(Watch Goal on Video) Kai Havertz scores! 41’… Chelsea 1-0 Burnley

What a cross. What a header. World class from Chelsea as Reece James crosses for Kai Havertz to head home and break the deadlock at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are ahead courtesy of Kai Havertz!

Reece James whips in a wicked cross from the right hand side and finds Havertz all on his own in the box.

Mee and Tarkwoski are nowhere to be seen as the German guides a header past Pope and into the bottom corner!

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Thomas Tuchel explains why he’s starting Ross Barkley as Chelsea, Burnley name line-up

Ross Barkley makes his first Premier League start of the season this afternoon against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

The 27-year-old has come off the bench in three out of Chelsea’s last four Prem outings, but is trusted from the first whistle today.

Thomas Tuchel has spoken on the decision to play Barkley from the start, saying: “He deserves it, as simple as that, by his performances and attitude.

“Ross was very strong when he came in vs Southampton, he turned things around, and he helped us vs Newcastle when he stepped in.”

This will be Thomas Tuchel’s 30th Premier League game in charge of Chelsea.

The Blues have kept 18 clean sheets since his first game in charge in January.

That’s four more than any other side.

Only Jose Mourinho kept more than 18 in his first 30 games in charge in the competition (22).

Liverpool hero blasts Man United star, says he’s “a joke” for neglecting ‘fundamentals’ in defeat to Man City

Graeme Souness branded Bruno Fernandes a ‘joke’ and accused the Manchester United star of neglecting the ‘fundamentals’ in the build-up to Manchester City’s opening goal in Saturday’s derby at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola’s side flew out of the blocks and took the lead in the seventh minute, albeit in slightly fortuitous circumstances when Eric Bailly sliced Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net.

Although the Ivory Coast international’s attempt to clear the ball was clumsy at best, Souncess’ ire was reserved for Fernandes who failed to track back and jogged towards his international teammate in a half-hearted attempt to block his centre.

He told Sky Sports: “Watch Fernandes here. ‘Why don’t you cross the ball here I’m not going to close you down’.

“It’s a simple thing but it’s a fundamental thing, stop the crosses. Stop the crosses, do your mates in the middle of the goal a favour by putting the ball under pressure to stop the cross.

“That is a joke and the second goal is brought about by people doing the same thing and not doing the fundamental things.”

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(Watch Goal on Video) Bernardo Silva scores! Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City

Manchester City got their second seconds before half-time through Bernardo Silva to hand Pep Guardiola’s side 2-0 lead.

Again it was Joao Cancelo with a wicked right footed cross, and Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire both left the bouncing ball to each other.

Bernardo Silva stole in to poke it past David De Gea, and the Spaniard would be disappointed about letting that in.

Silva’s goal was nothing less than City deserved.

De Gea had been inspired throughout, but letting that late goal in will have undone a lot of that good work. A long way back for United now.

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(Watch Goal on Video) Bailly scores own goal! Man United 0-1 Man City

A cruel start to the afternoon for Eric Bailly as Kyle Walker fizzed in a cross that Ilkay Gundogan could not direct at goal.

The ball came out to the left, and Joao Cancelo’s left footed cross was diverted into the United net by Bailly’s stretching foot.

The Old Trafford club got themselves in trouble by trying to play out from the back with Wan-Bissaka and Fernandes.

City won the ball back and Walker put a wonderful ball in that was almost converted by Phil Foden.

But Lindelof cleared it and City came at them again, this time getting another great ball in which was sent into his own net by Eric Bailly.

Another game, another failure to keep a clean sheet at home by Man Utd.

Manchester United are now without a clean sheet in their last 14 home games in all competitions – they’ve only had one longer run in their entire history without a home clean sheet, a 21-game run between April 1958 and March 1959.

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John Terry reveals how told ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to exempt him from squad for whole season for Blues youngster

John Terry has revealed he told Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to leave him out of the squad for the entirety of his final season – in order to give Nathan Ake a chance.

JT was itching to see the Dutch youngster, 21 at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, given a chance at Stamford Bridge, even if it meant sacrificing his own minutes.

Speaking with snooker legend Stephen Hendry on an Instagram Live Q&A, via The Sun, Terry revealed he told Conte to give Ake the senior match-day experience, even if it was watching from the bench.

But Ake only played four times all season and was sold to Bournemouth in the summer after Terry’s retirement, having spent the first half of the season on loan on the South Coast.

Terry said: “I went to see [Conte] around Christmas time.

“I was like ‘gaffer, listen you’re putting me on the bench and we’ve got Nathan Ake’, who for me was an unbelievably talented young player.

“I said ‘put him on the bench because the chances of him coming on are really slim, it’s going to be great experience for him’.

“‘He was on the bench for about seven, eight or ten games, and he ended up playing against Spurs in the [FA Cup] semi-final that year.

“And it was just little stuff like that. I’m not sure players would have done what I did.”

Thomas Tuchel reacts to Conor Gallagher’s fine form at Crystal Palace, reveals his initial plan for youngster

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has lauded Conor Gallagher, claiming he ‘has not been hard to follow’ amid his purple patch on loan at Crystal Palace.

The midfielder has scored three goals and laid on two assists in nine appearances for Patrick Vieira’s men since securing a season-long loan to Selhurst Park from the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The England U21 international continued his fine form for Palace last weekend, assisting the first and netted the second in their shock 2-0 win away at Manchester City.

Tuchel has now revealed the plan was for Gallagher to remain as part of his squad for this season until Palace made their interest known, but insists he possesses quality and heart that is ‘so big’.

“He is not hard to follow because he is standing out every single matchday so it’s an easy one to follow and credit to him,” Tuchel said ahead of the Blues’ Premier League home game against Burnley on Saturday.

“We had long talks in pre-season and we imagined he could stay and fight for his place here.

“But we decided that when the talks came up with Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace, he understood the role he could have in the Premier League at the club. He wanted to take the challenge.

“We also agreed to let him go because we thought, in the end, this could be the right thing to do. You need a bit of luck and, of course, a lot of quality.

“Conor’s heart is so, so big; you could wake him up at 4am and he’ll start running and sprinting, collecting balls and winning duels. This is what he does. He feels good and has the trust of the club and manager.

“Right now, it’s the beginning of November and he is an important member of the Crystal Palace squad. It’s good where he is and there is no need to change this. He feels good and feels a huge part at this club.’

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith under spotlight as Southampton beat his team

Aston Villa suffered their fifth straight defeat as they lost 1-0 to Southampton at St Mary’s.

Adam Armstrong scored the winner after just three minutes when he fired a stunning left-footed shot from the edge of the area.

Armstrong’s goal works as quite an irony as the striker was signed from Blackburn as a replacement for Danny Ings, who joined Villa in the summer.

Pressure keeps piling up on Dean Smith, who has come under fire following a series of poor results for the Villans.

Barcelona plot January transfer window swoop for Manchester United hotshot

Barcelona have been linked with a bid for Manchester United ace Edinson Cavani ahead of the January transfer window.

That is according to El Nacional, who report that Barca may try to sign Cavani, whose contract expires in June.

The Blaugrana consider the centre-forward as a replacement to Sergio Aguero, who is temporarily sidelined following a health scare.

Aguero faces at least three months out after being diagnosed with a heart problem

Matches disrupted after fans ignite fireworks targeting players on the pitch

Games at both Hashtag United and Waterford were disrupted on Friday evening after fans let off fireworks in the stands.

Footage has emerged of fans in Ireland igniting fireworks and aiming them at the players on the pitch. As a result, Waterford’s game was suspended.

Police were forced to intervene in both Essex and Ireland and as the supporters refused to stop when asked over the stadium tannoy.

Meanwhile, Hashtag United had to abandon their game after fireworks let off in a nearby house struck one of their players on the pitch.

Waterford’s game against Shamrock Rovers was suspended after fireworks exploded onto the pitch at the RSC.

Referee Rob Hennessy was forced to suspend the game after fans in the away stand ignited fireworks the and threw them down onto the pitch.

Players and sport staff were seen protecting their heads as they ducked to take cover during the fixture on Friday evening.