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Goal! Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton (Ramsey 41)

Villa have a corner. It’s taken short and then whipped in by Coutinho to Watkins, who brings a good save from Martinez with a smart header from a central position, about eight yards out. Martinez fails to get the ball out of the danger zone, though, and Ramsey mops up and volleys in the rebound. There is a VAR check … but the goal stands. Gerrard’s men lead.

Goal! Arsenal 2-0 Brighton (Blackstenius 50)

A neat pass from Mead allows Blackstenius to crack a fine shot into the top corner from point-blank range.

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I was hoping for a more entertaining game than what Arsenal v Brighton has been so far,” emails Charles Antaki. “Possibly the Brighton sending off hasn’t helped, and maybe there’s a certain amount of rustiness in all concerned. Sure, Arsenal have dominated; but they haven’t made that many good chances, and apart from a couple of inspired runs by Foord and some lovely passes from Miedema, there’s been a certain amount of drudge. Six world-class goals, please, in the second half.”

Blackstenius nearly gets one – her effort is nudged on to a post by Walsh in the Brighton goal. Brighton then storm down to the other end, and nearly get one themselves.

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They are under way again in the WSL at Meadow Park.

For Aston Villa, Coutinho twists and turns and hammers a shot from distance which flies over the bar. A bright moment, a bit of intent, which is something.

Something actually happened in the first half at Villa Park.
Something actually happened in the first half at Villa Park. Photograph: Andrew Kearns/CameraSport/Getty Images

Tonight’s latest scores are as follows:

Arsenal 1-0 Brighton (HT)

Premier League
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Fulham
Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton

Over on Twitter, Stuie is buzzing for Liverpool in the WSL. And why not?

The Poland international teammates, Matty Cash and Jan Bednarek, are pictured in the stands having a chat and a bit of a laugh at Villa Park. Glad they are enjoying themselves.

Cook in the book.

28′ | #NFFC 1-0 #FUL

Cook is booked for bringing down Willian on the edge of the area 🟡

— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) September 16, 2022

Trivia: Steve Cook and Willian have a combined age of 65.

Elyounoussi and Adams try and link up for Saints in the Villa penalty area with 25 minutes gone. There is moment of panic for Villa but they clear their lines. Perraud soon has a comical air shot in the next phase of play, then James Ward-Prowse has a shot blocked.

At the City Ground, Forest lead Fulham by a goal to nil.

We’re just waiting for this game to really come to life,” points out Seb Hutchinson, commentating for Sky Sports at Aston Villa v Southampton. Very much so.

Kári Tulinius emails:

“Hello Luke, If like me, someone wants to watch Arsenal-Brighton but lives outside the UK, it’s also possible to watch the match on the Arsenal website.”

Good to know, thanks Kári.

In the Premier League, there really isn’t an awful lot happening at Villa Park, so little has changed there. Need I tell you it’s 0-0? Looks like I just have.

Half-time! Arsenal Women 1-0 Brighton Women

The teams head off for a half-time cup of tea and a segment of orange or two at Meadow Park. Arsenal have dominated, and could easily be 3 or 4-0 up, but Brighton have limited the damage to one goal. For now.

This season I decided to play Premier League Fantasy football for the first time in well over a decade,” writes Peter Oh. “I’m in about six millionth place so it’s not going particularly well. I’m confident, however, that I’ll be able to beat the drop – provided I don’t get sacked.

“Anyway, the sight of Ashley Young in Aston Villa’s starting XI takes me right back to my previous stint as manager. I used to pick him pretty regularly back then, with good returns if I remember correctly. He’s not in my starting XI this match week but kudos to him for still being around, making fantasies come true.”

The evergreen Ashley Young hoofs a clearance into row z.
The evergreen Ashley Young hoofs a clearance into row z. Photograph: Andrew Kearns/CameraSport/Getty Images

A lovely hit by Walti for Arsenal which is beaten out for a corner by Walsh. Then another effort is cleared off the line. If Brighton get anything here, fair dinkum, it’ll be a miracle.

An email from Adam Kline-Schoder: “As you mentioned that Arsenal vs Brighton is not on telly, I feel compelled to point out that it — and many other matches besides! — is available for free on the FA Player. There’s commentary and all that too, plus other fun features at the half to introduce more players from the league.”

Quite right. I’ve got it on. Thanks Adam.

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1-0 Fulham (Awoniyi 11)

The Nigeria international scores for the Tricky Trees at the City Ground! A header from a free-kick.

Taiwo Awoniyi puts Forest ahead.
Taiwo Awoniyi puts Forest ahead. Photograph: James Williamson/AMA/Getty Images

What’s occurring at Villa Park, I hear you cry. Not much. It’s 0-0 after 10 minutes.

Nottingham Forest, who are badly in need of a win, have started with a smattering of confident passing against Fulham.

Over at Meadow Park there is another chance for Arsenal, but it’s still 1-0. It’s going to be a long night for the Brighton defenders following Kullberg’s early sending off.

Blackstenius cracks the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the box! It’s all Arsenal, unless you count that earlier chance for Terland.

Goal! Arsenal 1-0 Brighton (Little 28)

It’s there. Foord does well to get to the byline and cut the ball back. Little controls, takes her time, and belts the ball unerringly past Walsh in the Brighton goal.

Kim Little puts Arsenal ahead.
Kim Little puts Arsenal ahead. Photograph: Tom Dulat/The FA/Getty Images

At Villa Park, fans held a minute’s silence for the Queen, followed by applause … and now we’ve got a rendition of God Save the King.

Arsenal, as you might expect, are all over 10-woman Brighton. It’s all hands on deck for the Seagulls defence. But hang on! Brighton counter and Terland, on debut, clips a shot just wide of an upright.

Red card! Kullberg (Brighton)

A terrible start for Brighton. Emma Kullberg is shown a straight red card after challenging Stina Blackstenius of Arsenal, who was going through on goal.

Emma Kullberg is off here.
Emma Kullberg is off here. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Gerrard is asked about Philippe Coutinho who was dropped for the match against Manchester City: “He’s trained with a little bit of hurt … I’ve seen a different performer, a really driven one.”

So, the new WSL season is a couple of minutes away. It’s not on telly, but is available to watch via the FA Player on governing body’s website. Arsenal will kick off against Brighton very shortly.

The Premier League matches, Forest v Fulham (also not on telly) and Villa v Southampton (on telly!) will kick off at 8pm.

Both teams line up for a minute’s silence in honour of The Queen before kick off.
Both teams line up for a minute’s silence in honour of The Queen before kick off. Photograph: John Walton/PA

“Becks” queued up to see the Queen lying in state. Here is the video:

David Beckham appears emotional while attending the Queen’s lying in state – video

Aston Villa v Southampton teams

The Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez has recovered from illness to face Southampton. Ashley Young and Philippe Coutinho return for the injured Matty Cash and Douglas Luiz, who is on the bench.

Joe Aribo drops to the bench in the only change from Southampton’s 1-0 defeat at Wolves, replaced by Moussa Djenepo.

Aston Villa: Martinez, Young, Konsa, Mings, Digne, Ramsey, Kamara, McGinn, Bailey, Coutinho, Watkins. Substitutes: Douglas Luiz, Sanson, Ings, Buendia, Chambers, Augustinsson, Nakamba, Olsen, Dendoncker.

Southampton: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Djenepo, Adam Armstrong, Adams. Substitutes: McCarthy, Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Aribo, Stuart Armstrong, Mara, Edozie, Larios, Walcott.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Nottingham Forest v Fulham teams

Steve Cooper makes three changes to his Forest team, with Wily Boly making his Forest bow in central defence this evening, while club captain Joe Worrall notably drops to the bench. Boly is joined in the team by Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler and Taiwo Awoniyi. Jesse Lingard and Cheikhou Kouyate are the other players who move to the bench.

Fulham bring in Issa Diop and Willian with Neeskens Kebano among the substitutes, with Antonee Robinson ruled out because of an ankle injury.

Nottingham Forest: Henderson, Boly, Cook, McKenna, Williams, Yates, Freuler, Renan Lodi, Gibbs-White, Johnson, Awoniyi. Substitutes: Biancone, Worrall, Lingard, Hennessey, O’Brien, Toffolo, Surridge, Kouyate, Dennis.

Fulham: Leno, Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Diop, Reed, Joao Palhinha, Reid, Andreas Pereira, Willian, Mitrovic. Substitutes: Rodak, Duffy, Kebano, Cairney, Chalobah, James, Mbabu, Vinicius, Harris.

Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

Suzanne Wrack

Suzanne Wrack

Gareth Taylor says he understands the concern of Manchester City fans after a summer of change and has urged them to be patient as his new players get to grips with the league and setup.

Arsenal v Brighton teams

Arsenal: Zinsberger, Wienroither, Williamson, Rafaelle, McCabe, Walti, Little (capt), Miedema, Mead, Blackstenius, Foord. Substitutes: Marckese, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Catley, Maritz, Maanum, Nobbs, Iwabuchi, Hurtig.

Brighton: Walsh, Fox, Pattinson, Sarri, Lee, Zigiotti, Terland, Bance, Green, Kullberg, Williams. Substitutes: Startup, Park, Robinson, Jarvis, Ferguson.

Keen to get the lowdown on this season’s WSL?

Suzanne Wrack explains all in this video:

Women’s Super League: the players, teams, managers you need to know – video explainer


Good evening. Following last weekend’s postponements, the Premier League and the Women’s Super League return tonight: Aston Villa v Southampton and Nottingham Forest v Fulham are on the menu in the Premier League, while at Meadow Park, the WSL season kicks off with Arsenal v Brighton.

The weekend’s action will of course be characterised by tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II before her funeral on Monday: and as rugby union and plenty of other sports demonstrated last weekend, it’s perfectly possible to stage top-level sport and allow those who wish to a chance to pay their respects, all at the same time.

The WSL kicks off at 7.30pm, the two PL matches at 8pm, and I shall also bring you freestyle updates from matches across Europe, along with any appropriate breaking news and weekend preview stuff. Let’s go.

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