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Premier League monthly award nominees announced

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Six players have been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month for August, with three players from Manchester City in the running.

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Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are all up for the monthly award, while Roberto Firmino flies the flag for Liverpool and in-form strikers Teemu Pukki and Ashley Barnes also get the nod.

De Bruyne has racked up five assists and one goal, while Aguero has six goals to his name and Sterling has scored five times. Firmino has two goals and two assists after a perfect start for Liverpool, while Barnes has four goals for Burnley and Pukki has five goals for Norwich as he continues to be on fire in his first season in the Premier League.

It is likely that De Bruyne and Firmino will be the favorites to grab the award, such has been their overall important to Man City and Liverpool in the early weeks of the season.

Four managers have also been nominated for the Manager of the Month awards, with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson.

With four wins from four, Klopp is the favorite to win the award, while Guardiola and City are flying once again. Rodgers has led Leicester to an unbeaten start, while Hodgson has masterminded a very good start for Palace.

Below is a look at the candidates for both awards, plus details on how to vote.


Player of the Month nominees

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Premier League Preview: Burnley v. Liverpool

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Liverpool can set a club record with victory over Burnley as the two sides meet at Turf Moor on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, live on NBC or live online at NBCSports.com.

The Reds are gunning for 13 straight top-flight wins, something never been achieved before in the club’s history. Liverpool currently stands as the last remaining 100% league record in any of the top six tiers of English football.

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The last time Liverpool failed to record victory in top flight action was back in early March, a 0-0 draw with nearby rivals Everton at Goodison Park. Their last loss in Premier League play was all the way back in early January, a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City that famously featured a Liverpool goal ruled out by goal-line technology by the tiniest of margins, setting the stage for Man City’s ruthless run to the title.

The Reds are mostly healthy, with just Naby Keita and Alisson sidelined due to injury. The former is still recovering from a hip flexor strain and will reportedly not be fit until after the international break, while Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper is still on the mend with a calf problem that Klopp would not commit to a timetable, only saying Friday during his pre-match press conference that it is a “proper injury” and “it will take some time.”

Burnley will be without Johann Berg Gudmundsson, whose calf injury is less serious than initially feared but still troublesome enough to hold him out this weekend. Robbie Brady and Steven Defour are also likely missing from action for the Clarets. The start to the season has been a mixed bag for Burnley, who sit on one each of a win, loss, and draw in that order. A 1-1 result against a solid Wolves side last time out will prove promising, despite the match featuring two points dropped as the opponents scored deep into stoppage time to share the spoils.

However, an embarrassing loss to Sunderland in League Cup last time out will leave manager Sean Dyche looking for a reaction, with yet another defeat in league play turning what has been a fairly solid start to the season somewhat spoiled, while a shocking result against an in-form Liverpool side would provide a valuable spark. History is not on their side, having picked up just four of a possible 30 points all-time against Liverpool in Premier League play.


Injuries/suspensions

Burnley – OUT: Robbie Brady (rib), Steven Defour (calf). QUESTIONABLE: Johann Berg Gundmusson (calf).

Liverpool – OUT: Naby Keita (hip flexor), Alisson (calf).


What they’re saying

Burnley midfielder Jack Cork on playing the best teams: “It’s a good challenge and a good test. When you’re young and growing up you want to be playing against these sort of teams; you dream of playing for the Liverpools and Manchester Uniteds. It’s good to play them and say ‘I’m good enough to do this at this level.’ It’s good to test yourself against the best players in the world and there’s nothing better than the current European champions. You can’t look past that. We know it’s going to be a difficult game.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on previous confrontation with Sean Dyche: “Probably everybody will write that it didn’t look like Sean Dyche and I were best friends after the last game. It was an intense game, Joe Gomez got injured, we had a couple of discussions. But both coaching staff, myself and Joe are just proper competitors, so we don’t hide our emotions obviously. That can happen. But from my point of view, it was always completely respectful because I respect them and I respect Sean a lot, what he is doing there, to keep a team like Burnley really always on that level of motivation, determination and desire and all that stuff. It’s so difficult and they are doing that.”


Projected lineups:

Burnley: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Lennon; Wood, Barnes.

Liverpool: Adrian; Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson; Mane, Firmino, Salah.


Prediction:

While Sean Dyche won’t face the same dilemma Arsenal botched last time Liverpool took the field in pushing full-backs further up the pitch, this is still a difficult game for Burnley in a slightly different sense. Sure, Liverpool doesn’t look as defensively hardened as they did last campaign, but this is still one of the best back lines in the European game, and Burnley’s attacking options aren’t up for the task. Unless Ashley Barnes can channel his good form to next-level heights, Burnley will fall 1-0 to a good Liverpool attack that will work hard to find a way through and hold firm once going in front.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings have arrived, after a wild Matchweek 3.

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There are plenty of players who have staked their claim to remain in our top 20 early in the season, a sprinkling of players staying in the same position and stars from Man City, Leicester City and Liverpool dominate the upper echelons.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Up 2
2. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – New entry
3. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – New entry
4. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) – Down 2
5. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 4
6. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Even
7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – New entry
8. Mason Mount (Chelsea) – Up 10
9. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – Up 5
10. Wilfried Ndidi (Leicester) – New entry
11. Sebastian Haller (West Ham) – New entry
12. Anthony Martial (Man United) – Even
13. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Even
14. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) – New entry
15. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Down 4
16. Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City) – Even
17. Joel Matip (Liverpool) – New entry
18. James Maddison (Leicester City) – Down 8
19. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – New entry
20. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – New entry

Wolves snatch late point vs. Burnley

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Raul Jimenez’s penalty seven minutes into stoppage time gave Wolves a point with a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Sunday at the Molineux Stadium.

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Wolves now have three draws in three matches, while Burnley has four points.


Three things

  1. We’re paying rent in Ashley Barnes‘ world — Known most for his combustible, some-would-say dirty nature, the Burnley striker now has four goals this early season and more than one, including Sunday’s opener, have been bangers.
  2. Nuno’s men could use a break — Wolves fought well, but you can tell the Europa League schedule has heavily taxed their spirit. How tired are they? Here are the thoughts of an exhausted Raul Jimenez, and you can read the “Thank you, God” inside them –> “I think [the penalty] is the right decision. When I get in possession he tried to kick the ball, then he kicked me. It came at a good moment for us.”
  3. Don’t ever bet against Sean Dyche — We’ve written it 100 times. The big man can get a result from anywhere, at any time.

Burnley was easily the better unit over the first 45 minutes, and was rewarded with a goal even after VAR ruled one out.

Barnes chested a neatly-headed flick into shooting position and unleashed a missile that zipped past Rui Patricio for a 1-0 lead.

Both sides began the second half brightly, with Morgan Gibbs-White lashed a shot offf the outside of the netting and Barnes unable to get purchase on a ball over the top of the Wolves back line.

But Erik Pieters cut down Jimenez in the box late to set the Mexican international up for a win.

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AT HALF: Joelinton puts Spurs down; Barnes scores again

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Two of the Premier League’s traditional Top Four contenders have already dropped points this weekend, and dominant Spurs may join them after making another first half mistake at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Spurs and Wolves are both trail at the break, though the latter is being out-performed by Burnley at home. Tottenham, however, appears to be on the verge of its equalizer.


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If we told you that one team would score before the half-hour mark, stringing together 15 passes and making a defense look a bit unorganized, you certainly would’ve been mouthing Harry Kane.

Uh-uh. Joelinton.

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Everything Ashley Barnes touches is turning to gold.

Burnley’s cantankerous striker has his fourth goal of the season after just two matches and a dozen minutes.

Chesting the ball on the run, Barnes lashed a 20-yard effort near post for a stylish goal that gave the Clarets a surprise 1-0 lead at the Molineux.

It was a well-earned Dwight McNeil headed flick that got the ball to Barnes, who hit one of those shots that seems to make the ball shrink on its way past the keeper.