The Premier League has been suspended until at least April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, so what does that mean for the rest of the season?

Decisions made by UEFA and CONMEBOL to push back Euro 2020 and the Copa America until 2021 opened the door for domestic competition to continue longer than initially planned.

Upon announcing a four-week extension to the initially planned hiatus on Thursday, the Football Association (FA) revealed it would allow its leagues to continue beyond the June 1 deadline set out in its regulations.

The eventual run-in could prove to be heavily congested. Some Premier League teams are still competing on three fronts, others possess a game in hand, while UEFA is still hoping for a round of international matches in June.

If no games are cut out, we look at how the calendar for English teams could hypothetically shape up if competitions across Europe were able to resume following April 30.

 

May 2/3 - Matchday 30

May 7 - Postponed Europa League last-16 first legs and unplayed matchday 29 games

May 9/10 - Matchday 31

May 12/13/14 - FA Cup quarter-finals

May 16/17 - Matchday 32

May 19/20/21 - Champions League and Europa League last-16 second legs

May 23/24 - Matchday 33

May 26/27/28 - Champions League and Europa League quarter-final first legs

May 30/31 - Matchday 34

June 2/3/4 - Champions League and Europa League quarter-final second legs

June 6/7 - Matchday 35

June 13/14 - International week

June 20/21 - Matchday 36

June 23/24/25 - Champions League and Europa League semi-final first legs

June 27/28 - Matchday 37

June 30/July 1/2 - FA Cup semi-finals

July 4 - Matchday 38

July 7/8/9 - Champions League and Europa League semi-final second legs

July 11 - FA Cup final

July 15 - Europa League final

July 18 - Champions League final

Manchester City or Manchester United?

Harry Kane could reportedly leave Jose Mourinho's Tottenham at the end of the season.

And he could be playing for either Pep Guardiola or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next term.

 

TOP STORY – CITY INTERESTED IN KANE

Manchester City want to rival Manchester United for the signature of Tottenham star Harry Kane, according to 90min.

Kane is reportedly considering his future at Tottenham and Premier League giants United have already been linked to the England striker.

Another Manchester club, City, are also interested in the 26-year-old front man.

 

ROUND-UP

- The Times says all football games in England will be played behind closed doors under government plans to combat coronavirus. The report claims the current season will not be postponed, instead matches in the Premier League and lower divisions are to be staged without fans.

City are prepared to swap players with Inter. Calciomercato reports City are determined to sign Nerazzurri centre-back Milan Skriniar and are prepared to offer full-back Joao Cancelo, who previously played for Inter on loan.

Liverpool are favourites to sign Timo Werner, however, Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona could turn to the RB Leipzig striker if they miss out on Inter star Lautaro Martinez.

Napoli would not reject bids for star defender Kalidou Koulibaly, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. Koulibaly has been linked to the likes of United, City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

- The Daily Mail says Chelsea and Tottenham are eyeing Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Crystal Palace are targeting Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi, according to The Sun. Batshuayi spent the second half of last season on loan at fellow London club Palace.

Liverpool came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 and set a record for the most consecutive home wins in England's top-flight history.

Jurgen Klopp's side edged closer to a first Premier League title thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, after Callum Wilson had put the Cherries ahead at Anfield.

Arsenal were given a tough time by West Ham before Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to drag them closer to the Champions League places, but Wolves slipped up against Brighton and Hove Albion.

At the foot of the table, Norwich City are beginning to look a lost cause, but Newcastle United gave their own survival hopes a real boost.

LACAZETTE KEEPS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HOPES ALIVE

Arsenal are now five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and three adrift of Wolves in fifth after battling to a 1-0 win over West Ham.

David Moyes' side managed 14 shots to the Gunners' nine, hit the post through Jarrod Bowen and were thwarted more than once by Bernd Leno, but they were undone by substitute Lacazette with 12 minutes to play.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's shot deflected to Mesut Ozil, who headed the ball to Lacazette to allow the striker to lash home the winner, the goal awarded after a VAR check overturned the initial offside call.

Wolves are only three ahead of Mikel Arteta's side, having missed out on the chance to move into the top four after failing to break down Brighton in a 0-0 draw at Molineux.

 

CENTURION SALAH GETS REDS BACK ON TRACK

Having lost three of their past four games across all competitions, Liverpool's Anfield home was not exactly in good spirits when Wilson tapped in Jefferson Lerma's cross to give Bournemouth a ninth-minute lead.

Bournemouth, though, are a team who had lost their previous five league games against Liverpool by an aggregate score of 17-0, so banking on them keeping the leaders at bay was always a long shot.

Unfortunately for Eddie Howe, Bournemouth rather gifted Liverpool their goals. Salah scored his 70th Liverpool goal in his 100th league appearance after Jack Simpson carelessly lost the ball to Mane, and it was 2-1 before the break when the visitors gave up possession in midfield and Virgil van Dijk played Mane in to score.

It was not a vintage display, but it did give Liverpool a record 22nd top-flight home victory in a row and put them 25 points clear at the top. Bournemouth remain 18th, behind Watford on goal difference, the Hornets having lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace.

MAGPIES ON THE UP BUT CANARIES ARE IN TROUBLE

Newcastle's run of five league games without a win - and four without a goal - came to an end with a 1-0 defeat of Southampton on the south coast.

Matt Ritchie, who signed a new contract at Newcastle this week, saw a penalty saved in the first half, not long after Moussa Djenepo had been sent off in a separate incident for a reckless challenge on Isaac Hayden, but Allan Saint-Maximin struck 79 minutes in to lift the Magpies eight points above the bottom three.

Norwich, though, are still six points from safety after a Billy Sharp goal and another fine performance from Dean Henderson saw them lose 1-0 at Sheffield United, who sit sixth.

Jurgen Klopp acknowledged he would not be looking to repeat his celebration of Liverpool's winner against Bournemouth as the manager directed his fury at a nearby official.

Liverpool, looking to avoid a fourth defeat in five in all competitions, had trailed early on after Callum Wilson netted the opener at Anfield.

But the Reds were outraged the goal was allowed to stand, as Wilson appeared to shove defender Joe Gomez prior to the goal.

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane recovered the victory for Liverpool, but Klopp responded to the second strike by angrily gesturing towards the assistant referee who had not spotted the supposed foul.

"To be honest, yes, that happened," Klopp told a news conference. "Would I do it now? No. But in this moment I just don't understand how this could be a goal.

"There are situations, we talk about it, stuff like this, but now we have to make a decision. This shows the problem of VAR still existing. It's not a VAR, it's not a system, it's a human being and the rules.

"It was a foul. The touch was enough to let Joe struggle - it was a foul, nothing else. They score a goal in the next situation, the ref lets it run, that's why we have VAR, so we can have a look later.

"Two or three weeks ago, the VAR made really difficult decisions on one matchday in two different games - I think with Tottenham and [Manchester] City, I'm not quite sure.

"But [I was] like, 'Wow, how is that possible that someone sits there and doesn't see it?' So now, for me, the question is how is it possible you have a look at it and don't say, 'Ah, it's a foul'.

"Mike Dean [the fourth official] I'm sure saw it was a foul, but it's not his job, he cannot intervene anymore, so it's then VAR. And the VAR hides behind the phrase 'not clear and obvious'. It makes no sense.

"A foul is a foul, no foul is no foul, you can let it go, whatever, it's no problem. But if it's that clear and you look at it and say, 'Come on, play on', nobody felt comfortable after that.

"Not the ref, everybody knew something happened here which is not okay. That is easy to sort with someone sitting in the room in front of a screen says, 'Yeah, come on, foul'. That's it.

"I understand 100 per cent Bournemouth maybe sees it different, but it's a clear, clear foul. Arms like this, it's not possible in that situation.

"So I celebrated a little bit in their direction. I'm not happy about it but it happened and I didn't say anything while I was celebrating."

Salah cancelled out Wilson's strike after 25 minutes, but Eddie Howe saw a turning point six minutes earlier when Bournemouth captain Steve Cook was forced off with injury.

Replacement Jack Simpson was at fault as Mane teed up Salah to equalise.

"The big moment for us really is Steve Cook's injury," Howe said. "That's a hammer blow for us at that moment of the game when we'd started so well, to lose our captain and the relationship he has with Nathan [Ake] at the heart of our defence.

"That was a tough one to take. It looks like it's a hamstring pull. It looks like he'll be struggling for a number of weeks.

"I think the reshuffle to our back line wasn't helpful to us and it's very difficult for players to come in and get adjusted to the speed of the game and probably Jack fell victim to that."

Jurgen Klopp accepts he will "never compare" with Liverpool great Bill Shankly despite guiding the Reds to a record-breaking 22nd consecutive home Premier League win.

With a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth at Anfield, Liverpool became the first team in top-flight history to string together such a run of triumphs on home turf.

Shankly - a three-time title-winning manager - had achieved a stretch of 21 straight home successes to hold the record prior to Klopp's exploits.

But the current Liverpool boss insisted he could not hope to rank alongside Shankly, although he hailed the team's "fight" as they close on a first top-flight title since 1990.

Asked if he was aware of the record, Klopp told BT Sport: "Oh yes. I will never compare with this fella.

"Great, I think it was 23 [22] today. We didn't think about the number before the game, but after the game we can think about it for a couple of minutes. It's nice. It's absolutely nice. It's special, not normal.

"And the game today is an example: we have to fight hard. We are not geniuses, but we can really fight until the end of the season, and then we'll see what we get for it."

Liverpool had been enduring a wobble prior to the clash with Bournemouth, losing three of their previous four games in all competitions.

And they fell behind on Saturday, too, to a controversial Callum Wilson goal after the scorer appeared to shove Joe Gomez in the build-up to the opener.

However, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane hit back, sending the Reds 25 points clear at least until second-placed defending champions Manchester City play the first of two games in hand at Manchester United on Sunday.

"It was a very, very good performance after a very difficult start," Klopp said as he bemoaned VAR's failure to intervene with Wilson's goal. "There are situations that really don't help like the first goal.

"Obviously, from my point of view, it's 100 per cent a foul, nothing else. But it shows the problem with VAR as well. The ref doesn't see it, Mike Dean [the fourth official] is next to me, saying, 'Have a look, have a look'.

"Then VAR says it's not clear and obvious because you can maybe say in England that the arm like this is still allowed. I don't know how that's possible.

"But then we wanted to fight back before the game, so we had to fight really back. We did that, put them under pressure, did a lot of good stuff, had really good situations, scored wonderful goals."

Liverpool need just three more wins to clinch the title, but Klopp's focus quickly switched to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, with his side 1-0 down ahead of the last-16 second leg at Anfield.

"Three wins to go? No, no, it's Atleti 100 per cent," he said. "That's a tough one, as we know. Of course, they will not come here and try to play a friendly game. It will be the opposite.

"Today helps, 100 per cent. Maybe [there will be] one or two players coming back - we will see - and then with a good line-up and with Anfield, we'll try to change it."

Liverpool responded to an early setback against Bournemouth to create top-flight history and vice-captain James Milner believes other teams would have crumbled when falling behind.

The Reds, who followed up their first Premier League loss of the season at Watford last weekend with FA Cup elimination against Chelsea in midweek, triumphed 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday to secure a record 22nd successive home win, surpassing the benchmark set by Bill Shankly's Liverpool side in 1972.

They had to come from behind to break the record, though, with referee Paul Tierney and VAR seeing nothing amiss with Callum Wilson's possible push on Joe Gomez before the Cherries striker tapped home the opener in the ninth minute.

Liverpool reacted positively and Mohamed Salah restored parity on his 100th Premier League outing for the club before Sadio Mane put them in front after 33 minutes.

Bournemouth never looked like getting back into the game, with Jurgen Klopp's men securing a win that leaves them potentially three wins away from a first title in 30 years.

"I don't think any Premier League game is not hard to win, it's a boring thing to say but it's true," Milner told BT Sport.

"Especially when you've had a couple of performances which weren't at our level. Again today we weren't at our best but many teams would've crumbled, a couple of poor results, plenty of things going on outside the ground, people saying this and that.

"Many teams might have crumbled at one down, but we didn't. We kept going, stayed calm and when you've got the boys up front, with how clinical they are you've always got a chance.

"It's special but we just want to keep producing performances and winning trophies and creating history for this club.

"The unbelievable teams that have been here since the start, to be up there with those and have a good run is special, but we want to just keep producing performances, hopefully winning trophies and creating history for this club."

In his sixth Premier League game against Bournemouth, Salah took his tally versus the Cherries to eight.

The Egypt international has 70 goals in the top flight for Liverpool and became their first player to score at least 20 in three consecutive seasons since Michael Owen, who did so from 2000-01 until 2002-03.

Asked about his record against Bournemouth, Salah said: "That's something good, I always love to score and help the team to get points.

"We showed our personality after 1-0 down, we had to react for that and I think we did well.

"We need to keep going for the next three games and the rest of the season."

Just three more wins to go.

It was not a famous performance, but it was a record-breaking result, one that should end any of that title-collapse talk before it got out of hand - and one that reminded everyone how wonderfully ruthless Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah can be.

Liverpool were certainly not brilliant against Bournemouth, the standard of their display mostly in keeping with a recent run in which they had lost three of their past five games and scored only four times, but they are back to winning ways and have surpassed their own record for consecutive top-flight home victories in England thanks to this, their 22nd in succession.

Ultimately, talk of them throwing away the most one-sided title race the Premier League has ever seen was always nonsense. But losing to Atletico Madrid, seeing their quest for an invincible league season ended at Watford and exiting the FA Cup at Chelsea in the past few weeks had certainly shaken some of the confidence out of Jurgen Klopp's previously unstoppable force.

It showed again at Anfield on Saturday. Somehow, Bournemouth went ahead - a Bournemouth side with two league wins in 12 games and on a run of five consecutive losses to Liverpool by an aggregate score of 17-0. It looked like Callum Wilson could scarcely believe it when he tapped in Jefferson Lerma's cross, although he was perhaps expecting a VAR intervention for a shove on Joe Gomez.

When Nathan Ake's header was flapped onto the crossbar by Adrian, fans in the Kop were growing restless. They needed something to calm the nerves, someone to bring precision to a disjointed Reds display. They needed Salah and Mane.

In truth, neither forward exactly had a glowing first half. Salah was as guilty as anyone when it came to Liverpool's imprecision on the ball: he completed only half of his 18 attempted passes in the Bournemouth half and gave the ball away with more than a third of his overall efforts in the first 45 minutes. Mane, too, was labouring at the same 59 per cent success rate for first-half passes, as Klopp's side seemed short on ideas against a defence that has kept one clean sheet since November 2.

And yet, when the chances came, there was never any doubt.

Jack Simpson's loose touch was all it took. Mane pounced, found Salah, and the Egyptian spun and shot through the legs of Lerma, leaving Aaron Ramsdale grasping at air. One shot, one goal.

Next, Bournemouth made a mess of things in midfield, Virgil van Dijk played Mane through, and he curled a finish beyond the Cherries goalkeeper. One shot, one goal.

It was the 16th time Liverpool have come from behind to lead at half-time of a Premier League game at Anfield. It wasn't pretty, but it was enough. It usually is when Salah and Mane are involved.

Salah has scored 70 times in 100 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, at least seven more than any other Reds player has managed in their first century of matches. Mane has scored and assisted in the same league game for Liverpool on nine occasions. Each of them has scored 27 home goals in the league since the start of last season, which is more than anyone else.

Atletico are highly unlikely to commit the same errors when they visit on Wednesday, and a 2-1 win would not be enough to keep Liverpool's Champions League defence alive. But Salah and Mane, at Anfield, are usually enough to see off anything.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored as Liverpool set a new top-flight record by coming from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the Premier League at Anfield.

Liverpool made history by winning a 22nd home league game in succession, despite Callum Wilson netting a controversial opener after a push on Joe Gomez in the build-up went unpunished by referee Paul Tierney and a VAR check.

Jurgen Klopp's side started sluggishly but reacted to that setback brilliantly, with Mane teeing up Salah to mark his 100th Premier League appearance for the club with a goal in the 25th minute.

Mane capitalised on further shoddy Bournemouth defending to ensure Liverpool bounced back following up their first league loss of the season to Watford last weekend, as well as an FA Cup defeat to Chelsea in midweek.

Bournemouth took a surprise lead inside nine minutes, Gomez nudged off the ball by Wilson before the striker rounded off a neat move involving Philip Billing and Jefferson Lerma with a tap-in at the back post.

It was almost two five minutes later when Nathan Ake's powerful header was unconvincingly palmed onto the crossbar by Adrian, who started in place of the injured Alisson.

However, Liverpool were back on level terms when Jack Simpson, sent on for the injured Steve Cook, was caught on the ball by Mane and his pass to Salah was fired through the legs of Lerma and into the bottom-right corner.

Virgil van Dijk intercepted a pass from Lewis Cook and quickly fed Mane, who was played onside by Ake and slid a cool finish beyond Aaron Ramsdale in the 33rd minute.

The tempo noticeably dipped after half-time and only a brilliant goal-line clearance from James Milner, who started at left-back with Andy Robertson rested as a precaution, stopped Ryan Fraser from restoring parity after the hour mark.

Mane rattled the upright with a beautiful, curling effort from 25 yards and Roberto Firmino blazed a glorious chance over in added time, but two goals were enough for Liverpool to secure a landmark result.

 

What does it mean? Liverpool back on track

After seeing their chances of replicating Arsenal's unbeaten Premier League campaign and Manchester United's famous treble from 1998-99 evaporate in the space of four days, the Reds avoided suffering successive top-flight defeats for the first time under Klopp.

They move 25 points clear of Manchester City, who have played two games fewer, and means they can still clinch the title at the home of the defending champions on April 5.

Salah the centurion

In his milestone appearance, Salah scored his 70th Premier League goal for Liverpool. It was a pinpoint finish despite a shoddy pass from Mane and made him the first Reds player to manage at least 20 times in all competitions in three straight seasons since Michael Owen, who achieved the feat between 2000-01 and 2002-03.

Bournemouth fall apart

Despite going ahead early, the Cherries folded following the loss of Steve Cook. Errors from Simpson and Ake enabled Liverpool to turn the game around and stopped Eddie Howe's team from moving out of the relegation zone.

What's next?

Liverpool will aim to keep their Champions League defence alive by overturning a 1-0 aggregate deficit against Atletico Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday, with a Merseyside derby against Everton the following Monday. Bournemouth are next in action at home to Crystal Palace in a week.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was left out of the Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday but will be fit to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, manager Jurgen Klopp said.

The left-back, whose driving forward runs have been a major factor in the Reds' charge towards the domestic league title, was ruled out of the game at Anfield with a minor injury.

Klopp, though, was convinced the Scotland international will be part of his plans for Wednesday's second leg of the European last-16 tie against Atletico, who lead 1-0 from the first match in Spain.

Klopp told BT Sport: "He would have started today but then he felt [something] slightly. But it's all good, it will be fine for Wednesday. But not for today.

"So we didn't want to have him on the bench and see Robbo and think, 'Maybe we can bring you [on]'. It wouldn't make sense today. That's the reason and he will be fine."

The versatile James Milner stepped in at left-back for Robertson against Bournemouth.

Klopp said on Friday that Liverpool will be without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson for the Atletico match due to a hip injury.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will miss the Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid as he faces at least a week out with a hip injury, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

The Brazil international missed the 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday, with Adrian taking his place – as expected – between the posts.

Klopp revealed Alisson had suffered a slight problem in training prior to the Stamford Bridge trip and he was left behind to avoid risking him unnecessarily, though he was set to be rested anyway.

But after further investigations, it was discovered Alisson's issue was more problematic than initially thought.

He is now set to miss Atletico's visit to Anfield on Wednesday, with Diego Simeone's men 1-0 up from the first leg.

When asked about injuries and whether Jordan Henderson is expected to be fit to face Atletico, Klopp told reporters: "Yes, Jordan has a chance, but not for Bournemouth [on Saturday].

"Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] is not involved and unfortunately Alisson is out. Yeah, he's out. In training before Chelsea, [there was a] little incident.

"Then we thought, 'come on, no risks' and left him out of the squad. The next day they found something and now he's out – we'll see, but next week for sure, then we'll see.

"Muscle [injury]. Slightly, in the hip region. You [the media] could all do you work still [with the injury], but for a professional goalkeeper it's slightly different. That's the situation."

Klopp does not expect the 27-year-old to be out for too long.

"I don't want to say no, but I don't know," Klopp replied when asked if Alisson could be back to face Everton on March 16.

"He's not available for the next week. Then we have to judge the situation. I would say after the international break he'll be 100 per cent, but before that I don't know."

It is the second injury Alisson has suffered this season, having missed more than two months at the beginning of the campaign.

Liverpool go into the clash with Bournemouth on the back of three defeats in their last four matches, with the Chelsea reverse coming on the back of a 3-0 loss at Watford - which ended their 44-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.

Frank Lampard was left to rue "a bad 10-minute spell" as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

The second goal of Marcos Alonso's double came five minutes from time at the Vitality Stadium, securing a point for the visitors after Jefferson Lerma and Joshua King had struck in quick succession to eclipse the Spaniard's first-half opener. 

Blues boss Lampard saw his side beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, when the German giants scored two goals in three minutes.

And, after Lerma and King's goals came 176 seconds apart on the south coast, Lampard questioned his players' concentration levels.

"We should win, we had many chances," he said. "We had a bad 10-minute spell where they scored and that I don't like.

"I'm pleased with the character to get a draw but we should win the game.

"Against Bayern we conceded twice in a short space of time, it's not the first time. Could it be a lack of concentration? Possibly from the players.

"People talk about the defence but if you are 1-0 up and leave teams in the game then one set-piece can change the game.

"We should score more goals and then we don't have that problem."

The result leaves Chelsea vulnerable in fourth spot, with Manchester United able to close the gap to one point when they visit Everton on Sunday.

Lampard is pleased to have the advantage in what is a tight race for Champions League qualification, but knows it will only matter if they are still there at the end of the season.

"The way the season has panned out, we should be pleased that we are fourth but it means nothing at this stage," he said.

"If we manage to get in the top four the achievement is huge but we are a long way from that yet."

Marcos Alonso's 85th-minute equaliser earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth as Frank Lampard's men missed the chance to go six points clear in fourth.

The Blues would have put some breathing room between themselves and Manchester United, who travel to Everton on Sunday, but they only claimed a share of the spoils as Alonso's brace was sandwiched between goals from Jefferson Lerma and Joshua King.

West Ham moved out of the bottom three as they beat Southampton 3-1, Jarrod Bowen marking his first start for the Hammers with a goal.

Jordan Ayew's strike earned Crystal Palace a 1-0 success at out-of-sorts Brighton and Hove Albion, while Newcastle United's home clash with Burnley ended goalless.

 

ALONSO'S ACTION-PACKED WEEK CONTINUES

Chelsea were looking to bounce back from their 3-0 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, a game in which Alonso was sent off seven minutes from time.

The full-back retained his place at Bournemouth and scored for the second successive Premier League game to put Chelsea ahead only for Lerma and King to net within three minutes of each other in the second half.

Alonso headed in a late equaliser, though, as Chelsea moved four points clear of United and five above Tottenham and Sheffield United, all of whom have a game in hand.

BOWEN'S HOME BOW LEAVES HAMMERS HAPPY

David Moyes' West Ham won for the first time in eight Premier League games to climb above Aston Villa and Bournemouth up into 16th.

Bowen, who moved to London Stadium from Hull City for a reported £20million in January, scored the opening goal.

Although Michael Obafemi levelled, Sebastien Haller restored the hosts' lead before half-time and Michail Antonio made sure of the points.

EAGLES MARK HODGSON'S CENTURY WITH WIN

Croydon-born Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson took charge of his 100th top-flight game with the club at Brighton.

Ayew's second-half winner ensured Hodgson had extra cause to celebrate as they got one over their rivals.

Defeat for the Seagulls extended their winless run to eight Premier League games and they remain without a top-flight victory in 2020.

Marcos Alonso scored twice as Chelsea were made to work hard for a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

The full-back had given the visitors, reeling from a 3-0 midweek loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, a first-half lead at the Vitality Stadium.

But quickfire second-half goals from Jefferson Lerma and Joshua King looked set to pile the misery on Blues boss Frank Lampard.

However, Alonso had the final say, heading home five minutes from time after Aaron Ramsdale could only parry Pedro's strike.

Philip Billing had two excellent chances inside the opening five minutes as Bournemouth made a promising start.

Willy Caballero produced an instinctive save to repel a first-time effort from the Dane, who then nicked the ball away from a sleeping Fikayo Tomori before drilling hurriedly into the side netting. 

It was not all one-way traffic, though, and Mateo Kovacic's dipping shot called Ramsdale into action, before Callum Wilson's strike brought another stop from Caballero. 

Alonso broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when he fired into an empty net after Olivier Giroud had flicked Reece James' cross onto the crossbar, with Ramsdale having already committed to the first attempt.

Giroud fluffed his lines badly from eight yards out early in the second half and was made to pay as the hosts struck twice in three minutes.

Lerma's header from Ryan Fraser's delivery was too hot for Caballero to handle and the turnaround was complete when King tapped home from Jack Stacey's cross.

A hail storm arrived in the final 25 minutes and Lampard had a face like thunder when substitute Michy Batshuayi had a goal ruled out for offside, only for Alonso's late intervention to ease his worries.

 

What does it mean? Race for fourth heating up

The Blues are looking increasingly vulnerable in fourth spot, with Manchester United able to close within a point if they beat Everton on Sunday. Tottenham will be two back with a win against Wolves, who are only six points back themselves.

For Bournemouth, this will have felt like two points dropped and there is only a two-point gap to Aston Villa in 18th.

Gritty Bournemouth denied

Credit is due to Bournemouth practically across the board. They were at it from the off and should have taken the lead inside five minutes. Even after the setback of falling behind, they kept their heads up and came roaring back at Chelsea. On this evidence, and despite the late goal, they will avoid the drop with ease.

Giroud awakening

Giroud opened the scoring in a crucial win over Spurs last time out in the Premier League but was wasteful on the south coast, his scruffy miss in the early stages of the second half representing a turning point.

What's next?

Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool are up next for both sides. Chelsea host Jurgen Klopp's men in the FA Cup on Tuesday, while Bournemouth head to Anfield on Saturday.

Frank Lampard conceded the midweek thrashing by Bayern Munich "opened eyes" at Chelsea and is intrigued to see what reaction his players produce at Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Bundesliga leaders were much too strong for Chelsea on Tuesday, cruising to a 3-0 first-leg victory at Stamford Bridge in their Champions League last-16 clash.

The defeat continued the trend of what has been a stop-start season, Lampard's first in the Chelsea hot-seat, following last weekend's impressive win over Tottenham.

"The response will be what we see tomorrow," said the former England international when asked about his expectations.

"The lads are fine in training, they looked determined this morning.

"Things like this [the Bayern defeat] happen in football, there are moments, there are games where it's a tough match, and that opens your eyes somewhat. And then the tester is how you come back from that, individually and collectively.

"So I'm interested to see the reaction, it feels it will be good, the determination in training is there to see.

"Our last Premier League performance was very, very good, so we have to carry on from that, but in the bigger picture it was a lesson for the players, because we played against very, very high level opposition, and they were better than us on the night in most departments.

"At the minute we're in fourth place, which people probably didn't quite expect, and we have to fight until the end for fourth."

England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has not played this season after rupturing an Achilles in May 2019, was an unused substitute against Spurs but did not make the matchday squad for the Bayern clash.

Lampard explained the reason why and also confirmed Loftus-Cheek would return to the party for the trip to the Vitality Stadium.

He said: "Ruben's in the squad again. We haven't had a great opportunity to get Ruben game time as much as we'd want.

"I felt against Tottenham he could make an impact of some sort in the game, and that would have been great for him to get some minutes.

"Bayern was a different animal, so I took a different decision to get some good training in during the week. But now he's back in the squad."

Lampard is excited at the prospect of getting back someone he believes is "one of the most exciting English players" in the top flight.

"It would mean a lot to him and me for him to get some time on the field now," Lampard added.

"It's a lonely place, it's a long time. He was in a very good run of form last year. He was playing really well and getting confidence. And he hasn't kicked a ball for me.

"With the ability he has got - I think he's one of the most exciting English Premier League players - we all want him back, and him more than anyone."

Frank Lampard labelled speculation surrounding Kepa Arrizabalaga as "nonsense" but did hint Chelsea would assess the Spain international's future in the summer.

Kepa remains the most expensive goalkeeper in world football following his £72million switch from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 but has been relegated to the bench for the past four games, with Willy Caballero preferred.

Reports in the British media on Friday suggested the player would request to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season amid rumours of a fall-out with Lampard.

But the Chelsea head coach insisted the player's future was very much in his own hands and praised his reaction to being left out.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Bournemouth, Lampard told a news conference: "My relationship is fine, between player and manager. 

"I have 20 or so players to keep happy and I can't keep them all happy at the same time. All I expect is professionalism in training, which Kepa has given.

"The position is the same: you train well to try to get in the team when you're not in it. When you play, you try to play at performance levels that keep you in the team. They are the standards we have to have at this club.

"Every player is in control of their own destiny to a degree with that and how they turn up every day, and Kepa has been training well.

"But Willy is also training well and has also been playing pretty well - he made some good saves against Bayern [Munich on Tuesday].

"So, I have competition there and I will decide as we go. I am very strong on how you turn up every day is pivotal in how you are as a Chelsea player."

As for the reports claiming the 25-year-old wanted out, Lampard added: "I've read quite a bit of nonsense this week with people guessing.

"Every time a player puts on a shirt, they are in control of their destiny, individually. We can't always control collectively what a result will be.

"All I'm focused on is what we do game by game to try to get the best finish possible. And then there are decisions for the club ongoing in the summer. We have to look at that but there's no way I'm jumping into the future now, and as I said, a lot of the reports were wrong."

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