez, Wilson-Ebrand, Lewis, Mahrez, Ortega, Gündogan, Stones, Laporte, Dias

Doubtful None

Injured Stones (hamstring, 16 Oct), Phillips (shoulder, Dec), Walker (groin, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y5 R0


Leading scorer Haaland 14


Subs from Caballero, McCarthy, Lyanco, Redmond, Mara, Djenepo, Edozie, Walcott, Elyounoussi, A Armstrong, Diallo, Salisu, Perraud

Doubtful A Armstrong (knock), Larios (knock)

Injured Lavia (hamstring, 16 Oct), Livramento (knee, Jan)

Suspended None

Discipline Y11 R0


Leading scorers Adams, Aribo 2

Newcastle v Brentford

Saturday 3pm Venue St James’ Park Last season Newcastle 3 Brentford 3

Referee John Brooks This season G3 Y16 R0 5.33 cards/game

Odds H 11-13 A 7-2 D 3-1

Newcastle v Brentford
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light


Subs from Karius, Dummett, Lascelles, Targett, Lewis, Joelinton, Wood, Fraser, Anderson, Murphy, Manquillo

Doubtful None

Injured Isak (hamstring, 16 Oct), Shelvey (thigh, 23 Oct), Darlow (ankle, Nov), Krafth (knee, May), Ritchie (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y14 R0


Leading scorers Almirón, Wilson 3


Subs from Strakosha, Roerslev, Goode, Sørensen, Canós, Onyeka, Dasilva, Ghoddos, Wissa, Pinnock

Doubtful Pinnock (knee), Canós (hamstring)

Injured Jansson (hamstring, 14 Oct), Nørgaard (achilles, 29 Oct), Lewis-Potter (ankle, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y10 R0


Leading scorer Toney 5

Brighton v Tottenham

Saturday 5.30pm Sky Sports Premier League Venue Amex Stadium Last season Brighton 0 Tottenham 2

Referee Tony Harrington This season G3 Y10 R0 3.33 cards/game

Odds H 2-1 A 6-4 D 12-5

Brighton v Tottenham
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light


Subs from Steele, McGill, Lamptey, Colwill, Gilmour, Alzate, Sarmiento, Enciso, Undav, Mitoma, Van Hecke, Lallana, Mwepu

Doubtful Caicedo (knock), Mwepu (illness)

Injured Moder (knee, Feb)

Suspended None

Discipline Y8 R0


Leading scorer Trossard 5


Subs from Forster, Austin, Doherty, Spence, Sánchez, Davies, Tanganga, Bissouma, Skipp, Sarr, Gil, Kulusevski, Lucas, Davies

Doubtful Davies (knee), Kulusevski (hamstring), Lucas (calf)

Injured None

Suspended Emerson (first of three)

Discipline Y16 R1


Leading scorer Kane 7

Crystal Palace v Leeds

Sunday 2pm Sky Sports Premier League Venue Selhurst Park Last season Crystal Palace 0 Leeds 0

Referee Paul Tierney This season G6 Y25 R2 4.5 cards/game

Odds H 15-13 A 9-4 D 13-5

Crystal Palace v Leeds
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light

Crystal Palace

Subs from Johnstone, Whitworth, Milivojevic, Mateta, Hughes, Ebiowei, Richards, Riedewald, Boateng, Wells-Morrison, Phillips, Rodney, Ayew, Andersen, Clyne

Doubtful Andersen (calf), Clyne (ankle), Richards (leg)

Injured Ferguson (ankle, Dec), McArthur (groin, unknown), Butland (wrist, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y13 R0


Leading scorer Zaha 4


Subs from Klaesson, Ayling, Firpo, Summerville, Llorente, Gnonto, Greenwood, Klich, Gelhardt

Doubtful None

Injured Hjelde (appendix, Nov), Forshaw (hernia, Nov), Dallas (leg, unknown), Gray (ankle, unknown)

Suspended Sinisterra (one match)

Discipline Y17 R1


Leading scorer Rodrigo 4

West Ham v Fulham

Sunday 2pm Venue London Stadium Last season n/a

Referee Chris Kavanagh This season G1 Y5 R0 5 cards/game

Odds H 4-5 A 15-4 D 3-1

West Ham v Fulham
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light

West Ham

Subs from Areola, Randolph, Antonio, Johnson, Emerson, Lanzini, Downes, Coufal, Ogbonna, Coventry, Ashby, Appiah-Forson, Potts, Baptiste, Benrahma

Doubtful None

Injured Cornet (hamstring, Nov), Aguerd (ankle, Nov)

Suspended None

Discipline Y10 R0


Leading scorers Antonio, Bowen, Fornals, Scamacca, Soucek 1


Subs from Rodak, Kurzawa, Duffy, Kebano, Vinícius, Willian, Tete, Cairney, Robinson

Doubtful Robinson (ankle), Willian (calf), Tete (knock), Mitrovic (ankle), Kurzawa (knock)

Injured Wilson (knee, Nov), Solomon (knee, unknown)

Suspended Chalobah (first of three)

Discipline Y23 R1


Leading scorer Mitrovic 6

Arsenal v Liverpool

Sunday 4.30pm Sky Sports Premier League Venue Emirates Stadium Last season Arsenal 0 Liverpool 2

Referee Michael Oliver This season G7 Y23 R0 3.29 cards/game

Odds H 6-4 A 13-8 D 13-5

Arsenal v Liverpool
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light


Subs from Turner, Hein, Holding, Soares, Tomiyasu, Tierney, Lokonga, Vieira, Nketiah, Marquinhos, Smith, Nwaneri, Sousa, Nelson

Doubtful None

Injured Smith Rowe (groin, Dec), Elneny (thigh, Jan)

Suspended None

Discipline Y15 R0


Leading scorer Jesus 5


Subs from Adrián, Davies, Ramsey, Konaté, Gomez, Phillips, Milner, Elliott, Bajcetic, Carvalho, Jota, Núñez

Doubtful None

Injured Jones (leg, 12 Oct), Robertson (ankle, 16 Oct), Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring, 16 Oct), Keïta (hamstring, 16 Oct), Arthur (knock, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y6 R1


Leading scorer Firmino 5

Everton v Manchester United

Sunday 7pm BT Sport 1 Venue Goodison Park Last season Everton 1 Manchester United 0

Referee David Coote This season G3 Y7 R0 2.33 cards/game

Odds H 3-1 A Evens D 11-4

Everton v Manchester United
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light


Subs from Begovic, Jakupovic, Keane, Vinagre, Doucouré, Garner, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Rondón, McNeil, Welch, Mills

Doubtful Calvert-Lewin (knee)

Injured Mina (ankle, 19 Oct), Holgate (knee, 19 Oct), Patterson (ankle, Nov), Godfrey (leg, Dec), Townsend (knee, Dec), Lonergan (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y19 R0


Leading scorer Gordon 2

Manchester United

Subs from Heaton, Dubravka, Hannibal, Garnacho, Fred, McTominay, Elanga, Ronaldo, Pellestri, Sancho, Malacia, Varane

Doubtful Varane (match fitness)

Injured Van de Beek (muscle, 28 Oct), Maguire (muscle, unknown), Williams (unknown), Tuanzebe (unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y23 R0


Leading scorer Rashford 3

Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa

Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League Venue City Ground Last season n/a

Referee Anthony Taylor This season G7 Y23 R4 3.86 cards/game

Odds H 12-5 A 16-13 D 12-5

Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa
Probable starters in bold, contenders in light

Nottingham Forest

Subs from Hennessey, Smith, Biancone, Mbe Soh, Colback, Toffolo, Surridge, Cafú, Boly, Badé, Taylor, Lingard, Dennis, Kouyaté, O’Brien, Aurier, Worrall

Doubtful None

Injured Richards (calf, 18 Oct), Niakhaté (hamstring, 30 Oct)

Suspended None

Discipline Y25 R0


Leading scorers Awoniyi, Johnson 2

Aston Villa

Subs from Olsen, Steer, Marshall, Guilbert, Chambers, Feeney, Sanson, Nakamba, Archer, Buendía, Bailey, Bednarek

Doubtful Chambers (knee), Bailey (knock)

Injured Augustinsson (hamstring, 29 Oct), Kamara (knee, Dec), Diego Carlos (achilles, unknown), Digne (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y20 R0


Leading scorers Bailey, Buendía, Douglas Luiz, Ings, Ramsey, Watkins 1