Three things we learned from Manchester United’s derby win vs. Liverpool

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MANCHESTER — What. A. Second half.

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In what was a slow burner at Old Trafford on Saturday, four second half goals saw the derby burst into life as Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-1.

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Here are three things we learned from a boisterous Old Trafford as bitter foes collided.

VAN GAAL’S BOLD MOVES PAY OFF

Before the game many raised eyebrows when Marouane Fellaini was selected to start as the lone forward for United. In truth it was out of necessity as Wayne Rooney‘s injury meant that 19-year-old Anthony Martial was their only recognized forward. United were predictable in the first half, hoofing the ball long to Fellaini as Liverpool dealt with that threat easily. However, LVG’s decision to haul off Memphis at half time and bring on Ashley Young equally raised eyebrows. But within minutes Young had won a free kick and Daley Blind thundered the ball home from Juan Mata‘s pinpoint pass. 1-0. Another decision which raised eyebrows was Van Gaal’s decision to start Michael Carrick over Morgan Schneiderlin in central midfield, but the former was comfortable and kept things ticking over nicely in midfield as he used all his experience to help his teammates. Again, another bold move which paid off for Van Gaal. Yet another move came off when he decided to start David De Gea, as the United goalkeeper pledged his future to the club on Friday by signing a new four-year deal following his protracted potential move to Real Madrid collapsing on Deadline Day. He made two stunning saves in the second half to keep Liverpool at bay. Then LVG made his final bold move, bringing on $55 million teenager Martial for his debut. The Frenchman replied to Christian Beneteke’s stunning bicycle kick by dribbling through multiple defenders and slotting home with five minutes left. Cue pandemonium at Old Trafford as Van Gaal now has three wins from three against Liverpool as United boss in the PL and on Saturday he got all the key decisions right.

SHAW COMING ALONG NICELY, LIVERPOOL CREATIVITY LACKING

In his fourth season in the Premier League, it’s hard to believe Luke Shaw is still 20. The United left back has started the 2015-16 season in such a fashion which suggests this could be his best yet. Shaw has become England’s regular left back, has played every game for United this season and continues to impress with his defensive solidity and ability to get forward and make surging runs into the opponents box. In the first half against Liverpool, he surged forward on numerous occasions, linking up well with Memphis down the left and was perhaps the only player on the pitch in the opening 45 minutes who oozed class. Ridiculed publicly by Louis Van Gaal at the start of last season following his $42 million move from Southampton for his lack of fitness, 12 months on Shaw is coming along nicely and has the potential to be the real deal for club and country for the next decade.

Granted, Liverpool was missing its most creative player in Philippe Coutinho through suspension, but the way Brendan Rodgers set his side up was way too one dimensional. The long balls up to Christian Benteke were too easy for United to defend and Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino couldn’t influence the game from wide positions. Benteke, as you can see from the video above, scored an absolute screamer, but it wasn’t enough for the Reds as they now have only three goals in their opening five games of the season and have failed to score more than once in any of those encounters. Rodgers has spent a lot of cash on new attackers over the summer and if they fail to deliver, the pressure will mount on the Liverpool boss.

DE GEA, MARTIAL BRILLIANCE

We mentioned De Gea and he was lauded by the faithful at Old Trafford on Saturday. Despite seeming to commit his future to United on Friday, many believe he may end up leaving for Real Madrid next summer. Regardless, the Stretford End gave him a standing ovation and De Gea made two stunning stops in the second half from Ings and then Jordon Ibe. He showed some rustiness as he gave the ball away cheaply just before the Ings save midway through the second half, but that was to be expected as he suited up for his first United game since July 29. 

Then, it was all about forward Martial stepping up. The 19-year-old has been dubbed the “new Thierry Henry” in his homeland and he made an incredible entrance on his United debut. After signing on Deadline Day for $55 million Martial became the most expensive teenager on the planet, and with that came a huge level of expectancy. Well, the kid delivered on his debut against United’s biggest rivals. Does it get much better than that? Seconds after Benteke pulled Liverpool back into the game, Martial picked the  ball up on the inside left channel and dribbled past three Liverpool players before living up to those similarities with Henry as he opened his body up and rolled the ball into the far corner. Did United overpay for Martial? Definitely. Will it turn out to be money well spent? Based on his first outing, absolutely.

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

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Lucas Digne (ankle), Boubacar Kamara (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Matty Cash (hamstring), Cameron Archer (adductor)

Bournemouth injuries

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

Brentford injuries

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

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

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

Chelsea injuries

QUESTIONABLE: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Edouard Mendy (knee), Marc Cucurella (illness), Carney Chukwuemeka  (illness)

Crystal Palace injuries

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

Everton injuries

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

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) | QUESTIONABLE: Adam Forshaw (ankle)

Leicester City injuries

OUT: Ricardo Pereira (achilles), Ryan Bertrand (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: 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), Marcus Rashford (thigh), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE, Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

Newcastle United injuries

OUT: Aleksander Isak (leg), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Matt Ritchie (calf), Emil Krafth (knee), Karl Darlow (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Chris Wood (ribs)

Nottingham Forest injuries

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

Southampton injuries

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

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Hugo Lloris (quad), Dejan Kulusevski (undisclosed), Ben Davies (knee), Lucas Moura (achilles)

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)

Ever Wonder why Arsenal moved from South to North London?

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Our ‘Ever Wonder’ series will run throughout the 2022-23 Premier League season and focuses on key stories behind the history, tradition and culture of all 20 Premier League clubs.

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Have you ever sat there and wondered why certain chants became iconic at a club? Why a team has a certain nickname? Why they play in those colors? How they were founded? Yep, us too.

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This season we will be digging deep to tell the stories of the rich history, tradition and culture from around the Premier League and give you the answers to things you want to know more about.


Ever Wonder why Arsenal moved across London?

Based in Woolwich in south east London, the club was originally founded in 1886 as a group of workers from the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory decided to set up a club.

They were originally called Dial Square because of a sun dial atop the entrance to the factory. Seriously.

As for the factory itself, it served the British Army with ammunition and explosives research and 80,000 people worked there during the First World War.


Red jerseys and stadium struggles

Dial Square then became Royal Arsenal and players from Nottingham Forest joined the club, hence the now famous Garibaldi red jerseys which Forest, established 20 years before Arsenal, gave them.

After moving around several stadiums in Plumstead, which was based on the outskirts of London at the time, Arsenal then became Woolwich Arsenal and it stayed that way until 1913.

Struggling financially due to Plumstead being in an isolated area and not easy for people to travel to compared to other London clubs, Woolwich Arsenal were looking for other locations to move to from their Manor Ground home.

Arsenal vs Liverpool at the Manor Ground in Plumstead


Bombing accelerates move

During the suffragettes battle for equality for women in the UK, targeted bombings were carried out at high profile venues.

One such bombing occurred at Arsenal’s home stadium, destroying the grandstand at the Manor Ground in 1913 which would reportedly cost over $1,220 to repair.

With a significant bill to pay to repair the stadium and the club once again teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, the largest shareholder of the consortium who bought the club in 1910, Sir Henry Norris, decided to move the club to Highbury in north London in 1913 after a failed attempt to merge Fulham and Arsenal, the two clubs he was chairman of.

Arsenal moved to Highbury Stadium


Controversial 12-mile move from South to North London approved in 1913

Amid uproar from fans in Woolwich and north London, it still happened and famed stadium architect Archibald Leitch built their home ground at Highbury.

That is when the Arsenal we know today was truly born.

They soon became known as ‘The Arsenal’ in 1914 and then dropped ‘the’ to become known simply as Arsenal in 1919 as football resumed in England following the First World War.


Feud with Tottenham begins

In-between then a feud had already bubbled up with Tottenham. Of course it had.

Arsenal were promoted to the first division at the expense of Tottenham amid huge controversy and after a league vote, Arsenal took Spurs’ place in the first division.

Hence a bitter rivalry was born and Tottenham’s fans like to remind Arsenal to, shall we say, ‘head back to Woolwich, please, because north London is ours.’ The real version is obviously less polite.


The Gunners have never looked back

Financial success, being close to a London Underground station and improved facilities were the main reasons Arsenal moved 12 miles across London to north London in 1913 and it is where they have remained ever since.

London’s most successful team (in terms of the number of major titles and top-flight titles), the decision to move Arsenal across England’s capital city is still bearing fruit over 100 years later.

They’ve come a long way from a team set up in a factory which made explosives for the British Military.

Fantasy Premier League Week 9: Who to captain, top transfer targets

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The return of the Premier League from international break brings, as usual, injuries, intrigue, and a load of, “Who’s good at dealing with travel?” to our Fantasy Premier League discussion.

Rather than delve deep into stats that analyze the last part of that, let’s take a look at the first several weeks of the Premier League season and ask: Who’s piling up the points?

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And let’s also look deeper than the obvious answers; Erling Haaland and Gabriel Jesus have been the genuine article for Manchester City and Arsenal, respectively, but who else is consistently dropping decent numbers?

We’ll also ignore some penalty takers, as surely Alexis Mac Allister won’t spend his season heading to the spot with the same regularity he has for Brighton early in it.

Here’s the “All-Fantasy Premier League XI” heading into Week 9, but before that, how about a couple of captain and transfer options?

This week is highlighted by some Bees, who seem to have people forgetting both how unlucky they’ve been and how fortunate their hosts have been in recent weeks…

Add and/or captain Week 9: Ivan Toney, Brentford at Bournemouth, 7.3M

Add, Week 9: David Raya, Brentford at Bournemouth, 4.5M

Add, Week 9: Kyle Walker-Peters, Southampton vs Everton, 4.5M

Add, Week 9: Lucas Paqueta, West Ham vs Wolves, 6.0M

Captain, Week 9: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs Brighton, 12.9M

Captain, Week 9: James Maddison, Leicester vs Nottingham Forest, 7.9M

Goalkeeper

Nick Pope, Newcastle (5.2 million, 38 points): After not facing a single shot in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Opening Day, the Burnley transfer has made 30 saves over six more matches. He’s twice claimed bonus points

Defenders

William Saliba, Arsenal (4.9 million, 44 points): Almost as many goals (2) as clean sheets (3) for the CB.

Joao Cancelo, Manchester City (7.2 million, 42 points): A goal, an assist, and three times earning bonus points for his managers.

Kieran Trippier, Newcastle United (5.4 million, 35 points): Same as Cancelo, but with Newcastle.

Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City (12.3 million, 45 points): Two matches with multiple goal contributions, the same number as the mere two times he’s been held without one (and one of those was a 21-minute appearance).

Pascal Gross, Brighton (6.0 million, 42 points): Can he keep it up? Seems unlikely, but the midfielder was essentially playing forward for Graham Potter. Will it stay the same under Roberto De Zerbi?

Marcus Rashford, Manchester United (6.6 million, 40 points): Still trading under 7.0 million and listed as a midfielder. Please and thank you.

Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal (6.6 million, 39 points): The quiet gem of Arsenal, he’s showing us why Mikel Arteta kept trotting him out last season.

Alexis Mac Allister, Brighton (5.6 million, 39 points): Pens won’t last forever.

Bernardo Silva, Manchester City (7.0 million, 39 points): And to think he could’ve left for Barcelona…

Forwards

Erling Haaland, Manchester City (12.0 million, 73 points): An actual monster.

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur (11.4 million, 50 points): Derby day looms.

Ivan Toney, Brentford (7.3 million, 47 points): How long can Brentford hold onto him? A complete center forward.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (6.9 million, 41 points): Can he keep this up in the Premier League as the focal point for Fulham with a stint as Serbia’s focal point in the middle.

Gabriel Jesus (8.0 million, 39 points): His heroics have been well-covered.

Premier League odds, picks: Week 9 of the 2022-23 season

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Arsenal vs Tottenham? Manchester City vs Manchester United? The pressure and intensity of derbies make picking who will win Premier League contests even more difficult.

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Getting Premier League predictions spot-on has been very tricky this season, made no easier by the fact that the big boys — outside of Manchester City — haven’t exactly stayed on script.

Manchester United underachieved and then started achieving.

Chelsea flipped half its team and then its manager and sits outside the top four.

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Liverpool’s played pretty well but hasn’t scored or won at its usual rate.

And Arsenal, well, Arsenal’s good.

Let’s dig into the Premier League week ahead.


PST’s Premier League picks standings after Week 8

Considering that winning requires getting the correct result (win, loss, or draw), getting a ‘W’ in picks isn’t all that easy.

The originator of PST’s picks, Joe Prince-Wright, continues his surge up the table by correctly picking the outcome of five-of-seven games to pull into a tie with Andy Edwards, one spot below this humble typist.

STANDINGS

Wk8

JPW 5-2
Andy 3-4
Nick 4-3

Season

Nick Mendola, 32-35
Andy Edwards, 31-36
Joe Prince-Wright, 31-36


Premier League picks: Week 9 of the 2022-23 season

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Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

Odds: Arsenal (+105) vs Tottenham Hotspur (+240) | Draw (+260)
Kickoff: 7:30am ET Saturday
TV/Stream: USA Network – WATCH LIVE

JPW: Arsenal 2-2 Spurs
Andy: Arsenal 1-1 Spurs
Nick: Arsenal 2-1 Spurs

 


Bournemouth vs Brentford

Odds: Bournemouth (+230) vs Brentford (+115) | Draw (+240)
Kickoff: 10am ET Saturday
TV/Stream: Watch live on Peacock Premium

JPW: Bournemouth 2-1 Brentford
Andy: Bournemouth 1-3 Brentford
Nick: Bournemouth 0-1 Brentford


Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Odds: Crystal Palace (+325) vs Chelsea (-121) | Draw (+250)
Kickoff: 10am ET Saturday
TV/Stream: Watch live on Peacock Premium

JPW: Crystal Palace 1-1 Chelsea
Andy: Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea
Nick: Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea


Fulham vs Newcastle

Odds: Fulham (+200) vs Newcastle (+135) | Draw (+230)
Kickoff: 10am ET Saturday
TV/Stream: Watch live on Peacock Premium

JPW: Fulham 2-2 Newcastle
Andy: Fulham 1-1 Newcastle
Nick: Fulham 0-2 Newcastle


Liverpool vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Odds: Liverpool (-291) vs Brighton (+700) | Draw (+425)
Kickoff: 10am ET Saturday
TV/Stream: Watch live on Peacock Premium

JPW: Liverpool 4-1 Brighton
Andy: Liverpool 2-0 Brighton
Nick: Liverpool 3-0 Brighton


Southampton vs Everton

Odds: Southampton (+115) vs Everton (+240) | Draw (++230)
Kickoff: 10am ET Saturday
TV/Stream: Watch live on Peacock Premium

JPW: Southampton 1-1 Everton
Andy: Southampton 1-0 Everton
Nick: Southampton 1-0 Everton


West Ham vs Wolves

Odds: West Ham (-105) vs Wolves (+300) | Draw (+240)
Kickoff: 12:30pm ET Saturday
TV/Stream: USA Network – WATCH LIVE

JPW: West Ham 2-1 Wolves
Andy: West Ham 0-0 Wolves
Nick: West Ham 2-0 Wolves


Manchester City vs Manchester United

Odds: Man City (-291) vs Man United (+650) | Draw (+450)
Kickoff: 9am ET Sunday
TV/Stream: Watch live on Peacock Premium

JPW: Man City 2-1 Man United
Andy: Man City 2-1 Man United
Nick: Man City 3-0 Man United


Leeds vs Aston Villa

Odds: Leeds (+135) vs Aston Villa (+195) | Draw (+240)
Kickoff: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV/Stream: USA Network – WATCH LIVE

JPW: Leeds 1-2 Aston Villa
Andy: Leeds 2-1 Aston Villa
Nick: Leeds 1-1 Aston Villa


Leicester vs Nottingham Forest

Odds: Leicester (-136) vs Nottingham Forest (+325) | Draw (+290)
Kickoff: 3pm ET Monday
TV/Stream: USA Network – WATCH LIVE

JPW: Leicester 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Andy: Leicester 2-2 Nottingham Forest
Nick: Leicester 1-1 Nottingham Forest