Man City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko is going to be out for ‘four or five weeks’ after minor knee surgery.
“Sometimes life is like this,” philosophises Pep, with regard to Douglas Luiz, now at Aston Villa:
Oh, a lot of quotes from Norwich boss Daniel Farke are on the Norwich website, which is nice. Here are a few ahead of their meeting with Manchester United :
“We created a magic night against Man City. We can’t take it as a given to repeat that on a weekly basis but we are trying to be outstanding with our performances. The atmosphere has to be like a cup game, a do or die game.
“I’m sure they’ll be switched on because they’re not where they want to be in the league. I expect it to be unbelievably difficult, regardless of what formation they use. If someone makes a successful tackle the whole stadium has to be buzzing. We need that mood or we have no chance.”
De Gea is a world class keeper, rested just for this game! Maguire is one of the best centre backs in the world. Pogba one of the best holding midfielders. Martial, Rashford, James, Lingard… so many good options and top class players. We’re not naive about that.”
Roy Hodgson is asked how close Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha was to signing for Arsenal in the summer: “Not very far at all, as far as I know, the money that was offered was way below our valuation.”
Will Zaha go there with a point to prove? “I hope not,” Hodgson says. “I expect him to want to perform against all the teams we play.”
Thanks to Kristof Künssler-McIlwain, who emails from Berlin about the Man City/Hacienda kit story:
“As much as I adore the idea of honouring a city’s culture, I think it actually really does suck that Puma and the club didn’t contact/include the original creators, where they clearly benefit from their work.
There’s a MixMag interview with the designer responsible for the [Manchester City] Hacienda kit, and it sounds a bit lame, considering it wouldn’t be much of a hassle to actually reach these people mentioned. I mean, New Order are still a band and do use communication devices I suppose.”
Extract from the interview in question:
“Did you speak with anyone involved in The Haçienda, Factory Records or New Order at any point during the process?
We couldn’t! Because it was a secret that we signed with Manchester City until earlier this year so we couldn’t talk to anyone outside Puma or the club. Unfortunately we couldn’t get in touch with anyone who was working back then at The Hacienda, Factory Records or New Order, although I would have loved to.”
… in that passive-aggressive way of his.
Asked what has impressed him about promoted Aston Villa so far this season, he says: “Team spirit…quality up front… they are getting good results, and it looks like they have a good environment in the team.”
Then, asked how he has helped Raheem Sterling reach his current level, he adds: “I didn’t help him. The credit is all for Raheem.”
Courtesy of the wires, here’s an update from that Norwich City press conference, ahead of their meeting with Manchester United:
Centre-back Ben Godfrey, who had hernia surgery over the international break, went off early in the second half of the goalless draw at Bournemouth, but is expected to feature.
Winger Onel Hernandez should also be involved despite some knee pain.
Goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann (groin) and midfielder Mario Vrancic (calf) plus defenders Christoph Zimmermann (foot), Timm Klose (knee) and Grant Hanley (groin) all continue their own rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, the Southampton boss is clearly no Saint. He wants his team to get down and dirty against Leicester tonight.
Ralph Hassenhuttl: “The time has come for, I call it, dirty wins … make this goal, and then defend with every you have, make it as nasty as possible for the opponent to get something here. The players know what it’s about. We have to make it as hard as possible for our opponents. We’re going at this game with all we have.”
Leicester head to Southampton tonight.
Here is Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers on the game that people are already calling #SOULEI: “We’ve shown resilience, quality, creativity … for me the nice thing in all this is we can be better and improve. We were happy with three points against Burnley but there are lots of elements that can be better. We play a tough team … but we’ve relished every challenge that we’ve had, we’re looking forward to this game, and hopefully we’ll collect another three points.”
No quotes to speak of from Daniel Farke at Norwich yet. Man City and Pep Guardiola at 1.30pm.
From the generic Friday afternoon football quotes dept., courtesy Chelsea boss Lampard, who takes his side to Burnley.
“Never an easy game … we respect our opponents … we will focus on their threats.”
Press conferences coming thick and fast now. Palace boss Roy Hodgson says Vicente Guaita and Martin Kelly both trained today, and that he will make a ‘late call’ on their ability to face the Gunners:
Rudiger, Kante, Christensen, Barkley are all sidelined for Chelsea’s trip to Burnley tomorrow:
I’m now launching a new, almost certainly one-off, feature for the Friday blog – Kit Corner.
Firstly, Liverpool have won a high court battle against New Balance. The honourable Justice Teare said the club are entitled to end the New Balance deal and switch to Nike as of next season, basically because the Nike deal is better and contractually/legally speaking, Liverpool are within their rights to take it:
Secondly, a story about Manchester City, who have been criticised by designer Ben Kelly, who says their Hacienda-themed jersey is ‘beyond appropriation’.
“Ultimately, I can’t copyright stripes. I would be a very rich man if I could,” said Kelly.
“In the Champions League it was important to get three points, and not only because of three points, but to build our confidence again, start to build confidence. We are happy with that but we know it’s only a small step.”
With regards to the slap-up meal the players’ treated him and the staff to this week, to show support for the management team: “It was very nice, very kind from them to invite all the staff … we spent a few hours there, it was nice to spend a few hours together, and to spend time in a different environment helps to build a positive dynamic.
Arsenal striker Nicolas Pépé banged in a couple of late free-kicks last night to see off the challenge of Vitória Guimarães.
He tells Nick Ames that he’s struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League:
Apropos of, well, football, did you see that Dulwich Hamlet are LIVE on telly in a couple of weeks’ time? They’re at home to Carlisle United in the FA Cup 1st Round on Friday 8th November, live on BBC2. That is going to be a cracking night at Champion Hill and will be well worth watching.
A touch of team news from Tottenham. Lloris is still out after that dislocated elbow a couple of weeks back, but that is their only injury worry:
Here’s a fun little skills compilation with a bass-heavy soundtrack from Premier League Instagram:
Good stat from Sky: Liverpool have a 77% win rate since the Champions League final in June. Spurs just 31%. Klopp was asked why Spurs haven’t been able to kick on in the same way.
“I haven’t thought about it, I can’t comment on the situation at Spurs,” he answers, predictably and entirely fairly.
“Spurs’ situation, I cannot judge…Football is like this. They have not forgot how to play football, Harry Kane, Son, Alli, Eriksen, you cannot understand it from outside but they can play a proper performance. We won CL final, it was respectful night.”
Injury update from the Anfield gaffer:
“Andrew Robertson, we just rested him [he came off after 60 minutes on Wednesday] … Trent [Alexander-Arnold] is fine, he looked fine, if there is no setback. He was ill enough to not travel with us, which is not a good sign, but he had a ‘clearing’ session yesterday, he should be fine. Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] needs a bit longer … big muscles need a bit longer to heal.”
How much of a selection headache has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given Klopp after his two goals in Genk? “None. It’s just nice.”
And as for last weekend: “The impact Adam Lallana had against Manchester United was really pleasing. A lot of subs have made a big impact for us recently.”
“When we got our yellow cards all the crowd started chanting ‘equal pay’.”
Read Suzanne Wrack’s story about how the USA women’s team inspired a school team in Burlington, Vermont, to take up the Equal Pay fight:
Who could forget the day, exactly two years ago, when Antonio Rüdiger scored his first goal for Chelsea?
You? Me too. Here it is anyway:
A Steve Bruce quote, on those Newcastle injuries:
“Andy Carroll picked up a groin strain last Saturday, and ‘Fab’ Schar has a sore knee which he’s been playing with for the last few weeks…We expect them not to be long-term, which is good news.”
‘Fab’ news, Steve. Meanwhile, Spurs and Norwich press conferences are due to start at 12.30pm.
Sky Sports News just teed up Crystal Palace’s press conference which will be coming up at 1pm. The Eagles face Arsenal in the ‘Ian Wright derby’ on Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned.
Sheffield United and boss Chris Wilder are coming off the back of that memorable 1-0 victory against Arsenal on Monday night.
Looking ahead to the Blades’ visit to fortress London Stadium tomorrow, to face West Ham, Wilder said: “Their team is full of quality in every department … We need to go again, and stick to the levels we’ve shown so far, away from home especially.”
Good afternoon, sports fans. Excitement is mounting with a plethora of Premier League press conferences looming in the next couple of hours. News from Spurs, Norwich, Chelsea, Man City and more coming up.
That’s all from me, but Luke McLaughlin is waiting eagerly to be tagged in. Thanks for your company, bye!
The weekend has landed
It’s hard to convey the joy that any self-
respecting Guardian sports journalist derives from uploading the first squad sheet, the weekly reminderl that good times are only a few hours away.
Here’s Eddie Howe on Bournemouth’s trip to Watford
We know the start they have had, but I think it in no way reflects on their quality. They have got very good players and an outstanding manager, so we know it is going to be a tough game. If we went there focusing on their league position, it would be totally the wrong way to prepare for this game. For me, it is a key game. The league is so tight.
Fantasy Football With absolutely nothing happening on the news wires, I’ve set up a Fantasy Football league for those who frequent the Friday blog. It starts this week, so points are backdated, and I’m currently top by virtue of having the only team in the league.
Here’s the link, and the code is nsid5w.
Thirty one years ago last June, Euro 88 happened.
Newcastle v Wolves squad news
Andy Carroll and Fabian Schar are out of Newcastle’s Premier League clash with Wolves on Sunday through injury.
Striker Carroll suffered a groin strain during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea after coming on as a second-half substitute, while defender Schar has been struggling with a knee problem for some time, although neither is expected to be sidelined for too long.
Isaac Hayden completes a three-match ban, but fellow midfielder Matt Ritchie is back in training after recovering from a nasty ankle injury sustained in a challenge by Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury in August, while defender Florian Lejeune is also closing in on a return from knee ligament damage.
Ryan Bennett is expected to sit out for Wolves. The defender missed the 2-1 win at Slovan Bratislava on Thursday after injuring his groin against Southampton last weekend.
Forward Pedro Neto (hamstring) remains sidelined for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and defender Jesus Vallejo could return to the squad after being left out of the 18 in Slovakia while midfielder Ruben Neves may be recalled.
Newcastle provisional squad Dubravka, Darlow, Manquillo, Krafth, Yedlin, Dummett, Willems, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark, S. Longstaff, Shelvey, Ki, M. Longstaff, Atsu, Almiron, Joelinton, Muto, Gayle.
Wolves provisional squad Patricio, Ruddy, Boly, Coady, Kilman, Vallejo, Doherty, Jonny, Moutinho, Vinagre, Dendoncker, Campbell, Perry, Saiss, Neves, Gibbs-White, Traore, Cutrone, Jota, Jimenez.
Watford v Bournemouth squad news
Watford will be missing forward Danny Welbeck and full-back Jose Holebas for Saturday’s Premier League home match with Bournemouth.
Welbeck suffered a serious hamstring injury early on against Tottenham while Holebas received his fifth yellow card, so must serve a one-match ban.
Defender Daryl Janmaat is expected to feature after being substituted at Spurs, while Sebastian Prodl, Etienne Capoue and Isaac Success are all back in first-team training. Captain Troy Deeney is recovering from knee surgery.
Bournemouth expect to have Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma available again following a hip problem suffered on international duty.
Wales midfielder David Brooks is stepping up his recovery from a pre-season ankle injury.
Winger Junior Stanislas (knee) and midfielder Dan Gosling (hip) both continue their own rehabilitation.
Watford provisional squad Foster, Dawson, Mariappa, Prodl, Kiko, Foulquier, Cleverley, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Deulofeu, Gomes, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Chalobah, Sarr, Pereyra, Gray, Success.
Bournemouth provisional squad Ramsdale, S Cook, Ake, A Smith, Rico, Lerma, L Cook, H Wilson, Fraser, King, C Wilson, Boruc, Francis, Kelly, Mepham, Surman, Billing, Solanke, Groeneveld.
Another piece that looks well worth reading. What’s going on at Guardian Towers today?
Walter Cronkite department
“Hi Rob,” says Drew Gough. “I’m Canadian, and apologize for that. It’s a thing we do. Another thing we do is have really weird sports leagues, such as the seven-team Canadian Premier League, a story about which you linked to earlier.
“Canada also has an imitation of the NFL called the CFL, or Canadian Football League. It has nine teams. When I was a kid, I think it only had eight teams, and two of those teams – one from Ottawa (a city) and the other from Saskatchewan (a vast, wheat-filled province) – were both called the Roughriders. Okay, to be fair, one was called the Rough Riders and the other the Roughriders, but it always made me deeply ashamed to be from a country with such little creativity.
“The Ottawa Rough Riders folded for a while, and have now come back with a much more creative name: the Ottawa Redblacks, which doubles as a handy description of their uniform colour. Again, so sorry. Cheers!”
What are you apologising for? This all sounds great to me. I’d love to Liverpool FC (managed by Jurgen Klopp) play Liver Pool FC (managed by Phil Brown).
This is great
Harry Kane: 10 or 9? My colleague Tim de Lisle made this point after Spurs’ last trip to Anfield, and it’s becoming increasingly apparent that, for richer and poorer, Harry Kane has evolved as a player. Even though he’s a much more impressive all-round footballer now, I still I think I preferred the netbusting beast of 2016-18.
Watford v Bournemouth
The Watford coach Quique Sanchez Flores is happy with his team’s performances in their last two games, even though they remain winless.
We were very solid, we didn’t concede space, we took the ball with clever ideas and we tried to use our tools and I can see something different. Against Sheffield, I can see something similar to what I want and against Tottenham we confirm this. For the next matches, what we need to do is confirm all these type of things.
The Miracle of Burnley I haven’t read this yet, as it only landed two minutes ago, but this looks like an excellent piece.
A bit of Newcastle team news from the wires
Newcastle will be without Andy Carroll and Fabian Schar for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Wolves.
Head coach Steve Bruce has revealed injury-plagued striker Carroll is out with a groin strain, while central defender Schar has a knee problem, although neither is expected to be missing for much longer.
He said: “They are not serious at all. Andy unfortunately picked up a groin strain last Saturday, and Fab Schar’s had a bit of a sore knee, which he’s been playing with for the last two or three weeks. Last Saturday it became too uncomfortable for him.
“They’ll both miss tomorrow. They could be in contention for midweek. We expect them not to be long term, which is good news.”
Carroll is yet to start a game after returning to his first club from West Ham during the summer, but has made four appearances as a substitute as his comeback from ankle surgery is carefully managed.
Bruce said: “Look, it’s not his ankle, thankfully, it’s not his ankle. Everybody can pick up those type of niggles, especially when you’re sitting on a bench for a while.
“He’s come on and stretched for one and and over-stretched. It’s one of those things. It’s fortunate, as I said, that his ankle is good and the way we are managing his ankle is good news.
“It’s disappointing and there’s nobody more disappointed than Andy, of course, but these things happen.”
And here’s Jamie Jackson’s follow-up from United’s victory in Belgrade. It looks like Manchester United will stick with their 3-4-1-2 system for a while. And why not?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been talking about Norwich ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Carrow Road.
When I watched the first game against Liverpool, I saw a team with lots of courage. They were brave, they played their own way and they kept going.
And that has given them some great results, when they beat Newcastle, when they beat Manchester City.
They are a team with a clear philosophy on how they want to play.
So, I hope we’re going to stop them, because it’s always going to be difficult down at Carrow Road, but we’re ready for it now.
We’ve been to Belgrade, got some players back.
I managed to take Aaron (Wan-Bissaka) and Anthony off after 60 minutes because they’ve been out for a long time.
So, hopefully we’ll have a fresh team because we need to be at our best to have a chance.
It’s Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, so it’s only fair that we dig out this superb Joy of Six from Scott Murray. And yes, it does include that Terry McDermott goal.
Serie A Here’s more on Jack Rodwell’s unlikely move to AS Roma.
This has very little to do with the Premier League but it’s well worth reading.
Brighton v Everton squad news
Brighton will be without midfielder Aaron Mooy through suspension for the Premier League match against Everton.
Seagulls boss Graham Potter reported no other fresh selection concerns following the defeat at Aston Villa, where Mooy was sent off.
Defender Bernardo and winger Jose Izquierdo remain sidelined by their respective knee problems.
Everton defender Yerry Mina is a doubt for the trip as the Colombia international battles a knee injury.
Mina, who was substituted in the final minutes of last weekend’s 2-0 win over West Ham, has not been able to train with his team-mates during the week, with Mason Holgate ready to step in if required.
Captain Seamus Coleman returns from suspension, while midfielders Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin are fit again after minor injuries.
Brighton provisional squad Ryan, Dunk, Webster, Montoya, Burn, Stephens, Gross, March, Propper, Maupay, Connolly, Button, Duffy, Bong, Bissouma, Trossard, Murray, Alzate.
Everton provisional squad Pickford, Lossl, Mina, Keane, Coleman, Holgate, Digne, Baines, Sidibe, Gomes, Schneiderlin, Delph, Davies, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin, Kean, Richarlison, Stekelenburg.
Let’s start with some transfer rumours. If I may speak frankly, most of them are recycled, but we are beholden to other forces. If other websites don’t invent gossip, we can’t possibly report it.
Hello and welcome to our occasionally singing, sporadically dancing Premier League preview blog. This weekend’s fixture list is not, truth be telt, the most exciting season, and the Rugby World Cup may overshadow it. But these 10 games of football will shape the mood of billions, and you can’t say that about many forms of popular entertainment. Here’s a full list of the weekend’s fixtures.
- Southampton v Leicester (8pm)
Saturday (3pm BST unless stated)
- Manchester City v Aston Villa (12.30pm)
- Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton
- Watford v Bournemouth
- West Ham v Sheffield United
- Burnley v Chelsea (5.30pm)
- Newcastle v Wolves (2pm)
- Arsenal v Crystal Palace (4.30pm)
- Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (4.30pm)
- Norwich v Manchester United (4.30pm)
We’ll have updates throughout the day, including injury news, press conference tidbits and the rest. In the meantime, our crack team of writers have picked 10 things to look out for this weekend.