Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace, Watford 1-3 West Ham and more – as it happened

David Tindall on 24 August 2019

And that’s it for this particular live blog. While top two Liverpool and Arsenal battle it out at Anfield (still 0-0), Leicester now sit third in the Premier League table after scoring a 2-1 win at previously unbeaten Sheffield United. But the afternoon’s most eye-popping result undoubtedly came at Old Trafford where another missed penalty from a Manchester United player (Marcus Rashford this time) allowed Crystal Palace to grab a late and memorable 2-1 win. Completing the theme of away victories were West Ham (3-1 at Watford) and Southampton (2-0 at 10-man Brighton). Chelsea had set the trend in the early kick-off with a 3-2 success at Norwich.

In the Championship, Leeds march on at the top after a 3-0 win at Stoke, Ipswich head League One after bashing Bolton 5-0 while Exeter lead the way in League Two after a 3-2 success at Morecambe.

Livingston are top of the pops in Scotland.

Bundesliga update. Freiburg and Leverkusen joined Borussia Dortmund (winners last night) as the only sides with 100% records in the German top flight. Both scored 3-1 away wins at Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf respectively. Bayern are currently drawing 0-0 at Schalke in the 5.30pm BST game.

Full-time: Brighton 0-2 Southampton

Moussa Djenepo stole the headlines as Saints saw off 10-man Brighton. Here’s the report:

More from Scotland. A great day for Livingston as they went top of the SPL with a thumping win at Ross County. Celtic and Rangers play tomorrow.

Hamilton 1-3 Motherwell

Hibernian 2-2 St Johnstone

Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

Ross County 1-4 Livingston

Scotland: Some nice detail here from Simon McMahon: “A great day for Cowdenbeath fans everywhere as they beat Annan in Scottish League Two, and see Dundee United do the same to Dunfermline in the Scottish Championship courtesy of a Lawrence Shankland double, who now has 7 goals in his first 3 league appearances for United (and a missed penalty).”

Live from Anfield. Approaching kick-off time on Merseyside. Liverpool and Arsenal sit first and second in the table. Will it end that way?

Barry Glendenning will guide you through it all with his minute-by-minute report.

League Two results:

Cambridge 1-2 Oldham

Carlisle 2-2 Salford

Cheltenham 2-2 Swindon

Colchester 1-0 Northampton

Grimsby 5-2 Port Vale

Leyton Orient 2-3 Crawley

Macclesfield 1-0 Scunthorpe

Mansfield 0-0 Stevenage

Morecambe 2-3 Exeter

Newport 1-0 Crewe

Plymouth 3-0 Walsall

Full-time: Watford 1-3 West Ham

Haller stuns hosts. Nope, not the German fella who opened the scoring in the 1966 World Cup final. This was Frenchman Sebastien Haller, whose first goals in English football won the day for West Ham.

Nick Ames was at Vicarage Road.

Full-time: Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace

Jamie Jackson reports on a dramatic afternoon at Old Trafford. Palace’s first league win at Old Trafford since 1989, the same year that Arsenal pinched the title at Anfield. Omens, omens.

Patrick van Aanholt celebrates at the end of the match.
Patrick van Aanholt celebrates at the end of the match. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images


League One results: Ipswich hit five at Bolton while Peterborough and Wycombe are also in the goals.

Doncaster 2-1 Lincoln

Bolton 0-5 Ipswich

Bristol Rovers 3-1 Oxford

Coventry 1-0 Gillingham

Fleetwood 2-0 Accrington

MK Dons 0-4 Peterborough

Rochdale 0-0 Blackpool

Shrewsbury 0-0 Burton

Sunderland 3-1 Wimbledon

Wycombe 4-3 Southend

Doncaster 2-1 Lincoln

Championship results: Leeds stay top with easy win at Stoke while Charlton are up to second.

Barnsley 1-3 Luton

Blackburn 0-0 Cardiff

Charlton 1-0 Brentford

Fulham 1-2 Nottingham Forest

Huddersfield 0-2 Reading

Hull 1-3 Bristol City

Middlesbrough 1-1 Millwall

Preston 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

QPR 3-1 Wigan

Stoke 0-3 Leeds

Derby 1-1 West Brom

Full-time: Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester

Paul Doyle was at Bramall Lane to see Leicester bank their first win of the season.

Liverpool v Arsenal

Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Kelleher.

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Papastathopoulos, Monreal,
Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Pepe, Aubameyang, Ceballos.

Subs: Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Torreira, Chambers, Nelson, Martinez,

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Full-times in the Premier League. And it’s a full house of away wins if we add in the Carrow Road result. Palace won 3-2 at Manchester City last season and now they have a first league win at Old Trafford since 1989.

Norwich 2-3 Chelsea

Brighton 0-2 Southampton

Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace

Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester

Watford 1-3 West Ham.

Does this bode well for Arsenal ahead of their clash with Liverpool?! Team news coming up on that very shortly.

Dramatic twist at Old Trafford. We’re all awaiting a late winner from United but Palace have different ideas. Zaha dribbles into the box, loses possession and van Aanholt, who had driven upfield, is there to collect the loose ball and rifle a shot past de Gea which the United goalkeeper will feel he should have saved down at his near post. Amazing!

Patrick van Aanholt rifles a shot that beats De Gea at his near post.
Patrick van Aanholt rifles a shot that beats De Gea at his near post. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters


Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace 2 (van Aanholt 90+3)

Scenes at Old Trafford!

David de Gea and Harry Maguire react to conceding a late goal to Patrick van Aanholt.
David de Gea and Harry Maguire react to conceding a late goal to Patrick van Aanholt. Photograph: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images


James levels late. United’s equaliser starts with Zaha trying to dribble downfield but being caught by Pogba. United work it nicely through Martial and Rashford and James curls an excellent goal into the top corner from just inside the box.

Brighton 0-2 Southampton (Redmond, 90+1)

All over on the south coast as Nathan Redmond makes it 2-0.

Goal! Manchester United 1-1 Crystal Palace (James, 89)

They’re level and it’s Daniel James with his second in two starts at Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s Daniel James takes in the support after scoring a late equaliser.
Manchester United’s Daniel James takes in the support after scoring a late equaliser. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP


In the Championship: Hope for Fulham as Aleksandar Mitrovic chops Forest’s lead in half with seven minutes to play. 1-2.

At Old Trafford: Five minutes still to play as the second half got under way a little late but Man Utd are running out of ideas. Palace look set for another memorable away day in Manchester.

Five for Grimsby. Not a familiar soundbite. James Hanson makes it 5-2 for the Mariners at home to Port Vale.

In the Championship: And further news in that division as Bristol City and QPR both take 3-1 leads against Hull and Wigan respectively.

Championship report. Earlier, West Brom scored a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at Derby. Ben Fisher was at Pride Park.

Hat-trick! It’s not going well for Harry Maguire (Man Utd 0-1 Palace) but it certainly is for Chris Maguire. The Sunderland man has a hat-trick as the Black Cats lead AFC Wimbledon 3-1.

Old Trafford analysis. Kieran Hegarty describes the match, thus: “Manu playing on the front foot again.. but coming second in all the bitey (!) moments.. again. Won’t end well I tell ya.”

Quiz latest. Another name thrown into the mix by Adam Anderson.

“I seem to remember Fabrizio Ravanelli for Middlesbrough getting off to a flyer and then fading towards the end of the season.”

In the Championship: Talking of away teams doing well, Leeds are 3-0 up at Stoke while Nottingham Forest are 2-0 up at Fulham.

All four away teams winning in the Premier League. Well, fancy that.

Brighton 0-1 Southampton

Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace

Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester

Watford 1-3 West Ham

Goal! Watford 1-3 West Ham (Haller, 79)

A second from Haller. And this one’s an overhead kick! Wow! West Ham won this same fixture 4-1 last season and they’re closing in on the same scoreline.

Sebastien Haller scores with an overhead kick.
Sebastien Haller scores with an overhead kick. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA


Manchester United penalty miss

Rashford misses! The striker hits the post. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now checking who is United’s third-choice penalty-taker as he’s going to get a promotion.

Marcus Rashford reacts after missing a penalty.
Marcus Rashford reacts after missing a penalty. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters


Penalty for Man Utd. Rashford grabs the ball as Pogba steps away!

Big-money signing Haller gets his first for West Ham. It’s perhaps the easiest he’ll ever score as he taps in Felipe Anderson’s pass.


Goal! Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester (Barnes, 70)

What a goal from Harvey Barnes. Just his second for the Foxes.

Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes fires in the second.
Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes fires in the second. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images via Reuters


Goal! Watford 1-2 West Ham (Haller, 64)

The visitors are back in front.

Sebastien Haller celebrates after putting the Hammers back in front.
Sebastien Haller celebrates after putting the Hammers back in front. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images


A screamer from Moussa Djenepo. Ings plays a pass out to the summer signing, who takes a touch and curls a beauty from 20 yards. What an introduction from the substitute. A more conventional goal from Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie as he rises highest in the box and guides a clever header past Schmeichel. Nice cross from George Baldock.

Goal! Sheffield United 1-1 Leicester (McBurnie, 62)

And an equaliser for the Blades!

Oliver McBurnie guides in a header.
Oliver McBurnie guides in a header. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images


Goal! Brighton 0-1 Southampton (Djenepo, 55)

Deadlock broken on the south coast.

Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo celebrates his goal.
Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo celebrates his goal. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA


The real quiz. Patrick Baker puts forward Diego Costa. “Started on fire for Chelsea. Alas, a flame too hot to be sustained in English football.”

Jack Brown adds: “Klinsmann scored vs Sheff Wed, then Everton...did he score in his third??” Nope, they lost 1-0 at home to Man Utd.

In Scotland. Livingston are going top of the SPL in style. Jack Stobbs gives them a 4-1 lead at Ross County.

In the Championship: Leeds double their lead at Stoke as Patrick Bamford sets up Ezgjan Alioski to make it 2-0.

Union Berlin off the mark. Yes! An equaliser. Their first ever goal in the Bundesliga is netted by Sebastian Andersson with 10 minutes left. Augsburg 1-1 Union Berlin.

Peep! Second 45s now in play. Can Crystal Palace hold out?

Quiz latest. Tom Chivers puts forward Jose Reyes.

“He seemed to score in all his first few games,” says Toms. “A vital FPL pick early in that season, must have been about 2006. Also: Salah? I haven’t checked these because that would be cheating.” Admirably honest.

And, you’re right. Reyes scored in each of his first six games for Arsenal, the first of those in the Community Shield.


Scottish Prem half-times:

Hamilton 1-2 Motherwell

Hibernian 1-0 Johnstone

Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

Ross County 1-3 Livingston

Livingston all set to go top of the table. Screengrab that Livi fans. Celtic and Rangers play tomorrow.

League Two half-times:

Bradford 0-0 Forest Green

Cambridge 1-1 Oldham

Carlisle 2-2 Salford

Cheltenham 2-2 Swindon

Colchester 0-0 Northampton

Grimsby 1-1 Port Vale

Leyton Orient 1-1 Crawley

Macclesfield 0-0 Scunthorpe

Mansfield 0-0 Stevenage

Morecambe 1-2 Exeter

Newport 0-0 Crewe

Plymouth 1-0 Walsall

League One half-times:

Bolton 0-1 Ipswich

Bristol Rovers 2-1 Oxford

Coventry 1-0 Gillingham

Fleetwood 1-0 Accrington

MK Dons 0-3 Peterborough

Rochdale 0-0 Blackpool

Shrewsbury 0-0 Burton

Sunderland 1-1 Wimbledon

Wycombe 1-2 Southend.

Weird fact: Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn scored his first league goal today. For Oxford. They’re losing though.


Championship half-times:

Barnsley 0-3 Luton

Blackburn 0-0 Cardiff

Charlton 1-0 Brentford

Fulham 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Huddersfield 0-0 Reading

Hull 1-1 Bristol City

Middlesbrough 0-0 Millwall

Preston 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

QPR 0-1 Wigan

Stoke 0-1 Leeds

Premier League half-times:

Brighton 0-0 Southampton
Man Utd 0-1 Crystal Palace
Sheffield United 0-1 Leicester
Watford 1-1 West Ham

Summary: three likely scorelines and a coupon buster.

Half-time whistles blowing. Something to keep you going in the break from our earlier post about Teemu Pukki...

Peter McDonnell writes:”PLEASE give us the other eight players who scored in their first three Premier League appearances!!! Can’t find it anywhere! Myself and some friends are tentatively suggesting Van Nistlerooy, Michu, Torres, Suárez.... But haven’t a clue really.” Anyone? There are 10 and so far we have Pukki and Pavel Pogrebnyak.

News from Scotland. Simon McMahon gives us this update: “Afternoon Dave. In Dunfermline watching Dundee United as they try to maintain their 100% start to the Scottish Championship. They lead the Fifers (I’ll not tell you what my Cowdenbeath supporting brother in law calls them) 1-0, an early Lawrence Shankland goal the difference, his sixth in the league this season, only three games in. Elsewhere, Arbroath lead Alloa and Dundee are being held by Inverness.”

Big goal in the Championship: Table-toppers Leeds hit the front at struggling Stoke as Stuart Dallas fires home. 1-0 to the visitors.

Tactical observation. Michael Jake Shaffer is watching the action at Old Trafford and notes: “While Palace look like they have a plan whether they are in or out of possession, United look as if the only thing written on their tactics board was “Win Game.””

VAR says no goal. Brighton have the ball in the Southampton net via Lewis Dunk’s header but it’s ruled out for offside.


Goal! Sheffield United 0-1 Leicester (Vardy, 38)

Goal for Sheffield Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy. It had been coming. After a series of shots from outside the box, Leicester go in front as James Maddison sets up Vardy with a lovely pass with the outside of his foot which the striker rams home with his left foot. Emphatic finish.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy fires in the opening goal.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy fires in the opening goal. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters


Luke Shaw taken off at Old Trafford. The left-back is carrying a knock and is replaced by Ashley Young.

Hat-trick of goals for the Hatters. Barnsley are unbeaten in 29 homes games but Luton are tearing them apart. 3-0 to the visitors, the latest from Harry Cornick.

Goal! Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace (Ayew, 31)

A shock on the cards at Old Trafford. Palace haven’t been it as an attacking force but Ayew finds acres of space through the middle and puts de Gea on his backside with a cool finish into the corner.

Jordan Ayew slots in the opening goal at Old Trafford.
Jordan Ayew slots in the opening goal at Old Trafford. Photograph: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images


Red card: Brighton are down to 10 men against Southampton after a horror challenge by Florin Andone. You’ll wince at this.

Florin Andone sees red.
Florin Andone sees red. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images


Mike Brooks pulls me up on a stat.

At Old Trafford. Manchester United dominating the early possession against Crystal Palace, who haven’t won there since 1989.”

Manchester United 1 - 2 Crystal Palace (30.11.11 Old Trafford).

You’re right, Mike. Should have said “in the League!”

Premier League latest halfway through the first 45:

Brighton 0-0 Southampton
Man Utd 0-0 Crystal Palace
Sheffield United 0-0 Leicester
Watford 1-1 West Ham

At Bramall Lane. Not an awful lot happening but Leicester, who started slowly at Chelsea last week, are starting to find some rhythm.

In the Championship. Four goals so far in the 3pm games and half of those have been scored by Luton, who lead 2-0 at Barnsley. Forest and Wigan still lead 1-0.

Great finish from Gray. Will Hughes feeds a nice ball into the West Ham box and Gray gets in behind and fires an angled shot into the bottom corner. 1-1.

Goal! Watford 1-1 West Ham (Gray, 17)

Another goal was coming and it goes to the hosts thanks to Andre Gray. It’s their first of the season.

Watford’s Andre Gray fires in an angled shot into the bottom corner of the West Ham net.
Watford’s Andre Gray fires in an angled shot into the bottom corner of the West Ham net. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters


With Celtic and Rangers not playing today, Ross County could have gone top of the SPL table with a home win over Livingston. However, it’s the visitors who look all set to claim that honour after taking an early 2-0 lead.

March Rashford can’t convert. The Man Utd striker, who already has two goals this season, looks to be in the clear but can’t get a proper shot away. Palace holding out for now.

At Vicarage Road. It’s wide open. Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu goes close to a leveller before Lanzini shoots wide at the other end. Still 1-0 to West Ham.

In League One. Chris Maguire gives hosts Sunderland a 1-0 lead over AFC Wimbledon after poor defending.

Manchester United go close at home to Crystal Palace. Scott McTominay meets a corner with his bonce but heads over.

Early goals in the Championship. Cedric Kipre (2) puts Wigan ahead at QPR while Lewis Grabban (4) gives Nottingham Forest a 1-0 lead at Fulham.

At Old Trafford. Manchester United dominating the early possession against Crystal Palace, who haven’t won there since 1989.

Watford 0-1 West Ham (Noble, 3)

With his first touch of the season, fit-again Mark Noble strokes home the penalty and what a start for West Ham.

Penalty at Vicarage Road. Lanzini goes down in the box under challenge from Abdoulaye Doucouré and West Ham have a spot-kick against Watford. VAR had a look and computer says Yes.

Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure fouls West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini in the box.
Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure fouls West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini in the box. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters


It's live...

Peep! Off we go in the 3pm kick-offs. That’s BST. Midnight in Sydney (see Sheffield United infographic below).

Another goal from a Chelsea player. Although this one comes from on-loan Lewis Baker who puts through his own net to gift Bayer Leverkusen a sixth-minute lead at Fortuna Dusseldorf. Mainz and Paderborn also leading in Germany.

In a game of two penalties it finished all-square at Pride Park in the early Championship kick-off. Derby 1-1 West Brom. Kenneth Zohore’s 84th-minute spot-kick wiped out Martyn Waghorn’s sixth-minute conversion to give the Baggies a point.

Will VAR make more headlines today? Max Rushden made the trip to Stockley Park to find out more.

The world clock through the prism of Sheffield United’s twitter page.

Full-time at Carrow Road. Chelsea have won by the odd goal in five, sparing Frank Lampard from being the first Blues manager since Bobby Campbell in 1988 to fail to win any of his first four games in charge of the club. Full details on the game in Barry Glendenning’s minute-by-minute report.

This is a sash. A bit thick in this picture but who doesn’t like a shot of the 1970 World Cup?

Peru’s Teofilo Cubillas shoots past the Brazil defence.
Peru’s Teofilo Cubillas shoots past the Brazil defence. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Crystal Palace are wearing their third kit for the first time apparently. Can’t help but think the clean lines of that sash have been badly compromised.

Whatever happened to Pavel Pogrebnyak, eh? Some effort if you can get the other eight.


Fun fact: Teemu Pukki, on target again for Norwich today, has outscored seven of the eight teams kicking off at 3pm. His five-goal tally matches Manchester United’s.

Watford v West Ham

Watford: Foster, Femenia, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure,
Capoue, Hughes, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Gray.

Subs: Gomes, Janmaat, Welbeck, Chalobah, Quina, Sarr, Kabasele.

West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Masuaku, Noble, Rice, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Haller.

Subs: Balbuena, Zabaleta, Roberto, Sanchez, Fornals, Ajeti, Antonio.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Sheff Utd v Leicester

Sheff Utd: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Luke Freeman, Stevens, McGoldrick, Robinson.

Subs: McBurnie, Sharp, Morrison, Jagielka, Osborn, Moore, Besic.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs,
Choudhury, Perez, Tielemans, Praet, Maddison, Vardy.

Subs: Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton, Ward, Barnes, Mendy.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

Brighton v Southampton

Brighton: Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Burn, Montoya, Stephens, Propper,
March, Maupay, Andone, Trossard.

Subs: Locadia, Gross, Webster,
Murray, Mooy, Button, Bernardo.

Southampton: Gunn, Bednarek, Danso, Vestergaard, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Valery, Ings, Redmond, Adams.

Subs: McCarthy, Cedric, Yoshida, Djenepo, Armstrong, Boufal, Obafemi.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Man Utd v Crystal Palace

Man Utd: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, McTominay, James, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.

Subs: Mata, Andreas Pereira, Young, Romero, Greenwood, Matic, Tuanzebe.

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Kelly, van Aanholt,
McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha, Ayew, Schlupp.

Subs: Dann, Meyer, Townsend, Hennessey, Benteke, Wickham, McCarthy.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)

Team news coming shortly. In the meantime, Tammy Abraham has scored his second of the afternoon to put Chelsea 3-2 up at Norwich.

Half-time from The Championship. Derby lead West Brom 1-0 via Martyn Waghorn’s sixth-minute penalty. Always an appropriate scorer for the Rams.

We all like a Matchday Playlist to get us in the mood. Plenty of belters on here but where are The Specials? Coventry’s finest, no?

Let’s do this. It’s a little while yet until those clocks hit 3pm but, in the meantime, there’s a humdinger of a game going on at Carrow Road. Given that both teams can’t defend, you won’t be surprised to learn that Norwich and Chelsea shared four goals in the opening 45 minutes. Follow the action here with Barry Glendenning’s live minute-by-minute report:


Manchester United have the opportunity to go top of the table – for a few hours at least before the 5.30pm BST Anfield showdown between Liverpool and Arsenal – when they host Crystal Palace.

Palace took four points from their two visits to Manchester last season, Andros Townsend’s volley from the gods securing a shock 3-2 win at City while there was a rather less memorable 0-0 draw at United. Speaking of the latter, Palace are pleasing fans of binary sequences but not their own supporters after scorelines of 0-0 and 0-1 so far, their lack of goals a familiar problem.

The Wan-Bissaka derby is one of four 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League …

It’s Brighton v Southampton down on the south coast. Graham Potter’s reign at the Amex has already got off to a flying start with four points out of six but Ralph Hasenhüttl’s stock is down after a pair of back-to-back defeats. Brighton have won just one of their last 10 meetings with Southampton so Saints hold the historical edge.

Like Brighton, Sheffield United have also collected four points from their opening two fixtures. They continue their bid to sneak into mid-table while no-one is looking with a home game against top six wannabes Leicester. Brendan Rodgers’s side drew 0-0 at home to Wolves and looked menacing in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea last time. They need to up the goal count though and boyhood Sheffield Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy would be particularly happy to open his account for the season against the Blades.

Watford v West Ham completes the 3pm Premier League offering. The alphabet put both in the relegation zone of the pre-season table but Watford have decided to stay there after back-to-back defeats. West Ham have a point but were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City on opening day. Good luck predicting this one. Both sides’ form can oscillate wildly and, for no good reason, West Ham won 4-1 at Vicarage Road last season.

On the subject of teams in claret and blue, Aston Villa banked their first points of the season with a 2-0 home win over Everton in the Friday night game.

In the Championship, it’s good news if you play in a white shirt (the Charlatans’ most underrated song?). Leeds, Swansea and Fulham occupy the top three places and, while wickets tumble at Headingley, Marcelo Bielsa’s West Yorkshire outfit hope to skittle rock-bottom Stoke. Fulham host Nottingham Forest but Swansea can put their legs up for the afternoon ahead of their home clash with Birmingham on Sunday.

Blackpool lead the way in League One and the Seasiders make the short trip to mid-table Rochdale. Speaking of the north-west, Crewe top League Two and bid to stay there with three points from their trip to Newport.

In Scotland, Celtic and Rangers have maximum points and 20 goals between them. Yes, after just two matches apiece! Both play on Sunday but we’ll have updates from the other four Scottish Premiership games, including third-placed Ross County at home to Livingston.

And don’t forget Europe too. Borussia Dortmund moved three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win at Cologne on Friday night while Bayern Munich, who failed to win their opener, are away to Schalke in a 5.30pm BST kick-off.

And let’s all cheer on Union Berlin, who got a rather rude awakening on their Bundesliga bow last Saturday when being tonked 4-0 at home by Leipzig. They hope for better fortunes away to Augsburg in one of five 2.30pm BST fixtures in the German top flight. Nick Ames told Union Berlin’s story last week.

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