- Maddison gets first PL goal
- Wolves concede own goal
- Wolves finish vs. 10, again
Jamie Vardy was sent off for a reckless studs-up challenge for Leicester, but Wolves couldn’t find their way back from a two-goal deficit in a 2-0 loss at King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Matt Doherty’s own goal was followed up by a James Maddison goal for the Foxes, who get their first points of the year.
Wolves host Man City next week while Leicester visits Southampton.
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A promising third minute break for Wolves ended with Joao Moutinho smashing a shot off the crossbar.
A sixth minute corner kick followed, but was cleared by the Foxes.
Raul Jimenez had the next best chance, a bit off target when his shot zipped toward Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
A speculative Leicester cross was lined up for a headed clearance by Doherty but took a slight deflection off a teammate’s head before the right back thumped it inside his own far post.
Maddison made it 2-0 in the 45th minute with a bouncing shot just outside the arc for his first Premier League goal.
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Schmeichel made a nice low stop on Jimenez moments after Leicester had Wolves a sixes and sevens at the other end.
Wolves then were up a man for the second-straight game, going studs up into Doherty’s knee. It was ugly, and deserved.
Ruben Neves lashed a shot that Schmeichel slapped away with six minutes to play.
Everton and Arsenal both look to stay in the top five discussion when they meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Carlo Ancelotti has Everton on 36 points, five back of fifth, while ex-Toffees midfielder Mikel Arteta has the Gunners on 34 points.
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Andre Gomes returns to Everton’s bench after his gruesome injury earlier this Fall, and Ancelotti makes five changes to his Starting XI. Ex-Arsenal man Alex Iwobi will start for the Toffees.
Nicolas Pepe rejoins Arsenal’s Starting XI after a Thursday match in the Europa League.
It’s probably not a surprise that a young Portuguese player would fancy Manchester United given the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford early his career.
Bruno Fernandes admits that those images danced through his head well before he signed with the Red Devils in January.
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It’s also not a shock that United would turn to their former player for a take on the playmaker before buying him from Sporting Lisbon.
Fernandes says he’s grateful that CR7 endorsed BF18. From Sky Sports:
“I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person,” Fernandes said. “I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words.”
Fernandes has 19 caps and two goals for Portugal, while Ronaldo has a few more with 164 and 99.
He now has a goal and an assist in four appearances for United. Ronaldo finished with 118 goals and 69 assists in 292 appearances for the Red Devils.
Here’s the finish:
Eden Hazard is set to miss the Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League first leg against Man City with a broken fibula.
Hazard had only returned to the lineup for two matches following a three-month absence with an ankle injury.
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The 29-year-old has made just 15 appearances for Real since arriving in a big-money move from Chelsea, scoring once with five assists.
He has never appeared in less than 30 league matches over the course of his career, five times missing one or zero matches.
Of course, all of his absences show that Real is very comfortable playing and winning without Hazard. Zinedine Zidane’s men lost Sunday to drop behind Barcelona in La Liga, but that was just its second loss of the league season.
Real will be taxed in depth like its rivals, with Wednesday’s visit from Man City followed by an El Clasico at the Bernabeu on March 1. Barcelona hosts Napoli on Tuesday.
Whether you like the playmaker or despise him, there must be some sense of sympathy for his latest ailments (even if Man City and Barca fans will likely offer a Jerry Seinfeld-esque, “That’s a shame”).
A pair of Premier League basement dwellers face stiff tests in their bids to win another season in the top flight.
Manchester United hosts Watford on NBCSN while Wolves welcome Norwich City on CNBC as both home sides aim to improve the health of their top four hopes in 9 a.m. ET kickoffs.
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Lineups notes from both matches: