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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Can finally bin Mbeumo once the whistle goes. What a relief.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      He will punish you next week

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Even if he does it'll be a one off

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Sell after it then 😉

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    We'll miss you, Ole.

    Thanks for the memories!

  3. Differentiator
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    I can't sell Mbuemo. He still looks so promising LOL

    ffs, cmon mate

  4. Dannyb
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bye Ole, thanks for that night at PSG........

  5. Hy liverpool
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Omg

  6. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Mbeumo will score a brace v Everton when no one owns him.

    1. Differentiator
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Not surprising. Everton are crap

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      He won't.

  7. PartyTime
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Please don’t sack Ole

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      "We stand by our project with Ole. We will give him time and support him by buying all the old players we can find"

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      The last nail in the coffin is delivered

      Good night, sweet ole

    • Arteta
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Bye bye Ole! It's pretty obvious who won Arteta/Lampard/Solskjaer debate.

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Should have bench boost.

      23 points even with Sanchez.

    • BDA Shadow
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Martial comes on at half as a sub, loses the ball carelessly trying to dribble out and makes absolutely no effort to get back. Pathetic.

      1. PartyTime
          1 month, 29 days ago

          What about the other players on the pitch?

          1. BDA Shadow
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Oh they all played horrible, but there's no excuse for that during the 3rd goal.

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Better have James & Chilly next week.

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Or better still James and Rudiger...

        2. Kun Tozser
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Lukaku back

      3. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Might have to bench James and Chilwell with the upcoming new manager bounce.

        1. Silecro
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Ronaldo will go nuts next week, new manager bounce, i guarantee a hattrick next week in a 3-6 loss.

      4. The Mandalorian
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Man United have 4 points from 21.

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          But how many Ronaldo shirts have they sold?

        2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Any chance OGS jumps before he is pushed - or does he have too much pride? Losing to Watford and conceding four is low.
          15 goals conceded in last 5 league games for Man United.

          1. GreennRed
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Would lose a fortune. They'll sack him and have a caretaker manager until Zidane or Sally from Coronation St. or both take over.

            1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Fair point - the 'wait to be sacked' trick. There was just a bit there at the end of the game where OGS looked like he had given up. Shoulders slumped and threw his eyes to the sky - looked like he was about to break into tears.

      5. Ephurion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        United being the weakest defence in the league proves true once again

      6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Looking forward to Ole’s post match

        We are so close, we just need to keep going and show we have the pashun and the desiyah

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I predict it will be - 'It was a bad loss but we are looking at the positives - Van Der Beek got a great goa and Sancho played well etc. We created chances but needed to be more clinical' etc
          'The sending off did not help' etc

      7. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        wow what a save from Guaita at the end when one on one.

      8. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lol

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yep

      9. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        LMFAO!

        I am rolling

      10. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Goal …. 4-1 Watford

      11. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        4-1

      12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Benched Dennis, aargh

      13. DA Minnion (Former great)
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        4

      14. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is it even funny anymore?

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yed

        2. TheBiffas
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Very

      15. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Dennis!

      16. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I don't want Man U to sack Ole because I know he'll end up as a pundit on ITV.

      17. TheBiffas
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        This is too funny

      18. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Denis Haul

      19. dlrowssoB
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Can I sell Havertz before he plays Man Utd? I guess Chelsea will win by 3 or 4, but Havertz will probably blank again right?