Crystal Palace are reconsidering their decision to potentially allow Jean-Philippe Mateta to leave the club this month. There is interest in the striker from his homeland France in a loan deal until the end of the season, but a recent upturn in form may see him stay at Selhurst Park. Mateta has two goals in his last four games across all competitions and was turned to by manager Patrick Vieira ahead of Burnley target Christian Benteke during the 1-1 draw with Brighton, playing a role in Conor Gallagher's fine goal.
Man City moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as Kevin De Bruyne gave them a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the Etihad. The home side were on top throughout the match but struggled to find the breakthrough until De Bruyne’s wonderful second-half strike finally gave his side the lead. It took City’s winning run in the league to 12 matches and while Liverpool, who are 14 points behind, have two games in hand, Pep Guardiola’s side continue to look unstoppable in their defence of the title.
Chelsea’s title race is run. In truth it did not take a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City to confirm that – but after witnessing this one-sided contest at the Etihad, it begs the question of whether they were ever realistic challengers to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League dominance. It took a moment of brilliance from Kevin de Bruyne to separate the sides on the day, but that does not tell the whole story.
After poor opening-day results, Guinea-Bissau and Egypt are out to finally make an impact on this year’s Africa Cup of Nations when they square off later today. While the number of teams progressing through to the next round does offer some hope, the manner of Egypt’s performance against Nigeria in particular will have been disappointing. Rarely did they trouble the Super Eagles in their Group D opener while Guinea-Bissau could rue missing a crucial penalty against Sudan.
Arsenal’s game against Tottenham on Sunday has been postponed. The Premier League confirmed the decision to accept the Gunners’ request to call off the match due to the impact of injuries, Covid-19 and the Africa Cup of Nations on their squad. League rules stipulate that matches must be played if 13 senior outfield players, including a goalkeeper, are available.