Koeman cools Van Dijk concerns

Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman expects central defender Virgil van Dijk to be okay to feature for Liverpool at Huddersfield Town this weekend.

Van Dijk played and scored in a 3-0 Nations League win for the Oranje over Germany on Saturday, but will be absent when the Dutch take on Belgium on Tuesday evening, as he is dealing with a rib problem.

However, Koeman is confident that Van Dijk will be clear to return to action in the Premier League on Saturday, the former Celtic and Southampton defender having managed his injury for a number of weeks.

Koeman told De Telegraaf: "Virgil has played with two broken ribs in the last few weeks. He wanted to play against Germany and you have to give (his) club something back now.

"He's back in Liverpool, but he is ready to play for next week. He's taken a rest and spoken to his manager.

"The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after that back to Liverpool.

"He is ready to play next weekend."

Van Dijk cost the Reds a world record fee for a defender when he joined from the Saints in December 2017, with the deal worth in the region of £75million.

He has since scored once in 32 appearances in all competitions for the Merseysiders, helping Liverpool reach the final of the Champions League last season.

This season the Reds are available at 9/4 to win the Premier League title, while they are 8/1 to go all the way and triumph in the Champions League.

View all Soccer betting

Egypt cool Salah injury fears

Egypt assistant coach Hany Ramzy has played down the seriousness of the thigh injury sustained by Mohamed Salah during the 4-1 victory over eSwatini.

Liverpool forward Salah was forced to leave the field late on in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, having earlier scored direct from a corner for his side.

Afterwards, Ramzy was calm about the problem, with initial treatment suggesting that Salah has suffered a strain rather than anything more serious.

He told beIN SPORTS: "The primary diagnosis confirms it's just a strain and no muscle rupture is apparent, but the player will need to undergo scans to determine the full extent of the injury and the time needed to heal.

"It's nothing major and we'll do the best we can to help him recover. We hope he will return without being affected by the injury as soon as possible."

Twenty-six-year-old Salah enjoyed a stellar first season with Liverpool scoring 44 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions.

This term he has netted three times in 11 outings, having seen his World Cup 2018 finals campaign disrupted by a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

The Merseysiders return to Premier League action following the international break with a trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday 20th October.

Last season both meetings of the two teams ended in 3-0 victories for the Reds, who are 13/2 to win by the same scoreline next Saturday, with Liverpool 8/13 to keep a clean sheet and 5/1 to claim a 2-0 success.

View all Soccer betting

Huddersfield moving in right direction – Wagner

Huddersfield boss David Wagner says their recent performances show the club are making progress after they moved off the bottom of the table.

The Terriers picked up just their third point of the season as they came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Christopher Schindler's second-half equaliser was just reward for a battling performance from Huddersfield, who are still searching for their first win of the 2018/19 campaign.

Wagner felt the 2,000-strong away supporters deserved to see the Yorkshire outfit pick up all three points and says Saturday's showing, coupled with their performance in the 2-0 loss to Tottenham the week before, gives reason to believe they can avoid relegation.

"The performance, I think, was at least a nine out of 10," said Wagner. "A 10 I have not seen in football so far, but this was very good. It wasn't perfect because we could have won the game.

"The performances we have shown in recent weeks, though, have been very good , and consistently so.

"This one was another step in the right direction.

"We showed bravery and confidence on the ball, we were patient when needed and we were able to accelerate and to penetrate."

Wagner went on to reveal that midfielder Aaron Mooy suffered a groin injury against Burnley which could keep him out of Australia's upcoming matches during the international break.

Huddersfield still find themselves inside the relegation zone and are 2/7 to go down this term.

The Terriers face a tough test after the international window with Liverpool the next team to visit the John Smith's Stadium.

The Reds are 2/9 to win the match, while Wagner's men are 12/1 and the draw is 19/4.

Wagner upbeat despite slow start

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner believes there is plenty to be optimistic about despite his side's difficult start to the Premier League campaign.

The West Yorkshire outfit have managed just two points in their first seven games of the season and are still searching for that elusive first win of the campaign.

Wagner feels there have been some real positive signs in their play and hopes the club will start to get rewards for how they have gone about matches.

He told reporters: "You have to be focused on your work, be active, show the passion and desire for the game in front of you; that's the message for my team.

"There are so many good signs for me from this season apart from the table and the points. We have unity, our supporters are still behind the team, our performances in training and matches are on a good level as is the spirit in the dressing room.

"There's so many positive things that gives me all the confidence not to panic and overthink. We know only we can turn it."

Huddersfield will hope their first win of the Premier League season can come on Saturday when they make the trip to Burnley.

The Terriers are 7/2 to win, 21/10 to draw and 11/10 to lose to the Clarets.

View all Soccer betting

Pochettino happy with attitude

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said his players attitude had been fantastic as they comfortably came away from Huddersfield with all three points.

Two first half goals from Harry Kane were enough to seal the victory and send Spurs into the top four in the Premier League.

It was their third win in a row having also progressed in the EFL Cup in midweek and, coming after a mini-crisis with three successive losses, it left Pochettino happy with the revival.

He told the BBC: "It was a tough game against a team desperate to win. They were helped by their unbelievable fans, among the best I have found in England. Which is why we are so pleased to have three more points in the table today.

"We are in the Premier League, it is tough, physical. Teams like Huddersfield are difficult to play. I think it is a normal the actions that happened today."

The result leaves Huddersfield still without a win this season and bottom of the table, behind Cardiff and Newcastle on goal difference.

Other results on Saturday saw Manchester City remain unbeaten having won 2-0 at home to Brighton with goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

Arsenal recorded their seventh straight win in all competitions overcoming a stubborn Watford 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

It was goalless going into the last 10 minutes but a Craig Cathcart own goal and another from Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners all three points and moved them up to fifth in the table.

At the other end of the table Newcastle's winless start to the season continued as they lost 2-0 at home to Leicester.

Other winners on Saturday were Wolves over Southampton and Everton who beat Fulham 3-0.

Spurs meanwhile are in Champions League action in midweek at home to Barcelona and are 5/2 for the win, Barca are 19/20 with the draw 14/5.

Spurs are 50/1 to win the Champions League with Barcelona 6/1.

View all Soccer betting

Wagner: Their goals were gifts

David Wagner thought his Huddersfield Town side presented Leicester City with all of their goals as the Terriers slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium.

Town are 4/11 to be relegated this season after failing to win any of their first six Premier League matches while they are 6/1 to end that sequence by beating Tottenham next weekend.

After Mathias Jorgensen had given Huddersfield an early advantage, the Foxes hit back to win thanks to goals by Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy.

A dejected Wagner said after his side's latest setback: "In general it was very disappointing because everyone has seen there was something in this game for us.

"The players performed to a decent level, but we made so many big individual mistakes. Their first goal was a poor touch and we conceded a counter-attack from our own set-play.

"With the second goal we gave away a free-kick in a very dangerous area when we could very easily have cleared the ball and then, for the third one, we produced a missed pass in an area where everybody knows this is not possible against a team like Leicester, because of them playing in behind.

"Jamie Vardy has scored a hundred of these goals, so every single goal we conceded was a present. The opposition didn't have to invest enough to score against us."

Puel may rest Maguire

Claude Puel has indicated that he could rest Harry Maguire for Saturday's Premier League clash between Leicester City and Huddersfield Town.

Maguire, who has featured in 63 games since the start of last season, including seven with England at World Cup 2018, played poorly in last weekend's grim 4-2 loss at Bournemouth.

Wes Morgan is suspended after being sent off in the defeat to the Cherries, so Puel may opt to partner Jonny Evans with Caglar Soyuncu in the centre of the Foxes defence.

"Harry has played a lot of games, but I will analyse it," said the former Lyon, Nice and Southampton coach Puel.

"To participate in a competition like the World Cup is tough to come back with good focus and freshness and concentration, this is a common thing.

"If I rest him for this game and we lose, I know I will be criticised, but it is important to keep players fresh and we must have a good focus about this. Players need to have some protection."

Huddersfield have failed to win any of their five Premier League matches so far this season and are 2/5 to be relegated.

Puel is keen to return to winning ways against the Terriers, adding: "We need a good response for us but also for the fans. They came to watch us away from home and they deserve better results from us.

"I think (the Bournemouth defeat) is now behind us. It was frustrating but we want to have a good response in our next game."

Meanwhile, midfielder Matty James remains sidelined as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury.

Leicester are 8/13 to beat David Wagner's team this weekend and 7/1 to win the match from behind.

Hodgson waiting on Zaha fitness

Crystal Palace will make a decision on Friday about whether forward Wilfried Zaha has recovered sufficiently from a groin injury to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Zaha sat out the 2-0 home Premier League defeat to Southampton just before the international break, but has now returned to training, along with defender James Tomknis.

And Eagles manager Roy Hodgson is delighted to potentially have two further options for the trip to the Terriers, with Palace having lost their last three league games.

He told reporters: "It was his (Zaha'l s) first training session today; it was debatable as to whether he should train or not but he was anxious to try, it was the same with James, so it was really good to see them back out with us again.

"We'll have to wait and see how they react to tomorrow's training session to see if they will be available.

"If we listen to our medical department, both are coming back as early, if not earlier, than should have been expected."

Meanwhile, Hodgson also confirmed that summer recruits Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate are pushing hard for starting spots, having only appeared as substitutes in the league so far this season.

He added: "We're very happy with them. Both Max and Cheik would be ready to start now in my opinion.

"Positions are contested now and if you want to keep your place you have to perform."

Palace are available at 13/8 to keep a clean sheet on Saturday and are 7/5 to win the game at the John Smith's Stadium, with a 1-1 draw priced at 11/2.

View all Soccer betting

Jorgensen upbeat despite draw

Mathias Jorgensen remains upbeat about Huddersfield Town's chances of avoiding the drop despite the Terriers' poor start to the campaign.

After David Wagner's team had suffered heavy defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City, they had hoped to beat fellow strugglers Cardiff City on home soil on Saturday.

However, Town had to hold on for a goalless draw after being reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when Jonathan Hogg was dismissed.

Speaking ahead of the Carabao Cup second-round encounter at Stoke City, which Huddersfield are 11/5 to win after 90 minutes, Jorgensen said: "I thought it was a really good performance until the game changed with the red card.

"I thought we dominated Cardiff and played some good football and showed some good spirit. Of course, whenever you get a point, a club of our size can't be happy with a point, but we will take the point and clean sheet.

"We will be walking away from this game thinking this is a team we should beat, and a team I think we have more quality than.

"The sending off gave them a little bit of life. It made our game a little bit more difficult than what it was before."

Huddersfield are 8/13 to be relegated this season while Cardiff are 2/5 to go down.

Keane confirms injury absence

Everton central defender Michael Keane has confirmed that he will be out of action for well over a month after suffering a head injury in the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

The 25-year-old stopper scored against the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium, but late on in the game had to be stretchered off after he suffered a sickening clash with team-mate Idrissa Gueye.

He spent the night being treated in Poole Hospital, but has now been released and is free to head home to begin his recovery, which includes not being able to head a ball for at least three weeks.

Keane has been boosted, however, by the knowledge that he does not need surgery to repair a hairline skull fracture.

The former Burnley ace told his club's official website: "I'm okay, but suffered a small hairline fracture of the skull which will heal itself and means I won't be able to have any head contact for three to four weeks.

"I will be back with my team and back on the pitch as soon as I can after that."

Meanwhile, midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has hailed the impact new head coach Marco Silva has had on the Toffees since his arrival in the summer.

The Iceland schemer added: "Marco has been fantastic, not just for myself but for the team. He's really got us going.

"The team spirit is really good, we are working hard and working together, pressing from the front. We are organised and we feel we can do better things this season."

Everton are back in Premier League action next Saturday when they host Huddersfield Town, with the Merseysiders 8/15 to win the game and 13/2 to claim a 2-0 victory.

View all Soccer betting