Premier League: Newcastle United remain anchored to the bottom of the Premier League after 13 games without a win, having gone down to second half strikes from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. Arsenal stay fifth, level on points with West Ham, six behind leaders Chelsea.
Full time: England 1-0 Austria
Women’s World Cup qualifier: Ellen White scored the only goal of the game on the occasion of her 100th cap to help England pull five points clear at the top of their group. England were far from clinical but a win is a win is a win is a win etc and so on.
Norwich City v Wolves: Josh Sargent returns to the Norwich starting line-up, in place of Todd Cantwell, who he replaced at half-time during their win over Southampton last weekend.
Wolves are without Daniel Podence, who is absent from a depleted matchday squad that only has six outfield players on the bench. Francisco Trincao replaces Podence in the Wolves line-up.
Liverpool v Southampton: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reverts to what looks like his strongest line-up for the visit of Southampton with six changes from the Champions League win over Porto.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota all return. Centre-back Ibrahima Konate keeps his place at the expense of Joel Matip.
Southampton make three changes from last weekend’s defeat at Norwich, with Lyanco, Armando Broja and Romain Perraud all coming in.
Championship: Ched Evans has equalised for Preston against Fulham at Deepdale, where it’s all square at one goal each.
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa: For Palace, Michael Olise is handed his second top flight start in place of one-man goal drought Jordan Ayew, who drops to the bench following last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Burnley. James Tomkins is recalled in Joachim Andersen’s absence.
New Villa boss Steven Gerrard brings Ashley Young and Leon Bailey into his starting XI, with Danny Ings and Emi Buendia named among the substitutes. Hmmm.
Premier League: On for injured goalscorer Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli has doubled Arsenal’s lead with a splendid volley that may have been his first touch of the game. Newcastle’s long wait for their first league win of the season looks set to continue …
Championship: Table-topping Fulham are a goal up against Preston at Deepdale, where Tim Ream scored for the visitors after 15 minutes. There’s just under half an hour left in that one.
GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle (Sako 56)
Premier League: Arsenal have taken the lead against Newcastle at The Emirates, with Bukayo Saka darting in behind the Newcastle defence to latch on to a through ball from Nuno Tavares to fire his side ahead at the end of a 16-pass move. Scott Murray has the latest …
Rainbow Laces campaign
Premier League clubs are coming together this weekend and next to support the inclusion of all LGBT+ people in football and beyond. The length and breadth of the country, players will be showing their support for the campaign by wearing rainbow laces, with skippers wearing rainbow captain’s armbands, fourth officials hoisting rainbow decorated electronic boards and referees picking match-balls from rainbow plinths. Love is love, y’all.
Women’s World Cup qualifier: England v Austria
The Lionesses: Despite the best attempts of Storm Arwen, England’s women are in action this afternoon, with Ellen White winning her 100th cap as she and her team-mates take on Austria in Sunderland. The striker has marked the special occasion with a goal to give England a half-time lead at the Stadium of Light.
England are top of Group D, two points ahead of today’s opponents, with Northern Ireland a further point back in third. England face bottom side Latvia in their final qualifier in Doncaster on Tuesday. Luke McLaughlin has the latest …
There are 11 games being played in the third tier of English football today but in truth, only one of them actually matters. Guardian Football Weekly podcast bragging rights are up for grabs as Max Rushden’s Cambridge United taken on the mighty Sunderland for the first time since the Mackems thrashed Rushden’s beloved Us 7-0 at The Abbey in the League Cup on October 2, 2002.
Not only that, it’s the first league meeting between the sides since they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in England’s second tier at Roker Park in 1993. Today, Sunderland sit sixth in League One, five points behind pace-setters Rotherham, while Cambridge United are 15th, nine points behind today’s visitors.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Gary Speed, the much-loved former Wales legend, who counted the supporters of Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United, for whom he made a combined 841 appearances, among those who held him in the very highest regard as a player and leader. But it wasn’t just them – Speed was widely admired by fans the length and breadth of the country, most of whom would have been delighted to see this combative, consumate professional pull on their club’s shirt.
Speed died at the age of 42 on this day in 2011, taking his own life upon his return home from appearing on the BBC lunchtime show Football Focus. News of his death rocked the world of football to its very foundations and a decade on, Dan Walker recorded this moving account of the morning he spent with Speed in the Football Focus studio and his total devastation upon learning what happened afterwards.
“Gary felt for whatever reason that there was no other way out and that’s incredibly sad and distressing,” said Dan. “Particularly for his family because his two boys absolutely adored him and he loved them.” Dan goes on to say that “if Gary had spoken to somebody that night I think he’d still be here.
“I think that’s the hard thing. I do think that if two blokes had gone to a game a decade ago, they’d just talk about the football. I’d like to think now, a decade on, things are different and they might have a conversation about how they’re feeling. What happened to Gary has and still makes people think about their friends around them and I’d like to think that’s a good thing.”
Arsenal and Newcastle got the Premier League ball rolling at the Emirates in today’s noon kick-off, a match which many travelling supporters won’t have got to following the cancellation of trains from Newcastle to London last night due to Storm Arwen, when winds of almost 100mph were recorded in Northumberland.
It’s scoreless at the break and whether they’re at the ground or watching on TV, Toon fans will have been encouraged by a first half performance in which Jonjo Shelvey brought a world class save out of Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a long-range effort. Arsenal fans will be less enthused, having seen Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sidefoot off the post from a couple of yards out with the Newcastle goal gaping after Martin Dubravka had saved superbly from Emile Smith-Rowe. It was an astonishing miss.
We have just three top flight three o’clock games to focus on before Brighton take on Leeds at 5.30pm, with Liverpool hosting Southampton, Crystal Palace entertaining Aston Villa and Norwich welcoming Wolves to Carrow Road. We’ll keep tabs on all of those, as well as bringing you news of any major talking points in the EFL and beyond. Don’t touch that dial!