Team News - Week 24

Team News - Week 24
All the starting XI's, substitutes and lineup changes for Week 24 in the Premier League can be found here.
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Southampton remain in the relegation zone but will be happy to earn a 1-1 draw with Tottenham as they were helped by an early own goal.

The Saints were looking for a bit of luck as underdogs in this one and they got their wish in the 15th minute, when Ryan Bertrand's low cross was directed into the Tottenham goal by Davinson Sanchez, giving Southampton the early advantage. It turned out to be crucial, as Spurs were able to equalize a few minutes later and it appeared the favored side may go on to put the Saints away. As time went on, in tough weather conditions, the Saints began to take control of the game, with fine performances by James Ward-Prowse creating chances and Jack Stephens having a header go inches wide. In the second half, they were the better side, but they could not find an end product. One chance came late on, when 17-year-old Michael Obafemi came on for his debut and side-footed a shot from close range wide of the target. The result should buy Mauricio Pellegrino another game to keep his job, he is still on the hot seat.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 21 - 1:16 PM

Davinson Sanchez was responsible for an own goal early that Tottenham could only find an equalizer for as they dropped points against relegation-zoned Southampton in a 1-1 final.

It was a bleak late afternoon on England's south coast and an illness that kept Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen out of the contest may have been a bug going around the team as Spurs were a sluggish shell of the side that lit up Everton last weekend. In the 15th minute, a cross heading for a dangerous area was there for Sanchez to clear, but he guided it just inside the near post past a helpless Michel Vorm. It seemed Spurs got a wake up call from that misfortune, as they were able to level minutes later. First, Eric Dier had a shot hit the post, then, Harry Kane was able to head home a Ben Davies corner moments later. That would be the peak of their performance, as they lacked creativity in the second half, lost Serge Aurier to injury and Kane dragged a chance wide in the closing moments to seal the draw.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 21 - 1:05 PM

Michel Vorm is on standby for the game at Southampton on Sunday after Mauricio Pochettino flagged Hugo Lloris a doubt for the trip due to illness.

The Tottenham captain has started all but one Premier League game this season [missing the Crystal Palace win in November], after picking up a hip flexor strain during the Champions League victory over Real Madrid. Paul Gazzaniga deputised that day, but Vorm is back in contention and poised to make his first league start since April 2017. "I don't know [if Lloris will be fit]," Pochettino told reporters on Friday. "Difficult to say. We need to wait and then assess him [on Saturday] and if he's available or not. I think it's a flu or a virus. I think everyone, with this weather, has struggled a little bit. It's an epidemic across Europe, not just here in the UK." Harry Kane also missed sessions during the warm-weather training camp in Barcelona earlier in the week, but the in-form striker re-joined the group at the Enfield Training Complex on Friday.
Jan 21 - 6:41 AM

David Moyes moved quickly to ease fears that Aaron Cresswell is set for another spell on the sidelines but admitted the injury to Manuel Lanzini is a worry.

The West Ham full-back, who has been hampered in recent weeks due to an ongoing back problem, was carried from the pitch in time added on sparking concerns that he had suffered an ankle injury. However, in the post-match briefing, Moyes revealed Cresswell was suffering from cramp [in his right calf] and he is expected to be fine for next weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round clash at Wigan. By far, the greater concern was the injury sustained by Argentine playmaker Lanzini who will have a scan on his hamstring over the coming days. "We hope Mano's isn't serious," said Moyes. "It’s the Lanzini one that we're worried about. I don't think you can suddenly say, okay we'll go out, see if someone else is out there waiting to be bought of the level of Lanzini, because I don't think you've got that."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 21 - 6:20 AM

Newcastle couldn't do anything but watch Sergio Aguero at his finest in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad.

Aguero ended the day on 16 goals after scoring all three of City's goals, starting in the 34th minute and then scoring a second in the 63rd. But Jacob Murphy added some drama to the game with a goal in the 67th minute, the first Premier League goal of his career. Ciaran Clark came away with the ball in his own half and sent a through ball to Murphy. The former Norwich City winger sped away, in behind the defense, and chipped Ederson for the goal. But Aguero added one more goal in the final 10 minutes to seal the deal for City.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 9:14 PM

Manchester City didn't dwell too long on its first loss of the season thanks to a 3-1 win over Newcastle.

Aguero started the festivities in the 34th minute when Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a cross that the Argentine barely touched with a flick of his head, sending it past a helpless Karl Darlow while requiring slow-mo video replay to determine the goalscorer. Aguero doubled his tally in the 63rd minute when Raheem Sterling was pulled down inside the box. Aguero stepped to the spot and shot past Darlow with power. And in the 83rd, up 2-1, Aguero hovered in the area as the Etihad watched Leroy Sane with an incredible individual effort, powering past four defenders before playing it back to Aguero for the hat-trick to go 12 points ahead of Manchester United.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 8:45 PM

James McCarthy has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an "awful injury" at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Everton midfielder was stretchered off following a challenge on West Brom attacker Salomon Rondon on the hour mark, a tackle which left McCarthy lying in agony and the Venezuelan visibly shaken. "It's a tibular and fibular [double leg] fracture compounded. A very nasty injury," Sam Allardyce told BBC Sport. "We’ll do the operation as quick as we can." Average recovery time is around nine months, although teammate Seamus Coleman has already spent over 300 days on the sidelines. McCarthy has endured a stop / start season due to a persistent hamstring problem but having returned to the fore in December, the 27-year-old was hoping to push on in 2018 following an injury plagued couple of years. Idrissa Gueye is the player most likely to come in to sit alongside Morgan Schneiderlin.
Source: BT Sport
Jan 20 - 2:09 PM

Huddersfield Town have now lost three straight matches following a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Town boss David Wagner handed Alex Pritchard his full debut and brought in Steve Mounie for Laurent Depoitre up front. However, the attacking changes weren't enough to get his side past Stoke. The Terriers did manage three shots on target, including a Mounie strike from distance late on, though none were enough to put Jack Butland under pressure. Joe Allen struck early in the second-half and Mame Biram Diouf added a second with 20 minutes remaining, securing all three points for the Potters. The defeat leaves Huddersfield three points about the relegation zone and winless in their last six matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 1:37 PM
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