Tottenham vs Wolves: Kane keeps Spurs flying high

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Tottenham beat Wolves 1-0 to momentarily go top of the Premier League table, as Harry Kane’s second half header was enough to get past a stubborn Wolves side.

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Antonio Conte’s side were second best in the first half but improved in the second half as Kane popped up with the winner and Wolves failed to take the chances they created.

Spurs have seven points from their first three games of the season, while Wolves have one point and despite showing plenty of promise they have yet to win this season and haven’t won in their last 10 games heading back to last season.

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What we learned from Tottenham vs Wolves

Leggy Spurs struggling with intensity: Similar to their game at Chelsea, Spurs couldn’t get going in the first half and will feel pretty lucky to have won this game. They struggled to match Wolves’ intensity and were a little leggy as they came up against a stubborn and determined Wolves side but they did enough in the second half to get the job done. Antonio Conte may have to tweak the way he sets up this Spurs team as they are getting overrun in midfield with this 3-4-3 formation.

Wolves lovely to watch, but same problems remain: Bruno Lage’s Wolves were superb in the first half and stroked the ball around brilliantly as new signings Goncalo Guedes and Matheus Nunes slotted in seamlessly. The latter almost scored with a flicked header but that was as close as Wolves got. And that is their main problem. Lage’s side knock the ball around splendidly and are more attack-minded in a 4-3-3 system but they still don’t have a clinical edge. With Raul Jimenez returning from injury, he will help with that. There were a lot of positive for Wolves to take from this performance but there’s still a nagging sense of whether or not they will score enough goals to push for European qualification this season.

Resilient Tottenham ready to take next step: Their spirited draw at Chelsea and this narrow win over Wolves proves that Antonio Conte is ready to take Tottenham to the next level. These are the kind of games you need to win if you’re serious about challenging for the title and that is the next step for Spurs. They may not be serious contenders this season but they do look to have closed the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City, especially when it comes to their mentality and resilience. We know Spurs have the attacking talents to blow teams away but we now know they have the mental toughness to hang in there and grab points when perhaps they didn’t deserve them.


Tactical focus

Wolves totally dominated the first half as they kept the ball well, looked dangerous on the break and outnumbered Spurs in midfield. Tottenham’s 3-4-3 system just wasn’t working as both Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski were totally isolated. In the second half Spurs forced the issue more and won the midfield battle, as Spurs again relied on a Harry Kane header from a well-worked corner.

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Stars of the show

Harry Kane: Had the quality and composure needed in the second half to get Spurs on the front foot and scored the all-important goal. Scored his 250th goal for Tottenham in all competitions and 185th in the Premier League, to set a new record as he has scored more goals for a single PL team than any other player in history. Incredible.

Ruben Neves: At the heart of everything good Wolves did and the skipper came close to scoring on a few occasions. He oozes class.


What’s next?

Spurs travel to Nottingham Forest next Sunday, Aug. 28, while Wolves host Newcastle on the same day. Wolves also have a League Cup game at home against Preston on Tuesday, Aug. 23.


How to watch Tottenham vs Wolves live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 7:30am ET, Saturday
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Key storylines

Spurs are looking very good for a top four finish, at least, this season but Antonio Conte’s side were very lucky to come away with a 2-2 draw at Chelsea last time out. That result, despite being outplayed, points to a new-found resilience at Tottenham and Harry Kane popped up with the crucial equalizer late on. If they want to close the gap on title favorites Manchester City and Liverpool this season, they have to brush aside teams like Wolves to stay in the hunt. They did that with minimum fuss against an attack-minded Southampton on the opening day of the season, so let’s see how they cope against a solid, stubborn team who will sit back and defend deep.

Speaking of Wolves, their main issue once again looks like it will be scoring goals. Raul Jimenez is out injured and the likes of Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Hwang-Hee chan all missed big chances last weekend against Fulham. They’ve switched to a 4-4-2 system this season and Lage is trying to rejuvenate his squad after a poor finish to the 2021-22 campaign. But let’s not forget, Wolves were pushing for European qualification for most of last season before the wheels came off. Also, Wolves have three of their last four Premier League games away at Tottenham…


In-form players to keep an eye on

Harry Kane got his goal against Chelsea last time out and he will look to be at his playmaking best to get Son and Kulusevski in-behind the Wolves full backs. Hugo Lloris has also been really good in the first few weeks of this season.

For Wolves, well, it’s the same old story as Jose Sa’s penalty save grabbed them a point at home against Fulham last time out. New signing Matheus Nunes will likely come straight into the team and his quality on the ball as a true box-to-box midfielder will excite Wolves’ fans.


Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup

Oliver Skipp remains out with a lower leg injury, while Clement Lenglet is back on the bench after an adductor issue. Center back Cristian Romero is definitely out with a hip issue, which is a big blow, as Davinson Sanchez comes in. Ivan Perisic comes in for Ryan Sessegnon, as it looks like Conte will stick with the 3-4-3 system.


Wolves team news, injuries, lineup

Raul Jimenez is back on the bench after his recent injury, while Joao Moutinho is back and starts. New club-record signing Matheus Nunes makes his Premier League debut after after arriving from Sporting Lisbon for $50 million. While fellow Portuguese international and another new signing, Goncalo Guedes, also makes his first start for the club.



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).

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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
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.

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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).