After the Friday night fixture, Bournemouth go 3rd with a smash-and-grab win along the south coast at Southampton.

A partial slate on Saturday, with only 5 games, and just two other 3pm kick-offs when Everton take on Sheffield Wednesday:

Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (12:30)
Burnley vs Norwich City
Manchester City vs Watford
Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion (17:30)

Sunday's line-up which completes the weekend's programme is a follows:

Arsenal vs Aston Villa (16:30)
Chelsea vs Liverpool (14:30)
Crystal Palace vs Wolves (14:00)
West Ham Utd vs Man Utd (14:00)

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 21/09/2019 at 14:15:25
Fine strike by Maddison to put The Foxes ahead.

It's taken him 30-odd shots since he last scored.

This is after another one of those awful VAR decisions were an excellent Spurs goal was ruled out for offside by a nose-hair.

Can't believe the VAR nonsense from yesterday, where an obvious penalty was denied by the ref, and not given by VAR, but what was given as a penalty and accepted by VAR was ridiculous, the attacker kicking the ball out for a goal-kick and throwing himself at the defender.

I hate it.

Sam Hoare
2 Posted 21/09/2019 at 14:19:58
To think there were people who said we didn't need Maddison because we had Dowell!

If only we had spent £25m on Maddison and £20m on Pereira rather than £45m on Siggy i'd be feeling much happier about our squad!

Chris Williams
3 Posted 22/09/2019 at 06:24:28
I think we need to call out VAR for what it is. According to the programme our VAR Referee yesterday was Lee Mason.

VAR is effectively the same tired incompetents making the same incompetent decisions. I've no idea who was in charge of VAR at Leicester but I'd be surprised if we didn't recognise his name as one of the usual woeful suspects.

We need to start personalising it, or we are giving them a get-out clause.

Rob Halligan
4 Posted 22/09/2019 at 17:57:15
Chris, as far as I know, all the VAR referees are current premier league referees, so you're right, all the useless bastards are still making the same mistakes, but from a box!

Good game at the Emirates. Villa leading 2-1 and Arsenal down to ten men.

Rob Halligan
5 Posted 22/09/2019 at 18:12:10
Arsenal 2-2. Poor defending by villa for the equaliser.
Rob Halligan
6 Posted 22/09/2019 at 18:14:21
Arsenal now 3-2 ahead. Down to ten men but are swarming all over villa.
Darren Hind
7 Posted 22/09/2019 at 18:56:59
VAR - RIP Common sense
Rob Halligan
8 Posted 22/09/2019 at 19:02:49
Darren, I've just seen the disallowed goal for Chelsea, given offside after VAR looked at it. Funny how VAR disallowed the Chelsea goal, yet let the exact same goal for the RS at Southampton stand last season.
Darren Hind
9 Posted 22/09/2019 at 19:12:11
Exactly Rob

VAR - Very Advantageous to Redshite

Chris Williams
10 Posted 22/09/2019 at 00:02:07
Same arseholes, same shit. Insulated in boxes as Rob says but useless arseholes nonetheless

Same marginal decisions in favour of the favoured teams.

Unwritten law, don't contradict or undermine the onfield referee, no matter how deluded he may be.

Name the names, don't blame VAR!

Call them out, VAR is the same crap decisions, by the same crap referees, just once removed.

Every VAR decision has a name behind it.

Andy Crooks
11 Posted 23/09/2019 at 00:16:34
It would take a lot for me to lose interest in football. Greed, diving, cheating, the Qatar World Cup, the corruption of FIFA, Martin Samuel, the ridiculous bitchiness at corners. I have got over them. But VAR has done it. Other than Everton and local football, I am done with the game.
Alex Carew
12 Posted 23/09/2019 at 00:17:08
Clubs should stand up and publicly point out these stand out contradictions. Most teams just accept it but if clubs pointed out the contradictions and VAR referees faced fines or even expulsions then maybe something would be done about it.

Let's be honest, the RS and Utd are always going to get favourable decisions but by standing up and pointing out the errors then maybe we can move forward. Remember when Moyes sent the tape of Andy Johnson fouls to the FA? I'm sure we got a penalty the week later.

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 23/09/2019 at 09:00:36
I pointed out at the start of the season that the VAR referees should be named before every game and their decisions be noted.

I was under the impression that three referees studied the incidents under consideration.

As it is and has been pointed out, it's the same old system moved from the field of play to a studio, so it's quite possible for the league title to be won by referees in a studio, more than possible.

Brian Harrison
14 Posted 23/09/2019 at 09:23:39
VAR inst the problem its the same inept referees who are administering the system thats at fault. We were told it was to clear up any clear and obvious mistakes, but some of the disallowed goals were not clear and obvious. The Spurs 2nd against Leicester it took 5 minutes to check whether Son was an 8th of an inch offside. Surely if it takes 5 minutes for 3 officials to make a decision it was definitely not clear or obvious. Who was the bright spark who decided that if it accidently hits an attacker on the arm and a goal results it is chalked off but the same law doesnt apply when a defender does it. What happened to the idea we were told some years back that the advantage would be given to the attacking side. Seems they have reversed that thinking.

Also who decided that all decisions would be made at Stockley park, and why are the paying punters not shown what var is looking at. If you attend cricket, rugby,tennis the fans can see what the officials are checking but you cant possibly incite the morons who go to football by letting them see what the officials are looking at.

Ray Robinson
15 Posted 23/09/2019 at 09:29:48
Having looked at the Spurs "goal", I still can't see what was wrong with it - even after VAR. Also, did you ever see a more blatant handball than by the Arsenal player yesterday against Villa? VAR can work - the way it is administered is bonkers.
Chris Williams
16 Posted 23/09/2019 at 12:17:16

Our VAR ref was our old friend Lee Mason on Saturday, according to the match programme. A miracle that nothing disastrous occurred, other than the appalling display of course!

Steve Ferns
17 Posted 23/09/2019 at 16:13:17
Astounding to see Bernardo Silva's tweet. I have no doubt that he is not inherently racist whatsoever. I am also sure that his friend took no offence at his attempt at humour.

Bernardo, and possibly Mendy, miss the point that these kind of "jokes" are passive racism. It sends the message that it's ok to poke fun of someone's skin colour because look over here, he's a premier league footballer doing it and his mate found it funny. This then leads someone else to do it to someone who is not their mate and does not find it funny, and then they can say the victim of the "joke" simply has no sense of humour.

If Bernardo and Mendy did this in private, then fine. Nothing wrong with that. It's between them. However, they did it on twitter for millions to see. The joke is a racist one and by it being "ok" sends the message to others that it's fine to make the same joke. This is what Bernardo needs to understand.

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