GOAL! Southampton 0-1 Fulham (Vinicius 48)
Premier League: Moments after Southampton had a goal “scored” by Carlos Alcaraz correctly ruled out for offside, Fulham go up the other end and take the lead through the in-form Carlos Vinicius. As things stand, Southampton will be relegated to the Championship today after an 11-year stay in the top flight.
Top broadcaster and Spurs devotee Danny Kelly tweets. It would be fair to say he’s not best pleased with his side’s latest poor performance.
Scottish Premiership half-times
Rangers 3-0 Celtic (FT)
Aberdeen 0-0 Hibernian
St Mirren 2-0 Hearts
Dundee United 1-1 Ross County
Kilmarnock 0-0 Livingston
St Johnstone 0-0 Motherwell
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Premier League half-times
Leeds United 2-2 Newcastle (FT)
Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea 0-1 Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth
Manchester United 1-0 Wolves
Southampton 0-0 Fulham
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Bolton 0-0 Barnsley: The deadlock remains resolutely intact in the League One playoff semi-final first leg between the two northern sides. Peterborough spanked Sheffield Wednesday in the opening leg of the other semi-final played at London Road last night.
More on sorry Spurs: “Harry Kane has scored 26 goals and needs four more in remaining three games to become the first player to score 30 goals or more in a 38-game season twice without winning The Golden Boot (Salah 2017-18, now Haaland),” writes Admir Pajic. “Spursy, eh?”
Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Emi Buendia hits the cross-bar as Villa continue to dominate a Spurs side that have offered nothing and are sleepwalking their way through this game. They’ve yet to muster anything resembling a shot on goal.
GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth (Eze 39)
Premier League: Wilf Zaha does his thing down the left touchline, evading the attention of four different defenders to pull the ball back to Eberechi Eze, who slots home from close range.
GOAL! Chesterfield 1-0 Notts County (Dallas 5)
National League final: Andrew Dallas picks himself off the ground and fires Chesterfield ahead from the penalty spot after Notts County goalkeeper Sam Slocombe had upended him with a rash challenge.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Bournemouth: There’s a VAR check at Selhurst Park (via Stockley Park) for a potential red card. Palace defender Joachim Anderson caught Jefferson Lerma in the face with what appeared to be a clenched fist but he avoids a red card as the “assault” is deemed to be accidental rather than violent conduct.
GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Wolves (Martial 32)
Premier League: Bruno plays Antony through with a weighted pass, prompting Wolves goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to rush off his goal-line. Antony shapes to shoot and squares the ball for Anthony Martial, who slots into the empty net.
Manchester United 0-0 Wolves: Antony has just headed over for Manchester United when scoring looked easier if only he’d managed to keep his effort down. It was the best of several half-decent chances the Brazilian has missed against Wolves this afternoon.
National League playoff final: The Wembley showdown between Notts County and Chesterfield is about to kick off and you can follow the action with Will Magee.
Scottish Premiership: “It’s 40 years tomorrow since the greatest day in Dundee United’s history, winning the Scottish Premier League at Dens,” writes Simon McMahon. “Ralph Milne, what a goal. Hero. Legend. But who cares about league titles when you can have a relegation battle against Ross County instead?
“After United’s disappointing defeat in Perth last week ended a run of three straight wins, only one point now separates the bottom three teams, with United at home to Ross County and Kilmarnock hosting Livingston.
“It’s all to play for; relegation, that is, not the league title. It’s not 1983 anymore. No more right wing Tory governments, war, inflation, strikes. We’ve moved on from all that, right?”
In better news for Simon, I can tell him Dundee United have just equalised against Ross County, with Jamie McGrath slotting home from the penalty-spot to cancel out Jordan White’s opener.
Match report: Rangers 3-0 Celtic
Scottish Premiership: Todd Cantwell, John Souttar and Fashion Sakala got the goals as Rangers trounced Celtic 3-0 at Ibrox to give Michael Beale his first win over Celtic in five attempts.
GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 Nottingham Forest (Awoniyi 13)
Premier League: Sikou Niakate crosses from the left and Edouard Mendy comes for the ball and misses it. Taiwo Awoniyi rises between two defenders to head into the empty net and score his third goal in two games.
GOAL! Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Ramsey 8)
Premier League: Villa have been monstering Spurs in the opening minutes of their encounter and get the goal they deserve. Back in the starting line-up, Leon Bailey canters down the wing and crosses into the box, where Jacob Ramsey converts.
This afternoon’s three o’clock kick-offs are well under way: The first of the goals in that particular time slot has gone to Ross County in the Scottish Premiership. They lead bottom side Dundee United courtesy of Jordan White’s strike in the opening minute.
Match report: Leeds United 2-2 Newcastle United
Premier League: Sam Allardyce’s first home game in charge of Leeds ended with his side down to 10 men following Junior Firpo’s late sending off but still in with an, albeit slender, chance of Premier League survival. Louise Taylor reports from Elland Road …
Manchester United v Wolves: Marcus Rashford is injured and absent from Manchester United’s squad, so Anthony Martial replaces him. Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane also start. Signed in January, 29-year-old goalkeeper Daniel Bentley makes his debut for Wolves, with Jose Sa dropping to the bench.
Southampton v Fulham: Nothing less than a win will keep Southampton up this afternoon and they are without the injured duo Armel Bella-Kotchap and Che Adams. Lyanco and Paul Onuachu start in their places. Fulham are unchanged but welcome Aleksandar Mitrovic back to their bench following an eight-match ban.
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur: Leon Bailey replaces Bertrand Traore in Villa’s only change in personnel. Tottenham start with the same line-up that kicked off in the win against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth: Will Hughes gets a rare start for Palace, coming in for Jeffrey Schlupp, who is injured. Chris Mepham and Ilya Zabarnyi come into Bournemouth’s defence in place of Marco Senesi and Adam Smith, who are among the substitutes.
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest: Edouard Mendy is one of five changes made by Frank Lampard, replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal for his first start since early December. Lewis Hall, Raheem Sterling, Mateo Kovacic and Joao Felix are also in. Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper brings in Joe Worrall, while Brennan Johnson drops to the bench.
Full time: Leeds United 2-2 Newcastle United
Premier League: An incident-packed match has ended all square at Elland Road. Leeds take a massive point which leaves them in the bottom three, one point behind Everton having played a game more. Newcastle stay third, three points ahead of a Manchester United side that has played one match fewer.
Full time: Rangers 3-0 Celtic
Scottish PRemiership: Rangers have won their first Old Firm derby of the season at the sixth attempt courtesy of goals from Todd Cantwell, John Souttar and Fashion Sakala. Celtic won’t mind too much as they’ve already won the Championship and it’s only the second time they’ve lost in this campaign, but Rangers boss Michael Beale will happy to get this monkey off his back even if the result is somewhat academic.
Meanwhile at Elland Road: Already lucky to still be on the pitch, Leeds defender Junior Firpo has been sent off for a mindless barge on Anthony Gordon right on the edge of the Leeds penalty area. Referee Simon Hooper showed him a second yellow and then a red but Kieran Trippier spanked his free-kick straight into the defensive wall. It remains 2-2, a pitch invader has just been manhandled from the Newcastle technical area by security and they’re into injury time. Follow the knockings with Scott Murray …
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur line-ups
Aston Villa: Martinez, Young, Konsa, Mings, Moreno, Bailey, McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey, Buendia, Watkins.
Subs: Cash, Diego Carlos, Traore, Chambers, Duran, Olsen, Digne, Dendoncker, Kamara.
Tottenham Hotspur: Forster, Emerson, Romero, Lenglet, Porro, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Davies, Son, Richarlison, Kane.
Subs: Sanchez, Perisic, Danjuma, Kulusevski, Moura, Sarr, Bissouma, Austin, Craig.
Manchester United v Wolves line-ups
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Martial.
Subs: Butland, Maguire, Malacia, Fred, Dalot, Weghorst, Pellistri, Elanga, Garnacho.
Wolves: Bentley; Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Toti; Nunes, Neves, Lemina, Neto; Cunha, Costa.
Subs: Sa, Collins, Jimenez, Podence, Hwang, Sarabia, Gomes, A. Traore, Bueno.
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest line-ups
Chelsea: Mendy, Badiashile, Fernandez, Silva, Kovacic, Félix, Chalobah, Sterling, Gallagher, Madueke, Hall.
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Mudryk, Ziyech, Datro Fofana, Azpilicueta, Havertz, Fofana.
Nottingham Forest: Navas, Worrall, Mangala, Awoniyi, Gibbs-White, Niakhate, Yates, Aurier, Danilo, Lodi, Felipe.
Subs: Hennessey, Lingard, Toffolo, Surridge, Johnson, Kouyate, Freuler, Boly, Ayew.
GOAL! Leeds 2-2 Newcastle (Kristensen 79)
Premier League: Newcastle fail to clear a Leeds corner properly and Rasmus Kristensen sees a shot on the volley from the edge of the area deflected past Nick Pope in the Newcastle goal. Scott Murray has the latest …
Southampton v Fulham line-ups
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Lyanco, Maitland-Niles, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Walcott, Alcaraz, S Armstrong, Onuachu.
Subs: Bazunu, Caleta-Car, Bree, Sulemana, Elyounoussi, Djenepo, Mara, Aribo, A Armstrong.
Fulham: Leno, Tete, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson, Joao Palhinha, Reed, Wilson, Cairney, Willian, Vinicius.
Subs: Rodak, Duffy, Soares, Lukic, Harris, Kebano, Solomon, Decordova-Reid, Mitrovic.
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth line-ups
Crystal Palace: Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Eze, Doucoure, Hughes; Olise, Ayew, Zaha.
Subs: Guaita, Lokonga, Mateta, Clyne, McArthur, Edouard, Richards, Ahamada, Riedewald.
Bournemouth: Neto; Mepham, Zabarnyi, Kelly, Vina; Rothwell, Lerma; Ouattara, Billing, Christie; Solanke.
Subs: Travers, Stephens, Cook, Brooks, Smith, Stacey, Moore, Senesi, Anthony.
GOAL! Leeds United 1-2 Newcastle (Wilson 69pen)
Premier League: Junior Firpo stuck his arm in the air while contesting a high ball into the Leeds box and it caressed his outstretched fingers as it sailed over his head.
Having initially missed the handball, referee Simon Hooper awarded Newcastle a penalty after consulting with his pitchside monitoron the advice of his video assistant referee. Callum Wilson stepped up and scored his second spot-kick of the game. Somewhat weirdly, Firpo wasn’t sent off for his handball despite being on a yellow card for an earlier foul on Bruno Guimaraes. Leeds are in a big, big trouble.
Women’s FA Cup final: Filling Wembley for a game of club football marks the point at which it is legitimate to talk about women’s football as a national ritual, a genuine mass entertainment product, writes Jonathan Liew ahead of tomorrow’s showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United.
National League final: Having lost out to Wrexham in the race for the sole automatic promotion spot from the fifth tier despite amassing an astonishing 107 points, Notts County meet Chesterfield in today’s Wembley showdown, which kicks off at 3.30pm (BST). Both teams emerged victorious from thrilling semi-finals last weekend but only one can prevail today.
Notts are the favourites and it would probably benefit every other team in the National League, bar the Spirites, if the moneyed side from Meadow Lane weren’t in it next season but they are unlikely to have it all their own way this afternoon.
Bow born Malta international Jodi Jones, who has endured several years of injury hell on the back of three successive ACL injuries, scored the winner for Notts last weekend and was good enough to take time out from obsessively watching replays of his decisive strike to speak to the Guardian’s Ben Fisher.
Today’s Premier League fixtures
Saturday clockwatch …
There’s no shortage of mouthwatering action in the Premier League and beyond this afternoon. The top flight action got under way at Elland Road in today’s lunchtime kick-off between Leeds United and Newcastle, with both teams eager to take the points for very different reasons. Qualification for the Champions League is Newcastle’s goal, while the ambitions of Leeds are far less lofty.
Survival is the name of the game for Sam Allardyce’s men and they started well. Luke Ayling put them ahead on six minutes but Patrick Bamford squandered the opportunity to double their lead with a weak spot-kick after Joelinton had fouled Junior Firpo. Moments later, Max Wober lunged in to foul Alexander Isak in the Leeds penalty area and Callum Wilson showed Bamford how it’s done, coolly levelling proceedings from 12 yards. The scores remain level at half-time but Newcastle have the upper hand.
Away from the English top flight, we’ll keep tabs on the League One playoff semi-final first leg between Bolton and Barnsley, who look like they’ll be duking it out to face a Peterborough United side that convincingly thrashed Sheffield Wednesday last night. Meanwhile at Wembley, Notts County take on Chesterfield in the National League final, with the prize of a place in the Football League up for grabs.
Further north in Scotland, Celtic won the title last weekend and will be hoping to rub the noses of Rangers fans in their success during today’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox. They’ll need to up their game as Rangers currently lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Todd Cantwell and John Souttar.