The first Saturday late Premier League game of the season is Jorge Mendes’ all-stars v Marco Silva’s school of science, and Rob Smyth is your guide.
Sachin Nakrani was at Vicarage Road.
The reports are rolling in. Here’s Ben Fisher.
That game at Macclesfield Town was a poultry matter.
And here it is.
Maja latest from Peter Oh: “You can tell me to buzz off, but Maja is also the name of the main character in a classic German animated series about little bees. (Pronounced Maya.)“
Down at the bottom of the Football League, both Morecambe, who lost 2-0 at Exeter, and Macclesfield, who lost 2-0 at home to ten-man Grimsby, prop up the 92 on zero points.
And Aston Villa hold on for a 3-2 victory over Wigan while Swansea beat Preston 1-0 to make it a perfect start for Graham Potter.
Sunderland’s great start last week loses its lustre with the news that they drew 1-1 at Luton.
Norwich 3-4 West Brom is a final score.
And perhaps the biggest news of the day is this:
Late goal news: Rotherham score late on to go 1-0 up on Ipswich. Aston Villa lead 3-2 against Wigan.
Great start for Bournemouth while Neil Warnock’s team need more than thud and blunder.
Fulham taught a lesson by former manager Roy Hodgson. Palace stuck to their task manfully and then took their chances.
Roberto Pereyra’s double gets Watford off to a fine start. Brighton were not good but at least Chris Hughton has a new squad to play with.
Joey Barton’s Fleetwood now leading 2-0 at Oxford. He’ll be humble in victory, no doubt.
A dominant display from Sarri’s new charges, and Kepa didn’t have a save to make.
There will be no Cardiff comeback as Callum Wilson cut in to complete the job.
And Wayne Hennessey has just made fine save for Crystal Palace at Fulham, his second of the game. I admit it, I did him a sincere disservice before.
With time ticking on, it looks like only Cardiff have a chance of avoiding their fate at Bournemouth. Gary Madine has been launched on.
On thin legs, Sungbo Shim in Toronto, Ontario emails in: “They don’t come much spindlier than Riyad Mahrez’s?”
At Middlesbrough, Birmingham’s Craig Gardner has been sent off with his team losing 1-0.
That third Chelsea goal came from a superb run from Eden Hazard. Huddersfield had struggled enough and then on came Hazard.
The goals continue to fly in at Norwich, where it is now 4-3 to West Brom after a goal from crypto currency expert Hal Robson-Kanu and one from Norwich for Russell Martin.
Fulham have been vulnerable on the break and Zaha scores from just that type of situation.
Job done for Sarri as Pedro scores after a wonderful breakaway.
Eden Hazard has come on for Chelsea for Willian at Huddersfield. Meanwhile, Drew Chappell emails in. “This is a strange one John, but i can’t remember seeing a player in the modern era with legs as skinny as Jorginho’s. I know Stevie G was notoriously pin legged but even he outdoes Chelsea’s new number 5. Is this just me?”
Peter Crouch as a young player was very skinny, as was Roberto Falcao of Brazil in his 1982 pomp, as was Socrates.
Dispute over Maja which my Google search says means “pest”.
“Maja does not mean ‘pest’ in Spanish. It means ‘pestle’ as in ‘mortar and pestle’. Sorry to rain on your parade,” says Anthony Dawson.
“In Spanish it means pleasant girl,” says Paul Hood.
Luton equalise against Sunderland to make it 1-1. Matty Pearson is the scorer.
Sheffield United lead 2-1 at QPR after a goal from David McGoldrick. Timo Pukki’s goal for Norwich means there is one goal in it against West Brom, who lead 3-2. Brentford have equalised at Stoke. Nottingham Forest lead 1-0 against Reading through Hillal Soudani.
Cardiff now stepping up their efforts at Bournemouth. This means that Neil Warnock is now bound in post-match to say: “I can’t ask for more from my lads.”
Aston Villa 2-2 Wigan now after a goal from Chey Dunkley. Salford City are 2-1 down to Sutton after a goal from Ross Lafayette. Poor old Gary Neville.
Cardiff’s Morrison has now missed an absolute sitter at Bournemouth.
Bristol City hit back at Bolton, where it is 2-1 to the home team. Norwich are now 3-1 down to West Brom after Harvey Barnes’ goal.
Bournemouth are under a little more pressure than before from Cardiff, but are still creating chances.