Brentford get the ball rolling at Selhurst. Meanwhile at the cabin, Brighton gets the party started. A hazy sun is slowly setting.
The teams are out at Selhurst Park and Craven Cottage. Crystal Palace wear their red and dark blue scribbles, while Brentford wear a lighter shade of blue. On the other side of town, Fulham sports white and black, while Brighton is in a changing strip of red. The first two matches of the evening depart in one minute!
MATCH BAG courtesy of our state Evertonian contingentt. “I’m not sure if it’s time to sound the ‘Everton are in trouble’ alarm,” begins the optimistic Matt Burtz. “I’m under no illusions that two points after four games is a good total. But even if they don’t have any clean sheets yet, they’ve only allowed five goals; only six teams have conceded fewer. Three goals scored won’t cut it, of course that, and I can only hope that the arrival of Neal Maupay will help until Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns, as a 1-0 win is about all we can reasonably expect at the moment.I suppose this is a long way to say things could be worse, but a win today would be really nice.
Mary Waltz adds, though not on the subject of her team: “Some say Scotty Parker was ejected because of the 9-0. Others say it was the disrespectful comments after the game. I say it was the nice boy’s jersey.” Today’s five agree with you, Mary. Sort of. In a roundabout way.
Leeds make a change to the XI named after the defeat at Brighton on Saturday. Luis Sinisterra makes his first Premier League start at the expense of Dan James, who drops to the bench. Patrick Bamford returns from injury and is back on the subs bench.
Everton make a change to the XI that started at Brentford. Tom Davies replaces the injured Mason Holgate. There is still no place in the squad for new boy Neal Maupay.
Leeds United: Meslier, Kristensen, Koch, Llorente, Struijk, Adams, Roca, Sinisterra, Aaronson, Harrison, Rodrigo.
Subs: Forshaw, Bamford, Summerville, Klaesson, James, Gelhardt, Drameh, Greenwood, Klich.
Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Onana, Iwobi, Davies, Gordon, McNeil, Gray.
Subs: Keane, Allan, Begovic, Andre Gomes, Coleman, Ruben Vinagre, Rondon, Mills, Welch.
Judge: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).
Southampton make two changes from the team that narrowly lost to Manchester United on Saturday. Romain Perraud and Ibrahima Diallo replace Moussa Djenepo and Joe Aribo, who both drop to the bench.
Chelsea make three changes after this weekend’s win against Leicester. Kalidou Koulibaly returns from suspension to replace Trevoh Chalobah; Reece James misses out, Cesar Azpilicueta takes his place; and Ajax transfer target Hakim Ziyech replaces the suspended Conor Gallagher.
Southampton: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Adam Armstrong, Diallo, Elyounoussi, Adams.
Subs: McCarthy, Lyanco, Aribo, Stuart Armstrong, Mara, Djenepo, Walcott, Bednarek, Valery.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Cucurella, Ziyech, Havertz, Mount, Sterling.
Subs: Gilmour, Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Pulisic, Broja, Chilwell, Chukwuemeka, Ampadu, Vale.
Judge: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).
Fulham are unchanged. They name the same XI that lost narrowly at Arsenal on Saturday night.
Brighton make just one change from the XI that beat Leeds at the Amex on Saturday afternoon. Danny Welbeck drops to the bench, with Enock Mwepu taking his place up front.
Palace make three changes to the XI named after the 4-2 defeat by Manchester City on Saturday. Wilfried Zaha returns from injury, while Michael Olise and Jean-Philippe Mateta also step up. Odsonne Edouard, Tyrick Mitchell and Jordan Ayew all drop to the bench.
Brentford make three changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Everton last weekend. Keane Lewis-Potter, Shandon Baptiste and Vitaly Janelt replace Christian Norgaard, Josh Dasilva and Yoane Wissa.
Fulham: Leno, Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Antonee Robinson, Reed, Joao Palhinha, Reid, Andreas Pereira, Kebano, Mitrovic.
Subs: Rodak, Cairney, Chalobah, Mbabu, Diop, Francois, Ablade, Harris, Stansfield.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Sanchez, Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan, March, MacAllister, Caicedo, Trossard, Gross, Mwepu.
Subs: Lamptey, Colwill, Alzate, Welbeck, Enciso, Undav, Mitoma, Steele, van Hecke.
Judge: Thomas Bramall (Sheffield).
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Olise, Mateta, Doucoure, Schlupp, Zaha, Eze.
Subs: Mitchell, Milivojevic, Ayew, Johnstone, Edouard, Ebiowei, Richards, Phillips, Rodney.
Brentford: Raya, Hickey, Jorgensen, Mee, Henry, Lewis-Potter, Mbeumo, Jensen, Baptiste, Toney, Janelt.
Subs: Dasilva, Wissa, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Strakosha, Damsgaard, Sorensen, Roerslev, Stevens.
Judge: Darren England (South Yorkshire).
Another day, another set of Premier League fixtures. This season is confined to small gaps around the World Cup, you should get used to it. Tonight’s matches are as follows:
Crystal Palace v Brentford (7.30pm)
Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.30pm)
Southampton v Chelsea (7.45pm)
Leeds United v Everton (8pm)
Will the Seagulls end the night on top of the Premier League table? We’ll get the answer soon enough. Team news as they come in. It’s on!