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Newcastle vs Bournemouth: Magpies rescue point at home (video)

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Newcastle vs Bournemouth recap: The Magpies and Cherries played to a 1-1 stalemate as Philip Billing and Aleksandar Isak scored at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

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Bournemouth went ahead through Billing’s deft finish in the 62nd minute, but Isak converted from the penalty spot five minutes later, after Jefferson Lerma handled a cross in the box.

The result puts both sides on eight points from their first seven games, but their vastly different goal difference totals (+1 and -13) mean Newcastle sit 10th and Bournemouth in 12th.

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What we learned from Newcastle vs Bournemouth

Brave Bournemouth fully deserve their point (maybe more)

With the score 0-0 at halftime, Bournemouth were the winners of the first half. They gave Newcastle hardly a sight of their goal and, though they created precious little (even less) themselves, reaching the intermission still scoreless put all the pressure on Newcastle as the home side and the side heavily favored to win. At the same time, a “lesser” side gains confidence and belief to steal something in the final 45.

As disciplined and opportunistic as Bournemouth were with their pressing and counter-attacking, it must be noted that Newcastle equally lacked ambition and belief to control, and win, the game. St. James’ Park grew restless and bored as the second half wore on, unable to understand the laissez-faire approach against a newly promoted side.

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How to watch Newcastle vs Bournemouth live, stream link and start time

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


Key storylines

Back to the litmus tests mentioned above…

Newcastle’s only lost once and views itself as a team on an inevitable rise. Beating Bournemouth at home would continue to show that that rise can happen even faster than projected following the big money takeover from the Middle East.

Bournemouth has been pasted by the big boys but collected seven points from bottom-half sides. Is Gary O’Neil the right man for the job? Was Scott Parker scapegoated after those blowout losses to super teams? Maybe both?


In-form players to keep an eye on

Newcastle: Well, it depends who is healthy, doesn’t it? Newcastle’s two best players this early season have been Bruno Guimares and Allan Saint-Maximin, but both are question marks for Saturday. Should they go, all eyes will be on them and record signing Alexander Isak. But Sven Botman and Fabian Schar have been a solid partnership at the back and Kieran Trippier the guts and fire of the unit. Nick Pope has also been spectacular between the sticks.

Bournemouth: Dominic Solanke scored in the win over Forest and Jaidon Anthony came off the bench to score a goal, but Bournemouth’s success has been equally driven by steel. Watch Phillip BIlling and Jefferson Lerma, who better the defenders behind and forwards atop them.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

Newcastle’s injury woes are getting a bit better, though Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Karl Darlow (ankle), and Emil Krafth (knee) are still out of the picture. Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh) and Bruno Guimares (thigh) are very close to returning and Bournemouth fans will be hoping that they need just a bit longer. Callum Wilson is a bit more at odds with returning but could feature against his former team.

Kieran Trippier and Joe Willock have driven Newcastle in the absences of the above-named stars, while new forward Alexander Isak has looked bright since arriving from Real Sociedad.


Bournemouth team news, injuries, lineup options

Junior Stanislas could return for Bournemouth, who will be missing Benjamin Pearson, David Brooks, and Joseph Rothwell.

The Cherries have been solid up the middle in recent outings. Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly have held down the back while Jefferson Lerma and Philip Billing remain longtime Bournemouth standouts.


Newcastle vs Crystal Palace: Guaita, Pope star but VAR the lead story

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Newcastle United had the lone goal of the game controversially taken off the game by VAR as Crystal Palace took a point out of St. James’ Park in a goalkeeper-driven scoreless draw on Saturday.

Tyrick Mitchell conceded an own goal but ironically saw his name taken of the sheet for a Joe Willock foul on Palace keeper Vicente Guaita… after Mitchell guided the Newcastle man into his GK.

WATCH NEWCASTLE vs CRYSTAL PALACE FULL MATCH REPLAY STREAM

Video Assistant Referee saw a clear and obvious error and Guaita joined an almost-as-impressive Nick Pope in making sure no one else put a ball over the line.

Newcastle will finish the weekend in 11th with four draws and seven points, while Palace is one point and four places below them.

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What we learned from Newcastle vs Crystal Palace

Newcastle punished for failure to land first-half goal: Palace had a first-half moment but Newcastle had a lot of them. Would scoring one have broken the dam? Maybe! Alexander Isak’s 30-yard breakaway saw a chipped effort saved by an outstanding Guaita, who was Man of the Match. Joelinton snapped a Kieran Trippier free kick off outside of goal from tight angle, and later Guaita and two defender blocks led to a corner than Almiron piped off the post. Palace wanted halftime, badly.

VAR leaves many questioning views, what’s clear and obvious: Guaita was rocked by Joe Willock on what looked destined to be a Tyrick Mitchell own goal specifically because Mitchell shoved the onrushing Magpie into the keeper. There was a question whether the referee saw only the angle broadcast caught him reviewing or if he saw other views which showed a pretty clear push. Was it hard enough? Sure seemed so, and Newcastle was denied a go-ahead goal.


Eddie Howe reaction: VAR decision baffling, as was finishing

“Everything we tried in and around the goal didn’t work, even the one we did score,” Howe said. “I disagree with the decision. I thought it should be a goal. I thought Joe [Willock]was pushed. He is running in and is pushed into the keeper. I am not sure what Joe is supposed to do there. For me it is a perfectly good goal.

“We should have more points. One win and a few draws that should be wins, but it is a long season. Performance levels are really good. I hope the football gods level it up and we get points maybe when we’re not playing so well.”

Eddie Howe reaction
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Tactical Focus

There are tactics and then are just two goalkeepers making a number of terrific saves. Guaita’s great day was that of Man of the Match quality, but Nick Pope might’ve been Man of the Second Half (TM).

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Stars of the show

Nick Pope

Alexander Isak

Vicente Guaita

Joelinton


What’s next?

Newcastle’s off to West Ham United for a 9am ET Sept. 11 kickoff while Crystal Palace will host Manchester United at 11:30am ET that day.


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

Kick off: 10am ET Saturday
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Key storylines

Both Palace and Newcastle have shown stubborn defenses and electrifying attacks, and have the pieces to be the dark horses of the 2022-23 Premier League season. But they’ll both have to prove themselves superior in six-point matches against each other. It’s early, but this one’s sneaky big for both the London and Tyneside clubs.


In-form players to keep an eye on

Wilfried Zaha scored a sensational goal in the draw with Brentford but it was Michael Olise who caught the eye in attack and Joachim Andersen and Cheick Doucoure who’ve been holding down opponents’ attacks.

For Newcastle, will they have Bruno Guimares and Allan Saint-Maximin? If not, the Magpies will keep looking to Miguel Almiron and Joe Willock to buzz around and help set the stage for record signing Alexander Isak.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Callum Wilson (thigh), Emil Krafth (knee), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Bruno Guimares (thigh).


Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

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

Liverpool vs Newcastle: Reds strike very, very, very late to win

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Liverpool wore down their visitors but needed more than seven minutes of stoppage time to find a Fabio Carvalho winner in a 2-1 comeback win over previously-unbeaten Newcastle United at Anfield on Wednesday.

Magpies record-signing Alexander Isak gave the visitors a 38th-minute lead and later had another chalked off by a razor-thin offside in a promising debut.

Liverpool gets a second win to go with two draws from five matches, while Newcastle’s first loss comes after one win and three draws.

WATCH LIVERPOOL vs NEWCASTLE FULL MATCH REPLAY STREAM

Newcastle was without Bruno Guimares, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Callum Wilson in this match of two injury-hit sides (one with quite a bit more depth).

But Roberto Firmino scored his third goal in two games, this one off a Mohamed Salah assist, to tie the game with a half-hour to play, and Carvalho lashed home off a scrum in the box.

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What we learned from Liverpool vs Newcastle

Time-wasting complaints benefit Liverpool: Newcastle was gassed and goalkeeper Nick Pope joined weary Newcastle players in staying down on the grass at many points in the second half. That meant five minutes of stoppage time and Jurgen Klopp’s complaints — and pregame speech — about Newcastle timewasting got Liverpool into the seventh minute of stoppage time before Carvalho scored his memorable goal.

Newcastle is good: Bruno Guimares and Allan Saint-Maximin didn’t pass their fitness tests, Jonjo Shelvey’s out for a while, and Callum Wilson’s not ready to go either. Eddie Howe had a plan, sure, and Isak got his work permit, yes, but a changed center back pairing of Dan Burn and Jamaal Lascelles not only rested Sven Botman and Fabian Schar but it worked for long periods of this match. Miguel Almiron did the running of two Allan Saint-Maximins and Joe Willock had a good day, too. Nick Pope was the biggest part of the near-point, though, which will test Newcastle into the weekend. The Magpies came so close to saying they’d taken points from both Man City and Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s on edge: Any joviality the living legend’s shown the media has been for show, as the German manager was kicking every ball and arguing almost every call. That translated to the pitch where Jordan Henderson served as his spirit animal, the ex-Sunderland man bringing a mini-Tyne-Wear derby to the pitch (Joelinton and Newcastle-grown Sean Longstaff were happy to join him). Newcastle’s had a fine start to the season but we can assure you Klopp did not figure on dropping points to Fulham, Crystal Palace, and (almost) a shorthanded Newcastle this season. And honestly they probably didn’t figure on losing to Manchester United, either. This win will be an earned relief but training’s still gonna be tough as Klopp gets his men back in order.

Darwin Nunez has a fight on his hands: Liverpool’s big summer boy is a force but his three-match ban for a red card has allowed Roberto Firmino to feature between Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah. Firmino had five goal contributions in the 9-0 win over Bournemouth to go with his cool finish on Wednesday. Don’t expect Nunez is slide right back into the XI.


Jurgen Klopp asked about Newcastle time-wasting

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp definitely wanted to be asked about Newcastle time-wasting, because he warned about it before the game and did not give a no-comment.

“You said it. I think that we scored in 90+8 is the perfect response to that to be honest,” Klopp said. “I’m really happy about that but nothing else to say.”

Klopp on a 9-0 win followed by one that takes 90+

“Difficult game. Very passionate, aggressive defending opponent. It’s difficult to pick up the rhythm from a game where everything clicked immediately into a game where everything didn’t click immediately.”


Tactical focus

Eddie Howe still had a plan and it sure did work. As astutely pointed out by Danny Higginbotham on USA Network at halftime, Longstaff or a teammate dropped into a back three when Newcastle had the ball and that allowed its talented fullbacks, Matt Targett and Kieran Trippier, to get more involved in attack. It was Longstaff who cued up Isak’s goal.

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Stars of the Show

Nick Pope: Absolute control of the Newcastle box.

Harvey Elliott: Buzzes around like a slightly younger Martin Odegaard.

Fabio Carvalho: Joined Elliott in making sure Liverpool’s youth recruitment from Fulham’s impressed a-plenty.

Roberto Firmino: Not that he’s ancient, but class is permanent.

Alexander Isak: One goal that counted and another that was just offside will give Newcastle fans hope that this record-signing won’t simply become a box-to-box signing like Joelinton (who’s now looks worth that money for his midfield skills).

Jamaal Lascelles: Seven clearances on the day.


What’s next?

Liverpool — and oh you’ll hear about the kickoff time — visits Everton for the Merseyside derby at 7:30am ET Saturday (which also gives the Reds plenty of time to prep for Napoli in the UEFA Champions League next week.

Newcastle has no such schedule encumberances and hosts Crystal Palace in what should be an 11am ET Sunday beauty.


How to watch Liverpool vs Newcastle live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET Wednesday
TV Channel: USA Network
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Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

Harvey Elliott passes fit to start while Curtis Jones and Joel Matip are good enough for the bench. Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita, Calvin Ramsey, Caoimhin Kelleher, and Diogo Jota are out injured. Darwin Nunez is suspended.

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

Some good news for Newcastle, as record signing Alexander Isak has his work permit and Kieran Trippier is ready. But the Magpies won’t have Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimares, who did not get through fitness tests, and were already without Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Wilson, and Emil Krafth. Eddie Howe may’ve put his eggs in the Wolves basket, because he’s giving a run to Jamaal Lascelles and Dan Burn instead of Fabian Schar and Sven Botman.

Wolves vs Newcastle: Neves, Saint-Maximin trade gorgeous goals (video)

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A pair of stars scored sensational goals and Newcastle United got the rub of the VAR green to stay unbeaten following a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on Sunday.

Neves’ vicious long-distance goal was canceled out by Allan Saint-Maximin’s otherworldly volley and the Magpies came close to winning it during eight minutes of stoppage time.

WATCH WOLVES vs NEWCASTLE FULL MATCH REPLAY STREAM

Saint-Maximin did, however, come off injured ahead of a huge midweek matchup with Liverpool. The Magpies have two wins and three draws this season.

Wolves stay in the bottom three with two draws and two losses.

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What we learned from Wolves vs Newcastle

Magpies are already a force: You keep waiting for the Magpies to slip up a bit following the red-hot finish to last season but good recruitment even before the takeover continues to pay off for Eddie Howe and Company. Allan Saint-Maximin, Joe Willock, and Callum Wilson (absent Sunday) have combined with takeover transfer buys to really up the level. Newcastle also didn’t have its most important player (Bruno Guimares) and did not yet have a visa for record signing Alexander Isak. They still outshot host Wolves 21-10.

Wolves will hate luck more than their performance: A non-VAR world gives Wolves the three points here. Although Fabian Schar’s would-be red card was not upgraded to a red by the video referees, the Wolves had one taken off the board for a shove on Ryan Fraser.

As stated above, Newcastle might just be very good. So that’s one thing. Ruben Neves, Goncalo Guedes, Jose Sa, and Matheus Nunes were bright. Raul Jimenez had a goal before VAR so the aforementioned foul in the buildup. Why Adama Traore can’t get a run in the team while managers watch guys like Saint-Maximin shine is another question, and one Bruno Lage (and Nuno Espirito Santo before him) need to be answering publicly until it changes. Leander Dendoncker, Daniel Podence, and Rayan Ait Nouri were also left on the bench. Wolves seem to have plenty of ammo but only two goals and points to show for it.


Tactical focus 

Newcastle kept the ball and worked it very well, but this wasn’t a matter of desire as the teams split duels. The Magpies, however, blocked five shots and got their fair share of bounces. We’ve seen a lot of 1-1s between these teams but this one finishes 0-0 on another day but fans were treated to a pair of incredible goals.

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Stars of the show

Allan Saint-Maximin: He’s grown from a fun showpiece to one of the biggest threats in the Premier League.

Joelinton: With Bruno Guimares out there was reason to fear but the Brazilian Declan Rice was a disruptor again. It’s funny that his transfer fee was a bust for a striker but now looks the right price for a midfielder of his ilk.

Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho: One day, Wolves fans will wax poetic about two world-class Portuguese stars being perhaps the drivers of their resurgence.

Goncalo Guedes: A terrific signing is looking like an instant success.


What’s next?

Wolves head to Bournemouth for a 2:30pm ET Wednesday meeting with the Cherries, a half-hour before the Magpies visit Liverpool at Anfield.


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

Kick off: 9am ET, Sunday
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Wolves team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Chiquinho (knee)

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Dan Burn (head), Bruno Guimares (hamstring), Alexander Isak (work permit), Callum WIlson (thigh), Ryan Fraser (groin)

Report: Christian Pulisic set to stay at Chelsea

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USMNT star Christian Pulisic has been the target of a potential loan move to Manchester United, according to Andy Mitten, but a report from our partners at Sky in Germany say that the American may not be heading anywhere.

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Per the report, Chelsea have told Pulisic he is unlikely to leave, there is no offer on the table from Manchester United and that no swap deals are going to happen.

A report from The Daily Mail claimed that Chelsea want to sign Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and have asked if Pulisic could be used in a swap deal for the England center back. But it seems like that isn’t going to happen, as Man United are totally focused on signing Antony to bolster their attack. Over the last few days the 23-year-old has also received interest from Newcastle United, according to a report in The Athletic.

Per the Newcastle report, Pulisic is one of several targets Newcastle are looking at to bolster their attack between now and the end of the summer transfer window on Sept. 1. They have asked if he is available on loan, along with the likes of Armando Broja, Conor Gallagher and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The Daily Mail has also issued a report claiming that Newcastle’s interest is real but that the Magpies will have to fend off loan interest from Atletico Madrid and Serie A pair Juventus and AC Milan, all three of whom can offer Champions League football.

Should the American winger move on?

Christian Pulisic has been a substitute for Chelsea’s opening three Premier League games of the season, coming on in the 64th minute of their heavy defeat at Leeds and barely having a kick. That follows reports from the Guardian that Thomas Tuchel ‘doesn’t trust’ Pulisic.

The USMNT star has previously said he is happy to stay at Chelsea and fight for his spot but with Raheem Sterling coming in this summer as Chelsea’s big-money arrival in attack, plus Mason Mount and Kai Havertz ahead of him in the pecking order and maybe even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Gordon arriving at Stamford Bridge too, it appears Pulisic’s minutes could diminish drastically this season.

It appears that now is the right time for Pulisic to move on, but it seems like Chelsea want to keep him as a good back-up option and he may yet become a starter as the likes of Sterling, Mount and Havertz are hardly ripping it up early in the season. What should he do?

Is Newcastle a good move for the USMNT star?

This move would provide Pulisic with the one thing every player wants: minutes.

Another report from The Telegraph states that Newcastle have enquired about Pulisic, while it is believed their hierarchy were at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday and were keen to discuss potential deals for some of the players on the fringe of Chelsea’s starting lineup.

Newcastle are set up to play with fast wingers on the counter and Eddie Howe’s style of play demands a lot of attention on his wingers. That is good news for Pulisic who has never really fit into Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system at Chelsea which is designed for wide players to cut inside.

Pulisic would battle with Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, Jacob Murphy and Matt Ritchie for minutes, but he should fancy his chances of starting most games. Ahead of the World Cup in November, Pulisic needs to play more regularly than 10-15 minutes off the bench. That is what he’s probably going to get at Chelsea in the Premier League.

With Newcastle set to push for a top eight finish as a club on the rise under Howe’s stewardship, this wouldn’t be a bad move for Pulisic for a season.

Would Chelsea really loan Pulisic to Manchester United?

Even if Pulisic wants to move to Manchester United and they are keen to do a loan deal, will Chelsea really loan a player to one of their top four rivals?

Stop laughing. Manchester United are still a top six club, even if they aren’t playing like one at the start of this season, so it’s tough to see Chelsea potentially strengthening a rival.

However, if Chelsea actually want to sign Harry Maguire then this swap deal could actually work out for all involved. Erik ten Hag could move on Maguire (a good player but is seriously struggling for confidence at United) smoothly and bring in an attacking talent who can help spark his forward unit into life.

If it does happen, tactically Pulisic would give United pace on the counter but would he suit the possession-based style under Erik ten Hag? Probably not and it seems like he may not be heading away from Stamford Bridge after all.

Chelsea stay set to impact USMNT?

Long-term he will have to figure things out and now it seems like he is going to stay at Chelsea, if he doesn’t get many minutes then the USMNT could be impacted at the World Cup.

There are two ways of looking at this: 1) he will be rested for Qatar or 2) he will be rusty from not playing many minutes.

Pulisic’s injury record suggests he could do with a few months of just playing a bit-part role at Chelsea. He won’t like it and USMNT fans won’t like it, but it could actually benefit Gregg Berhalter’s side in Qatar if he’s fresh and ready to prove his doubters (ahem, Thomas Tuchel) wrong.

The key is now whether or not he wants the move, whether or not Chelsea want to keep him as a good back-up option and whether or not other teams will now try and sneak in given all of this reported interest.