Dyche lauds Clarets defence

Manager Sean Dyche was pleased to see his Burnley side get back to doing the basics right as they secured a goalless draw at Leicester City.

The Clarets ended a run of five Premier League games without a clean sheet as they defied the Foxes, which was even more creditable given that they were without centre-back James Tarkowski after he underwent surgery on a hernia on Friday.

Dyche told his club's official website: "We had to get something from the game, which we did in the end. They key thing is getting back to basics.

"We spoke to the team this week about getting back to what we're about, working hard, blocking and defending properly as a team and then still having those moments to go and attack.

"It's tough away from home in the Premier League. A point and clean sheet is always welcome.

"It was back to what we want to be about when we have to defend, particularly away from home."

Following the international break, Burnley return to action on Monday 26th November when they play host to a Newcastle United outfit who have won their last two league games.

The Clarets won this fixture 1-0 last season, with Jeff Hendrick the matchwinner with the only goal of the game 14 minutes from time at Turf Moor.

Burnley can be backed at 7/4 to defeat the Magpies, with a 1-0 home win priced at 7/1 and a 1-1 draw available at 11/2.

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Rondon happy with another win

Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon said he was delighted with his team's second successive win to take them further away from relegation trouble.

After a difficult start to the season United now have two in two following a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth, Rondon scoring both Newcastle's goals.

He gave them an early lead after good work from DeAndre Yedlin and made it two five minutes before half-time, powering a header into the net after a Kenedy cross.

The Cherries reduced the deficit deep into first half injury-time, through Jefferson Lerma and had a good chance to equalise from Jordan Ibe.

However, United held on and have now climbed out of the bottom three. They are 14th in the table though only a point above the bottom three in a congested bottom half of the Premier League.

Rondon said afterwards: "We need this to be honest, this is the way we need to keep working and fighting. You can see the level tonight, so we need to keep playing like that to stay up.

"Tonight I am really happy, we have played really well. I have to keep working, this is my job to score, I am very happy."

United were boosted by other results on Saturday. Though Cardiff had won earlier in the day, beating Brighton, both Southampton and Huddersfield were ahead in home games against Watford and West Ham respectively.

Both however ended up drawing, dropping points to boost Newcastle's league placing ahead of the international break.

United are next in action on 26th November when they travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley. They are 8/5 to make it three in a row while Sean Dyche's side are 7/4 with the draw 11/5.

Newcastle are 7/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Warnock senses improvement

Neil Warnock says his Cardiff City side are getting better every game after they recorded their second win of the season in the Premier League.

The Bluebirds came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1, the away side taking the lead but hit by a red card for Dale Stephens in the first half.

Brighton took an early lead, Lewis Dunk putting the visitors ahead, heading home from a Solly March free-kick.

The home side were level just before the half hour, Kadeem Harris producing a good run and the ball fell to Callum Paterson who scored from close range.

Brighton's task was made more difficult after a contentious red card on 34 minutes, Stephens sent off after a challenge on Greg Cunningham.

Warnock's side increased the pressure in their efforts to make the extra man pay but they had to wait until the final minute of normal time to grab the winner, Sol Bamba hitting the post and then Paterson the crossbar before Bamba reacted quickest to force the ball home.

It was Neil Warnock's 100th game in charge of the Bluebirds and, after seeing his side escape the bottom three with the victory, he said the team are improving all the time.

He said: "You have to work so hard for wins like this. We've come on that quickly over last 18 months, but we are getting better every game. It was a blow to go down to that goal, Sol goes to sleep and it's fitting he got the winner.

"We are everybody's favourites to go down, and we need three or four players In January, but we have come along way in 18 months. You can't say no to coming in Premier League and we are going to enjoy it."

The result takes Cardiff onto eight points and they need other results on Saturday to go their way if they are to be out of the bottom three during the international break.

Cardiff are next in action in two weeks when they travel to Everton. They are 13/2 for the win with Marco Silva's side 4/11 and the draw 4/1.

Cardiff are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Jokanovic: We must wake up

Slavisa Jokanovic is adamant that his Fulham team can upset the form-book and beat high-flying Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The Cottagers are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after losing 1-0 at fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Monday and are 8/13 to be relegated this season.

They have lost their last five matches and have already conceded 29 goals in 11 top-flight games this term.

However, Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Arsenal last weekend so Jokanovic is not ruling out the possibility of his side causing a big shock by winning on Merseyside.

"In the last game [at Huddersfield], we chose a really ugly way to lose the game," he said. "In the end, we must be competitive, fight until the last moment and make an extra effort.

"Right now, we haven't shown this effort and must wake up. We cannot sell our skin for cheap. We must be available for the battle and must show it on the field. The battle will be tough but so far we haven't shown enough power and our weapons.

"We must know where we are and must accept this situation and go completely outside of our comfort zones because this situation hasn't brought us good results. We must shake our heads and push harder. I don't believe it's impossible."

Fulham can be backed at 28/1 to win at Liverpool and 22/1 to keep a rare clean sheet in the encounter.

Wagner drawing on Town spirit

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner has challenged his side to build on the confidence of finally ending their hunt for a first win of the Premier League season.

The Terriers edged out Fulham 1-0 on Monday evening and Town have a chance to make it two home victories in six days when West Ham head to the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

However, Wagner is expecting a difficult afternoon against a Hammers outfit who defeated Burnley 4-2 last time out.

He told reporters: "It was one of the most important results after the long period where we were without a win. Our problem was performing at such a high level without scoring goals and winning games.

"We have to come back to our fighting spirit, to our performances of the past. We have to show exactly the same intensity and positive aggression that we showed on Monday and then we can see what we can get out of this game.

"It's anything but easy, but with the togetherness that we have, I have the belief and the confidence that is it possible that we have a chance to be successful again.

"We know the importance of back-to-back wins in the Premier League."

Last season the Irons stormed to a 4-1 victory in West Yorkshire, with Mark Noble, Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini (2) their goalscorers.

Town can be backed at 9/4 to secure a draw on Saturday, with a 1-1 final scoreline available at 11/2, while Huddersfield are 7/4 not to be relegated this season.

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Hughes unaffected by board change

Southampton manager Mark Hughes says that his position at the club has not been affected by a boardroom change.

Les Reed has left his position as vice-chairman at St Mary's Stadium, with the club announcing that "constructive action" was required to "get results back on track".

Reed had been in that position within the club since 2010 and chairman Ralph Krueger said he hopes the change would provide new drive and direction to the football operations team.

That puts the spotlight upon manager Hughes with the team having won just one league game this season, sitting just one point above the bottom three.

The Saints play Watford at home on Saturday and, at a press conference ahead of the game, Hughes said the change at the top would not affect him.

He told reporters: "The club was in a difficult situation when I came in late last year. We were able turn it around in the summer as a consequence of seeing the job that I did at first hand and how I operate and how I go about my business.

"Although Les is no longer around as a sounding board and as a supportive guy in the background there are still a lot of people here that felt I was the right man for the job so I don't think my position has been diminished too much in that regard."

Southampton, without a win  in seven games are 11/8 to get a much needed three points on Saturday with Watford 19/10 and the draw 23/10.

In contrast to their struggling hosts, the visitors on Saturday are having an impressive start to the new season; Watford currently sit eighth in the table and are seemingly set to reward manager Javi Gracia with a new three-year contract.

Southampton are 4/1 to be relegated at the end of the season while Watford are 12/1 to finish in the top six.

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Hughes ready for huge clash

Beleaguered Southampton boss Mark Hughes knows only too well how important Saturday's Premier League game against Watford at St Mary's is.

Reports suggest Saints are close to parting company with Hughes, who succeeded Mauricio Pellegrino in March and guided the club away from the relegation zone last season.

However, Saturday's dismal 6-1 defeat at Manchester City left Southampton in 16th position, just one point above the relegation zone.

Southampton, 4/1 to be relegated this season, can be backed at 11/8 to beat Watford, who lost 1-0 at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Hughes said: "We know ourselves the areas in which we weren't strong enough (against Manchester City).

"There are not too many teams that have created good moments against City because they stop things very, very quickly if you're trying to counter-attack. But we showed good intent in that regard.

"We'll work towards the weekend and make sure the elements of our play that were missing against City are present against Watford. Those are the things we can take into the games ahead of us.

"Clearly at the weekend it's a huge game and it's one that we want maximum points from."

Wagner seeks ‘massive’ win

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner is optimistic about his team's chances of winning their first Premier League game of the season on Monday.

The Terriers, who have failed to triumph in any of their first 10 top-flight matches of the campaign, entertain a Fulham side that have not kept a clean sheet yet this season.

Huddersfield, 27/20 to win the match, are 4/11 to be relegated this season, while Fulham are 10/11 to go down.

Wagner, who has been in charge of Town for three years, said: "A first win is massive for us. We have shown a lot of good performances, not last weekend against Watford, but the weeks before, we've shown a lot of good things in our game.

"Our players have shown the right spirit, we've had unbelievable support home and away from our supporters, but we haven't won yet this season.

"Now, we have the next, big, opportunity for us against Fulham; a team I absolutely respect. I saw them live against Manchester City.

"We have to be, for sure, at our best, but we have to be focused on us, using our strengths and the support from the stands can help us make those extra yards.

"This is the moment that we like to turn it around. With one win everything can look different, this is something we will work for and fight for on Monday."

Wagner has a full-strength squad to choose from apart from Danny Williams.

Hughes rues missed chances

Mark Hughes admits that his Southampton side need to be more clinical in front of goal after watching them lose 6-1 at Manchester City.

Despite the final scoreline, Saints created plenty of chances and caused the City defence lots of problems.

However, they once again failed to finish off their opportunities and have now scored only seven goals in their first 11 top-flight matches of the campaign.

Danny Ings' first-half penalty did at least bring a run of five consecutive Premier League games without a goal for Hughes' team to an end, but the dejected Southampton manager said afterwards: "We have come up against City and created a number of chances again.

"Our shots on target are right up there in comparison to how clinical Man City were and how we were with our chances and that's been the story from the beginning of the season – we get good moments but at times we pick the wrong option or don't take clear-cut chances that we create.

"We need to improve that at the top end of the pitch and clearly we needed to improve the back end as well."

Southampton, 4/1 to be relegated this season, are 11/8 to win their next Premier League match against Watford on Saturday.

Lascelles: I’m over the moon

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says he is focused on helping Rafa Benitez's side climb the table after penning a new deal with the club.

The 24-year-old former Nottingham Forest defender's new contract will keep him at St James' Park until June 2024.

Lascelles, who has made 112 appearances for Newcastle, scoring eight goals, said: "I'm over the moon – it's great news to be tied down to Newcastle for a long time. It's pretty much all I ever wanted – playing in the Premier League in front of amazing fans.

"I think now as players, we just need to give the fans what they deserve. We need to put in the performances and make it even more special.

"Since I've been here, everything's been really positive and now I need to get my head down and get this team higher up the league."

Meanwhile, Benitez is pleased that Lascelles has pledged his long-term future to the club as he believes the fans like players who care about the team.

He thinks Lascelles has a great future in the game.

Newcastle, who drew 0-0 at Southampton on Saturday to move off the foot of the table, are 7/4 to be relegated this season, while they can be backed at 31/20 to beat Watford on Saturday.

Benitez's team are 2/1 to keep a clean sheet against the Hornets, while Lascelles is 14/1 to score at any time in the encounter.