LIVE Football News: The Premier League Returns After Packed Midweek In Europe

Newcastle face Leeds in the opening game of the English weekend schedule
09:01, 17 Sep 2021
Last Updated: 22:06, 17 Sep 2021

Happy Friday, everyone! Here comes the Premier League!

After an exhaustive midweek of action across three competitions in Europe, and with Football League storylines aplenty too, the domestic calendar resumes with a full weekend of play.

And that starts tonight as Newcastle United face Leeds United at St James' Park with both teams still searching a first win of the season.

So stick with The Sportsman all day as we bring you the latest news, views and reaction on a busy day of press conferences.

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That's All Folks

Thanks for joining us for the start of Premier League Gameweek Five, as Newcastle and Leeds played out an exciting 1-1 draw at St James' Park, as well as England women getting their international break off to an incredible start with an 8-0 win. 

We'll be back tomorrow to cover all of the action!

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What does it mean for the table?

Points shared for Newcastle and Leeds means they both rise up the table by one place, with Leeds moving above Arsenal into 16th and Newcastle rising into 18th above Burnley. 

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FULL TIME: Newcastle 1-1 Leeds
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Cooper to Nottingham Forest?
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FULL-TIME: England 8-0 North Macedonia
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Newcastle 1-1 Leeds United

Allan Saint-Maximin (44)

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England 6-0 North Macedonia

Lionesses get another two against North Macedonia. Bethany England and another own goal from the visitors

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Lionesses make it four!

England make it 4-0 courtesy of the Lionesses' all-time top scorer Ellen White. Her second of the night

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Newcastle 0-1 Leeds

Raphinha (13)

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Derby set to go into administration
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Half-Time: England 3-0 North Macedonia

The Lionesses take a 3-0 lead going into the break against North Macedonia in their World Cup qualifier. Goals came from Ella Toone, Ellen White and an own goal from Julija Zivikj on the stroke of half-time. 

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Ellen White makes it two!

The Lionesses double their lead against North Macedonia through Ellen White

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Carra on Newcastle players...

Ahead of Newcastle's clash with Leeds at `St James' Park tonight, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has given his opinion on some of the recent events surrounding the home side.

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Sarina Wiegman era is underway...

Ella Toone has scored the first goal of the Sarina Wiegman era . England lead North Macedonia 1-0 in their 2023 World Cup qualifier

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No Callum Wilson tonight
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Newcastle United Team News (vs Leeds)
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Leeds United Team News (vs Newcastle)
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Lionesses' line-up (vs North Macedonia)
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Pep Guardiola Press Conference

"The interpretation is the interpretation, so I'm not going to apologise."

Watch Pep Guardiola's rant following his plea to get fans into the ground for Saturday's game against Southampton...

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Get those transfers made!
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You are gold... Gold!

And the nominations for this year's Golden Boy award are...

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No update on Salah contract situation

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed there is still no update regarding the extension of Mohamed Salah's contract.

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Quiz time

There have been some big moments in football as part of a bumper week of sporting action. Fancy testing your knowledge of what's been going on?

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Best kit of the season?

Just feast your eyes on Bayern Munich's Oktoberfest special...

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Klopp bigs up Matip and Mane

Liverpool have two players on the verge of big milestones, and Jurgen Klopp is delighted with both of them

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Paul Pogba easily the Premier League's best

Just look at how far Pogba is ahead of the rest for assists so far in the Premier League...

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Bissouma backs himself as PL's best midfielder

Speaking to former teammate Glenn Murray in a BBC interview, Yves Bissouma declared that he's the best midfielder in the Premier League.

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Williamson to captain England

Arsenal's Leah Williamson has been handed the honour of leading out England tonight against North Macedonia in the absence of Steph Houghton.

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Everton not quite perfect, says Benitez

Rafael Benitez is rightly holding his Everton side to high standards...

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Vieira hopeful of more of the same

Crystal Palace trounced Tottenham Hotspur last time out, and Patrick Vieira's side face Liverpool this weekend. The Eagles boss is hopeful his team can do it all again at Anfield.

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Houghton blow for Wiegman's England

Sarina Wiegman has suffered a setback ahead of her first game in charge of England, with captain Steph Houghton being forced to withdraw from the squad after suffering an ankle injury in training.

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Dalot better for his spell in Italy

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Diogo Dalot has come back to Manchester United a better player than the one that headed out on loan to AC Milan last season.

Solskjaer admits Dalot benefited from loan spell at Milan - Football Italia
Solskjaer admits Dalot benefited from loan spell at Milan - Football Italia
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Pep won't apologise

Pep Guardiola has received some attention for his plea for Manchester City fans to attend the Etihad against Southampton this weekend.

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Woodward hails Man Utd's pandemic response

Speaking to club investors today, executive vice-chair Ed Woodward has said Manchester United can be "proud" of their resilience in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Leeds in high-scoring win 'shocker'?

Betfred are offering 7/2 on Leeds United beating Newcastle United tonight with both teams scoring.

Just saying.

You're welcome!

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"Not too much wrong" in Rangers' performance

Rangers lost 2-0 at home to Lyon in the Europa League last night, but Steven Gerrard insisted there wasn't too much wrong in his side's performance.

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Does Leicester's draw show a fragility in them

Brendan Rodgers said he was largely pleased with his team, but did Leicester City's inability to cash in on a winning position show a fragility about their play? The Sportsman's Simon Lillicrap investigates.

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Smith sees inspiration in West Ham

Aston Villa host Everton on Saturday in the Premier League, and Villa manager Dean Smith has told the media this morning that he sees West Ham United's run to a European spot last season as an achievement a club of Villa's size can seek to replicate.

"After getting promoted our remit was to stay up, and we have progressed from 17th to 11th. The next step is the hardest because you have to try to go past established Premier League teams," he told his pre-match press conference.

"Some of those teams have been top-four clubs in the last decade as well, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton come into that category. West Ham did brilliantly last season and we want to emulate that this season if we can."

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Koeman facing the sack?

Could Ronald Koeman be sacked by Barcelona? The 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich has certainly put him under pressure, and the BBC's Guillem Balague explains that there could be a change of manager in the pipeline.

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Lou Macari previews the weekend's games

Former Manchester United and Celtic star Lou Macari has had his say on last week's action and looks forward to the coming round of Premier League games. He's also revealed his big plans for a new career alongside Stormzy...!

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Newcastle and Leeds battle for first win

 Newcastle United host Leeds United tonight with both sides on the lookout for a first win. But their fan bases will have very different concerns after their first four Premier League matches, as our Joey Mills describes.

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Wiegman era begins for England

Sarina Wiegman takes charge of the England women's team for the first time tonight in a World Cup qualifer against North Macedonia at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium, and it's important for the Lionesses to draw a line under the previous regime.

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Rodgers reacts to 2-2 draw with Napoli

Leicester City drew 2-2 with Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday night, and Brendan Rodgers was largely pleased with the display when he spoke to the media after the match.

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Antonio inspires West Ham

West Ham United were the only British winners in Europe on Thursday night, but Michail Antonio's performance will have been bittersweet since the Hammers will now be wondering how they manage without him during his upcoming domestic ban.

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