Home form vital for Warnock

Neil Warnock has indicated that Harry Arter could make his debut for Cardiff City on Saturday in the Premier League match against Newcastle United.

The 28-year-old is on loan in south Wales from Bournemouth but did not feature in last week's 2-0 loss against his parent club.

However, Warnock is keen to use Arter against the Magpies, who began their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham.

Warnock is aware that Cardiff are favourites to be relegated this season but believes their home form could be crucial in keeping them out of the bottom three.

"I think it's an exciting time for everybody at the club," he said. "It's going to be a cracking crowd and promises to be a great atmosphere. It's a great feeling.

"Newcastle are a good team to be playing. They've improved their squad from last year when they finished 10th, so they'll be looking to finish in the top half of the table this season.

"It's great how far we've come and I think we're capable against anyone at home. It's 11 against 11 and we're looking forward to it.

"We're just looking to get as many points as we can and the home games are going to be crucial.

"Harry [Arter] is likely to be in the squad. He's such an enthusiastic young man and on the training ground, he's full of beans."

Cardiff, 9/4 to beat Newcastle, are 4/7 to be relegated this season. Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez's team can be backed at 5/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this term.

Lengthy lay-off for De Bruyne

Manchester City have announced that Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to play again until mid-November.

The 27-year-old has suffered a lateral collateral ligament lesion in his right knee and, although no surgery is required, he is expected to be out of action for around three months.

De Bruyne, who started his career in his homeland with Genk, had spells with Chelsea and Wolfsburg before signing for City in a £55million deal three years ago.

He missed 12 games after injuring his right knee in January 2016 but finished that campaign strongly on his return to action, scoring three times in the final six Premier League matches.

The dynamic midfielder has gone on to score 21 goals in 99 Premier League appearances for the club and played a vital role as Pep Guardiola's side won the Premier League title last term.

De Bruyne found the net 12 times in all competitions last season as City scored 106 goals and accrued 100 points.

He then helped Belgium reach the semi-finals of World Cup 2018 and scored a sublime goal in the last-eight victory against Brazil.

The midfielder came on as a substitute in Sunday's 2-0 victory at Arsenal after missing the Community Shield triumph against Chelsea following his exploits in Russia.

City, 8/13 to win the Premier League title again this season and 11/2 to lift the Champions League for the first time in their history, are 11/2 to beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Celtic have confirmed that they have signed City's Australian teenager Daniel Arzani on a two-year loan deal.

Howe has plan to stop Wilshere

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has identified Jack Wilshere as West Ham's main threat ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between the two teams.

The Hammers, who signed Wilshere from Arsenal this summer, slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in their opening game of the campaign while the Cherries clinched a fine 2-0 win against Cardiff City.

Wilshere spent the 2016/17 season on loan with the Cherries, featuring in 27 Premier League matches for the club.

Howe said: "West Ham have a very experienced manager and they've recruited some really good players. This will be a good marker for us on where we stand.

"It was good to see Jack Wilshere when we played Arsenal last season. He could have a big bearing on the game and it's up to us to stop him."

Howe was pleased with his side's performance against the newly-promoted Bluebirds but believes his players can improve still further.

He added: "It was a nice thing for us to get that opening-day win – it gives you a nice confidence lift. Cardiff made it difficult for us and we didn't play to our best potential but we found a way to win, which is very pleasing."

Bournemouth can be backed at 5/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season while they are 14/5 to beat West Ham. Wilshere is 9/2 to score at any time in the encounter.

Hughton plays down Bruno’s injury

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is confident that his captain Bruno will only be out of action for a short time with a hamstring injury.

The 37-year-old Spanish right-back picked up the problem in the first half of the 2-0 defeat at Watford and will sit out Sunday's Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo are also sidelined with groin and knee injuries respectively.

Hughton said: "Bruno will miss out. He felt his hamstring. The good news is it's nowhere near as bad as we probably thought.

"Still at this moment Andone and Izquierdo will also miss out. They are very close (to being ready)."

Martin Montoya is expected to make his debut in place of Bruno, with Hughton adding: "His level's good at the moment. As regards his availability he's fine."

Meanwhile, Tomer Hemed looks set to join QPR on loan before the end of the month.

The 31-year-old Israeli striker's first-team opportunities are limited as he is behind Glenn Murray, Florin Andone and Jurgen Locadia in the striking pecking order.

Brighton, 9/4 to be relegated this season, are 9/2 to beat Manchester United this weekend and 6/5 to score first and win.

Dyche hails his ‘novices’

Sean Dyche is pleased that Burnley have managed to reach the Europa League play-off round considering he has made plenty of changes to his side.

The Clarets face Olympiakos in the next round after getting the better of Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday even though Dyche made six changes from the team that drew 0-0 at Southampton on Sunday.

Burnley edged to a 1-0 aggregate victory at Turf Moor against the Turkish side thanks to a Jack Cork goal in extra time.

Burnley can be backed at 29/20 to beat Watford in their next Premier League match on Sunday while they are 9/1 to win the match from behind.

"We made six changes but the physicality of the side was unbelievable," said Dyche. "I thought the work ethic and the shape of the team were very good.

"We work on a squad mentality here and a lot of it was on show again.

"We're in the competition as novices but so far the novices are doing okay. We've given a good account of ourselves."

Burnley have struggled for goals in the Europa League and Premier League so far this season and can be backed at 11/2 to beat Watford 1-0 and at 11/8 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Stadium woes for Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is a big disappointment that the club have had to postpone their return to White Hart Lane.

They were due to be in their impressive new stadium on the site of the old White Hart Lane in time for the Premier League clash with Liverpool on 15th September but problems with safety certificates and trial events have scuppered that.

Spurs have moved league games against Liverpool and Cardiff, which were due to be played at their rebuilt home, to Wembley, where they were already pencilled in to face Fulham this weekend

A home game with champions Manchester City, which is scheduled for 4pm on Sunday, 28th October, is now causing a headache as Wembley will be hosting NFL action that afternoon, leaving Tottenham with potentially nowhere to go.

Pochettino is keen to avoid having to use three different 'home' venues in the same season.

"At the moment I cannot say that we're not going to play [Man City] in our new stadium," he said.

"If you ask me today if it's not possible to play in the new stadium, of course it's about finding a way to play at Wembley because I think to play at another place, maybe three stadiums in one season, will be too much.

"Maybe we need to adapt. If the day after the NFL game maybe the pitch is not in the best condition, but we need to make the effort and try to play in the end because maybe to find another date will be difficult."

Spurs are 1/4 to beat Fulham on Saturday. The Cottagers are 9/1 for a shock Wembley win, while the draw is priced at 5/1.

While he's disappointed for all concerned, Pochettino insists it is important for those involved with the first team to focus on their top priority.

"We all feel disappointed of course with the announcement from the club this week," the Argentinian said.

"I feel so sorry for myself first of all, for our fans, the players, everyone, and of course for our chairman.

"I'm a person always positive that tries not to complain about the things you cannot change.

"We try to find the best solutions and try to help in the end to perform in the best way and win games, because in the end that's our job."

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Ings welcomed ‘with open arms’

Southampton manager Mark Hughes insists Danny Ings was welcomed into St Mary's 'with open arms' after joining from Liverpool.

The former Burnley forward joined on transfer deadline day after the Reds allowed him to move on in pursuit of first-team football.

Ings has struggled with knee injuries in recent years but the England-capped forward believes the Saint style of play will suit him.

The 26-year-old grew up just a few miles from the St Mary's Stadium and now has the chance to pull on the shirt. He made his debut in last weeks' scoreless draw with former club Burnley.

Ings is set to compete with Charlie Austin, Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini and Hughes insists he is pleased with the attacking options now at his disposal on the south coast.

He told Sky Sports: "Integration was never going to be a problem. He [Ings] was welcomed with open arms.

"When strikers walk in the building, it excites players, fans and the media. It is always big news.

"Danny came from a big club where things went against him in terms of injuries and trying to force himself into a very good team.

"I like the fact that all my strikers have got different traits. That means individually they have different things they can bring to the party.

"With the options I have, I can pose different problems to different teams. The combinations I can put together are really interesting."

Southampton take on Everton on Saturday and are 3/1 to take three points on Merseyside. The Toffees are 19/20 to win while the draw is 23/10.

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Speculation doesn’t worry Puel

Leicester City manager Claude Puel insists speculation regarding his future isn't a matter for his concern.

Puel, who was appointed last October, is reported to be under pressure after just one game of the new Premier League season, where his Foxes team lost 2-1 at Manchester United.

It has been reported that Puel is in serious danger of being sacked, with Saturday's home clash against Wolves and the following week's trip to Southampton said to be crucial to his hopes of staying in charge.

Belgium's management duo of Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry are being touted as potential replacements but Puel isn't worried.

If he does depart, the former Southampton boss insists he'll leave the squad in good shape for anyone coming in after him.

"It's just speculation," he told a press conference.

"I would be happy for my successor, because he would have a good squad and a very good team.

"I can't comment on speculation. My job is to build something with Leicester; to continue to develop this club, to develop the players and the squad. After this, if people are angry or not satisfied, that is not my concern.

"It is not the first time, it will not be the last."

Leicester are 21/20 to beat Wolves this weekend. The visitors are 14/5 to win the King Power Stadium clash, with the draw available at 11/5.

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Personality matters for Emery

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has urged his team to show more personality as they prepare for a stiff test away to London rivals Chelsea at teatime on Saturday.

The Gunners suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City in their opening game of the new season, but Emery felt he saw plenty of reasons to be positive for the challenge ahead.

The Spaniard told reporters: "We are going to play away, but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality, because I think against Manchester City the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes.

"That was a good thing. I want us to continue with this work and to be competitive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively.

"I want us to show more personality in each match to improve. Saturday is a very good (chance) to show our personality, our capacity against a big team like Chelsea and away from home."

Meanwhile, Emery voiced his backing for goalkeeper Petr Cech to continue in the Gunners starting XI, while also admitting that he faces a tricky selection dilemma to fill the left-back berth left vacant by an injury to Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Last season both league meetings of these two sides ended in draws, with the Stamford Bridge clash finishing goalless.

A 0-0 draw on Saturday is priced at 12/1, with a 1-1 final score available at 13/2, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can be backed at 5/4 to score at any time.

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Pellegrini looks for improvement

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to see his side improve on a poor performance in their opening Premier League game of the new season.

The Hammers were thumped 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, with Pellegrini admitting that having made a large number of summer signings means his side are far from settle just yet.

On Saturday afternoon the Irons welcome Bournemouth to the London Stadium and Pellegrini is hoping to see some signs of progress from his side.

The Chilean told reporters: "I was very disappointed with the result. It was the result we deserved and we played against a better team, a solid team, but you expect to play a little bit better.

"Every week is important when you bring so many players in and make so many changes. We have nine new players, so when you make so many (signings), every week you work on your team and every week it can be better.

"I don't think that game changes the way I am thinking. We are just trying to win every game that we play."

Pellegrini also confirmed that he has no new injury problems to contend with, although Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini all remain sidelined.

Last season this fixture ended in a 1-1 draw and the same result on Saturday is available at 6/1, while the hosts are 2/1 to keep a clean sheet and 17/2 to edge a 1-0 victory over the Cherries.

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