Premier League 2020/21 Matchday 9 - Highlights, reaction, previews, live streams and how to watch on TV

Here is your one-stop shop for best of the weekend's action as the English top flight returns from the final international break of 2020.

By Tim Williams Published: 21 November 2020 - 11.44pm

The Premier League returns after the international break, with every game available to watch on BT TV.

We have an unmissable triple-header on BT Sport on Saturday, as what is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable seasons in history continues.

Read on, or jump to a specific game using the links below, for everything you need to know including broadcast information and match previews.

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Saturday 21 November

Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea eased to a 2-0 victory at St James' Park in Saturday's early kick-off as an own goal and a Tammy Abraham strike sent Frank Lampard's men briefly top of the table.

The Blues went ahead when Mason Mount's cross was turned into his own net by Federico Fernandez under pressure from Ben Chilwell.

Steve Bruce's hosts offered little threat and Chelsea missed a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 through Timo Werner.

Newcastle came out with more intent after the break but couldn't create much in the way of clear-cut opportunities and Abraham punished the Magpies on the break to secure the win.

Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton

Brighton picked up their first ever win at Villa Park as they survived late controversy to secure all three points against Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

The visitors opened the scoring through Danny Welbeck's fine chip - his first goal in Brighton blue - before Ezri Konsa restored parity shortly after the break.

Solly March's fine strike restored Brighton's lead but it was he who was adjudged to have tripped Trezeguet in the dying moments of the match only for the decision to be controversially overturned.

Referee Michael Oliver decided to reverse the decision after consulting with the pitchside monitor, leaving Villa boss Dean Smith bewildered and Brighton's Graham Potter delighted.

Tottenham 2-0 Man City

Tottenham confirmed their status as Premier League title challengers with a vital victory over Manchester City in north London on Saturday evening.

Heung-min Son continued his rich vein of form against the Citizens with an early strike after racing onto a long through ball to nutmeg Ederson.

Kevin De Bruyne's goalbound effort was blocked by team-mate Gabriel Jesus a few moments later and Spurs soaked up heavy City pressure throughout the first period.

Aymeric Laporte saw his equaliser ruled out for a handball by Jesus in the build-up as Spurs continued to frustrate City before second-half substitute Giovanni Lo Celso bagged the match-winning second just moments after coming off the bench.

It was a textbook Jose Mourinho performance that saw Spurs leapfrog Chelsea atop the Premier League table as Pep Guardiola's City tasted defeat for the second time this season. 

Man Utd 1-0 West Brom

Manchester United picked up their first home win in six games with a narrow victory over West Brom thanks to a second-half Bruno Fernandes penalty.

Baggies stopper Sam Johnstone made a number of good saves to keep his team in the game throughout the match but United didn't dominate as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have hope they would against a team yet to win in the Premier League this season.

West Brom had a second half penalty controversially overturned when referee David Cootes reviewed his decision on the pitch side monitor - and the Red Devils rubbed salt in those wounds shortly after as they won a spot kick of their own.

Fernandes initially missed the penalty before being awarded a retake after VAR found Johnstone had encroached off his line to make the save.

The Portuguese star promptly slammed the retake into the top corner to give United the lead with his sixth league goal of the season.

West Brom would rattle the bar through substitute Callum Robinson's long-range curling effort - but United saw out the match to secure a vital win that moved them into 9th in the table.

 

Sunday 22 November

Fulham v Everton - 12pm

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The action continues on Sunday when struggling Fulham welcome Everton to Craven Cottage for a pivotal fixture on the banks of the Thames.

The Cottagers picked up their first win of the season against fellow new boys West Brom in early November and were unfortunate to come away with nothing from the London Stadium after Ademola Lookman fluffed his lines from the penalty spot in the dying seconds against West Ham last time out.

Everton, meanwhile, have come off the boil after a blistering start to the season. They’ve lost their last three league matches against Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester United and will be desperate to get back on track after the international break.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are seventh in the table despite their blip in form and they possess an array of attacking options including James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Everton have only failed to score in one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Fulham and will be confident of arresting the slide against Scott Parker’s men.

Importantly for the Toffees, Richarlison could return on Sunday after serving a three-game suspension.

Since he joined the club in 2018, Everton are winless in all eight league games in which Richarlison has played no part (D4 L4), losing all three since his sending off against Liverpool earlier this season.

Sheffield Utd v West Ham - 2pm

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Rock bottom Sheffield United have endured a torrid start to their second season back in the Premier League, with only one solitary point from their first eight games.

In what appears to be a classic case of the fabled ‘second season syndrome’, the Blades have failed to replicate their all-action style that won them so many plaudits last term.

They face a West Ham side at Bramall Lane who have had a mixed start to the season under David Moyes.

They are 12th with three wins, two draws and three losses after eight games, but have shown marked signs of improvement and have impressive wins against Wolves and Leicester, as well as draws against Tottenham and Man City under their belts.

Worryingly for the Hammers, they’ve lost on all three of their Premier League visits to Sheffield United and are winless in their last three away games against Chris Wilder’s men in all competitions.

They visitors won their last match courtesy of a last-gasp strike from Tomas Soucek and will be looking to the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and new signing Said Benrahma to break the hosts’ porous defence.

United haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 11 league games, conceding 20 goals in the process. Their previous 20 goals conceded in the competition came over a period of 21 matches. A rot that needs to stop and quickly.

Leeds v Arsenal - 4.30pm

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An out-of-form Leeds side host Arsenal in an intriguing match-up at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men have captured the imagination with their relentless style of play, but they’ve lost their last two matches 4-1 to Leicester and Crystal Palace respectively. In fact, no side has conceded more Premier League goals than their 17 this season.

They’re 15th in the table but are comfortably adrift of the bottom three after the international break.

The former Champions League semi-finalists are looking to get back on track against an Arsenal outfit who have been a picture of inconsistency in the league so far.

They’ve won four and lost four of their eight games, including a galling 3-0 loss to Aston Villa last time out. The Gunners have suffered defeat in three of their last four Premier League games (W1), as many as in their previous 12.

Leeds are winless in their last seven meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (D1 L6), since a 3-2 win at Highbury all the way back in May 2003, and will be hoping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t rediscover his Midas touch in front of goal.

The Gabon forward has had just four shots across his last four Premier League games, with the only effort on target being his successful penalty against Manchester United.

Liverpool v Leicester - 7.15pm

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An injury-ravaged Liverpool return to domestic action with nothing short of a defensive crisis with Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez all ruled out.

In a fresh blow, Mohamed Salah is also unavailable after contracting coronavirus during the international break.

Jurgen Klopp’s threadbare squad welcome an in-form Leicester side who come into the weekend top of the Premier League.

The Foxes have won their last six in all competitions, including a trio of impressive league wins against Arsenal, Leeds and Wolves.

However, in a boost for the home side, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine home Premier League games against Leicester and Sunday’s visitors have won just two of their last 16 league meetings with the defending champions.

They’re also unbeaten in their last 63 home league games, their joint-longest run without defeat at home in the top flight.

Former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking to the evergreen Jamie Vardy to fire his side to victory an Anfield. The forward has already netted eight goals in his seven league games this season and will be confident of exploiting an inexperienced backline.

Monday 23 November

Burnley v Crystal Palace - 5.30pm

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Winless-Burnley play host to Crystal Palace as the Premier League matchday continues on Monday.

The Clarets have only two points to their name after seven games and are 19th in the table. In a concerning subplot, they’ve also lost all three home games so far.

They won their last league meeting with Palace (1-0 in June), ending a run of four straight league defeats against the Eagles and are in desperate need of a repeat result this time around.

Sean Dyche's men have scored fewer goals (3) and had fewer shots on target (19) than any other Premier League side this season, and they’re the only side yet to find the net at home.

They urgently need to buck the trend against Roy Hodgson’s side who have netted three or more goals in two of their eight league games this term, having failed to do so once last season, including a 4-1 victory over Leeds in their last fixture.

Former Queens Park Rangers man Eberechi Eze scored a stunning free-kick in the win and the Englishman has added some much-needed ingenuity into Palace’s workmanlike midfield.

Alongside Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew, Eze will be a threat for Burnley’s beleaguered defence at Turf Moor.

Wolves v Southampton - 8pm

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The Premier League weekend concludes with a compelling match-up between two of the league’s most exciting outfits in Wolves and Southampton.

The Saints briefly went top of the table before Leicester usurped them prior to the international break and they have been in stunning form since a poor start to the season.

Moreover, they are looking to win four consecutive league games for the first time since May 2016. Only Tottenham (7) are on a longer current unbeaten run in the top flight (6).

With in-form Che Adams taking up the mantle from the injured Danny Ings, Southampton will be confident of securing an excellent win on the road.

Adams has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games, just one fewer than he’d netted in his first 34 appearances.

They will have to be at their best to breach Wolves’ defence, though. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have kept 13 clean sheets in 2020 so far, more than any other side in the league.

However, they are yet to score more than twice so far this season, with bottom two sides Burnley and Sheffield United the only other sides yet to do so.

Two clubs with grand designs this season could produce one of the games of the weekend as matchday nine closes at Molineux.