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Title: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 04, 2015, 12:36:08 PM
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Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 04, 2015, 12:44:47 PM
Manchester United

In
Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Full story

Out
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Free Full story
Ben Amos (Bolton Wanderers) Released
Tom Thorpe Released
Saidy Janko (Celtic) Undisclosed
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 04, 2015, 12:48:57 PM
Liverpool

In
James Milner (Manchester City) Free (from 1 July; subject to medical)
Danny Ings (Burnley) Tribunal (from 1 July; subject to medical)
Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic) Undisclosed
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim) Undisclosed (subject to medical)
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Undisclosed

Out
Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy) Free
Glen Johnson Released
Brad Jones Released
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) Undisclosed
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 04, 2015, 12:50:40 PM
Arsenal (For LG  :D)

In
Petr Cech (Chelsea) Undisclosed

Out
Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli) Undisclosed
Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City) Undisclosed
Abou Diaby Released
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) Loan
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:14:17 AM
Sylvain Distin (Everton to Bournemouth)

Sylvain Distin has signed a one-year contract to become AFC Bournemouth’s sixth summer arrival.
Distin joins the Cherries on a free transfer following the expiry of his deal at Everton, where he spent six seasons and made more than 200 appearances.

The 37-year-old has played in the top flight for more than a decade after spells with Manchester City, Portsmouth and Newcastle United, as well as the Toffees.
An FA Cup winner with Pompey in 2008, the six-foot-four defender has also played in the Europa League.

Having spent time on loan at Newcastle in the previous season, he signed for Manchester City on a permanent basis in the summer of 2003 and was named the club’s player of the year at the end of his debut campaign.

He was then signed by former Cherries manager Harry Redknapp and played a key part in the most successful chapter in Portsmouth history, winning his first major honour in English football as he collected an FA Cup winner’s medal in 2008.

Distin moved to Merseyside after two seasons at Fratton Park and set a new record for the most appearances made by a foreign outfield player in the Premier League, with his current total standing at 457.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:18:14 AM
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain to Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint Germain for a club record fee, subject to international clearance.
 
The 29-year-old has signed a three year deal at Selhurst Park for an undisclosed fee and will be linking up once again with manager Alan Pardew, after the pair enjoyed a successful stint together at Newcastle United from 2011 to 2014.
 
On joining the club Cabaye told cpfc.co.uk: “I’m happy to be here. I’ve been waiting for the decision, had the medical and now I can’t wait to focus on my new team, a new season and my new life.
 
“I wanted to come and play for Palace because there are some really strong players here. They finished very well last season and I think they can compete to get into the top eight. 

"I also know the gaffer and have worked with him before and I’m confident with him. I want to do my best for him because he’s made a big effort to get me to come here, as well as the Chairman, so I have to say a big thank you to both of them.”
 
Today, the club also announced a partnership with the Mansion Group as its new Official Main Sponsor. The confirmation of the global online gaming business as sponsor will see both partners working closely together across a broad spectrum of club and fan activities in 2015/16.
 
Cabaye made his name at Lille in his homeland where he helped his local side become a force in French football, winning Ligue 1 in 2010/11. After gaining Champions League experience, the central midfielder joined the Magpies and began to show his talent to an English audience.
 
In his first season with the Black and Whites he helped guide them to an impressive fifth-place finish, and became a firm fan favourite thanks to his tenacious displays in midfield and penchant for netting free-kicks.
 
He scored 18 times in 93 appearances under Pardew's management before joining PSG for around £20 million in January 2014. Last season saw him complete a French league and couple double with the Parisians before deciding to return to England with the South London and Proud Eagles.

Cabaye also brings a wealth of international experience to SE25, having won 34 caps for his country, and as a member of the Euro 2012 and 2014 World Cup squads.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:25:13 AM
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona to Everton)

Everton Football Club is delighted to announce the permanent signing of Gerard Deulofeu.

The exciting winger, who enjoyed a season on loan at Goodison Park in 2013/14, returns to Merseyside after the Blues agreed a fee of €6million with European champions Barcelona.

The 21-year-old will officially become an Everton player on 1 July.

Deulofeu has put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract until the summer of 2018, with Everton having the option of a further year on the Spaniard’s deal. The contract includes a release clause if Barcelona make an offer to Everton meeting certain requirements within the first two years, and Barcelona also have a right of first refusal if Everton decide to sell the player.

“Gerard needs no introduction to anyone here at Everton, for we are all well aware of his incredible footballing talent,” said Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

“We got to know him really well from his loan period, not only as such a talented player but also his great character. He will be a fantastic asset to our Club.”

Spaniard Deulofeu made 29 appearances during his first stint with Everton. He scored on his Toffees debut in the Capital One Cup against Stevenage and went on to net three times in the Premier League, including a memorable equaliser against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in December 2013.

Deulofeu spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Sevilla, where he played 28 times and helped the La Liga outfit win the Europa League.

A product of La Masia, Barcelona's famed youth system, Deulofeu rose through the ranks at the Nou Camp and played regularly for the Catalan giants’ ‘B’ team before progressing to make a handful of substitute appearances for Barca's senior side in the league, cup and Champions League.

He becomes Everton’s second signing of the summer following the recruitment of midfielder Tom Cleverley, who will also join at the start of next month when his contract with Manchester United expires.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:31:14 AM
Robert Huth (Stoke City to Leicester City)

Huth joins the Club on a three-year deal and becomes City’s second signing of the summer following the addition of Austrian defender Christian Fuchs earlier this month.

The 30-year-old German’s move to King Power Stadium comes on the back of a string of stellar performances for the Foxes during a 14-game loan spell last season – displays which quickly endeared him to the City supporters.

Alongside Wes Morgan and Marcin Wasilewski, the 6ft 3ins German defender played a key role in helping guide the team to survival, and his presence for the 2015/16 campaign will certainly be welcome.

With power, pedigree and presence in defence, Huth and his defensive colleagues helped the team to an impressive five clean sheets from City’s final seven Premier League fixtures, and in the process underlined his undoubted quality.

As well as being a formidable opponent in his own box, Huth also carries a threat in attack, as he proved with his first goal for the Foxes against West Brom. His powerful header on 80 minutes at the Hawthorns levelled the score at 2-2 and set the stage for Jamie Vardy’s unforgettable winner.

In a career that began at Chelsea in 2002, Huth’s considerable talents have seen him secure two Premier League titles during Jose Mourinho's first spell at Stamford Bridge, as well as representing his country on 19 occasions, including during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Huth made his Chelsea bow at the age of 17 under Claudio Ranieri, and despite initially finding his playing time limited as he battled it out with the likes of John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho for a place in the starting XI, he did enough to earn a move to Middlesbrough for a reported fee of £6 million in 2006.

During Huth’s first two seasons at the Riverside Stadium, injuries restricted his playing time, but he bounced back with some typically commanding and impressive performances in 2008/09.

Huth earned a number of Premier League admirers and his services were secured in August 2009 by Stoke, where he went on to establish himself as an important part of the team as well as being popular on the terraces.

Huth’s partnership with Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross at the heart of the Potters’ defence has proved to be a solid foundation for success at the Britannia Stadium in recent seasons – becoming one of the most feared defensive pairings in the league.

In total Huth has almost 250 career appearances in the Premier League to his name, and now with the Foxes, he will look to re-establish himself as one of the most formidable defenders in the division.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:37:26 AM
James Milner (Manchester City to Liverpool)

Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce they have agreed a deal to sign Manchester City's James Milner, subject to a medical.

The Reds have agreed personal terms with the England international, who will join the club on a free transfer on July 1 after his contract at the Etihad Stadium has expired.

Milner will arrive at Anfield having lifted two Barclays Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his five-year spell with City.

The 29-year-old is also firmly established as a regular for England and has notched 53 caps to date.

Having also represented Leeds United, Newcastle United and Aston Villa, Milner has lined up against Liverpool 24 times in total during the course of his career.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:46:41 AM
Danny Ings (Burnley to Liverpool)

Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that they have agreed personal terms with Danny Ings and, subject to a medical, the striker will join the club on July 1 after his contract with Burnley has expired.

The 22-year-old struck 11 goals in 35 Barclays Premier League appearances last season, which was his first in the top flight.

Ings had found the target 21 times in the previous campaign to help the Clarets secure promotion from the Championship.

The forward has nine caps for England U21s, with four goals to date too, and will represent his country at the U21 European Championship later this month.

Ings faced the Reds twice in 2014-15, featuring for 90 minutes at Anfield in March.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:49:17 AM
Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers to Liverpool)

Liverpool FC are pleased to announce that personal terms have been agreed with Adam Bogdan and the goalkeeper will join the club on a free transfer on July 1 after his contract with Bolton Wanderers has expired.

The 27-year-old made more than 100 appearances at Barclays Premier League and Championship level after signing for the Trotters in 2007.

Bogdan has earned 19 senior international caps for Hungary to date and is part of his country's latest squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier this weekend.

The stopper has previously lined up against the Reds twice in his career, most recently in a goalless FA Cup draw at Anfield in January.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:53:17 AM
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim to Liverpool)

Liverpool have continued their busy summer recruitment drive by announcing the signing of Roberto Firmino, the forward, from German club Hoffenheim, on a long-term contract.
The deal for the 23-year-old is subject to a medical, which will take place immediately after the player returns from the Copa America in Chile, where he is representing Brazil.
Liverpool's transfers
In Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez
Out Steven Gerrard, Brad Jones
Firmino will arrive at Anfield following four-and-a-half seasons at Hoffenheim, for whom he scored 38 goals in 140 Bundesliga appearances, after joining the club from Brazilian side Figueirense in December 2010.

The Maceio-born South American, who can play either as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, has been capped nine times by Brazil and scored four international goals, including the decisive goal in his country's 2-1 victory over Venezuela in the Copa America on Sunday.
Firmino will become Liverpool's fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of midfielder James Milner from Manchester City, Danny Ings, the Burnley striker, goalkeeper Adam Bogdan from Bolton Wanderers, and Charlton Athletic defender Joe Gomez.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 10:55:57 AM
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton to Liverpool)

Liverpool FC are delighted to confirm that a deal has been completed to sign England international defender Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton.

The 24-year-old full-back has penned a long-term contract with the Reds to become the sixth new player at Anfield so far this summer.

Clyne made 94 Barclays Premier League appearances during the past three seasons, after switching to the south coast side in 2012.

He was a goalscorer for Southampton at Anfield on the opening weekend of the last campaign, blasting into the Kop end net in a 2-1 defeat.

His consistent form earned international recognition and Clyne made his England debut against Slovenia in November 2014. He has five caps in total.

After inking his Reds deal, he told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm delighted and it's a dream move for me to come here and play for such a big club with all of its history. I can't wait to get started.

"As soon as Liverpool showed their interest in me, I was happy and just wanted the deal to go through.

"The gaffer has shown a lot of interest in me and this is a place where I can improve as a player, I think. It's definitely a good opportunity to come here and try to fulfil my potential.

"I've played at Anfield before and know what the atmosphere is all about. It's a great atmosphere and will make me rise to the challenge. I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully it can push me on to putting on good performances."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 11:00:03 AM
Juanmi (Malaga to Southampton)

Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Spanish international forward Juanmi.
The 22 year-old becomes Saints’ first recruit ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, joining from La Liga side Málaga.

Juanmi – whose full name is Juan Miguel Jiménez López – has penned a four-year contract and will link up with his new teammates when they begin pre-season training on Monday 29th June.

Executive Director of Football Les Reed commented: “Juanmi is a young, exciting and attacking player who fits into the club’s strategic plan perfectly.

“He has been tracked closely by our recruitment department for some time, and we were keen to act quickly when presented with the opportunity to bring this young player with international quality to Southampton.

“To have attracted a player of his potential at this early stage of the summer is testament to our determination to build upon the achievements of the 2014/15 season and to continue to implement our long-term plan for the future.

“We will fully embrace the challenge of the Europa League in the coming campaign, and want to develop further in Europe over the seasons to follow. Juanmi’s arrival is an important step in this process.”

Juanmi added: “It’s a pleasure to be here and I am looking forward to being a part of this club.

“I am anxious and I want to start as soon as possible. This is a big club and it has shown a lot of trust in me.

“The training ground is magnificent and likewise the stadium. It really, really is a big club.

“Since I was very young, it’s always been a dream for me to play in the Premier League. The style of football played here is similar to the way I play, so it’s a dream come true.

“Now I just want to start playing and to start scoring goals.”
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 11:04:40 AM
Shay Given (Astin Villa to Stoke City)

STOKE CITY are delighted to welcome Shay Given to the Britannia Stadium.

The vastly experienced goalkeeper has signed a two-year contract with the Potters after being released from the final year of his deal with Aston Villa.

It represents the second time the 39-year-old has worked with Mark Hughes having been signed by him when he was in charge of Manchester City.

Given has enjoyed a glittering playing career, which has seen him win 130 Republic of Ireland caps and figure prominently in the UEFA Champions League.

City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "Few players can match Shay for the longevity of his career but having finished last season as Villa's first choice goalkeeper, it's clear he still has so much to offer."

Hughes added: "I know Shay particularly well from our time together at Manchester City and I'm really looking forward to working with him again.

"He will not only be a great asset on the pitch as an outstanding goalkeeper but he's also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the Club – a true professional."

Given started his career with Blackburn in the mid-1990s and spent 12 years with Newcastle, with whom he clocked up more than 350 league appearances and also had a spell as caretaker manager.

After a spell with City, he joined Aston Villa in 2011 and last season played in all of their FA Cup games as they went all the way to the final against Arsenal.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 11:08:13 AM
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool to Sunderland)

Sunderland have completed the signing of Uruguayan international defender Sebastian Coates on a permanent transfer from Liverpool.
Coates, who spent the 2014-15 season on loan at the Stadium of Light, joins the club on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The South American, 24, played a key role in **** Advocaat’s nine games in charge at the end of last season, helping Sunderland achieve a haul of nine points and three clean sheets.
The central defender has spent the summer on international duty with Uruguay at the Copa America and will return to Wearside next week.
Speaking about the signing, sporting director Lee Congerton said: “Sebastian was an important part of the team under **** last season and we are delighted that he has joined us on a permanent basis.
“He has Barclays Premier League experience, which is important and, after spending last season on loan with us, he will be able to settle into the team very quickly.”
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 11:10:36 AM
Adam Matthews (Celtic to Sunderland)

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of defender Adam Matthews from Scottish champions Celtic FC, for a fee of £2 million.
The 23-year old full back arrives on Wearside after pencilling a four-year deal until 2019 at the Stadium of Light.
Speaking about Matthews’ arrival, head coach Di.ck Advocaat said: “We know that we need quality players to improve competition for places in the side, so Adam is a welcome addition to our squad and we are very pleased to welcome him to Sunderland.”
SAFC’s sporting director Lee Congerton added: “Adam is a player we have been tracking for some time. Even though he is only 23 years old, he has a wealth of experience, and I am sure he will continue to improve under the leadership of Di.ck Advocaat.”
Matthews began his career with Cardiff City, making over 40 appearances for the Welsh side between 2009 and 2011, before moving north of the border to Scottish giants Celtic FC.
During his time at Celtic Park, Matthews made more than 100 appearances for The Hoops, winning the Scottish Premier League title four times, as well as earning the first of his 12 caps for Wales.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 11:13:45 AM
Andre Ayew (Marseille to Swansea City)

Swansea City have completed their first transfer of the summer after signing Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille, subject to Premier League and international clearance.
The 25-year-old, who attracted interest from a number of Premier League and big European clubs, has signed a four-year deal at the Liberty after seeing his contract expire at the French club.
Ayew, who will wear squad number ten, will bolster Garry Monk’s attacking options as he can play anywhere along the front line and behind the striker.

He scored ten goals in 29 appearances for Marseille this season as he helped them to fourth in Ligue 1.
Since making his debut with the French club in 2007, he won two League Cups and was part of two Trophée des champions successes.
Previously voted BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghana’s Player of the Year, Ayew has played in four African Cup of Nations along with two World Cups.
The 62-cap international was an integral part of Ghana’s 2010 World Cup campaign as they exited at the quarter-final stage following a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat to Uruguay.
He then scored twice in three games at the 2014 tournament as Ghana dropped out at the group stage.
In the African Cup of Nations, he helped his country finish third in 2008 while they lost in both the 2010 and 2015 finals.
Football is certainly in the Ayew blood. His father is Abedi Ayew - a three-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award and FIFA 100 member – who won the Champions League with Marseille in 1993, while his brothers Jordan and Ibrahim both play professionally in France and Ghana and have represented their country.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 11:20:37 AM
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur)

The defender has signed a contract with the Club until 2020.
A Belgium international, Toby came through the ranks at Ajax, making 186 appearances and scoring 15 goals during nine years with the Eredivisie champions, where he lifted three league titles and one Dutch Cup.
He was named Ajax Talent of the Year in 2010, an honour also won by Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen during their times in Amsterdam.
Toby joined Spanish side Atletico in 2013 and was part of the squad that won the La Liga title on the last day of the season as well as reaching the Champions League final in the same year.
He made 22 appearances in all for Diego Simeone's side, scoring twice, before impressing on loan at Southampton last season. He played 28 times for the St Mary’s club in all competitions, scoring once.
Capped by Belgium at every level from Under-15 to Under-21, Toby made his senior international debut in 2009 and appeared at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, joining Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen in the squad.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 11:25:00 AM
Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus to West Ham United)

West Ham United are delighted to announce that Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna has completed his transfer to the Club.

Ogbonna, 27, arrives on a four-year deal after joining from the Italian Serie A side for an undisclosed fee.

The Italy international is the second Serie A player to make the move to the Boleyn Ground this summer, following Pedro Obiang's transfer from Sampdoria and he cannot wait to get going.

He told whufc.com: "I am delighted to have joined the Club. I wanted to play in the Premier League and am happy to be in London. My heart told me that the right decision was to play for West Ham United.

“I cannot wait to start working under Mr Bilic and with my new team-mates. I feel ready for this new adventure.”
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Angelo Ogbonna underwent a successful medical at Spire Roding Hospital, West Ham United’s official private hospital
Angelo Ogbonna underwent a successful medical at Spire Roding Hospital, West Ham United’s official private hospital
 
A strong and powerful defender, Ogbonna won a host of admirers during his time with Juventus, in which he collected two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a Supercoppa Italiana.
Born in Cassino in the Lazio region of Italy, Ogbonna began his youth career in his home town before being spotted by Torino at the age of 14.He made his top flight debut at 18, and after gaining further experience with a loan spell at Crotone, he returned to establish himself in the Torino side.

The Granata suffered relegation in 2009, but Ogbonna helped them reclaim their spot at the top table before moving across town to Juventus in 2013.

The 6'3 defender continued his progress with the Old Lady, making 25 appearances in his debut season at Juventus and backing that up with the same number of league appearances last term.

He picked up league winners medals in both of his seasons with Juve, and was on the bench as they lost out to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final in May.

A natural at centre back who can also play at left back, Ogbonna has been capped  ten times by his country and was a member of the Italy squad which finished as runners-up at UEFA Euro 2012.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 06:28:28 PM
Marco Van Ginkel (Chelsea to Stoke City)

STOKE CITY are delighted to announce the signing of Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 22-year-old central midfielder completed the formalities of his move today and is to fly out to Singapore to meet-up with his new teammates ahead of next week's Barclays Asia Trophy.

He has become the Club's fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Phillip Wollscheid, Jakob Haugaard and Joselu.

van Ginkel, who joined Chelsea from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 in a deal reported to be worth in the region of £8million, spent last season on loan with Italian giants AC Milan, making 17 Serie A appearances.

A box-to-box player, he scored 18 goals in 93 league appearances for Vitesse - and was also voted Dutch Talent of the Year - which brought him to the attention of Chelsea who held off competition from a number of other clubs to secure his signature.

City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "Marco is a player with fantastic potential and we are delighted that he will be spending the 2015/16 season at the Britannia Stadium.

"Marco is keen to make a big impression in the Premier League and believes he can do that with Stoke City."

Manager Mark Hughes said: "Marco is the kind of player we have been looking to bring to the Club. He will bring great energy to the side and is capable of scoring goals from midfield, as he showed during his time with Vitesse.

"I'm looking forward to him linking up with the squad in Singapore and getting the chance to work with him on the training ground and see him in action in the Barclays Asia Trophy."

van Ginkel is an international teammate of City left back Erik Pieters having been capped twice by Holland.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 06:33:36 PM
Joselu (Hannover 96 to Stoke City)

STOKE CITY are delighted to announce the signing of striker Joselu from German club Hannover 96 for a fee of €8million.

The ex-Spanish Under-21 international becomes the Club's third signing of the summer following the captures of defender Philipp Wollscheid and goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard.

Joselu, who lists Real Madrid among his former clubs, scored eight goals in 30 appearances for Hannover last season – his first with the Bundesliga outfit.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "Joselu was one of our key summer targets and so I am delighted that we have been able to complete this deal.

"Despite offers from leading European clubs Joselu has decided to join Stoke City to fulfil his ambitions."

Manager Mark Hughes added: "Joselu has an excellent pedigree and is a player we have been tracking for some time.

"He has skills and attributes that are different to what we already have within the squad but will complement the attacking players we already have at our disposal.

"Joselu is excited about testing himself in the Premier League and we're delighted to have him with us."

Joselu launched his professional career in Spain with Celta Vigo but in 2009 he was bought by Real Madrid, only to be loaned back to his former club for the remainder of that season.

He topped the scoring chart's for Real's reserve team in 2010/11 and was promoted to the first team in May 2011 as he made his La Liga debut as a substitute against UD Almeria. He wasted little time in making an impact as he scored almost immediately after his introduction to make it 8-1 to Real.

He did likewise in a Copa del Rey appearance against SD Ponferradina before moving to Germany in August 2012 by joining Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.

Joselu spent a season on loan with Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring 14 goals in the process, before moving to Hanover last summer.

Ironically, he checked-in at Hannover shortly after Mame Diouf had left the German club to move to the Britannia Stadium. A year later the pair are to become Potters teammates.

He also becomes the third Spaniard in the Potters' first team squad alongside Marc Muniesa and Bojan.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 11, 2015, 11:06:14 PM
#~ Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich to Manchester United)

It is believed United will pay £15m for the Germany captain and he will sign a three-year deal at Old Trafford worth £140,000-a-week.

Rummenigge revealed that Schweinsteiger had told him he wanted a new challenge before the end of his career.

He said: "#~ wants to do something new at the end of his career. He asked that we meet his wishes.

"My colleagues at Manchester United have been in touch. We've reached an agreement over a transfer.

"It's regrettable because #~ meant a great deal to the club. He achieved great things.

"We say goodbye on great terms."

A Manchester United statement read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder #~ Schweinsteiger, subject to a medical and personal terms."

Schweinsteiger had a year remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena but had found himself no longer first choice under Pep Guardiola following the arrival of Xabi Alonso last summer.

He will link up once again with Louis van Gaal having worked with him between 2009 and 2011 when the Dutchman was in charge at Bayern.

He follows £25m Memphis Depay to Old Trafford while Matteo Darmian is poised to join for £13m from Torino.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 12, 2015, 11:06:37 AM
Matteo Darmian (Torino to Manchester United)

Manchester United is delighted to announce that Matteo Darmian has completed his transfer from Torino. Matteo joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

Darmian, 25, has made 146 appearances and scored 5 league goals for Torino since his debut in 2011. The defender has 13 international caps for Italy and was part of their World Cup squad last summer in Brazil.

Matteo Darmian said: “It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. I have loved the time that I have spent at Torino and I would like to thank the club and the fans for everything they have done for me.  I am sure they can understand when the opportunity to join the biggest club in world came along it was something I had to do.

"To work with Louis van Gaal, a manager that has achieved so much in football is such an exciting prospect."

Louis van Gaal said: "Matteo is a right-sided full back with the versatility of also being able to play on the left. He is a strong defender and has the ability to go forward in the attacking positions which is a fantastic attribute to have and much needed in the fast rhythm of the Premier League.

"Matteo will be a great addition to the team. I am delighted to welcome Matteo to the club and look forward to working with him in the coming days."
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Post by: ORIENT on July 13, 2015, 07:52:58 AM
Idrissa Gueye ( Lille to Aston Villa)

Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

The 25-year-old Senegalese international has agreed a four-year deal with the club and joins from French side Lille for an undisclosed fee.

Gueye has represented his country on 24 occasions.

Manager Tim Sherwood said: "I'm really pleased to have brought Idrissa on board.

"He's been one of the best young midfielders in France for the last few seasons and there were a lot of teams trying to sign him this summer.

"I believe we are signing a player who is hungry to succeed, is entering what should be his best years and is perfectly suited to the Premier League."

Gueye will join up with the squad on receipt of his UK visa.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 13, 2015, 11:46:08 AM
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton to Manchester United)

Morgan Schneiderlin completed a medical at Manchester United last night ahead of a £24million move from Southampton.

The midfielder arrived at United's AON Training Complex to go through the medical before penning a four-year deal with the option of an extra 12 months.

The arrival of Schneiderlin takes United's summer spending to close to £80million, following the signings of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and #~ Schweinsteiger, with more to come.

United boss Louis van Gaal leaves with his squad for the club's two-and-a-half week tour of the US today and wanted Schneiderlin on the plane bound for Seattle at lunchtime.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 13, 2015, 12:26:49 PM
Glen Johnson (Liverpool to Stoke City)

STOKE CITY are delighted to welcome England right-back Glen Johnson to the Britannia Stadium, subject to finalising the formalities.

The 30-year-old has signed an initial two-year contract, with the potential for a third year, after leaving Liverpool at the end of the 2014/15 Premier League season.

He becomes the Potters’ sixth signing of the summer and has since arrived in Singapore to meet up with his new teammates ahead of the Barclays Asia Trophy next week.

Johnson, who has also served West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth and been capped 54 times by England, made 200 league and cup appearances for Liverpool in a six-year spell at Anfield following an £18million move in 2009.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Glen’s record speaks for itself. He has a wealth of experience having a regular at international level for more than a decade and played the finals of the World Cup and European Championships.

“There was no shortage of clubs interested in him after he left Liverpool but he very much sees his future as a Stoke City player and we are delighted he has chosen to join us.”

Speaking from the Far East, manager Mark Hughes said: “Glen will be a fantastic addition to our squad. He commanded a huge transfer fee when he left Portsmouth for Liverpool but dealt with the pressure that comes with that.

“He’s a talented defender who also chips in with goals - as we discovered last season when he scored the winner against us at Anfield – and having spoken to him I know how much he’s looking forward to being a Stoke player.”
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Post by: ORIENT on July 13, 2015, 12:31:46 PM
Valon Behrami (Hamburg to Watford)

WATFORD FC is delighted to announce the signing of Switzerland international Valon Behrami on a three-year deal.

 

The Yugoslavia-born midfielder completed a move back to the Premier League from Hamburg, after previously spending two-and-a-half top-flight years with West Ham United between July 2008 and January 2011.

 

Internationally, Behrami has made over 50 appearances for his country, making the Swiss squad at three FIFA World Cup tournaments and UEFA Euro 2008.

 

As well as his spell in England, the 30-year-old has also played at some of Italy’s top teams including Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 13, 2015, 09:48:28 PM
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City)

Liverpool have reached an agreement with Manchester City over the £49m transfer of Raheem Sterling.

The transfer of the 20-year-old England winger is subject to contract negotiations and a medical.

Sterling had asked to leave Anfield and was the subject of two bids from City in June, which were rejected.

The forward, who will become the most expensive English player ever, is under contract until 2017, but turned down a new £100,000-a-week deal at Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
No issue with Sterling - Rodgers
Sterling was signed by Liverpool as a 15-year-old from QPR in February 2010 and the Loftus Road club will receive 20% of any fee the Reds get for the forward.

On Saturday, Sterling was named on a 30-man list for the tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia, but was then withdrawn.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 14, 2015, 07:44:35 AM
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City to Chelsea)

Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Asmir Begovic from Stoke City.

Goalkeeper Begovic, 28, has signed a four-year contract, and becomes our second signing of the summer following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan.

Begovic said: ‘I am very happy to be joining Chelsea FC. After speaking at length to the manager, I feel like I can develop here and be an important part of this team. I am looking forward to meeting up with the team on Wednesday for the pre-season tour.'

Thibaut Courtois will remain No. 13 with Begovic taking the vacant number No.1 shirt.

Begovic, who stands 6ft 6in, had spent the previous five-and-a-half years with Stoke having joined from his first professional club Portsmouth in early 2010.

At the Britannia Stadium he made 172 appearances, quickly establishing himself as first choice, and scored the Premier League’s longest-ever goal when he netted a clearance from inside his own penalty area against Southampton in November 2013.

Born in the former Yugoslavia, Begovic spent his childhood in Germany and Canada, representing the latter at the Under-20 World Cup before opting to play at senior level for Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was their first-choice goalkeeper at their World Cup finals debut in Brazil last year, and has accumulated 41 caps so far.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 14, 2015, 01:26:02 PM
Claudio Ranieri (Newly Appointed Leicester City Coach)

Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the Club’s new First Team Manager.
- Leicester City appoint Claudio Ranieri as First Team Manager on three-year deal
- Italian brings vast experience from spells with Chelsea, Inter and Valencia
- New manager joins squad at Austria pre-season training camp
- Ranieri vows to repay owners’ trust with results
- First competitive game in charge will be Sunderland on 8 August

Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the Club’s new First Team Manager.

The 63-year-old Italian has agreed a three-year contract at King Power Stadium to begin his second spell of Premier League management, following a successful four years at Chelsea between 2000 and 2004.

A vastly experienced tactician renowned for his methodical approach and entertaining style of play, Claudio’s near 30-year coaching career has included spells in charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

In addition to Chelsea, the popular Roman can count Inter Milan, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Roma among his former employers.

Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and Director of Football Jon Rudkin flew Claudio out to the Club’s pre-season training camp in Austria on Monday, where he was introduced to the squad and began work immediately.

Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “It is my great pleasure to welcome Claudio Ranieri – a man of remarkable experience and knowledge that will lead us into the next phase of our long-term plan for Leicester City.

“His achievements in the game, his knowledge of English football and his record of successfully coaching some of the world’s finest players made him the outstanding candidate for the job and his ambitions for the future reflect our own.

“To have attracted one of the world’s elite managers speaks volumes both for the progress Leicester City has made in recent years and for the potential that remains for the Club’s long-term development.”

Claudio Ranieri said: “I'm so glad to be here in a Club with such a great tradition as Leicester City. I have worked at many great clubs, in many top leagues, but since I left Chelsea I have dreamt of another chance to work in the best league in the world again.

“I wish to thank the owner, his son and all the executives of the Club for the opportunity they are giving me. Now I've only one way for returning their trust: squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.”

Having met the Leicester City squad on Monday afternoon, Claudio will oversee his first training session on Tuesday morning – assisted by Craig Shakespeare, Steve Walsh and the existing City backroom team – and will remain with the group for the remainder of their training camp in Bad Radkersburg.

He will have the opportunity to see the squad in action for the first time next Tuesday (21 July), when City begin their pre-season friendly schedule with a trip to Lincoln City.

Leicester also face friendly fixtures at Mansfield Town, Burton Albion, Rotherham United and Birmingham City, before kicking off the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season against Sunderland at King Power Stadium on Saturday 8 August.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 14, 2015, 01:28:45 PM
Steve McClaren (Newly Appointed Newcastle United Coach)

Newcastle United have appointed Steve McClaren as the Club's new head coach

Newcastle United are delighted to announce the appointment of Steve McClaren as the Club's new head coach.

McClaren joins United on a deal for an initial term of three years, which could be extended to eight.

Managing director Lee Charnley said: "From my first meeting with Steve I knew he was the perfect fit for Newcastle United.

"I am delighted that we have secured the services of one of the best coaches in English football.

"He has 20 years' experience, including for the national team and at the highest level of European competition. His most notable achievements include winning the Eredivisie with FC Twente and guiding Middlesbrough to a League Cup win in 2004 and to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006.

"He has a proven track record of being an innovative and forward-thinking coach and developing and improving players, which was a key quality we sought in the individual to fill this role.

"Steve also brings with him a great enthusiasm and passion for the job, the Club and the city, which he articulated to me very clearly from the outset.

"This is a huge job which comes with considerable pressures and I am convinced that Steve not only understands the weight of expectation that comes with this role, but that he has the strength of character and professionalism befitting of a club of our size and status.

"Steve has been tasked to secure a top-eight finish in the Premier League and he is also heavily incentivised to try to win a cup competition.

"We recognise supporters' strong desire to win a trophy, an ambition which the Club now shares as Mike Ashley made clear in his comments on the final day of the season. Steve is excited by this and he has our full support in trying to achieve this goal.

"Our immediate focus will be on working with Steve to assess and improve upon our playing squad, as well as appointing individuals to his backroom staff."

Speaking of his appointment, McClaren said: "I am privileged to be appointed head coach of Newcastle United. This is a big club with a wonderful heritage.

"St. James' Park is like a cathedral on a Saturday afternoon, a symbol for the city and I am excited to be given this opportunity.

"I know how important Newcastle United is to the city and the region.

"The supporters are some of the most loyal, passionate and devoted in the world. Despite everything they maintain their faith. We owe it to them to do everything we can to reward them with success.

"There's a lot of work to do, but the Club has made it clear about wanting success and I would not have come here if I didn't believe they were serious.

"This Club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That's one of my primary objectives here.

"I've already won trophies as a manager, and a club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight in the Premier League.

"I'm determined to give the supporters of Newcastle United a team they can be proud of. The hard work starts now."
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Post by: ORIENT on July 14, 2015, 01:32:53 PM
Slaven Bilic (Newly Appointed West Ham United Coach)

West Ham United are delighted to announce the appointment of Slaven Bilic as the Club’s new manager.

The 46-year-old will become the 15th full-time manager in the Hammers’ 120-year history, returning to the Club he played for 54 times, on a three-year contract.

Bilic will arrive at the Boleyn Ground after successful spells in charge of the Croatia national team and Turkish side Besiktas, subject to a work permit being issued. He becomes the second Croatian to manage in the Barclays Premier League, and has an outstanding career win percentage of 55.16 per cent.

A law graduate and multilinguist who takes a meticulous approach to management, the new boss will arrive in London later this month following a family holiday, but has already begun preparations for West Ham’s maiden UEFA Europa League campaign.

“I’m really glad to be back with West Ham United,” Bilic said. “It’s in the Premier League, which is among the best in the world. It’s a big challenge and you are competing with the best and what better club to do it with than West Ham.

“I remember West Ham as a special club. I love these kinds of special clubs. My last club, Besiktas, was that kind of club. It’s not about the size – West Ham is big Club – there is something special about them - they are a cult clubs.

“It is a great place to play and I felt like I was at home. It is a big privilege and a big responsibility to now be manager and I hope that I will prove it to the Board, players and fans.

“My first priority when choosing a club is to look at its ambitions. When I spoke to the Chairmen and Karren Brady, they made clear that it is not only the fantastic new Stadium we are moving into, but they showed their determination and ambition to make what is a big club even bigger.

“I saw their determination and passion that they want to do that. That was the number one reason. I could feel that they really wanted me so it was an easy choice.

“I would say to the West Ham fans that I will give my best and together we will achieve great things.”
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Post by: ORIENT on July 14, 2015, 01:35:17 PM
Di.ck Advocaat (Newly Appointed Sunderhand Coach)

Sunderland AFC is delighted to announce the appointment of Di.ck Advocaat as head coach.

The highly-experienced Dutchman has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the Stadium of Light.

Speaking about his decision to return, Di.ck Advocaat said: “After a lot of discussions with Ellis and Lee, they convinced me that I am the right man for the club.

“It was a great feeling to be part of Sunderland in the last few months, the experience was something very special and after talking with Lee, Ellis and of course my family, we all agree it is the right decision.”

Sunderland AFC chairman Ellis Short said: “Di.ck’s credentials in football are top class and we saw what an impact his vast knowledge and experience had on our team and the club as a whole in just two months.

“Sunderland fans took him to their hearts and so did everyone at the club, so we are absolutely thrilled that he will be here longer term.”

The club’s sporting director, Lee Congerton, added: “Di.ck was always our number one choice and we were determined we weren’t going to take 'no' for an answer. I have been in constant contact with him over the last two weeks and I'm absolutely delighted that he has agreed to return.

“In just a short space of time he has bought into the club wholeheartedly and understands exactly what we need now in order to move forward. We have a lot of work to do to prepare for the season ahead and that starts in earnest now.”
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Post by: ORIENT on July 17, 2015, 07:39:02 AM
Jerrmain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv to Sunderland)

Sunderland AFC has confirmed the signing of Dutch international forward Jeremain Lens.
The 27-year-old, who plays as a striker or on the wing, has joined from Ukrainian side FC Dynamo Kyiv for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year deal.
Lens has played in both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, reaching the quarter-finals of the latter competition last season.
Having worked with Sunderland head coach **** Advocaat at PSV and AZ Alkmaar, the two are now reunited on Wearside.
Speaking about the move, Sunderland’s Head Coach said: “We have signed an international player and I am delighted to welcome him to Sunderland.
“He is a very well-known player in Europe and has played over 30 games for the Dutch national side, which shows his calibre.
“I have worked with him twice already, at PSV and AZ, so I know him well; he is fast and he has scored goals everywhere he has played so that will help the team.”
The Amsterdam-born forward has been capped 30 times by his native Holland, scoring eight goals.
Lens began his career with AZ Alkmaar picking up an Eredivisie winners’ medal in 2008-09, before moving to PSV in May 2010, working again with Advocaat when he took charge of the club in 2012, while the player has won Dutch Super Cups with both clubs.
Overall, Lens scored 34 league goals in 96 games for PSV, where he won the KNVB Cup in 2011-12.
Speaking about the signing, the Black Cats sporting director Lee Congerton added: “We’re absolutely delighted to sign a player of Jeremain’s quality, who has Champions League experience and is a regular for Holland, one of the world’s strongest national teams.”
“He’s a direct and quick player with or without the ball and those characteristics are something we’ve been lacking as a side.”
The forward moved to Kyiv in June 2013 and enjoyed a successful two seasons with the club, winning the Ukrainian cup in his first campaign and following up with a league and cup double last season.
Lens was part of the Dutch side which finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
He also played a key role in helping the side qualify under Louis van Gaal, scoring five goals and adding five assists during the group qualification stage.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 17, 2015, 07:42:51 AM
Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord to Southampton)

Southampton Football Club is delighted to welcome Holland international Jordy Clasie as its fifth signing of the summer.
The midfielder has agreed a five-year contract and joins from Dutch side Feyenoord, where he has been captain in recent years.

24-year-old Clasie has 11 caps for his country, featuring for the Oranje as they finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

Other than a season-long loan spell at Excelsior, Haarlem-born Clasie has spent his entire professional career with Feyenoord. He made his debut aged 20, in Ronald Koeman’s first game in charge of the Rotterdam club.



Executive Director of Football Les Reed commented: “Jordy is one of the most highly sought-after midfielders in Europe.

“His qualities are plain to see for anybody who has watched his development over the past few years as closely as we have, and we are delighted that he will continue his growth at Southampton.

“Like Cédric Soares and Juanmi, he has emerged from an academy with a set of values closely aligned to our own and has spent the entirety of his prior professional career contracted to one club.

“With Jordy having played for Ronald Koeman for three years at Feyenoord, this is the perfect move for both the player and Southampton Football Club.”

Clasie added: “It feels good to be joining Southampton. It’s a nice club, and I’m happy to be here.

“It’s a big club playing in what I think is the biggest and most important league.

“Ronald being here is a big thing for me and that was important in me coming here, but even if he wasn’t here, I’d have come to this club.

“I played every game for him. He’s a good trainer and a good man so I like him, but I came here not only for him. I came here for the club.

“I’ve watched many games of Southampton, and it’s felt good when I’ve watched these games.

“I hope that I have many good moments and good years here.”
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Post by: ORIENT on July 18, 2015, 05:48:04 AM
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur to Sunderland)

Sunderland AFC has completed the signing of defender Younes Kaboul from Tottenham Hotspur.
The former France international put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Kaboul becomes Sunderland’s fourth signing of the transfer window after the Black Cats completed deals for Sebastian Coates, Adam Matthews and Jeremain Lens.
Speaking after sealing the move, Kaboul said: “I’m delighted to be a Sunderland player and it’s an honour to join this club.”
“I would like to thank Lee Congerton and the head coach for making this move possible and I can’t wait to start playing for the Sunderland supporters.”
Head coach **** Advocaat said: "He is a very experienced player, which is what we need. He has shown that in his time at Spurs and he will be a very good addition to our squad."
Sunderland’s Sporting Director Lee Congerton also expressed his delight at completing the deal: “In Younes we have signed an established Premier League player with pace and power at the back, which are qualities required in the modern game.
“We’re pleased that he’s agreed to join the club and he will bring good competition to the squad.”
The 29-year-old centre back began his career with Auxerre where he won the Coupe de France, before joining Spurs in 2007.
While in North London he gained UEFA Europa League experience before moving to Portsmouth in 2008, where he would again play in European competition.
He returned to White Hart Lane in 2010, going on to gain UEFA Champions League experience, scoring a goal in a group stage game against Werder Bremen, and later earning the club captaincy.
Kaboul has represented France and U19, U21 and senior level, earning five caps and scoring one goal.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 19, 2015, 02:21:00 AM
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa to Manchester City)

Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph has signed a five-year contract at Manchester City less than a week after saying he was staying at Villa Park.

England midfielder Delph's move to City had appeared over after he "set the record straight" over his future.

City agreed to meet an £8m release clause inserted into the new four-and-a-half-year contract signed in January.

"At just 25 years old, he still has his best years ahead," said City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

"He is an excellent player, I am looking forward to working with him."

Delph completed a medical on Friday and will fly to Australia over the weekend to join his new team-mates for pre-season training.

He will wear the number 18 shirt which Frank Lampard, now at New York City, wore last season.

Aston Villa released a 30-word statement confirming their captain's exit.

"Aston Villa can confirm that Fabian Delph has exercised the release clause in his contract and will join Manchester City," it said.

"We'd like to wish him success in his future career."

Frank Lampard, who wore City's No 18 shirt last season, has sent a message to Fabian Delph
Delph released a statement last week after reports of his original medical at City, saying: "I'm not leaving, I'm staying at the football club."

On Friday, he said he had spoken to his England team-mate and City goalkeeper Joe Hart - as well as Villa's new signing from City Micah Richards - before signing.

"Micah Richards told me that as far as he is concerned, this is the best club in the world and he had the time of his life here," added Delph.

Former Leeds player Delph did not travel with the Villa squad for their pre-season training camp in Portugal.

He helped Villa retain their Premier League status last season, making 28 league appearances, and also played a key role in their run to the FA Cup final, where they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.

He made his England debut against Norway last September and has six caps.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 20, 2015, 07:41:10 AM
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool)

Liverpool have agreed a 32.5 million pounds deal with Aston Villa for striker Christian Benteke, British media reported on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Belgian international will undergo a medical by Tuesday and is unlikely to join his new team on their current tour of Australia, the BBC reported.

Liverpool club doctor will leave the tour of Australia and fly back to Britain to conduct his medical, the report said.

Since joining Aston Villa from Genk in 2012, Benteke has scored 49 goals in 101 appearances, helping the team avoid relegation last season.

Liverpool made the bid for Benteke after selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for a record fee of 49 million pounds.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 20, 2015, 07:44:12 AM
Jordan Amavi (Nice to Aston Villa)

Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Jordan Amavi.

The 21-year-old full-back has signed a five-year deal with the Club and joins from French side Nice for an undisclosed fee.

Amavi is a France U21 international and is one of the most highly rated young players in Europe.

Manager Tim Sherwood said: "I'm delighted to have secured the services of someone we consider to be a terrific young player.

"Jordan has been one of the outstanding players in Ligue 1 and is still very young and can become even better.

"There were a lot of clubs after him this summer so we are really pleased to welcome him to the Club."

Amavi will meet his new team-mates for the first time on Monday.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 21, 2015, 08:40:30 AM
Patrick Roberts (Fulham to Manchester City)

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Post by: ORIENT on July 22, 2015, 08:07:09 AM
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea to Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace are pleased to announce the signing of England under-21 international Patrick Bamford from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

The 21-year-old striker arrives from the Blues having starred at Middlesbrough last season where he scored 17 times in the Championship and named the division’s Player of the Year. 

Bamford becomes the Club’s second summer signing after the arrival of Yohan Cabaye earlier this month.

Commenting on his signing, Bamford said, “I was quite keen to stay close to London this time and Palace were actually my first choice, but I didn't realise they were keen to start with. Then, when I met with the manager, he put forward his plans and it was an easy decision."

The England under-21 added, “I like to get in behind the defence. I'd say I'm deceptively quick, but I'm sure they'll make their own minds up! I do like to score goals, so hopefully I'll be able to do that a lot here. I want to try to establish myself in a Premier League team and if I can do that here then it would be great for me and great for the club.”

Eagles manager Alan Pardew was delighted by the young forward’s decision to join the club for the season.

“It’s a coup for Crystal Palace ahead of a host of rivals,” he said. “I’m so pleased he chose us over others to help develop his game. Hopefully he will be a star for us, Chelsea and – of course – England.

“Patrick is one of England’s brightest prospects and I will liaise with Jose [Mourinho], Gareth [Southgate] and Dan Ashworth on his progress during this important year in his career.”

Bamford began his career at Nottingham Forest where he progressed through their Academy and played twice for the first-team before being signed by Chelsea for £1.5 million in January 2012. He then enjoyed a couple of loan spells with MK Dons between 2012 and 2014, where he scored 21 goals in 44 games in League One and more recently in the Championship for Derby County where he played the second half of 2013/14, as the Rams narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

Last season saw him move to Teeside where he was an instant success, scoring 19 times in all competitions including once against Manchester City in the FA Cup where Boro pulled off an upset win at the Etihad Stadium.

As well as representing his country at under-21 level, he has also played for the Three Lions at under-18 and under-20 levels. He was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the UEFA Under-21 Championships this summer but missed out on the tournament through injury.
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Post by: ORIENT on July 22, 2015, 08:10:29 AM
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht to Newcastle united)

Newcastle United have completed the signing of striker Aleksandar Mitrović, subject to the player receiving the appropriate visa.

The 20-year-old Serbian international arrives from Anderlecht and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at St. James' Park, which is the fourth biggest transfer in the Club's history.

Mitrović came through the ranks at Partizan Belgrade before making his debut for their affiliated side Teleoptik.

The summer of 2012 saw the front man sign his first professional contract with Partizan and he made a goalscoring bow in a Champions League qualifier against Maltese side Valletta, a competition in which he has gained extensive experience over the past three seasons.

Mitrović finished the 2012/13 campaign as Partizan's top scorer, helping his team to the Serbian SuperLiga title.

In August 2013, he moved to Belgium to join Anderlecht and scored 44 goals in 90 appearances across two seasons at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

Mitrović's performances for Serbia in the 2013 UEFA Under-19 Championships inspired his country to victory and earned him the Player of the Tournament award. The forward has now earned thirteen senior caps for his country.

Speaking of his arrival on Tyneside, he said: "I am so happy to have signed for Newcastle.

"I visited the stadium and it is amazing. I have played in a lot of impressive stadiums in my career but St. James' Park is so big, I can't wait to play my first game here.

"I know how passionate the fans are. This is a club with a very big history and the fans are a big part of that. There will be pressure here, for sure, but I like pressure.

"I also know about the famous players who have played for Newcastle United, like Alan Shearer, who is a hero of mine. I hope I can play like him for this Club. It will be an honour."

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren added: "This is a fantastic signing for us. We have fought off a lot of competition to secure a top young talent in Europe.

"Aleksandar is someone who can develop with the team and someone who will help us to get to where we want to go.

"As a Board we have worked hard to make it happen. It is another demonstration that we are wanting to push on."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 23, 2015, 08:18:08 AM
Miguel Britos (Napoli to Watford)

Miguel Britos joins the Hornets on a three-year deal...
WATFORD have strengthened their squad further with the permanent signing of experienced Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos.

The 30-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Vicarage Road.

Britos joins the Hornets from Italian Serie A side Napoli, where the central defender played more than 100 times between 2011 and 2015.

During that time he played his part in Napoli’s second-place Serie A finish in 2012/13, also winning the Coppa Italia twice and the Super Cup once.

After beginning his professional career at Uruguayan outfits Centro Atletico Fenix, Juventud de Las Piedras and Montevideo Wanderers, Britos secured a move to Italy with Bologna in 2008.

The 6ft 2in defender made 71 appearances for ‘I Rossoblu’, before completing a €9million transfer to Napoli ahead of the 2011/12 season.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 23, 2015, 08:22:44 AM
Manuel Lanzini (Al Jazira to West Ham United)

West Ham United have unearthed a gem after completing the loan signing of Argentine playmaker Manuel ‘The Jewel’ Lanzini.

The 22-year-old has joined the Hammers on a season-long deal, with an option to make it permanent, from UAE Arabian Gulf League club Al-Jazira after passing his medical at Spire Roding Hospital, West Ham United’s official private hospital.

Lanzini, who came through the same River Plate youth system that produced the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Ariel Ortega and former Hammer Javier Mascherano, is an exciting attacking midfielder who can both create and score goals.

Having sealed his summer switch to the Boleyn Ground, Lanzini spoke of a massive step in his still young career.

“This is very emotional because it is one of the best teams I have ever signed for," he told West Ham TV. "It is a very important step for my career and for my future.
 
“I am looking forward to what is a new era for me. I’m very happy and I look forward to meeting my new teammates.

“This is a new challenge for me and that can only help in the future. It will test my ability in one of the best leagues in the world, so I am looking forward to getting started.

“I am someone who always gives 100 per cent. I’m an attacking player, I can change the game’s tempo and I hope to give my maximum for the fans to appreciate me."

Manuel Lanzini passed his medical at Spire Roding Hospital
Born in the Ituzaingó Partido of the Greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area to Italian ancestry, Lanzini joined River Plate at the age of nine in 2002.

At 17, he made his professional debut in a 1-0 home win over Tigre on 8 August 2010, and went on to make 22 league appearances for River in is debut season.

Summer 2011 saw Lanzini loaned to Brazilian giants Fluminense, where he impressed by scoring twice in 22 appearances as a teenager, helping the club to win the Serie A title.

With that experience under his belt, the player returned to River, where he was handed the coveted No10 shirt, helping the club to reach the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals and scoring a career-high eight goals in 26 league appearances in 2012/13.

A packed 2013/14 saw Lanzini play 41 times in all competitions for River, helping the Buenos Aires club to reach the last-eight of the Copa Sudamericana and attracting the attention of clubs all over the world.

It was Al-Jazira who moved for the exciting talent, securing Lanzini’s path to Abu Dhabi, where he became the youngest foreign player to appear in the UAE Arabian Gulf League at the age of 21.

Again wearing the No10 shirt, Lanzini teamed up with Montenego and ex-Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic and Burkina Faso and former Hamburg midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa to score eight goals in 24 league appearances to help Al-Jazira to finish as league runners-up last season.

At international level, the creative South American has been capped four times by Argentina at U20 level and will hope to make the step up to the senior squad if he can impress in Claret and Blue.

Lanzini becomes West Ham’s seventh summer signing following the arrivals of Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Carl Jenkinson, Stephen Hendrie and Darren Randolph.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 24, 2015, 08:07:28 AM
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool)

Liverpool Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of Belgium international striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the Reds today after successfully completing a medical in London.

Benteke has built a reputation as one of the Barclays Premier League's most clinical forwards since joining Villa from Genk in 2012, having scored 49 goals in 101 appearances for the Midlands side.

During that time he has also become a regular fixture for the Belgium national team and has netted seven goals in 24 outings for his country.

After completing his move to Anfield, Benteke told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm very happy to be here and I would like to thank the owners, Ian [Ayre] and of course the manager for their massive effort to bring me here.

"It's hard to show your emotion when you've just come from doing something [like this] but of course I am very happy."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 28, 2015, 05:34:47 AM
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria to Manchester United)

Manchester United have signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a three-year deal, the club said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old, who played under United manager Louis van Gaal when they were both at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, left Sampdoria in the summer at the end of his contract.

"To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me," he told United's website.

"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic manager and I cannot wait to get started on this new and exciting challenge in my career.”

Romero has joined United on their pre-season tour of the United States, where they beat Barcelona 3-1 on Saturday.

“Sergio is a very talented goalkeeper. He was a young keeper during my time at AZ Alkmaar and I am delighted he is joining Manchester United," said Van Gaal.

Romero and his new manager also crossed paths last summer at the World Cup where Argentina eliminated the Van Gaal-coached Netherlands in a semi-final penalty shootout.

"He had a fantastic World Cup last summer in Brazil, although that is something I have put to the back of my mind! He will be a great addition to the team and I am looking forward to working with him once again,” added Van Gaal.

Romero's arrival is expected to herald the departure of United's backup Victor Valdes, who was left out of the tour party and told to leave the club due to a row with the manager.

Van Gaal said Valdes had refused to play for United's reserve team, a claim disputed by the Spaniard.

Speculation also continues over the future of first-choice United keeper David De Gea, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, with the La Liga team's defender Sergio Ramos coming to the English side as part of a swap deal.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 28, 2015, 05:36:44 AM
Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow to Watford)

Spanish playmaker links up with Quique Sanchez Flores once more after signing for Watford...
ATTACKING midfielder José Manuel Jurado has completed a permanent move to Watford from Spartak Moscow.

The Spaniard has signed a three-year contract with the Hornets ahead of their 2015/16 Premier League campaign.

A product of Real Madrid’s youth setup, the 29-year-old made a handful of appearances for Los Blancos before moving to near neighbours Atletico Madrid in 2006.

Jurado played 115 times for Atletico, including 64 outings and nine goals in 2009/10 as the side managed by current Watford Head Coach Quique Sanchez Flores stormed to Europa League glory and a runners-up spot in the Copa del Rey.

The playmaker signed for Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in 2010 and went on to appear in the Champions League and the Europa League. He also performed in both the DFB Pokal and Super Cup finals, scoring in the former as part of a 5-0 win over MSV Duisburg in 2011.

After 72 games and nine goals for Schalke 04, Jurado was loaned to Spartak Moscow in September 2012, a move which was later made permanent. He played 77 times for the Russian outfit, scoring 14 goals.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 29, 2015, 06:41:36 AM
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona to Stoke City)

STOKE CITY are delighted to confirm the signing of Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay on a two-year contract.

The 29-year-old winger arrives at the Britannia Stadium after his contract with Barcelona expired over the course of the summer.

Afellay, who has been capped 50 times by the Netherlands and most recently against Spain in March, joins fellow countrymen Erik Pieters and Marco van Ginkel in Mark Hughes' Stoke squad, along with ex-Barcelona teammates Bojan, Marc Muniesa and Moha.

He is the Club's eighth close season signing following the arrivals of Phillip Wollscheid, Jakob Haugaard, Joselu, Marco van Ginkel, Glen Johnson, Shay Given and Moha.

City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "It's no secret that Ibrahim was wanted by a number of clubs and we are understandably delighted that he has chosen to join us.

"He's clearly excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League and the fact that he knows so many players who are already at the Club will no doubt help him settle into his new surroundings."

Afellay has flown to France to link-up with the Potters squad at their training camp in Evian and is available to be involved in this weekend's Colonia Cup competition in Germany.

He started his career with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 35 goals in 159 league appearances and helped them land four Eredivisie titles.

He won a whole host of honours during his time with Barcelona - including the Champions League - although his time at the Nou Camp was disrupted by injury problems.

Afellay made 21 league appearances for Barca and had loan spells with Schalke 04 in Germany and Greece outfit Olympiacos. He played 31 games for club and country last season.

He made his debut for Holland in 2007 and appeared in the 2010 World Cup, where the Dutch finished as runners-up, as well as Euro 2008 and 2012.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 29, 2015, 06:46:39 AM
Jordan Ayew (Lorient to Aston Villa)

Aston Villa have recruited striker Jordan Ayew from French side Lorient, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 23-year-old Ghana international has signed a five-year contract at Villa Park.

"I am really pleased to bring Jordan to the football club," manager Tim Sherwood told the Villa website.

"He is a fantastic young player who is perfectly suited to the Premier League."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 29, 2015, 06:48:01 AM
Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba to Aston Villa)

Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Jose Angel Crespo.

The 28-year-old defender has signed a three-year deal with the Club and joins from Spanish team Cordoba for an undisclosed fee.

Crespo becomes Villa's seventh signing of the transfer window, following the acquisitions of Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Mark Bunn, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew.

Crespo, who hails from Lora del Rio in Andalusia, has also played for Sevilla and Racing Santander as well as having spells in Italy with Padova, Bologna and Verona.

He has also played for Spain U19, U20 and U21.

Manager Tim Sherwood said: "Jose is a player who has been on our radar for some time and we're really pleased to secure his signature.

"He is an experienced player who has played in La Liga and Serie A, two of the strongest leagues in Europe, and from speaking to him I know he can't wait to play for Aston Villa."

Crespo completed his medical at Bodymoor Heath this morning before meeting his new team-mates for the first time.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 31, 2015, 06:38:59 AM
James McClean (Wigan Athletic to West Bromwich Albion)

JAMES McClean today became Albion's first summer signing, citing Tony Pulis' ambitions for the new season as the driving force in his decision to move to The Hawthorns.

The 26-year-old, who has penned a three-year deal with a 12-month option in the Club's favour, has joined for an undisclosed fee from Wigan Athletic.

The Republic of Ireland international winger will wear the No.14 shirt in the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League campaign.

He said: "I'm delighted. I've played in the Premier League before and not only am I back here, but I'm with a stable top flight club and one that wants to push on.

"Tony Pulis told me what his plans were, where I would fit in. It was all very positive. The Premier League is where any player wants to be.

"He also told me he has a great dressing room, it's been a stable club - but he's made it clear he wants to push this club on. I'm very ambitious. Everything about this move seems right for me - I'm very positive about it.

"Once the Albion came in this was a move I was keen to get done - this is a big club and a new chapter for me."

Head coach Pulis welcomed his first arrival of the close season.

"He's got Premier League experience from his time with Sunderland," said Pulis.

"James has had a couple of indifferent years with Wigan but he did well at Sunderland and we're very pleased to have him on board.

"I am absolutely confident that he can fulfil the potential to come back and be a big player for us.

"He's got pace, he's left-footed - so he gives us a good balance in the side - and he can score goals."

Derry-born McClean established himself with his hometown club between 2008-11, making his name in the League of Ireland.

His exploits for Derry City – where he proved himself to be a committed and energetic winger with a keen eye for assists and goals - alerted the attention of Sunderland and he joined the north-east club in August 2011.

The wide man was handed his Barclays Premier League debut off the bench in December of that year before making his first start for the Black Cats in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in January 2012.

His maiden goals followed just days later and he duly went on to enjoy a memorable first season in English top-flight football, scooping Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year Award at the end of the 2011/12 campaign. 

McClean’s impressive form for Sunderland – where he played alongside Craig Gardner and Stephane Sessegnon - saw him capped by the Republic of Ireland at senior level despite representing Northern Ireland’s Under-21 side.

A whirlwind 12 months was rounded off by his inclusion in Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro 2012 squad, where he made one substitute appearance as the Republic of Ireland bowed out in the group stages.

McClean made 41 appearances for Sunderland in the 12/13 season, racking up a total of 70 outings and 11 goals before signing for Wigan in the summer of 2013.

Lining up in the same squad as Callum McManaman, he made his bow in the FA Community Shield final at Wembley where the Latics went down 2-0 to Manchester United.

In two seasons at the DW Stadium, McClean made 86 appearances for Wigan and scored 10 goals, finishing last term as top goalscorer and walking away with the club’s Player of the Year Award as the Lancashire outfit suffered relegation to League One.

In total, McClean has been capped 30 times by Ireland – most recently in this month’s matches against England and Scotland - and hit the net four times.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 31, 2015, 06:40:31 AM
Robbie Brady (Hull City to Norwich City)

NORWICH City are delighted to have secured the signing of Hull City winger Robbie Brady for an undisclosed fee.

Brady has agreed a three-year deal at Carrow Road and becomes Alex Neil’s third recruit of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu.

The 23-year-old played 43 times in the Premier League in the last two seasons, and comes with international pedigree having been capped 14 times by the Republic of Ireland.

After securing his services, Neil said: “I’m really pleased to sign Robbie. As everyone’s aware, we’ve been chasing him for quite a while.

“He’ll be an absolutely perfect fit for us. Hopefully he can go on and show everything that we think he’s capable of.

“He’s dynamic, he’s got good energy to get up and down the pitch, and he’s got a fantastic left foot which makes him a real danger at set-pieces. He’s got a lot of things in his locker.

“It gives us good competition down the left side. He’s got good pedigree and he’s still young so he’s got his best days ahead of him, so we’re just really happy that we’ve managed to get it over the line.”

Brady came through the youth ranks at Manchester United, prior to spending the duration of the 2011-12 season on loan to Hull.

He returned on a similar deal the following campaign, before signing permanently for Steve Bruce’s side in January 2013.

In total, Brady made 124 appearances for Hull in all competitions, scoring 14 goals – including a brace in their Europa League qualifier against Belgian outfit KSC Lokeren last August.

He will go straight into Neil’s squad for Saturday’s final warm-up game against Brentford ahead of the Canaries’ Premier League curtain-raiser against Crystal Palace on August 8.

On other prospective deals, Neil added: “We won’t be rushed. Any incomings have got to be right for the football club and right for the group.

“We want to make sure we do everything right and that we cover all bases, and that’s why this deal took a bit of time, but it’s important that we cover all that so we’re sure we make the right choices.

“We’ve done everything diligently up to this point and that will continue."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 31, 2015, 06:42:04 AM
Steven Caulker (Queen Park Rangers to Southampton)

Steven Caulker has joined Southampton on loan for the 2015/16 season, the club is delighted to confirm.
The defender moves from Queens Park Rangers, who he joined last summer after spells with Swansea and Cardiff.

23-year-old Caulker will join up with the squad today, and has been allocated the number 26 shirt.

Executive Director of Football Les Reed said of the signing: “We have tracked Steven for a number of years, and so we are very happy to have finally brought him to the club.

“Although still young, he has played several seasons in the top flight, as well as representing England at senior level and featuring for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games.

“Steven will offer us an excellent defensive option – especially with Florin Gardos ruled out after his knee operation.

“He is a player with a good blend of both experience and potential who is determined to grow, to develop and to prove himself during his time with the club.”

Caulker added: “I’m very pleased and very excited. This club has done fantastically well, especially over the last two years.

“To now join this club and to be a part of it for this year is something I’ve proud of.

“As soon as I got the phone call to say a fee was agreed with Southampton, I was delighted to get the opportunity to come and play under a great manager.

“This club is an ambitious one, so to be part of this is a great opportunity – it’s a chance for me to prove myself. I’m very excited for the season ahead.”
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on July 31, 2015, 06:44:02 AM
James Chester (Hull City to West Bromwich Albion)

JAMES Chester has today completed his move to The Hawthorns from Hull City.
 
The 26-year-old has signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms at Albion's training ground on Tuesday.
 
Wales international Chester, a former Manchester United player, will wear the No.4 shirt during the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.
 
Traditionally a centre-half, Chester can play across the back four. He was due to train with his new team-mates for the first time today.
 
Baggies head coach Tony Pulis cited a glowing reference from Hull boss Steve Bruce, as well as staff close to the Welsh national team.
 
Pulis said: "James did very well for Hull City. I've had a good chat with him and he's the type of player I like.
 
"He's young, a strong character, a good defender, he has good feet and he has the Manchester United stamp all over him, just like (Stoke City's) Ryan Shawcross and Darren Fletcher. They're wonderful lads and I'm told James is as well.
 
"From the people I spoke to, like Steve Bruce and people in the Welsh party...they speak very highly of him.
 
"Steve especially gave him a great mention and there is no better accolade than Steve Bruce giving a defender a good drum roll.
 
"James is a good player who can play anywhere along the back line and I'm confident he will get better with age.“
 
On transfers in general, Pulis continued: "We're trying to bring in others, but they have to be the right players.
 
"We're very pleased to have James on board and hopefully we can work hard to get more in."
 
Chester, born in Warrington, started his career at Old Trafford and made one first-team appearance.
 
The defender came off the bench in the club’s League Cup semi-final second leg success over Derby in January 2009, lining up alongside new Baggies team-mates Ben Foster and Darren Fletcher.
 
Chester went on to enjoy a brief loan period at Peterborough the following month and a subsequent spell at Plymouth in 2009/10.
 
He spent the first half of the 2010/11 campaign at Carlisle, where he made 24 appearances and scored four goals - his first in professional football.
 
Chester duly attracted the attention of Championship club Hull in January 2011 and completed a permanent move to the KC Stadium.
 
He went on to become a regular fixture in the Tigers’ first team over the next two-and-a-half seasons, missing just a handful of league games, as the Humberside outfit secured promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13.
 
The player made his top-flight debut in August 2013 and ended the campaign with an FA Cup runners-up medal to his name - his well-taken goal opening the scoring against Arsenal at Wembley before an agonising 3-2 extra-time defeat.
 
He went on to make his debut for Wales in June 2014, starting a 2-0 defeat in Holland. He has made six international appearances to date.
 
Chester got another season of Premier League experience under his belt last term, along with a taste of the Europa League, as the Tigers suffered relegation back to the Championship.
 
He made a total of 171 appearances for Hull, finding the net eight times.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 01, 2015, 05:35:06 AM
Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht to Newcastle)

Newcastle United have announced the signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba after the club received a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) for the player at an FA hearing on Thursday (30th July).

The deal is subject to Mbemba receiving the appropriate visa.

Mbemba becomes Newcastle United's third signing of the summer, after completing the switch from Anderlecht. The 20-year-old DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on Tyneside.

Mbemba is now required to apply for his visa overseas, with the hope that he is then able to return to join his new teammates in Newcastle midweek.

Born in Kinshasa, Mbemba played youth football for a number of local sides in his homeland before joining Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2011.

After rising through the ranks at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, he became a first-team regular and played a key role in Anderlecht being crowned Belgian Pro League champions in 2014, as well as lifting back-to-back Belgian Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.

He played in all six of Anderlecht's group stage games in the Champions League last season, scoring both goals in their 2-0 home win over Galatasaray in November 2014.

Speaking of his move, Mbemba said: "I'm very, very happy to be here. This is the biggest league in the world and I'm very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.

"I'm going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my teammates and to bring something extra to the team.

"I know the team very well. I've watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.

"I've come here to Newcastle United because it's a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead."

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren added: "We are delighted that Chancel is now a Newcastle United player after it took a little longer than we had hoped.

"He is a proven performer at the highest level, he's powerful, combative and will add quality to our defence. He also has an eye for goal which is an extra asset for us.

"We will get him integrated into the squad quickly once he is with us. Unfortunately, due to the time it takes to process the visa application that won't be in time for our final friendly on Saturday, but our focus will be to make sure he will be ready and available as soon as possible.

"I'm sure our supporters will take to him very quickly. He's the sort of player fans will enjoy watching."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 01, 2015, 05:37:06 AM
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool to Norwich City)

NORWICH City have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom on loan until the end of the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League campaign.

The 22-year-old, who recently penned a new long-term deal at Anfield, made 24 top-flight appearances while on loan to West Bromwich Albion last season.

Joining Liverpool as a 14-year-old, the former Bradford City youth player enjoyed a memorable senior Reds debut by netting in a 5-3 Europa League victory over Swiss outfit Young Boys in September 2012 - making his league debut at Carrow Road nine days later.

He spent the majority of 2013-14 on loan to Derby County, featuring 34 times in the Sky Bet Championship as the Rams reached the play-off final before losing out to Queens Park Rangers.

Wisdom has also represented – and captained – the England youth team at various levels, forming part of the side which won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

To date, the Leeds-born defender has appeared 22 times for Liverpool in all competitions, scoring once.

Speaking about the signing of Wisdom, City boss Alex Neil told canaries.co.uk: “I’m delighted as Andre fits our profile in terms of getting hungry players in who want to make their way in the game.

“He’s also had Premier League experience with a few different clubs, so we’re happy to get it over the line. It will add to the competition for places as he’s a flexible player.

“In the past he’s played centre-back and right-back. Having added competition to the left-hand side with Robbie Brady, it was important to add something to the right side as well.

“The squad is certainly getting stronger, which I’m really pleased about.”

Wisdom is set to be included in Neil’s squad for Saturday’s final warm-up game against Brentford ahead of the Canaries’ Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on August 8.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 01, 2015, 05:39:26 AM
George Dobson (Arsenal to West Ham United)

West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated central midfielder George Dobson from Arsenal.

Dobson is a boyhood Hammers fan and jumped at the chance to sign for the east London Club.

The 17-year-old arrives with a big reputation, having captained the Arsenal Under-18s last season and also featured regularly for the north London Club in the Under-19 UEFA Youth League.

Dobson also made his breakthrough into the Arsenal Under-21 team last season and played alongside Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby.

The talented central midfield player says he is relishing the chance to play for his hometown Club and hopes to make his breakthrough into the first-team squad over the next few years.

Dobson said: “I am over the moon to have signed and have been a West Ham fan since I was five-years-of -age and this is a surreal moment. Putting pen to paper is a dream come true for me.

“I had a great ten-years with Arsenal and they helped me as a footballer and as a person. But the time is right to move and I cannot wait to get started.

“I give 100 per cent every time I put the shirt on and I will give everything for the team.

“The amount of players who have come through the academy, it was a no-brainer for me. There are lots of opportunities here and you have just got to take them. I know I will have to work hard.

“Terry Westley is a great guy and has shown a lot of interest in me. That is really important for a young person and I am looking forward to working under him."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 01, 2015, 06:22:24 AM
Jordan Veretout (Nantes to Aston Villa)

Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of French midfielder Jordan Veretout.

The 22-year-old arrives at the club on a five-year deal and joins us from Ligue 1 club Nantes, which has been his home club since 2003, for an undisclosed fee.

Veretout is a France youth international, having represented his country at U18-U21 levels, including winning the U20 World Cup.

He is the fourth player to arrive in B6 from Ligue 1 this summer after Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew.

Manager Tim Sherwood said: "I'm really pleased Jordan decided to choose Aston Villa over the other options he had and opt to continue his development with us.

"He is only 22-years-old but he is vastly experienced for someone that age.

"He has played over 140 games in France and is a really exciting young player.

"I know he is very highly rated over in France so we are delighted to get this deal over the line."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 01, 2015, 06:23:56 AM
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers to Aston Villa)

Aston Villa is very pleased to announce Rudy Gestede as our ninth signing this summer.

The 26-year-old has joined the club on a five year deal for an undisclosed fee from Blackburn Rovers.

Gestede, a Benin international, scored 22 goals for the Ewood Park club last term, including 20 in the Championship.

He came through the youth ranks at FC Metz before joining Cardiff City in the summer of 2011, where he helped the Bluebirds secure promotion to the Premier League.

From there, he joined Rovers and established himself as one of the stars of the team, forming an impressive partnership with Jordan Rhodes in attack.

Manager Tim Sherwood said: "I've known about Rudy since he was at Cardiff City and he is a player I've always admired.

"His goalscoring ratio last season was fantastic and he is someone who certainly knows how to find the back of the net.

"He's a big, physical striker but he can play and I'm pleased to welcome him to the football club."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 01, 2015, 06:26:25 AM
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel is expecting Louis van Gaal to lead his former club to glory after the manager steered their return to the top four of the Barclays Premier League last season.

Van Gaal was appointed last summer and recovered from a poor start, with 13 points in their opening 10 matches, to finish fourth in the BPL. Schmeichel, the former United goalkeeper who played an integral role in five of their Barclays Premier League titles, says the club should be aiming for more silverware in 2015/16 thanks to the transformation under Van Gaal.

"I like what Louis van Gaal has done for this one year," Schmeichel said. “What was needed was to stop the rot first of all, then get us into the top four and get us a chance of Champions League football. Now, in his second year, we can begin to expect things of him, in terms of how the club is developing."

United last won the Barclays Premier League in 2012/13, their 13th BPL crown, but fell to seventh in 2013/14 in their first season after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. However, the guidance of Van Gaal and the summer signings of #~ Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich, Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven, Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero and Italy defender Matteo Darmian have enhanced hopes of returning United to the success of the Ferguson era.

That level of expectation is part-and-parcel of life at Old Trafford, believes Schmeichel.

"When you play for Manchester United, if you're a manager for Manchester United, you always have to understand how special the club is and why so many people support them," said Schmeichel during the filming of a new TV commercial for Carlsberg, the official beer of the Premier League, for the 2015/16 season. "Last season, it was a different job. Van Gaal had to stop the team from going towards the middle of the table, turn it around and get it into the top four.

"That was the objective and that was achieved. Now we have to look at the style of play, the players signed, and the nature of winning. Now we have to expect more. Van Gaal says he's one of the best in the world. He's manager of what I consider to be the best football club in the world. Now he has to prove it."

In only two seasons with Schmeichel in goal did United not win the Barclays Premier League title, when Blackburn Rovers (1994/95) and Arsenal (1997/98) pipped them. The Dane credited this to the winning mentality instilled by Ferguson, despite the Scot having to wait seven years for his first league title after taking over in 1986. 

"The championship team was built over six or seven years, and once you got it right, you could develop the next couple of teams as well," Schmeichel said. "We were all good players. Every player was good and every position was covered. If you don't have that you win nothing."

Were Van Gaal to bring success to Old Trafford once more, it could signal the start of another golden era, with Schmeichel believing silverware can lead to a virtuous circle of success.

"Once you start winning it breeds the winning mentality," he said. "Fergie came in 1986, didn't win anything for three-and-a-half years, even though he has a winning mentality.

"It's very difficult to put that on to your players when you haven't won anything. When you start winning you can start saying, 'We did that, now you need to win that.' It was like that with Fergie. He never let you sit there on your laurels. He was always looking for the next trophy.

"We all hope van Gaal can be there for a number of years. With that, you have to expect trophies. It's very simple."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 02, 2015, 07:25:13 AM
Rickie Lambert (Liverpool to West Bromwich Albion)

ALBION have completed the signing of Rickie Lambert from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

The England international has penned a two-year deal and goes straight into the squad for the tonight's game at Bristol Rovers.

Lambert underwent a medical this morning and will travel to the Memorial Stadium with a view to facing his former club.

He has been handed the No.17 shirt for the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League campaign.

Tony Pulis spoke of the influence Lambert can bring to his squad.

"Rickie is a good, strong, solid player who is a great character, good in the dressing room and good on the pitch," said the Albion head coach.

"We are very pleased to have him on board.

"He's a player of great pedigree and we look forward to integrating him into our squad."

Lambert, born in Kirkby, started his career in Liverpool’s Academy before making his professional debut for Blackpool in 1999 aged 17.

He was offered a contract with Macclesfield Town towards the end of the 2000/01 campaign, registering his first professional goals for the club, before successful moves to fellow lower league sides Stockport County and Rochdale.

Bristol Rovers beckoned in 2006 and the experienced striker spent three years at the Memorial Stadium, finding the net 59 times in 155 appearances.

His scoring exploits alerted Southampton, who pounced to snap up his services in the summer of 2009. 

Lambert proved to be prolific at St Mary’s as he helped spearhead Saints from League One to the Premier League, scoring a stunning 88 goals in just three seasons. 

His impressive record and accolades did not dry up once plying his trade in England’s top flight, bagging 15 times in 2012/13.

Lambert’s eye for goal and all-round play led to an international debut with England in August 2013, and a memorable one at that, stepping off the bench to head home with his first touch of the ball in a 3-2 victory over Scotland at Wembley.

Two more goals for the Three Lions followed in that campaign, plus a further 14 for Southampton, and he was duly rewarded with a place in England’s World Cup squad in Brazil, appearing as a late substitute in the group stage defeat to Uruguay.

Lambert’s exploits clinched a move to boyhood club Liverpool last summer, however he was used sparingly at Anfield in 2014/15 and made just seven league starts.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 02, 2015, 10:41:50 PM
Community shield

Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea

Oxlade Chamberlain scored
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Post by: ORIENT on August 02, 2015, 11:28:52 PM
Community shield

Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea

Oxlade Chamberlain scored
67' Arsenal still leading 1-0.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 03, 2015, 06:37:43 AM
Arsenal wins the community shield. Anyway those teams that win this shield usually cant able to win the premier league title  :sweat:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 03, 2015, 06:41:53 AM
This weekend Barclays Premier League will kick off  :clap:

After waiting for months, finally it is coming...  :thumbsup:
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Post by: ORIENT on August 03, 2015, 08:19:24 AM
FA Cup winners Arsenal beat champions Chelsea 1-0 in England's Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Wembley on Sunday to end a long wait for victory over their London rivals.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's brilliant goal after 24 minutes settled a match played in warm sunshine.

The 21-year-old received a pass from Theo Walcott and cut inside Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta before firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner of Thibaut Courtois' goal.

It was the first time in 14 attempts that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had got the better of Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho and the result offered hope to Chelsea's title rivals hat the champions might not have such an easy time this year.

Chelsea won the title in May with a commanding lead of eight points over second-placed Manchester City and they are the bookies' favourites to retain the trophy in the new season which kicks off on Saturday.

Arsenal dominated the first half and were rewarded with Oxlade-Chamberlain's superb goal.

Chelsea sought to up their sluggish tempo in the second half, bringing on new loan signing Radamael Falcao for striker Loic Remy and replacing Ramires with Brazilian compatriot Oscar.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who made nearly 500 appearances for Chelsea before signing for Arsenal and received a rousing reception from both sets of fans before the game, saved impressively from an Oscar free kick in the 69th minute.

Chelsea pressed for an equaliser but looked short of menace in front of goal with Spain striker Diego Costa sidelined by injury.

Belgium winger Eden Hazard blazed over from an angle half way through the second half, an uncharacteristic miss for the player voted England's player of the year last season.

Arsenal rested key players including striker Alexis Sanchez who returned to training later than most of his team mates after helping Chile to win Latin America's Copa America.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 04, 2015, 05:02:25 AM
England's Premier League is undoubtedly one of the most exciting in world football but as it embarks on its 24th season on Aug. 8 is it also becoming one of the most predictable?

Last term only Newcastle United and Everton, both of whom dropped down the table, moved more than four places either way, while two of the three promoted clubs went straight back down.

Clubs outside the top six will aim to avoid relegation which will be more important than ever with a lucrative three-year domestic television deal, worth over five billion pounds ($7.77 billion), starting in 12 months' time.

Overseas TV rights will add half as much again, making the struggle to stay up intense.

While the usual suspects are expected to contest the title, however, none of them have managed to win it for two years in a row since Manchester United completed a hat-trick in 2009 under Alex Ferguson.

Since the Scot retired in 2013, the Old Trafford club have not been in serious contention to add to their record 20 championships, finishing seventh and fourth.

They have spent vast amounts of money in that time, with only mixed success, and during the close season Louis Van Gaal has continued to revamp his squad.

Germany captain #~ Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and Southampton's Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin will improve the midfield options and allow the Dutchman to use Wayne Rooney in his best position, further forward.

By the end of the season Rooney should have overtaken Bobby Charlton's records as record scorer for England and United.

He will be more interested in whether United have regained the title from Chelsea, who led the table from the third match of last season and finished eight points clear of the previous season's champions Manchester City.

On the day in May that Jose Mourinho's side made sure they could not be caught, television * and former United defender Gary Neville told viewers, "the rest are absolutely miles behind this Chelsea team".

United, City, Arsenal and Liverpool will all believe they have reduced the gap after a transfer window in which the champions have so far been comparatively quiet.

Other than bringing in Asmir Begovic from Stoke to replace Petr Cech as second-choice goalkeeper, Mourinho's only notable signing has been Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, who failed to live up to his reputation at United last season.

He impressed Chelsea's captain John Terry when scoring a hat-trick against the Lond club for Atletico Madrid in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup final and, like United, they have now taken him on loan from Monaco, while hoping for a better return.

City scored 10 goals more than Chelsea last season and hope to outscore them again after paying a fee that could rise to 49 million pounds ($76.16 million) for England's Raheem Sterling.

Their total of 83 goals was 31 more than Liverpool, which explains why Brendan Rodgers made forwards his priority and signed Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, Hoffenheim's Brazil striker Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings from relegated Burnley.

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger has felt less need to strengthen a squad that retained the FA Cup and returned to the top three, although experienced former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will doubtless save them plenty of points.

Newcomers Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich City will inevitably be tipped as relegation fodder but Villa, Sunderland and Leicester City, all heavily involved in the scrap to avoid the drop last term, cannot expect much more than mere survival.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 04, 2015, 05:05:43 AM
Everton's most expensive pre-season signing, Gerard Deulofeu, is expected to miss the opening Premier League game against Watford this weekend, manager Roberto Martinez said on Monday.

The 21-year-old, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan from Barcelona, suffered a * injury in the Asia Trophy in Singapore a fortnight ago.

"He's already working at 60 percent so I don't expect him to be too far away," Martinez told reporters.

"Maybe the weekend will be too early for him."

Everton also have doubts about another winger, Kevin Mirallas, and the England defender John Stones for Saturday's opener after both were injured in Sunday's testimonial match for former striker Duncan Ferguson against Villareal.

Mirallas will be assessed by medical staff tomorrow.

The 21-year-old has had problems with * injuries before, missing two months of his loan season at Goodison after being stretchered off at home to Fulham in December.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 04, 2015, 05:09:46 AM
Connor Wickham (Sunderland to Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace are delighted to announce the signing of Connor Wickham from Sunderland, with the striker signing a five year deal for an undisclosed fee.

 

The 22-year-old arrives from the Black Cats having scored 18 goals over the past two seasons and played a starring role in their successful quest to stay in the Premier League during that time.

 

He has also starred for England at youth level, helping the Three Lions win the UEFA European Under-17 Championships in 2010 where he was also named Player of the Tournament, and has also appeared 17 times for the under-21s, scoring six goals.

 

“I spoke to the gaffer last week and he said all the right things about the club and I’ve got friends here who also told me some very good things,” he said.

 

“I looked at the team before I arrived here and the signings that have been brought in, and the potential to score goals and the chances that could be created was a massive influence. Hopefully I can add to that talent and make the squad stronger.

 

“I think I needed the fresh start, I had four years up north and it’s been a bit stop-start. Now I’ve come back home and I can settle down and see my family a bit more and hopefully let my football do the talking.”

 

Wickham began his professional career at Ipswich Town where he made his debut aged just 16 years and 11 days and became the Tractor Boys’ youngest ever player. He went on to gradually establish himself in their side and in 2010/11 he hit nine goals in 37 league appearances  which led to him being named the Championship Young Player of the Year.

 

That form earned him his move to Wearside for a fee of £8 million and he would go on to play 91 times for Sunderland, scoring 15 goals - including five in three games to help his side miraculously avoid relegation at the end of the 2013/14 season.

 

He has also spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United during his time with Sunderland, scoring eight times in 11 outings for the Owls before returning to Sunderland.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 04, 2015, 05:11:34 AM
N'Golo Kante (Caen to Leicester City)

Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of N’Golo Kanté from French Ligue 1 side Caen on a four-year deal.

The 24-year-old Frenchman arrives for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance and approval from the Premier League and the Football Association, adding fierce competition to the Club’s central midfield ranks ahead of the Barclays Premier League opener against Sunderland on 8 August.

N’Golo, who will wear the No.14 shirt, is City’s fourth new signing of the summer after the arrivals of Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki and is the first under new manager Claudio Ranieri.

The Foxes beat off firm competition to secure the signature of Kanté, whose tenacious and tough tackling approach has seen him catch the eye of a number of teams across Europe.

Born in Paris in 1991, Kanté’s footballing career began with US Boulogne, where he came through the youth ranks to make his first team debut against AS Monaco in May 2012.

His impressive performances for US Boulogne saw Caen swoop for his talents in 2013. That faith was quickly rewarded as Kanté played 38 games en route to a promotion from the French Ligue 2 in the 2013/14 campaign.

A further 37 appearances and two goals in 2014/15 underlined his potential and, in the fast-paced and competitive environment of the Premier League, the Frenchman’s energetic playing style is widely tipped to make him a success in England.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 04, 2015, 05:14:06 AM
Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta to Leicester City)

Defender Yohan Benalouane has completed a move to Leicester City on a four-year deal subject to international clearance and Premier League and FA approval.

The 28-year-old centre back arrives from Serie A side Atalanta for an undisclosed fee and will add some healthy competition to Claudio Ranieri’s defensive line ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener against Sunderland. He will wear the no.29 shirt.

Standing at 6ft 2ins, Benalouane is blessed with both pace and power alongside a composure on the ball that should make him a good fit for the challenges of Premier League football.

A former France Under-21 international, Yohan has since opted to represent Tunisia at international level and arrives with an impressive track record at club level in both Italy and France.

After coming through the ranks at French side Saint-Etienne, Benalouane’s performances in Ligue 1 earned him a move to Italy in 2010, when he signed for newly promoted Cesena in Serie A.

Two solid seasons for the Italian outfit earned him another move to Parma, initially on loan in the summer of 2012. After helping lift his team to a 10th placed finish in 2012/13, he joined Atalanta on loan in January 2014 before making that deal permanent at the end of the season.

Last term Benalouane’s performances at the heart of Atalanta’s defence provided a solid foundation for a campaign that saw the Italian side amass 37 point total en route to securing Serie A survival in impressive fashion.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 06, 2015, 06:26:15 AM
Max Gradel (St Etienne to Bournemouth)

AFC Bournemouth have signed Ivory Coast international Max Gradel, subject to international clearance and Premier League approval, from St Etienne for an undisclosed fee.
Gradel returns to the Cherries seven years on from his last appearance for the club, where he spent two separate loan spells in the 2007/08 season.

The 27-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year contract after passing a medical to become the seventh summer signing at Vitality Stadium.

During his stay from former parent club Leicester City, he worked with Eddie Howe, who was then part of Kevin Bond’s coaching staff.

The winger went on to play for Leeds United before moving to St Etienne in 2011. He helped the side finish fifth in Ligue 1 last term and subsequently qualify for the Europa League.

Gradel scored 17 goals in 23 starts in the 2014/15 season in one of his best campaigns to date.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 06, 2015, 06:28:08 AM
Lee Tomlin (Middlesborough to Bournemouth)

AFC Bournemouth have signed Lee Tomlin from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.

Tomlin was one of the star players in the Sky Bet Championship last season, scoring ten goals in 50 appearances as Boro reached the play-off final.

“Lee is a player who we are excited about and will get fans off their seats,” chief executive Neill Blake said.

“He is someone we have followed for some time and believe will fit seamlessly into Eddie and Jason’s plans.

“The promotion race in the Championship last season was incredibly competitive and Lee was a key figure in a Middlesbrough side who went very close to going up.

“We believe he is ready to make the step up and look forward to seeing him play in the Premier League.

“Like the club, he has had to work hard to get to this point and is eager to make the most of this opportunity.

“We are very pleased with the business we have done this week, and on the whole this summer, and feel it is a marker of our ambitions this season.”

But the forward, who can also play in midfield, will now get the opportunity to play in the Barclays Premier League having risen through the divisions.

Having been released by hometown club Leicester City, he dropped into non-league, where he impressed for Rushden and Diamonds.

Peterborough United gave him the chance to play in the Football League and he won promotion through the play-offs in his first season at London Road.

The 26-year-old made the step up to the second tier and returned following the Posh’s relegation, moving to the Riverside on loan before making his stay permanent shortly afterwards.

Tomlin follows Max Gradel as the Cherries’ second signing in the final week before the start of the campaign and will be available to face Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 07, 2015, 06:37:27 AM
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers to Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace have signed Mali international attacker Bakary Sako on a free transfer.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man has penned a three year deal at Selhurst Park having left the Molineux side in the summer following the expiration of his contract, having scored 36 goals in 118 appearances in the Midlands.

On his new move, Sako said: "I talked to some clubs but when I met Alan [Pardew] I felt a good feeling between him and me and that's why I chose Palace.

"He plays attacking, attractive football so it should be good to play here and score some goals, that's why I came to join him.

"I've been doing my own pre-season training because Wolves gave me a programme before I left, and my cousin has a small academy so we trained together to keep my fitness levels up.

"I think I'm fit now but it's in the manager's hands to pick me so we'll see how my fitness is."

I want to play lots of games, score some goals and get some assists and enjoy myself. I'm confident about stepping up to the premier League so we'll see how it goes."



Born in France, the 27-year-old got his break in the professional game with Chateauroux in Ligue 2 in 2006 before earning a move to Saint-Etienne three years later, where he would become a regular in their side until Wolves snapped him up for £4 million in August 2012.

He would play a crucial role in the club's promotion from League One by finishing as joint top scorer and was named in the Team of the Year. His success continued in the Championship, once again finishing as Wolves' top scorer with 16 goals and named in the division's seasonal line-up before his contract expired.

Having represented both Mali and France at youth level, he opted to play for the former at full level and has 14 caps for the side also known as the Eagles, scoring six goals, and represented them in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 07, 2015, 06:40:06 AM
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho feels it will be more difficult for his side to retain the Premier League title with the other contenders having made strong additions to their squads.

Chelsea won the title at a canter last season, finishing on 87 points, eight ahead of second-placed Manchester City.

"A year ago we got immediately Costa and Fabregas which was a quick reaction to the fact that we didn't win the title," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"This year you can see from the reaction of Liverpool, Arsenal Man City, Man United.

"They've bought strong they've bought well. They are trying to make an impact because they couldn't get the title."

The 52-year-old Mourinho expects a close title race and low scoring season with smaller teams also attracting strong players.

"Maybe I am wrong but I have the idea that less points will win the title this season," the Portuguese added. "Other teams are investing very well and this is not normal."

"Smaller teams are getting some of the best players from some countries. Those players usually only leave their counties for the best clubs but now they go to the promoted teams.

"Now it is their competitive nature and their quality that top teams have to play against. It is more difficult."

Mourinho, currently in his second stint as manager with Chelsea, has won three Premier League titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and one Community Shield with the London-based club.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 07, 2015, 08:06:34 AM
Manchester City are brimming with optimism with coach Manuel Pellegrini "absolutely sure" of winning the Premier League title back this season and midfielder David Silva eyeing Champions League glory.

City, who conceded four goals in both their defeats against Real Madrid and Stuttgart in pre-season friendlies, finished eight points behind champions Chelsea in the Premier League last season.

"I am absolutely sure that we are going to have a very successful season. We must bring back the title here to our fans," the 61-year-old was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"We are sure, as I have just said, that we are going to bring it back. We had a good pre-season."

With the sale of Stefan Jovetic to Inter Milan and Edin Dzeko being strongly linked with a move to Roma, City is poised to start the season with only two frontline strikers in Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony.

"We have Kelechi (Iheanacho), that is a young player who I think must find a place here in our squad," the Chilean manager added.

"(Raheem) Sterling can also play in front. I think we are going to bring in other players but not in that position."

City, who won the Premier League title in a close finish in 2013-14, kick off their campaign with a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

Spain international David Silva feels City have earned respect with their success in England in the past few years and with the recent additions to the squad the Manchester club can target European glory.

"We are just missing that step of winning the Champions League, but doing that will help us grow even more," the 29-year-old midfielder, told the Daily Telegraph in an interview.

"I would see it as a failure (if I don't win the Champions League at City). It is the one thing I want and one day I hope to win it."

City crashed out in the last 16 stage of the Champions League in the past two seasons after being paired against Barcelona.

"It's difficult playing against big teams like Barcelona, Bayern. But why? I cannot tell you," added Silva, who has one World Cup and two European Championship winners' medals with the national team.

"But with good, new players, for sure we will have an opportunity to be there fighting and maybe able to do it."

Silva, who joined City in 2010 from Valencia, has set a personal target of scoring more goals this season.

"I want to be important in the team and win titles in all competitions," he added. "It is always in my mind to become better and I can improve this year by scoring more goals."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 04:57:44 AM
Matchday 1

Sat 08 Aug 2015
Man Utd v Spurs   12:45
Bournemouth v Aston Villa   15:00
Everton v Watford   15:00
Leicester v Sunderland   15:00
Norwich v Crystal Palace   15:00
Chelsea v Swansea   17:30

Sun 09 Aug 2015
Arsenal v West Ham   13:30
Newcastle v Southampton   13:30
Stoke v Liverpool   16:00

Tue 11 Aug 2015
West Brom v Man City    20:00
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 04:59:57 AM
The mantra is still very much "safety first" for Aston Villa in Tim Sherwood's first full season in charge of the West Midlands club with the windfall from the Premier League's bumper television rights deal set to kick in from 2016.

Villa escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, finishing 17th on 38 points -- their worst performance since 1994-95 -- and Sherwood believes avoiding the drop rather than trying to push for major honours will continue to be the club's top priority in the new season.

"We need to stay in the league obviously," said the manager, who lost two key players in Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph during the summer transfers.

"We know it's a tough ride ahead."

The clubs that avoid relegation this season will benefit from the record television rights deal that comes into effect from next season.

The 5.14 billion pounds agreement with Sky and BT Sports will boost even the lowest-ranked club's income by millions of pounds.

Sherwood has brought in nine players during the summer to plug the gaps in his squad, including former England and Manchester City defender Micah Richards and Ghana striker Jordan Ayew from French club Lorient.

"An improvement on last year is what we're looking for," Sherwood was quoted as saying by the Bournemouth Echo.

"It won't be hard to improve because we were the worst team left in the league. We need to consolidate and improve again."

Villa reached the final of the FA Cup last season where they lost to Arsenal, and while Sherwood feels "another couple of appearances at Wembley would be nice", the manager is wary of setting too many targets.

"There's a balance that we need to get. We've signed a lot of new players and lost some very important players to our team," the 46-year-old Sherwood added.

"It was a needs-must, we needed to bring in and hopefully we can get them to gel."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 05:02:00 AM
Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross will be out of action for at least two months after a back operation scheduled for next week, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 27-year-old central defender, signed from Manchester United in 2008, has suffered a recurrence of a back problem that troubled him last season and the club said on their website (www.stokecityfc.com) that surgery was the only solution.

Stoke hoped rest would avoid the need for an operation but, while that initially seemed the case, the harder Shawcross pushed himself in pre-season the more discomfort he felt.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 05:05:03 AM
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is likely to miss the Premier League opener against Manchester United on Saturday as the France international has not yet fully recovered from a fractured wrist, manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

The 28-year-old Lloris, who captains both Tottenham and France, picked up the injury during the close season. He joined Spurs from Lyon for 8 million pounds in 2012.

Lloris returned from injury to play 35 minutes during Wednesday's 2-0 win over AC Milan, but Pochettino warned that he might not be ready for a full game.

"He played 35 minutes and it was fantastic to see," Argentine Pochettino was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.

"It was very positive today to assess him, but maybe he is not ready for 90 minutes.

"But it's very important he is ready to come back."

Lloris made 110 saves and kept eight clean sheets in the Premier League last season as Spurs finished fifth.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 05:07:34 AM
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town to Newcastle United)

Newcastle United have completed the signing of striker Ivan Toney from Northampton Town.

The 19-year-old moves to St. James' Park for an undisclosed fee and has signed a long-term deal with the Magpies.

Northampton-born Toney made his senior debut for his hometown club in 2012 aged just 16 - becoming the youngest first-team player in the Cobblers' history.

Last season, he made 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring ten goals.

"I'm happy to be here and very excited," said Toney.

"The players here are a great standard and I can't wait to get going and show what I'm all about.

"Being a young lad who is scoring goals in the Football League was a great thing. Now I want to progress here and eventually do it in the Premier League."

Peter Beardsley , football development manager at Newcastle United, added: "We have been very impressed with Ivan already.

"He is a very good player, with great enthusiasm and a first-class attitude, and has all the attributes to have a bright future at the Club."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 05:10:49 AM
Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan to Sunderland)

France international Yann M’Vila has joined Sunderland AFC on a season-long loan from Russian club FC Rubin Kazan.
The 25-year-old becomes the fifth summer addition to **** Advocaat’s squad, who kick-off their Barclays Premier League campaign this weekend against Leicester City.
Speaking about the player, Sunderland AFC’s sporting director Lee Congerton said: “Yann is a player who is highly regarded by a number of the elite clubs across Europe, playing for his national team of France from a young age.
“The Premier League presents a fresh challenge for him, its one I know he is relishing and we are delighted to welcome him to the club.”
M’Vila added: “I’m very happy to be a Sunderland player. I had a very good feeling training with the team; every player welcomed me and the feeling was very good with them so I’m excited for the start of the season.
“I’ve also wanted to play in the Barclays Premier League for a long time so I’m very happy to be here.”
The club has also agreed a deal which gives Sunderland the option of making the transfer permanent after the completion of the loan period.
The midfielder, who has been capped 22 times by France, spent last season on loan at Italian giants Internazionale. He began his career with French Ligue 1 club Rennes, progressing into the first team and making over 120 appearances for the club.
M’Vila will now link up with fellow new signings Jeremain Lens, Younes Kaboul,Sebastian Coates and Adam Matthews.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 05:12:58 AM
Sunderland manager Di.ck Advocaat wants to add two more players to the five has bought so far before the transfer window closes.

He told a news conference on Friday that one of the reasons the north-east club struggled last season was a lack of competition.

"We have brought in players who improve the squad," the experienced Dutchman said. "Too many players last season were very sure of their position and that is more difficult this season.

"I don’t want to discuss positions, but we still need one or two players for the team, not for the bench.

"The most important thing is that you have competition, that everybody has to fight for their places."

Sunderland had hoped to sign the Queens Park Rangers midfielder Leroy Fer but he was reported to have failed a medical.

Midfielder Yann M'Vila, who did join this week, will not play against Leicester City on Saturday but Advocaat said he is hoping for great things from Jeremain Lens, signed from Dynamo Kiev.

"We had a problem last season making goals and also creating chances, so something was wrong in both midfield and up front and that's why we bought Lens." he added.

"He is a very good addition who has pace and can score goals. If we can play attacking football then we have the players who can do that."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 05:36:09 AM
An opening fixture at Stoke City, where Liverpool were humiliated 6-1 at the end of last season, is the best possible place to start the new campaign, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.

He takes his team there on Sunday having lost captain Steven Gerrard and England international Raheem Sterling, but believing the new-look squad can make amends for one of the worst days in the club's recent history.

"For me it was the perfect fixture for us first up," Rodgers told reporters at Liverpool's Melwood training ground.

"I was happy that came out. We will certainly be better than we were last season.

"We lacked in everything that day. We all knew it was unacceptable and whatever stick we got for it was deserved."

Some of the criticism that followed was from supporters claiming that sixth place after finishing as runners-up the previous year meant Rodgers should be sacked.

Instead the American owners kept faith with him and changes were made to his coaching staff, two of whom were sacked.

"It has galvanised the players with three coaches coming in," Rodgers said.

"You can't perform like we did it the end of last season if you want to be a top club. There is no difference now in terms of pressure. This has always been a club under huge scrutiny.

"Our first objective is to arrive in the top four. We'll look to put up a greater fight than last season. We've had a very good pre-season and I've been delighted with the response from the players."

Increasing the number of goals scored from last season's paltry 52 is a priority and the manager is convinced that Christian Benteke, a 32.5 million pounds ($50.15 million) signing from Aston Villa, backed up by Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino, will help achieve that.

"Benteke is the type who fits perfectly for us," Rodgers said.

"He can play the power game and his movement is very clever."

Rodgers also announced that another new signing, James Milner from Manchester City, has been appointed vice-captain to fellow England international Jordan Henderson.

"He is someone I admired from the outside for a long time.

"He’s also got big character and a big mentality, and I felt we needed that in the team."

Rodgers, starting his third season in charge at Anfield, refused to be drawn on the future of maverick striker Mario Balotelli.

"It's unfair to talk about any individuals," he said.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 05:52:46 AM
Jose Mourinho has committed himself to Premier League champions Chelsea until at least 2019 after signing a new four-year contract as manager, the west London club said on Friday.

The 52-year-old, who had previously been in charge from 2004-2007, rejoined the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2013 and led Chelsea to the league title and League Cup success last season.

"I said when I returned here that I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed," Mourinho told the club's website (www.chelseafc.com).

"I think this is a normal thing for me to sign a new contract. It is important we have this continuity and I hope we can enjoy more success in the future -- for the fans, the players and the club.

"It is the club closest to my heart and I am very happy to know I will be staying here for a long time."

Mourinho's side won the league twice during his first spell in charge and lifted the FA Cup plus two League Cups before the Portuguese left the club and enjoyed more success at Inter Milan, who won the Champions League in 2010.

Mourinho joined Real Madrid immediately after his European triumph with Inter -- his second Champions League success after winning the trophy with Porto in 2004 -- and won the King's Cup in his first season with the Spanish giants.

Real won their first La Liga title in four years in 2012 but the next season was turbulent as dressing-room divisions with established players, such as keeper Iker Casillas and defender Sergio Ramos, left Mourinho feeling unloved in the capital.

A welcome return to Chelsea soon followed and the London club finished third in the league under Mourinho in the 2013-14 season -- four points behind champions Manchester City.

Chelsea were rampant in their quest for the title last season, however, and won the league with three matches to spare as Mourinho ensured his 69 percent win rate was the best of any manager to have taken charge of 15 or more Premier League games.

"We are very happy that Jose has committed four more years to the club," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.

"Since his arrival two years ago he has carefully developed the playing squad and brought trophies to Stamford Bridge.

"We look forward to the next four years and the continued success of the team."

Chelsea begin the defence of their Premier League title at home to Swansea City on Saturday.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 06:33:01 AM
Match preview: Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

David de Gea has been dropped for Manchester United's game against Tottenham because he has been mentally affected by speculation regarding his future, according to manager Louis van Gaal.

Goalkeeper De Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer, but he still remains on United's books going into the new season.

The Spaniard will not play any part in the first game of the new campaign versus Spurs, however, as he is not in the right frame of mind.

''He shall not play,'' the United boss said.

"We have problems with De Gea. I think the human being is more than only the player and I don't think he can manage that.

"It's not easy for De Gea to manage his situation."

United have retained a firm stance on De Gea all summer, insisting he will not be sold to the Spanish giants unless they receive Sergio Ramos in return.

But Van Gaal admitted the situation with De Gea, whose pop star girlfriend lives in Madrid, was not favourable at the end of United's pre-season tour and the Dutchman's latest remarks are bound to increase speculation that the 24-year-old is destined for the Bernabeu.

When asked what he thought the outcome of the De Gea saga would be, Van Gaal said: ''I don't know. That's in process.

''I cannot lead this process. I can only watch and observe and that's what I'm doing, but I'm not participating in it.''

Van Gaal has a number of replacements in his squad for Saturday's game, but none of them are ideal.

Sam Johnstone played all four games of United's pre-season tour, but the 22-year-old is yet to make his competitive debut and spent the majority of last season on loan at League One sides Preston and Doncaster.

Preston were keen on signing Johnstone permanently, but it appears they are planning for life without the 22-year-old after bringing in Jordan Pickford on loan from Sunderland.

Victor Valdes has been frozen out at Old Trafford after Van Gaal claimed the former Barcelona keeper told him he would not play for the Under-21 side last season.

Anders Lindegaard has not played a league game for the club since April 2014 and is therefore unlikely to feature on Saturday.

Sergio Romero may be Argentina's number one but he only signed for the club on July 27 and is yet to turn out in a United shirt.

''You have to wait and see who is starting,'' Van Gaal said, when asked if Romero would play against Spurs.

The build-up to the first game of Van Gaal's second season at the helm has been far from ideal.

As well as the De Gea situation, the Dutchman has had to stomach the sale of star midfielder Angel di Maria this week.

United paid B£59.7million for the Argentinian last summer but less than 12 months later he has left for Paris St Germain.

Di Maria claimed at his unveiling in the French capital on Thursday that United wanted him out of the club, but Van Gaal seems to think otherwise.

''For us that's a big loss,'' Van Gaal said of the former Real Madrid midfielder.

''I want more attackers with speed and creativity. Di Maria is one of those players so we have to look for that kind of player, but they have to have the talent to cope with the English rhythm and that's difficult to find.

''That's why players are not having success in this competition - because of the rhythm of the game and the English culture is another culture to the Latin culture. Maybe that's a reason (he left).''

Although he will not speak publicly on the matter, Van Gaal is expected to sign Barcelona forward Pedro as Di Maria's replacement.

Van Gaal confirmed Marcos Rojo and #~ Schweinsteiger will miss Saturday's game as they lack match fitness.

Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Mousa Dembele has a future at White Hart Lane.

The Belgium international's career has been the subject of uncertainty since Pochettino's appointment as Spurs boss last summer.

He was often left out of Pochettino's first-choice midfield and was widely considered unsuited to the Argentinian's preferred intense, high-pressing style of play, but the Tottenham manager believes the player can be a success at the north London club and is working on inspiring an improvement from him.

''Yes, he's in my plans, Dembele,'' said Pochettino. ''I think we need to try to provide him (with a platform) to show his real quality here. It's true the last season was difficult for him, but (not) only was it difficult for him at Tottenham - with his national team too.

''It's for that reason we need to try to provide him the best position on the pitch or try to find the best position for him, to show the quality that he has.

''We don't have doubts but if he doesn't play, [others believe we have] doubts. I think it is all about football. We need to try stuff to help every player and Mousa is another player we need to help to try to give him the chance of giving his best when he has the facility to play.''

Hugo Lloris will undergo a late fitness test. The goalkeeper only returned from a fractured wrist in midweek during Spurs' 2-0 friendly victory over AC Milan, while striker Roberto Soldado and midfielder Ryan Mason also face late fitness tests.

Winger Andros Townsend remains a doubt and striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is yet to complete his proposed transfer to Aston Villa, is unlikely to feature.

Defenders Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier are available to make their debuts.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 06:36:56 AM
Match preview: Bournemouth vs Aston Villa

Eddie Howe has told his Bournemouth players to prove they are good enough for the Premier League in Saturday's season opener with Aston Villa.

The Cherries boss has vowed to stick to the style which delivered the Championship title and promotion to the top flight last term, beginning when his men meet Villa at Dean Court on Saturday.

''We feel the team's ready. Now we've just got to go out and prove that we're good enough,'' Howe said.

''I'm not saying we're going to score 98 goals, but we're certainly going to go at it the same way in terms of how we approach the games.

''We're going to be brave and we're going to try to take games to teams. That's our way, that's what we've become accustomed to, that's what our players expect us to do.

''To veer away from that format I think would be foolish on the back of all the success we've had.

''We know it's going to be tough, we know it's going to be harder, we know there may be some bumps in the road for us. I think we're prepared for that.''

Max Gradel and Lee Tomlin are in line for their Bournemouth debuts in as Howe has nine summer signings to choose from in his squad.

Sylvain Distin, the former Newcastle, Manchester City and Everton defender, is among those who could make his competitive debut.

Meanwhile Villa boss Tim Sherwood has refused to rule out reviving a deal for Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Tottenham striker had been in talks over a loan move with Villa - and been given a tour of their training ground - but the deal has stalled.

Sherwood worked with Adebayor at White Hart Lane and had targeted him to beef up his forward line, despite the arrivals of Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede following Christian Benteke's exit.

And the former Spurs boss insisted the deal is not dead for the Togo international.

''If it can be revived and we think it's necessary two parties have got to agree on it. At the moment there's no agreement and he's a Tottenham player,''said Sherwood, ahead of Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.

Sherwood also confirmed he will assess a number of his new signings ahead of the trip to Bournemouth before selecting his side to make sure they are ready for the Barclays Premier League. Defender Jores Okore is out with a knee injury.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 06:39:35 AM
Match preview: Everton vs Watford

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the fixture list has been unkind to his side but has stressed the Toffees must get momentum going early in their Barclays Premier League campaign.

Martinez's men have to play each of the clubs that finished in last term's top eight within their first 10 games of the new season.

It looks a daunting schedule, but the Spaniard is eager for Everton to get points on the board.

"Looking at the start of the season, probably the fixture list has not been too kind to us," said Martinez, who wants to make three more new signings before the end of the transfer window.

"But we are going to take it as being able to face a very strong challenge. We need to make sure we are strong enough.

"It is about making sure that as a team we are successful and do a lot better than we did in the league last season.

"I think the experiences of the last campaign will help us immensely."

Last season was a disappointing one in the Premier League for Everton, with them only managing an 11th-placed finish a year on from Martinez having guided them to fifth in his first term in charge.

They also had a Europa League campaign to cope with in the 2014/15 campaign and picked up only six points and one victory from their first seven top flight games.

They finished stronger, winning six of their last 10 fixtures, and Martinez said: "Last season was very unique - playing in Europe and having the good feelings from the season before put us in a position where we wanted to win games straight away, and create a bit of momentum, but we never got it early on.

"We lost too many points, and psychologically it was really tough - being in Europe also had an affect from that point of view.

"But the second half of the season was completely different, and we need to start with that kind of momentum this time, rather than how we started the last campaign."

Asked whether he had set targets for the season, Martinez added: "No. I think the first 10 games will tell us a lot about where we are, and from that point on we will be able to set some."

Everton begin their campaign on Saturday by hosting newly-promoted Watford, who have acquired a new boss in Quique Sanchez Flores - also a Spaniard - and 10 new players over the summer so far.

It remains to be seen how well the group comes together, but Martinez feels the Hornets are a "very dangerous" outfit.

"I would not view Watford as the normal newly-promoted side," he said.

"From the manager to the amount of players they have brought in, with really strong experience at the highest level, this is a new group clearly but straight away you are going to see a team that know what they are trying to do.

"I think it is a team ready to compete in the Premier League."

Tony Hibbert (knee), Darron Gibson (abductor), Muhamed Besic, Steven Pienaar and Aiden McGeady (all *) definitely miss out for Everton while Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku are doubts, both having had * issues.

Flores believes Watford's multilingual dressing room will play to their advantage this season.

The newly-promoted Hornets boast 22 different nationalities.

Flores, the former Atletico Madrid manager, replaced Slavisa Jokanovic in June and he has spent in excess of £20million in a bid to keep Watford in England's top flight.

Ten of his new recruits this summer have arrived from France, Greece, Holland, Austria, Lithuania, Switzerland and Spain, to form one of the game's most diverse squads.

''I think is advantage for us because when you are training more English players maybe it is difficult to change but now I can change any habits very easily,'' Flores said.

''Sometimes it is strange because when talking in English I can talk in Spanish with Spanish, Ecuadorian and Mexican players so sometimes we mix but it is a funny moment.

''I've never had it before, so many different nationalities, it's the first time but a good experience.''

Watford will be without suspended defender Miguel Britos while new goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis is also banned.

Midfielder Almen Abdi is a doubt with a knee injury and a late decision will be taken on Dutch signing Steven Berghuis (leg), but Joel Ekstrand remains sidelined with the cruciate knee injury he sustained in March.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 06:43:01 AM
Match preview: Leicester City vs Sunderland

Claudio Ranieri has revealed he wants to end his career at Leicester.

The former Chelsea boss takes charge of the Foxes for the first time when they host Sunderland on Saturday.

He was the surprise choice to replace the axed Nigel Pearson in July, signing a three-year contract to make Leicester his eighth club in 11 years since leaving Chelsea.

But the 63-year-old is keen to put down roots at the King Power Stadium after arriving at the Barclays Premier League side.

"I'd like to stay here for a long time. I'd like to finish my career at Leicester if I can," he said.

"I've always laid foundations wherever I've been. I want to say the same here. I'm very happy here."

Ranieri will assess new boys N'Golo Kante and Yohan Benalouane before the visit of Sunderland.

The pair joined this week and the Italian needs to check if they are up to speed ahead of the start of the Barclays Premier League season.

Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki are available and could make their debuts against the Black Cats after joining before Ranieri's appointment while captain Wes Morgan is available after playing in Jamaica's Gold Cup campaign.

Sunderland boss **** Advocaat says his summer spending is far from finished as he aims to make his current crop of Black Cats stars fight for their first-team future.

Advocaat has completed five new deals since making his own role at the Stadium of Light permanent at the end of last season, and is eyeing at least two before before the end of the transfer window.

He said: "We have brought in players who improve the squad. Too many players last season were very sure of their position and that is more difficult this season.

"We have brought in five players and Connor Wickham has gone, and we still hope to bring in one or two players more."

Advocaat hopes Steven Fletcher will return to partner Jermain Defoe up front after missing the final friendly against Hannover 96 last week, but Wes Brown is a major doubt.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 06:45:57 AM
Match preview: Norwich City vs Crystal Palace

Captain Russell Martin has turned a blind eye to predictions Norwich will go straight back down from the Barclays Premier League.

The Norfolk club secured a swift return to the top flight after winning the Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough in May, capping a superb run following the appointment of rookie manager Alex Neil in January.

Norwich were able to retain most of the squad who dropped out of the Premier League in 2014 and since promotion have added the likes of Robbie Brady from Hull, Andre Wisdom on loan from Liverpool and former West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, although he will miss the start of the season because of a fractured metatarsal.

Scotland defender Martin, who joined in January 2010 and was part of Paul Lambert's side which earned successive promotions up from League One, sees no reason to be anything other than positive about the challenges ahead, with the new campaign kicking off at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"I could not care less [about the predictions], if I am honest. It is someone's opinion and we will see come the end of the season," said Martin.

"A lot of the * commenting have probably not seen much of us play, so we will go and show what we are about to hopefully prove a few people wrong."

Manager Neil is also determined to keep the squad focused on the job in hand.

He said: "I am used to it, the same thing happened to me at Hamilton when I was up there. Eight of out eight

"It is people's opinion but ultimately the proof will be what we can manage to achieve.

"We need to make sure we are competitive in every game and get the best you can from the players, which is all you can ask. I am confident if we do get that then we can have a good season."

Wisdom and Brady are included in the squad but full-back Martin Olsson continues to recover from shoulder surgery while forward Kyle Lafferty (knee) is also not yet fit.

Palace boss Alan Pardew does not believe he needs Fabricio Coloccini because he already has Scott Dann.

Pardew is no longer pursuing Newcastle's Coloccini - after a productive summer he no longer expects to add to his squad - and that is partly because he believes that in Dann, who he feels can play for England, Damien Delaney, Brede Hangeland and Adrian Mariappa his defence is sufficiently strong.

Dann was the subject of interest from Everton earlier in the summer and their manager Roberto Martinez may yet revive that interest if Chelsea, as expected, succeed in signing John Stones.

Coloccini is beyond Pardew's reach, however, having extended his Newcastle contract until 2017 with the option of a further season.

"There's been a lot of talk about us bringing in a centre-back but actually my centre-backs were the strength of the team last year," said Pardew.

"There's a lot of criticisms for various things: they can't do this, they can't do that, they're too slow...

"Scott Dann, for me, is an England international and I think he's going to prove that this year.

"My two centre-halves as a pair, I think are very, very good. Damo's [Delaney] leadership qualities and his natural left foot and his height are massive assets for us.

"In terms of the back-up, [we have] Brede Hangeland and Mariappa, who's been absolutely brilliant in the summer, so I never really thought it was a weakness and I haven't really hunted down a centre-half."

Despite his characteristic confidence about Palace's prospects, Pardew also revealed a recognition Norwich represent a difficult opening league fixture and stressed the importance of his team making a strong start to the coming season.

"It's nice to see them back, to see Delia [Smith] and her board back, trying to do it the right way," he said. "[They're] a great, great club.

"They have good players as well and that's the key to any good team."

Palace must decide who will start in goal with a finger injury ruling the long-serving Julian Speroni out so Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey or new signing Alex McCarthy will be given the chance.

Morocco forward Marouane Chamakh is unavailable because of a * injury and will also miss Palace's next fixture against Arsenal but expensive summer signings Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham are expected to make their debuts.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 06:48:38 AM
Match preview: Chelsea vs Swansea City

Jose Mourinho has made a veiled criticism of Roberto Martinez for the Everton manager's outspoken rebuke of Chelsea for their pursuit of John Stones.

Martinez was unhappy with John Terry's comments in praise of Toffees defender Stones, whom the Premier League champions have pursued this summer and had offers rebuffed.

"I'm not speaking about Everton or Stones. I'm just speaking in general," said Chelsea boss Mourinho, speaking ahead of Saturday's season-opener with Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

"If I could, I would speak with you (the media) once in a month. And there are other people in football who, if they could, they would have a press conference every day. And I don't want to say anything else."

Chelsea have five first-team defenders and Mourinho is keen to recruit more, with a left-back high on the agenda, but he insists he is not preoccupied by the transfer window.

Another concern is up front. Mourinho is uncertain whether Diego Costa will be fit to begin the Blues' title defence after his troublesome * injury flared up once more, forcing the striker out of last Sunday's Community Shield loss to Arsenal.

"I don't know. I promise you, I don't know," Mourinho said. "I think he's going to train with the team (on Friday evening).

"His reaction after that and his decision to be confident to play is another story."

Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy are vying for the starting spot if Costa is unavailable, and Chelsea have no further concerns.

Garry Monk feels Swansea are in good shape to build on last season's best Premier League finish and record points total.

Monk has managed to keep key players like skipper Ashley Williams, striker Bafetimbi Gomis and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the latter signing a new four-year deal on Thursday amid reported interest from Serie A giants Roma.

He also did his summer transfer business early with international forwards Andre Ayew and Eder, France Under-21 defender Franck Tabanou and Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt integrated into the Swansea squad at the start of pre-season.

"We've had good preparation time with the group, they've put a lot of hard work in on both the physical and football side of things," Monk said.

"The group were together very early and the new signings were here early as part of our plan.

"It's an advantage because we've had five or six weeks with the whole group while other clubs are still looking to bring in players.

"We got to a good level last year with the expectations of how I want them to work but now it's about improving tactically, physically, technically - and that's what we've been working on.

"We have sat down and shown them how much they have improved and how much they can improve."

Monk has a fully-fit squad to choose from with Ghana forward Ayew is poised to make his debut following his move from Marseille, but fellow summer signings Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Franck Tabanou and Eder could all start on the bench.

Gomis has been troubled by a * injury but the French striker played in Swansea's final pre-season game against Deportivo La Coruna last weekend and reported no reaction.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 08:36:12 PM
Own goal put MU in front 1-0

First goal of this season  :clap:
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 09:27:10 PM
75 minutes: MU 1-0 Tottenham
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Dorky on August 08, 2015, 09:46:49 PM
Makan Udang 1-0 Totem Hamburger?
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 09:48:04 PM
Makan Udang 1-0 Totem Hamburger?
Yes. Full time MU 1-0. Good start for MU  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 09:56:58 PM

AFC Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
Up next:

Everton vs Watford

Leicester City vs Sunderland

Norwich City vs Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 10:19:03 PM
Leicester 1-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 10:21:00 PM
Everton 0-1
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 10:25:12 PM
Leicester 1-0
Leicester 2-0, score by vardy and mahrez
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Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 10:55:02 PM

Half time:
AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Everton 0-1 Watford

Leicester City 3-0 Sunderland

Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 11:29:07 PM
65 mins
AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Everton 0-1 Watford

Leicester City 3-1 Sunderland

Norwich City 0-2 Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 08, 2015, 11:47:06 PM
80 mins
AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Everton 1-1 Watford

Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland

Norwich City 1-2 Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 12:04:38 AM
Full time

Manchester Utd 1-0 Tottenham

AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Everton 2-2 Watford

Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland

Norwich City 1-3 Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 12:32:08 AM
Defending Champion Chelsea vs Swansea is up next  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 04:53:47 AM
Defending Champion Chelsea vs Swansea is up next  :clap:

Chelsea were held 2-2 in the opening games of the season
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 04:59:21 AM
Serge Gnabry (Arsenal to West Bromwich Albion)

ALBION have completed the season-long loan signing of winger Serge Gnabry from Arsenal.

The talented 20-year-old underwent a medical at the Club’s training ground earlier this week and has signed a deal until the end of the Barclays Premier League campaign.

Gnabry will wear No.31 and is the fourth summer signing at The Hawthorns after James McClean, James Chester and Rickie Lambert.

Baggies supporters can still get their hands on tickets for Albion’s season opener at home to Manchester City on Monday, click here.

“I’m very delighted by the move,” said Gnabry, who is a Germany Under-21 international.

“I see the opportunity that I can play, it’s a good club and I’ve heard good things.

“I’m very happy that I’ve signed here. I’ve got good impressions and I feel it’s a good environment for me to play and also develop as a player.”

Head Coach Tony Pulis added: “We’re delighted to add Serge to our options.

“He is a top player and he will bring us quality in certain areas of the pitch.”

Gnabry, born in Stuttgart, followed a path in football despite also being a talented sprinter as a youngster.

The versatile winger joined Arsenal in 2011 after impressing for VfB Stuttgart.

Gnabry made his first-team debut for the Gunners in a League Cup triumph over Coventry City in 2012 and has since gone on to gain Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup experience, signing a new long-term contract with the London club in 2013.

In all, he has played 19 times for Arsenal, scoring once – that goal coming in a Premier League victory at Swansea City in 2013.

Gnabry also featured for Germany in this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championships.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 05:28:49 AM
Chelsea were embroiled in familiar Premier League high drama as the champions were reduced to 10 men and held 2-2 by Swansea City on Saturday in an entertaining start to the defence of their title at their home fortress.

The new season had earlier kicked off in unique fashion with a 22nd minute own goal by Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker giving Manchester United a 1-0 victory in an undistinguished season opener at Old Trafford.

Never before had the competition begun with a player putting the ball into his own net but the day's late fixture at Stamford Bridge also featured an own goal, plus much, much more.

The rich entertainment included Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois being sent off and the danger of that rarest of events -- manager Jose Mourinho losing a home match to inspired opponents.

The games involving the big guns, neither of whom were near their best, bookended a tough afternoon for the unfancied newcomers with Watford pegged back to a 2-2 draw at Everton after twice leading and Norwich City losing 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

Bournemouth, the romantics' favourites after their extraordinary six-year march from near-bankruptcy to the Premier League, had their fairytale rudely interrupted at a vibrant, emotional Dean Court as Aston Villa defeated them 1-0 in their first-ever match in the top flight in 125 years.

LUCKLESS DEFENDER

Six minutes after Oscar had put Chelsea ahead with a 23rd minute free kick, Swansea's new signing Andre Ayew equalised only for the hosts to restore their lead within 92 seconds thanks to a big, looping deflection off luckless defender Federico Fernandez from a Willian cross.

The own goal, which left goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski hopelessly stranded, seemed to have settled Chelsea only for Swansea to roar forward again, with Jefferson Montero in wonderful form, following the break.

After Bafetimbi Gomis beat the offside trap in the 55th, he was hacked down by Courtois on the edge of the penalty area.

Referee Michael Oliver showed the Belgian keeper a red card and Gomis got up to slot the penalty past his replacement in goal, new signing Asmir Begovic.

As Swansea sniffed a similar sensation to when they beat Manchester United in last season's opening game, Gomis even had a goal disallowed for offside amid thrilling combat.

MARQUEE MATCH

The marquee match of the day had seen Tottenham dominate early on until Walker's own goal enabled United, with five expensive debutantes in their ranks, to take the points even though they only had one shot on target.

A late attacking flurry from Spurs was repelled by the hosts' new Argentine keeper Sergio Romero.

Romero, replacing David De Gea, dropped because Van Gaal felt his mind would not be on the job amid speculation over his possible transfer to Real Madrid, made three late saves.

Spurs had been firmly in control until Nabil Bentaleb carelessly gave away possession in midfield allowing United to rampage down the right flank.

Ashley Young's cross looked to have put Wayne Rooney in at point blank range only for Walker to dash back madly to rescue the situation before his attempt to rob the United captain saw him nudge the ball into the corner of his own net.

Watford, back in the top flight for the first time in eight years with another new manager, Quique Sanchez Flores, and a completely revamped lineup, enjoyed a thrilling return at Goodison with Mexican Miguel Layun scoring his first goal for the club in the 14th minute.

After Ross Barkley had equalised with a dazzling effort, Odion Ighalo put the visitors ahead with seven minutes remaining before Arouna Kone equalised two minutes later.

Bournemouth, playing in the smallest ground ever to stage Premier League football, saw their party pooped by Rudy Gestede, Villa's new signing from Blackburn Rovers who headed home a 72nd minute winner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 07:02:21 PM
Arsene Wenger insists it is imperative Arsenal hit the ground running in their bid to win a first Barclays Premier League title in 12 years.

The Gunners open their campaign against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday following a strong pre-season.

Arsenal triumphed in the Asia and Emirates Cups while manager Wenger finally beat Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at the 14th attempt in last Sunday's Community Shield.

But although Wenger's side enjoyed a strong finish to the 2014-15 season, they had won just two of their opening eight Premier League matches.

The Frenchman, heading into his 20th campaign as Arsenal boss, is desperate to avoid a repeat performance this term.

"I'm motivated to start well," said Wenger, who will be without Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky for the season opener.

"One of our targets is to start strongly, we've had good preparation and that should give us much-needed confidence.

"The Premier League is a fight in every single game so we have to prepare ourselves mentally for that and come out of the blocks straight away against West Ham.

"Every game of pre-season went well, and I cannot remember a much better preparation.

"We won the FA Cup last year, we finished third in the league so our target is very high - we want to win the Premier League."

Alexis Sanchez returned to training only this week following his exploits with Chile in the Copa America over the summer.

But Wenger refused to rule him out of taking part in Arsenal's curtain raiser at the Emirates.

He said: "It is about my decision. I think he came back in a good shape.

"Will he not be involved at all on Sunday? I don't know yet. It depends a little bit on what I see tomorrow (Saturday) and who will be available. He understands that perfectly well."

Aaron Cresswell is targeting another strong start to the season for West Ham - but knows they must carry it into the new year this time around.

New boss Slaven Bilic is in charge of his first top-flight game with the Croatian having already seen his side dumped out of the Europa League as the club prioritise their domestic campaign.

Last season under Sam Allardyce, West Ham started strongly before tailing off massively during the second-half of the season and finishing down in 12th after a potential top-eight spot slipped away.

Cresswell played his part as one of a host of new arrivals and the reigning Hammer of the Year wants a similar start this time around.

"Last year we hit the ground running with the signings that came into the building and hopefully we can do the same this year," he told West Ham TV.

"We had a good first half to the season last season, but the second half wasn't so good. If we can get a good start and take it into the Christmas period, we can kick on from there. The main aim is to finish in the top 10."

A trip to the Emirates Stadium is a difficult start for Bilic, who left a host of first-team regulars at home as they lost to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.

Cresswell admits the early start to Europa League action was not ideal but believes they can get a positive result from the London derby.

"We have prepared ourselves the best we possibly could do over the last few weeks," he added.

"It's been tough at times, playing Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, but we've adapted well to it and hopefully it will stand us in good stead come the start of the Premier League season.

"It's the Premier League and anyone can beat anyone, but we know it's not going to be easy going there and it's not going to be a stroll in the park.

"We're going to go there and give 110 per cent, as we will in every game we play, and hopefully we'll get a result there."

Bilic has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from although loanee Carl Jenkinson is unavailable against his parent club.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 07:03:25 PM
Newcastle vs Southampton

"I have tried a couple of times to come back but it is difficult for an England manager to come back and manage - Sir Bobby (Robson) didn't do a bad job but there were quite a few years in between.

"Hopefully those years have set me up to do that. You want to come back in the Premier League and if you want to pick a club, there are not many as big as Newcastle United in terms of potential."

McClaren has accepted there can be no honeymoon period as he tries to lift the gloom of despondency that hung over Tyneside during last season's calamitous campaign.

A summer spending spree which has brought in the likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba - plus a contract extension for captain Fabricio Coloccini this week - have gone some way to improving the mood.

McClaren knows the onus is now on him to win over those doubters who remain unconvinced by his appointment to replace former caretaker-boss John Carver in the summer.

"I can understand that point of view and it's no problem," added McClaren. "I've got the opportunity and it's something I've wanted since I've lived in this area.

"Where ever you go, you want to make it work. That is the difference. Before, it was drive and ambition and everything and now it's 'let's do the job'.

"Where ever I have been since then (England), I have said, 'that's it, I just want to do the job here and not have ambitions for anywhere else - and so I am here."

While Wijnaldum is set to start against Saints, McClaren is unlikely to risk either Mitrovic or Mbemba from the start to their relative lack of match fitness.

Southampton assistant manager Erwin Koeman, meanwhile, is aware that his side need to match increased expectations at St Mary's this season.

Repeating last year's seventh-place finish looks a tough ask, but Koeman knows that is what many will be expecting as Saints approach Sunday's season opener at Newcastle.

"Of course, some of them they know what the Premier League is like and you need every game, you need 100 per cent intensity or you lose games," he said.

"We lost games last year against Sunderland, Leicester, and they played with more intensity than we did.

"We won a lot of games last year and we know how to play and we like to play on the same way.

"We have to improve ourselves because the expectations also in Southampton are higher than last year."

Coloccini is also facing a late fitness test after missing almost the entirety of the Magpies' pre-season programme with an Achilles complaint.

Jordy Clasie and Shane Long will be assessed after the pair missed Thursday's 2-0 Europa League win at Vitesse Arnhem due to a * injury and illness respectively.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman may also miss the match as a ruptured Achilles likely requires an operation while Ryan Bertrand, Gaston Ramirez, Florin Gardos and Fraser Forster are absent.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 07:12:06 PM
Stoke City vs Liverpool

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is braced for a Liverpool backlash at the Britannia Stadium as Brendan Rodgers' men make an immediate return to the venue of one of their most embarrassing defeats.

Rodgers' side return to the Potteries this Sunday just three months on from their 6-1 capitulation on the final day of the 2014-15 season, a loss which rounded off a dismal run-in for the five-time European Cup winners.

New Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson recently revealed he is still haunted by the memories of the club's heaviest reverse in 52 years, but they will get a chance to exact a measure of revenge in their first contest of the new campaign.

Hughes acknowledges lightning is unlikely to strike twice when they host Rodgers' new-look outfit again and believes the thrashing they administered will serve as motivation.

"I don't think there's too many of us that feel what happened in that game will be repeated," the Welshman said.

"We'd like to think it would be but Liverpool will have a lot to say about it.

"At the beginning of the season expectations are always high for everybody and no less so from a club the stature of Liverpool.

"They'll be wanting to address that, it was certainly a blot on their copybook.

"I've heard their players talk about how they want to make sure that it doesn't happen again. The reverse of that is obviously we'll have something to say about that as well.

"We're hoping for a positive start to what we hope is going to be a very successful season."

Liverpool boss Rodgers has stressed lessons have been learned from the "unacceptable" previous outing at Stoke, and described Sunday's rematch as the ''perfect'' opening fixture.

"I aim to never ever have anything like that again in my career," Rodgers said.

"That was my worst day in football, by a long way.

"But there were great lessons learned from that. The supporters were rightly absolutely devastated and we are determined to put things right.

''When the fixture came out (Sunday's game), I felt we couldn't have had a better one to be honest.

''I think lots of people looked at it wondering whether we would have been better going back later, but for me it was the perfect fixture.

''The reaction (to the loss) over the course of the summer has been terrific and it gives us real motivation now to start the season well.''

Summer recruits James Milner, Christian Benteke, Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne are poised for competitive Reds debuts, while it remains to be seen whether forwards Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini - who both look set to leave the club - are involved.

Midfielder Joe Allen (*) has joined striker Daniel Sturridge (hip) and defender Jon Flanagan (knee) on the list of those missing out through injury.

Stoke will be without captain Ryan Shawcross, but striker Bojan Krkic is in line to make his first competitive appearance in seven months.

Defender Marc Wilson (ankle) and winger Marko Arnautovic (thigh) are doubtful but new signing Ibrahim Afellay is expected to feature.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 09:00:33 PM
15 mins:

Arsenal 0-0 Westham

Newcastle 0-0 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 09:26:20 PM
Half time:

Arsenal 0-1 Westham

Newcastle 1-1 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 09:55:43 PM
60 minutes:

Arsenal 0-2 Westham

Newcastle 2-1 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 10:22:54 PM
80 minutes:

Arsenal 0-2 Westham

Newcastle 2-1 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 10:51:41 PM
Full time:

Arsenal 0-2 Westham  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Newcastle 2-2 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 10:53:06 PM
Up next: Stoke vs Liverool

Go go liverpool  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 09, 2015, 11:30:46 PM
22 minutes Stoke 0-0 Liverpool
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 10, 2015, 12:02:07 AM
HT minutes Stoke 0-0 Liverpool
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 10, 2015, 12:44:56 AM

80 minutes Stoke 0-0 Liverpool
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on August 10, 2015, 12:45:20 AM
Full time:

Arsenal 0-2 Westham  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Newcastle 2-2 Southampton

Aiseh....  :S
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 10, 2015, 12:52:09 AM
Aiseh....  :S
Arsenal never lose to Westham many many many years already
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 10, 2015, 12:58:03 AM
Coutinho last minute goal gives Liverpool first win of the season.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 10, 2015, 07:21:40 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - West Ham United capitalised on mistakes by new Arsenal new goalkeeper Petr Cech to secure a surprise 2-0 Premier League victory at the Emirates and leave the Gunners deflated on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho's stunning late strike gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory at Stoke City to avenge their 6-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of last season.

Steve McClaren's reign as Newcastle United manager began with a 2-2 home draw against Southampton.

Arsenal, full of opening-weekend optimism, knew the importance of a good start to the season after five draws and a defeat in the first eight games of the last campaign left them too far behind eventual champions Chelsea.

Victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield fuelled hopes that Arsene Wenger's side could improve on last season's third place but goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate earned West Ham victory in Slaven Bilic's first league game in charge.

Arsenal were booed off at the final whistle with Cech culpable in both West Ham goals.

The former Chelsea keeper was signed during the close season to shore Arsenal up defensively but the experienced Czech had a day to forget in the north London sunshine.

Just before halftime he came flying out to punch Dimitri Payet's free kick but was beaten to the ball by the head of Kouyate. Twelve minutes after the restart Zarate's low strike sneaked past him at the near post.

West Ham, who gave a Premier League debut to 16-year-old midfielder Reece Oxford, were deserved winners.

"We are all very pleased and it is great start for us. Not only for the three points but points against a team that are the title contenders," former West Ham player Bilic said.

"If you add to that a London derby, it makes it an even bigger win. This is very special."

Wenger described the result as an accident.

"We know fitness-wise West Ham were ahead of us, they had already played competitive games (in the Europa League). You never get the same intensity," the Frenchman said.

"Today we have been hurt mentally and it is a good opportunity to respond."

COUTINHO MAGIC

Humiliated by Mark Hughes's side in their last Premier League outing, Liverpool's return to Stoke was a much calmer affair.

Brendan Rodgers came under fire from fans after finishing sixth last term and the Liverpool boss invested heavily in a wealth of attacking options tasked with increasing the number of goals scored from last season's paltry 52.

Striker Christian Benteke, the pick of the bunch as a 32.5 million-pounds ($50.4 million) signing from Aston Villa, was starved of service but Coutinho came to Liverpool's rescue in a match of few chances.

The little Brazilian eased past two Stoke players in the 86th minute before unleashing an unstoppable drive past the Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.

MISSING KOEMAN

As Newcastle boss McClaren stepped foot in a dugout as a Premier League manager for the first time since 2006, his opposite number Ronald Koeman was nowhere to be seen after undergoing an operation for a ruptured Achilles this week.

The Saints seemed unaffected by their manager's absence and took the lead in the 24th minute when Italian striker Graziano Pelle rose highest to plant a header past Tim Krul but Newcastle equalised just before halftime through Papiss Cisse.

New signing Georginio Wijnaldum headed in Gabriel Obertan's perfectly-weighted cross to swing the advantage in Newcastle's favour but Shane Long equalised in the 79th minute with another headed goal.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 10, 2015, 08:58:35 PM
Last match of the week tonight

WBA VS MC  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 03:04:55 AM
West Bromwich Albion broke their club-record transfer fee to sign Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 25-year-old, agreed a four-year contract and signed for a fee West Brom say is around 12 million pounds ($18.65 million).

"This is a new opportunity in my career. I can't wait to be with the other players and to play," he said on the club's website (www.wba.co.uk).

"The club showed a lot of interest in me, that's what is important for a player, what you take into account, and there are expectations of me."

Rondon is the club's fifth summer signing, with head coach Tony Pulis also signing Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert.

"He's got a fantastic goalscoring record in some of the top leagues in Europe and for his country," says Pulis. "He's 25 years of age and still to fulfil his full potential.

"We hope he hits the ground running of course but understand it might take him time to settle.

"But we feel with age on his side and the prices English clubs are asking for their players, it's a deal worth doing."

Rondon's arrival could pave the way for a move away from West Brom for England striker Saido Berahino who has been linked with various clubs including Manchester City, who West Brom play later on Monday in their season opener, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 03:13:48 AM
Jose Mourinho has said Chelsea do not miss goalkeeper Petr Cech and is sure his side will cope well without the suspended Thibaut Courtois when they visit Manchester City on Sunday.

Mourinho was not keen on allowing the 33-year-old Cech to join London rivals Arsenal after 11 successful seasons with the champions, but the manager insists he is happy with the goalkeeping options at his disposal.

"We don't miss Petr," Mourinho was quoted as saying by the British media. "We've got a good keeper, the problem with Petr is not that we miss him because we have two excellent keepers.

"The problem with Petr is that an opponent is better than before."

Cech opted to move to Arsenal after finding himself playing second fiddle to Belgian international Courtois, who Chelsea recalled from loan at Atletico Madrid last season.

Chelsea bought Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic as a back-up to Courtois following Cech's transfer.

"Thibaut and Asmir are two fantastic keepers. My club did very well by getting a keeper on time and not on the August 31," Mourinho added.

Courtois is banned for the match at the Etihad Stadium after he was sent off against Swansea for a foul on striker Bafetimbi Gomis, which earned their opponents a penalty and allowed them to draw the game 2-2.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 03:15:04 AM
Last match of the week tonight

WBA VS MC  :clap: :clap:

10 minutes: Wba 0-0 Mc
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Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 03:23:49 AM
10 minutes: Wba 0-0 Mc

Yaya Toure puts MC in front  :thumbsup:
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Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 03:41:38 AM
Yaya Toure puts MC in front  :thumbsup:
MC 2-0, Yaya Toure scores twice
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 03:53:29 AM
MC 2-0, Yaya Toure scores twice
Half time MC 2-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 04:05:25 AM
Second half pick Manchester City again. Should be able to extend their lead.  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 04:16:02 AM
Second half pick Manchester City again. Should be able to extend their lead.  :clap:
57 minutes 2-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 11, 2015, 06:48:47 AM
Second half pick Manchester City again. Should be able to extend their lead.  :clap:
Full time 3-0. Yeah I won 3000
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 12, 2015, 02:42:04 AM
Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama says his side can improve on last season's impressive seventh-spot Premier League finish, and is confident he will take another step forward personally.

The Kenya international, who joined the club in the summer of 2013, played an integral part in the team that secured European football for the club last term.

"I think last season I did well, the team also did well, so come this season I know our fans will demand even more, so we are ready to show what we can do, and personally also improve my game from last season," the 24-year-old was quoted as saying to the Daily Echo.

Wanyama admitted that the loss of midfield partner Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United is a big blow to the club, but feels the team have already shown they can overcome his absence.

"I know Morgan was good and also was key to our team, but now also we have to move on and I think we still have a great team and we have shown it (against Newcastle) that we can play without him," Wanyama said.

"I think me and him we understood each other when he was here and it was easy for us to play together.

"But now he's not here, now I have to move on, I have to get on and play the same way I did last season, get used to also my teammates, playing without Morgan," he added.

Wanyama was upbeat about the arrival of Dutch international Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord, and hopes the new signing will offset the loss of Schneiderlin.

"I think he's a good player and I think the Premiership is different and he's learning quickly and I think he's a perfect fit for us," Wanyama said.

Having drawn 2-2 at Newcastle in their opener, Southampton host Everton for their first home match of the season on Saturday.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 12, 2015, 02:43:03 AM
Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the transfer window should close once the new season starts so that clubs can focus on the competition without worrying about interests in their players.

Martinez has been critical of Chelsea's continued pursuit of Everton defender John Stones, for whom the champions are reportedly readying a third bid after the first two were rejected.

"The window, when it is open and we have to prepare for official games, is very, very unfair. I don't think it is right," the 42-year-old told the Monday Night Football.

"I think we should have a period where we assemble our squad, and then once the first league game starts everyone is focussed.

"I think we forget that footballers have a human side and it can really affect. Players like Stones and (Ross) Barkley have an incredible future and will attract interest from the outside," he added.

The Spaniard praised his young midfielder Barkley, who scored the first goal in his club's 2-2 draw against Premier League new boys Watford on Saturday.

"Ross is a phenomenal footballer, if you want to analyse him from a physical point of view, he's someone quite unique," the former Wigan Atletic manager said.

"He's taken a real learning curve from the last campaign, he's got a very important role, and he's someone that is a joy to work with.

"That personality and that maturity will make him one of the best players in the league, down to his personality," he added.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 12, 2015, 03:31:47 AM
Stoke City smashed their record fee to sign Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri on Tuesday as, for the second day running, the Premier League's middle-ranking clubs flaunted their ever-expanding spending power.

Stoke said on their website (www.stokecityfc.com) they had paid 12 million pounds ($18.68 million) to Inter Milan for Shaqiri, formerly of Bayern Munich.

With total outlay in the summer transfer window already topping 500 million pounds ($778.35 million), the signing epitomises how it is no longer just the so-called big clubs who are splashing serious cash.

Not so long ago, fans of modest Stoke could never have envisaged raiding one of Europe's most famous clubs for a talent like Shaqiri, once likened to Lionel Messi when first bursting on to the scene with Swiss club Basel.

But with the Premier League's new 5.14 billion pounds ($8.00 billion) domestic TV contract kicking in from next season, not to mention further riches pumped in by overseas TV deals, previously unfashionable clubs are now in the market for household names.

On Monday, West Bromwich Albion also broke their club record, paying 12 million pounds to Zenit St Petersburg for Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon while the likes of Swansea City and Crystal Palace have also made eye-catching signings.

Shaqiri, who has signed a five-year deal, could make his debut at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and Stoke manager Mark Hughes said he was excited to land such a high-quality player.

"He's a dynamic and explosive player who will bring something different to the group and at the age of 23 he still has a great deal of potential," Hughes told the website.

"In the chats I've had with him it's obvious that he's excited about playing in the Premier League and showing what he's capable of."

Shaqiri has scored 17 goals in 46 appearances for Switzerland, including one memorable left-foot thunderbolt against England in a Euro 2012 qualifier in 2010.

He also scored a hat-trick in last year's World Cup against Honduras, which featured another, equally spectacular left-foot rocket.

Stoke have long been associated with a physical, typically English style of play but since taking over from Tony Pulis, Hughes has been clearly trying to build a less prosaic, more expansive team.

They also have former Barcelona youngster Bojan Krkic in their ranks while another former Barca player, Dutch international winger Ibrahim Afellay, signed a two-year contract in the close season.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 12, 2015, 03:34:01 AM
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has criticised the club for their handling of David de Gea's contract situation and advised them to sign Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris if the Spaniard leaves for Real Madrid.

Manager Louis Van Gaal dropped De Gea from United's Premier League opener against Spurs and questioned the 24-year-old's focus after a summer of speculation over his future.

Real Madrid are interested in taking the Spain international to the Bernabeu, but United are refusing to do business unless the Spanish giants part with defender Sergio Ramos.

Van Gaal was adamant on Saturday that he wanted to keep de Gea at Old Trafford but Schmeichel says the goalkeeper should be released if that's what he wants.

"I'd really like De Gea to stay," the 51-year-old Dane told talkSPORT, adding, "but if he wants to go, let him go and let Manchester United move on."

"It's sad that it's dragged into the season."

Schmeichel, who won five Premier League titles in his eight-year spell at Old Trafford, said United would find a readymade replacement in Tottenham captain Lloris.

"If De Gea goes I would love Lloris to come to Manchester United. He has exactly the style of play and he is proven in the Premier League," he said.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 14, 2015, 08:52:56 PM
Tonight also got BPL watch

Aston Villa vs Manchester United  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 02:06:13 AM
Tonight also got BPL watch

Aston Villa vs Manchester United  :clap:

Rudy Gestede may have to settle for a place on Aston Villa's bench against Manchester United on Friday despite his debut winner last week.

The striker, who joined from Blackburn in the summer, scored in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth after coming off the bench but boss Tim Sherwood does not want to rush him after an interrupted pre-season.

Jack Grealish (*), Carles Gil (ankle) and Jores Okore (knee) are out while Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout and Micah Richards are also set for their home debuts.

Tim Sherwood has praised Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner for sanctioning his summer spending spree.

The owner was looking to leave after officially putting the club on the market last year, but after failing to sell he gave Sherwood the green light to spend.

Barcelona's Adama Traore is close to becoming Villa's 10th signing of the summer ahead of Friday's Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United.

It is a change of direction from Lerner after he clamped down on spending under former boss Paul Lambert, and Sherwood is grateful.

"He doesn't have to talk. He is showing it by his actions that he is willing to back this football club and take us in the correct direction," he said.

"I think a football club is like a player, you're always for sale depending on what someone wants to pay. If someone wants to pay a huge amount of money and Randy decides he wants to sell then it's his decision.

"In the meantime he is not sitting on his hands, he is actively trying to do something to improve this club.

"It's good the club have backed me and it needed change. We have sold a lot of players and we brought in a lot of money. The owner has not put that back in to his pocket, he has reinvested it into the squad."

They beat Bournemouth 1-0 on the opening day, thanks to Gestede's debut goal, and Sherwood believes they can topple Louis van Gaal's side.

"It's a transition period for them again, as it was last season. They have brought in a lot of new players," he said.

"I think every team has their own problems early in the season. It's never fluid but we fancy ourselves against Manchester United. We fancy ourselves against any team."

Louis van Gaal has confirmed David de Gea is still not mentally fit enough to play for Manchester United.

De Gea sat out United's season-opening win against Tottenham last week. Van Gaal felt he was not able to focus because of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

And Van Gaal has confirmed the goalkeeper will not feature in the club's second game of the campaign against Villa.

"No, it's the same situation," the United manager said when asked if De Gea would be in the squad for the Villa game.

United are refusing to sell De Gea unless they get Sergio Ramos in return or Madrid break the world-record fee for a goalkeeper (B£32.6million).

Senior sources at Old Trafford insist they are happy for the 24-year-old to run down his contract, and Van Gaal is okay with the idea that the Spaniard will not play for him until the transfer window shuts.

"I have said that already," Van Gaal said.

Sergio Romero deputised for De Gea in the 1-0 win over Spurs and the Argentina goalkeeper looks set to play at Villa Park.

"Normally, yes," was the Dutchman's terse reply when asked if Romero would keep his place.

Van Gaal has no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Midlands.

Marouane Fellaini is suspended, Phil Jones is out with thrombosis and Marcos Rojo is still lacking match fitness.

Van Gaal is looking to put pressure on United's rivals by winning at Villa Park.

The Dutchman feels an improvement in away form will be vital to the club's chances of challenging for the title.

"The key for success this season is improving away matches," said Van Gaal, who won just six times away last term.

"We were one of the best last season at home, third.

"I want to create a fortress at Old Trafford, we did that but away we have to improve and we can improve because last year we were not good."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 02:24:19 AM
Goalkeeper David de Gea still "has the same problem" of not being in the right frame of mind and is out of the squad for Manchester United's second Premier League fixture of the season against Aston Villa, manager Louis van Gaal said on Thursday.

The Spaniard missed last weekend's season-opening 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur after Van Gaal felt the 24-year-old might not be focussed amid persistent media reports linking the goalkeeper with a move to Real Madrid.

"There's no difference. The transfer period is still open and he (De Gea) has still the same problem," Van Gaal told a news conference.

Sergio Romero, who signed for United last month on a free transfer from Sampdoria, is expected to continue in goal when Van Gaal's side travel to Villa Park on Friday.

Van Gaal also responded to comments from Hristo Stoichkov, who played under the Dutchman at Barcelona, after the former Bulgaria international said the United boss "destroys" clubs and urged Barcelona's Pedro not to move to Old Trafford.

"I always want to consider who is saying such things and then I know already why," Van Gaal said.

"It is not bothering me. He (Stoichkov) is one of the players I sent away (from Barcelona) and that is why he is doing that. I'm used to that."

Van Gaal endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford last season as United claimed 13 points from 10 league matches.

United signed a host of players ahead of the current campaign and the Dutchman hopes the integration of his new recruits does not have a similar impact on early season results.

"You have to survive the start. You have new players, a new team, a new team process, the team dynamics are different, so every team has to sustain this period because nobody is 100 percent fit and they have to play," he said.

"I think that we have to pay attention to it and develop, but it cannot cost as many points as last year."

Despite signing expensive recruits like #~ Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, Van Gaal is still looking to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.

"Our aim is to improve our squad and when it is possible we shall do it," he said. "I have said more than once that we only buy when we think it is a contribution for our squad."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 02:36:46 AM
MU starting eleven against Villa

Goalkeeper:

In his Thursday press conference, Van Gaal confirmed Sergio Romero would continue to deputise for the ‘distracted’ De Gea. Sam Johnstone will likely continue as back-up ahead of Anders Lindegaard.

Defence:

Matteo Darmian was perhaps United’s most impressive player during the season opener and will surely keep his place, with Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling also certainties to start.

Van Gaal is unlikely to abandon his centre-back experiment with Daley Blind, especially after the latter insisted he was clever enough for the role. He will have his hands full trying to cope with the physical threat of Rudy Gestede, however.

Midfield:

Again, it is likely to be unchanged with Morgan Schneiderlin injecting the much-needed energy to an ailing midfield.

Michael Carrick will start alongside the Frenchman with Schweinsteiger still unable to complete 90 minutes and more likely to replace the vice-captain during the second half.

Ander Herrera will join the World Cup winner on the bench as Van Gaal continues his reluctance to start arguably United’s best outfield player last season.

Attack:

Wayne Rooney will continue as the central striker as his manager reiterating his belief the Englishman will score more than 20 goals this season.

There could be a reshuffle with Juan Mata and Memphis Depay as the latter struggled to make an impact from the number 10 role. However, having played there throughout pre-season, it is unlikely Van Gaal will alter his forward line so early in the new season.

Ashley Young will retain his place for now but is likely to be the fall-guy should Pedro finally arrive from Barcelona.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 02:40:25 AM
Louis van Gaal has made one change to his starting XI for Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League match at Aston Villa on Friday by replacing Ashley Young with Adnan Januzaj.

The Belgian did not feature in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur but tonight comes in to make his first appearance of the season, just a day after the manager praised his work ethic in training and insisted the player “is not for sale”.

United are otherwise unchanged and will line up as follows: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Januzaj, Rooney. Substitutes: Johnstone, McNair, Valencia, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Young, Chicharito.

As you can see, new signing Sergio Romero has retained his place in the absence of David De Gea – who the manager is omitting due to the distracting speculation surrounding his future. 

#~ Schweinsteiger is on the bench for the second match running as the German continues to build his match fitness. Ander Herrera is also among the replacements and he will no doubt hope to mark his 26th birthday with a positive cameo at Villa Park.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 02:52:18 AM
Here we go:

Man Utd: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Depay, Januzaj, Rooney
Subs: Hernandez, Young, Herrera, Valencia, Schweinsteiger, McNair, Johnstone

Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Amavi, Veretout, Gueye, Westwood, Ayew, Agbonlahor, Sinclair
Subs: Baker, Richardson, Hutton, Sanchez, Kozak, Bunn, Gestede
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 03:17:28 AM
25 mins Villa 0-0 MU
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 03:29:50 AM
GOAL - Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd
Adnan Januzaj (30 mins)

First shot on target, first goal for Manchester United. Great work from Juan Mata as he puts Adnan Januzaj through on the left, Micah Richards races over and slides in but Januzaj keeps his composure to avoid the challenge and drive the ball into the far corner, with the help of a slight deflection.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 03:40:38 AM
HALF-TIME
Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd

Whistle goes and so ends not the most memorable halves of football. So far so good for Manchester United.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:01:57 AM
Not since 1995 have Aston Villa beaten Manchester United in the league at home. There's nothing to suggest that run will end tonight.

How long before Rudy Gestede is thrown into the mix? Tim Sherwood suggested before the game he is not ready for the full 90 minutes, but you would think he would cause Daley Blind and Chris Smalling a few more problems.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:14:03 AM
Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd
60 minutes

Louis van Gaal responds by making changes of his own. Goalscorer Adnan Januzaj departs, along with Michael Carrick. Birthday boy Ander Herrera and #~ Schweinsteiger to add some fresh legs in midfield.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:28:03 AM
SUBSTITUTION
Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd
78 mins
Time is fast running out for Aston Villa to get something from this game and Tim Sherwood makes his second change, Carlos Sanchez replacing Jordan Veretout. 
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:36:48 AM
Aston Villa 0-1 Man United
87 mins
Wayne Rooney as captain makes me sad. Still no touch inside the box for the Manchester United striker.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:42:58 AM
Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado is returning to Spain to sign for Villarreal, according to a tweet from his team mate Erik Lamela and Spurs fans Soldado bumped into at Gatwick Airport on Thursday.

Soldado, 30, who cost Tottenham a then club record fee of 26 million pounds ($40.63 million) when he joined from Valencia two years ago, failed to reproduce the scoring form for Spurs he had previously shown in Spain, with 16 goals in 76 matches in all competitions.

He scored only one Premier League goal last season, and seven in all and although he remained popular with the fans for his never-say-die attitude, he never adapted to the greater physical demands of the English game.

Lamela's tweet all but confirmed Soldado's departure wishing him all the best at his new club.

The tweet came after Spurs fans posted pictures of themselves with Soldado at Gatwick Airport early on Thursday with the Spanish striker reportedly confirming to them he was flying out to sign for Villarreal.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said last week that the striker was "in our plans" for the new season, but he had a different message when he spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of Saturday's Premier League match with Stoke City.

Although he said no deal had yet been finalised, he added: "He has been given permission to travel to Spain and the club will announce whether anything will happen or not."

Pochettino also said that Andros Townsend, who has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, was training with the squad after recovering full fitness and was part of his plans for the season, while confirming that Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon, who spent time on loan at Everton last season, were not.

Spurs are reportedly close to completing the 12 million pounds signing of Cameroon international Clinton Njie from Olympique Lyonnais, with the 21-year-old striker having a medical in London this week.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:45:47 AM
FULL-TIME
Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd

Not a vintage display by any stretch of the imagination, but Manchester United have won their opening two games of a season for the first time since 2011.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:47:06 AM

 
(Reuters) - Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri, who joined Stoke City for a club record fee this week, said he is fully fit and ready to make his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend if manager Mark Hughes gave him the nod.

Shaqiri signed a five-term deal at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday after the Potters agreed a 12 million pounds fee with Serie A giants Inter Milan.

"I can't wait to play my first game here because I am feeling really fit," the 23-year-old, who has also played for Bayern Munich, told the club's website.

"I have done a lot of good quality work throughout the summer with my last team so I am feeling good and strong.

"The coach will make the final decision though, but first of all I need to meet my new teammates and work with them in training. I can't wait to play and score goals for this club."

Hughes said Shaqiri is "flying" fit, but would not be drawn on whether his star signing would feature at the weekend.

Shaqiri, who was part of the Bayern Munich squad that won the Champions League in 2013-14, said Stoke could improve on last season's ninth place finish -- the club's best-ever end to a Premier League campaign.

"I was at the game (against Liverpool) on Sunday, as you know, and I really enjoyed the game -- it was good. Yes, Stoke lost the game in the end, but I saw things that really encouraged me," he said.

"I am sure that we will continue to play good football and win many games, and who knows maybe we can finish in a higher position than last season. The potential is absolutely huge here."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:48:22 AM
Dutch under-21 midfielder Nathan Ake has agreed to spend this season on loan at promoted Watford after signing a new five-year contract with Chelsea, the Premier League champions said on Friday.

Ake arrived at Stamford Bridge in July 2011 and made his debut as a late second-half substitute in a 1-0 victory at Norwich City in December 2012.

Since then, however, the dreadlocked 20-year-old has made only sporadic first team appearances.

The midfielder also spent a month on loan at second tier Reading last season.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 04:50:01 AM
Manuel Pellegrini says it is too early to throw a knockout punch in the Premier League title race but the Manchester City manager is hoping to land the first blow against champions Chelsea on Sunday.

City began their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Monday and three points against Chelsea, who drew 2-2 with Swansea City on Saturday, would give Pellegrini's men a five-point advantage over the champions.

"We are not thinking about the title in the second game but we are thinking about trying to win our points here at home, especially playing against the champions and the best team from last season," Pellegrini told a news conference on Friday.

"Especially also against one of the teams that has a lot of chances to win the title like Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, so to try to win the three points here at home is very important for our team."

Midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure, a dominant force in City's two Premier League title-winning sides in 2012 and 2014, failed to make the same impact at the Etihad last season.

However, the Ivorian was back to his imperious best against West Brom, scoring City's second goal from the edge of the box, and Pellegrini believes Toure will play an integral part in the club's bid to regain the title.

"Every player has good and bad games. I hope he can continue from Monday because he played very well," the Chilean said.

"Yaya last season, as every player, had good games and bad games. He's done very well this season.

"All of us hope that he will continue because he has done very well."

Midfielders Fabian Delph and Fernando are ruled out against Chelsea with injury but striker Aguero could be in contention as the Argentine continues to regain fitness after missing most of the pre-season due to his involvement in the Copa America.

Fellow strikers Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic have left City during the transfer window but Pellegrini said he was happy with his forward options.

"For the moment we have here (Wilfried) Bony, (Sergio) Aguero, (Raheem) Sterling and Kelechi (Iheanacho)," he said.

"I think the fourth striker must be a young player and in this case it is Kelechi.

"We have a good squad at this moment but if we can improve it in a couple of positions it is better."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 06:25:09 PM
Southampton vs Everton (7:45pm)

Ronald Koeman has revealed that the frustration he felt at having to watch Southampton's 2-2 draw with Newcastle from afar led to him shouting at the television.

The Southampton manager was forbidden from travelling as he recovered from surgery after rupturing his Achilles so could only watch his team's opening Barclays Premier League fixture from his home in Holland.

He remains reliant on crutches and expects to soon progress from a cast to a boot but said that his greatest relief will be to return to the bench when Saints play Everton at St Mary's on Saturday.

''It was strange, because normally I'm part of the game, and watching television is not the best you can do,'' Koeman said. ''Even worse, if the team is not playing good, it makes it more difficult.

''In the first half [I shouted at the television], because we didn't play well, we did a lot of mistakes in our ball positions.

''If you stay at home you don't have control. I had contact with Scott [Waters, the performance analyst]. It was two times in the first half.

''I didn't really like to have to contact the bench because we know what we want and how we like to play, but it's more difficult, I like to be part of that, you can shout, you can do something, you can do substitutes if you're not happy but staying at home is different.

''We didn't have a long time to prepare for the Newcastle game after the Thursday game [a 2-0 win in the Europa League away to] Vitesse [Arnhem], to recover and prepare the team. For them it was strange, because it was the first time without the manager, and also strange for the technical staff.

''You think it's more easier [to be at the game] because you think you're more part of the team than you are watching television.''

New £5million signing Oriol Romeu is expected to make his Southampton debut after arriving from Chelsea.

Koeman will be without two other summer recruits, Steven Caulker (sinus infection) and Jordie Clasie (*), however, as well as Ryan Bertrand (knee) and long-term absentee Fraser Forster.

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry believes Ross Barkley has benefited from last season's difficulties.

The 21-year-old's struggles to recapture his scintillating form of manager Roberto Martinez's first campaign were almost symptomatic of the entire team's troubles which saw them finish a disappointing 11th.

Barkley managed just two goals, taking 11 matches to get off the mark, but has already opened his account with a fine strike in an encouraging performance in the opening 2-2 draw at home to Watford.

''Ross burst onto the scene and set his standards so high but inevitably it is impossible to keep those going continuously,'' Barry told Press Association Sport.

''I am sure last season he would have wanted to score more goals and have more assists but you can't continuously keep that upward curve going.

''But it will have been a good year for him in terms of his future and he started well with a fantastic goal.''

While Everton undoubtedly need more goals from midfield, and the arrival of Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu should assist in that, their fortunes are likely to be determined by the form of striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international scored 20 times last season but eight of those were in the Europa League and without the distraction of European football this season he will be expected to have much more of an impact in the Premier League.

''Every top team needs a goalscorer scoring 20 goals and in Rom I think we have a player who can do that year in, year out,'' added Barry.

''It is important he stays fit and gets his confidence going and he can achieve great things too.''

Everton defender Leighton Baines has been ruled out for three months after ankle surgery so 19-year-old Brendan Galloway is expected to deputise at left-back again.

Forward Kevin Mirallas has recovered from the ankle injury which forced him off against Watford last weekend.

Gerard Deulofeu, Aiden McGeady and Muhamed Besic all returned to training this week after missing last weekend's season-opener with * injuries.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 06:28:56 PM
Sunderland vs Norwich City (10pm)

Di.ck Advocaat has warned his Sunderland players they are in trouble if they cannot summon up the aggression to avoid another Barclays Premier League survival fight.

The Dutchman admitted his shock at the Black Cats' capitulation at Leicester on the opening day of the season last Saturday, when they conceded three times inside 14 first-half minutes to surrender any chance of a positive result.

Video analysis during the week made for painful viewing for the 67-year-old and his squad, but Advocaat was pulling no punches ahead of Saturday's home clash with promoted Norwich.

Asked if he had been shocked by the performance at the King Power Stadium, he said: ''Yes, I was.

''In pre-season, we did not see a lot of good games - winning, losing, losing, winning, but not with convincing football.

''The last game against Hannover was a little bit better, more organisation, but there is no excuse for the way we played (against Leicester).

''If we think we can play that way, then we have no chance at all.

''If this team, this squad doesn't work and there is no aggression in the team to get the ball and to do something more, then we will find it very difficult.

''But we have discussed that and tomorrow they have to show me what they can do.''

Advocaat was equally unequivocal at the end of last season when asked what was needed to avoid the need for a repeat of his last-gasp rescue mission, recommending an influx of quality rather than quantity in the summer transfer market.

Holland international midfielder Jeremain Lens certainly fits the bill in that respect, while Adam Matthews and Yann M'Vila, who joins the senior squad for the first time this weekend, have also been added to the mix.

However, the club is desperate to boost its attacking options and Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj and former loan signing Fabio Borini are among a series of options currently under consideration.

Advocaat, however, refused to shed any light on the search for new recruits, saying only: ''We have still 14 days to go and there is no reason now to discuss a lot of things. Let's wait the next 14 days and then we have the facts.''

The head coach saw his resources depleted further this week by the loss of midfielder Adam Johnson to a shoulder injury, but a scan has revealed no lasting damage. He will be out for around six to seven weeks though.

Elsewhere, Jordi Gomez (knee) still missing and fellow midfielder Yann M'Vila has been included for the senior squad for the first time.

Norwich manager Alex Neil is determined to sign more players to bolster his squad.

But he accepts convincing the likes of Italy international Mattia Destro a move to Carrow Road would be an attractive proposition is not always easy.

The Canaries have been able to bring in some five players during the summer, including Andre Wisdom on loan from Liverpool and Robbie Brady in a £7million deal from Hull. However, the club has also been left frustrated in attempts to land another striker, being linked with Dynamo Kiev's £10million-rated Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani as well as Destro, who is valued at around £4mllion by Roma.

Neil accepts Norwich being an unfashionable club was always likely to prove a difficult hurdle to overcome.

''The problem we are finding at the moment in terms of recruitment is some of the players we are trying to attract don't see us as a good proposition to come and play for,'' Neil said at a press conference.

''Another thing which makes it difficult for us is the valuation, and of British players it is ridiculous how much some of them go for in comparison to foreign players.

''However, then the problem with foreign players is they have not done it here, and then you are also taking a gamble there.

''Getting that balance right is going to be a calculated gamble as well, you have to do as much homework as you can.

''We are still chasing top targets, and I won't just sign players who I think will be another number, I need to add to the group, to make us stronger and better, which is why it is probably taking a bit longer to get people in.''

Neil confirmed Roma frontman Destro was one of his targets.

He said: ''There are ongoing negotiations with quite a few players, not just players but clubs and agent and different things like that, but yes, he is a player who has been discussed.''

Norwich have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip.

Nathan Redmond is pressing for a starting place after coming off the bench to score in the 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, as is forward Cameron Jerome. :speechless:
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Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 06:30:43 PM
Swansea vs Newcastle (10pm)

Swansea manager Garry Monk feels Newcastle are already benefiting from Steve McClaren's early-summer appointment.

Monk has never met McClaren, let alone come up against a side managed by the former England boss, but he says he has prepared himself for a tough tactical examination ahead of Newcastle's visit to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Both sides drew their opening Barclays Premier League games - Swansea holding champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Newcastle also sharing four goals against Southampton - and Monk said it is clear that McClaren is already making his mark at St James' Park having brought Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba to Tyneside.

"They've made that change early and he (McClaren) has had a summer to prepare," Monk said.

"Newcastle have always been a big club and attract good players but they've added quality this summer.

"The manager will have a new way of working I'm sure and it's a fresh start for those players.

"I think you saw that in pre-season and in the performance against Southampton so we're expecting a really tough game.

"Steve has been a national manager and coached at the top level as well so you'd expect him to be tactically clever and be able to manipulate the game.

"It will be interesting to see how he reacts to certain situations in the game, how he changes it if it's going good or bad for them and then how you react to that."

Swansea have a better record against Newcastle than any other team since being promoted to the Premier League four years ago.

The Welsh club have won five of their eight meetings with only one defeat, but Monk insists he does not put any store in the fixture's recent history.

"We've just played well in those games," Monk said.

"There's no given right to win any game and I don't look at those statistics, I just look at it is an individual match.

"We've done well in those games in the past but it's a new game, a new season, a new team and a new manager for them.

"They will have a different approach so we have to treat it as an individual game on that merit."

Swansea will assess Ki Sung-yueng ahead of the game.

The South Korean midfielder was forced off in the first half of the opening-day 2-2 draw against Chelsea with a sore * and Jack Cork, an impressive replacement at Stamford Bridge, will start if Ki does not make it.

Jefferson Montero was also taken off at Chelsea as a precaution after cramping up but the Ecuador winger is fit and available for Swansea's first home game of the season.

Meanwhile, McClaren is hopeful there will be further new arrivals at Newcastle during the final two weeks of the transfer window to boost the feel-good factor on Tyneside.

He said: "There's still a long way to go in terms of settling everybody down. There are a few who have been left out who are obviously not happy - and that's normal - and a few who have a bit to prove.

"Pre-season, the first game, another week's training - we are getting towards what we want to move on with, and still with two weeks to go, things will happen in the window.

"We will wait and see."

McClaren has confirmed that striker Emmanuel Riviere has undergone minor surgery to repair a knee cartilage.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 06:33:21 PM
Tottenham vs Stoke (10pm)

Mauricio Pochettino is confident Tottenham will this weekend exact revenge on Stoke after defeats home and away last season.

During a topsy-turvy first season at the White Hart Lane helm, one of the undoubted troughs for the former Argentina international came in November's home clash with the Potters.

That 2-1 home defeat was Spurs' third loss in four league games and led pressure to mount on Pochettino - a sticky period he survived and moved on from, leading the club to the Capital One Cup final and a fifth-placed finish.

Stoke once again exposed the north Londoners' soft underbelly before the season was out, though, winning 3-0 in May, giving Pochettino even more motivation to triumph when the sides meet again on Saturday.

"It's true the last two games that we played at White Hart Lane and the Britannia Stadium we lost, but it's a good opportunity to take our revenge," Pochettino said of Saturday's match.

"It's a different season, we're happy with our performance - disappointed with the result - against Manchester United but I think the way we played, our performance was good.

"We need to show on Saturday that we deserved more."

Spurs were without a number of key players last weekend as they opened the season with a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

However, those injury issues have eased markedly since then, with Danny Rose, Andros Townsend, Alex Pritchard and, most importantly, Hugo Lloris fit to face the Potters.

"This week was fantastic for everyone," Pochettino said. "All the players are fit and this is good news for us.

"The only shame is we can only pick 18 players for Saturday, but we're very happy because all the players are fit.

"Hugo and Alex Pritchard played on Monday for the Under-21s against Everton, and Danny Rose and Townsend are training in a normal way.

"Danny had a little problem last week but he's been training in a normal way."

Meanwhile, Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits he may have created a nice problem for himself with the squad he has assembled for this season.

The latest eye-catching arrival at the Britannia Stadium is Xherdan Shaqiri, who joined the Potters from Inter Milan for a club-record B£12million on Tuesday.

The Switzerland international adds to an array of attackers at Stoke including fellow new recruit Ibrahim Afellay, Bojan Krkic, Marko Arnautovic and Jon Walters.

Those are all options wide of or just off a central striker, with the contenders for the more advanced position being Mame Biram Diouf, Peter Odemwingie, Joselu - another summer signing - and Peter Crouch.

Hughes concedes making the best use of what he has and trying to keep everyone happy could prove tricky - but it is something he is more than willing to tackle.

"The key is to increase the quality and that is undoubtedly what we have done," Hughes said ahead of the trip to Spurs.

"It is never easy - you have to get the balance right and make sure you pick the right team for the right game, which is my job.

"But what we do have now, and what we found last year to be really important, is strength in depth that maybe we haven't had in other years.

"Last year that enabled us to have the season we did, despite having a number of long-term injuries to key players, and we are going to need that strength in depth again.

"When everybody is fit, it is a little bit more difficult, because you have to try to keep everyone happy. But it's a nice problem and one I've dealt with before."

Shaqiri has declared himself fit to make his debut from the start at White Hart Lane. Hughes is also likely to have Arnautovic back as well as defender Marc Wilson, after the pair missed the Liverpool match due to thigh and ankle problems respectively.

Two other forwards - Odemwingie (*) and Bojan (knee) are not yet ready while skipper Ryan Shawcross (back) faces between two and three months out.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 06:34:44 PM
Watford vs WBA (10pm)

Watford head coach Quique Flores has told his players to be ready for high balls and a physical battle as they aim to secure their first win of the season against West Brom on Saturday.

The Hornets made an encouraging start to life in the Barclays Premier League last weekend as they secured a 2-2 draw away to Everton.

West Brom however, will present an altogether different challenge for Flores' side, with the Baggies looking to bounce back from a 3-0 opening defeat against Manchester City.

"The match against West Brom, it will be completely different in terms of the technical and tactical approach," Flores said.

"Since the start of the week I have forgotten completely what happened in the last match.

"I have tried to correct the mistakes of course, the players know what we want to improve, but West Brom and Everton are different teams and have completely different styles.

"We are ready to play this kind of match. West Brom are a very close team, very strong, physical, balls in the air, they have really good players.

"They try to play together, the individual lines are very short. We have to plan how we want to control the match."

Hornets duo Almen Abdi and Steven Berghuis are available for the clash at Vicarage Road after the pair recovered from knee and leg injuries respectively but Miguel Britos and Giedrius Arlauskis are suspended.

Salomon Rondon faces a race against time to make his West Brom debut as the £12million man battles for fitness.

The Baggies' record buy has been training this week after his switch from Zenit St Petersburg was rubber-stamped on Monday.

Albion go to Watford with Baggies boss Tony Pulis running the rule over Rondon's fitness, along with that of Arsenal loanee Serge Gnabry.

The pair could make the trip to Vicarage Road with Pulis hopeful his new boys will be available.

"He's done very well," Pulis said of Rondon.

"Him and Gnabry have spent a lot of time working with the fitness coach.

"But Salomon has showed a great attitude, he's a great lad and we've been impressed with him. He reminds me a little bit of Demba Ba in the way he wants to run off shoulders and is quick and strong.

"He is that type. He has got that willingness to get to where you want him to be, which is in behind defences.

"They have worked hard in the last week or so, the two of them, and I will assess it with the medical team to see if they're ready, if not to start then for the bench."

Gareth McAuley is also available after a calf injury ruled him out of Monday's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The Baggies are looking to recover from their opening defeat, where Pulis admitted he got his tactics wrong, and they head to the Hornets with the boss braced for a tough opening.

He said: "The first four games of the season are very difficult for us.

"To have Man City and Chelsea as the two home games to start with is very difficult, then to play a newly promoted team on their first home game is tough. Then we have a derby with Stoke.

"The transfer window is still going on and things are going on behind the scenes so these four games are always going to be difficult.

"Watford have signed some good players from abroad and they look strong, they look as if they have brought good players into the country."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 06:37:06 PM
Westham vs Leicester (10pm)

Angelo Ogbonna has revealed Slaven Bilic sold him on his vision for West Ham and used the lure of regular football to convince him to move to Upton Park.

The Italy international picked up two Serie A titles during his time with Juventus and was an unused substitute in May's Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.

Since then he has become the second player of the summer - after Dimitri Payet - to move to West Ham for an eight-figure fee but scored an unfortunate own goal on his debut against Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League qualifiers.

Ogbonna returned to the heart of Bilic's defence in Sunday's 2-0 victory over London rivals Arsenal and will retain his place alongside Winston Reid for the home game against Leicester.

And the 27-year-old said it was talks with Bilic, as well as the promise of first-team football, that saw him leave the relative comfort of Italy's top club to join a side which finished 12th in the Premier League last season.

"I talked with the manager and he explained to me what he wants to do with this club," Ogbonna told Press Association Sport.

"The manager sold me the story and I feel it is better for my career to come to West Ham now. I know I will play now and I don't think about last year. I have to think about this year.

"I am very happy but it (the Arsenal win) was only the first match so we are looking forward and not just thinking about what we did in the first match. We knew it was a difficult game but there are a lot of difficult games so we have to concentrate on the next game and take things step by step."

Diafra Sakho will be involved despite his arrest last week, according to boss Bilic.

The Senegal striker was arrested of suspicion of assault but Bilic believes he is in the right frame of mind to lead the line against the Foxes, while Carl Jenkinson is available having been ineligible to face parent club Arsenal last weekend and Pedro Obiang is fit to make his debut if called upon.

Forwards Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia (both knee) remain sidelined, as does defender Joey O'Brien (*). Midfielder Morgan Amalfitano is not in contention having been made to train with the youth team following a disagreement with Bilic.

Leicester travel looking to build on their winning start to the season, after beginning the campaign with a 4-2 home victory over Sunderland.

However, manager Claudio Ranieri was quick to praise the Hammers for their eye-catching result, saying: "They had a very good result, better than us. Who could believe Arsenal would lose the match? I watched the match and West Ham were outstanding.

"(West Ham manager) Slaven Bilic has really good experience of the national team, he knows West Ham well.

"I think it will be an open game, they can win, we can win and even a draw is alright."

Ranieri is targeting only one more signing before the transfer window closes - with a midfielder the missing piece in the jigsaw for the Leicester manager.

The Foxes have brought in five players so far this summer in the shape of Robert Huth, Shinji Okazaki, Christian Fuchs, N'Golo Kante and Yohan Benalouane, with the latter two arriving since Ranieri's appointment a month ago.

The Italian's third new addition is likely to be a replacement for Esteban Cambiasso, who played a crucial role in keeping the Midlands club in the Barclays Premier League last season.

Leicester have been linked with several midfielders, the latest of which is Napoli's Switzerland international Gokhan Inler, although Ranieri is not keen on the idea of flooding the Foxes team with foreign imports.

Asked about his transfer plans, Ranieri said: "One more. A midfielder. I think one is enough. Of course, if two arrive then I'm happy!

"Now I work in England I want an English player, because I think it is important to understand the mentality of the nation. In England I want an English player. In Spain I want more Spanish players. In Italy I want Italian players.

"This is my philosophy. The player who comes must understand the English philosophy - you must play hard until the end of the match.

"That is important. If you change too much from this then the philosophy could change too much, which is not good.

"First we choose the English player then we make comparisons with other players and choose which is best for us. But sometimes clubs go abroad because the English player costs too much."

Leicester make the trip with only midfielder Matty James set to miss the game due to his knee problem.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 07:55:38 PM
Southampton vs Everton (7:45pm)

Ronald Koeman has revealed that the frustration he felt at having to watch Southampton's 2-2 draw with Newcastle from afar led to him shouting at the television.

The Southampton manager was forbidden from travelling as he recovered from surgery after rupturing his Achilles so could only watch his team's opening Barclays Premier League fixture from his home in Holland.

He remains reliant on crutches and expects to soon progress from a cast to a boot but said that his greatest relief will be to return to the bench when Saints play Everton at St Mary's on Saturday.

''It was strange, because normally I'm part of the game, and watching television is not the best you can do,'' Koeman said. ''Even worse, if the team is not playing good, it makes it more difficult.

''In the first half [I shouted at the television], because we didn't play well, we did a lot of mistakes in our ball positions.

''If you stay at home you don't have control. I had contact with Scott [Waters, the performance analyst]. It was two times in the first half.

''I didn't really like to have to contact the bench because we know what we want and how we like to play, but it's more difficult, I like to be part of that, you can shout, you can do something, you can do substitutes if you're not happy but staying at home is different.

''We didn't have a long time to prepare for the Newcastle game after the Thursday game [a 2-0 win in the Europa League away to] Vitesse [Arnhem], to recover and prepare the team. For them it was strange, because it was the first time without the manager, and also strange for the technical staff.

''You think it's more easier [to be at the game] because you think you're more part of the team than you are watching television.''

New £5million signing Oriol Romeu is expected to make his Southampton debut after arriving from Chelsea.

Koeman will be without two other summer recruits, Steven Caulker (sinus infection) and Jordie Clasie (*), however, as well as Ryan Bertrand (knee) and long-term absentee Fraser Forster.

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry believes Ross Barkley has benefited from last season's difficulties.

The 21-year-old's struggles to recapture his scintillating form of manager Roberto Martinez's first campaign were almost symptomatic of the entire team's troubles which saw them finish a disappointing 11th.

Barkley managed just two goals, taking 11 matches to get off the mark, but has already opened his account with a fine strike in an encouraging performance in the opening 2-2 draw at home to Watford.

''Ross burst onto the scene and set his standards so high but inevitably it is impossible to keep those going continuously,'' Barry told Press Association Sport.

''I am sure last season he would have wanted to score more goals and have more assists but you can't continuously keep that upward curve going.

''But it will have been a good year for him in terms of his future and he started well with a fantastic goal.''

While Everton undoubtedly need more goals from midfield, and the arrival of Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu should assist in that, their fortunes are likely to be determined by the form of striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international scored 20 times last season but eight of those were in the Europa League and without the distraction of European football this season he will be expected to have much more of an impact in the Premier League.

''Every top team needs a goalscorer scoring 20 goals and in Rom I think we have a player who can do that year in, year out,'' added Barry.

''It is important he stays fit and gets his confidence going and he can achieve great things too.''

Everton defender Leighton Baines has been ruled out for three months after ankle surgery so 19-year-old Brendan Galloway is expected to deputise at left-back again.

Forward Kevin Mirallas has recovered from the ankle injury which forced him off against Watford last weekend.

Gerard Deulofeu, Aiden McGeady and Muhamed Besic all returned to training this week after missing last weekend's season-opener with * injuries.

22   Maarten Stekelenburg   
2   Cédric Soares   
3   Maya Yoshida   
6   José Fonte   
33   Matt Targett   
8   Steven Davis   
12   Victor Wanyama   
7   Shane Long   
10   Sadio Mané   
11   Dušan Tadić   
19   Graziano Pellè   
Substitutes
25   Paulo Gazzaniga   
15   Cuco Martina   
Oriol Romeu   
16   James Ward-Prowse   
18   Harrison Reed   
9   Jay Rodriguez   
20   Juanmi   


24   Tim Howard   
5   John Stones   
6   Phil Jagielka   
23   Séamus Coleman   
32   Brendan Galloway   
15   Tom Cleverley   
16   James McCarthy   
18   Gareth Barry   
20   Ross Barkley   
9   Arouna Koné   
10   Romelu Lukaku   
Substitutes
1   Joel   
27   Tyias Browning   
11   Kevin Mirallas   
17   Muhamed Bešić   
21   Leon Osman   
14   Steven Naismith   
19   Deulofeu
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 08:15:59 PM
25" Southampton 0-1 Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 08:38:39 PM
25" Southampton 0-1 Everton
45" Southampton 0-2 Everton

Lukaku scores twice
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Oly Shyte on August 15, 2015, 08:42:31 PM
Everyone was betting their monies on Arsenal because of their active transfer market and good pre seasons results.  :giggle:

Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 08:48:29 PM
Everyone was betting their monies on Arsenal because of their active transfer market and good pre seasons results.  :giggle:
Arsenal only got one signing this season, which is Cech from Chelsea
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 09:30:50 PM
70" Southampton 0-2 Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 10:00:05 PM
FT  Southampton 0-3 Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 10:26:18 PM
20'

Sunderland 0-0 Norwich City

Swansea City 1-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Stoke City

Watford 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United 0-0 Leicester City
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 11:06:06 PM
HT

Sunderland 0-2 Norwich City

Swansea City 1-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Stoke City

Watford 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United 0-2 Leicester City
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 15, 2015, 11:34:43 PM
70'

Sunderland 0-3 Norwich City

Swansea City 2-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Stoke City

Watford 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 12:08:27 AM
FT

Sunderland 1-3 Norwich City

Swansea City 2-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Stoke City

Watford 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on August 16, 2015, 12:40:54 AM
Lets give a big applause of appreciation to Mr Orient for his hard work and effort to report on the football news

 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 01:12:09 AM
Lets give a big applause of appreciation to Mr Orient for his hard work and effort to report on the football news

 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Haha that's fine. It's my interest  :handshake:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on August 16, 2015, 01:28:11 AM
Haha that's fine. It's my interest  :handshake:

My other interest is to see Arsenal wins  :D
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 02:22:56 AM
My other interest is to see Arsenal wins  :D
Tomorrow we will see. Arsenal will visit Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on August 16, 2015, 02:28:12 AM
Tomorrow we will see. Arsenal will visit Crystal Palace

Its like Maserati racing Proton Kancil, no sweat. :D
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 02:33:20 AM
Its like Maserati racing Proton Kancil, no sweat. :D
Dont judge so fast, they lost at home to Westham last week. And Westham lost at home to Leicester just now. Afterall ball is round in shape
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 04:25:24 AM
Sunderland must find a quick solution after another shocking display on Saturday, a 3-1 home defeat by Norwich, left them stuck at the foot of the Premier League, manager Dic.k Advocaat said.

The defensive fragility that haunted Sunderland against Leicester City in a 4-2 opening defeat arose again as Norwich City made off with victory at the Stadium of Light.

Bookmakers have already installed Sunderland as favourites for the drop and Advocaat, who extended his stay at the club after saving them from relegation last term, will need all his managerial skills to turn his side around.

He said he will hold a meeting with his squad to try and work out where it is going wrong.

"It was even worse than last week," Advocaat said, which is quite a statement considering the scorn poured on Sunderland's poor defending at Leicester.

"We have to discuss with the players how we go on.

"We have to find the solution, because otherwise we have no chance."

Thousands of fans had already left the stadium when 21-year-old debutant Duncan Whatmore scored an 88th-minute consolation against Norwich, with many calling on the club chairman to spend more money.

Yet Sunderland have added to the squad in the summer, with defenders Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Coates and Adam Matthews coming in along with midfielders Jeremain Lens and Yann M'Vila.

"Even this squad must be good enough to get a better result against Norwich, with five new players, but there is something wrong, that's quite simple," Advocaat added.

"It was the same in pre-season and you hoped it would change but it is not changing.

"I have an idea about it, but tomorrow we will have a meeting and they can talk and I will talk. Myself as well, I am responsible for that, no doubt."

Sunderland will need a quick fix because they face in-form Swansea next week.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 04:26:52 AM
Claudio Ranieri praised his side's fighting qualities as Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.

The much-travelled Italian, back in English football after losing his job at Chelsea in 2004, may have fewer big names to work with than he was used to with his squads at the likes of Roma, Inter Milan and Valencia.

But after impressive wins over Sunderland and now a West Ham side who disposed of Arsenal last week, he said his Leicester players have impressed him with their work ethic.

"I think it was a fantastic first half," Ranieri, whose side won with first half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez and a resolute second-half defence, told Leicester's website.

"The second half was normal and with West Ham at home they wanted to come back They pushed us a lot.

"I love when the players give everything, that makes me very happy. Of course when you get the result it's much better but when you give everything, you can have everything.

"In the dressing room I've said how pleased I am with all my players, not just those who start and who come off the bench, but all the players because they have worked hard all week.

"We may win, draw or lose, but we will fight in every match," he said.

The Foxes face Tottenham Hotspur at home next week.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 06:38:31 PM
Crystal Palace Vs Arsenal (8:30pm)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has described Arsene Wenger as one of the great managers ahead of their Barclays Premier League match-up on Sunday.

Palace take on Arsenal at Selhurst Park hoping to extend a poor start to the season for the Gunners, who suffered a shock defeat to West Ham on the opening weekend.

Pardew and Wenger have not always enjoyed a harmonious relationship.

The pair clashed on the touchline in 2006 when Wenger took exception to Pardew celebrating a last-minute winner for West Ham, and Pardew has also criticised the Frenchman for failing to promote English players.

The Eagles boss, however, insists those disagreements are now firmly in the past and praised Wenger's lasting contribution to the Premier League.

"On the touchline we all have run-ins - we've both been in this game a long time," Pardew said.

"In my opinion he is one of the great managers, absolutely. I don't think we'd ever seen the type of football played in the Premier League before Arsene.

"He definitely educated coaches and managers in this country on the beauty of possession.

"He's a very brave manager to play the way he does week in, week out and stick to the principles he has.

"Of course, at the level he's at, winning is of paramount importance.

"In the last couple of years he's been under pressure. Those FA Cup wins (2014 and 2015) have cemented his position and given him the chance to win the league this year."

Palace have not beaten Arsenal since October 1994, but the Eagles are in confident mood after victory against newly-promoted Norwich last weekend.

"It makes a different kind of statement about this season if we beat them," Pardew said.

"We need to play our game. Our performance at Norwich was below our best.

"We were still very good at times and that's what we can do - we're very good at moments in the game and some of those moments can put us in the driving seat.

"We want more control this year of games and that will be something that will be interesting to see - whether we can wrestle control from teams like Arsenal."

Wenger is under no illusions about the challenge facing his side and believes this season will show the depth of quality in the top flight.

He said: "It will certainly be a tighter and tougher league because the quality of teams in the lower half of the table has improved.

"What gives you a good indication is if you look at the bench of the team you play against. Now, when you look at the teams in the second part of the table and you look at their bench, it indicates that you will have tough games."

Olivier Giroud remains confident he can prove himself the right man to lead Arsenal's attack.

The France international has again seen his position come under scrutiny as the Gunners have been linked with a big-money move for Karim Benzema from Real Madrid.

However, 6ft 3ins frontman Giroud - who netted 19 goals last season despite being out for three months with a broken leg - has no doubts he has what it takes to spearhead Arsenal's title challenge.

"I showed great mental strength last year and I had good stats," said Giroud, whose injury-time strike settled a 4-0 FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.

"I always try to improve myself so yes, I am sure I can bring something more to the team and to my team-mates."

After an opening day to forget, the 28-year-old accepts things must improve if Arsenal are to get a positive result at Palace.

"Unfortunately we have made mistakes we will learn from them and try not to do it again," he said.

"We can succeed to play our game, we want to bounce back on Sunday."

Giroud believes Wenger's current squad do have what it takes to mount a serious title challenge.

He added: "When you want to win the league it is always a mix of skill and mental quality, technique and tactical.

"You cannot win the league without mental strength, so obviously we need that and I think we have got it in our squad, the team is fantastic, like our understanding between us. I think we can do well with that."

Full-back Hector Bellerin should return to the Arsenal squad after a thigh strain and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez could start having stepped up his training this week after an extended break, but forward Danny Welbeck is not yet fit due to a knee problem.

Palace striker Marouane Chamakh is unlikely to face his former club as he is still recovering from a * problem while goalkeeper Julian Speroni is also out with a finger injury.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 06:46:30 PM
Manchester City Vs Chelsea (11pm)

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini claims his established stars are driven by a hunger to win rather than a desire to prove doubters wrong.

Senior stars such as two-time title-winners Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany fell below their usual high standards as City meekly surrendered the Barclays Premier League crown last season.

Consequently City were not widely tipped for the title in pre-season but Monday's impressive 3-0 opening win at West Brom has provided a reminder of their quality.

Toure and Kompany were both outstanding at The Hawthorns while another of the cornerstones of their past successes, David Silva, also shone.

Pellegrini said: "All of them, not only Vincent and Yaya and players who had a lot of criticism, they are not thinking about why they were criticised. They are thinking about their performances. They want to be important players and win titles."

City have rejuvenated their squad with the club record B£49million signing of Raheem Sterling over the summer. Midfielder Fabian Delph is another fresh face while the club have also been continually linked with Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne.

Yet much will still depend on the established core, which also includes the likes of goalkeeper Joe Hart and striker Sergio Aguero, and Pellegrini believes many of them are now reaching their peak.

He said: "The important thing for them is to be ambitious, to have a winning mind, to try to continue to win titles and improve in Europe. They have a lot of challenges and our most important players are in their best ages."

City face a stern early test of their title credentials as champions Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Toure will hope to maintain the momentum after his particularly eye-catching, goalscoring display on Monday. He did leave the field with a groin problem late on but that was only a precautionary measure and he is fit to feature against Jose Mourinho's men.

The Ivory Coast international was the midfield driving force for City's last title win in 2014 but he never seemed to get going last season after much-publicised difficulties during the summer.

Pellegrini said: "Yaya is very important for us. We have important players and we can play without those players, but it is better when we have Yaya in the team and playing in a good way.

"I prefer always to play with Yaya. I hope he will be a regular for the whole year and be very important.

"He played very well (on Monday) and we all hope he will continue in the same way."

Aguero is also pushing for a starting spot. Pellegrini used him off the bench at West Brom because his pre-season was limited by international duty.

Thibaut Courtois will miss out after Chelsea failed to overturn the goalkeeper's red card - an outcome that did not surprise manager Jose Mourinho.

It has been a tumultuous week at Stamford Bridge following the 2-2 draw at home to Swansea in the Blues' season opener.

The furore over the demotion of first-team doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn has dominated the headlines, with Mourinho confirming neither will be on the bench at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

Another absentee in the north-west will be Courtois, whose red card against Swansea means he will serve a one-match ban after Chelsea failed in their appeal.

"No, I am not surprised," Mourinho said of that result. "I am not surprised because normally I know we are not normally successful in these.

"What happened to Nemanja Matic last year against Burnley, what happened to Diego Costa against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup, normally we are not successful and normally the committees support the referee decisions.

"When the referee decides that it is a red card, normally 99 per cent of the time the committees don't go against the decision and they support the referees' decision. So I never thought he could be available."

It means summer signing Asmir Begovic is set for his full Chelsea debut at City - a match Brazil playmaker Oscar could miss after sustaining a knock in training.

Diego Costa has been given the green light to start, having overcome a recurring * problem to play the full 90 minutes against Swansea.

Mourinho's pre-match press conferences were marked by tension over the issue surrounding his medical staff as he at one point threatened to walk out in frustration at the extent of questioning.

Having given a lengthy answer and as another question on the matter was readied, an exasperated Mourinho snapped: "Don't make me another question or I go. I go. Think twice before you ask the question. Think twice."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 08:42:19 PM
LINEUPS

Crystal Palace: McCarthy; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souaré; McArthur, Cabaye; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Wickham.

Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Jedinak, Mutch, Lee, Bamford, Murray.


Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis; Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 08:56:01 PM
LINEUPS

Crystal Palace: McCarthy; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souaré; McArthur, Cabaye; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Wickham.

Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Jedinak, Mutch, Lee, Bamford, Murray.


Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis; Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott.

Arsenal 1-0. Giroud scores
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 09:10:18 PM
Arsenal 1-0. Giroud scores
28' Crystal 1-1 Arsenal
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 10:42:16 PM
28' Crystal 1-1 Arsenal

FT CRYSTAL 1-2 ARSENAL
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 16, 2015, 11:28:05 PM
22' MC 0-0 Chelsea
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 17, 2015, 12:18:11 AM
22' MC 0-0 Chelsea
50' MC 1-0

Sergio Aguero
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Post by: ORIENT on August 17, 2015, 12:47:22 AM
79' MC 2-0

Aguero, Kompany
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 17, 2015, 01:03:07 AM
FT MC 3-0 Chelsea

Aguero, Kompany, Fernandinho
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 17, 2015, 05:43:30 AM
Clingon Njie (Lyon to Tottenham)

Tottenham Hotspur have boosted their depleted forward line by signing Cameroon international Clinton Njie from Olympique Lyonnais for an undisclosed fee on Saturday.

"We're delighted to announce the signing of Clinton Njie, subject to international clearance and work permit," the club said in a statement.

The 22-year-old, who has scored six goals in 11 appearances for his country, can play centre forward or in one of the wide attacking positions and has signed a five-year contract with Spurs, who finished fifth last season.

Njie managed eight goals for Lyon in 33 appearances last term as they finished runners-up behind Paris St Germain.

Spurs, who lost 1-0 to Manchester United in their opening Premier League match of the season, only have Harry Kane as a recognised striker after selling the under-performing Roberto Soldado to Villarreal on Friday.

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor also looks to be on the way out of the north London club after hardly featuring in the first team during Mauricio Pochettino's first season as manager last year.

The former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester City striker has not been given a squad number with Spurs, suggesting his days at White Hart Lane are numbered.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 17, 2015, 05:56:39 AM
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho described his team's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City on Sunday as a "fake" result.

But the reality, however much it hurts, is that Chelsea could hardly have made a more unconvincing start to the defence of their crown, on or off the pitch.

A Community Shield defeat by Arsenal was shrugged off as irrelevant, but something looked seriously amiss a week later in a fortunate 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City in which keeper Thibaut Courtois was red-carded.

That poor display was overshadowed by Mourinho's removal of club doctor Eva Carneiro from bench duty after describing her as "naive" for tending to Eden Hazard -- leaving Chelsea temporarily reduced to nine men.

Worse was to follow on Sunday, though, as Mourinho suffered his joint-heaviest defeat as a Premier League manager.

A listless display at City's Etihad Stadium, particularly in the first half, allowed Chelsea's main title rivals to steal a march and move five points clear.

The biggest bombshell, however, was long-term captain and defensive colossus John Terry being substituted at halftime for tactical reasons -- the first time Mourinho had ever taken his trusty skipper off in the heat of battle.

The only good news on Sunday was the signing of left back Abdul Rahman Baba from Bundesliga club Augsburg -- a welcome recruit after a summer in which Chelsea failed to significantly upgrade last year's model.

So dominant last season when cruising to the title, Chelsea have looked under-cooked so far.

Not since 1998 have they failed to win either of their opening league games and while a five-point deficit on City with 108 more points to play for is no crisis -- a return to form cannot come soon enough.

Yet Mourinho was having none of it after goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho sent City top.

"3-0 is completely fake," Mourinho told reporters.

Speaking to Chelsea's TV channel later, he added: "In the second half we controlled every aspect of the game.

"Then one corner, one mistake and 2-0. The best team in the first half won and the best team in the second half lost."

Terry's position in the team will dominate the week ahead as Chelsea prepare to face West Bromwich Albion.

"I had to decide on John or (Gary) Cahill because Zouma is the fastest player we have in our defensive line," Mourinho explained of his decision to hook Terry.

"The point was not to bring John out but to bring Zouma in. I wanted to have my fastest player on the pitch.

"I'm the one that plays John every game, made him captain, brought him back from a difficult situation with other managers."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 17, 2015, 06:07:34 AM
The Premier League season is only a week old but the problems are already piling up for misfiring champions Chelsea after a 3-0 thrashing at Manchester City on Sunday.

Goals by Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho were the least City deserved for a dominant display against a side who took 70 minutes to register a shot on target.

While a buoyant City top the table with six points, six goals scored and none conceded, Chelsea have one point after failing to win either of their opening two fixtures for the first time since 1998.

Chelsea's troubles will not have gone unnoticed by Arsenal who belatedly got their season into gear with a 2-1 derby win at Crystal Palace -- Damien Delaney's own goal sealing their first points of the season.

The sense of unease in the Chelsea camp was increased when talismanic skipper John Terry was substituted at halftime -- the first time he had ever been hauled off by manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho later confirmed that Terry had been replaced by pacey central defender Kurt Zouma for tactical reasons.

The Portuguese caused controversy last week when criticising first-team doctor Eva Carneiro for treating Eden Hazard and leaving Chelsea temporarily with nine men in the opening day draw with Swansea City and he faces another testing week.

Mourinho was already on the offensive, though, saying Chelsea's defeat by City had been undeserved.

"The best team in the first half won the game. The best team in the second half was Chelsea for sure," he told Sky Sports.

"Second half everything was different. If the 1-0 was a doubtful result at minute 70, 3-0 is completely fake."

PUZZLING ANALYSIS

Chelsea did regroup well but his analysis was still puzzling.

"It was a comfortable game. To start the way we did today is definitely the right signal but there's still a lot to come," City captain Kompany said.

Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea came a week after defeat by FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield and was followed by Mourinho's removal of Carneiro from bench duties.

His team needed a response on Sunday but they were outplayed in the opening 45 minutes.

Aguero had already been causing Terry and central defensive partner Gary Cahill headaches and had three sights of goal in the opening 30 minutes before finally putting his side ahead.

The Argentine played a one-two with Yaya Toure in a crowded area, wriggled into space past a lumbering Cahill and fired the ball just inside Asmir Begovic's post.

Eliaquim Mangala should have made it 2-0 when he headed wide as Cahill was flattened by his own goalie. Tempers then flared as Fernandinho's elbow left a furious Costa bloodied.

Hazard had Chelsea's one real chance in the 70th minute but fired a shot straight at Joe Hart before City's defenders cleared the loose ball with Costa lurking.

Kompany's glancing header gave City breathing space before Branislav Ivanovic gave the ball away and Fernandinho completed Chelsea's misery with a clinical finish past Begovic, who could have expected more protection on his first start in place of the suspended Thibaut Courtois.

Arsenal had Alexis Sanchez back in their starting line-up and it was the Chile forward's 55th-minute header that was turned into his own net by Delaney as Arsenal responded to last week's home defeat by West Ham United.

"I'm very pleased with the three points. If we had gone two games and zero points it would be absolutely difficult, we knew this would be a tricky one," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Olivier Giroud had given the Gunners the lead with a smart volley in the 16th minute, only for Joel Ward to equalise against the run of play 12 minutes later.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 17, 2015, 06:15:19 PM
Liverpool Vs Bournemouth (3am)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could name an unchanged side for the visit of Premier League newcomers Bournemouth on Monday.

Summer signing Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week, which was also used to give the likes of Danny Ings, Emre Can, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho some match practice, but he is likely to remain among the substitutes.

Midfielder Joe Allen is sidelined with a * problem.

Defender Joe Gomez has impressed Rodgers since arriving in the summer.

The 18-year-old, signed from Charlton for B£3.5million this summer, was expected to go out on loan but, having done well in pre-season, was handed his Barclays Premier League debut against the hard-running Walters last weekend.

He acquitted himself well in the 1-0 victory and will make his home bow against Bournemouth on Monday as he continues to keep out Alberto Moreno, a Europa League winner with Sevilla just 15 months ago but who has seen his B£12million move to Anfield turn sour over the last year.

"For a player of 18 to make his Premier League debut away at Stoke against an outstanding player in Jon Walters, with the experience he has, and cope as well as he did was impressive," Rodgers said.

"I thanked Jon after the game for giving him that experience and he spoke highly of him."

What is even more admirable is Gomez is a centre-back who has also operated on the right, so being thrown in on the opposite flank ahead of an established left-back speaks volumes not only about his talent but also Moreno's short-comings.

"I felt comfortable (putting him in the team) as he had played games and was managed well at Charlton," Rodgers added.

"I wanted to assess where his pathway lay in terms of whether he needed a loan or needed to stay here and very quickly he showed me he could be a really important member of the squad.

"He can play in many positions, centre-half being the main one, but he has the flexibility and qualities to play at full-back so he is definitely a player who will add great value to our squad.

"What struck me when I met him was his maturity. He recognises his opportunity.

"When he was 15 or 16 he had the chance to move to bigger clubs than Charlton but he wanted to stay.

"He then had a decision to make in the summer with a number of high-profile clubs wanted to take him but he felt his best opportunity to develop and improve was coming to Liverpool.

"He has got into the team and I am sure there will be moments along the way when we need to manage him, but he knows there is a lot to learn yet.

"It is about assessing and managing where he is at."

Eddie Howe believes Rodgers is on the verge of building his strongest Liverpool team to date.

The Bournemouth manager on Monday takes his team to Anfield for their second Premier League fixture of the season, having lost their first 1-0 to Aston Villa.

Howe is familiar with Rodgers having observed his methods when the Northern Irishman was the Swansea manager and also worked under Rodgers' new assistant Sean O'Driscoll, as a player, while the latter was in charge of Bournemouth.

The combination of a disappointing season following injury to Daniel Sturridge and the departure of Luis Suarez, however, followed by this summer's exits of Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling and almost B£300million spent on new players in the three years since his appointment have left Rodgers under a significant amount of pressure.

"He's building a new Liverpool team so I think this will be possibly the best Liverpool team that he's put together," said Howe, 37. "I don't think he needs any sympathy, certainly.

"Why not [can't it be better than the 2013/14 team]? He's got really talented individuals and he's had time, and longer to work with the players, so they'll be more in tune to what he wants them to do.

"He's manager of Liverpool, I don't think there's too much sympathy to be flying around. He's done a magnificent job. He did a magnificent job at Swansea, I think he's doing a great job at Liverpool.

"It's a tough challenge, when you have so many clubs fighting for league titles and Champions League spots. I think he's done very well."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 18, 2015, 04:45:20 AM
70' Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 18, 2015, 04:59:18 AM
70' Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth
FT Liverpool won 1-0. Goal from Benteke  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 18, 2015, 05:10:49 AM
Diamanti (Guangzhou to Watford)

Watford have signed Italy midfielder Alessandro Diamanti on a season-long loan from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

The deal is subject to international clearance, the promoted Premier League club said on their website (www.watfordfc.com) on Monday.

Diamanti, 32, who has 17 caps, previously played in the Premier League with West Ham United, scoring eight goals in 30 appearances in 2009-10.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina and has also had stints with Bologna, Brescia and Livorno.

A skilful playmaker with a deft left foot, Diamanti is a free kick specialist and will add depth and quality to Watford's squad under new Spanish manager Quique Sanchez Flores.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 19, 2015, 02:06:25 AM
Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is confident he can rediscover the form he displayed in his breakthrough season in 2013-14 and feature more regularly for the club.

The 20-year-old scored four goals and had five assists in 27 Premier League appearances during the period but had a hard time last season after failing to find the back of the net.

Januzaj saw his shot go in off the far post on Friday as he scored the winner in his club's 1-0 victory over Aston Villa, giving him much-needed confidence.

"I'd not played for a long time, so I was happy to score my first goal of the season (against Villa)," Januzaj said ahead of their Champions League qualifier against Belgian Pro League champions Club Brugge.

"I'm happy to play and give everything for the manager and the club."

The Belgian, whose star has waned at Old Trafford since he burst on to the scene as one of the game's young diamonds, has also been linked in the media with a loan move to Sunderland but he felt he was close to his best again.

"It can happen, but this year is another year so I'm ready to get back to my best and do everything that I can do," Januzaj said.

"Of course (I'm improving); the manager has spoken to me a few times and I felt that I haven't been myself but I hadn't had many games, so hopefully I can play more this year."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 19, 2015, 02:15:51 AM
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Christian Benteke gives his side a different dimension and hailed his performance against Bournemouth on Monday after the Belgian international scored on his home debut to make it two wins out of two in the Premier League.

Liverpool beat Bournemouth 1-0 after the 24-year-old, who signed from Aston Villa for 32.5 million pounds ($50.6 million) in the off-season, turned in midfielder Jordan Henderson's cross from close range midway through the first half.

"I thought he was a real handful, you saw all the facets of his game," Rodgers said.

"His hold-up play is outstanding, he's got a wonderful touch for a big guy and you saw that this evening.

"Because of his physicality and contact, he keeps the ball alive in a dangerous area of the field," the Northern Irishman added.

"It gives us a different dimension to our game, whilst looking to retain that philosophy to move the ball and get fluency."

Benteke was pleased to mark his Anfield debut with a winning goal, but was equally happy with his team's second consecutive clean sheet.

"It was important for me on my debut at Anfield to score and help the team win," he said.

Rodgers added his decision to replace Henderson early in the second half was due to the midfielder carrying a foot injury.

"He's had a problem with the bottom of his foot," the manager told reporters in his post-match press conference.

"He hadn't trained for part of the week, he was taking some painkillers with it.

"He wanted to try it, he wanted to give it a go, but you could see he was limited in his running ... and unfortunately for him he was just in too much pain," the manager said.

Liverpool will now travel to the Emirates stadium to take on Arsenal on Monday.

Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 19, 2015, 02:33:10 AM
Failure to convert chances hurt Chelsea during Sunday's 3-0 loss at Manchester City but the champions have enough time to pick up the points they have dropped in their opening two matches, the club's summer recruit Asmir Begovic has said.

Bosnian international goalkeeper Begovic, who joined Chelsea from Stoke City on a four-year contract last month, got his first start on Sunday after first-choice Thibaut Courtois was suspended for his red card in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City.

Begovic said Chelsea failed to match the intensity of City in the first half but responded well in the second half.

"We came to get a win or at least a point. Man City had a point to prove and they came on aggressively from the start," the 28-year-old told the club's website (www.chelseafc.com).

"We didn't match that intensity in the first half, but we responded and in the second half had some chances and were more in control of the game.

"If you don't score it's difficult though and unfortunately they *-punched us with the second goal which killed the game."

Chelsea have conceded five goals in their first two Premier League games and Begovic is keen to get back to winning ways, starting with their visit to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

"All we can do is get past this start, improve on the training ground, get our sharpness going and look to West Brom," Begovic added.

"It's still early so we have time to pick up the points we have lost but we need to get some results in the next couple of games to get our season going and then hopefully we can push on for the rest of the season."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 19, 2015, 02:34:30 AM
Captain Vincent Kompany has scored in both of Manchester City's Premier League games this season but the clean sheets the club kept during the two wins gave the central defender more pleasure.

Last season's runners-up City won 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion in their league opener last week and Kompany headed in the second goal in the 79th minute on Sunday as his side defeated champions Chelsea by an identical margin.

"As a defender, it (his goal) isn't what I take most pride in. I'm very happy with the two clean sheets so far," the 29-year-old Belgian international told the club's website (www.mcfc.com).

"If I can contribute up front then great but the clean sheet is what makes me sleep well at night."

Kompany's team mate Sergio Aguero, who opened his account for the season on Sunday, has played down the significance of a five-point lead over Chelsea, who drew their first match 2-2 against Swansea City.

"The first goal is always important as it allowed the team to be calm," the 27-year-old Argetinian said.

"It was important to win because Chelsea are a difficult team, the last champions, but I don't think the five point gap is that significant at this stage."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 19, 2015, 02:37:32 AM
West Bromwich Albion have rejected an offer for Saido Berahino from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and have no interest in selling the England under-21 striker, chairman Jeremy Peace said on Tuesday.

No financial details were disclosed but, according to media reports, Spurs bid 15 million pounds for the player.

"We have no interest in selling Saido," Peace said in a statement. "I know we are living in an age where no club can say 'never' about the possibility of selling a player however the prospect of selling Saido is simply not on our agenda.

"We are going forward with Saido very much in our plans and still striving to add players to improve the balance of our squad."

Berahino, 22, has been linked with a move to Spurs throughout the transfer window that will end on Sept. 1.

He made 38 appearances in the Premier League last season, scoring 14 goals, and finished the campaign with 20 goals in all competitions.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 19, 2015, 02:39:03 AM
New Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin claims he is close to full fitness and that both he and the team will continue to improve as the season progresses.

"To play for such a team like Manchester United is a beautiful thing," the 25-year-old Frenchman, who completed a 25 million pounds ($39 million) switch from Southampton during the close season, told the club's website (www.manutd.com).

"We look strong and, personally, I feel like I am getting closer to being 100 percent physically. I am not quite there yet but it will come."

"I have been pleased to be able to make some good interceptions, but I don't want to lose any balls when I have possession and that's what I will continue to improve upon," he added.

Back-to-back 1-0 wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa have earned Louis van Gaal's side a maximum six points from their opening two fixtures but Schneiderlin expects the team to improve further.

"Two wins out of two is very good so far and a very good start to the Premier League," he said.

"We are happy after the results but still not 100 percent happy with the performances because we know we can still improve.

"In the Premier League, it's all about winning games to win titles, so sometimes you need to be able to get the victories when you don't have the best performance, and that's what we've done so far," he added.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 19, 2015, 02:44:14 AM
Sunderland manager Dic.k Advocaat said he was considering changing his defensive strategy against Swansea on Saturday after his side conceded seven goals in their opening two Premier League games.

Sunderland, who scrapped through the relegation battle last season to finish 16th, have lost both their league matches and find themselves at the bottom of the league table.

Advocaat admitted he had no clue why his team's defence was so fragile.

"I didn't want to change the back-line already after one game," the 67-year-old manager was quoted as saying by the Sunderland Echo.

"But at the moment, there are players playing who I can't understand why they are playing that way. I cannot understand it, honestly. But there must be a reason and I hope that they can tell me."

The Sunderland full-backs have came under heavy criticism from the media, especially left-back Patrick van Aanholt who was continuously targeted by both Leicester City and Norwich City.

Advocaat refused to blame his full backs but admitted he needed to change a few tactics and switch to a more defensive strategy.

"I spoke to the players and told them that we like full-backs, who if the possibility comes, they go forward. But I've changed that. I've now set up a different way," the former Netherlands manager said.

"The first way for the back four is now defence. And then the opponent cannot get the kind of space they got at Leicester.

"Take care of your man, and beside that, if you can do a little bit more, then go forwards, otherwise not. We have to change the basic facts."

Defender Billy Jones also expressed his disappointment but said he was keen to get back to winning ways, starting by making a statement against Swansea.

"Obviously I'm just massively disappointed because we've let ourselves down again," the 28-year-old said of his club's loss to Norwich.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb being 2-0 down at half-time through two disappointing goals from our point of view.

"The only way we can kick start it (our season) is by winning games and we've got a massive chance to do that against Swansea.

"Obviously everyone knows what a good team Swansea are so that'll be a statement in itself to beat them on our home turf and beat them with a good performance."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 20, 2015, 06:29:30 AM
Gokhan Inler (Napoli to Leicester)

Leicester City have confirmed the signing of Switzerland captain Gokhan Inler on a three-year-contract from Italian club Napoli for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old midfielder, who has 84 caps for Switzerland, becomes the Foxes' sixth summer signing and could debut against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend if his registration is confirmed, according to a statement on Leicester's website (www.lcfc.com).
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 21, 2015, 04:57:39 AM
Manchester City have signed Argentina centre back Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia on a five-year contract, the two clubs said on Thursday.

"Recognised as one of the continent's best central defenders, Otamendi leaves Valencia where his performances earned him a place in La Liga's 2014-15 Team of the Season," City said on their website (www.mcfc.com).

"The Argentine international follows Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph to the Etihad Stadium and will wear the number 30 shirt," they added.

Valencia also confirmed the deal on their website (www.valenciacf.com).

Neither club cited the fee, though Spanish media reported a figure of 45 million euros.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 21, 2015, 05:00:43 AM
When Leicester City lost at home to Chelsea in late April it briefly stalled their dash for Premier League survival and left their opponents one victory away from claiming the title.

Chelsea went on to claim the crown and Leicester, with a stunning sequence of results, stayed up.

But not even Leicester's most optimistic followers could have envisaged then that, a few months later with Claudio Ranieri now at the helm, they would be hosting Tottenham Hotspur with a chance to top the table with a maximum nine points.

Likewise, Chelsea's fans could hardly have expected their club to be mired in an early-season trough that, with a certain sequence of results this weekend, could leave Jose Mourinho's side bottom of the table.

That is the unlikely scenario in store, however.

Wins against Sunderland and West Ham United mean Leicester have collected 28 points from the last 33 available -- the best tally of any side in the top flight.

With confidence surging, goals flowing and a stuttering Tottenham visiting on Saturday, Leicester have every reason to expect their form to continue for another week at least.

Algerian Riyad Mahrez leads the league scoring charts with three goals while the likes of James Vardy and midfielder Marc Albrighton have excelled.

This week's signing of Switzerland captain Gokhan Inler from Italian club Napoli has added to the feel-good factor sweeping the east Midlands.

Not that Ranieri is letting the players get ahead of themselves.

"I put the ice on their heads to keep them cool so we maintain a low profile," the Italian said.

"That is important for us."

Champions Chelsea are still looking for their first victory, having conceded five goals in their opening two games -- including a chastening 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last week when skipper John Terry was substituted at halftime.

It is their worst start for 17 years and they will hope to get back on track on Sunday at West Bromwich Albion who themselves only have one point.

After the distraction of Mourinho's public dressing down for club doctor Eva Carneiro and speculation about talismanic Terry's 'demise', Chelsea could do with a big statement of intent at the Hawthorns where they lost 3-0 in May having already secured the title.

Manchester United and City will both be seeking to maintain their 100 percent starts to the season, with United, who host Newcastle United on Saturday, buoyant after taking a huge step towards the Champions League group phase with a 3-1, first leg victory over Club Bruges at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

City, ahead of Leicester on goal difference at the top, face a trip to Everton.

After two 1-0 defeats, newcomers Bournemouth visit West Ham looking for their first ever top flight points. Only Sunderland, who host Swansea City, are also without a point after two games.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 21, 2015, 05:02:26 AM
Sunderland loan signing Yann M'Vila says his team must concentrate on cutting out defensive errors that contributed to their poor start to the Premier League season.

Sunderland find themselves at the bottom of the league table after losing both their games and having conceded seven goals.

"For me, we made our own problems as a team against Norwich. There were too many errors. The manager has said our objective first and foremost should be to defend," the 25-year-old was quoted as saying by the Chronicle.

M'Vila, who made his debut in the 3-1 loss to newly promoted Norwich City on Saturday, says the Black Cats' problems are more to do with lack of concentration than a crisis of confidence.

"If you communicate and concentrate, then you prevent the goals or the mistakes. We have been working hard this week but we must maintain our concentration to fulfil our objectives," the France international said.

"I don't think it is a matter of confidence. It is more of a problem of concentration.

"If we can get that better, I think we can do better this weekend because we have been training really hard this week," he added.

The midfielder expects a significant improvement when Swansea City visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

"Swansea are coming to us in front of our supporters. They have seen us concede too many goals in the last two matches," M'Vila said.

"We need to put in a performance for the supporters because they are our family.

"We need to give something back to them because it has been difficult for them," he added.

Summer recruit Younes Kaboul has echoed the concerns of his team mate, but is keen to make amends against the Swans.

"I don't know (what's gone wrong), I can't tell you because if I had the answer we wouldn't have lost the second game. We need to be better and we will get better," the 29-year-old said.

"We're really impatient for the game to start, then we can crack on.

"When you're a professional, you know what can be wrong and what's good. It can't always be perfect so you need to learn from that.

"In this world, you always learn every day at any age. So we've learned from the two games so far and we'll make sure that we're ready for Swansea on Saturday." the former Tottenham Hotspur defender added.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 08:53:10 AM
Pedro (Barcelona to Chelsea)

Spain forward Pedro has agreed to join English Premier League champions Chelsea from Barcelona, the clubs said on Thursday.

Chelsea will pay 30 million euros ($33.54 million) for the player, three of which will be based on performance, the Spanish champions said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.es).

The length of the contract was not revealed.

"I am very happy to be here. I am very excited to start my adventure at Chelsea and I am here to keep winning titles," Pedro told the club website (www.chelseafc.com).

"Thanks to the club and the supporters for giving me the opportunity to put the blue shirt on."

A product of the Catalan club's youth academy, Tenerife-born Pedro made his debut for the Spanish and European champions in a La Liga match against Real Murcia in 2008.

The pacy 28-year-old cemented his place in the first team under coach Pep Guardiola and in 2009 became the first player to score in six different competitions in a calendar year as Barca swept the Champions League, Spanish league and Cup, Spanish and European Super Cup and Club World Cup titles.

Known as "Pedrito" for his diminutive size, he made his first appearance for Spain in a warm-up game for the 2010 World Cup against Saudi Arabia and went on to help La Roja claim their debut global crown in South Africa.

He was also part of the successful Spain squad at Euro 2012 as Spain secured a second consecutive continental crown.

Pedro no longer commanded a regular place in the Barca starting lineup following the arrival of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez last year.

Coach Luis Enrique used him mainly as a substitute in 2014-15 and he came on in the Champions League final to set up Neymar to score the third goal in a 3-1 victory over Juventus.

At Chelsea, he will join up with Spain colleagues Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, as well as Cesc Fabregas, with whom he played at Barca between 2011 and 2014.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:12:20 AM
Tonight matches

MU vs Newcastle
Crystal Palace vs Villa
Leicester vs Tottenham
Norwich vs Stoke
Sunderland vs Swansea
Westham vs Bournemouth
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:21:15 AM
Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Sergio Romero will continue in goal for Manchester United's home game against Newcastle because David de Gea is still unable to focus following Real Madrid's interest in him, according to Louis van Gaal.

The United manager remains without centre-back Phil Jones (mild thrombosis) and defender Marcos Rojo is unlikely to feature as he lacks match sharpness.

Van Gaal is considering handing #~ Schweinsteiger his first start, but fellow midfielder Marouane Fellaini is suspended.

Van Gaal has backed Ed Woodward to bring to the best players in the world to Old Trafford despite recent criticism of the United executive vice-chairman.

Woodward has enjoyed a number of hits in the transfer market this summer, most notably in the capture of Memphis Depay - who was wanted by Paris St Germain - and the signing of former Bayern Munich star Schweinsteiger.

But the failure to tempt Sergio Ramos to swap Real Madrid for United prompted criticism.

And that criticism continued when former target Pedro signed for Chelsea, rather than United, on Thursday.

Despite the events of the last couple of weeks, there is no sign of a rift between Van Gaal and Woodward.

''I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never,'' the United boss said in a spiky press conference.

''Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him.

''I don't think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot.''

United were aware for some time that Pedro wanted to leave Barcelona after becoming frustrated by a lack of first-team football.

It was reported that Woodward flew into Barcelona on Monday in an attempt to finalise a deal for the 28-year-old, who had a buy-out clause of 30 million euros (B£21.5million) written into his contract.

But three days later, the World Cup winner signed for Chelsea.

Senior sources at Old Trafford insisted this week that it was Van Gaal, not Pedro, who pulled the plug on United's pursuit of the forward and the United boss seemed to corroborate that idea on Friday.

''I think when we want Pedro it was not any problem because there was a clause in his contract,'' Van Gaal said.

''It was the easiest transfer. I have said before what we are doing is guiding a process and in that process we make decisions.''

New signing Florian Thauvin goes straight into the squad for Newcastle.

The 22-year-old former Marseille winger is included just days after completing his switch to Tyneside, and he could yet be joined by fellow midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who is recovering well from the groin problem which forced his premature withdrawal at Swansea last weekend, but remains a doubt.

Holland midfielder Siem de Jong is back in training after a shin injury, as is defender Paul Dummett, who is yet to feature this season because of a * problem, but full-back Daryl Janmaat is suspended following his sending-off at the Liberty Stadium.

Head coach Steve McClaren has revealed that Thauvin is likely to be the club's last summer signing.

He said: "I'm very pleased with what we have got, very pleased. I think that's it for now - but how many times have you heard, 'That's it for now' with 10 days to go of the window?"
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:25:29 AM
Norwich vs Stoke

Norwich boss Alex Neil has no new injury concerns ahead of the Premier League game against Stoke at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Canaries are likely to stick with the same starting line-up that achieved a 3-1 victory at Sunderland last weekend as they look to take their first home points of the new campaign.

The clash with Stoke comes too soon for both defender Martin Olsson (shoulder) and forward Kyle Lafferty (knee) but both are set to return to contention ahead of their next league outing at Southampton while Ricky van Wolfswinkel may yet feature having scored for the under-21 side in midweek.

Norwich will be confident of picking up their first points in front of their own fans after losing to Crystal Palace on the opening day.

"The players deserve all the plaudits that they're getting at the moment, but the Sunderland game is done and we need to move on to the next one," Neil said.

"We played really well again. I thought we played really well in the first game against Crystal Palace, albeit we didn't get a result. I think the players will take a lot of confidence from the manner with which we played, and the fact that we won the game so convincingly.

"We want to make sure that our home form is good, and hopefully we can start that on Saturday."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is encouraged by what he has seen from his team so far this season, despite it only yielding a single point.

The Potters opened their 2015-16 Barclays Premier League campaign with a 1-0 home loss to Liverpool, then fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to draw 2-2 at Tottenham last weekend.

Hughes said: "In early-season games, ideally you want maximum points.

"But you take encouragement from the level of performance you're able to produce.

"Certainly against Liverpool we deserved something, and at Spurs, we should perhaps have had maximum points.

"So in terms of performance, we are quite happy. Results-wise, we feel we should probably have more points on the board, but that will come if we keep the level of performances that we've produced up to this point.

"We're encouraged by what we have done in the first two games, certainly."

Regarding the comeback at Spurs, Hughes added: "We need to build on that.

"For the second 45 minutes we were excellent - if we can replicate what we produced in that second half then we'll be more than happy because it was a top-level performance."

Stoke now have B£12million record signing Xherdan Shaqiri available and another playmaker, Bojan Krkic, back fit after long-term injury.

Record signing Shaqiri can now be selected after a one-game ban denied him his debut in the Tottenham match last Saturday - the same day Bojan completed 90 minutes for the Potters' under-21s side as he stepped up his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Norwich target Jon Walters is expected to be available despite having recently felt ill, but there is considerable competition for places these days in the Stoke attack.

Meanwhile, defender Marc Wilson could make his maiden first-team appearance of the season having shaken off an ankle complaint.

Striker Peter Odemwingie (*) is still sidelined along with defender Ryan Shawcross (back).
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:27:26 AM
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa

Crystal Palace have no new injury worries ahead of the visit of Aston Villa.

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni (finger) and striker Marouane Chamakh (*) are back in training but will not be risked just yet.

Boss Alan Pardew is considering adding winger Bakary Sako to the squad for the first time since his summer switch from Wolves.

Tim Sherwood's new-look squad were narrowly beaten by Manchester United last Friday having got off the mark with a victory at Bournemouth on the opening day, and Pardew is expecting a tough encounter.

"They've started well. Obviously Tim has bought in a whole new batch of players and it's difficult to get them to know exactly what you want," he said.

"I'm sure he's not there yet but in the two games they have played they have looked pretty cohesive and Tim will be pleased with that, and obviously they have talent.

"I think all teams at the start of the season are dangerous, because most of them have not had a bloody nose. They all have their ambitions for the season intact, no one has knocked it out of them yet.

"We think we will have a great season, Villa do, West Brom do, Watford do. It's a tough period to win games in the Premier League, that's why the top teams don't go flying away at the start because everybody carries that ambition.

"Aston Villa will come here expecting to win, there's no reason to doubt that. They won at Bournemouth, they'll win away again. So it will be a really good battle to grab the initiative."

Jack Grealish could be in the Villa squad for the first time this season.

The 19-year-old midfielder made a goalscoring return from a * injury for the under-21 team on Monday. Carles Gil (ankle) and new signing Adama Traore also played in that game to build up their fitness and may be involved at Selhurst Park.

Jores Okore remains out with a knee injury while Jose Angel Crespo is still working his way back from a groin problem.

"We need Jack and Carles," said Sherwood.

"It is unfortunate that two of the most creative players in the side have been injured at the same time. Now they are getting back to fitness, it will change us going forward.

"I think they could play together. If anyone watched them play for the under-21s, you can see they suit each other's game. They pass the ball to each other and they enjoy each other's company.

"They are very offensive players with a good technical ability so they can take us forward."

Sherwood admits his young side will face a tough test at Selhurst Park against a vastly more experienced Palace team.

He said: "They have got some very good players and Alan is a very good manager.

"They are a side full of men. They have pace on the counter-attack and we have to be ready for that. They bring teams on to them and spring on you with the pace of Zaha, Bolasie, Puncheon.

"But we have to be ready for that and I want to show far more attacking threat than we did against Manchester United."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:30:26 AM
Leicester vs Tottenham

Gokhan Inler could make his Leicester debut against Tottenham after joining from Napoli this week.

The midfielder does not want to be compared to Esteban Cambiasso after penning a three-year deal from Napoli.

Boss Claudio Ranieri has been searching for a replacement for Cambiasso after the midfielder opted to leave at the end of his contract this summer and join Olympiacos.

But Switzerland captain Inler dismissed suggestions he is a direct replacement for the ex-Argentina international as he looks to make his mark at the Foxes.

He said: "This is a good question but for me the squad is important. I know what you said but first of all it is the team. I will give my best, give my quality to the team.

"When we win, we win together. When we lose, we lose together. It doesn't matter whether I play like Esteban or not.

"My experience is different, I had also high level games. I also play in a national team with young players and my experience is good for the young players. I can show them how they are and how they can play. I will give my positive energy to them."

Ranieri is yet to decide whether Inler will make his debut against Tottenham on Saturday but he has no fresh injury worries with only Matty James recovering from a long-term knee injury and Christian Fuchs expected to shake off an illness.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will decide whether to throw new signing Clinton N'Jie straight into the squad.

Midfielder Andros Townsend is not available for the match due to an ankle injury.

Striker Harry Kane has recovered from a tight calf which saw him substituted during last weekend's 2-2 draw against Stoke.

Pochettino wants Tottenham to develop a mean defensive streak after a slow start to the season.

Spurs narrowly lost the opening match 1-0 away to Manchester United and should have beaten Stoke only to let a 2-0 lead slip during the closing stages.

Leicester, by contrast, have made an excellent start under new manager Ranieri, following up the 4-2 rout of Sunderland with victory at West Ham.

Pochettino, though, is determined to keep a sense of perspective as his side look to tighten up at the back.

"The season is very long and we need to keep the same level, improve defensively and be more consistent," the Argentinian said.

"People will say that we need (to buy) offensive players, but we need to be more consistent because we conceded a lot of goals last season.

"It wasn't a problem to score - it was conceding goals (which cost Spurs) and we need to improve that this season."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:33:16 AM
Sunderland vs Swansea

Sunderland manager **** Advocaat has promised his under-fire players will do what it takes to win over the club's fans at the Stadium of Light on Saturday against Swansea.

Dutchman Advocaat, 67, has watched his side capitulate in their opening two Barclays Premier League matches this season with inept displays throughout his line-up being met with furious criticism.

Former defender Michael Gray, working for local radio, delivered a withering verdict after last week's 3-1 home defeat to Norwich, while Match of the Day * Alan Shearer - a Newcastle favourite - has claimed the Black Cats are already "doomed".

Advocaat described his side's form as "frightening" after the latest disappointment against Norwich and held clear-the-air talks on Sunday with his players, who held a further meeting of their own later in the week.

"After the game we always have training and a meeting. This time it took a bit longer because the players could also say something," he said.

"During the week they had a meeting with only the players, but it's only positive.

"I understand a little bit the (media) comments and the articles, but normally the panic starts in March or April, but it seems to have started now and that's quite early."

Advocaat confirmed summer signing Younes Kaboul will play no part against Swansea due to a knee injury, while Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez remains sidelined with a similar problem.

Swansea manager Garry Monk expects a "dangerous" Sunderland after their early-season problems.

"The last two games are out there, everyone's seen them, but I think they'll be dangerous," he said.

"I've been in positions before when I've put in performances that have been criticised and your reaction as a person, as a player and a team is to bounce straight back, especially at home in front of your own fans.

"I'm sure that's what they're going to do.

"There's probably a bit of a timing issue for us going up there.

"We expect them to be a lot more drilled, a lot more organised than they have been and a lot more determined.

"I think you'll see that in their game so we're expecting a different Sunderland side to the one you've seen in the last two games.

"The bottom line is they have good players and it's only two performances."

South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng remains a doubt with a * problem.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:36:21 AM
West Ham vs Bournemouth

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is wary of a Bournemouth backlash in Saturday's Premier League clash at Upton Park.

The Hammers boss believes the newly-promoted Cherries were unlucky in their opening losses to Aston Villa and Liverpool, when a controversial Christian Benteke goal denied Eddie Howe's side.

West Ham, meanwhile, followed up a win at title-chasing Arsenal with defeat at home to Leicester.

"I watched both games and of course you can say they deserved something from each one of them," Bilic said of Bournemouth.

"They weren't second best in the first game against Villa and at Anfield the game was very even.

"Okay, Liverpool had better chances, they scored a goal, they hit the bar, had a couple of blocked shots, but in open play it was Bournemouth for me. They were a bit unlucky.

"I expect a very dynamic game. I expect a physical game but also, on the other hand, I saw the way they are passing the ball. Their first idea is always to pass the ball.

"They play good football. They are mixing it, but every time they get a chance to pass they pass it. It's a very good team."

The Hammers have key players absent, with goalkeeper Adrian beginning a three-match suspension following his sending-off against Leicester.

Republic of Ireland international Darren Randolph is expected to replace Adrian despite his poor record against the Cherries.

Randolph was the goalkeeper for a Birmingham side who conceded 16 times to Bournemouth in three successive games, including an 8-0 loss last October.

Mauro Zarate (*) has joined fellow strikers Enner Valencia (leg) and Andy Carroll (knee) in the treatment room, while midfielder Reece Oxford is a doubt after missing a few days' training this week due to a *.

Eddie Howe accepts that Bournemouth's image could be undermining them.

The club's remarkable rise from almost exiting the Football League to the Premier League, their attractive brand of football, and Howe's boyish appearance have combined to make them many neutral's favourites.

Howe - though reluctant to encourage a different approach - recognises that greater aggression may have helped their cause in their opening two matches.

"We go to these managers' meetings and we're told; 'Don't get in the referee's face, don't swear at the referees, give them the respect they deserve', and I'm a firm believer that you respect the official and you respect the decision," the Bournemouth manager said.

"But then you're accused, when you don't get the decisions, of being too nice. You're not going to change the decision, that's for sure. By surrounding the referee you're not going to change his mind, I was surprised (referee Craig Pawson) gave the free-kick against Tommy Elphick in the first place. For me, even live, it was a goal, there was no problem.

"So I'm not going to have my players chasing referees and we end up getting big fines. I do think potentially we could have made more of (Elphick's disallowed effort), it may have had a difference with the offside (for Benteke's goal), who knows?

"But I don't think you change decisions, I haven't seen too many changed in my time.

"You can't say what you truly feel, you end up with fines and suspensions and that's not right in bringing the club's name into areas that you don't want.

"We just hope that the officials get the big decisions right, that's all we can ask. And I'm sure the referees, as well, want a fair game, and decisions based on merit."

Howe is expected to retain the same team for the trip to West Ham.

Howe again has Shaun MacDonald available after the midfielder recovered from a toe injury but remains without Harry Arter, who has a groin injury, and Christian Atsu, who has a back problem.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:49:58 AM
John O'Shea, the experienced Ireland defender, has been recalled by struggling Sunderland for Saturday's home game against Swansea City, manager **** Advocaat said on Friday.

The Dutchman told reporters that centre-half Younes Kaboul, who has had an uncomfortable start since his recent transfer from Tottenham Hotspur, has a knee injury

"John O'Shea will play," Advocaat said. "He has leadership and quality. He is a real captain."

The former Manchester United defender had missed out in the opening defeats against Leicester and Norwich, when Kaboul was partnered with Sebastian Coates from Liverpool.

"We had to look forward and those guys are younger and quicker," Advocaat said in justification of his choices. "John was not in his best shape and he knows that as well."

The performances against two teams tipped for relegation dismayed Sunderland supporters and Advocaat, who had originally planned to leave his temporary job at the end of last season, knows his team must improve significantly.

"The spirit is something we have discussed," he said.

"This team has to go to the edge fighting wise and spirit wise, and we didn’t do that.

"They understand totally that we have to fight from the first to the last minute to get a result, but also to get the fans behind us and we will do that against Swansea, there is no doubt about that."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:52:32 AM
Signing defender Federico Fazio from Tottenham Hotspur does not mean that coveted striker Saido Berahino will move in the opposite direction, West Bromwich Albion's manager Tony Pulis said on Friday.

He told a news conference that Argentinian centre-half Fazio was expected to complete a transfer after having a medical because he wanted more first-team football since being squeezed out of the Spurs first team.

"He wants to show that he can not only compete but do well in the Premier League and I think that ambition, drive and desire is what you need in your club," Pulis said.

"He's been a top player for Sevilla and I think he will be a top signing for the club.

"That deal has absolutely nothing to do with Saido's position at the football club. We want Saido to stay. You never say never but we want him to stay and I think it would be in his best interests."

Tottenham have admitted needing another striker and are reported to have had at least one bid for the England under-21 international turned down.

Speculation that they will get their man has increased since Albion paid a club record fee of 12 million pounds to Zenit St Petersburg for striker Salomon Rondon.

The continuing uncertainty has annoyed Pulis, who believes that transfers should not be permitted once the league season starts.

"It's ridiculous that we're in the third week of the season and still talking about players coming and going," he said.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 08:00:38 PM
#~ Schweinsteiger has been handed his first competitive start for Manchester United in their Premier League meeting with Newcastle.

Schweinsteiger, 31, signed for United from Bayern in the summer for a reported fee of £14 million.

The Germany international has made three appearances from the substitutes' bench so far for Louis van Gaal's side.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 08:01:52 PM
Rooney scores in the 2nd minute but was ruled offside  :phew:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 08:13:22 PM
22' MU 0-0 Newcastle
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 08:30:26 PM
35' MU 0-0 Newcastle

Shot on target 6-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 08:37:26 PM
Half time: MU 0-0 Newcastle
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:10:11 PM
Substitution, Manchester United. Michael Carrick replaces #~ Schweinsteiger.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:17:18 PM
Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Adnan Januzaj.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:19:53 PM
15 minutes to go for 0-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:27:35 PM
Substitution, Newcastle United. Cheick Tioté replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Substitution, Manchester United. Antonio Valencia replaces Matteo Darmian.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:35:11 PM
So disappointed to MU attacking and of course Tim Krul makes a few great saves  :sweat:
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 09:42:30 PM
FT MU 0-0 Newcastle
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 10:31:47 PM
FULL TIME
MU 0-0 Newcastle

18'
Crystal Palace 0-0 Villa
Leicester 0-0 Tottenham
Norwich 0-1 Stoke
Sunderland 0-0 Swansea
Westham 0-1 Bournemouth
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 10:52:18 PM
FULL TIME
MU 0-0 Newcastle

37 minutes
Crystal Palace 0-0 Villa

Leicester 0-0 Tottenham

Norwich 1-1 Stoke
(Norwich City 0, Stoke City 1. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross following a set piece situation.)
(Norwich City 1, Stoke City 1. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.)

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

Westham 0-2 Bournemouth
(West Ham United 0, Bournemouth 1. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Simon Francis.)
(West Ham United 0, Bournemouth 2. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.)
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Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 11:09:49 PM
FULL TIME
MU 0-0 Newcastle

37 minutes
Crystal Palace 0-0 Villa

Leicester 0-0 Tottenham

Norwich 1-1 Stoke
(Norwich City 0, Stoke City 1. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross following a set piece situation.)
(Norwich City 1, Stoke City 1. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.)

Sunderland 0-1 Swansea
(Sunderland 0, Swansea City 1. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.)

Westham 0-2 Bournemouth
(West Ham United 0, Bournemouth 1. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Simon Francis.)
(West Ham United 0, Bournemouth 2. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.)
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 22, 2015, 11:45:10 PM
FULL TIME
MU 0-0 Newcastle
75'
Crystal Palace 0-0 Villa
Leicester 0-0 Tottenham
Norwich 1-1 Stoke
Sunderland 1-1 Swansea
Westham 2-3 Bournemouth
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 12:09:08 AM
FULL TIME
MU 0-0 Newcastle
Crystal Palace 2-1 Villa
Leicester 1-1 Tottenham
Norwich 1-1 Stoke
Sunderland 1-1 Swansea
Westham 3-4 Bournemouth
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Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 07:08:49 AM
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club's supporters should trust him if he decides not to buy any further replacements before the transfer window closes on Sept. 1.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea has been Arsenal's only major signing this summer but Wenger said that although his main Premier League rivals have been busier, he will be happy to get through to January at least without any other recruits.

"Even if I look everywhere and listen to everybody at the end of the day I have to make the decisions," he told reporters on Friday.

"If I just listen to people’s opinion, many players who have signed here starting with Vieira, Anelka and Henry would never have signed.

"It is difficult because there’s more money in football, more clubs with big resources, and less players available. The funds are there more than the players who could strengthen the squad. That is a big problem."

Wenger, by far the longest-serving manager in English football after joining Arsenal in 1996, has previously said the window should close once the league season starts.

"We want to develop players as well rather than over-thinking whether to buy," he said.

"I’m not against buying when it is a plus for your team. If it’s just to buy a player at the level of the players that you have to make people happy, I’m not ready for that."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 07:16:49 AM
New Liverpool recruit Joe Gomez is enjoying life in the first team after the 18-year-old forced his way into the side as a surprise starter in the Merseyside club's opening two Premier League fixtures.

Gomez agreed a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee when he joined Liverpool from Charlton Athletic in June and although he is primarily regarded as a central defender, he has played as a left-back in the 1-0 wins over Stoke City and Bournemouth.

The Englishman admitted he did not expect to make an instant impact at the club, even thinking he could be sent out on loan, but a strong pre-season tour appears to have convinced manager Brendan Rodgers to promote him straight into the first team.

"To be fair, it probably hasn't really sunk in yet. I think it will over time, but at the moment I'm just trying to keep going and keep working," Gomez told the club website (www.liverpoolfc.com).

"It's definitely been far more than I expected, to come in and play the first two games. I knew there was a possibility of me going out on loan, but this was the aim... to try to get into the team.

Gomez, however, is refusing to get too complacent, insisting there is still a long way to go in the season.

"It's early doors and only two games into a long season, so I know there's still a lot of hard work to be done. I have to keep working hard to try to stay in the team," the England under-19 international added.

Liverpool's next fixture is a tough trip to North London on Monday for a high-profile fixture against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, a venue where they lost 4-1 last season.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 12:29:16 PM
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was angry after his side surrendered the lead for the second straight week in a 1-1 Premier League draw at in-form Leicester City on Saturday.

Having been held 2-2 at home by Stoke City last week after leading 2-0, Spurs went ahead at Leicester with midfielder Dele Alli's first goal for the club after his move from MK Dons.

The lead, however, lasted 90 seconds before the impressive Riyad Mahrez equalised with a superb curling effort.

Having lost 1-0 at Manchester United on the opening day of the season, Tottenham have collected just two points from three matches and sit 15th in the table.

"I am angry and disappointed, not frustrated," Pochettino told the BBC. "The mistake (of conceding after scoring) we made today is difficult to explain.

"I am disappointed with the draw. Last game against Stoke we lost a 2-0 lead and we did it again. We deserved more again but it is a shame.

"We need to work hard to be more focused and more aggressive after we score because this is the second game we concede the draw when we deserve more."

Striker Harry Kane cut a forlorn figure for much of the game while Spurs lack of creativity was horribly exposed in the absence of playmaker Christian Eriksen with a knee injury.

Argentina forward Erik Lamela replaced the Dane but he was largely ineffective and Pochettino said before the game that the need to add more support up front for Kane, who netted 31 goals in all competitions last season, was "obvious".

Leicester maintained their Premier League status with a stunning run of form last season and have carried that momentum into the new campaign under new manager Claudio Ranieri.

Led by exciting Algeria winger Mahrez, Leicester top the fledgling table with seven points from three matches.

"I am happy, My players have a fantastic spirit," said Ranieri. "It was an outstanding goal and Riyad Mahrez is a very good player. Skill makes the difference and Mahrez has very, very good skill."

Despite an impressive start, however, the Italian said preserving their top flight status remained paramount.

"It is important to maintain our place in the Premier League. Seven points, 33 less (than the perceived 40 point safety line), that is important for us."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 12:33:36 PM
Promoted Bournemouth announced their arrival in the top flight with a bang after Callum Wilson's hat-trick sealed their first-ever Premier League victory in a 4-3 success at West Ham United on Saturday.

The south coast side, who lost their two opening games 1-0, led 2-0 at halftime thanks to a double from Wilson but West Ham levelled through a Mark Noble penalty and Cheikhou Kouyate goal.

Marc Pugh nudged Bournemouth ahead again before Wilson converted a spot kick, after West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson was dismissed, to complete his treble before Modibo Maiga pulled a goal back in the 82nd to set up a tense finish.

Manchester United's 100 percent start ended when they were held to a goalless draw against a battling Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Tottenham Hotspur ended Leicester City's perfect start under new manager Claudio Ranieri with a 1-1 draw after the impressive Riyad Mahrez cancelled out Dele Alli's first Spurs goal.

Leciester lead the standings with seven points ahead of Manchester United on goal difference with Manchester City, who visit Everton on Sunday, in third on six points.

Champions Chelsea, who have one point from their first two games, travel to West Browmich Albion also on Sunday.

THRILLING ATTACK

Bournemouth had won many plaudits during their opening two defeats and made the perfect start when Wilson volleyed home a superb 11th-minute opener before capitalising on a defensive error to double the lead 17 minutes later.

The hosts, under new manager Slaven Bilic, roared back after the break with quick fire goals from Noble -- who converted a penalty following Josh King's foul -- and Kouyate.

Despite surrendering their commanding lead, Bournemouth remained dangerous every time they pushed forward and regained the advantage when Pugh scored after another impressive attacking move.

Wilson, Bournemouth's top scorer last season, completed his hat-trick with a 79th minute penalty after Jenkinson had been sent off for bringing down Max Gradel.

West Ham's response was emphatic with Maiga surging through the middle to stroke the ball home but Bournemouth held on to send their visiting fans into raptures.

"It was great to get off to a start with three points and I'm delighted for the team," Wilson told Sky Sports.

"The main thing is the points. We've scored a few goals today which gets a bit of confidence in the team.

"It shows people we can score goals in this league and hopefully we can pick up more points along the way."

FRUSTRATING UNITED

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney had made a mediocre start to the season but began brightly against Newcastle although he had a sixth-minute effort chalked off.

United's Juan Mata was twice denied by keeper Tim Krul and Memphis Depay was a constant threat but they nearly conceded against the run of play when Newcastle's close-season signing Aleksandar Mitrovic rattled the bar with a thunderous header.

The hosts handed a first league start to World Cup winner #~ Schweinsteiger and the German was solid yet unspectacular before being substituted in the 59th minute.

The game burst into life with a frantic final 10 minutes as home striker Javier Hernandez was denied by a fine Krul save before Newcastle defender and man-of-the-match Fabricio Coloccini produced a superb block to thwart Antonio Valencia.

Chris Smalling headed against the post for the hosts while Papiss Cisse was just wide after a counter-attack by Newcastle, who now have two points from three matches.

"It was a very important result for us," said Coloccini as Newcastle ended a run of seven successive away league defeats. "We worked really hard.

Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako snatched a late winner as they beat Aston Villa 2-1, while Stoke City, who handed record signing Swiss Xherdan Shaqiri his league debut, drew 1-1 at Norwich City with Russell Martin equalising for the home side after Mame Biram Diouf headed the visitors in front.

Jermaine Defoe secured Sunderland's first point of the season with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea City after Bafetimbi Gomis netted his third league goal in as many matches this season on the stroke of halftime.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 12:57:25 PM
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Friday played down the club's interest in signing Pedro from Barcelona after the Spanish international decided to join Premier League champions Chelsea instead.

He also defended executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who was widely reported to have flown to Barcelona to tie up the deal and said goalkeeper David De Gea would be staying.

Van Gaal stressed that United were still an attractive option for any player they wanted to bring to the club.

"I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club is not selling. It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea."

He blamed the media for exaggerating his interest in Pedro.

"When you ask me if Pedro is fitting in the profile, I cannot lie, then I said yes, but I don't say I am interested in the player, that's the difference," the Dutchman told a news conference.

"I think if we want Pedro it was not any problem because there was a (release) clause in his contract. It was the easiest transfer," he added.

"What is written in the newspapers is not true, you cannot know it. Only the players know it and the clubs know it.

"I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward from me. Never. Never. Every day I'm updated by him and I trust him."

The Dutchman would not comment on speculation linking United with Southampton's Senegal forward Sadio Mane, saying that with a squad of 28 players he was not under any pressure to make new signings.

Memphis Depay, recruited before the start of the season, was impressive as United beat Bruges 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying round match on Tuesday, giving them a third win out of three.

They host Newcastle United on Saturday, when Van Gaal said De Gea would again not feature.

He has not played this season after the manager said the stopper was not focused because of transfer speculation linking him to Real Madrid in his native Spain.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 05:08:46 PM
BPL matches tonight

20:30
West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea
23:00
Everton vs Manchester City
23:00
Watford vs Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 06:08:31 PM
WBA vs Chelsea

West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes any talk of a Chelsea crisis is a joke and fears a Jose Mourinho backlash.

Pulis is wary of facing the reigning Barclays Premier League champions despite their slow start to the season.

Chelsea travel to The Hawthorns on Sunday looking for their first win of the campaign after being humbled 3-0 at title rivals Manchester City last week.

The Baggies beat Chelsea 3-0 at home at the end of last season but, even after their stuttering opening, Pulis dismissed suggestions the champions are in trouble.

"There's a crisis at every Premier League team," he said. "It is a joke what you just said. A crisis after two games? This isn't a comedy show.

"They could have Pedro, (Diego) Costa and (Eden) Hazard playing, that's not bad is it?

"They're the champions and they deserved to win it. They were so far ahead of everyone.

"We know it's going to be tough. To have Man City and Chelsea as our first two home games is very difficult, plus we have the window to deal with."

Pulis, whose move for Tottenham's Federico Fazio is on hold after talks broke down over personal terms on Friday, could hand record signing Salomon Rondon his home debut.

Pedro could also make his Chelsea bow after joining from Barcelona this week while Mourinho must make a call over whether to start John Terry.

The skipper was substituted at half-time in last week's defeat at Manchester City but Pulis insisted Mourinho must be respected and knows Chelsea are hurting.

"There's no bigger manager in the world than Jose. I find him a different person away from the cameras, I like him. I admire what he's achieved, it's remarkable," he said.

"He deserves respect, there are always little chinks but whenever I've dealt with him he's been first-class.

"There's never a good time to play Chelsea. When we beat them last season they had a player sent off, people forget that.

"That was a good time to play them, before the game I wasn't so sure. We'll be facing a wounded animal."

Mourinho is keeping his cool despite Chelsea's worst start to a Premier League season in 17 years.

"Do we have to improve? Obviously. Always," Mourinho said.

"We are calm, not happy, but calm. We need that. We need to be unhappy because that feeling makes you work better, better than ever when the results are not good and to be calm is very, very important too."

Chelsea signed left-back Baba Rahman and forward Pedro this week, the latter after the Blues moved swiftly to swoop ahead of Manchester United.

Mourinho has previously spoken of working with a squad of 22 senior players - two in every position - and Pedro's arrival inflated the first-team group to 23 men.

But the Portuguese insisted that does not necessarily mean any players will be leaving prior to the September 1 closure of the transfer window.

"It's not a compulsory thing. I can perfectly have one more player than is normal for us," Mourinho said.

"One more option for me is not a problem. You have injuries, you have suspensions, different competitions to play.

"Hopefully we can progress in the domestic cups too and there are lots of matches to play.

"If you have one more winger in the group, it can be a problem for the wingers not getting the playing time they want, but for me it's not a problem."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 06:21:16 PM
Everton vs Manchester City

Romelu Lukaku has urged team-mate John Stones to stay with him in what is a "good situation" at Everton rather than join the striker's former club Chelsea.

Lukaku, 22, left Stamford Bridge permanently last summer after finding regular football hard to come by.

The Belgium international, who had loan spells from Chelsea with the Toffees and West Brom before that, feels 21-year-old England defender Stones is at the right club to nurture his development.

''To be fair John is in a good situation at a good club which believes in him,'' Lukaku told several national newspapers.

''He is playing and is learning a lot from (defender) Phil Jagielka. He's been here two years now but this is the year where he really needs to confirm he is the top player he can be.

''This club has massive potential, with the players we have and the ambition the manager has. He is in a good place. He's on to a good thing.''

Stones has been the subject of interest from Chelsea throughout the summer, with Everton rejecting big-money bids and repeatedly saying the player is not for sale.

Despite the saga, Stones has played both games of the Toffees' 2015/16 Barclays Premier League campaign so far, impressing as they drew 2-2 at home with Watford before stunning Southampton 3-0 at St Mary's last week.

It was reported on Friday that Stones is close to putting in a transfer request, but Everton manager Roberto Martinez said he was not aware of that and that it would not change the club's stance if he did.

Lukaku feels Everton have collected a strong core of young talent that can only get better if they stick together.

''We are young, but we have a lot of potential,'' Lukaku - scorer of a brace against Southampton - added.

''We had a great first year when I came here. Last year we had a very hard year, a very, very tough year (when Everton finished 11th in the Premier League, 12 months on from coming fifth).

''But we'll learn from it. He's (Stones) in a good situation. He needs to keep on doing what he's doing. He has the Euros (Euro 2016) coming up, so why go?''

Lukaku was speaking ahead of Everton's home league clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini is interested in points, not records, as he bids to maintain his side's superb start to the season.

City can equal a 103-year-old club record of nine successive top-flight wins if they beat Everton.

Pellegrini's men won their final six Barclays Premier League games last season to put some gloss on a generally frustrating campaign.

They have carried the momentum into the new term with back-to-back 3-0 demolitions of West Brom and champions Chelsea.

Pellegrini did oversee eight successive league wins during the 2013-14 title-winning season but not since 1912, also across two seasons, have City bettered such a sequence.

Equalling it would be a notable achievement - and City could then set a new record against Watford the following week - but Pellegrini is focused only on the bigger picture.

The 61-year-old said: "It matters to have three more points in the table and it is very important to continue in the same way we played the first two games, because we must be a consistent team during the whole season.

"But if that is a new record, that is a thing for me that is not important."

Pellegrini acknowledges the task ahead of his side could also be a tricky one. Everton have also made an unbeaten start and were impressive as they beat Southampton 3-0 last weekend with two goals from Lukaku.

Pellegrini added: "It is a difficult challenge. They are always a difficult team, they play very good football.

"In the first game maybe they didn't play very well against Watford but they scored two goals. In the second game they played very well and scored three goals.

"They have Lukaku in a good moment and they have players coming back from a lot of injuries. We must concentrate very much and play with a lot of intensity if we want to win there."

City are unlikely to give a full debut to their new B£32million signing Nicolas Otamendi this weekend with Pellegrini set to keep faith with captain Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala in central defence.

But midfielder Fabian Delph, controversially signed from Aston Villa for B£8million in the summer, is in contention to play having overcome his pre-season * injury.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 06:29:57 PM
Watford vs Southampton

Watford forward Steven Berghuis has revealed Robin van Persie inspired him to join the Barclays Premier League.

Berghuis became one of many summer recruits to the club's ever-growing multi-national squad when he arrived from AZ Alkmaar for B£4.6million in July.

Van Persie, the sole survivor of an influential generation of Dutch Premier League footballers that included Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Dirk Kuyt, left Manchester United for Fenerbahce only days earlier but his influence on the 23-year-old winger remains.

"Of course (I'd like to emulate them)," said Berghuis. "I followed Van Persie the most in my youth, Bergkamp a little bit and Van Nistelrooy. I think Van Persie is my favourite of the three.

"He is left-footed, creative and always tries to show nice things, he's nice to watch.

"I like to play with my left (foot) from the right, and try to create chances. Always playing forward.

"I like to play from the right. At AZ (Alkmaar) when I was playing good it was always from there."

Nathan Ake, who has joined Watford on loan from Chelsea, is another Dutchman in the Hornets' squad.

While at present there are concerns about the limited opportunities available to young Premier League footballers, Berghuis felt he had to seize the opportunity to move to England while the option remained because of a belief that Dutch football is in decline.

"I spoke with (QPR's) Leroy Fer (about the Premier League)," he said. "I spoke with (Middlesbrough's) Dwight Tiendalli also. They all told me I have to (join the Premier League) because it is an amazing competition. And also with my age I think I had to do it.

"In Holland the level is going down and the clubs in other countries don't look a lot at Holland anymore because the level is going down, I think.

"I had an injury last year where I broke my foot, you never know if that can happen again. So I had to take this chance and it is a beautiful club."

Southampton have started their Premier League campaign slowly but manager Ronald Koeman is refusing to blame it on their European involvement.

Having taken one point from their opening two league games, Saints travel to face Watford on Sunday looking for their first victory of the domestic campaign.

Koeman's side were also held to a 1-1 draw in the opening leg of their Europa League play-off against Danish champions FC Midtjylland on Thursday night but, at such an early stage of the season, Koeman feels the extra fixtures are not a burden on his players.

"I hope it will be a problem later on in the season but there's no tiredness at the moment, because we're starting the season," he said.

"We don't have long to prepare for the next game but at the start of the season that's not a problem. Maybe it's good to play so many games because we need to develop and improve and cut out mistakes. The second half (against Midtjylland) was good but we are learning."

Southampton kicked off their Premier League season with a draw at Newcastle before being outplayed in a 3-0 loss to Everton at St Mary's last week.

A fixture against newly-promoted Watford may look like a good chance to pick up a maiden league win of the season but, having drawn with both the Toffees and West Brom, Quique Flores' side have suggested they can quickly adapt to life in the top-flight.

"It's always nice to play a promoted team and they have had two good results, the start of the season is very positive for them," Koeman added.

"It takes time to integrate into the Premier League, that was the case for me last year, finding how difficult and tough it is, but the manager has always had good organisation in his teams so it will be a tough one."

Jay Rodriguez will be hoping to score his first league goal in 17 months after grabbing the equaliser against Midtjylland, while both Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama - reported transfer targets for Manchester United and Tottenham respectively - are likely to keep their places in Koeman's side as Saints insist neither will be sold.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 08:57:30 PM
10' WBA 0-0 CHELSEA
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 09:00:30 PM

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Chelsea 1. Pedro (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 09:08:04 PM

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Chelsea 2. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 09:15:54 PM
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Chelsea 2. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 09:26:37 PM
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Chelsea 3. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diego Costa.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 09:35:59 PM

First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Chelsea 3.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 09:56:02 PM

John Terry (Chelsea) is shown Red Card
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 10:00:12 PM
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Chelsea 3. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 10:40:36 PM
FT WBA 2-3 CHELSEA
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 23, 2015, 11:20:33 PM
15 mins
Watford 0-0 Southampton
Everton 0-0 Manchester City
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 12:16:06 AM

50 mins
Watford 0-0 Southampton
Everton 0-0 Manchester City
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 12:40:59 AM
Goal! Everton 0, Manchester City 1. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 01:04:34 AM
Goal! Everton 0, Manchester City 2. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a through ball.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 01:16:09 AM
FT
Watford 0-0 Southampton
Everton 0-2 Manchester City
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on August 24, 2015, 02:32:21 AM
I don't care if Arsenal does not win anymore.

Really.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 02:35:46 AM
I don't care if Arsenal does not win anymore.

Really.
This week they are against in form Liverpool  :shake:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on August 24, 2015, 02:38:36 AM
This week they are against in form Liverpool  :shake:

whatever  :speechless:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 08:40:44 AM
Manchester City's impressive 2-0 victory at Everton on Sunday equalled a club record of nine successive Premier League wins but more importantly sent an ominous warning to their rivals.

City have yet to drop a point since a humbling 4-2 defeat away to bitter local rivals United in early April.

Given last season's underwhelming campaign, which ended with an eight-point deficit to champions Chelsea, few had talked about City as title favourites in the build-up this time.

Three successive wins, however, including a 3-0 victory at home to Chelsea, has catapulted City to the top of the fledgling table and sent an ominous warning that they mean business.

"Before the game someone told me that if we win today it is a new record after so many years," manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose side have scored eight goals and conceded none, told Sky Sports.

"That is secondary but they are always important. But it is more important to be top of the table and the most important thing is to see the team playing the way we are doing.

"I am pleased because it was a very professional performance against a very difficult team here at Goodison Park.

"In the first half and the second half we were very consistent and we had more chances to score goals than Everton.

"We scored two goals and again we kept a clean sheet so I think we are working very well as a team in attack and defence."

Crucial to their impressive start, which has put them two points clear on nine, is the form of their leading quartet Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Kompany, who has guided City to three clean sheets and scored twice, and Yaya Toure appear back to their dominant best following a disappointing season last year.

Silva and Aguero have also been in mesmerising form, carving open opposition defences and creating chances at will.

Close-season signing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool has already formed a strong partnership with fullback Aleksandar Kolarov, scorer of the opening goal on Sunday, and the pair have been central to much of City's best play this year.

"We have a good squad," Pellegrini added after substitute Samir Nasri had scored a late second goal. "We have all the players involved in our target which is to play in the way we are doing so far.

"Now after Watford (at home on Saturday) we are going to start playing eight games every month so it is important to have the whole squad involved in our targets this year.

"It is very important to understand we are just starting the season and it is just three games."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 08:51:22 AM
Chelsea's new signing Pedro scored on his debut as the 10-man champions got their Premier League campaign off the ground with an entertaining 3-2 win away to West Bromwich Albion while Manchester City won 2-0 at Everton on Sunday.

Chelsea had taken one point from their opening two matches but Spain forward Pedro, signed this week from Barcelona, opened the scoring and created a goal for Diego Costa before Cesar Azpilicueta added a third.

James Morrison atoned for an earlier penalty miss to score twice as West Brom looked to capitalise on the 54th minute dismissal of John Terry -- who was substituted for the first time ever under Jose Mourinho in last week's loss at Manchester City -- but Chelsea held on for their first win of the season.

City maintained their perfect start to the campaign against previously unbeaten Everton at Goodison Park to move top of the table on nine points ahead of Leicester City and Manchester United who have seven after three games.

City defender Aleksandar Kolarov opened the scoring on the hour before substitute Samir Nasri collected a deft pass from Yaya Toure to clip a sublime finish past goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 88th.

Southampton, yet to win this season, were held to a goalless draw at promoted Watford, who have now drawn all three matches since returning to the top flight this season.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 07:02:30 PM
Monday night blockbuster

Arsenal vs Liverpool  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 24, 2015, 08:01:25 PM
Arsenal vs Liverpool

Mesut Ozil has called on Arsenal to underline their Barclays Premier League title credentials with victory over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

The Gunners recovered from their opening-day home defeat by West Ham to record a battling 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Liverpool, though, head to north London on the back of successive victories from their first two matches.

The Reds were defeated 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium in April, with Arsenal going on to claim third place before lifting the FA Cup again at Wembley.

Ozil, who netted a fine 25-yard free-kick in that encounter, believes Monday night provides another opportunity for the Gunners to show just what they are capable of.

"I remember that we delivered a really convincing display. In the first half we decided the game because we had a high level of concentration and wanted to utilise our potential. We want to do that again this time," Ozil told Arsenal Player.

"We are at home and we know exactly how we can beat Liverpool; that is what we want to do on Monday.

"We were highly concentrated. The manager gave us tasks on the pitch and we executed them perfectly. That's what we will have to do on Monday again.

"We have to believe in ourselves as we have the potential to beat every team and we will show that on Monday."

Ozil delivered a virtuoso display at Selhurst Park last Sunday, completing a 98 per cent pass accuracy which included setting up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal.

It has been a solid transition for the German playmaker, who became the club-record signing when he joined from Real Madrid in September 2013.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed by the progression of the World Cup winner.

"Mesut is now completely committed to the club. Maybe in the first year he didn't know a lot about it. He came from Real Madrid and he didn't know how long and whether it would work for him, whether he would enjoy it or not," Wenger said.

"I believe now he is completely on board, committed and focused on the results of the club."

Arsenal have no fresh injury worries, although they remain without Jack Wilshere (leg), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (both knee).

Liverpool can land a psychological blow with victory at the Emirates, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds travel to the capital for an early meeting with another side who have top-four aspirations this season aiming to continue their bright start after back-to-back 1-0 victories over Stoke and Bournemouth.

Rodgers admits the result is unlikely to have too much impact on the final standings at this stage, yet appreciates an away win over Wenger's men can greatly enhance the confidence among his group.

"You're playing one of the rivals that you're hoping to be competing with at the top end of the table; these games are important," Rodgers acknowledged.

"They don't give the full picture in terms of how it will finish up - you can draw or lose these games and still go on and achieve what you want to achieve. Of course it's for the confidence and psychologically they are important.

"No matter when these games come in the season they are always good for the psychological effect.

"We've got a tough game away from home but we'll arrive into the game with confidence. We know they're an outstanding group of players and some quality individual players but there's a real focus in this group for this season, a real toughness, mentally.

"We know that we've got that ability to scrap and fight to get a result as well as play good football. If we can go there and perform like we think we can and keep to our game-plan we're confident we can get a result."

Liverpool will assess the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson after he was withdrawn early in the second half of the Bournemouth game with a foot injury.

The return of midfielder Joe Allen (*) remains uncertain while striker Daniel Sturridge continues to recover from hip surgery and defender Jon Flanagan (knee) is out until December
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on August 24, 2015, 08:02:49 PM
Monday night blockbuster

Arsenal vs Liverpool  :thumbsup:

whatever  :speechless:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 25, 2015, 08:25:27 AM
Arsenal vs Liverpool

Mesut Ozil has called on Arsenal to underline their Barclays Premier League title credentials with victory over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

The Gunners recovered from their opening-day home defeat by West Ham to record a battling 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Liverpool, though, head to north London on the back of successive victories from their first two matches.

The Reds were defeated 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium in April, with Arsenal going on to claim third place before lifting the FA Cup again at Wembley.

Ozil, who netted a fine 25-yard free-kick in that encounter, believes Monday night provides another opportunity for the Gunners to show just what they are capable of.

"I remember that we delivered a really convincing display. In the first half we decided the game because we had a high level of concentration and wanted to utilise our potential. We want to do that again this time," Ozil told Arsenal Player.

"We are at home and we know exactly how we can beat Liverpool; that is what we want to do on Monday.

"We were highly concentrated. The manager gave us tasks on the pitch and we executed them perfectly. That's what we will have to do on Monday again.

"We have to believe in ourselves as we have the potential to beat every team and we will show that on Monday."

Ozil delivered a virtuoso display at Selhurst Park last Sunday, completing a 98 per cent pass accuracy which included setting up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal.

It has been a solid transition for the German playmaker, who became the club-record signing when he joined from Real Madrid in September 2013.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed by the progression of the World Cup winner.

"Mesut is now completely committed to the club. Maybe in the first year he didn't know a lot about it. He came from Real Madrid and he didn't know how long and whether it would work for him, whether he would enjoy it or not," Wenger said.

"I believe now he is completely on board, committed and focused on the results of the club."

Arsenal have no fresh injury worries, although they remain without Jack Wilshere (leg), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (both knee).

Liverpool can land a psychological blow with victory at the Emirates, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds travel to the capital for an early meeting with another side who have top-four aspirations this season aiming to continue their bright start after back-to-back 1-0 victories over Stoke and Bournemouth.

Rodgers admits the result is unlikely to have too much impact on the final standings at this stage, yet appreciates an away win over Wenger's men can greatly enhance the confidence among his group.

"You're playing one of the rivals that you're hoping to be competing with at the top end of the table; these games are important," Rodgers acknowledged.

"They don't give the full picture in terms of how it will finish up - you can draw or lose these games and still go on and achieve what you want to achieve. Of course it's for the confidence and psychologically they are important.

"No matter when these games come in the season they are always good for the psychological effect.

"We've got a tough game away from home but we'll arrive into the game with confidence. We know they're an outstanding group of players and some quality individual players but there's a real focus in this group for this season, a real toughness, mentally.

"We know that we've got that ability to scrap and fight to get a result as well as play good football. If we can go there and perform like we think we can and keep to our game-plan we're confident we can get a result."

Liverpool will assess the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson after he was withdrawn early in the second half of the Bournemouth game with a foot injury.

The return of midfielder Joe Allen (*) remains uncertain while striker Daniel Sturridge continues to recover from hip surgery and defender Jon Flanagan (knee) is out until December
Goalless draw  :shake:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 25, 2015, 09:41:54 PM
Liverpool's 100 percent start to the season ended with a hard-fought goalless draw against top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Petr Cech -- at fault for West Ham United's goals in a 2-0 opening-weekend defeat -- in the first half after he produced a string of stunning saves to keep an impressive Liverpool at bay.

Arsenal improved and enjoyed the better of proceedings in the second half but were unable to breech a stingy Liverpool defence which has yet to concede in three matches this season.

Liverpool sit third with seven points -- two behind early pace-setters Manchester City -- while Arsenal, touted as serious title contenders before the season, have had an indifferent start and are ninth with four points.

"When you start your first game with a new club and everything goes wrong for you individually you need to go back to work and bounce back and this is what I tried to do," Cech told Sky Sports.

"I was in the right place at the right time and I helped the team overcome difficult moments in the first half. It's hard to believe after all the chances it finished 0-0"

Having been humbled 4-1 on their last visit to the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool made an early statement on a wet night in north London with Philippe Coutinho rattling the crossbar in the third minute.

That early scare brought Arsenal to life and only the narrowest of offside decisions denied Aaron Ramsey an opening goal five minuets later.

Arsenal were without experienced defenders Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and their replacements Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers looked nervous against the physical Christian Benteke and skilful Coutinho.

Arsenal commanded the majority of possession but it was Liverpool who carried the greatest threat against the hosts' disjointed defence.

Cech was called into action to deny first Benteke, with a stunning reaction save, and Roberto Firmino in quick succession.

Cech had to be at his brilliant best again to tip Coutinho's goal-bound shot onto the woodwork as Arsenal desperately held on before halftime.

The Gunners came out with far more conviction after the break and Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud combined to create a the space for Alexis Sanchez to fire against the post.

Liverpool were proving a tough nut to crack with Giroud, Ramsey and substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all denied by Simon Mignolet as the visitor's defence stood firm.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 26, 2015, 07:08:29 PM
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hinted he could play Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who scored seven goals last season, higher up the field this campaign.

The former Barcelona manager hopes Fellaini will help solve United's strike problems, with the club managing two goals in their first three Premier League games.

"He can play in a nine position and a 10," Van Gaal, who lead Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil, said.

"He can also play at six and eight, but this year he shall play more at nine and 10 because there we have other players," he added.

Fellaini is confident he can handle the job.

"In the past I have played number 10 and number nine sometimes so I can play there and help my team-mates and my team," the 27-year-old was quoted as saying by the British media.

"It is different to play midfield and striker but I enjoy all the positions I can play," the former Everton midfielder added.

Van Gaal termed the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Club Bruges later on Wednesday as the most important game of his United career.

The Red Devils travel to the Jan Breydel Stadium with a 3-1 lead from the first leg at Old Trafford courtesy of a brace of goals from Memphis Depay and Fellaini's late header.

"Yes, because it was our aim for the last year to participate in the Champions League and still we are not participating," he told the club website (www.manutd.com) when asked if this is the most important game of his United career.

"It is a preliminary round so it's very important. You have to play the game," added the 64-year-old Dutchman.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 27, 2015, 06:43:14 AM
Norwich City manager Alex Neil will only sell Lewis Grabban to Bournemouth if they meet the club's valuation, after the unsettled striker missed Tuesday's League Cup win at Rotherham United, according to local media reports.

But Norwich's latest attempt to secure a new forward themselves failed when Wolverhampton Wanderers announced they had turned down a third bid from the Canaries for England Under-21 international Benik Afobe.

Grabban was not at the New York Stadium for the 2-1 second-round win and although Neil refused to say if the 27-year-old had been given permission to skip the game, he confirmed that Norwich had turned down a third bid for the player.

"We have rejected three bids from Bournemouth so far and the bids that we have are nowhere near the valuation of the player," Neil was quoted as saying by the Eastern Daily Press.

"Until they get to an acceptable level, Lewis Grabban will remain a Norwich City player. That is where we stand," the manager added.

"I don't have any issue with any players. He might have an issue but I will quickly fix it.

"Regardless of what happens or what rumours are flying about or what others might say or do, that will have absolutely no bearing on what happens with Lewis Grabban or any player at this club," Neil said.

"As far as I am concerned, the bottom line is he is a Norwich player.

"Every player has got their price but it has to be our valuation, not what they think," added the 34-year-old, whose side will face West Bromwich Albion at home in the third round.

The manager also said he did not have to sell players to bring in fresh faces and predicted a frantic end to the transfer window on Sept. 1

"I don't need to get anybody out to bring someone in. We have funds available and I aim to put them to good use," he said.

"The one thing you can guarantee is we will do things in Norwich City's best interests. We are doing some work behind the scenes and we still have a week to go and it is going to be a hectic week."

But Championship (second tier) club Wolves said on Wednesday they had rejected a bid, put at 10 million pounds ($15.57 million) by British media for Afobe, a former Arsenal junior who scored 13 goals in 21 games last season.

"Wolves can confirm that a third bid from Norwich City for Benik Afobe has been immediately rejected," said a statement on the club's website.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 28, 2015, 06:05:53 AM
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says new signing Pedro will help Eden Hazard, last season's Premier League player of the year, to become even better.

Pedro, who joined from Barcelona, made an encouraging start to life at the West London club by scoring and assisting in their 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

"Pedro's arrival is good for Eden. Whenever Eden got the ball before, you knew that two or three players would go with him," Courtois, who was sent off in the champions' opening game of the season against Swansea City, was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.

"Of course, we have other players with quality but opponents would cover Eden most of all.

"Now we have Pedro, the defenders can't just stay with Eden because they will know the other side is free for him to exploit," the 23-year-old Belgian added.

Courtois said Chelsea have already shown the character of champions this season despite managing only one win in three outings.

"On two occasions we went down to 10 men and showed really good strength, character and fight to get the points we have done so far," the Belgian international said.

"For most of the second half against West Brom we were a man down (John Terry was sent off for pulling back Salomon Rondon) and were put under a lot of pressure, but we could withstand it," he added.

Chelsea have already shipped seven goals in their first three games, having conceded only 32 goals in the whole of last season in the Premier League.

Courtois said he is confident the Blues will eventually find the right balance between defence and attack.

"Of course, the start is not what we wanted but there is still a long way to go. People are talking about the defence but last season we started off conceding a lot of goals, too," Courtois said.

"Maybe we still need to find the right balance between attacking and defending. We are playing with a really high line, so there is more danger of being hit on a counter attack," he added.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:12:22 AM
Sunderland have signed Sweden international Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan from French Ligue 1 side Rennes, according to a statement on the Premier League club's website.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder joined Rennes in January 2014 and has scored 14 goals in 46 league appearances for the club. He also has more than 40 caps for Sweden.

"I worked with Ola at PSV (Eindhoven) so I know him well," Sunderland manager **** Advocaat told the club's website (www.safc.com).

"He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air -- he will bring something different to the team."

Toivonen was at Dutch champions PSV from 2009-14, winning the KNVB Cup and Dutch Super Cup with the club.

The player could make his debut this weekend when the Black Cats travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, Sunderland said.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:14:02 AM
Daniel Sturridge has returned to Liverpool training for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in May but the striker will not be rushed back into action.

The 25-year-old scored five goals in 18 appearances for the Merseyside club in an injury-hit campaign last season with his last appearance coming in a 1-0 FA Cup win at Blackburn Rovers in April.

Sturridge went under the knife in New York to fix an issue believed to be behind the various muscle problems he suffered but looked to be moving well when he was put through his paces in a solo training session at Melwood on Thursday.

"There's no timeline on Daniel. He has come back and it's just about him working hard now to get somewhere near the level of the group. There's no time on it," manager Brendan Rodgers told the club's website (www.liverpoolfc.com).

"He came back and looks well -- he's really excited and happy to be back among his team mates.

"We'll just have to take that week on week, rather than put any sort of pressure on a time for him," the 42-year-old added.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lazar Markovic appears set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce on a season-long loan, according to British media reports, with the clubs said to have agreed terms for the 21-year-old.

The Serbia international joined Liverpool from Benfica for a reported 20 million pounds ($31 million) last season but made just 11 league starts as he struggled to cope with the physical nature of the Premier League.

He has not featured in the squad in Liverpool's three matches this season.

Markovic will become the second player to leave Anfield on loan this week should the deal go through, following Italian striker Mario Balotelli's departure for AC Milan on Thursday.

Unlike Balotelli, however, Markovic could still feature in Rodgers' long-term plans as the loan agreement does not contain a clause to make the move a permanent one, the reports added.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:28:35 AM
Manager Steve McClaren wants Newcastle United to be "better on the ball" when they host title hopefuls Arsenal at St James' Park on Saturday.

After picking up one point from his first two games in charge, the former England boss was delighted to come away from Manchester United with a 0-0 stalemate last week.

"To beat any of the top four teams you need to defend well, be compact and heroic," McClaren told a news conference on Friday.

"We need to repeat that and be better on the ball especially at home where we need to keep the ball better than we did last week. With a sell-out crowd behind us we can hopefully make it very difficult for Arsenal."

McClaren, who joined from Derby County in June, is hoping for a quiet end to the transfer window next week.

"We've not got anything up our sleeve and we have no intention of losing anyone," he said.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:30:44 AM
Sunderland manager Dic.k Advocaat has criticised his predecessors for wasting money on "lower than average" players, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo.

The Black Cats have spent around 22.5 million pounds in the current transfer window to bring in Sebastian Coates, Adam Matthews, Ricky Alvarez, Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul.

They also sold striker Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace for a reported nine million pounds, and Advocaat, whose club sit second from bottom in the table with one point from three games, said he needed to trim the squad further.

"We had a big past here and I know a little bit about the salary of players -- average players, lower than average players and that's crazy," the paper quoted the manager as saying.

"People who bought those kind of players for those transfer fees and gave them those salaries didn't care about the club," he added.

"And then I can understand our owner (Ellis Short) when he thinks 'I spent a fortune' and now where are they playing or not playing?" said the Dutchman, who became Sunderland's third manager in two years when he replaced Gus Poyet on March 17.

Uruguayan Poyet joined the club after Italian Paolo Di Canio's ill-fated reign that lasted just six months in 2013 but left when the Black Cats became embroiled in yet another relegation battle towards the end of last season.

"Supporters have to understand that before you can have a new start, you have to get rid," Advocaat said.

Sunderland, who travel to Aston Villa on Saturday, are still paying instalments on transfer fees for players who have either left the club or are still on the books but not part of the manager's plans, the Echo reported.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:35:36 AM
Everton defender John Stones, who has been the subject of intense speculation of a summer move to champions Chelsea, is ready to play in Saturday's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur, manager Roberto Martinez said on Friday.

Stones had a transfer request rejected by the club on Thursday with Everton insisting the 21-year-old is not for sale.

"The chairman was really strong yesterday (Thursday). John knows where he is. We have the perfect environment and the perfect place for John," Martinez told reporters.

"Forget about the speculation, forget about the transfer. Nothing is going to happen, so everyone can relax.

"It's been an emotional time for everyone but John is one of our most loved assets and he'll be ready (to start against Tottenham)."

Martinez urged authorities to close the transfer window before the start of the season and said the focus was more on transfers than on the competition.

"It's important there's a period to strengthen teams but it is not right that you're trying to get to Wembley or win silverware and the talk is who you're going to bring in," the 42-year-old Spaniard said. "It is not healthy for anyone."

Argentina international defender Ramiro Funes Mori, 24, and Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez were guests of Everton at last Saturday's game against Manchester City and have since been at the Finch Farm training ground.

"We're really, really excited. Ramiro was in the building yesterday. We hope to complete the deal sometime today," former Wigan Athletic manager Martinez said.

"International clearance could take a few days. Our relationship now with River Plate is very good and we're confident Ramiro could become an Everton player very soon.

"Leandro will be announced today. He is a young man who can make a goal out of nothing. He has an impressive record."

Spurs did the double over the Toffees last season, but Martinez is confident his side can get a positive result at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

"The scoreline was against us (last season), but the performance was very much a positive one," said Martinez, who won the FA Cup with Wigan.

"When you go away from home you have to be very complete. It's a real challenge to be as good as you can."

Martinez also confirmed defender Brendan Galloway, who picked up a knee injury during Sunday's 2-0 loss to City, was doubtful for the Spurs match.

"Galloway will be the only one a doubt to be included in the squad," Martinez said.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:41:44 AM
Newcastle vs Arsenal

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is hoping to hang on to all his best players as the transfer window draws to a close.

Speculation has been rife all summer that one of the Magpies' bigger names - the likes of Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko or Papiss Cisse - could leave St James' Park if a sizeable offer was received with Andy Carroll, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy having done just that in the recent past.

But Newcastle, who have spent in excess of B£50million this summer, seem intent on hanging on to all the men they want with only fringe players up for grabs after owner Mike Ashley's vow to build a side capable of winning a trophy.

Asked ahead of Saturday's early kick-off against Arsenal at St James' Park if he expected any more departures McClaren said: "I hope not - we have no intention of.

"There's a great determination from the club, to reiterate from two weeks ago, that we don't need to sell, we don't have to sell, we don't want to sell.

"We don't want to loose any of our best players.

"We want to bring players in - we have done that with [Florian] Thauvin. At this present moment, we are happy."

McClaren admitted last week that he was not expecting further additions to a squad which has been boosted by the arrivals of Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Toney, and recent signs have been promising.

Newcastle emerged from last Saturday's trip to Manchester United with a hard-earned point, while Thauvin scored and provided three assists on his full debut in a 4-1 Capital One Cup second round victory over Northampton to raise spirits ahead of Saturday's home tester against Arsenal.

They will be further strengthened from the game at Old Trafford by full-back Daryl Janmaat's return from suspension, and Sissoko's potential availability after his quicker-than-expected recovery from a groin problem.

McClaren said: "We thought he [Sissoko] would have no chance, to be honest. He has healed well. Is he ready? We'll decide that tomorrow.

"He has trained a couple of days with the team. We will just have to weigh up the fitness side of it - 95 minutes, going away on international duty? We'll decide that tomorrow."

Arsenal head north in the midst of an indifferent start to their season.

Optimism had been high heading into the new Premier League campaign, but a victory at Crystal Palace has been sandwiched with a defeat against West Ham on the opening day and their draw with Liverpool on Monday night.

''We have not had the ideal start and we are conscious of that but we want to play 60 games in the season,'' Wenger added.

''We have played three games now and we have lost one that we should not have lost, but we have to be conscious that the season is not decided yet.

''Maybe we are not firing on all cylinders at the moment. Not everybody is ready physically. Certainly at the moment we want it so much at home that we're trying to force it a little bit.''

Wenger could be without his first-choice central defensive partnership on Saturday with Laurent Koscielny (back) and Per Mertesacker (chest infection) both doubts for the St James' Park trip.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:43:28 AM
Bournemouth vs Leicester

Eddie Howe says Bournemouth's home form is the key to their Premier League survival bid this season.

The Cherries welcome high-flying Leicester to Dean Court on Saturday after back-to-back victories.

Bournemouth secured their first Premier League win with a 4-3 triumph at West Ham last weekend before progressing to the third round of the Capital One Cup after hammering League Two Hartlepool on Tuesday night.

"Our home form is going to be very important this season and I think every manager would say that," said Howe.

"At the heart of a successful season is always good form at home in front of your own supporters.

"We want to win in front of them, we want to play well in front of them, and we want to entertain them. I think that's part of our responsibility.

"We will certainly try to do that. Not just in this game, but every game. Hopefully that will set a good platform for the season."

Howe's side will face a Leicester team brimming in confidence after taking seven points from their opening three matches.

But the Bournemouth manager is not surprised by their start to the campaign following the summer arrival of Claudio Ranieri.

"We respect Leicester, and they've had a flying start," Howe added.

"That's no surprise really because they've got a good manager and a good bunch of players. They are very well organised and, looking at their opening games, they'll be a tough nut to crack.

"Claudio Ranieri was a great appointment for them. You only have to look at the teams he has managed to realise he knows what he is doing.

"They have some very good front players, but they are also very difficult to break down.

"They've been pretty consistent in their selection since their Championship days, so they have players that know the club and have done well for them."

Leicester boss Ranieri is set to recall in-form winger Riyad Mahrez after resting him in mid-week.

The Italian changed the whole team for their 4-1 League Cup win at Bury but Gokhan Inler, who played, is expected to make his full Premier League debut.

The Foxes currently sit second in the table following their unbeaten start but Ranieri has warned against getting carried away.

He said: "Now we must stay calm, continue to fight. Our goal is to reach 40 points as soon as possible.

"Everyone now is smiling but it's my job to remind everyone there are smiles and bad moments. Remember the bad moments now so you have the right balance. When we lose we remember the good moments."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:48:04 AM
Aston Villa vs Sunderland

Tim Sherwood has revealed a sickness bug has swept through the Aston Villa camp ahead of their clash with Sunderland.

Sherwood refused to name those concerned but has concerns over several of his squad.

''There's a sickness bug around the training ground so there are a few players who have not been able to make training,'' he said.

''They are not well and the doc is having to do some overtime. We could miss a couple and there's a couple who are not well now.

''There must be a bug going around, we're just hoping it's made its way to the north-east.''

Sherwood could also be without Adama Traore at the weekend after the former Barcelona winger limped off in the League Cup win over Notts County on Tuesday with an ankle injury.

"He hasn't trained but we're going to give him every opportunity to be fit," said the boss.

"He's a massive talent, no-one wants him to be a sensation immediately more than I do but he has come from a weaker competition (Spain's Segunda Division, with Barca's B team) and it's going to take him time."

Sherwood played down the visit of Sunderland though, insisting no-one should read much into any early result as Villa look to avoid another season of struggle.

He said: "It's an important game but I'm not sure it's a landmark. The team got 10 points from four games last season and ended up struggling. It's not how you start, it's how you finish - and how you perform in the middle would help.

"They're under no more pressure than we are, Arsenal, Chelsea too, everyone has their own pressure. The pressure is to win football matches at whatever level.

"We want to take the game to Sunderland, they sit deep and look to bring us on and we'll certainly be coming on to them."

The Black Cats could hand a debut to new signing Swede Ola Toivonen, having completed his signature on Friday.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder, who played under **** Advocaat at PSV Eindhoven, has joined from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.

Advocaat said: ''I worked with Ola at PSV, so I know him well. He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air - he will bring something different to the team.''

Toivonen also has two other familiar faces waiting for him at Sunderland.

He told www.safc.com: "I already knew Sebastian (Larsson) from the national team and we've played together for five or six years, and I also know Jeremain Lens from our two years together at PSV.''

His arrival may go some of the way towards placating 67-year-old Advocaat, who has grown increasingly frustrated in recent weeks about the lack of signings after making it clear to owner Ellis Short and sporting director Lee Congertonthat up to six ''quality'' acquisitions were required if the club was to avoid a third successive scrap for top-flight survival.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:50:02 AM
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho refused to comment on Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones but revealed the Premier League champions had worked on improving their defending this week.

The Blues are understood to have had four bids rejected so far - although Everton refused to confirm the latest reported B£37million offer - and are unlikely to lodge a further bid before Tuesday's 6pm deadline.

"I don't speak about players from other teams," said Mourinho, whose side play Crystal Palace on Saturday in his 100th Premier League home game at Stamford Bridge.

"I have a good squad. I'm happy with the squad I have. If I get another player until the end of the market, good. If I don't get, we go with what we have."

Speculation of a Chelsea move for France midfielder Paul Pogba continues as the transfer deadline approaches, but Mourinho again declined to comment.

"I'm not going to do the 'like', 'I would like' of Pogba. He's a Juventus player, I'm the Chelsea manager," added Mourinho, who last week rebuked Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri for commenting on his fondness for Ramires and Oscar.

The Blues have also been linked with China right-back Zhang Linpeng from Guangzhou Evergande, an interest which is understood to be genuine. Once more, Mourinho was silent.

"He is a Guangzhou player, so it's the same story. I don't comment," Mourinho added.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes the defending champions could be a better team than last season despite a moderate start to the campaign yielding four points from three games.

Pardew said: "They have a side that looks to me like it could be better than the one last year and that one won them the league.

"They have some new players. They're integrating those.

"It would be fair to say Chelsea are not quite in the groove (they were in) when we played them last time."

Chelsea clinched the title on May 3 with a 1-0 defeat of Palace at Stamford Bridge.

History is also against Palace. It is 33 years since the Eagles won at Stamford Bridge.

"We performed last year almost to our maximum and still got beat. It's one of those places," Pardew added.

"You have to go there and play your best game and hope that you get a result."

Yannick Bolasie is available after missing the midweek cup clash with Shrewsbury following the death of his father.

Wilfried Zaha could drop out for Bolasie, while midfielder Mile Jedinak is out for two to three weeks after suffering a * injury against Shrewsbury which forced him out of Australia's forthcoming internationals.

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni (finger) and strikers Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell (both *) are likely to be absent again.

Pardew says his squad is focused on the match, rather than the closure of the transfer window and the accompanied speculation.

"We don't envisage making too many calls ourselves and that's probably where we are," Pardew added.

"I don't know about players going out. All the players I have here at the moment are focused on what is going to be a difficult game on Saturday."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 04:58:47 AM
Liverpool vs Westham

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has paid more attention to defensive matters this season but insists it will not compromise the team's attacking fluency.

Some shaky displays at the back in the previous campaign - which culminated with them conceding three at home to Crystal Palace and six at Stoke - had prompted calls in some quarters for a specialist defensive coach to be brought in.

Rodgers was adamant that was not the solution but over the summer he has been more specific on the work he has done to tighten up his defence and has been rewarded with three successive clean sheets and a haul of seven points.

"We are doing extra sessions on every aspect of our defending in terms of in-game static and moving positions and our set-pieces," he said ahead of Saturday's Anfield date with West Ham.

"We are putting in an awful lot of work into that organisation, it is one of the things I picked up on from last season.

"We brought in a lot of players thinking they could maybe settle into it quickly but the learning aspect from that was that I needed to do more on that (defensive) front this season.

"That is something we have done. The coaches have been outstanding just making sure the players are clear in terms of their roles and responsibility both with and without the ball."

Rodgers has been boosted by the return to training this week of striker Daniel Sturridge, who has spent most of the last four months in the United States recovering from a hip operation.

The aim is to have him back in the squad by early September but Rodgers would not put a specific timeframe on the injury-plagued England international's return.

"There is no timeline on Daniel," said the Reds boss.

"He has obviously been away working in America and has come back and now it is just about him working hard to get back in to somewhere near the level of the group.

"He looks well and really excited to be back among his team-mates, so we will just have to take that week on week."

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic will demand a response from his players following last weekend's 4-3 loss to league newcomers Bournemouth.

"It is not an easy week but with a defeat like we had last week, we were gutted after the game. We have got over that and we have to bounce back," Bilic said.

"(Liverpool) are a tough team and have seven points. They have not scored so many goals but have not conceded many.

"If you see the players they have bought, they still want to be attacking and score goals.

"They have quality in every department of the pitch and are really dangerous up front.

"But we are positive as well and they have their weaknesses which we need to exploit."

West Ham are currently depleted through injury, suspension and the release of Kevin Nolan, who captained the side against Bournemouth but is now looking for a new club.

Right-back Carl Jenkinson serves a one-match ban, joining Adrian in being suspended.

Striker Diafra Sakho (groin) should be available, but Enner Valencia (leg) and Mauro Zarate (*) remain out.

Andy Carroll (knee) is back in training but unlikely to be selected until after the forthcoming international break, when the Hammers face his former club Newcastle.

Defender Joey O'Brien (calf) is nearing a return, too.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 05:07:25 AM
Tottenham vs Everton

New Tottenham signing Son Heung-min has vowed to light up White Hart Lane after agreeing a five-year deal with the north London club.

Spurs announced the arrival of the South Korean international from Bayer Leverkusen in a reported B£22milliion deal on Friday.

Son, who will wear the number 7 shirt, scored 29 times in 87 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit - including three goals in the Champions League last season.

And the 23-year-old, whose move is still subject to international clearance and a work permit, cannot wait to dazzle the Tottenham supporters.

"Spurs for me is such a big club and a really good team," Son said.

"My goal has always been to play in the Premier League and Tottenham have given me a great opportunity to do that and I am really happy to have the chance to come here.

"I love the Premier League and I am very excited to play at White Hart Lane. I have not played there yet but I'd Iove to go out there, show my abilities and perform for the Spurs fans as soon as possible."

Son operates predominantly as a wide forward but his arrival will ease the pressure on Harry Kane, who, despite his goal heroics last season, has yet to find the back of the net this term.

"It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League," he added.

"In the Premier League there are lots of good players and good teams so I have to be prepared to work really hard to show my ability. I played many games and gathered much experience for my age and that makes me play better and score goals."

It remains unclear whether Son will be available for Tottenham's tea-time clash against Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will be without playmaker Christian Eriksen, sidelined with an ankle injury, but Andros Townsend could be available.

Everton, meanwhile, are set to hand Chelsea target John Stones another start at White Hart Lane.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has been hailed by boss Roberto Martinez for maintaining a strong stance over the defender, who the Toffees do not want to sell.

Martinez denied the club had rejected a reported fourth bid worth B£37million, and believes his club's attitude to keeping Stones shows the right values hold sway at Goodison Park.

"The chairman was really strong; he's put things very, very clear," said the Spaniard, who also revealed he hopes to complete the signings of South American duo Ramiro Funes Mori and Leandro Rodriguez on Friday.

"It's vitally important to show that we have got our own ambitions and our own projects and we don't rely on big offers coming in.

"Many, many football clubs would have tried to get the biggest deal they could do and take the money and allow the sale to happen.

"It shows we've got an incredible chairman and all he wants is the best for the football club, he's being doing that for many, many years and hasn't been given the credit he deserves.

"Every single Evertonian can be extremely proud to keep one of our most treasured younger players and make sure we build a winning team."

News of Stones submitting a transfer request emerged before the Toffees' midweek clash with Barnsley, where the defender was jeered by some away supporters on his return to Oakwell.

Martinez understood why those emotions had been expressed by certain sections of the fanbase but believes it is important that those of an Everton persuasion now rally around Stones.

"Of course the fans at one point thought they were going to lose one of the most-loved assets at our football club and the emotions are going to be high and full of feelings that you're going to show," Martinez added.

"John knows where he is; the fans, they are going to play an incredible role in helping John to settle in and to get back to being fully focussed on winning football games for Everton."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 05:38:06 AM
Manchester City vs Watford

Manchester City are without striker Wilfried Bony for the visit of Watford in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Bony suffered a cut leg in training and has been pictured wearing a protective boot but he is expected to be fit after the upcoming international break.

Midfielder Fernando (groin), Pablo Zabaleta (groin) and Gael Clichy (ankle) remain injured, Nicolas Otamendi (work permit) is still not available and Marcos Lopes has left to join Lille.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has been unwilling to speak about the club's interest in Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne.

Klaus Allofs, director of sport at the German club, has revealed City have made an "astonishing" offer for the 24-year-old former Chelsea playmaker and discussions are thought to be ongoing.

But Pellegrini, who has consistently refused to speak about transfer targets, said: "You must continue asking but the answer for the question is the same. I don't talk about rumours."

Pellegrini was similarly unwilling to speak about his side's testing Champions League draw, which has pitted the club against Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Chilean deflected a question on the matter by referring to Saturday's upcoming Barclays Premier League clash with Watford.

"All the groups are difficult and the most difficult team in the group is Watford," he said.

City are looking to maintain their 100 per cent start to the campaign and can set a new record of 10 successive wins by beating the promoted Hornets.

Pellegrini said: "It is a difficult game. They have played three games in the Premier League and three games they have drawn.

"They have a very good manager and good players and the great mistake we could make in this moment is to think that, because we won the last three games, we will win this game."

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is hopeful of securing further signings but remained coy on links with Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Watford have started brightly on their return to the Premier League with three draws from three games, including points against Everton and Southampton.

Off the pitch, however, Flores admitted he is facing a nervy wait to put the finishing touches to his squad.

The Hornets have already made more than 10 signings in the summer, while a more ins and outs still expected.

Flores said: "We are working very hard to incorporate a couple of players.

"I hope everything will be solved this week. The players we can keep, we keep finally with us; players that have to come, they come, and the players that have to go, they go to good teams.

"There are lot of players in our squad who don't know if they are going to stay or going to move out.

"They need to solve the future. For me it's not comfortable. I'm not happy at the moment."

When asked specifically about interest in Doucoure, who made his Ligue 1 debut in the 2012-13 season but appears surplus to requirements this term, Flores added: "I know this player but I don't like to talk about names until it's sure that they are coming."

Watford are preparing for arguably their biggest test of the season, a match against Manchester City, with Flores set for a reunion with an old rival in Manuel Pellegrini.

The pair have crossed paths in La Liga previously, Flores as a former Valencia and Atletico Madrid manager, Pellegrini as an ex-Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga boss.

Flores added: "I don't remember exactly all the games against Pellegrini. I respect Pellegrini like a person, like a coach.

"I played a lot of times against Villarreal, Real Madrid, with Atletico Madrid, with Valencia.

"In these type of games, I always remember a tough competition. We won sometimes, Pellegrini won sometimes. It was balanced."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 05:40:13 AM
Stoke vs WBA

Stoke boss Mark Hughes remains optimistic the club can reach agreement with forward Jon Walters over a new contract.

Walters, currently on a deal that runs out next summer, was this week quoted as saying he wants to stay with Stoke but feels they are yet to show they truly value him in recent contract negotiations.

Reports suggest the main sticking point is the duration of extension being offered to the Republic of Ireland international, who turns 32 next month and has attracted interest from Norwich.

And when asked about the situation on Friday ahead of Saturday's home Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom, Hughes said: "Jon knows our feeling and my feeling - I'd like him to stay.

"He has his view in terms of the negotiations. We haven't closed the door and we still think we will be able to get somewhere with it, but it has not been concluded yet."

Asked if he was disappointed Walters had aired his view, Hughes said: "No - I think they are honest comments.

"Maybe it is borne out of a little bit of frustration. But I have told him my thoughts about what he offers us and the value he gives to the squad.

"Jon is looking for security and a little bit longer maybe than the club feels they can give him.

"But hopefully there is some common ground we can discuss and move it forward."

Another club being linked with Walters are Albion, whose boss Tony Pulis signed him for Stoke in 2010.

This weekend's match will be Pulis' first at the Britannia Stadium since his second spell as Potters manager ended in 2013.

Pulis got Stoke into the Premier League in 2008 and oversaw consistent finishes just around mid-table thereafter, before his successor Hughes guided them to ninth place twice with what is generally deemed a more fluent style of football.

Hughes said of his fellow Welshman: "I think it is fair to say Tony is viewed as having done a great job here, so I don't anticipate he'll have too many people not happy to have him back - but at the end of the day, he's still an opposition manager.

"And we are not better or worse (than under Pulis) - we are still progressing and going in the right direction."

Pulis, meanwhile, admitted he could still lose star man Saido Berahino and hit out at those treating the striker like a "lump of meat".

The England Under-21 forward is wanted by Tottenham, who have had two bids swiftly rejected by the Baggies.

Berahino has had a transfer request rejected by Albion and held talks with chairman Jeremy Peace on Thursday, who reiterated that he will not be sold.

But Pulis is still uncertain ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline.

"I never say never about anything until it's closed and factual," he said.

"I don't know, we have to wait and see. I wasn't in the discussions the chairman had with Saido. I'll have a chat with the lad when he comes in.

"It's not just about football it's about the person, about the lad and what he's going through. He's a human being, he's not just a lump of meat who people are trying to sell. He has emotions and having spoken to him he needs protecting

"I don't think he is 110 per cent clear on what his future is. So many people get through to these youngsters."

Berahino has been left out of the Baggies' last two games but Pulis will assess him ahead of Saturday's trip to Stoke.

Pulis will assess Chris Brunt (*) and Callum McManaman ahead of Saturday's trip to his former club after they suffered knocks in the Capital One Cup victory over Port Vale on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 06:12:46 AM
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reaches two more milestones at the club in Saturday's Premier League game at home to London rivals Crystal Palace.

It will be his 200th league match, of which he has lost only 20, and a 100th home league game with only one defeat -- by lowly Sunderland in April 2014.

"I'm proud of the record but I don't think it has any influence in the future," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.

"It's not normal, 99 matches in the most competitive league and a defeat could have happened in so many matches."

In his first spell at the club, between 2004-07, Mourinho won two league titles, adding a third on his return last season.

Chelsea have made a stuttering start to the new campaign with a win, a draw and a 3-0 defeat by league leaders Manchester City, having conceded seven goals in three games and had two men sent off.

The manager believes, however, that falling five points behind is not a problem.

"It's not normal that in three matches you have two penalties against and play with 10 men twice," he added.

"Four points is not what we want but is not a drama. We know we're going to improve.

"Manchester City are a very good team and have started well but last season Chelsea started well and arrived at Jan. 1 with the same points as others."

On Palace's last visit, in May, Chelsea clinched the league title with a 1-0 win.

Mourinho said Alan Pardew's side were even stronger this season and will be "top 10 for sure".

He must do without captain John Terry, who was sent off in the 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

As usual Mourinho refused to comment about transfer targets like John Stones of Everton and Chinese defender Zhang Linpeng of Guangzhou Evergrande.

"I have a good squad. If I get another player, good, but if I don't, I go with what we have," he said.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 06:25:30 AM
Louis van Gaal lost his first competitive match as Manchester United manager against Swansea City on the first day of last season and is expecting another difficult game from the Welsh side on Sunday.

Swansea went on to complete the Premier League double over United and the Dutchman is determined to take revenge at the Liberty Stadium.

"My first match was against Swansea and we lost, now I have my 50th and I hope we can show we have improved," Van Gaal told reporters on Friday.

"I don’t want to lose again. It’s the only club we could not beat or gain one point against, I hope we can improve and that we can show that we are better than last year.

"It will be difficult but we are better prepared than this time last year."

Towering Belgian Marouane Fellaini is available to play his first Premier League game of the season after serving a suspension but Adnan Januzaj will miss out due to injury.

Van Gaal could be tempted to start Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera who made a lively contribution and scored a goal in the 4-0 Champions League qualifying win at Club Bruges on Wednesday.

"I had a theoretical scheme in my head that he could play at No. 10 and he did it well against Bruges," Van Gaal said.

United have taken seven points from their first three league games of the season and lie joint third in the table despite only scoring two goals.

Captain Wayne Rooney, however, bagged a hat-trick in Bruges to open his account for the campaign.

"It will be a difficult game, it's another year and another prospect," Swansea manager Garry Monk said. "United have added quality to their squad with world-class players.

"It's becoming more difficult to compete with these kind of squads. We're up against one of the title contenders, it will be difficult but we're looking forward to it."

Swansea are sixth with five points including a draw at champions Chelsea.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 07:49:04 PM
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

G Tim Krul
D Daryl Janmaat
D F. Coloccini
D Chancel Mbemba
D Massadio Haidara
M Florian Thauvin
M Jack Colback
M Vurnon Anita
M Moussa Sissoko
M G. Wijnaldum
F A. Mitrovic


G Petr Cech
D Nacho Monreal
D Gabriel
D Laurent Koscielny
D Hector Bellerin
M A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
M Francis Coquelin
M Theo Walcott
M Aaron Ramsey
M Santi Cazorla
F Alexis Sanchez
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 08:16:18 PM
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

G Tim Krul
D Daryl Janmaat
D F. Coloccini
D Chancel Mbemba
D Massadio Haidara
M Florian Thauvin
M Jack Colback
M Vurnon Anita
M Moussa Sissoko
M G. Wijnaldum
F A. Mitrovic


G Petr Cech
D Nacho Monreal
D Gabriel
D Laurent Koscielny
D Hector Bellerin
M A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
M Francis Coquelin
M Theo Walcott
M Aaron Ramsey
M Santi Cazorla
F Alexis Sanchez

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) is shown the red card.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 08:23:34 PM
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

G Tim Krul
D Daryl Janmaat
D F. Coloccini
D Chancel Mbemba
D Massadio Haidara
M Florian Thauvin
M Jack Colback
M Vurnon Anita
M Moussa Sissoko
M G. Wijnaldum
F A. Mitrovic


G Petr Cech
D Nacho Monreal
D Gabriel
D Laurent Koscielny
D Hector Bellerin
M A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
M Francis Coquelin
M Theo Walcott
M Aaron Ramsey
M Santi Cazorla
F Alexis Sanchez
25 minutes Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 08:40:02 PM
25 minutes Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
40 minutes still 0-0. Hang on Newcastle  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 08:44:39 PM
First Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Arsenal 0.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 09:12:39 PM
Own Goal by Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle United. Newcastle United 0, Arsenal 1.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 09:23:24 PM
70' Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Theo Walcott.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 09:39:13 PM
82' Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

Substitution, Newcastle United. Siem de Jong replaces Florian Thauvin.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 09:49:25 PM
Arsenal edged to a 1-0 victory over 10-man Newcastle United courtesy of an own goal from Fabricio Coloccini.

Arsenal, who had brought Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Laurent Koscielny into the team, struggled to create clear chances in a first half overshadowed by the dismissal of Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Mitrovic was shown a straight red for a studs-up challenge on Francis Coquelin with little over a quarter of an hour played, but the visitors struggled to make the extra man count, although Walcott twice went close.

In the second half, though, Arsenal were soon on top, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 52nd-minute shot deflected in by Newcastle captain Coloccini after Tim Krul had saved an Aaron Ramsey effort.

Arsenal remained in control for the remainder of the game as Arsene Wenger's men made it two wins and a draw from their opening four games, while Newcastle are still awaiting a first Premier League win under Steve McClaren.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 09:50:12 PM
22:00
AFC Bournemouth vs Leicester City

Aston Villa vs Sunderland

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool vs West Ham United

Manchester City vs Watford

Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 10:14:02 PM
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

G Thibaut Courtois
D B. Ivanovic
D Gary Cahill
D Cesar Azpilicueta
D Kurt Zouma
M Willian
M Eden Hazard
M Cesc Fabregas
M Nemanja Matic
F/M Pedro
F Diego Costa


G Alex McCarthy
D Pape Souare
D Damien Delaney
D Joel Ward
D Scott Dann
M Bakary Sako
M James McArthur
M Yohan Cabaye
M Jason Puncheon
F/M Wilfried Zaha
F Connor Wickham
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 10:18:43 PM
Liverpool vs West Ham United

G Simon Mignolet
D Nathaniel Clyne
D Martin Skrtel
D Joe Gomez
D Dejan Lovren
M Roberto Firmino
M Philippe Coutinho
M James Milner
M Lucas
M Emre Can
F Christian Benteke


G Darren Randolph
D Aaron Cresswell
D Angelo Ogbonna
D Winston Reid
D James Tomkins
M Dimitri Payet
M Mark Noble
M Pedro Obiang
M Manuel Lanzini
M Cheikhou Kouyate
F Diafra Sakho
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 10:23:42 PM

Goal! Aston Villa 0, Sunderland 1. Yann M'Vila (Sunderland) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 10:26:46 PM
Goal! Liverpool 0, West Ham United 1. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 10:30:08 PM
Goal! Aston Villa 1, Sunderland 1. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal! Aston Villa 0, Sunderland 1. Yann M'Vila (Sunderland) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 10:39:02 PM

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Leicester City 0. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 11:03:58 PM

Goal! Liverpool 0, West Ham United 2. Mark Noble (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal! Liverpool 0, West Ham United 1. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 11:06:38 PM
HT
AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Leicester City

Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland

Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

Liverpool 0-2 West Ham United

Manchester City 0-0 Watford

Stoke City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 11:18:13 PM

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Sunderland 2. Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ola Toivonen.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 11:19:14 PM
Goal! Manchester City 1, Watford 0. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 11:29:01 PM

Goal! Manchester City 2, Watford 0. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

Goal! Manchester City 1, Watford 0. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 29, 2015, 11:49:43 PM
Goal! Chelsea 0, Crystal Palace 1. Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 12:00:34 AM
Goal! Chelsea 1, Crystal Palace 1. Falcao (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro with a cross.

Goal! Chelsea 0, Crystal Palace 1. Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 12:03:26 AM
Goal! Chelsea 1, Crystal Palace 2. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bakary Sako.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 12:19:56 AM
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton

G Hugo Lloris
D Jan Vertonghen
D Danny Rose
D Eric Dier
D Kyle Walker
D Toby Alderweireld
M Nacer Chadli
M Nabil Bentaleb
M Mousa Dembele
M Ryan Mason
F Harry Kane


G Tim Howard
D Phil Jagielka
D Bryan Oviedo
D John Stones
D Seamus Coleman
M Gareth Barry
M Ross Barkley
M Tom Cleverley
M James McCarthy
F Romelu Lukaku
F Arouna Kone
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 12:22:52 AM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City

Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Liverpool 0-3 West Ham United

Manchester City 2-0 Watford

Stoke City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
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Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 01:24:23 AM

First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Everton 0.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton

G Hugo Lloris
D Jan Vertonghen
D Danny Rose
D Eric Dier
D Kyle Walker
D Toby Alderweireld
M Nacer Chadli
M Nabil Bentaleb
M Mousa Dembele
M Ryan Mason
F Harry Kane


G Tim Howard
D Phil Jagielka
D Bryan Oviedo
D John Stones
D Seamus Coleman
M Gareth Barry
M Ross Barkley
M Tom Cleverley
M James McCarthy
F Romelu Lukaku
F Arouna Kone
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 02:02:37 AM
First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Everton 0.
70' Tottenham 0-0 Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 02:25:25 AM
FT Tottenham 0-0 Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 03:07:13 AM
Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland

Tim Sherwood said this week it was too early in the season for must-win games but he will be disappointed his Aston Villa side were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sunderland.

Neither team has shown too much so far to suggest significant improvement on last season's struggles towards the bottom of the Barclays Premier league but on this showing Villa may just have enough as an attacking force to survive.

Sunderland, on the other hand, perhaps not so. With their problems lying at the opposite end of the pitch, they will not keep many clean sheets this season.

**** Advocaat's team led through Yann M'Vila's superb free-kick but a Scott Sinclair double before half-time turned the game on its head.

However, Villa could not hold on to the lead either and Jeremain Lens levelled for Sunderland early in the second half.

Sherwood's side pushed for a winning goal and had a couple of penalty shouts turned down but it ended all square.

Sunderland went ahead after eight minutes through M'Vila's free-kick. His lovely curling shot around the Villa wall left Brad Guzan, diving at full stretch, with no chance.

But the lead lasted just three minutes. Lee Cattermole clumsily leant over the top of Sinclair and referee Robert Madley pointed to the penalty spot.

Sinclair took the spot-kick himself and tucked the ball away into the left-hand side of the net, sending Costel Pantilimon the wrong way.

Villa were now in the ascendancy and Sinclair went close again before Ashley Westwood's first-time shot from the right side of the area flew just wide.

Carlos Sanchez perhaps should have done better than guide his far-post shot over the crossbar when Leandro Bacuna's cross from the left evaded everyone in the box and fell at the feet of the Colombia international.

Rudy Gestede, a handful for the Sunderland defenders throughout, then showed good strength with his back to goal to turn Billy Jones and get a shot away which Pantilimon held.

Villa made their pressure pay four minutes before half-time when Idrissa Gueye set Jordan Amavi free down the left and Sinclair got between two defenders inside the six-yard box to divert his low cross into the roof of the net.

Whatever Advocaat said to his players at the break it got that late first-half disappointment out of their systems - although two substitutions played a big part.

The Dutchman replaced Danny Graham and Cattermole with Steven Fletcher and Ola Toivonen, on for his debut following his loan arrival this week from French club Rennes.

Fletcher was involved straight away as Sunderland started the second half brightly, with his header having to be tipped over the crossbar by Guzan.

Shortly afterwards, Toivonen joined the party. His threaded through ball found Lens, who turned Ciaran Clark and fired his shot beyond Guzan.

Sinclair somehow squandered the chance of a second hat-trick in four days as he got on the end of Gueye's driven cross but the ball struck his body just a couple of yards from goal and ricocheted into the grateful hands of Pantilimon.

Villa thought they had a penalty 10 minutes from time when substitute Carles Gil went down under a challenge from Younes Kaboul but the referee booked the Villa man for simulation.

Pantilimon produced a good save to deny Ashley Westwood and then kept out a Gestede header as the hosts searched for a winner but Sunderland held on to their point.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 03:14:23 AM
Manchester City 2-0 Watford

Raheem Sterling struck his first Manchester City goal as Manuel Pellegrini's men maintained their flying Barclays Premier League start with a 2-0 win over Watford.

Fernandinho was also on target as City chalked up a club record 10th successive league victory with another empahtic performance at the Etihad Stadium.

The result completed a perfect start to the season for City, who will head into the international break with a record boasting 12 points from four games, 10 goals scored and none conceded.

City had to wait until the second half to break promoted Watford's resilience, but once Sterling had opened his account the result never seemed in doubt.

Sterling may not be the club's record signing for much longer, with City apparently closing in on a reported £58million deal for Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne.

But the £49million man was impressive from the start and City, who would not confirm reports De Bruyne was undergoing a medical as they focused on business on the field, were highly efficient.

They were forced to play a patient game as Watford sat back and focused their efforts on defence.

The Hornets were well organised but limited. Captain Troy Deeney seemed to spend more time fulfilling the duties of a right-back than he did leading the line as City probed in the first half.

But with City having played some exhilarating attacking football in their first three games, little blame could be attached to the visitors. They had their own unbeaten record to protect after making three successive draws on their return to the top flight.

City controlled possession but it was 17 minutes before they had a first serious chance. Aleksandar Kolarov curled his free-kick over after Jesus Navas was fouled.

Sterling was one of City's livelier players and twice got in on goal but Craig Cathcart blocked his first shot and Heurelho Gomes palmed away his second.

Bacary Sagna also tested Gomes while Sergio Aguero turned and flashed an effort wide.

Manager Pellegrini looked a frustrated man as the half-time whistle blew and he made a change with Samir Nasri replacing the ineffective Navas.

The breakthrough came just two minutes after the restart as Watford lost possession outside the area and Sagna whipped in a superb cross. Sterling timed his run perfectly and turned the ball home unmarked from six yards.

The game began to open up and a second goal followed from a free-kick nine minutes later. Yaya Toure's set-piece was blocked by the wall but the excellent Fernandinho followed up, heading forward for Silva and then rifling past Gomes after taking a return pass.

Soon after Silva curled a free-kick over and Toure blasted over from a good position.

Watford were a beaten side and could not get back into the game. Sterling left the field to a good ovation when he was substituted in the final minute.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 03:22:48 AM
Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester

Jamie Vardy scored from the penalty spot with four minutes remaining to maintain Leicester's unbeaten start to the season at Bournemouth.

The Cherries appeared to be on course for a first home victory in the Premier League after Callum Wilson's overhead kick in the first half.

But Steve Cook hauled down Vardy in the penalty area and the Foxes striker stepped up to earn a 1-1 draw.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe made one change from the side that ran out 4-3 winners at West Ham last weekend. Joshua King, sidelined with a * strain, was replaced by Lee Tomlin, who made his first Premier League start.

For the visitors, N'Golo Kante started after impressing in the Capital One Cup win at Bury, with Shinji Okazaki dropping to the bench.

With only 15 seconds gone, Max Gradel found himself in referee Neil Swarbrick's notebook after a rash challenge on Riyad Mahrez. It was a poor tackle in an otherwise impressive display by the Bournemouth winger against his former club.

Mahrez was in the thick of it moments later when he was denied his fifth goal of the season, adjudged to be offside following a Marc Albrighton through-ball. It appeared to be the right decision.

From there, Bournemouth dominated the opening period and Wilson's delightful strike after 24 minutes was no more than they deserved.

Charlie Daniels was afforded too much space on the left-hand side and his cross eventually fell to Wilson. His improvised effort left Kasper Schmeichel stranded in the Leicester goal as Bournemouth celebrated their first Premier League strike at Dean Court.

The hosts should have then been given the opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot after Kante tripped Tomlin inside the area, but the hosts were awarded only a free-kick and Gradel's effort was punched clear by Schmeichel.

Both teams made one change at the interval. Okazaki replaced Mahrez and joined Vardy in a two-pronged attack, while Tyrone Mings came on for Daniels.

But Mings, an £8million signing from Ipswich, lasted just five minutes on his debut. The 22-year-old defender appeared to get his left leg caught in the turf after a collision with Danny Drinkwater. He immediately signalled to the bench that he could not continue and received gas and air before leaving the field on a stretcher.

It was then Gradel's turn to go down after what appeared to be an innocuous challenge by Ritchie de Laet midway through the second period. Gradel limped off and was replaced by Marc Pugh.

Leicester began to take a stranglehold on the game and Artur Boruc was called into action in the Bournemouth goal when Jeff Schlupp escaped the offside trap with 70 minutes gone but saw his effort parried away.

Bournemouth were rattled and Vardy was upended by Cook after a mazy run, with the England international converting from the spot to the delight of the visiting fans.

Vardy could then have been awarded another spot-kick after he appeared to be fouled by Tommy Elphick. It was not to be, and Bournemouth managed to hung on for a point in a frenetic finale.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 03:25:33 AM
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham

West Ham ended one of the longest winless runs in top-flight history with their first victory at Anfield in almost 52 years as Liverpool's defensive problems returned to haunt them in spectacularly bad style.

The curse of the manager's press conference came to the fore as after praising the new defensive stability which brought three clean sheets, Brendan Rodgers saw his side concede the fastest goal of the season so far to Manuel Lanzini inside three minutes.

Rodgers had also championed Dejan Lovren for overcoming his problems in his maiden season and showing he could be a ``top-class'' centre-back but the £20milion Croatian repaid his manager's praise with a disastrous piece of defending to allow Mark Noble to score.

The West Ham captain was harshly sent off late on, after Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho had already been shown a second yellow card, but Diafra Sakho made it 3-0 in added time and 18,978 days after Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters - before they were World Cup winners with England - scored at Anfield, the Hammers had their long-awaited victory.

It was celebrated long and loud by the visiting fans and rightly so as the last time they had the chance to do so the Beatles had just achieved their second number one with She Loves You and a 17-year-old Northern Irishman called George Best had made his Manchester United debut.

As if that was not enough, Coutinho, already cautioned for dissent, was sent off when he slipped trying to close down Dimitri Payet and brought down the midfielder with his body.

It means the influential Brazilian playmaker will miss Liverpool's visit to Old Trafford when the Premier League resumes after the international break.

None of which will matter to West Ham, who were full value for their two first-half goals.

The lively Lanzini had a hand in both, sneaking in front of youngster Joe Gomez to turn in Aaron Cresswell's low cross-shot before then totally embarrassing the hapless Lovren.

Lanzini, considerably smaller and lightweight, outmuscled the 6ft 2ins international out by the touchline and although the centre-back managed to recover possession, he then messed about near the byline and was robbed again as his tormentor crossed for Noble to drive home, whose afternoon was spoiled late by the bizarre decision of referee Kevin Friend to send him off for a challenge on debutant Danny Ings.

Roberto Firmino came closest for a shot-shy Liverpool, crashing a 25-yard effort against the post in the first half on the way to their first defeat of the campaign.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 03:27:19 AM
Stoke 0-1 WBA

Stoke sunk to a 1-0 defeat to West Brom after having two men sent off in the space of six first-half minutes on ex-Potters boss Tony Pulis' maiden return to the Britannia Stadium.

Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam both appeared to only have themselves to blame as they were shown straight red cards in the 25th and 31st minutes respectively, the former having put his hand in the face of Craig Gardner and the latter seeming to stamp on Craig Dawson.

West Brom -- again with Tottenham target Saido Berahino not part of their squad -- subsequently grabbed the lead in first-half stoppage time as Salomon Rondon headed in his first goal since joining for a club-record £12 million over the summer.

Stoke, who left a player with an uncertain future out themselves in Jonathan Walters, put up a creditable fight thereafter.

But it was always going to be difficult to salvage anything from the game following the two entirely avoidable-looking dismissals, and they remain without a Barclays Premier League victory this season, while West Brom now have their first.

The mood among the Stoke faithful had been incredibly positive at first, with Pulis receiving a warm reception from them as he emerged from the tunnel, and the home side making the better start to the contest.

Potters record signing Xherdan Shaqiri, making his home debut, flashed the ball across the West Brom goal early on, Adam sent a drive over and Mame Diouf headed into Boaz Myhill's arms.

But things then suddenly became uncomfortable for the Potters as Jack Butland was called upon to make a fine parry that kept a James Morrison shot out.

And moments later, Stoke were down to 10 men when Afellay, having been brought down by Gardner and then touched on the face by his hand, reacted by flicking his own hand into the Albion midfielder's face.

Referee Michael Oliver booked Gardner, sent Afellay off -- and soon after he had his red card out again.

Stoke had just gone close to scoring, with Diouf lifting the ball over Myhill but just being beaten to it as he tried to finish by Gareth McAuley, when Adam floored Dawson with a challenge before appearing to stand on his leg.

Oliver gave Adam his marching orders and Pulis looked to swiftly make the visitors' two-man advantage count, throwing on Rickie Lambert for Claudio Yacob.

Within a few minutes, Lambert's swerving shot had been pushed over by Butland.

And six minutes later West Brom had the lead when Lambert lofted a delivery to the far post and Rondon headed the ball back across Butland into the corner of the net.

Rondon had a chance to score again shortly after the restart but put his header over, and Darren Fletcher then had a shot deflected wide.

Stoke, who lost Glen Johnson to an injury, did a good job of keeping their opponents at bay and even looked like they might threaten an equaliser at times, but nothing materialised.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 03:28:25 AM
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho's 100th Premier League home match as Chelsea boss saw a second loss as Crystal Palace claimed their first win at Stamford Bridge in 33 years.

Chelsea secured the title with a 1-0 defeat of Palace on May 3 but the Eagles were triumphant on this occasion, stunning the hosts just when they thought Radamel Falcao had got them back into the game with his first goal for the Blues.

Joel Ward popped up to restore the lead, after Bakary Sako's opener, as Palace earned a 2-1 win - their first at Stamford Bridge since 1982.

Palace have now won eight of their 10 away matches in the league under Pardew, who has three victories against Mourinho in the last two seasons.

Mourinho played down the significance of statistics ahead of his 200th Premier League contest and 100th at Stamford Bridge, insisting three points was all that mattered.

But the Blues were unable to add to his record of 76 wins in the previous 99 home games as Palace emulated Sunderland's April 2014 success.

Mourinho may have complained of the nature of the Black Cats' success - his resentment at the officiating still lingering - but Palace were deserved winners to move second behind Manchester City.

Chelsea are eight points adrift after four points from four games.

Mourinho had said there was no "drama" after Chelsea's start, but it is clear there is plenty of work to do.

Mourinho's men have not kept a clean sheet in eight matches since winning the league against Palace and appeared porous at the back once more, with the suspended John Terry replaced by Gary Cahill.

Their next match is at Everton on September 12 and it remains to be seen which Blue shirt Toffees defender John Stones will be in.

The champions have intimated they will not make a fifth bid after a fourth offer of B£37million was rejected. Everton did not confirm the offer.

Connor Wickham scored in Sunderland's win at Stamford Bridge and was included as Palace's solitary change following their victory over Aston Villa.

Palace wore black armbands due to the death of Yannick Bolasie's father. The winger returned on the bench.

The Eagles did not roll over in May and again refused to be cowed, as demonstrated by some physical exchanges, with Diego Costa often the target.

Pedro shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box before Palace had two fine chances.

Sako, the match-winner against Villa, was denied by Thibaut Courtois, who next saved when Yohan Cabaye was played in one-on-one by a fine Wilfried Zaha run.

Alex McCarthy made saves in quick succession from Costa and Cesc Fabregas, with Pedro unable to direct the third attempt goalwards.

Costa believed he was fouled in the box by Damien Delaney early in the second half. Referee Craig Pawson turned down the appeal.

Sako tried to tee up Wickham before sending Palace into the lead himself.

He stayed on his feet when Cesar Azpilicueta slid in to react to Bolasie's cross and the ball sat nicely for Sako to net.

Falcao equalised with a fine header from Pedro's cross, but Palace immediately responded.

Bolasie crossed to the back post where Sako had the presence of mind to centre the ball for Ward to head in and complete a memorable win.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 03:29:41 AM
Tottenham 0-0 Everton

Tim Howard denied Tottenham their first Premier League win of the season with a string of superb saves that enabled Everton to leave White Hart Lane with a goalless draw.

Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Toby Alderweireld were kept at bay by Howard in the first half, although Kane should have finished his one on one with the American goalkeeper.

Spurs, who named Erik Lamela on the bench, only had themselves to blame for not grabbing all three points in a dominant second half that saw chance after chance squandered.

Both sides had a player carried from the pitch on a stretcher, Everton's Tom Cleverley in clear pain after being felled by Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele following a bizarre self-inflicted injury.

Tottenham's dominance was apparent early on as Nacer Chadli dazzled down the left, teeing up Nabil Bentaleb only to see a tame shot scuffed wide of the right post.

There was panic in the Spurs defence when Kyle Walker gave the ball away to Cleverley and it took a fine save by Hugo Lloris to keep out the ensuing shot.

Everton should have slipped behind in the 24th minute but Howard stuck out his left leg to stop Kane, who only had the visiting keeper to beat after collecting a superb pass by Mason.

It was then Mason who was denied by Howard, with Chadli the provider once more and the American then steered an Alderweireld header over the crossbar.

Cleverley went down under a heavy tackle by Dier, his right ankle caught between the legs of the Spurs defender, and he was carried from the pitch his injured leg in a brace.

Somehow Everton cleared their lines despite being repeatedly bamboozled by the quick feet of Dembele, but then the Belgium playmaker became the second player to be taken away by medics.

Even upon viewing replays it was unclear exactly how Dembele had been hurt, although his right boot appeared to clip his left Achilles after passing the ball in what was a self-inflicted injury.

Dier had escaped a booking for his tackle on Cleverley but referee Mike Jones reached for the yellow card when he body-checked Ross Barkley.

The pressure was building on Everton's goal and it took some desperate scrambling defence and a skied shot by Chadli to keep the match goalless.

Romelu Lukaku was making his presence felt with a couple of dubious challenges and the visitors could have taken the lead only for Arouna Kone to steer a glancing header wide.

The chances dried up for Spurs in the closing stages, in part thanks to the arrival from the bench of the tenacious Steven Naismith, who brought renewed fight to Everton's rearguard action.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 03:31:19 AM
Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 victory over promoted Watford as champions Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Raheem Sterling scored his first goal for the club and Fernandinho netted a superb second to lift City to their fourth successive win and open an eight-point advantage over Chelsea.

The Stamford Bridge side's underwhelming start to the season continued despite Radamel Falcao's first goal for the club, Joel Ward grabbing the Palace winner nine minutes from time to put his side second in the table.

"Raheem played very well, it was good for him to score," City manager Manuel Pellegrini told the BBC. "He worked very hard and I'm sure he'll score more goals.

"It was not frustrating in the first half. You can't expect to win the game inside 45 minutes against a team who defends well. We made some changes and we created more chances and won the game."

SUBLIME CITY

City had begun the season in ominous form with impressive wins over West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea and Everton, scoring eight goals and conceding none.

The hosts, however, struggled to break down a Watford side who had not tasted defeat in three matches following their promotion to the top flight.

After a frustrating first half against a spirited Watford, Sterling ghosted into the box and converted Bacary Sagna's cross in the 47th minute to open his account in sky blue.

That lifted the tension which had been building and City played with added freedom, doubling the lead nine minutes later through Fernandinho following a sublime one-two with David Silva.

CHELSEA BLUES

Chelsea have yet to get going having cantered to the title last season and were frustrated by Alan Pardew's well-marshalled Palace side.

Chelsea dictated possession and had 13 shots in the first hour but looked uncomfortable against Palace's razor-sharp counter-attacks.

With Chelsea fans beginning to grow restless at their sides lack of final product, Bakary Sako pounced to convert Yannick Bolasie's dangerous cross -- his second goal in as many games since joining the south London club.

Falcao headed home his first Blues goal 14 minutes later to restore parity before Ward stabbed in a late winner as Jose Mourinho suffered only his second league defeat in 100 home games as Chelsea manager.

"Crystal Palace were always dangerous and in their counter-attacks they scored two goals," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"We had our goal that put the game completely open but immediately after they scored. It should be a draw which is still a bad result."

Liverpool, who had taken seven points from their opening three games, slumped to a surprise 3-0 home defeat by West Ham United and had midfielder Philippe Coutinho sent off.

Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble, who was later sent off, gave West Ham a 2-0 halftime lead before Diafra Sakho sealed the visitors' first win at Anfield since 1963 with a goal in stoppage time.

Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini scored an own-goal as Arsenal laboured to their second win of the season with a highly-charged 1-0 victory over their 10-man hosts at St James' Park. Aleksandar Mitrovic was dismissed early in the first half.

Sunderland remained bottom after an eventful 2-2 draw at Aston Villa with goals from Yann M'Vila and Jeremain Lens cancelled out by Scott Sinclair's brace for the hosts.

Promoted Bournemouth drew 1-1 with Leicester City after Jamie Vardy cancelled out Callum Wilson's fourth goal in two games.

Club-record signing Salomon Rondon scored to give West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 victory over Stoke City who had Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam sent off.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 07:05:44 PM
Southampton vs Norwich

Graziano Pelle insists Southampton must move on from their indifferent start to the season - beginning against Norwich on Sunday.

Ronald Koeman's men are without a win in their opening three Barclays Premier League fixtures and were knocked out of the Europa League at the play-off stage after defeat to Danish champions FC Midtjylland on Thursday.

Add to that a number of injuries to key personnel and constant transfer speculation surrounding Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane and it has been a difficult start to the campaign for the south coast club.

However, Pelle says the players remain united and is optimistic they can put their European disappointment behind them with victory over Norwich at St Mary's.

"We have an amazing group," said the Italian forward.

"We don't have a problem with each other. Football is a lot about confidence. When the result doesn't come everything looks like it is not your moment.

"We can't any more think about what has happened. Of course we have to look at the game to improve but now there is a new season.

"We need to work hard to again, try to get the same things we did last season. We will do our best and we will be sure that we will have better moments."

Pelle, who has three goals to his name this season, has also called for Saints fans to stick with the team, with the Italy international keen to meet their expectations.

"The fans have been supporting the club for a lifetime," he added.

"They, of course, are free to think many things. We have to give them back the feeling we can have positive moments.

"They always show us a lot of love and patience. The club has improved a lot because of the great supporters. Together we can go one way to win the game and be back.

"Norwich come to play in St Mary's and we are sure it's going to be tough to beat us but we have to show it. No words, just working hard to get the best result."

Saints hope to have Victor Wanyama (stomach infection) and Sadio Mane (hip) fit.

Norwich manager Alex Neil has refused to be drawn on Lewis Grabban's future.

Grabban has been the focus of a series of rejected bids from former club Bournemouth, which culminated in the striker walking out of the team hotel during the week.

The 27-year-old was believed to be unhappy at being left out of the Capital One Cup win over Rotherham but has subsequently been suspended by the club for a breach of discipline.

"I think it's been well documented why he is [suspended]," said Neil. "It's an ongoing matter and we're investigating the fact he left the hotel without permission.

"The feeling is that if any player leaves without permission they bear the consequences that come their way and that's the way it is.

"The bottom line is anything that happens at Norwich is not within anyone's power but mine and the owners of the club and that will remain the case, so we're in total control and will dictate what happens between now and the end of the window.

"There will never be any player, or collection of players that will have more power than what I'll allow them to have so the fact is Lewis has been a silly boy and he'll face the consequences of what he's done."

Neil takes his side to St Mary's hoping to achieve what could be a club record of 13 unbeaten games away from home after an impressive start to the season but he admits his side still have a way to go to match the levels reached by Southampton.

He said: "They're a great example of a club that have come up through the Championship and managed to stabilise themselves in the Premier League and also bring in some real good talent but still maintain that competitiveness in the league.

"They've lost quite a few players over the last few years but they've got a basis of a really good squad so it's going to be a tough game and they're trying to get a win under their belt.

"My aim, and certainly the squad's aim, is to not only survive but to try and give a really good account of ourselves and really attack the league and see where that takes us and that's how we've approached the games so far."

Grabban's absence - until Tuesday - could hand a chance to record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who has so far struggled to make an impact with the club.

After a season on loan at St Etienne, Van Wolfswinkel scored on his Norwich return in Tuesday night's win and could be rewarded with a first Premier League appearance since April 2014.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 07:13:37 PM
Swansea vs Manchester United

Swansea manager Garry Monk admits revenge will be high on Manchester United's agenda at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Monk masterminded an amazing double over United last season as Swansea became the only opponents Louis van Gaal lost twice to in the Barclays Premier League during his first campaign at Old Trafford.

And Monk accepts it is only human nature that Dutchman van Gaal, who will be in charge of United for the 50th time in South Wales, will be desperate to avenge those shock defeats.

"I am sure it stung them, as it would be if you lost twice to any side," Monk said.

"You use it as motivation, I can think of a number of times where I have done that as a player and a manager against a side you may have lost to before.

"You want to put it right and I am sure it will be part of their motivation. We have to be ready for that but we can beat these teams.

"We showed it against Chelsea we can compete against the bigger teams and really show what we can do.

"We are at home, in front of our crowd and we need to make this a fortress, and if we are ready and focused we will give anyone a game here."

Swansea won both games 2-1 last season, spoiling Van Gaal's first game at the United helm before repeating the scoreline at the Liberty Stadium in February.

Yet despite those results and United struggling to recapture the glory days they enjoyed for so long under Sir Alex Ferguson, Monk feels the 20-times English champions remain special opposition.

"It is a transition period for them, but Manchester United will never lose their aura," Monk said.

"Any side that loses someone like Sir Alex Ferguson is going to go through that, whoever came in after him was facing a difficult period."

United are in third place having taken seven points from their first three games of the season, but largely unimpressive performances have led some * to suggest that Swansea are actually favourites to win this game.

But Monk has rejected the favourites' tag, even though he says last term's eighth-placed finish and holding champions Chelsea to a 2-2 draw on the opening day of the season has raised expectations among Swansea supporters.

"We have brought the extra expectation on ourselves with what we have done in the past and we are not looking for any excuses," Monk said.

"It's important to keep raising the expectation levels, but we have to be realistic as well and manage those expectations in a good way.

"We are the underdogs in this game, make no mistake. This is Manchester United we are talking about."

South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is available.

He suffered a * injury in the opening game at Chelsea but came through the Capital One Cup victory over York in midweek unscathed and could get the nod over Jack Cork.

Manager Louis van Gaal expects Manchester United's superb defensive record to come under threat at Swansea.

United's defence was expected to be their weak point this season but they have not conceded in their first three Premier League matches.

That may change on Sunday when they visit the Liberty Stadium, however.

Swansea have devastating pace on both flanks, courtesy of Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero, while Bafetimbi Gomis has bagged three goals in three games up front.

"Swansea are a very good team," said the United manager. "They play a positional game like we do. They want to build up and have a good attack with speed and creativity.

"They proved they are a good team this season in the draw against Chelsea and against Newcastle, and when I see the individual players I see that they have quality.

"You spoke about Montero but they also have Ayew, Gomis and (Gylfi) Sigurdsson who have creativity. They are a difficult team to beat, especially away."

After four wins over Real Madrid, Liverpool and Inter Milan, Swansea brought Van Gaal back down to earth by winning at Old Trafford on the opening day of last season.

The Welsh side then completed their first league double over United with a 2-1 victory in Swansea in February.

Van Gaal admits he could not stomach a third defeat to Monk's side.

"I don't want to lose again," Van Gaal told MUTV. "It's the only club we could not beat or gain one point against [last season].

"It's a difficult team against us and before my period it was also difficult for United, so I hope we can improve and that we can show that we are better than last year."

Adnan Januzaj and Phil Jones are out through injury but Marouane Fellaini is available following a three-match domestic suspension.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 08:39:05 PM
Southampton vs. Norwich City

G M. Stekelenburg
D Maya Yoshida
D Cedric
D Jose Fonte
D Matt Targett
M James Ward-Prowse
M Sadio Mane
M Oriol Romeu
M Dusan Tadic
M Steven Davis
F Graziano Pelle


G John Ruddy
D Steven Whittaker
D Sebastien Bassong
D Russell Martin
M Wesley Hoolahan
M Nathan Redmond
M Robert Brady
M Alexander Tettey
M Graham Dorrans
M Jonathan Howson
F Cameron Jerome
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 09:25:59 PM

Goal! Southampton 1, Norwich City 0. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Southampton vs. Norwich City

G M. Stekelenburg
D Maya Yoshida
D Cedric
D Jose Fonte
D Matt Targett
M James Ward-Prowse
M Sadio Mane
M Oriol Romeu
M Dusan Tadic
M Steven Davis
F Graziano Pelle


G John Ruddy
D Steven Whittaker
D Sebastien Bassong
D Russell Martin
M Wesley Hoolahan
M Nathan Redmond
M Robert Brady
M Alexander Tettey
M Graham Dorrans
M Jonathan Howson
F Cameron Jerome
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 10:56:26 PM
Southampton 3-0 Norwich City
Graziano Pellé (45')
Dusan Tadic (64')
Dusan Tadic (67')
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 30, 2015, 11:19:07 PM
Swansea City vs. Manchester United

G Lukasz Fabianski
D F. Fernandez
D Neil Taylor
D Ashley Williams
D Kyle Naughton
M Gylfi Sigurdsson
M Jack Cork
M Jonjo Shelvey
M Wayne Routledge
F Bafetimbi Gomis
F Andre Ayew


G Sergio Romero
D Matteo Darmian
D Chris Smalling
D Luke Shaw
M B. Schweinsteiger
M Juan Mata
M M. Schneiderlin
M Ander Herrera
M Daley Blind
F Memphis Depay
F Wayne Rooney
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Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 12:01:34 AM

First Half ends, Swansea City 0, Manchester United 0.

Swansea City vs. Manchester United

G Lukasz Fabianski
D F. Fernandez
D Neil Taylor
D Ashley Williams
D Kyle Naughton
M Gylfi Sigurdsson
M Jack Cork
M Jonjo Shelvey
M Wayne Routledge
F Bafetimbi Gomis
F Andre Ayew


G Sergio Romero
D Matteo Darmian
D Chris Smalling
D Luke Shaw
M B. Schweinsteiger
M Juan Mata
M M. Schneiderlin
M Ander Herrera
M Daley Blind
F Memphis Depay
F Wayne Rooney
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 12:20:36 AM
48'
Goal! Swansea City 0, Manchester United 1. Juan Mata (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 12:28:04 AM
61'
Goal! Swansea City 1, Manchester United 1. André Ayew (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a fast break.
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Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 12:41:13 AM
66'
Goal! Swansea City 2, Manchester United 1. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by André Ayew with a through ball.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 01:05:48 AM
Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Manchester United 1.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 01:45:52 AM
Swansea stunned Manchester United for the third consecutive time with another comeback win at the Liberty Stadium.

Juan Mata's close-range strike just after half-time put United ahead, but Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis gave Swansea a 2-1 victory which moved them above the Red Devils and into the top four of the Premier League.

Gomis had scored the winner when the two sides last met in February, part of a Swansea double, and he did so again with his fourth goal of the season and his ninth in the last 10 Premier League games.

It all added up to another feather in the cap of Swansea manager Garry Monk and a desperate afternoon for Louis van Gaal, who was taking charge of United for the 50th time, and saw his side concede for the first time in the league this season.

United had scored four times in the Champions League in midweek and they started where they left off in Bruges, full of attacking intent and trying to get the ball into lone striker Wayne Rooney quickly.

Memphis Depay won a second-minute free-kick which he took and forced Luakasz Fabianski into a scrambling save on his goal-line and Mata was almost instantly off target from 20 yards.

Luke Shaw then released Rooney with a peach of a pass which cut out Federico Fernandez but Ashley Williams covered brilliantly to avert the danger.

United were at their most dangerous when Memphis was drifting off the left flank and from one such foray he picked out Herrera, but Mata was unable to profit from his fellow Spaniard's pass as he fired wide of the near post.

Swansea had been slow to stir with some of their early-season attacking fluency denied them by the absence of thigh injury victim Jefferson Montero.

But the hosts suddenly took a grip of the game at the halfway point of the first half after Gomis had raced onto Ayew's pass to shoot wide.

Seconds later Gomis' clever flick freed Gylfi Sigurdsson and the resulting snapshot was inches wide of the post.

But United were clearly rattled and Sergio Romero's poor clearance straight at Jonjo Shelvey ended with the goalkeeper having to clutch the midfielder's shot under his crossbar.

Swansea were even closer to breaking the deadlock after 28 minutes when Gomis' purposeful run left Daley Blind and Chris Smalling struggling to cope and the Frenchman poked the ball against the outside of Romero's post.

But United were ahead when Shaw surged down the left and his cross fell to Mata at the far post who crashed the ball high into the net under pressure from Williams.

Mata might have had another but Swansea equalised from a 61st-minute counter-attack when Williams fed Sigurdsson and Ayew's downward header from his cross had too much power for Romero.

And they were ahead five minutes later when Shelvey and Sigurdsson combined for Ayew to slip through Gomis.

The Frenchman's finish lacked but it still squirmed its way past Romero at the keeper's near post and victory was preserved by Williams' terrific tackle at the death to deny Rooney.

Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Manchester United 1.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 03:09:55 AM
Crystal Palace's "frightening" pace was too much for London rivals Chelsea, said manager Alan Pardew after the Premier League champions slumped to a shock 2-1 home defeat on Saturday.

The visitors had to soak up wave after wave of pressure but ruthlessly exposed Chelsea on the counter-attack as they inflicted Jose Mourinho's second home defeat in his 100th league game at Stamford Bridge.

It was Palace's third victory in four games this season and they occupy second place in the table, three points behind Manchester City.

"We can frighten teams with our pace and we did that from start to finish," Pardew told the BBC after his side triumphed with second-half goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward.

"Our defenders had to defend really well and they did. We've added new players this season but haven't lost our spirit."

Pardew, who took over midway through last season, has transformed Palace into a side capable of mixing it with the best in the division.

Their well-organised and steely rearguard, and creative midfield, perfectly compliments a forward line bursting with speed and exuberance.

"It was a really good performance today, one of the best I've seen from one of my teams in terms of composure," said Pardew.

"We have got technically better players than last season. I'm not saying we're contenders for Europe but we're a good side."

Only Arsenal have beaten Palace this season and crucial to their impressive victory at Stamford Bridge was a desire to attack a wounded Chelsea team who have taken only four points this term.

"That was full throttle for 90 minutes," said Palace defender Damien Delaney. "It wasn't a sit-in, 11-men behind the ball game. We had a good few chances and could have made it more comfortable.

"We've come here the last two years, sat in and got beaten. But we said if we're going to get beaten let's have a go. Once we got them on the back foot we thought we could keep them low after their start to the season."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 03:12:06 AM
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood snapped his * during his side's 2-2 draw with Sunderland after kicking out at a water bottle in disgust at the referee denying a penalty.

"I've done my *. I never did it as a player, I have now done it as a manager," he told the Villa website (www.avfc.co.uk) after Saturday's match.

"I was going to kick bottles forward but there were too many people so I thought I'd be polite and backheel them and snapped my *. It feels bad," he added.

"I must have looked like a spoiled brat. I tell my kids not to behave like that. Before today I thought I had calmed down."

The incident was triggered when Spanish midfielder Carles Gil, a second half substitute, was booked for diving instead of being given the penalty in the Premier League game at Villa Park with the score level at 2-2.

Villa had dominated the final half hour against bottom of the table opponents.

"We have been robbed," Sherwood told reporters. "It definitely should have been a penalty... my team couldn't have done any more today."
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Post by: ORIENT on August 31, 2015, 03:16:21 AM
Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Manchester City)

Manchester City have bolstered their midfield ranks with the signing of highly-rated Belgian Kevin de Bruyne from VfL Wolfsburg on a six-year contract, the twice Premier League champions said on Sunday.

The fee was not disclosed but British media reported it to be in the region of 50 million pounds ($76.92 million), a record for the club whose previous biggest signing was Raheem Sterling from Liverpool in July for an estimated 49 million.

Only Angel di Maria has cost more in British football, when Manchester United bought the Argentine from Real Madrid last year for almost 60 million.

"I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles," playmaker De Bruyne told the City website (www.mcfc.co.uk).

"I think this is the most important for the club, the players and for the fans of course."

The 24-year-old has forged a reputation as one of Europe's most creative midfielders with 33 assists in 72 appearances in all competitions for the German side.

He started his career at Belgian side Genk and was an integral member of their title-winning side in 2011, scoring six goals and registering 17 assists in all competitions.

In 2012 he joined Chelsea but was immediately loaned out to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, registering 10 goals and 10 assists in 34 appearances.

The 33-cap Belgium international struggled to secure regular football at Stamford Bridge, however, and moved to Wolfsburg with Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho saying he had been "an upset kid, training very bad and not ready to compete".

At Wolfsburg, however, he thrived and became one of Europe's most revered creative midfielders.

"We are very happy to have added Kevin to our team and I have no doubt that he will be a big success on his return to the Premier League," City manager Manuel Pellegrini added.

"It takes a special footballer to improve our squad and I have no doubt that Kevin is certainly one of those – he has all of the mental, physical, tactical and technical attributes required to fit straight in.

"We like to play attractive, attacking football and bringing in a player like De Bruyne will only aid us as we fight on four fronts."

Following the announcement Wolfsburg tweeted: "thank you for everything and we wish you lots of success."

De Bruyne became City's fourth signing of the close-season following the acquisitions of England internationals Sterling and Fabian Delph and Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 01, 2015, 07:33:29 AM
Norwich City have signed Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani on a season-long loan with an option to buy pending the approval of a work permit, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 29-year-old Democratic Republic of Congo international joined Belgian club Standard Liege in 2007 before moving to Monaco.

Mbokani played for Anderlecht from 2011-13 and then scored 16 league goals in 33 games in two seasons with Dynamo.

He has played 30 times for his country since making his debut in 2006.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 01, 2015, 07:35:51 AM
Monaco forward Anthony Martial is poised to join Manchester United after being allowed to leave the France training camp to sign his contract on deadline day, the French federation said on Monday.

"He asked Didier Deschamps the authorisation to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United. Given the exceptional circumstances, the coach has granted that authorisation to the player," the FFF said in a statement.

British media reported that United have offered 36 million pounds ($55.49 million) for the 19-year-old, who scored nine goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances last season.

The uncapped Martial was called up by Deschamps for friendlies against Portugal in Lisbon and Serbia in Bordeaux.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 01, 2015, 07:37:08 AM
Borussia Dortmund have signed Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj on loan for a season, the German club said on Monday.

The 20-year-old Belgium winger was reportedly a target for several European clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Olympique Marseille and Valencia.

"Adnan is a high quality and versatile player who complements our attack," Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc said.

Januzaj made four appearances for United this season, scoring in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa this month.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 01, 2015, 07:43:58 AM
West Bromwich Albion have signed goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from Manchester United on a two-year contract.

The 31-year-old Denmark international joined Albion on a free transfer after passing a medical at the Hawthorns.

"Since moving to England I've been impressed with how well West Brom have done in the Premier League," Lindegaard told the club's website (www.wba.co.uk) on Monday.

Lindegaard joined United in 2010 from Norwegian side Aalesund but made only 29 first-team appearances for the Old Trafford club, acting as back-up for Edwin van der Sar and David De Gea.

He is the third United player to join West Brom this year after midfielder Darren Fletcher and defender Jonny Evans.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 03, 2015, 02:28:27 AM
Bournemouth forward Max Gradel could be out for six months after tearing a cruciate ligament in his knee during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Leicester City, according to British media reports.

The Ivory Coast international, who was sidelined with a similar injury in 2013, was signed by the Premier League club for a reported seven million pounds ($10.72 million) from Saint Etienne in August.

The 27-year-old returned to the Cherries seven years after leaving the club, where he spent two separate loan spells in the 2007-08 season.

Bournemouth have already moved to strengthen their squad, signing Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray on a three-year deal on transfer deadline day.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 03, 2015, 02:32:03 AM
West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino has suggested he will never play for the club again after failing to secure a last-minute transfer to Tottenham Hotspur as several players did not get the moves they wanted on a frenetic deadline day.

England under-21 striker Berahino was the subject of four failed bids from the London club and reacted angrily on Twitter, saying he would not play for the Midlands outfit again under chairman Jeremy Peace.

"Sad how I can't say exactly how the club has treated me, but I can officially say I will never play (for) Jeremy Peace," he said.

While Peace responded by saying he made it clear to Spurs that West Brom would not accept a bid for Berahino so late in the window, he admitted the player had been unsettled by what he called Tottenham's "antics".

Berahino's was among a number of high-profile deals that failed to get over the finish line, including goalkeeper David De Gea's transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid and Everton defender John Stones' proposed move to Chelsea.

The breakdown in De Gea's deal has led both teams to blame each other for a bureaucratic failure to file all the documents in time for the transfer to be processed.

Stones put in a transfer request and was the subject of three bids of 20, 26 and finally 30 million pounds ($45.91 million), which were all rejected by Everton who held firm and insisted that the player was not for sale.

Stoke City's Jon Walters and Southampton's Victor Wanyama also have bridges to build with their clubs after both asked to leave but failed to force through moves.

Wanyama, who was linked with Tottenham, was left out of Sunday's 3-0 home win over Norwich City for not being "mentally and physically good enough to play", according to Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

Koeman, however, would not agree to any transfer, according to media reports, having earmarked the midfielder as a key player after losing Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United earlier in the transfer window.

Walters submitted a transfer request to smooth the wheels of an exit from Stoke, with Leicester City and Norwich City in a deadline-day race to secure his signature.

But his club were not prepared to sanction his sale without bringing in a replacement and Walters' departure was quashed when Stoke's move for Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak broke down.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 03, 2015, 02:39:33 AM
Newcastle United's new boys will take time to gel but the side will be a force going forward in the Premier League, summer recruit Georginio Wijnaldum has said.

Newcastle have reportedly spent over 50 million pounds ($76.55 million) this summer on Chancel Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Toney.

"We have good players but now we must make sure we show we are a good team," the 24-year-old Wijnaldum, the third most expensive signing in the club's history, was quoted as saying by the Chronicle.

"When a lot of players come to a club it can be difficult to gel because you don't know each other properly.

"However, we are going to train hard to make sure we do know each other. Then we can be a big team going forward," the Netherlands international added.

Newcastle currently sit second-bottom in the league table after collecting just two points from four games but Wijnaldum hoped the Magpies will now kick on.

"We are focused on everything. You have to have confidence going forward and feel you can win a trophy. We have that chance here," the former PSV Eindhoven skipper said.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 03, 2015, 02:42:20 AM
The family of Manchester United's latest signing Anthony Martial were more nervous than he was about him becoming the world's most expensive teenager by moving from AS Monaco.

The fee for the 19-year-old, dubbed the new Thierry Henry despite barely 50 first-team games for the Ligue 1 side, was put at 36 million pounds ($55.11 million) by British media and as high as 80 million euros ($90.27 million) by French media.

However, the forward told a news conference at France’s training camp in Clairefontaine on Wednesday that he was not concerned about the cost of the transfer.

"My family were definitely a bit nervous because of my high price but I'm going to stay focussed on my work," he said.

“I’m not sure I’m worth 80 million euros. I left for the football side. It’s quite crazy for a player of my age but that’s how the market works. This sum has been negotiated between the two clubs.”

Martial does not believe his price tag will be a problem as he learns to adapt to the Premier League.

"I don't see myself as being under any pressure. Since I was young, people have told me I have the right characteristics to play in England," he added.

Martial said United manager Louis van Gaal had asked him his best position and been told it was in the centre.

"But he told me I can play in a number of positions," the French Under-21 international added. "It's the coach who decides."

Nor did Martial appear overawed by the prospect of featuring alongside players like England captain Wayne Rooney.

"It's normal Wayne Rooney doesn't know me," he said. "Next to him I'll improve my game a lot."

Martial, who scored nine goals in 35 league matches last season, has been called up by Euro 2016 hosts France for friendlies against Portugal in Lisbon on Friday and Serbia in Bordeaux on Monday.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 05, 2015, 03:55:48 AM
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has blamed Manchester United's "lack of negotiating experience" for the failure of goalkeeper David De Gea's move to the Spanish capital on Monday.

The deal, which included Real's Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas moving to United, broke down in surreal circumstances when the completed paperwork was not filed with the Spanish league (La Liga) until just after the midnight deadline.

Real and United blamed each other and Perez added more fuel to the fire late on Thursday when he suggested in an interview with Spanish radio broadcaster Cadena Ser the English club's negotiating team had not been up to the job.

The construction magnate noted that a similar situation had occurred last year when United wanted to buy Real's Portugal fullback Fabio Coentrao and also when they were tying up a deal to sign midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.

"As it's a new (United) team, they lack experience," Perez told Ser's "El Larguero" programme.

"It's a shame," he added. "I don't want to blame anyone but we do not understand why so much time was needed to look at the contracts.

"I don't think they (United) had bad intentions. They would have had a lot of work to do."

De Gea, whose United contract expires at the end of the season, could find himself in limbo, at least until the end of the year when the market opens again.

While the transfer saga rumbled on, United coach Louis van Gaal left the 24-year-old former Atletico Madrid keeper out of the squad, with Argentina's Sergio Romero playing instead.

Perez said it was too early to say whether De Gea might still join Real, where he is seen as a long-term replacement for former captain Iker Casillas, who joined Porto in July.

United hit back on Friday by suggesting it was Madrid's failure to complete the documentation that cost them the chance of securing their target.

"The facts speak for themselves," a club spokesman said.

"The FA are prepared to back our case that documents were in on time. We all like to blame others but if you let one slip through your fingers into the back of the net, then ultimately the culpability is yours."
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Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 04:45:22 AM
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois needs knee surgery and will be out for "quite a long time," manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

The 23-year-old Belgium international will miss the champions' Premier League game at Everton on Saturday and the start of their Champions League group campaign.

Bosnian Asmir Begovic, signed from Stoke City this year, will replace Courtois who sustained the injury in training.

"I cannot tell you much but I can tell you he needs surgery in his right knee and will be out for quite a long time," Mourinho told reporters.

"The doctors have to be more specific but I think today we will be ready to give out more information.

"It is a big blow, it is not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured but it's easy to have one of the best in the world to play and we have Begovic to play," Mourinho added.

"I'm very sad for Thibaut and the team but we have a top keeper -- Begovic will be in goal."

Chelsea, who sold long-time first-choice keeper Petr Cech to Arsenal in June, have made a disappointing start to the season, taking four points from their first four matches to fall eight points behind leaders Manchester City.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:34:04 AM
Everton vs Chelsea

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes talk of a Chelsea crisis has been over-hyped.

The defending champions arrive at Goodison Park on Saturday on the back of a rare home defeat to Crystal Palace before the international break which has left them with just four points from as many matches.

There has been much debate about how a number of Jose Mourinho's key players are under-performing but Martinez insists it is only a matter of time before they kick into gear again - he just hopes it is not against his side.

"It is only four games into the season so if you want to make an assessment it will not have a lot of substance," he said.

"They have not lost any of their top performers from last season, they won the league by a clear distance, and I expect to see this side competing for every trophy they were competing for last season.

"What you can say about this team is that they haven't reached that winning momentum they had last season - that is obvious.

"You can have the same players and same way of playing but you need to develop that momentum and that comes with good results.

"Their four games this season - apart from Manchester City away from home - it has been about small margins.

"I expect a very strong Chelsea team with the right approach hitting the heights that they had last season when they won the league comfortably.

"I don't think there is a big difference - we just need to make sure they don't develop momentum against us."

A little more than 12 months ago Chelsea won 6-3 in a game full of attacking intent but Martinez does not envisage a repeat performance.

"I do expect for it to be a bit of a different encounter," he added.

"Off the back of an international break it will be less of an open game but the make-up of the two sides is the same."

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be out for "quite a long time" after suffering a knee injury in training, manager Mourinho has announced.

The Barclays Premier League champions will first be without the Belgium goalkeeper for Saturday's match after Courtois suffered the injury in training.

"Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee," Mourinho said.

"As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out."

It is another blow for the Blues, who have four points from their opening four games and sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City.

Asmir Begovic will deputise for Courtois, who suffered the injury on Wednesday in circumstances Mourinho was not familiar with, as it happened during a goalkeeper-specific session.

"In this moment we lose Courtois for a long, long time - I hope it's not long, long, just long," added Mourinho, who will have Jamal Blackman on the bench.

Oscar remains out with an undisclosed injury, but could return to contention for next Wednesday's Champions League campaign opener at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv or the following Saturday against Arsenal.

"Almost there," said Mourinho on the Brazil playmaker.

Mourinho declined to discuss Chelsea's transfer window activity, when Everton rebuffed offers for defender John Stones.

"The transfer window is closed. I have no more comments. I have nothing to say," Mourinho said.

"What (Everton boss Roberto) Martinez says for me means nothing. I don't comment.

"John Stones, I expect him to play tomorrow with (Phil) Jagielka, because it's the normal two central defenders that play for Everton."

Asked if he would shake hands with Martinez at Goodison Park, Mourinho said: "You think that's important? I don't think it's important."
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Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:36:29 AM
Arsenal vs Stoke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no doubt his side can soon get back on the goal trail at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners host Stoke on Saturday having yet to find the net in their opening two home matches.

Wenger, though, remains confident the end product will come sooner rather than later provided his side maintain their focus.

"We have created the chances and that is what we want to continue to do," said Wenger, who is facing up to being without injured England forward Danny Welbeck until at least Christmas.

"I believe that the finishing is a bit cyclical, up and down, and we are the team who has created the most chances since the start of the season, so let's just continue to focus on the quality of our game."

Arsenal drew criticism for failing to bring in a replacement for Welbeck ahead of the transfer deadline after they knew the former Manchester United frontman needed surgery on a long-standing knee problem.

Wenger had hoped Welbeck, who last played in the goalless draw against Chelsea on April 18, would be set for a return soon after the international break.

"We got very bad news because in my mind he was almost ready to play again. He was very close, but he could not tolerate the final step up in his rehab," Wenger said to Arsenal Player.

"We always wanted to try conservative rehab first under the guidance of specialists and he did get very close.

"We had to consult and in the end they decided to go in (to the knee) and see what is wrong. He will be out certainly until Christmas."

Wenger feels Mark Hughes' Potters, who finished last season in ninth place, are now a much different proposition.

"Stoke have been here a long time in the Premier League and they have improved their technical quality," said Wenger.

"They have (Ibrahim) Afellay, Bojan, (Xherdan) Shaqiri, (Mame) Diouf up front and Charlie Adam in midfield. They have a lot of technical players that can give you problems.

"What we want is to focus on our own performance as we want to take off at home now.

"We had two good away games with positive results in difficult places and we know at home we can be efficient against anybody."

Stoke may have a dire record from recent trips to Arsenal, but Hughes insists the Emirates holds no fear for his side.

The Gunners have won each of their past 13 home encounters with the Potters, a sequence that dates back to 1981, and will hope they can this weekend accrue their first Barclays Premier League success at their north London abode this season.

However, Hughes' men have had Arsenal's number on their own patch, losing just once to Wenger's side in the Premier League era at the Britannia Stadium, and they will also take heart from away victories other teams have had in the top flight already.

"There's a strength in the Premier League that gives confidence to everybody," he said.

"Maybe in the past teams would fear going to the Emirates or Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge. I know when I was a Man United player a lot of teams would turn up and you knew almost immediately they didn't believe they could win games there. I don't think that's the case any more.

"Most teams go with the intention of asking questions of the top teams and seeing how far it takes you. We're very much in that group of teams that feel we can go anywhere and give good accounts of ourselves.

"Sometimes we'll be able to do it, other times the opposition will be good on the day. (But) our attitude to go to the top clubs is probably more confident than it has been in the past."

That has been bred by a series of impressive scalps Hughes has added to his Potters resume.

He delivered long-awaited victories over Chelsea and Manchester United in his first season at the helm and Stoke claimed an away success at Manchester City last August before annihilating Liverpool 6-1 to close out the campaign.

With the likes of former Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic now in tow too, Hughes is confident they are well placed to end their Emirates hoodoo.

"We feel we're better equipped with certain types of players that can maybe ask more questions of them," he added.

"Certainly on their own patch they've had an indifferent start, maybe it's a good time to play them."
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Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:44:13 AM
Crsytal Palace vs Manchester City

Manchester City may have been the Premier League's top spenders this summer but Alan Pardew insists Crystal Palace are closing the gap.

City have splashed more than B£150million on the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne since they were stunned 2-1 by the Eagles at Selhurst Park last April.

The results have been impressive so far with City boasting four wins out of four, without conceding a goal, to sit top of the table ahead of Saturday's rematch.

But Palace moved up to second on the back of their win at champions Chelsea a fortnight ago and Pardew, whose biggest summer outlay was B£10million midfielder Yohan Cabaye, feels they have an even better chance of beating City's all stars this time around.

"Only a handful of Premier League clubs can spend that money, but we are in that next batch and we are all fighting to catch up," said the Eagles boss.

"You can only play 11 players. That's one good thing about this game. If we were coming up against City and it was 20 players each then they'd definitely win. But they can only play 11 and our 11 is getting closer to Man City's, as is Stoke's and West Ham's.

"Beating Chelsea must enhance our confidence. Our technical ability is now matching our work rate and that makes us a good team. Manchester City will be approaching this game knowing they are up against a good side.

"They will be favourites to win and you would expect them to win, but I think they will know we are a bit closer to them than last year.

"We won last year, but by the seat of our pants a little bit. At Chelsea we were much more in control and that's why I think we are in a better place to get a result against City, even though we won against them last year."

Injuries to Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh, and Glenn Murray's move to Bournemouth, are likely to mean an opportunity in attack for either Patrick Bamford or Dwight Gayle.

Club record signing Kevin de Bruyne is poised to make his Manchester City debut as David Silva sits out this weekend's trip to Palace.

Silva is not being risked by manager Manuel Pellegrini ahead of next Tuesday's Champions League encounter against Juventus after suffering an ankle injury during the international break.

That should make it straightforward for the Barclays Premier League leaders to slot their new B£54million man into their formidable-looking side.

Speaking at a press conference to preview the Selhurst Park clash with second-placed Palace, Pellegrini said: "In his position it is more easy, maybe, to settle in our team. He needs maybe to be included in the movements of our squad for more time, but if we need him at this moment he can play without problems."

Pellegrini made just one change to his starting line-up in City's first four games of the campaign - all of which were won convincingly without conceding a goal.

Former Chelsea player De Bruyne's big-money move from Wolfsburg came after the last of them, against Watford almost a fortnight ago, and has since been away with Belgium.

Pellegrini would have liked more time to work with him but does not think his lack of familiarity with his new team-mates will be a problem.

He said: "It is not the best way to arrive, to go to his national squad, but it doesn't matter.

"He is a very young player, 24 years old. I always say when good players arrive at a good team with very good players like David, Kun (Sergio Aguero), Yaya (Toure), just to name some, they will continue improving."

The international break has come at a cost for City with the luckless Fabian Delph injured as well as key playmaker Silva.

Silva's injury does not appear so serious and Pellegrini is hopeful he will be back in contention for the visit of Juve.

He said: "He is out for tomorrow and maybe it is a risk for him to take another kick in the same place, so it is better for him to rest a couple of days."

City's fine start to the season will be tested by Alan Pardew's Palace, who have also made a positive early impression by collecting nine points from their opening four games.

Pellegrini said: "Last season Alan Pardew also finished in a very good way with Crystal Palace.

"He is a manager that always has a good team with good performance. I am not surprised by them because they have very good players."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:45:47 AM
Norwich vs Bournemouth

Norwich manager Alex Neil will offer Lewis Grabban a clean slate after the striker returned to training following a club suspension for walking out on the team.

Grabban was reprimanded after he left the squad hotel ahead of the Capital One Cup match at Rotherham last month, the 27-year-old reportedly unhappy at Norwich rejecting three bids from former club Bournemouth.

The player issued a public apology late on Thursday night, declaring his determination to "train hard, let my football do the talking and to do everything I can to help Norwich City do well."

While Grabban - signed from Bournemouth in the summer of 2014, helping the Canaries win promotion via the play-offs - will not feature in the squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against his old club at Carrow Road, Neil hopes everyone can now put the matter behind them.

"Lewis broke the rules and he has been punished. He accepted that he has done wrong and has paid the consequences of that," said Neil.

"At the moment he is training to get his match fitness up, and will continue to pay his dues until he works his way back into the squad, so as far as I am concerned, the matter is pretty much done."

Neil agrees with Cherries boss Eddie Howe there should be no reason for any animosity between the two newly-promoted clubs when they go head to head on Saturday.

He said: "Eddie is the manager of Bournemouth and I am the manager of Norwich, we both will want to go and win the game, but there are certainly no hard feelings between the clubs, football is business."

Norwich brought in Congo forward Dieumerci Mbokani on loan from Dynamo Kiev ahead of the transfer deadline.

"He has looked good in training, is big and strong and offers us something different from what we have got, so I am hoping he will be a useful addition to what we have got," said Neil, who suggested the 29-year-old would probably be among the substitutes.

Norwich forward Kyle Lafferty impressed during the international break, scoring for Northern Ireland as they closed in on qualification for Euro 2016.

The 27-year-old, who spent time on loan at Turkish side Rizespor last season, has yet to feature for Norwich this season following recovery from a knee problem.

Neil said: "It is good that he has got minutes under his belt and Kyle is the same as any other player, he trains with the first team squad on a regular basis and puts himself into contention."

Howe has revealed his confidence that new signing Glenn Murray can inspire Bournemouth to Premier League safety.

The B£4million Bournemouth striker was recruited from Crystal Palace towards the end of the transfer window after a summer-long pursuit.

Alongside the promising Callum Wilson, presently the highest English goalscorer in the division, Murray is considered capable of scoring the goals that Bournemouth have deserved in previous Premier League fixtures but that have so far eluded them, and Howe believes that the striker will prove exactly what they have required.

"Glenn has a proven track record of scoring goals in the Premier League, is an experienced striker and has been there and done it," Howe said.

"He also gives us a slightly different dimension to our play. He is a predator but also scores goals from crosses which is something we have been missing.

"Every striker's brought in to try and chip in with goals. It's not the be-all-and-end-all, as long as they're contributing to the team, but it is a big part of what their job is.

"If you look at his track record, it's very impressive. His goalscoring return to games [played], he's managed to step up with every challenge that's been placed upon him, and reacted positively to that, and I think he'll fit in well to what we do here.

"Any striker, you're hoping can have a real impact on our season. I believe we've got really good attacking options. When you look at the strikers, they're all slightly different, they've all got their strengths and the areas they can help us; most of them are fully integrated into how we work.

"Obviously we're going to get Glenn used to our way of working and used to our way of playing, but I'm excited to see them all play together.

"It's [a transfer] we've chased for the majority of the summer so to finally get it over the line was very pleasing."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:52:40 AM
Watford vs Swansea

Quique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have not made any special plans to stop goal-machine Bafetimbi Gomis when Swansea travel to Vicarage Road.

Gomis is enjoying a rich vein of form having scored nine goals in his last 10 Premier League games - including the winner in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United ahead of the international break.

That run has seen the France forward's stock rise, with the Swans also impressing in recent weeks as fellow free transfer signing Andre Ayew has hit the ground running.

Garry Monk takes the Swans to face newly-promoted Watford on Saturday but Flores feels planning to purely negate the threat of Gomis is the wrong way to go.

"Our plans are collective," he said.

"It is to move Gomis into the place where we can reduce his ability. We never prepare one strategy for (Lionel) Messi, one strategy for Gomis, one for (Wayne) Rooney as that is a big mistake.

"In this case for us it is important to choose when we want to defend and attack - Gomis is part of the plan of course, but he is always involved in the main plan.

"They are a really good team. They are confident and have been working really well the last few years.

"They are a very clever team, they manage the transitions very well and have good individuals in Gomis, Ayew, (Jefferson) Montero, (Jonjo) Shelvey - they have a lot of good players. But we think of the team as a collective - no different to other matches."

While Gomis has been scoring freely, Watford are without a goal since the opening weekend of the season and that is something Flores is keen to address.

"We scored against Everton and afterwards we had chances but we had to work in the mind of the players and convince them they are working in the right way," he said.

"We don't have problems when we have the ball, the main problem is when we are in the last third. The attacks are coming when you're defending well - when we were preparing in pre-season we were thinking of working like a unit, a strong team who make it uncomfortable for the other team.

"It is clear that we have problems with the attempts. We are shooting less in the last few matches. We are working hard trying to solve this.

"I try to remove pressure for the players - the players need to do the best during the matches so I try to remove that during the week.

"I'm trying to make confidence to go onto the pitch and win and to show the fans that we have the possibility to win every single match we play."

Monk hopes the international break will not disrupt the momentum his side built up in the opening weeks of the season, Swansea unbeaten after four games and fresh from an exhilarating 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

But he is expecting a tough challenge against a newly-promoted Watford side still seeking their first top-flight win after three draws and a defeat.

"They've had a big transition of players in that squad but looked like they've gelled really quickly and the manager deserves a lot of credit for that," Monk said.

"They are highly organised and obviously playing with belief, and I'm sure they'll be identifying the home games in trying to create that fortress.

"It will be a good atmosphere there and the crowd will be very loud, but if we're focused after the international break we've definitely got the armoury to cause them trouble."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:56:58 AM
WBA vs Southampton

Saido Berahino could return for West Brom against Southampton - as Tony Pulis urged the striker to show the Baggies respect.

The England Under-21 international is in contention to face the Saints at The Hawthorns on Saturday after his strike threat.

Berahino tweeted last week suggesting he would not play for the club again after they rejected two deadline day bids from Tottenham.

But boss Pulis confirmed the 22-year-old, who had a transfer request rejected last month, is set to return after missing the last three games during the transfer saga but wants him to change his ways.

"I have no problems at all, he could play on Saturday," said Pulis.

"The respect Saido should have shown the football club and supporters wasn't there. He has to show them more respect.

"My big issue with Saido is he is immature at times in the way he reacts. Something he has done in the two windows since I've been here, his reaction has not been sensible.

"For him to want go to another club, to have the ambition to do that, I wish there were more players in my dressing room who had the ambition and quality to want to do that but the problem with it is the way he has gone about it and the way it has been managed.

"The way it has been managed has been poor.

"But I'm more concerned with getting Sadio getting back playing football."

Pulis, though, admitted he felt sorry for Berahino, who lost his father in the Burundi civil war.

He added: "He is a young lad and we have to understand and recognise that he has missed the greatest mentor he could have had in his life at an early age with his dad passing away. He has not had the guidance and the solid background a lot of us have been fortunate to have."

Berahino could play following Salomon Rondon's international duty with Venezuela after their games with Panama and Honduras in South America but Pulis has no fresh injury concerns following the international break.

Anders Lindegaard and Jonny Evans could make their debuts after joining from Manchester United.

Victor Wanyama could feature for the visitors after making peace with the Saints over being denied a transfer.

Defender Cuco Martina and forward Sadio Mane were still en route back to Southampton after international duty on Thursday, so may not have enough preparation time to contest selection.

Defender Virgil van Dijk could make his debut, while Jordy Clasie (ankle) is still not ready to return, with defender Ryan Bertrand (knee) missing out too - but expected to return to full training on Monday.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:59:49 AM
Manchester United vs Liverpool

Louis van Gaal has recalled David de Gea to his squad after the goalkeeper stunned the world by signing a new contract with Manchester United.

Eleven days after coming within minutes of joining Real Madrid, De Gea signed a new four-year contract at United worth B£200,000 a week.

The Spaniard was left out of Van Gaal's squad for the opening six matches because he felt he could not focus properly because of Madrid's interest in him.

But, now that his ''suffering'' has ended, De Gea is training with his peers and could feature in Saturday's game against Liverpool.

Van Gaal refused to confirm whether De Gea would start the game against United's bitter rivals, but the Dutchman clearly thinks the 24-year-old is now free of the mental turmoil caused by the longest transfer saga of the summer.

''Will he play? I will have to judge the session and he knows that,'' the United manager said.

''It's logical that his head is now empty and he can concentrate and focus on the match.

''That is a big change from three or four weeks before, so I hope I can see that and give him his first start.''

Two months ago senior sources at United confirmed the club had all but given up hope of persuading De Gea to sign the contract that has been on the table since last November.

The chances of De Gea staying looked even more remote last week when Madrid agreed a B£29million deal for the goalkeeper with United, who would receive Keylor Navas as part of the agreement.

But Real Madrid's failure to lodge the relevant documents with FIFA before the 11pm deadline cost them the chance to sign Spain's number one.

De Gea wants to draw a line under the whole saga.

''I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career,'' said the goalkeeper, who has played 175 times for the club in four years.

''I have always enjoyed playing with these great players in front of our fantastic fans. Manchester United is a special club and Old Trafford is an ideal place for me to continue to develop my career.

''I'm looking forward to putting a difficult summer behind me and concentrating on working hard to improve and help my team-mates to be successful.''

Michael Carrick is available for Saturday's game after overcoming the calf injury that caused him to pull out of the England squad on Monday.

Andreas Pereira came back from international duty with an injury and will therefore not play. Defender Phil Jones is still out as he continues his recovery from minor thrombosis.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes striker Daniel Sturridge is the fittest he has been for 18 months, but will still handle him with caution.

The England striker, who spent most of the summer undergoing rehabilitation in the United States, returned to full training with the rest of the squad this week after recovering from a hip operation in May.

He will not be ready for Saturday's match but his impending return will boost a goal-shy squad which has scored just two goals in four matches and none in their last two.

''There is no timeline as to when he will be fit to participate in the game but he is obviously back in training, which is good,'' said Rodgers.

''He looked really sharp in training, probably the best he's looked fitness-wise for 18 months, and it will be really good when he gets back.

''I can never say that (he is over the worst of his injuries) because I don't want to sit here and something happens in a couple of months' time.

''I can only look at what I see and from my experiences in the past I don't want to put any timeline on him coming back.

''I am grateful for the work done in America, for our own medical team who have done a brilliant job to do everything they possibly could to get Daniel back to a level of fitness.

''He has worked hard. He has joined in with the group and we will take it from there, day-by-day.''

Liverpool go into Saturday's game having been humiliated 3-0 at home by West Ham before the international break which saw them concede their first goals of the season.

Having only scored twice in four matches - with those coming in the opening two games - the side are also struggling up front.

Last season they went to Old Trafford and enjoyed the majority of chances only to lose 3-0.

Liverpool will be without suspended playmaker Philippe Coutinho after his red card against West Ham, so striker Danny Ings or winger Jordon Ibe are in contention to start.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 08:12:52 PM
Everton vs. Chelsea

G Tim Howard
D Phil Jagielka
D Seamus Coleman
D John Stones
D Brendan Galloway
M Muhamed Besic
M Ross Barkley
M James McCarthy
M Gareth Barry
F Romelu Lukaku
F Arouna Kone


G Asmir Begovic
D B. Ivanovic
D Cesar Azpilicueta
D John Terry
D Kurt Zouma
M Nemanja Matic
M Cesc Fabregas
M John Obi Mikel
M Eden Hazard
F/M Pedro
F Diego Costa
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 08:24:24 PM
17'
Goal! Everton 1, Chelsea 0. Steven Naismith (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Brendan Galloway with a cross.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 08:27:22 PM
22'
Goal! Everton 2, Chelsea 0. Steven Naismith (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross Barkley.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 08:46:53 PM
36'
Goal! Everton 2, Chelsea 1. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 08:56:24 PM
45'
First Half ends, Everton 2, Chelsea 1.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:20:11 PM
70' Everton 2, Chelsea 1.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:33:18 PM
82'
Goal! Everton 3, Chelsea 1. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a through ball.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 09:49:46 PM
Second Half ends, Everton 2, Chelsea 1.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 10:20:41 PM
15'
Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

Norwich City 0-0 AFC Bournemouth

Watford 0-0 Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton
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Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 10:48:13 PM
30'
Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

Norwich City 0-0 AFC Bournemouth

Watford 0-0 Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton
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Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 11:05:11 PM
HT
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City

Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

Norwich City 1-0 AFC Bournemouth

Watford 0-0 Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 11:29:31 PM
60'
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City

Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

Norwich City 2-0 AFC Bournemouth

Watford 1-0 Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 12, 2015, 11:43:17 PM
75'
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City

Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

Norwich City 3-0 AFC Bournemouth

Watford 1-0 Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 12:04:22 AM
FT
Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City

Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City

Norwich City 3-1 AFC Bournemouth

Watford 1-0 Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 12:31:51 AM
Manchester United vs. Liverpool

G David de Gea
D Matteo Darmian
D Chris Smalling
D Luke Shaw
M Juan Mata
M Daley Blind
M B. Schweinsteiger
M Marouane Fellaini
M Ander Herrera
M Michael Carrick
F Memphis Depay

G Simon Mignolet
D Nathaniel Clyne
D Martin Skrtel
D Joe Gomez
D Dejan Lovren
M Roberto Firmino
M James Milner
M Lucas
M Emre Can
F Danny Ings
F Christian Benteke
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 01:03:31 AM
30' Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool
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Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 01:39:23 AM
First Half Ends: Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool
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Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 01:46:30 AM
49'
Goal! Manchester United 1, Liverpool 0. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Juan Mata following a set piece situation.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on September 13, 2015, 01:49:51 AM
49'
Goal! Manchester United 1, Liverpool 0. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Juan Mata following a set piece situation.
Go Man U
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 02:09:28 AM
70'
Goal! Manchester United 2, Liverpool 0. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 02:14:30 AM
Everton 3-1 Chelsea

Steven Naismith came off the bench to score a hat trick as Everton heaped more misery on Chelsea with a 3-1 win at Goodison Park.

Everton lost midfielder Muhamed Besic to a * injury in the first attack of the game, and he was eventually replaced by Naismith after nine minutes. It proved to be the pivotal moment in the game.

Naismith scored the opening goal after 17 minutes, ghosting into the box to head Brendan Galloway's cross past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

And it was nearly two moments later but Begovic produced an outstanding save to deny Arouna Kone.

Everton did not have to wait long for their second, however, as Naismith arrowed home a left-footed shot from the edge of the box in the 22nd minute.

The home side were in complete command, but that all changed in the 36th minute. John Obi Mikel fed Nemanja Matic, who unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 yards out which gave goalkeeper Tim Howard no chance.

Chelsea were expected to come out strongly after the break but never really got up a head of steam, and Everton held on to their advantage.

The result was put beyond doubt in the 82nd minute, as Ross Barkley fed in Naismith and the Scotland international completed the perfect hat trick with a fine, right-footed finish.

The defeat means champions Chelsea are now suffering their worst start to a season since 1988.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 02:20:43 AM
Go Man U
Without Rooney and Depay just played half time, they still manage to beat Liverpool EASILY  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 02:22:46 AM
84'
Goal! Manchester United 2, Liverpool 1. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 02:23:26 AM
86'
Goal! Manchester United 3, Liverpool 1. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Young.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 03:07:04 AM
Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool

Anthony Martial scored on his Manchester United debut to seal a 3-1 win for Manchester United over rivals Liverpool as goalkeeper David De Gea made his comeback.

Daley Blind and Ander Herrera netted in the second half at Old Trafford, before Christian Benteke scored a stunner only for Martial to put the result beyond doubt with four minutes left.

The result ensured United bounced back from their loss at Swansea, while the defeat was a second in a row for Brendan Rodgers' team after they were beaten by West Ham last time out.

De Gea was handed his first United appearance of the season, having signed a new contract with the club on Friday following the collapse of his proposed transfer to Real Madrid.

Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, was absent for Louis van Gaal's side due to a * problem, meaning Marouane Fellaini was selected up front.

The first half at Old Trafford was severely lacking in terms of goal-scoring opportunities, as both sides struggled to find rhythm with shaky moments in the Liverpool defence and from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet the only real moments of anxiety.

United took the lead on 49 minutes through a well-worked free kick, as Juan Mata picked out Daley Blind on the edge of the area and the Netherlands international swept home first time with his left foot.

A poor kick from De Gea almost presented Liverpool with a chance before an acrobatic effort from Danny Ings called the Spain international into action, as he palmed away for a corner.

In the 65th minute, Blind was forced to clear Martin Skrtel's header off the line, before Van Gaal called up on £36 million summer signing Martial to replace Mata.

United doubled their advantage on 70 minutes, with Herrera dusted himself down after being brought down by Joe Gomez in the box to smash in from the penalty spot.

Benteke then pulled a goal back in emphatic style, executing a stunning scissor kick of beat De Gea and potentially set up a nervy end to the match.

But Martial wrapped up the three points for United, running at the Liverpool defence from the left and then coolly placing into the far corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 04:21:10 AM
Manchester City stayed top with a late 1-0 win over Crystal Palace while Manchester United downed Liverpool 3-1 and Arsenal beat Stoke City 2-0 to stay on their coat-tails in the Premier League on Saturday.

Champions Chelsea ended the day in 16th place, 11 points behind the leaders, when they crashed to another defeat, beaten 3-1 at Everton where Scotland striker Steven Naismith came off the bench to score a hat-trick.

City have 15 points from five successive wins, followed by United and Arsenal on 10 and Palace on nine.


Liverpool dropped to ninth after 36 million pounds teenage signing Anthony Martial secured the points for United with a dazzling late goal on his debut after Christian Benteke had scored with a brilliant overhead kick for the visitors.

Another teenager, Kelechi Iheanacho, clinched the points for Manchester City when he came on in the 89th minute at Selhurst Park and scored the winner a minute later.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 04:23:26 AM
There are 33 matches and another eight months of the season to negotiate but Manchester City will have the Premier League title wrapped up long before May if they continue as they have started.

Saturday's late, late 1-0 win at Crystal Palace where 18-year-old Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho scored one minute after coming on as an 89th minute substitute for Wilfried Bony, was City's 11th successive league win, including six from the end of last season.

A beaming Iheanacho told Sky Sports: "I just had two minutes to score and I am happy, happy I scored, so I am very grateful to the manager for introducing me.

"The fans went crazy when I scored, so it was a great thing."

City could well be on the verge of other great things this season.

They are now only three matches away from equalling Arsenal's all-time top flight record of 14 straight wins set in 2002 and have not conceded a goal in their last six league games, a club record.

Their perfect start, which has produced 15 points from five games and a goal tally of 11-0, means they are five clear of Manchester United and Arsenal, who both have 10 points, and, importantly, 11 ahead of champions Chelsea who have only four points.

The champions have lost three of their five opening games, won one and drawn one, and look a pale shadow of the team that lost only three times during the whole of last season.

And while City's statistics are impressive, so is the way the way they have been playing.

TOP GEAR

After winning the title in 2014, City failed to click into top gear last season and, although they finished as runners-up to Chelsea, they never seriously looked like catching them.

But this season they have played with renewed verve and belief -- and because of their huge investment in the summer transfer window, they also have greater strength in depth throughout the squad.

The arrival of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg and Fabian Delph from Aston Villa has bolstered them while midfielder Yaya Toure, looks like a man reborn in midfield.

By his own admission he was not at his best last season, but looks decidedly back on form now, exuding the swagger and confidence that seeps into all title-winning sides.

Despite all those riches, their match-winner on Saturday was a young little-known substitute, whose only other first team appearance was for one minute against Watford two weeks ago.

Iheanacho did not get much more time against Palace, but was in the right place at the right time to poke in the stoppage time winner after Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy parried a shot from Samir Nasri.

So instead of leaving Palace with one point, City left with three to keep their winning run intact and their eyes firmly fixed on their target, no matter how distant it might still be.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 04:27:35 AM
A defiant Jose Mourinho said he was the man to salvage Chelsea's season after the champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Everton on Saturday, their third defeat in five Premier League games.

Everton's hero was substitute Steven Naismith who scored the "perfect" hat-trick with a header and shots with his right and left foot as Everton condemned Chelsea to their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1986.

The champions have lost as many games as they did in the whole of last season, but Mourinho told BT Sports he was not panicking.

"The results are too wrong for our quality and our status and the players deserve much more than they are getting," he said.

"Right now it's easy for everyone to criticise me and the players that everything is wrong, but I completely disagree.

"I am the champion, the players are the champions.

"The way we are playing is not as bad as the results suggest because everything is going against us.

"But I don't blame the players and I don't blame myself. They are the worst results ever in my career but I am comfortable with the situation.

"I do not think there is a better manager than me to come to Chelsea and to do my job. I am the man for the job. I have done so many good things for Chelsea, but now I am the man with the bad results, but give me the responsibility and I will sort this out."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez was delighted with his players.

"A performance like that makes you very proud, it was an incredible team performance," he said.

Naismith was linked with a move to Norwich before the transfer window closed last week.

"Today was my chance and I managed to take it," the Scotland forward said.

Naismith replaced the injured Mo Besic and headed Everton in front in the 17th minute to complete a 19-pass move that cut Chelsea to ribbons.

The Scotland forward doubled the lead with a low left-foot shot before Nemanja Matic brought Chelsea back into the game with a superb 25-metre strike nine minutes before halftime.

Chelsea failed to build on that goal, however, and Naismith wrapped up the points with another well-worked goal after 83 minutes when his right-foot shot beat keeper Asmir Begovic who was replacing the injured Thibaut Courtois.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 05:36:58 PM
Sunderland vs Tottenham

Sunderland boss **** Advocaat has warned Black Cats fans not to expect miracles when they go in search of their first Barclays Premier League win of the season against Tottenham at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Advocaat pronounced himself satisfied with his late transfer window business, which saw a return to the club for striker Fabio Borini as well as the signings of Ola Toivonen and United States international DeMarcus Yedlin.

But he insists it will take time for his newly strengthened squad to hit top form as they continue to play catch-up in terms of fitness following the testing start to their new campaign.

Advocaat said: "I think we have a better squad than last year but the problem is they came in a bit late so it is still going to take a bit of time to fix the squad in all positions.

"The majority of the players we brought in were not playing for their clubs so physical-wise they are behind a lot of players and teams. They need game fitness so that is a little bit of a problem.

"The most important thing is that we stay away from relegation. We are very pleased that we have improved the squad and when it all comes together I am sure we will have a better side."

Borini is in line for his second debut on Sunday after being named in Advocaat's squad and he could team up with Jeremain Lens, who has pronounced himself fit again following a * knee injury.

But fellow new boy Yedlin is ineligible to play against his parent club and Advocaat is also still without Adam Matthews, Adam Johnson and Jordi Gomez.

Advocaat is certainly cutting a happier figure around the Stadium of Light since the spate of transfer activity, but he is fully aware the early-season woe has still not dissipated.

He added: "We all know that as quickly as possible we have to work out how to get the right balance in the squad, then we can go forward. If we don't do that, we are well aware there will be a problem."

Son Heung-min is in line to make his Tottenham debut. The South Korea forward has yet to feature for Spurs since his big-money move from Bayer Leverkusen but scored a hat-trick for his country against Laos and now looks set to start at the Stadium of Light.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino said the game could come too soon for fellow new recruit Clinton N'Jie while Christian Eriksen (knee) and Mousa Dembele (foot) are out.

Pochettino insists his Tottenham side are performing well enough to be winning games - even though they remain without a victory.

Spurs have drawn their last three Premier League games having started the season with defeat at Manchester United, with Harry Kane yet to score a goal so far.

However, they travel to the Stadium of Light with Kane having scored twice on international duty with England.

Pochettino believes Spurs having been slowly improving and they now need to top that off with a first win of the campaign.

"It is important," he said of the need to take three points off Sunderland.

"Always when Tottenham play it is important to win. We need to start to win the games because our performances have been good but in football it is all about the results.

"I think against Everton we competed much better than we did against Leicester and Stoke City. I think that we improve our level of focus during the game and now we need to follow in the same way. We have the quality to win the game."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 05:38:57 PM
Leicester vs Aston Villa

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has suggested the Premier League increase the numbers of players allowed in matchday squads to 22 so clubs can give more experience to young players.

In the Italian's homeland, Serie A sides are allowed to name 12 substitutes on their team sheets, while for competitive internationals a manager can pick subs from the full 23-man squad. In each case only three replacements are permitted and Ranieri proposed a move away from this.

The 63-year-old would welcome more choice when selecting substitutes and he believes a knock-on effect would see England manager Roy Hodgson presented with a much larger pool of players to choose from.

The Premier League increased the number of subs from five to seven for the 2008/09 season to bring the English top-flight into line with Champions League practice, but Ranieri would like 11 substitutes.

He said: "It happens in Serie A, why not England?

"It is a good opportunity for the young players. You would have an opportunity to put the 17-year-olds or 18-year-olds on the pitch.

"I could choose Joe Dodoo or Ben Chilwell and other young players.

"It is good for him, and it is also good for English football - 11 on the pitch, 11 on the bench. You pay 25 players. If the squad is 25 players, why only 18 go in the squad?

"The league here is very long, there are so many matches. I think we could improve on teams only having seven players on the bench. Why not 11? We can bring a lot of players to the bench and chose between them.

"Leicester has very good young players. It is important you can chose. If the squad is 25 players, why only 18 go in the squad? Twenty two could be better, in my opinion."

Ranieri's side will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season on Sunday when Midlands rivals Aston Villa visit the King Power Stadium.

Gokhan Inler could make his full Barclays Premier League debut. Leading scorer Riyad Mahrez was forced off against Bournemouth two weeks ago with a back injury but the winger proved his fitness by playing for Algeria during the international break.

New signing Nathan Dyer could be included in the squad against Villa but the best the on-loan Swansea winger can hope for is a place on the bench.

Idrissa Gueye is a doubt for Aston Villa after suffering a * injury on international duty with Senegal.

Jack Grealish is also struggling with an ankle problem but boss Tim Sherwood hopes he can shake it off before Sunday's game at the King Power Stadium while Adama Traore (ankle) is a doubt.

Joleon Lescott could make his debut after joining from West Brom on transfer deadline day but new Liverpool loanee Tiago Ilori (lacking match fitness) and Jores Okore (knee) are out.

Sherwood has defended Gabby Agbonlahor and insisted he will be at Aston Villa for life.

The club's longest-serving current player has come under fire after struggling to make an impact.

Forward Agbonlahor has netted just four goals in his last 29 games and is under pressure to score more following the summer sale of Christian Benteke.

But Sherwood insisted the 28-year-old, who is yet to score this season, remains a key part of his plans.

"Gabby's an important part of this football club and I can't ever see him leaving," he said.

"He's spent more time out there training than anyone else this international break because he wants to improve himself.

"We're there to help him improve. He's been doing one-on-one extra finishing and working hard.

"The supporters see him when he's on the pitch but I see him every day helping the young guys out here. He's an important part of this club going forward.

"I've needed to add people like Joleon Lescott to the group to help those like Gabby and Clarky (Ciaran Clark).

"But he's got a massive part to play both on and off the pitch."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 08:35:01 PM
Sunderland vs.Tottenham Hotspur

G Costel Pantilimon
D John O'Shea
D Younes Kaboul
D Billy Jones
D P. van Aanholt
M Jordi Gomez
M Yann M'Vila
M Ola Toivonen
F/M Jeremain Lens
F Jermain Defoe
F Fabio Borini

G Hugo Lloris
D Jan Vertonghen
D Kyle Walker
D Eric Dier
D Ben Davies
D Toby Alderweireld
M Nacer Chadli
M Dele Alli
M Ryan Mason
F Harry Kane
F Heung-Min Son
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 09:07:52 PM
Sunderland vs.Tottenham Hotspur

G Costel Pantilimon
D John O'Shea
D Younes Kaboul
D Billy Jones
D P. van Aanholt
M Jordi Gomez
M Yann M'Vila
M Ola Toivonen
F/M Jeremain Lens
F Jermain Defoe
F Fabio Borini

G Hugo Lloris
D Jan Vertonghen
D Kyle Walker
D Eric Dier
D Ben Davies
D Toby Alderweireld
M Nacer Chadli
M Dele Alli
M Ryan Mason
F Harry Kane
F Heung-Min Son

30' Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 09:32:33 PM
Half time

Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

Second half continue pick Sunderland
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 10:07:25 PM
70' Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 10:21:26 PM
82'
Goal! Sunderland 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a through ball.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 13, 2015, 10:48:11 PM
FT Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 14, 2015, 04:25:37 AM
Nathan Dyer's brave late header completed a remarkable comeback by Leicester as they climbed to second place in the Premier League table with a 3-2 home win against Aston Villa.

The Foxes looked like losing their unbeaten start to the season after wonderful curling efforts from Jack Grealish -- his first goal for Villa -- and Carles Gil put the visitors in the driving seat.

But goals from Ritchie De Laet -- whose effort was given with the aid of goal-line technology -- Jamie Vardy and substitute Dyer, making his debut following his loan arrival from Swansea during the international break, saw Claudio Ranieri's men snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Winger Dyer remained on the floor for a couple of minutes after clattering into goalkeeper Brad Guzan when heading the 89th-minute clincher, but eventually got to his feet to take the acclaim.

There was a let-off for Leicester early on when Gil sent Gabriel Agbonlahor racing clear and his low cross to the far post was just beyond the reach of Scott Sinclair, who at full stretch poked the ball wide.

The Foxes also had an early chance when Wes Morgan shrugged off Jordan Amavi to meet Marc Albrighton's cross but powered his header over the crossbar.

Grealish spurned a terrific chance to give Villa the lead in the 24th minute when he steered his shot straight at Kasper Schmeichel. But when presented with a similar opportunity just before half-time, the youngster did not make the same error.

Leicester struggled to clear a corner and the ball bobbled around a crowded penalty area before breaking to the edge of the box where Grealish curled home a lovely right-footed shot beyond a possibly unsighted Schmeichel.

The sheer joy on Grealish's face was there for all to see as he ran towards his manager Tim Sherwood. He had longed for that first goal for the club since he was a child playing football round the back of the Aston Social Club in the shadow of Villa Park.

Leicester emerged for the second half full of vigour. Jeff Schlupp burst into the box and cut the ball back for Vardy whose instinctive back-heel flick rolled narrowly wide.

Vardy then raced clear into the area but Micah Richards remained with him and got a crucial block on the striker's shot.

It was somewhat against the run of play when Villa extended their lead in the 63rd minute. Agbonlahor broke free down the left and played a square pass to Gil who guided a lovely curling shot around defender Robert Huth and back into the top corner of the net from 22 yards.

Midway through the second half Leicester had a big shout for a penalty turned down by referee Mike Dean when Vardy's burst into the box was halted by Leandro Bacuna.

Shortly afterwards De Laet halved Leicester's deficit. His near-post flick from Riyad Mahrez's corner looked like it might have been headed safely off the line by Ashley Westwood but goal-line technology alerted Dean that the ball had crossed.

Vardy then sent a shot into the side-netting as Leicester sensed they could still get something from the game.

They were right -- they could. Mahrez's mazy run forward set up Danny Drinkwater and his low cross was poked home by Vardy with eight minutes still to play.

The pressure on Villa was relentless and Dyer, on at half-time for Shinji Okazaki, immediately endeared himself to Foxes fans when he bravely got between two Villa defenders to head home before running into Guzan.

Mahrez almost added some gloss to the scoreline, which would have been harsh on Villa, with a curling effort which flew narrowly wide.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 14, 2015, 07:04:01 PM
Westham United vs Newcastle United

Angelo Ogbonna is hoping to take the feel-good factor from West Ham's historic win at Liverpool into Monday night's game against Newcastle.

The Irons have lost both of their home Premier League games at the start of their final season at Upton Park ahead of their much-publicised move to the Olympic Stadium next summer.

Leicester and Bournemouth have left east London with all three points as Slaven Bilic awaits his first league victory in front of his own fans.

Coupled with early elimination from the Europa League qualifiers, the start to West Ham's season would have been considered a disaster were it not for impressive wins on the road at both Arsenal and Liverpool.

A 3-0 win at Anfield before the international break gave West Ham their first victory at Liverpool since 1963 and Ogbonna, who was not called up for Italy's Euro 2016 qualifying double-header, is keen for that result to lead to an upturn in home form.

"When you win you enjoy the next game," he said.

"Our preparations have a good feel about it at the moment and we want to put things right against Newcastle because we are very annoyed about our last two results at home.

"We now look forward to the Newcastle game on Monday night. It is not just about playing under the lights, but we need to win for our home support.

"We are focused and have to do everything to get the result. I want to concentrate and give everything and all the players will prepare well to win the game.

"We have been unlucky at home and we need to change and do something better than what we did in the last two games."

On a busy deadline day, West Ham brought in no fewer than four new faces and three of them - Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic - are in contention to make their debuts when Newcastle come to town.

Ogbonna has been impressed with the late transfer business but singled out the fourth recruit Alex Song, who is returning for a second successive season-long loan from Barcelona, as a great signing for the Hammers.

"I hope the new signings will enjoy the West Ham mentality and everything around the club," Ogbonna added.

"The West Ham attitude is different to other teams and I hope everyone is comfortable in this team.

"Alex Song is a great signing for the club. We need that kind of experience and he is someone who has played at another level and it is great for us."

As well as the trio of new recruits, Andy Carroll could be in line to face his former club having fully recovered from the knee injury which has ruled him out since February, while Mark Noble is free to captain the side having had his sending off at Liverpool overturned on appeal.

Meanwhile, Steve McClaren has urged his Holland stars to put their international misery behind them and help to kick-start Newcastle's Barclays Premier League season.

Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita and Georginio Wijnaldum were all part of the Dutch squad which lost 1-0 at home to Iceland and 3-0 in Turkey during the international break to leave themselves in peril of missing out on the Euro 2016 finals.

With Daryl Janmaat and Siem de Jong also hoping to force their way back into Danny Blind's plans, the repercussions of a bad week will have been felt deeply at St James' Park.

However, McClaren is confident his Oranje contingent will be able to put their disappointment to one side to aid the Magpies in their quest for a first league win of the campaign.

The former England manager said: "I have got experience of both sides and you really can just park your club when you are with your international team, you can park it.

"It is a weird experience, going from one to the other, but they adapt so quickly, footballers.

"Yes, they are internationals, they are a team and then they come back to the club and it's great to see everybody else.

"Win, lose or draw in the internationals, good result or bad, they kind of just get on with it.

"If they lose and are disappointed, it's great to come back to the buzz of the club, and if they win, it's good that they bring back the infectious confidence.

"All I say is just enjoy the experience and come back fit making sure you are ready to play."

McClaren will be without striker Aleksandar Mitrovic as he starts a three-match ban following his dismissal against Arsenal.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 15, 2015, 03:21:15 AM
Scoring against arch-rivals Liverpool on his debut was the perfect way for Anthony Martial to introduce himself to his team mates and Manchester United's supporters, midfielder Michael Carrick has said.

Martial became the world's most expensive teenager when United signed him from Monaco for a reported 36 million pounds ($55.7 million) on transfer deadline day, and although he is well known in France, the size of his fee and relatively low profile due to his age prompted murmurs of surprise in England.

Midfielder Carrick joined captain Wayne Rooney in admitting that he did not know much about the teenager when United signed him, but backed Martial to have a bright future at United based on his debut performance.

"I have to be totally honest, I didn't know an awful lot about him but I do now! To start like that, you can't really ask for more," Carrick was quoted as saying by the club's website (www.manutd.com).

Martial put the gloss on United's 3-1 win at the weekend after coming on as a second-half substitute when he danced past three defenders in the 86th minute and sidefooted the ball home.

"It doesn't get any better than that does it? Coming in and coming on, scoring against Liverpool like that," the 34-year-old Carrick added.

"He has done well to get in that position and I thought the finish was terrific, how he just slotted it home, he was so calm and composed. You can't ask for a better start.

"He has announced himself and everyone has seen it on the big stage. It's a good start for him. I am sure his confidence will be sky high after that.

"It's a good way to settle him and if that has raised expectations then so be it, but that is part of the game."
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Post by: ORIENT on September 15, 2015, 03:22:32 AM
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman wants his side to become more clinical in front of goal if they are to start picking up three points on a more consistent basis.

Southampton have won just once in five matches this season and played out a goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday, where the Saints managed just four shots on target out of 10 overall.

"We had the experience from last year and we knew we will have a lot of possession and then it's always important what you make out of that ball possession and that was not enough," Koeman was quoted as saying by British media.

"Not enough to score the goal.

"The best chance maybe was in the first half for Jay Rodriguez, and not good enough in the final part in attacking, not clinical enough. Sometimes we make too difficult choices in our final pass," he added.

The Dutchman acknowledged that his side's defending has been a big positive this season, having kept three clean sheets in the Premier League.

"That's positive, because in my opinion it starts always at the back and a clean sheet normally makes a winning game. But we have to realise that we have to create more," he said of an attack that has scored five league goals.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 15, 2015, 03:25:13 AM
9'
Goal! West Ham United 1, Newcastle United 0. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mark Noble.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 15, 2015, 06:56:11 AM
Westham 2-0 Newcastle

Slaven Bilic gave Steve McClaren another miserable evening as West Ham finally got their home campaign up and running with a 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Goals in each half from Dimitri Payet proved enough to fire the Hammers up to fifth in the Barclays Premier League, and leave McClaren's Newcastle stuck in the bottom three.

Bilic famously masterminded McClaren's darkest hour in management eight years ago when his Croatia side beat England 3-2 at Wembley.

That defeat prevented the Three Lions qualifying for Euro 2008 and cost McClaren his job as England boss, as well as a large chunk of his credibility.

And in their first competitive meeting since that rain-soaked night, Bilic once again came out on top while McClaren's Toon side are still winless, having not scored in the league since the opening day of the season.

West Ham's start to the campaign has been somewhat bizarre to say the least, with wins at Arsenal and Liverpool sandwiching home defeats by Leicester and Bournemouth.

But they could sense Newcastle were there for the taking after just nine minutes when B£10.5million summer signing Payet capped a sweeping move with a stunning opener.

Mark Noble collected Diafra Sakho's backheel in the penalty area and laid the ball back for the French midfielder to coolly sidefoot a curling effort into the top corner.

Payet arrived from Marseille with a reputation for creating goals as well as scoring them, and he showed why by teeing up Manuel Lanzini for a shot which the youngster blazed over, before playing in debutant Victor Moses only for the Chelsea loanee to fire wide.

By contrast, the sum total of Newcastle's efforts in the first half was a Janmaat shot which Hammers keeper Darren Randolph comfortably kept out.

And three minutes into the second half West Ham doubled their lead.

Moses was desperately unlucky not to mark an impressive first appearance with a goal when he ran almost the length of the field following a Newcastle corner, only to crash his shot against the crossbar.

The ball bounced down and out towards the lurking Payet, who thumped it into an empty net to take his tally for the season to three.

Newcastle tried to find a way back into the match but the closest they came was a shot from Siem de Jong which was deflected narrowly over the top, much to McClaren's frustration.

It may not have rained at Upton Park as it did at Wembley that fateful night, but you sense the storm clouds may already be brewing at Newcastle.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: benhur on September 15, 2015, 06:03:18 PM
Just had a look at the Premier League table, surprise to see Chelsea at 17th position !!!
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 15, 2015, 06:07:08 PM
Just had a look at the Premier League table, surprise to see Chelsea at 17th position !!!
Nobody will believe that before the season kick off.

"Chelsea grabbed just 4 points from first 5 games"  :sweat: :sweat:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:06:41 AM
Chelsea vs Arsenal

Forward Willian is out of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Arsenal with a * injury.

Striker Radamel Falcao, playmaker Oscar (both knee) and Pedro (thigh) could be available, but are doubtful.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is out for around three months following knee surgery, while defender Papy Djilobodji, who is not in the Champions League squad, could be included.

Based on previous comments made by boss Jose Mourinho, a handshake is likely to be offered to Arsene Wenger pre-match.

The Frenchman, who shoved Mourinho in last October's clash at Stamford Bridge, evaded his rival at Wembley when finally ending his 13-match winless run in the Community Shield.

Mourinho was coy on the subject.

"I don't think it's important now and I don't think tomorrow people is focused on that. I think people is focused on what happens on the pitch," Mourinho said.

Chelsea are 17th in the standings after their miserable start of four points from five matches, 11 adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho is ignoring everything other than the Gunners.

"If we are looking to the table, I don't think that helps," he added.

"It's a match I want to isolate from every possible context. It's just Chelsea-Arsenal and it's a match that we want to win. If it's a pre-season friendly against Arsenal, we want to win. Community Shield, the same."

Petr Cech returns after leaving for North London following 11 years of sterling service at Chelsea.

Mourinho added: "Arsenal goalkeeper until the game ends. When the game ends, if he wants to come to our dressing room, the door is open for him."

John Obi Mikel and captain Terry are the only survivors from Mourinho's first spell.

Terry played every minute in the top flight last season, but has been less in favour this term, although Mourinho maintains he is a key ally.

"I trust him as always and he's one of my men," Mourinho added.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no interest in reopening a war of words with Mourinho.

Despite the intense media focus on the pair's simmering rivalry, which has included Mourinho once branding the long-serving Arsenal manager a "specialist in failure", Wenger would rather his side's performance on the pitch make the headlines.

He said: "No special relationship (between any manager) is my worry, all I worry about is our performance tomorrow.

"I respect everybody in the job and focus on what I love and that is football. All the rest honestly does not concern me much.

"Realistically people come to watch football and all the rest is a little bit secondary. What is important is the quality of what we will see tomorrow morning at 12.45 and you want people to focus on that."

Asked if he would shake Mourinho's hand and if he regretted their touchline bust-up, Wenger replied: "I don't want to talk about that. I have nothing more to say about this situation."

Wenger was asked if he felt Chelsea were in decline. He replied: "I don't know, I leave that to the specialists. I take care of my team and my own problems."

Chelsea head into the match in need of a kick-start to their Premier League campaign, which has seen the champions beaten three times already and down in 17th place.

Wenger, though, says he draws no schadenfreude from the issues facing his rival manager.

"It can happen," he said.

"Let's not forget it is the start of the season and only five games have been played.

"For us it is a big game and we know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games.

"I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well with full power tomorrow."
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Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:10:03 AM
Bournemouth vs Sunderland

Eddie Howe has hailed Jermain Defoe as the best finisher he has ever seen.

The Bournemouth manager played alongside the Sunderland striker for the Cherries during the 2000-01 season, while Defoe was on loan from West Ham.

Defoe scored 19 times in what was his only season at the then-Division Two club and thereafter established himself in the Premier League and at international level with England.

Howe, an impressive central defender at his peak, played alongside and against Defoe in training, and as his team prepare to host Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday he has warned them of the striker's potential threat.

"He is the best finisher of a ball I've ever seen," Howe said. "We will have to keep him quiet, that will make the difference on Saturday.

"We are under no illusions that these games are huge for us. They could set a platform for the rest our season. We know that.

"I don't think we are looking at Sunderland. At this stage the league table is irrelevant. We just want to win.

"They were unlucky to lose to Tottenham last week. They have a number of good players and a strong manager. They will pose a big threat on Saturday."

Bournemouth's B£4million summer signing Glenn Murray could make his full debut in the clash.

The striker came off the bench in last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Norwich, a result which is likely to lead to Howe making changes to his team.

Charlie Daniels is in contention to return having recovered from a knee injury, but Bournemouth remain without summer signings Christian Atsu, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings, the latter two being long-term absentees.

Meanwhile, Di.ck Advocaat admits he does not care how Sunderland play in the game as long as they win.

The Black Cats head for the Vitality Stadium still awaiting their first Barclays Premier league victory of the season, but buoyed by a significantly better performance in last weekend's 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham.

Head coach Advocaat is confident there is a lot more to come from a team which took the game to Spurs for long periods and was unfortunate to emerge defeated after twice hitting the woodwork.

However, the Dutchman, who celebrates his 68th birthday later this month, will be happy with three points from the clash with the Cherries in whatever fashion they are delivered.

He said: "I have always said it doesn't matter how you play, I always go for three points. It doesn't matter how.

"Everybody has to realise that we have had a really, really difficult time because we brought players in late, and you see our line-up, six or seven players were out of contract, so we need more time for them to gel with each other more than normal.

"If we had started with this squad in the beginning, then everything would have been much easier than now."

The likes of Fabio Borini and Ola Toivonen are among those who headed for Wearside as the transfer window drew to a close, and the Sweden international in particular has made an impressive impact during his first few weeks in England.

They will be joined for the first time by on-loan Spurs defender DeAndre Yedlin, who was ineligible to play against his parent club on Sunday, and fit-again midfielder Adam Johnson.

The England international has not played since he dislocated a shoulder during the opening week of the season.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:11:43 AM
Aston Villa vs WBA

Boss Tim Sherwood has urged Aston Villa fans to keep their derby emotions in check against West Brom.

The teams face each other at Villa Park on Saturday for the first time since their fiery FA Cup clash last season.

Villa won the quarter-final 2-1 in March but were eventually fined B£200,000 after fans twice invaded the pitch, once during and once at the end of the game.

Seats were also thrown from the Albion section onto Villa supporters in the stand with Tony Pulis insisting he feared for his players' safety during the invasion.

Claudio Yacob and Jack Grealish were also sent off in the second half during a feisty game which came just four days after Villa had won their Barclays Premier League clash 2-0.

And Sherwood wants supporters to stay in their seats even if his side win the game.

He said: "I just hope that they're tempted to. If they are then we've done something right but please stay to the edge on the pitch. Do all your cheering from there. You do it well enough.

"They give great support to this football club, to the players and to myself.

"It can be done from their seats or standing up. Make sure you stay off the pitch.

"I just hope you get tempted to jump on it."

Idrissa Gueye's * injury will be assessed on Friday after he missed Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Leicester while Carles Gil and Adama Traore (both calf) are doubts.

Sherwood added: "I hear a lot of managers say it is just another game. It is not actually. It means a lot more than that, it is local pride, bragging rights. We have to make sure we do it for our fans and ourselves."

Albion chief Pulis hopes both sets of supporters will behave themselves on Saturday following the trouble last term.

The Baggies boss, who expects to have Jonny Evans fit after a dead leg, wants any losing fans to show their character.

"Derby matches are derby matches, they are fantastic games to be involved in and wonderful occasions," he said.

"The disappointing thing last year was the crowd trouble and I hope and pray both sets of supporters go there tomorrow and really respect football. That's what it's really about, two teams going head to head and giving it everything.

"Hopefully we'll have a great game, people will behave themselves and it does take a bit of character to stand up and walk away if you have lost. That's what people should do.

"I was disappointed in the reaction of some supporters because people should go there to enjoy the game and be big enough and man enough to accept if they win, lose or draw."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:14:58 AM
Newcastle vs Watford

Steve McClaren has admitted he was always expecting a "car crash" along the way as he attempted to shape his Newcastle team.

The former England boss has B£52million worth of summer signings to pick from after taking over a club which only just salvaged its Barclays Premier League status on the final day of last season.

However, the Magpies head into Saturday's visit of promoted Watford at the foot of the table without a win and having not scored in 402 minutes of league football since the opening weekend of the campaign.

Much of the optimism which greeted McClaren's early weeks on Tyneside has now dissipated, particularly after a toothless 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Monday evening, although the head coach insists that did not come as too much of a surprise.

He said: "Generally it is early season, we are learning about each other and the Premier League. The reaction, we will see tomorrow.

"You get back on the horse and the players are up for a reaction on Saturday. The players and fans expect that.

"We have had five games - two were with 10 men. In four games, our attitude has been spot-on, some of our play, some of our battling. Then Monday.

"[We are] in the process of [building] a new team, and [with] new players in the Premier League, in the process of trying to change things around in a football club, and during that process, it is a little bit like a car crash.

"You know it is going to happen and you can't do anything. You just wait for it to happen."

Victory this weekend is a must if murmurs of discontent are not to grow in volume, although McClaren, who will once again be without the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic as well as the injured Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote, is conscious that as well as attempting to bed in new arrivals, he has also to deal with the psychological scars of a brutal end to the last campaign for those players who went through it.

He said: "Of course there is [mental baggage]. It is normal and natural when you look at the run of results. We [the staff] come in fresh not knowing what has gone on, and of course there is.

"We sensed that a little bit in pre-season - a couple of times we conceded a couple of goals, and the reaction wasn't favourable."

Meanwhile, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is aiming to silence St James' Park.

The Hornets picked up their first league win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Swansea last weekend and travel to the north east looking to build momentum.

And Flores is looking to make sure their partisan following is kept quiet.

"We respect Newcastle because I know they are a very historical team in the Premier League," he said.

"They have McClaren whom I have respect for, a big coach in the Premier League. They have a a good leader, they signed a lot of new players also they are playing at a stadium with 55,000 fans.

"Of course we want to have a good atmosphere with high pressure but it is very interesting for us because when I imagine these kinds of matches I always think about creating silence in the stands.

"Our target is to create the silence. When you get to play and win in this kind of stadium it is amazing for the players and for their confidence, so it is very important to try to use this kind of atmosphere."

Odion Ighalo celebrated a new contract at Vicarage Road by scoring the only goal of the game to beat in-form Swansea.

That goal was Watford's first since the opening weekend of the season as captain Troy Deeney still waits to break his Premier League duck.

A talisman in recent years for the Hornets, Deeney also penned a new deal at the club before the start of the campaign and Flores has backed the Englishman to come good.

"The level of the opposition is different," Flores explained.

"He has scored a lot of goals but now the level of the defenders of the teams of everything is different so we need a little bit more from the players, they know they need to give a little bit more because the same is not enough.

"The Championship is one thing, the Premier League is different in terms of the play and intensity and quality so in this case I am really happy with the full squad but we know if we want to score 20 it's very difficult, and we have to improve the level of the players.

"But we are on the way and for sure when the season is finished Deeney and Ighalo and other players they are going to get their objectives."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:17:51 AM
Stoke vs Leicester

Bojan Krkic could be included in Stoke's starting XI this weekend after boss Mark Hughes said he feels the Spaniard is close to delivering his pre-injury form.

The 25-year-old ex-Barcelona and Roma forward last began a Barclays Premier League game in January, when he got the winner against Leicester, who visit the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Later that month cruciate knee ligament damage finished a season in which he had scored five times in 18 appearances but - having featured in the Capital One Cup and as a substitute against Arsenal this term - Hughes believes Bojan is already near the levels he produced prior to his injury.

"He's been desperate to play for about five weeks," Hughes said.

"He's understanding of the fact that I'll pick him on merit, I'll pick him when I feel he's ready and I'll pick him when I feel he can have the same impact as he had prior to the injury. He's very, very close to that point.

"We're delighted that he's an option so early. We didn't really expect him to be in my thoughts at this stage given the injury that he had. As a consequence of how well he worked and the amount of work he put in, he deserves a lot of credit.

"We're delighted we're in the position we find ourselves in and I have the option to pick him if I want."

It may be eight months since Bojan last started a game for Hughes but the Welshman praised his "tenacity and drive" in getting himself fit again and believes those qualities will serve him well as he looks to kick-start winless Stoke's season.

"There was a lot of expectation on him because he had a huge impact for us," Hughes added.

"Everybody wants him to come back and make that immediate impact. If the timing of his comeback wasn't managed correctly, he wouldn't be in the position to come back and make the impact that we think he will do when he's back playing regularly."

Striker Mame Diouf is once again struggling with a * issue and may miss the visit of the Foxes, although Glen Johnson has trained this week following a groin strain and captain Ryan Shawcross is jogging again after a back operation.

The Potters head into this weekend's slate of games occupying the bottom three along with fellow winless outfits Sunderland and Newcastle.

However, Hughes is relaxed over their slow start to the season which has included fixtures against Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

"It's early days, we have no anxiety," Hughes said. "We know we're a good group of players and the first win will come, ideally at the weekend."

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has praised his side for their fighting spirit - but warned they must stop falling behind in matches.

Ranieri's team have conceded the first goal in each of their last three Barclays Premier League fixtures, but have come back every time to maintain their unbeaten start to the season - none more dramatically than last weekend's 3-2 victory against Aston Villa.

"Coming back from behind might be exciting, but it is not good. Three times we go down, that is not good," said Ranieri, whose team travel to Stoke on Saturday.

"I would prefer to get in front and stay there than have to keep giving ourselves a problem. That is clear.

"But of course my knowledge is important. It is also important to say, 'Hey, be careful - three times down is not so good'.

"We have to be careful. My players have been incredible but I have warned them they can't continue to give teams a start because one day you will get punished.

"There is a very good spirit. They are characters. But I'm very curious - I want to see what they are like when something goes wrong.

"Every man can go to the ground, but I want to see when they pick themselves up. That is my focus."

Ranieri then joked that perhaps bribing his players with the promise of food might be the recipe to success as regards not conceding goals.

The affable Italian said: "I told them, if you keep a clean sheet, I'll buy pizza for everybody. I think they're waiting for me to offer a hot dog too!"

Nathan Dyer has been passed fit to be part of the Leicester squad that travels to the Potteries.

The winger, on loan from Swansea, has received the all-clear from the club's medical staff after suffering a heavy blow to the head in a collision with Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan as he headed the winning goal on his first Foxes appearance from the bench.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:21:03 AM
Swansea vs Everton

Swansea manager Garry Monk has expressed his admiration for Everton over the way they handled the John Stones transfer saga.

Monk's men have to break down an Everton defence featuring Stones at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as they seek to bounce back from last weekend's first defeat of the season at Watford.

But Monk feels the Toffees have struck a blow for clubs outside the Barclays Premier League's top-six elite.

Everton stood firm in the face of three offers from champions Chelsea last month - the last upwards of B£30million which prompted the England defender to hand in a transfer request - with manager Roberto Martinez insisting all along the 21-year-old was not for sale.

And Everton's stance was immediately rewarded last weekend when Stones produced a cultured performance in a 3-1 home victory over Chelsea.

"Roberto was very clear on the situation and credit to Everton that they've followed through on it," Monk said.

"I personally admire that because it's very difficult for clubs like Everton and ourselves - clubs outside that top six - when teams come in for your players.

"It's not just this league, but other leagues as well, that teams can come in and poach a player and wave that cheque in your face.

"Sometimes it's very difficult to stop a player having his head turned in those situations.

"It is a so-called step up and a different pay packet I would imagine, but that's testament to the club.

"They've stayed strong from the start and it doesn't look like it's distracted him. He's a very good player and you can see why he's attracted the interest he's attracted.

"But all credit to him. He looks to be getting on with it, which is what you should do as a player."

Swansea enjoyed a resounding 3-0 victory over Everton in the Capital One Cup last season but have never beaten the Toffees in 20 league attempts.

Monk says it would be pleasing to "put that record to bed" but admits it will be a difficult challenge, particularly as he says he has detected a change in Everton's approach this season.

"They had a difficult season last year for various reasons but they've started this one well and shown their true quality," Monk said as he prepares for another reunion with Martinez, his former Swansea team-mate and manager.

"The players they've got at the club they should be a top 10 side as that's been their history.

"They finished outside the top 10 last season and that would have been seen as below-par at Everton, but they don't have Europe this season and I'm sure they feel they will be able to concentrate on the league.

"Roberto's a good manager and they've probably changed their game a little bit this season.

"They've adapted their game, they can be direct at times and vary it up a bit.

"We are expecting a difficult game because they are obviously full of confidence after last weekend's result."

Martinez is delighted with the competition for places that has developed in his squad and the attitude of those not making the first XI.

The impressive 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over champions Chelsea at Goodison Park last weekend saw Steven Naismith net a hat-trick having come off the Toffees bench and the likes of Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu stay on it as unused substitutes.

Martinez said ahead of Saturday's league trip to Swansea: "I think it's clear the competition for places we have now we have not had before.

"As a manager you want that. The demands of having to be at your best, or someone else will take your place, allows you to be really competitive."

Seventh-placed Everton have lost only one of their opening five top-flight games this season, a sequence which has also included a fine 3-0 win at Southampton.

"The mentality has been right for a long time and it is just a matter of getting that momentum and consistency," added Martinez, whose side finished 11th last term.

"The performances we produced against Chelsea and Southampton were great signs and we need to be consistent over the next few games now."

Full-back Seamus Coleman and midfielder Muhamed Besic both came off in the Chelsea contest due to * problems, but Martinez has reported the duo have reacted well to treatment and are not being ruled out of Saturday's match in Wales.

If they do not make it, their replacements last weekend - debutant defender Ramiro Funes Mori and Naismith - will be ready to step in again.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:23:37 AM
Manchester City vs Westham

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is set to turn to big-money signing Nicolas Otamendi to fill the void left by injured captain Vincent Kompany this weekend.

Kompany will miss the Barclays Premier League leaders' home clash with West Ham on Saturday after suffering a calf injury in the midweek Champions League loss to Juventus.

It will be the first time this season Pellegrini has changed a back four that has so far been near faultless, keeping a clean sheet in each of their opening five Premier League games.

Otamendi, a B£32million buy from Valencia in the closing days of the summer transfer window, seems the most likely player to step in having come off the bench to replace the influential Kompany against Juve.

Pellegrini said: "It is always serious having injured players, especially the captain and especially in a moment when we didn't concede any goals in the first five games.

"I think it is important to carry on playing with the same names but I always say we have a squad.

"It is important for Nicolas Otamendi to have his opportunity to demonstrate why he is here and Martin Demichelis to return to his performance of last season. We have a squad and we need to replace the captain.

"Otamendi has been working with our team for the last three weeks - maybe not as much as we would like because he went with the national squad, but he is an experienced player, he must have his opportunity in this moment now. I hope he will have a good performance."

City have set formidable standards this season, with five successive wins opening up a four-point lead at the top of the table, and Pellegrini is hopeful they can be maintained in Kompany's absence.

He said: "Tactically we are working in exactly the same way that we did in the other two seasons but we are in a good moment because when individual performances are in a good moment, normally the team is also in a good moment.

"It is not easy not to concede one goal in the Premier League but we hope we can continue."

City are without Samir Nasri, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph but striker Sergio Aguero has recovered from the knee injury that limited him to just seven minutes against Juventus.

"He is 100 per cent and will play without any problems," Pellegrini said.

Record B£54million signing Kevin De Bruyne could also make his first City start but Pellegrini, speaking at his pre-match press conference, was non-committal.

Meanwhile, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes players as good as Dimitri Payet do not need time to adapt to the Barclays Premier League.

Payet moved to Upton Park from Marseille in June and has been one of the stars of the season so far, scoring three goals in his first five games.

At just over B£10million, the Frenchman looks to be one of the bargains of the summer already, but Bilic is not surprised how quickly the 28-year-old has settled.

"Some players need some time and also with Dimitri, he will go down and up," Bilic said.

"But in England, you talk too much about separating Premier League from other leagues.

"There is not so much talk about players moving from France to Germany, France to Italy, Italy to France, Spain.

"They don't talk much about is he going to make it? How much time does he need to adapt to the Premiership?

"If a player is a good player - of course it's a new environment, new country, blah, blah, blah - but Dimitri, he is 28, he is a really class player.

"It's not his first move, he played for Lille, Saint-Etienne, Marseille - Marseille is an extremely big club, with big pressure, big responsibility.

"He was a key player there and to be fair, still he is not settled completely, but he is such a class player and a good man, good professional, it doesn't surprise me."

West Ham travel to Manchester City hoping to extend an encouraging start to the season which sees them sitting fifth in the table.

Away wins at Liverpool and Arsenal can give the Hammers belief at the Etihad Stadium, but City will offer a stern test, having won all five of their games so far without conceding a goal.

"We're going to have be as solid or even more as concentrated together as we were against Liverpool and Arsenal," Bilic said.

"You have to give them something, you cannot stop all of them. It's not only up to us. They are Man City.

"It's going to be more up to them how the game is going to be played because they have that quality.

"But we are confident."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:11:18 PM
Chelsea vs Arsenal

G Asmir Begovic
D B. Ivanovic
D Cesar Azpilicueta
D Kurt Zouma
D Gary Cahill
M Eden Hazard
M Nemanja Matic
M Cesc Fabregas
M Oscar
F/M Pedro
F Diego Costa


G Petr Cech
D Nacho Monreal
D Gabriel
D Laurent Koscielny
D Hector Bellerin
M Francis Coquelin
M Theo Walcott
M Aaron Ramsey
M Santi Cazorla
M Mesut Ozil
F Alexis Sanchez
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:45:34 PM

Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 08:47:28 PM

First Half ends, Chelsea 0, Arsenal 0.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 09:06:32 PM
53'
Goal! Chelsea 1, Arsenal 0. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas following a set piece situation.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 09:35:57 PM
79'
Second yellow card to Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) for a bad foul.

Arsenal down to 9 men
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 09:43:52 PM
90'
Goal! Chelsea 2, Arsenal 0. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 09:50:35 PM
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla were both sent off for Arsenal as Chelsea clinched a 2-0 win over their Premier League rivals.

Gabriel was dismissed after clashing with Chelsea striker Diego Costa while Cazorla received a second yellow late in the second half at Stamford Bridge.

Kurt Zouma opened the scoring in the second half before the Blues wrapped up the match late on through Eden Hazard's strike.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho dropped captain John Terry to the bench and handed Branislav Ivanovic the armband, with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill preferred in the centre of defence.

For Arsenal, Theo Walcott started up front ahead of Olivier Giroud after the France international was sent off in the 2-1 Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb.

It was a tight first half as both sides were largely restricted to long-range efforts, with Theo Walcott drawing a comfortable save from goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after receiving Mesut Ozil's pass.

On 32 minutes, Chelsea came close to opening the scoring when Pedro received Cesc Fabregas' defence-splitting pass only for former Blues shot-stopper Petr Cech to smother the ball.

Just before half-time, Arsenal were reduced to 10 men. Diego Costa and Gabriel clashed with both players booked by referee Mike Dean, before the Arsenal defender was handed his marching orders for flicking his boot at the striker.

Chelsea made their numerical advantage pay eight minutes into the second half as Kurt Zouma headed in from close range following Fabregas' delivery from a free kick.

Arsenal had a chance to level on the hour mark but Alexis Sanchez sliced his chance, before the task was put beyond Arsene Wenger's team when Cazorla received a second yellow for a sliding tackle on Fabregas.

And the three points were sealed by Chelsea when Hazard saw his shot deflect off defender Calum Chambers to leave Cech with no chance.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 10:15:55 PM
4'
Goal! Bournemouth 1, Sunderland 0. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 10:23:05 PM
9'
Goal! Bournemouth 2, Sunderland 0. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 10:25:35 PM
10'
Goal! Newcastle United 0, Watford 1. Odion Ighalo (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Etienne Capoue.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 10:58:44 PM
HT

AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland
Aston Villa 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United 0-2 Watford
Stoke City 2-0 Leicester City
Swansea City 0-0 Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 11:27:17 PM
51'
Goal! Stoke City 2, Leicester City 1. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 11:35:12 PM
62'
Goal! Newcastle United 1, Watford 2. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 19, 2015, 11:41:05 PM
69'
Goal! Stoke City 2, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a headed pass.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 12:02:42 AM
FT RESULTS:

AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland
Aston Villa 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United 1-2 Watford
Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City
Swansea City 0-0 Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 12:16:04 AM
Manchester City vs West Ham United

G Joe Hart
D Bacary Sagna
D Eliaquim Mangala
D A. Kolarov
D Nicolas Otamendi
M Kevin De Bruyne
M Raheem Sterling
M Fernandinho
M David Silva
M Yaya Toure
F Sergio Aguero


G Adrian
D James Tomkins
D Aaron Cresswell
D Carl Jenkinson
D Winston Reid
M Mark Noble
M Pedro Obiang
M Manuel Lanzini
M Dimitri Payet
M Victor Moses
F Diafra Sakho
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 12:57:35 AM
6'
Goal! Manchester City 0, West Ham United 1. Victor Moses (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

Manchester City conceded first goal of this season..
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 01:10:51 AM
31'
Goal! Manchester City 0, West Ham United 2. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro Obiang following a corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 01:21:44 AM
45'
Goal! Manchester City 1, West Ham United 2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 02:37:37 AM
Manchester City 1-2  Westham

Manchester City's 100 percent start to the 2015-16 Premier League season came to a shock end as West Ham United won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Having won their opening five matches of the campaign without conceding a goal, City were stunned by a West Ham team who have also triumphed at Arsenal and Liverpool this term.

West Ham took a surprise lead on six minutes when Victor Moses, on loan from Chelsea, received the ball from Dimitri Payet before thumping in a low shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart from around 25 yards out.

Slaven Bilic's Hammers doubled their lead on 31 minutes when Diafra Sakho bundled the ball home from close range after City's defence failed to deal with a corner.

City pulled a goal back just before half-time when Kevin De Bruyne scored his first City goal since his £54 million transfer from Wolfsburg, the Belgium international driving low from outside the area.

City dominated possession in the second half as they pushed for a leveller and they came close when midfielder Yaya Toure powered through only to see his shot flash wide of the far post.

West Ham's backline continued to stay strong as City's frustration continued, with goalkeeper Adrian making a splendid save to tip over from Nicolas Otamendi's header in the 85th minute.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 05:12:04 AM
Latest BPL Standings

1 Man City
2 West Ham
3 Leicester City
4 Man United
5 Arsenal
6 Everton
7 Crystal Palace
8 Swansea City
9 Watford
10 West Brom
11 Bournemouth
12 Norwich City
13 Chelsea
14 Liverpool
15 Southampton
16 Tottenham
17 Aston Villa
18 Stoke City
19 Newcastle
20 Sunderland
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 05:50:51 AM
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

Mauricio Pochettino believes he has a strong enough squad to cope with a big week at an early stage in Tottenham's season.

Having started their Europa League campaign with victory over Qarabag on Thursday night, Spurs host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday before a Capital One Cup clash with fierce rivals Arsenal and a return to league action at Manchester City.

With three big games in the space of six days across two competitions Pochettino's side could lay down a marker for the remainder of the campaign - having not lost since an opening-day defeat at Manchester United.

Pochettino is expecting a challenge when he welcomes Alan Pardew's Eagles to White Hart Lane but insists his players can deal with such a tough run.

"We have a lot of games ahead and we need to be careful with the players," he said.

"We need to give the players time to recover and manage them in a very good way because we have some problems with some players but we have a big squad, it is not a problem.

"Palace have improved in different positions and showed it in the last nine or 10 games - they have won eight. They are a very strong team and have improved a lot from last season."

Eric Dier, who has been deployed in a defensive midfield role in recent games by Pochettino, echoed his manager's comments and has been impressed by the improvements made by Palace in the last year.

"They showed signs of what they are capable of when Alan Pardew took over last season," he said.

"This season they've really kicked on - it will be a tough test. They've got a bit of everything now because they are organised, they defend well but then they also have good attacking players with flair and creativity.

"It's a cliche but there are no easy games in the Premier League. Last season, people were talking about Palace possibly going down but they are now right at the top end of the table.

"Look at the likes of Swansea, Everton, Southampton and now Leicester. There are so many good teams that you can't afford to be off the pace in any game. You have to be ready every weekend."

Crystal Palace boss Pardew will not curb his side's attacking instincts despite leaking goals at the other end.

The Eagles head to Tottenham on Sunday flying high in sixth place, but they have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

However, Pardew has no intention of tightening up at the back at the expense of rattling in the goals at the other end of the pitch.

"On a professional level, the lack of clean sheets does concern me a little bit but I can still cope with winning 3-2 or 4-3," he said.

"The bottom line is I want this team to always think about scoring goals. If you are of that mindset then you can't switch to really focusing on a clean sheet.

"If we'd lost three games on the trot then maybe we'd start focusing on a clean sheet and start building from there, but we have got good momentum and a good feeling. Our players are smiley and happy and we will go out and try to take the game to Spurs."

Leicester, another team making an encouraging start to the season, have also yet to manage a shut-out, prompting manager Claudio Ranieri to offer his players a pizza for a clean sheet.

But Pardew added: "We're not really at the top of the tree for pizzas in this area here. Although a kebab or a burger might go down well if we keep a clean sheet.

"I don't want to take the ambition out of the team. The problem when I arrived was that the ambition had gone out of the team. We managed to put that right so I'm not going to take it away now.

"Clean sheets are important for results. If we'd got one last week against Manchester City we'd have been very pleased and we were a minute away from achieving it.

"We mustn't dwell on that and we'll try to score two goals at Spurs if we can."

Pardew could welcome back Damien Delaney, Joe Ledley and Connor Wickham, who all missed the last-gasp 1-0 defeat by City through injury.

However, full-back Joel Ward remains sidelined by a knee injury and forward Marouane Chamakh is out with * trouble.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 05:52:11 AM
Liverpool vs Norwich

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to see his side taking more risks in attack as they bid to remedy their goalscoring problem.

The Reds have netted only three times in their opening five Barclays Premier League games this season but will be hoping for a considerable boost to the tally on Sunday when they host Norwich, against whom they have notched 21 goals in their past five meetings.

And even with a fresh injury blow for club captain Jordan Henderson, who faces a further eight weeks out of action, Rodgers is hopeful his side can respond in the desired fashion.

And Rodgers said ahead of the contest at Anfield: "It is about risk-taking.

"I think, for some reason, that wee bit of risk has gone out of our game.

"We need to ensure we take those risks in order to create in the game and bring that intensity to it.

"The players have been working really hard at that over the last week or so and it only takes that one performance to spin the season around again."

Liverpool - with seven points so far, the same as newly-promoted Norwich - go into Sunday's match having lost their previous two league games, 3-0 to West Ham and then 3-1 at Manchester United.

In terms of risk-taking, Rodgers may well be thinking of the kind of individual moments of daring that saw Christian Benteke score acrobatically at Old Trafford - or Adam Lallana nutmeg an opponent before slotting in during Thursday's 1-1 Europa League draw at Bordeaux.

Rodgers has expressed his confidence about things improving for the Reds as various personnel become available again, with Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen in contention to make their comebacks from injury on Sunday.

Henderson, though, has broken a bone in his right foot in training on Friday - just as he was due to return from a heel problem.

Lallana himself was returning to action on Thursday after a month sidelined by a thigh problem, and Rodgers afterwards hailed the midfielder's "outstanding" goal, adding: "It was his touch and creativity which we have not seen so much of this season."

And as he looked ahead to the Norwich game, Rodgers said of Lallana: "I think when he's played he has been excellent and if he plays consistently over a period of time, Adam will reach the numbers that we would like from him - I think it is only injuries that have curbed that so far.

"His goal on Thursday will be great for his confidence. He has not been training that long, so to come through 90 minutes of a game at that level and score the goal he did shows he has got his eye back in very early and he will be looking to push on now."

Liverpool also have key playmaker Philippe Coutinho available again after he missed the United defeat due to a one-match suspension.

Defender Kolo Toure is being assessed having sustained a dead leg in the Bordeaux contest.

Norwich manager Alex Neil says the Canaries will take confidence from Liverpool's unconvincing home form.

The Reds were thrashed 3-0 at home to West Ham three weeks ago while their 1-0 win over Bournemouth relied on a Benteke goal, which should have been ruled out for offside.

The Canaries beat Bournemouth last week to move level with Liverpool on seven points in the table and Neil admits his side have nothing to fear.

''Going to one of the top six away from home is always going to be tough,'' Neil said.

''But as some of the other teams have shown this season it's more than achievable to go there and give a good account of yourself and hopefully get something from the game.''

Neil told Norwich City TV: ''When you look at the other sides who have gone there and done relatively well - Bournemouth got beaten 1-0 and gave a good account of themselves, and we were better than Bournemouth in our game.

''Liverpool are a good side though, they're well managed and we're going to have to make sure we put in a good performance.''

Norwich have certainly not looked out of their depth since arriving in the top flight but they are yet to face a side who finished in the top six last season.

Liverpool will provide a stiffer examination of the Canaries' survival credentials and Neil insists his players will not be backing off against the Reds.

''We can't be gung-ho or silly about how we approach the match but we'll approach it in the fashion that we'll go to win the match,'' Neil said.

''We've got to go to Anfield believing that we can win. I think that's the biggest bit, the players must go there and believe that they can do that.

''The thing I say to the players is that the worst thing that can happen is that you'll lose the game. Why be scared?

''Go and give it your best shot, and if it's not enough on the day we'll dust ourselves down, get ready and go again.''

Lewis Grabban has been short of fitness but the striker resumed training this week and is in contention to play for Norwich at Anfield.

Andre Wisdom is on loan from Liverpool and ineligible while Gary Hooper and Youssouf Mulumbu are out with ankle and foot injuries respectively.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 05:54:28 AM
Southampton vs Manchester United

Ronald Koeman has urged Southampton to attack Manchester United on Sunday.

The manager and his Saints team host United in the Premier League having scored in only two of their five league fixtures played so far this season.

United, however, have also looked unsettled and vulnerable. They lost 2-1 at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday and by the same scoreline at Swansea before the international break while Daley Blind, playing in the unfamiliar position of central defence, has been criticised by former United defender Rio Ferdinand as their "weak point".

Despite Chris Smalling's improvement, United's defence has, by their standards, been weak since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and Ferdinand's decline. That Luke Shaw broke his leg against PSV has further weakened Louis van Gaal's options and Koeman believes that his team are capable of capitalising on the uncertainty among their opponents' back four.

"It's a good game to show that we can play attacking football and create chances," Koeman told Southampton's official club website. "That's important for Sunday to win the game.

"We have to be confident. If we are not you can't win. You have to show your qualities and your belief in a good result on Sunday.

"They are a big team, a big club. A lot of attention comes to everybody. That makes the game more interesting. I think that's the best word for Sunday.

"Man United is always a team who tries to play football, tries to play football from the back. Normally they have good ball possession.

"It of course depends on Wayne Rooney or if Marouane Fellaini will play as the striker, but the intention from the Man United team is always to control the game and to dominate.

"But we have our own style of play. It's different because they will play different if it is Rooney or Fellaini in front, but that doesn't mean any difference for our team."

Koeman, incidentally, is expected to recall Sadio Mane after the winger missed last week's goalless draw with West Brom.

Mane was a reported summer transfer target for United manager Van Gaal, and Koeman remains without the injured Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Florin Gardos and Jordy Clasie.

Luke Shaw will miss the trip to his old club and it will be the first time that another former Saints player Morgan Schneiderlin has returned to St Mary's since his B£25million move to Old Trafford.

Schneiderlin spent seven years at Southampton, playing a key role in their rise from League One to European qualification last term.

But, perhaps mindful of the fact that Shaw and Adam Lallana were booed by Saints fans last term, the Frenchman is unsure what kind of reception he will get on the south coast this weekend.

"We will see (what the reception is) but I know, and I think also the fans know, that I gave my best to Southampton," the midfielder told United Uncovered.

"I know there have been some up and downs at the club. In the first two years after I came we went down to League One, but I left the club in the Premier League with their best [points] record in the league ever.

"I fought for this team with my team-mates. So we'll see what the reception is but we parted on good terms."

Schneiderlin admits it will be an odd occasion, but one he believes he can handle.

"It will be strange in a way to go in the away dressing room. I've never seen the away dressing room," he said.

"I'll see all the people that I worked with for seven years all behind the scenes. I know all the staff there so it will be strange for me but I need to stay focused on my game and put all those things aside.

"I need to just work on my game and be as focused as I can, but it will be very nice to savour."

With Shaw absent, Louis van Gaal has to pick a new left-back. Ashley Young, Blind and Marcos Rojo are the main contenders.

The good news for the United manager is that captain Rooney has overcome a * problem and is fit to start the match.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 08:47:49 PM
Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace

G Hugo Lloris
D Jan Vertonghen
D Kyle Walker
D Eric Dier
D Ben Davies
D Toby Alderweireld
M Nacer Chadli
M Dele Alli
M Erik Lamela
F Heung-Min Son
F Harry Kane

G Alex McCarthy
D Pape Souare
D Brede Hangeland
D Martin Kelly
D Damien Delaney
M Bakary Sako
M Yohan Cabaye
M James McArthur
M Jason Puncheon
M Yannick Bolasie
F/M Wilfried Zaha
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 09:45:21 PM
First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Crystal Palace 0

Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace

G Hugo Lloris
D Jan Vertonghen
D Kyle Walker
D Eric Dier
D Ben Davies
D Toby Alderweireld
M Nacer Chadli
M Dele Alli
M Erik Lamela
F Heung-Min Son
F Harry Kane

G Alex McCarthy
D Pape Souare
D Brede Hangeland
D Martin Kelly
D Damien Delaney
M Bakary Sako
M Yohan Cabaye
M James McArthur
M Jason Puncheon
M Yannick Bolasie
F/M Wilfried Zaha
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 10:07:04 PM
68'
Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Crystal Palace 0. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen following a fast break.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 10:49:13 PM
Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace

Tottenham earned their first home win of the Premier League season with a convincing 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace.

Endearing himself to the fans on his home league debut, Son Heung-min, signed from Bayer Leverkusen towards the end of the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £22million, scored the 68th-minute winning goal that his fine performance deserved.

As so often feels the case at White Hart Lane, where the home crowd is rarely reluctant to criticise their team, it appeared an early goal would have settled Spurs and encouraged them to show their true ability.

Instead, for all of their superiority in possession and quality in the final third, yet again they were at risk of finishing without victory. Harry Kane, perhaps owing to frustration, often left the area in pursuit of possession and in doing so left Spurs without a focal point.

Son impressed with his purpose and direct approach but, alongside him behind Kane, Erik Lamela was again disappointing and Nacer Chadli equally so.

As early as the third minute with both time and space, Kane, so far this season unable to recover the prolific form he enjoyed during the last, headed harmlessly over when last season a goal would have been the likely outcome.

Dele Alli, Lamela, and Kane again all had routine, close-range efforts saved by Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who impressed with his reflexes and consistency, but still a goal rarely looked likely.

It was actually Palace, who struggled in possession amid Mauricio Pochettino's pressing game, who had the most memorable chances of the opening half.

With 38 minutes gone, Bakary Sako - among Palace's weaknesses given his lack of direction up front caused their limited possession - forced Hugo Lloris into a fine save from a direct free-kick that had been heading towards the top corner.

Shortly after and just on the stroke of half-time, Yohan Cabaye demonstrated his quality with a low swerving shot, from the edge of Spurs' penalty area, that defeated Lloris but came back off the post. Had he scored, it appeared, Palace would have gone on to earn a comfortable victory.

Instead, from the second half Tottenham improved, and Palace only looked threatening on the counter.

Pardew introduced striker Fraizer Campbell for the underwhelming Wilfried Zaha and switched Sako to the right in an attempt to give his side more direction but it made little difference to their attempts to retain possession.

Spurs' Ben Davies had a headed goal rightly disallowed when Kane was caught offside, and Lloris produced an exceptional save from Sako when the forward, taking possession from a cross following an attack down the left, struck a powerful half-volley from the goalkeeper's right, but that was a rarity among the home side's growing pressure, and the opening goal proved imminent.

Christian Eriksen, deemed not sufficiently fit to start, came on for Chadli in the 66th minute and within two minutes his impact was such that Spurs had scored.

Taking possession from Lamela, Eriksen looked up and found Son's run. Playing with a by-now familiar belief, the South Korean continued his run into the penalty area and, before he could be challenged by Palace's defence, sent an accurate shot beneath the unfortunate McCarthy.

A further chance later came to Alli, again of Eriksen's making, to double Spurs' lead but the promising midfielder shot wide after cutting in on his right foot inside the area.

Palace offered little more in response, however, and will likely reflect enough had not been done to avoid defeat.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 10:51:30 PM
Liverpool vs Norwich City

GSimon Mignolet
DMartin Skrtel
DAlberto Moreno
DNathaniel Clyne
DMamadou Sakho
MPhilippe Coutinho
MJames Milner
MLucas
MEmre Can
FDaniel Sturridge
FChristian Benteke

GJohn Ruddy
DSteven Whittaker
DSebastien Bassong
DRussell Martin
MJonathan Howson
MNathan Redmond
MRobert Brady
MAlexander Tettey
MGraham Dorrans
MMatthew Jarvis
FCameron Jerom
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 20, 2015, 10:52:49 PM
Southampton vs. Manchester United

GM. Stekelenburg
DMaya Yoshida
DVirgil van Dijk
DJose Fonte
DMatt Targett
MDusan Tadic
MVictor Wanyama
MJames Ward-Prowse
MOriol Romeu
MSadio Mane
FGraziano Pelle

GDavid de Gea
DMatteo Darmian
DChris Smalling
DMarcos Rojo
MDaley Blind
MMichael Carrick
MJuan Mata
MM. Schneiderlin
FWayne Rooney
FMemphis Depay
FAnthony Martial
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 21, 2015, 04:22:12 AM
Liverpool 1-1 Norwich

Liverpool's Danny Ings scored within two minutes of coming on -- but his side were held 1-1 by Norwich at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge returned to the starting XI for the first time since April 8 after a series of injuries, but was unable to get on the scoresheet in the first half when Lucas Leiva's pass found him but John Ruddy made a fine save.

After half-time, Christian Benteke went off injured and Ings replaced him -- and it took just a few minutes for the striker to break his goal duck as Alberto Moreno clipped a pass to him to finish smartly.

But Liverpool were pegged back when Simon Mignolet flapped at a corner Russell Martin flicked home superbly to make it 1-1.

It was a familiar Liverpool story of not being able to hold onto a lead -- a much-changed side did the same in the Europa League against Bordeaux in midweek -- and while goals are still at a premium it is proving costly.

After seven points from their opening three matches Liverpool have taken one from the last three and are 13th in the table, seven adrift of leaders Manchester City.

It may have been premature for Norwich fans to sing 'You're getting sacked in the morning' to Brendan Rodgers, but there is no doubt the Reds boss is under increasing scrutiny.

The return of Sturridge was supposed to provide some relief but he will take time to rediscover his old form, although an hour here will have helped.

But it was his fellow striker Ings who injected some much-needed dynamism into an attack that had scored just three times in five previous league matches.

His busy play and relentless running is rapidly winning him plenty of admirers, and if he can tally regular goals to that there will be greater adulation to follow.

Ings took his goal well and could have won it late on but could not quite get his foot around the ball after squeezing through a couple of tackles.

The 23-year-old arrived at Anfield in the summer for a fee still to be decided by a tribunal as fourth-choice forward, but has already overtaken £10 million Divock Origi and if he can form anything like the devastating partnership Sturridge had with Luis Suarez then there could be further promotion to follow.

Rodgers jettisoned his 4-3-3 formation in favour of 3-4-1-2 a full three months earlier than he made the change last season, which sparked a marked upturn in results.

Now, as then, it did not get off to the best start with a defeat at Manchester United -- but if it is a way to get two strikers into the team then Rodgers may have to persevere with it.

It also brought the best out of Alberto Moreno, starting his first league match of the season, who was a bundle of pace and energy from left wing-back.

But familiar frailties were exposed as Martin punished a weakness at set-pieces and Philippe Coutinho squandered a one-on-one with John Ruddy, with Ings unable to retrieve the situation.

Mignolet partly redeemed himself with a good save from Jarvis but it was another two points dropped at home by Liverpool, who had been looking to bounce back from a 3-0 thrashing by West Ham in their previous home game.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 21, 2015, 04:26:15 AM
Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

Anthony Martial struck twice to make it three goals in two games for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal's men came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary's.

Last year, Robin van Persie scored twice in a narrow win for Louis van Gaal's side at St Mary's -- and now United supporters have a new hero as their £36million deadline-day signing from Monaco continued his impressive start to life in the Premier League.

Graziano Pelle scored the first and last goals of the game, but Martial levelled before the break and benefited from a lapse in concentration from Maya Yoshida to put United in front early after the break. Juan Mata was also on the scoresheet in the 3-2 win.

David De Gea, so nearly a late departure in the transfer window, also shone for United, with one save from Jose Fonte key to the win.

The visitors started poorly as their defence failed to cope with the movement of Southampton's front four and it was only a matter of time before they were made to pay.

The challenge for Daley Blind at centre-back was always going to come from Pelle, so good in the air, and the Italian got the better of their first aerial dual to start a Southampton attack that ended with Dusan Tadic firing just wide.

Marcos Rojo did well to clear a Tadic cross from the onrushing James Ward-Prowse as Saints started to turn the screw.

And it was from the very next attack that the home side opened the scoring as Ward-Prowse's perfect centre was turned towards goal by Sadio Mane, with De Gea saving but the ball rebounding in the direction of Pelle, who made no mistake.

United were in no way cohesive in defence and more sloppy play saw Pelle played in behind, but this time his effort came back off the post.

Morgan Schneiderlin's aimless header was collected by Mata, who was in an offside position, and as he ran into the box he was well challenged by Yoshida, with the ball falling to Martial who showed composure to control and finish well to level the game.

A short corner routine saw Schneiderlin get away a shot that was deflected behind as United began to enjoy a sustained period of pressure for the first time in the game.

Van Gaal's side were ahead five minutes into the second half as Yoshida played a tame backpass towards Maarten Stekelenburg, which Martial latched onto before slotting home.

The mistake from the Japan defender seemed to breed indecision in the Saints back four and it was skipper Jose Fonte who was next to surrender possession, with Memphis Depay screwing a shot just wide.

Fonte came close to drawing the hosts level but his near-post header from Tadic's corner was superbly pushed away by De Gea.

And it proved to be a timely save as United began to show that Van Gaal's possession-based football works as they kept the ball well and were soon two goals clear.

Depay found space in the box after the visitors had passed Southampton to death, drilling an effort off the post with Mata on hand to convert the rebound and all but kill off the contest.

Mata and Depay both missed the target with free-kicks won by the bustling Martial, and the final four minutes were made more interesting as Pelle headed home his second after smart work from Mane.

With five minutes of injury time remaining there was still time for De Gea to again show why he is so vital to United as he palmed Victor Wanyama's shot behind for a corner at full stretch.

That was the last chance for Southampton, with the three points taking United up to second place in the table with only neighbours Man City ahead of them.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 26, 2015, 12:24:25 PM
Tottenham vs Manchester City

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes it is too soon to talk about midfielder Dele Alli playing for England.

Alli, who left MK Dons in the summer, has been a revelation this season, forcing his way into Pochettino's starting line-up with a series of sparkling displays.

England boss Roy Hodgson watched the 19-year-old play 90 minutes in Tottenham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last Sunday and is believed to be considering the midfielder for matches against Estonia and Lithuania next month.

A strong showing against league leaders Manchester City would help his cause but Pochettino has warned against rushing Alli into the squad alongside some of his club-mates.

''It's the same situation as last season with Harry Kane,'' Pochettino.

''Be careful with the younger players, the players who arrive in the Premier League and perform well. It's not easy.

''But again, like last season, it's not my decision. It's Roy Hodgson's decision if he wants to call up Dele Alli.

''You can see he's a player that is very mature and shows great quality but always in football it's step by step and we need to be careful.

''He will mature. He has personality and good character. But it is too much of a rush to talk about bigger steps for him.''

Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut in March but has managed only two goals in 16 appearances since for Tottenham and is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League this season.

Despite the drought, Kane has played well in games for Spurs and Pochettino insists he has no plans to pull the 22-year-old out of the firing line.

''He was on the bench against Qarabag but I think he needs to play to have the opportunity to score,'' Pochettino said.

''We need to stop speaking about Harry Kane, we need to let him do his job. The most important thing is I'm very happy with his effort, the way he has been playing.

''Strikers need to score but it is only a matter of time, the goal is coming."

Ryan Mason remains sidelined with a knee problem while Alex Pritchard, Nabil Bentaleb and Mousa Dembele have ankle injuries and also miss out.

Manchester City will be lifted by the return of inspirational captain Vincent Kompany as they bid to reassert their authority this weekend.

City surrendered their 100 per cent record, and conceded for the first time domestically, as they slipped to a surprise loss to West Ham last weekend.

Central defender Kompany missed the game having been forced off with a calf injury during the Champions League loss to Juventus four days previously.

The Belgian is now set to return in place of Eliaquim Mangala - alongside whom he had helped keep five successive clean sheets - as the Frenchman misses out with a groin problem.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: ''It is important for the team that Vincent has just recovered from his injury. He is the captain and he started the season very well, not only as a defender, but he scored three important goals also.''

Kompany's return, along with that of Samir Nasri after a minor problem, was the welcome fitness news to emerge from Pellegrini's pre-match press conference.

But on the downside, playmaker David Silva remains sidelined with a calf injury and strikers Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho have also been ruled out with knocks. Mangala could be out until after next month's international break, joining the likes of Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph on the longer-term casualty list.

Pablo Zabaleta is at least near to a return and Pellegrini is hopeful Silva could feature in Tuesday's Champions League game at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Pellegrini said of the injury list: ''It doesn't seem very long - it is very long! We have had a lot of injured players with different injuries. There is not just one reason for it.

''That is why I say it is important to have a squad because you are going to win or lose the title by just one or two points. Normally the difference is not more.''
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 26, 2015, 12:28:57 PM
Leicester vs Arsenal

Claudio Ranieri is surprised Leicester's next opponents, Arsenal, failed to win the title during his 11-year spell away from the Barclays Premier League.

When Ranieri left English football in 2004, the Gunners had just gone through the entire league season unbeaten.

Ranieri's Chelsea team finished runners-up that year, 11 points behind their London rivals, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history, but it was not enough for the Italian to keep his job and he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.

In the intervening time, while Ranieri has undertaken club jobs in Spain, Italy and France and been in charge of the Greece national team, the closest Arsenal have come to being champions again was when they were second behind Chelsea in Mourinho's maiden campaign.

However, ahead of Leicester's home game against Arsene Wenger's team on Saturday, Ranieri believes Arsenal are ready to mount a serious title challenge once again.

''When I was at Chelsea, they were 'the Invincibles' said Ranieri.

''That was an unbelievable achievement, so it is surprising they have not won the league since.

''I don't know why Arsenal have had to wait so long, because Arsene Wenger is a good manager and he brings in good players. But maybe it is not so easy to replace players such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Fredrik Ljungberg and all the defenders.

''But now, again, Arsenal is a very good team we respect a lot...smart, fast, technical, everything.

''They are ready to fight again for the title and it will be a very good match.''

Ranieri swapped 10 players against West Ham in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

That leaves him with some hard decisions to make but he is likely to favour the players who have helped the Foxes make an unbeaten start to the campaign.

Arsenal will be without defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin (knee), but midfielder Santi Cazorla returns from a one-match suspension after his red card at Chelsea.

Defender Gabriel is awaiting the outcome of an appeal against his Football Association charge of improper conduct at Stamford Bridge, which could see him suspended.

Manager Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has condemned the disturbances by Gunners' fans following Wednesday night's Capital One Cup victory at Tottenham.

The Frenchman has vowed the club will fully cooperate with the authorities to help identify those responsible.

A 2-1 win was overshadowed by disturbances which saw a
minority of the travelling supporters in the corner of the South Stand ripping down hoardings of Tottenham club slogans, with police and stewards forced to intervene.

Arsenal are now working with both Tottenham and the authorities, with banning orders a likely outcome for any offenders.

''We cooperate completely with the authorities to sort that out. We don't want any violence,'' said Wenger.

''I don't really know what happened but we are the disposal of the authorities to help them to sort it out.''

Wenger is backing Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez to relocate his form, citing his summer exploits at the Copa America as a reason for his goalless start to the season.

Alexis Sanchez has yet to find the net in his eight performances this season.

"Every player who has won a big trophy with the national
team takes some while to settle and come back to his best," he said.

''I don't worry for Alexis Sanchez. Even when he doesn't score he is still a major threat for everybody and I am confident he will score very soon.''
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on September 26, 2015, 12:31:17 PM
Liverpool vs Aston Villa

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he is never complacent enough to think his job is safe but insists he is driven on by the ''positive fear'' it might not be.

The Northern Irishman has found himself under increased scrutiny this week after a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Norwich was followed by them scraping past League Two Carlisle on penalties at Anfield in the Capital One Cup.

He has also had to deal with claims - denied by the club - three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti had been approached about the possibility of taking over his job. Speculation also surrounds Jurgen Klopp.

But Rodgers came out fighting in his press conference ahead of the visit of Aston Villa, which has taken on increased significance in the light of recent results.

Asked whether his job was under threat he said: ''I'm never complacent enough to think that it's never been.

''That's what drives a manager on - that fear, positive fear.

''But it doesn't frighten me. I've got an inherent belief in what I do but I don't shy away from the fact that you need to get results and be performing well to try and stay and work.

''I don't think it (the pressure) goes away unless you're winning games but I know that we've created that expectancy because of how we've worked.

''How do I block it out? It's very simple. I hope to be a football manager for another 20-odd years and I suspect that those 20 won't be at Liverpool, but whilst I'm here I want to fight for the players and the club.''

Rodgers also offered updates on the club's injuries, including among their strikers.

Christian Benteke will not face his former club this weekend and Rodgers added the Belgian will be out ''for some time'' with a * problem sustained against Norwich.

Dejan Lovren (ligaments) is also out for an extended period and Roberto Firmino (back) requires further assessment but England international Daniel Sturridge is in contention.

Villa could have Idrissa Gueye back from his own * injury at Anfield after three games missing.

He flew to France last week to see his own specialist to cure the problem and is close to returning.

"Gana (Gueye) is training, he might be playing. The specialist got a magic wand out - Paul Daniels his name was,'' said manager Tim Sherwood.

''He has been a revelation since he's come in. He is one of the new guys who has been outstanding. I'm really calm about the situation, I won't panic. Idrissa has probably been the best purchase.''

Villa are looking for their first Barclays Premier League win since the opening day win at Bournemouth.

But Gabby Agbonlahor is a doubt after coming off in the 1-0 Capital One Cup win over local rivals Birmingham with a calf injury.

''Gabby might be all right, he is a doubt and hasn't trained yet,'' said Sherwood.

''Adama Traore is training, we'll see how he comes through all that, the work with the balls. He gives us a spark.

''They are definitely in my thoughts but only 11 can play. Jores Okore is still working on his fitness and Gary Gardner is training on Monday. We're not too bad.''
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Post by: ORIENT on September 26, 2015, 12:33:57 PM
Manchester United vs Sunderland

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will wait until December before deciding whether to send James Wilson out on loan.

Van Gaal said earlier this month that he planned to send the 19 year-old out on a temporary basis so the player could get some experience, but he remains on United's books.

The teenager was not in the squad for Wednesday's 3-0 win over Ipswich in the Capital One Cup, but there is no loan move pending for the striker, Van Gaal confirmed.

The United boss said he has ''doubts'' about whether it would be worthwhile loaning the player to a Championship club, and for that reason he will wait another two months before making a decision.

''I have talked with him and I think we wait until December,'' the United boss told a press conference on Friday.

"I think he needs to play but Manchester United's interests are always higher than individual interests, so I have doubts to let him go. And maybe we have to wait until December that we know how it is with our club, (if) we are succeeding in the Champions League, the Capital One Cup, because maybe he shall receive minutes off me because I have to rotate."

Van Gaal let Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie go this summer.

The impact of those departures has been offset by the signing of Anthony Martial, who has scored four goals in four games since his B£36million move from Monaco.

Van Gaal came in for criticism after spending so much on Martial, but at the moment it looks a wise investment.

If he scores against Sunderland on Saturday, he will become the only United player to score in his first three Premier League matches.

Van Gaal believes little fazes his new star, but he concedes he is still settling into life at Old Trafford.

''He is still living in a hotel so he is in the first phase of his adaptation, also for his wife and his kid,'' Van Gaal said.

''That is also important because that shall have an influence also.

''Now he is only living in a hotel, coming to the training session and eating with the players, train and prepare for matches.

''The big step is when he settles himself and his wife in a new environment.''

Black Cats manager **** Advocaat has described his old adversary as "one of the best coaches in the world" on the eve of the match.

The Sunderland head coach, who celebrated his 68th birthday on Sunday, played with 64-year-old Van Gaal at Sparta Rotterdam but has locked horns with him throughout his lengthy managerial career.

More often than not he has enjoyed bragging rights, having lost just once in 10 meetings.

Yet Advocaat said: ''He's one of the best coaches in the world, no doubt about that. He has worked at the highest levels in Europe.

''He is a manager who does not just look for the easy way, he is always looking for the most difficult way. If you see his prize list, it is unbelievable, so I rate him very highly.''

Sunderland will head for Old Trafford sitting at the foot of the table and without a win in their opening six league games to meet a United side sitting in second place.

Defender Younes Kaboul returns to the Sunderland squad after suspension, however there are doubts over midfielder Jack Rodwell (ankle) and striker Jermain Defoe (*).

Adam Matthews remains on the sidelines with an ankle problem.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 26, 2015, 12:38:34 PM
Southampton vs Swansea

Jack Cork's fine form could see the Swansea midfielder receive a maiden England call-up next week, but Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has no regrets about letting him go earlier this year.

A graduate of Chelsea's academy, the 26-year-old ended a string of loans by making a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge in 2011.

Cork went on to play a key role in Southampton's promotion that season and helped the club establish themselves as a Premier League force, before deciding to move on in January.

Frustrated at a lack of regular first-team football and with his contract running down, the midfielder plumped for a move to the Liberty Stadium on a three-and-a-half year deal.

It has proved a shrewd move and Roy Hodgson has been so impressed that Cork could now be handed his first Three Lions call-up, not that Saints boss Koeman regrets allowing him to leave.

''No, I think Jack is doing well,'' he said. ''He looks that he is winning the competition with the rest of the midfield players in Swansea.

''We know his quality, he's an experienced player, a very good professional, but the time he choose to leave the club he wasn't first choice on the midfield.

''We have a lot of good midfield players, we spoke about it and finally he took the decision to leave the club. He's doing well and that's very positive for him.''

Cork returns to St Mary's after being rested against Hull in midweek, when the 2013 Capital One Cup winners crashed out at the third-round stage.

Saints, by contrast, won 6-0 on their trip to Championship opposition, but now need to replicate the form shown against MK Dons in the league.

Koeman's men have secured just one Premier League victory this season and fizzled out after a fine start against Manchester United last weekend, ending up 3-2 losers.

Left-back Ryan Bertrand could make his first start of the season having shaken off a knee complaint and Graziano Pelle is in line to return from a foot problem.

Swans boss Garry Monk declared himself bemused by some of the negativity surrounding the club's form.

Swansea have gone nearly 300 minutes without scoring since Bafetimbi Gomis' winner against Manchester United at the end of August, drawing successive Premier League blanks against Watford and Everton before suffering a shock Capital One Cup defeat to Championship club Hull in midweek.

But Monk insists his side, seventh in the Premier League table, have been playing well ahead of Saturday's trip to his former club Southampton.

''The way I am getting asked things is as if we are reaching for the panic button or something,'' Monk said.

''We have only lost one game in the Premier League, let's not forget that.

''You can include pre-season as well if you like, and that's another five games without defeat.

''So in terms of confidence and focus you can see it's there.

''I think these questions (about Swansea's form) stem from the Watford performance, which we were disappointed with and didn't see coming.

''But the nature of this sport is that you get setbacks. What is important is you react to them well and we did that against Everton to get a good point.''

Swansea have no injury concerns among their first-team squad having made 10 changes for the trip to Hull.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 26, 2015, 12:55:30 PM
Stoke vs Bournemouth

Mark Hughes remains confident about Stoke's prospects despite them having made their worst ever start to a Barclays Premier League season.

Hughes' men head into Saturday's home clash against Bournemouth having taken only three points from their six league games so far, and they are still looking for their first top-flight win of 2015-16.

The Welshman has no doubt a points boost is required swiftly, but is not panicking about what he has seen so far.

''I don't think our performances are too much of a concern,'' Hughes said.

''We haven't got as many points as we would like, but for the most part I have been reasonably happy with the main part of our performances.

''If we look back we can maybe console ourselves in terms of what we produced in some of the games, even though we have also made individual errors.

''We view ourselves as a middle-to-top team in the Premier League, and at some point in the season you will get a run where you go four, five, six games without a win.

''It is about the end of the season, and we are confident.

''We know we are a good side at this level, and hopefully we'll get the points on the board that our performances merit, starting tomorrow .''

Hughes has guided Stoke to ninth-placed finishes - the highest they have come in the Premier League - in both of his two seasons in charge so far and insists something similar this term is still very much the aim, even as they sit 18th at the present time.

He has pointed to the fact the Potters went through a couple of significant winless runs in their first campaign under him, and added: ''We are a little bit behind, but not by much and we can make up the difference. We have plenty of time.''

The Potters have forward Mame Biram Diouf and midfielder Charlie Adam available again after the former recovered from minor injury problems and the latter completed a three-game ban.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is in agreement that Stoke will soon pick up and is not treating the opposition like relegation battlers.

''When I have reviewed Stoke's games I have been very impressed,'' Howe said.

''They don't look like a team that haven't won yet. They are the kind of side that you will see in a few weeks and they will be in a very different position.

''But we don't need to worry about that. We know that if we are at our best levels we can beat anyone in this league, so it's down to us.

''The performance against Sunderland was good, but we will prepare for Stoke on an individual basis.

''We are not at the stage where we can start to group games together. We want points from every game.''

Bournemouth have enjoyed an encouraging start to life in the top flight.

Wins over West Ham and Sunderland, as well as a draw against Leicester, mean the Cherries sit 14th and they scraped past Preston on penalties in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday.

A second consecutive league victory against Stoke could see Howe's side climb into the top half but they will have to do it without captain Tommy Elphick and midfielder Harry Arter, who are both injured.

''Both Tommy and Harry are still out,'' Howe said.

''Tommy has flown to Sweden to get an update on his injury and Harry is still continuing his rehab.

''Harry has had a little * this week, not on his original injury, so it's just a case of letting that settle down. But that's only natural when you've been out for the length of time that he has."
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Post by: ORIENT on September 26, 2015, 12:57:12 PM
Westham vs Norwich

West Ham defender Winston Reid has praised the effect Slaven Bilic has had at the club since taking over as manager this summer.

Formerly a fans' favourite during an 18-month spell as a player at Upton Park, Bilic returned to replace Sam Allardyce and is already enjoying a positive relationship with a supporter base who never fully warmed to his predecessor.

Successive away league wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have done Bilic's popularity no harm, despite an early exit from Europa League qualification and home defeats to Leicester and Bournemouth.

A maiden home league victory against struggling Newcastle followed up by a hard-fought 2-1 win at City has left West Ham third in the Premier League ahead of Saturday's visit of Norwich.

''A huge amount of credit, deservedly, has gone to the manager. He has been first-class ever since he started,'' the New Zealand international said.

''Slaven is a very relaxed guy and he's good to the players. He clearly hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a footballer himself, which is a crucial characteristic.

''We had a slightly unusual pre-season where we were getting used to his new ideas but also trying to qualify for the Europa League. Unfortunately we didn't quite manage that, but afterwards we had a team meeting and we said we need to focus on the Premier League.

''Most importantly, the new manager came in with new ideas that are easily understood. He's a great communicator. He likes to get hands on in training which is good. He's very engaging and the players like working for him.''

Bilic has no fresh injury concerns as he plots to take down the Canaries but there could be first starts to deadline day arrivals Nikica Jelavic and Michail Antonio.

Andy Carroll is likely to be on the bench with Diafra Sakho recalled in attack, while Angelo Ogbonna (*) is a major doubt.

Norwich boss Alex Neil is confident Norwich now have plenty of attacking options to help them compete in the top tier.

The Canaries head to London following a 3-0 Capital One Cup win over West Brom, during which Northern Ireland frontman Kyle Lafferty scored his first goal for the club since January.

On-loan Dinamo Kiev forward Dieumerci Mbokani also got some minutes under his belt and with Lewis Grabban now back in the fold following a club suspension and Gary Hooper close to fitness, Neil expects healthy rivalry up front.

"I have a few difficult decisions and that competition is exactly what you want," he said.

"I want it to become difficult because whatever way you look at it you are going to be leaving out one or two very good players.

"I was delighted for Kyle that he got his goal and Dieumerci had a great chance just before he came off, but for the two of them to score would have probably been asking too much."

Neil added: "Lewis is desperate to do well. They all are. It shows the spirit we have in the group.

"What you tend to find is the lads playing regularly are all pleased and the other lads are less so, but I felt those not featuring regularly showed what it meant to play for Norwich."

Neil has midfielder Alex Tettey back from a one-match suspension but on-loan Hammers winger Matt Jarvis is not eligible to face his parent club.

Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu continues his recovery from a fractured metatarsal.
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Post by: ORIENT on September 26, 2015, 12:58:39 PM
Newcastle vs Chelsea

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley took the unusual move of apologising for the club's dreadful start to the new season.

Owner Mike Ashley's right-hand man, who oversaw the appointment of head coach Steve McClaren and the club's B£52million summer recruitment drive, has insisted the club's hierarchy will take ''collective responsibility'' for recent failures.

There has been only one victory from eight games to date this season - none of them in the Barclays Premier League - and an embarrassing Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Sky Bet Championship Sheffield Wednesday.

In an e-mail to the club's supporters prior to Saturday's clash against champions Chelsea, Charnley said: ''There is no hiding from the fact that this has been a very disappointing start to our Premier League campaign, and a painful early exit from a cup competition that we were determined to give everything in this year. We apologise to you for this.

''After six league games, the truth is we have not achieved the points that any of us had hoped and expected we would do.

''None of us can, or will, shirk the responsibility for this situation. Now is the time for collective action, and for us to find solutions to the problems rather than allow ourselves to be consumed by them.

''It is important to state that we bear collective responsibility for our position in the table. Identifying the problems in order to find the solutions is crucial, but we are not in the business of apportioning blame. We are a team, from the boardroom to the boot room, and we will respond like one."

''So we have sat down as a collective - myself with Steve and his coaching team, and Steve with his players - to discuss the concerns and to look for the solutions together.''

Magpies striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will return from his three-match ban at St James' Park, but fellow forward Papiss Cisse (back) will be missing once again.

Daryl Janmaat has recovered from illness, but fellow full-back Massadio Haidara faces a late fitness test while Jack Colback and

Rolando Aarons are struggling with calf problems.

B;lues boss Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, appeared to launch an astonishing attack on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the fixture.

Costa is absent for the second game of his three-match suspension at Newcastle on Saturday after he was sanctioned by the Football Association for grappling with Laurent Koscielny in last week's 2-0 win.

The FA rescinded a ban for Gunners defender Gabriel, who was sent off for his exchange with Costa, but Mourinho refused to comment on the decisions.

''If I answer I'm going to be suspended,'' Mourinho said.

''I don't want to touch the theme and everything that surrounds this situation because I want to be on the bench.

''I don't comment and I tell you why: some managers can speak about the referee before the game and after the game and some others cannot. I am in the list of the ones that cannot.

''An imaginary list, but clearly.''

Mourinho was asked about the pressure on McClaren.

He appeared to take the opportunity to wade into Wenger but, when when asked if he meant the Arsenal manager, declined to name the Frenchman, a long-time adversary.

''I think in this country, only one manager is not under pressure,'' Mourinho said.

''Steve is under pressure, I am under pressure, Brendan (Rodgers, the Liverpool boss) is under pressure, (Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure.

''We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations.

''There is one that for some reason is outside that list. Good for him.''

Radamel Falcao or former Newcastle striker Loic Remy are vying to start in Costa's absence, while forward Willian (*), playmaker Oscar (knee) and winger Pedro (thigh) are available again.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is out until December following knee surgery.
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Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 03:13:53 AM
Crystal Palace vs WBA

Dwight Gayle is set to continue in the Crystal Palace attack for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off against West Brom at Selhurst Park.

Palace boss Alan Pardew reported no fresh injury problems following the win at Watford.

Striker Connor Wickham (rib), midfielder Mile Jedinak (*) and defenders Damien Delaney (groin) and Joel Ward (knee) are all expected to be back after the international break.

Pardew admits Palace will have to box clever to secure a result against former Eagles boss Tony Pulis .

Pulis left the south London club on the eve of the 2014/2015 campaign having kept them in the top flight against the odds.

While both Palace and Pulis have since moved on in positive directions, Pardew is all too aware of just how useful a little bit of inside knowledge can be.

"It is a difficult test for us with Tony coming back here, he knows a good proportion of the squad and he knows me well, so he knows that I will try to attack him and he will have a game plan to stop us," said Pardew, who took charge at Selhurst Park in January 2015 after leaving Newcastle.

"When you look at his record, 14 clean sheets in 2015, he is pretty good at it. We have to find a way.

"Last season West Brom deservedly won here, their game plan was good, they stopped us and got two set-play goals.

"We need to have leaned from that, I hope we have and can get ourselves a victory for our fans."

Pardew expects the Baggies to respond following the disappointment of losing at home to Everton on Monday night in a match they had led 2-0.

"West Brom are well organised, well disciplined, all of the team have to defend, that is a requirement under Tony," he said.

"Therefore the distances between the units are not big and it is hard to get through, also they have good knowledge and experienced players with a good management team, so it will be tough."

Pulis is without defenders Jonas Olsson (groin) and Gareth McAuley (calf) while Salomon Rondon is also expected to miss out with a back injury he suffered in the 3-2 defeat to Everton on Monday.

The Baggies lost a 2-0 lead against the Toffees and Pulis knows their away form has been key with the side earning seven of their eight points this season on the road.

"Monday was a bad knock for us, we didn't deserve to lose the game," he said.

"The home games were always going to be tough. Everton have been a top eight team, Southampton have been exceptional and then we had Man City and Chelsea. What's been very good is the away form and that's subsidised the lack of points at home."
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Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 03:15:55 AM
Bournemouth vs Watford

Glenn Murray is set to fill the void left by Callum Wilson's injury when Bournemouth host Watford.

The deadline day signing from Crystal Palace could be handed his first Cherries start after fellow striker Wilson was ruled out for six months with knee ligament damage.

Wilson joins captain Tommy Elphick, Harry Arter, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel on the sidelines.

Boss Eddie Howe says they will have to adapt to life without their five-goal striker.

"We're going to be a different team now with Callum being out," Howe told reporters at a press conference. "It is up to everybody to step up and give more.

"Last season we were so consistent with our team selection, so this challenge is new for us. But the players who have stepped in have done well so far.

"I don't think you'll see a real change in style, but we are going to have to adapt."

Bournemouth have had wretched luck with injuries this season and Wilson is joined on the sidelines by Tommy Elphick, Harry Arter, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel.

"One of the loneliest things about being injured is the isolation, but the thing they have in common is that the injured players will have each other to lean on," added Howe.

"Callum took the news of his injury like a man. He really impressed me with how he handled the bad news."

Bournemouth were promoted along with Watford last season, having pipped the Hornets to the Championship title on the final day of the campaign.

Watford have since made a host of new additions and have a new manager in Quique Sanchez Flores, so Howe expects a different sort of challenge.

"We enjoyed our tussles with Watford last year," he added.

"They are a good footballing side and are very dangerous in attack.

"Last season is history. Saturday is a new game and a new challenge and we will have to be at our best."

Watford midfielder Valon Behrami is serving the last of a three-match ban for being sent off against Swansea last month while defender Joel Ekstrand is still sidelined with a knee injury.

Summer signings Adlene Guedioura and Victor Ibarbo were on the bench for Sunday's defeat to Crystal Palace and could make first starts for the club.

Boss Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed he had not heard of Bournemouth when he first arrived in the Premier League.

The Spaniard became the Hornets' fifth manager in 12 months when he was appointed in the summer amid the club's ongoing personnel changes that have since forced him to concentrate on building a new team.

Bournemouth's rise to the Premier League has been remarkable and Sanchez Flores was forced to find out more about Saturday's opponents.

"Watford lost 2-0 at this stadium last season and drew at home so we will find a tough team," the manager said ahead of the trip to the Vitality Stadium.

"We need to find a plan to win on Saturday. It will be amazing if we can win.

"I watched their last two matches and we have lots of information (on Bournemouth) from last year.

"I didn't know Bournemouth when I came here but I did a lot of reading and watched a lot of videos. We respect them very much as they won the league last year.

"They lost Wilson but they have another player to come in."
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Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 03:18:14 AM
Aston Villa vs Stoke

Adama Traore is sidelined for Aston Villa again as he continues to struggle with an ankle injury.

The former Barcelona winger played in the under-21s' 1-0 defeat to West Brom on Monday but boss Tim Sherwood admitted the issue was still causing him problems ahead of the visit of Stoke.

Gabby Agbonlahor is also a major doubt after missing the 3-2 loss at Liverpool on Saturday with a calf injury and Idrissa Gueye continues to have treatment on a * injury although he is expected to feature for Villa.

Jack Grealish is set to make his first appearance since pledging his international future to England.

Sherwood has defended his decision to ask for Grealish to be left out of England training.

Birmingham-born Grealish represented Ireland at under-21 level as he qualified through his grandparents but after his decision national manager Roy Hodgson was keen on bringing him to train with England during the international break, with Grealish waiting for his new international registration.

Villa want to keep him at the club to work on his match fitness after he missed most of pre-season with a * injury and Sherwood insisted it is the right call.

He said: "He's missed pre-season and the last international break when we wanted to get some training into him, he was injured. So we're going to use this opportunity now.

"If he was called up for the squad then he'd be going but he wasn't. Roy asked me and said he would like to invite him there and introduce him to the boys and get a feel for St George's Park.

"I thought it was better for him to stay here and work hard. We'll use this time to get him fit for the remainder of the season. He won't be alone, a few of the boys are doing exactly the same."

But Sherwood warned the 20-year-old he must focus on his Villa form if he stands any chance of gatecrashing Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016.

He said: "He's not playing for England unless he is playing for Villa. It goes for every player, they need to play for their club side and play well to get picked by the England manager.

"Roy is at a lot of our games and he is always looking. He's going to make that decision based on how Jack is playing for Aston Villa."

Villa are third bottom in the Barclays Premier League and two points adrift of fourth-bottom Stoke but Sherwood dismissed suggestions they are in a relegation scrap yet.

"It's too early to put us in a relegation battle. It's not what we wanted for the return of points. We're a young group, a new group and I'm confident we'll be okay," he added.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes thinks Xherdan Shaqiri has just a 50-50 chance of being fit.

The B£12million record signing suffered a thigh injury against Bournemouth and has yet to train this week.

"We will give him a bit more time and possibly he might join in on Friday and, if he does, he puts himself in the frame," said Hughes.

Captain Ryan Shawcross resumed training on Thursday with the youth players.

The central defender has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on a long-term back problem in the late summer and it is hoped he will be back in first-team contention at Swansea after the international break.

Hughes said: "Ryan probably could have joined in with us, but with our minds focused on preparing for the game at the weekend we felt he would be best served working with the academy.

"It's really encouraging to see him back out on the pitches again, and hopefully we can step it up even further in the next week or so."
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Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 03:20:58 AM
Manchester City vs Newcastle

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told Belgium their captain Vincent Kompany will not be fit for their final Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Kompany has been named in the Belgium squad for their upcoming fixtures against Andorra and Israel despite missing City's last four games with a calf injury.

The 29-year-old has also been ruled out of City's clash with Newcastle this weekend and Pellegrini does not expect him to be fit for at least another fortnight.

Pellegrini accepts Belgium have a right to call up Kompany and examine him themselves ahead of two vital fixtures, but he is convinced he will not be able to feature.

Pellegrini said: "I can't ask him not to travel - if the national team call him, he must go. He is an important player, he must be with his mates and Belgium are playing important games for the next European Championship.

"It is not a problem for him to go to the national squad but he cannot play, so I don't think he will play.

"In the same way when you don't play for your national team you cannot play after for your club, it must be the same in the other sense. If you cannot play for your squad you cannot play for your national squad."

Pellegrini hopes Kompany will recover from his latest setback during the international break, along with a number of other players on a lengthy injury list. Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri are currently all on the sidelines while David Silva, Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho have only just returned to fitness.

City take on Newcastle on Saturday looking to regain the top spot in the Barclays Premier League they lost with defeat at Tottenham last weekend.

Pellegrini said: "Tomorrow we play a difficult team in Newcastle who played very well against Chelsea. We are not thinking about the top of the table. We are thinking about having a good performance and to add three more points."

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is refusing to sit back and admire his team after one good performance.

The Magpies belatedly demonstrated what they are capable of last weekend when they came within four minutes of victory over champions Chelsea before having to settle for a 2-2 draw.

McClaren's men ended a run of four successive defeats in the process and quietened some of the criticism which had been coming their way after a distinctly ordinary start to the new head coach's reign.

However, he insists the pressure is still on as he prepares for a perhaps even more difficult trip on Saturday.

McClaren said: "The pressure will always be there. There is pressure to perform at the standard we want.

"You should have that pressure and fear. That makes you concentrated. We will need that to get anything at the Etihad.

"Consistency is now what we are after from that level of performance against Chelsea. That is how we want to play, the first half. We fought all the way and defended well in the second half.

"We have been inconsistent from the start of the season, some good, some bad. Seven games in we are getting closer to our style and level of play.

"We have always said it can happen quickly, sometimes it is smooth. But this has not been a smooth one. It has been up and down. We are getting closer."

McClaren has a doubt over midfielder Jack Colback, who started against Chelsea after shaking off a calf problem, but lasted only 54 minutes before succumbing to a * strain which is threatening his participation at the Etihad Stadium.

That could open the door for the fit-again Cheick Tiote to make his first appearance since New Year's Day, although there are other options.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 03:23:27 AM
Norwich vs Leicester

Norwich report no fresh injury problems ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Leicester at Carrow Road.

On-loan winger Matt Jarvis is available again after being ineligible for last weekend's match at parent club West Ham.

Striker Gary Hooper (ankle) remains sidelined while midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu also continues his recovery from a fractured metatarsal.

Manager Alex Neil is ready to do his own bit of tinkering in search of some different options.

The Canaries hosts Claudio Ranieri's Foxes defending an unbeaten four-match run, which was within moments of including a victory at West Ham before conceding an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

Jarvis could be recalled although Robbie Brady staked his claim for a starting berth with the opening goal in what was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Upton Park.

Congo forward Dieurmerci Mbokani, meanwhile, could be handed the opportunity to lead the attack in the league for the first time since arriving on loan from Dynamo Kiev.

Neil said: "It is a great problem to have. I have three excellent players down that left-hand flank.

"It will be obviously a decision to make and I am pretty clear what I am going to do.

"Then in terms of the top end of the pitch I think Dieumerci is a completely different option to Cameron (Jerome) and once we get him fully up to match speed then I think, depending on who we play, he might be a different option to how we approach things.

"Cameron, so far, has led the line really well for us, but it's good to have that variety."

Nathan Dyer has returned to training for the Foxes after a knee injury but will not be available for the trip to Carrow Road.

He missed Saturday's 5-2 defeat to Arsenal, Leicester's first defeat of the campaign.

Ranieri said: "Now I want to see a reaction against a very good team. It's Norwich's first season (back) in the Premier League again and their spirit will be high."

Jamie Vardy is expected to start in Norfolk following his two goals against Arsenal last weekend before linking up with England.

He has won two caps, starting last month's 6-0 win in San Marino, and Ranieri believes boss Roy Hodgson needs the former Fleetwood forward in his squad as they prepare for Euro 2016.

"I think strikers like him, there isn't too many. Maybe Roy needs one striker like him," he said.

"It is about his character. He wants to arrive at a high level.

"It is amazing. This is a fantastic sport for the other players and he wants to show 'yes, he can too'.

"In the end it is important what you have inside - the strength and the character - because every day is a battle.

"Your opponent wants to 'kill' you and you want to 'kill' your opponent.

"You can play well and sometimes you play badly but your reaction is what is important."
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Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 03:27:42 AM
Sunderland vs Westham

Sunderland boss D.ick Advocaat does not envisage any fresh injury concerns ahead of his side's Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Advocaat will be tempted to restore Jermain Defoe to his starting line-up after leaving the former Hammers striker on the bench for last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Defoe has fully recovered from the * problem that dogged him in the build-up to the trip to Old Trafford while Jack Rodwell is also aiming to return from an ankle injury, but Adam Matthews (ankle) remains sidelined.

Advocaat cut short his pre-match press conference after failing to clarify speculation about his future.

Some reports have suggested Advocaat - whose side are rooted to the foot of the table without a win - will quit the Black Cats if they fail to claim their first three points against Slaven Bilic's men.

Advocaat sought to deflect a series of questions on the subject before leaving the media room at the club's training ground less than two minutes into the section of the conference reserved for newspaper journalists.

Advocaat said: "I always think in facts and the fact is it is now Friday and I am the manager of Sunderland, and I am the manager of Sunderland tomorrow as well.

"What will happen on Sunday or a week on Sunday or nine months after Sunday, then I will tell you real story, but now I'm still here and nothing has changed."

Advocaat, who has grown increasingly exasperated by his side's below-par displays, reiterated his recent insistence that if and when he feels it is time to leave the Black Cats he will do so.

He added: "I told you that when I feel it's the time to do something then I will do that, and today is not the time to do something.

"For me the most important thing is to discuss what is happening tomorrow and that is the reason I am here - not maybe what will happen tomorrow or a week tomorrow or in nine months' time.

"The fact is I am here and tomorrow I am here, but what happens after that is (the same as) for all the managers - everything can change in a day or a week or nine months."

West Ham are looking for their fourth consecutive away victory in the league after already beating Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City on the road this season.

The Hammers surprised all three with incisive counter-attacking football but Bilic is expecting a different challenge against the struggling Black Cats.

"The situation is created by the media that they need the win, it's not like if they don't win they are down," Bilic said.

"Sometimes when you're under that kind of pressure it gives you something extra to make you better than you normally are.

"If you're under pressure and you have a good start you become something you are not and the other way round.

"I don't expect them to be a stable team. They will either be great, or stiff."

Striker Andy Carroll could make his first league start in more than eight months.

Carroll tore ligaments in his knee in February but came off the bench against Norwich last weekend and is expected to shake off a sore ankle ahead of the game at the Stadium of Light.

Angelo Ogbonna (*) and Alex Song (ankle) are both out while Winston Reid is a doubt with a hip problem. Enner Valencia has returned to light training following a knee injury but is short of match fitness.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 03:29:50 AM
Chelsea vs Southampton

Jose Mourinho refused to say whether captain John Terry would be restored to Chelsea's starting XI for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

Striker Diego Costa completes his three-match suspension, so Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao could start up front, although neither travelled to Porto for Tuesday night's Champions League loss.

Oscar also stayed behind after not being selected, while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is out until December following knee surgery.

Mourinho says he is in the midst of the worst period of his trophy-laden career.

The Premier League champions have two wins from seven games this term and followed up last Saturday's draw at Newcastle with a midweek Champions League loss at Porto.

"I define (this) as the worst period of my career, with the worst results in my career," said Mourinho, whose side host Southampton this weekend.

"I get it as a fantastic experience - an experience that I don't want to repeat. I want to finish tomorrow and win some matches again.

"I think it comes too late, to come after 15 years is too late, but it's something that is helping me to be better, a great negative experience."

Mourinho insists it is not the most challenging period, but the worst in terms of results.

He said: "I had a big challenge all the time. It's the worst results. I've never lost so many matches. That's a fact."

Ronald Koeman expects Chelsea to emerge from their slump soon - but hopes it will not be until after Southampton's visit.

The Saints boss said: "Normally they will fight to win titles because it's not like that one year they have really the best team and the next year is not like that.

"Everybody can have a difficult start to the season.

"Maybe defensively they lost a little bit. If you watch the goals that they let in against them, that's a big difference from last year in that aspect.

"Maybe they lost a little bit but they are still very strong.

"We know maybe the start of the season is not what everybody expected of Chelsea.

"They were the strongest team last year but, okay, it doesn't say anything about the situation because they have the qualities, they have the players to give a good reaction.

"Finally they will go up in the table."

Chelsea were marching towards the title when Southampton visited last season and were held to a 1-1 draw thanks to Dusan Tadic's penalty.

And Koeman is confident his side can pick up another positive result in west London.

"That feeling we had already last year," the Dutchman added at his pre-match press conference.

"We know what we can expect, we can have a good result if we play on our level because two times we had a draw against them last year.

"That belief that we had last year, we have to show again."

Koeman could add Jordy Clasie to the squad at Stamford Bridge.

The Holland midfielder has yet to feature in the Premier League for Saints due to an ankle injury, but he has trained this week and is in contention.

Koeman will otherwise choose from the same squad which beat Swansea 3-1 at St Mary's last weekend.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 05:13:35 PM
Latest BPL standings after Round 7

  1 Manchester United 16
  2 Manchester City 15
  3 West Ham United 13
  4 Arsenal 13
  5 Everton 12
  6 Tottenham Hotspur 12
  7 Crystal Palace 12
  8 Leicester City 12
  9 Liverpool 11
  10 Southampton 9
  11 Swansea City 9
  12 Norwich City 9
  13 Watford 9
  14 Chelsea 8
  15 West Bromwich Albion 8
  16 AFC Bournemouth 7
  17 Stoke City 6
  18 Aston Villa 4
  19 Newcastle United 3
  20 Sunderland 2
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 07:47:43 PM
Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

GWayne Hennessey
DScott Dann
DMartin Kelly
DPape Souare
DBrede Hangeland
MYannick Bolasie
MYohan Cabaye
MJames McArthur
MJason Puncheon
F/MWilfried Zaha
FDwight Gayle


GBoaz Myhill
DGareth McAuley
DJonny Evans
DCraig Dawson
M/DChris Brunt
MClaudio Yacob
MDarren Fletcher
MJames Morrison
FSaido Berahino
FSalomon Rondon
FJames McClean
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 08:48:33 PM
Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

GWayne Hennessey
DScott Dann
DMartin Kelly
DPape Souare
DBrede Hangeland
MYannick Bolasie
MYohan Cabaye
MJames McArthur
MJason Puncheon
F/MWilfried Zaha
FDwight Gayle


GBoaz Myhill
DGareth McAuley
DJonny Evans
DCraig Dawson
M/DChris Brunt
MClaudio Yacob
MDarren Fletcher
MJames Morrison
FSaido Berahino
FSalomon Rondon
FJames McClean
Ht 0-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 09:59:17 PM
Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

GWayne Hennessey
DScott Dann
DMartin Kelly
DPape Souare
DBrede Hangeland
MYannick Bolasie
MYohan Cabaye

MJames McArthur
MJason Puncheon
F/MWilfried Zaha
FDwight Gayle


GBoaz Myhill
DGareth McAuley
DJonny Evans
DCraig Dawson
M/DChris Brunt
MClaudio Yacob
MDarren Fletcher
MJames Morrison
FSaido Berahino
FSalomon Rondon
FJames McClean
[/quote]
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 10:15:59 PM
10 minutes:
AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Watford
Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke City
Manchester City 0-0 Newcastle
Norwich 0-0 Leicester City
Sunderland 0-0 West Ham United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 10:28:26 PM
20 minutes:
AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Watford
Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke City
Manchester City 0-1 Newcastle
Norwich 0-0 Leicester City
Sunderland 1-0 West Ham United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 10:41:11 PM
35 minutes:
AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Watford
Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke City
Manchester City 0-1 Newcastle
Norwich 0-1 Leicester City
Sunderland 2-0 West Ham United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 11:00:42 PM
45 minutes:
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke City
Manchester City 1-1 Newcastle
Norwich 0-1 Leicester City
Sunderland 2-1 West Ham United

Second half pick westham  :D
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 11:26:13 PM
60 minutes:
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City
Manchester City 4-1 Newcastle
Norwich 0-2 Leicester City
Sunderland 2-1 West Ham United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 03, 2015, 11:42:07 PM
75 minutes:
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City
Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle
Norwich 1-2 Leicester City
Sunderland 2-1 West Ham United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 12:04:16 AM
Full Time:
Crystal Palace 2-0 WBA
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City
Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle
Norwich 1-2 Leicester City
Sunderland 2-2 West Ham United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 12:19:18 AM
Chelsea vs  Southampton

GAsmir Begovic
DB. Ivanovic
DJohn Terry
DCesar Azpilicueta
DGary Cahill
MEden Hazard
MRamires
MWillian
MOscar
MCesc Fabregas
FFalcao

GM. Stekelenburg
DCedric
DVirgil van Dijk
DJose Fonte
DRyan Bertrand
MDusan Tadic
MVictor Wanyama
MSadio Mane
MOriol Romeu
MSteven Davis
FGraziano Pelle
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 01:15:39 AM
Goal! Chelsea 1, Southampton 0. Willian (Chelsea) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 01:46:32 AM
Goal! Chelsea 1, Southampton 1. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 02:00:13 AM
Goal! Chelsea 1, Southampton 2. Sadio Mané (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 02:09:13 AM
Goal! Chelsea 1, Southampton 3. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané following a fast break.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 02:29:14 AM
Chelsea's problems worsened as Southampton battled back to beat the Premier League champions 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Willian bent a free kick into the top corner from wide on the left -- but that was as good as things got for Jose Mourinho's struggling side.

Southampton equalised shortly before the break when Graziano Pelle chested the ball into the path of Steven Davis, who smashed a low drive past Asmir Begovic from the edge of the box.

Begovic made a fine save from Sadio Mane early in the second half, but the Southampton attacker got the better of him on the hour when Gary Cahill gave possession away and John Terry failed to cut out Pelle's pass.

And Pelle wrapped up an outstanding victory for the Saints when, after Chelsea had lost possession again, he fired home from the right-hand side of the area.

There were boos from the home fans when substitute Nemanja Matic was himself substituted and further discontentment at the full-time whistle as Chelsea's early-season worries deepened still further.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 02:34:12 AM
Latest standings

1. Manchester City 8 18
2. Manchester Utd 7 16
3. Crystal palace 8 15
..........
18. Aston Villa 8 4
19. Sunderland 8 3
20. Newcastle 8 3
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 08:26:07 PM
Everton vs. Liverpool

GTim Howard
DPhil Jagielka
DTyias Browning
DBrendan Galloway
DRamiro Funes Mori
MJames McCarthy
MRoss Barkley
MGareth Barry
MGerard Deulofeu
FRomelu Lukaku
FSteven Naismith

GSimon Mignolet
DNathaniel Clyne
DMamadou Sakho
DAlberto Moreno
DMartin Skrtel
MPhilippe Coutinho
MJames Milner
MLucas
MEmre Can
FDaniel Sturridge
FDanny Ings
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 09:34:07 PM
42'
Goal! Everton 0, Liverpool 1. Danny Ings (Liverpool) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 09:35:40 PM
45'
Goal! Everton 1, Liverpool 1. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 10:44:24 PM
Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Everton and Liverpool both had chances to win the Merseyside derby but ended up sharing the points in a 1-1 draw.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers travelled to Goodison Park under pressure after disappointing recent results, but his side made a positive start, with Danny Ings and James Milner having early chances.

They needed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to produce a pair of excellent saves to deny Steven Naismith and James McCarthy midway through the half, but they took the lead when Ings was left free to head home direct from a corner on 41 minutes.

However, that advantage was cancelled out before the half-time whistle, with Romelu Lukaku seizing on some poor defending to fire home from close range.

That seemed to give Everton the greater momentum at the start of the second half, and Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku had chances but could not take advantage.

That set up a frantic, end-to-end finale, but neither side was able to add to the scoresheet as the match ended all square.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 10:46:14 PM
Arsenal vs Manchester United

GPetr Cech
DPer Mertesacker
DNacho Monreal
DGabriel
DHector Bellerin
MSanti Cazorla
MMesut Ozil
MFrancis Coquelin
MTheo Walcott
MAaron Ramsey
FAlexis Sanchez

GDavid de Gea
DMatteo Darmian
DChris Smalling
MJuan Mata
MB. Schweinsteiger
MAshley Young
MDaley Blind
MMichael Carrick
FWayne Rooney
FMemphis Depay
FAnthony Martia
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 11:28:54 PM
6'
Goal! Arsenal 1, Manchester United 0. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 11:29:50 PM
7'
Goal! Arsenal 2, Manchester United 0. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 11:31:41 PM
19'
Goal! Arsenal 3, Manchester United 0. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott.



24' Swansea 1-0 Tottenham
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 04, 2015, 11:52:10 PM
45 mins

Arsenal 3-0 MU
Swansea 2-1 Tottenham
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 05, 2015, 04:47:44 AM
FT
Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Swansea 2-2 Tottenham
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Ļaughing Ģor on October 05, 2015, 06:16:30 AM
FT
Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Swansea 2-2 Tottenham

Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU

 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 05, 2015, 07:49:32 AM
Liverpool terminated the contract of manager Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, just eight games into the Premier League season with the five-times European champions languishing in 10th place.

The announcement came three hours after the team had drawn 1-1 at Everton in the Merseyside derby leaving them with only three wins from their first eight league games this term.

“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch," the club's owners said in a statement.

"Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.

“The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”

Liverpool have only beaten Stoke City, Bournemouth and Aston Villa in the league this season and count a 3-0 thrashing at home by West Ham United among their early results.

They also needed a penalty shootout to overcome fourth-tier Carlisle United in the League Cup at Anfield after being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield after extra time.

Rodgers, who succeeded Liverpool icon Kenny Dalglish as manager in June 2012 and came close to bringing the title back to Anfield for the first time since 1990 in his second season, invested heavily in new players before the latest campaign.

Belgium striker Christian Benteke came in from Villa for 32.5 million pounds ($49.33 million), Roberto Firmino arrived from Hoffenheim for 21 million and England fullback Nathaniel Clyne joined from Southampton for 12.5 million.

Liverpool made a positive start to the season but have since been thrashed at Anfield by West Ham and also lost 3-1 to Manchester United, their first half-showing at Old Trafford described as the worst in living memory.

Draws against Girondins Bordeaux and FC Sion in the Europa League and lowly Carlisle -- despite the subsequent penalty shootout win -- proved to be the final straw.

Rodgers, 42, has now become the seventh man to arrive at Anfield and leave without taking the club back to the pinnacle of English soccer which appeared to be their divine right from the mid-1960s to 1990 when they won their last title.

GOOD START

The former Swansea City manager's tenure began so well when, after guiding Liverpool to a seventh-place finish in his first season, he came close to lifting the title 12 months later.

Liverpool put together an 11-match winning sequence from the beginning of February until the end of April 2014, but with the title within their grasp, it literally slipped away.

Liverpool were top when second-placed Chelsea visited Anfield on April 27 but an infamous slip on the turf by skipper Steven Gerrard allowed Demba Ba to give Chelsea the lead and the subsequent 2-0 defeat severely dented their chances.

Worse was to follow the following week when Liverpool were 3-0 up at Crystal Palace with 11 minutes to play before they drew 3-3 to effectively kill off their title dream with Manchester City crowned champions on the last day of the season.

With Uruguay international Luis Suarez sold to Barcelona and strike partner Daniel Sturridge sidelined for most of the campaign, Liverpool lost their cutting edge in attack and last season proved to be another disappointment.

They exited the Champions League after the group stage and Rodgers' handling of Gerrard's departure from Anfield after the midfielder's 17 years at the club was widely criticised.

Any hopes of a return to the Champions League faded in a calamitous end to the season which finished with a 6-1 defeat at Stoke City in Gerrard's final match for the club.

That was their heaviest league defeat since 1963 and that year came back to haunt them last month when West Ham United won 3-0 at Anfield for the first time in the 52 years since then.

Despite Rodgers' assurances last season that gifted England forward Raheem Sterling would not be leaving Anfield, he was sold to Manchester City for 44 million pounds ($66.78 million).

The gamble on troublesome Mario Balotelli also failed with the Italy striker shipped out after one erratic season.

Rodgers' failure to get the best out of expensive signings ultimately led to his downfall and leaves the club still looking for the consistency that was their hallmark during the 1970s and 80s when they won the league title 11 times through to 1990.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 05, 2015, 07:50:29 AM
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU
Arsenal 3-0 MU

 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Arsenal is not going to be champion anyhow  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 08, 2015, 06:53:44 AM
Juergen Klopp, hot favourite to become Liverpool's next manager, could not find a more fitting club to take his successful coaching career to the next level.

Twice a Bundesliga champion with Borussia Dortmund, who he also steered to the Champions League final in 2013, Klopp will find a similar situation at Liverpool to that he encountered at the Ruhr valley club when he joined in 2008.

Both teams had trophy-rich seasons years ago, with Klopp coming on board at Dortmund during a low point in their history when they were recovering from their 2005 near bankruptcy not daring to dream big, while Liverpool have not won the English league title in a quarter of a century.

The 48-year-old German, who helped turn the 1997 Champions League winners from relegation candidates under predecessor Thomas Doll into one of the most exciting brands in world football, needs a tale of woe to be successful and Liverpool offer him exactly that.

Klopp has made no secret of his desire to work in England and Liverpool's past winning tradition, their die-hard fan base and the expectation to finally lift more trophies could be the ingredients Klopp needs.

"You are asking me how motivated my players are? I can only talk about how motivated I am and if you could bottle that motivation and sell it you would probably go to jail," he told reporters in 2012.

ULTIMATE COACH

Exuberant, explosive and witty, Klopp is every fan's ultimate coach, a man who can find the connection and the right balance between players, supporters and the board of directors. A big motivator in the changing room, 'Kloppo', as he is called back home, is a strong supporter of high speed football.

He brought then-teenager Mario Goetze into the first team in 2010, bought Shinji Kagawa for 300,000 euros (£222,008) from Japan's second division and turned a string of players, including Mats Hummels, Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz and Roman Weidenfeller, into World Cup-winning Germany internationals.

With his trademark high pressing, quick counter-attacks and never-say-die approach, Dortmund took the Bundesliga and Europe by storm, snatching domestic supremacy from Bayern Munich for a few seasons and winning over millions of fans across the world as the club spread its commercial operations beyond Europe.

In the process, Dortmund won the Bundesliga in 2011 and again a year later when they also clinched the German Cup and Super Cup, before reaching the Champions League final in 2013, losing to their Bavarian rivals in the first all-German final of the competition. They won the Super Cup again in 2014.

Having spent his entire playing career at second-tier Mainz 05, Klopp took over the team in 2001 and led them into the Bundesliga in 2004 and even a 2005/06 UEFA Cup spot via the Fair Play draw before they were relegated in 2007.

After failing to win promotion he left the following year in a tearful farewell attended by thousands of fans.

EMOTIONAL OUTBURSTS

His emotional outbursts on the touchline that have seen him banned and fined are as much a part of his character as the witty punchlines that can turn a run-of-the-mill Champions League news conference into memorable entertainment.

"I was an idiot and for that I must apologise," he said after being sent off for exploding at a fourth official in a Champions League game against Napoli in 2013. Klopp is seldom lost for words.

Long considered a likely successor to Pep Guardiola at Bayern, he announced his resignation late last season, saying Dortmund needed a change after a disappointing campaign that saw them bottom of the table at the halfway mark.

"I am -- and that may come as a surprise to some -- not stupid and I know when I have been lucky," he once said, when asked about coaching at Dortmund. "Borussia have been a present."

Liverpool hope they will be his next gift.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 09, 2015, 06:11:25 AM
New Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp, who joined the club on Thursday, is rarely lost for words. Emotional and witty, the German has made waves with some of his comments. Here is a selection:

"During my playing career I did not manage to bring out on the pitch what I had in my head. I had the talent for the regional league and the head for the Bundesliga. What came out was the second division," Klopp on his playing career, spent mainly in the second division.

"I am a bit proud of my first red card as a coach. I went to the fourth official and asked him: "How many mistakes are you allowed to do? If it’s 15, you have one more."

"I know that my team cannot play the same crap twice in a row," he said following a 3-0 loss to Nuremberg.

"We will wait for him like the good wife, waiting for her man who is in prison," he said of injured Mats Hummels.

"Our pants won't be full. I specifically checked again," he said ahead of a Mainz 05 game against Bayern Munich.

"I see you here for the first time and instantly you make demands as to what I should say.... hats off. What department do you work in? Animal movies? Oh sport, oh ok," he told a reporter when asked not to use empty phrases in his answers.

"Finishing the first half of the season in 17th place must feel like spending your holidays on a bed of nails," he said midway through last season when Dortmund were battling to avoid relegation.

"We want to drag Bayern down to our level," he said ahead of a match against Bayern.

"Schalke can beat us in the Super Cup. There you don't even get a trophy. Still better than nothing," he said of bitter Dortmund rivals Schalke 04.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 11:36:13 AM
Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is under just as much pressure as Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp makes his Barclays Premier League debut in the White Hart Lane encounter on Saturday as he looks to reinvigorate the Reds' disappointing start to the season.

The German has set his stall out to lead the Merseyside club to one title within four years, while in the short term he and Pochettino are scrapping it out for a place in the top four.

Spurs have hired six managers in 10 years in pursuit of regular Champions League football and Pochettino believes his job comes with an equal burden of pressure.

"Can he win one title in four years? I don't know. It's a question for other people, not me," the Argentinian said.

"I believe he knows he is in a big club and Liverpool have a lot of expectation. It's like us at Tottenham - there is the same pressure. In a few years we need to win some titles too, no?

"I think it's very good for the Premier League that he comes here.

"He impressed us with his job at Borussia Dortmund and we wish him all the best - after Saturday."

Tottenham are without three central midfielders as Liverpool visit White Hart Lane. Ryan Mason (knee), Nabil Bentaleb (ankle) and Eric Dier (suspended) are all out, meaning Mousa Dembele or Tom Carroll could start alongside Dele Alli.

Summer signing Son Heung-min remains sidelined with a foot problem, while winger Alex Pritchard is also out with an injured ankle.

Cruciate knee ligament injuries to striker Danny Ings and defender Joe Gomez have further restricted the options available to new Liverpool manager Klopp.

The pair join captain Jordan Henderson (foot), Christian Benteke (*), Roberto Firmino (back) on the unavailable list - although the latter two are expected to return to full training next week - while 18-year-old Jordan Rossiter returned from England Under-19 duty with a * injury.

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is fit again after a groin injury kept him out of Brazil's recent internationals, and defender Dejan Lovren has also recovered from an ankle problem.

Klopp has identified Liverpool's defence as his priority but the untimely injury to striker Ings has emphasised how much of a necessity it has become.

The German's attacking options have been reduced to Daniel Sturridge and the raw Divock Origi, who has not scored in his last 10 matches. Benteke, the Reds' B£32.5million summer signing, is still at least a week away from recovering from a * problem and Ings will be sidelined for a minimum of six months after a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Ings, another summer arrival, is the club's top scorer with three goals but the team as a whole have managed just 11 in 13 matches this season and that contributed to the demise of Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who throughout his three-year reign at Anfield never got to grips with a leaky defence.

No clean sheets in the last eight matches proved particularly costly, especially when in five of the last six they had taken the lead.

The limited amount of time Klopp has had to work with his players after their return from international duty - and the fact the last time Liverpool scored more than once in an away game was February - means he has concentrated primarily on making his team difficult to beat.

"We have to be compact, close together in the game, and if you are always close enough with your players you always have options to help," he said ahead of the trip to Tottenham for his first match in charge.

"If you prepare for problems in the game and you are strong enough to handle this situation then you can stay in the game and win the game.

"It is not the time to change many things - only to turn the screws a little bit in the right way and that is what we tried to do.

"I expect to see that we have worked together, although not too often, and we can be very well organised after this short time."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 11:38:37 AM
Chelsea vs Villa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will appeal against the Football Association's B£50,000 fine and one-match suspended stadium ban, saying: "I have to be honest with myself."

Mourinho was sanctioned for comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton in which he said referee Robert Madeley was "afraid" to give the Blues a penalty.

The Portuguese on Friday confirmed he had received the FA's written reasons and will appeal.

"I have to be honest with myself. It's the most important thing so I have to appeal," Mourinho said.

"The moment we got the written reasons and I decided to appeal is the moment to stop with my opinions and not to add anything more than I did already.

"I think I was very objective in my sadness facing the situation."

Mourinho is defiant in his belief Chelsea will climb up the table - and this weekend's opponents Aston Villa's record at Stamford Bridge is one win in 13 Premier League games.

"We cannot run away from the reality of the table in the Premier League," Mourinho said.

"Obviously we know that we're not going to be relegated, we know that in a couple of months we will be in a position where we normally have to be.

"But the reality now, today, tomorrow before the game starts is the reality of the numbers and the numbers are very cruel, but objective and we need points."

Mourinho also believes Villa have the quality to climb out of their predicament.

"A team that the manager is trying to rebuild having lost probably their two most important players of the team (Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph)," he said.

"I don't believe Aston Villa will be in this position in a couple of months."

Striker Diego Costa is available, but right-back Branislav Ivanovic is out.

Costa has completed a three-match ban for violent conduct, but Ivanovic suffered a * injury on duty with Serbia and faces around three weeks out, joining goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) in the treatment room.

Gabby Agbonlahor continues to be sidelined with a calf injury for struggling Aston Villa.

The forward has been out since last month, but winger Adama Traore (ankle) is available after three weeks in the treatment room.

Midfielder Jack Grealish has regained match fitness during the international break, but defenders Jores Okore (knee) and Ciaran Clark (thigh) remain on the sidelines.

Boss Tim Sherwood admitted he is fighting for his future but insisted he will guide Aston Villa to safety.

The manager is facing scrutiny with Villa third bottom of the Barclays Premier League having not won since the opening day of the season.

Sherwood, who was appointed in February, also dismissed suggestions he had been given two games to save himself ahead of Saturday's trip to Chelsea but knows he must start winning.

He said: "I have no understanding of this, no one has spoken to me about two games. I am realistic enough to know that I'm a football manager who needs to win football matches and we haven't done that. So if you don't win games as a manager, you get sacked, that's what happens.

"I haven't put a number on it. All I know is I'm a football manager and I take full responsibility for results. I'm not hiding in the background. I'm standing up there in that rectangle at the front of the pitch, taking the brunt of it, that's what I get paid for.

"We lost two managers last week and before that it was their names. Mine is at the front of the queue at the moment and hopefully over the next couple of weeks it will be someone else's.

"The objective of this season was to stay in the Premier League - 100 per cent we'll stay in the Premier League this season, I've got full belief in that and then we would have reached our objective."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 11:41:27 AM
Palace vs Westham

Alan Pardew believes that Crystal Palace can benefit from Wales' qualification for Euro 2016.

The Eagles on Saturday host West Ham, who Pardew managed from 2003 until 2006, and after watching Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley help inspire Wales to their first international tournament since 1958, Pardew is optimistic they can benefit from the positivity they now bring.

"It does, a little bit," Pardew responded when asked if Wales' success was having a beneficial effect on his squad.

"We're bored of them already, going on and on about it!

"But other than that it was really pleasing for them, because they've been an integral part of it (Wales' qualification), particularly Wayne and Joe. A lot of heart and effort went into that.

"Their psychology is obviously very, very good at the moment, they feel very confident and very good about themselves, so that's all good for me."

Pardew has also been boosted by the return to fitness of midfielders Mile Jedinak, Lee Chung-yong and Jordon Mutch, and defender Damien Delaney, for Saturday's fixture against another Premier League team with similar ambitions - a desire to qualify for Europe next season - to Palace.

The manager is, however, still without injured strikers Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh, respectively owing to calf and * injuries.

West Ham can welcome back Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Angelo Ogbonna for the trip.

Carroll has recovered from the knock which kept him out of the draw at Sunderland a fortnight ago, fellow forward Valencia is over the knee injury he suffered on Europa League duty in July - although he is short of match fitness - and centre-half Ogbonna is fit after a * problem.

Defenders Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell hope to shake off minor *, but midfielder Alex Song (ankle) is three weeks away from returning.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is weighing up whether to unleash Valencia at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Ecuadorian forward has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in a Europa League qualifying tie in July, and has played just 20 minutes in a practice match since returning to training.

Bilic admits Valencia needs a couple of weeks before he is fully match fit, but revealed the 25-year-old's performances on the training pitch have put him in consideration for the trip to Selhurst Park.

"Valencia has been out since late July, it was a long break but he is back and it's a great thing for us," said Bilic.

"He's one of our biggest weapons on the pitch. He's looking sharp and very good. Now it is just a matter of fitness and slowly getting him in shape to be fit.

"He's been with us for one week now, but not for every day. He played 20 minutes against Reading in the practice match and looked really well. But he still needs a couple of weeks.

"He's not in contention - but then when I see him on the training ground I think 'maybe Saturday'. He's one of those who makes you think."

The Hammers make the short trip to south London in sixth spot, but Bilic admits the international break may have upset the momentum created by their encouraging start to the season.

Palace are a point and two places ahead in fourth, and Bilic knows he will have to keep French playmaker Yohan Cabaye quiet if his side are to pick up a fourth win on the road this term.

"Palace are a good team, they are good in everything - defending, contacts, counter attacks," he added.

"They also have Cabaye who can do special things on the pitch. They are doing really, really good. It's a London derby, it's a great game and it will be an extremely difficult test.

"You can't stop players losing momentum. You can try to press a pause button but then to restart it when they come back...even on the best DVDs when you press pause, you can't make a meal.

"Maybe you can make a sandwich, but then after one minute it automatically starts again and you have to rush back. We have to restart it again and I hope we can do it."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 11:46:49 AM
Everton vs Manchester United

Roberto Martinez wants Everton's fans to roar them on to another home victory against Manchester United on Saturday.

The Toffees have beaten United on the Red Devils' last three visits to Goodison Park, including a stunning 3-0 victory over Louis van Gaal's side in April.

It was the stand-out result of a late-season resurgence that helped Everton finish 11th in the Barclays Premier League table.

Martinez's side have picked up where they left off at the start of this campaign and sit seventh going into the weekend, three points below third-placed United.

The Everton boss said: "I think the records and the previous performances and results mean very little. I think what's important is we respect immensely this Manchester United side.

"A couple of weeks back when they hit top spot in the league, in a way that was a real statement of intent.

"We've got another top team coming to Goodison but we want to perform well and be as good as we can to try to get a win. Whoever we face at Goodison, we should be pushing ourselves.

"Goodison probably gets at its very best (against United), and when Goodison pushes you with that energy and that voice, as a player you feel the difference and as a team you feel you can cope with anything that you get in front of you."

Key defensive duo John Stones and Seamus Coleman are set to make their Everton returns.

Stones missed two club games as well as England's recent internationals because of a knee problem, while Coleman played for the Republic of Ireland on Sunday following a * complaint.

Midfielders Tom Cleverley (leg) and Steven Pienaar (*) are also in contention, and Kevin Mirallas has completed a three-match ban following his red card against Swansea last month.

Captain Wayne Rooney has overcome an ankle injury and is fit to play in Manchester United, but winger Ashley Young is out with a calf injury.

Michael Carrick is fit after recovering from a groin problem and fellow midfielder #~ Schweinsteiger is available even though he suffered an injury in the warm-up for Germany's match against the Republic of Ireland.

Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo stayed behind at Carrington during the recent international break and they are ready to feature, but defender Paddy McNair is sidelined for a month due to liver damage.

In a frank press conference at the AON Training Complex, United boss Louis van Gaal said the last fortnight had been an "awful" experience.

The Dutchman had taken United to the top of the table after a run of three straight wins, but a chastening 3-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break gave the United manager something of a reality check.

"It is awful when you have such a result," Van Gaal said. "It has been an awful two weeks.

"Before the last international break in September we lost against Swansea. These are awful weeks.

"You are constantly thinking about how it happened. You cannot manage it with your players. That is what you have to do as a manager.

"But all the players are flying out, especially the last game because we played on a Sunday. They fly out direct after the match."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 11:53:06 AM
Manchester City vs Bournemouth

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hit out at Belgium after captain Vincent Kompany featured in their final Euro 2016 qualifier this week.

Kompany was called up for international duty despite missing City's last five games with a calf injury.

Pellegrini had insisted that his influential skipper would not be fit for either of the games against Andorra or Israel but Belgium coach Marc Wilmots fielded him in the latter.

The 29-year-old came through 58 minutes of action unscathed but Pellegrini was not happy, even though he accepts Wilmots acted within his rights.

Pellegrini said: "I was not pleased because we sent Vincent with some medical report that he was not able to play but, as the manager of Belgium said, he can do what he wants in the international break. He can use the players and he wanted to use him.

"But for me, when you don't send a player to the national squad and you cannot use him for your club, I think the other sense must be the same. If a player didn't play the last three games for his club he cannot play for the national squad.

"But these are the rules. I think some day clubs will protest about that."

Barclays Premier League leaders City have lost a trio of key players for Saturday's clash against Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium.

Striker Sergio Aguero (*) faces at least a month out while left-back Aleksandar Kolarov (leg) and playmaker David Silva (ankle) will be sidelined for a fortnight after a costly international break.

Gael Clichy (ankle) and midfielder Fabian Delph (*) are still out.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will continue to juggle his team's injury problems.

Following surgery on an ankle injury, captain Tommy Elphick became the latest absentee and will remain unavailable for at least the coming eight weeks.

Defender Tyrone Mings, forward Callum Wilson and winger Max Gradel are also all injured, and likely for the entire season, and while midfielder Harry Arter is nearing a first-team return, Saturday is expected to come too soon for him.

Sylvain Distin has promised he will celebrate passionately if he scores for Bournemouth at former club Manchester City on Saturday.

The defender played for City for five years from 2002 but, despite possessing fond memories of his time there, he said he has no intention of hiding his emotions if he can score for a club he joined five months ago.

Distin has sometimes received a poor reception at City after he chose to leave the club for Portsmouth on a free transfer in 2007, but he has no intention of extending a growing trend of players who refuse to celebrate against their former clubs.

Distin believes that would be unfair on the fans of his current employers.

"I never understand why you should not celebrate, especially as I don't score many goals," said Distin, 37. "If I score I will go crazy.

"If you celebrate does it mean you disrespect your old team and if you don't do you disrespect the team you play for now?

"If I score I will celebrate. I always did and always will.

"The first few years I had a mixed reception (at City) because of the circumstances (under which) I left the club. My dad always said if they boo you they love you.

"It is a big game for us because we play against a team that will possibly win the title but for us it's just a Premier League game."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 11:58:07 AM
WBA vs Sunderland

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has called for transparency from the Football Association over its "extraordinary" fines - and he wants the League Managers' Association to intervene.

This week Jose Mourinho was handed a B£50,000 fine and a suspended one-match stadium ban for claiming that officials were "afraid" to award Chelsea penalties after his side were denied a spot-kick during their 3-1 home defeat to Southampton prior to the international break.

The FA said Mourinho's comments "imply bias on the part of a match official" but at his book launch on Thursday the Portuguese coach labelled the sanctions a "disgrace".

Pulis, who has landed himself in trouble with the authorities on numerous occasions during his career, described his counterpart's punishment as "extraordinary" and he would like information from the FA on how they use the funds accrued from such fines.

"The LMA and (chief executive) Richard Bevan and Richard (Scudamore, Premier League chief executive) have to pull all the managers together; we have to have a meeting to find out what's going on," said Pulis, whose team resume Barclays Premier League action against Sunderland at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

"I think B£50,000 is an extraordinary amount of money. I've been fined a few times by the FA for stepping out of line, and my argument is, 'Where does that money go? Does it go to charity? Does it go to pay for the hundreds and hundreds of people who will jump on the back of the Euros?'

"When I asked, I didn't get an answer. We talk about transparency; if you're going to take that sort of money off an individual - his money - then let us know where it's going.

"I'd love the FA to be transparent and tell us which bank it's put in and how it's spent. I was told generally it goes into the funds and is spent in different ways."

Pulis has concerns over four key players as he prepares his team for Sunderland's visit to The Hawthorns.

Jonny Evans, James Morrison, Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon are all doubts, with the quartet each rated a 50-50 chance to be fit for Saturday's return to Barclays Premier League action.

Evans is still struggling with the groin strain he suffered against Crystal Palace prior to the international break while Morrison has an ankle injury and Berahino has picked up a knock in training. Rondon did not arrive back in England until late this week after featuring in Venezuela's two World Cup qualifying games.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will be without suspended duo Jeremain Lens and Sebastian Coates for his first game in charge at West Brom on Saturday.

Midfielder Lens was sent off for two bookable offences and defender Coates collected his fifth caution of the season in the 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with West Ham before the international break, and both will serve one-match bans.

However, Allardyce is likely to have defenders Younes Kaboul (knee) and Adam Matthews (ankle), and midfielders Yann M'Vila (*) and Ola Toivonen (groin) available.

Allardyce admits it could take three successive wins for Sunderland to start feeling like they can drag themselves out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble.

The 60-year-old will send the team he inherited from **** Advocaat out for the first time at West Brom on Saturday, when even a victory would only be the start for a team five points adrift of safety and without a win in their opening eight league games.

Allardyce said: "Every game is enormous for us. We will have to be consistent, we will have to be resilient, we will have to be mentally tough in terms of believing in ourselves to try to get ourselves out of this position because in all honesty, winning three games on the trot is going to be very difficult for us.

"But it would be three games winning on the trot before we would even consider ourselves being able to start to feel a little bit safe.

"Even if we win the game at West Brom, it's a nice start, it's a good start, but we are still in that position."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 12:00:44 PM
Watford vs Arsenal

Arsenal are "flying" and Alexis Sanchez is "scoring for fun", but Watford can still cause an upset in their Barclays Premier League clash on Saturday, according to striker Odion Ighalo.

The Gunners will travel to Vicarage Road for the evening kick-off with their 3-0 victory against Manchester United before the international break still fresh in their minds.

Sanchez, who manager Arsene Wenger revealed is a doubt for the trip, scored a brace in Arsenal's win against United.

The Chile forward also netted a hat-trick in Arsenal's 5-2 victory at Leicester last month, was on the scoresheet in his side's 3-2 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos, and three goals on international duty has taken his tally to nine from his last five games.

"Arsenal are flying and are doing well and you can see Alexis Sanchez is scoring for fun now," said Ighalo. "It is not going to be easy for us because they are a good team, a Champions League team, and they play some of the best football here in England.

"But we hope to cope with that. We hope to fight until the end. We will see what happens and a positive result would send out a signal to the other teams that they should be careful of Watford."

Watford winger Ikechi Anya, midfielder Valon Behrami and defender Allan Nyom are all in line to feature for the visit of Arsenal on Saturday.

Anya (calf), Behrami (calf) and Nyom (knee) did not play during the international break but Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores expects the trio to be fit.

Flores added that playmaker Jurado, who missed the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth, will return to training in 10 days, but defensive duo Joel Ekstrand (knee) and Tommie Hoban (knee) remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny is close to a return from a * problem and faces a fitness test, while midfielder Mathieu Flamini (*) and captain Mikel Arteta (dead leg) are both expected to be available for selection.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere (fibula), forward Danny Welbeck and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (both knee) continue their rehabilitation.

Arsenal manager Wenger has challenged his side to recapture the hunger which saw them blow away Manchester United when they head to Watford on Saturday.

The Gunners resume domestic action at Vicarage Road for the late televised kick-off looking to maintain momentum from their demolition of the Red Devils, who were taken apart with three goals inside the first 20 minutes.

Wenger, though, knows that stunning performance will quickly be forgotten should they fail to deliver against the Hornets.

"It can increase the belief and the hunger of the team (to win convincingly). On the other hand you have to show that you can come in to every game with that focus," said Wenger.

"The level of champions and people who want to fight at the top is urgency - and urgency is something that keeps you alert, so we know what will be expected of us.

"We have to be conscious that it will be a different game at Watford, but the level of urgency is a big part of success and that is what we work on."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 12:09:42 PM
Southampton vs Leicester

Ronald Koeman is happy to make Southampton's players available for England's upcoming friendlies, but was also grateful to Roy Hodgson for resting Ryan Bertrand for Monday's win 3-0 in Lithuania.

Bertrand featured in last week's 2-0 defeat of Estonia at Wembley, but amid concerns over him playing on an artificial pitch so soon after serious injury, he was then withdrawn from the England squad at Southampton manager Koeman's request.

Rows with clubs over the availability of their players for non-competitive internationals have undermined a succession of England managers, and may again surface for November's friendlies with France and Spain.

However, Koeman said that if they do they will not be of his making because he would have no problem with Hodgson calling up Bertrand, or Steven Caulker, Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse, who are also in contention.

"Why not? It's a good experience for the players," Koeman said.

"I'm not against international duties because I think it's a compliment to the players, it's a compliment to the club.

"Of course it's more difficult because we had 15, 16 players out for 10 days (during the past international football break), but they deserve it, and that means the development of Southampton.

"I spoke to Ryan (Bertrand), I spoke to Dave (Watson, England and Southampton's goalkeeping coach).

"It's important to have Dave also in the English national staff, but Ryan was a long time out from football (through injury), the second match was on the artificial grass, and I asked Dave, 'Can you have a talk to the national coach? Maybe it's better for Ryan to play one time and not to play on the artificial grass'.

"But it's advice, and I'm happy that (Hodgson) did that advice because it's important for the player to keep his physical (conditioning), and to know that he was a long time out.

"I appreciate that very much but I understand, it's difficult always., If he does it differently (to my request), I have to respect that, but in the case of Ryan I was very pleased that he didn't play the second match."

Southampton will be without Shane Long for the visit of Leicester after the forward injured ankle ligaments while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Midfielder Jordy Clasie, however, seems in line for his Barclays Premier League debut, having been sidelined since suffering a * injury in July's Europa League victory over Vitesse Arnhem, although Koeman may not risk him from the start.

Koeman's only other absentees are long-term injury victims - goalkeeper Fraser Forster and defender Florin Gardos.

Nathan Dyer could return for Leicester after recovering from a knee injury.

The on-loan Swansea winger has not played since suffering the injury while scoring the winner in the 3-2 victory against Aston Villa last month, but is now fit again.

Boss Claudio Ranieri will assess Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp after their return from international duty with Algeria and Ghana respectively, but they are expected to feature, while Ranieri has no other injury worries after the international break.

Ranieri revealed he could have been Southampton boss before his Greek tragedy.

The Leicester manager admitted he held talks with the Saints before they appointed current chief Ronald Koeman last summer.

Instead, Ranieri took charge of Greece in July 2014 - just weeks after Koeman took the Saints job - but was sacked four months into the post having lost to the Faroe Islands which left them bottom of their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

The Foxes go to St Mary's on Saturday and Ranieri admitted he made a mistake taking the Greece job after speaking to Southampton when the Saints were searching for Mauricio Pochettino's replacement.

"Yes," he said, when asked if he held talks with the Saints.

"I was interested, but after that there was also the Greece job - and I made a mistake.

"It was important that it was the right moment - and it (Southampton) wasn't the right moment for me.

"This is the right moment at Leicester."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 07:41:30 PM
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool

GHugo Lloris
DJan Vertonghen
DDanny Rose
DKyle Walker
DToby Alderweireld
MNacer Chadli
MChristian Eriksen
MErik Lamela
MDele Alli
MMousa Dembele
FHarry Kane

GSimon Mignolet
DNathaniel Clyne
DMamadou Sakho
DMartin Skrtel
DAlberto Moreno
MEmre Can
MPhilippe Coutinho
MJames Milner
MLucas
MAdam Lallana
FDivock Origi
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 08:55:55 PM
First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Liverpool 0.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool

GHugo Lloris
DJan Vertonghen
DDanny Rose
DKyle Walker
DToby Alderweireld
MNacer Chadli
MChristian Eriksen
MErik Lamela
MDele Alli
MMousa Dembele
FHarry Kane

GSimon Mignolet
DNathaniel Clyne
DMamadou Sakho
DMartin Skrtel
DAlberto Moreno
MEmre Can
MPhilippe Coutinho
MJames Milner
MLucas
MAdam Lallana
FDivock Origi
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 09:57:30 PM
Liverpool played out a goalless draw at Tottenham Hotspur as Jurgen Klopp took charge of the visitors for the first time.

Klopp had to contend with an injury crisis for his first match that saw Daniel Sturridge join fellow strikers Christian Benteke and Danny Ings on the sidelines along with Jordan Henderson.

However, Liverpool made a bright start, and they might well have had the lead when Divock Origi headed against the crossbar.

Tottenham battled back, and substitute Clinton Njie -- on for the injured Nacer Chadli -- brought a good save from Simon Mignolet just before the half-hour mark before Harry Kane and Dele Alli went close in quick succession.

The second half brought far fewer chances at both ends, although Kane came close in the 84th minute when his low drive brought a good save from Mignolet, while Emre Can fired just wide shortly before the final whistle.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 10:24:14 PM
7'
Goal! Manchester City 1, Bournemouth 0. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 10:25:16 PM
11'
Goal! Manchester City 2, Bournemouth 0. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 17, 2015, 11:08:14 PM
HT

Chelsea 1-0 Villa
Palace 1-1 Westham
Everton 0-2 MU
MC 4-1 Bournemouth
Southampton 2-0 Leicester
WBA 0-0 Sunderland
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 18, 2015, 12:03:12 AM
FT

Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool
Chelsea 2-0 Villa
Palace 1-3 Westham
Everton 0-3 MU
MC 5-1 Bournemouth
Southampton 2-2 Leicester
WBA 1-0 Sunderland
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 18, 2015, 12:20:15 AM
Watford vs Arsenal

GGomes
DCraig Cathcart
DSebastian Prodl
DNathan Ake
DAllan Nyom
M/DIkechi Anya
MAlmen Abdi
MEtienne Capoue
MBen Watson
FTroy Deeney
FOdion Ighalo

GPetr Cech
DPer Mertesacker
DNacho Monreal
DLaurent Koscielny
DHector Bellerin
MFrancis Coquelin
MMesut Ozil
MSanti Cazorla
MTheo Walcott
MAaron Ramsey
FAlexis Sanchez
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 18, 2015, 01:34:21 AM
Watford vs Arsenal

GGomes
DCraig Cathcart
DSebastian Prodl
DNathan Ake
DAllan Nyom
M/DIkechi Anya
MAlmen Abdi
MEtienne Capoue
MBen Watson
FTroy Deeney
FOdion Ighalo

GPetr Cech
DPer Mertesacker
DNacho Monreal
DLaurent Koscielny
DHector Bellerin
MFrancis Coquelin
MMesut Ozil
MSanti Cazorla
MTheo Walcott
MAaron Ramsey
FAlexis Sanchez
Halftime 0-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 18, 2015, 02:13:18 AM
62'
Goal! Watford 0, Arsenal 1. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 18, 2015, 02:28:59 AM
Arsenal had to wait until the second half, but eventually sealed a comfortable 3-0 win at Watford.

Watford had some good chances early on, but Petr Cech was equal to them and Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock with a strike in the 62nd minute after good work from Mesut Ozil saw the ball fall kindly to him.

Ozil then put the ball on a plate for substitute Olivier Giroud to slot home just five minutes later and Aaron Ramsey's effort made it 3-0 in the 74th minute.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 18, 2015, 05:39:55 PM
Newcastle vs Norwich

Steve McClaren is hoping Jekyll and not Hyde turns up on Sunday as Newcastle attempt to end their wait for a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season.

McClaren, who has seen his side flit between the impressive and the abysmal through the opening weeks of his reign, is desperate to claim a league win at the ninth attempt against Norwich to dissipate the growing unrest surrounding the club.

But he needs the kind of performance which secured a 0-0 draw at Manchester United or which resulted in a 2-0 lead over Chelsea rather than the one which saw them trounced 6-1 at Manchester City last time out if the rot is to be stopped.

McClaren said: "We need that belief, and that comes from performances, playing well, results. We have kind of had that - not the results. The players just need to focus on doing their job, making sure they fight for 95 minutes and give the crowd what they want.

"They want to see fight, they want to see attitude, they want to see good football. Give them that and generally - some things are out of your control, the result is - but generally if you get that, you win games."

To date, Newcastle have collected a paltry three points and went into the weekend rooted to the foot of the table and in danger of being cast adrift.

Norwich arrive on Tyneside six points better off having made a decent fist of life back in the top flight.

McClaren said: "They've been very good, very good. It's not surprised me at all that the three [promoted] teams have started quite well.

"They have got the buoyancy and the confidence of promotion, the nucleus of the squad stays, they add very well and they can be a handful at the start, which they are proving.

"I saw them [Norwich] against West Ham - they could have won that game, should have won that game, and Leicester, they shouldn't have lost that game, so this is not going to be easy."

McClaren has received a fitness boost ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich despite losing goalkeeper Tim Krul for the rest of the season.

Defenders Daryl Janmaat and Massadio Haidara (both knee) and Paul Dummett (*), as well as midfielder Jack Colback (*), have returned to training and are in contention as the Magpies attempt to secure their first league win of the season at the ninth attempt.

However, keepers Krul (cruciate ligament) and Karl Darlow (ankle), defenders Steven Taylor and Kevin Mbabu (both *), midfielders Rolando Aarons (calf) and Gabriel Obertan (*) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Norwich expect to have playmaker Wes Hoolahan available after shrugging off a heel problem while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Striker Gary Hooper has stepped up his rehabilitation from an ankle injury, but is unlikely to feature this weekend.

Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has also returned to training this week following recovery from a fractured metatarsal, but will not be rushed into action.

Winger Matt Jarvis hopes Norwich can finally get a fortnight of frustration out of their system with victory on Sunday.

The Canaries were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester before the international break, which was a first defeat in a promising run of four matches.

Jarvis, on loan from West Ham, admits not having another game to quickly try to put things right has made it a difficult spell for those left at the Norfolk club's training base.

"As a group it wasn't nice to lose before the international break as you have that feeling for two weeks," Jarvis said.

"We have had time to reflect on Leicester and want to put things right now."

Jarvis added: "We want to keep our away record going and have shown in games how well we can play.

"Everyone can see how good the team is, but you have to be consistent too.

"In every match this season we are looking to make a strong start to ensure the other team doesn't pick up momentum, and Sunday is no different."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 19, 2015, 12:09:58 AM
Newcastle   3         Half time        2   Norwich City

Newcastle vs Norwich

Steve McClaren is hoping Jekyll and not Hyde turns up on Sunday as Newcastle attempt to end their wait for a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season.

McClaren, who has seen his side flit between the impressive and the abysmal through the opening weeks of his reign, is desperate to claim a league win at the ninth attempt against Norwich to dissipate the growing unrest surrounding the club.

But he needs the kind of performance which secured a 0-0 draw at Manchester United or which resulted in a 2-0 lead over Chelsea rather than the one which saw them trounced 6-1 at Manchester City last time out if the rot is to be stopped.

McClaren said: "We need that belief, and that comes from performances, playing well, results. We have kind of had that - not the results. The players just need to focus on doing their job, making sure they fight for 95 minutes and give the crowd what they want.

"They want to see fight, they want to see attitude, they want to see good football. Give them that and generally - some things are out of your control, the result is - but generally if you get that, you win games."

To date, Newcastle have collected a paltry three points and went into the weekend rooted to the foot of the table and in danger of being cast adrift.

Norwich arrive on Tyneside six points better off having made a decent fist of life back in the top flight.

McClaren said: "They've been very good, very good. It's not surprised me at all that the three [promoted] teams have started quite well.

"They have got the buoyancy and the confidence of promotion, the nucleus of the squad stays, they add very well and they can be a handful at the start, which they are proving.

"I saw them [Norwich] against West Ham - they could have won that game, should have won that game, and Leicester, they shouldn't have lost that game, so this is not going to be easy."

McClaren has received a fitness boost ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich despite losing goalkeeper Tim Krul for the rest of the season.

Defenders Daryl Janmaat and Massadio Haidara (both knee) and Paul Dummett (*), as well as midfielder Jack Colback (*), have returned to training and are in contention as the Magpies attempt to secure their first league win of the season at the ninth attempt.

However, keepers Krul (cruciate ligament) and Karl Darlow (ankle), defenders Steven Taylor and Kevin Mbabu (both *), midfielders Rolando Aarons (calf) and Gabriel Obertan (*) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Norwich expect to have playmaker Wes Hoolahan available after shrugging off a heel problem while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Striker Gary Hooper has stepped up his rehabilitation from an ankle injury, but is unlikely to feature this weekend.

Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has also returned to training this week following recovery from a fractured metatarsal, but will not be rushed into action.

Winger Matt Jarvis hopes Norwich can finally get a fortnight of frustration out of their system with victory on Sunday.

The Canaries were beaten 2-1 at home by Leicester before the international break, which was a first defeat in a promising run of four matches.

Jarvis, on loan from West Ham, admits not having another game to quickly try to put things right has made it a difficult spell for those left at the Norfolk club's training base.

"As a group it wasn't nice to lose before the international break as you have that feeling for two weeks," Jarvis said.

"We have had time to reflect on Leicester and want to put things right now."

Jarvis added: "We want to keep our away record going and have shown in games how well we can play.

"Everyone can see how good the team is, but you have to be consistent too.

"In every match this season we are looking to make a strong start to ensure the other team doesn't pick up momentum, and Sunday is no different."
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 19, 2015, 07:04:32 AM
Newcastle      6       Half time        2   Norwich City
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 19, 2015, 06:37:22 PM
Swansea vs Stoke

Swansea boss Garry Monk believes his former team-mate Mark Hughes has pulled off the toughest trick in management in changing Stoke's playing style.

Stoke were known for their physical and combative style under Hughes' predecessor and fellow Welshman Tony Pulis as the Potters established themselves in the Barclays Premier League.

But Hughes has brought more finesse to Stoke since taking over in the summer of 2013 with the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri bringing guile as well as glamour to the Britannia Stadium.

"That change is probably the hardest thing you can do in management," Monk said ahead of Stoke's visit to the Liberty Stadium on Monday night.

"It takes a lot of work, detail and willingness from yourself, the staff and the players.

"You also need trust from above and the chairman, board and directors buying into what you're doing and giving you the licence to recruit the players you want.

"You need all that to change vision and it takes time, but they've done that exceptionally well at Stoke."

Monk and Hughes were colleagues at Southampton in the late-1990s when they were at opposite ends of their playing careers.

Hughes was in the twilight of his as a no-nonsense striker with a stellar career at Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea behind him, while Monk was a young centre-half trying to make his way in the game.

"We had a number of experienced pros at Southampton at that point," Monk said.

"I don't know if you could say Mark was going to be a manager, but he was very experienced and knew football.

"At that time I was young and not really paying attention to whether he was going to become a manager.

"I just looked at those players as footballers and what they had done in the game and wanted to learn from that experience.

"But Mark has done very well as a manager and it shows what can happen if you give him a little bit of time."

Stoke visit south Wales with only one point separating the two clubs in the table and a growing rivalry between the two clubs.

Swansea pipped Stoke for a top-eight spot last season and some hard-fought contests in recent seasons have been sprinkled with controversy, not least last term's meeting at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke won 2-1 on that occasion when Monk accused Victor Moses of diving to win a penalty and Hughes made a staunch defence of his on-loan winger.

"A lot was made of that but me and Mark have got a great relationship," Monk said.

"I've got the highest respect for him as a manager and as a person and I've no problems with him.

"It was just in that game Mark was sticking up for his player and my attentions were towards that incident.

"But it was a long time ago. My focus is on moving forward and putting on a good performance against Stoke on Monday."

Stoke boss Mark is confident goalkeeper Jack Butland will remain with the club long-term while continuing to progress at international level.

Butland has put in a string of impressive performances for the Potters this season and won his second senior England cap earlier this week.

The 22-year-old is making the most of the opportunity to establish himself as a first-choice Barclays Premier League stopper which came about following Asmir Begovic's switch from Stoke to Chelsea over the summer.

Hughes regards Butland as something of a complete goalkeeping package in the making destined for a lengthy England career, and is well aware the player is widely admired.

But he has also expressed his belief the ex-Birmingham man - who in March signed a new deal with Stoke through to 2019 - will not be following Begovic's lead in moving on to a more high-profile club any time soon.

"He is an outstanding young goalkeeper and everybody has recognised that," Hughes said.

"He has been a number one at clubs at a lower level (the likes of Derby, Leeds and Barnsley on loan) but hadn't been a main number one at Premier League level up until this point.

"He has taken that in his stride, though, like he has done with almost every step up that he has made throughout his still very young career.

"His quality of performance is high at the moment and he fully deserved to (win his second England cap) in my view.

"We all feel he has a long, long career (ahead of him) - both with us and England."

Striker Mame Diouf will not be involved against Swansea having been granted compassionate leave following the death of his mother, but defender Marc Wilson (calf) is fit to make his comeback and winger Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh) should also be available.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 20, 2015, 04:18:37 AM
Halftime

Swansea 0-1 Stoke
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 20, 2015, 04:56:42 AM
FT Swansea 0-1 Stoke
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 20, 2015, 04:58:48 AM
Top 5 after 9 rounds

1. Manchester City 21
2. Arsenal 19
3. Manchester United 19
4. Westham United 17
5. Leicester City 16
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 24, 2015, 06:16:08 PM
22:00 Aston Villa ? - ? Swansea City
22:00 Leicester City ? - ? Crystal Palace
22:00 Norwich City ? - ? West Bromwich Albion
22:00 Stoke City ? - ? Watford
22:00 West Ham United ? - ? Chelsea
00:30 Arsenal ? - ? Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 24, 2015, 10:35:37 PM
17'
Goal! West Ham United 1, Chelsea 0. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 24, 2015, 10:57:41 PM
HT
Aston Villa 0-0 Swansea City
Leicester City 0-0 Crystal Palace
Norwich City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 0-1 Watford
West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea

00:30 Arsenal ? - ? Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 24, 2015, 11:41:26 PM
75'
Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea City
Leicester City 1-0 Crystal Palace
Norwich City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 0-2 Watford
West Ham United 1-1 Chelsea

00:30 Arsenal ? - ? Everton
[/quote]
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 12:01:01 AM
FT
Aston Villa 1-2 Swansea City
Leicester City 1-0 Crystal Palace
Norwich City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 0-2 Watford
West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea

00:30 Arsenal ? - ? Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 09:12:17 AM
FT Arsenal 2-1 Everton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 09:42:13 AM
Bitter rivals Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho had wildly contrasting afternoons on Saturday as Arsenal went top of the Premier League and champions Chelsea lost again with their manager being sent off.

Wenger, once dubbed "a specialist in failure" by the Chelsea boss, punched the air in delight after Arsenal beat Everton 2-1 at a rain-lashed Emirates Stadium.

Mourinho, however, failed to show up at his post-match news conference after the Stamford Bridge club slumped to sixth from bottom following a 2-1 defeat at London rivals West Ham United.

On another bleak day for Chelsea they finished with 10 men after having Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic sent off. The mood of the visitors was not helped at a wet Upton Park when Cesc Fabregas had a first-half goal harshly disallowed for offside.

Arsenal won their fourth successive league match after headers from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny in a three-minute spell in the first half helped them go top for the first time since February 2014.

They have 22 points from 10 games and will stay at the summit until at least Sunday when Manchester City, second on 21, play Manchester United, fourth on 19, at Old Trafford.

Chelsea's fifth league defeat of the season meant West Ham finished the day in third place on 20 points after a venomous first-half shot into the bottom corner from Mauro Zarate and a late header from substitute Andy Carroll gave them victory.

Gary Cahill briefly drew Chelsea level with a close-range shot in the 56th minute after referee Jon Moss had ordered Mourinho to the stands when the outspoken Portuguese had approached him at halftime.

"The mood in the dressing room is not great, like you’d imagine when you lose games," Cahill told the BBC. "The lads are devastated.

"You’re left scratching your head sometimes. In the first half the Fabregas goal could have been given and we had the goal that was nearly over the line. That sums up the way we’re going."

Cahill was referring to a first-half header from Kurt Zouma that went within millimetres of a goal.

Chelsea's defeat summed up Mourinho's season.

CONTROVERSIAL INCIDENTS

Since falling out with former first team doctor Eva Carneiro on the opening day, he has been involved in several other controversial incidents.

Last week Mourinho was fined 50,000 pounds by the FA for comments he made about referees when Chelsea lost at home to Southampton on Oct. 3.

Mourinho, who sat in the directors' box until eight minutes from time at Upton Park, is now facing another FA fine for not speaking to the media and a fresh punishment for being sent from the dugout.

While the Portuguese was a picture of abject misery, Wenger ended the day with a broad grin.

The Frenchman was delighted his team won again following their 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"When you win such a big game like Tuesday night and you can win again straight after, it tells you a lot about the mentality of your team," said Wenger.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku hit the bar and former England midfielder Gareth Barry was shown a late red card but Arsenal were good value for their win.

Ross Barkley was on target for Everton in the 44th minute.

Elsewhere, Leicester City beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to stay fifth with England striker Jamie Vardy scoring for the seventh successive league match.

Swansea City won 2-1 at struggling Aston Villa with goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew while West Bromwich Albion triumphed 1-0 at Norwich City thanks to Salomon Rondon's effort.

Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi struck in Watford's 2-0 victory at Stoke City.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 04:00:53 PM
20:00
Sunderland vs Newcastle United
22:05
AFC Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur
22:05
Manchester United vs Manchester City

00:15
Liverpool vs Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 08:16:33 PM
Sunderland vs Newcastle United

GCostel Pantilimon
DBilly Jones
DYounes Kaboul
DJohn O'Shea
DDeAndre Yedlin
MLee Cattermole
MAdam Johnson
MYann M'Vila
MOla Toivonen
F/MJeremain Lens
FSteven Fletcher

GRobert Elliot
DChancel Mbemba
DPaul Dummett
DDaryl Janmaat
DF. Coloccini
MCheick Tiote
MMoussa Sissoko
MG. Wijnaldum
MJack Colback
FAyoze Perez
FA. Mitrovic
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 09:09:20 PM
45'
Goal! Sunderland 1, Newcastle United 0. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) is shown the red card.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 09:43:30 PM
65'
Goal! Sunderland 2, Newcastle United 0. Billy Jones (Sunderland) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann M'Vila following a corner.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 09:55:59 PM
86'
Goal! Sunderland 3, Newcastle United 0. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Younes Kaboul following a fast break.
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 10:07:36 PM
Manchester United vs Manchester City

GDavid de Gea
DMarcos Rojo
DChris Smalling
DPhil Jones
M/DAntonio Valencia
MB. Schweinsteiger
MAnder Herrera
MJuan Mata
MM. Schneiderlin
FAnthony Martial
FWayne Rooney


GJoe Hart
DBacary Sagna
DVincent Kompany
DA. Kolarov
DNicolas Otamendi
MKevin De Bruyne
MRaheem Sterling
MFernandinho
MYaya Toure
MFernando
FWilfried Bon
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 10:40:43 PM
FT
Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle United

30'
AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

00:15
Liverpool vs Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 25, 2015, 11:06:16 PM
FT
Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle United

HT
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

00:15
Liverpool vs Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 26, 2015, 04:25:22 AM
FT
Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle United
AFC Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City
Liverpool 1-1 Southampton
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on October 26, 2015, 04:29:49 AM
Top 5 after 10 rounds

1. Manchester City 22
2. Arsenal 22
3. Westham United 20
4. Manchester United 20
5. Leicester City 19

Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 03, 2015, 06:24:16 AM
Tottenham 3-1 Villa
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 03, 2015, 06:27:30 AM
Top 5 after 11 rounds

1. Manchester City 25
2. Arsenal 25
3. Leicester 22
4. Manchester Utd 21
5. Tottenham 20
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 07, 2015, 10:13:23 AM
20:45
AFC Bournemouth vs Newcastle United

23:00
Leicester City vs Watford
Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City vs Swansea City
Sunderland vs Southampton
West Ham United vs Everton

01:30
Stoke City vs Chelsea
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 07, 2015, 09:00:54 PM
AFC Bournemouth vs Newcastle United

GAdam Federici
DCharlie Daniels
DSylvain Distin
DAdam Smith
DSimon Francis
MMatt Ritchie
MAndrew Surman
MHarry Arter
MDan Gosling
MJunior Stanislas
FJoshua King

GRobert Elliot
DChancel Mbemba
DPaul Dummett
DDaryl Janmaat
DF. Coloccini
MCheick Tiote
MVurnon Anita
MMoussa Sissoko
MG. Wijnaldum
FAyoze Perez
FA. Mitrovic
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 07, 2015, 09:03:38 PM
Pick Bournemouth 40000 biji btm  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 07, 2015, 09:42:16 PM
27'   0 - 1  Ayoze Perez

AFC Bournemouth vs Newcastle United

GAdam Federici
DCharlie Daniels
DSylvain Distin
DAdam Smith
DSimon Francis
MMatt Ritchie
MAndrew Surman
MHarry Arter
MDan Gosling
MJunior Stanislas
FJoshua King

GRobert Elliot
DChancel Mbemba
DPaul Dummett
DDaryl Janmaat
DF. Coloccini
MCheick Tiote
MVurnon Anita
MMoussa Sissoko
MG. Wijnaldum
FAyoze Perez
FA. Mitrovic
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 07, 2015, 10:48:25 PM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United

23:00
Leicester City vs Watford
Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City vs Swansea City
Sunderland vs Southampton
West Ham United vs Everton

I pick Southampton

01:30
Stoke City vs Chelsea
[/quote]
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 07, 2015, 11:44:52 PM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United

35 mins
Leicester City 0-0 Watford
Manchester United 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 0-0 Swansea City
Sunderland 0-0 Southampton
West Ham United 1-0 Everton

01:30
Stoke City vs Chelsea
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 12:01:11 AM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United

HT
Leicester City 0-0 Watford
Manchester United 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 0-0 Swansea City
Sunderland 0-0 Southampton
West Ham United 1-1 Everton

01:30
Stoke City vs Chelsea
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 12:41:33 AM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United

75 mins
Leicester City 2-1 Watford
Manchester United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 1-0 Swansea City
Sunderland 0-1 Southampton
West Ham United 1-1 Everton

01:30
Stoke City vs Chelsea
[/quote]
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 01:04:18 AM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United
Leicester City 2-1 Watford
Manchester United 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 1-0 Swansea City
Sunderland 0-1 Southampton
West Ham United 1-1 Everton

01:30
Stoke City vs Chelsea
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 01:13:09 AM
Stoke City vs Chelsea

GJack Butland
DRyan Shawcross
DGlen Johnson
DErik Pieters
DP. Wollscheid
MXherdan Shaqiri
MCharlie Adam
MGlenn Whelan
F/MMarko Arnautovic
FJonathan Walters
FBojan

GAsmir Begovic
DJohn Terry
DCesar Azpilicueta
DKurt Zouma
DBaba Rahman
MEden Hazard
MRamires
MWillian
MNemanja Matic
F/MPedro
FDiego Costa
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 02:13:15 AM
35 mins Stoke 0-0 Chelsea
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 02:50:47 AM
54 mins Stoke 1-0 Chelsea

 :thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 10:15:33 AM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United
Leicester City 2-1 Watford
Manchester United 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 1-0 Swansea City
Sunderland 0-1 Southampton
West Ham United 1-1 Everton
Stoke City 1-0 Chelsea  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 06:46:06 PM
21:30
Aston Villa vs Manchester City

00:00
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Support Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 09:35:06 PM
Aston Villa vs Manchester City

GBrad Guzan
DMicah Richards
DAlan Hutton
DCiaran Clark
DJordan Amavi
M/DCarlos Sanchez
MCarles Gil
MIdrissa Gueye
MJordan Veretout
F/MJordan Ayew
FScott Sinclair

GJoe Hart
DBacary Sagna
DVincent Kompany
DA. Kolarov
DNicolas Otamendi
MKevin De Bruyne
MRaheem Sterling
MYaya Toure
MFernandinho
MFernando
FWilfried Bony
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 08, 2015, 10:39:27 PM
Aston Villa vs Manchester City

GBrad Guzan
DMicah Richards
DAlan Hutton
DCiaran Clark
DJordan Amavi
M/DCarlos Sanchez
MCarles Gil
MIdrissa Gueye
MJordan Veretout
F/MJordan Ayew
FScott Sinclair

GJoe Hart
DBacary Sagna
DVincent Kompany
DA. Kolarov
DNicolas Otamendi
MKevin De Bruyne
MRaheem Sterling
MYaya Toure
MFernandinho
MFernando
FWilfried Bony

HT 0-0

Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 09, 2015, 04:34:51 AM
FT
Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester City
Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 09, 2015, 04:36:56 AM
Top 5 after 12 rounds

1. Manchester City 26
2. Arsenal 26
3. Leicester 25
4. Manchester Utd 24
5. Tottenham 21
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 21, 2015, 10:46:38 AM
Matchday 13:

20:45 Watford ? - ? Manchester United
23:00 Chelsea ? - ? Norwich City
23:00 Everton ? - ? Aston Villa
23:00 Newcastle United ? - ? Leicester City
23:00 Southampton ? - ? Stoke City
23:00 Swansea City ? - ? AFC Bournemouth
23:00 West Bromwich Albion ? - ? Arsenal
01:30 Manchester City ? - ? Liverpool
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 21, 2015, 08:44:36 PM
Watford vs Manchester United

GGomes
DMiguel Britos
DCraig Cathcart
DAllan Nyom
M/DIkechi Anya
MAlmen Abdi
MBen Watson
MJ. Manuel Jurado
MEtienne Capoue
FTroy Deeney
FOdion Ighalo

GDavid de Gea
DPhil Jones
DChris Smalling
MAnder Herrera
MM. Schneiderlin
MJesse Lingard
MJuan Mata
MAshley Young
MB. Schweinsteiger
MDaley Blind
FMemphis Depay
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 21, 2015, 09:08:47 PM
Watford vs Manchester United

GGomes
DMiguel Britos
DCraig Cathcart
DAllan Nyom
M/DIkechi Anya
MAlmen Abdi
MBen Watson
MJ. Manuel Jurado
MEtienne Capoue
FTroy Deeney
FOdion Ighalo

GDavid de Gea
DPhil Jones
DChris Smalling
MAnder Herrera
MM. Schneiderlin
MJesse Lingard
MJuan Mata
MAshley Young
MB. Schweinsteiger
MDaley Blind
FMemphis Depay
11' Watford 0-1 MU (Depay)
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 21, 2015, 09:57:05 PM
Watford vs Manchester United

GGomes
DMiguel Britos
DCraig Cathcart
DAllan Nyom
M/DIkechi Anya
MAlmen Abdi
MBen Watson
MJ. Manuel Jurado
MEtienne Capoue
FTroy Deeney
FOdion Ighalo

GDavid de Gea
DPhil Jones
DChris Smalling
MAnder Herrera
MM. Schneiderlin
MJesse Lingard
MJuan Mata
MAshley Young
MB. Schweinsteiger
MDaley Blind
FMemphis Depay
HT
Watford 0-1 MU
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 21, 2015, 10:38:55 PM
HT
Watford 0-1 MU
87' Troy Deeney (pen.)  1 - 1
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 21, 2015, 10:54:08 PM
87' Troy Deeney (pen.)  1 - 1
FT Watford 1-2 Manchester United

MU is at top of the table temporary  :clap:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 22, 2015, 12:13:41 AM
HT Chelsea 0 - 0 Norwich Cityl
HT Everton 3 - 0 Aston Villa
HT Newcastle United 0 - 1 Leicester City
HT Southampton 0 - 1 Stoke City
HT Swansea City 2 - 2 AFC Bournemouth
HT West Bromwich Albion 2 - 1 Arsenal
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 22, 2015, 01:04:02 AM

FT Watford 1 - 2 Manchester United
FT Chelsea 1 - 0 Norwich City
FT Everton 4 - 0 Aston Villa
FT Newcastle United 0 - 3 Leicester City
FT Southampton 0 - 1 Stoke City
FT Swansea City 2 - 2 AFC Bournemouth
FT West Bromwich Albion 2 - 1 Arsenal
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 22, 2015, 01:12:10 AM
Manchester City vs Liverpool

GJoe Hart
DBacary Sagna
DMartin Demichelis
DA. Kolarov
DEliaquim Mangala
MKevin De Bruyne
MRaheem Sterling
MYaya Toure
MJesus Navas
MFernando
FSergio Aguero

GSimon Mignolet
DNathaniel Clyne
DDejan Lovren
DAlberto Moreno
DMartin Skrtel
MPhilippe Coutinho
MRoberto Firmino
MJames Milner
MLucas
MEmre Can
MAdam Lallana
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 22, 2015, 01:45:11 AM
Manchester City vs Liverpool

GJoe Hart
DBacary Sagna
DMartin Demichelis
DA. Kolarov
DEliaquim Mangala
MKevin De Bruyne
MRaheem Sterling
MYaya Toure
MJesus Navas
MFernando
FSergio Aguero

GSimon Mignolet
DNathaniel Clyne
DDejan Lovren
DAlberto Moreno
DMartin Skrtel
MPhilippe Coutinho
MRoberto Firmino
MJames Milner
MLucas
MEmre Can
MAdam Lallana

15' MC 0-1 LIV
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 22, 2015, 06:59:30 AM
Mc 1-4 Liv  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 22, 2015, 09:34:13 AM
00:00 Tottenham Hotspur ? - ? West Ham United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 23, 2015, 12:08:04 AM
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

GHugo Lloris
DJan Vertonghen
DDanny Rose
DKyle Walker
DToby Alderweireld
M/DEric Dier
MMousa Dembele
MChristian Eriksen
MDele Alli
FHeung-Min Son
FHarry Kane

GAdrian
DJames Tomkins
DCarl Jenkinson
DWinston Reid
DAaron Cresswell
MCheikhou Kouyate
MManuel Lanzini
MVictor Moses
MMark Noble
FAndy Carroll
FDiafra Sakho
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 23, 2015, 06:12:48 AM
FT Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 West Ham United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 23, 2015, 06:19:01 AM
24/11:

Crystal Palace vs Sunderland
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 24, 2015, 06:28:04 AM
24/11:

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 24, 2015, 06:32:32 AM
Top 5 after 13 rounds

1. Leicester 28
2. Manchester United 27
3. Manchester City 26
4. Arsenal 26
5. Tottenham 24
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 28, 2015, 10:35:54 AM
Tonight:

23:00 AFC Bournemouth ? - ? Everton
23:00 Aston Villa ? - ? Watford
23:00 Crystal Palace ? - ? Newcastle United
23:00 Manchester City ? - ? Southampton
23:00 Sunderland ? - ? Stoke City
01:30 Leicester City ? - ? Manchester United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 29, 2015, 02:35:31 AM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 3-3 Everton
Aston Villa 2-3 Watford
Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United
Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
Sunderland 2-0 Stoke City

HT
Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 29, 2015, 03:30:27 AM
FT
AFC Bournemouth 3-3 Everton
Aston Villa 2-3 Watford
Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United
Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
Sunderland 2-0 Stoke City
Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 29, 2015, 09:22:27 AM
Tonight:

20:00 Tottenham Hotspur ? - ? Chelsea
22:05 West Ham United ? - ? West Bromwich Albion
00:15 Liverpool ? - ? Swansea City
00:15 Norwich City ? - ? Arsenal
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 29, 2015, 08:02:21 PM
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

GHugo Lloris
DJan Vertonghen
DDanny Rose
DKyle Walker
DToby Alderweireld
M/DEric Dier
MMousa Dembele
MRyan Mason
MChristian Eriksen
FHeung-Min Son
FHarry Kane

GAsmir Begovic
DB. Ivanovic
DKurt Zouma
DGary Cahill
DCesar Azpilicueta
MWillian
MOscar
MEden Hazard
MNemanja Matic
MCesc Fabregas
F/MPedro
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 29, 2015, 09:59:07 PM
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

GHugo Lloris
DJan Vertonghen
DDanny Rose
DKyle Walker
DToby Alderweireld
M/DEric Dier
MMousa Dembele
MRyan Mason
MChristian Eriksen
FHeung-Min Son
FHarry Kane

GAsmir Begovic
DB. Ivanovic
DKurt Zouma
DGary Cahill
DCesar Azpilicueta
MWillian
MOscar
MEden Hazard
MNemanja Matic
MCesc Fabregas
F/MPedro
FT 0-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 29, 2015, 10:10:45 PM
West Ham United  vs  West Bromwich Albion

GAdrian
DCarl Jenkinson
DAngelo Ogbonna
DWinston Reid
DAaron Cresswell
MPedro Obiang
MManuel Lanzini
MCheikhou Kouyate
MVictor Moses
FDiafra Sakho
FMauro Zarate

GBoaz Myhill
DCraig Dawson
DGareth McAuley
DJonny Evans
DJonas Olsson
MS. Sessegnon
MDarren Fletcher
MJames Morrison
MClaudio Yacob
FSalomon Rondon
FJames McClean
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 29, 2015, 11:01:24 PM
West Ham United  vs  West Bromwich Albion

GAdrian
DCarl Jenkinson
DAngelo Ogbonna
DWinston Reid
DAaron Cresswell
MPedro Obiang
MManuel Lanzini
MCheikhou Kouyate
MVictor Moses
FDiafra Sakho
FMauro Zarate

GBoaz Myhill
DCraig Dawson
DGareth McAuley
DJonny Evans
DJonas Olsson
MS. Sessegnon
MDarren Fletcher
MJames Morrison
MClaudio Yacob
FSalomon Rondon
FJames McClean
HT 1-0
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 30, 2015, 03:53:39 AM
FT
Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Chelsea
West Ham United 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool 1-0 Swansea City
Norwich City 1-1 Arsenal
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 30, 2015, 03:56:31 AM
Top 5 after 14 rounds

1. Manchester City 29
2. Leicester 29
3. Manchester United 28
4. Arsenal 27
5. Tottenham 25
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Lotus48 on November 30, 2015, 08:11:41 AM
Top 5 after 14 rounds

1. Manchester City 29
2. Leicester 29
3. Manchester United 28
4. Arsenal 27
5. Tottenham 25

history showed no cold horse like Leicester can win. they will break apart towards the end
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on November 30, 2015, 08:36:16 AM
history showed no cold horse like Leicester can win. they will break apart towards the end
Every season there will be some black horse in the beginning. Soon they will move down from the table. But if Leicester manage to finish at the top four, its already a miracle to them
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 05, 2015, 08:44:41 AM
20:45
Stoke City vs Manchester City
23:00
Arsenal vs Sunderland
23:00
Manchester United vs West Ham United
23:00
Southampton vs Aston Villa
23:00
Swansea City vs Leicester City
23:00
Watford vs Norwich City
23:00
West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur
01:30
Chelsea vs AFC Bournemouth
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 05, 2015, 08:57:19 PM
Stoke City vs Manchester City

GJack Butland
DP. Wollscheid
DRyan Shawcross
DGeoff Cameron
DErik Pieters
DGlen Johnson
MIbrahim Afellay
MXherdan Shaqiri
MGlenn Whelan
F/MMarko Arnautovic
FBojan

GJoe Hart
DBacary Sagna
DMartin Demichelis
DA. Kolarov
DNicolas Otamendi
MKevin De Bruyne
MRaheem Sterling
MFernandinho
MDavid Silva
MFernando
FWilfried Bony
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 05, 2015, 09:18:25 PM
Stoke City vs Manchester City

GJack Butland
DP. Wollscheid
DRyan Shawcross
DGeoff Cameron
DErik Pieters
DGlen Johnson
MIbrahim Afellay
MXherdan Shaqiri
MGlenn Whelan
F/MMarko Arnautovic
FBojan

GJoe Hart
DBacary Sagna
DMartin Demichelis
DA. Kolarov
DNicolas Otamendi
MKevin De Bruyne
MRaheem Sterling
MFernandinho
MDavid Silva
MFernando
FWilfried Bony
7'   Marko Arnautovic 1 - 0   
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 05, 2015, 09:19:57 PM
7'   Marko Arnautovic 1 - 0   
15'   Marko Arnautovic 2 - 0   
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 05, 2015, 11:58:47 PM
FT
Stoke City 2-0 Manchester City

HT
Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland
Manchester United 0-0 West Ham United
Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa
Swansea City 0-2 Leicester City
Watford 1-0 Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

01:30
Chelsea vs AFC Bournemouth
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 06, 2015, 11:33:20 AM
FT
Stoke City 2-0 Manchester City
Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Manchester United 0-0 West Ham United
Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa
Swansea City 0-3 Leicester City
Watford 2-0 Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea 0-1 AFC Bournemouth
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Lotus48 on December 06, 2015, 11:58:14 AM
FT
Stoke City 2-0 Manchester City
Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Manchester United 0-0 West Ham United
Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa
Swansea City 0-3 Leicester City
Watford 2-0 Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea 0-1 AFC Bournemouth

I thought Vardy, Leicester City is very good for English standard, anytime better than the useless Rooney

Vardy is very fast and sharp, he has the skills of Ronaldo and Messi, good future
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 06, 2015, 04:11:15 PM
TONIGHT:

00:00 Newcastle United ? - ? Liverpool

GO GO LIVERPOOL  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 06, 2015, 04:13:26 PM
I thought Vardy, Leicester City is very good for English standard, anytime better than the useless Rooney

Vardy is very fast and sharp, he has the skills of Ronaldo and Messi, good future
Yes, I do think that he is better than Rooney to represents England in next year UEFA cup
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Lotus48 on December 06, 2015, 05:09:38 PM
Yes, I do think that he is better than Rooney to represents England in next year UEFA cup

very soon he will be worth 60 million pound at transfer market
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 07, 2015, 07:25:26 AM
Ft

Newcastle United 2-0 Liverpool
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 07, 2015, 07:27:23 AM

Top 5 after 15 rounds

1. Leicester 32
2. Arsenal 30
3. Manchester City 29
4. Manchester United 29
5. Tottenham 26
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 08, 2015, 07:12:42 AM
Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 12, 2015, 03:47:45 PM
20:45
Norwich City - Everton

23:00
Crystal Palace - Southampton
Manchester City - Swansea City
Sunderland - Watford
West Ham United - Stoke City

01:30
AFC Bournemouth - Manchester United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 12, 2015, 09:09:51 PM
Norwich City vs Everton

GDeclan Rudd
DMartin Olsson
DAndre Wisdom
DSebastien Bassong
DRussell Martin
M/DRobbie Brady
MAlexander Tettey
MWesley Hoolahan
MNathan Redmond
MGary O'Neil
FCameron Jerome

GTim Howard
DLeighton Baines
DSeamus Coleman
DJohn Stones
DRamiro Funes Mori
MTom Cleverley
MRoss Barkley
MGareth Barry
MGerard Deulofeu
FArouna Kone
FRomelu Lukaku
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 12, 2015, 09:24:40 PM
28'
Norwich City vs Everton
15'   0 - 1   
Romelu Lukaku
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 12, 2015, 10:37:18 PM
Norwich City 1-1 Everton

15'   0 - 1   Romelu Lukaku
47'   Wesley Hoolahan 1 - 1   
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 13, 2015, 07:56:58 AM

Norwich City 1-1 Everton
Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City
Sunderland 0-1 Watford
West Ham United 0-0 Stoke City
AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Manchester United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 13, 2015, 02:18:53 PM
21:30
Aston Villa vs Arsenal
00:00
Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion
00:00
Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 13, 2015, 11:48:18 PM
FT
Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal
00:00
Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion
00:00
Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 14, 2015, 07:33:19 AM
FT
Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal
Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Newcastle United
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 14, 2015, 06:26:39 PM
Leicester City vs Chelsea
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: Lotus48 on December 14, 2015, 06:33:21 PM
Leicester City vs Chelsea


vardy vardy ady ady :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 14, 2015, 09:36:03 PM

vardy vardy ady ady :thumbsup:
I wish that Leicester will be the winner
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: KLSE LOSSER on December 14, 2015, 09:47:52 PM
Leicester. .. Leicester. .. Leicester. ..
Just like new castle last nite
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: ORIENT on December 15, 2015, 07:26:40 AM
I wish that Leicester will be the winner
Leicester 2-1 Chelsea  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Barclays Premier League 2015/16
Post by: KLSE LOSSER on December 15, 2015, 12:43:58 PM
Leicester 2-1 Chelsea  :thumbsup:
:thumbsup: