Premier League news live updates and soccer latest: Barcelona latest as they eye Xavi
October 28, 2021 at 4:54 PM EDT
Napoli march on
Away from the Premier League, tonight saw another big win for Napoli – they defeated Bologna 3-0. They’re currently tied with Milan at the head of the table – can they sustain a title challenge? They haven’t won Serie A since 1990, when a certain Maradona played for the club…
October 28, 2021 at 2:46 PM EDT
JWP back for Southampton
Good news for Saints fans, FPL players, and free-kick aficionados – James Ward-Prowse is back from his three game ban against Southampton.
However, Armando Broja, who has scored in his last two Premier League appearances, has not recovered from ankle injury he suffered against Burnley.
One step forward, one step backwards.
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October 28, 2021 at 2:09 PM EDT
Dan Burn worry for Brighton
He’s a fixture of the Brighton defence – but Graham Potter will seemingly be without his centre-back for an extended period of time.
Head coach Potter said after the match: “We’re a little concerned because of the way he landed and from quite a height.”
More from The Athletic’s Andy Naylor here.
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October 28, 2021 at 1:43 PM EDT
Xavi on Barcelona rumours
Me, my dog, and my grandma know that Xavi is the frontrunner for the Barcelona job. However, the Al Sadd manager is keeping his cards close to his chest.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s match against Al Ahli in the Qatar Stars League: “I am currently focused on my work with Al Sadd, and I cannot talk about anything else.”
Al Sadd are currently undefeated and top the table. Why not turn down Barca for the chance to create Qatar’s own invincibles?
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October 28, 2021 at 1:32 PM EDT
West Ham fan? Fancy some evening listening?
The Totally Football Show is the place to go.
October 28, 2021 at 1:26 PM EDT
Christian Pulisic back in training
Good news for the Blues. Pulisic, who has been out since the international break in early September, is back in training. It’s excellent timing too, considering the injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante were also all involved.
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October 28, 2021 at 1:19 PM EDT
Good news for Brentford
Some good news for Brentford ahead of their game against Burnley.
According to Thomas Frank, there is a “good chance” that both Bryan Mbeumo and Ethan Pinnock, who were both substituted off injured against Leicester last weekend, will be available.
There’s also an update from The Athletic’s Jay Harris on the goalkeeper situation after David Raya’s serious knee injury.
October 28, 2021 at 1:13 PM EDT
Some Premier League injury updates
Well, wasn’t that draw enjoyable!
But the Premier League has been marching relentlessly on, and there have been several press conferences today ahead of the weekend’s matches. Here’s a quick injury round-up.
October 28, 2021 at 1:03 PM EDT
Confidence from Cox
October 28, 2021 at 1:02 PM EDT
Feel like you want a recap?
More from Luke Bosher, including analysis of England’s group, here.
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October 28, 2021 at 12:55 PM EDT
More tickets out soon!
From ex-Athletic women’s football correspondent Kieran Theivam…
So that was fun, wasn’t it. Great work @AlexScott and @GabbyLogan.
Reminder ballot opens at 7pm UK time so get online and get buying. The Euros is a special tournament – I’ve had the pleasure of attending the last two. You’ll honestly love it. #WEURO2022
— Kieran Theivam (Tayvam) 💛💙 🏴🇱🇰 (@KiersTheivam) October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021 at 12:54 PM EDT
Quarter-final to be tough for England
Their group might not be the most difficult in the competition, but the quarter-final could be.
England will play a team from Group B should they qualify for the knockouts – which will mean facing a survivor from the group of death. Germany? Spain? Pick your poison.
October 28, 2021 at 12:50 PM EDT
England’s path through the pool
Just a reminder, it will be Austria as the tournament opener, followed by the likely group decider against Norway, before the group stages come to a close against neighbours Northern Ireland.
October 28, 2021 at 12:46 PM EDT
That’s the festivities over!
Ella Henderson brings the ceremony to a close. To recap –
- England to face Norway, Austria, and Northern Ireland
- Group B is the group of death
- Group C and D both very open
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October 28, 2021 at 12:43 PM EDT
Group B, get the popcorn out
The fourth team in Group B, Finland, went undefeated throughout qualifying. Joining Germany, Spain, and Denmark, they’ll have a tough task if they’re to keep their unbeaten record.
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October 28, 2021 at 12:41 PM EDT
European Championship Groups
Group A: England, Norway, Austria, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Spain, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
October 28, 2021 at 12:39 PM EDT
Northern Ireland vs England!
Defcon 3, Defcon 3. That match in Southampton on the 15th July is going to be fun.
England won 4-0 against them this Saturday.
October 28, 2021 at 12:38 PM EDT
Pot 3 results
And just like that, we’re almost done!
Group A: England, Norway, Austria
Group B: Germany, Spain, Denmark
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium
October 28, 2021 at 12:37 PM EDT
Group of death taking shape
Germany, Spain, Denmark. Oof.
Denmark, ranked seventh in the world, reached the final of the last tournament.