2014/15 Premier League fixtures: Week-by-week schedule

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The Premier League fixtures for the 2014/15 season have been released!

Just like last season, you will be able to watch every single match live either on your television on online via NBC Sports Live Extra. TV times are released at a later date.

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Newly promoted Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, and Burnley have joined the fray, replacing relegated Fulham, Norwich City, and Cardiff City.

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Opening Day starts August 16.

(All times ET.)

8/16/14
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Leicester vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.

8/23/14
Everton vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

8/30/14
Everton vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/13/14
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

9/20/14
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/27/14
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/4/14
Chelsea vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

10/18/14
Everton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/25/14
Sunderland vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

11/1/14
Arsenal vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool – 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/8/14
Swansea City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

11/22/14
Stoke City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/29/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

12/2/14
Burnley vs. Newcastle United- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Stoke City-2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United- 3 p.m.
Swansea City vs. Queens Park Rangers-2:45 p.m.
Leicester City vs. Liverpool-2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Southampton-2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa- 3 p.m.

12/3/14
Everton vs. Hull City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 2:45 p.m.

12/6/14
Stoke City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/13/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/20/14
Liverpool vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/26/14
Swansea City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/28/14
West Ham United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/1/15
Southampton vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/10/15
West Bromwich Albion vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Tottenha Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

1/17/15
Manchester City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/31/15
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/7/15
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

2/10/15
Hull City vs. Aston Villa- 2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 3 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Burnley- 2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United- 3 p.m.
Southampton vs. West Ham United- 2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City- 3 p.m.

2/11/15
Chelsea vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Queens Park Rangers- 2:45 p.m.

2/21/15
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/28/15
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.

3/3/15
Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal- 2:45 p.m.
Hull City vs. Sunderland- 2:45 p.m.
West Ham United vs. Chelsea- 2:45 p.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion- 2:45 p.m.
Southampton vs. Crystal Palace- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Burnley- 3 p.m.

3/4/15
Stoke City vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester City vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester United- 2:45 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City- 2:45 p.m.

3/14/15
Sunderland vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

3/21/15
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

4/4/15
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.

4/11/15
Burnley vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

4/18/15
Everton vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

4/25/15
Manchester City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albionvs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/2/15
Hull City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

5/9/15
Hull city vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/16/15
Manchester United vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

5/24/15
Aston Villa vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Hull city vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

 

Report: Luiz Suarez to Atletico Madrid

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Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid seems just about the perfect fit between a club, player and manager.

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Diego Simeone roaring from the sidelines as Luis Suarez scores a last minute winner for Atletico Madrid at Real Madrid. You can see it now too, right?

A report from our partners at Sky Sport in Italy states that Suarez has already agreed a contract at Atletico and will leave Barcelona as a free agent as RAC 1 claim he will tear up his contract which still has one year left on it.

New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has told Suarez he was not part of his plans and was free to move on. That decision was said to be one of the big reasons why Lionel Messi wanted to leave Barcelona, as he is close friends with Suarez.

Suarez, 33, suffered with injuries last season but since he left Liverpool in the summer of 2014 he’s been a star at the Nou Camp, scoring 198 goals in 283 games in all competitions for Barcelona.

Per the report, Suarez’s arrival means that Alvaro Morata will be free to depart Atletico Madrid as his former club Juventus want to sign the Spanish international. Suarez had been linked with a move to Juventus but that is now not happening as Suarez would have had a delay in obtaining an Italian passport to make the move easier.

Will Suarez be a hit at Atletico? Well, they have a habit of squeezing extra juice out of star veteran strikers. See: Forlan, Diego. Villa, David. Costa, Diego.

Suarez working for Simeone is perfect. He may not start every game, but he will probably share the workload with Diego Costa and could partner him too. Imagine those two up top together?

With Inter Miami CF going for Gonzalo Higuain as their final DP and Edinson Cavani still a free agent, there are plenty of ageing superstar strikers out there but Suarez is the best one available. If he can regain full fitness then you can expect him to score 20-25 goals in La Liga this season.

El Cholo and El Pistolero firing Atletico Madrid past Real Madrid and Barcelona is a very real possibility, and I’m here for it. Grab your popcorn, folks.

Leyton Orient announce COVID-19 positives, stadium closure before Tottenham game

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Leyton Orient have issued a statement after multiple first team players tested positive for COVID-19 and they’ve been forced to shut their training ground and stadium just one day before they were due to host Premier League giants Tottenham.

The fourth-tier club were due to play Tottenham in the League Cup third round on Tuesday but that game is now in severe doubt and the east London club (located 11 miles from Tottenham’s home stadium) said they will be announcing more details in due course about what will happen.

Here is the Leyton Orient statement in full about their current situation:

“Following our game on Saturday 19th September, COVID-19 testing was conducted on all of our first team playing squad. Today (Monday 21st) we received formal confirmation which shows that a number of our first-team squad have tested positive for COVID-19. We have informed the EFL and Tottenham Hotspur and will make a further announcement regarding Tuesday’s match shortly.

“We have also informed Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic, our three most recent opponents, prior to the public release of this information. Leyton Orient’s priority is the health and well-being of its players and staff. Those who have tested positive will now strictly follow government self-isolation guidelines. The Breyer Group Stadium and training ground facilities will be closed until further notice. At this time, the club will make no further comment.”

The problem here is that Tottenham don’t have any other available dates to play this game.

With their Premier League and UEFA Europa League qualifying commitments, Tottenham are already stretched to the limits and this game at Leyton Orient is one of four games in seven days for Jose Mourinho’s side.

The rules also state that if a team cannot fulfil the fixture due to COVID-19 positive tests, they will have to forfeit and Tottenham will move on. Leyton Orient are a small team who Harry Kane, a former loanee, has helped raised money for and there’s a very good relationship between the two clubs. This game was also due to be broadcast on TV in the UK and would have helped Leyton Orient out financially at a time when fans still aren’t allowed into stadiums in large numbers. These positive tests have now put all of that in doubt.

Lower league teams will run into similar issues like this when it comes to the FA Cup too, as testing is less prevalent and regulated lower down the professional pyramid in England. EFL clubs are only mandated to test their players during every international break and have stopped testing players twice a week. That has led to Premier League clubs paying for their lower-league League Cup opponents to be tested before games. In this case, multiple Leyton Orient players have tested positive.

Mourinho: Bale could return from injury quicker due to desire

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Bale injury update: So, Tottenham fans would be hoping that a Gareth Bale injury update wouldn’t be coming soon but he is nursing a knee injury he picked up on international duty earlier this month.

Judging by their 5-2 win at Southampton on Sunday, Tottenham will be just fine in attack without the Welsh star they’ve signed on loan from Real Madrid for the 2019-20 season. There is no reason for him to rush back, especially considering his recent history with injuries.

That said, Mourinho is hopeful that Bale can return from injury quicker due to that trust remedy: desire.

“I don’t know when Gareth can be back,” Mourinho said on a Bale injury update. “The only thing that I know is that the motivation is high, he is so happy to be with a club of his heart, he is so happy to play for us and when a player has this motivation, many, many times you can shorten the period of recovering and shorten the period of getting fit and ready to play and we want to help him. So when he is available to train with the team, we are more than happy to have him and to be back to a level that [is] maybe one of the best players in the world.”

This is textbook Mourinho.

It has been noted many, many times that he hates players missing games due to injury and is less than sympathetic when someone is in the treatment room.

This seems like a challenge to Bale, 31, to prove just how much he wants to be back at Tottenham after spending the last seven seasons at Real Madrid. ‘Oh, you want to be back here? Prove it. Patch yourself up and be ready for next week.’ That will definitely probably be Mourinho’s chat with Bale next week.

There is no reason to risk Bale right now but when he is fit, having him play alongside Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in attack is a mouthwatering prospect for Mourinho and Tottenham. Their counterattacking prowess was clear for all to see in the second half at Southampton on Sunday and a fired up and fit Bale will add a lot to this attack.

Hurry up and get that dose of desire rubbed onto your knee, Gareth…

Leicester impressive again in 4-2 win over Burnley

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Leicester – Burnley saw Leicester City flex a bit of muscle en route to a mostly comfortable, yet somewhat thrilling, 4-2 victory at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

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Harvey Barnes, Dennis Praet and James Justin scored the goals for Leicester, plus an own goal from Erik Pieters, as Brendan Rodgers’ side made it two wins from two games to start their 2020-21 Premier League campaign.


3 things we learned: Leicester – Burnley

1. Leicester back for another crack at top-four: It’s only two games, admittedly, but Leicester have the look of a side out to prove that their late-season collapse, which saw them fall from third to fifth in the final five games of the 2019-20 season, was very much an aberration. Rodgers’ men hardly ever looked worried as they cruised to a win against last season’s 10th-place finishers.

2. Foxes firepower: Leicester managed to score four goals without a single one of them coming from Jamie Vardy, who bagged 23 last season. James Maddison only made his return from injury on Sunday as well, lending credence to the notion this is far from a one-man team as has, to a degree, been an issue in the past. They might not actually finish inside the top-four this season, but they have the look of a side with plenty of staying power.

3. Burnley crying out for reinforcements: Sean Dyche had some rather critical thoughts about Burnley’s ongoing inability — or, perhaps, refusal — to move in a more timely manner to sign new players and improve the squad. Until such a change occurs, Dyche’s words are probably worth revisiting regularly.


Wood got the scoring started in Leicester – Burnley after just 10 minutes, with equal parts brute force and delicate touch. Charlie Taylor floated a cross to the back post, where Wood was waiting and battling for positioning with a defender. He managed to create a half-yard of space to allow for chest control and a quick, but difficult, finish from the corner of the six-yard box.

Jamie Vardy was instrumental in Leicester’s equalizer 10 minutes later, though hardly the typical manner in which he contributes to goals scored. Vardy latched onto a forward ball in an attempt to split the center backs, but was ultimately forced wide and to hold the ball up. He cut it back to Castagne, who played it on to Barnes for the far-post finish.

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Leicester’s second goal was more a product on constant pressure than exquisite, incisive chance creation, but the ball hitting the back of the net counts all the same. Castagne overlapped down the right flank and hit a cross for Vardy as he streaked past the penalty spot. Erik Pieters wasn’t tight enough to Castagne to deny the cross, only to redirect it past the wrong-footed Nick Pope.

The Foxes’ third goal, however, was the result of a free-flowing attack involving a handful of blue shirts along the way. It ended with Ayoze Perez playing the ball across the penalty area and left back James Justin slotting home for his first PL goal in the 61st minute.

It was Justin who was beaten by Jimmy Dunne as he rose highest to bag a goal on his PL debut 12 minutes later, giving Burnley a brief glimmer of hope. 

It didn’t last long, though, as Dennis Praet bagged a stunning fourth goal for Leicester in the 79th minute. Barnes picked up the assist to go with his earlier goal, but it was Praet’s powerful finish that will get all of the headlines, and deservedly so.

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