Spurs 3-1 Southampton, Wolves 2-1 Chelsea, Burnley 1-3 Liverpool: clockwatch – as it happened

Ben Fisher on 5 December 2018

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool

Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal

Fulham 1-1 Leicester

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Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

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Everton 1-1 Newcastle

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Tottenham 3-1 Southampton

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Up in Scotland, some drama. “A late equaliser for Motherwell against Celtic, and Aberdeen’s win at Rangers sees Kilmarnock go top,” emails Simon McMahon. “Rangers and Celtic are a point behind, but with games in hand. For Leicester 2016 in England, read Kilmarnock 2019 in Scotland? ...”

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Full-time results

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Fulham 1-1 Leicester
Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal
Tottenham 3-1 Southampton
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

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GOAL! Tottenham 3-1 Southampton (Austin, 90+3)

The substitute Charlie Austin grabs a deserved consolation.

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Into stoppage-time at Old Trafford and Wembley. Tottenham, who have just introduced the highly-rated Oliver Skipp, still lead Southampton 3-0, while Arsenal are level-pegging 2-2 with Manchester United. And Saints have another golden chance, but Elyounoussi cannot convert.

A bit of a spat between Klopp and Dyche at full-time at Turf Moor. It’s more a few words than anything. Klopp did not appear to venture or crusade on to the pitch at the final whistle, at least.

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A quick take from our man at Molineux. “Terrific win for Wolves against Chelsea,” says Stuart James. “Played with the dynamism, flair and belief that has been badly missing recently. Morgan Gibbs-White, aged 18, was outstanding on his full Premier League debut – some lovely touches and provided an assist. Diogo Jota off the mark too. Perfect night for Wolves.”

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Full-time results

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Fulham 1-1 Leicester
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

At Wembley, Southampton would have pulled a goal back, but for two brilliant saves by Hugo Lloris, the Tottenham captain. The Frenchman denies James Ward-Prowse from point-blank range after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s powerful effort before he tips Charlie Austin’s goal-bound effort around the post. Saints have summoned Mohamed Elyounoussi for the final nine minutes.

Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates his team’s victory.
Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates his team’s victory. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

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GOAL! Burnley 1-3 Liverpool (Shaqiri, 90)

Game over at Turf Moor.

Xherdan Shaqiri clinches the win for Liverpool.
Xherdan Shaqiri clinches the win for Liverpool. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Phil Bardsley hacks another Liverpool effort off the line! After Joe Hart denies Keïta and Salah, and then Henderson, Keïta dispatches another effort goalwards but the Burnley defender somehow prevents Liverpool adding a third. Up at Old Trafford, two goals in 60 seconds. It’s 2-2 with 20 minutes to play:

A few changes around the grounds, with Lukaku and Lacazette on at Old Trafford, while Burnley have introduced Chris Wood and Aaron Lennon against Liverpool. Over at Molineux, Maurizio Sarri has summoned Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Mateo Kovacic in search of restoring parity. Elsewhere, Bernard and Theo Walcott are on against Newcastle at Goodison Park. Joe Bryan’s on for Fulham.

A quick, and slightly unnerving, stat courtesy of Opta: Fulham have conceded 36 goals in their 15 Premier League games in 2018-19; only Barnsley (40 in 1997-98) have ever conceded more at this stage of a campaign in the competition.

The attendance at Wembley is 33,012. That’s really low, isn’t it? That’s a few thousand less than the capacity at White Hart Lane. And Tottenham may be three goals to the good, but Maya Yoshida has just missed a sitter for Saints with the defender somehow cocking-up James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick.

GOAL! Fulham 1-1 Leicester (Maddison, 74)

Shinji Okazaki, just on in place of Danny Simpson, does brilliantly raiding forward down the right before cutting the ball back for James Maddison. The midfielder sweeps home to score his second goal in as many matches. Game on!

James Maddison celebrates after scoring the equaliser.
James Maddison celebrates after scoring the equaliser. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

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GOAL! Burnley 1-2 Liverpool (Firmino, 69)

Roberto Firmino puts Liverpool ahead at Turf Moor, with the forward scoring with his first touch having replaced Divock Origi. Mo Salah is also on, with Alberto Moreno making way.

GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Southampton (Son, 55)

Son Heung-min adds a third. It’s turning into something of a rout at Wembley. A penny for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s thoughts.

Son adds the third.
Son adds the third. Photograph: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Getty Images

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GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Southampton (Moura, 51)

Lucas Moura hammers home his sixth goal of the season.

Lucas Moura hammers home Spurs’ second.
Lucas Moura hammers home Spurs’ second. Photograph: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Getty Images

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GOAL! Wolves 2-1 Chelsea (Jota, 63)

Diogo Jota pokes Wolves in front at Molineux. Chelsea turn a little sloppy, Matt Doherty crosses and Jota side-foots in from close range.

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GOAL! Burnley 1-1 Liverpool (Milner, 62)

James Milner equalises at Turf Moor. That’s the Liverpool midfielder’s 50th Premier League goal. He has not lost a top-flight game in which he has scored, having scored 49 goals prior to his latest effort in Lancashire.

James Milner fires in the equaliser for Liverpool.
James Milner fires in the equaliser for Liverpool. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

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GOAL! Wolves 1-1 Chelsea (Jiménez, 59)

Morgan Gibbs-White feeds Raúl Jiménez, and the striker drills beyond Kepa. What a night for Manchester City. Meanwhile, we’re back under way at Old Trafford and Wembley, where Saints trail Tottenham by a single goal.

Raul Jimenez celebrates scoring the equaliser.
Raul Jimenez celebrates scoring the equaliser. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters

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GOAL! Burnley 1-0 Liverpool (Cork, 54)

Jack Cork scores his first goal since April, beating Alisson from close range! When will Klopp feel the need to summon Salah and co? The cavalry are warming up.

Jack Cork scores from close range.
Jack Cork scores from close range. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

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A stunning save by Joe Hart denies Naby Keïta! The midfielder shaped a wonderful effort from 25 yards, but the Burnley goalkeeper does brilliantly to prevent the £52m man from opening his Liverpool account with his fingertips.

Willy Boly brings down Alvaro Morata in the box at Molineux, but Wolves get away with it. It stemmed from good work by Eden Hazard, who found goalscorer Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who then played in the Spain striker. VAR, what is it good for? Well, scenarios like that, certainly. And then Morata fluffs his lines, heading over from inside the six-yard box under pressure from the defender Ryan Bennett. At Craven Cottage, summer loan signing Luciano Vietto has been replaced by Tom Cairney at the interval.

Alvaro Morata falls under a challenge by Willy Boly.
Alvaro Morata falls under a challenge by Willy Boly. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

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As the half-time whistle sounds at Old Trafford (Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal) and Wembley (Tottenham 1-0 Southampton), we’re back under way at Craven Cottage, Goodison, Turf Moor and Molineux.

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There aren’t too many Spurs fans at Wembley tonight. Tottenham lead 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane, with one minute of added time to play in the first half. Three minutes stoppage-time at Old Trafford.

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Whether it’s the absurdity of a 97th-minute Teemu Pukki winner, the way Marcelo Bielsa studiously refers to opposition players not by name but number, the six-point blanket that covers the top seven teams, or the pass-the-parcel manner in which six different sides have topped the table since August, the Championship’s eclectic charm has been plain this season. Unpredictable and unforgiving, it is a land of bewitching drama, which prompts the question: is it the best league in the country?

A serious-looking injury for Rob Holding at Old Trafford. The Arsenal defender leaves on a stretcher after a late challenge by Marcus Rashford. He’s replaced by Lichtsteiner 36 minutes in. Down at Wembley, Southampton are holding their own, but are yet to truly frighten Tottenham going forward.

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Half-time scores

Burnley 0-0 Liverpool
Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Fulham 1-0 Leicester
Wolves 0-1 Chelsea

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GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (Martial, 30)

And José Mourinho does not move an inch.

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GOAL! Fulham 1-0 Leicester (Kamara, 42)

Aboubakar Kamara powers home, hard and low, beyond Kasper Schmeichel to score his first league goal since January. Kamara, the man who wears the No47, nicknamed AK-47 in France before joining Fulham from Amiens last year. At Turf Moor, Ashley Barnes rifled a gorgeous volley into the net – but was ruled offside.

Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara powers the ball past Schmeichel.
Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara powers the ball past Schmeichel. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

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GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal (Mustafi, 26)

A howler from David de Gea.

“There’s a full card in the Scottish Premiership tonight,” emails Simon McMahon, “and plenty of early goals too. Celtic lead 1-0 at Motherwell, Sunday’s League Cup final hero Ryan Christie on target again, and beaten finalists Aberdeen have the same advantage at Stevie G’s The Pope’s Newc O’Rangers. St. Johnstone and Hearts are 1-1, Kilmarnock are 2-0 ahead against Livingston, and St Mirren lead at Hibs through an incredible 50 yard, halfway line effort from Adam Hammill.”

GOAL! Everton 1-1 Newcastle (Richarlison, 38)

And now Everton pull level, with the Brazilian poking home unmarked at the back post after Newcastle fail to clear a corner.

An unmarked Richarlison fires in at the back post.
An unmarked Richarlison fires in at the back post. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

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Everton should be level at Goodison, but Federico Fernández makes a superb block to stop Gylfi Sigurdsson finding an equaliser. Digne’s cross fell to Sigurdsson in the box, 10 yards out, but the Spaniard gets his left boot in the way.

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Plenty of laughs up at Old Trafford. “José Mourinho, we want you to stay” sing the Arsenal fans, before belting out a chorus of: “Is this the Emirates?” Oh, and Tyson Fury’s in the directors’ box:

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A blow for Liverpool, with Joe Gomez carried off with an ankle injury. He’s replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold. At Molineux, Rui Patrício prevents Chelsea from doubling their tally, with the Portuguese superbly keeping out Willian.

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GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Southampton (Kane, 9)

Spurs take the lead at Wembley, with Eriksen playing in an inviting ball for Harry Kane to slot home beyond Alex McCarthy. They should have seen him coming, really, given the England skipper has scored seven goals in his last six league games against Saints.

Harry Kane slots the ball past Southampton’s Alex McCarthy.
Harry Kane slots the ball past Southampton’s Alex McCarthy. Photograph: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Getty Images

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GOAL! Everton 0-1 Newcastle (Rondon, 19)

Advantage Newcastle at Goodison Park, with the on-loan striker Salomón Rondón notching his fourth goal of the season. Against the run of play, Rondón sweeps home at the back post after good work by Jacob Murphy. Meanwhile, Kasper Schmeichel denies Fulham an opener, making a magnificent save to deny Calum Chambers his first goal for the club after hitting a sweet volley.

Salomon Rondon scores at the back post.
Salomon Rondon scores at the back post. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

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GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Chelsea (Loftus-Cheek, 18)

A massive deflection gives Chelsea advantage at Molineux. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s effort from the edge of the box takes a huge knock of Coady and deceives the Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio. A second goal in two games for Loftus-Cheek.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates scoring the opening goal with Fabregas at Molineux.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates scoring the opening goal with Fabregas at Molineux. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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Morgan Gibbs-White is making a dent on his first Premier League start, with the 18-year-old Wolves winger enjoying a lively few minutes against Chelsea. Sarri’s side have had a couple of efforts from distance, with Morata and Hazard both driving over. At Goodison, Cenk Tosun has glanced a header wide from Lucas Digne’s cross, with Everton seemingly growing into that one.

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Five minutes in at Craven Cottage, Leicester fans are singing Claudio Ranieri’s name, obviously. Lovely stuff. Aleksandar Mitrovic, captain for the evening, has meanwhile just fired a pitiful free-kick straight at Kasper Schmeichel.

A couple of early chances: Kelechi Iheanacho was freed by James Maddison, but shot straight at Sergio Rico. Up at Burnley, Liverpool had an early scare when a Robbie Brady ball evaded everybody before bouncing out for a goal-kick.

Fulham’s Sergio Rico makes the save from Kelechi Iheanacho.
Fulham’s Sergio Rico makes the save from Kelechi Iheanacho. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

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No matter how many goals are scored tonight, it’s going to take something special to top mice-gate woes in Beckenham:

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Peeeeeeeeeeeep!

And just like that, we’re under way at Craven Cottage, Goodison Park, Turf Moor and Molineux.

Southampton, winless since September, have seemingly forgotten how to march and those heady European adventures feel long gone, though the appointment of Ralph Hasenhüttl goes some way to answering the question marks over whether there is sufficient appetite to restore them

Remember when Leicester were champions? It’s still sinking in. Another intriguing subplot tonight of course is Claudio Ranieri taking on the team he created history with, though the Fulham manager insists the fairytale is very much over. “Now the chairman, Vichai, is dead, the fairytale finished but the memories remain,” the Italian said. “I am very sad for what happened and we have to continue in our life. It will be strange, a very emotional moment. It is not a match like others. Every time I face one of my former teams, there is always more emotion. Football for me is emotion. And Leicester is the club that gifted me a dream.” Meanwhile, another interesting soundbite, courtesy of Mr Sarri, whose Chelsea team take on Pep Guardiola’s purring side this weekend. “Manchester City are in another category,” Sarri said. “We just have to think about the top four. At the moment we are not able to fight with Manchester City.”

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So, Maurizio Sarri opts to shuffle the pack, because of facing “11 matches in the next 35 days”. Fàbregas, Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen get the nod for Chelsea. And Sarri’s not the only one, with Jürgen Klopp describing his seven changes as “absolutely normal in this period of the season”. The Liverpool manager says: “The midfielders played a lot of games already. We had to change the midfield, the most intense area of the pitch. Using Daniel [Sturridge] was clear; Div [Origi] after the last game makes sense, using the momentum, trying to use it. Alberto [Moreno] – Robbo [Robertson] played pretty much all the games so far. Gini [Wijnaldum] played a lot of games.”

Headline team news: José Mourinho makes seven changes to his side, with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku dropped to the bench. At Wembley, Steven Davis makes his first league start of the season as he captains Southampton in front of new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, while at Molineux, Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets his first Premier League start under Maurizio Sarri. Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp also makes seven changes, with no Salah, Mané and Firmino in his starting XI. For more Manchester United v Arsenal musings, follow all of the events at Old Trafford with Paul Doyle:

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Team news!

Manchester United v Arsenal

Man Utd: De Gea, Dalot, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian, Herrera, Matic, Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang

Referee: Andre Marriner

Tottenham v Southampton

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Son, Lucas, Kane

Southampton: McCarthy, Soares, Yoshida, Stephens, Targett, Hojbjerg, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Gabbiadini

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Fulham v Leicester City

Fulham: Rico, Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Kamara, Chambers, Seri, Sessegnon, Vietto, Mitrovic

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton, Maddison, Diabete, Iheanacho

Referee: David Coote

Burnley v Liverpool

Burnley: Hart, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gundmundsson, Cork, Westwood, Brady, Barnes, Wood

Liverpool: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Keita, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Wolves v Chelsea

Wolves: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Vinagre, Moutinho, Saiss, Gibbs-White, Jota, Jimenez

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hazard, Morata

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Everton v Newcastle

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Zouma, Mina, Digne, Guéye, Gomes, Lookman, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Tosun

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Lascelles, Manquillo, Murphy, Ki, Diame, Atsu, Rondon

Referee: Lee Mason

Mohamed Salah is on the Liverpool bench.
Mohamed Salah is on the Liverpool bench. Photograph: Scott Heppell/Reuters

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Preamble

After the first instalment of midweek action proved rather lukewarm, the second, with 12 teams in action, holds plenty of promise at least. Consider last night the compere, this the headline act. Not only is there a Wenger- and Ferguson-less duel between Manchester United and Arsenal for the first time since 1986, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are also in action. There are endless subplots to ponder and a bottomless Premier League feast to get stuck into. How might Mauricio Pochettino enjoy coming up against his former club, for example? “I care a lot for Southampton,” he said. “I have spoken with my family and I think it was one of the better periods in my life. We found some amazing people there, an amazing town and they provided us with everything.” And what will Ralph Hasenhüttl, watching at Wembley, make of the Saints side he has inherited? How will Jordan Pickford respond to that almighty clanger? And will Wolves bounce back from a fifth defeat in six? “We have had a block of games with mistakes, from a team which is still growing,” said Nuno Espírito Santo. “When the results don’t come, what is important is how you approach the situation.”

Premier League fixtures

Burnley v Liverpool
Everton v Newcastle United
Fulham v Leicester City
Wolves v Chelsea
Tottenham v Southampton (8pm)
Manchester United v Arsenal (8pm)

*all fixture kick-off 7.45pm unless stated

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