Crystal Palace have lost their last 12 Premier League games without Wilfried Zaha, so, naturally, the news that their Ivorian winger is back in training is a huge boost for the Eagles.
Palace head to Huddersfield Town on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via NBCSports.com) in what already seems like a massive clash. The Terriers have yet to win in the Premier League this season, while Palace have lost three-straight after their opening day win.
Speaking about the possibility of Zaha coming straight back into his team this weekend, Palace boss Roy Hodgson was cautious.
“It was Wilf’s first training session today. It was debated whether he should join in, but he was determined to,” Hodgson said. “The same with James Tomkins. We’ll have to wait and see how they react to tomorrow’s training session to see if they will be available. If we listen to our medical department, both are coming back as early, if not earlier, than should have been expected.”
Right, so if you have Wilf in your PL fantasy team I’d say he will have a 75 percent chance of playing but the sounds of things. So ignore that little yellow caution sign next to him in your FPL team. Zaha is that important to Palace that they may well take a risk to start him.
Yes, it’s early in the season for that, but we saw against Southampton before the break how the entire dynamic of their attacking unit alters without Zaha.
Christian Benteke, who has yet to score this season and missed a hatful of chances in the defeat against Saints, is out injured with a knee problem. If Zaha is fit enough he will come in for Benteke through the middle up top, with new signings Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer both up to full fitness and they could start for the Eagles in midfield.
Lionel Messi has started the UEFA Champions League campaign as he means to go.
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By scoring a sublime free kick to put Barcelona ahead against PSV Eindhoven.
In their Group B opener at the Nou Camp, Ousmane Dembele was fouled and Messi stepped up to curl home a perfect free kick into the top corner.
Take a look at the video below to watch the first goal of the 2018-19 UCL group stage being scored.
The UEFA Champions League group stage is back for the 2018-19 season, with some early kick offs (12:55 p.m. ET) in Group B serving up mouthwatering clashes.
It is okay to drool over the UCL games instead of your lunch this Tuesday. Honest.
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Tottenham Hotspur head to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium to take on Inter Milan as Mauricio Pochettino has raised some eyebrows with his squad selection following back-to-back defeats in the Premier League. Inter have had a tough start in Serie A, winning just once and losing twice (against Sassuolo and Parma) in their opening four games, but the likes of Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi start in attack as they look to inflict more misery on Spurs.
Elsewhere in Group B, Barcelona host reigning Dutch champs PSV Eindhoven at the Nou Camp with Lionel Messi and Co. starting off as one of the favorites to lift the trophy in Madrid next May. PSV and Mexico star Hirving Lozano will be seen as a huge threat to Barca, as the Dutch giants aim for an upset.
Click on the link above to follow all the action live, while we will keep you up to date with all of the UCL across Europe right here at Pro Soccer Talk.
While here are the starting lineups for all four teams.
Inter Milan v Tottenham
Barcelona v PSV
LIMA, Peru (AP) A Peruvian soccer league match resumed on Monday after being suspended a day earlier because of fighting between fans of the same team.
The country’s soccer association said the last 25 minutes of the match between Alianza Lima and Sporting Cristal would be played behind closed doors.
Sporting Cristal was leading 2-1 Sunday when the match was suspended. Four people were wounded by gunshots outside the stadium during the match.
Peruvian Interior Minister Mauro Medina says the incident happened after rival groups of Alianza Lima fans clashed with each other. Police used tear gas to stop the fight.
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Premier League player Power Rankings are back after a frantic Week 5 of the 2018-19 season.
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With a bevvy of fine individual displays after the international break, we have plenty of top talents to choose from.
Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.
Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Even
- Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool – New entry
- Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – New entry
- Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) – New entry
- Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – New entry
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 4
- Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Down 4
- Jorginho (Chelsea) – Down 2
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – New entry
- Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Up 5
- N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
- Ruben Neves (Wolves) – Even
- Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Even
- James Milner (Liverpool) – New entry
- Glenn Murray (Brighton) – Up 4
- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – New entry
- Willian (Chelsea) – New entry
- David De Gea (Man United ) – New entry
- Josh King (Bournemouth) – New entry
- Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham) – New entry