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Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic: Ajer goal settles scrappy Pittodrie game

Kristoffer Ajer scores Celtic's late winner against Aberdeen

Celtic stretched their winning run to nine games as Kristoffer Ajer's late goal earned a Scottish Premiership victory against a battling Aberdeen.

Neil Lennnon's men moved 13 points clear at the top of the table after a seventh consecutive league win - with Rangers v Livingston later on Sunday.

But the champions were largely subdued for much of the 90 minutes.

Ash Taylor cancelled out Celtic's Callum McGregor's opener, before Ajer settled it late on.

It was Aberdeen's best display at home to Celtic for some time, but they have now lost the last eight home meetings with the Parkhead team.

No reward for battling Aberdeen

Aberdeen ended a drought of five games without a goal in midweek against Hamilton and in the opening period they certainly looked like a team who could pose the champions problems.

Connor McLennan and Niall McGinn looked lively and Curtis Main was proving a handful for the Celtic trio at the back.

However it was the visitors who opened the scoring with their first real attack of the game. Leigh Griffiths got the better of defender Scott Mckenna and slid the ball into the path of Odsonne Edouard. The Celtic striker fed the onrushing James Forrest who was denied by goalkeeper Joe Lewis, but McGregor followed up with the rebound for his 11th goal of the season.

But Aberdeen were level when Lewis Ferguson's cross was flicked on by Matty Kennedy into the path of Taylor, who chested the ball down before despatching it beyond the helpless Fraser Forster.

Aberdeen were playing with a confidence that the home fans had rarely seen evidence of this season, and Funso Ojo and McGinn both threatened before the break.

Celtic's record of not dropping points after taking the lead this season was under threat with the windy conditions proving troublesome for both sets of players, but the home side were marginally coping the better.

Before Lennon tweaked his formation, Celtic had a golden opportunity to regain the lead when Edouard set up Jonny Hayes who was clean through on goal before being denied by his former team-mate Lewis.

Aberdeen were always dangerous though, and Mckenna got his head on a cross ball that he would have been better leaving with Main in a much better position to find the target.

And Celtic then did what they do so well with a goal against the run of play. Forrest sent a perfect pass into the path of Ajer who took one touch before firing past Lewis.

Edouard could have sealed the victory with Lewis languishing on the ground, but from just two yards out the striker hit the ball off the goalkeeper and the opportunity was gone.

In the end it was a score that was harsh on Aberdeen who had put so much into the game, but ended up with nothing to show for their efforts.

Man of the Match - Niall McGinn

Although it was a Celtic victory it was the Aberdeen players who caught the eye on an afternoon where silky football was definitely not on the agenda.

Ferguson and McLennan gave their all but McGinn tormented the Celtic backline from the first minute to the last and although he ended up in the losing side he can be pleased with his performance overall.


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Stuck in the mud! Portadown’s bizarre goal in Storm Dennis

Portadown striker Adam Salley gets caught short in the Irish Championship leaders' win over Queen's University on Saturday.

With Portadown one goal up, Salley was played though on goal only for his effort to get stuck in the mud.

Thankfully for the striker, who was already off celebrating, Chris Lavery was on hand to tap home. Salley would later score a second-half hat-trick in a 7-1 win.

Pictures courtesy of Portadown FC


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Arsenal vs Newcastle: Predicted line-ups and team news for Premier League match today

Arsenal host Newcastle United at the Emirates in desperate need of a win to boost the Mikel Arteta era. It's just one win in seven Premier League games under the Spaniard, who has struggled to translate promising signs in the shift in performances to results.

Steve Bruce's Magpies are level with the Gunners on points in 11th, with Burnley three clear of both in 10th. Newcastle will prove to be resilient and disciplined, placing great emphasis on the fluidity of Arsenal under Arteta and their ability to break down the visitors. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the difference between the sides at St James' Park earlier in the season, and the Gabonese, on 14 goals for the season, will look to narrow the gap to Jamie Vardy as he bids to retain his golden boot.

Follow all the action here live, with updates, analysis and reaction.

Longstaff volleys a corner towards goal from the edge of the area.

Ceballos deflects it and Leno has to struggle across goal to palm away from the bottom right corner.

Saint-Maxim now dances into the box after a short corner and finds Joelinton from close range, but the Brazilian can't redirect it on target, a waste, glorious chance for the visitors.

Rose is looking to loft free-kicks from deep areas into the Arsenal box.

The Gunners so far up to the task.

Late from Ozil there though on Almiron, a nice area to whip in a ball for the visitors.

Saka against Lazaro is a good battle.

Saka not doing much to prevent Lazaro bombing forward.

But the Inter loanee is handling the Gunners youngster well, a solid tackle as Saka attempted to drift past him.

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Aubameyang pulls to the left and sends over a cross, but it's too deep and drifts out for a goal kick.

Saint-Maxim wants a penalty just before that move, Xhaka clumsily sticks a boot out and it appears to be a clear foul.

It's on the edge of the area, but a peculiar decision to give nothing from the referee.

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Rose gets it out well for the visitors and feeds Joelinton.

The Brazilian, drifting to the left, surges down the wing and digs out a great cross fro Lazaro.

Quick feet from the Inter loanee and Arsenal scramble it clear inside the box, dangerous move by Steve Bruce's side.

We're underway! 

Arsenal already on the front foot, Bellerin particularly lively down the right. 

An early corner is swung in by Pepe, Luiz calling for it but it's a poor one and cleared easily. 

But the Magpies can't keep the ball here, great start from the hosts. 

Arteta on his philosophy

I love scoring goals. I love attacking football, but I like attacking football where you control what the opponent does to you in your own box. 

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Elsewhere today, Spurs have snatched a big win at Aston Villa, Son Heung-min punishing a mistake from Bjorn Engels in stoppage time to earn a 3-2 win.

Here are the player ratings from a thrilling match at Villa Park. 

Rose back at the home of former rivals

Danny Rose returns to the Emirates and will sure to receive a hot reception from the home fans due to his affiliation with Spurs. 

Newcastle team news 

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Lazaro, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Rose; Almiron, Longstaff, Bentaleb, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton

Subs: Longstaff, Lejeune, Darlow, Atsu, Schär, Hayden, Ritchie

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Arsenal team news 

Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerín, Mustafi, David Luiz, Saka; Ceballos, Xhaka, Özil; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Subs: Martinez, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Willock, Martinelli, Lacazette.

Arteta on the challenge of turning draws into wins 

"There have been a lot of positives, I have tried to convince the players that if we work on certain things in training, they will happen in games and we will score goals from them," Arteta said.

"There have been some really good moments like that with things I have asked them to do. As well, some of the counter-pressing we have done has been very good. Some of the behaviours of the players weren’t there before, particularly the top players tracking back. The distances between us and how compact we are is much better, and so is our body language during games."

“It was a knock. There was no fracture, so he’s OK. (There were) four, five or six days off for him and (Miguel) Almirón – the ones who have been at the pump constantly; they needed a break more than anybody. They’ve come back and they’ve been OK.

“We’re just going to assess whether it’s a little bit early for Muto and Dwight. They’re training, of course. The big problem we’ve got is that Andy’s still not right, so that’s a concern for us going forward. We expected him to be OK but unfortunately he’s not. Thankfully it’s not his ankle, but with this hip, hip flexor or whatever it is, he gets to a certain level in his rehabilitation and he’s still not quite right. We just have to keep monitoring him and see how he is.

“It’s a big frustration. There was a time just before Christmas when we were looking and he’d made a few assists and started a few games, and that’s exactly why we brought him into the club. And unfortunately he’s picked up this injury, which has drifted into five or six weeks when we expected it to be ten days. I’m sure he’s as frustrated as we all are, but unfortunately he’s got to try and get fit and hopefully be ready in a couple of weeks or whenever it will be. We’re not putting a timescale on it; it’s just the way it is.”

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Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Martinelli, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Rose, Almiron, Hayden, Bentaleb, Saint-Maxim, Joelinton

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he has already started planning for the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have struggled for victories in recent weeks, with four consecutive draws in the Premier League leaving them 10 points off the top four and a spot in the Champions League looking unlikely.

Arteta added to the squad in the January transfer window, although new signings Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari will have to wait for their debuts due to injuries.

The Spaniard, though, has already turned his attention towards further reinforcements, saying: “Absolutely, we have to plan. We need to know the direction we want to have and to do that we need to bear in mind different scenarios.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists he is pleased with the progress being made by some of the younger members of his squad.

The Gunners have struggled in the league this season and currently sit in 10th place having drawn their last four top-flight matches.

Bukayo Saka is one of the players who has impressed this season, but the 18-year-old is already in the final 18 months of his current contract.

Asked whether longer deals would be awarded to the likes of Saka, Arteta said: “I’m really happy how they are developing, part of that developing is to improve their contract and tie them to the club, but that has to follow a natural process.

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Arsenal vs Newcastle. 

With both sides level on points and Arsenal ahead on goal difference in 11th, both teams will be searching for a win to join Burnley on 10th, with the Clarets three points ahead after yesterday's win over Southampton. 

The Gunners have just one win in seven games since Mikel Arteta took over, so the pressure is growing on them to turn promising signs that the style is transforming into results.

Follow all the action and minute-by-minute updates live here.

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When is it? 

The match is on Sunday, 14 February at 4:30pm UK time. 

How can I watch it and is there a live stream? 

You can watch the match on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage beginning at 4pm. You can watch a live stream here or use the Sky Go app on mobile devices. You can alternatively purchase a NowTV pass for a day, week or month to watch the game.

Team news

Sead Kolasinac (thigh), Bukayo Saka (knock) and Reiss Nelson (hamstring) are all available again. 

Jetro Willems (ACL), Paul Dummett (tendon) and Emil Krafth (ankle), Andy Carroll (hip) and Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) are all still out, while Dwight Gayle (hamstring) and Yoshinori Muto (hip) face late fitness tests. 

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Martinelli, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Rose, Almiron, Hayden, Bentaleb, Saint-Maxim, Joelinton​

Odds

Arsenal: 2/5

Draw: 7/2

Newcastle: 7/1

Prediction 

Arsenal have won just once in the Premier League since Mikel Arteta took over, so now seems like a good time to change that, given their performances have shown glimpses of taking on board the instructions from their new coach. Newcastle will undoubtedly be stubborn, but we’ll look to the Gunners to edge home, 1-0.


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Arsenal vs Newcastle prediction: How will Premier League match play out today?

Arsenal host Newcastle United at the Emirates in desperate need of a win to boost the Mikel Arteta era. It's just one win in seven Premier League games under the Spaniard, who has struggled to translate promising signs in the shift in performances to results.

Steve Bruce's Magpies are level with the Gunners on points in 11th, with Burnley three clear of both in 10th. Newcastle will prove to be resilient and disciplined, placing great emphasis on the fluidity of Arsenal under Arteta and their ability to break down the visitors. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the difference between the sides at St James' Park earlier in the season, and the Gabonese, on 14 goals for the season, will look to narrow the gap to Jamie Vardy as he bids to retain his golden boot.

Follow all the action here live, with updates, analysis and reaction.

Longstaff volleys a corner towards goal from the edge of the area.

Ceballos deflects it and Leno has to struggle across goal to palm away from the bottom right corner.

Saint-Maxim now dances into the box after a short corner and finds Joelinton from close range, but the Brazilian can't redirect it on target, a waste, glorious chance for the visitors.

Rose is looking to loft free-kicks from deep areas into the Arsenal box.

The Gunners so far up to the task.

Late from Ozil there though on Almiron, a nice area to whip in a ball for the visitors.

Saka against Lazaro is a good battle.

Saka not doing much to prevent Lazaro bombing forward.

But the Inter loanee is handling the Gunners youngster well, a solid tackle as Saka attempted to drift past him.

Advertisement

Aubameyang pulls to the left and sends over a cross, but it's too deep and drifts out for a goal kick.

Saint-Maxim wants a penalty just before that move, Xhaka clumsily sticks a boot out and it appears to be a clear foul.

It's on the edge of the area, but a peculiar decision to give nothing from the referee.

Advertisement

Rose gets it out well for the visitors and feeds Joelinton.

The Brazilian, drifting to the left, surges down the wing and digs out a great cross fro Lazaro.

Quick feet from the Inter loanee and Arsenal scramble it clear inside the box, dangerous move by Steve Bruce's side.

We're underway! 

Arsenal already on the front foot, Bellerin particularly lively down the right. 

An early corner is swung in by Pepe, Luiz calling for it but it's a poor one and cleared easily. 

But the Magpies can't keep the ball here, great start from the hosts. 

Arteta on his philosophy

I love scoring goals. I love attacking football, but I like attacking football where you control what the opponent does to you in your own box. 

Advertisement

Elsewhere today, Spurs have snatched a big win at Aston Villa, Son Heung-min punishing a mistake from Bjorn Engels in stoppage time to earn a 3-2 win.

Here are the player ratings from a thrilling match at Villa Park. 

Rose back at the home of former rivals

Danny Rose returns to the Emirates and will sure to receive a hot reception from the home fans due to his affiliation with Spurs. 

Newcastle team news 

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Lazaro, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Rose; Almiron, Longstaff, Bentaleb, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton

Subs: Longstaff, Lejeune, Darlow, Atsu, Schär, Hayden, Ritchie

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Arsenal team news 

Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerín, Mustafi, David Luiz, Saka; Ceballos, Xhaka, Özil; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Subs: Martinez, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Willock, Martinelli, Lacazette.

Arteta on the challenge of turning draws into wins 

"There have been a lot of positives, I have tried to convince the players that if we work on certain things in training, they will happen in games and we will score goals from them," Arteta said.

"There have been some really good moments like that with things I have asked them to do. As well, some of the counter-pressing we have done has been very good. Some of the behaviours of the players weren’t there before, particularly the top players tracking back. The distances between us and how compact we are is much better, and so is our body language during games."

“It was a knock. There was no fracture, so he’s OK. (There were) four, five or six days off for him and (Miguel) Almirón – the ones who have been at the pump constantly; they needed a break more than anybody. They’ve come back and they’ve been OK.

“We’re just going to assess whether it’s a little bit early for Muto and Dwight. They’re training, of course. The big problem we’ve got is that Andy’s still not right, so that’s a concern for us going forward. We expected him to be OK but unfortunately he’s not. Thankfully it’s not his ankle, but with this hip, hip flexor or whatever it is, he gets to a certain level in his rehabilitation and he’s still not quite right. We just have to keep monitoring him and see how he is.

“It’s a big frustration. There was a time just before Christmas when we were looking and he’d made a few assists and started a few games, and that’s exactly why we brought him into the club. And unfortunately he’s picked up this injury, which has drifted into five or six weeks when we expected it to be ten days. I’m sure he’s as frustrated as we all are, but unfortunately he’s got to try and get fit and hopefully be ready in a couple of weeks or whenever it will be. We’re not putting a timescale on it; it’s just the way it is.”

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Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Martinelli, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Rose, Almiron, Hayden, Bentaleb, Saint-Maxim, Joelinton

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he has already started planning for the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have struggled for victories in recent weeks, with four consecutive draws in the Premier League leaving them 10 points off the top four and a spot in the Champions League looking unlikely.

Arteta added to the squad in the January transfer window, although new signings Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari will have to wait for their debuts due to injuries.

The Spaniard, though, has already turned his attention towards further reinforcements, saying: “Absolutely, we have to plan. We need to know the direction we want to have and to do that we need to bear in mind different scenarios.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists he is pleased with the progress being made by some of the younger members of his squad.

The Gunners have struggled in the league this season and currently sit in 10th place having drawn their last four top-flight matches.

Bukayo Saka is one of the players who has impressed this season, but the 18-year-old is already in the final 18 months of his current contract.

Asked whether longer deals would be awarded to the likes of Saka, Arteta said: “I’m really happy how they are developing, part of that developing is to improve their contract and tie them to the club, but that has to follow a natural process.

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Arsenal vs Newcastle. 

With both sides level on points and Arsenal ahead on goal difference in 11th, both teams will be searching for a win to join Burnley on 10th, with the Clarets three points ahead after yesterday's win over Southampton. 

The Gunners have just one win in seven games since Mikel Arteta took over, so the pressure is growing on them to turn promising signs that the style is transforming into results.

Follow all the action and minute-by-minute updates live here.

Please allow a moment for the blog to load.

When is it? 

The match is on Sunday, 14 February at 4:30pm UK time. 

How can I watch it and is there a live stream? 

You can watch the match on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage beginning at 4pm. You can watch a live stream here or use the Sky Go app on mobile devices. You can alternatively purchase a NowTV pass for a day, week or month to watch the game.

Team news

Sead Kolasinac (thigh), Bukayo Saka (knock) and Reiss Nelson (hamstring) are all available again. 

Jetro Willems (ACL), Paul Dummett (tendon) and Emil Krafth (ankle), Andy Carroll (hip) and Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) are all still out, while Dwight Gayle (hamstring) and Yoshinori Muto (hip) face late fitness tests. 

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Martinelli, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Rose, Almiron, Hayden, Bentaleb, Saint-Maxim, Joelinton​

Odds

Arsenal: 2/5

Draw: 7/2

Newcastle: 7/1

Prediction 

Arsenal have won just once in the Premier League since Mikel Arteta took over, so now seems like a good time to change that, given their performances have shown glimpses of taking on board the instructions from their new coach. Newcastle will undoubtedly be stubborn, but we’ll look to the Gunners to edge home, 1-0.


This news item was provided by the The Independent - Premier League website - the original link is: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenal-vs-newcastle-prediction-odds-lineups-team-news-what-time-tv-channel-preview-a9336166.html

Aston Villa vs Tottenham live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Aston Villa on Sunday as Jose Mourinho’s side look to sustain their top-four pursuit.

Spurs are currently just four points behind Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who face a tricky home fixture against Manchester United on Monday.

Steven Bergwijn is set to start after his debut theatrics against Manchester City, while a Champions League last-16 tie against RB Leipzig looms on Wednesday.

Dean Smith’s Villa are embroiled in a relegation scrap, currently sitting 17th in the table after suffering defeat against fellow strugglers Bournemouth prior to the winter break.

Here is everything you need to know:

When is it?

The match kicks off at 14.00 on Sunday 16 February.

How can I watch it?

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage beginning at 13.00. 

Line-ups

Aston Villa: Reina; Hause, Konsa, Engels; Guilbert, Drinkwater, Luiz, Targett; Grealish, Samatta, El Ghazi

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Winks, Dele, Bergwijn, Son, Lucas.

Odds

Aston Villa 3/1

Draw 27/10

Tottenham 5/6


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