“Complete and utter game on now,” roars Paul Merson on Sky Sports after a deflected side-footed volley by the Dane, Christian Norgaard, puts the Bees right back in it at Craven Cottage.
In Scotland, St Mirren lead troubled Dundee United by a goal to nil.
The other three are all 0-0 – it looks like St Johnstone v Aberdeen kicked off late.
Wesley Fofana was left out of Leicester’s squad today – Fabrizio Romano reports that terms have been agreed by the player with Chelsea, but the fee is still up for grabs.
In League One, Sheffield United lead Bolton 2-0 away from home.
It’s Everton 0-0 Forest and Leicester 0-0 Southampton with less than 10 minutes until half time in the Premier League’s 3pm kick-offs. Palace 1-1 Villa, Fulham 2-0 Brentford.
Tella, the on-loan Southampton man, doubles up for Burnley! It’s 3-1 against Blackpool in that Championship encounter at Turf Moor.
Will Manchester United stay up, wonders Rob.
“Whenever a Tottenham player has a bad game I say to myself I could’ve done a better job there,” says Yash Gupta on email. “Well, when Emerson took a hell of a kick in his royals and still managed to get up after 20 seconds, and was up and running, fair play. There is a reason he is a football player and I’m a armchair football fan.”
Yes, that looked painful, but Spurs still managed to grind out a gutsy (ballsy?) win against Wolves in today’s early Premier League kick-off:
Burnley 2-1 Blackpool is the latest from Turf Moor inside 30 minutes in another high-scoring clash, in the Championship this time. Brownhill and Tella put Burnley 2-0 up and Corbeanu has got Blackpool on the board.
Disallowed goal! Crystal Palace 1-1 Aston Villa
Goals, goals, goals! More goals! Palace lead, having come from behind, inside 30 minutes, as Schlupp cracks in a fine shot into the corner …
But no. It’s disallowed for offside. Ah, you have to love VAR, don’t you?
Goal! Fulham 2-0 Brentford (Palhinha)
Yes, it is going to be one of those “Wow, Man Utrd really are terrible” afternoons! Fulham double their lead against the Bees, who thrashed Manchester United 4-0 last weekend, and it’s the new man Joao Palhinha with the goal. A lovely header, says Paul Merson on the old Soccer Saturday. Fulham could be 4-0 up by now.
Fulham are hammering Brentford 1-0. Mitrovic goes close!
Gary Naylor weighs into the Rondon debate.
Personally I never thought Rondon was as bad as people make out. Even if not scoring (if, I hear you cry?!) he’s a handful.
Mitrovic hits the onion bag for Fulham against Brentford, and looks to have put them 2-0 up, but he’s offside.
“Yes, Everton is dominating Forest so far,” emails Mary Waltz (watching, I believe, from across the pond). “But just like the first two fixtures we have no clue when we approach the box. The fact that we are having to rely on a past-his-prime Rondon for scoring is not a positive sign for Toffee fans.”
It’s a fair point, Mary.
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“Afternoon Luke,” emails Simon McMahon. “Even at this stage of the season, Dundee United could do with three points at home to St. Mirren today after heavy losses to AZ Alkmaar and Hearts. It’s not quite reached Manchester United levels of mismanagement yet, and we don’t have to play Liverpool on Monday, but still. Get a grip United.
“Today’s other games are Motherwell v Livingston, Ross County v Kilmarnock and St. Johnstone v Aberdeen, while Hibs and Rangers drew 2-2 in the early kick off, and Celtic host Hearts tomorrow.”
Hey, I already mentioned Rangers! Thanks for the email Simon.
Goal! Crystal Palace 1-1 Aston Villa (Zaha)
It’s raining goals in the Premier League. The Eagles are level at Selhurst Park.
Nine-man Rangers coughed up a late equaliser in a 2-2 Scottish Premiership draw at Hibs. Here’s the report:
The former Forest defender Michael Dawson, on Sky Sports, tells us that Everton have started in the ascendancy at Goodison Park.
Goal! Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa (Watkins)
A tidy finish by the some-time England international and Gerrard’s Villa lead in south London! It came from a speculative ball forward by Tyrone Mings.
Goal! Fulham 1-0 Brentford (Decordova-Reid)
Is this going to be one of those ‘Wow, Manchester United must be really bad’ afternoons? Decordova-Reid, or Reid as some have it, has a tap-in to put Fulham in front after the ball comes back off the woodwork.
Here we go then. 3pm is literally seconds away. Let’s do this.
Jonathan Liew witnessed Spurs 1-0 Wolves in north London, and here is his match report:
I just searched for the oldest Nottingham Forest photos in our picture library. Safe to say they don’t go back as far as 1892 and the first-ever league match at Goodison. But here’s Stan Collymore celebrating a goal against Palace at Selhurst Park in 1995. I was at that game, fact fans. The Collymore goal was a typical mix of audacity, skill, pace and power. Bryan Roy scored the first … Iain Dowie got the Palace goal!
You’ve just got time, before the kick-offs at 3pm, to read Jonathan Liew’s latest, on Marcus Rashford:
Brendan Rodgers, on Sky Sports, is asked about the absences of Tielemans and Fofana: “One is a change in system and two … I mentioned in the week, coming into a Premier League game maybe not in the right frame of mind [is not what Rodgers wants’] … and that’s the reason for the change.”
“We’ve got to focus on ourselves and build on some of the good things we did last week,” reckons Forest manager Steve Cooper, via the club’s Twitter.
“Everton vs Forest at Goodison Park afternoon is a repeat of the first ever competitive match at Goodison, 130 years ago on 3rd September 1892,” emails Ed Shardlow.
“My distant cousin, Forest “inside left” Horace Pike scored the first goal. Here’s how the match report described it:
“The visitors showed good play, being very quick on the ball, and Jardine was in trouble, Pike making a gallant attempt to lower his colours. Only a corner, however, resulted, but from this Pike had his revenge for he deftly placed a goal.”
“The game, which was also Forest’s first ever game in the top division, ended 2-2.”
Thanks for the email Ed. Yes, it’s good to see Forest back in the top flight, and Everton v Forest is a fixture that just feels right, somehow.
Everton v Nottingham Forest teams
Salomon Rondon starts up front for Everton against Forest, with Tom Davies also coming into midfield. The injured Abdoulaye Doucoure drops out, along with Dwight McNeil. For Forest, Steve Cook comes in at centre-back for the injured Moussa Niakhate with new arrivals Freuler, Dennis, Kouyate, Biancone and Gibbs-White all on the bench.
No sign of Wesley Fofana in the Foxes squad amid speculation on his future. Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez replace Fofana and Youri Tielemans (another player being linked with a move away from the King Power). Sekou Mara, Joe Aribo and Adam Armstrong are all in the Saints lineup.
It’s official: Tottenham have beaten Wolves 1-0, and are top of the table for now at least, with seven points from three matches. It was a Kane header that won it, his 250th Tottenham goal. Get reaction with Barry Glendenning:
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa teams
Steven Gerrard was asked about Buendia’s impact last weekend and politely pointed out to a reporter that he, Gerrard, is the one picking the team. Anyway, Buendia starts today, while Ezri Konsa replaces the injured Diego Carlos and Leon Bailey comes in for Danny Ings. Odsonne Edouard is the one change for Palace, with Nathaniel Clyne dropping to the bench.
Up in Scotland, Rangers are beating Hibs 2-1 away in the Premiership, inside the final 20 minutes, but have just had John Lundstram sent off.
With regard to Chelsea’s pursuit of the Everton forward Anthony Gordon – Frank Lampard wants to keep him, but admits that he may not still be at Goodison Park come the end of the transfer window:
Harry Kane has just headed Spurs into the lead against Wolves, thanks largely to a crafty flick-on at the near post by Ivan Perisic. That’s 250 Tottenham goals for Kane.
Barcelona have still not been authorised to register French defender Jules Koundé as a player, one of their marquee summer signings, as the club works to comply with LaLiga’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, manager Xavi said on Saturday.
“At the moment, we don’t know anything. We are on stand-by,” Xavi saidtheir trip to San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad on Sunday. Barça need to comply with La Liga’s salary cap rules to register Koundé, and the potential sales of strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay could make this possible.
“We are waiting. Koundé is a great leader and a great player. Hopefully he shows it soon – tomorrow, if he can play. He has trained very well, I see him in good spirits, but we need to sell players to be able to register him.”
Koundé missed out on Barça’s season debut against Rayo Vallecano after La Liga prevented the club from registering him alongside his fellow summer signings Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.
“The transfer market ends on August 31 and we don’t know what will happen,” Xavi said. “Auba and Memphis are still here, so tomorrow we will use them. But the priority is to register Koundé.” (Reuters)
And here is Will Unwin on Erik ten Hag and the fire-fighting he is having to do so early in his reign at Manchester United – with Liverpool looming large on Monday night:
“Trying to adjust to a new set of tactical and stylistic rules is hard enough for footballers at the best of times but when low on confidence it is almost impossible.”
As it stands, the highly underwhelming encounter between Tottenham and Wolves is scoreless at half time. The second half, in fact, has just this second kicked off.
While we await team news for the 3pm kick-offs, why not read Barney Ronay on the kerfuffle surrounding Graeme Souness and his ‘man’s game’ comments last week?
“I think what he was trying to express, poorly, was his enthusiasm for letting the game flow, a lust for extreme physicality, and his own obvious nostalgia for the world of his youth, a place where Wulfstan is always the noblest and bravest of all warriors, still out there defending the bridge from the Vikings.”
Is there much point in paying attention to the Premier League table after two matches? Probably not, but let’s do it anyway: promoted Nottingham Forest are currently 10th following a morale-boosting win against West Ham last weekend, while Everton are nought from two and languishing in 18th place with defeats by Chelsea and Aston Villa on the books.
The story for Steve Cooper’s Forest has been about multiple arrivals: Morgan Gibbs-White became their 16th summer signing on Thursday, while for Everton the recent focus has largely been on resisting Chelsea’s attempt to lure Anthony Gordon to Stamford Bridge. Whatever the future holds for Gordon, Frank Lampard will certainly be grappling with a full-blown crisis and widespread wailing from the fans should Everton lose again today.
The other three 3pm kick-offs, no less importantly, are Leicester v Southampton, Fulham v Brentford and Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, with the managerial match-up between two former midfield generals, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard, providing a tasty sub-plot at Selhurst Park.
Team news and more coming right up for all four 3pm kick-offs, but meanwhile, Barry Glendenning has Tottenham v Wolves – live! – right here: