Premier League as it happened: Southampton beat Burnley, Watford see off MIddlesbrough

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Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough are still looking for their first home win and will be hoping to take three points from visitors Watford.

After a difficult start, Claude Puel is starting to tighten things up at Southampton, keeping three straight clean sheets.

Their guests, Burnley, are the top flight's lowest scorers so far with just five in their opening seven games.

Sunday’s Premier League fixtures

Middlesbrough 0 Watford 1

Southampton 3 Burnley 1

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Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Super Sunday’s Premier League action.
 
First up this afternoon, we're at the Riverside for Middlesbrough's home match with Watford. Boro are without a win in five and have yet to taste success in front of their own fans this season but will fancy their chances against Walter Mazzarri's team, who were beaten at Turf Moor in their last away outing.
 
Later in the day, it's to the south coast as Southampton host Burnley where the victory could prove precious. A win for Saints - for whom former Burnley man Charlie Austin is firing - would take them up to eighth while three points for Sean Dyche's Clarets would lift them into the top half of the table.

Here's Sunday in a nutshell:
 
Middlesbrough v Watford – 1.30pm
Southampton v Burnley – 4pm
 
I'm Sam Dymond, and I'll be here with news of all the thrills and spills from the Riverside and St Mary's. Get in on the action by either 'making a comment' using the facility above, tweeting @sammydymond or by emailing sam.dymond@gmail.com.
The two teams have been announced at the Riverside Stadium...
 
...where Aitor Karanka has made two changes to the Middlesbrough side that drew at West Ham 15 days ago. Gaston Ramirez comes in for Viktor Fischer while Alvaro Negredo replaces Jordan Rhodes up top. Antonio Barragan, Ben Gibson and Stewart Downing have started all eight Premier League games this season.
 
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri also makes two changes to his team following a draw, the 2-2 stalemate with Bournemouth before the international break. Defender Miguel Britos replaces Napoli loanee Juan Zuniga while Isaac Success makes his first Premier League start after making a scoring impression last time out. The Nigerian takes over in attack from compatriot Odion Ighalo

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, De Roon, Forshaw, Stuani, Ramirez, Downing, Negredo
 
Subs: Guzan, Ayala, Bernardo, Clayton, Fischer, Traore, Rhodes
 
Watford: Gomes, Kaboul, Prodl, Britos, Amrabat, Capoue, Behrami, Holebas, Pereyra, Success, Deeney
 
Subs: Pantilimon, Mariappa, Kabasele, Zuniga, Watson, Guedioura, Ighalo
 
Referee: Roger East
 
 
Captain Troy Deeney sits on 99 Watford goals, and has a good record against today's opponents...
Known in the Championship as the Aston Villa Effect...
Ten minutes until kick-off at the Riverside Stadium.
 
I've no idea of the weather situation, but I've been to Middlesbrough before so let's say it's cold and wet.
 
 
There were some rousing words from Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka's media team yesterday morning.

Although I'm sure he'll be hoping to see the Riverside with a few more in it today.
The teams are out. The action is imminent.
KICK-OFF: A one-man Watford kick-off gets the contest underway. It may not be the Premier League fixture most likely to whet the appetite - a claim backed up by the fact that I've just googled 'Best Netflix films' in another tab - but there could well be excitement. Within 30 seconds of the start, a loose header in the Middlesbrough backline almost has Troy Deeney in on goal. Only an excellent recovery from Ben Gibson denies the Watford captain the chance of his 100th goal for the club.
3 mins: Now it's Middlesbrough's turn to attack. Roared on by a vociferous home support, Stewart Downing takes aim with a first-time volley following George Friend's knock down. The key words there though were Stewart and Downing. It flew high and wide.
6 mins: Younes Kaboul's attempt to play out from the back almost ends in disaster. Having lost out to Alvaro Negredo, the Watford defender is then completely out of position as the ball in rolled into the path of Gaston Ramirez. The Uruguayan goes for goal but his dragged shot across Heurelho Gomes slips two yards wide of the far post.
9 mins: Wonderfully fancy footwork from Jose Holebas on the left wing opens up a fantastic opportunity for the Greek midfielder to send a testing delivery into the Middlesbrough box. The cross? Rubbish.
13 mins: An early contender for worst free-kick of the season. Watford pack the penalty box after George Friend had tripped Roberto Pereyra just inside the Middlesbrough half but rather than 'getting it in the mixer', Jose Holebas and Etienne Capoue exchange passes and the subsequent cross suffers the shame of being closed down by Gaston Ramirez.
 
 
17 mins: Middlesbrough win the first corner of the game. The delivery doesn't deserve any further comment.
20 mins: Roger East flashes his yellow card for the first time this afternoon. Antonio Barragan is the player on the receiving end after the Spanish right-back had tripped Isaac Success.
 
 
23 mins: Middlesbrough penalty appeals as a trust exercise between Alvaro Negredo and Younes Kaboul goes awry. At least that can be the only reason for the Spanish striker inexplicably falling backwards into the arms of the Watford defender. It seems Negredo doesn't have the trust of his marker as he lands flat on his back, and he doesn't have a penalty either. Roger East waves the claims away in disgust.
27 mins: Ooof! A classic striker's header from Alvaro Negredo, rising highest at the near post to thump an effort inches wide of the goal. The only potential issue was that the Spaniard was back in his own box to help out with defending, and the cross was from the boot of Holebas. Thankfully for Middlesbrough, the end result is a corner and not an own-goal.
31 mins: Huge controversy! The lively Isaac Sucess broke down the left once more and was hauled down in his tracks by the grappling arms of Antonio Barragan. The Middlesbrough man, of course, is already on a yellow card and the second looks inevitable, but despite protestations from the Watford ranks, Roger East decides a long, final warning is instead the best course of action.
35 mins: There's a lot of booing going on, but I'm not sure where it's coming from or who it's being aimed at. It might even be emanating from my own living room or possibly just inside my head. Cristhian Stuani is lying prone on the pitch and holding his face, but really has no reason to.
38 mins: Frustrated that nobody bought into his theatrics moments ago, Stuani pulls down Pereyra in frustration as the Watford midfielder attempted to break forward on halfway. It's an almost identical challenge to the one the booked Barragan got away with but, naturally, Roger East can't wait to get the yellow card out on this occasion. 
42 mins: Gaston Ramirez is booked for some textbook South American petulance. The playmaker was caught red handed and yellow carded as he shoved over Valon Behrami off the ball.

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Saturday’s Premier League results

Chelsea 3 Leicester 0

Arsenal 3 Swansea 2

Bournemouth 6 Hull 1

Manchester City 1 Everton 1

Stoke 2 Sunderland 0

West Bromwich 1 Tottenham 1

Crystal Palace 0 West Ham 1

Monday's Premier League fixtures

Liverpool vs Manchester United - 8.00pm

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