Southampton v Chelsea, Fulham v Brighton: football clockwatch – live! | Premier League

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Saints win a corner, and swing it under the Chelsea crossbar. Mendy and Silva get in each other’s way, and they make a meal of clearing up the mess. But clear it up they do. A second corner comes in, and Silva heads away with more purpose. Saints were impressive in patches against Manchester United last weekend, and they’ll be happy with their start against another top team.

More hot Toffee chat in lieu of goalmouth action. Here’s Gary Naylor of Guardian Unlimited fame, and he’s got a cob on. “No Maupay for Everton because he was registered with the PL at 4pm on Friday and that isn’t enough time for someone to tick a box on a Bank Holiday weekend. Even actual banks aren’t on holiday in 2022 are they? I’m not expecting Anthony Gordon to have this trouble.”

Saints and Chelsea are treating the ball like a freshly cooked potato in the early stages at St Mary’s. Meanwhile at the Cottage, Fulham continue to look the more likely, Mitrovic powering down the left and cutting inside, before dribbling a pea-roller into the arms of Brighton keeper Sanchez. No goals to report yet, but it’s early days.

The teams are out at St Mary’s. Southampton in their Ajax tribute strip, a bizarro take on the memorable Rank Xerox / Air Florida years. Chelsea get the ball rolling in blue.

Frank Worthington, and yes this is the best picture of that famous strip I can find.
Frank Worthington, and yes this is the best picture of that famous strip I can find. Photograph: Mark Leech/Getty Images

Fulham continue to look lively. Pereira whips in from the left, but can’t find Mitrovic in the middle. Goal kick. The data set is small, we’re only just into the fifth game of the season, after all, but Fulham don’t look like a side destined to go straight back down. Not the sort of thing supporters of more established clubs will want to hear. Ah yes, here’s Mary Waltz: “As far as my boys in blue. At full health we are going to struggle all season. For me it’s the race to 40 points and safety and the goal will not be achieved till late in the season. So I hunker down and get ready for the long slog. Happy, happy, joy, joy, eh?”

De Cordova-Reid fires a low ball through the Brighton box from the right. Pereira isn’t far away from poking home from six yards. Brighton knock it out for a corner, and from that, Palhinha forces Sanchez into a reaction save with a flick at the near post. Brighton clear, but the home side came extremely close on a couple of occasions there.

Brentford have been the livelier team in the early stages at Selhurst Park. Toney, Hickey and Henry have been making nuisances of themselves down the flanks. The Palace fans giving good atmosphere, as they always do at Selhurst.

Brentford's Shandon Baptiste in action with Crystal Palace's Michael Olise.
Brentford’s Shandon Baptiste in action with Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise. Photograph: Tony Obrien/Reuters

An early free kick for Fulham, just to the right of the Brighton box. Pereira swings it in, but the visitors deal with things easily enough and counter. Gross has half a chance to shoot, but spurns it. A fast, open start to the game.

Brentford get the ball rolling at Selhurst. Meanwhile at the Cottage, Brighton get the party started. A hazy sun slowly sets.

The teams are out at Selhurst Park and Craven Cottage. Crystal Palace wear their red and dark blue scribbles, while Brentford wear a lighter shade of blue. Over the other side of town, Fulham sport white and black, while Brighton are in a change strip of red. The first two games of the evening will be off in a minute!

PRE-MATCH POSTBAG courtesy of our stateside Evertonian contingent. “I’m not sure if it’s time to fire up the ‘Everton are in trouble’ alarm,” begins optimism’s Matt Burtz. “I’m under no illusions that two points after four games is a good total. However, though they don’t have any clean sheets yet, they’ve only allowed five goals; only six teams have conceded fewer. Three goals scored won’t cut it, obviously, and I can only hope that Neal Maupay’s arrival will help until Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns, as a 1-0 win is about all we can reasonably expect right now. I suppose this is a long way of saying that things could be worse, but a win today would certainly be nice.”

Mary Waltz adds, albeit not on the subject of her team: “Some say Scotty Parker was binned because of 9-0. Others say it was the disrespectful post-match comments. I say it was the posh boy sweater.” Today’s Fiver agrees with you, Mary. Sort of. In a roundabout way.

Leeds make one change to the XI named for the defeat at Brighton on Saturday. Luis Sinisterra makes his first Premier League start at the expense of Dan James, who drops to the bench. Patrick Bamford returns from injury and is back on the subs bench.

Everton make one change to the XI that started at Brentford. Tom Davies replaces the injured Mason Holgate. There’s no place in the squad yet for the new boy Neal Maupay.

The teams from Elland Road

Leeds United: Meslier, Kristensen, Koch, Llorente, Struijk, Adams, Roca, Sinisterra, Aaronson, Harrison, Rodrigo.
Subs: Forshaw, Bamford, Summerville, Klaesson, James, Gelhardt, Drameh, Greenwood, Klich.

Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Onana, Iwobi, Davies, Gordon, McNeil, Gray.
Subs: Keane, Allan, Begovic, Andre Gomes, Coleman, Ruben Vinagre, Rondon, Mills, Welch.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Southampton make two changes to the side that narrowly lost against Manchester United on Saturday. Romain Perraud and Ibrahima Diallo replace replacing Moussa Djenepo and Joe Aribo, who both drop to the bench.

Chelsea make three changes off the back of the weekend’s win over Leicester. Kalidou Koulibaly returns from suspension and replaces Trevoh Chalobah; Reece James misses out, Cesar Azpilicueta taking his spot; and Ajax transfer target Hakim Ziyech replaces the suspended Conor Gallagher.

The teams from St Mary’s

Southampton: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Adam Armstrong, Diallo, Elyounoussi, Adams.
Subs: McCarthy, Lyanco, Aribo, Stuart Armstrong, Mara, Djenepo, Walcott, Bednarek, Valery.

Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Cucurella, Ziyech, Havertz, Mount, Sterling.
Subs: Gilmour, Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Pulisic, Broja, Chilwell, Chukwuemeka, Ampadu, Vale.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Fulham are unchanged. They name the same XI that narrowly lost at Arsenal on Saturday evening.

Brighton make just one change from the XI that beat Leeds at the Amex on Saturday afternoon. Danny Welbeck drops to the bench, with Enock Mwepu taking his place up front.

Palace make three changes to the XI named for the 4-2 loss at Manchester City on Saturday. Wilfried Zaha returns from injury, while Michael Olise and Jean-Philippe Mateta also step up. Odsonne Edouard, Tyrick Mitchell and Jordan Ayew all drop to the bench.

Brentford make three changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Everton last weekend. Keane Lewis-Potter, Shandon Baptiste and Vitaly Janelt replace Christian Norgaard, Josh Dasilva and Yoane Wissa.

The teams from Craven Cottage

Fulham: Leno, Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Antonee Robinson, Reed, Joao Palhinha, Reid, Andreas Pereira, Kebano, Mitrovic.
Subs: Rodak, Cairney, Chalobah, Mbabu, Diop, Francois, Ablade, Harris, Stansfield.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Sanchez, Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan, March, Mac Allister, Caicedo, Trossard, Gross, Mwepu.
Subs: Lamptey, Colwill, Alzate, Welbeck, Enciso, Undav, Mitoma, Steele, van Hecke.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (Sheffield).

The teams from Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Olise, Mateta, Doucoure, Schlupp, Zaha, Eze.
Subs: Mitchell, Milivojevic, Ayew, Johnstone, Edouard, Ebiowei, Richards, Phillips, Rodney.

Brentford: Raya, Hickey, Jorgensen, Mee, Henry, Lewis-Potter, Mbeumo, Jensen, Baptiste, Toney, Janelt.
Subs: Dasilva, Wissa, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Strakosha, Damsgaard, Sorensen, Roerslev, Stevens.

Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire).

Preamble

Another day, another set of Premier League fixtures. This season being crowbarred into tiny gaps around the World Cup, you’d better get used to it. Tonight’s fixtures are as follows:

  • Crystal Palace v Brentford (7.30pm)

  • Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.30pm)

  • Southampton v Chelsea (7.45pm)

  • Leeds United v Everton (8pm)

Will the Seagulls end the evening perched atop the Premier League table? We’ll find out the answer soon enough. Team news as it comes in. It’s on!

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