Bundesliga kicks off, Arsenal v West Ham: weekend football countdown – live! | Football
August 24, 2018
A reminder to get your emails and tweets in – what’s in store for your football weekend?
Should Dunk not make it, then in from the start will come Leon Balogun. It’s a prospect that doesn’t faze Chris Hughton!
He’s played at a high level and I have no worries or concerns on that one. It’s always a big position and a big relationship your central defenders, particularly when you’re going to Anfield and you know you’re very much going to be tested. He has made a very good impression from day one. I think what helps is that he’s an experienced player.”
Brighton team news for that trip to Liverpool – Lewis Dunk faces a fitness test while Bruno, Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone are all out. Can they build on their doing-over of Manchester United? Some of these men will have the answer: Ryan, Button, Steele, Bernardo, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Balogun, Schelotto, Suttner, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Kayal, Knockaert, March, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Locadia, Murray.
Have your ears feasted on Football Weekly Extra yet? No? Then let them:
Bournemouth play Everton on Saturday – so Eddie Howe has been waxing lyrical about Marco Silva:
I think Marco’s done well with the team that he’s inherited. He’s only been there a short time but I think he’s made definite changes to their way of playing. You can see that they’re implementing new things and doing that really well. They’ve had two good results so far, another team in form so I think it will be a very attractive game. I think you will have two teams playing a good style of football.”
Speaking of Burnley – they’ll want to have cleared their heads from last night’s controversial defeat to Olympiakos in time for the trip to Craven Cottage. Early indications are that they’re not taking to the Thursday-Sunday routine brilliantly, although I’m not sure they’ll have to worry about that for much longer.
Fulham team news – they have Denis Odoi back from suspension for Sunday’s showdown with Burnley, but must do without Tim Ream, Floyd Ayite and Alfie Mawson. They’ll choose from these chaps: Fabri, Chambers, Le Marchand, Christie, Bryan, Sessegnon, Odoi, McDonald, Cairney, Schurrle, Seri, Mitrovic, Rico, Fosu-Mensah, Kebano, Johansen, Cisse, Vietto, Kamara, Zambo Anguissa.
What are this morning’s red-hot football rumours? Don’t ask me – ask Barry Glendenning:
“With the Bundesliga race pretty much over already,” emails Tim, “all talk here in Berlin is about the new stadium planned for Hertha. Can’t come too soon, their fans are passionate (and scarf skirt enthusiasts) but struggle to half-fill the Olympiastadion for most games, which always makes for a strange atmosphere of intense passion mirrored by loads of empty blue seats.”
Yep – in a stadium that held, say, 50,000 fans Hertha would be quite a proposition. I would *love it* if Berlin could boast a fearsome football team. Hasn’t quite happened yet but the potential is enormous.
Team news is filtering in, club by club, so we’ll bring you the best of it. Mohamed Elyounoussi could be back in action after a hamstring injury when Southampton play Leicester. Mark Hughes’s pack of cards is thus: McCarthy, Gunn, Hoedt, Bertrand, Vestergaard, Stephens, Soares, Lemina, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Austin, Elyounoussi, Ings, Targett, Yoshida, Hojbjerg, Gabbiadini, Armstrong, Long.
Some early team news – West Ham will miss Mark Noble for the trip to Arsenal tomorrow, as he has a back injury. Presumably that wasn’t picked up while wading through treacle to catch Callum Wilson last weekend. Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid remain absent; the tools Manuel Pellegrini has to select from look a little bit like this: Fabianski, Adrian, Fredericks, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Balbuena, Rice, Cresswell, Masuaku, Obiang, Wilshere, Sanchez, Antonio, Yarmolenko, Snodgrass, Arnautovic, Perez, Hernandez, Anderson.
It’s not such a good start to Friday for Nick Daws. Scunthorpe have just sacked him … which seems slightly harsh given that he was only appointed to the role “permanently” in May, and had picked up four points in four games. It might have something to do with their most recent result, though: a 0-5 home reverse to Joey Barton’s Fleetwood!
Gott sei dank, es ist Freitag! One for our Bundesliga lovers, there, as Germany’s big boys get cracking this weekend – tonight, in fact, with Bayern Munich hosting Hoffenheim. Title race ahoy? Possibly not, but one can dream!
Needless to there’s more than your fill of English action coming up over the next few days too. Man City travel to Wolves! Liverpool host Brighton! Tottenham travel to Manchester United for the final throes of a super soaraway Bank Holiday weekend! And there will be football played in the Championship tonight, with Middlesbrough up against free-scoring (do not adjust your sets!) West Brom.
So we’ll be looking ahead to all that and more – there’ll be press conferences to catch up on, snippets of team news, the usual ephemera that blow into our paths and cause fleeting mirth during a given day. Do join in by sending your wit and pith to the addresses given above – and let’s get this Friday started!