The Premier League Hub: Lineups, storylines, stats – Week 1

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With Week 1 of the 2016-17 Premier League season upon us, it is time to focus in on the 10 games taking place.

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Below in “The Hub” you will find projected lineups and a few main storylines surrounding each game.

Man, it’s good to have the PL back in full flow.

Arsenal vs. Liverpool – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Both teams have major defensive concerns. Arsenal may have to play youngsters Holding and Chambers at CB, while Liverpool is without new goalkeeper Karius and Sakho remains sidelined. With Oliver Giroud not expected to feature, can Theo Walcott step up for the Gunners? Also, this new-look Liverpool side is truly Klopp’s now. His honeymoon period is about to be over.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W4 D4 L1).
  • Liverpool have only won one of their last 20 away trips to Arsenal in all competitions (W1 D8 L11) and have collected just eight points in 10 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium.

Projected lineups

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Holding, Chambers, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Iwobi
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Henderson, Can; Mane, Lallana, Coutinho; Firmino

Chelsea vs. West Ham United – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, USA) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Antonio Conte makes his bow in England and his 4-2-4 formation will be scrutinized. A London derby against high-flying West Ham isn’t an easy start for Chelsea and even though the Hammers are missing key players, it will be a hotly contested derby under the floodlights in west London. Can Kante and Matic stop Payet from purring?

Stats (via Opta)

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham United at Stamford Bridge (W7 D3) and have not lost at home to them in the league since September 2002 (2-3).
  • West Ham were unbeaten against Chelsea in the Premier League last season (W1 D1); the first time that they have achieved this since 2002-03.

Projected lineups

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Kante; Hazard, Costa, Oscar, Willian
West Ham United: Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Byram; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Feghouli; Carroll, Valencia

Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, CNBC) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Ronald Koeman‘s first game in charge of Everton comes 24 hours after he slammed their fitness. Not an ideal start and neither is losing John Stones and reports continuing about Lukaku leaving for Chelsea. Koeman likes to high-press, just like Mauricio Pochettino. It will be intriguing to see how Spurs’ youngsters bounce back from their collapse at the end of last season

Stats (via Opta)

  • Everton are winless in their last seven Premier League meetings with Tottenham Hotspur (W0 D4 L3).
  • No Premier League team has lost more games on the opening weekend than Spurs (9) – level with West Ham.

Projected lineups
Everton: Stekelenburg; Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines; Barry, Gueye; Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dier, Wanyama; Alli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane

Bournemouth vs. Manchester United – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Paul Pogba is out as he’s suspended from his time in Italy, so United’s fans will have to wait until next Friday for his debut. Bournemouth will start plenty of new signings but this is all about United. Can Mourinho’s team

Stats (via Opta)

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last four home meetings with Manchester United in all competitions (W2 D2 L0), including a 2-1 Premier League win in 2015-16.
  • Four of Manchester United’s five opening day defeats in the Premier League have come away from home.

Projected lineups

Bournemouth: Boruc; Franics, Cook, Ake, Daniels; Ibe, Arter, Surman, Gradel; King, Wilson
Man United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Martial, Rooney, Mkhitaryan; Ibrahimovic

Hull City vs. Leicester City – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, CNBC) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: The reigning champs get the new season underway and even Claudio Ranieri is focusing on getting to 40 points at that is it. For Hull, they have no manager and 13 fit players with Mike Phelan still in caretaker charge. Shambles. With a few defensive issues and Huth out, can the Foxes maintain their incredible form from last season? With Kante, it’s doubtful.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Hull City are winless in their last five league meetings with Leicester City (D2 L3).
  • Leicester City haven’t conceded a goal in any of their last three league games against Hull City, including in both Premier League meetings in 2014-15.

Projected lineups

Hull City: Jakupovic; Robertson, Davies, Livermore, Elmohamady; Snodgrass, Huddlestone, Clucas, Meyler; Diomande, Hernandez
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Hernandez, Fuchs; Mahrez, Mendy, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Vardy, Okazaki

Southampton vs. Watford – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Two new manager square off and their teams are adjusting to new formations. Puel is using a diamond in midfield and Mazzarri has been using a 3-5-2. It will be intriguing viewing down at St Mary’s.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Watford (W3 D2 L0).
  • Watford haven’t scored in any of their last four league games versus Southampton.

Projected lineups

Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Targett; Romeu, Davis, Clasie, Tadic; Long, Redmond
Watford: Gomes; Britos, Prodl, Kabasele; Zuniga, Capoue, Suarez, Watson, Nyom; Ighalo, Deeney

Crystal Palace vs. West Brom

Main talking points: The Eagles are being linked with a move for Christian Benteke but Yannick Bolasie could leave. Apart from that, Pardew’s team is looking solid in midfield and defense. West Brom have new owners but only one new signing (Matt Phillips) this summer. Could be a tough season for Tony Pulis. Expect the team who score first to win this.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Tony Pulis (1.46) is the only permanent manager to have a better Premier League points per game as Crystal Palace coach than current boss Alan Pardew (1.30).
  • West Bromwich Albion ended 2015-16 on a nine match winless streak in the Premier League (W0 D4 L5), with their last Premier League victory coming on March 6th.

Projected lineups
Crystal Palace: Mandanda; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Souare; Townsend, Cabaye, Puncheon, Jedinak, Bolasie; Wickham
West Brom: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Olsson; McClean, Yacob, Fletcher, Phillips; Rondon, Berahino

Middlesbrough vs. Stoke City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Back in the PL after being relegated in 2009, Boro will be tough to break down and Karanka’s side have added firepower in Alvardo Negredo. It’s the case of same old, same old for Stoke as Joe Allen was their big summer signing but Mark Hughes is still on the hunt for a predator who can score goals.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Middlesbrough have won just four of their last 15 league meetings with Stoke City (W4 D3 L8).
  • Of the teams to be in the 2016-17 Premier League season, Stoke City have conceded the most Premier League goals in 2016 so far (36).

Projected lineups

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Griend, Gibson, Fry; Downing, Fischer, De Roon, Clayton; Ramirez; Negredo
Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters; Imbula, Allen; Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic; Diouf

Burnley vs. Swansea City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: On their return to the PL the Clarets haven’t changed much and Sean Dyche will expect them to grind out wins. With two home games to start the season, this is ideal. As for Swansea, plenty of new players will take the field for Guidolin and the loss of Ayew and Williams cannot be underestimated.

Stats (via Opta)

  • Burnley didn’t manage to win a Premier League game until November 8th (11th match) in their last Premier League season back in 2014-15.
  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games played in the month of August (W5 D2 L0).

Projected lineups
Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Mee, Keane, Tarkowski; Boyd, Arfield,Jones, Gudmundsson; Vokes, Gray
Swansea: Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, van der Hoorn, Naughton; Cork, Fer; Routledge, Barrow, Montero; Llorente

Manchester City vs. Sunderland – (Saturday, 12:30 pm. ET, USA) – [STREAM]

Main talking points: Pep Guardiola takes charge of his first PL game as Man City boss and much is expected. John Stones will start and everyone will be watching him closely but it could be too early to judge City. Vincent Kompany is out, plus Leroy Sane is not match fit.

  • Manchester City have won their last four Premier League meetings with Sunderland.
  • Sunderland have never won away at Manchester City in the Premier League (W0 D2 L10).

Stats (via Opta)

Projected lineups
Man City: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure; De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito; Aguero
Sunderland: Mannone; O’Shea, Kaboul, Kone, Van Aanholt; Januzaj, McNair, Lens, Khazri; Defoe, Borini

Premier League transfer news, live! Complete list of January transfers so far


The January transfer window is again seeing big-name imports into the Premier League, and the final hours of the window are seeing a flurry of deals take place.

Chelsea’s signed Benoit Badiashile and Andrey Santos, Newcastle’s formally welcomed Garang Kuol, and Liverpool’s reinforced its forward ranks with Cody Gakpo joining the Anfield set.

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There’s plenty of discussion about Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur making additions to deepen their squads’ top-four pushes, but nothing complete yet for either big name side.

The same is true for title-fighters Arsenal and Manchester City, though their top-end footing is a lot more stable.

Latest transfer deals developing – January 30

Weston McKennie to Leeds United is a done deal as the American midfielder has joined on loan until the end of the season, with Leeds having an option to buy him for $36 million.

Arsenal are pushing hard to sign Moises Caicedo, with the Ecuadorian midfielder not playing for Brighton in the FA Cup against Liverpool amid a reported new $86 million bid from the Gunners. Anthony Gordon has signed for Newcastle from Everton for a fee believed to be around $60 million.

AFC Bournemouth

Dango Ouattara (Lorient)
Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City)

Ferdinand Okoh (Dorchester) Loan
James Hill (Hearts) Loan
Will Dennis (Slough) Loan
Noa Boutin (Gosport) Loan


Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Jakub Kiwior (Spezia Calcio)

Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Coventry) Loan
Miguel Azeez (Wigan) Loan
Arthur Okonkwo (Sturm Graz) Loan
Ovie Ejeheri (SJK Seinajoki) Loan
Harry Clarke (Ipswich Town)

Aston Villa

Aaron Ramsey (loan recall)
Tyreik Wright (loan recall)
Alex Moreno (Real Betis)
Jhon Duran (Chicago Fire)

Cameron Archer (Middlesbrough) Loan
Tyreik Wright (Plymouth Argyle)
Frederic Guilbert (RC Strasbourg)
Indiana Vassilev (St. Louis City SC)
Danny Ings (West Ham)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
Morgan Sanson (Strasbourg) Loan


Byron Wilson (Coventry)
Conor McManus (Bray Wanderers)
Fin Stevens (loan recall)
Mads Bech (loan recall)
Beaux Booth (Dorking)
Kevin Schade (Freiburg) Loan
Paris Maghoma (loan recall)
Romeo Beckham (Inter Miami) Loan
Nathan Young-Coombes (loan recall)

Myles Peart-Harris (Forest Green Rovers) Loan extension
Aaron Pressley (Accrington) Loan
Lachlan Brook (Crewe) Loan extension
Edon Pruti (Hartlepool)
Mads Bech (Groningen) Loan
Ellery Balcombe (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Tariqe Fosu (Rotherham) Loan
Paris Maghoma (MK Dons) Loan
Charlie Goode (Blackpool) Loan

Brighton & Hove Albion

Facundo Buonanotte (Rosario Central)
Jamie Mullins (Bohemians)
Mark O’Mahony (Cork)

Aaron Connolly (Hull) Loan
Reda Khadra (Birmingham)
Ed Turns (Leyton Orient) Loan
James Beadle (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)


David Datro Fofana (Molde)
Benoit Badiashile (Monaco)
Andrey Santos (Vasco da Gama)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven)
Malo Gusto (Lyon)

Bashir Humphreys (Paderborn) Loan
Malo Gusto (Lyon) Loan

Chelsea transfer news
Benoit Badiashile (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace

Killian Phillips (Shrewsbury) Loan
Jack Butland (Man Utd) Loan
John-Kymani Gordon (Carlise) Loan
Malcolm Ebiowei (Hull) Loan
Ryan Bartley (Eastbourne Borough) Loan
David Boateng (Dover) Loan


Ellis Simms (loan recall)
Nathan Broadhead (loan recall)
Niels Nkounkou (loan recall)

Salomon Rondon (released)
Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich)
Tom Cannon (Preston) Loan
Niels Nkounkou (Saint-Etienne) Loan
Sebastian Quirk (Accrington Stanley)
Tyler Onyango (Forest Green) Loan
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)


Anthony Knockaert (loan recall)

Idris Odutayo (Maidenhead) Loan extension
Anthony Knockaert (Huddersfield) Loan
Ibane Bowat (Den Bosch) Loan

Leeds United

Max Wober (RB Salzburg)
Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)

Mateusz Klich (MLS pending)
Alfie McCalmont (Carlisle) Loan
Leo Hjelde (Rotherham) Loan
Max Dean (MK Dons)
Cody Drameh (Luton) Loan
Joe Gelhardt (Sunderland) Loan

Leicester City

George Hirst (loan recall)
Victor Kristiansen (Copenhagen)
Tete (Lyon)

George Hirst (Ipswich) Loan
Ben Nelson (Doncaster) Loan
Jakub Stolarczyk (Hartlepool) Loan


Cody Gakpo (PSV)
Billy Koumetio (Austria Vienna) Loan recall
Max Woltman (loan recall)
Jakub Ojrzynski (loan recall)
James Balagizi (loan recall)
Fidel O’Rourke (loan recall)
Rhys Williams (loan recall)

Jake Cain (Swindon Town)
Jarell Quansah (Bristol Rovers) Loan

Liverpool transfer news
Cody Gakpo photo vis

Manchester City

Liam Delap (loan recall)
Maximo Perrone (Velez Sarsfield)

Josh Wilson-Esbrand (Coventry) Loan
Liam Delap (Preston) Loan
Kayky (Bahia) Loan

Manchester United

Jack Butland (Crystal Palace) Loan
Wout Weghorst (Burnley) Loan

Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Shola Shoretire Loan (Bolton Wanderers)
Charlie Savage (Forest Green) Loan

Newcastle United

Amadou Diallo (free) 
Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Anthony Gordon (Everton)

Garang Kuol (Hearts) Loan
Chris Wood (Nott’m Forest) Loan
Dylan Stephenson (Hamilton) Loan

Nottingham Forest

Gustavo Scarpa (Palmeiras)
Danilo (Palmeiras)
Alex Mighten (loan recall)
Chris Wood (Newcastle United) Loan

Loic Bade (loan recall)
Dale Taylor (Burton Albion) Loan
Aaron Donnelly (Port Vale) Loan


Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Carlos Alcaraz (Racing Club)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
James Bree (Luton)

Dynel Simeu (Morecambe) Loan
Dan Nlundulu (Bolton) Loan
Nico Lawrence (Torquay) Loan


Arnaut Danjuma (Villarreal) Loan

West Ham United

Luizao (Sao Paulo)
Armstrong Okoflex (loan recall)
Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Thierry Nevers (Bradford) Loan
Craig Dawson (Wolves)
Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland)
Darren Randolph (AFC Bournemouth)
Will Greenidge (Colchester) Loan

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Joe Young (loan recall)
Louie Moulden (loan recall)
Theo Corbeanu (loan recall)
Christian Marques (loan recall)
Lewis Richards (loan recall)
Mario Lemina (Nice)
Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain)
Craig Dawson (West Ham)
Dan Bentley (Bristol City)
Ki-Jana Hoever (loan recall)

Leo Bonatini (released)
Joe Young (Telford) Loan
Goncalo Guedes (Benfica) Loan
Theo Corbeanu (Arminia Bielefeld) Loan
Leonardo Campana (Inter Miami)
Connor Ronan (Colorado Rapids)
Fabio Silva (PSV) Loan
Matija Sarkic (Stoke) Loan
Ki-Jana Hoever (Stoke) Loan
Jackson Smith (Walsall) Loan

Premier League transfers
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Cunha  (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Transfer Deadline Day, live! Join our show, send questions, analysis


Transfer deadline day is here for January 2023, as the winter window shuts at 6pm ET on Jan. 31 for Premier League clubs.

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The clock is ticking late in the window and we will have all angles covered for you here at Pro Soccer Talk.

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From clicking on the links above to read the latest reports and analysis, having Sky Sports News live on Peacock all day long and to our own Pro Soccer Talk live deadline day show which starts at 5:30pm ET on Jan. 31, you won’t miss a thing.

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Click on the video below to send in your questions for the PST crew for our deadline day chat where we will round up all of the deals happening late in the window, dish out grades to Premier League teams based on their business and give our analysis on the best signings of the January window.

Premier League table, 2022-23 season


If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.

Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.

Premier League table – January 23

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Weston McKennie joins Leeds: Is this a good move for the USMNT star?


USMNT star Weston McKennie has signed for Leeds United from Juventus.

“Leeds United States of America” continues to grow with McKennie to join fellow Americans Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson playing for Jesse Marsch and newly-appointed assistant Chris Armas.

Who will be next to turn up at Elland Road, Christian Pulisic?

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Juventus boss Max Allegri confirmed that Juventus and Leeds have completed the deal and that the USMNT midfielder will not be available to play for the Italian giants against Monza on Sunday.

“There’s an agreement ready between clubs to sell McKennie. He won’t be available tomorrow,” Allegri said.

Would a move to Leeds be a good fit for Weston McKennie?

Stylistically the Premier League is a great fit for Weston McKennie and Leeds are probably one of the best teams he could move to.

He loves to fly into tackles and drive forward from midfield and playing just in front of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca or to the right of them would be a perfect spot for him at Leeds.

It would give Leeds more control of games and the Yorkshire club also play to his strengths. it’s a really good fit.

McKennie has struggled to have a big impact at Juve this season as injuries have taken their toll on him over the last few years. That would perhaps be the one concern about his move to the Premier League, as McKennie seems to pick up quite a few knocks.

However, looking at his stats below from this season at Juventus, the chances he creates per game and the shots per game will improve and his accurate passing will help Leeds become less susceptible on the counter.

McKennie is a player who rattles into tackles, feeds off the energy of his fans and his mentality is perfect for the aggressive side Jesse Marsch has created at Leeds.

The Texas born midfielder has always wanted to play in the Premier League and he’s got his wish at a club where he will play week in, week out and one which suits his style of play perfectly.

Weston McKennie
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