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Changes to 2019-20 Premier League schedule released

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Readjust your calendars for the opening months of the 2019-20 Premier League season.

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The new schedule for games to be televised by broadcasters in the UK has been released, so that means new days and times for plenty of the big clashes in the opening weeks of the season.

Previously only the TV schedule for the opening weekend had been released, while now every PL Matchweek through the end of September is available. Some of the headline games see Man City host Tottenham at 12:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 17, while Liverpool and Arsenal do battle at the same time one week later.

The north London derby is now on Sept. 1 at 11:30 a.m. ET, plus Arsenal’s trip to Man United has now been changed to Monday Sept. 30 and will kick off at 3 p.m. ET.

Below is a look at the new dates and times for PL games in August and September, as the changes in the schedule for October and November will be released in the upcoming months.


Friday 9 August 2019
3 p.m. ET: Liverpool v Norwich

Saturday 10 August 2019
7:30 a.m. ET: West Ham v Man City
12:30 p.m. ET: Tottenham v Aston Villa

Sunday 11 August 2019
9 a.m. ET: Newcastle v Arsenal
11:30 a.m. ET: Man United v Chelsea

Saturday 17 August 2019
7:30 a.m. ET: Arsenal v Burnley
12:30 p.m. ET: Man City v Tottenham

Sunday 18 August 2019
9 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v Crystal Palace
11:30 a.m. ET: Chelsea v Leicester

Monday 19 August 2019
3 p.m. ET: Wolves v Man United

Friday 23 August 2019
3 p.m. ET: Aston Villa v Everton

Saturday 24 August 2019
7:30 a.m. ET: Norwich v Chelsea
12:30 p.m. ET: Liverpool v Arsenal

Sunday 25 August 2019
9 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v Man City
11:30 a.m. ET: Tottenham v Newcastle

Saturday 31 August 2019
7:30 a.m. ET: Southampton v Man United
12:30 p.m. ET: Burnley v Liverpool

Sunday 1 September 2019
9 a.m. ET: Everton v Wolves
11:30 a.m. ET: Arsenal v Tottenham

Saturday 14 September 2019
7.30 a.m. ET: Liverpool v Newcastle
12:30 p.m. ET: Norwich v Man City

Sunday 15 September 2019
9 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v Everton
11:30 a.m. ET: Watford v Arsenal

Monday 16 September 2019
3 p.m. ET: Aston Villa v West Ham

Friday 20 September 2019
3 p.m. ET: Southampton v Bournemouth

Saturday 21 September 2019
7:30 a.m ET: Leicester v Tottenham
12:30 p.m. ET: Newcastle v Brighton

Sunday 22 September 2019
9 a.m. ET: West Ham v Man United
11:30 a.m. ET: Arsenal v Aston Villa*
*Moved due to Arsenal’s UEFA Europa League participation
11:30 a.m. ET: Chelsea v Liverpool

Saturday 28 September 2019
7:30 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v Liverpool
12:30 p.m. ET: Leicester v Newcastle*
*Will move to 29 Sep, 11:30 a.m. ET, if Man City play in UEFA Champions League on 1 Oct

Sunday 29 September 2019
11:30 a.m ET: Everton v Man City*
*Will move to 28 Sep, 12:30 p.m. ET if Man City play in UEFA Champions League on 1 Oct

Monday 30 September 2019
3 p.m. ET: Man United v Arsenal

Actors Reynolds, McElhenney bid to invest in Wrexham AFC

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“The Gang Buys a Football Team?”

“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” actor Rob McElhenney and “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds are said to be in talks to buy National League side Wrexham AFC, reports The Guardian.

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The Welsh club, nicknamed the Red Dragons, was founded in 1855 and made it to the European Cup Winners’ Cup eight times between 1972-96.

They’ve since been relegated out of the Football League, dipping out of League Two in 2008.

McElhenney and Reynolds have bid to take over the club, and the Wrexham Supporters Trust says 97.5 percent of their members voted to allow the actors to propose their vision for the club before a second vote.

From wst.org.uk:

As a result, talks with the proposed bidders will now continue and we are in a position to confirm the two people interested in investing in Wrexham AFC.

Rob McElhenney is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, best known as the creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Ryan Reynolds is an award-winning Canadian actor, writer, producer and business entrepreneur whose credits include Marvel’s Deadpool.

It’s gotta get McElhenney’s goat that Reynolds gets the “award-winning” adjective added to his name.

Either way, this is definitely an intriguing club for investment and the potential addition of Reynolds and McElhenney to the fray would only increase the interest in Wrexham AFC.

Deadpool and Mac would be quite a combo in the transfer market.

Arteta drawn into Ozil discussion, reacts to Liverpool doubleheader

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Mikel Arteta did his best not to give a soundbite that included Mesut Ozil’s name following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Leicester City in League Cup action on Wednesday.

Ozil, 31, has not played since assisting the lone goal in a March 7 win over West Ham and has since only twice even made the bench (June 20 and 25).

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Asked six times about the German, Arteta painted in broad strokes before mentioning Ozil in the second set of questions.

Arteta said that Ozil simply hasn’t warranted a place in an 18. This is how he responded when asked if he understood why there are so many questions about a player who has 44 goals and 77 assists in 254 appearances for the Gunners.

From Football.London:

“Of course I understand and I respect your questions but I have to try to do my job as fair as possible. I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.”

Okay then.

As for Wednesday’s win, the Gunners broke through on a Christian Fuchs own goal before sealing the deal on Eddie Nketiah’s marker just before the final whistle.

Arsenal was outshot 15-10 but both teams were decidedly second-string. Now the Gunners get consecutive affairs at Anfield, as Liverpool is the hosts for a Monday meeting in the Premier League and a League Cup fourth round tie days later.

Arteta was asked how big of a test that will be for the Gunners.

“You can imagine, probably the toughest place to go in Europe or the world. That’s the fixtures, we have to go there. Let’s go first on Monday, let’s prepare well and see how it goes.”

Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in July to deny the Reds a 100-point season, weeks after the Reds clinched the Premier League title. The Gunners again topped Liverpool in the Community Shield one month later.

The atmosphere and stakes will be high again next week. Surely Arteta can’t go 4-0 against Jurgen Klopp, right? Right?

Leicester City’s Rodgers: Gruesome Ndidi injury could cost him 12 weeks

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For every team, there’s an indispensible player and it’s difficult to argue against Leicester City’s player being Wilfred Ndidi.

The groin injury that kept the Nigerian out of Leicester’s 2-0 home loss to Arsenal in the League Cup could require surgery, said Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers after the game.

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One of the game’s top destroyers, Ndidi had played two matches at center back as Leicester opened the season 2-0.

Rodgers could hardly have made the injury sound more painful.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“We’re just waiting to hear more on that but it could be anything between six and 12 weeks,” Rodgers said. “It’s a groin abductor which may have come off the bone, which is quite a nasty one. We’re waiting to see if he needs an operation or not. If he does, it will be at least 12 weeks.”

Leicester missed Ndidi for five-of-six games in early 2020 and went 2D-3L, starting a skid that ended up costing them Champions League football.

The 23-year-old already has 34 caps for Nigeria.

The Foxes have Nampalys Mendy, Hamza Choudhury, and Daniel Amartey amongst their defensive midfield options.

They next face Man City, West Ham, Aston Villa, and Arsenal in Premier League play. Leicester will learn its Europa League group on Oct. 2 before beginning its UEL run the week of Oct. 22.

Champions League: Six-goal thriller in Norway; Marsch’s Salzburg lead

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The UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff round is delivering entertainment, with six first legs dotting the European landscape over the past 27 hours.

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American coach Jesse Marsch saw his Red Bull Salzburg take a first leg advantage home from Israel, while U.S. right back Henry Wingo and Molde played the game of the round so far against Hungary’s Ferencvaros.


Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg

The Austrian visitors were heavy favorites, especially with the hosts dealing with positive COVID-19 tests, but Maccabi took a ninth-minute lead through Dan Biton.

But young Dominik Szoboszlai’s Man of the Match showing began with a goal in the 49th minute and Masaya Okugawan gave Salzburg the lead eight minutes later ahead of next week’s second leg in Austria.

Molde 3-3 Ferencvaros

A thriller in Norway saw the hosts erase a 2-0 deficit only to hand a big away goals advantage to the Hungarian visitors with minutes to play.

Ferencvaros scored early in each half through Franck Boli and Myrto Uzuni. Both goals were set up by Endre Botka and Ferencvaros looked set to cruise through the first leg.

Molde snapped awake through former Manchester United, Cardiff City, and Seattle Sounders man Magnus Wolff Eikrem, who set up Leke James in the 55th minute before scoring a classy goal that was started on the right flank by fellow ex-Sounder and American export Henry Wingo.

Martin Ellingsen gave Molde its first lead in the 83rd, but Ihor Kharatin made it 3-3 four minutes later to send Ferencvaros back to Hungary with three away goals. A draw any less insane would be enough for them to head to the group stage.

Elsewhere

Gent 1-2 Dynamo Kiev
Olympiakos 2-0 Omonia Nicosia
Krasnodar 2-1 PAOK
Slavia Prague 0-0 Midtjylland

Second legs

Sept. 29
Ferencvaros v Molde
Dynamo Kiev v Gent
Omonia v Olympiakos

Sept. 30 
Midtjylland v Slavia Prague
PAOK v Krasnodar
Red Bull Salzburg v Maccabi Tel-Aviv