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GOAL! Wigan 1-1 Plymouth (Whatmough 74)

The League One leaders have equalized! Jack Whatmough has scored from a corner, and if Wigan can get another they will be promoted tonight.

Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United

Here’s Barney Ronay on an eventful afternoon at the Emirates.

We’ll have two liveblogs kicking off at 5.30pmand here they are.

League One Rotherham have come from behind to lead Oxford, with Daniel Barlaser scoring at both ends. That moves them back into the automatic promotion places, BUT LOOK HOW TIGHT IT IS.

League Two John Rooney has given Barrow the lead at home to Sutton. That means, as things stand, Oldham are going down to the National League.

The latest scores in our featured games

Premier League

Championship

  • Bournemouth 0-1 Fulham
  • Peterborough 0-1 Nottingham Forest

League One

  • Wigan Athletic 0-1 Plymouth Argyle

League Two

  • Bristol Rovers 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

GOAL! Wigan 0-1 Plymouth (Jephcott 63)

Wigan have missed multiple chances, and Luke Jephcott has made them pay! As things stand – and it really is exquisitely tight at the top of League One – Wigan still need three points to clinch promotion.

Man City 5-1 Watford The state of this.

In League Two, Exeter have gone 2-0 up at home to Rochdale. It doesn’t look like they will clinch promotion today, though, as Northampton are winning 4-2 at Orient.

Exeter City captain Matt Jay (center) celebrates after doubling their lead. Photograph: Phil Mingo / PPAUK / Shutterstock

Bournemouth 0-1 Fulham It sounds Mitrovic’s goal just crossed the line. In fact, it was so close that the chaps on Sky Sports are speculating whether the goalline technology got it wrong.

GOAL! Bournemouth 0-1 Fulham (Yep 56)

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 487th goal of the season has put the leaders and will-be champions Fulham ahead at the Vitality Stadium.

Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic heads the visitors ahead.
Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic heads the visitors ahead. Photograph: Steven Paston / PA
Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham celebrates scoring the opening goal with fans.
Scenes! Photograph: James Marsh / Shutterstock

“Afternoon Rob!” says Rob Wolf Petersen. “Not sure whether to be pleased or incredulous that you didn’t mention Brighton as a potential relegation candidate. On one hand, I guess it shows how far we’ve come. On the other hand, a club of our size is only ever one bad run, one departed manager, or one freshly minted club nicking all our players from a relegation scrap. ”

Fair point. If Graham Potter stays (and realistically, I can’t see a job coming up this summer that would justify leaving Brighton) you’ll surely be fine.

The latest scores in our featured games

Premier League

Championship

  • Bournemouth 0-0 Fulham
  • Peterborough 0-1 Nottingham Forest

League One

  • Wigan Athletic 0-0 Plymouth Argyle

League Two

  • Bristol Rovers 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

Bristol Rovers 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

“Hi Rob,” writes Richard Woods. “I’m watching the big League Two game on a totally legal and paid for iFollow feed. The cliche of a ‘good advert for League Two football’ applies here. “Gas having more possession, FGR strong in attack. Hoping for the Gas to nick it second half. ”

GOAL! Man City 5-1 Watford; Gabriel Jesus 4-1 Watford

Gabriel Jesus gets his fourth, slapping a first-time shot past Ben Foster after a brilliant (mostly) one-touch move. Sheer delightful football.

“There should be a grumpy committee ‘old’ (mindset not age) fans who get to vote on any variation from standard home-away kits, ”says Zach Neeley. “Reward creative third kits, banish horror ones. It would be great fun for 12–18 months until all the committee members are caught in a corruption scandal. ”

GOAL! Man City 4-1 Watford (Jesus 49 pen)

Watford concede a penalty after 14 seconds of the second half, which is ingenious when you think about it, and Gabriel Jesus completes his first Premier League hat-trick from the spot. Manchester City are moving four points clear at the top.

GOAL! Norwich 0-3 Newcastle (Guimaraes 49)

The new darling of St James’ Park, Bruno Guimaraes, has continued his and Newcastle’s brilliant form with a majestic finish.

Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes scores their third goal.
Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes scores their third goal. Photograph: Andrew Boyers / Action Images / Reuters
Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes celebrates scoring their third goal.
Guimaraes celebrated his goal. Photograph: Chris Radburn / Reuters

In yesterday’s countdown, Steve Rackett suggested a contender for the game of the weekend: the Wessex League division one playoff final on the Isle of Wight between Newport and Laverstock & Ford. Steve has written in again with the half-time score: it’s 2-1 to Newport, with Connor Kelly putting Newport ahead just before the interval.

Bournemouth 0-0 Fulha,

“Hi Rob,” says Richard Hirst. While following the foul that Bournemouth v Fulham (20 and counting), I was idly speculating on who Fulham have any hope of finishing above next season, thereby avoiding yet another relegation. Other than the two promoted sides, are ‘this Everton’ (cMatt Dony) our best hope? Don’t want to be at loggerheads with Mary Waltz but chivalry can only go so far. ”

That assumes Everton will stay up this season. I wouldn’t be so sure, especially if Burnley wins tomorrow. As for next year, the relegation contenders will include the three promoted sides, Brentford (I love them but they scream ‘second-season syndrome’, especially if they lose Christian Eriksen), Leeds, Everton or Burnley and maybe Southampton.

Half time

Whistles are being blown across the land. These are the half-time scores in our featured games. Oh and Salford have gone 2-1 up at Oldham. See you in 10 minutes for more slightly frantic clockwatching.

Premier League

Championship

  • Bournemouth 0-0 Fulham
  • Peterborough 0-1 Nottingham Forest

League One

  • Wigan Athletic 0-0 Plymouth Argyle

League Two

  • Bristol Rovers 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

“Talking of the Clockwise Thing,” says Simon McMahon, “today sees the first leg of the play-off between the Highland and Lowland league winners – Fraserburgh and Bonnyrigg Rose – to decide who will go forward to play Cowdenbeath, who are already sure to finish bottom of Scottish League Two, for a place in the Scottish League.

“My brother-in-law, a lifelong Cowdenbeath supporter, starts every season in the hope of finishing second bottom, or even dreaming about the holy grail of mid-table mediocrity, before eventually settling for the despair of the playoffs. I suppose it’s bound to happen when your xG is -0.94. ”

GOAL! Peterborough 0-1 Nottingham Forest (Surridge 45)

Bad news for Peterborough. Sam Surridge has given Forest the lead just before half-time. If it stays like that Peterborough will be down and Forest will have five toes in the playoffs.

Sam Surridge of Nottingham Forest scores his side's first goal
Sam Surridge of Nottingham Forest opens the scoring. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe / Shutterstock

Championship Keane Lewis-Potter has put Hull ahead at home to Reading. That’s good news for Peterborough, whose exceedingly slim hopes of survival depend on Reading going to pieces in the next couple of weeks.

Peterborough are drawing 0-0 at home to Nottingham Forest.

GOAL! Norwich 0-2 Newcastle (Joelinton 41)

Joelinton gets his second!

Joelinton tucks his home, and The Magpies', second goal of the game.
Joelinton tucks his home, and The Magpies’, second goal of the game. Photograph: Andrew Boyers / Action Images / Reuters

Norwich 0-1 Newcastle As things stand, Newcastle are ninth in the table. They were 19th in mid-January.

Man City 3-1 Watford “Oh well,” says Matt Dony. “I suppose the one saving grace is (with respect to Naylor, Waltz, Burtz et al), Liverpool get to play this Everton team tomorrow. ”

You just wait till Allan roofs one from 40 yards in the 98th minute.

In League Two, Davis Keillor-Dunn’s penalty has brought Oldham level at home to Salford. As things stand they won’t drop out of the Football League today, though really they need to win if they are to have any chance of actually staying up.

The latest scores in our featured games

Premier League

Championship

  • Bournemouth 0-0 Fulham
  • Peterborough 0-0 Nottingham Forest

League One

  • Wigan Athletic 0-0 Plymouth Argyle

League Two

  • Bristol Rovers 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

GOAL! Norwich 0-1 Newcastle (Joelinton 35)

Newcastle’s stunning form looks set to continue. Joelinton has put them ahead at Carrow Road; a win today would be their 10th in 14 league games.

Newcastle United's Joelinton scores their first goal.
Newcastle United’s Joelinton opens the scoring at Carrow Road. Photograph: Andrew Boyers / Action Images / Reuters

GOAL! Man City 3-1 Watford (Rodri 34)

Rodri has restored City’s two-goal lead with a spectacular goal! He took Jesus’s pass on the chest, 25 yards out, waited for the ball to bounce and then launched it into the top corner. That’s a screamer.

Manchester City's Rodri scores their third goal.
Whoomp! There it is – Manchester City’s third goal. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters
Rodri of Manchester City scores his team's third goal.
And here it is as viewed from up in the stands. Photograph: Tom Flathers / Manchester City FC / Getty Images

Man City 2-1 Fulham Roy Hodgson’s last great escape, with Fulham in 2008, got going when they came from 2-0 down to win at the Etihad. IS LIGHTNING ABOUT TO STRIKE TWICE? HAS PEP TAKEN CITY AS FAR AS HE CAN?

“Hi Rob, thanks for the liveblog! ” says Ike Proud. “Any idea why Watford are playing in their away kit today? I realize that they are in fact the away team, but surely this dark teal (?) Number presents more of a color clash with City’s sky blue than their standard yellow and black? Is this what getting old feels like? ”

It is, though you are right to point it out – it’s quite common these days for away teams to change kit even when there isn’t a clash, presumably for commercial reasons.

Man City 2-1 Watford Dennis, on the left wing, flipped a clever angled pass over the City defense. Kamara ran onto it, away from Laporte, and hit a first-time drive across Ederson. Actually Ederson might have done better – he got a touch but could only help it into the net.

GOAL! Man City 2-1 Watford (Room 28)

Bear with me while I try to imagine how Hassane Kamara has brought Watford back into the game at the Etihad.

Watford's Hassane Kamara celebrates after pulling a goal back for the visitors.
Watford’s Hassane Kamara celebrates after pulling a goal back for the visitors. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff / Action Images / Reuters

“Cheers to Bala Town,” writes Roger Worton, “who won 11 (eleven) -0 on the last day of the. second phase of the Welsh Premier League. Dave Edwards didn’t score but he got at least one assist. “

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GOAL! Man City 2-0 Watford (Jesus 24)

A second goal for Gabriel Jesus. I haven’t seen it because of the blackout but I assume what happened is that Kevin De Bruyne hit a wicked, curving cross from the right that was headed in at the far post by Jesus. Something like that.

Gabriel Jesus heads home his, and Manchester City's, second goal.
Exactly like that. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters
Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring, and Manchester City's, second goal.
Jesus celebrates his goal. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

“There is a 3pm blackout in the UK and yet you can still visualize the match, ”says Yash Gupta. “What does that mean? Another one of those superpowers a man wields as he ages along. ”

You say ‘superpower’, I say ‘Orkney’s impressively fast broadband’.

In League Two, Oldham are 1-0 down at home to Salford. They will only go down today if they lose and both Barrow and Stevenage win; both are drawing 0-0 the noo.

Man City 1-0 Watford City had 81 percent possession so far.

Leicester 0-0 Aston Villa Leon Bailey has missed an excellent chance for Villa, it says here.

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