Welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Sunday’s Premier League action.
Sunday serves up four top-flight games for us, kicking off at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United and Fulham drew 1-1. Then it’s on to Selhurst Park for the M23 derby between Crystal Palace and Brighton.
Another derby follows – this time a London one – as Tottenham entertain West Ham with Gareth Bale set for his second Spurs debut, while Leicester City and Aston Villa round off the action at the King Power this evening.
Alongside those four games, we will also have all the latest news and reaction from Saturday’s drama as Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all dropped points, with Manchester United picking up a much-needed win at Newcastle.
- Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham (12pm)
- Crystal Palace vs Brighton (2pm)
- Tottenham vs West Ham (4:30pm)
- Leicester vs Aston Villa (7:15pm)
Crystal Palace 0-0 Brighton | Jack Rosser at Selhurst Park
Wilfried Zaha never needs an excuse to get stuck into Brighton. The Palace talisman has more goals against their bitter rivals than any other side across his career and is getting fired up already.
He’s been following Brighton’s Ben White, playing in midfield this afternoon, around the pitch ranting into his ear early on. Roy Hodgson will be hoping the No11 can keep a lid on it and channel that anger into a strong performance and not get too distracted by it, which has been a problem in the past. That will be a good battle.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Brighton
5 mins: The big thing to note early on is that Ben White is playing in defensive midfield for Brighton, rather than in his usual role in a back three.
KICK-OFF! | Crystal Palace vs Brighton |
We are underway at Selhurst Park…
The points are shared at Bramall Lane, but Scott Parker will feel it’s two points dropped. Fulham missed one penalty and conceded another with five minutes to go – but at least they’re off the mark this season.
A couple of big calls on a big day for Roy Hodgson here today. Firstly, with both Gary Cahill and Mamadou Sakho fit, it’s good to see Cheikhou Kouyate continuing at the back. The former West Ham man, signed as a midfielder, has been excellent in covering as a central defender in recent weeks and more than deserves his place alongside Cahill.
In midfield, with James McCarthy injured on international duty, it is a huge vote of confidence for Jairo Riedewald. The Dutchman, signed by Frank de Boer and largely un-fancied by Hodgson, has seemingly jumped above club captain Luka Milivojevic in the midfield pecking order. Riedewald has been used across the pitch to cover injuries before, but this is a huge chance for him to make a mark today.
The statistics don’t look great. Palace stand bottom of the league in several areas, including possession and passing accuracy. That said, the numbers didn’t look great last season either and Roy Hodgson’s side finished nine points above the relegation zone.
That was mainly down to the manager’s expertise, which should continue to come to Palace’s aid, despite the lack of funds at Selhurst Park. Apart from Burnley and Brighton, nobody spent less than the Eagles in the transfer window.
It just goes to show that a club won’t go out of its way to splash the cash if a manager proves he can get by.
Liverpool are awaiting scan results to determine to extent of Virgil van Dijk’s knee injury amid fears the defender faces an extended spell on the sidelines.
Van Dijk was hurt by a challenge from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in Saturday’s Merseyside derby. The 29-year-old is due to see a specialist on Sunday but Liverpool fear he could face a long spell out.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Saturday: “Virgil played I don’t know how many games in a row, he plays with pain, but he couldn’t play on. That’s not good.”
Game on as Billy Sharp levels things up from the spot…
85 mins: Having missed a penalty at one end, Mitrovic now concedes one for a high foot…
Dan Kilpatrick will be at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for us today, and he has some news on whether Gareth Bale will be involved…
“Understand Bale set to start on the bench vs West Ham. Also not expecting Dele or Dier to be involved, Mourinho saying the latter was a doubt yesterday.”
That’s the breakthrough Fulham needed, and it’s summer loanee Lookman with 13 minutes to go!
Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham
If you’re at the bottom, you can’t afford to miss penalties…
56 mins: Penalty to Fulham! What a moment for the visitors…
Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Kouyate, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, Riedewald, Schlupp, Batshuayi, Zaha
Subs: van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Sakho, Clyne, Henderson, Benteke, Eze
Brighton XI: Ryan, White, Dunk, Webster, Lamptey, Bissouma, Lallana, Burn, Trossard, March, Maupay
Subs: Connolly, Mac Allister, Gross, Alzate, Steele, Bernardo, Veltman
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Team news is coming up in the next five minutes – and we’ve got Jack Rosser at Selhurst Park for updates and analysis of the M23 derby.
Half-time: Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham
All square at the break…
Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham
37 mins: The Blades have the ball in the net… but it’s ruled out for offside. Fulham can breathe a sigh of relief.
Sheffield United 0-0 Fulham
22 mins: No goals yet in this one, and that may at least be a relief to both managers considering their defensive record this season.
We are underway at Bramall Lane.
Bruno Fernandes saluted Manchester United’s character after they roared back from their 6-1 Premier League drubbing by Tottenham to crush Newcastle.
Fernandes told MUTV: “The team has big characters and big players. What happened against Tottenham can’t happen again. We play for such a big club and such a big team. This club deserves better than that.
“Everyone needs to be better, starting with me, I need to look at myself first and then at what the group needs to do better. It was perfect after that defeat. We need to continue improving, don’t concede goals and keep scoring.
“We can’t concede as many goals as we have at the start of the season, and I think everyone agrees.”
Gameweek 5 fixtures and results
|Saturday, October 17||Kick-off||How to watch|
|Everton 2-2 Liverpool||12.30pm||BT Sport|
|Chelsea 3-3 Southampton||3pm||BT Sport Box Office|
|Man City 1-0 Arsenal||5.30pm||Sky Sports|
|Newcastle 1-4 Man United||8pm||Sky Sports Box Office|
|Sunday, October 18|
|Sheffield Utd 1-1 Fulham||12pm||BT Sport Box Office|
|Crystal Palace vs Brighton||2pm||Sky Sports|
|Tottenham vs West Ham||4.30pm||Sky Sports|
|Leicester vs Aston Villa||7.15pm||Sky Sports Box Office|
|Monday, October 19|
|West Brom vs Burnley||5.30pm||Sky Sports Box Office|
|Leeds vs Wolves||8pm||Sky Sports|
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