Premier League on Saturday afternoon…28/12/2019

The Premier League continued on Saturday afternoon with Clubs having little more than 48 hours recuperation time following their Thursday exertions. First into action again were Brighton & Hove Albion who defeated visitors AFC Bournemouth by two goals to nil at the Amex Stadium where Shane Duffy  retained his starting position for the hosts but Aaron Connolly  was not included in the matchday squad. New Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti made several changes to his starting eleven for the visit to Newcastle United but his new charges maintained his excellent start with a two one victory.  Seamus Coleman started on the bench and was introduced to the action on 70 minutes. Thursday goalscorer Michael Obafemi and the injured Shane Long were not included in the Southampton matchday squad for the one all draw with Crystal Palace for whom James McCarthy played the full 90 minutes at St Mary’s Stadium. Nineteen year old midfielder Will Smallbnone was an unused substitute for the host ‘Saints’. Aston Villa crashed to a three nil defeat at Watford with Thursday goalscorer Conor Hourihane completing the full 90 minutes for the vanquished visitors. The 7.45pm kick-off saw Burnley go down to a two nil defeat by Manchester United at Turf Moor where Jeff Hendrick started following his one match suspension with Robbie Brady an 87th minute substitute while Kevin Long remained on the substitute bench.