Liverpool 4-0 Southampton and more: Saturday football clockwatch –as it happened

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5.31pm GMT

Brighton v Leeds United ... live!

Premier League: Both sides could do with a win as Marcelo Bielsa takes his side to Brighon, who are without a win in seven league games. Scott Murray has the latest ...

Related: Brighton v Leeds: Premier League – live!

5.25pm GMT

Match report: Norwich City 0-0 Woves

Premier League: Wolves had their goalkeeper Jose Sa to thank for their escape from Carrow Road with a point against rejuvenated Norwich City.

Related: José Sá keeps Norwich at bay as Wolves secure draw at Carrow Road

5.15pm GMT

Match report: Crystal Palace 1-2 Aston Villa

Premier League: Matt Targett and John McGinn got the goals for Aston Villa to give Steven Gerrard his second consecutive win since taking over as manager of the club.

Related: Aston Villa sink Crystal Palace to extend Steven Gerrard’s fine start

Updated at 5.34pm GMT

5.13pm GMT

Match report: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United

Premier League: Newcastle’s forlorn search for a first win of the season continues after goals from Buklayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli consigned them to their eighth consecutive defeat at the hands of Arsenal. Nick Ames was on hand to see the latest.

Related: Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli see off winless Newcastle

5.10pm GMT

Match report: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton

Premier League: “The question was not whether Liverpool would score once again but how long Southampton would make a contest of their latest daunting assignment at Anfield. The answer was two minutes. Andy Hunter reports ...

Related: Diogo Jota quick to spark Liverpool stroll past Southampton

5.04pm GMT

Championship results

  • Preston 1-1 Fulham
  • Bournemouth 2-2 Coventry City
  • Birmingham City 1-0 Blackpool
  • Huddersfield Town 1-2 Middlesbrough
  • Hull City 2-1 Millwall
  • Luton Town 1-2 Cardiff City
  • Peterborough United 0-0 Barnsley
  • Stoke City 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
  • Swansea City 2-3 Reading
  • View the Championship table

Scottish Premiership results

5.02pm GMT

Premier League results

  • Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
  • Liverpool 4-0 Southampton
  • Norwich City 0-0 Wolves
  • Crystal Palace 1-2 Aston Villa
  • Brighton v Leeds United (5.30pm)
  • View the Premier League table
Steven Gerrard with a perfect start at Aston Villa. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Updated at 5.06pm GMT

5.02pm GMT

Full time: Cambridge United 1-2 Sunderland

League One: Max Rushden, your boys have taken one hell of a beating. One hell of a beating!!!

4.57pm GMT

Full time: Crystal Palace 1-2 Aston VIlla

Premier League: Marc Guehi scored a late-, late consolation for Crystal Palace but it wasn’t enough to help their cause. Villa move level in the table with their hosts following their second win in succession under the new management of Steven Gerrard.
Steven Gerrard celebrates on the sideline as Matt Targett of Aston Villa scores the opening goal . Photograph: Dave Shopland/REX/Shutterstock

Updated at 5.01pm GMT

4.55pm GMT

Full-time: Norwich City 0-0 Wolves

Premier League: Norwich City guarantee themselves bottom billing on Match of the Day yet again after a scoreless draw against Wolves. It’s a decent enough result for the Canaries, who have a huge avian derby against the Magpies of Newcastle on Tuesday night.

4.53pm GMT

Championiship: Incredible scenes at the Vitality Stadium, where Coventry City have scored a late equaliser against 10-man Bournemouth. It’s 2-2, with Coventry having scored both their goals since Jefferson Lerma got sent off for the hosts.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers is unable to keep out Coventry City’s Todd Kane (not pictured) shot as he scored his sides second goal of the game Photograph: Kieran Cleeves/PA

Updated at 5.02pm GMT

4.52pm GMT

Full time: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton

Premier League: It’s all over at Anfield, where Southampton were somewhat fortunate to lose by only four goals against imperious Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp acknowledges the fans after the match. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Updated at 4.58pm GMT

4.48pm GMT

Norwich 0-0 Wolves: Norwich City are huffing and puffing but can’t quite blow the Wolves door down. Teemu Pukki stretches every sinew but can’t steer the ball goalwards from a cross.

4.47pm GMT

GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-2 Aston Villa (McGinn 86)

Premier League: John McGinn rifles a shot past Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal to double Villa’s lead. Crystal Palace’s unbeaten home record for this season is about to end.
John McGinn celebrates scoring their second goal . Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Updated at 4.53pm GMT

4.45pm GMT

Championship: Coventry City have pulled a goal back against 10-Bournemouth through Matt Godden. It’s 2-1 to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Matt Godden pulls one back. Photograph: Ian Tuttle/REX/Shutterstock

Updated at 4.52pm GMT

4.41pm GMT

Championship: Birmingham City go one up against Blackpool courtesy of Lukas Jutkiewicz, who looked a mite offside.

4.38pm GMT

Championship: Sean Morrison restores Cardiff City’s lead against Luton at Kenilworth Road, where the Welsh side lead 2-1.

4.37pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Hearts double their lead against St Mirren, with Stephen Kingsley making it 2-0 in the 75th minute.

Scottish Premiership latest

  • Dundee 3-0 Motherwell
  • Hearts 2-0 St Mirren
  • Ross County 0-1 Dundee United
  • St Johnstone 1-0 Hibernian

4.35pm GMT

Red card rescinded! Aston Villa back up to 11 men!

Premier League: After a pitchside review, referee Michael Salisbury, who is making his Premier League debut today, rescinds the red card he’d shown Douglas Luiz and gives him a yellow instead.

4.33pm GMT

Red card! Aston Villa down to 10 men

Premier League: Just on as a sub after his return from injury, Douglas Luiz gets a straight red card for a late challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate.
Referee, Michael Salisbury shows a red card to Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa that is later overturned after a VAR review Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Updated at 4.39pm GMT

4.31pm GMT

Norwich City 0-0 Wolves: Norwich striker Teemu Pukki finds himself in a one-on-one with Jose Sa but takes a heavy touch and is foiled by the Wolves goalkeeper.

4.26pm GMT

Championship: Philip Billing sidefoots into an empty net to double Bournemouth’s lead against Coventry City. In slightly worse news for Bournemouth, Jefferson Lerma has just been sent off for serious foul play after lunging into an opponent. At Kenilworth Road, Luton have restored parity against Jordan Clark.

Scottish Premiership: Gary Mackay-Steven puts Hearts one up against St Mirren.

4.16pm GMT

Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa: Ashley Young sends a free-kick over the Crystal Palace wall but the ball drops on to the roof of the net.
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard . Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Updated at 4.30pm GMT

4.15pm GMT

Championship: Swansea equalise against Reading, with Ryan Manning making it 2-2 at the Liberty Stadium. Within a minute, Danny Drinkwater – yes, that Danny Drinkwater – fires Reading back in front.

Meanwhile at the MKM Stadium, Ryan Longman has put Hull ahead by the odd goal of three against Millwall, while Reda Khadra has opened the scoring for Blackburn Rovers in their game against Stoke City on what must be a bitterly cold day at the Bet365 Stadium, which is perishing at the best of times.

4.11pm GMT

GOAL! Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (Van Dijk 52)

Premnier League: Virgil van Dijk volleys home his first goal for 14 months from near the penalty spot, swinging his boot to convert an inswinger from a corner. Southampton are getting an absolute hiding at Anfield.
Virgil scores Liverpool’s 4th. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA
The big man is congratulated by his teammates. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 4.22pm GMT

4.09pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Second from bottom Dundee go 3-0 up against Motherwell, while Ross County, the only side below them in the table, trail Dundee United by a Luis Appere goal on 49 minutes.

4.07pm GMT

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: Liverpool begin the second half much like they played throughout the first, swarming forward with Mo Salah and Diogo Jota causing terror among the Southampton defence. Southampton have brought on a brace of Nathans – Tella and Redmond – and switched from a 3-4-3 to a 4-4-2, for all the good it is likely to do them.

4.02pm GMT

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers: We brought you news of a medical emergency in the stands at Hillsborough which prompted the removal of the teams from the field so a fan could be treated.

Sky Sports are reporting that the fan in question seems to be OK, which is obviously great news. Play has resumed and Olamide Shodipo has restored parity for Wednesday in the ninth minute of added time at the end of the first half.

3.51pm GMT

Premier League half-times

  • Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle (result)
  • Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
  • Norwich City 0-0 Wolves
  • Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa
  • Brighton v Leeds United (5.30pm)

Championship half-times

  • Preston 1-1 Fulham (result)
  • Bournemouth 1-0 Coventry City
  • Birmingham City 0-0 Blackpool
  • Huddersfield Town 0-2 Middlesbrough
  • Hull City 1-1 Millwall
  • Luton Town 0-1 Cardiff City
  • Peterborough United 0-0 Barnsley
  • Stoke City 0-0 Blackburn Rovers
  • Swansea City 1-2 Reading

Scottish Premiership half-times

  • Dundee 2-0 Motherwell
  • Hearts 0-0 St Mirren
  • Ross County 0-0 Dundee United
  • St Johnstone 1-0 Hibernian
Liverpool comfortably in charge at Anfield with 3 goals in the first half. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Images

Updated at 3.54pm GMT

3.48pm GMT

Championship: Bournemouth take the lead against Coventry City at the Vitality Stadium, with Jaidon Anthony scoring on the stroke of half-time. Meanwhile at Hull City, Millwall have equalised through Tom Bradshaw.

3.45pm GMT

Norwich City 0-0 Wolves: Jose Sa is called into action to save from Teemu Pukki after good work from Norwich full-back Max Aarons.

3.43pm GMT

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: Liverpool almost score a fourth, with Mo Salah stretching every sinew but just failing to get the touch that would have diverted Diogo Jota’s cross into the net.

3.41pm GMT

League One: Cambridge United had equalised against Sunderland with a Sam Smith goal I hadn’t got around to mentioning yet. All is well in the world again, however, as Nathan Broadhead has just fired Sunderland back into the lead in the 36th minute.

3.40pm GMT

GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 Southampton (Thiago 37)

Premier League: Southampton’s annual shipping of nine goals is looking more and more likely. Thiago picks up a headed clearance outside the penalty area, advances and unleashes a shot. The ball takes a wicked deflection off Lyanco on its way in.
Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara scores their side’s third goal. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA
Thiago Alcantara soaks up the applause from the fans. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

Updated at 3.57pm GMT

3.37pm GMT

Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa: Tyrone Mings misses a decent chance to double Aston Villa’s lead with a far post volley.

3.36pm GMT

Championship: There’s a medical emergency in one of the stands at Hillsborough, where Sheffield Wednesday are hosting Wycombe Wanderers. The players have left the pitch as a stricken spectator is tended to by the medical staff from both teams. We wish whoever it is well.

3.34pm GMT

GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Southampton (Jota 32)

Premier League: Unmarked at the far post, Diogo Jota sidefoots home a Mo Salah cross from a couple of yards out after good work down the right by the Egyptian and Jordan Henderson.
Jota with the goal, Salah with the assist. Photograph: Rui Vieira/AP

Updated at 3.44pm GMT

3.32pm GMT

Championship: Andy Carroll - yes, that Andy Carroll – scores his first away league goal since 2017 to put Reading ahead by the odd goal of three against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

3.31pm GMT

Championship: Jacob Greaves whips a cross into the Millwall penalty area for George Honeyman to put Hull City a goal to the good at the MKM Stadium.

3.29pm GMT

Championship: Cardiff City lead Luton Town at Kenilworth Road courtesy of a Rubin Colwill goal I didn’t notice 20 minutes ago.

Updated at 3.30pm GMT

3.27pm GMT

Championship: Duncan Watmore scores his second of the game to make it Huddersfield Town 0-2 Middlesbrough at John Smith’s Stadium. From just inside the penalty area, he lobbed Town goalkeeper Lee Nicholls with what can only be described as aplomb.

3.23pm GMT

3.22pm GMT

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In the only game that matters today, Cambridge United goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov has been credited with the (own-)goal that leaves Sunderland one up at the Abbey. Alex Pritchard may beg to differ - it looked like he scored directly from a corner.

3.18pm GMT

Championship: completely unmarked, Duncan Watmore takes a pass in the Huddersfield Town penalty area and sidefoots home to put Middlesbrough a goal up.

3.16pm GMT

GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa (Targett 15)

Premier League: Matt Targett scores a rare goal, converting at the far post after a free-kick had sailked through the Palace penalty area. Villa are in front.
Matt Target of Aston Villa scores their side’s first goal . Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Aston Villa’s Matt Targett celebrates scoring their first goal . Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters

Updated at 3.31pm GMT

3.13pm GMT

Liverpool 1-0 Southampton: Mohammad Salisu is lucky to avoid a booking after leaping into Jordan Henderson, leaving the Liverpool skipper lying on the deck clutching the back of his head. Not long afterwards, Sadio Mane has an effort ruled out for offside after heading home a free-kick curled in from the left. That is an outstanding call by the eagle-eyed linesman.

3.09pm GMT

Championship: Swansea City and Reading have traded early goals at the Liberty Stadium, where Jamie Paterson put the Swans in front after three minutes, only for Tom Dele-Bashiru to equalise for the visitors a minute later.

3.08pm GMT

Crystal Palace 0-0 Aston Villa: Aston Villa win a free-kick in a perfect position directly in front of the Palace goal. Ashley Young and Leon Bailey stand over it for an eternity, before the Jamaican international hammers the ball straight into the defensive wall.

3.07pm GMT

Liverpool 1-0 Southampton: Alisson saves splendidly at the feet of James Ward-Prowse, dashing off his line after being sold short by a terrible backpass from ... I think, Thiago. It’s a frantic start at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (L) and Jordan Henderson of Liverpool (R) celebrate with Andrew Robertson after his assist for their 1st goal. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

Updated at 3.17pm GMT

3.04pm GMT

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Southampton (Jota 2)

Premier League: Diogo Jota slides the ball home from an Andrew Reobertson pull-back to the edge of the six-yard box. There’s a VAR inspection for a possible Robertson offside in the build-up but the goal stands.
Diogo Jota scores their side’s first goal of the game . Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Updated at 3.10pm GMT

3.02pm GMT

Our three o'clock kick-offs are under way ...

Peep! And at Anfield, Southampton, playing in yellow shirts and blue shorts, win a corner straight from the gun after good work from Adam Armstrong. Nothing comes of it and Liverpool break on the counter.

2.57pm GMT

Match report: England 1-0 Austria

Women’s World Cup qualifier: Ellen White scored the only goal of the game at the Stadium of Light on her 100th appearance for England. Louise Taylor was there ...

Related: Ellen White celebrates century with England’s winner against Austria

2.53pm GMT

Match report: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United

Premier League: Newcastle briefly threatened to defy the norms established both by their work this season and a decade’s worth of endeavours at the Emirates, but ultimately normal service was resumed, writes Nick Ames from The Emirates Stadium.

Related: Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli see off winless Newcastle

2.32pm GMT

Championship: It’s finished all square at Deepdale, where league leaders Fulham went ahead through Tim Ream, only to be pegged back by Ched Evans’s equaliser in the 72nd minute.
Preston celebrate their equaliser against Fulham. Photograph: Dave Howarth - CameraSport/CameraSport/Getty Images

2.27pm GMT

Full time: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

Premier League: Newcastle United remain anchored to the bottom of the Premier League after 13 games without a win, having gone down to second half strikes from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. Arsenal stay fifth, level on points with West Ham, six behind leaders Chelsea.
Arsenal midfielder Bukayo Saka scores his team’s opening goal Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 2.36pm GMT

2.25pm GMT

Full time: England 1-0 Austria

Women’s World Cup qualifier: Ellen White scored the only goal of the game on the occasion of her 100th cap to help England pull five points clear at the top of their group. England were far from clinical but a win is a win is a win is a win etc and so on.

2.23pm GMT

Norwich City v Wolves: Josh Sargent returns to the Norwich starting line-up, in place of Todd Cantwell, who he replaced at half-time during their win over Southampton last weekend.

Wolves are without Daniel Podence, who is absent from a depleted matchday squad that only has six outfield players on the bench. Francisco Trincao replaces Podence in the Wolves line-up.

2.16pm GMT

Liverpool v Southampton: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reverts to what looks like his strongest line-up for the visit of Southampton with six changes from the Champions League win over Porto.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota all return. Centre-back Ibrahima Konate keeps his place at the expense of Joel Matip.

Southampton make three changes from last weekend’s defeat at Norwich, with Lyanco, Armando Broja and Romain Perraud all coming in.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah starts. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Updated at 2.39pm GMT

2.15pm GMT

Championship: Ched Evans has equalised for Preston against Fulham at Deepdale, where it’s all square at one goal each.

2.14pm GMT

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa: For Palace, Michael Olise is handed his second top flight start in place of one-man goal drought Jordan Ayew, who drops to the bench following last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Burnley. James Tomkins is recalled in Joachim Andersen’s absence.

New Villa boss Steven Gerrard brings Ashley Young and Leon Bailey into his starting XI, with Danny Ings and Emi Buendia named among the substitutes. Hmmm.

2.11pm GMT

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa line-ups

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Guehi, Mitchell, Gallagher, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Olise, Benteke, Zaha.

Subs: Butland, Ayew, Eze, Hughes, Schlupp, Clyne, Edouard, Kelly, Riedewald.

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Nakamba, Bailey, Jacob Ramsey, Young, Watkins.

Subs: Douglas Luiz, Sanson, Buendia, Steer, Tuanzebe, Ings, El Ghazi, Hause, Carney Chukwuemeka.

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire)
A view of Selhurst Park ahead of today’s match between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

2.08pm GMT

Liverpool v Southampton line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mane.

Subs: Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Origi, Matip, Kelleher, Williams, Morton.

Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Lyanco, Salisu, Livramento, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Perraud, Broja, Adams, Adam Armstrong.

Subs: Walker-Peters, Long, Redmond, Smallbone, Tella, Diallo, Walcott, Valery, Forster.

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
A tat tycoon hawks his wares near Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

2.04pm GMT

Norwich City v Wolves line-ups

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams, Gilmour, Normann, McLean, Rashica, Pukki, Sargent.

Subs: Rupp, Dowell, Cantwell, Tzolis, Lees-Melou, Gunn, Giannoulis, Idah, Omobamidele.

Wolves: Jose Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Nelson Semedo, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Ait Nouri, Trincao, Jimenez, Hwang.

Subs: Hoever, Marcal, Moulden, Silva, Ruddy, Dendoncker, Traore, Cundle.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)
Assorted Wolves players inspect the Carrow Road pitch while wrapped up against the biting East Anglian cold. Photograph: Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves/Getty Images

Updated at 2.05pm GMT

1.58pm GMT

GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle (Martinelli 66)

Premier League: On for injured goalscorer Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli has doubled Arsenal’s lead with a splendid volley that may have been his first touch of the game. Newcastle’s long wait for their first league win of the season looks set to continue ...

Related: Arsenal v Newcastle: Premier League – live!

1.52pm GMT

Championship: Table-topping Fulham are a goal up against Preston at Deepdale, where Tim Ream scored for the visitors after 15 minutes. There’s just under half an hour left in that one.
Tim Ream hares off in celebration after giving Fulham the lead against Preston North End. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

1.49pm GMT

GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle (Sako 56)

Premier League: Arsenal have taken the lead against Newcastle at The Emirates, with Bukayo Saka darting in behind the Newcastle defence to latch on to a through ball from Nuno Tavares to fire his side ahead at the end of a 16-pass move. Scott Murray has the latest ...

Related: Arsenal v Newcastle: Premier League – live!

1.27pm GMT

Rainbow Laces campaign

Premier League clubs are coming together this weekend and next to support the inclusion of all LGBT+ people in football and beyond. The length and breadth of the country, players will be showing their support for the campaign by wearing rainbow laces, with skippers wearing rainbow captain’s armbands, fourth officials hoisting rainbow decorated electronic boards and referees picking match-balls from rainbow plinths. Love is love, y’all.
Arsenal fans pose next to a statue of Thierry Henry draped in a rainbow flag in support of the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images/Reuters

1.27pm GMT

Women's World Cup qualifier: England v Austria

The Lionesses: Despite the best attempts of Storm Arwen, England’s women are in action this afternoon, with Ellen White winning her 100th cap as she and her team-mates take on Austria in Sunderland. The striker has marked the special occasion with a goal to give England a half-time lead at the Stadium of Light.

England are top of Group D, two points ahead of today’s opponents, with Northern Ireland a further point back in third. England face bottom side Latvia in their final qualifier in Doncaster on Tuesday. Luke McLaughlin has the latest ...

Related: England v Austria: Women’s World Cup qualifier – live!
Ellen White (No9) celebrates scoring England’s opener against Austria at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Lynne Cameron - The FA/The FA/Getty Images

1.27pm GMT

Today’s Scottish Premiership fixtures

Today’s special guest game

There are 11 games being played in the third tier of English football today but in truth, only one of them actually matters. Guardian Football Weekly podcast bragging rights are up for grabs as Max Rushden’s Cambridge United taken on the mighty Sunderland for the first time since the Mackems thrashed Rushden’s beloved Us 7-0 at The Abbey in the League Cup on October 2, 2002.

Not only that, it’s the first league meeting between the sides since they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in England’s second tier at Roker Park in 1993. Today, Sunderland sit sixth in League One, five points behind pace-setters Rotherham, while Cambridge United are 15th, nine points behind today’s visitors.

1.27pm GMT

Today’s Premier League fixtures

  • Arsenal v Newcastle
  • Liverpool v Southampton
  • Norwich City v Wolves
  • Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
  • Brighton v Leeds United (5.30pm)
  • View the Premier League table

Today’s Championship fixtures

  • Preston v Fulham (12.30pm)
  • Bournemouth v Coventry City
  • Birmingham City v Blackpool
  • Huddersfield Town v Middlesbrough
  • Hull City v Millwall
  • Luton Town v Cardiff City
  • Peterborough United v Barnsley
  • Stoke City v Blackburn Rovers
  • Swansea City v Reading
  • View the Champi0onship table
West Brom’s Matt Phillips and Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall contest the ball during the scoreless draw the two sides played out on a freezing night at The Hawthorns last night. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

1.26pm GMT

Remembering Gary Speed

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Gary Speed, the much-loved former Wales legend, who counted the supporters of Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United, for whom he made a combined 841 appearances, among those who held him in the very highest regard as a player and leader. But it wasn’t just them - Speed was widely admired by fans the length and breadth of the country, most of whom would have been delighted to see this combative, consumate professional pull on their club’s shirt.

Speed died at the age of 42 on this day in 2011, taking his own life upon his return home from appearing on the BBC lunchtime show Football Focus. News of his death rocked the world of football to its very foundations and a decade on, Dan Walker recorded this moving account of the morning he spent with Speed in the Football Focus studio and his total devastation upon learning what happened afterwards.

“Gary felt for whatever reason that there was no other way out and that’s incredibly sad and distressing,” said Dan. “Particularly for his family because his two boys absolutely adored him and he loved them.” Dan goes on to say that “if Gary had spoken to somebody that night I think he’d still be here.

“I think that’s the hard thing. I do think that if two blokes had gone to a game a decade ago, they’d just talk about the football. I’d like to think now, a decade on, things are different and they might have a conversation about how they’re feeling. What happened to Gary has and still makes people think about their friends around them and I’d like to think that’s a good thing.”
Gary Speed 1969-2011 Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

1.26pm GMT

Saturday Clockwatch ...

Arsenal and Newcastle got the Premier League ball rolling at the Emirates in today’s noon kick-off, a match which many travelling supporters won’t have got to following the cancellation of trains from Newcastle to London last night due to Storm Arwen , when winds of almost 100mph were recorded in Northumberland.

It’s scoreless at the break and whether they’re at the ground or watching on TV, Toon fans will have been encouraged by a first half performance in which Jonjo Shelvey brought a world class save out of Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a long-range effort. Arsenal fans will be less enthused, having seen Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sidefoot off the post from a couple of yards out with the Newcastle goal gaping after Martin Dubravka had saved superbly from Emile Smith-Rowe. It was an astonishing miss.

We have just three top flight three o’clock games to focus on before Brighton take on Leeds at 5.30pm, with Liverpool hosting Southampton, Crystal Palace entertaining Aston Villa and Norwich welcoming Wolves to Carrow Road. We’ll keep tabs on all of those, as well as bringing you news of any major talking points in the EFL and beyond. Don’t touch that dial!

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Updated at 1.36pm GMT

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