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3pm kick-off team news: Three new Premier League managers take charge

Six Premier League matches take place this afternoon, with three of them featuring new head coaches.

Norwich City, Aston Villa and Newcastle United are all on home soil as Dean Smith, Steven Gerrard and Eddie Howe take charge of their respective clubs for the first time, although Howe will be managing ‘remotely’ after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Canaries face Southampton, Villa entertain Brighton and Hove Albion, and the Magpies welcome Brentford to St James’ Park.

The other three fixtures kicking off at the traditional time are Burnley v Crystal Palace, Watford v Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United.

There’s no sign of the much-expected 4-4-2 on Tyneside as Howe seemingly goes with a wing-back system for the clash with Brentford. His three alterations see Fabian Schar replace Emil Krafth at the back, Joe Willock come in for Isaac Hayden in midfield and Joelinton replace Miguel Almiron out wide.

In fact, it’s Thomas Frank who appears to have gone to a back four – something that will likely see Bryan Mbeumo move into a wider role. Mads Roerslev and Saman Ghoddos replace Zanka and Mathias Jensen in the Bees manager’s starting XI.

Smith recalls Todd Cantwell and Billy Gilmour to his starting XI, with the fit-again Grant Hanley returning, too. Andrew Omobamidele and Pierre Lees-Melou drop to the bench, while Kieran Dowell misses out.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s sole alteration is seemingly enforced, with Ibrahima Diallo in for the absent Stuart Armstrong. Armando Broja is a substitute.

Three is the magic number with the new Premier League managers, as Gerrard goes for a hat-trick of alterations: Ezri Konsa, Jacob Ramsey and Danny Ings return, with Axel Tuanzebe, Anwar El Ghazi and Leon Bailey making way.

Opposite number Graham Potter goes one better, with Jason Steele, Adam Webster, Pascal Gross and Jakub Moder coming into the Brighton side. Joel Veltman, Solly March and Enock Mwepu all drop out, while Robert Sanchez is suspended.

At Vicarage Road, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hands starts to Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic at the expense of Mason Greenwood, Eric Bailly and Fred. Greenwood misses out after testing positive for Covid-19.

Claudio Ranieri also makes a triple change, with Adam Masina, Imran Louza and Tom Cleverley in for Danny Rose, Ozan Tufan and the banned Juraj Kucka.

It’s one alteration apiece at Molineux as Daniel Podence replaces Francisco Trincao, and Craig Dawson is in for the injured Angelo Ogbonna. Raul Jimenez starts for Wolves after his late-ish return from international duty.

Sean Dyche names an unchanged team but Patrick Vieira has made two alterations: Luka Milivojevic comes in for the injured James McArthur, while Jordan Ayew is preferred to the benched Odsonne Edouard in attack.

GAMEWEEK 12 LINE-UPS

Aston Villa XI: Martínez, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Mings, McGinn, Buendía, Watkins, Nakamba, Ings, Ramsey.

Subs: Steer, Hause, Young, El Ghazi, Davis, Sanson, Chukwuemeka, Bailey, Tuanzebe

Brighton XI: Steele, Lamptey, Cucurella, Duffy, Webster, Dunk, Bissouma, Moder, Trossard, Gross, Lallana.

Subs: Scherpen, Maupay, Richards, Mac Allister, Sarmiento, March, Burn, Locadia, Veltman.


Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Cornet, Wood.

Subs: Hennessey, Cork, Lennon, Rodriguez, Collins, Pieters, Bardsley, Vydra, Long.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Gallagher, Kouyate, Zaha, Ayew, Benteke.

Subs: Butland, Tomkins, Olise, Eze, Hughes, Schlupp, Clyne, Edouard, Kelly.


Newcastle XI: Darlow, Murphy, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Joelinton, Willock, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Wilson.

Subs: Dubravka, Lewis, Hayden, Krafth, Manquillo, Fraser, Almirón, Gayle, Longstaff.

Brentford XI: Fernandez, Roerslev, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Ghoddos, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney

Subs: Cox, Thompson, Goode, Forss, Onyeka, Baptiste, Bidstrup, Maghoma, Haygarth


Norwich XI: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams, Normann, McLean, Cantwell, Gilmour, Rashica, Pukki.

Subs: Gunn, Rupp, Placheta, Tzolis, Lees-Melou, Sargent, Giannoulis, Idah, Omobamidele.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Elyounoussi, Armstrong, Adams.

Subs: Forster, Lyanco, Long, Perraud, Broja, Smallbone, Tella, Walcott, Valery.


Watford XI: Foster, Louza, King, Cleverley, Masina, Nkoulou, Cathcart, Sissoko, Femenia, Sarr, Dennis.

Subs: Bachmann, Ngakia, Rose, Ekong, Pedro, Goslin, Fletcher, Tufan, Hernandez.

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Ronaldo, Rashford, Fernandes, Shaw, Sancho, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, McTominay.

Subs: Heaton, Bailly, Mata, Martial, Lingard, Fred, Dalot, Telles, Van de Beek


Wolves XI: Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Nelson Semedo, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Ait-Nouri, Podence, Hwang, Jimenez

Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Marcal, Trincao, Boly, Silva, Dendoncker, Traore, Cundle

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Dawson, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma, Antonio

Subs: Areola, Coufal, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlasic, Noble, Diop, Masuaku, Kral

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1,518 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Mendy
    James Chilwell Cancelo TAA
    Salah Foden Jota ESR
    Jesus Hwang
    Foster Antonio Mbuemo Livramento

    Locked and loaded for next gameweek.

    1. Bob Vrabkab
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Beautiful

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      You don't trust Tonio to nick one in?

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Not for now. Can't even score against Wolves. Might bench Hwang in the end. Let's see

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Is Mbeumo still essential?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Yes for me to bin

    2. Bob Vrabkab
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      No

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      About as essential as a United defender.

  3. Esalman
    • 12 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    target Norwich strats in the mud

  4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Evening all!! Sorry if it’s been asked before is there any rumblings about of Foden will play??! I don’t want Livramentos points off the bench this week!! Haha

  5. Hy liverpool
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Get in Stevie
    Hope we end this day with a great performance.

  6. Will Kane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    I think we all just need to take a moment to enjoy the fact that Harry Maguire cost £80m.

    Don't just acknowledge it and move quickly on - enjoy it, savour it like a fine wine or single malt.

    Delicious.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      It's the worst signing ever made in the history of football. I honestly can't think of a worse one.

      1. Marvin that is called Marvi…
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Chelsea have a £70 million back up keeper.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Who helps win penalty shoot outs at least

        2. Will Kane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Good point. At least he's still young enough to get better...

          1. Marvin that is called Marvi…
            • 5 Years
            11 days, 19 hours ago

            On Chelsea's bench?

            1. Will Kane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              11 days, 19 hours ago

              Just trying to find a positive, clutching at straws!

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Joelinton is up there

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          I'm a Sunderland fan. Joelinton was a great signing.

      3. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        Sancho?

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Tastes like tears, a flowing river of tears.

    3. All Muxed Ip
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      He is still doing it for England !!!!

  7. Lord of Ings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Already have chillwell,
    Is Reece James nailed?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      As long as he keeps putting in these performances he's nailed.

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Does it matter?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        +1

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Should play some part in every game. Will get the odd benching.

  8. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Antonio & hwang to Jimi & pukki ? Or are there 2 other better budget forwards ?

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Antonio

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Fed up owning Antonio

    2. Hits from the Bong
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Benteke

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Over jimi ?

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Danilo now injured, out for UCL match maybe? Dyabala. Chiellini. Ramsey also out.

    Come on Chelsea, take the advantage.

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Well, that's my UCL transfer booked:

      Kimmich + Danilo > Davies + Cancelo

  10. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Steele conceeding 2 in the last 10 and foster assisting. Guess who got Steele and whose rivals got foster 🙂

    1. Bob Vrabkab
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Me

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      You?

  11. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Keep hearing that Bruno was gesturing to the crowd to blame Ole not the players, but it seems more likely to be the other way around, no?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      yes

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Was clearly the other way round

  12. Kaneyonero
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Chances of Foden playing? Dennis 1st Bench

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Hopefully high.

  13. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Not really followed today but:
    - saints boss and lose to Norwich..
    - Watford get OGS fired
    - 3 Brentford goals and no Mbeumo
    - 3 Newcastle goals and a Wilson yc
    - West Ham beat Liverpool but lose to wolves and 3 blanks in a row for Antonio
    - no clean sheets for anyone

    How has anyone got any points? International break absence makes the heart grow fondly but this really is rubbish..

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Chelsea got a clean sheet.

    2. Bob Vrabkab
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Chelsea defence

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      \0/ Wolves

    4. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Ronaldo assist. Drink it in.

  14. Manani
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    would you keep Vardy?

    fixtures looking great coming up, but form dont seem to be there

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      I am holding too much green

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Waiting to see what Spurs do?

    2. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      I shipped out this week, glad I did. Sure he will be among the goals soon though

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Watford next, even United managed to score against Watford.

  15. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Was thinking of downing Teirney to 4.5 or 4.0 now considering to James, 3X Chelsea defence too much?

  16. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Forward options looking promising again

    Benteke
    Jim
    Watkins
    Wilson
    ASM

    1. Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Reckon Jimi best out of those?

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        He really looks like he's back to where he was pre injury, but I can't quite pick the best out of the other four. Looks a bit even to me right now

        1. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          I would say whoever has best fixtures? Maybe ben

  17. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Guys, is Gallagher still an attacking option with Mili back?

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Looked class today too

      1. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Couldn't catch the game, was he good? Saw he had an assist

        1. gellinmagellan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          Yeah, was solid and created chances. He's brilliant to watch

          1. seewhyaxe
            • 4 Years
            11 days, 18 hours ago

            Thanks man

  18. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Hmm burnt a ft this week, and still don't know what I want to do!
    It's either
    A) duffy and toney to James and davis (money to do mbeumo to gallagher next week)
    B) Mbeumo and toney to jota and davis
    What do you reckon?

  19. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Mbeumo and Christensen to Jota and James for - 4? An easy yes?

  20. Hiiler
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    What are the chances of Salah blanking ?(captained CR7 :D) Probably somewhere around 5% .......

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      About 5%

  21. Marvin that is called Marvi…
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Jack Wilshere is quite draining to listen to isn't he.

  22. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    wait what! Man U lost 4-1 lmfao

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      True

  23. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Quite surprised to see ASM is selected by 15.5% players. Popular option already

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      He was decent early on too.

  24. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 18 hours ago

    Pukki 2 in last 2 plus next 2 good fixtures surely best forward under 6?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      Finding Teemu?

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 18 hours ago

        I can’t see much too lose at 5.8!