Premier League team news.The Premier League is back this weekend after the international break and we’ve got all the updates below. The most anticipated Premier League game of the weekend is arguably Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, the first game for The Magpies since they were taken over by a Saudi-led consortium. Elsewhere, Manchester United travel to Leicester City, while Watford entertain Liverpool and Manchester City host Burnley.
Plenty of Irish interest.There’s some big Premier League team news from an Irish perspective this weekend, as both Caoimhin Kelleher and Nathan Collins are set to start for Liverpool and Burnley respectively. Kelleher replaces Alisson Becker in the Liverpool goal with the Brazilian still travelling back from international duty, while Collins is set to deputise for Ben Mee against Pep Guardiola’s formidable Man City side.
FPL updates.While plenty of Fantasy Premier League players would have been banking on Ferran Torres to score big points against Burnley, the Spaniard has been ruled out due to a small fracture in his foot. Elsewhwhere, Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire’s absence for Man United almost certainly diminishes the Red Devils chances of a clean sheet against Leicester, particularly with Jamie Vardy in such good goalscoring form. To help you sort out your team before the deadline, we’ve selected three players who will feel could do well this weekend. Have a look at our FPL guide for gameweek 8 here.
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Newcastle vs Tottenham halted as defibrillator needed for fan
The match between Newcastle and Tottenham has been halted due to a medical emergency in the stands.
Spurs defender Sergio Reguilon could be seen informing the referee that something was not right with a fan in the stands, which led to the medical team at St. James' Park being ushered on to the pitch.
Spurs' Eric Dier gestured to the medical team that a defibrillator would be needed.
Fans could be seen pleading with the medic to hurry over to the affected supporter.
More on this as we have it.
Liverpool lead at Vicarage Road.
Liverpool are two up at Vicarage Road as Mo Salah's pass found Sadio Mane who fired home with a fine finish.
Roberto Firmino also gets in on the act with a tap in after some good play from James Milner. It's a long way back now for Watford..
Thomas Tuchel confirms Rudiger absence.
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Chelsea will be missing Antonio Rudiger for the visit to Brentford on Saturday.
The German defender picked up an injury on international duty and joins Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech on the Stamfor Bridge sidelines.
❌ Rudiger— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 15, 2021
Thomas Tuchel updates on the injury and fitness concerns among the Chelsea squad pic.twitter.com/88EiAS02wE
Jurgen Klopp not pleased with Gareth Southgate…
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a not-so-subtle dig at England manager Gareth Southgate over his team selection.
Klopp is clearly taking issue with the fact that his defender Joe Gomez does not get called up to the England squad, and rubbished claims that it's due to a lack of gametime.
He pointed out that John Stones got called up to the most recent squad despite spending the majority of the season so far on Manchester City's bench.
Klopp on Gareth Southgate's decision not to call up Joe Gomez:— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) October 15, 2021
"Sometimes Gareth reacts if you are not playing for your club you can't play for the national team. Obviously there is a special thing for Mr Stones." #awlive [lfc]
This isn't the first time he has done something like this either, as he recently questioned another one of Southgate’s managerial decisions, specifically playing Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield.
He asked: “Why would you make the best right back in the world a midfielder? I just don’t understand that. Some people think because he’d be 10 yards further up the field he would be more influential. We always use him as good as we can.”