Premier League 2020/21 Matchday 18: Highlights and match reports of all midweek matches

Here is your one-stop shop for how to watch all of the midweek matches as league action returns following FA Cup third round weekend.

By Robert Cottingham Published: 15 January 2021 - 10.28am

The Premier League returned after FA Cup third-round weekend with six midweek matches from Tuesday until Thursday.

After a thrilling set of festive fixtures over a jam-packed schedule between Christmas and New Year, the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were in action as the table continued to take shape in 2021.

BT TV is your one-stop shop for all the games as the action continues in what has been a season like no other.

Read on, or jump to a specific game using the links below, for reports from every clash.

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Tuesday 12 January

Sheffield Utd 1-0 Newcastle

Billy Sharp’s penalty secured Sheffield United a long-awaited first Premier League win of the season against 10-man Newcastle.

The club captain, 34, came on as a second-half substitute and showed all of his experience to remain calm and score a 73rd-minute spot-kick as the Blades won 1-0 on Tuesday night.

The goal ended a dismal run of 15 defeats in 17 Premier League matches during the 2020-21 campaign and was the least Chris Wilder’s team deserved after dominating against a negative and unimaginative Newcastle side.

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Burnley 0-1 Man Utd

Paul Pogba fired Manchester United to the top of the Premier League as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men ground out an important victory at Burnley.

The Red Devils had won their previous four visits to Turf Moor and knew a positive result would move them top at this stage of the season for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out as champion in 2012-13.

Pogba’s second-half strike was the difference as United secured the result their dominance deserved at Burnley, with the 1-0 triumph giving them a three-point cushion over Liverpool heading into Sunday’s mouth-watering Anfield encounter.

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Wolves 1-2 Everton

Michael Keane maintained in-form Everton’s Champions League challenge after a 2-1 win at Wolves.

The defender’s second-half header lifted the Toffees back into the Premier League’s top four.

Ruben Neves cancelled out Alex Iwobi’s first league goal for 17 months as the teams traded early blows.

But Keane’s far post header secured victory, although Neves hit the woodwork with a late free-kick, to leave Carlo Ancelotti’s side back in the European picture.

Wolves have now won just once in eight league games since Raul Jimenez fractured his skull at the end of November and they dropped to 14th.

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Wednesday 13 January

Man City 1-0 Brighton

Phil Foden's exquisite finish in the dying moments of the first half provided Manchester City with an fourth straight league win as they saw off a spirited Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

The home side were made to work for their victory by a dilligent Seagulls team mired in a relegation battle under Graham Potter but deserved all three points as they moved into third in the table.

Foden's eighth goal of the season - a tally that makes him the top scorer for City so far - looked to be the only divider between the two teams until Kevin De Bruyne won a penalty in the 90th minute after being felled by Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez.

But second-half substitute Raheem Sterling blazed a wild effort over the bar from the resulting spot-kick to keep the teams separated by just a single goal.

Sterling's mistake went unpunished however as Guardiola's men closed the game out without further incident.

Tottenham 1-1 Fulham

Scott Parker's Fulham side battled back from a goal down to claim a fifth consecutive Premier League draw against Tottenham.

The home side took the lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Harry Kane planted a diving header off the post and in from a delightful Sergio Reguilon cross in the first half.

But the visitors fought hard after the break and were good value for their goal which also came from an impressive header, this time Ivan Cavaleiro nodding past Hugo Loris from a teasing Ademola Lookman cross.

Spurs had the ball in the net two minutes before time but the goal was quickly ruled out for offside as an entertaining game deservedly finished a draw.

Thursday 14 January

Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

Arsenal saw their recent Premier League resurgence checked as they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace.

Having won their last three league outings to end a barren spell, the Gunners were unable to find a way past their visitors – who came closest to winning the game through a James Tomkins header which hit the crossbar.

The 0-0 draw means Palace remain unbeaten in their previous five meetings with Arsenal and they stay just a point behind Mikel Arteta’s men.

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