Prindi’s Premier League Picks: Southampton and Chelsea to rise

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Picking Premier League matches is hard work and frankly, I’m crap at it.

But I love the banter and figure at the very least I can provide you with some fodder to tear me up with in the comments.

So let’s get it on.

UPSET SPECIALS

Sunderland v. Norwich City (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Stadium of Light)

Sunderland enter this match flying high having knocked off Chelsea 2-1 in midweek League Cup action. Now, they’ll look to get it done in the league where they haven’t won since the 1-0 victory over Manchester City on November 10th.

It won’t come easy, with Norwich taking seven of a possible 12 points in their last four matches and looking a bit more dangerous with the appointment of Gary Hooper as lead striker.

Huge match for the Black Cats to keep the relegation race tight.

Sunderland 2 Norwich City 1

Southampton v. Tottenham Hotspur (Sun 8:30am ET on NBCSN; St Mary’s Stadium)

Tottenham are a shambles. AVB is out, Tim Sherwood (pictured) is deputizing and so far it doesn’t seem to be making a difference as Spurs blew a one goal lead to concede twice in the last ten minutes and lose to West Ham in the League Cup. Not good.

The Saints have their issues as well, namely injuries as Victor Wanyama, Artur Boruc and (possibly) Nathaniel Clyne are all out. That said, the Saints have managed their injury issues impressively over the last few weeks and I expect the same on Sunday.

Southampton 2 Tottenham 1

Arsenal v. Chelsea (Mon 3:00pm ET on NBCSN; Emirates Stadium)

Both teams are in a weird space.

Looking a bit ragged, Monday’s match marks the end of a ridiculous 12 match span for the Gunners. Not having won in three matches and at risk of relinquishing their hold on first place, Arsenal will be desperate to win.

Although he’s not a threat to lose his job, Jose Mourinho’s misunderstanding of his midfield is strikingly similar to that of the recently fired Andre Villas-Boas. How long does it take to figure it out?

This one could go either way but the Blues owned Arsenal when they beat them 2-0 in the Capital One Cup back in October. That tips the scales for me.

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1

SQUEAKY BUM TIME

Crystal Palace v. Newcastle United (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Selhurst Park)

Four matches into Tony Pulis’ managerial reign at Selhurst Park and things have improved drastically. The Eagles have moved up two spots to 18th in the table, one point from safety, but even more impressive is they haven’t lost or conceded a home goal in three matches.

It’s a run of form that Newcastle won’t be too bothered by. The Magpies enter the match winners of five of their last seven, with the only loss a throw-away game at Swansea. Alan Pardew’s side are healthy, mentally sharp and dreaming of contending from the outside.

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle United 2

Manchester United v. West Ham United (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Old Trafford)

United’s 2-0 away win at Stoke in the League Cup was telling of this team’s transformation. Without Rooney and Van Persie, they showed a courage and attitude that I have yet to see from them this season. The weather was awful – wind, driving rain and hail – and Stoke looked up for it but Moyes’ men were fearless in their approach. Could be a turning point for United.

Manchester United 3 West Ham United 2

Stoke City v. Aston Villa (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Britannia Stadium)

It’s an American party going down in the Midlands this week with Stoke’s Geoff Cameron – possibly the most improved player in the Premier League this year – taking on one of the league’s most sought after netminders, Villa’s Brad Guzan. This one will entice.

Stoke City 3 Aston Villa 2

West Bromwich Albion v. Hull City (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; The Hawthorns)

Following Steve Clarke’s sacking, caretaker head coach Keith Downing will take charge of Albion for visit of Hull. Fortunately for Downing he’ll be able to call on Ben Foster, who returns from injury to help boost the Baggies.

Hull are a quality home side unfortunately they’ve won only once away, and have lost four of their last five games on the road.

Albion rise.

West Brom 3 Hull City 2

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Liverpool v. Cardiff City (Sat 7:45 ET on NBCSN; Anfield)

Seeing how this Malky Mackay/Vincent Tan situation will pan out is like watching a car accident in slow motion. I feel for Cardiff fans. How could you not? My hope is that the turmoil will motivate the Bluebirds to come out firing but I fear for them against this in-form Liverpool side.

Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1

Fulham v. Manchester City (Sat 10:00am ET on NBCSN; Craven Cottage)

With eight-straight unbeaten, the road worries of Manchester City appear to be well in the rearview.

Fulham 0 Manchester City 4

Swansea City v. Everton (Sun 11:00am ET on NBCSN; Liberty Stadium)

As Everton continues to lurk in the shadows of the title favorites they travel to Swansea City on Saturday where they’ve never lost. It’s a favorable match-up for the Toffees but it’s hardly a foregone conclusion. Roberto Martinez’ side needs to continue to prove that it can dispose of lesser competition, especially when a few of their best players (Michel Vorm, Nathan Dyer and Michu) are out injured.

Everton has character. They’ll get this done.

Swansea City 0 Everton 2

Bournemouth vs Brentford: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Bournemouth vs Brentford: The mid-table Cherries will try to make it four games unbeaten when they host the top-half Bees at Vitality Stadium on Saturday (watch live, 10 am ET on Peacock Premium). 

STREAM LIVE BOURNEMOUTH vs BRENTFORD

Draws with Wolves and Newcastle, bookending a victory over Nottingham Forest, and suddenly Bournemouth’s future isn’t looking as dire as it did after a 9-0 defeat to Liverpool led to Scott Parker’s dismissal as manger. Gary O’Neil remains in charge on an interim basis, as the positive results make it tougher and tougher to replace him.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Bournemouth vs Brentford

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How to watch Bournemouth vs Brentford live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, Saturday
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


Key storylines & star players

Brentford sitting 9th in the Premier League table, even after only seven games, is no small achievement for a tiny club that only made its PL debut a year ago. They look like they belong in the top half of the table as well, with their 15 goals scored bested by only Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal — the top three sides in the league heading into matchweek 8. Ivan Toney is back to his goal-scoring best with five in seven games, chipping in a pair of assists as well as he continues to prove himself a complete player at the top level.

Bournemouth are trying to replicate Brentford’s top-flight success after returning to the Premier League this season. Without a star center forward like Toney (six goals scored, 4th-fewest in the PL), the Cherries will frequently look to grind out results by keeping clean sheets, only their defensive record (19 conceded in seven games) runs to the contrary.


Bournemouth team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Christian Norgaard (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Keane Lewis-Potter (knock), Ethan Pinnock (knee)

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Premier League injury news, 2022-23 season

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Premier League injury news: It’s time to take a look at which players might be unavailable for matchweek 8 of the 2022-23 Premier League season, due to injury.

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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Let’s check out the latest Premier League injury news, below.


Arsenal injuries

OUT: Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Mohamed Elneny (thigh), Reiss Nelson (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (knee), Kieran Tierney (head), Cedric Soares (knock)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Matty Cash (hamstring), Lucas Digne (ankle), Boubacar Kamara (knee)

Bournemouth injuries

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Brentford injuries

OUT: Christian Norgaard (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Keane Lewis-Potter (knock), Ethan Pinnock (knee)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness)

Chelsea injuries

QUESTIONABLE: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Edouard Mendy (knee)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: James Tomkins (undisclosed), Jack Butland (hand), Nathan Ferguson (foot) | QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin)

Everton injuries

OUT: Jordan Pickford (thigh), Ben Godfrey (broken leg), Yerry Mina (ankle), Nathan Patterson (ankle), Mason Holgate (knee), Andros Townsend (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee), Jordan Pickford (thigh)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Harry Wilson (knee), Joao Pahlinha (suspension), Manor Solomon (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Rodrigo (shoulder), Stuart Dallas (thigh)

Leicester City injuries

OUT: Ricardo Pereira (achilles), Ryan Bertrand (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Wilfried Ndidi (knock), Patson Daka (illness)

Liverpool injuries

OUT: Naby Keita (undisclosed), Curtis Jones (calf), Calvin Ramsay (undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee), Caoimhin Kelleher (groin)

Manchester City injuries

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Manchester United injuries

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Anthony Martial (achilles), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Marcus Rashford (thigh), Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

Newcastle United injuries

OUT: Aleksander Isak (leg), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Emil Krafth (knee), Karl Darlow (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Bruno Guimaraes (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Callum Wilson (thigh), Chris Wood (ribs), Elliott Anderson (knock)

Nottingham Forest injuries

OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Orel Mangala (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Emmanuel Dennis (knock), Morgan Gibbs-White (knock), Scott McKenna (knee), Joe Worrall (broken nose)

Southampton injuries

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Romeo Lavia (undisclosed)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

OUT: Lucas Moura (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Hugo Lloris (quad), Ben Davies (knee)

West Ham United injuries

OUT: Nayef Aguerd (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Benjamin Johnson (hamstring)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

OUT: Raul Jimenez (groin), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Nathan Collins (suspension), Chiquinho (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Diego Costa (undisclosed)

Fulham vs Newcastle: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Fulham and Newcastle United look set to entertain when Aleksandar Mitrovic entertains his old mates for a Saturday morning tilt at Craven Cottage on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).

STREAM LIVE FULHAM vs NEWCASTLE

The Magpies are injury-hit but Eddie Howe has enjoyed pushing for offense and has largely found chances regardless of who’s been on the field, while Marco Silva’s Cottagers are healthy and have been on the front foot as often as possible during their Premier League return.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Fulham vs Newcastle.

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How to watch Fulham vs Newcastle live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


Key storylines & star players

Somewhere in the multiverse, Mitrovic’s tied for the Golden Boot lead because Erling Haaland is an actual superhero. The Fulham man has six goals to tie Harry Kane five behind Man City’s prolific Norwegian hitman. Kenny Tete’s assisted three of those goals, and Tete’s also top six in tackles. Teammate Joao Palhinha is first.

Newcastle, meanwhile, is dealing with a ridiculous amount of injuries to key players, as Bruno Guimares, Chris Wood, and Alexander Isak were both hurt on international break to join Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin as walking wounded attackers.


Fulham team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle) OUT: Palhinha (suspended), Manor Solomn (knee), Harry Wilson (knee)

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Chris Wood (chest), Callum Wilson (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Bruno Guimares (thigh), Elliott Anderson (undisclosed). OUT: Alexander Isak (other), Emil Krafth (ACL),

Liverpool vs Brighton: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Liverpool plays its first Premier League match in 25 days when high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion debut a new manager as visitors at Anfield on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).

Roberto De Zerbi takes the wheel for the Seagulls following Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea, and Brighton will be staging its first match since a 5-2 demolition of Leicester City on Sept. 4.

STREAM LIVE LIVERPOOL vs BRIGHTON

That was one day after Liverpool drew Everton 0-0 at Goodison Park in a Merseyside derby that came on the heels of back-to-back wins for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Liverpool’s currently four points back of fourth-place Brighton; Both clubs have played six matches, one fewer than 14 other Premier League sides.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool vs Brighton.

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How to watch Liverpool vs Brighton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


Key storylines & star players

Is Liverpool ready to turn chances into goals at a more familiar rate? The Reds’ expected goal total for this season is close to leaders Manchester City and Arsenal but its actual goal production is fifth and somewhat-inflated by their nine-goal beatdown of Bournemouth previously this season.

Brighton, meanwhile, has to show that it’s getting a handle on life after Graham Potter, as De Zerbi’s credentials say things might not look too different. The former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk boss craves possession in his teams and delivers chances as a boss in the manner you’d expect from a former attacking midfielder.


Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee). OUT: Calvin Ramsay (lower back), Curtis Jones (tibia), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Naby Keita (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh).

Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness). OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (lower leg)