Chelsea 0-0 Leicester, Newcastle 1-1 Swansea and more – as it happened

Barry Glendenning on 13 January 2018

Spurs v Everton - as it happens

Premier League: Scott Murray is keeping tabs on Tottenham’s match against Everton at Wembley so that you don’t have to. Follow the action here ...

Match report: Newcastle 1-1 Swansea City

Premier League: Jonjo Shelvey’s display of petulance was one of the highlights of an interesting afternoon at St James’ Park, writes Louise Taylor

Match report: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester

Premier League: Dominic Fifield was at Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea record their third consecutive scoreless draw in all competitions.

Match report: Watford 2-2 Southampton

Premier League: Amy Lawrence was at Vicarage Road, where Abdoulaye Doucoure’s handled equaliser left Southampton’s players seething.

Match report: West Brom 2-0 Brighton

Premier League: Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson got the goals as West Brom recorded their first league win under Alan Pardew. Sean Taylor was there to see it.

Match Report: Huddersfield Town 1-4 West Ham

Premier League: West Ham had an easy afternoon against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s, where Paul Wilson was our man in the press box.

Match report: Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

Premier League: Paul MacInnes was at Selhurst Park, where Bakary Sako scored the winner for the home side.

Meanwhile in Spain ...

La Liga: Real Madrid have just lost 1-0 at home against Villarreal. Pablo Fornals with the winner there, in a match that could very well spell the end of Zindeine Zidane’s spell in charge of a club that is fourth in the table, 16 points behind Barcelona. That’s Villarreal’s first ever win at the Bernabeu.

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Championship results

  • Cardiff City 4-0 Sunderland
  • Barnsley 0-0 Wolves
  • Birmingham City 0-3 Derby County
  • Brentford 2-0 Bolton
  • Bristol City 0-1 Norwich City
  • Burton Albion 1-3 QPR
  • Hull City 0-0 Reading
  • Ipswich Town 1-0 Leeds United
  • Middlesbrough 0-1 Fulham
  • Millwall 1-1 Preston
  • Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (5.30pm)

League One results

  • Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Shrewsbury Town
  • Blackpool 0-0 Bristol Rovers
  • Bradford City 1-2 Northampton Town
  • Bury 0-1 Charlton Athletic
  • Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Plymouth Argyle
  • Gillingham 2-1 Rochdale
  • MK Dons 0-0 Wimbledon
  • Oldham Athletic 1-1 Rotherham United
  • Portsmouth 1-1 Scunthorpe
  • Southend United 1-2 Fleetwood Town
  • Walsall 2-1 Oxford United
  • Wigan 0-0 Peterborough United

League Two results

  • Cambridge United 0-0 Mansfield Town
  • Carlisle United 1-0 Crewe Alexandra
  • Cheltenham Town 0-2 Accrington Stanley
  • Chesterfield 2-0 Luton Town
  • Crawley Town 2-0 Barnet
  • Exeter City 1-0 Coventry City
  • Grimsby Town 1-2 Newport County
  • Lincoln City 2-2 Notts County
  • Morecambe 1-1 Stevenage
  • Port Vale 1-1 Yeovil
  • Swindon Town 1-0 Forest Green Rovers
  • Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Colchester United

Premier League result: Watford 2-2 Southampton

Watford quite literally nicked a point, courtesy of a late, late equaliser that Abdoulaye Doucoure smashed home with his hand.

Premier League result: Newcastle 1-1 Swansea City

Honours even, but Wilfried Bony missed a glorious chance to win all three points for Swansea at the death.

Premier League result: Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

Bakary Sako scored the winner as Crystal Palace maintained their unbeaten run.

Premier League result: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester City

Leicester survived the second half dismissal of Ben Chilwell as the deadlock remained unbroken at Stamford Bridge.

Premier League result: West Brom 2-0 Brighton

Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson got the goals as West Brom recorded their first league win under Alan Pardew.

Premier League result: Huddersfield 1-4 West Ham

Manuel Lanzini scored twice as West Ham sent the Terriers back to the home dressing-room with their tails between their legs.

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Championship: It’s Burton 1-3 QPR after Australian midfielder Massimo Luongo scores his second of the season to extend the visitors’ lead.

GOAL! Watford 2-2 Southampton

Premier League: Woeful defending from Southampton as Abdoulaye Doucoure slaps - yes, slaps with his hand - the ball past Alex McCarthy to make it all square at Vicarage Road.

You’ve got to hand it to Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.
You’ve got to hand it to Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure. Photograph: Tony O'Brien/Action Images via Reuters

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Championship: James Maddison scores his eighth goal of the season to give Norwich a 1-0 lead they scarcely deserve at Bristol City. Meanwhile at the Den, Preston have equalised against Millwall, with Callum Robinson making it 1-1.

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Championship: Luke Freeman plays in Conor Washington, who takes the ball around Stephen Bywater before slotting home to give QPR a 2-1 lead against Burton Albion.

Conor Washington restores QPR’s lead.
Conor Washington restores QPR’s lead. Photograph: John Potts/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock

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Championship: Bersant Celina fires Ipswich Town ahead of 10-man Leeds at Portman Road. It’s a rather special goal, with the Kosovan midfielder letting fly from 25 yards or more and finding the top corner.

League One: Charlie Mulgrew scores his second of the afternoon and his 11th of the season to give Blackburn a 3-1 lead as they try to tame Shrewsbury.

Championship latest

  • Cardiff City 4-0 Sunderland (result)
  • Barnsley 0-0 Wolves
  • Birmingham City 0-2 Derby County
  • Brentford 1-0 Bolton
  • Bristol City 0-0 Norwich City
  • Burton Albion 1-1 QPR
  • Hull City 0-0 Reading
  • Ipswich Town 0-0 Leeds United
  • Middlesbrough 0-0 Fulham
  • Millwall 1-0 Preston
  • Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (5.30pm)

League One latest

  • Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Shrewsbury Town
  • Blackpool 0-0 Bristol Rovers
  • Bradford City 0-2 Northampton Town
  • Bury 0-1 Charlton Athletic
  • Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Plymouth Argyle
  • Gillingham 2-1 Rochdale
  • MK Dons 0-0 Wimbledon
  • Oldham Athletic 1-1 Rotherham United
  • Portsmouth 1-1 Scunthorpe
  • Southend United 0-2 Fleetwood Town
  • Walsall 2-0 Oxford United
  • Wigan 0-0 Peterborough United

League Two latest

  • Cambridge United 0-0 Mansfield Town
  • Carlisle United 0-0 Crewe Alexandra
  • Cheltenham Town 0-2 Accrington Stanley
  • Chesterfield 2-0 Luton Town
  • Crawley Town 0-0 Barnet
  • Exeter City 1-0 Coventry City
  • Grimsby Town 0-2 Newport County
  • Lincoln City 1-1 Notts County
  • Morecambe 1-0 Stevenage
  • Port Vale 0-1 Yeovil
  • Swindon Town 0-0 Forest Green Rovers
  • Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Colchester United

GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Swansea

Premier League: Four minutes after coming off the Newcastle bench in place of Dwight Gayle, Joselu equalises for Newcastle.

Joselu Mato fires in the Magpies’ equaliser.
Joselu Mato fires in the Magpies’ equaliser. Photograph: Richard Lee/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

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A red card at Stamford Bridge

Premier League: Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell has been rather harshly sent off at Stamford Bridge, after picking up a second yellow card for a “foul” on Victor Moses.

Championship: It’s Birmingham 0-2 Derby County in the Gary Rowett derby, after Matej Vydra doubles the visitors’ advantage. Derby will go back into second place if they can hold out for the win, wghile Birmingham City will remain in the drop zone.

GOAL! Huddersfield 1-4 West Ham

Premier League: Manuel Lanzini scores his second goal in five minutes to extend West Ham’s lead on the 61-minute mark.

West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini slams in the Hammer’s fourth.
West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini slams in the Hammer’s fourth. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

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GOAL! Newcastle 0-1 Swansea City

Premier League: Nathan Dyer sends in a cross, which Jordan Ayew heads home at the second time of asking after an initial save from Karl Darlow.

GOAL! Watford 1-2 Southampton

Premier League: In the Southampton goal, Alex McCarthy saves brilliantly from Daryl Janmaat, tipping his shot onto the cross-bar. It sails up in the hair, gravity does its work and while McCarthy’s team-mates are standing around admiring their goalkeeper’s handiwork, Andre Gray nods home from close range to pull a goal back for Watford.

Watford’s Andre Gray’s header puts the Hornets back into the game.
Watford’s Andre Gray’s header puts the Hornets back into the game. Photograph: Tony O'Brien/Action Images via Reuters

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GOAL! Huddersfield 1-3 West Ham

Premier League: Manuel Lanzini increases West Ham’s lead with a right-footed shot from a long way out on 56 minutes.

Manuel Lanzini makes the travelling Hammers fans happy when he emphatically extends the visitor’s lead.
Manuel Lanzini makes the travelling Hammers fans happy when he emphatically extends the visitor’s lead. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

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GOAL! West Brom 2-0 Brighton

Premier League: Chris Brunt sends in a corner, which Craig Dawson converts with a downward header. West Brom are on course for their first league win under Alan Pardew, whose position was beginning to look untenable despite his relatively short time in charge.

West Brom’s Craig Dawson scores his side’s second goal.
West Brom’s Craig Dawson scores his side’s second goal. Photograph: Philip Oldham/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

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Championship: Scunthorpe have equalised against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, where Kevin Van Veen has restored parity.

A goal in League One: Walsall have made it 2-0 in their match against Oxford United, with Erhun Oztumer doubling the Saddlers’ lead.

GOAL! Huddersfield 1-2 West Ham

Premier League: Marko Arnautovic scores 11 seconds into the start of the second half at the John Smith’s Stadium to put West Ham ahead for the second time in this match.

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League Two half-times

  • Cambridge United 0-0 Mansfield Town
  • Carlisle United 0-0 Crewe Alexandra
  • Cheltenham Town 0-1 Accrington Stanley
  • Chesterfield 2-0 Luton Town
  • Crawley Town 0-0 Barnet
  • Exeter City 1-0 Coventry City
  • Grimsby Town 0-1 Newport County
  • Lincoln City 1-1 Notts County
  • Morecambe 1-0 Stevenage
  • Port Vale 0-1 Yeovil
  • Swindon Town 0-0 Forest Green Rovers
  • Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Colchester United

League One half-times

  • Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Shrewsbury Town
  • Blackpool 0-0 Bristol Rovers
  • Bradford City 0-1 Northampton Town
  • Bury 0-0 Charlton Athletic
  • Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Plymouth Argyle
  • Gillingham 1-1 Rochdale
  • MK Dons 0-0 Wimbledon
  • Oldham Athletic 1-1 Rotherham United
  • Portsmouth 1-0 Scunthorpe
  • Southend United 0-0 Fleetwood Town
  • Walsall 1-0 Oxford United
  • Wigan 0-0 Peterborough United

Championship half-times

  • Cardiff City 4-0 Sunderland (result)
  • Barnsley 0-0 Wolves
  • Birmingham City 0-1 Derby County
  • Brentford 1-0 Bolton
  • Bristol City 0-0 Norwich City
  • Burton Albion 1-1 QPR
  • Hull City 0-0 Reading
  • Ipswich Town 0-0 Leeds United
  • Middlesbrough 0-0 Fulham
  • Millwall 1-0 Preston
  • Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (5.30pm)

More goals in the Championship: Bees fans are buzzing at Griffin Park, where Florian Jozefzoon has put Brentford one up against Bolton Wanderers. At the Den, Aiden O’Brien has given Millwall the lead against Preston just before half-time.

GOAL! Watford 0-2 Southampton

Premier League: James Ward-Prowse has gone goal crazy! Having scored his first goal of the season against Fulham in the FA Cup last weekend, the Southampton midfielder has now made it three in two games, after firing home in the wake of good work from Dusan Tadic.

James Ward-Prowse slots home his, and Soton’s second of the game.
James Ward-Prowse slots home his, and Soton’s second of the game. Photograph: Tony O'Brien/Action Images via Reuters

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A red card in the Championship: It’s scoreless at Portman Road, where Ipswich Town are playing Leeds United, who are down to 10 men. Eunan O’Kane has just been sent off, apparently for sticking the nut on Jonas Knudsen.

GOAL! Huddersfield Town 1-1 West Ham

Premier League: Joe Lolley scores his first Premier League goal to restore parity at the John Smith Stadium.

Joe Lolley of Huddersfield Town watches his shot fly into the net and get the Terriers back in the game.
Joe Lolley of Huddersfield Town watches his shot fly into the net and get the Terriers back in the game. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Man down! Chelsea central defender Gary Cahill is forced off with what looks like a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Andreas Christensen in their match against Leicester City.

Championship: Burton 0-1 QPR - having made his professional debut just two weeks ago, 19-year-old Aramide Oteh scores his first goal for QPR.

Championship: Burton 1-1 QPR - well, that escalated quickly. Lloyd Dyer equalises for Burton with a tap-in from six yards out.

Burton Albion’s Lloyd Dyer slides in to get the home side back on level pegging.
Burton Albion’s Lloyd Dyer slides in to get the home side back on level pegging. Photograph: John Potts/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock

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Big news in League Two: Second from bottom Chesterfield lead table-toppers Luton Town 2-0, their goals coming from Joe Rowley and Jak McCourt. League two latest: Cheltenham Town 0-1 Accrington, Exeter City 1-0 Coventry City, Grimsby 0-1 Newport County, Morecambe 1-0 Stevenage, Port Vale 0-1 Yeovil, Wycombe 2-0 Colchester. It’s scoreless everywhere else in that division.

GOAL! Huddersfield Town 0-1 West Ham

Premier League: Mark Noble takes advantage of some defensive dithering in the Huddersfield ranks to nick the ball and slot in off the upright.

West Ham United’s Mark Noble looks chuffed with his right footed finish which put the Hammers in front.
West Ham United’s Mark Noble looks chuffed with his right footed finish which put the Hammers in front. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

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Birmingham City 0-1 Derby County: Gary Rowett can be forgiven for looking smug in the Championship’s Gary Rowett derby. His current club, Derby County, are leading the one that sacked him so controversially, thanks to Johnny Russell’s deflected opener on 19 minutes.

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GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

Premier League: Bakary Sako scores his fourth goal in seven matches with a deflected shot into the Holmesdale Road End of Selhurst Park. Moments later, James McArthur is foiled in his attempt to put Palace two up, thanks to a wonderful bit of defending from Ben Mee.

Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace scores his side’s first goal as Phil Bardsley of Burnley attempts to block.
Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace scores his side’s first goal as Phil Bardsley of Burnley attempts to block. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

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GOAL! Watford 0-1 Southampton

Premier League: James Ward-Prowse sidefoots home his second goal of the season to put Southampton a goal ahead in a match between two teams who really need a league one.

A precision shot from James Ward-Prowse gives Southampton the lead.
A precision shot from James Ward-Prowse gives Southampton the lead. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

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A penalty shout at Selhurst Park: Burnley central defender James Tarkowski goes through Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako, prompting penalty appeals from the home players and their fans. Referee Michael Oliver waves play on.

Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace is tackled by James Tarkowski of Burnley.
Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace is tackled by James Tarkowski of Burnley. Photograph: Simon Dack/TPI/Rex/Shutterstock

Meanwhile in League One: Blackburn Rovers go a goal up against Shrewsbury, courtesy of a free-kick from Charlie Mulgrew, his 10th goal of the season. One Blackburn fan of my my acquaintance insists Mulgrew is far too good for League One and won’t thank me for drawing his opinion to the attention of anyone higher up the league ladder looking for a decent central midfielder. At Fratton Park, it’s Portsmouth 1-0 Scunthorpe United.

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A goal in League One: Rotherham go one up against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park - Ryan Williams with the goal there.

And one in League Two: Exeter City have taken an early lead against Coventry City, with Ryan Harley doing the honours.

A near miss at Stamford Bridge: Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki has just fired over the bar when scoring looked easier after getting on the end of a Ben Chilwell pull-back. Chelsea survive an early scare against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. Moments later, Jamie Vardy squanders a half-chance by firing into the side-netting after more good work from the lively Chilwell.

GOAL! West Brom 1-0 Brighton

Premier League: Jonny Evans, who is wanted by both Arsenal and Manchester City in this transfer window, heads home against Brighton after a Matty Phillips corner from the right is flicked on at the near post.

Jonny Evans heads the Baggies into an early lead.
Jonny Evans heads the Baggies into an early lead. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

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Peep! Our 3pm kick-offs are under way. Who’ll score first in the PRemier League - my metaphorical money is on Swansea City’s Oliver McBurnie. Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles is out injured today for Newcastle, who have conceded an average of more than three goals in four of the five games he’s missed this season so far.

And as if by magic, this from the Guardian’s Paul Doyle ...

An interesting fixture in League One: MK Dons host AFC Wimbledon, although AFC Wimbledon fans who refuse to acknowledge the existence of the new version of their former selves will claim it’s anything but interesting. If nothing else, it will at least afford those Wimbledon fans who do travel to sing that wonderful chant “Where were you when you were us?” at their opposite numbers.

Match report: Cardiff City 4-0 Sunderland

Interesting news coming in from Gigg Lane: Sunderland don’t have a monopoly when it comes to clubs being poorly run. Charlton Athletic have travelled to play Bury in League One and only have three fit subs on their bench. Their fans are not happy.

Full-time: Cardiff City 4-0 Sunderland

Championship: Standing completely unmarked on the edge of the Sunderland six-yard box, Anthony Pilkington slots home deep in injury time to make it 4-0 to Cardiff City against bottom side Sunderland. Earlier, Callum Paterson scored two goals either side of a fine finish from Joe Ralls to heap misery on their visitors. Generally abject with a full complement of players, Sunderland played most of the second half with 10 men after Didier Ndong was dismissed for an over-the-top tackle on Junior Hoilett. Cardiff end a four-match losing streak to leapfrog Derby County into second place, while Sunderland sleepwalk towards League One.

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Watford v Southampton line-ups

Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Wague, Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Watson, Doucoure, Carrillo, Cleverley, Richarlison, Gray.

Subs: Prodl, Mariappa, Deeney, Holebas, Karnezis, Okaka, Pereyra.

Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Tadic, Long.

Subs: Lemina, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Pied, Bednarek, Sims, Forster.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Adrian Mariappa
Watford’s Adrian Mariappa signs an autograph for a fan ahead of his side’s match against Southampton. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Huddersfield v West Ham line-ups

Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Malone, Hogg, Mooy, van La Parra, Ince, Lolley, Depoitre.

Subs: Kongolo, Sabiri, Coleman, Williams, Pritchard, Mounie, Hefele.

West Ham: Adrian, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Obiang, Noble, Masuaku, Lanzini, Arnautovic.

Subs: Hernandez, Ayew, Hart, Burke, Cullen, Rice.

Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham)

John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
Huddersfield’s John Smith Stadium. Photograph: Thomp/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

Crystal Palace v Burnley line-ups

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Kelly, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Sako, Benteke, Zaha.

Subs: Speroni, Cabaye, Lee, Souare, KaiKai, Delaney, Wan Bissaka.

Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Defour, Cork, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Vokes, Barnes.

Subs: Lowton, Nkoudou, Westwood, Walters, Wells, Lindegaard, Long.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Sam Vokes
Sam Vokes poses with fans on his way into the Burnley dressing room at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA

GOAL! Cardiff City 3-0 Sunderland (Paterson)

Championship: Callum Paterson reacts quickly from a poorly defended free-kick to shoot through the legs of Billy Jones and past Robbin Ruiter to put Cardiff three up against 10-man Sunderland, who look an absolute rabble. Are they on course for their second consecutive relegation? On the face of all available evidence, you’d have to say yes.

Watford v Southampton line-ups

Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Wague, Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Watson, Doucoure, Carrillo, Cleverley, Richarlison, Gray.

Subs: Prodl, Mariappa, Deeney, Holebas, Karnezis, Okaka, Pereyra.

Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Tadic, Long.

Subs: Lemina, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Pied, Bednarek, Sims, Forster.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

West Brom v Brighton line-ups

West Brom: Foster, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt, Rodriguez, Rondon.

Subs: Nyom, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Livermore, Myhill, McClean, McAuley.

Brighton: Ryan, Saltor, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross, Murray.

Subs: Kayal, Baldock, Hemed, Goldson, March, Schelotto, Krul.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Newcastle v Swansea City line-ups

Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu, Perez, Ritchie, Gayle.

Subs: Elliot, Murphy, Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu, Merino, Haidara.

Swansea: Fabianski, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Bartley, Dyer, Clucas, Ki, Carroll, Olsson, Ayew, McBurnie.

Subs: Bony, Fer, Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Fernandez, Roque, Roberts.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

GOAL! Cardiff City 2-0 Sunderland

Championship: Cardiff City double their lead with a superb goal from Joe Ralls on the break, wrapping up an end-to-end move with a wonderful finish from just inside the Sunderland penalty area. There are 34 minutes left to play at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Joe Ralls
Joe Ralls celebrates doubling Cardiff’s lead against Sunderland. Photograph: Matthew Impey/REX/Shutterstock

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A goal and a red card at Cardiff: Sunderland are anchored to the bottom of the table and look set to stay there. Callum Paterson has put Cardiff City 1-0 up against Sunderland in the first minute of the second half. Moments later, want-away Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Junior Hoilett.

Replays suggest Ndong was hard ndone by in what could be his final act as a Sunderland player. He’s made it clear he wants to leave the club this month and few supporters will be sad to see the back of him. Watford had been interested in taking him on loan, but Sunderland want to sell the Gabon international, who now faces a three-match ban.

Didier Ndong sees red
Didier Ndong is sent off for a challenge on Junior Hoilett. Photograph: John Clifton/Action Images
Callum Paterson
Callum Paterson celebrates his headed opener for Cardiff City. Photograph: Evere/Huw Evans/REX/Shutterstock

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Stoke City manager update: Quique Sanchez Flores has turned down the offer to manage Stoke City. The former Watford, Valencia and Atletico Madrid boss has decided to stay on at La Liga side Espanyol.

“I have everything here that I need,” he told reporters in Barcelona this lunchtime ahead of his side’s match against Athletic Bilbao tomorrow. “I am and will be the manager of Espanyol. I belong to Espanyol. I have a contract and I am honest with the club. I am absolutely happy with my situation, I do not have to explain anything else. There is nothing to tell. Football brings up these kind of situations where clubs ask... here at Espanyol it is difficult to move someone. We feel happy. We are in a happy place and we don’t want to break that up.”

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League One fixtures

  • Blackburn Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
  • Blackpool v Bristol Rovers
  • Bradford City v Northampton Town
  • Bury v Charlton Athletic
  • Doncaster Rovers v Plymouth Argyle
  • Gillingham v Rochdale
  • MK Dons v Wimbledon
  • Oldham Athletic v Rotherham United
  • Portsmouth v Scunthorpe
  • Southend United v Fleetwood Town
  • Walsall v Oxford United
  • Wigan v Peterborough United

League Two fixtures

  • Cambridge United v Mansfield Town
  • Carlisle United v Crewe Alexandra
  • Cheltenham Town v Accrington Stanley
  • Chesterfield v Luton Town
  • Crawley Town v Barnet
  • Exeter City v Coventry City
  • Grimsby Town v Newport County
  • Lincoln City v Notts County
  • Morecambe v Stevenage
  • Port Vale v Yeovil
  • Swindon Town v Forest Green Rovers
  • Wycombe Wanderers v Colchester United

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Meanwhile in the Championship ...

Runaway leaders Wolves travel to Oakwell, where Barnsley, with just win in 11 league games, have the onerous task of trying to halt a juggernaut that was last derailed in late October. Since losing to QPR, Wolves have won 10 and drawn just two in the league.

Championship fixtures
Today’s Championship fixtures Photograph: Guardian

Today's Premier League fixtures

While such matters are entirely subjective depending on your point of view, Leicester’s’s trip to Chelsea is arguably the stand-out fixture among the 3pm kick-offs on an afternoon when Newcastle and Swansea fans will be feeling twitchy ahead of the relegation six-pointer between their sides.

After midweek clear-the-air talks between their players and backroom staff, Watford look to arrest their slide down the table against similarly on-the-slide Southampton, who are winless in their past nine Premier League matches and have won just one in 13 in the top flight.

Premier League fixtures
Today’s Premier League fixtures Photograph: Guardian

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Good afternoon ...

With no early kick-off today, the weekend’s Premier League action kicks off at 3pm GMT, with six matches. Cardiff City entertain Sunderland in the Championship’s lunchtime kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium, where it’s currently 0-0. Stay tuned for updates on that game, team news and build-up before the rest of the action starts.

Bryan Oviedo of Sunderland using his head in the first half.
Bryan Oviedo of Sunderland using his head in the first half. Photograph: McManus/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

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