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Liverpool aim to cut the gap on Premier League leaders, Robbie Henshaw to make first start of the season for Leinster.


Liverpool can move to within a point of leaders Chelsea with a win at home to Southampton in the Premier League this afternoon.

Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa are away to in-form Crystal Palace.

Norwich entertain Wolves.

Eddie Howe will be in the Newcastle dugout for the first time this lunchtime.

After his latest COVID test returned negative, he’ll take charge of the Magpies in their game away to Arsenal.

Then at 5.30, Brighton welcome struggling Leeds to the Am-Ex Stadium.

 

A 25th goal of the season from Colm Whelan saw UCD promoted to the SSE Airtricity Premier Division last night.

They beat Waterford 2-1 in the promotion-relegation playoff at Richmond Park.

Defeat ends a turbulent four-year stay in the top flight for Waterford, and there will be no Munster representation in next year’s Premier Division



RUGBY

Robbie Henshaw makes his first start of the season for Leinster tonight.

Tadhg Furlong’s also in the starting fifteen for their interprovincial derby with Ulster at the RDS.

John Cooney returns at full-back for the visitors in place of Nathan Doak.

Kick-off is at 8.



Connacht ran in seven tries as they moved into the top half of the United Rugby Championship.

Shayne Bolton scored on his debut as Andy Friend’s side beat Ospreys 46-18 on a blustery night in Galway.

The win lifts Connacht to sixth in the table.
 

Munster will see their preparation time reduced for their opening game in the Heineken Champions Cup.

They have to isolate for ten days when they return from South Africa.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced the increased public health measures for those travelling from seven southern African nations.

Munster are away to Wasps on December 12th.


SNOOKER

Mark Allen and Gerard Greene are both hoping to make the last-16 of the UK Championship today

Allen goes up against Joe O’Connor, while Greene plays Mark King.

Seven-time UK Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is in action in the afternoon session, taking on Robbie Williams.


RACING

There’s an eight-race card at Fairyhouse today.

The first goes to post at the earlier time of 11.30.

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