Guardiola cool after derby win

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola refused to get too carried away after seeing his side defeat Manchester United 3-1 to preserve their Premier League lead.

Having seen Liverpool see off Fulham earlier on in the day, Guardiola was delighted to see his players respond with a deserved derby victory at the Etihad Stadium, but was not reading too much into a single result.

He told reporters: "It is November so we haven't even finished the first round (of games). A lot can happen in football.

"City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal – they have numbers to be champions. We are just two points ahead, it is nothing.

"When you win (the league) with 100 points, people can think we’ll maintain our level. The key is the depth (of the squad). Everybody knows they have to maintain their level if they want to stay in the team.

"The important thing is that we are consistent and that we play well most of the time, but I see a lot of things we can improve."

The Citizens are currently two points clear at the top of the table, with Liverpool their closest challengers, while Chelsea are now four points off the pace after drawing 0-0 at home to Everton on Sunday.

City are currently priced at 1/4 to retain their Premier League crown, with Liverpool available at 4/1 and Chelsea 20/1.

Guardiola's side return to action after the international break with a trip to West Ham on Saturday 24th November, with City having won their last five meetings with the Londoners – scoring 18 goals in the process.

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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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Result was Pellegrini’s prority

Manager Manuel Pellegrini felt it was important that West Ham finally got the job done by defeating Burnley 4-2 at the London Stadium.

The Hammers twice relinquished the lead against the Clarets on Saturday, before late goals from Felipe Anderson and Javier Hernandez gave the hosts a much-needed boost after they had taken just one point from their previous three Premier League games.

And Pellegrini admitted that the result was all that really mattered, with the Chilean telling reporters: "We could have scored more goals, but the most important thing is that we won the game.

"If you review all of the other games we have had the same feeling – playing well, creating chances, they create few chances in our box – we have been really unlucky, but we've always trusted in what we are doing."

Meanwhile, forward Marko Arnautovic was pleased to see his side get over the line against the Clarets, having seen a number of changes go begging before they finally secured the victory.

He added: "I think over the 90 minutes we completely dominated the game and we could have scored more, because we created a lot of chances.

"It's not easy when you have so many chances, but you have to stay calm as a forward player and try to finish the game as we did."

West Ham are now priced at 20/1 to be relegated this season, with the Londoners 1/2 to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

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Yarmolenko blow for Hammers

West Ham have been hit by the news key man Andriy Yarmolenko is facing a six-month absence after undergoing Achilles surgery.

The 28-year-old Ukraine international winger, who has scored two goals in 10 games for the Hammers after joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, suffered the injury during Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Tottenham at the London Stadium.

And the Hammers released a statement on Monday evening to confirm the severity of the injury, before confirming that Yarmolenko has "has undergone successful surgery to repair a damaged Achilles tendon".

West Ham's head of medical services Richard Collinge added on the club's website: "Andriy's operation went well and we will now work hard to support him throughout the rehabilitation process.

"His recovery will be planned very carefully and we have every confidence that he will return to full fitness within the scheduled timeframe."

Despite there being no mention of when Yarmolenko could return to action, an Achilles injury usually takes around six months to recover from so he is likely to return for the final month of the Premier League season.

Manuel Pellegrini's side travel to Leicester on Saturday evening in their first game without Yarmolenko and they are 5/2 to pick up a win. The Foxes are priced at 11/10 and the draw is 23/10.

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Yarmolenko suffers injury woe

Manuel Pellegrini is unsure how seriously Andriy Yarmolenko is injured after the West Ham star had to be substituted during the 1-0 loss to Spurs.

The winger suffered what appeared to be an ankle problem in the first half of the London derby which the visitors won thanks to Erik Lamela's 44th-minute header.

Pellegrini said: "We'll see on Sunday after the medical examination how Andriy is. It is probably something with his ankle and we'll see what kind of injury it is.

"It's a pity because we have four midfield players at this moment with long injuries – [Manuel] Lanzini, [Jack] Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez and now we are going to have Yarmolenko."

Meanwhile, Pellegrini thought his Hammers team deserved at least a draw from the game as Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made several superb saves, particularly to deny Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.

The Chilean added: "I think everyone who watched the game will have the same opinion, that we deserved something from it.

"It was a very close game in the first half with both teams playing well and the second half was completely us. We created chances but we didn't score.

"Lloris made two or three very important saves. That's his job and that's why he is the goalkeeper of Tottenham. I'm very proud of the team, that is the way we need to play and the way we must continue playing.

"Nobody is happy with the result, but everyone values the way we are playing."

West Ham are 23/10 to win their next Premier League match against Leicester City and 12/1 to edge it 2-1.

Injuries clearing up for Poch

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is pleased to have a number of key players either back in contention or close to a return to action for this weekend.

Spurs make the short journey to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Saturday and will have fit-again midfield duo Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele among their number.

England schemer Dele Alli and left-back Danny rose are not quite ready to join in, but Pochettino hopes to see them back in the fold in the very near future.

He told reporters: "The international break was a good time for us. We recovered a number of players like Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele.

"Christian is ready again to compete and to play. We will decide on Saturday if he will play from the beginning or from the bench.

"Still maybe one more week or ten days for Dele Alli and Danny Rose is the same, one week. The most important thing is that we have started to recover players.

"There are tough months to come, a lot of games ahead and it is important we have nearly all the squad fit to compete and to play. It is important to have everyone fit to keep the level we want."

Spurs will be hoping to make it four consecutive Premier League wins on Saturday, having won this fixture 3-2 last season thanks to two goals from Harry Kane and one from Eriksen.

The Whites are 4/5 to take all three points on Saturday, with Kane 8/11 to score at any time, while the visitors are 2/1 to keep a clean sheet.

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Points the focus for Pellegrini

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has challenged his side to pick up points as quickly as possible in a bid to move away from a potential Premier League relegation dogfight.

The Hammers have secured seven points from eight games played so far this season, a return which has left Pellegrini disappointed and hoping for better in the near future.

However, next up is a tough-looking capital derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but Pellegrini remains staunchly upbeat in his outlook.

He told reporters: "We know it's important to try and recover points as quickly as we can. We have played eight games and perhaps we don't have the points we wanted or deserved – now we have a chance to add more.

"I think we were very unlucky not to take something from Brighton, but if you don't score the chances you have you normally lose the game. We hope to improve that this weekend."

Pellegrini also confirmed that he expects forward Marko Arnautovic to be fit to feature against Spurs, as the Austria international continues to manage a knee problem.

"Marko is okay. When he returned from the internationals he worked with the squad without any problems," Pellegrini added.

Arnautovic is 7/4 to score at any time against Tottenham, with the Irons 16/5 to win the game at the London Stadium and 14/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline.

Finally, Pellegrini played down talk of a move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, with whom he has previously worked at Manchester City.

The Chilean concluded: "You can talk about five, six or seven players that are linked with us. I know him well, but we are not thinking about that at the moment."

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Ryan keen on repeat performance

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mat Ryan is hoping to see his side build on a first Premier League clean sheet of the season when they take on Newcastle United.

The Seagulls secured a 1-0 home win over West Ham just before the international break, blanking the opposition team for the first time in eight league outings so far this season.

And Australia international Ryan is keen to mastermind a repeat performance against the Magpies at St James' Park on Saturday.

He told his club's official website: "It had been a long time coming. We had some tough fixtures and it was good to finally get that clean sheet, but the progress was there leading up to it.

"You saw that from our defensively-disciplined display against Manchester City. They hit us on two counter-attacks where we weren't able to get the defensive block set and in place.

"A team like Manchester City is able to punish you, but we rolled that on to the following week against West Ham, where we were able to stay strong and they weren't able to break us down.

"If you don't concede, you're halfway towards winning the game. The worst possible scenario is a draw."

Albion kept two clean sheets against Newcastle last season, with the meeting of the two sides on Tyneside ending in a goalless draw.

Brighton can be backed at 5/2 to take all three points on Saturday and are 12/5 to keep a clean sheet, with the hosts 6/1 to edge a 1-0 victory.

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Spurs confirm Vertonghen absence

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that defender Jan Vertonghen is facing around another two months on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury.

The 31-year-old Belgium international has not featured for Spurs since the 2-0 Premier League victory at Huddersfield town at the end of September and is not expected to return before December.

A statement from Spurs confirmed: "Jan sustained a hamstring injury against Huddersfield Town on 29th September, which has been monitored closely over the past 12 days.

"Further investigation has shown a good initial response to rehabilitation. He will now continue his recovery with a view to returning to full training by December."

Vertonghen moved to Tottenham in the summer of 2012 from Ajax and has since racked up nearly 250 appearances in all competitions for the Londoners, while he was also a member of the Belgium squad who reached the semi-finals of World Cup 2018.

And Vertonghen has been given the backing of club and international team-mate Toby Alderweireld, who is confident that his colleague will come back stronger from his latest setback.

He told Sky Sports: "He is devastated he can't play but will try to come back as quickly as possible.

"If you're injured it's always mentally hard, but he will get through this and become stronger."

Spurs are back in action following the international break when they make the short trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Saturday October 20th.

They can be backed at 4/5 to defeat the Hammers, with the draw priced at 13/5, while Tottenham are 4/6 to finish the season in the top four in the Premier League.

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Pellegrini frustrated by defeat

Manuel Pellegrini urged his West Ham side to continue improving after what he felt was an undeserved 1-0 Premier League defeat at Brighton on Friday evening.

A Glenn Murray proved to be the difference between the two sides at the AMEX Stadium, with the Irons paying the penalty for failing to take several clear chances in the second half.

That left Pellegrini disappointed with a result which ended a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

He told Sky Sports: "I am frustrated because I think we do the things to win the game.

"We had three clear chances to score and didn't. They had one chance in the first half and then defended. We deserved more.

"We didn't play a bad game, we were better than Brighton, but with eight games played we don't have too many points. We must continue improving."

Meanwhile, Hammers skipper Mark Noble admitted that his side need to be more clinical in front of goal to avoid further problems down the line.

He added: "We've had a great couple of weeks and in spells we played like we can play and we should definitely have scored at least one, but to be fair to Brighton they defended really well and we couldn't break them down.

"If you don't score goals you lose games and that's what happened to us here."

West Ham are now priced at 8/1 to be relegated this season, while they are available at 2/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table.

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