Top 5 Premier League Storylines: North London Derby and the clogged title race

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A week ago, the Premier League title race appeared to be headed towards the closest finish ever. And then it got closer. Going into Matchday 11, three teams are tied at the top of the table with 23 points, while one sits back at 22, another at 20, and one lurking at 18. Almost all of those teams are in good form. So who will take control?

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Derby Days

Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur — Sunday, 7:00 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBCSports.com)

One of these teams is on a roll, the other is reeling. One of these teams has weathered the injury bug, the other is seeing it scuttle their season.

Arsenal welcomes the hated Spurs to the Emirates for an early Sunday kick with the Gunners on an incredible 15-match unbeaten run across all competitions, with their only loss of the year coming in league play on the opening game of the season. Since then, they’ve won 12 times including seven of their last eight in Premier League play. They won a dicey yet gutty one over Ludogorets in Champions League play midweek and are in fantastic form.

Tottenham, meanwhile, is in the dumps. The club looks completely lost in the absence of Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, with Eric Dier forced from his usual holding midfield role back into defense. While the defensive record hasn’t faltered during the Belgian’s injury layoff, the build-up has, with Dier not there to provide link-up to feed the attack. Rose’s loss has compounded that problem, and now with Moussa Dembele limping off midweek in the disappointing loss to Borussia Monchengladbach that left Spurs looking likely to fall out of the Champions League, matters look even more dire.

Tottenham has been ravaged by injuries, with the latest hitting Moussa Dembele in the midweek Champions League loss Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Tottenham has been ravaged by injuries, with the latest hitting Moussa Dembele in the midweek Champions League loss Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Winner’s High?

Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough — Saturday, 10:00 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBCSports.com)

It wasn’t that long ago that Pep Guardiola faced the longest winless run of his career and the questions seemed to prod Manchester City from all directions. Now, after a demolition of lowly West Brom and a famous win over Barcelona in the Champions League, fortunes have drastically turned and City appears to be a title favorite yet again. They will be challenged against a defensively stout Middlesbrough side that held Arsenal scoreless two weekends ago and may have found its shooting boots last time out. Will City falter after the big win on Wednesday, or will they channel that momentum into a serious title hunt?

Desperate to Win

Swansea City vs. Manchester United — Sunday, 10:00 a.m. ET (CNBC/NBCSports.com)

Two managers enter Liberty Stadium in desperate need of a win. Only one can emerge victorious. Bob Bradley is under enormous pressure at Swansea City given the circumstances of his hire, and having taken a step back in last week’s comprehensive loss to Stoke, the need for a statement win – and the resulting three points – grows even greater. Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has taken charge of lackluster performance after lackluster performance, and with Manchester United stuck in eighth in the Premier League table, the Red Devils needs points now to gain a foothold in the table’s clogged top half. Just one win in their last seven has Mourinho struggling for options up front; the 37 shots without a goal against Burnley last weekend was particularly infuriating. Which side – if any – will grab a win?

Bob Bradley is in desperate need of a win, but faces a manager in a similar situation (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images).
Bob Bradley is in desperate need of a win, but faces a manager in a similar situation (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images).

Establishing a Bottom 3

Bournemouth vs. Sunderland — Saturday, 11:00 a.m. ET (NBCSports.com)
Hull City vs. Southampton — Sunday, 9:15 a.m. ET (NBCSports.com)

With Swansea taking on Manchester United, the other two clubs that make up the relegation zone have tough tests. Sunderland must hit the road to take on a Bournemouth club that’s yet to pick up a marquee win but has also taken care of business against the bottom third. Meanwhile, Hull City hosts a Southampton side sitting ninth in the table and has picked up points against better sides. The Tigers have lost six in a row and seven of eight, and any further of a slide could condemn them to the drop even before Christmas.

Should these floundering teams all falter again, they are in serious danger of establishing an early bottom three, leaving them with lots of extra legwork to pull themselves out. At the moment, it’s hard to envision anyone else falling far enough to leave the door open, and it’s on the clubs in the drop zone to change that.

In-Form Feature

Chelsea vs. Everton — Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET (NBC/NBCSports.com)

Chelsea is arguably in the best form of anyone in the Premier League, but that will be put to the test this weekend with a featured matchup against Everton at Stamford Bridge. The Toffees began this season with a bang, but had slumped from their fast start before a convincing 2-0 win over West Ham last weekend turned things back in their favor. Ross Barkley looks to be set for a stellar season as Everton could challenge for a European place, but with the Chelsea machine officially whirring at full capacity, three points for the Blues could see Antonio Conte capitalize on a slip-up by any of the three clubs tied just a point ahead of them.

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

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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
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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
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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)