Festive Fixture grades for all 20 Premier League clubs

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Forty matches in 17 days can make anyone’s head spin, and make matches from, well, 17 days ago feel like 17 weeks.

But let’s stretch back one further week, as Premier League clubs found themselves with six scheduled matches between Friday, Dec. 11 and Monday.

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How did the teams fare? We’ll dish out grades, A-F, for all 20.


Arsenal (3W-1D-2L)

The Gunners lost two of three to start the period, but those matches saw them superior to Burnley and Everton sides that claimed all of the points. Saints were better than the Gunners, but there’s no debate about the last three Festive Fixtures. Grade: B+

Arsenal 0-1 Burnley
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton
Everton 2-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
Brighton 0-1 Arsenal
West Brom 0-4 Arsenal


Aston Villa (3W-2D-1L)

Look at Dean Smith’s boys, all growns up. the Burnley draw stings and the United loss feels tough. Don’t both of those tell you something about the progression of expectations for the Villans? Grade: B+

Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 0-0 Burnley
West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 3-0 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa


Brighton and Hove Albion (0W-4D-2L)

Graham Potter’s Seagulls may be cursed, because out-performing the opponent and not collecting all or even any of the points is the rule, not the exception. Grade: D-

Leicester City 3-0 Brighton
Fulham 0-0 Brighton
Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United
West Ham 2-2 Brighton
Brighton 0-1 Arsenal
Brighton 3-3 Wolves


Burnley (3W-1D-1L)

Who cares if the manner of the results aren’t terribly impressive (aside from the Wolves win)? Sean Dyche’s men have new owners and a new outlook on life, the manager imagining what might be with new talent. It would be nice to see what he’d cook with different ingredients, or what he’d select from the market. Grade: A

Arsenal 0-1 Burnley
Aston Villa 0-0 Burnley
Burnley 2-1 Wolves
Leeds United 1-0 Burnley
Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United
Burnley v Fulham – Postponed


Chelsea (1W-1D-4L)

Maybe he’ll rebound, but this feels like the stretch of Frank Lampard’s young career where the weaknesses of his current plan have been exposed and he needs to find a way to swim. Grade: D

Everton 1-0 Chelsea
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham
Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
Chelsea 1-3 Man City


Crystal Palace (1W-3D-2L)

The draws were all quality, but the losses to Liverpool and Villa look rough. A win over Blades hardly gets the good vibes flowing, but a win is indeed a win. Grade: B-

Crystal Palace 1-1 Spurs
West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool
Aston Villa 3-0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City
Crystal Palace 2-0 Sheffield United


Everton (4W-0D-1L)

The West Ham hiccup aside, Carlo Ancelotti’s men should be nothing short of happy with their performances from a brutal run of fixtures. The Blades win wasn’t what they wanted, but nine-of-nine points from Chelsea, Leicester, and Arsenal? Chef’s kiss. Grade: A-

Everton 1-0 Chelsea
Leicester City 0-2 Everton
Everton 2-1 Arsenal
Sheffield United 0-1 Everton
Everton v Man City – Postponed
Everton 0-1 West Ham


Fulham (0W-4D-0L)

No one asks for a COVID-19 rise, obviously, but it came at a bad (or good) competitive time for Scott Parker’s Cottagers. They’ve been cagey and resolute, led by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, and while they’ll have wanted a deserved win over the Magpies, the four points put them on better footing. Grade: B

Fulham 1-1 Liverpool
Fulham 0-0 Brighton
Newcastle United 1-1 Fulham
Fulham 0-0 Southampton
Spurs v Fulham – Postponed
Burnley v Fulham – Postponed


Leeds United (3W-0D-3L)

The beatdowns of bad teams and lashings from the good attacks come as no surprise, but the West Ham loss and Burnley win challenge the mind. Leeds deserved a bit better from West Ham’s visit, but the chances given up to Burnley beg the question of whether there’s anyone Marcelo Bielsa’s men can sincerely limit (even with the clean sheet). Grade: B-

Leeds United 1-2 West Ham
Leeds United 5-2 Newcastle United
Man Utd 6-2 Leeds United
Leeds United 1-0 Burnley
West Brom 0-5 Leeds United
Spurs 3-0 Leeds United


Leicester City (3W-2D-1L)

This was a rough stretch of matches, but the Foxes picked up enough points to stay in the top four fight while also showing some backbone in stopping the Man United and Palace draws from turning into a slump. Could’ve been Newcastle by much more than a goal. Grade: A-

Leicester City 3-0 Brighton
Leicester City 0-2 Everton
Spurs 0-2 Leicester City
Leicester City 2-2 Man Utd
Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City
Newcastle United 1-2 Leicester City


Liverpool (2W-3D-1L)

The Reds produced a lot of chances and we need to be fair — if you knew that Man City’s early season slide was about fortune and finishing rather than form, than the Reds deserve the same break. Still, all three draws were uninspiring and the Saints loss a tough one to sit on for two weeks heading into a huge clash with longtime rivals Man United. Grade: C-

Fulham 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-1 Spurs
Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool
Liverpool 1-1 West Brom
Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool
Southampton 1-0 Liverpool


Manchester City (3W-2D-0L)

While there will be questions about behavior given Benjamin Mendy’s faux pas and the COVID postponement of the Everton game, there’s little to dislike here besides the West Brom draw. In these matches, Man City’s combined expected goals score line?

11.41 for, 2.28 against. Pep’s back and he probably never left. Grade: B+

Man Utd 0-0 Man City
Man City 1-1 West Brom
Southampton 0-1 Man City
Man City 2-0 Newcastle United
Everton v Man City – Postponed
Chelsea 1-3 Man City


Manchester United (4W-2D-0L)

The only team not to lose despite four of the six fixtures appearing quite challenging. Yes, they were fortunate to draw at Old Trafford. Yes, they labored to outlast Blades. But level in first with a match-in-hand with this stretch starting days after bombing out of the Champions League with two losses in seven days? Big time mentality stuff there. Grade: A+

Man Utd 0-0 Man City
Sheffield United 2-3 Man Utd
Man Utd 6-2 Leeds United
Leicester City 2-2 Man Utd
Man Utd 1-0 Wolves
Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa


Newcastle United (1W-2D-3L)

Perhaps the point against Liverpool makes amends for the draw with Fulham, who as noted above are better than their record, but there’s a lot to dislike here. The long COVID-19 absences of Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin shouldn’t go against Steve Bruce’s record, but the disorganization against Leeds and failure to look up a man against 10-man Fulham should. The League Cup setback to Brentford doesn’t go into their grade, but if it did… Grade: C-

Newcastle United 2-1 West Brom
Leeds United 5-2 Newcastle United
Newcastle United 1-1 Fulham
Man City 2-0 Newcastle United
Newcastle United 0-0 Liverpool
Newcastle United 1-2 Leicester City


Sheffield United (0W-1D-5L)

The first three matches? Fine. Everton even? Fine. But if the 2-point Blades claimed wins over Burnley and Blades they’d be in the thick of a rise out of a historically-bad start. Instead, it’s zero goals and points in three. Grade: F

Southampton 3-0 Sheffield United
Sheffield United 2-3 Man Utd
Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United
Sheffield United 0-1 Everton
Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United
Crystal Palace 2-0 Sheffield United


Southampton (2W-3D-1L)

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have deal with injuries and sickness to allow a total of two goals in six games, including zero to Liverpool and one to Man City. There’s a plan here and it’s executed more often than not. Grade: A

Southampton 3-0 Sheffield United
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton
Southampton 0-1 Man City
Fulham 0-0 Southampton
Southampton 0-0 West Ham
Southampton 1-0 Liverpool


Tottenham Hotspur (1W-2D-2L)

A tough and rough stretch became — perhaps — a lesson learned from the Lilywhites when they went after Leeds and did not relent once ahead. Very much in the picture, though that Roberto Firmino goal at Anfield may be what keeps them from touching distance of the top. Grade: C-

Crystal Palace 1-1 Spurs
Liverpool 2-1 Spurs
Spurs 0-2 Leicester City
Wolves 1-1 Spurs
Spurs v Fulham – Postponed
Spurs 3-0 Leeds United


West Bromwich Albion (0W-2D-4L)

Drew the two best teams in the league for two different coaches. Absolutely hammered at home by a derby rival and then two teams who haven’t lit the league on fire. Big Sam says he needs new players to stay alive in the top flight? Let’s hope he has a backup plan. Grade: D

Newcastle United 2-1 West Brom
Man City 1-1 West Brom
West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa
Liverpool 1-1 West Brom
West Brom 0-5 Leeds United
West Brom 0-4 Arsenal


West Ham United (2W-3D-1L)

This is a bit of a headscratcher. Given recent seasons at the London Stadium, nine points out of 15 is nothing but a success. The Chelsea loss is not great and the Palace draw a bummer but London derbies can be fierce. Grade: B+

Leeds United 1-2 West Ham
West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham
West Ham 2-2 Brighton
Southampton 0-0 West Ham
Everton 0-1 West Ham


Wolves (1W-2D-3L)

Life without Raul Jimenez has proven a major challenge, but the lack of a clean sheet in the bunch is perplexing given a series of strong days for Conor Coady and Romain Saiss. The latter has been in particularly strong form. But what grates Wolves will be that the losses have come against a team they’d like to pass (Villa), one they stuck with (Man United), and one well below their level (Burnley).  Grade: C+

Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
Burnley 2-1 Wolves
Wolves 1-1 Spurs
Man Utd 1-0 Wolves
Brighton 3-3 Wolves

Chelsea in Portugal for Enzo Fernandez medical ahead of record deal

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Chelsea is ready to trigger Enzo Fernandez’s $129 million release clause and is in Portugal to conduct a Deadline Day medical on the World Cup winner.

The fee would break the British record set by Manchester City when it purchased Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Fernandez, 21, has been chased by Chelsea for some time and wants to make the move to Stamford Bridge from Benfica.

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The Argentina star has a goal and six assists in 22 matches across all competitions, but his skills as an elite ball progressor are what most attracts the Blues.

Fernandez ranks in the 99th percentile of midfielders in progressive passes per 90 at 9.47 and in the 95th percentile in shot-creating actions per 90 (FBref.com).

Chelsea’s revolutionized its squad since the club was purchased by Todd Boehly’s consortium last year, with Wesley Fofana, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, and many more.

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Premier League transfers: Complete list of January deals

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The January transfer window has again seen big-name imports into the Premier League, and the final hours of the window we saw a flurry of deals take place.

Chelsea spent big, once again, as a British record $130 million deal for Enzo Fernandez nears completion, while Liverpool signed Cody Gakpo and Arsenal added Trossard, Jorginho and Jakub Kiwior to strengthen their title hopes.

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur made additions to deepen their squads’ top-four pushes late in the window too and there were plenty of late deals for clubs in the relegation battle.

Below we list the confirmed deals from January in terms of ins and outs at Premier League clubs.


Latest transfer deals developing – January 31

Weston McKennie to Leeds United was a done deal on Jan. 30, as the American midfielder has joined on loan until the end of the season, with Leeds having an option to buy him for $36 million.

As for deadline day itself Jorginho has joined Arsenal from Chelsea in a big move across London, while Manchester United are chasing the singing of Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich after they lost Christian Eriksen to injury.

Chelsea are pushing hard to sign Enzo Fernandez and it looks like it could happen right around the deadline, while Bournemouth, Southampton, Fulham and Tottenham are all busy on deadline day too and pushing deals through late on.


AFC Bournemouth

In
Dango Ouattara (Lorient)
Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City)
Matias Vina (Roma) Loan
Illia Zabarnyi (Dynamo Kiev)

Out
Ferdinand Okoh (Dorchester) Loan
James Hill (Hearts) Loan
Will Dennis (Slough) Loan
Noa Boutin (Gosport) Loan
Gavin Kilkenny (Charlton Athletic) Loan


Arsenal

In
Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Jakub Kiwior (Spezia Calcio)
Jorginho (Chelsea)

Out
Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Coventry) Loan
Miguel Azeez (Wigan) Loan
Arthur Okonkwo (Sturm Graz) Loan
Ovie Ejeheri (SJK Seinajoki) Loan
Harry Clarke (Ipswich Town)
Marquinhos (Norwich) Loan
Omar Rekik (Wigan) Loan
Albert Sambi Lokonga (Crystal Palace) Loan


Aston Villa

In
Aaron Ramsey (loan recall)
Tyreik Wright (loan recall)
Alex Moreno (Real Betis)
Jhon Duran (Chicago Fire)
Bertrand Traore (loan recall)

Out
Cameron Archer (Middlesbrough) Loan
Tyreik Wright (Plymouth Argyle)
Frederic Guilbert (RC Strasbourg)
Indiana Vassilev (St. Louis City SC)
Danny Ings (West Ham)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
Morgan Sanson (Strasbourg) Loan
Ludwig Augustinsson (loan recall)
Marvelous Nakamba (Luton Town) Loan
Aaron Ramsey (Middlesbrough) Loan


Brentford

In
Byron Wilson (Coventry)
Conor McManus (Bray Wanderers)
Fin Stevens (loan recall)
Mads Bech (loan recall)
Beaux Booth (Dorking)
Kevin Schade (Freiburg) Loan
Paris Maghoma (loan recall)
Romeo Beckham (Inter Miami) Loan
Nathan Young-Coombes (loan recall)
Vincent Angelini (Watford)

Out
Myles Peart-Harris (Forest Green Rovers) Loan extension
Aaron Pressley (Accrington) Loan
Lachlan Brook (Crewe) Loan extension
Edon Pruti (Hartlepool)
Mads Bech (Groningen) Loan
Ellery Balcombe (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Tariqe Fosu (Rotherham) Loan
Paris Maghoma (MK Dons) Loan
Charlie Goode (Blackpool) Loan
Sergi Canos (Olympiacos) Loan


Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Facundo Buonanotte (Rosario Central)
Jamie Mullins (Bohemians)
Mark O’Mahony (Cork)
Yasin Ayari (AIK)

Out
Aaron Connolly (Hull) Loan
Reda Khadra (Birmingham)
Ed Turns (Leyton Orient) Loan
James Beadle (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)
Antef Tsoungui (Lommel) Loan Details
Lorent Tolaj (Dundee) Loan


Chelsea

In
David Datro Fofana (Molde)
Benoit Badiashile (Monaco)
Andrey Santos (Vasco da Gama)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven)
Malo Gusto (Lyon)

Out
Bashir Humphreys (Paderborn) Loan
Malo Gusto (Lyon) Loan
Cesare Casadei (Reading) Loan
Jude Soonsup-Bell (Tottenham Hotspur)
Jorginho (Arsenal)

Chelsea transfer news
Benoit Badiashile (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace

In
Luke Plange (loan recall)
Naouirou Ahamada (Stuttgart)
Albert Sambi Lokonga (Arsenal) Loan

Out
Killian Phillips (Shrewsbury) Loan
Jack Butland (Man Utd) Loan
John-Kymani Gordon (Carlise) Loan
Malcolm Ebiowei (Hull) Loan
Ryan Bartley (Eastbourne Borough) Loan
David Boateng (Dover) Loan
Luke Plange (Lincoln City) Loan


Everton

In
Ellis Simms (loan recall)
Nathan Broadhead (loan recall)
Niels Nkounkou (loan recall)

Out
Salomon Rondon (released)
Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich)
Tom Cannon (Preston) Loan
Niels Nkounkou (Saint-Etienne) Loan
Sebastian Quirk (Accrington Stanley)
Tyler Onyango (Forest Green) Loan
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)
Joe Anderson (Sunderland)


Fulham

In
Anthony Knockaert (loan recall)
Sasa Lukic (Torino)

Out
Idris Odutayo (Maidenhead) Loan extension
Anthony Knockaert (Huddersfield) Loan
Ibane Bowat (Den Bosch) Loan
Connor McAvoy (Partick Thistle) Loan
Josh Onomah (mutual termination)
Nathaniel Chalobah (West Brom)


Leeds United

In
Max Wober (RB Salzburg)
Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)
Weston McKennie (Juventus) Loan
Diogo Monteiro (Servette)

Out
Mateusz Klich (MLS pending)
Alfie McCalmont (Carlisle) Loan
Leo Hjelde (Rotherham) Loan
Max Dean (MK Dons)
Cody Drameh (Luton) Loan
Joe Gelhardt (Sunderland) Loan
Diego Llorente (Roma) Loan


Leicester City

In
George Hirst (loan recall)
Victor Kristiansen (Copenhagen)
Tete (Lyon)
Nathan Opoku (Field Masters Sporting Club)

Out
George Hirst (Ipswich) Loan
Ben Nelson (Doncaster) Loan
Jakub Stolarczyk (Hartlepool) Loan
Ayoze Perez (Real Betis) Loan
Nathan Opoku (OH Leuven) Loan


Liverpool

In
Cody Gakpo (PSV)
Billy Koumetio (Austria Vienna) Loan recall
Max Woltman (loan recall)
Jakub Ojrzynski (loan recall)
James Balagizi (loan recall)
Fidel O’Rourke (loan recall)
Rhys Williams (loan recall)

Out
Jake Cain (Swindon Town)
Jarell Quansah (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Luke Chambers (Kilmarnock) Loan

Liverpool transfer news
Cody Gakpo photo vis twitter.com/LFC

Manchester City

In
Liam Delap (loan recall)
Maximo Perrone (Velez Sarsfield)

Out
Josh Wilson-Esbrand (Coventry) Loan
Liam Delap (Preston) Loan
Kayky (Bahia) Loan
Joao Cancelo (Bayern Munich) Loan
Luke Mbete (Bolton Wanderers) Loan


Manchester United

In
Jack Butland (Crystal Palace) Loan
Wout Weghorst (Burnley) Loan
Marcel Sabitzer (Bayern Munich) Loan

Out
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Shola Shoretire Loan (Bolton Wanderers)
Charlie Savage (Forest Green) Loan
Ondrej Mastny (Portadown) Loan
Di’Shon Bernard (Portsmouth) Loan
Charlie McNeill (Newport) Loan


Newcastle United

In
Amadou Diallo (free) 
Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Anthony Gordon (Everton)
Harrison Ashby (West Ham)

Out
Garang Kuol (Hearts) Loan
Chris Wood (Nott’m Forest) Loan
Dylan Stephenson (Hamilton) Loan
Niall Brookwell (Darlington) Loan


Nottingham Forest

In
Gustavo Scarpa (Palmeiras)
Danilo (Palmeiras)
Alex Mighten (loan recall)
Chris Wood (Newcastle United) Loan
Felipe (Atletico Madrid)
Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan

Out
Loic Bade (loan recall)
Dale Taylor (Burton Albion) Loan
Aaron Donnelly (Port Vale) Loan
Ateef Konate (Oxford United) Loan
Brandon Aguilera (Estoril) Loan


Southampton

In
Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Carlos Alcaraz (Racing Club)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
James Bree (Luton)
Kamaldeen Sulemana (Stade Rennes)
Paul Onuachu (Genk)

Out
Dynel Simeu (Morecambe) Loan
Dan Nlundulu (Bolton) Loan
Nico Lawrence (Torquay) Loan
Kazeem Olaigbe (Harrogate Town) Loan
Lewis Payne (Eastleigh) Loan
Thierry Small (St Mirren) Loan
Jack Turner (Braintree Town) Loan


Tottenham

In
Arnaut Danjuma (Villarreal) Loan
Jude Soonsup-Bell (Chelsea)

Out
Bryan Gil (Sevilla) Loan
Djed Spence (Stade Rennais) Loan
Matt Doherty (Atletico Madrid)


West Ham United

In
Luizao (Sao Paulo)
Armstrong Okoflex (loan recall)
Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Out
Thierry Nevers (Bradford) Loan
Craig Dawson (Wolves)
Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland)
Darren Randolph (AFC Bournemouth)
Will Greenidge (Colchester) Loan
Harrison Ashby (Newcastle)


Wolverhampton Wanderers

In
Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Joe Young (loan recall)
Louie Moulden (loan recall)
Theo Corbeanu (loan recall)
Christian Marques (loan recall)
Lewis Richards (loan recall)
Mario Lemina (Nice)
Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain)
Craig Dawson (West Ham)
Dan Bentley (Bristol City)
Ki-Jana Hoever (loan recall)
Joao Gomes (Flamengo)

Out
Leo Bonatini (released)
Joe Young (Telford) Loan
Goncalo Guedes (Benfica) Loan
Theo Corbeanu (Arminia Bielefeld) Loan
Leonardo Campana (Inter Miami)
Connor Ronan (Colorado Rapids)
Fabio Silva (PSV) Loan
Matija Sarkic (Stoke) Loan
Ki-Jana Hoever (Stoke) Loan
Jackson Smith (Walsall) Loan
Chem Campbell (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan

Premier League transfers
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Cunha  (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Transfer Deadline Day, live! Join our show, send questions, analysis

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Transfer deadline day is here for January 2023, as the winter window shuts at 6pm ET on Jan. 31 for Premier League clubs.

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The clock is ticking late in the window and we will have all angles covered for you here at Pro Soccer Talk.

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From clicking on the links above to read the latest reports and analysis, having Sky Sports News live on Peacock all day long and to our own Pro Soccer Talk live deadline day show which starts at 5:30pm ET on Jan. 31, you won’t miss a thing.

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Click on the video below to send in your questions for the PST crew for our deadline day chat where we will round up all of the deals happening late in the window, dish out grades to Premier League teams based on their business and give our analysis on the best signings of the January window.


Newcastle takes care of Southampton, reaches League Cup Final

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Sean Longstaff scored twice and Newcastle United navigated a concession to reach its first domestic cup final since 1999 by outlasting Southampton in the League Cup semifinal.

The Magpies entered the second leg up 1-0 on a Joelinton goal and moved their aggregate advantage to 3-0 in the first half before Che Adams scored a pretty goal to bring Saints within two at St. James’ Park.

But it wasn’t all good news as Bruno Guimaraes was sent off after Video Assistant Referee reviewed a hard, studs-first tackle outside the 18 with about 10 minutes to play and will miss Newcastle’s next three matches.

[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ]

Newcastle seems likely to meet Manchester United in the final, which will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium on Feb. 26, as the Red Devils lead Nottingham Forest 3-0 after one leg and return home to Old Trafford for Wednesday’s semifinal second leg.

Newcastle is off to a final for the first time since the 1998-99 FA Cup, when the Magpies were beaten by the famed, treble-winning Manchester United side.

[ MORE: Weston McKennie joins Leeds: Is this a good move for the USMNT star? ]


Newcastle can dream of silverware earlier than expected

Newcastle suffered a precipitous decline under former owner Mike Ashley, and it’s been a decade since the Toon Army’s experienced European football via quarterfinal run in the 2012-13 Europa League.

It may surprise younger fans to note that the Northeast side qualified for the UEFA Champions League on either side of turn of the century, and the city’s been ready to erupt for their boys for some time. The vibes at St.James’ Park on Tuesday were terrific.

The Magpies not having Bruno Guimaraes — assuming the red card isn’t overturned — is a huge miss for the next three games, but they will have Bruno for the final against Manchester United’s mighty and experienced midfield assuming it holds onto its first-leg advantage over Nottingham Forest.

For Saints, they’ll turn their attention to the FA Cup and keep their attention on the relegation fight, which should be very, very tricky as Premier League sides are fortifying on this Deadline Day.


Stars of the Show

Sean Longstaff

Sven Botman

Nick Pope

Mohammed Salisu

Che Adams


What’s next?

Newcastle hosts West Ham at 12:30pm ET Saturday in Premier League play, while Saints are off to Brentford for a 10am ET kickoff on the same day.


Newcastle vs Southampton score: Hosts lead 2-1, 3-1 on aggregate


How to watch Newcastle vs Southampton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3 pm ET, Tuesday
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Key storylines & star players

Eddie Howe’s side has performed well above expectations this season, mounting a serious top-four challenge one or two years ahead of reasonable expectations. Getting to — and winning — a final in the same season would merely be icing on the cake for Howe, who took over the Premier League’s 19th-place side (5 points from 11 games) from Steve Bruce in November 2021.

Saints reached the League Cup final in 2017, but were somewhat controversially beaten by Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Southampton have won more cup ties (6 of 7) than PL fixtures (4 of 20), which goes a long way toward explaining why Nathan Jones’ side sits rock-bottom of the PL table with just 15 points.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (calf), Matt Targett (foot), Emil Krafth (knee)

Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Juan Larios (adductor), Duje Caleta-Car (suspension), Moussa Djenepo (head), Alex McCarthy (ankle)

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