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Mark Williams beats John Higgins 18-16 in World Snooker Championship final – as it happened

At 42 years old and 15 years after he last won the title, Mark Williams is champion of the world again, seeing off John Higgins 18-16 in one of the greatest finals of all-time 10.24pm BST Related: Mark Williams wins epic World Snooker Championship fin…

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Manchester City given Premier League trophy after draw with Huddersfield – live!

A superb effort from Huddersfield earned them a valuable point as they battle to avoid relegation, but City, who were presented with Premier League trophy at full-time, are still on target to break its points, wins and goals record 4.41pm BST Related:…

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QPR owner Tony Fernandes refuses to rule out Ian Holloway departure

‘We’ll have to analyse and say at the end of the season’Owner also makes pledge on stadium in interview on fans’ podcastTony Fernandes, the founder of Air Asia and co-chairman of Queens Park Rangers, has graded himself C+ for his work at the club since…

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Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton: FA Cup quarter-final – as it happened

Goals from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Cédric Soares, their first for Southampton in Mark Hughes’s first game as manager, settled a brilliant FA Cup tie 3.26pm GMT That, then, is us – thanks for your company, and bye! 3.25pm GMT So there we are. Wigan c…

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Manchester United: their top five worst Champions League displays | Daniel Harris

Following their last-16 defeat by Sevilla, we revisit five of Manchester United’s worst Champions League encountersManchester United’s return to the European Cup was fiercely anticipated – they had been away since 1969. After winning the Cup Winners’ C…

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Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Bournemouth took an early lead and will have fancied themselves to take the points, especially when Harry Kane limped off injured, but Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min stepped up to send Spurs above Liverpool into third place 5.56pm GMT S…

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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray gave Brighton a crucial win which lifts them to 10th in the table; Arsenal lost their fourth game in a row for the first time in 16 years, and deservedly soRead David Hytner’s match report 4.15pm GMT Related: Ars…

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Newcastle United v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Second-half Matt Ritchie goal stuns Manchester UnitedRead Louise Taylor’s match report 4.48pm GMT Related: Matt Ritchie goal gives Newcastle shock victory over Manchester United 4.13pm GMT Right then, that’s us done. The report will be up here and on…

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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

All the latest from the 4pmGMT kick-off at St Mary’sReal Madrid v Deportivo la Coruña – live!Email Daniel | or tweet @DanielHarris 5.55pm GMT So there we go. Thanks for your company and comments; enjoy the rest of your weekends. 5.54pm GMT Southampton’…

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Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened

Liverpool blew Bournemouth away with an excellent and enterprising attacking display, fine goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino fully reflecting the balance of play 6.39pm GMT Related: Mohamed Salah on the scor…

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Golden Goal: Ronaldinho for Barcelona v Chelsea (2005) | Daniel Harris

Though football has infinite possibilities, it delivers very few goals unlike any other, but the genius of Ronaldinho found a wayFootball has lots of worthy aims: identity, community, competition and the like. But important though they are, none are fe…

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Birmingham City v Aston Villa: Championship –as it happened

Jota shot over the bar when through on goal and Keinan Davis whacked against the bar, but the Second City derby got the goalless draw the sides’ performances deserved 2.01pm GMT So there we are. Villa stay 6th, Birmingham stay 21st, and let us never sp…

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Brighton 1-1 Everton: Premier League – as it happened

Two late goals enlivened a dull match into a thrilling finish, though the resultant draw suited neither side; Everton move up to 16th and Brighton to 14th 3.53pm BST Related: Wayne Rooney penalty rescues Everton from defeat against Brighton 3.28pm BS…

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Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United: Championship – as it happened

Gary Hooper scored twice to send Wednesday on their way to victory before Kieran Lee wrapped up their first Championship win in four matches

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Related: Gary Hooper at the double as Sheffield Wednesday brush aside Leeds

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So, that’s about that – enjoy the rest of your weekend, and join Jacob Steinberg for Everton-Burnley. Bye!

Related: Everton v Burnley: Premier League – live!

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It’s actually pretty difficult to pick out a star man for Wednesday – Kieran Lee, Ross Wallace Gary Hooper, Stephen Fletcher and Barry Bannan were all brilliant. It’s not often so many play to the top of their ability, though, so the trick for Carlos Carvalhal is to get his team to a higher bottom level, because at their best they can beat any team in this division; in the meantime, they move up to 12th while Leeds stay 4th.

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A superb performance from Wednesday, the score reflecting the superiority in all departments.

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90+5 min Palmer is late on Dallas, earning a booking.

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90+4 min Wednesday are playing out time and enjoying the process … until they go forward, Wallace again pulling out wide before crossing towards Rhodes, And the ball breaks for Hooper to complete his hat-trick! He picks across past the one man blocking his route to goal, allowing the ball across his body as the sliding challenge comes in, then laces a monster against the bar!

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90+3 min Rhodes replaces Fletcher. “You won everything,” he tells him as they swap places.

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90+2 min Wallace leaves a forearm on Saiz as the two meet for a challenge, and Saiz takes exception, pressing brow against brow. Nothing comes of it.

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90 min There shall be six added minutes.

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90 min Danny Higginbotham reckons Leeds’ problem is trying to play on the break without the first goal, but I don’t really think that it’s that. They just haven’t played or competed as well as Wednesday – their method can work.

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88 min It’s not been a good few weeks for Leeds – this will be their third defeat in four league games. Even so, they’ve shown flashes in this game – better finishing before they went behind, and things would be very different. But they’ve been far too compliant since Wednesday went in front – it looks like they came for a stroll, not a row.

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87 min Bannan gets the ovation his performance has earned, replaced by Butterfield.

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85 min If Wednesday play like this every week, they’ll be a tricky night for anyone. In particular, Lee and Bannan have been excellent in midfield, while the strength of Fletcher and movement of Hooper has been too much for a Leeds defence already struggling to keep up with Wallace down the right.

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O’Kane gets too wide, trying to retain possession by dinking a clearance he should’ve lamped, and the ball bounces perfectly into the path of the advancing Lee, who meets it beautifully just after the half-volley, caressing a finish into the bottom left from 25 yards. He’s had a really, really good game today.

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81 min Lovely again from Wednesday, dragging Leeds out wide, again down their right, before sending the ball into Bannan inside the box. He does really well to get it out of his feet and to aim a shot towards the near post rather than the expected far, only to cannon the woodwork.

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80 min Berardi flies into a challenge with Wallace, there’s a soupcon of afters in the untangling, then some squaring up. It does, though, come to nowt.

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79 min Lee, who’s been excellent, finds Wallace with a square pass, and he unloads a shot from 20 yards that Wiedwald has to beat clear.

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78 min Lovely from Bannan, conjuring space outside the box and sliding a pass out to Lee, whose low, hard cross is destined for Hooper until Pennington intervenes.

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76 min Wednesday get away with one! Reach gives the ball away to Dallas, who slips through to Saiz, on the left of the box again, but close to goal. He really, really should score, and in trying so to do looks to the far corner wile aiming for the near. The gap, though, is too small, and the shot sneaks just wide; it needed a left-footed thrash.

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75 min Phillips returns, and this time Leeds get the ball away, Wallace fouling Sacko.

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74 min Phillips walks off and Leeds will have to defend the corner with 10 men … and the delivery from Wallace is good, Hooper stopping Wiedwald from moving and forcing Lasogga to thunk over his own bar.

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73 min It never rains. Phillips is now down, and Leeds have used all their subs.

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72 min Immediately, Wednesday get the ball out to Wallace, and Berardi has to block his cross behind.

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71 min Dallas comes on, so Leeds go to three centre-backs with Berardi moving inside.

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70 min Oh dear. Janssen is going to be stretchered off, and he’s doesn’t look in a great way, his hand over his eyes.

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68 min Janssen and Phillips collide as they pursue a loose ball. Hooper, the other man on the scene, wants play to continue, but the ref is having no such thing. Janssen is down a fair old while.

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67 min Hernandez, who’s making a difference, slips a pass infield for Saiz, and on the left of the box, he opens his body to curl a shot just wide.

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66 min Ayling crosses into the middle, but Leeds is there to head behind. And Hernandez’s corner is a good one, met by Janssens face, eventually, but Lee bundles off the line.

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63 min Bannan is on one, accepting possession and stretching towards the box, ball an extension of his foot, before one slips t’other through a gap an into the stride of Hooper, who’s made an angle for the shot. The hat-trick is on, but Wiedwald is out sharply to block, wearing a stinger on his chest.

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62 min Hernandez and Sacko replace Roofe and Alioski.

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61 min Ayling sends the ball down the line for Lasogga, and he forces a corner. Alioski takes is short, accepts the return, and curls past the far post and over the by-line, where the two men seeking it trip over one another. It’s quite funny.

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61 min Leeds are preparing Sacko and Hernandez.

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59 min Excuse me?! Are the Wedneday band playing … Chopsticks? Stop the game, I’m getting off.

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57 min Bannan is absolutely bossing this now, strutting about midfield playing one and two-touch. Leeds can’t get near him.

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55 min Fletcher, Bannan, Hooper and Lee move the ball so quickly between them, before Wallace dinks a cross towards the far post. Fletcher is so much stronger than Ayling too, but can’t quite get at the ball as he’d like, so it bumps off his forehead and into the ground before Leeds clear.

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55 min Leeds have quality going forward, they’re just missing fury in midfield and focus at the back. That’s the difference here.

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54 min Wednesday are back in charge, Bannan and Reach swapping passes before the latter crosses towards the excellent Fletcher; Jansson is there first, but only just.

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53 min Ideally, Leeds will bring on Grot, he’ll either equalise or score the winner, and GROT BAGS will be tomorrow’s headline.

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51 min Fletcher drops deep and feeds Reach down the left, who shifts it quickly and bends a cross into the middle. Hooper is marginally offside, but this time the flag stays down and he leaps into a volley with his heels, diverting the ball just over the top.

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50 min This is much better from Leeds, who presumably spent the interval listening to some words.

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48 min Much better from Leeds, but how many chances can they afford to ruin? The ball goes out to Alioski down the left, who crosses for Lasogga at the far post, and he makes an angle to shoot back across goal, dragging it slightly – enough to force it against the post.

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46 min They almost do right away, Berardi heading to no one in general and Van Aken leaving it to Wildsmith, who’s still on his way out. Roofe nips in, but can’t get good enough contact to force the ball into the empty net.

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46 min Leeds set us away again. Can they find themselves?

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An excellent half from Wednesday, who take 15 minutes to get going before taking over; they’ve been fast to the ball, strong in the tackle, and have absolutely wasted Leeds down the right flank. They’re good value for their lead, and will extend it after the break if things don’t change.

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45+3 min News on Hunt: he’s hurt his knee.

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45+1 min Leeds win a free-kick 30 yards out on left, and Roofe curls the ball towards the far post where Lasogga is arriving; Fletcher does enough to put him off, leaning in Sheryl Sandberg-style such that the header goes wide.

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45 min There shall be three added minutes.

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44 min Wednesday win another free-kick down the right, this time 30 yards out. Again, Wallace curls it in, but this time Jansson heads out, only for the home side to reach the second ball first; Bannan cracks a low drive only just wide.

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43 min I say it’s over, though it isn’t really; it’s just Wednesday are so dominant it’s hard to see Leeds reversing momentum.

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It doesn’t matter, because Wednesday have scored anyway! They’re absolutely clattering Leeds in midfield, which is allowing them to stomp down the right, which they do again. Palmer crosses towards the back post, Fletcher wins the first header, no defender anticipates that he will, obviously Hooper does, and he nods in with ease. This is over!

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39 min Carlos Carvalhal is in a right bate, because Wallace comes inside then slips a ball down the side of the Leeds centre-backs for Hooper, who cross low. Jansson blocks, though, except as he falls, the ball flicks his hand. It would’ve been harsh.

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39 min Bad news for Wednesday – Hunt limps off and Palmer comes on. Will he be able to replicate the attacking threat?

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37 min Hunt is down, so the away support try to rouse their team. They need it.

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36 min Roofe’s control lets him down and Lee marches through him before finding Wallace again – Berardi is in all sorts against him and Hunt. This time the cross is cleared, but if Leeds can’t find a solution to the threat down their left, it won’t be long before they concede again.

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35 min Leeds have barely mustered a kick these last 15 minutes.

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33 min WHAT A MISS! Wallace is having a brilliant half, and again he comes inside on his left foot then curls towards the far post, where Fletcher has easily escaped Pennington; perhaps he told him to look over there. Anyhow, all he needs to do it guide the ball home, and he confidently caresses towards the far corner … but he’s been too deliberate, and it bounces just wide.

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32 min Wednesday are going to score again if things don’t change. Again, Janssen is drawn out of the middle, and when Wallace swivels into a low cross, Pennington does brilliantly to block Hooper’s low sweep. That was headed towards the far corner, so the intervention pretty much kept Leeds in the game.

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30 min And there’s Bannan again, sliding a lovely disguised ball into the box for Lee after Hooper comes short and he fills the space. Lee’s finish is a confident one, too, but the flag goes up for offisde, which is most definitely was not. Still, great football from Wednesday.

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28 min Wallace curls in a flaming, spitting cross, which has just too much on it for Van Aken, alone at the back post. Leeds needs Phillips and O’Kane to get hold of things, because at the moment, Bannan and Jones are dominating, getting the ball out wide where overloads are making things difficult.

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27 min Suddenly Wednesday are flying, Bannan driving forward and finding Lee. He can’t get the ball into the box, but the attack is kept alive and eventually Wallace finds Hunt with a ball inside Berardi, who chops his man down when Alioski doesn’t follow the run.

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This is a strange-looking goal. The free-kick is drilled toards the far side of the box, where Lees outjumps Ayling, heading down into the space behind the two lines – there’s loads of it. And only Hooper looks to fill it, following in to poke home the opener like the predator his is.

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24 min Hunt glides down the right, so Roofe steps across him; naturally, he then protests the free-kick…

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24 min This is a fine photo.

When you can’t keep up with @Samusaizpic.twitter.com/Y6KOWaVPcc

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22 min Wednesday have been much better these last few minutes.

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20 min Wednesday win a free-kick down the right which Wallace curls in. The ball flashes across the face of goal, flicking a Loiner of some description on its way, resulting in a corner. That goes to Lees on the edge of the box, and he shoots low, a deflection off O’Kane making things harder to Wiedwald. All the same, he should do better than beat out straight down the middle of the box, and is fortunate no one is on-hand to punish him.

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20 min “An MBM report for a Leeds match!” emails Ravi Raman. “And not just part of the Championship coverage! Surest sign that the club is re entering the Premier League.”

Yes, that is precisely how it works. You’re welcome. Oh, and we take requests.

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18 min Bannan cracks a shot into Pennington and doesn’t get whatever decision he was expecting, and as such imparts some homsepun widsom to the grateful referee.

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16 min Saiz looks a class above everyone else on the park, and he wriggles space outside the D, then curves a pass over the top with the outside of his right foot. It takes a while to come down for Alioski, but when it does, he lifts into Roofe, in front of goal, only for the linesman to detect offside where there was none. Leeds are coming.

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15 min Leeds burst forward on the break and Saiz does superbly, taunting Van Aken as he sidewinds forward at inside-right before nipping outside and chipping a cross for Alioski at the back post … only for him to stoop and head wide of the near post. That is bad behaviour.

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14 min Hooper holds the ball up before feeding Wallace; again he cuts inside onto his left, driving low into the nearest shins.

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13 min Leeds are knocking it about nicely not, and the movement of their front three is a problem for Wednesday. Phillips takes possession in midfield and clips a clever reverse-pass into space for Lasogga, who swivels to cross … Wildsmith is up well to claim, one-handed.

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12 min Roofe wins a corner down the right which Alioski takes to the near post – Lee sees it away, but Alioski picks the ball back up, advances, and whams a shot into the nearest defender. That’s a waste of a decent situation.

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11 min Nice from Ross Wallace, drawing Jansson out of the middle and teasing him inside and out before bringing the ball onto his left foot and curling a dangerous-seeming cross just past the back post.

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10 min Alioski is staying on the line this afternoon, where usually he cuts in, and in so doing he takes a throw and feeds Saiz, who thrashes a shot well over. But Leeds’ plan to stretch Wednesday is working well so far.

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8 min Is there a more likeable player anywhere than Barry Bannan? Everyone should have his liberal attitude to tackling and general scheming manner.

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6 min Leeds look the far more confident outfit, but far more importantly, both managers are dressed in peculiar rigs. Carvalhal is in syoot with grey-cardy-puffa-thing underneath; Christiansen is in grey-cardy-puffa-thing. Euro-style, or something.

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4 min But here come Leeds, Berardi finding Saiz down the right, and with Roofe taking Lees away, his cross picks out Phillips on the burst … he can’t quite get his head around the ball though, powering just wide.

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3 min The ball is mainly bumping about in midfield, but it’s Wednesday looking to make what running there is.

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2 min Lasogga missed his daughter’s birth to play for Leeds in midweek. I can see both sides, what a thing to miss and what a thing to miss, and also that it’s none of my business.

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2 min Why do Wednesday now dress up as Ipswich?

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1 min Away we go! Hi, ho!

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Leeds huddle. All the difference.

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The players are with us.

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In lieu of a snap of Wednesday’s kit from 1985-86, its stripes quite the most luscious shade of violet blue, here’s the Serg.

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Thomas Christiansen is expecting a reaction from his players after defeat at Cardiff. He makes three changes, bringing Pierre-Michel Lasogga back, saying that he can knock defences about, more or less. But that is not to underestimate the importance of the returning O’Kane, whose midfield diligence is so crucial, nor the absence of defence lynchpin, Liam Cooper.

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Carlos Carvalhal explains that he’s playing the same team that lost the derby – keeper aside, Wildsmith replacing Westwood due to injury – because it’s a big opportunity for his players.

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This is a great shot. And Sheffield is a great sight from the M1, perhaps the best cityview from any major UK road.

MATCHDAY! #swfc pic.twitter.com/xhU04eh2Hj

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For those of a certain age – above 35, more or less – this fixture means one thing and one thing only.

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“So glad to be playing Leeds in our current state,” tweets jami3rez, his irony palpable. Yes, it’s not easy to see a way for Wednesday here.

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The players arrive at Hillsborough, and head straight out to inspect the pitch… pic.twitter.com/dWIXNzeRwu

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Sheffield Wednesday (the height of 4-4-2): Wildsmith; Hunt, Lees, Van Aken, Reach; Wallace, Jones, Bannan, Lee; Fletcher, Hooper. Subs: Dawson, Rhodes, Butterfield, Palmer, Nuhiu, Jaoo, Pudil.

Leeds United (a Monkian 4-2-3-1): Wiedwald; Ayling, Pennington, Jansson, Berardi; Phillips, O’Kane; Alioski, Saiz, Roofe; Lasogga. Subs: Lonergan, Shaughnessy, Dallas, Vieira, Sacko, Hernandez, Grot.

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Muddy pitches, violent tackles, lively crowds and magical hairdos – some clubs just stench of Football League Division 1, and these are indisputably those. And, while promotion must be earned, few Premier League fans would complain if trips to Hillsborough and Elland Road returned to the calendar: proper atmospheric grounds in proper atmospheric cities, offering plenty of potential for mischief.

This looks unlikely to happen in time for next season. Leeds have a decent manager and a decent chance, but Wednesday are struggling, even contriving defeat at Birmingham in midweek – after losing a home derby. It’ll take a significant improvement today for them to stop the rot.

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Brighton v Newcastle United: Premier League – as it happened

Tomer Hemed’s second-half goal gave Brighton the points and their second Premier League win, propelling them to 13th in the table; Newcastle stay ninth

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So, that’s about us – enjoy the rest of your weekends. Bye!

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It’s not at all easy to predict who’ll go down with Palace at the end of the season. All three of the promoted clubs have a chance of staying up, and the more early points they can rack up, when they’re confident and can still remember what it’s like to win regularly, the better. I’m not sure both of these two will make it, but they’re doing enough to put themselves in with a chance.

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So there we go! The Amex is bouncing, and Brighton are now 13th in the table, above Everton and below Arsenal on goal difference. Newcastle stay ninth.

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Brighton have their second Premeer League victory!

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90+3 min Brighton snatch possession just outside their own box and Murphy stretches as his tam-mates rush forward. So Lascelles hacks him down and is booked.

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90+2 min Gayle finds himself in the box, frantically swivelling to shoot as the ball drops, but can’t get anything like the necessary power.

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90 min There shall be three additional minutes.

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90 min Lascelles wanders forward and squares to Merino, who moves on to Shelvey. Dead centre, he sets himself for a shot and thunders into it, but it’s travelled about 3.4cm when Dunk blocks, and if he hadn’t Duffy was behind him, spread to do likewise.

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88 min Brighton have seen this out pretty nicely thus far. After a bit of slip and tackle, Hemed accidentally stands on Yedlin’s calf, and no one sees anything untoward.

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86 min Lovely ball over the top from Merino, who’s struggled to exert a constant influence, but looked Newcastle’s most likely threat. Anyway, breaking into the box, left-hand side, is Shelvey, but with men milling about he holds into possession for far too long and sees his low cross deflected behind. The corner comes to nothing.

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85 min Tomer Hemed is announced as man of the match, and he clearly davened his arse off on Rosh Hashana.

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83 min Last shot from Newcastle: Gamez replaces Mbemba.

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82 min Newcastle have created very little this afternoon and Brighton will know that. March, who’s been excellent, nips around the side and crosses low – Clark has to be alert to get it out.

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80 min Change for Brighton: a displeased-looking Knockaert is replaced by Murphy.

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79 min Yedlin arcs in a cross and Gayle gets a touch at the near post, but after Shelvey flings himself at it, the ball takes a nasty bounce and gets big on Atsu at the back post, who can’t get over his shot.

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77 min Dunk is well late on Perez, so is booked. From 25 yards out, left of centre, Shelvey curls the free-kick way over the top.

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76 min “Disappointed that I haven’t heard the Brighton supporters sing this tune for Davy Pröpper,” emails A.P.

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73 min Newcastle are having plenty of the ball now, and there we go – Gayle gets between Duffy and Dunk, Shelvey hits one long at him, and Brighton are forced to concede a corner. Shelvey takes it, sees Gayle heading towards the near post and Ryan failing to guard it, so has a dig! And it’s a goodun too, clattering the base of the near post! Diejo Marashelvey!

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71 min Gayle replaces Joselu, and will presumably look to give Shelvey a target to hit.

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70 min Brighton are already sitting a little deeper, which is not a criticism. Newcastle have struggled to create today, so it makes sense.

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69 min Dwight Gayle also looks imminent.

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68 min Change for Newcastle: Shelvey replaces Hayden. The crowd give him plenty.

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65 min Bruno looks like Richard from Guess Who – which should be Guess Whom, right?

5.20pm BST

64 min “That goal was no good,” emails J.R. ‘Running across the defender’? Bruno set a freakin’ back pick on Mbemba. As I understand it that is legal in basketball but not football. And I don’t just think that because that goal screwed my fantasy team.”

Artistic licence. I’m an anarchist.

5.19pm BST

63 min Benitez calls for Shelvey! Now it’s on!

5.19pm BST

61 min Ritchie allows Perez’s pass to run across his body, tempting Suttner to foul; free-kick, left of centre, 25 yards out. There appears to be a shoot/cross debate taking place – Ritchie seems to ask Benitez his thoughts – before driving into the wall. The ball, though, ends up with Merino, who shoots, only for Dunk to chuck a head at it and send it behind. The corner comes to nowt.

5.17pm BST

59 min Newcastle are hanging in there now. On the plus side, their fans have the joy of a six-hour quench home to look forward to.

5.15pm BST

58 min We see sweetheart, you’re Tim Krul on the Brighton bench, minding me of one of the greatest football songs that never was.

5.14pm BST

56 min Lovely from Brighton, Knockaert backheeling to send Bruno away down the right. His cross is low and hard towards the far post, where March slides in, connecting well … but Elliot dives back, over his own line, to shovel it away from on the line. He’s kept his team in the match, there.

5.12pm BST

56 min Watching that goal again, we can see Dunk and Bruno doing an excellent job of running across defender to block them off. Even better done, Chris Hughton.

5.11pm BST

54 min The ground is up as Brighton seek to press home their advantage, but they can’t find the quality in their passing – at least not for now.

5.10pm BST

53 min With Newcastle set up to break, Brighton would do well to wade in before they can reorganise.

5.09pm BST

This is really nicely done.With Newcastle expecting a ball into the middle, Gross’ free-kick goes to the back post where Stephens has pulled away. His downward header passes through a pair of legs, whereupon Hemed – Chhhemed – six yards out, imparts a kind of overhead hook of a shin, into the roof of the net. Well done Chris Hughton – that was clearly a plan.

5.07pm BST

50 min Again, it’s Brighton making the running, and Suttner lifts a much better ball into Hemed who, on the half-turn, tips it away from Lascelles and rides the inevitable foul. Free-kick Brighton, 25 yards out, level with the left edge of the box….

5.05pm BST

49 min It is not at all easy to foresee a goal. I do not foresee a goal.

5.04pm BST

48 min Brighton lump the ball forward thrice, to predictably little avail.

5.04pm BST

47 min Does any team contain as many verbs – Dunk, March – nouns – Knockaert – and adjectives – Propper – as Brighton? I contend not.

5.02pm BST

46 min Why waste your time, you know you’re gonna be mine.

5.01pm BST

The players are back with us.

4.49pm BST

“First we had the Steel City derby which was awesome (for neutrals and Blades fans at least),” says

Issa Rae
J.R. in Illinois, “and now we’ve got this game which is hella entertaining! Who needs Chelsea v Arsenal and Man United v Everton like last Sunday? This is a proper Super Sunday!”

I’d agree with half of that. This game would be great if it was later in the season and the stench of desperation diffused through the screen, but for now it’s about adequate if we take it for what it is. In my frequently incorrect opinion, anyhow.

4.47pm BST

Not a terrible game, I don’t suppose. Let’s leave it there.

4.46pm BST

45+1 min Brighton win a free-kick down the left, plenty far from goal but when Dunk wins the header and knocks the ball back across, Hemed isn’t far from catching up with it.

4.45pm BST

45 min There shall be one added minute.

4.45pm BST

45 min Newcastle exert a bit of pressure with crosses and such, both Yedlin and Mbemba having sticking them in. Nothing comes of either, but they reflect their team’s greater control in midfield.

4.43pm BST

43 min Nice from Newcastle, Merino gliding forward and sliding into the path of Atsu, outside him. The ensuing cross is a good one too, low and hard; Perez and Ritchie both slide in, but neither can impart the decisive touch.

4.41pm BST

42 min As you may have divined, there is not a whole lot currently coming to pass.

4.40pm BST

40 min Point of order: Hemed, as in Tomer Hemed, is pronounced with a guttural H, written in English as Ch, or in Hebrew with a chet, like thus: חמד. Thanks.

4.39pm BST

38 min Ritchie looks to curl the free-kick around the wall, hoping the keeper moves, which he doesn’t, and as such the ball clunks into his midriff.

4.38pm BST

37 min Nice from Newcastle, Ritchie allowing a pass from Merino through his legs before trying a wall-pass off Joselu. But Gross is wise to the ruse, blocking him off at cost of a free-kick, 30 yards out and right of centre.

4.36pm BST

36 min Brighton are back on top now, moving the ball around as Newcastle sit deep and wait for something to happen. Dunk then attempts to slip in Kncokaert, but Yedlin is paying attention and nips in front of him to clear.

4.35pm BST

33 min Brighton, who’ve been quiet the last few minutes, swarm forward when Propper sweeps out to March, who’s been a constant threat. He switches the ball back inside for Stephens, who finds Gross; inside the box,he can’t quite decide what to do and eventually squares when he might’ve shot … all the delay Clark needs to intercept.

4.32pm BST

31 min Merino starts a move with a lovely flick, moving the ball behind his standing leg and feeding Atsu, suddenly in all manner of space at inside-left. He then finds Mbemba who, with little left foot to speak of, nips inside and squares for Perez, arriving to send another shot wide. Brighton do not look at all secure at the back.

4.30pm BST

29 min Newcastle enjoy some possession and Perez bursts into the box at inside-left, looking to open his body and curl a perfect finish into the top corner before racing to embrace the adulation of his adoring public. Instead, he sends a miserable effort miles away from anything.

4.27pm BST

26 min Newcastle have been better the last five minutes or so, but then March chases a ball larruped down the line and shoves Yedlin to the ground, earning a free-kick in the process. Lascelles is not at all happy – with good reason – but when the cross, from the left touchline, comes across, he’s there to head away and one of his mates then clears Stephens’ attempt to put it back in the danger zone.

4.25pm BST

24 min Perhaps Newcastle’s gameplan is to sit deep and break fast, but they won’t have anticipated being put under as much pressure as they have been. Still, Dunk whacks a clearance into Duffy and Newcastle have a corner, but Bruno, at the near post, gets rid without much aggravation.

4.23pm BST

22 min Atsu breaks and finds Yedlin on his outside … his cross is a fair one, but Joselu makes it a fine one, dragging it into his path on the half-turn. For a second he looks a cert to score only for Duffy to come sliding in, nowhere near the ball but restricting the shooting angle; the eventuating effort is dragged wide of the far post from ten yards.

4.21pm BST

21 min The master of the genre…

4.20pm BST

19 min “Enjoyed Knockaert shoving Mbemba out of the way only to block the shot himself,” tweets Paul Waggott. “Football’s karma gods working well there.”

A team-mate blocking a goalbound shot is one of life’s true delights. I’m also a big fan of the prematurely celebrated goal.

4.19pm BST

18 min Mbemba makes a fine interception to keep a through-pass from finding Knockaert, but his team have a problem. They’re far too rigid to cope with Brighton’s movement, can barely muster a decent kick of the ball, and are going to concede if they don’t do something about it, and quickly.

4.16pm BST

16 min Brighton have been very good these last few minutes, Knockaert, Gorss and March giving Newcastle all manner of aggravation. The way that they’re interchanging is allowing them to stretch the play without being outnumbered in midfield, though they could use another man in the box when the ball comes in.

4.15pm BST

14 min Brighton are all over this now, Knockaert finding Bruno, whose cross is brilliantly headed away by Yedlin, straining every follicle to reach it. March, though, is on-hand to zip in a low cross, strongarmed out by Elliot with Hemed, perfectly placed to intervene, caught on his heels.

4.13pm BST

12 min Knockaert, doubtless still smarting, hauls back Atsu and is booked.

4.13pm BST

11 min Oh mate! Maaaate! Gross drifts outside so Knockaert comes in inside and spreads play out to March on the left. His cross is a good one, the ball arriving back with Gross who drives a shot at goal …. it’s going in … until it hits Knockaert!

4.11pm BST

11 min After a reasonable start, things have slowed down. Brighton are enjoying – in the loosest possible sense – most of the possession.

4.09pm BST

9 min I like to think that Andre Marriner goes as Dre, still has love for the street, and is the subject of this song.

4.08pm BST

8 min Perez pops up between the lines and slides a pass out to Atsu. He swiftly whacks a cross into the nearest pair of shins, then does so again when the ball rebounds straight to him.

4.07pm BST

7 min Stephens makes a mistake and Atsu pounces on the loose ball 30 yards out, quickly finding the nearest shins into which to smash the ball.

4.06pm BST

6 min Gross drifts left and swerves in a cross for Hemed, peeling away at the near post. He gets his head to it, but can’t quite get his head around it, sending the ball wide of the near post.

4.05pm BST

5 min And Knockaert swings the ball in, Propper and Duffy throwing feet to try and get it in but a phalanx of defenders doing just enough to block.

4.04pm BST

4 min Stephens sweeps a ball wide to March, and he lays back for Suttner. His cross is deflected behind and now it’s Brighton with the corner.

4.03pm BST

2 min Well! Ritchie curls the corner to the edge of the box, far left side, and Gross chases over to block. But all he succeeds in doing is blocking Ryan’s sight of Merino’s volley, into the ground and only just wide.

4.01pm BST

1 min Perez wriggles some space and feeds Joselu, so Duffy ploughs through the back of him, a reet sair yin. There’s a brief pause, and Ritchie will now curl one in from 40 yards out, on the right – Hemed heads behind.

4.00pm BST

1 min Away we go!

4.00pm BST

Imagine the nick the Newcastle fans are in right now; imagine the nick they’ll be in when they get home. ENVY.

3.57pm BST

Out come the teams!

3.56pm BST

“Regarding your assertion about Andre Marriner,” emails Kári Tulinius. “Surely the least (or possibly most) referee name for a referee ever is golden oldie Segar Bastard, ‘The Knight of the Whistle’, who refereed the 1878 FA Cup final and then went on to earn an England cap. Incidentally, his first name is an old norse name, Sægeir, which means ‘sea spear’.

I did think of him – and his grandson Spoilt, of Viz fame – but decided that wasn’t such an unorthodox name in its era.

3.53pm BST

I wonder if this game will be decided by which number 10 has the better afternoon. Pascal Gross was excellent in Germany last season and is growing into the Premier League, while Ayoze Perez has the kind of improvisational talent that, if harnessed, will see him develop into a proper player. In a tight contest, that could be crucial.

3.49pm BST

Rafael Benitez says his team is unchanged because it’s only playing one game a week. Chris Hughton says he’s happy with how his team have been playing, and that people said they’d struggle to score before they did so thrice against a well-organised West Brom team.

3.48pm BST

Graeme Souness likes someone! Well done Matt Ritchie!

3.46pm BST

I do not think we’re going to see many goals today. I’m going 0-1, but Jonathan Pearce reckons Brighton will shade it, so a draw is the most likely outcome.

3.40pm BST

We’re watching tape of Davy Propper, having been told by Chris Hughton that he’s used to playing in a three not a two. As for the man himself, he’s more comfortable now he’s certain he can score and create goals in the Premier League, and Newcastle will need to get a hold of him today.

3.36pm BST

“So Seagulls v Magpies, eh?” asks J.R. in Illinois. “I think this match-up should be pretty even. Seagulls have a massive size advantage (have you seen Shane Duffy?) being anywhere around five times the mass and up to three times the wingspan of magpies, but being the only non-mammal to recognise itself in a mirror means magpies absolutely crush the seagulls in the intelligence department.”

I wonder about this. Perhaps the real brain is the seagull, who is above the narcissism and painful self-awareness that pains anything cursed by a sense of self. Deep, yeah?

3.33pm BST

“It’s bigger than I thought it was going to be,” says Graeme Souness of the Amex. I’m glad he doesn’t bother with the internet – if he did I’d have to re-evaluate my entire system of belief.

3.32pm BST

“Newcastle not being in the EPL was just a temporary blip,” returns yerman Rob, “while Brighton shouldn’t really be there. This is the difference, and it will out again before tea-time too.”

I’m not sure about this. Couldn’t we say the same about Stoke when they came up, and Burnley – even Huddersfield?

3.31pm BST

Hairs on back of neck, etc.

The atmosphere is building outside the Amex ahead of today’s game between #BHAFC and @NUFC. #BHANEW pic.twitter.com/0GMvaT7qvR

3.30pm BST

Email! “Does anyone seriously think that Brighton can ‘do’ ‘gritty’?” asks Rob Coughlan.

Well, to the extent that anyone can “do” “anything”, of course not. And I don’t think they’ll stay up, but reckon it’ll be lack of goals that does for them.

3.29pm BST

So what does it all mean? Well, Brighton make one change: Liam Rosenior of the Guardian is replaced at right-back by Bruno, his new diet of lentils and hummus ill-received in the dressing room. Newcastle, meanwhile, are unchanged; as such, they have a bench which hosts Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle, key men for them last season.

3.19pm BST

Brighton & Hove Albion (a retro 4-4-1-1): Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March; Gross; Hemed. Subs: Krul, Rosenior, Huenemeier, Schelotto, Izquierdo, Murphy, Brown.

Newcastle United (a characteristic 4-2-3-1): Elliot; Yedlin, Lacelles, Clark, Mbemba; Hayden, Merino; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Joselu. Subs: Darlow, Gamez, Manquillo, Diame, Murphy, Shelvey, Gayle.

10.22am BST

There are certain phrases that appear, at first glance, to describe a circumstance … but at all other glances describe the individual using them. “Gritty realism”, for example, could suggest depressing drama that it complex, yet approachable … or it could suggest a person who speaks in television listings and is unwilling to or incapable of thinking for themselves.

In a Premier League context, Brighton v Newcastle could not be more gritty, more real, nor more grittily real. After spending last season in a mass pagga to get promoted and earn the right to play in the biggest matches, both squads will now know that life isn’t actually like that. The games are a slog, the season is a slog, and if they want the privilege of repeat slogging they’ll need to outslog at least three other devoted sloggers.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Leicester can learn January lesson to beat Chelsea, Tottenham could find they like Goodison Park, and will Chris Hughton take a gamble against West Brom?

After the humiliation of their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool and the perceived humiliation of their end to the transfer window, Arsenal couldn’t have wished for a kinder fixture with which to return – albeit the kind of kinder fixture which frequently challenges them. But however you look at things, Bournemouth have not started the season well, nor are they set up to exploit Arsenal’s weaknesses.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/08/premier-league-10-things-to-look-out-for-this-weekend