Burnley included Kevin Long in their starting eleven with Robbie Brady and Jimmy Dunne on their substitute bench for the Premier League visit of Sheffield United and their Irish trio of John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick at noon on Sunday. The contest ended in a one all draw with Egan scoring a fine equaliser for the ‘Blades’. Newcastle United played out a two all draw with visitors West Ham United at St James Park where Darren Randolph was again on the ‘Hammers’ substitute bench. Conor Hourihane was an unused substitute for Aston Villa who went down to a two nil defeat at champions Liverpool. Shane Long was a 70th minute substitute for Southampton who defeated Manchester City with the only goal at St Mary’s Stadium. Will Smallbone was introduced for the final few seconds while Michael Obafemi and Will Ferry were unused on the Southampton substitute bench.
The Premier League continued at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon with Norwich City playing host to Brighton & Hove Albion. The visitors eased their relegation worries with a one nil victory and almost certainly condemned their hosts to relegation. Adam Idah was a 67th minute substitute for the ‘Canaries’ while Aaron Connelly started and Shane Duffy was a 94th minute substitute for the visiting ‘Seagulls’. James McCarthy was a 69th minute substitute for Crystal Palace who went down to a three nil defeat by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium while Matt Doherty was withdrawn on 72 minutes by Wolverhampton Wanderers who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Arsenal at Molineaux.
Club captain Seamus Coleman and his Everton colleagues journey to face unpredictable Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at 8pm on Monday evening with both sides still harbouring hopes of European involvement next season.
Selhurst Park will host the meeting of Crystal Palace and Chelsea in the Premier League at 6pm on Tuesday evening where James McCarthy is expected to be involved with the hosts. At the same time, Adam Idah is set to be involved with Norwich City who travel to fellow strugglers Watford.
Bramall Lane is set to host the Premier League meeting of Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at 6pm on Wednesday evening. The hosts are expected to include John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick in their matchday squad while Matt Doherty has been a mainstay in the visitors side. The Irish trio of Darren Randolph for the hosts together with visiting duo Kevin Long and Jimmy Dunne are expected to be on bench warming duty for their respective clubs West Ham United and Burnley when the sides meet at the London Stadium. Aaron Connelly and Shane Duffy are likely to be in the Brighton & Hove Albion squad for the 8.15pm visit of champions Liverpool.
The hectic Premier League schedule continues on Thursday evening for Everton and Southampton who meet at 6pm in Goodison Park where Seamus Coleman is set to be in opposition to Shane Long, Michael Obafemi and Will Smallbone. Relegation threatened Aston Villa and Conor Hourihane await the 8.15pm visit of Manchester United to Villa Park.
QPR included Ryan Manning in their starting eleven while Conor Masterson and Olamide Shodipo remained unused on the substitute bench for their one nil victory over hosts Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon. Dara O’Shea was in the West Bromwich Albion side which secured a four two success over Hull City at the Hawthorns where loanee Callum Robinson was an unused substitute.
Pride Park hosted the Championship meeting of bitter rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon where young Jason Knight started the host ‘Rams’. The visitors took an early lead and looked set to collect three points when Knight‘s replacement was dismissed in the fourth minute of added time but a scrambled equaliser seven minutes into added time earned the hosts a valuable point. Daragh Lenihan and his Blackburn Rovers colleagues went down to a three one defeat by current leaders Leeds United at Ewood Park while Bristol City and Callum O’Dowda suffered a one nil defeat by Cardiff City at Ashton Gate. Midweek goalscoring duo, Harry Arter and Cyrus Christie both started for Fulham who scored an added time winner to defeat visitors Birmingham City and Scott Hogan at Craven Cottage. Alan Browne started with Seamus Maguire a 72nd minute substitute for Preston North End who played out a scoreless draw at Huddersfield Town while James Collins started for Luton Town who suffered a crushing five nil defeat by visitors Reading. At the BET 365 Stadium, troubled Stoke City defeated fellow relegation candidates Barnsley by four goals to nil with James McClean in their starting eleven while Nathan Collins and Stephen Ward were unused on the substitute bench.
Championship promotion chasing Nottingham Forest and Fulham meet at the City Ground at 5pm on Tuesday afternoon where Harry Arter and Cyrus Christie will hope to be involved with the visitors. Loanees Josh Cullen and Aiden McGeady are expected to travel with Charlton Athletic who visit promotion chasing Brentford while Daragh Lenihan and Blackburn Rovers journey to face Cardiff City. Luton Town and James Collins face another relegation battle when Barnsley visit Kenilworth Road.
Millwall trio Jayson Molumby, Alex Pearce and Shaun Williams await the New Den visit of Middlesbrough in the Championship on Wednesday afternoon. Dara O’Shea and loanee Callum Robinson are expected to be in the West Bromwich Albion squad for the 5pm visit of Derby County and Jason Knight. Loanee Scott Hogan is expected to be involved with Birmingham City who welcome Swansea City to St Andrews while QPR trio Ryan Manning, Conor Masterson and Olamide Shodipo travel to Wigan Athletic. Bristol City and Callum O’Dowda await the Ashton Gate visit of Hull City while Alan Browne and Seamus Maguire are expected to travel with Preston North End who visit Sheffield Wednesday.
Championship promotion candidates Leeds United welcome Stoke City and their Irish trio of Nathan Collins, James McClean and Stephen Ward to Elland Road at 5pm on Thursday afternoon.
The first legs in the League One play-off semi-finals took place this Friday evening with Portsmouth playing out a one all draw with Fratton Park visitors Oxford United in the 5.30pm kick-off. Ronan Curtis started and scored the opening goal for the hosts on 32 minutes. Ireland eligible duo, Marcus Harness and Norwich City loanee Sean Raggett were both in the ‘Pompey starting eleven while former U21 international Anthony Forde was an 81st minute substitute for the visitors. The second leg is set for the Kassan Stadium on Monday evening.
The second semi-final between Fleetwood Town and Wycombe Wanderers kicked off at 7.30pm and saw Glenn Whelan start for the hosts with Paddy Madden named on the substitute bench. The match proved to be a disaster for the hosts as they crashed to a four one defeat having incurred two red cards, one of them Madden who was dismissed for a second bookable offence less than 20 minutes after his 65th minute introduction. The second leg at Adams Park on Monday evening would appear to be something of a formality but one never can be sure.
Sheffield United and their Irish trio of John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick scored a well merited three one success over visitors Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane in the Premier League this Thursday evening. Egan was particularly impressive in central defence while McGoldrick provided an excellent outlet during his industrious 63 minutes on the pitch. Stevens also showed much improvement from his last two lack lustre performances and was instrumental in the creation of the second goal.
Teenage striker Adam Idah was a half-time substitute for Norwich City who went down to a four nil defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League early this Wednesday evening. Seamus Coleman was again in fine form for Everton who defeated visitors Leicester City by two goals to one at Goodison Park.
Brighton & Hove Albion included Aaron Connolly and Shane Duffy in their starting eleven for the Premier League visit of Manchester United to the AMEX Stadium at 8.15pm on Tuesday evening. The visitors dominated throughout and secured a comfortable three nil victory.
There was further Championship action on Friday evening with the South London ‘Derby’ meeting of Charlton Athletic and Millwall taking place at the Valley. Loanees Josh Cullen and Aiden McGeady were in the home starting eleven while fellow loanee Jayson Molumby and Alex Pearce started for the visitors. The visiting ‘Lions’ secured the points with a late winner.
The battle to earn a Championship play-off position continued at 5pm on Wednesday afternoon with Derby County scoring the only goal to defeat their hosts Preston North end at Deepdale. Young Jason Knight completed another ninety minutes for the victors while Alan Browne started and Sean Maguire was a 60th minute for the home side. Callum O’Dowda and his Bristol City colleagues have rather fallen off the promotion play-off pace and this evening’s visit to face Nottingham Forest, who are very much in the play-off mix, was likely to be their last opportunity to re-enter the equation. It was a test they failed, losing by the only goal to their hosts. Dara O’Shea returned to the starting eleven for West Bromwich Albion who journied to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and secured a three nil victory. Sheffield United loanee Callum Robinson was introduced from the ‘Baggies’ substitute bench on 55 minutes.
The Championship continued at 5pm on Tuesday afternoon with Millwall playing out a one all draw with visitors Swansea City at the New Den. Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby has extended his loan arrangement with the ‘Lions’ until the completion of the current Championship but was an unused substitute today. Shaun Williams did complete 90 minutes for the ‘Lions’. Move forward one hour and a half to Loftus Road where QPR played host to local rivals Fulham. Ryan Manning started with Olamide Shodipo an 80th minute substitute while Conor Masterson was an unused substitute. Harry Arter and Cyrus Christie both started for the ‘Cottagers’. QPR took a first minute lead but Arter equalised for the visitors 20 minutes later and Christie celebrated his return to action with the winner on 75 minutes. Cardiff City were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Charlton Athletic for whom loanee Josh Cullen started while Aiden McGeady was an unused substitute. Luton Town, surprise winners at Swansea City on Saturday, travelled to current leaders Leeds United with goalscorer James Collins named on the substitute bench. The visiting ‘Hatters’ took a surprise lead but the hosts equalised to secure a point. Saturday’s home defeat had increased the pressure on Stoke City who included Nathan Collins, James McClean and Stephen Ward in their starting eleven at Wigan Athletic. The situation worsened this evening as they crashed to a three nil defeat. Collins and Ward were withdrawn on 70 minutes.
UEFA has made some alterations to the International Fixture Calendar.
Thursday 3 – Nations League B – Bulgaria v Republic of Ireland 7.45pm
Sunday 6 – Nations League B – Republic of Ireland v Finland 5pm
Thursday 8 – EURO 2020 play-off s/f – Slovakia v Republic of Ireland 7.45pm
Sunday 11 – Nations League B – Republic of Ireland v Wales 2pm
Wednesday 14 – Nations League B – Finland v Republic of Ireland 5pm
Thursday 12 – EURO 2020 play-off Final – Bosnia/NI v Slovakia/RoI
Sunday 15 – Nations League B – Wales v Republic of Ireland 5pm
Wednesday 18 – Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria 7.45pm
Mid table sides Crystal Palace and Burnley were in Premier League action at Selhurst Park this Monday evening. James McCarthy was a half-time substitute for the hosts while central defender Kevin Long was a 70th minute substitute for the visiting ‘Clarets’ who collected all three points with the only goal on 62 minutes. Young defender Jimmy Dunne was an unused substitute for the victors.
Relegation threatened Watford went down to a three one defeat by visitors Southampton on Sunday afternoon. Shane Long and Will Smallbone started for the victorious ‘Saints’ while Michael Obafemi was an unused substitute.
Midland rivals Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers met in the Premier League in Villa Park at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon. Conor Hourihane for the hosts and Matt Doherty for the visitors both started for their respective sides. The visitors scored the only goal to consolidate their challenge for a European place while the hosts drift further into the potential relegation nightmare.