Three things: Atalanta – Real Madrid, Gladbach – Man City

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If you like a good defensive drill day in training, the UEFA Champions League’s Wednesday matches were just your style.

Short-handed Real Madrid needed 68 minutes to take advantage of a controversial 17th-minute red card for Atalanta, a terrific Ferland Mendy strike sealing a 1-0 win with five minutes left in Bergamo.

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The other first leg saw Borussia Monchengladbach’s bid to hit visiting Man City on the counterattack yield few chances in a 2-0 loss, the Bundesliga side putting one of just three shots on target as City won its 19th-straight in all competitions.


Three things we learned from Atalanta – Real Madrid

1. Early red card taxes match, entertainment: Only Serie A leaders Inter Milan have scored more goals than Atalanta’s 53, and the Bergamo-based team has been as fun as any to watch over the past few seasons. Real Madrid is Real Madrid, of course, authors of 42 goals in 24 league matches and added another 11 in six group stage matches. So we felt set for some open football and instead got a slog after Remo Freuler was sent off 17 minutes in for a harsh red card. VAR did not see the call of a last man back foul as a clear and obvious error — something even Mark Clattenburg noted as harsh on the broadcast — and Atalanta was down a man. Now throw in the hosts desire to limit Real’s away goals and might as well pull up video of a 1990s calcio affair and check the score line later.

2. Real’s injury problems on show: Sure most are pas their primes, but the list of the Real Madrid stars absent from Wednesday’s first leg includes Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo, and even Fede Valverde. The midfield was steady as usual between Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro, but the finish was nowhere to be found even up a man. Vinicius Junior was yanked after 57 minutes, while Marco Asensio and Isco combined for three shots and only one on frame. When Zinedine Zidane lifted Isco and Asensio late, it was for Hugo Duro and Sergio Arribas. The 19-year-old Arribas entered the day with 112 first-team minutes, while the 21-year-old Duro subbed in with 1,162 senior minutes under his belt, all but 24 coming on loan to Getafe.

3. Advantage Atalanta? If you told Gian Piero Gasperini he’d go down a man with 81% of the match to play and concede just two shots on target, he’d ask who was directing this fantasy film. But the Serie A hosts hung tough and kept Real from taking an away goal.

Man of the Match: Toni Kroos

Four key passes and 154 touches later, don’t blame the German for the goose egg on the scoreboard. His shot corner fittingly started the play that ended with Mendy’s goal, and Kroos completed 15-of-19 long passes.


Three things we learned from Gladbach – Man City

1. A well-oiled machine thrives at half-speed: Borussia Monchengladbach has some incredible players — Marcus Thuram, Florian Neuhaus, Denis Zakaria… — and a very good coach in Marco Rose, but it was going to need some big mistakes from Man City to take hold of this tie. With both teams traveling to Hungary, there was no home advantage. That said, City was a bit off from its best self and things were still fine. For example, a terrible Ramy Bensebaini giveaway sent Gabriel Jesus 1v1 with the keeper but the indecisive Brazilian allowed himself to be caught from behind. It wouldn’t happen twice, as Jesus paid the price to push home a second away goal late in the match. At times this had the feel of City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal at the weekend, one team happy to keep the scoreline in check while the other failed to finish at its usual rate.

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2. Gladbach fails in rare dangerous moments: Rose’s side was well-organized but found itself denied in its best chances. Kyle Walker made a fine tackle in the first half and also helped close the lines to through balls but Gladbach’s passing was off, too. And that’s what happened when Gladbach could’ve tied the score with Alassane Plea in space and just needing a good assist to bury an equalizer. It was too heavy and the chance was gone. Maybe on another day with a fully-fit Marcus Thuram leading the line.

3. Guardiola’s four-day master plan produces two wins: Rodri, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, and Aymeric Laporte were rested against Arsenal, and three of the four were not just fresh but very, very good on Wednesday. Foden was the exception, merely pretty good over his 80 minutes before subbing off for Sergio Aguero (also rested on Saturday). Guardiola is in a moment where nearly every one of his risks have given reward, and giving Kevin De Bruyne more time to recover from his longest run-out in a month also bore no ill results.

Man of the Match: Bernardo Silva

The Portuguese had a goal and an assist, a great run meeting an even better ball from Joao Cancelo on the opener.

 

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
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


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
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium


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)

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Chelsea looks to keep up its top-four pace when it visits Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

The match is Graham Potter’s first in the Premier League since leaving Brighton for new digs in London. The Blues drew Salzburg in 1-1 in Potter’s first match with Chelsea, and many eyes will be trained on his Starting XI.

STREAM LIVE CRYSTAL PALACE vs CHELSEA

Palace is winless in its last three Premier League matches including back-to-back draws versus Brentford and Newcastle. Patrick Vieira would love to make that a three-match unbeaten run with a good result Saturday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Chelsea.

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

What will Graham Potter’s first Premier League XI look like come Saturday? Kepa Arrizabalaga could be in goal if Edouard Mendy is not ready, but will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remain a starter? Are Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic locks for the midfield? Lots to monitor as Christian Pulisic, Conor Gallagher, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech will hope to have made a major impression.

Palace has played well against the “Big Six” this year, leading Man City 2-0 before an Erling Haaland hat trick, drawing Liverpool, and losing on Opening Day vs Arsenal while holding 57% of the ball and matching the Gunners in shots and shots on target. A win over the Blues sure would do the trick.


Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin). OUT: James Tomkins (calf), Nathan Ferguson (ankle), Jack Butland (hand)

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Edouard Mendy (knee), N’Golo Kante (thigh).