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Everton have the best defensive record in the Premier League (yes, really) but goals still remain thin on the ground. So, here’s some good news then: Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be back for the visit of Manchester United.

The England international sustained a knee problem on the eve of the opening weekend, but after a couple of false starts, with manager Frank Lampard holding him back to give him extra time to improve his fitness, he looks set to re-join the squad for Sunday’s game.

“Yes, he’s in contention,” said Lampard. “We’ll have to see how match-fit he is, but in terms of the injury he’s better. It’s a really good boost.

“He’s a good player for us, pivotal in us staying in the league last year and we want to get him playing regularly.”

Defenders Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate, neither of whom have featured because of ankle and knee injuries, are also on the road to recovery.

“They’re training with us. Yerry joined us in the past couple of days, Mason came in today for part of training. They’re both working hard to get back (to full fitness).

“This weekend comes too soon probably for both of them, definitely for Mason, but we hope with a good week’s training next week they can be in contention from then on.”

Over to David Tindall, who’s had his sandwiches, for the next hour.

Jamie Jackson

Jamie Jackson

Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to be nastier and smarter as the manager attempts to make them challengers again.

After United came from behind to beat Omonia Nicosia 3-2 in Thursday’s Europa League group match, Ten Hag said he believed they have to add an edge to their play and be more streetwise to avoid needless yellow cards. He referenced Diogo Dalot’s booking for a challenge on Jack Grealish in the opening moments of Sunday’s 6-3 loss at Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola is asked about Erling Haaland. Is it a shame he won’t be at the World Cup?: “He’s young, he will have another opportunity in five years. It’s a shame for the fans.”

Did Pep Guardiola see the poll asking for Haaland to be banned from football, he is asked: “As a joke it’s good.” But he doesn’t laugh and is stony faced. Which is quite correct response of course.

Guardiola is then asked about his smile on the touchline after one of Haaland’s goals in midweek: “He has an incredible sense [for where the ball will go] … he goes one second before the ball arrives. How can I teach him? It’s complete instinct, it’s natural … he did it in Germany, in Norway, he’s doing it here. Thank you so much for choosing us and to all the people involved to bring him he. What a talent we have.”

(Then speaking not about Haaland but in general): “… Every player can improve. The only thing to never stop, until we die, is to improve.”

Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Jesse Marsch speaks before Leeds’s meeting with Crystal Palace: “We know that going down to Palace will be difficult … the table is really compact and a lot of mid-table teams are very close to each other … we’re trying to be a mid-table team and not a bottom of the table team … we need to focus on the moment and the match. I think Patrick Vieira is a fantastic manager and they have a very talented team. We’ll be ready.”

The Football Association is awarding Jack Leslie, the first black player to receive an England call-up, a posthumous honorary cap. The inside left, who scored 137 goals in 400 appearances for Plymouth between 1921 and 1934, was called-up to the national team in 1925.

But Leslie would disgracefully be denied an England appearance due to the colour of his skin after selectors discovered his heritage. The Argyle favourite died in 1988 and is to be immortalised by a statue that will be formally unveiled outside Home Park on Friday. The FA chair Debbie Hewitt has also confirmed that Leslie has been posthumously awarded an England cap 97 years after his call-up.

“Jack Leslie is a true football legend who, through his own adversity, has positively shaped attitudes and behaviours to identify and remove discrimination from football,” she said in a statement.

“The FA is awarding Jack a posthumous honorary cap, to recognise his unique contribution and set of circumstances – and to right the historical wrong. I had the privilege of meeting Lesley, Jack’s granddaughter, at a recent international game at Wembley, where we had the opportunity to recognise the family’s determination, courage and resilience to have Jack’s story told and through the efforts of Lesley and her sisters Lyn and Gill, to change perceptions in football and more broadly in society.

“We have made progress in recent years to ensure that English football is more diverse and inclusive and a game for all. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jack and to his family for comprehensively and consistently driving positive change through football. We are pleased to support this campaign and to recognise Jack’s career.” (PA Media)

Hey Luke, Forest chat-boards are jubilant with this morning’s news,” emails Ben Watson (no relation) about Steve Cooper.

“No-one saw it coming, what with all the Benitez/Dyche/Nuno speculation, but everyone’s delighted. It’s one in the eye for football shithousery in general.”

I met THE Ben Watson in a supermarket on the Algarve in 2013 just a few weeks after his goal for Wigan won the FA Cup final against Manchester City. He stopped for a chat and was very friendly. He told me that even though he was on holiday he was going for a run or to the gym every day. Anyone else got any Ben Watson stories?

What’s going wrong at Liverpool? We asked several supporters for their views:

Jacob Steinberg

Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea are expected to appoint Christopher Vivell as their technical director after the German was sacked by RB Leipzig on Friday.

Patrick Vieira, the Crystal Palace manager, was asked about his Leeds counterpart Jesse Marsh, with whom he has a bit of history from the MLS.

“The people outside invented this,” Vieira said. “There is no negativity between Jesse and myself. There is huge respect.”

Cheers David. Mikel Arteta has spoken before the match against Liverpool on Sunday.

“I’m very conscious that we can get much better,” Arteta said. “The challenge now is to do it every three days. You always want to get better, you always want to improve.”

Any team news? “No. We have another training session, and we will know more tomorrow.”

Is the pre-World Cup programme too much? “We know that the fixtures we’ve been given have no precedence in this League because of the World Cup … if you have robust players, who can play every three days, it’s much easier. We have to ‘taste’ and see how it goes.”

On the Arsenal fans: “[We must] keep giving them more reasons to be be more impressed and support the team … the atmosphere is fantastic and we want to keep having those moments together.”

On Liverpool’s drop in form: “What Liverpool have done in the last five years doesn’t need any ‘presentation’.”

Luke has been fed and watered so I’ll hand you back to Mr McLaughlin for the next stretch.

A sentence I never expected to write – Arsenal can go 14 points above Liverpool with victory at the Emirates on Sunday.

But here’s Karen Carney offering some hope for the Merseysiders.

The Opta stats also give visiting fans some extra optimism and suggest a start for Diogo Jota.

  • Arsenal have won one of their last 14 Premier League matches against Liverpool (D4 L9), a 2-1 home win back in July 2020. They’ve lost their last four in a row but have never lost five league games in a row against Liverpool.

  • Arsenal are on a run of 13 consecutive Premier League matches without a clean sheet against Liverpool, conceding 39 goals in those games. They have only had one longer run against an opponent without a clean sheet in the competition: 14 versus Man City (ongoing).

  • Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has six goals in eight Premier League appearances against Arsenal, including five in four for the Reds. He is averaging a goal every 67 minutes against the Gunners, the best ratio of any player in Premier League history against Arsenal to play at least 200 minutes against them.

Ben Fisher

Ben Fisher

The full story on Steve Cooper signing a new contract at Nottingham Forest until 2025.

Erling Haaland’s goalscoring numbers are pretty daft and he goes into the weekend way clear at the top of the Premier League’s Golden Boot charts:

14 Erling Haaland
7 Harry Kane
6 Aleksandar Mitrovic
5 Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, James Maddison, Roberto Firmino, Ivan Toney, Leandro Trossard

True, Manchester City have an easier game than most this weekend – home to Southampton – but the discrepancy in the odds for some of the leading strikers to score a hat-trick is quite something.

Haaland is just 9/2 to bank his fourth straight home Premier League hat-trick although, at his current rate, that seems fairly generous!

Looking at other hat-trick odds, the shortest I can find is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at 40/1 to net a treble in Chelsea’s home game with Wolves. Darwin Nunez is 80s to bag a hat-trick at Arsenal while Gabriel Jesus and Mo Salah are both quoted at 66s. Harry Kane is 50/1 to wheel away in celebration three times at Brighton.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou admits it will be a challenge to fill the void left by Callum McGregor as the “influential” Celtic captain prepares for a lengthy period on the sidelines.

The Hoops are still waiting to learn the exact extent of the knee injury that forced the Scotland midfielder off in Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League defeat by RB Leipzig in Germany.

However, manager Postecoglou did confirm on Friday that “it’s not a short-term one”.

“There’s a reason Callum is the captain,” he said. “He’s a fantastic player who contributes to the way we play our football. He is influential on and off the field so you can’t just replace him with one person overnight.

“That just doesn’t happen. It’s about other people filling in the breach. We missed him for a few games last season, it’s just something we have to cope with.

“I’m disappointed for Callum more than anything because he’s very influential and he wants to be involved all the time. His performances have been super but we just have to deal with what’s ahead of us.

“The one thing I know about Callum is whatever timeline they give him, he’ll try and come back earlier. That’s what happened last year with his cheek fracture. He got the mask on and played.

“He’s been around long enough to know this is part of being a professional footballer. You’re not always going to play 70 games a year. Injuries will happen. He’s just been unlucky the other night. He’s a professional on and off the field and he’ll tackle his rehab as determined as anyone.” (PA Media)

From the Timmy Mallet collection? This is quite the thread. Well worth 10 minutes of your time over lunch.

Will Unwin

Former Olympiakos head coach Pedro Martins has turned down the chance to take over at Hull City. The Portuguese attended the club’s win over Wigan on Wednesday after holding talks with the club. He was offered a two-a-half-year deal with the option for a further years.

Martins flew back to Portugal on Thursday morning before deciding against accepting the role. He is keen on the vacancy at Wolves.

Thanks Luke. Steven Gerrard spoke earlier about Steve Cooper being given more time and that’s now come to pass. Here’s more from Gerrard on Aston Villa’s trip to Nottingham Forest on Monday night, including team news.

Villa are set to be without Ludwig Augustinsson after the defender was sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in the goalless draw at 10-man Leeds last weekend.

The visitors are unbeaten in their last three fixtures and Gerrard has demanded his squad continue to improve in order to move up from 14th in the table.

The Villa boss, who expects Matty Cash and Calum Chambers to return from injury on Monday, added: “There’s been an improvement, but what I will say is we need to keep striving for more improvement and better results.

“I felt as if the weekend was a missed opportunity to take maximum points, not just on the back of them going down to 10 men, but on the back of the opportunities we created. We did enough to win that game.

“We’ve got another opportunity against Forest to go away and try and build on our recent performances and try to get an away win. If we do, we’ll creep closer to where we want to be.

“Recent performances have given us a platform but there’s no one on the inside at Villa who thinks we’re there. We know we’ve got to keep pushing in every way, shape and form.” (PA Media)

I’m off for a break – David Tindall is into the hot seat for the next while.

Bayern Munich will be without attacking midfielder Thomas Müller for Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund but team mate Joshua Kimmich has been ruled fit. The pair had tested positive for Covid-19 last week but both returned negative tests on Friday after their mandatory five day-isolation ended.

Germany international Müller, however, was still having some cold-like symptoms, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said on Friday.

“Both are (Covid-19) free but Thomas still has some cold-like symptoms and he won’t be in the squad. It is still too early for him to travel with us. He is not 100%,” Nagelsmann said. “Josh does not feel anything and all his values are high. We will wait for the last training and see what makes sense after five days. I assume he will travel with us.”

Bayern are in third place in the Bundesliga on 15 points as many as fourth-placed Dortmund. Union Berlin and Freiburg lead the title race on 17. Nagelsmann will also have France winger Kingsley Coman back after a month out with a hamstring injury.

Thomas Müller (left), who has been suffering with Covid-19, and the Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Thomas Müller (left), who has been suffering with Covid-19, and the Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

“He is fit and he overcame the stress tests. He is not a candidate to start … but he can play 30 or 40 minutes.” Both teams are going into Der Klassiker with midweek wins in the Champions League group stage. Bayern beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0 while Dortmund earned a 4-1 away win at Sevilla.

“Dortmund are a good team. They added some good players, lost some good ones too but they built a good team,” Nagelsmann said. “Especially when they defend deep and they can then hit you on the break. We saw that against Sevilla. They are playing a good season and it will be a good game. But what is important is that we are winners in the end,” he added. (Reuters)

Really refreshing from Forest,” says Sanguine66 of the Cooper contract news. “They looked doomed already, but Cooper has a terrific record and his boss has rewarded him for that. Also in a sense represents the owners taking their share of responsibility for the longer-term transfer strategy. Good to see.”

Romeo Beckham, son of David, is training with Brentford’s B team after the end of the Major League Soccer Next Pro season. The 20-year-old is contracted to Inter Miami II, the reserve team of Inter Miami, the MLS club founded by his father in 2018, but is in London after the end of his season in the United States.

Bournemouth will be without captain Lloyd Kelly when they host Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday. The defender, who has been out for a month with an ankle problem, is making encouraging progress but the visit of the Foxes comes too soon.

Summer signing Joe Rothwell (quad) and midfielder Ben Pearson (knee) are back in full training and nearing action while Junior Stanislas and Ryan Fredericks are also expected to recover from knocks soon. Leicester are without Wilfried Ndidi and Nampalys Mendy.

Ndidi aggravated a hamstring injury in Monday’s 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest and is set to be out for a few weeks while Mendy has a knee injury and will miss this weekend’s clash. Full-backs Ricardo Pereira (achilles) and Ryan Bertrand (knee) remain long-term absentees for the Foxes. (PA Media)

The second entry here, by Chris Lees, is also well worth a look, ending as it does with the following line:

“I’m in the middle of thousands of Villa fans who are abusing my team, having wet myself. The magic of the FA Cup.”

And here, by a reader named Hyndlandia, is a quite brilliant account of an ill-fated trip to a sub-zero Bundesliga encounter in 2010, which was a BTL comment on the original article:

“A stag weekend in Berlin in January 2010 took us to the Olympiastadion for Hertha vs Borussia Mönchengladbach. Berlin was gripped by a winter the like of which I’d never experienced before, and things were equally bleak on the pitch. We were colossally, spectacularly hungover from the night before, and the temperature on matchday peaked at a balmy -12; I’m not sure the sun rose at all that day.

“Our stag – rather ill-advisedly dressed as Jurgen Klinsmann – had been harassed by some local ne’er-do-wells on the way to the ground, taking exception to his outfit and mistaken in their belief that he was, underneath the blonde wig, actually Turkish. Inside the half-empty ground, our hair-of-the-dog beers froze before we could drink them; we resorted to taking turns with a penknife to chisel shards from the ice. Some of party took to doing shuttle runs up and down the stairs in at attempt to stay warm. Others – having managed to drink enough beer-popsicle to require a visit to the facilities – didn’t come back for the second half; we afterwards discovered that they’d found a lukewarm water-pipe in the bowels of the stadium and clustered round it for protection from the cold.

“Matters on the pitch were trivial in the face of the weather, but for the record – and to the surprise of absolutely no-one – the game finished 0-0. I recall almost nothing as almost nothing happened. I don’t believe there was a single effort on target, and that includes the late Gladbach penalty which was scuffed harmlessly and pathetically wide.”

The Olympiastadion: Cold.
The Olympiastadion: Cold. Photograph: Stefan Matzke/sampics/Corbis/Getty Images

Here’s the original “My least favourite game” for those needing:

In a continuation of our successful “My Least Favourite Game” series – thanks to you, dear readers, for sending us your accounts of the worst experiences you’ve had at the football:

A bit more from Klopp, pouring praise on Mikel Arteta: “Really, really good job … when you need some time nobody wants to give you time, and maybe not all of us deserve time, you have to be good to use the time … I have to say really lots of respect [for the job Arteta has done] … I spoke to [Martin] Ødegaard when he was 15 and when the whole world wanted him … he decided to go to Madrid. He became the player everybody expected … [Bukayo] Saka, incredible, and Gabriel Jesus, in a fixed No 9 shirt … it’s a young team, an exciting team, and they are in the position they are [top of the league] it’s well deserved. We will try to cause them problems, I think that makes sense, eh?”

Martin Ødegaard, aged 16, after signing for Real Madrid.
Martin Ødegaard, aged 16, after signing for Real Madrid. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Steve Cooper signs new Nottingham Forest deal

Amid all the speculation, and the terrible recent run of results … Steve Cooper has signed a new contract at Nottingham Forest, until 2025. That’s a great show of faith from the club following their first promotion to the top flight in 23 years. And it certainly gives him time to bed in those players they brought in over the summer.

Nottingham Forest is delighted to announce that Head Coach Steve Cooper has signed a new contract with the Club until 2025.

— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) October 7, 2022

Ralph Hasenhüttl has promised Southampton fans his side will show no fear on Saturday against Premier League champions Manchester City.

Three straight league defeats have cranked up the pressure on the Saints head coach, with speculation mounting over his future before a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Hasenhüttl said: “The message is a very clear one. We have had three very tight games, which we lost with one goal difference and, especially in the last one, we had a much higher chance of winning than the opponent.

“But we didn’t do it and this is what we have to learn. We see that the progress is there, but the Premier League is tough, we know this. We are going there and you can be sure we are not scared when we go to Man City and we want to show we are a brave team and hopefully a successful one.” (PA Media)

Neto injured, again,” comments PSmd. “Pity, before that other injury he was looking like he was set for top level, like a potential Mahrez or Salah replacement. Hope he still is.”

Pedro Neto woe.
Pedro Neto woe. Photograph: Jack Thomas/WWFC/Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/Getty Images
Suzanne Wrack

Suzanne Wrack

Megan Rapinoe and her teammates are “emotionally exhausted” after the release of the Sally Yates report into emotional and sexual abuse in the NWSL, but she added that the US women’s national team are used to shouldering off-field burdens.

Megan Rapinoe says she is ‘exhausted’ after horrifying NWSL abuse report – video

The Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said the main issue holding back his side was a lack of intensity after they had to fight back from a goal down to beat Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia 3-2 in Europa League.

United trailed 1-0 at half time before Marcus Rashford, with a double, and Anthony Martial scored in the second half to inspire their comeback. The win came four days after United were thrashed 6-3 by Manchester City in the Premier League.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in opera singer mode.
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in opera singer mode. Photograph: MB Media/Getty

“We have to carry on and every time learn the lessons and give the maximum, because only good for me is good enough – and at this moment, by far, we are not that good,” Ten Hag told reporters. “We have seen on Sunday and we have to do much better. I think the main problem is, and that is what we did in games before much better – intensity.

“We have to bring every game the intensity on the pitch. That was the big difference between City and us, so that is the demand to our squad, to all of our players, you have to take responsibility for that.” (Reuters)

Any thoughts? You, yes you, can comment BTL, or email me, or tweet @LukeMcLaughlin.

Klopp continued: “We have to be good until we are outstanding. From here go and go and go, improve … we have to perform. The body language was good [against Rangers] and now things have to be really good again on Sunday.

“We have to defend the shit out of everybody we face, and that’s why we ues the word rubbish.”

(I didn’t quite catch Klopp’s previous use of the word ‘rubbish’, so I am not entirely sure what he means there, but will try and clear it up once I’ve seen more quotes.)

Wolves’ Neto needs ankle surgery and will be out until next year

Ben Fisher

Ben Fisher

Not great news for Wolves or Portugal this morning, with winger Pedro Neto ruled out of the World Cup and sidelined until next year because he requires ankle surgery after straining ankle ligaments in defeat by West Ham last weekend. It is another blow for Wolves, who are already without Raúl Jiménez and Sasa Kaladjzic for their trip to Chelsea on Saturday. Nathan Collins and captain Ruben Neves are also both suspended. Academy coaches Steve Davis and James Collins will lead the team at Stamford Bridge but Wolves hope to have a new man in charge soon.

A football fan died in Argentina and the match between Gimnasia La Plata and Boca Juniors was abandoned on Thursday after teargas fired by police outside the venue drifted into the stadium and made it difficult for players and spectators to breathe.

Klopp gives an injury update: “Curtis Jones was in training yesterday … he’s closest … nothing new about Naby [Keita] and Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] are still a little bit away. One new injury is Arthur Melo, in the last session before the Rangers game … he just injured a muscle … we have to wait for further assessment.

“Robbo [Andy Robertson] is running a lot, looks like he’s close, but probably Curtis is closest.”

The Liverpool gaffer, Jürgen Klopp, is speaking to the media now before Sunday’s seismic clash with Arsenal. The hottest lines coming up shortly.

The Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard believes Steve Cooper must be given time to turn Nottingham Forest’s fortunes around. Gerrard’s Villa face bottom-of-the-table Forest on Monday night, with Cooper facing a fight to save his job following five consecutive Premier League defeats.

“To sign so many new players in one window is unique,” said Gerrard ahead of his side’s trip to the City Ground. “I’ve never seen it or heard it before. From where I am, to think about how you’d deal with that and manage that, it would be extremely tough and challenging.

“He [Cooper] deserves the time for that to settle, for them to get used to the club, and how Steve plays. That takes time.” (PA Media)

Erling Haaland is banging them in like Franny Jeffers in his pomp. Here’s a piece about the Norwegian goal machine, and Premier League records:

Suzanne Wrack

Suzanne Wrack

Midway up the stands inside Wembley, the signage flashes with “European v world champions”. The buildup to England’s showdown with the USA has been overshadowed, rightly, by the weight of the findings of the Sally Yates report into abuses in women’s football in the States and the burden of it on the US players, but the narrative of the match itself is hugely exciting.

Sport-washing latest from Newcastle – the head coach Eddie Howe has been speaking, and says it’s down to the Premier League to decide who can and can’t own Premier League clubs. This is from PA Media:

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has insisted he put his faith in the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test as he considered the club’s offer of employment. Howe was offered the job of head coach by the Magpies’ new Saudi-backed owners, who completed their takeover a year ago on Friday, prompting criticism as a result of the Gulf state’s human rights record.

However, asked if he understood why some people were uncomfortable with that, he said: “Yes, I do and I understand the question. But for me, the directors’ and owners’ test ratified by the Premier League, I have to have faith in that process. Obviously I’ve been the decision-maker behind where some of that money has gone, and I’ve looked at it purely from a football perspective trying to recruit the best players for Newcastle.”

Asked how he dealt with that focus on a day-to-day basis, Howe added: “I’ve said this right from day one – it’s always about the football for me. If I veer too far from that and I go into areas of the club that won’t benefit my players or the team, then I’m not going to do my players justice. “Everything for me is about trying to get the best out of the players that I have every single day, and hopefully that shows when we play. I’ve never veered too far from that in my management career and I think that’s vitally important for me.”

A minute’s applause will take place before Tottenham’s match at Brighton on Saturday in memory of fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone. Spurs confirmed on Thursday morning the highly respected Italian had died at the age of 61.

Ventrone had joined the club last November alongside manager Antonio Conte and was described as a “hugely popular figure with players and staff” in a statement to confirm his death. Tottenham have now revealed plans to pay their respects to the experienced coach, with players from both clubs wearing black armbands at Brighton while further tributes will occur in next week’s home fixture with Eintracht Frankfurt.

The late Gian Piero Ventrone.
The late Gian Piero Ventrone. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

“Following yesterday’s sad news, we can confirm that we shall pay our respects to Gian Piero Ventrone at Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium,” a club statement read. “Our squad will warm up in t-shirts that pay tribute to our late fitness coach, while players on both sides will wear black armbands as a mark of respect. There will also be a minute’s applause ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off.

“We shall look to further honour Gian Piero at Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, our first home match since his passing. Our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends at this sad time.” (PA Media)

If you were busy having a life last night and missed the football, here are some match reports:

A bit of breaking Chelsea news: Wesley Fofana looks set to be out for around a month, maybe six weeks, with the knee injury he suffered in the win against Milan on Wednesday. There were fears he may have badly damaged his ligaments so Graham Potter will take it, no doubt:

Preamble

England Lionesses return to action at Wembley this evening for the first time since their famous Euro 2022 final triumph against Germany at the end of July. Each and every ticket for the friendly match against the world champions was snapped up inside 24 hours of going on sale, and excitement will doubtless build through the day as we move closer the 8pm kick-off.

The Premier League programme kicks off with Newcastle v Brentford at 3pm tomorrow and the weekend’s action includes a tasty match-up between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday.

QPR v Reading is this evening’s fixture in the Championship – there’s a full dose of EFL action and football all across Europe, too. Team news and previews coming up, but let’s start with 10 thing to look out for in the Premier League this weekend:





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