The ever-popular winter schedule is upon us now, with a lovely round of midweek Premier League action underway for gameweek 14 of the season.
Tuesday’s games are now in the history books – Leeds beating Crystal Palace and Newcastle drawing with Norwich – but there’s still a feast of football to look forward to as some of the tastiest fixtures in the English top flight are played out.
Liverpool also dominated the Merseyside derby on Wednesday night, while title rivals Chelsea and Man City both secured hard-fought wins.
Manchester United and Arsenal butt heads to round things off on Thursday evening, while Tottenham also host newly promoted Brentford earlier in the evening.
Here’s everything you need to know about all ten fixtures:
Newcastle’s winless start to the season stretched to 13 games after a 1-1 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road.
Eddie Howe’s side got off to the worst possible start as Ciaran Clark was shown a straight red card for a professional foul, having got himself into all sorts of trouble with a terrible lapse in concentration.
But Newcastle were able to take the lead despite being down to 10-men as Callum Wilson converted a penalty just after the hour mark. However, Dean Smith’s Canaries battled hard for an equaliser, and were rewarded for their endeavours when Teemu Pukki rifled a tremendous volley into the roof of Martin Dubravka’s net.
You can read 90min’s player ratings for Newcastle vs Norwich here.
Leeds earned just their third win of the Premier League season as a stoppage-time Raphinha penalty saw off Crystal Palace.
In an entertaining game, both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock, but wasteful finishing – from Christian Benteke in particular – kept the scores level. That was until the dying embers of the game, when Marc Guehi was penalised for handball – Kevin Friend awarding a penalty after intervention from VAR.
Raphinha stepped up for Leeds, and the Brazilian kept his cool from the spot to beat Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.
You can read 90min’s player ratings for Leeds vs Crystal Palace here.
Play was halted for 30 minutes due to a medical emergency in the crowd at Vicarage Road.
When the game restarted it was all Watford, but Chelsea took the lead against the run of play on the half-hour mark through Mason Mount.
The home side weren’t to be deterred by that goal however, making it 1-1 going into half-time thanks to Emmanuel Dennis.
The second half was proving to be pretty evenly contested until Hakim Ziyech gave the European champions the lead with 15 minutes left to play.
You can read 90min’s player ratings for the match here.
West Ham hit the ground running in this one, with Tomas Soucek nodding home in the fifth minute. In truth, it was pretty shocking goalkeeping from Robert Sanchez.
It was pretty much all Brighton thereafter and they finally – deservedly – got their equaliser in the dying embers of the game via a Neal Maupay stunner.
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Wolves were dominant at Molineux but once again their goalscoring issues denied them a deserved victory over Burnley as they passed up the change to go fifth.
Adama Traore came closest to breaking the deadlock, seeing his shot deflect onto the underside of the crossbar in the first half.
Jan Bednarek gave Southampton a shock early lead – with the defender scoring in the third minute of the game after a bit of a goal-mouth scramble.
Leicester clawed their way back into the game via another centre-back – this time Jonny Evans – who latched on to a loose ball in the box to make it 1-1 in the 22nd minute.
The parity didn’t last long however, as ten minutes later the Saints were back ahead thanks to Che Adams.
The Foxes looked much better at the start of the second half and deservedly made it 2-2 via James Maddison in the 50th minute.
You can read player ratings from this one here.
Despite Steven Gerrard’s side’s best efforts, Man City took the lead at Villa Park in the 27th minute thanks to Ruben Dias’ fine finish.
And just before half-time it was 2-0 to City with the in-form Bernardo Silva bagging an excellent volley.
Villa weren’t deterred by going two down, and grabbed a goal back to make it 2-1 inside the first few minutes of the second half, with Ollie Watkins netting at the near post.
You can read player ratings for Aston Villa vs Man City here.
Liverpool could’ve been four or five up at Goodison Park inside the opening ten minutes – but they got one goal at least. Jordan Henderson finished off a lovely move from the Reds, curling the ball brilliantly into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Soon after it was two. Mohamed Salah (who else?) side-footed the second past Jordan Pickford following some horrific defending from Lucas Digne.
Despite being bloody awful, Everton clawed their way back into the game via Demarai Gray in the 38th minute.
The scoreline started to reflect the actual game a bit more with 25 to go as Salah scored his second of the evening to make it 3-1.
Diogo Jota then made it 4-1 with a wonderful strike in the 79th minute.
You can read 90min’s player ratings from the Merseyside derby here.
Tottenham took an early 1-0 lead against Brentford thanks to an own goal from Sergi Canos only 12 minutes into the contest in north London.
Spurs took that lead into the break, having edged the first half in term of possession, as well as having chances to extend their advantage, but it wasn’t until after the hour mark that Son Heung-min put some all-important breathing room between them and the Bees.
Brentford were ultimately quite poor, managing only two shots on target.
You can read 90min’s player ratings from north London here.
With new Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick watching on from the stands, Arsenal took the lead in bizarre fashion at Old Trafford.
David de Gea went down in pain as United were defending a corner – Fred appeared to stand on his foot – but he stayed down and Emile Smith Rowe turned the ball into an unguarded net. After much deliberation, referee Martin Atkinson allowed the goal because there was no actual infringement.
United got back on level terms in the closing stages of the first half when Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal in 15 matches in the centre of the penalty area.
The hosts then went ahead shortly after half-time when Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 800th career goal after being fed my Marcus Rashford. That lead lasted only a few moments when Martin Odegaard tucked a bobbling finish in to the bottom corner.
Ronaldo restored United’s lead from the penalty spot after a clumsy challenge on Fred from Martin Odegaard, although it needed VAR to intervene for it be given.