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Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron scores their first goal.

Some football news from earlier that may or may not be significant, as Manchester United continue their alternate process of bloodletting/adding more suits.

Jim Lawlor has decided to step down from his role as chief scout in the summer after 16 years with the club. During that time, Jim played a key role in the development of multiple trophy-winning Manchester United teams and was an important source of guidance to Sir Alex Ferguson and each of the managers who have followed him. Jim leaves the club with our warmest thanks for his significant contribution and our very best wishes for the future.

Marcel Bout has departed from his role as head of global scouting after eight years with the club. Marcel has played an important part as an assistant coach and in the strengthening of our scouting capabilities in recent years.

Manchester City 0-0 Brighton

Getting tense at the Etihad? Brighton doing a Brighton? Could it, would it, should it? Mahrez threatens briefly but City not at the races as they seek to climb back to the top of the table. Even the social media elation squad seems a bit antsy.

Half-time in the 7.45 kick-offs

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace
Everton 0-1 Leicester
Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Miguel Almiron enjoyed his goal for Newcastle so much he took his shirt off, and was booked for his troubles.

Everton 0-1 Leicester

Even Anthony Gordon is annoying the Goodison crowd, having wasted two good attacking opportunities. The tension is becoming unbearable.

Manchester City 0-0 Brighton

City are knocking on the door, and with real menace. Kevin de Bruyne has just smashed one wide. Brighton are chasing shadows but holding firm for now.

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Miguel Almiron, who the other week was linked with a move away, having wondered when he might play more, has gone close again. On his day, he’s a handful for anyone.

Everton 0-1 Leicester

Brendan’s boys are playing some great stuff, and Everton don’t appear to have an answer at the moment, they are clinging on.

Goal! Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace (Almiron, 32)

The Toon Army is going barmy after a brilliant goal from the Paraguayan, who doesn’t get many goals but when he does they are usually spectacular, with a fine piece of control and shooting he puts his team into the lead.

Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron scores their first goal.
Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron shoots … Photograph: Scott Heppell/Reuters
Miguel Almiron of Newcastle United scores their first goal.
Scores … Photograph: Richard Lee/Shutterstock
Miguel Almiron of Newcastle United celebrates scoring their first goal with the fans.
And celebrates. Photograph: Richard Lee/Shutterstock

Goal! Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal (Azpilicueta, 32)

Well well, a London late-season classic is on the cards, that’s if you discount defending as part of the game. Mason Mount robs Saka, and plays in his captain to score.

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta scores their second goal.
Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta scores their second goal. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Stephen Carr gets in touch: “Evening John. Best of luck to PSG tonight – I bloody love a Cinderella story.”

Manchester City 0-0 Brighton

Mahrez has gone close for City now, as the chances seem to be stacking up for the defending champions.

Goal! Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal (Smith Rowe, 27)

Chelsea’s defending has been poor tonight, but Arsenal have attacked with real quality. Martin Odegaard laid the ball on a plate for Emile Smith Rowe who strokes home. Was Mendy the goalie culpable there? He was slow to get down.

A smart finish from Emile Smith Rowe puts Arsenal back in front.
A smart finish from Emile Smith Rowe puts Arsenal back in front. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Manchester City 0-0 Brighton

Nathan Ake has headed wide for City who are dominating Brighton, but no breakthrough as yet.

Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

Penalty shout for Newcastle, who are playing well. Almiron blasts a shot at Kouyate from close range, but nothing doing. Chris Wood fires wide but was offside in any case.

Worth saying that if PSG draw or win against Angers, they will win the Ligue 1 title. They have just kicked off. Atletico Madrid have just drawn 0-0 with Granada, and move up to second in La Liga, though that’s a disappointing result against those strugglers.

Everton 0-1 Leicester

It’s rancorous at Everton, where the home team have gone close after a slow start, Richarlison missing a good chance. Anthony Gordon is to the fore for Everton, as he is always is.

Everton’s Richarlison shoots past Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel and also the upright.
Everton’s Richarlison shoots past Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel and also the upright. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters

Goal! Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal (Werner, 18)

It’s a deflection as Werner shoots, off Xhaka and into the goal. That’s loose from Arsenal considering how they had found themselves ahead. That was very very soft, but a typical Werner goal.

We’re underway at the Etihad, now can Brighton make it three in a row?

Goal! Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal (Nketiah, 13)

A horrible error from Andreas Christensen presents Eddie Nketiah the Arsenal striker with a clear chance to score and he shows he’s a good finisher, taking it well and with cool.Tha could be a big goal for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta looked pumped as he celebrated it.

Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

It’s been all Newcastle, the home fans roaring on their heroes and Palace perhaps looking to shake out the Wembley weariness. Marc Guehi has been called into some last-ditch defensive work.

At the Bridge, it’s pretty even, with both sides on the attack and Lukaku going close for Chelsea against Arsenal.

Goal! Everton 0-1 Leicester (Barnes, 5)

Lax Everton defending and Harvey Barnes, back in the team, pokes home. Goodison is silent, the sound of groans may be imminent.

Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes scores their first goal.
Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes scores their first goal. Photograph: Peter Powell/Reuters

The word on Brighton’s Leandro Trossard, missing against Manchester City, is that he is ill, and Solly March has stepped in.

Everton 0-0 Leicester

Seamus Coleman has warded off an early scare in stopping Dewsbury-Hall surging through but he’s picked up a knock in doing so, but appears ok to continue.

And away we go in the 7.45pm kick-offs. What magic awaits?

The Newcastle skipper, Jamaal Lascelles, has praised Bruno Guimarães in the programme notes ahead of the match with Crystal Palace.

He really is just fearless. The confidence he has to receive the ball in any area of the pitch shows a lot of courage and then there’s his work ethic as well. I watched the second goal back on Sunday night and just to see where he ran from to get forward and score the winner shows an incredible amount of desire. He’s already been a huge player for us but he’s still only young, so it’s going to be interesting to see how far he can

No pressure, then.

Pep Guardiola spoke to the BBC about Ruben Dias and the challenge of Brighton, who he has given the classic blowing of smoke ahead of a match against a less well-heeled rival.

He is already on the bench and doing much better. It has been seven weeks out. But he is ready.

I expect the best of them. I always expect the best of any opponent. We especially expect the best from ourselves. I like almost everything. They have the courage to play, it doesn’t matter where, with their own personality and football.

Frank Lampard spoke to the BBC on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence, and it’s bad news on a player who hasn’t featured nearly enough this season.

Dominic felt a small sensation in his quad in training. We scanned it and it’s 10 days to two weeks, unfortunately, so we’ll miss him for these next couple of games, for sure. He’ll possibly be back for Chelsea.

Kevin de Bruyne is risen for City, and that’s a big deal, not least because Leandro Trossard, the Brighton match-winner at Tottenham, is absent. Ederson, Ilkay Gundogan, Ayermic Laporte, Rodri and Riyad Mahrez are all back for City and the word seems to be that Nathan Ake and Laporte will pair up as centre-backs. Further good news for City is the absence of Yves Bissouma, suspended after battering Tottenham’s midfield on Saturday.

Manchester City v Brighton teams

Manchester City: Ederson, Stones, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez. Subs: Steffen, Dias, Sterling, Jesus, Grealish, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Palmer, Lavia

Brighton: Sanchez, Lamptey, Cucurella, Dunk, Veltman, March, Gross, Mwepu, Mac Allister, Caicedo, Welbeck Subs: Steele, McGill, Webster, Maupay, Lallana, Leonard, Offiah, Ferguson, Sarmiento

The big news among those, aside from Romelu Lukaku starting for Chelsea, are seven changes for Leicester against Everton. Brendan Rodgers has gone for sweeping alterations from the team that lost to Newcastle. Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, and Timothy Castagne come into defence, while James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho line up in attack. No Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Everton, but Demarai Gray and Yerry Mina come in. To face Crystal Palace, Newcastle make no changes from the team that beat Leicester while Palace make four changes from Wembley, including the return of Conor Gallagher to the team.

Chelsea v Arsenal teams

Chelsea: Mendy, Alonso, Christensen, Kante, Lukaku, Werner, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, James, Azpilicueta, Sarr. Subs: Kepa, Jorgiho, Silva, Pulisic, Chalobah, Saul, Barkley, Ziyech, Havertz.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Nketiah, Xhaka. Subs: Leno, Lacazette, Soares, Pepe, Sambi Lokonga, Martinelli, Azeez, Swanson, Hutchinson

Newcastle v Crystal Palace teams

Newcastle: Dubravka; Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett; Guimaraes, Shelvey, Joelinton; Almiron, Wood, Saint-Maximin. Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Ritchie, Fernandez, Manquillo, Murphy, Willock, Gayle, Longstaff

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Clyne, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell; Kouyate, Gallagher, Schlupp; Olise, Edouard, Zaha. Subs: Butland, Ward, Tomkins, Ayew, Eze, Hughes, Mateta, McArthur, Benteke

Everton v Leicester teams

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Mina, Mykolenko, Allan, Delph, Iwobi, Gordon, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Begovic, Kenny, Holgate, Keane, Doucoure, Gomes, Van de Beek, Rondon, Alli

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Tielemans, Mendy, Dewsbury-Hall, Maddison, Barnes, Iheanacho. Subs: Ward, Justin, Soyuncu, Albrighton, Perez, Amartey, Choudhury, Daka, Lookman.

Frank Lampard is playing the but seriously card heavily.

I saw a quote this week saying we’ve been let off the hook because this happened. I don’t see how. It doesn’t change anything. Burnley are a good team and Burnley are used to fighting to stay in the Premier League. That fact will remain the same.

So, just how patched-up are City? The teams will roll in soon enough.

Guardiola was without Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Rúben Dias at Wembley. Walker’s ankle problem rules him out of Brighton’s visit for the league match on Wednesday but De Bruyne and Dias await fitness tests.

Dias has not played for seven weeks because of a hamstring injury but Guardiola is not concerned about putting the Portuguese defender back in. “He could [play 90 minutes],” he said.

“It depends on the game. Tomorrow’s game is so demanding. I haven’t decided on the lineup. I think maybe the last minutes for him but he could start, he could play. I have no doubts about Rúben. With Rúben, it is not a problem.

Preamble

Good evening, we are back back back for more, and it may well be a decisive night in just about all parts of the Premier League table.

Manchester City v Brighton (8pm UK time kick-off): Brighton were very good on Saturday at Spurs, to follow up beating Arsenal the previous week, and looked to pose a bigger threat to City than Liverpool did to Manchester United last night. City looked careworn in losing to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final and the question is how patched up Pep Guardiola’s men might be? There’s no Erling Haaland to save them this season.

Everton v Leicester (7.45pm): Frank Lampard may just have been saved by the chaotic scenes at Burnley where Michael Jackson has replaced Sean Dyche….(I am not going there)…and there appears no immediate plan. So a win over Leicester, distracted by their Europa Conference League dreams, could steady some nerves ahead of the Merseyside derby this weekend. This has match a pleasing look of potential chaos about it.

Newcastle v Crystal Palace (7.45pm): Perhaps Palace’s season ended in that rather drab semi-final loss to Chelsea, but Newcastle have been fun to watch on the field of late, with Bruno Guimarães already hitting levels of Geordie South American folk hero of Nobby Solano levels. Safe, and with their priority to entertain the fans St James’ Park is a fun place to be for those fans who welcomed the takeover, which, let’s face it, was just about all of them.

Chelsea v Arsenal (7.45pm): This one is being covered by the excellent Rob Smyth elsewhere but we’ll keep tabs. They are split asunder in the table by Tottenham and both have wobbled of late but this appears make or break for Arsenal after three straight defeats chucked away their command of fourth place. Having made the FA Cup final and recovered from exiting the Champions League, Chelsea have less at stake but Thomas Tuchel is not one for letting up on his players, though his team did lose this fixture in May last year when the Champions League final had been reached. Chelsea won the previous fixture this season when Romelu Lukaku – remember him? – looked like the answer to Chelsea’s striking problems.

Plenty to play for, all the action here. Join me.