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1930s footballers:

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Trent Alexander-Arnold – Gentleman cracksman a la Raffles
Harry Kane – hard nosed film noir detective

— Richard #FBPE Woods (@gasheadforever) February 17, 2024

Championship: I won’t run through every single scoreline, but the headline is surely Middlesbrough’s 2-0 half-time lead at Leicester, which absolutely nobody saw coming. A spanner in the Foxes’ works, or a mere 45-minute blip? We’ll wait to see.

Sheffield Wednesday fans are enjoying themselves at Millwall, their side 2-0 up, while Ipswich’s form shows little sign of relenting as they lead 2-1 at Swansea. Preston 2-2 Blackburn has been a cracker thus far.

There’s been much to enjoy in the second tier as per.

Scottish Premiership: With Warnock’s Aberdeen still locked at 1-1 with Hibernian, Celtic, Dundee and Livingston all have 1-0 leads, while it’s goalless between Hearts and Motherwell.

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Whistles are starting to go around the country, so here’s how things stand in the Premier League after the first 45 minutes:

Make that 1-0 at Forest, a strike deeeeep into added time for the hosts! Taiwo Awoniyi shows strength to fire in at the back stick.

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Championship: Preston have scored two goals in a matter of minutes to get level against Blackburn before the interval! Robbie Brady and Emil Riis help North End go bang, bang and that Lancashire derby is sizzling right now.

Now Norwich have turned the tables on Cardiff City. A free-kick from Gabriel Sara makes it 2-1 at Carrow Road.

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GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Wolves (Gomes, 42)

A bullet header from Joao Gomes has left the Tottenham Hotspur fans in stunned silence. Wolves pounce from a corner after a good amount of Spurs pressure at the other end.

Joy for Gomes as Wolves lead in north London! Photograph: Chloe Knott/Danehouse/Getty Images

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Championship: Norwich are level just before half-time at home to Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday have doubled their lead at a miserable Millwall, while QPR have scored at Bristol City through Ilias Chair.

“1930s footballers, I’ll start”, says Paul Bellsham of this parish: “Oliver George Arthur Watkins.”

William Harris offers: “Harry Winks, music hall comedian.”

GOAL! Burnley 0-2 Arsenal (Saka, 41 pen)

After a lengthy VAR check, Arsenal are finally awarded a penalty at Burnley, a golden chance to double their lead and keep up the title race pace.

Bukayo Saka makes no mistake in burying the spot-kick, into the corner.

Saka fires in the penalty. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images/Reuters

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Some rather worrying news from north of the border this afternoon …

2-0 to Middlesbrough at the King Power! Samuel Silvera doubles the visitors’ lead and this is a surprising scoreline to say the very least.

Talking of 1930s characters in Swansea v Ipswich, a man named Chaplin has just restored the Tractor Boys’ lead, 2-1 now.

Which footballer do you think sounds like they belong in the interwar period? Sorry if that’s too niche.

Northampton, playing against Bristol Rovers in League One, are the only home side in the top three leagues in England who are actually in the lead.

In Scotland, Celtic have just broken the deadlock against their bogey team Kilmarnock, as Kyogo scores.

Championship: Jerry Yates sounds like a character from a 1930s detective drama to me, but apparently he’s also a Swansea forward – and has just scored to level things up against Ipswich.

Sheffield Wednesday are in front at Millwall through Ike Ugbo. How the Owls would love three points today to help their survival bid.

Darren Moore is taking charge of Port Vale for the first time today and they’ve just secured the lead against Cheltenham.

Down in League Two, table-topping Stockport are behind at Tranmere.

Half time in the Bundesliga 2.30pm games and no troubles for Xabi Alonso and co. so far:

Championship: Speaking of against the run of play … or against the odds – whatever, Middlesbrough have just scored at runaway leaders Leicester. Finn Azaz is the man for Boro!

Blackburn have doubled their lead at Preston through Sam Gallagher, while Sunderland are leading the Tony Mowbray derby at Birmingham, Jack Clarke on the scoresheet.

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GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Aston Villa (Watkins, 23)

Finally a goal in this game that actually counts. And of course, it’s Ollie Watkins.

Ollie Watkins on the mark for Villa Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters

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Swansea might be trailing, but the other two Welsh professional sides have just taken the lead in their games, against the run of play. Cardiff are 1-0 in front at Norwich through Jamilu Collins, while Steven Fletcher (yes, that one) has netted for Wrexham against Notts County.

Goal? For the second time this afternoon, one has been chalked off in the Fulham v Aston Villa game. Or has it …? Tom Cairney and the home fans wait, as VAR does its thing.

Offside! Still 0-0.

Scottish Premiership: Neil Warnock once said “there’s never a dull moment with me in charge” and that’s proving to be the case during his Aberdeen stint already. The Dandies have fallen behind to Hibs and then levelled through Nicky Devlin all in the space of the opening quarter of an hour today.

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Martin Dubravka is being made to work hard by Bournemouth, with both Tavernier and Solanke testing the Newcastle goalkeeper in the past few minutes. At the other end, Harvey Barnes curls one wide after a lungbusting dash forward.

Dominic Solanke is thwarted by the Newcastle ‘keeper. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images/Reuters

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Championship: Wales international Nathan Broadhead has opened the scoring down in South Wales against Swansea. A good start for Kieran McKenna’s automatic promotion hopefuls. Meanwhile, managerless Huddersfield trail 1-0 at home to Hull.

Dan Ashworth is in attendance at St James’ Park, as was planned, despite the speculation linking him with the #MUFC job.

On the field, #NUFC aren’t having it all their own way early on. #AFCB are stretching the home sides at times & using Semenyo’s pace.#NEWBOU

— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) February 17, 2024

Home discomforts? Of the six games to feature a goal so far in the top four leagues in England, five of those have been scored by the away side. That’s after comfortable away wins for Liverpool and Leeds earlier on. Who’d be a home fan, eh?

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League Two: Both MK Dons and Doncaster have earned early away leads at Swindon and Grimsby respectively.

Championship: And it’s Blackburn who strike first in the Lancs derby at Deepdale. Sammie Szmodics has been lethal up front for Rovers this season and he’s found the net once again – 18 for the campaign now!

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You wonder whether Newcastle will lament the absence of a true No 9 against Bournemouth today, with Anthony Gordon playing as an auxilliary striker at St James’ Park. It’s not a surprise to me to hear the visitors are threatening early on.

GOAL! Burnley 0-1 Arsenal (Ødegaard, 4)

It’s a perfect start for Arsenal, allaying any early nerves, and of course it’s Martin Ødegaard who drills home a trademark left-footed strike after a good run from Declan Rice.

Burnley really didn’t want that …

Martin Ødegaard slams home the opener for the Gunners. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images/Reuters

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Villa think they’ve got an early opener at Fulham, but Ollie Watkins – as is his wont – has strayed marginally offside.

No shortage of early intent from Unai Emery’s side at Craven Cottage.

It finished Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United in the WSL earlier this afternoon, as Sophie Downey reports from a packed-out Emirates Stadium:

KICK OFF

Various whistles are sounded at various football grounds around the country. At exactly the same time, of course.

Will it be a stroll for the Gunners? Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

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Liverpool have laid down a marker with that performance at Brentford, as confident and trouble-free as you’re likely to see for a Premier League away game.

Their title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City will need to respond today. The gap at the top currently lies at five points, albeit City will still have a game in hand after facing Chelsea this evening.

Here’s John Brewin’s report from the Gtech:

Some emails on the prospect of seeing Mr Mbappé in an Arsenal shirt, and specifically that Arsenal shirt:

Nick Smith: “I can imagine him visiting Turf Moor as much as any other club, just not with Arsenal.”

Kári Tulinius: “It’s such a shame that Arsenal’s kit manufacturer has started to mess with their away kit. The yellow and dark blue jersey is one of the few well-known and identifiable away shirts, and it would be a shame if we never saw Mbappé in those colours. It’s probably never going to happen, but I’m going to allow myself that reverie for a little while.”

Charles Antaki simply describes the yellow shirt as “unspeakable”, which is fair enough.

He’s recovered from his ping pong injury and he’s back, people.

Thoughts on the Arsenal away kit? My wife cannot stand it and I’m inclined to agree. Migraine-inducing.

Arsenal play in their yellow away strip at Burnley today. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC/Getty Images

Can you imagine Kylian Mbappé rocking up at Turf Moor, presumably after parking in the nearby cricket club? Arsenal want to be in the mix to sign him, so presumably Mikel Arteta can.

The early kick-offs are winding down and not one of the results is in jeapordy:

  • Premier League – Brentford 1-4 Liverpool

  • Championship – Plymouth 0-2 Leeds

  • WSL – Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United

Team news – Nottingham Forest v West Ham

Nottingham Forest: Sels, Williams, Murillo, Felipe, Tavarez, Domínguez, Danilo, Hudson-Odoi, Gibbs-White, Elanga, Awoniyi

Subs: Turner, Omobamidele, Ribeiro, Kouyaté, Toffolo, Yates, Niakhaté, Reyna, Origi

West Ham: Areola, Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson, Álvarez, Phillips, Ward-Prowse, Bowen, Kudus, Antonio

Subs: Fabianski, Mavropanos, Johnson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Cornet, Soucek, Mubama, Ings

Michail Antonio returns for the Hammers. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Getty Images

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Team news – Fulham v Aston Villa

Fulham: Leno, Castagne, Diop, Ream, Robinson, Palhinha, Pereira, Cairney, Decordova-Reid, Willian, Muniz

Subs: Rodak, Tosin, Bassey, Ballo-Touré, Reed, Lukic, Wilson, Iwobi, Traoré

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Lenglet, Torres, Moreno, McGinn, Tielemans, Luiz, Ramsey, Bailey, Watkins

Subs: Olsen, Gauci, Digne, Chambers, Kelser-Hayden, Iroegbunam, Rogers, Diaby, Zaniolo

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Team news – Newcastle v Bournemouth

Newcastle: Dubravka, Trippier, Schär, Botman, Burn, Guimarães, Longstaff, Miley, Almirón, Barnes, Gordon

Subs: Karius, Dummett, Lascelles, Krafth, Hall, Ritchie, Livramento, Murphy, White

Bournemouth: Neto, Smith, Cook, Kelly, Senesi, Tavernier, Zabarnyi, Christie, Kluivert, Semenyo, Solanke

Subs: Travers, Randolph, Mepham, Kinsey, Kerkez, Scott, Dango, Sinisterra, Ünal

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Team news – Tottenham v Wolves

Tottenham: Vicario, Royal, Romero, Van de Ven, Davies, Sarr, Bissouma, Maddison, Kulusevski, Son, Richarlison

Subs: Austin, Dragusin, Skipp, Bentancur, Højbjerg, Gil, Lo Celso, Werner, Johnson

Wolves: Sa, Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Toti, Aït-Nouri, Lemina, Gomes, Neto, Hwang, Sarabia

Subs: Bentley, Doherty, S.Bueno, H.Bueno, Traoré, Doyle, Bellegarde, Chirewa, Fraser

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Team news – Burnley v Arsenal

Burnley: Trafford, Assignon, O’Shea, Esteve, Delcroix, Amdouni, Brownhill, Fofana, Ramsey, Berge, Odobert

Subs: Muric, Vitinho, Taylor, Cork, Gudmundsson, Benson, Cullen, Bruun Larsen, Rodriguez

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Rice, Ødegaard, Havertz, Saka, Trossard, Martinelli

Subs: Ramsdale, Cedric, Sweet, Bandeira, Elneny, Jorginho, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Nketiah

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There’s still a healthy chunk of Brentford v Liverpool left – although Alexis Mac Allister’s goal to make it 2-0 may have taken the edge off the second half – if that’s your thing. Mo Salah is back and looking ominous, like a friendly, fuzzy-haired Voldemort.

Preamble

Welcome aboard, people, to another big Saturday afternoon in the world of soccerball. And with no less than FIVE Premier League games kicking off at the correct time of the week, we’re being treated to a feast by the fixture gods today.

Of course, there’s the usual Championship, League One and League Two schedules, plus games in the Spanish, German and Italian top flights, but it’s probably Arsenal’s visit to Burnley and the clash between Tottenham and Wolves in north London that most catch the eye. We’ve also got Fulham v Aston Villa, Newcastle v Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest v West Ham, all of which are pretty tough to call given the fluctuating form of the teams involved.

In the Championship, Leicester will look to continue their relentless form at home to Michael Carrick’s Middlesbrough, while Leeds are currently trying to edge out Plymouth down at Home Park. And Preston v Blackburn should be a fairly spicy Lancashire derby. In the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen go to Heidenheim seeking to extend their advantage over Harry Kane’s boys.

What thrills and spills await us? Stick with me throughout the afternoon to find out. Team news will drop at 2pm, as usual, then it’s onto business. Let’s go!





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