Tottenham’s sloppy draw hands Leicester chance to win the title

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LONDON — Tottenham Hotspur not only squandered two points against West Bromwich Albion on Monday at White Hart Lane.

They squandered their big chance to keep the heat on Leicester and now Spurs’ Premier League title hopes appear all but over.

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Leicester need just three points from their final three games to seal the title and Spurs must grab at least seven points to win the title. It’s not over, but if Leicester win at Manchester United on Sunday then the Foxes will have sealed the deal.

In the first half on Monday Tottenham dominated West Brom, twice hitting the woodwork and then again at the start of the second half as they looked to put the game to bed but couldn’t finish a stubborn Baggies side off. It’s not the first time Spurs have failed to kill teams off at home this season.

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The longer the game went on the more nervous White Hart Lane became and coupled with an unsavory incident involving Dele Alli in the first half which seems likely to get him a retrospective three-game ban and miss the remainder of the season, it was a horrendous night for the Spurs faithful.

Speaking to the media after the game, Mauricio Pochettino knew it was a huge opportunity missed.

“It was very frustrating,” Pochettino said. “It was a game we must win. First half I think we played very well. We spent a lot of energy and it was only a 1-0. In the second half we lost a little bit of control on the game and we allowed them to believe and create some chances. When you don’t kill the game you always allow them to believe and we concede the chance and they score.”

Despite the odds being stacked against Tottenham and the blue ribbons being readied for Leicester’s title procession, Pochettino and his players still believe.

“No it is not over,” Pochettino said. “The gap is seven points and we have three games to play. It is true that it is very difficult, more difficult than before the game. But we need to still believe, still fight and be ready for the next game and hope Leicester drop points and we get the three points against Chelsea.”

Harry Kane, the PL’s leading goalscorer who hit the post in the first half, echoed the views of his manager.

“It has not gone. We need to keep fighting. We felt we needed to win this game so we are disappointed,” Kane said. “We had enough chances in the first half to put it to bed. But we weren’t good enough in the second half. We felt we could easily have won the game if we played in the second half like we did the first. It is football. All we can do is keep fighting. We have Chelsea next. Hopefully Manchester United can do us a favor.”

So, it is now possible that Leicester may win the title before Tottenham get to kick another ball.

Leicester play on Sunday at Manchester United (Watch live, 9:05 a.m. on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) and a win at Old Trafford means Claudio Ranieri‘s side win the title.

Tottenham play at Chelsea next Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) and although their title hopes could be done and dusted by then, Pochettino knows this season of title contending will do his young squad (the youngest, on average, in the PL) the world of good. 

“Yeah it is very difficult. Very disappointed. In football you always have to capitalize on the experience,” Pochetino said of the atmosphere in the dressing room after the draw. “We are very young and we need to use this experience for the next few seasons. I think so far this season is fantastic. We are very young but I think we need to kill the game in the moment if you want to win the title. But nothing to complain. I feel very proud of the season from the beginning, how we play and how we work. It is normal to feel disappointed.”

The most disappointing thing about this season is the points Spurs have thrown away late in games after dominating matches. For all of their flair and panache in attack, they have failed to kill teams off. Especially at home.

They led Stoke 2-0 at half time back in August. They drew 2-2. They lost 2-1 against Newcastle after leading 1-0. They battered Leicester City in January and lost 1-0. On Monday they dropped another two points. If you add those dropped points up, they should be ahead of Leicester. Of course, law of averages mean that late wins they’ve had against Watford and Manchester City would cancel them out.

Simply put, Leicester’s players have held their nerve better and ground out results when it counted most. Be it the extra experience or a little rub of the green, Ranieri’s side are two points closer to crossing the line after Spurs slipped up. This has been a learning experience for Tottenham’s players. They’ve come close but incidents such as Alli showing his immaturity, wayward finishing and a timely error from Hugo Lloris as he came for the ball and missed on West Brom’s equalizer all add up.

As Spurs’ players dragged themselves off the pitch disconsolately on Monday, one Spurs fans bellowed out praise to each of them as they entered the tunnel.

“Great season, Toby,” he said. “Well played Mousa, you’ve been sensational all year,” he added. “Keep going Harry, great season,” he said again.

It has been an excellent season for Spurs. But it looks like it hasn’t quite been good enough to seal them the title. More dropped points at home from a winning position summed up why they won’t win the PL.

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). 

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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).

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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
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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.

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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)