Mbappe scores as PSG extend mammoth Ligue 1 lead

Kylian Mbappe scored the opening goal as Paris beat Saint-Germain 2-0 at the Parc des Princes Brest on Saturday, extending their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 11 points. (Author: Gardener)

Ligue 1Kylian Mbappe scored his 10th league goal of the season for PSG v Brest Kylian Mbappe scored his 10th league goal of the season for PSG v Brest Paris (AFP) - Kylian Mbappe scored the opening goal as Paris Saint-Germain beat Brest 2-0 on Saturday at the Parc des Princes to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 11 points. PARIS (AFP) - Kylian Mbappe scored the opening goal as Paris beat Saint-Germain 2-0 at the Parc des Princes Brest on Saturday, extending their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 11 points. Mauricio Pochettino's side, who missed out on the title against Lille last season, had drawn four of their last five league games before second-placed Nice edged Nantes 2-1 on Friday to within eight points. But the capital giants had no trouble brushing Brest aside as Mbappe scored 10 goals in his last six games. Brest were actually the better team early on and were only given a surprise lead in the ninth minute by a great save by Covid-returning Gianluigi Donnarumma to deflect Irvin Cardona's shot when the visiting striker was clean in the box. However, as the first half progressed, PSG gradually took control of the game and took the lead in the 32nd minute. Mbappe conceded Georginio Wijnaldum's pass right inside the box, sliced ​​into his man and parried a fine shot from the near post to score his 19th goal of the season. Mauro Icardi ruled out a goal for a foul just before half-time before missing a golden opportunity early in the second period when he turned the ball against the post. But PSG doubled their lead in the 53rd minute when Nuno Mendes' trick created room for a low cross that German defender Thilo Kehrer sidefooted home to score his second goal in as many games. The hosts had several chances to add another goal but visiting goalkeeper Marco Bizot made a series of great saves to keep the goal low.


Kylian Mbappe's pointed message to PSG team-mates underscores the friction in the dressing room

Kylian Mbappe has been the star player for Paris Saint-Germain this season but his recent comments underscore the disharmony in the dressing room at the club ahead of his contract expiry (Author: Gardener)

Kylian Mbappe'sKylian Mbappe has been Paris Saint-Germain's star player this season but his recent comments underscore the disharmony in the dressing room at the club ahead of the expiry of his contract. Mauricio Pochettino's side won the Coupe de France by four goals at French lower division side Vannes, with Mbappe scoring a hat-trick in the triumph. But the striker's post-match interview only fueled the flames of rumors that there was a split in the squad between the Francophone players and the South American contingent, which was widely reported in France. The victory at Vannes was notable as the 14 players who played for Pochettino's side during the match were all European and none of the seven South American players started or came on as substitutes. There is said to be a South American clique in the dressing room - led by Neymar and Messi but which also includes Paredes, Marquinhos and Angel di Maria, while there is a separate group of French-speaking players. The latter are said to be topped in seniority by Achraf Hakimi alongside Mbappe, who is reportedly less close to the South American group than in previous seasons. Mbappe's future is generally under scrutiny as he is out of contract at the end of the season and ready to open pre-contract negotiations with clubs outside France from this month. Things between Mbappe and Messi for PSG have not clicked this season. Mbappe has recently hinted at a move to Real Madrid and his latest interview suggested he is open to a move from Paris, where he is off contract this summer. His comments after scoring the hat-trick in the Vannes win have now come under scrutiny from PSG website BUT PSG, who quote L'Equipe on the behind-the-scenes issues. Mbappe said after the win: "It wasn't an easy game but we were here to play the game." These targeted comments appeared to be aimed at the players not involved - particularly the South American contingent. Mbappe has scored 18 goals in 26 games this season - his offensive performance far surpassing that of his attacking teammates Messi and Neymar. PSG face a season-defining Champions League round of 16 tie against Real Madrid next month and Pochettino will be hoping to sort things out ahead of that clash.


Premier League result and final standing after Philippe Coutinho equalized

Aston Villa vs Manchester United LIVE: Premier League result and final score after Philippe Coutinho equalize - Follow the reaction as Aston Villa clinched a sensational point against Manchester United (Author: Gardener)

Philippe CoutinhoAston Villa vs Manchester United LIVE: Premier League result and final score after Philippe Coutinho equalized Follow the live reaction as Philippe Coutinho equalized on his Aston Villa debut to secure a 2-2 draw with Manchester to secure United in the Premier League. United appeared poised to claim their second win against Steven Gerrard's side in a week but Coutinho's introduction changed the game as he set up one and scored another to complete a wild comeback at Villa Park. Just five days after Villa's FA Cup elimination at Old Trafford, United took an early lead when goalkeeper Emi Martinez allowed a long-range Fernandes shot through his legs. Villa reacted well and David de Gea was forced into some vital stops at the other end and it was the hosts who took the lead as Fernandes scored his second in the 67th minute. It happened as Villa were preparing to bring Coutinho on. and the Brazilian had a hand with the hosts clawing back a goal when Jacob Ramsey fired a finish past De Gea with 15 minutes to go. Coutinho then finished Ramsey's cross from close range to complete the comeback. Follow all the reactions to Aston Villa vs Manchester United below: 19:58, Michael Jones Manchester United were still in celebration mode when the move finally took place. Philippe Coutinho had been waiting on the touchline for his Aston Villa bug but then had to watch Bruno Fernandes score before replacing Morgan Sanson. The game felt lost at the time of its inception: the hosts' best period was preceded by the Portugal international's thunderous finish in the 67th minute, just before the substitution was made. 19:50 , Michael Jones Super sub Philippe Coutinho spoke to Sky Sports after the game about the result and their return to the Premier League. He said: I missed those games and the Premier League. It's in the past, I'm here and I'm focused on the goals of the club and the manager and I want to do a good job to help my team-mates and the club.” 19:44 , Michael Jones Excellent sub Philippe Coutinho sealed a rousing comeback from Aston Villa as Steven Gerrard's men struck back to earn a 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester United After the win, Ralf Rangnick's side looked on course for another hard-fought victory on Saturday night against Villa. A howl from Emiliano Martinez gave Bruno Fernandes an early opener and the reserve captain fired United further forward at Villa Park, only for new boy Coutinho to be introduced to spark a counter-attack. 19:41 , Michael Jones Aston Villa saved a 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester United after errors resulted in both of the visitors' goals. 19:38 , Michael Jones A remarkable comeback from Aston Villa means Manchester United miss a chance to finish in the top six again. Aston Villa ended their losing streak with this draw. 7:35pm, Michael Jones Philippe Coutinho has failed to score or assist in any of his seven Premier League games against Manchester United while playing for Liverpool (480 minutes) but netted Villa's equalizer just 14 minutes after making his debut for the Society. 19:29 , Michael Jones 90+5 min: Great work from home! A diagonal ball comes to Sancho on the other side of the penalty area. He grabs Van de Beek in the box and the substitute slithers into the area and drills on goal only for Heimat to block! The final whistle sounds and Aston Villa saves a point. Jacob Ramsey was brilliant throughout and Philippe Coutinho's cameo set up the first goal and scored the second. 19:26 , Michael Jones 90+2 minutes: The game is interrupted by a few minutes when Buendia clumsily lands and remains on the deck. Villa wins a free kick which Douglas Luiz shoots into the box. 19:22, Michael Jones 90 minutes: Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard replace Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood. There are four minutes of stoppage time, which is plenty of time for a winning goal. 19:20, Michael Jones 87 minutes: Digne is played into the space on the left and passes it inside to Buendia. He puts it down on Coutinho, who runs for a shot that Ramsey stands in the way. 19:18, Michael Jones 84 mins: About six minutes to play at Villa Park, with both teams looking for a winner. It was a fantastic comeback from Villa but United have stepped onto the front foot. Sancho feeds Fernandes inside but he loses the ball and Villa sweeps forward on the break. Buendia tries to single out Coutinho but the pass is intercepted. 19:13, Michael Jones 81 min: It's the equalizer! Ollie Watkins passes the ball to Emiliano Buendia, who threads a nice pass into the box for Jacob Ramsey. He times his run to perfection before shoving it to Coutinho, who arrives at the back post for an easy throw-in! 19:12, Michael Jones 80 minutes: Jadon Sancho comes on for Manchester United and replaces Anthony Elanga on the left. Bruno Fernandes is looking to get United moving again with an enterprising run at this side. He puts the ball into the box and tries to cross it, but Douglas Luiz slips in front of the ball and blocks it. Can United hold on or Villa equalize? 19:10, Michael Jones 77 min: Villa is back in the game! Carney Chukwuemeka replaces Danny Ings for Aston Villa and gets involved straight away. Coutinho uses it in a one-two to get the ball into the box before squared it to Ramsey. Ramsey gets around Fred and smokes his shot into the top corner! Keep playing at Villa Park. 19:06, Michael Jones 72 minutes: Douglas Luiz swims a free kick into the penalty area for Matty Cash. He does well to fend off Elanga and pick out Ings in the box. Ings tries to put Coutinho in goal but Matic stretches out a leg to intercept the ball. He hits it back to De Gea, who has to boot from the box to end the attack. 19:02, Michael Jones 69 min: Here comes Philippe Coutinho! A frustrated Morgan Sanson is the man who was replaced, he had a pretty decent game until his last touch. Both United's goals came from Aston Villa errors, which will annoy Steven Gerrard the most. They were up and now need two goals to save the game. 18:58, Michael Jones 67 min: Against the flow of the game! Morgan Sanson gets caught by the ball and in a panic sends it back to his own goal where Fred is waiting. He catches the ball and comes in as Fernandes drives into the box. Fred slides the ball to him and the Portuguese slams it off the underside of the bar and into the back net! Villa building is delightful. Buendia passes the ball to Watkins, who shoves it into the box for Cash's overlapping run. Ings shoots into the box from six yards out and awaits the cutback but when he comes he's only locked out two United defenders and can't turn the ball towards goal. Villa is getting closer though, it won't be long before they equalize at this rate. 18:55, Michael Jones 63 min: Close! Fred sends Greenwood up the right wing to counterattack and Greenwood makes a good solo run. He carries the ball into the box and tries to cut his left foot. The effort always goes away from goal and curls past the back post. Matty Cash was spared a few blushes after a clearance attempt sent the ball in Anthony Elanga's path. He chests the ball down and darts to the left before flicking a shot just inches wide of the left post! That was United's best moment of the second half and it came from a mistake by Aston Villa. Digne blasts around Dalot and puts the ball to the left of the box for Villa. He cuts it back to Buendia, who has a first effort on goal but sends the chance straight into De Gea's hands. The United keeper is used too often, the visitors need to gain a foothold in the game, Villa are the boss at the moment. Another well-crafted move from Villa sees them quickly switching play to Digne in the left-hand room. He carries the ball into the penalty area and shoots, but misses the chance into the side netting. 18:46, Michael Jones 54 mins: Aston Villa picked up where they left off in the first half. They're all over Man Utd's last third, forcing defenders out of position and working crosses into the box. Watkins brings the ball down the left wing and passes it inside to Jacob Ramsey. He plays a one-two with Buendia to go wide in the box before shifting the ball to Lindelof's left and firing a shot towards the bottom corner. Cavani arrives at the end of an easy forward ball and heads it into the box for Elanga, who sweeps in from the left. He hits a good shot on target, but Martinez saves the ball to safety. It was a scratchy start to the second half for United as Matic brings Buendia down with another late challenge. 18:38, Michael Jones kicks off: Ezri Konsa didn't come out after half-time and was replaced by Kortney Heimat. Villa restarts the game and slowly brings the ball back to the goalkeeper. He pushes it back to the center of the pitch where Morgan Sanson puts the ball up the right wing. Fernandes comes flying over and slips into a tackle that cleans Sanson up and leads to a yellow card. News | The Independent | Today's headlines and breaking news | The Independent 18:30 , Michael Jones It looks like Manchester United will move up Tottenham to sixth place, just three points behind West Ham with a game in hand. Villa have the second half to get back in the game and it could be a question of which side starts better. United started the first half quicker and more aggressively and if they do so again it could be tough work for Steven Gerrard's men. 18:26, Michael Jones Since his Premier League debut in February 2020, only Mo Salah (45) and Harry Kane (34) have scored more goals than Bruno Fernandes (32), while only James Ward-Prowse (7) has scored more has goals from outside the box than the Portuguese (6). 18:22, Michael Jones 45+5 mins: A shocking mistake by Emi Martinez gave Manchester United the lead at Villa Park. Both teams had their chances as Martinez redeemed himself to keep Mason Greenwood out at close range. Emiliano Buendia came close to equalizing for Villa but David De Gea's reactionary save denied him. So it's an advantage for United but there's plenty in the game for Villa to stage a comeback. 18:20, Michael Jones 45+4 minutes: Elanga hits a cross from Dalot and shoots from outside the penalty area. His attempt is deflected backwards and United plays the resulting corner short. The ball comes back to Fernandes, who now has a better cross angle, but his ball into the box is easily handled by Villa. 18:18, Michael Jones 45+2 minutes: Konsa is back on his feet and strolls off the pitch. United continue the game with a throw and throw the ball back to David De Gea. They like to let the clock count down until the break. 18:17, Michael Jones 45 minutes: There is a break in play as Ezri Konsa receives treatment on the field. He's been lying on the ground with a grimace on his face for a few minutes. If play resumes, there are three more minutes to play. 18:15, Michael Jones 42 mins: There were a couple of tough tackles in the last five/ten minutes or so. Cash flies down the right flank and whips a cross into the penalty area. He leaps through to oncoming Digne on the other side and puts a first try on goal but De Gea is back and holds it at the near post! 18:11, Michael Jones 39 mins: This is a great spell for Villa. Buendia is annoying with runs into the penalty area and small, delicate passes. Digne sends a diagonal ball to the right but Cash can't keep it in play. Villa recovers the ball almost immediately, working it down the left wing. He stormed into United's last third and pulled the ball back to the edge of the box for Ings. He runs to Douglas Luiz, but the ball doesn't have enough pace to reach him. Fernandes catches it and Luiz flies into a tough tackle, bringing him down and giving United a chance to clear the ball with a free kick. Aston Villa have shifted up a gear and Man Utd are looking shaky at the back. The hosts work the ball into the penalty area and win two corners in a row. Douglas Luiz swings in the second from the right and takes out Buendia, who runs over the near post. He wins the header and whips the ball towards goal only to be thwarted by David De Gea! It's a sharp save from the Man Utd keeper who spotted it late but managed to push it away. 18:04, Michael Jones 33 minutes: Nemanja Matic is too late to challenge Danny Ings on the ball. Ings had already played the pass when he was brought down by the midfielder, who conceded a yellow card. Douglas Luiz rolls free-kick into Man Utd box but it's won by a defender and goes to Fred He runs out of the penalty area and United works the ball cleanly into midfield. Sanson deflects the ball midfield from Cavani and shoves it to Buendia. He drives to the pits and plays Watkins in on the left. He hits it well enough, but the direction is wrong and De Gea is left with an easy save. 18:00 , Michael Jones 30 min: Alex Telles goes on goal from the resulting free kick and drives a shot straight to Emi Martinez. The Villa keeper knocks the ball out of the box but it falls to Mason Greenwood. He brings it down and shifts to the right before hitting the bottom corner with little effort. Martinez jumps over to cover the shot and watches it roll past the goal. 17:58, Michael Jones 27 minutes: Philippe Coutinho warms up on the touchline for Aston Villa. Diogo Dalot climbs up the right wing and carries the ball to the edge of the box. Lucas Digne slides into a wild challenge, hacking Man Utd right-back to the ground and earning a yellow card in the process 17:54, Michael Jones 24 minutes: Penalty for United. Elanga charges into the penalty area from the left and is followed by Sanson. The ball breaks loose and falls to Cavani, who snaps a shot and pulls it past the back post. 17:52, Michael Jones 21 mins: Matic runs through the middle and gets the ball from Fernandes. He pits but fails to slip into Elanga before losing the ball. Telles swings a cross into the box from the left wing and tries to pick out Edinson Cavani. The striker manages to squeeze in front of Lucas Digne but fails to get the ball on target. He misses but the ball breaks for Mason Greenwood. He runs into a shot and slams it on goal but Martinez is quick out to bring him down and make an important save for Villa! 17:46, Michael Jones 15 mins: Lucas Digne runs down the left wing and tries to collect a chip pass from Tyrone Mings, but he's quickly pressured by Victor Lindelof and can't keep the ball in play. They play fast, pass fast and close the ball well. Manchester United come close to a second when Fred shoots the ball into the left side of the box. Cash is rooted to the ground and Elanga jumps over him to win the ball in the air. He hits the ball well but shoots it to the wrong side of the net. 17:40, Michael Jones 9 min: That was a different performance from Manchester United. Alex Telles and Anthony Elanga are looking really good on the left wing and Bruno Fernandes will gain a lot of confidence from the goal. Morgan Sanson tricks his way between Fernandes and Elanga before driving towards the pits. It's closed by Telles, who leaves the ball to Raphael Varane and the centre-back completes the clearance. 17:38, Michael Jones 6 min: United are ahead! Telles is now brought down deep in Villa's half and United win another free-kick in a dangerous area. Telles and Fernandes stand over the deadball, which is to the left of the penalty area. Telles gently rolls it to Fernandes, who brings it inside and puts a shot on goal. He drops it and the ball bounces through his legs and crosses the line! 17:34 , Michael Jones 4 mins: Fernandes delivers consecutive corners into Aston Villa's box but neither really worries the home side. Elanga gets the ball down the left wing and pulls Cash in for a foul. Telles rolls the resulting free kick into the six-yard box, but Ollie Watkins comes up at the near post to deal with the cross. 17:32, Michael Jones 3 minutes: Good defense by Ezri Konsa. Alex Telles chips the ball into the box while Anthony Elanga runs after Matty Cash. Konsa comes over, hits Elanga on the ball and heads it for a corner. 17:31 , Michael Jones kicks off: Manchester United start the game with Bruno Fernandes kicking it back to Nemanja Matic. It's quickly worked over to the right wing, where Diogo Dalot leads the ball wide. 17:27 , Michael Jones There is a good atmosphere at Villa Park. Bruno Fernandes is now Manchester United captain and leads the visitors. They need to perform well tonight but Aston Villa will be hard to beat. Aston Villa v Man Utd: Ralf Rangnick wants Manchester United players to hold each other accountable 17:20 , Michael Jones Ralf Rangnick has encouraged Manchester United players to hold each other accountable after Cristiano Ronaldo warned that their poor season will continue if their mentality doesn't improve.After beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday, the sides will face off again in the Premier League on Saturday night.United goes seventh in the standings at the weekend after things got out of hand after a positive summer that saw Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo arrive. Ralf Rangnick wants Manchester United players to hold each other accountable 17:16 , Michael Jones Will we see Philippe Coutinho today? Coutinho was directly involved in 77 goals in 152 Premier League games for Liverpool between 2013 and 2017, scoring 41 goals and providing 36 assists. He scored in his last competitive game against Manchester United, in Barcelona's 3-0 home win in the Champions League quarter-finals in April 2019. 17:12 , Michael Jones Bruno Fernandes has gone 12 away games without a goal for United since joining the 3-1 Premier League win at Villa Park scoring a penalty. (Manchester United via Getty Imag) 17:09 , Michael Jones Aston Villa are one of three clubs, along with Liverpool and West Ham, to have scored in all Premier League home games this season. None of Villa's last 16 Premier League games have finished at this level (W6 L10), with the Villans last going without a league draw for a long time between September 1964 and April 1965 (29 games). 17:05 , Michael Jones Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight goals in nine league starts against Aston Villa. January is his most productive month with 60 goals in 74 league games but he is not in the Manchester United squad today. Elsewhere in the Premier League 17:00 , Michael Jones The three games that started at 15:00 have all ended. Wolves are in eighth place and level on points with Manchester United. 16:54 , Michael Jones Manchester United could lose their first two league games of a calendar year for the first time since 1985 after losing to Wolves on January 3. They have equaled a club record of six Premier League defeats at halftime in a season, previously set in 2001/02. United have also dropped points in four of their last six away games in the league. 16:51 , Michael Jones Aston Villa have lost 10 of their last 14 competitive games, including their last three in a row. Their combined 21 home defeats in the Premier League since returning to the top flight in 2019 are the most of any club. They went 17 premier league games without a draw for the first time in a run of 29 between September 1964 and April 1965. 16:48 , Michael Jones Interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick spoke about what he learned from Monday night's FA Cup game, in which Manchester United won 1-0 at Old Trafford. We struggled at times to control the second and third forwards up front and in the second half I think that got a lot better and we controlled the game in the last 20-25 minutes. Use the spaces that were also available in the home game against Villa. That's what we're all about.” Aston Villa v Man Utd: Manchester United's best hope of a top-four finish? This is a slow Champions League race 16:44 , Michael Jones You'd think that after signing the Champions League's all-time top scorer, a four-time winner with Real Madrid and a 21-year-old prodigy playing in the K. o. round has already finished twice, Manchester United would be well on their way to finishing in the top four. This is a slow Champions League race 16:40, Michael Jones Aston Villa won the league second leg 1-0 and were able to make the double against Manchester United for the first time since the 1954/55 season. However, Villa's current streak of 22 home Premier League games against United is a top-class record - they have drawn seven and lost 15. Villa's last home win in the league was a 3-1 in August 199, but they also won the 1999 League Cup 3-0 here. Manchester United have been awarded a penalty in each of their last four Premier League games. Bruno Fernandes got all four and scored the top three but missed Old Trafford last September. 16:36, Michael Jones Lucas Digne makes his Aston Villa debut, replacing Matt Targett at left-back in the only change for Steven Gerrard's men. Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings and Emiliano Buendia form the attacking line and Philippe Coutinho settles for a spot on the bench. Cristiano Ronaldo is absent again for Manchester United despite Phil Jones, Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho being seated on the bench. Ralf Rangnick makes three changes from the squad that faced Villa on Monday night. 16:30 , Michael Jones This is your Aston Villa team taking on Manchester United. 👊 #AVLMUN - Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 15, 2022 16:29 , Michael Jones Aston Villa could potentially jump to 10th place in the Premier League table if they beat Manchester United at Villa Hitting the park easy. Steven Gerrard's men have lost their last three games in all competitions and will look to get back to winning ways today. Manchester United need points if they want to fight for a top four result. Last time out in the Premier League, they were outplayed at home by Wolves, who beat them 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Joao Moutinho. It remains United's only defeat under Ralf Rangnick, who keeps finding ways to pick up points despite his side's lackluster performance. Aston Villa v Man Utd: Rangnick not worried about Rashford's form 16-23 , Michael Jones Marcus Rashford is struggling for his form after scoring just twice in the Premier League this season He looked lacking in confidence against Aston Villa on Monday night but the interim Man Utd boss isn't too concerned about the striker's form, saying: As strikers we all know it's about playing well and scoring goals and assists to get. “There have been a couple of training sessions over the past few weeks where he has played at the highest level and that is why I have always given him a chance to play again. However, for him, like everyone else, there is still room for improvement.” Aston Villa vs Man Utd: Gerrard plays United twice in a week 16:18 , Michael Jones Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard spoke about the unusual coincidence to face Manchester United twice in the same week after their FA Cup meeting on Monday night. Gerrard's Villa were the better team that night but were on the wrong side of the results. Scott McTominay put United ahead but Villa reacted well, they were disallowed for two goals and Gerrard said: It's a unique situation to play the same side twice in a short space of time but it's also a fantastic opportunity to recover. "If we can find a similar level of performance, be a bit more reckless in the final third and the big decisions of the night go in our favor, I have no doubt we can get the result we want Aston Villa vs Man Utd: Manchester United applauded four players for Aston Villa trip 16:14 , Michael Jones Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be available for Manchester United and Harry Maguire is also set to play against Aston Villa in Saturday's Premier League trip. The Portuguese has been ruled out of Monday night's FA Cup game against Villa as a precaution, with Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones also staying at home after addressing minor issues of their own. 16:11 Michael Jones Aston Villa will be missing the experience of Ashley Young and John McGinn for tonight's game against Manchester United. The exciting prospect for Villa is whether Steven Gerrard will make his debuts for new signings Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne, but it could be too early for either player to start. Manchester United also have two players suspended with Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay absent. There are some doubts about Cristiano Ronaldo having missed Monday night's cup game but he believes he will be fit for the game. 16:07 , Michael Jones We're halfway through kickoff at 3:00 p.m. and there are a few upsets. Chris Wood has made his debut for Newcastle but their game against Watford remains scoreless. Norwich have a shocking two-goal lead over Everton at Carrow Road and are set to claim their first Premier League win since November and in close competition at Molineux Wolves take a 1-0 lead over Southampton thanks to a Raul Jimenez penalty.Today however, there is still one Premier League game to go as Aston Villa host Manchester United in the 17:30 kick-off. Man Utd managed to sneak past Steven Gerrard's villa in the FA Cup third round on Monday but they were second-best side for most of the game. At home and with new signings in the form of Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne, Aston Villa will be confident of getting a positive result against Ralf Rangnick's side. Kevin De Bruyne's terrific winner sinks Chelsea as Man City head for another title by 15:02. Kevin De Bruyne's superb strike was a moment that appropriately reflected Manchester City's superiority, putting the defending champions 13 points clear of Chelsea after that 1-0 win. As if to similarly emphasize that part of that lead is due to the rivals' own mistakes, Kepa Arrizabalaga might have done better on goal. That shouldn't take away from De Bruyne's goal or City's quality. Kevin De Bruyne's terrific winner sinks Chelsea as Man City close in for another title Victory he said: Absolutely. But for how well they defended, we created enough chances to win, especially with the intention of winning the game from minute one. “The only problem we had after 1-0 was that they were reinforced and when you open the game, end with Mason Mount, with Hudson-Odoi, with Timo Werner and Lukaku, now you are in a dangerous position. Again the team was incredible, we were brilliant.” 14:52 , Michael Jones Thomas Tuchel touched on the performance of Romelu Lukaku, who failed to convert Chelsea's biggest chance of the game and looked like a lone figure upstairs. We want to serve him but he is part of the team and the performance up front can be better, especially in the first half. We have to do better. "We will never give up but if City keep winning every game we will never catch them." Five things we learned as Kevin De Bruyne's goal took the Premier League lead to 14:49. Michael Jones Manchester City baute seinen Vorsprung an der Spitze der Premier League-Tabelle auf 13 Punkte aus, als der Treffer von Kevin De Bruyne dem Titelverteidiger einen 1:0-Sieg bescherte Der Zweitplatzierte Chelsea.City dominierte in der ersten Halbzeit den Ballbesitz, aber Jack Grealish wurde ein Führungstreffer verwehrt, als Kepa Arrizabalaga seinen Schuss mit einem ausgestreckten Bein blockte. Romelu Lukaku ging nach der Pause knapp ran, sah aber, wie Ederson einen Curlversuch parierte. Die Gastgeber gingen in der 70. Minute in Führung, als De Bruyne einen hervorragenden Schlag von außerhalb des Strafraums an Kepa vorbeirollte. Fünf Dinge, die wir gelernt haben, als Kevin De Bruyne traf sieht Man City dem Titel 14:43 nah, Michael Jones Thomas Tuchel äußerte sich nach dem Spiel zu Sky Sports und erklärte, dass die Arbeit seiner Offensivspieler nicht gut genug war, um sicherzustellen, dass Chelsea mindestens mit einem Unentschieden davonkommt. Wir haben solche Spiele gegen City gewonnen und das fühlt sich ganz anders an, aber so ist es. „Wir hatten acht oder neun Offensivwechsel und null Berührungen im Strafraum. Wir haben zu viele Bälle zu leicht verloren und das war heute ein großes Problem in unserem Spiel.“ 14:34 , Michael Jones Kevin De Bruyne spoke to Sky Sports after a match winning performance for Manchester City put the Premier League champions a firm step closer to regaining their title. It’s nice to score the goal, it was important because it’s the only one but I think the team played very well today.“We knew if we won today we’d make the gap bigger on them. I think the team was focused on the job that they needed to do and that’s the only thing that we can do.” 14:32 , Michael Jones Manchester City have gone 13 points clear in the Premier League as they defeated Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a superb Kevin De Bruyne strike.It was a game regarded as one Chelsea had to win as City are unlikely to drop many points for the rest of the season. 14:29 , Michael Jones No side has led the Premier League 13 points or more with 16 games to go and failed to lift the trophy at the end of the season. Manchester City are in prime position to regain their title now. Liverpool have a couple of games in hand and could cut City’s lead to eight but it’s still a mountain to climb for the chasing pack. 14:20 , Michael Jones 90 mins: Three minutes of added time to play. Man City are going to open up a 13 point lead if they can close out this game. 14:18 , Michael Jones 87 mins: Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan come on for Manchester City replacing Phil Foden and - as of right now - matchwinner Kevin De Bruyne. City are trying to manage the remaining time but Mount gets the ball into space on the right and swings a cross over to Lukaku. John Stones gets to the ball before the Chelsea striker and boots it clear. Phil Foden has the chance to secure the points for Manchester City. Raheem Sterling brings the ball in from the right and lays it off to Foden. He lets the ball run across his body and hits one with his left foot. 14:10 , Michael Jones 81 mins: Chelsea win a free kick over on the left wing, deep in Man City’s half. It’s a good chance to work the ball into the box but it’s wasted by Callum Hudson-Odoi who knocks a flat cross into the penalty area that is easily cleared by Kevin De Bruyne.Mason Mount is the final Chelsea change coming on to replace Marcos Alonso. Much better from Chelsea who move the ball quickly up the Kante. He plays it in behind for Azpilicueta on the overlap and and Chelsea’s captain slots a teasing ball into the six-yard area, Timo Werner lunges himself at the pass but it just evades him and Ederson scoops it up. 14:06 , Michael Jones 75 mins: Chelsea have to open themselves up now as they go in search of an equaliser. Cancelo fires a diagonal ball up to Foden who’s positioned in the middle of Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva. As the ball drops Sarr wins the header and knocks it back to Kepa Arrizabalaga to end the attack. 14:02 , Michael Jones 72 mins: Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner are on for Chelsea. They were brought on just before Manchester City’s opener replacing Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic. If they want to keep their title hopes alive they can’t lose this game. 13:58 , Michael Jones 70 mins: What a goal! A long ball from Chelsea is won by City and the ball is knocked to Joao Cancelo. He feeds it up to Kevin De Bruyne who shakes off a tackle and goes on a run down the inside left channel. He cuts inside and brings the ball to the edge of the ‘D’ before curling a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner. Kepa Arrizabalaga leaps across but can’t reach it and the ball finishes in the back of the net! 13:57 , Michael Jones 66 mins: Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner are warming up for Chelsea. N’Golo Kante flicks the ball up to Romelu Lukaku in the middle of the pitch. The referee lets play go on and City quickly feed it over to Sterling on the right. Good chance for City. 13:52 , Michael Jones 63 mins: Save! 13:52 , Michael Jones 63 mins: Save! 13:52 , Michael Jones 63 mins: Save! 13:52 , Michael Jones 63 mins: Save! 13:52 , Michael Jones 63 mins: Save! A fine run from Grealish sees the forward brought down just outside the Chelsea penalty area. The City players try to convince the referee that the foul was made in the box but he’s not swayed and awards a free kick. Kevin De Bruyne takes it and whips a shot towards the near post but Kepa Arrizabalaga is across nicely and palms the ball wide of goal. 13:51 , Michael Jones 60 mins: Man City have injected a touch more pace into their attacking play with Foden playing Sterling into the box. He gets tackled by Sarr but the loose ball comes to Bernardo who follows Sterling into the area. He drives towards the byline and squares a pass into the six-yard area but Kepa safely scoops up the ball. 13:46 , Michael Jones 57 mins: Walker makes a run down the wing and is fed the ball, he gives it to Sterling who dribbles into the box and goes down under pressure from three defenders. There’s a huge appeal for a penalty but the offside flag is up for the initial ball over to Walker. City then win a corner that Foden curls in towards the near post. He attempts to kick start a counter-attack but loses possession. 13:43 , Michael Jones 54 mins: An aerial pass is won by Kyle Walker who’s control of the ball takes it away from the box. Kovacic attempts to recover the now loose ball but Walker beats him to it and wins a corner as Kovacic clips him late. City win a free kick just outside Chelsea’s box. De Bruyne flicks it into the six-yard area but sends the ball straight into the hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga. 13:39 , Michael Jones 51 mins: Thomas Tuchel must have given Chelsea the hairdryer treatment because they’ve come out swinging after half-time. First Mateo Kovacic threads a fine pass into Lukaku who spins off Laporte and lines up a shot at goal. He drills a left-footed effort towards the far corner but Ederson leaps to his right and parries it away. He’s in space on the inside left and Chelsea pass the ball over to him to set up a long-ranged effort. It’s an early opportunity for Manchester City after N’Golo Kante gives the ball away with a poor pass towards Lukaku. Rodri prods it up to De Bruyne who runs into the left side of the box and curls a pass across goal. Sterling tries to get to the ball but goes down after a touch from Sarr and City appeal for a penalty!VAR takes a look and agrees with the referee that play should go on. 13:34 , Michael Jones Kick off: Chelsea didn’t have a single shot in the first half, on or off target. They played primarily on the edge of their own final third and didn’t utilise Romelu Lukaku as an escape option. News | The Independent | Today's headlines and latest breaking news | The Independent 13:25 , Michael Jones Chelsea failed to attempt a shot in the first half at the Etihad. It was the first time they’ve failed to do so in a Premier League game under Thomas Tuchel and the first time overall since May 2018 vs Newcastle. 13:22 , Michael Jones There were some good battles in the first half. Chelsea’s attacking play has been non-existent though, much to the frustration of manager Thomas Tuchel. 13:18 , Michael Jones 45+1 mins: Chelsea hold on until half-time. It was a fairly one-sided 45 minutes in favour of Manchester City but the Blues head into the break on level terms. Jack Grealish had the best chance of the half but Kepa Arrizabalaga made a good save to deny him the opening goal. 13:14 , Michael Jones 42 mins: A scrappy period of possession for Chelsea sees them work hard just to keep hold of the ball instead of putting together a meaningful attack. City win it back before too long and Cancelo threads it into the box for Grealish. He finds De Bruyne who snatches at a shot from the left and belts it well over the crossbar. 13:11 , Michael Jones 39 mins: Chance! 13:11 , Michael Jones 39 mins: Chance! 13:11 , Michael Jones 39 mins: Chance! 13:11 , Michael Jones 39 mins: Chance! 13:11 , Michael Jones 39 mins: Chance! 13:11 , Michael Jones 39 mins: Chance! 13:11 , Michael Jones 39 mins: Chance! 13:11 , Michael Jones 39 mins: Chance! Probably the best chance of the half! Mateo Kovacic is put under pressure from Kevin De Bruyne deep in his own half and gets rid of the ball with a loose pass across to Jack Grealish. He knocks the ball into the box and looks to guide it arouns Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Chelsea goalkeeper gets a leg to the shot and somehow deflects it wide of the right-hand post. 13:07 , Michael Jones 36 mins: City win a throw in in Chelsea’s half and send the ball to Phil Foden. He brings the ball under control and drives through a bunch of Chelsea defenders to work the ball into the box. Alonso recovers the ball and wins a free kick after a little shove in the back from Sterling.


Joao Pedro's late equalizer punishes Magpies as shared points in Premier League basement battle

Free play report and highlights as Allan Saint-Maximin put Newcastle ahead early in the second half; Watford were finally rewarded for a dominant second half as Joao Pedro nodded home late; Chris Wood made his Newcastle debut but failed to find the net (Author: Gardener)

Joao Pedro'sJoao Pedro's equalizer once again punished Newcastle for conceding late goals as Watford drew 1-1 and avoided finishing in the last three. The 20-year-old emerged in the 88th minute to nod home after a fine cross from Kiko Femenia to cancel out Allan Saint-Maximin's early second-half strike - the Magpies now have 21 in the Premier League this season Points lost from the winning positions. "It's very disappointing because we came so close," said Newcastle manager Eddie Howe. "We played very well in the first half, I was very happy." We scored the goal early in the second half and were then probably - not intentionally - happy to see the game through. We were so close, I really feel for the players. "The players really wanted to win. I think they went into protection mode a little bit, which happens on a subconscious level and you don't want to take too many risks. But it ultimately brings the opponent into play and that's what it is ." Happened." That 'relegation six' produced a thoroughly entertaining first half – aided by the pumped-up Toon Army – but it ended without a shot on target. Joelinton should have fired twice from Newcastle too, both chances coming from corners , as Kieran Trippier joined Ryan Fraser on set pieces Newcastle deservedly made their breakthrough just five minutes after the break Jeremy Ngakia had done superbly to keep Saint-Maximin calm in the first half but a poor moment of control left the midfielder of Newcastle through.Saint-Maximin got away better as the pair fought for the ball and drove into the box, sliding past Watford debutant Samir before firing a low, hard shot into the bottom corner to give Newcastle an important one lead (49'), but that was the hosts' only shot on target in the entire 90 minutes, and the goal seemed to electrify Watford Sieren, who was looking to end a run of six consecutive Premier League defeats and had his best chance of the game as the clock ticked past the hour. Joao Pedro saw an effort loop in the hands of Martin Dubravka. Moussa Sissoko almost returned to pursue his former club after spending three years at Newcastle. Another good break from Watford followed, Emmanuel Dennis driving some challenges before laying the ball down for Sissoko to his right. But despite an impressive run of his own, the Hornets captain rolled his effort past the far corner. But Watford got the deserved equalizer thanks to Joao Pedro's header and kept the Hornets just above the drop zone by a point after Norwich's 2-1 win over Everton. There were loud boos from the Newcastle fans at full-time, some going after Watford's equalizer as the Magpies sit 19th on 12 points. "At one point everything was great, the fans were singing, the atmosphere was great, they were 1-0 up and it looked like they were going to go ahead and win the game." Saint-Maximin took a hit on the ankle , he continued for 10 more minutes, then they kept buying Almiron for him - then the game changed. Femenia kept taking him the other way, he played and one two and Watford came back into play. “Then at the end the fans started booing. They got nervous, couldn't put four passes together – or even three passes – and in the end I thought Watford deserved the tie.” As Newcastle scored they began to sit back, the game beginning to stretch. Fair play to Watford. That's why I think they're going to stay up there, they've got pace...when the game starts, they've got players who will move things and hurt teams. “On the way, before the end of the season, they will have another big result where they win a game. They have a tremendous game on Friday night when they play Norwich at home... If Watford wins they might Spreadeagle and I say that because five points could be a lot of points." "Watford had their best time that second half when we finished the game. We were within reach of a really important win but unfortunately we didn't get it. We need the second goal and we need to keep attacking. We have to keep believing that an attacking sense is not over, we have to score more goals. But even if we don't score the second goal, we have to be ruthless and manage the game better in that last phase. But if you look at where the goal is coming from, we're disappointed in some aspects of our defense and decision-making because I feel like we bought it ourselves. “We cannot be satisfied, we are very disappointed. We saw that as a big opportunity for us, but that's what we have.” Yes, that's how we feel right now when we win the game so late into the game. We saw it as a big opportunity for the game and it was an even bigger one at that moment. Conceding late goals and losing points was a common theme and we definitely need to work on that.” We played our football for the last 30 minutes, just the goal and we created more chances. But I wanted to see my players combined more. "That's why I'm happy because in the end we drew the game. But I'm not happy because we didn't play as well as we're used to.” Luckily they scored early in the second half and we had all the time to draw the match. Also, we had two or three big chances to draw the game earlier, but eventually Joao Pedro scored. We work a lot in training, we tried everything to win this game. Conceding a goal with three minutes left is really difficult. We'll have to wait for better luck to help the team win this game. They didn't have many chances to score, but they did. It's really hard because we know that if we keep drawing we won't survive, but we have to keep going. It's a good draw for Watford and really bad for Newcastle. "It's a really big loss but we don't need to draw this game. We created the game, had more chances and showed a good Newcastle. It's a really bad night for Newcastle. We know we had a really good night Have quality and what we can do, we really have to do something about that because if this keeps up we're not going to stay in the league."It was a two-half game for Wood and it was no surprise that he got that central forward role Callum Wilson had regularly cast in before his injury."Fraser sent some nice balls from the right with other contributions down the opposite side from Saint-Maximin and Joelinton but Wood could never find the finishing touch (3), shots into the box ( 3) and touches in the opponent's penalty area (6). "Watford seemed to have figured that out too and marked him out of the game after the break. Wood didn't have any more shots, only adding another touch in the opponent's box. "It was another reflection of Newcastle's performance in the second half as they allowed Watford back into the game but Wood still has time to make the mark he made when he signed his contract earlier this week. and Shots in the box (4) The Brazilian scored incredibly well and it could prove crucial in the upcoming relegation battle.* Watford remain the only side in England's top four divisions to have kept a clean sheet in the league this season. The Hornets have conceded a goal in each of their last 29 Premier League games since beating Liverpool 3-0 in February 2020. * All five of Allan Saint-Maximin's Premier League goals for Newcastle this season have come in home games – no player has more met that term in the competition without a away from home * Kiko Femenía has three assists for Watford in the Premier League this season, more than he has in his e had made the first 80 appearances for the Hornets in competition (2). Newcastle are back in the Premier League next Saturday when they travel to Leeds; Kick-off 3 p.m. Watford have two big Premier League games against the other teams in the bottom three along with Newcastle.


Canaries score twice in 92 seconds to breathe life into Premier League struggle for survival

Match Report and Free Match Highlights as Norwich beat Everton at Carrow Road; Toffees boss Rafael Benitez is under increasing pressure after recent setback; Everton have won one of 13 league games (Author: Gardener)

92 secondsNorwich boss Dean Smith is hoping his side have "turned the corner" after breathing life into their Premier League hopes of survival with a 2-1 win over Everton, putting even more pressure on Rafael Benitez. Michael Keane found a low cross from Joshua Sargent to deflect the ball into his own net (16') and just two minutes later Adam Idah doubled Norwich's lead when he conceded Brandon Williams' pass for a throw-in home. Benitez turned to Richarlison in the second half and the Brazilian - who has missed the last three games with a calf problem - acrobatically reduced the deficit within six minutes of his substitution. But Everton failed to stage a dramatic comeback as Anthony Gordon's low shot was blocked by Dimitris Giannoulis as they came closest to a point. Norwich's third league win of the season ended a run of six games without scoring and means they move up from the bottom of the table to 18th place, a point adrift of safety after Watford drew 1-1 at Newcastle. Everton have recorded just one win in their last 13 Premier League games and remain 15th on 19 points, six points outside the relegation zone, but their angry supporters are calling for the board to be sacked and Benitez's time at the club to end. This is the highest in the table Norwich have had all season. Dean Smith said he hadn't looked at it in months but admitted his glass of red wine would taste "extra sweet" on Saturday night and was pleased with the character displayed by his players. Smith said: "We've always believed in the dressing room but when you lose games and don't score goals it can take your breath away." We have the leaders back on the team to guide the younger players. The team spirit in the second half was outstanding and that was what pleased me the most. "We can only focus on the next game and hope that we can turn the corner now." The Canaries absorbed Everton's early pressure and happily broke the deadlock when Sargent found space to cross from the right on his return to the team to force Keane to accidentally play the ball past Jordan Pickford at his near post. Things got worse for the visitors just 92 seconds later when former Norwich defender Ben Godfrey - on his 24th birthday - allowed Brandon Williams to drive forward and peck out Idah with a precise pass. Idah took a heavy touch that pulled Pickford forward but the tall striker was able to net his shot under the England keeper. Norwich were in control and reached the break with a two-goal cushion intact - the first time they had come into the break with a two-goal advantage in 30 home Premier League games, previously in May 2016. They were rare dangerous in the second half but didn't need to, managing the game from start to finish - led by their irrepressible captain Grant Hanley. As Everton signed more body up front, Milot Rashica was narrowly denied a third with practically the final kick of the game when he kissed the outside of the post, only Pickford to beat. No side have previously survived relegation from the Premier League by just 10 points from 20 games, but Norwich have never been left behind. Having only scored eight goals before this season, it was a timely shot in the arm. Everton traveled to East Anglia for their first league win since early December and, given Norwich's poor form, would have been confident of bringing all three points back to Merseyside. They worked hard last weekend in the FA Cup against Championship side Hull City but have been without an away win in the league since August. They played against the side with the worst home record in the Premier League and the fewest points in their history after the first 10 league home games of a season. And yet, despite the importance of that game given the fans' pressure on Benitez, they were everywhere when it counted. Asked if he was afraid of being sacked given Everton's record under majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, Benitez said: "I'm a professional and I have enough experience. We have players coming back and we have to." trying to make the right decisions like we did in the second half. Demarai Gray looked dangerous at times, cutting into Max Aarons to force Tim Krul into a routine save, but that was as good as it got in the opening stages. After Norwich's two rapid-fire goals, an intruder failed to make it onto the dugout, but it was clear where he wanted to vent his anger at Everton's beleaguered manager. "I didn't see the fan while concentrating on the game and after seeing someone on the pitch but that was it," said Benitez. "The only positive thing is that the team is responsive but the mistakes cost us games every week. Benitez made a double substitution in the 54th minute bringing on Yerry Mina and Richarlison and it was the Brazilian striker who, as Krul's punch, immediately Impressive Keane's cross was expertly hooked into the net by the substitute. Everton still had plenty of time to win a game - let alone salvage a tie - but Benitez hesitated on the touchline and refused to make a third substitution from impasses and with no ideas, their hopes of slight relief at the expense of the previously bottom in the league have eluded them Everton have slipped to 15th in the table having only managed a league win since late September when they beat Norwich 2-0 at Goodison Park .But while they have games on their hands against most of the teams directly above them, it was further evidence of their alarming ma laise under her spanish husband age during these winter months. The Norwich centre-back won all four of his aerial duels - not an easy feat considering Dominic Calvert-Lewin was back at Everton. Hanley also made an exceptional 12 clearances, more than any other player, to ensure Everton's attempts to deny Norwich just a third league win of the season were wiped out. Smith added: "I said at half-time that Grant's blocking in the first minute set the tone. He's had injections to get through games and we've got a big game against Watford before we get a lengthy break and hopefully him." After that they won't need any more injections." * Norwich have won two of their six home Premier League games under Dean Smith (U1 L3), as many wins as in the last 21 home games in the competition under former coach Daniel Farke (W2 U4 L15) * Everton have won just 19 points in 19 league games this season - only twice before have they had fewer points at this stage of a Premier League season (17 in 1997-98 and 2005-06) * This was Everton's first away defeat since May 2004 (2-1 v Wolves) against a side bottoming in the Premier League having gone unbeaten in 17 such games today (W9 L8).* There was just 92 seconds between Norwich's first two goals against Everton while they scored more goals in the opening g 18 minutes of this game than in their previous eight Premier League games combined (1) Norwich visit Watford on Friday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League e and main event; Kick-off 8 p.m. Everton host Aston Villa at Goodison Park on Saturday; Kick-off 12:30 p.m.


This morning's Holly Willoughby suffers a hilarious NSFW texting mishap live on air

This morning's Holly Willoughby suffered an awkward and hilarious NSFW texting mishap live on the ITV daytime show. (Author: Gardener)

Holly WilloughbyWe've all suffered from an autocorrect error from time to time, but think of Holly Willoughby making a hilarious mistake on live TV. On tonight's (January 13) episode of This Morning, Holly admitted the mishap after returning from a hiatus, explaining that her limited off-camera time meant she didn't have time to revisit a certain line check. Unfortunately, the word she mistyped made things even more awkward, as the presenter revealed to co-host Phillip Schofield, "I was about to say 'I need a new one' and sent it thinking I had that for five got away seconds, we're back on the air. I need a new one, my sincere apologies." Related: Holly Willoughby responds to claims she's withdrawing from This Morning, then confirmed it was indeed a barbecue. "In January?!" Her co-host replied in disbelief, and Holly joked she was "thinking ahead". "The guy you invited to the BBQ is going to be like, 'Okay, I gotta get her a bra now,'" Phil noted, as Holly expressed her frustration at not having time to fix it like that she was now live in front of the nation. See Also: This Morning's Alison Hammond Responds to Replacing Holly and Phil However, things got even more awkward for Holly when she then read the reply, which confirmed that she had indeed sent it to the wrong person! Phil then burst out laughing and exclaimed, "Oh my god, good, there you are," although Holly revealed the recipients had sent laughing face emojis, suggesting they'd seen the funny side. To make things even funnier, Phil then had to introduce a fashion segment focused on sportswear when a frustrated Holly quickly picked up her phone to text back. This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.


Holly Willoughby serves up 'Pretty Woman Vibes' in polka dot dresses on This Morning

Holly Willoughby donned a beautiful polka dot dress as she said goodbye to her first week as presenter of ITV's This Morning (Author: Gardener)

Holly WilloughbyHolly Willoughby had a triumphant first week back presenting ITV's This Morning alongside co-host and friend Phillip Schofield. The 40-year-old has made sure to brighten up everyone's mornings with her positive attitude and a whole range of great fashionable outfits. Holly presented her last show of the week on Thursday 13th January and made sure to give her a serious goodbye in a stunning brown polka dot midi dress from celebrity-loved brand Rixo - and it gave us very pretty woman vibes. The gorgeous look was styled with her nude pumps by designer Gianvito Rossi. For the latest celebrity news - including their style secrets! The mother-of-three stunned viewers ahead of the show by sharing her daily outfit snap with her 7.5million Instagram followers. Shop Holly's brown polka dot dress from Rixo for £245 here Shop Holly's heels from Gianvito Rossi for £560 here. This isn't the first time the presenter has sported Rixo, as she continues to give us lessons in the best clothes to snap. As usual, fans made sure to shower Holly with compliments when one fan said, "I'm getting pretty woman vibes." A third then followed suit with, "This pretty woman dress will always be a classic." We don't have to wait long to get it See Holly and Phil back on our screens as Sunday 16th January sees the much anticipated return of the biggest show on ice, Dancing On Ice. Ahead of the show, Holly made sure to tease her fans with all the glamor they can expect with a floor-length, pale pink gown with off-the-shoulder details, complete with ruffles, sequins, and a tie detail at the waistband. Sign up here for the daily newsletter from OK! for more celebrity style and fashion updates.


Holly Willoughby blushed after making an awkward 'bra' lyric typo live on air

Holly Willoughby was left red-faced when she made an awkward "bra" lyric typo live This Morning as she exclaimed, "Oh god!" (Author: Gardener)

Holly WilloughbyHolly Willoughby was deeply mortified This Morning when she tried to snap a quick message during the commercial break - only to accidentally text a man about a 'bra' instead of a 'barbecue'. Just before Thursday's ITV program concluded, viewers returned to the studio with Phillip Schofield and Holly, where it was clear something unpleasant had just happened. Holly turned to the camera and explained the excruciatingly embarrassing typo that had just occurred and which she was unable to fix once the show had started again. 'To that person I just texted really quickly on the break where I was about to say 'I need a new one' and sent it off and was like 'Oh I just got away with it in five seconds back on air' , and then I looked at it and 'one' was replaced with 'bra', which said, 'I need a new bra' — I don't need a new bra, my sincere apologies," she said. As Phillip tried to stifle his laughter, Holly explained that she tried to say she needed a new grill, leaving her co-star confused as to why she would need one at this time of year. Admitting the message had been sent to a man, Holly exclaimed in horror, "I don't have time to correct it!" When Phillip asked her if she'd had a reply, she said she hadn't received an answer... but when she checked her phone she found that they had answered, much to her immense humiliation. Luckily, the original mishap was received in good spirits, as the reply Holly received also included smiling face emojis. As the show moved on to the fashion segment - which, funnily enough, was supposed to feature sports bras - Holly quickly reached for her phone to rectify the situation when details of a competition appeared on screen. A This Morning viewer, who found the turn of events hilarious, tweeted: "Sorry but Holly just made my day." This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV. MORE: Holly Willoughby refuses to be 'scared' about menopause: 'It's my next phase of life'


Holly Willoughby feels comfortable with Phillip Schofield as they share a close bond

Holly Willoughby says she feels really "comfortable" with Phillip Schofield as they open up about their friendship and partnership that has grown over the past decade (Author: Gardener)

Holly WilloughbyHolly Willoughby says she feels really "comfortable" with Phillip Schofield as they open up about their friendship and partnership that has grown over the past decade. The pair are regular presenters on daytime show This Morning, but they will also use their skills to co-host Dancing On Ice when it returns to ITV this Sunday night. And now the duo have spoken candidly about the close bond they share after over a decade of working together. The pair will spend Monday through Thursday together presenting This Morning, while also reuniting at the weekend to do all the commentary when the 12 new skaters hit the ice for the first time. Speaking about their friendship and close bond, Holly told The Mirror and others: "They're different shows and that's the beauty of it. It's nice to do something a little different but still together.” Phil agreed, calling Holly his “best friend”. The nice thing is I get to spend even more time with my best mate," he shared. Morning is a different kind of show than this, and people might not even watch us in the morning, but they come to us in the evening. So yeah, it's nice to have a mate." Viewers branded Holly and Phil as a wonderful TV partnership. In the group interview, Christopher Dean joked that they're just "young people" when it comes to a partnership like he is and Jayne Torvill had been New Dancing On Ice judge Oti Mabuse praised their friendship, adding: "Ashley and I said it's so nice to see Holly and Phil and how well they work together. *The new series of Dancing On Ice begins Sunday 16 December at 18:30 on ITV.


Holly Willoughby steps up the glamor for the launch of Dancing on Ice

The TV presenter looked incredible in a form-fitting red dress. (Author: Gardener)

Holly WilloughbyHolly Willoughby has chosen glamor for the official photocall launch of this year's Dancing On Ice. The popular show returns to TV screens on Sunday, with the show's presenters and judges reuniting for a photocall in Elstree on Wednesday night, with Willoughby leading the way at the glamorous stakes. The 40-year-old presenter looked incredible in a deep red, off-the-shoulder dress with a plunging sweetheart neckline and thigh-high slit. Lihi Hod Bridal's fitted, bodycon dress was also ruched at the bodice and midriff, flattering the star's slim physique. She accessorised the stunning red dress with sparkling earrings and gold strappy heels. Willoughby not only shared a picture of her red carpet outfit on Instagram, but also a close-up of her stunning hair and makeup. The mother-of-three opted for neutral tones and a soft red lip, and kept her short hair in loose waves, which gave off total old Hollywood vibes. The closeup also gave a closer look at her incredible diamond earrings. "Press launch for @dancingonice 2022... ♥️ #hwstyle Dress by @lihihod Heels by @renecaovilla Jewelery by @w.salamoon," she captioned the snaps. Of course, fans loved the presenter's look, with many praising Willoughby for her sleek, timeless style. The color is divine on you,” another fan wrote. Joining Willoughby at the photocall was her co-host Phillip Schofield and new judge Oti Mabuse, who has joined Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Ashley Banjo on the redesigned jury. Mabuse certainly seemed to be Holly Willoughby's fashion moments over the years as she turns 40 While she regularly wows This Morning viewers with her stylish daytime outfits, Willoughby's evening looks are just as impressive. Back in December, she wowed fans in a fringed long-sleeved mini dress for an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show. Sharing a picture of her outfit on Instagram, the mother-of-three showed off the chic navy blue tailored dress - by Italian brand Blazé Milano - with a cinched waist and black beaded fringes along the hem - completed the look with black strappy heels by Stuart Weitzman and tiered chains by her Wylde Moon from collaboration with jeweler Kirstie Le Marque. The fringed blazer-style dress was reminiscent of the LWD (Little White Dress) the star wore to the 2018 Brit Awards. The feather-trimmed tuxedo-style mini dress, which she paired with black strappy sandals, highlighted Willoughby's toned legs and was one of the most striking looks on the red carpet. To prove she can pull off a princess look too, Willoughby opted for a breezy dress with a full skirt to attend the 2020 National Television Awards. Willoughby's evening looks for Dancing On Ice have also traditionally turned heads. Read more: Hurry, Holly Willoughby's flattering animal print dress is on sale From bridal gowns to elegant column dresses, the TV presenter certainly knows how to wow viewers of the popular show. Earlier this week, Instagram fans compared Willoughby to a "princess" when she glimpsed one of her potential DOI dresses. The pictures showed her looking elegant in the exquisite pink ensemble, while a close-up revealed her flawless makeup and stunning earrings. Fans shared a preview outfit snap on social media and climbed to comment on the sleek look. While most have rightly been dazzled by her posh DOI looks over the years, some are divided on her particularly glamorous choices, with some suggesting they might be a little too risky. But while most loved it, some felt the sheer cutaway panels in the dress were a little too revealing. This year, the star says she's looking forward to "playing dress up every Sunday" as she prepares for the latest series of Dancing On Ice. The TV presenter said the arrival of amazing dresses with sequins and feathers made her feel "like Cinderella for the day". "I have two or three fittings in 10 weeks, but it's one of my favorite days of the year," she said. "You get this fluff of fluff all of a sudden, and sequins and feathers just appear through my door and I feel like Cinderella for the day." She added, "I'm never allowed to wear big dresses anymore, you only get married once and you're allowed the big one." Only wear the dress (once) but luckily I get to play dress up every Sunday at Dancing On Ice over the years so I'm just looking forward to doing it all again." Willoughby says it's usually around 10 or There are 15 dresses she can try on, some of which have been customized to work better on camera.