Team News - Week 2

Team News - Week 2
All the starting XI's, substitutes and lineup changes for Week 2 in the Premier League can be found here, updated as news is released.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has posted a video showing off his kickboxing abilities captioned "Which knee?"

The video suggests that Zlatan is eager to return to professional football after his prolonged absence since suffering a season ending knee injury last April. José Mourinho previously admitted that Ibra and Manchester United had been speaking about handing the veteran striker a new contract once he could prove his fitness. Earlier this month, he said: "He's injured and needs time to recover. He's not ready to play tomorrow so it's not urgent. We're not desperate to have it done or not done." "We are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season," he added. Rumours are now suggesting that the Swede will indeed sign on for The Red Devils for the coming PL season, providing an exciting backup option for Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 20 - 11:37 PM

Tottenham's ability to play in their temporary Wembley home did not start off well as they failed to take advantage of a Chelsea side coming off a bad performance and it was the Blues who took the points in a 1-2 final.

It was a frustrating opener to be sure, as Spurs enjoyed 68% of the possession, had several more attempts on target and had a corner kick advantage of 14 to 3. But the curse of Harry Kane in August continued, as he managed to hit the post in this one, the second week in a row, as well as pick up a yellow card for the second match running. Christian Eriksen was able to make a fantasy contribution once again, as his free kick in the 82nd minute was directed in by Michy Batshuayi for an own goal, leveling the match temporarily. Chelsea found a winner minutes later, as Hugo Lloris was beaten on the short side by Marcos Alonso. The stats would make one think there's not reason to panic with this Tottenham side, but they had a chance to take points from their rivals who they were coming off a poor performance and two suspended starters, as well as dismiss the "Wembley effect", and today they failed.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 1:15 PM

Chelsea got back on track after their opening slip up against Burnley by using a pair of Marcos Alonso goals to lead the way to a 1-2 win over London rivals Tottenham.

After a week of speculation regarding how Chelsea's future looked following the loss to the Clarets, they responded positively today, as Victor Moses returned to the XI from suspension, Alvaro Morata was preferred to Michy Batshuayi and Tiémoué Bakayoko made his debut. The headlines belong to Alonso though, who reminded us of how dangerous he is in the Blues attack. A foul om David Luiz midway through the first half set up a free kick for the left-footed Alonso, and he curled one over the wall and past a helpless Hugo Lloris to put Chelsea ahead. While Spurs had their moments, Chelsea were in control late into the match but Batshuayi, who came on as a substitute, directed a SPurs free kick into Chelsea's own goal. Alonso saved the day though with a run down the left after a pass from Pedro and he beat the keeper short side for the match-winner.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 1:04 PM

Newcastle is off to a dubious start after a 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town, its second straight loss to start the season.

The Magpies have yet to score a goal in either of their Premier League matches to start the season, but manager Rafa Benitez is hoping that new signing Joselu can help. The former Stoke City forward debuted in black and white early on in the second half and would have had a debut goal if it wasn't for two hard-earned saves from Huddersfield Town keeper Jonas Lossl. Having lost Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett to injury, Benitez added Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba to the back-line.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 10:45 AM

Huddersfield Town is trying to become the latest team to defy the odds in the top-flight after its second straight victory.

The Terriers had to wait until the 50th minute to secure their first top-flight goal in 45 years when midfielder Aaron Mooy connected with Elias Kachunga. The winger sent Mooy a pass at the edge of the penalty area where the summer transfer from Manchester City curled a shot past a diving Rob Elliot to send the John Smith's into a frenzy. Huddersfield now sit tied for first place atop the table with Manchester United after winning its first two Premier League games in the club's history, securing a clean sheet in each match so far.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 10:37 AM

Arsenal a good goal called offside and saw two reasonable penalty shouts ignored as they dropped a 1-0 decision to old nemesis Stoke City.

The defending on Jese's lone goal of the match was poor but Arsenal will feel they got the short end of the stick from the officials. Lacazette's goal should certainly have been allowed and if even one of the two penalty shouts had been called the dodgy defense from Monreal would have been forgotten.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 19 - 2:39 PM

New arrival Jese scored the only goal on his debut in Stoke City's 1-0 win over Arsenal Saturday.

Jese was a dynamic presence for 70 minutes on his debut and rewarded Mark Hughes with three points. Despite losing Xherdan Shaqiri to another muscular issue, it was a good day for the Potters as Saido Berahino and Jese combined for the winner.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 19 - 2:30 PM

Brighton and Hove Albion were shutout for the second straight match as they suffered a 2-0 at Leicester City.

Chris Hughton's side were unable to produce a positive result following last week's 2-0 defeat by Manchester City. The Seagulls fell behind inside a minute when Shinji Okazaki scored from close range after goalkeeper Mathew Ryan spilled a strike from Riyad Mahrez. Despite the poor start the visitors appeared to have equalized through Glenn Murray but the striker saw his goal disallowed for offside. The rest of the match was titled in favor of Leicester as Harry Maguire made it 2-0 early in the second half. While Hughton tried to get his side back in the match with the introduction of Anthony Knockaert and Tomar Hemed, who did force a fine saw from Kasper Schmeichel, Brighton couldn't mount a comeback.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 1:40 PM
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