Key events

Premier League half-times

  • Bournemouth 2-0 Everton

  • Liverpool 3-1 Southampton

  • Nottingham Forest 0-0 Crystal Palace

  • Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Leeds United

  • West Ham United 0-1 Leicester City

GOAL! Liverpool 3-1 Southampton (Nunez 42)

A second goal for Darwin Nunez, who slides in an Andy Robertson cross. A ninth goal of the season for the big Uruguayan.

Darwin Nunez scores his second goal.
Darwin Nunez bags his second of the match. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Leeds United (Rodrigo 43)

Spurs would appear addicted to falling behind. Rodrigo slams an unstoppable volley home, and yet another big half-time teamtalk is coming up for Antonio Conte.

Rodrigo fires Leeds back into the lead.
Rodrigo fires Leeds back into the lead. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images/Reuters

A couple of penalties! And they’re both missed! Forest’s Joe Worrall brings down Palace’s Wilfried Zaha at the City Ground, while West Ham’s Craig Dawson slides in on Leicester’s Patson Daka at the London Stadium. Zaha steps up and … hits the post and misses! Can Youri Tielemans score his spot kick? Nope! Fabianski saves! What a business!

West Ham get the ball into the net at the London Stadium … but it won’t count. Tomas Soucek whistles a shot into the bottom corner, but Jarrod Bowen was miles off earlier in the move.

It’s also still goalless at Parkhead between Celtic and Ross County. The Staggies could do under-pressure Giovanni van Bronckhorst a solid if they get anything this afternoon, limiting the damage of Rangers’ draw at St Mirren. A long, long way to go for that. Celtic will go nine points clear at the top if they win as expected.

A lucky break for Tyrick Mitchell at the City Ground? The Palace full back takes down Forest’s Jesse Lingard just outside the box. Last man? Perhaps. But Joachim Anderson was in the immediate environs, and his presence limits the damage to yellow. Nothing comes of the resulting free kick. It’s still goalless.

Worrying news for England at the London Stadium. James Maddison feels something at the back of his knee, and he’s replaced by Dennis Praet. Hopefully that’s precautionary, else it’s World Cup heartbreak for Maddison, who has been in sensational form of late.

GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Leeds United (Kane 25)

They were so close to going two down again, for the fifth Premier League match in a row … but Spurs have snapped that miserable sequence! Harry Kane predictably is your man. But there’s some controversy: was Illan Meslier fouled as he attempted to punch clear? There was contact, but referee and VAR agree: not enough. Level in N17!

Kane fires in the leveller for Spurs.
Kane fires in the leveller for Spurs. Photograph: David Cliff/AP

GOAL! Bournemouth 2-0 Everton (Moore 25)

Kieffer Moore powers home a header – great news for Wales going into the World Cup – and the way things are going, Everton are slipping towards another relegation battle.

Kieffer Moore nods in the second goal for the Cherries.
Kieffer Moore nods in the second goal for the Cherries. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Southampton (Nunez 21)

Harvey Elliott dinks. Darwin Nunez volleys. Liverpool retake the lead at Anfield.

Darwin Nunez pounces puts the Reds back in front.
Darwin Nunez pounces puts the Reds back in front. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

Spurs have gone 2-0 down in each of their last four Premier League matches. For the record, that’s against Manchester United, Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Liverpool. Throw in a 2-0 midweek loss at Nottingham Forest, and it’s quite absurd really. Anyway, they nearly make it five matches on the bounce, but Hugo Lloris stays big to foil Crysencio Summerville. It remains just 1-0 to Leeds.

GOAL! Bournemouth 1-0 Everton (Tavernier 18)

Marcus Tavernier gets past Pickford to give the Cherries the lead.
Marcus Tavernier gets past Pickford to give the Cherries the lead. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Dominic Solanke shoots! Jordan Pickford parries! Marcus Tavernier scores! Trouble for Frank Lampard continues to pile up.

There was a problem for West Ham defender Kurt Zouma during the warm-up. He was pressed into action anyway, but has just gone down with nobody around him, and won’t be able to continue. A knee problem. Nayef Aguerd comes on for his debut.

GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Leeds United (Summerville 10)

The hero of the Bournemouth comeback strikes again. Also to be filed under ‘again’’: Spurs starting slowly. This is becoming a big problem, isn’t it.

Crysencio Summerville celebrates his goal.
Crysencio Summerville continues his fine goalscoring form. Photograph: Simon Davies/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Southampton (Adams 9)

The first goal of the Nathan Jones era at Saints has been scored by Che Adams! He heads home as Alisson comes out to claim a ball he doesn’t reach. Saints on terms in double-quick time!

Che Adams equalises for the Saints.
Che Adams equalises for the Saints. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

GOAL! West Ham United 0-1 Leicester City (Maddison 8)

James Maddison starts an attack and finishes it, roofing from close range. The man’s on fire at the moment.

James Maddison beats Fabianski to score for the Foxes.
James Maddison beats Fabianski to score for the Foxes. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Southampton (Firmino 6)

… so having said that, Roberto Firmino flicks a header into the far corner, and Nathan Jones has a job on all right.

Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott celebrate the opener at Anfield.
Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott celebrate the opener at Anfield. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

No significant early action … but there are reports of fast starts by no less than four of the five Premier League away sides. Southampton, Leeds, Leicester and Everton all on the front foot early doors.

A pause to commemorate the fallen. The Last Post. Solemn reflection. Then the 3pm matches kick off around the country.

Brentford’s unexpected win hasn’t just affected the title race. It’s also sent the Bees into the top half, for a couple of hours at the very least. Crystal Palace can leapfrog back into the top ten themselves with a point at Nottingham Forest, but the bigger point for Brentford would stand: they go into the World Cup break full of confidence, a comfortable mid-table concern rather than one nervously looking over their shoulder at the relegation places. Here’s how the full Premier League table looks as the 3pm kick-offs heave into view.

More on that shock 2-1 win for Brentford at the home of champions Manchester City. Jamie Jackson was at the Etihad, and his report is in. Here you go!

Jurgen Klopp won’t be in the dugout at Anfield against Southampton today, having been handed a one-game touchline ban for his linesman-bothering antics against Manchester City. He’s had a word to say about the timing of the decision, telling Sky: “My situation is clear since yesterday afternoon, which is really late. It is not cool, let me say it like this. I expected the outcome, but to say then ‘for tomorrow’ is a bit harsh, but it’s how it is.” A calm and measured fume, at the risk of sounding contradictory.

Well, well, well. Well, well, well, well, well, well, well.

FULL TIME: Manchester City 1-2 Brentford

Ivan Toney didn’t get the nod from Gareth Southgate. So having been told he’s not going to Qatar with England, there was only one way to respond. Look what he’s done to the title race! David Tindall has the details.

Arsenal will go into the World Cup break five clear if they win at Wolves this evening. No pressure, Mikel.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s blazer was already hanging on a shoogly peg, but now look: FULL TIME: St Mirren 1-1 Rangers. It could have been worse for the Light Blues, too; they needed VAR to intervene to award a late penalty that James Tavernier converted with seven minutes to go. Jonah Ayunga had given the Saints the lead just after the break by slotting from close range, Rangers failing to deal with a garden-variety long throw. Two-in-a-row for Ange Postecoglu’s side looks in the bag already. Oh Gio.

Liverpool make ten changes to the team selected for the League Cup win over Derby. Joe Gomez is the only player to retain his place. He deputises for Ibrahima Konate, who has picked up a minor knock. Exciting wing prospect Ben Doak, 17 yesterday, is on the bench, while Jordan Henderson misses out for personal reasons.

Southampton are under new management. Nathan Jones makes three changes from the 4-1 defeat to Newcastle, calling up Duje Caleta-Car, Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong. Theo Walcott and Ainsley Maitland-Niles drop to the bench.

West Ham name the same starting XI selected for the 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace. Declan Rice, rested for the Carabao Cup defeat by Blackburn Rovers, returns to the midfield.

Leicester make one change to the XI sent out at Goodison Park last weekend, and it’s enforced. Luke Thomas comes in for poor James Justin, who picked up another long-term injury in the League Cup tie against Newport.

Tottenham welcome back the fully fit pair of Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison to their starting XI. Hugo Lloris, Emerson Royal, Ben Davies and Rodrigo Bentancur are also recalled in the wake of the League Cup defeat at Forest.

Leeds give Wilfried Gnonto his full debut. Liam Cooper, Rodrigo and Crysencio Summerville are recalled, but Jack Harrison is missing.

Nottingham Forest make five changes after their successful midweek Carabao Cup caper against Spurs. Dean Henderson, Morgan Gibbs-White, Brennan Johnson, Cheikhou Kouyate and Remo Freuler return.

Crystal Palace name the same starting XI that did for West Ham United at the London Stadium last Sunday. Odsonne Edouard returns from injury and takes up a place on the bench.

Bournemouth make a couple of changes to the starting XI named for the 4-3 defeat at Leeds last Saturday. Chris Mepham is suspended so Jack Stephens takes his place, while Jordan Zemura steps up as Ryan Fredericks drops to the bench.

Everton also make two changes after losing 2-0 at home to Leicester. Nathan Patterson replaces benched club captain Seamus Coleman at right back, while up front Neal Maupay stands in for the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Premier League teams

Bournemouth: Travers, Smith, Stephens, Senesi, Zemura, Billing, Cook, Lerma, Tavernier, Moore, Solanke.
Subs: Fredericks, Christie, Rothwell, Stacey, Stanislas, Dembele, Pearson, Anthony, Plain.
Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Iwobi, Gueye, Onana, Gray, Maupay, McNeil.
Subs: Keane, Gordon, Mina, Begovic, Doucoure, Coleman, Davies, Cannon, Mills.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Elliott, Fabinho, Thiago, Firmino, Salah, Nunez.
Subs: Milner, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, Carvalho, Bajcetic, Phillips, Doak, Kelleher.
Southampton: Bazunu, Kotchap, Caleta-Car, Salisu, Perraud, Lavia, Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong, Adams, Elyounoussi, Adam Armstrong.
Subs: McCarthy, Maitland-Niles, Lyanco, Aribo, Mara, Djenepo, Edozie, Diallo, Walcott.

Nottingham Forest: Henderson, Aurier, Boly, Worrall, Renan Lodi, Freuler, Kouyate, Yates, Lingard, Johnson, Gibbs-White.
Subs: Cook, Williams, Colback, Awoniyi, Hennessey, O’Brien, Surridge, McKenna, Dale Taylor.
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Olise, Doucoure, Schlupp, Ayew, Zaha, Eze.
Subs: Ward, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Mateta, Hughes, Johnstone, Edouard, Ebiowei, Riedewald.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Lenglet, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic, Kulusevski, Kane, Richarlison.
Subs: Doherty, Skipp, Sanchez, Gil Salvatierra, Forster, Spence, Tanganga, Lucas Moura, Bissouma.
Leeds United: Meslier, Kristensen, Koch, Cooper, Struijk, Adams, Roca, Gnonto, Aaronson, Summerville, Rodrigo.
Subs: Ayling, Firpo, Llorente, Perkins, Gyabi, Robles, Gelhardt, Greenwood, Fernandez.

West Ham United: Fabianski, Dawson, Kehrer, Cresswell, Zouma, Scamacca, Soucek, Lucas Paqueta, Benrahma, Rice, Bowen.
Subs: Johnson, Coufal, Fornals, Lanzini, Downes, Areola, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Emerson Palmieri.
Leicester City: Ward, Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Thomas, Soumare, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Daka.
Subs: Evans, Vardy, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Mendy, Ndidi, Praet, Iversen.


Welcome to the final edition of Clockwatch before the Premier League goes into cold storage for the World Cup. A decent 3pm card looks like this:

  • Bournemouth v Everton

  • Liverpool v Southampton

  • Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United

  • West Ham United v Leicester City

Other scores may be mentioned on a charmingly/irritatingly ad hoc basis. Team news when we have it … and it is ON.

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