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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. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Definetly seeing a reaction today lol

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yup

      Reacting to their manager

    2. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yeah, allergic reaction. Allergic to playing football

  2. LE CHARO
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Wow Watford are destroying Man U, they should even be at least 3-0 up. Hopefully Ole stays at the wheel one more week so that James and Chilwell can get another haul each.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone holding Chelsea defenders wants Ole to stay another week

  3. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    As a Man City supporter its not looking good - want Ole to stay. Thats the only reason city didn't score a single goal against United in the second half.

  4. Moose™
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Toney out for Wilson. Hm

  5. dlrowssoB
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Cannot wait to shift Vardy and Havertz this week, absolute points dodgers

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I think now we need to keep Vardy -no point in movinghim out now as fix looks good

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Those Callum Wilson goal shouts were very bold 😛

  7. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Embarrassing

  8. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Roy Keane will find a way to blame Pogba for this surely

  9. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    13 goals in 4 games that half and nothing for Salah 🙁

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Time to sell

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Typical

    3. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      don't panic - he will come good in the 4th half

  10. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Well I for one definitely think Harry Maguire silenced his critics with that goal against Albania.

  11. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Imagine buying Ronaldo, Sancho and Varane this summer and sitting below Palace, Brighton and being level on points with Wolves!

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      "I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Ole's only been there 3 years give him some time.

    3. Alexis Nonsense
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I kind of get why Mourinho was proud of getting 2. with this lot now

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    With the teams in yellow doing so well United fans should get their Norwich scarfs out for the 2nd half!

  13. Alexis Nonsense
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Forget about Newcastle and Norwich, I'm targeting Man U from now on

    1. FantasyClub
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Word.

  14. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Was Maguire holding his ears ?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      😆

    2. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Idiot

      1. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Maguire that is

  15. F4L
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Wilson squandering so many good chances 😥

    1. G B
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Very unlike him. At least he's getting chances I suppose...

  16. FantasyClub
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Chilwell coming in 100% for me now

  17. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Wilson?! Where are you Wilson?

  18. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Looks like benching Duffy was a mistake. He could score the way Villa are playing.

  19. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Reece James (C).

  20. boc610
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Toney scores and United losing Grrreat!

  21. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Enter Roy Keane.

  22. lilmessipran
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    I am not even a Utd fan but this is embarrassing and laughable at the same time

    1. boc610
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      its embarrable?

  23. Sailboats
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Salah > Sarr for -4

  24. lilmessipran
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Who got the assist for Guehi goal?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Andersen

      1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah the wife has Andersen in her team, 2 jammy assists today 😀

  25. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Ronaldo to Kane next week is the easiest transfer I'll ever make

    1. FantasyClub
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Have you made the amazing decision to Captain Ronaldo like I have lol?
      Hindsight is such an amazing thing lol

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yep, I'm considering a -4. Duffy + Raph + Ronaldo to Chilwell + Gallagher + Kane.

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Bruno to Son for me

  26. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Roy Keane warming up

    About to come off his long run

  27. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    If Lukaku is fit next week he is going to run riot against his former team

  28. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Reminder that Manchester United’s board feel that there’s no better manager out there better than ex Molde and Cardiff City manager OGS.

  29. FantasyClub
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    How many minutes you think Lukaku gets next GW guys?

  30. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    This was posted this morning & is very appropriate - bye Ole 🙂

    https://twitter.com/FootballJOE/status/1462007227166908419?t=NLk4Y5Zf9kRwlNj8RiF2Sw&s=08

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      That is a masterpiece