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Bournemouth strikes early, holds off Villa charge

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Aston Villa returned Villa Park to the Premier League, but a pair of early mistakes allowed Bournemouth three points it didn’t quite earn in a 2-1 match on Saturday.

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Goalkeeper Tom Heaton conceded a penalty in the first minute, converted by Joshua King, and Harry Wilson scored a deflected shot in the 12th minute.

Douglas Luiz scored a beautiful goal in the second half, but that’s all the Villans could muster in the loss.


Three things we learned

  1. Heaton hears a who: The Aston Villa backstop is going to save them more points than he loses them, but his first minute penalty is one he’ll hope to forget.
  2. Eddie Howe‘s men start well again: The Cherries have four points through two matches, and overcome their hiccup against Sheffield United.
  3. Even in defeat, Villa are for real: You won’t make the types of mistakes the hosts made early and find three points often, but Villa controlled play for most of the match and took nearly double the shots of the visitors in a near-flip of their performance on Opening Day at Spurs.

I mean, look at Luiz’s goal:


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Heaton chopped down Callum Wilson just 45 seconds into the match, and Joshua King converted the penalty to give the Cherries a fine start.

It was 2-0 a dozen minutes later when Harry Wilson hit a screamer that deflected to leave Heaton out to lunch.

Villa pounded the pavement to get back into the match, but Eddie Howe was pleased to have only allowed a single goal — Luiz’s beauty (below) — and held on for the win against a very good Villa. From the BBC:

“We looked good on the counter, we had a threat today and could have had more but the third didn’t come. I think the most impressive aspect was how we saw the game out after conceding late last week. It’s a big win to come here and perform the way we did.”

Watch Live: Spurs v. Aston Villa

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Harry Kane leads the line as Tottenham Hotspur hosts Aston Villa to kick off both teams’ Premier League seasons on Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com)

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Dean Smith has four new players in his starting lineup, including Trezeguet, Wesley, and long time PL backstop Tom Heaton.

The suspended Heung-Min Son misses out for Spurs, and Giovani Lo Celso is not yet ready to join his new team.

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Villa sign Heaton, Marvelous; Bournemouth add Danjuma

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Make that 12 summer signings for Aston Villa, who are having a splendid… sorry, Marvelous time in the transfer market.

Dean Smith’s side have signed goalkeeper Tom Heaton from Burnley for $10 million, while the wonderfully named midfielder Mavelous Nakamba has joined from Club Brugge.

Just marvelous. Okay, sorry, I’ll stop now.

Villa have named signed a brand new starting lineup this summer, and Smith needed to bring in this huge number of players due to a plethora of departures due to contracts ending and loan deals coming to an end. Villa have spent a remarkable $160 million on new players so far this summer. Here’s hoping this is not another Fulham-esque situation…

Speaking about his arrival at Villa Park, Heaton is delighted to bring his experience to a young Villa side.

“There’s momentum here – you could see that from afar. This club got the ball rolling last season and it turned into a huge success story in the second half of the campaign,” Heaton said. “To gain promotion was absolutely brilliant. It’s been a busy window so far – a lot of signings. But it needed to happen with a lot of players having also left the club. The majority of the signings are young, hungry and athletic. It’s a really exciting time for Aston Villa and I’m delighted to be a part of that. Hopefully, I’ll bring a bit of experience to it.”

Heaton should become Villa’s first-choice goalkeeper now, jumping ahead of Jed Steer in the pecking order. The England international will bring a steady head to a new-look and young defensive unit, and Villa have been on the hunt for a goalkeeper for some time. Deals for Neil Etheridge and Jack Butland proved troublesome so Villa turned their attention to Heaton.

As for Marvelous Nakamba, he joins for $13.3 million on a five-year deal and alongside Douglas Luiz he will battle with Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Conor Hourihane for a starting spot in midfield.

Nakamba, 25, will join his former Club Brugge teammates Wesley and Bjorn Engels at Villa.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League – and against the best players in the world in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world. It’s always been a dream for me to play in the Premier League and to be competing against the best players in the world,” Nakamba said. “I will be trying my best, of course – and I will give everything. I give everything for the team every time. That’s who I am. I fight for the team. I care about helping the team. You will see that.”

The Zimbabwe international is a destructive force in central midfield and he will add a little bit of balance to Villa’s engine room given the mercurial attacking talents of Grealish and McGinn. Smith describes him as being “very mobile, very good in possession and he will fit in with our style of play.”


Bournemouth have also been busy in the transfer market as they signed Dutch winger Arnaut Danjuma.

The Dutch winger, 22, has signed from Club Brugge for a fee believed to be $15.7 million and the former PSV Eindhoven and NEC Nijmegen forward will excite Cherries fans.

“Arnaut is another outstanding addition to our squad and I’m delighted that he is an AFC Bournemouth player,” chief executive Neill Blake said. “This is someone we have been tracking for a number of years, who has all the attributes to become a key player for this team. Football is about entertainment and, as a technical, attack-minded player, I’m confident Arnaut will excite our fans and they will enjoy watching him.”

With Danjuma on board, questions will pop up about the future of Ryan Fraser. The Scottish winger has been a real force for Bournemouth over the last two seasons (he scored seven goals and added 14 assists last season) but has just one year left on his current contract. Fraser has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and it is easy to understand why, as only Eden Hazard provided more PL assists than him last season.

Eddie Howe has added young talent to his squad once again this summer with Lloyd Kelly, Jack Stacey and Phillip Billing also arriving.

Transfer rumor roundup: Kean to Everton; Heaton to Aston Villa

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The transfer window is approaching its final week with reports and rumors in overdrive between now and Aug. 8 when the window shuts for the start of the 2019-20 season.

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Here’s a look at some of the latest gossip from around the Premier League…


Moise Kean, 19, appears to be heading to Everton from Juventus.

According to multiple sources a $35 million fee has reportedly been agreed for the Italian international striker, with the Toffees keen to bolster their attacking options. Per the reports, Kean will be paid over $3.3 million per year and Juventus will have the option to match any transfer bid made for him in the future.

Everton sold Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday which freed up some cash and Marco Silva has been missing a true goalscorer since he arrived at Goodison Park. In truth, Everton have never properly replaced Romelu Lukaku since he left in the summer of 2017.

What would Kean bring? The teenager has broken through at Juventus and shown he has so much potential when it comes to his clever runs and finishing, while he also tracks back defensively and is able to hold the ball up well both on the ground and in the air.

Jumping ahead of the likes of Paul Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo has been tough for him in recent seasons, so a move to a club where he can play more and develop will be enticing for the Italian international. Kean scored six Serie A goals in 13 appearances last season and has been in Juve’s first time since he was 16. Now seems like the perfect time for him to play regularly.

Everton have the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse in their attack but all three have struggled to consistently score goals and Silva moved Richarlison from the left wing to a central area for a large chunk of last season to try and solve their goalscoring woes. Kean will be their main man this season as they aim to build off a strong finish to the 2018-19 campaign and break into the top six.


Aston Villa seem to have finally found their new goalkeeper.

Dean Smith has had an extremely busy summer and has brought in 10 new players so far, spending over $150 million in the process.

The Telegraph say that Villa have agreed a $10 million fee for Burnley’s Tom Heaton and the England international is expected to have a medical in the next 24 hours.

Heaton, 33, has battled with Joe Hart and Nick Pope for the number one spot at Turf Moor in recent years and his terrible luck with serious injuries is the main reason he isn’t pushing Jordan Pickford all the way to be England’s starting goalkeeper.

Villa’s options in goal include Jed Steer, Lovre Kalinic and Orjan Nyland, with Steer making 19 appearances last season and playing well in their success in the Championship playoffs. But Villa have clearly wanted to upgrade their current crop of goalkeepers.

They had tried to sign Jack Butland from Stoke City but the Potters wanted over $35 million for their prize asset, while Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge also proved difficult to sign. Heaton is a solid, reliable goalkeeper in the Premier League and if he can stay fit his experience will be invaluable to this young Villa side.

Liverpool outlasts Burnley at Anfield

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  • Westwood scores disputed opener
  • Firmino scores in each half
  • Gudmundsson pulls one back in stoppage
  • Mane answers back to complete brace
  • Reds back within one of Man City

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool came from behind to punish sloppy Burnley 4-2 at Anfield on Sunday.

Burnley took an early lead when Ashley Westwood‘s corner kick sailed past an obstructed Alisson Becker, but the Reds got their just desserts to move one point back of leaders Man City.

The Clarets are 17th, two points clear of the drop zone.

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Burnley took a sixth minute lead out of nothing, and it’s a goal that never should have been awarded by referee

Roberto Firmino cut inside to rip a 14th minute shot at Tom Heaton‘s goal, but defender James Tarkowski blocked the effort.

Then Sadio Mane couldn’t quite turn a hard-hit Trent Alexander-Arnold cross on frame as the Reds continued their equalizer push.

Firmino put Liverpool level in the 20th minute, easily slotting home from inside the six when Tarkowski and Heaton made a mess of a Mohamed Salah pass.

Mane made it 2-0 in the 29th, his sixth-straight league home game with a goal, when he sent an arrow into the goal following a blocked clearance from Adam Lallana.

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Burnley kept it tight for the first 20 minutes of the second half, but the dam broke when Heaton’s poor kick led to Firmino’s second of the day.

Alexander-Arnold crossed for Mane in the 82nd minute, but the Senegalese star’s sliding effort bounded off the bar.

Gudmundsson scored in stoppage time to allow a few nerves at Anfield, but Mane answered the bell quickly to restore the 2-goal cushion.