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Newcastle beats Burnley at Turf Moor

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  • Newcastle unbeaten in four
  • Burnley winless in six
  • Fernandez, Clark help 2-0 lead

Newcastle United won its third-straight match after riding two early goals to a 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday.

Ciaran Clark added a goal to a Ben Mee own goal, while Burnley’s only answer came via a long Sam Vokes header.

Unbeaten in four, Newcastle’s 12 points move them 13th. That’s level with its next opponent, West Ham.

Burnley is just a point above the drop in 17th.

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A third-minute corner led to an awkward goal, with Federico Fernandez’s spinning side-footed effort taking a turn off Burnley back Ben Mee en route to the upper 90.

Clark then flicked the service of a short corner across goal and inside the back post.

Burnley scored out of nothing, with Vokes rising over Clark atop the 18 to nod a looping header over an uncharacteristically lost Martin Dubravka.

Chris Wood lashed into a bid to equalize just before the break, but Dubravka got full extension to punch the hard drive out for a corner.

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DeAndre Yedlin made an ingenious steal on the right flank, and Hart’s partial save looked to have goal written all over it only for Matt Ritchie to miss from within two yards of the near post.

An odd bounce allowed Wood to tee up a shot in the 68th minute, but Dubravka was in position to handle the rip. And Burnley put a pair of decent chances off frame in the next five minutes.

Newcastle substitute Joselu had two chances to make it 3-1, first hitting a far post drive off the iron before seeing an effort blocked at the other end.

Deadline Deals: Full list of Thursday’s Premier League moves

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The Premier League’s new transfer deadline hit with a flurry of moves joining a window that burst into life early with single names like Fabinho and Fred finding new clubs.

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Newcastle United snuck a deal over the line, adding Swansea City captain Federico Fernandez to help ease the burden of Florian Lejeune‘s long-term injury.

Fulham went big, adding five players. And the names are impressive, headlined by midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa from Marseille and goalkeeper Sergio Rico, on loan from Sevilla. Also joining the Cottagers are Timothy-Fosu Mensah (loan, Manchester United), Joe Bryan ($10 million, Bristol City), and Luciano Vietto (loan, Atletico Madrid).

Everton was also busy, completing a move for Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer in addition to $36.6 million defender Yerry Mina from Barcelona, and also taking Andre Gomes on loan from the Blaugranas.

Chelsea gets Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid, and

Wolverhampton takes Leander Dendocker on loan from Anderlecht.

Man City adds 19-year-old Australian striker Daniel Arzani from Melbourne City.

Southampton will take Danny Ings on loan from Liverpool with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

West Ham United buys striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal, and also added Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina.

Crystal Palace is taking Jordan Ayew on loan from Swansea City.

Huddersfield Town will take Isaac Mbenza on loan from Montpellier.

Brighton and Hove Albion nabbed two players on a permanent basis, Peter Gwargis from Jonkopings Sodra and Dan Burn of Wigan Athletic.

Cardiff City is loaning Real Betis’ Victor Camarasa.

Leicester City signs Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb.

Leicester City 1-1 Swansea: Foxes frustrated by Fernandez

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  • Vardy scores 11th of season
  • Fernandez levels off corner kick
  • Swans sit 17th, Foxes 8th

Jamie Vardy‘s early goal had many thinking “No Mahrez, no problem,” but Swansea City answered the bell in a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Federico Fernandez was the man to provide Swans a crucial point, as they sit 17th after picking up their 24th of the season. Leicester fails to leapfrog drawing Burnley, and is a point back of 7th.

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Harry Maguire helped Kelechi Iheanacho to space and a dribble, with the Nigerian then executing a deft pass to slip Vardy on goal for 1-0 before the match was 20 minutes old.

Leicester had a couple more dynamite chances in the first half hour, including a Wilfred Ndidi goal which appeared to be called back for offside since referee Anthony Taylor initially missed the raised flag.

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Forgive yourself if you doubted Carlos Carvalhal’s comeback acumen, but Fernandez made the most of a dipping Ki Sung Yeung corner to bring the visitors level.

Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Swansea City

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  • Liverpool leads all-time 22W-8D-10L
  • Swans lost five-straight at Anfield
  • Reds unbeaten in 7 PL matches

One of the Premier League’s top attacks hosts the division’s leakiest defense, as Liverpool may be licking its chops ahead of a visit from struggling Swansea City on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. EDT on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Liverpool has drawn at Sunderland and Manchester United in its last two Premier League outings, and sits seven points back of leaders Chelsea.

Swansea City has allowed multiple goals in five of six PL matches since beating Sunderland 3-0 on Dec. 10. It’s no surprise that they’ve lost those five (the sixth being a 2-1 win at struggling Crystal Palace).

What they’re saying

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on the match“We’re really looking forward to this game. I don’t know when it happened but in England every game now is like a final. Swansea are trying to survive. I don’t know when the title run-in will start, maybe now and we’re in the race. I hope for a special atmosphere tomorrow.”

Swansea City back Federico Fernandez on Liverpool“They are a team that is very strong going forward and that is shown by the number of goals they have scored. If you lose a little bit of focus against these teams then they have the players that will punish you every time. But it’s not only defending strongly when they are attacking, it is also how we keep hold of the ball and how we use it when in possession.”

Prediction

Swansea boss Paul Clement has his hands full, and is grabbing reinforcements in the transfer window (Luciano Narsingh, Martin Olsson, Tom Carroll). That won’t be enough to handle what Liverpool will dish out Saturday, as the Reds break free with a 3-0 win.

Chelsea 2-2 Swansea City: Courtois sent off as Blues lose lead twice at home

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  • Courtois sent off for foul on Gomis
  • Chelsea faces 35 minutes with 10 men
  • Ayew scores on Swans debut
  • Costa starts for Chelsea

Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew scored as Swansea City twice came back from a goal down in earning a draw against 10-man Chelsea on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Oscar scored for Chelsea, which also got a Federico Fernandez own goal off a Willian cross. The real story for Chelsea is the impending suspension of Thibaut Courtois, who took down Bafetimbi Gomis in the second half to receive a red card.

The Blues play Manchester City next week in a critical encounter.

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Jonjo Shelvey looked especially electric early for Swansea, playing some pinpoint crosses and exhibiting some well-chosen dribbles in the first quarter hour.

Shelvey played in Bafetimbi Gomis for a 15th minute chance that should’ve been a goal, but Gomis took an extra touch that allowed Thibaut Courtois to get a piece of his offering.

Diego Costa had himself a penalty claim denied after being chopped down in the box moments later. Perhaps it was reputation, but a kick was not awarded. Replays seemed to show Fernandez got a piece of the ball with his sliding tackle.

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Chelsea struck first from an odd, untouched free kick. Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski was prepared for Gary Cahill to touch Oscar’s free kick, but no deflection came and the ball bounced into the goal. 1-0 to the reigning champs, 24′.

Swans equalized through new signing Andre Ayew, and it took great effort. Courtois stopped Gomis’ header, then Cahill blocked Ayew on the rebound before the former Marseille man swept an equalizer home in the 29th minute.

Less than a minute later, Willian got the ball in space on the left and dribbled toward the 18 before launching a cross that took a turn off his marker, Federico Fernandez, and looped over a helpless Fabianski.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson stung a free kick off the wall early in the second half, setting up a corner kick that found Gomis but not the scoreboard. Swans earned another corner moments later. Fernandez headed over the goal.

Then Gomis made a perfect run to get 1 on 1 with Courtois. The forward touched around Courtois, whose foot came down on Gomis’ knee. Gomis hit the deck and a PK was given, along with a red card.

Asmir Begovic came on for Oscar to face the penalty, and Gomis converted the chance.

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Swans would have their chances.

Gomis tapped in a goal in the 68th minute, but was offside by a step.

Begovic made a diving save on Wayne Routledge in the 73rd minute.

The counter became the ally of both sides, and Chelsea had a few promising looks at earning a winner despite their man disadvantage. No goal would come for either club.

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