thinks Harvey Elliott. Darwin Nunez volleys. Liverpool regained the lead at Anfield.
Spurs have lost 2-0 in each of their last four Premier League games. For the record, it’s against Manchester United, Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Liverpool. Add in a 2-0 midweek defeat at Nottingham Forest, and it’s truly absurd. Either way, they almost make five matches in a row, but Hugo Lloris stays tall to outsmart Crysencio Summerville. It remains just 1-0 at Leeds.
Dominic Solanke shoots! Jordan Pickford parries! Marcus Tavernier scores! The troubles for Frank Lampard keep piling up.
There was a problem for West Ham defender Kurt Zouma during the warm-up. He was pushed into action anyway, but just fell down with no one around him and won’t be able to continue. A knee problem. Nayef Aguerd makes his debut.
The hero of Bournemouth’s return has struck again. Also to be filed under ‘again’: Spurs starting slowly. It becomes a big problem, doesn’t it.
The first goal of the Nathan Jones era for the Saints was scored by Che Adams! He walks home as Alisson comes out to claim a ball he doesn’t reach. Saints at the height in record time!
James Maddison launches an attack and finishes it, covering at close range. The man is on fire right now.
…that said, Roberto Firmino sends a header into the far corner, and Nathan Jones has a job on the right.
No significant early action…but there are reports of rapid starts to as many as four of the five teams outside the Premier League. Southampton, Leeds, Leicester and Everton are all front and center.
A pause to commemorate the dead. The last post. Solemn reflection. Then the 3 p.m. matches start all over the country.
Brentford’s unexpected win didn’t just affect the title chase. It also sent the bees to the top half, for at least a few hours. Crystal Palace can climb back into the top ten themselves with a point at Nottingham Forest, but the more important point for Brentford would be valid: they enter the World Cup break full of confidence, a comfortable preoccupation in the middle of the table rather than looking nervously over their shoulder in the relegation spots. Here’s what the full Premier League table looks like as the 3pm kick-off looms.
More on this shock 2-1 victory for Brentford at the home of champions Manchester City. Jamie Jackson was at the Etihad, and his report is there. Here is!
Jurgen Klopp will not be in the dugout at Anfield against Southampton today, having been banned from a match on the touchline for his embarrassing antics against Manchester City. He had a say in the timing of the decision, Sky says: “My situation has been clear since yesterday afternoon, which is really late. It’s not cool, let me put it like that. I expected the result, but then saying ‘for tomorrow’ is a bit harsh, but that’s the way it is.” A calm and measured smoke, at the risk of seeming contradictory.
Well well well. Good, good, good, good, good, good, good.
Ivan Toney didn’t get the nod from Gareth Southgate. So after being told he wouldn’t be going to Qatar with England, there was only one way to respond. Look what he did for the title race! David Tindall has the details.
Arsenal will enter the World Cup break five clear if they win at Wolves tonight. No pressure, Mikel.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s blazer was already hanging from a shoogly ankle, but watch now: 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 which James Tavernier converted seven minutes from time. Jonah Ayunga had given the Saints the lead just after the break by positioning himself from close range as Rangers failed to cope with a long throw from the garden variety. Two in a row for the team of Ange Postecoglu already in the bag. Oh Gio.
Liverpool are making ten changes to the squad selected for the League Cup win over Derby. Joe Gomez is the only player to keep his place. He replaces Ibrahima Konaté, who received a small blow. Promising winger Ben Doak, 17, is on the bench, while Jordan Henderson is out for personal reasons.
Southampton is under new management. Nathan Jones has made three changes since the 4-1 loss to Newcastle, calling up Duje Caleta-Car, Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong. Theo Walcott and Ainsley Maitland-Niles fall to the bench.
West Ham have named the same starting XI selected for the 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace. Declan Rice, rested for the Carabao Cup defeat at Blackburn Rovers, returns to midfield.
Leicester made a change to the XI sent to Goodison Park last weekend, and it was implemented. Luke Thomas replaces poor James Justin, who picked up another long-term injury in the League Cup draw against Newport.
Tottenham once again welcome the in-form pair of Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison to their starting XI. Hugo Lloris, Emerson Royal, Ben Davies and Rodrigo Bentancur are also recalled following 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 are making five changes following their midweek Carabao Cup success against Spurs. Dean Henderson, Morgan Gibbs-White, Brennan Johnson, Cheikhou Kouyate and Remo Freuler are back.
Crystal Palace have named the same starting XI as West Ham United at the London Stadium last Sunday. Odsonne Edouard returns from injury and sits on the bench.
Bournemouth have made some changes to the starting XI named for the 4-3 defeat at Leeds last Saturday. Chris Mepham is suspended for Jack Stephens to take his place, while Jordan Zemura steps in as Ryan Fredericks falls to the bench.
Everton are also making two changes after losing 2-0 at home to Leicester. Nathan Patterson replaces club captain on the bench Seamus Coleman at right-back, while forward Neal Maupay replaces the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Bournemouth: Travers, Smith, Stephens, Senesi, Zemura, Billing, Cook, Lerma, Tavernier, Moore, Solanke.
Replacements: Fredericks, Christie, Rothwell, Stacey, Stanislas, Dembele, Pearson, Anthony, Plain.
Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Iwobi, Gueye, Onana, Gray, Maupay, McNeil.
Replacements: Keane, Gordon, Mina, Begovic, Doucoure, Coleman, Davies, Cannon, Mills.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Elliott, Fabinho, Thiago, Firmino, Salah, Nunez.
Replacements: 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.
Replacements: 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.
Replacements: Ward, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Mateta, Hughes, Johnstone, Edouard, Ebiowei, Riedewald.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Lenglet, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic, Kulusevski, Kane, Richarlison.
Replacements: Doherty, Skipp, Sanchez, Gil Salvatierra, Forster, Spence, Tanganga, Lucas Moura, Bissouma.
Leeds United: Meslier, Kristensen, Koch, Cooper, Struijk, Adams, Roca, Gnonto, Aaronson, Summerville, Rodrigo.
Replacements: Ayling, Firpo, Llorente, Perkins, Gyabi, Robles, Gelhardt, Greenwood, Fernandez.
West Ham United: Fabianski, Dawson, Kehrer, Cresswell, Zouma, Scamacca, Soucek, Lucas Paqueta, Benrahma, Rice, Bowen.
Replacements: Johnson, Coufal, Fornals, Lanzini, Downes, Areola, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Emerson Palmieri.
The City of Leicester: Ward, Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Thomas, Soumare, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Daka.
Replacements: Evans, Vardy, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Mendy, Ndidi, Praet, Iversen.
Welcome to the latest edition of Clockwatch before the Premier League goes into cold storage for the World Cup. A good 3 p.m. 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 charming/irritating ad hoc basis. Team news when we have it… and it’s ON.