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PL Sunday Preview: Bournemouth hosts Everton; Arsenal visits Watford

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The Premier League’s Matchweek 5 is going to keep on giving, with two matches lined up for Sunday.

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Bournemouth v. Everton — 9 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Following a sluggish start, an up-to-speed Everton, powered by Richarlison, Alex Iwobi and Moise Keane, look to continue on the same path, with similar speed. 

In their first league starts, Keane and Iwobi contributed positively in the Toffees’ three-goal performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Couple Marco Silva‘s new arrivals with Richarlison and Gyfi Sigurdson, and the side’s current attacking prowess is what the side desperately needed when the season first kicked off. It now seems like Everton’s lucrative investments on their attack is paying dividends.

With Bournemouth’s defensive struggles in mind, things can be worse than a trip to the southern tip of England for Everton.

Despite a win against Aston Villa earlier this season, injury-ravaged Bournemouth are struggling to stay afloat. In their last three league matches, the Cherries have allowed 18 shots on target, seven goals. The attack isn’t compensating for the lack of defensive stability either, scoring four goals in the team’s five competitive matches this season. 

There is a small silver lining for Eddie Howe and Co. ahead of Sunday, though. Midfielder Lewis Cook, 22, is slated to make his Dean Court return, following a lengthy injury.

INJURIES: Bournemouth —  OUT: David Brooks (ankle), Dan Gosling (hip), Charlie Daniels (knee), Arnaut Danjuma (foot), Junior Stanislas (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: Simon Francis (knee), Lloyd Kelly (ankle) | Everton  — OUT: Jonas Lössl (calf), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh); QUESTIONABLE: None


Watford v. Arsenal — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

For a second time at Vicarage Road, the Quique Sanchez Flores era is on. 

The 54-year-old’s official return to Watford comes after three years away in Spain and in China. This time, though, the stakes are much higher and the room for error is much slimmer. The table says it all.

With only a point to their name after four bouts, the Hornets are quickly morphing into the league’s bottom dwellers. Will the Spaniard be able to overturn a disastrous defense and a lackluster attack that has only produced two goals? Unlike other teams in the league, Watford’s manager has a nearly-healthy team, and is only a few weeks away from regaining captain Troy Deeney from a knee injury.

That said, there is a stack of work to be done, and taking on Arsenal and Manchester City back-to-back is probably not going to help Watford’s frail state.

Coming in, Arsenal aren’t as feeble as their counterparts, but their confidence (and standing on the table) can use some help, following a loss to Liverpool and a draw to Tottenham in their last two league matches.

The Gunners, who in three weeks will play seven matches, will be without Alexandre Lacazette, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang becomes the team’s lone center-forward option with experience. Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, too, are not expected to dress on Sunday, although manager Unai Emery hinted that their returns are imminent (a defensive boost, in theory).

Given their far-from-ideal situation, improvement is not something Arsenal are going to shy away from on Sunday against a transitioning and vulnerable Watford.

INJURIES: Watford —  OUT: Troy Deeney (knee); QUESTIONABLE: Craig Cathcart (thigh) | Arsenal  — OUT: Hector Bellerín (knee), Kieran Tierney (groin), Alexandre Lacazette (ankle), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin); QUESTIONABLE: None

PL Sunday preview: Man City visit Bournemouth; Spurs host Newcastle

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After six Premier League fixtures on Saturday, and one on Friday, three more remain in Matchweek 3. Roll on, Sunday…

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Bournemouth v. Man City — 9 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Manchester City’s directive for the 2019-20 season is clear, and comes from 31 miles west of Manchester: if you’re not perfect — or very, very close to it — Liverpool will win the title. After dropping a pair of points at home to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Man City find themselves in the chaser’s position, though it’s far from foreign to them after trailing the Reds by 10 points at one point last season. A trip to Bournemouth appears to be just what the doctor ordered: since the Cherries returned to the PL four seasons ago, City have trounced the south-coast side, winning all eight contests by a combined score of 25-3.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is trying to see his side’s dismal record in a slightly more positive light.

“I think we know historically that if we perform our very best, we’ve got a chance of beating anybody. I think that’s been the story of our Premier League journey. We’ve had to play very well to get anything from the top teams. Every time we’ve played against them, and I’ve said this before, we’ve come from the pitch learning more about ourselves. And what we have to do to grow and become better.”

INJURIES: Bournemouth —  OUT: Lewis Cook (knee), Simon Francis (knee), Junior Stanislas (hamstring), Dan Gosling (hip), Lloyd Kelly (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: Arnaut Danjuma (foot) | Man City  — OUT: John Stones (thigh), Benjamin Mendy (fitness), Leroy Sane (knee)


Tottenham v. Newcastle — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Tottenham are set to put their undefeated start to the still-young season on the line when Newcastle United visit Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. A week after taking last weekend’s unlikely point, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side continues to get a little deeper and stronger with each passing day, with the exception of one fresh injury concern. Deadline-day arrival Giovani Lo Celso is yet to start for his new club, but the Argentine made his debut as a second-half substitute last weekend. Fast-forward a week and Lo Celso could be in line for that first start with fellow summer signing Tanguy Ndombele a doubt with what the club is calling a minor thigh injury. Son Heung-min, a double-digit goalscorer in three straight PL seasons, is also due back in the team after serving the final two games of his three-game suspension dating back to last season. So long as Harry Kane‘s ankle ligaments remain structurally sound, Pochettino has a real embarrassment of riches at his disposal (by Spurs’ standards), including the likes of Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, both of whom started the first two games on the bench.

As for Newcastle, life under new manager Steve Bruce is off to a far worse start than Pochettino’s sixth season at Spurs. Not only are the Magpies without a point from their first two games, but they were roundly played off the park by newly promoted Norwich City in a 3-1 defeat last weekend. There’s also the small matter of the supporters’ discontent over owner Mike Ashley’s operation of the club, chief among their concerns being his failure to retain Rafa Benitez. Miguel Almiron and Joelinton, Newcastle’s headlining attacking duo, are yet to find one another on the same page and have managed just one shot on target between them through two games. Newcastle’s six shots on target rank second-to-bottom in the PL.

INJURIES: Spurs —  OUT: Dele Alli (hamstring), Juan Foyth (ankle), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: Tanguy Ndombele (thigh) | Newcastle  — OUT: DeAndre Yedlin (groin), Florian Lejeune (knee), Andy Carroll (fitness), Dwight Gayle (calf), Jack Colback (groin)


Wolves v. Burnley — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSports.com

At this point, you’re probably wondering which is the only side with fewer shots on target than Newcastle. This might come as a shock to some, but it’s Wolverhampton Wanderers, last season’s seventh-place finishers and Europa League qualifiers. The night-and-day difference between the two sides being Wolves’ ability to still grind out results when they’re far from their very best. It’s true that Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side has scored just one goal through two games, but it’s also true that they’ve conceded just once as well, and they have two points to show for their efforts against the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City. After picking up a 3-2 victory away to Torino in Europa League action on Thursday, Espirito Santo is likely to once more rotate a handful of starters and make use of his rather deep, and expensive, squad.

After spending much of last season near, or inside, the relegation zone, Sean Dyche‘s Burnley has looked one of the most improved sides in the PL. They followed up an opening-day dismantling of Southampton with a hard-fought 2-1 defeat away to Arsenal last weekend. Ashley Barnes is in fine form with three of the Clarets’ four goals scored this season.

INJURIES: Wolves —  QUESTIONABLE: Matt Doherty (illness) | Burnley  — OUT: Steven Defour (calf), Danny Drinkwater (fitness)

Saints safe after 3-3 draw with Bournemouth (video)

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  • Wilson scores twice, including late equalizer
  • Long scores again for Saints
  • Fraser joins Hazard atop PL in assists (13)

Callum Wilson scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute to give Bournemouth a 3-3 draw with regional rivals Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Shane Long and James Ward-Prowse scored for Saints before Matt Targett‘s first Premier League goal put Southampton out front with 23 minutes to play.

Dan Gosling scored Bournemouth’s other goal, with American midfielder Emerson Hyndman coming off the bench to make his first Premier League appearance in almost a year.

Ryan Fraser assisted Wilson’s equalizer, giving him 13 assists and a share of the Premier League lead with Eden Hazard.

Bournemouth moves 13th with 42 points, while Saints are 16th with 38.

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Saints led after just 12 minutes through Long, who has scored in three-straight matches at St. Mary’s and put a rebound off the post within minutes of his goal.

Another rare scorer, Gosling leveled the score in the 20th before Wilson’s first gave Bournemouth its only lead in the 32nd minute.

It lasted until just after halftime, when Ward-Prowse continued his knack for scoring fine goals by drilling a low shot through a defenders legs and past a diving Boruc.

Then, call him Mr. 1000 (see below); Targett nabbed his first top flight goal when he nodded a Yan Valery cross past Artur Boruc.

But Wilson was ready to pounce when Fraser sent him forward for his second goal, and he would’ve made it three but had Gunn not made an outstanding save to deny the striker a hat trick and Bournemouth a win.

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Bournemouth buries struggling 10-man Brighton (video)

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  • Fraser, Wilson star in blowout
  • Knockaert sent off in 68th
  • Stanislas, Gosling, Brooks add goals

Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson each had a goal and two assists as Bournemouth ensured its Premier League safety with a 5-0 win over still-threatened 10-man Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Dan Gosling and David Brooks also scored for the Cherries, who move to 41 points and 12th place on the table. Brighton has 33, five better than 18th place Cardiff City.

Anthony Knockaert was sent off with Brighton trailing 2-0 after a wild challenge earned a straight red.

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Ryan Fraser’s sweet cross nearly put Bournemouth ahead early, sweeping a ball that an off-balance Callum Wilson couldn’t deposit in the goal.

Wilson was the final playmaker in a nice team goal, setting up Gosling for his first Premier League goal since a Feb. 24, 2018 marker against former club Newcastle.

Wilson’s fine day continued in the second half, as he set up AFCB Player of the Season favorite Fraser for an insurance goal (albeit one of the less intended goals of Fraser’s life).

You could write Brighton’s match day obituary when Knockaert was sent off, and Bournemouth increased its advantage when Brooks capped off a stylish 1-2 with Fraser.

Later, Fraser set up Wilson and Stanislas also joined in the fun as the Cherries piled misery on the Seagulls.

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PL AT HALF: Saints, Burnley, Bournemouth lead; Cardiff in trouble

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Following Tottenham’s 4-0 defeat of Huddersfield Town, we’re not quite seeing the same blitz of goals across four 10 a.m. ET Saturday kickoffs in the Premier League.

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Brighton 0-1 Bournemouth

A well-worked 1-2 between Dan Gosling and Callum Wilson has the former on the score sheet, as Brighton seems destined to stay in the Premier League if only by virtue of Cardiff’s continued struggles.

Fulham 0-0 Everton

The relegated Cottagers look up for the challenge of Marco Silva‘s in-form Toffees, with Aleksandar Mitrovic hitting the bar.

Burnley 1-0 Cardiff City

Chris Wood is the goal scorer at Turf Moor, as Burnley is handling Cardiff in a must-win for the visitors.

Southampton 2-1 Wolves

Nathan Redmond has scored twice as Saints bagged an early goal and answered Willy Boly‘s equalizer within two minutes at St. Mary’s.