Chelsea stave off a late push from Tottenham to win the battle between fourth and fifth in the early kick-off while Sheffield United look to leapfrog Spurs as they take in relegation-threatened Brighton at Bramall Lane.

Elsewhere it's Burnley vs Bournemouth, Cenk Tosun's Palace vs Newcastle and Southampton vs Aston Villa.

Leicester and Manchester City face each other in the late-afternoon game while Sunday sees Manchester United take on Watford and Wolves play Norwich.

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James Hughes
1 Posted 22/02/2020 at 12:26:26
Chelsea v Spurs about to start, could do with a nice draw there. Jose has lost his strikers and Alli is still playing like his brother so I can't see it. A win for the chavs and easing of the pressure on Frank.
Rob Halligan
2 Posted 22/02/2020 at 14:13:36
Big cock up by the VAR official in the Chelsea spurs game. Lo Celso should have been given a red card for a stamp, but the VAR official decided otherwise. It has just been announced during the game that the VAR official got it wrong and Lo Celso should have been given a straight red. As Lo Celso wasn't even booked for the incident, can be now be given a retrospective red card and three match ban?
John Keating
3 Posted 22/02/2020 at 14:19:24
No respective red card for Lo Celso
Complete cock up by VAR official for obvious red
The whole thing is a joke
Spurs should be down to 10 men
Rob Halligan
4 Posted 22/02/2020 at 14:25:27
John, beats me how the VAR official didn't give it though. It looked a clear stamp by Lo Celso to me. The VAR official must have looked at it numerous times after the incident. This would have been a good case for Michael Oliver to look on the pitch side monitor and make the decision for himself.
Chris Williams
5 Posted 22/02/2020 at 14:42:54
VAR official was David Coote, a name we know I think.

We must stop blaming VAR, and name the culprit.

Rob Halligan
6 Posted 22/02/2020 at 16:24:34
More VAR controversy at Burnley. Bournemouth "goal" disallowed due to a handball in their own penalty area, and Burnley awarded a penalty. Burnley 2-0 up.
Chris Williams
7 Posted 22/02/2020 at 16:29:11
Just like the ones that weren't given against Liverpool.
Rob Halligan
8 Posted 22/02/2020 at 16:40:49
I guess you're referring to the Man City game at Anfield, Chris, when a penalty should have been awarded to City after a "handball" against Trent Arnold (or whatever his name is), and the shite broke away and scored almost immediately. One rule for them, and one rule for the rest of us.
John Keating
9 Posted 22/02/2020 at 16:47:47
Rob, didn't something similar happen when Southampton visited Mordor the other week?
Chris Williams
10 Posted 22/02/2020 at 16:51:26
Yes, Rob and John.

It wasn't VAR, both were decisions by wankers. The same wankers we see every week. We now have wankers second-guessing wankers. No wonder we get the same bad biased decisions, but now with twice the chance of an error.

Rob, Terence Trent Darby?

Paul Hewitt
11 Posted 22/02/2020 at 17:02:36
VAR will win the RS player of the season award.
Tom Bowers
12 Posted 22/02/2020 at 17:09:04
It is getting ridiculous even when they have the video technology they can't get it right. The TV replay clearly shows these incidents and yet the fool with the VAR can't see it.

Bottom line is, it proves, when they were out on the field, many of these referees were inept.

Graham Hammond
13 Posted 22/02/2020 at 17:12:52
They have been handed the title through the officials and through injuries to the City lads. Without the 'decisions' they have got and the rogue points and wins they have accumulated it would still be a two-horse title race. Dark forces sadly.
Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 22/02/2020 at 17:14:02
What is the job of the fourth official at Premier League games? Because the fourth official at the Chelsea v Spurs game (was it Friend) was looking directly at that tackle, right in front of him. He must have known how bad that tackle was; then again, he is a referee!!!
Bill Gall
15 Posted 22/02/2020 at 17:17:20
If anyone didn't believe VAR will ruin the game for spectators, the Burnley v Bournemouth game will show it. It is a terrible feeling to celebrate a goal and have someone miles away watching a screen ruin it. I was of the opinion that football was for the enjoyment of the spectators – not for Sky Sports. Regardless of video help, it seems that can be misused by human error.
Chris Williams
16 Posted 22/02/2020 at 17:19:57
Tom, you've got inept officials on the pitch with inept officials in Stockley Park – all making inept decisions together or independently. Given twice the chance of ineptitude in any given situation, it's unsurprising we see what we are seeing. Ineptitude on a grand scale.

All with a poor process governing how decisions are reached, all overseen by Mike Riley(?) the wanker's wanker?

Why don't they look at the monitor?

Tony Hill
17 Posted 22/02/2020 at 17:26:20
That turn and shot today from Barkley. What gifts he has. What a shame it went as it did with him and us.
John Keating
18 Posted 22/02/2020 at 18:49:26

Barkley played well today. Unfortunately, he was determined to leave us regardless, so nothing we could really do.

I think the way he left could have been better handled by all parties. Great shame.

John P McFarlane
19 Posted 22/02/2020 at 23:27:12
Just watched Burnley v Bournemouth on MotD — what an absolute farcical situation the game finds itself in.

Neither decision was a clear and obvious mistake by the referee and neither decision made by VAR was ultimately correct.

The Premier League will be responsible if there is an outbreak of trouble at a stadium, due to these ever ridiculous calls by VAR.

I'm not condoning trouble of course, but imagine today's incident happening at Goodison next month; we celebrate wildly as Everton breakaway score the winner in added on time only to discover that a dodgy handball given by VAR leads to a penalty to the other lot instead and we lose???

Jim Bennings
20 Posted 23/02/2020 at 12:51:04
The way VAR is being used is destroying the game let's make no bones about it.

For fans like myself and others who have watched football for 30 plus years, it's killing the game and it's really starting to kill my enjoyment of football now in general.

It's like the officials who run VAR pick and choose what goals they want chalked off or given or what penalties or red cards they want to give, regardless of the clear logic of what every man, dog and his fuckin goldfish can see on the television screens.

It's completely destroyed the game and if it's still here next season, the demolition of football as we knew it will continue under the bulldozers that is VAR and Premier League officials.

ps: That Burnley lad Dwight McNeil looks a tidy little player, definitely one that I am hoping Brands and Carlo are watching closely.

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