To pad out this blog, I will offer updates from Trabzonspor v Kayserispor. The home team have Daniel Sturridge starting up top.
Due to it being the Christmas period, I struggle to remember what day it is. It’s actually quite reassuring that these games are taking place at 3pm on a Saturday.
Southampton bring back Ings are resting him for the Chelsea match. Palace, on the other hand, are forced to start Riedewald again after his dreadful 45 minutes against Brighton. Palace also include Woods, Pierrick and Daly on the bench to make up numbers.
Mooy, supposedly, makes it 2-0 to Brighton with another fine finish. He chests the ball down, moves it to the side and slots it home.
The interesting team news from Newcastle is that both Longstaffs are dropped and Andy Carroll is starting up top. Ancelotti puts his faith in Moise Kean, too, which is an interesting one for all involved.
Teams: Watford v Aston Villa
Watford: Foster, Mariappa, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenia, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Sarr, Deeney, Deulofeu.
Subs: Gomes, Dawson, Masina, Chalobah, Quina, Success, Gray.
Aston Villa: Heaton, Elmohamady, Hause, Konsa, Targett, Lansbury, Hourihane, Luiz, Jota, Wesley, Grealish.
Subs: Nyland, Chester, Guilbert, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Kodjia, Trezeguet.
Teams: Newcastle v Everton
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Willems, Schar, Lejeune, Fernandez, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron, Joelinton, Carroll.
Subs: Darlow, Gayle, Krafth, Manquillo, Atsu, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff.
Everton: Pickford, Baines, Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Davies, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Kean, Calvert-Lewin.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Delph, Digne, Mina, Tosun, Bernard, Coleman.
Teams: Southampton v Crystal Palace
Southampton: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Boufal, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Ings, Adams.
Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Djenepo, Romeu, Armstrong, Smallbone.
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Sakho, Riedewald, McCarthy, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer, Ayew, Zaha.
Subs: Hennessey, Kouyate, Wickham, Camarasa, Woods, Pierrick, Daly.
Mikel Arteta is trying to make Arsenal less bad.
Oh wait … VAR rules it out due to the most marginal of offsides. What a complete waste of space this is.
Dan Burn with a cracking finish to make it 2-0 to Brighton against Bournemouth, in case you were wondering. He controls it superbly after a touch of pinball in the box and then turned to whack it home.
Look away now, Chesterfield fans.
Playing every two days is really silly isn’t it? These games are relatively underwhelming each year due to fatigue. I understand it’s tradition and all that but surely there is a more logical way of doing it than having this hilariously short turnaround.
To get you in the mood, here is Jonathan Liew on some incredible football last night.
The football never ever stops! Last night had something for everyone seeking festive entertainment; there was comedy in abundance, mild farce, drama and a bit of a love story chucked in too. Today, however, we might get something less exciting as everyone will be exhausted. We can expect a lot of changes to the sides who played on Boxing Day.
There are only three matches at 3pm and the Football League have taken the frightfully logically decision to play their matches on Sunday. Newcastle will be looking to bounce back from a desperate day at Old Trafford when Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton come to town, with the Italian aiming to find out even more about his new charges.
Southampton host Crystal Palace who are both coming off very impressive results on Boxing Day. Saints downed Chelsea away and the Eagles came back to beat West Ham, including a fine goal from Jordan Ayew.
Watford and Aston Villa are also in more acceptable form. Nigel Pearson has made a massive difference at Vicarage Road, while Villa downed Norwich in another relegation six-pointer on Thursday.
It should be more relaxing than Boxing Day, at least!