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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Huddersfield Town's first away match of the season was a rough one, as they suffered a harsh 6-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Town boss David Wagner was forced to make three changes following the home defeat against Chelsea. Zanka and Jonathan Hogg both missed out through injury, while Aaron Mooy was not with the squad to face his former club due to the expected arrival of his second child. It was always going to be a hard ask for the Terriers to get a result at City and an even larger one with three key players unavailable. Huddersfield weathered the storm early but would go on to concede three times in a seven-minute spell. Jon Gornec Stankovic poked home from Steve Mounie's flick to give the visitors a boost just before the break but the second half was again one-way traffic. Wagner's side will look to put this one behind them and bounce back against Cardiff City next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 2:16 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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