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Ben Fisher was at Molineux for Manchester City’s latest stroll.

Suzanne Wrack watched Manchester United give Reading a good drubbing on the opening day of the Women’s Super League season. Someone called Le Tissier scored two …

“To be fair to Brighton and Palace,” John Davis says, “one of the major reasons was that the car parks were predicted to be very busy around the stadium for students moving in (who took precedence) – not just the cancelled train strikes. Still grates a bit that Newcastle away at Brighton when the train strikes were on went ahead, but no students being dropped off then.

Bloody students!

Full-time: Wolves 0-3 Manchester City

It was all very simple for City at Molineux, aided by Nathan Collins’ rather silly red card.

I did watch Elche v Athletic Bilbao last week and the hosts were utterly abysmal so I wouldn’t hold out much hope for them in Barcelona today. They offered some of the worst defending I’ve seen in years.

Barney Ronay on the World Cup and its cost.

Admittedly, it is a quiet day in the Premier League but there is plenty going on around Europe.

Barcelona v Elche kicks off at 3.15pm (BST), while Borussia Dortmund host Schalke at 2.30pm.

In the FA Cup it is United of Manchester v Curzon Ashton.

Teams: Newcastle v Bournemouth

Newcastle (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Burn, Targett; Guimaraes, Willock, Joelinton; Almiron, Fraser, Isak.

Subs: Karius, Botman, Lascelles, Ritchie, Lewis, Manquillo, Wood, Murphy, Longstaff.

Bournemouth (4-5-1): Neto; Smith, Senesi, Mepham, Zemura; Christie, Lerma, Cook, Billing, Tavernier; Solanke.

Subs: Travers, Stephens, Marcondes, Stacey, Lowe, Stanislas, Dembele, Moore, Anthony.

There were a couple of Premier League matches last night.

Ben Fisher witnessed one of the worst games in Premier League history at Villa Park.

Meanwhile, Pete Lansley was on hand to see another Forest capitulation.


It’s the Eddie Howe derby at St James’ Park as his current club Newcastle welcome former employers Bournemouth. It is the battle of 11th v 14th which should whet the appetite.

Caretaker Gary O’Neil has impressed in charge of the Cherries since replacing the sacked Scott Parker. It is two weeks since Bournemouth came back from a two-goal half-time deficit against Nottingham Forest to win. O’Neil has had plenty of time to think how to approach this fixture, whether to stick or twist with his tactical changes that brought success in the East Midlands.

It is the only Premier League 3pm kick-off today because Brighton v Crystal Palace was called off due to the planned train strike. It is not that far from south London to Brighton but the authorities saw fit to pull it despite the fact many matches with greater distance between the two were allowed to go ahead.

Obviously, we will see a minute’s silence and the national anthem at all games up and down the country.

There are dozens of FA Cup qualifying matches today, too. Send in the ones you are following and we shall try to keep across some of the most enjoyable.

Let’s hope it is a fun day!

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