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Meanwhile in Scotland: It’s 2-2 between Hearts and Celtic with a little over 30 minutes to go. On as a first half sub, Lawrence Shankland scored a quick-fire double either side of half-time, cancelling out James Forrest’s opener before sending his side ahead. Giorgios Giakoumakis restored parity for Celtic on the 55-minute mark.

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Women’s Super League

There are two games in the women’s top flight today and the first of them has just ended with a Manchester City win over Tottenham Hotspur at Brisbane Road. A brace from Bunny Shaw and one from Lauren Hemp secured a 3-0 win for City, while Tottenham Hotspur lost Ellie Brazil to what looked like quite a serious injury in the first half. We wish her all the best. In today’s other game, it’s scoreless between Aston Villa and Everton at half-time.

Tottenham Hotspur's Ellie Brazil is stretchered off after being injured at Brisbane Road.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Ellie Brazil is stretchered off after being injured at Brisbane Road. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
Khadija “Bunny” Shaw celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur
Khadija “Bunny” Shaw celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur. Photograph: Natalie Mincher/SPP/REX/Shutterstock

Scottish Premiership

With a two point lead over Rangers at the top of the table, Celtic travelled to Tynecastle for this afternoon’s early kick-off against Hearts. The reigning champions went ahead courtesy of James Forrest’s opener on 15 minutes but substitute Lawrence Shankland equalised for Hearts in added time at the end of the first half.

Rangers host sixth-placed Livingston at 3pm in one of five Scottish Premiership matches being played today. Stuck in a three-way mire along with Dundee United at the bottom of the table with nine points each, Kilmarnock and Ross County go toe to toe in a relegation six-pointer.

Scottish Premiership fixtures

James Forrest and teammates celebrate scoring Celtic’s opener against Hearts at Tynecastle
James Forrest (left) celebrates scoring Celtic’s opener against Hearts at Tynecastle. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Championship

QPR are the somewhat surprising leaders of the Championship and received quite the boost in midweek when their manager Michael Beale rejected overtures from Wolves to stay at Loftus Road. They host Wigan Athletic this afternoon, while Blackburn Rovers, joint top but behind QPR on goal difference, welcome Birmingham City to Ewood Park.

Already five points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table, Huddersfield go to Middlesbrough, while Blackpool are hosting Preston in a big Lancashire derby that kicked off earlier. It’s 1-1 at Bloomfield Road at half-time after Preston’s Ben Whiteman cancelled out Jerry Yates’s opener for Blackpool.

Today’s Championship fixtures

  • Blackpool 1-1 Preston (latest)

  • Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City

  • Middlesbrough v Huddersfield Town

  • Millwall v West Brom

  • QPR v Wigan

  • Reading v Bristol City

  • Rotherham United v Hull City

  • Sheffield United v Norwich City

  • Stoke City v Coventry City

  • Sunderland v Burnley

  • View the Championship table

Blackpool celebrate going 1-0 up against Preston.
Jerry Yates (No9) of Blackpool put his side ahead at Bloomfield Road. Photograph: Paul Currie/REX/Shutterstock

Premier League

It’s scoreless at half-time at the City Ground, where a win for Liverpool over Nottingtham Forerst will send Jürgen Klopp’s side fifth, while victory for the hosts would take them above Leicester City but leave them second from bottom of the table.

Three points behind Palace, Everton could overtake their visitors with a comprehensive thrashing by four goals or more, while Roberto De Zerbi is still looking to mastermind his first win as Brighton manager in five attempts and will do exceptionally well to do so at Manchester City.

Mo Salah in action for Liverpool at the City Ground
Liverpool’s Mo Salah suffered a back injury towards the end of the first half at the City Ground but was passed fit to continue. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Referees and the abuse they face

“It is only a matter of time before we see a British referee killed if no action is taken to try and stamp [player and spectator abuse] out,” says Dr Jamie Cleland, an academic who conducts research into socio-cultural issues in sport. “It has happened in other countries so why will it not happen here? We should not be naive about this.” Paul MacInnes reports …

Saturday clockwatch …

A hectic midweek schedule for the top flight means there are just four Premier League matches being played today, and it was Nottingham Forest and Liverpool who got the action under way in the lunchtime kick-off at the City Ground. Looking for their first win in nine games, Forest …

Hosting Brighton at the Etihad Stadium, a win for Manchester City against a team that has played quite well but failed to score in their past three games would send them to within a point of league leaders Arsenal for the evening. The Gunners travel to Southampton for one of five top flight games being played tomorrowe afternoon.

In today’s other three o’clock kick-off, Everton host Crystal Palace, who travel to Goodison Park on the back of their impressive midweek win against Wolves. Exciting going forward but a little porous at the back, Palace have yet to win on the road in the league this season.

Outside of the Premier League we have plenty of EFL and Scottish Premiership action to keep tabs on, so stay tuned for team news, updates on all the goals as they go in and all the rest of the day’s major talking points.

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