Brighton seal shock 1-0 win over Tottenham

The Seagulls have looked a different side in 2021 and Leandro Trossard early strike makes it back-to-back defeats for Spurs.

Brighton looked hungry for this from the word go as Pascal Gross deftly clipped against the post.

And the early pressure from the hosts was quickly rewarded after that as Trossard emphatically swept home Gross’ pass.

Potter’s side continued to carry the greater threat before the break as Gareth Bale was forced to clear Lewis Dunk’s smart header.

And with Jose Mourinho’s visitors unable to make any inroads after restart, Ben White forced a vital stop from Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham did almost snatch an underserved equaliser with ten minutes but Robert Sanchez made a sprawling save from Carlos Vinicius before Toby Alderweireld produced a fantastic block to deny Aaron Connolly.

Full Time from the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Tottenham 0

Mo Salah inspires Liverpool to 3-1 West Ham win

The three points sees Jurgen Klopp’s side close the gap on Manchester United a crucial time as the Hammers slip to fifth.

Neither side created anything in the opening stages with both set of fans forced to wait until added time for chance either end.

Michail Antonio’s weak effort was easily gathered up Alisson before Lukasz Fabianski got down to deny Mo Salah.

Klopp’s side did begin to turn the heat after the restart with Salah finally edging them ahead on the hour.

Substitute Curtis Jones fed the Egyptian on the edge of the box and he bent a wonder strike past Fabianski.

That breakthrough knocked West Ham confidence immediately and Salah ruthlessly punished them.
Xherdan Shaqiri sweeping pass released him in behind Craig Dawson and the calmly lifted past Fabianksi.

And with Liverpool’s swagger firmly back in the final minutes, Gini Wijnaldum popped up in the box to power home Roberto Firmino’s pass.

The Hammers did grab themselves a consolation late on Dawson headed home from a corner, but in reality the night belonged to Liverpool.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Liverpool 3

Leeds United overpower Leicester City in 3-1 King Power win

The Foxes keep their place inside the Top Four as Marcelo Bielsa’s improving team make it back-to-back wins.

Both sides were full invention in the early stages with a goal apiece inside the first 15 minutes.
Harvey Barnes continued his recent excellent form as he raced onto James Maddison’s pass to slide home before Leeds immediately responded as Stuart Dallas swept home.

And that breakneck start continued half time with Ayoze Perez and Patrick Bamford both having efforts ruled out before Schmeichel produced an outrageous stop from Raphinha.

Neither side were able to great a real grip on it after the break but it was the visitors who seized the initiative with 20 to go.

Raphinha’s brilliant through ball split the Leicester back line and Bamford raced on to smash past Schmeichel.

And with the Foxes throwing everything at getting an equaliser in the final minutes, Bielsa’s counter attack sealed it for Leeds.

Mateusz Klich’s long ball once again released Bamford in behind and he put it on a plate for Jack Harrison to make it three.

Full Time from the King Power Stadium it’s Leicester City 1 Leeds United 3

Thomas Tuchel secures first Chelsea win with 2-0 Burnley victory

Chelsea looked in the mood right from the start at the Bridge as goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso secured a timely three points.

But despite their strong start it was familiar story of struggles in front goal for Chelsea as Alonso and Timo Werner wasted golden chances.

And with their attacking stars unable to make an impact, it was left to Azpilicueta to break the deadlock, as he covered half the pitch to smash home Callum Hudson-Odoi’s pass.

Hudson-Odoi continued to carry the Chelsea threat once again after the break as his drive smacked against the post.

But Chelsea were in no mood to let their lead slip away in the closing stages as Alonso finally wrapped up the win.

The Spaniard collected Christian Pulisic’s cross on the run in the box and volleyed brilliantly past Nick Pope.

Full Time from Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 2 Burnley 0

Aston Villa edge out Southampton with 1-0 Premier League win

Dean Smith’s side now leapfrog the Saints and move up to 8th in the table as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s hosts slip out of the Top Ten.

Both sides did create chances in rapid start on the south coast with Stuart Armstrong left frustrated as his shot was blocked by Matty Cash before Ollie Watkins tested Alex McCarthy.

And despite there being little to pick between the sides before the break it was Villa that finally found the breakthrough.

Matt Targett’s pass released Jack Grealish down the left and his lofted cross was headed home by Barkley.

The Saints took a while to get up to speed after the break but Che Adams wasted a fantastic chance to find an equaliser.

Danny Ings’ clever pass released him inside the box but Emiliano Martinez was out in a flash to make a brave stop.

And it was the former Arsenal stopper who sealed the win in added time as the Argentinian produced an incredible double stop to deny Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens.

Full Time from the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 0 Aston Villa 1

Arsenal and Manchester United battle 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium

Neither side could create a breakthrough on a high stakes night in North London as Mikel Arteta’s improving hosts sneak up to 8th.

Both teams were restricted to long range pot shots in a low key first half as Alexandre Lacazette and Fred tried to make their mark.

And neither Solskjaer nor Arteta could force an opening after the break with defences firmly on top at both ends.

Lacazette came the closest to conjuring an opener on 65 minutes, as his free kick crashed against the bar, with David De Gea quick to block Emile Smith-Rowe’s follow up.

United did carve out a flurry of chances late on, as Arsenal looked to push their advantage, with Bernd Leno producing a superb stop to deny Paul Pogba.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 0 Manchester United 0

Fulham secure late 2-2 draw at relegation rivals West Brom

Sam Allardyce’s start to life with the Baggies is yet to yield a home win and this result does little to ease either side’s relegation woes.

It was the visitors that took up the early initiative in this one as Bobby De Cordova-Reid calmly fired home Aleksandar Mitrovic’s pass.

Parker’s side should have made it two before the break with Reid firing off the post and Ademola Lookman testing Sam Johnstone.

But with Fulham unable to make the dominance count, the Baggies levelled things up after the break, as Kyle Bartley volleyed home.

And the tie was to tip completely in West Brom’s favour on the hour as Matheus Pereira poked home Mbaye Diagne’s cross.

But Fulham have showed their resilience in recent weeks and substitute Ivan Cavaleiro stooped to nod home Harrison Reed’s cross for a deserved late equaliser.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 2 Fulham 2

Title chasing Manchester City edge out 1-0 win over Sheffield United

The struggling Blades could’ve snatched a point late but Gabriel Jesus’ strike keeps City unbeaten in 2021.

Pep Guardiola’s in form side were straight out of the blocks in this one as Jesus put them in front inside the first ten minutes.

Ferran Torres’ persistence forced him past two Blades tackles to find Jesus inside the box and the Brazilian quickly sorted his feet to slot home.

City looked nailed on to dominate from there on but Bernardo Silva’s poor header failed to get the better of Aaron Ramsdale before the break.

The hosts continued to edge it out again after restart with Oleksandr Zinchenko forcing a flying stop from Ramsdale.

And with City only able to maintain a single goal advantage late on John Fleck almost grabbed a late equaliser but the Scotsman’s effort flashed just wide.

Full Time from the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 1 Sheffield United 0

Eberechi Eze secures crucial 1-0 Crystal Palace win over Wolves

The Eagles have won just once in Premier League action in 2021 but Eberechi Eze’s second half strike has dumped more misery on Nuno Santo.

Neither side were able to create anything resembling a chance in a poor opening 45, with both keepers taking the weekend off.

That limpness in front of goal continued again after the break with Willian Jose’s poor effort barely testing Vicente Guaita.

But just as he has done a few times already this season the explosiveness of Eze suddenly sparked Palace into life as he lashed home Jordan Ayew’s pass.

That rocket did open things up at both ends in the closing stages as Pedro Neto and Jose tested Guaita and Wilf Zaha clipped one off the bar.

But despite throwing everything at in the last 10, Wolves were unable to scrap out a point.

Full Time from Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 1 Wolves 0

Newcastle secure vital 2-0 Premier League win at Everton

The Magpies have looked a shadow of themselves in recent weeks but a crucial second half brace from Callum Wilson should now ease the pressure on Bruce.

It was the hosts that did edge a scrappy first half hour with Yerry Mina heading over and Richarlison’s weak effort stopped by Karl Darlow.

However, despite struggling to make any real early impact on Merseyside, the Magpies did waste the best chance of the first 45.

Ryan Fraser’s whipped corner found Wilson free inside the box, but England star Jordan Pickford reacted brilliantly to keep out his header.

That lack of cutting edge continued at both ends after the break, with Wilson scuffing a chance on the counter and Darlow confidently denied Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

But with the Magpies in the mood to forget their recent poor form it is always likely that Bruce’s men would find a way through.

And it was to be star man Wilson that played hero role with 15 to play as he got up highest to power home Jonjo Shelvey’s corner.

The former Bournemouth man wasn’t finished there as he made the game absolutely safe in added time by lashing home Jamal Lewis’ cross.

Full Time from Goodison Park it’s Everton 0 Newcastle 2

Premier League: Brighton and Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

The Seagulls were held to a goalless draw by Fulham at the Amex Stadium midweek – the same scoreline as the reverse fixture earlier on in the season – with the stalemate extending Albion’s run without a home league win to 14 matches.

Graham Potter’s side hover just a place above the Premier League relegation zone but did maintain the gap between themselves and the bottom three with the point against Fulham last time out.

Tottenham meanwhile were beaten at home to Liverpool on Thursday night, with the defeat further soured by the loss of Harry Kane to injury.

The Spurs and England captain suffered knocks to both of his ankles and it remains to be seen how long he will be out for.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg rifled in Tottenham’s goal in the 1-3 defeat, but it proved in vain as individual errors cost Mourinho anything from the game – something the manager lamented post-match.

Not only will Spurs be without Harry Kane for the trip to Brighton but Sergio Reguilon too, who is out for a month with injury.

Giovani Lo Celso will also miss out as he continues to recover from a thigh strain, whilst Dele Alli – who is being heavily linked with a move to PSG – will also be absent.

Brighton meanwhile are still without impressive youngster Tariq Lamptey as well as experienced striker Danny Welbeck, with both still a few games away from being ready.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also missing due to an ankle injury and is some weeks away from a return.

Brighton v Tottenham is a 7.15pm kick off on Sunday, 31st January.

Premier League: Southampton v Aston Villa

The late game on Saturday sees two of the season’s surprise packages collide at St Mary’s, as Southampton host Aston Villa.

If you’d offered both sides their current position at the halfway stage, they’d likely have both been happy with the deal. Villa sit tenth, six points off the top five with two games in hand, while Southampton have the same amount of points from a game more.

The aim for both is to mount a challenge for a European place, despite both suffering recent wobbles in form.

Villa are coming off the back of a disappointing loss to Burnley in a game they led twice, while Arsenal got the better of the Saints on Monday, leapfrogging them in the table in the process.

Both sides will be hoping to return to winning ways on the South Coast, and have easing injury worries to help them do so.

Southampton have been decimated by injuries recently, but will have four players available again for the visit of Villa. Oriol Romeu, Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo should play some part, and captain Ryan Bertrand returns after suspension.

Kyle Walker-Peters, Michael Obefemi, Nathan Tella, Mohamed Salisu and Jannik Vestergaard are all still out, while Will Smallbone had knee surgery this week and will miss the rest of the season.

Villa have a far less busy treatment table, with only Wesley and Kortney Hause missing. Wesley isn’t far off a return from an ACL injury, while Hause has an ankle issue. New signing Morgan Sanson will be involved for the first time in a Villa shirt, following his £15m move from Marseille earlier this week.

A win for either side would see them end the weekend in the top half and continue their ambitions of a top eight finish, something that both sets of fans would have been thrilled with at the start of the season.

Southampton take on Aston Villa at St Mary’s on Saturday, January 30th. Kick-off is at 8pm.