“Brentford strikes again!” says Mary Waltz. “After the Gunners took the lead they may have folded however they saved working. VAR virtually ruined it however justice prevailed.” I feel she could also be taking on.
Someplace in the midst of all that, Leicester had the ball within the internet for the fourth time. It was a high-quality end from Harvey Barnes, however he was dominated offside by the VAR.
GOAL!! Arsenal 1-1 Brentford (Toney 74)
Brentford strike again! It’s a header from Ivan Toney, the person who was making all the pieces occur within the first half. The VAR overview took some time, taking a look at offside and a attainable obstruction, however the purpose stands.
GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Wolves (Bednarek OG 72)
The ten males are again in it! Although they want a hand from an eleventh man, Jan Bednarek, who will get the ultimate contact on the finish of a goalmouth shemozzle.
GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Brentford (Trossard 66)
Supersub! Trossard, on for Martinelli, hears a tap-in after some good work by the inevitable Bukayo Saka.
Disallowed purpose! Leicester 3-1 Spurs
Harvey Barnes races previous Porro, however he’s dominated offside by the VAR.
GOAL!! Palace 1-1 Brighton (Tomkins 69)
Palace are again in it! They’d a free kick, Olise swung it in, Robert Sanchez dropped the ball and James Tomkins cashed in.
Bentancur just isn’t as badly harm as he appeared. He rises from his stretcher and takes off his oxygen masks, however his afternoon is over, after an early yellow card and a reasonably early purpose. He’s changed by Pape Sarr with Spurs nonetheless 3-1 down.
GOAL! Palace 0-1 Brighton (March 63)
Brighton’s dominance lastly pays off as Solly March will get on the top of a cross from Pervis Estupinan, who thought he’d scored earlier.
Spurs’ afternoon goes from dangerous to worse with an harm for Rodrigo Bentancur. He’s carried out one thing nasty to his knee and he’s in tears, poor man.
What do you do after a purple card in the event you’re the Wolves supervisor? You ship on Adama Traore together with his red-hot tempo. He’s changed Joao Moutinho, so apparently Wolves, who began as a 4-5-1, have now switched to 4-3-2.
“Shocks ahoy within the Scottish Cup, Tim,” says Simon McMahon, “as Raith Rovers lead Motherwell 2-0 at half-time and Elgin are 1-0 up at Ayr. Goalless thus far between Dundee United and Kilmarnock, in stark distinction to the final time Kilmarnock have been at Tannadice within the Scottish Cup, in 2013-14, when it completed 5-2 to United. Andy Robertson scored twice that day, and United went on to make the ultimate. Surprise what he’s as much as today?”
“Yet one more incorrect use of POV on social media,” says Sean Orlowicz, selecting up on the tweet from Fulham at 16:01. “If I used to be the pinpoint cross, why would I be capable of see myself (the ball)?” Ha.
All of the video games have resumed and Arsenal are trying brighter. Possibly they’ll upset Brentford in spite of everything.
Yet one more Spurs fan writes. “We would have liked a brand new centre again, badly, in January,” says Alexandra Ashton. “Dier just isn’t adequate, and we’re struggling for it. With Porro a way more attacking fullback than Emerson, the again three is required to compensate, and so they’re not doing so. Disappointing.”
“It’s attention-grabbing,” says Samad Sayyed, “how the dialog has moved from ‘Arsenal will end at sixth place’ to ‘Arsenal haven’t performed the massive groups but’ to ‘Arsenal will unravel in December/January’ to now ‘it have to be the weakest championship if Arsenal win it’.
”Arsenal could properly fall in need of the league championship (they most likely will), however they’d’ve already exceeded their goal/expectations for this yr. And with condolences to Russell Yong, this Arsenal staff hasn’t reached its ceiling but. Martinelli, Saka, Nketiah, Saliba, Odegard are but to achieve their peak. That is completely different from Fabregas/RvP years the place there was no FFP and Arsenal had no cash to speculate because of stadium debt. This Arsenal is able to splurge on the suitable gamers and groups like Man Metropolis are quickly to be taught that they will’t bulldoze-buy their solution to titles anymore.”
One other Spurs fan writes – not disgruntled, simply resigned. “It’s occurred so many occasions,” says Yash Gupta, “I’m not indignant anymore. Dier with Romero and with out Romero is like Conte with hair and with out hair.”
“Tim,” says Mary Waltz, “you possibly can reassure Matt Dony that Everton remains to be a relegation squad and Liverpool will nonetheless be heavy favorites this Monday. And for the final month northern California has resembled Wales with heavy rains and gray cloudy days the place the solar by no means reveals its face. Correct soccer climate!”
Half-time: Leicester 3-1 Spurs
Simply confirming this scoreline, for followers of both facet who can’t imagine their eyes.
Half-time: Fulham 1-0 Forest
This one has been even by way of possession (our outdated good friend 52-48). Nevertheless it’s been fairly the other in relation to photographs: Fulham 9, Forest 3.
GOAL! Leicester 3-1 Spurs (Iheanacho 45+4)
One other one! Kelechi Iheanacho scores from the sting of the field, and instantly Leicester have rattled up seven targets in a recreation and a half. Spurs, who took the lead, could have gone a bit bit Spursy.
Half-time: Southampton 1-0 Wolves
Manna from heaven for the Saints. They lead by Carlos Alcaraz’s purpose and so they have an entire half to go towards ten males. They’re off the underside if it stays like this – one level above Bournemouth, degree with Everton.
Half-time: Arsenal 0-0 Brentford
By all accounts, this may very well be 2-3. Arsenal have had 9 photographs, two on track’ Brentford six, just one on track, however on so-called clear-cut probabilities they lead 2-0. It’s going to finish up 1-0 to Arsenal, isn’t it?
Half-time! Palace 0-0 Brighton
After that slender escape, Palace make it again to the dressing-room unscathed. However the writing is on the stats: they’ve had solely 27 per cent of the ball and no photographs on track.
A disgruntled Spurs fan writes. “Anyone in a position to inform me,” asks Brian Richardson, “what Son’s function is in the present day? Looks as if he’s not obtained a clue what to do. Perisic left open many times. Sonny lad. Dig in!”
“I imply, rationally,” says Matt Dony, “I do know that Mary Waltz is appropriate. However I’ve to say, I loved soccer an terrible lot extra when Liverpool have been comedically overwhelming virtually everybody they got here up towards. I’ve a sinking feeling she’ll be a lot happier on Monday night than I can be. And never simply because she’s in California, and I’m in Carmarthen…”
“Arsenal in transition?” says Russell Yong. “Chelsea perhaps (really, Chelsea for certain). Arsenal have felt like they’ve been constructing to this for years, getting the suitable items in, ready for different items (Xhaka) to lastly slot in, the suitable supervisor, dropping misfits and recalcitrants. This frankly seems like a peak and now or by no means, that they’ve a Leicester-esque distinctive alternative to take the title at a time when Man Metropolis, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd are all floundering to a point.
“These groups will certainly not all play as poorly once more and, at a time when Newcastle are anticipated to hitch the fray, the most effective gamers should not going to brook shedding it when the prospect has by no means been higher. In the event that they did, count on to see a repeat of 2009-2012, when anybody who was anybody (Fabregas, Adebayor, Clichy, Toure, Nasri, van Persie, Music, Sagna) parked up at groups the place they may have a good probability of successful titles (and did).”
Good factors, however is its bit telling that you simply liken Arsenal to Leicester?
NO GOAL! Palace 0-0 Brighton
Sorry, I spoke too quickly – Estupinan’s purpose has been chalked off by the VAR.
“Weakest champions?” says Bert Fill. “Possibly. Then once more we might simply as simply say that whoever wins a correct outdated battle must be actually sturdy champions. Or, in fact, we might simply take pleasure in what occurs and cease with this countless evaluating.”
“Arsenal to win,” says Jeff Sax. “Nobody will catch them…. Pep ensuring of that.” Ha. You might be proper however this afternoon, based on the Arsenal outdated boy Paul Merson, “Brentford have been the higher facet.”
GOAL! Palace 0-1 Brighton (Estupinan 32)
Brighton have been making all of the working and now they’ve one thing to point out for it as Pervis Estupinan, the left-back, places them forward.
In the meantime, on the Emirates, Ivan Toney has hit the bar. He handed to his mate Mbeumo, Mbeumo handed again , and Toney missed when it could properly have been simpler to attain.
Pink card! Lemina of Wolves
Not only a purpose down, Wolves are actually a person down too. Mario Lemina, again on his outdated patch, sees yellow twice so he has to go.
“Morning greetings from California Tim!” says Mary Waltz. “The truth that Metropolis or Liverpool don’t make the PL race a two-team contest the place all their fixtures are over earlier than they begin is a wonderful factor. Mid-table squads like Brentford or Fulham difficult the massive boys, a resurgent Newcastle returning to the highest 4 is implausible.” And because of Spurs’ defending, they’ve simply returned to it once more.
GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Wolves (Alcaraz 24)
It’s all taking place.
GOAL!!! Leicester 2-1 Spurs (Maddison 25)
One brings two!
GOAL!! Leicester 1-1 Spurs (Mendy 23)
Simply after I was noting that Spurs had had extra photographs than any of the opposite 9 groups in motion within the Prem … Nampalys Mendy blasts his first purpose for Leicester!
By no means thoughts the Prem, right here’s the information from Scotland. “Hey Tim.” Hey Simon McMahon, I’ve been anticipating you. “It’s the Scottish Cup fifth spherical in the present day, giving Dundee United an opportunity to depart their league troubles behind and safe a spot within the final eight by beating Kilmarnock at Tannadice. Hearts grew to become the primary staff by once they beat Hamilton 2-0 final night time; in the present day’s different video games function probably awkward ties for Motherwell at Raith Rovers and Livingston at house to Inverness. Ayr v Elgin and Celtic v St. Mirren (at 5.30) make up the remainder of the Saturday video games, with Rangers v Partick tomorrow, after which non-league Darvel, conquerors of Aberdeen within the final spherical, hoping to proceed their dream run at house to Falkirk on Monday. Possibly some Valentine’s Day cup romance within the offing…”?”
GOAL! Fulham 1-0 Forest (Willian 17)
GOAL! Leicester 0-1 Spurs (Bentancur 15)
A nook, a recreation of pinball, a point-blank shot from Rodrigo Bentancur, a pause for VAR but it surely’s given! And with that Spurs are again within the high 4, nudging previous Newcastle for now.
Purpose disallowed! Arsenal 0-0 Brentford
Brentford are having lots of enjoyable on the break. Bryan Mbeumo has the ball within the internet, however the whistle has already gone for some debatable infringement within the field. Once more the non-assist comes from Ivan Toney.
To lose one centre-back within the first seven minutes could also be thought-about a misfortune. To lose each seems to be just like the worst of luck. And that’s what has occurred to Forest at Fulham. Willy Boly and Scott McKenna, who each went down off the ball, have been changed by Joe Worrall and Felipe. Proof that the five-subs rule doesn’t simply assist the massive golf equipment.
An e mail! “There aren’t any extra clear favourites to win the Premier league now,” says Bogdan Kotarlic. “Do you agree that this season’s champions would be the weakest facet to have gained the title within the final 25-30 years?” Blimey. “Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool have misplaced their successful behavior and Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham are in some form of a transitional interval.” The weakest for a couple of years perhaps… unsure about 25!
All 5 video games have kicked off… and Brentford have missed a sitter on the Emirates! An amazing cross from Ivan Toney on the suitable, a nasty miss from Rico Henry on the again submit.
The lunchtime recreation within the WSL has completed too, with Man Metropolis beating Arsenal 2-1. Metropolis go as much as third, degree with Man U on 29 factors; Arsenal, on 26, slip to fourth. High are Chelsea – the WSL is a parallel universe through which they nonetheless know the way to win. Extra right here from the equally masterly Rob Smyth.
West Ham-Chelsea has completed 1-1, amid loads of controversy. So, but once more, Chelsea have misplaced factors. It’s their third league attract a row and the 14th time in 22 video games that they haven’t gained. They continue to be ninth whereas West Ham sneak above Wolves on purpose distinction, for now. Extra right here from the masterly Scott Murray.
A begin for Gustavo Scarpa. Hope he’s introduced his skateboard to London.
Pedro Porro makes his first begin for Spurs and Harry Kane takes over as captain from the injured Hugo Lloris.
Don’t ever change, Arsenal.
Hey and welcome to goal-by-goal protection of the video games that aren’t on the telly (within the UK). There are 5 of them within the Premier League and so they’ve all obtained a little bit of intrigue.
Arsenal v Brentford The league leaders welcome the staff of the second. Brentford are one among solely two PL golf equipment who’ve been unbeaten because the World Cup, the opposite being Newcastle. Brentford have 4 wins and two attracts; Newcastle are the opposite means spherical.
Palace v Brighton The M23 derby! Or maybe not.
Fulham v Forest Two groups who have been within the Championship final yr, each flourishing now. Fulham have been regular all season and Forest have 11 factors from their final 5 video games. Within the desk for the mini-season that started at Christmas, they’re seventh, simply behind Fulham.
Leicester v Spurs Leicester have simply emerged from one other dangerous patch with a rollicking win at Villa. Spurs, all the time up for a journey on the rollercoaster, are on a excessive after beating Man Metropolis.
Southampton v Wolves The Saints are doing so badly that they might be pondering it’s time for an additional change of supervisor. Wolves have been up and down however they’ve simply had their best hour beneath Julen Lopetegui, thumping Liverpool 3-0.
Again quickly with the groups.