If Paris Saint-Germain have their way, Lionel Messi will be playing for the French giants in 2021-22.

But will he be playing alongside Kylian Mbappe in Paris?

Real Madrid target Mbappe could stay.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI IN, MBAPPE OUT?

Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Lionel Messi but Kylian Mbappe could remain with the Ligue 1 champions, according to reports.

Barcelona captain Messi is out of contract at season's end and has been heavily linked with PSG and Manchester City.

Le Parisien says there is no doubt who will replace Mbappe at PSG if he departs for LaLiga champions Real Madrid, though Canal + journalist Pierre Menes claims the French forward is interested in staying at Parc des Princes.

 

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Madrid are considering a €45million (£39.9m) bid to re-sign Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham, according to Sport. Reguilon left the LaLiga champions at the start of the season, but Madrid have an option to buy him back within two years.

- Calciomercato says Juventus are eyeing Bayern Munich duo Corentin Tolisso and Joshua Zirkzee. Bayern are reportedly unwilling to let Zirkzee leave permanently.

- Sport 1 claims Borussia Dortmund are set to battle German rivals Bayern for Borussia Monchengladbach star Florian Neuhaus. The 23-year-old reportedly has a €40m release clause.

- RB Leipzig attacker Hwang Hee-chan could be loaned out amid links to West Ham, reports Kicker.

Inter and Lautaro Martinez remain in negotiations over a new contract, reports Calciomercato. Once tipped to join Barca, Martinez's Camp Nou dream appears to be fading due to the economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Inter are not prepared to meet Martinez's wage demands at the moment.

Liverpool are reportedly prioritising a new deal for Virgil van Dijk over Mohamed Salah, while they could be beaten to Dayot Upamecano by Manchester United.

Salah's future has been a talking point in recent weeks, although the forward is contracted until 2023.

Van Dijk also has an agreement at Anfield until 2023, but the injured defender is apparently Liverpool's focus.

 

TOP STORY – LIVERPOOL PRIORITISE VAN DIJK DEAL OVER SALAH

Liverpool are prioritising a new contract for Van Dijk over Salah, according to Eurosport.

Van Dijk, 29, is recovering from a serious knee injury and his absence has been felt by the Premier League champions.

Salah, meanwhile, has scored 13 goals in 18 league games this season, but in an interview with AS last month the 28-year-old refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

The report also says Liverpool may look at West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, with Georginio Wijnaldum set to leave as a free agent at the end of the campaign.

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- With Van Dijk and Joe Gomez injured, Liverpool have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig defender Upamecano. But The Sun reports Manchester United are poised to sign the centre-back for £38million (€42.7m).

- Amid uncertainty over his future at Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele is being looked at by numerous European giants. Sport reports Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich are monitoring the forward's situation. Dembele is out of contract in 2022 and the Catalan giants could sell him if he does not extend his deal.

- Frank Lampard is under enormous pressure at Chelsea as the Premier League side struggle for form. The Mirror reports Chelsea could turn to Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers if they move on from Lampard.

- Yet to re-sign with Southampton with his contract expiring next year, Danny Ings is linked with a move. 90min reports Leicester City and Everton have joined the race for the forward, who has also been linked to Tottenham.

Could Barcelona be about to make a splash in the free-agent market?

Strapped for cash amid the coronavirus pandemic, Barca are believed to have set their sights on two stars.

David Alaba and Sergio Aguero are on the agenda at Camp Nou…

 

TOP STORY – BARCA EYEING OUT-OF-CONTRACT DUO

Barcelona are set to target Bayern Munich star David Alaba and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero , according to Mundo Deportivo.

Alaba and Aguero are both out of contract at the end of the season, prompting interest from embattled LaLiga giants Barca.

Bayern's Alaba has been tipped to join Real Madrid , while the likes of Manchester United , Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked.

Aguero, meanwhile, is no certainty to renew in Manchester, where Pep Guardiola is reportedly eyeing Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland and Inter's Romelu Lukaku .

 

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-   Sport reports Raphael Varane wants to leave LaLiga champions Madrid . The French defender has previously been linked to United .

- Madrid cannot afford to sign the likes of PSG star Kylian Mbappe and Haaland due to their current financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic, claims Marca.

- The Guardian says West Ham have lowered their asking price for Declan Rice , who has been linked to Chelsea and United .

- Martin Odegaard is close to swapping Madrid for Arsenal on loan, reports journalist Fabrizio Romano.

- Romano also says United have not opened talks with Lens to sign Argentine centre-back Facundo Medina . The Red Devils are eyeing a new centre-back amid links with in-demand RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano .

Napoli want to sign either Sporting CP full-back Nuno Mendes or Benfica's Nuno Tavares , reports Calciomercato.

- There are serious doubts over Edin Dzeko's future at Roma, with Calciomercato claiming Juventus and Inter are monitoring the situation.

David Moyes has led West Ham to their highest ever points total at the halfway stage of a Premier League season.

The Hammers moved up to seventh in the table after Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio were on target in a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened West Brom at London Stadium.

The result moved Moyes' side to 32 points (W9 D5 L5) and they have never had more after 19 games in the competition.

West Ham's previous best came midway through 2014-15 when they had 31 points under the leadership of Sam Allardyce, who was the defeated Baggies boss on Tuesday.

Moyes' second spell in charge of the east London club is proving to be his most impressive spell in the dugout since an ill-fated stint at Manchester United as Alex Ferguson's successor.

Indeed, in 2013-14 season, the Scot had only managed two more points by the same stage with the then-defending Premier League champions.

United were sixth after 19 games, with 10 wins, four draws and five defeats.

West Ham manager David Moyes insisted the club have had no contact from Chelsea or Manchester United as he warned the Premier League giants off Declan Rice.

United are reportedly prepared to rival Chelsea for West Ham star Rice at the end of the season.

But Moyes denied West Ham have received an offer for the 22-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence.

"They're not true [rumours of a bid], we've had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn't want any anyway," Moyes told Amazon Prime after West Ham's 1-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday.

"He's doing great for us, he's a big leader now, he's taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble.

"He's turning out to be a really good player but also a really good boy and good around the club."

Rice left boyhood club Chelsea for London rivals West Ham in 2014 after being released at the age of 14.

The 13-time England international made his professional debut for West Ham the following year.

After appearing in all 38 Premier League fixtures last season, Rice has played in all of West Ham's opening 18 league matches in 2020-21.

Chelsea needed a late intervention from Mason Mount to overcome Fulham 1-0 on Saturday, relieving the pressure on boss Frank Lampard. 

Brendan Rodgers - a man tipped to take over at Stamford Bridge if Lampard is removed as boss - saw his Leicester City side climb up to second in the table with a 2-0 win over Southampton. 

There were also wins for Brighton and Hove Albion, West Ham and struggling West Brom. 

Here is the pick of the Opta facts from Saturday's action in the Premier League.

 

Fulham 0-1 Chelsea: Mount settles west London derby

Chelsea left it late to overcome Fulham at Craven Cottage, Mason Mount scoring with 12 minutes remaining to end the Blues' run of three straight away Premier League defeats. 

The scoreline perhaps should not come as a surprise, given Chelsea have won 131 Premier League games by that margin - the most common winning score for a single team in the competition's history. 

The result also marked Chelsea's fourth away clean sheet of the season - a feat they managed just once last season. 

It could have been a different outcome had Antonee Robinson not seen red shortly before half-time for a wild lunge on Cesar Azpilicueta. That dismissal was Fulham's third in the Premier League this season - no side has had more so far this term. 

Defeat for Scott Parker's side means they are winless in their last 19 top-flight London derby matches since a 2-1 win over West Ham in January 2014.

Leicester City 2-0 Southampton: Maddison and Barnes on target for flying Foxes

Leicester moved up to second in the Premier League after earning their first home league win against Southampton since April 2016, ending a run of four without a win against the Saints at the King Power Stadium. 

They were set on their way by James Maddison, who has now scored in consecutive top-flight games for the Foxes for the first time since October 2019, matching his goal tally at the King Power Stadium from each of the previous two campaigns.

Harvey Barnes' 10th goal of the season sealed all three points, the winger equalling his best ever goals return in a single campaign. 

Southampton, meanwhile, have now failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 34 in the competition.

The Saints' first 12 Premier League games this season saw 41 goals scored (F24 A17), at an average of 3.4 per game, while their last six games have seen just six goals scored (F2 A4).

Wolves 2-3 West Brom: Pereira brace gives Allardyce lift off

Sam Allardyce got off the mark with his first win as West Brom boss to revive his side's survival hopes against out-of-form Wolves.

The veteran manager, previously without a win in five matches in all competitions since taking over, is now without defeat in six Premier League games against Wolves - his best unbeaten return against any side in the division.

Matheus Pereira gave West Brom the lead from the penalty spot early on - the ninth league game in a row Wolves have conceded first - before Fabio Silva and Willy Boly turned the game in the home side's favour.

In doing so, Boly became the first Wolves player to concede a penalty, assist and score a goal in the same Premier League game since Adlene Guedioura in May 2011 - also against West Brom at Molineux.

Semi Ajayi levelled the game up with his ninth headed goal since the start of 2018-19 - no defender in England's top four tiers has scored more, level with Virgil van Dijk and Aaron Pierre - and Pereira scored the winner with another spot-kick.

Wolves, who last lost successive home league games against West Brom between 1929 and 1931, are without a clean sheet in 12 Premier League matches - the longest ongoing run among sides in the division.

Leeds 0-1 Brighton: Maupay haunts Bielsa's men again

Brighton ended a nine-game winless run in the Premier League with a narrow victory at Leeds thanks to Neal Maupay's close-range finish after 17 minutes.

Maupay rounded off a slick team move for his 10th away goal for Albion in the competition, making him just the second player to reach that tally for the Seagulls after Glenn Murray (11).

It was the striker's fourth goal in five league appearances against Leeds and ensured a first ever away top-flight victory in this fixture for his side at the fourth attempt.

Leeds, whose two shots on target was their second fewest in a home match under Marcelo Bielsa, have lost their first three games in a calendar year for the first time since 2014.

West Ham 1-0 Burnley: Antonio hits milestone goal in narrow win

Michail Antonio made the difference as Burnley fired another blank, the versatile forward becoming the fourth West Ham player to reach the 40-goal mark for the club after Paolo Di Canio (47), Mark Noble (46) and Carlton Cole (41).

All 40 of those goals have been scored inside the penalty area - only Tim Cahill (56), Javier Hernandez (53), Gabriel Jesus (43) and John Terry (41) have netted more with 100 per cent coming inside the box.

No team has failed to score in more different Premier League games than Burnley this season (10), while no team has netted in more different games than West Ham (15).

It was also a third successive clean sheet in the league for David Moyes' men for the first time since September 2019 as they picked up an eighth win of the campaign in their 18th game, a tally it took them 32 games to reach last time around.

Manchester United and Chelsea are set to do battle for the signing of West Ham star Declan Rice.

Rice, 22, is being touted for a move in the close season, with Chelsea having reportedly led the race for the midfielder's signature.

But United could be ready to fight for the England international.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UTD TO CHALLENGE CHELSEA FOR RICE

Manchester United are prepared to challenge Chelsea to sign Rice ahead of 2021-22, according to ESPN.

The report says United are eyeing a forward, centre-back and defensive midfielder as priorities at the end of the season.

Rice is contracted at West Ham, where he arrived as a youth player from Chelsea in 2014, until 2024.

 

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- Eric Garcia looks set to finish the season with Manchester City. Marca reports Barcelona cannot afford a transfer fee for the defender and the delay of the LaLiga club's presidential elections, now scheduled for March 7, mean Garcia will have to wait for a move.

- Also at Barcelona and backup goalkeeper Neto has asked for a January move, according to Sport. It comes as he struggles for game time behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen and amid links to Arsenal.

- Eder Militao is facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid. Goal reports Bayern Munich have joined the list of clubs who have asked about the defender, with Juventus, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund also reportedly interested in Militao, who has played just three times this season.

- Milan want Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori. The Daily Mail reports the Serie A leaders have discussed a loan with the option to make the move permanent for €30.4million (£27m) at season's end.

The Premier League's relentless schedule continues with matchday 19 this weekend.

Keeping on top of your fantasy teams has been tough with the intense fixture list and increasingly regular postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To make things a little bit easier, we have used Opta data to highlight a few candidates for selection in your side.
 

NICK POPE

Burnley may only be four points clear of the drop zone, but when Pope is in the team they are difficult to beat.

Since the start of November, no goalkeeper to have featured at least four times has conceded fewer than Pope (four).

He has kept five clean sheets during that run and has the best save percentage in the Premier League at 90 per cent.


JOHN STONES

Manchester City are starting to look like Premier League title contenders once again, and a resurgent Stones has played a key role in that.

He has helped his side keep six clean sheets in his eight Premier League appearances this season, the highest percentage among defenders to play more than four games in 2020-21.
 

MARCUS RASHFORD

A mouthwatering top-of-the-table clash between Liverpool and Manchester United is scheduled to take place on Sunday and Rashford will again hope to prove influential in this fixture.

He has scored three goals in his past four Premier League appearances against Liverpool, earning his team four points in the process.

Only Wayne Rooney (six), Andy Cole (four) and Ryan Giggs (four) have found the back of the net against Liverpool more times for United in the Premier League than Rashford.


PEDRO NETO

Wolves host second-bottom West Brom in a West Midlands derby on Saturday.

With Raul Jimenez out due to a fractured skull, Neto has done his best to keep Nuno Espirito Santo's side pushing for a place in the top six.

He has the most Premier League goal involvements (four scored, three assisted) this season of any player aged 21 or younger, while his 32 chances created are twice as many as Bukayo Saka in second.

TOMAS SOUCEK

There is no doubting that Soucek has made himself an important part of David Moyes' West Ham side.

The Czech Republic international is the Hammers' highest-scoring player with five goals. He has also been involved in the most goal-ending open play sequences (seven) for the team this season.

CHRIS WOOD

Burnley may not be the most prolific team in the Premier League but Wood does not find it hard to score against West Ham.

The New Zealand striker has scored six goals in as many top-flight appearances against the Hammers, averaging a goal every 58 minutes.

He has not scored more than four against any other Premier League opponent.

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly eyeing Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero.

Aguero, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season and his future with the Premier League giants is uncertain.

And PSG are apparently eyeing the forward.

 

TOP STORY – PSG EYE AGUERO

Mauricio Pochettino and PSG have Aguero in their sights on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to the Mirror.

Injuries have limited Aguero to just nine appearances in all competitions this season.

Aguero is Manchester City's all-time leading scorer with 256 goals.

 

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- Linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt, Arsenal may also be looking elsewhere. Bild reports PSG's Julian Draxler, who is out of contract at the season's end, is an alternative for the Premier League club.

- Also at Arsenal, Mesut Ozil seems set to leave the club. The Guardian reports the playmaker is in talks to join Fenerbahce on loan, but Arsenal do not want to pay any part of his salary if he moves to the Turkish giants.

- Lyon striker Moussa Dembele is again being linked with a switch. Goal reports Dembele is not interested in a move to West Ham, and Atletico Madrid are keen to land him. L'Equipe says Atletico want Dembele on loan.

- Kieran Trippier's ban has been put on hold pending an appeal, but his January reportedly could have been very different. TalkSPORT reports Manchester United were considering a bid for the defender, who was keen on a move, before his ban over betting rule breaches.

- Manchester United are apparently not chasing Moises Caicedo. Fabrizio Romano reports United, who were previously linked to Caicedo, will not sign the Independiente del Valle and Ecuador attacker, who is said to be the subject of a bid from Brighton and Hove Albion.

West Ham record signing Sebastien Haller has completed a move to Ajax for a cut-price fee of £20.3million (€22.5m).

The striker has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Eredivisie giants, having previously enjoyed a spell in the Dutch top flight with Utrecht.

West Ham spent a reported £45m to bring Haller to England in July 2019 after he starred for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, scoring 19 goals in all competitions in 2018-19 as part of a formidable forward partnership with Luka Jovic.

However, his time in the Premier League proved largely disappointing, the 26-year-old scoring 14 times in 50 appearances in all competitions.

The Ivory Coast international was usurped by Michail Antonio as first-choice centre-forward under David Moyes and did not start a league match this season until October 31, when Antonio was struggling with injury.

"West Ham United would like to thank Sebastien for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for his future career," the Hammers said.

According to reports, West Ham are interested in signing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele to bolster their attack, although the former Celtic forward is said to have little interest in a move to London Stadium.

Jose Mourinho was disappointed to learn of a Christmas party which saw Tottenham players Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso breach coronavirus regulations.

Pictures circulated on social media of the Spurs trio at a festive gathering, with West Ham's Manuel Lanzini also in attendance.

The party went against COVID-19 rules put in place by the UK government as those present ignored social-distancing guidelines.

Head coach Mourinho was particularly disheartened having gifted Reguilon with a cooked pig to help him adjust to his first Christmas in England.

"I gave him an amazing gift, a Portuguese piglet, which is amazing for Portuguese and Spanish," Mourinho said after Tottenham's 3-0 defeat of Leeds United on Saturday.

"I gave him it because I was told he was going to spend Christmas on his own. I had this thought about him. He was not alone, as you can see.

"We as a club feel disappointed. We give the players all the education, we give the players all the conditions and, of course, we are not happy. It was a negative surprise for us."

Reguilon had started Spurs' prior match at Wolves but was an unused substitute against Leeds, while Lamela was absent from the squad. Lo Celso is injured.

Between the games against Wolves and Leeds, Tottenham had a trip to Fulham postponed due to coronavirus cases in the home camp.

Asked if he was angered by the behaviour of his players, Mourinho added: "I prefer to say disappointed.

"We know what we are internally. We don't need to open the door to you and let you know what is going on internally, what are going to be the consequences, how we approached that negative surprise. I feel disappointed, just that."

Lanzini appeared as a substitute in West Ham's 1-0 win at Everton on Friday but apologised for his part in the controversy the following day.

"I want to apologise for a bad mistake I made over Christmas and I take full responsibility for my actions," the midfielder wrote.

"I know people have made difficult sacrifices to stay safe and I should be setting a better example."

On an unusually quiet New Year's Day by the Premier League's normal standards, it is fair to say West Ham's 1-0 win at Everton probably didn't capture the imagination of many neutrals.

A cagey and tense match for the most part, West Ham eventually claimed the three points in the latter stages to hand Moyes his first win at Goodison Park since leaving Everton for Manchester United in 2013.

In the almost eight years since, not a great deal has gone Moyes' way. But this was evidence that he appears to be on the right path with the Hammers and potentially enjoying the start of a reputational restoration.

His West Ham of 2020-21 have plenty of creative talent, but the team and system remain focused on being solid at the back. They certainly were on Friday.

Everton, who would have moved second with a win, managed just two shots on target in the entire match, three fewer than their visitors, and Moyes' men began to show a greater attacking threat even after the hosts introduced Andre Gomes and James Rodriguez from the bench.

OGBONNA FIDE COLOSSUS

It wasn't really until the second half that the game began to open up and Everton looked capable of potentially cutting through West Ham's resolute backline.

But even then, Angelo Ogbonna was colossal at the back, proving to be in the right place at the right time so often.

He made seven clearances in total, more than anyone else on the pitch, and also chipped in with a couple of interceptions.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggled to impose himself against the Italian, failing to register a shot on target, and the England international's Premier League goal drought increased to five matches.

Ogbonna hasn't always been a convincing defender during his time in England, but his was a prime example of just how imperious he can be.

SOUCEK YOURSELF

In his brief time in the Premier League, Tomas Soucek's well-rounded style of play has attracted admirers.

While his distribution was occasionally a little slack here, it's clear why he is such an important figure for West Ham.

Soucek got the winning goal with a poacher's effort in the latter stages, his fifth in his past 10 Premier League games.

But he was an effective presence all over the pitch.

No one on the pitch recovered possession more often than Soucek (15), and Aaron Cresswell was the only West Ham player to better his 67 touches of the ball.

CARLO'S WOES

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has faced Moyes more times in the Premier League without winning than against any other coach, drawing three and losing three of their six meetings.

Calvert-Lewin was always likely to be key if Ancelotti was to finally get the better of Moyes, but it wasn't to be.

Now five league games without a goal, his form is a far cry from run that saw him net 11 in his first 11 games in the competition this season.

When the back-up is a Cenk Tosun without a league goal since last January, while on loan at Crystal Palace, you have to worry about Everton's top-four chances.

Goals proved hard to come by - The Hawthorns aside - on a day of low-scoring games in the Premier League.

One goal was enough for Arsenal, Manchester United and Burnley to beat Brighton and Hove Albion, Wolves and Sheffield United respectively.

Meanwhile, Southampton's home meeting with West Ham finished goalless, but Leeds United clearly did not get the memo as they hit five against lowly West Brom.

Here is the pick of the Opta facts from Tuesday's action in the Premier League.

Brighton 0-1 Arsenal: Super-sub Lacazette inspires Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette scored from the bench to make it back-to-back victories for Arsenal in the Premier League for the first time since their first two games of the season.

The French forward's strike – his third in a row in all competitions, after netting once in his previous 12 – arrived just 29 seconds after replacing Gabriel Martinelli, making it the quickest goal by an Arsenal substitute since Opta records began in 2006-07.

The assist was as impressive as the composed finish, with Bukayo Saka storming down the right to tee up Lacazette – the 15th goal he has set up for a team-mate in all competitions since the start of last season, which is the most of any Arsenal player.

Arsenal held firm at the other end to record a fourth away clean sheet this season in the Premier League – only Aston Villa boast a better such record, with five in total for the Villans.

Relegation-threatened Brighton end the year with just one Premier League home win to their name in 17 games – the lowest total of victories on home soil in a calendar year by any side in the history of the competition.

Burnley 1-0 Sheff Utd: Blades equal unwanted record

Another game, another defeat for Sheffield United, who have now lost 14 of their 16 Premier League matches this term, drawing the other two.

The Blades' 16-match winless streak to begin the season is the joint-worst in the competition's history, equalling the record set by QPR in 2012-13.

Oliver Burke has played in 10 of those games. Indeed, the winger has not ended on the winning side in any of his first 25 Premier League appearances, seeing him surpass Gareth Bale (24) for the longest winless start for a player in the competition.

Ben Mee scored what proved to be the winner with a header from a corner after 32 minutes to separate the division's two lowest-scoring sides – the Burnley skipper's first Premier League goal at Turf Moor in 76 matches since January 2015.

That goal should have come as little surprise to the visitors given that they have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 19 league outings since a 3-0 victory over Chelsea in July.

Burnley have now won three of their last four home top-flight matches – as many as their previous 13 combined – with this marking their first successive wins at Turf Moor since October 2019.

Southampton 0-0 West Ham: Successive stalemates for shot-shy Saints

Southampton played out a second successive goalless draw in the Premier League for the first time since October 2018 in a low-key affair at St Mary's.

The Saints were also held by Fulham on Boxing Day and are now winless in four league matches, which is their longest such run since going eight without a victory from September to November 2019.

Top scorer Danny Ings returned for the hosts but had minimal impact as he failed to have a shot or a single touch in West Ham's box – the first time in 54 Premier League games the striker has played a full 90 minutes in which that has happened.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was absent from the dugout after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus, but for opposite number David Moyes it was the 12th time in his last 13 top-flight encounters that he has avoided defeat against Southampton.

It was a well-earned point for West Ham and an occasion to remember for Craig Dawson, who at the age of 30 years and 237 days became the oldest outfield English player to make his Premier League debut for the club since Roger Johnson in 2014.

West Brom 0-5 Leeds: Baggies blitzed by Bielsa's boys

Romaine Sawyers' comical own goal set the tone early on as West Brom followed up a draw away at champions Liverpool with a humiliating 5-0 loss at home to Leeds, who equalled their biggest margin of victory in a Premier League game.

The midfielder passed the ball into his own net from 25 yards and subsequently became the seventh WBA player to score an own goal since the start of 2019-20 – no side in English football's top four tiers has scored more, tied with Southend United.

Ezgjan Alioski's crisp finish, Jack Harrison's strike from close range and Rodrigo's deflected effort had Leeds four up at the interval in a top-flight game for the first time since May 2001 versus Bradford City.

Raphinha rounded off the scoring in the second half to take Leeds to 30 goals in the Premier League this season – the second-most ever for a newly promoted side after 16 matches, behind only Newcastle United in 1993-94 (31).

Leeds, who have won by five goals in the competition on five previous occasions, move up to 11th in the division, while West Brom are 19th with eight points – only in 1985-86 (six when converted to three points for a win) have they amassed fewer.

Man United 1-0 Wolves: Solskjaer's men leave it late

A rare Marcus Rashford strike at Old Trafford earned United a late victory against Wolves as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men made it seven wins in their last nine league matches.

Rashford scored with 92 minutes and 51 seconds on the clock – United's latest winning goal in a Premier League match at Old Trafford since September 2009, when Michael Owen netted at 95:27 against Manchester City.

The goal – Rashford's first on home soil in the league in 845 minutes since July – was set up by Bruno Fernandes, who has now been directly involved in more goals in the competition than any player since his debut in February (18 goals, 14 assists).

Wolves, who named their youngest starting XI for a Premier League game since April 2012 at an average of 25 years and 109 days, were seconds away from a precious point but have now conceded in each of their last nine top-flight matches.

That is their joint-longest run without a clean sheet in the competition under Nuno Espirito Santo, with this third away loss in a row leaving them in the bottom half of the division.

Ralph Hasenhuttl will not attend Southampton's Premier League game against West Ham on Tuesday after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.

Saints revealed manager Hasenhuttl will work remotely when his side face the Hammers in the Premier League at St Mary's Stadium.

The club said in a statement: "Southampton Football Club can confirm that Ralph Hasenhuttl will not be in the dugout for this evening’s game against West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium.

"A member of Ralph's household tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (28th December), and in keeping with the club's usual protocols and government guidance, Ralph is currently self-isolating whilst we assess the situation further.

"Ralph will manage this evening's game from home and will remain in contact with the team and coaching staff throughout the game via a video and audio link."

A COVID-19 outbreak at Manchester City led to their Premier League game at Everton on Monday being postponed at four hours' notice.

The Premier League on Tuesday confirmed a record 18 new positive coronavirus tests in the week commencing December 21.

Liverpool and Tottenham each conceded late equalisers in 1-1 Premier League draws on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce, the last visiting manager to win a top-flight game at Anfield, frustrated the champions as West Brom claimed a point, before Wolves followed suit and pegged back Spurs.

West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion had also earlier drawn, with Leeds United the only winners on the day.

We reflect on the action using Opta data.
 

Leeds United 1-0 Burnley: Bamford makes it back-to-back wins

Patrick Bamford's 10th goal of the season gave Leeds their second straight home Premier League win as Burnley were beaten 1-0 at Elland Road.

It marked the first time since April 2004 - a month before their relegation - Leeds have won consecutive top-flight matches at home.

Bamford's goal - from the penalty spot - secured a first home win to nil in the Premier League since a year prior to that in April 2003.

Bamford reached double figures in his 15th Premier League game for Leeds, needing more only than Mark Viduka (nine matches) and Tony Yeboah (14) to reach that tally.

The controversial spot-kick award was the seventh against Burnley in 2020, behind only Tottenham (eight), while they have now won just one of their past seven Premier League matches against promoted sides (D3 L3).
 

West Ham 2-2 Brighton and Hove Albion: Seagulls held again

Brighton are yet to lose to West Ham in the Premier League but could only take a point against the Hammers in a fourth meeting running.

After three straight wins in their first three clashes in the competition, Brighton have been held in each subsequent match, most recently in Sunday's 2-2 stalemate.

The Seagulls twice led as Neal Maupay ended his 649-minute drought with the opener before Lewis Dunk restored that advantage with his seventh top-flight goal - all of which have come from set-pieces.

But between those two efforts Ben Johnson became the youngest player to score in the Premier League for a David Moyes team since Adnan Januzaj in April 2014 and then Tomas Soucek nodded in the vital second equaliser, his fourth headed goal since his debut - tied with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Harry Kane for the most.
 

Liverpool 1-1 West Brom: Big Sam silences Anfield once more

Allardyce is still waiting for his first win in charge of West Brom but maintained his impressive Anfield run in the 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

The former England manager's past four visits to the home of the Reds have come with different sides (Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Everton and now West Brom) and he has not lost any of them (W1 D3).

The Baggies have similarly enjoyed themselves at Anfield of late, their three-match unbeaten run (W1 D2) the longest running stretch without defeat away to Liverpool.

It meant Liverpool, despite only dropping points twice in 34 home league matches, have already failed to win as many games in 15 top-flight games this season (six) as they did in the entirety of their title-winning 2019-20 campaign.

Sadio Mane's 69th Premier League goal for Liverpool - the joint-fifth most, alongside Luis Suarez - looked to have set the champions on their way to victory.

But Jurgen Klopp's men should have been aware of the threat of Semi Ajayi, who scored his eighth league header since the start of the 2018-19 season - trailing only Virgil van Dijk and Aaron Pierre (both nine) in this regard in England's top four tiers.
 

Wolves 1-1 Tottenham: Late pain again for men from the Lane

Tottenham dropped points to a late goal once again in the 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Leading after 57 seconds through Tanguy Ndombele - Spurs' 11th first-minute Premier League goal, one behind Chelsea's record - Jose Mourinho's side saw their winless run extended to four matches due to Romain Saiss' 86th-minute header.

Tottenham have now dropped nine points to goals in the final 10 minutes of matches this season, the most in the Premier League.

This increasingly familiar theme perhaps should have been anticipated as only Liverpool (45) and Manchester United (44) have earned more points from losing positions in the competition than Wolves (40) in the past three seasons.

Spurs paid for failing to build on their lead, attempting just one second-half shot; they have had 22 after half-time in their past seven matches, having mustered 18 in the final 45 minutes of the prior game against West Brom alone.

Pedro Neto supplied the corner from which Saiss scored and he was among seven Portuguese stars in the Wolves XI, a joint-record for the most non-English players from the same country in a Premier League line-up. Fulham and Newcastle United have each named teams including a septet of Frenchmen.

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