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It could go either way for Aaron Ramsey in Week 1 of the Premier League season as he tries to shake off a calf injury from pre-season.

Arsenal's presumed starter between Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in midfield may be missing from the opening whistle against Manchester City on Sunday. Aaron Ramsey, no stranger to minor injuries, is nursing a calf injury and Unai Emery was unwilling to commit to whether Ramsey would be starting despite resuming training on Thursday. For those fantasy managers who need to make decisions on Ramsey, the prudent choice would probably be to look for an alternative if you have one between the quality of the opposition and the uncertainty of his preparedness to play.
Aug 10 - 12:08 PM

Isaac Hayden has apologised for his dismissal at Cardiff and vows to do his "upmost to repair" the mistake.

The 23-year-old was introduced at the beginning of the second half, as a makeshift right-back, after Javier Manquillo failed to recover from the ankle injury he suffered just before the break. However, it was a brief cameo for Hayden, who was sent-off following a rash challenge on Bluebirds winger Josh Murphy. "Have to apologise to everyone for today, was a needless tackle and one that was stupid from me in that circumstance in the game. Will learn from it for sure and will be doing my upmost to repair my mistake today, for my team-mates, manager and staff and fans in the future," Hayden posted from his personal Twitter account. The red card topped a truly miserable day in the Welsh capital which saw Kenedy miss a penalty in time added while the Brazilian also faces the prospect of a three-match ban after match officials missed him kicking out at Victor Camarasa.
Source: The Sun
Aug 19 - 4:36 PM

Right-back Matt Doherty experienced a range of emotions at the King Power on Saturday as Wolves were beaten 2-0 by ten-man Leicester.

The Republic of Ireland international missed a gilt-edged opportunity to put the visitors one-up before his spectacular own-goal, against the run of play, gave Leicester the lead. Then, on 66 minutes, Doherty was on the receiving end of a Jamie Vardy challenge which ended his afternoon. Fortunately, the injury does not appear to be too serious. "He's okay," confirmed Wolverhampton Wanderers correspondent for the Express and Star Tim Spiers. "[He’s] got stud marks down his leg but as his foot wasn't planted, it doesn't seem there's any damage." The news will be welcomed by manager Nuno Espírito Santo with Man City heading to Molineux next weekend, a game which could see Adama Traore handed his first start following minutes from the bench. Leicester boss Claude was quick to defend Vardy who will begin a three-match ban. "He didn't want to make a foul. He touches the ball and was perhaps a bit too enthusiastic."
Source: Daily Star
Aug 19 - 5:10 PM

Alexis Sanchez could be sidelined for up-to two weeks after picking up an unspecified injury on the eve of the game with Brighton.

Concerns began to grow on Sunday morning when the Chile star was missing from the 20-man squad boarding a private jet, sparking rumours that he would miss out on the south coast. Those fears were well-placed as United made three changes at the AMEX Stadium which included the omission Sanchez. "Alexis was going to play but he had a little problem," revealed Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off. His absence afforded Romelu Lukaku his first start of the season while Marcus Rashford made way for Anthony Martial who was a surprise inclusion. But while the Belgium took full advantage, opening his account, Martial was hooked after an hour following a lacklustre performance. Post-match Mourinho revealed he is unsure when Sanchez will return. "I don’t know really. Let’s wait for the results of the studies, but I don’t think it’s a big thing. I think it will be one or two weeks maximum."
Aug 19 - 3:54 PM

Romelu Lukaku opened his account for the season but Manchester United were again lackluster as they fell to Brighton 3-2 at the AmEx Stadium.

The Red Devils were without Alexis Sanchez who was a late scratch with a minor knock. The cumulative impact of Sanchez's absence and the other drama in the squad seemed to have an impact as the hosts led from the 25th minute. They doubled their lead two minutes later and never trailed. Expect the frenzy around the discontent between manager and players to grow to a fever pitch this coming week as the recriminations for the unexpected loss fly in the press.
Source: espn.com
Aug 19 - 2:15 PM

Pascal Gross converted a penalty just before halftime and gave Brighton sufficient margin to see out their 3-2 home win over Manchester United on Sunday.

It was the first big scalp of the season by a mid-table side over one of the big boys. Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy scored in the 25th and 27th minutes respectively to give the home team a 2-0 lead. Manchester United clawed a goal back through Romelu Lukaku but it was Gross converting a penalty just before halftime that gave Chris Houghton's side the necessary goals to withstand Paul Pogba's penalty late in stoppage time of the second half. The win will be a massive early boost the Brighton's survival campaign.
Source: espn.com
Aug 19 - 2:19 PM

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City cruised to a very comfortable 6-1 win over Huddersfield Town at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's decision to alter his tactics and leave Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker out of the starting XI paid significant dividends in their home opener. The hosts were running on 25 minutes. Ederson sharpy picked out Aguero an with an 80-yard pass, and the striker drew out Ben Hamer, kept his composure, and chipped the goalkeeper for his first of the day. Gabriel Jesus added a second seven minutes later before Aguero jumped on a Hamer mistake to poke home soon after. Jon Gorenc Stankovic pulled one back just before half-time, but David Silva netted a brilliant free-kick shortly after the restart to quell a potential turnaround. Aguero completed his ninth PL hat-trick with a flick on 75 minutes, while substitute Sane forced an own goal for the sixth late on.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 12:43 PM

Watford's season could not have gotten off to a better start, as they won their first game away from Vicarage Road with a 1-3 win at Burnley.

If you are looking for a surprise story this season, the Hornets are surely making an early case. After struggling to stay up last season, failing to score on the road for months, they got off the mark inside of three minutes today, when Andre Gray finished a volley after playing a nifty 1-2 with Troy Deeney on the break. Burnley would level minutes later, and the two sides were playing end-to-end. Watford eventually rose above in the second half, with Deeney finding the net himself, finishing a nice pass from Abdoulaye Doucoure three minutes after the restart. Will Hughes sealed the result with a nice long strike minutes later after picking off a loose pass. Watford host Palace next.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 10:33 AM

Burnley's performance in their home opener was not what one would come to expect based on their defensive record at Turf Moor last season, as they would concede three times to Watford in a 1-3 loss.

After opening the season with a road clean sheet, the expectation was for the Clarets to give their usual scrappy performance at home and stifle what was thought to be a pretty tame Watford attack. It could not have gone any more differently. Burley got caught on a counter-attack and Watford scored inside of three minutes. Just four minutes later, a Johann Berg Gudmundsson corner was turned into goal with an easy header for James Tarkowski. The Clarets wasted a big chance just before halftime and it would prove costly as the Hornets came out in the second frame thirsty for more, and would put two goals on the board in the first six minutes of the half to seal the outcome. Perhaps the result is a bit of an aberration for the Burnley defense but for it to come so early in the season, and having European commitments, it raises some concern.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 10:44 AM

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal and added an assist but that wasn't the entire story as he, and multiple teammates, missed sitters that would have changed the final result against Chelsea on Saturday.

Arsenal were often called profligate across a few editions of Arsene Wenger's sides through the years. The repetitive story was that they created chances at volume but didn't put away nearly enough of them. They turned back the clock to produce a vintage profligate performance against Chelsea with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (twice), Mkhitaryan, and Alex Iwobi all missing the frame on chances that should have been converted. Arsenal's defense continues to be a work in progress that allowed too many opportunities the other way and struggled to play the ball out of the back the way Unai Emery prefers.
Aug 18 - 2:32 PM

Aleksandar Mitrovic opened his account with a second half strike that put Fulham level with Tottenham, but the Cottagers would quickly concede twice and came away empty in a 3-1 loss.

Two hyphen-named players were given their first starts today, loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah along with Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa. Their presence was not enough to overcome a superior Tottenham side. Fosu-Mensah escaped a foul that would have given Spurs a penalty chance early. The attack could not get much going at all in the first half, save for the brief touches by Ryan Sessegnon. It would be Sessegnon to ignite a second-half equalizer, when he found Mitrovic for the strike. The defense would cough up two quick goals shortly after though, as Fulham will have to wait another week to collect their first point(s).
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 18 - 1:48 PM

Jamie Vardy was dismissed on 66 minutes, but Leicester City held on with ten men to record a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton.

Claude Puel made four changes to his side from the opening-day defeat at Old Trafford. Debutante Jonny Evans partnered Harry Maguire in central defence, Nampalys Mendy and Marc Albrighton started in midfield, while Iheanacho made way for Vardy up front. Wolves rung the woodwork twice early, but it was the Foxes who struck first when a cross from Albrighton was inadvertently headed into his own by Matt Doherty on 29 minutes. James Maddison put the home side two goals ahead on the stroke off half-time with a curled, but deflected, strike from the edge of the area. The match took a sour note for Puel side's on 65 minutes when Vardy was sent off for a reckless challenge on Doherty, but Wolves could not capitalise on their man advantage. With Vardy facing a three-match ban, Iheanacho will get another chance to solidify his place in the starting XI.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 18 - 12:49 PM




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