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News Round-Up - 2nd December

NEWS ROUND-UP

The World of football stand together as one to support Stoke striker Benik Afobe, after a heartbreaking week seeing his two year-old daughter sadly pass away from complications following a severe infection. Countless tweets from previous teams such as Wolves, Bournemouth, as well as his friends Tyrone Mings, Jack Wilshere have been posted to support Afobe in this sad time. 
"Some things are bigger than football.

We're so, so sad to hear your news Benik.

Every single person at sends their love to you and your family" - AFC Bournemouth, Twitter

"Our hearts break for Benik Afobe and his family following the tragic news of his daughter's passing this weekend." - Wolverhampton Warriors, Twitter

Marco Silva's reign at Everton seems set to end as he saw his team blow a two goal lead on Sunday against Everton. Richarlison put The Toffees ahead with a bullet header. Jamie Vardy hit another goal for the season to level it in the second-half, and Leicester put the pressure on. The difference came from substitution Kelechi Iheanacho, who looked very lively. Iheanacho smartly finished into the bottom corner in the 93rd minute, despite the assistant referee raising his flag for offside. After a VAR intervention, the goal was ruled to stand potentially sealing their managers fate in a cruel twist of fortunes. Leicester sit at 2nd in the Premier League Table.

Ex-Leeds defender and current Middlesbrough boss Johnathan Woodgate claims Leeds United are 'without doubt' the best team in the Championship. This came after a heavy 4-0 defeat to Leeds on Saturday. Patrick Bamford, Leeds hit home after just three minutes to begin the thrashing as United aim to keep their place in the top two of the Championship alongside in-form West Brom. Albion face title contenders Preston on Monday evening, but Leeds will sit in 1st place until then.

Another multi-goal thriller for Manchester United as they gained a point against Aston Villa on Sunday. Jack Grealish gave Villa the lead with a lovely curling finish into the top-right corner. United overcame that, putting themselves 2-1 up with an own goal (coming from Marcus Rashford headed finish) and a back-post header from Victor Lindelof. A late volleyed finish from centre-back Tyrone Mings looked like it would be ruled offside, with even Mings offering a very anxious and subdued celebration after putting it in. Checks were done and the goal stood however, and both sides went home with a point. Manchester United sit 9th after 14 games, with Villa placed in 15th.

Another lack-lustre performance from Arsenal earned them one point against relegation battlers Norwich, in Freddi Ljungbergs first game in charge of the London side. Aubameyang netted twice to keep The Gunners in the game after finishes from Pukki and Cantwell. Martin Keown was not happy with Arsenals performance, claiming their team had no steel or battle in them, and haven't for a while, aiding their poor defensive displays. Some very fine saves from keeper Leno just about ensured a point for Arsenal.

Yorkshire team Sheffield United seemed on top of their rivals Wolves at the weekend, going 1-0 up with a convincing performance. Doherty, Wolves headed home from a Jimenez cross however, extending Wolves unbeaten run to nine games and earning them a point against The Blades. Newly promoted Sheffield United are 7th in The Premier League, just one point behind Wolves (6th) and Tottenham (5th).

Huddersfield Town continue their search for form after a disappointing 5-2 defeat to Bristol City. Terriers boss Cowley said "I felt ashamed when I went over to applaud our traveling fans". Huddersfield hope to turn their season around after they find themselves sitting in 19th of the Championship table in the season following their relegation from The Premier League.