West London giants Chelsea have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.
Chelsea host Brighton at Stamford Bridge in a week seven clash.
Ahead of the Brighton game, Frank Lampard confirmed that the duo of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are in the squad.
Lampard confirmed this during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James both made a return from injury for the Carabao Cup clash in midweek.
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The two players were on target as Chelsea thrashed English League Two side Grimsby Town 7-1 in their Carabao Cup third round clash.
Callum Hudson-Odoi played his first game of the season for Chelsea after recovering from a serious Achilles injury.
He suffered the injury at the end of last season.
On his part, right-back Reece James also played his first game of the season after recovering from the injury that he sustained while he was on duty with England’s junior team this summer.
Frank Lampard led Chelsea to only his first win at home since he was appointed the Blues manager in the summer and he would be targeting a second straight win ahead of the Brighton game.
Brighton considering Arsenal midfielder swoop
Brighton are reported to be considering Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles for a possible transfer in this summer transfer window.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles was a part of the manager Mikel Arteta team in the just-concluded season but was not a regular because of the options available in his position.
He is, therefore, reported to be considering a move away from the North London outfit to secure more playing time elsewhere, a development that has alerted the South Coast club and they are now considering his option.
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Despite his claim to seek regular playing time, it is unclear if the Spanish manager will let go of the former England u-21 midfielder because he has been pencilled down as part of the club’s future.
Brighton have been showing great ambition in this summer transfer window and wants to get a share from the Gunners. They are already on the verge of signing Adam Lallana on a free transfer from current Premier League champions and also moving for Dutch defender Joel Veltman.
Despite not being a regular at the Emirates Stadium, it is believed that the Gunners will not let Ainsley Maitland-Niles leave the club for a cheap fee because of his prospect of succeeding in the game.
EPL: Manchester United And Rivals Chase Shock Move For Brighton Defender
Manchester United compete for the signature of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White with three of their rivals.
Ben White has been in sensational form for English Championship leaders Leeds United being on loan from Brighton in the Premier League.
The Sun revealed that Manchester United are potentially facing a four-day battle with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City also involved.
Manchester United broke the defenders’ transfer record to sign English centre back Harry Maguire last summer in a deal said to be worth £80m and he has been a success story at the club.
Harry Maguire has been elevated to the skippers’ position at Manchester United following the exit of Ashley Young to Inter Milan during the January transfer window.
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For the better part of the season, Victor Lindelof has been the centre back pairing for Harry Maguire at the heart of the Red Devils’ defence but the Swedish international has been found wanting on some occasions, and the club could be keen to sign a proper partner for the former Leicester City defender.
For Tottenham Hotspur, manager Jose Mourinho is keen to reconstruct his defence ahead of next season. His team has been porous defensively.
Jose Mourinho has employed the services of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertoghen, Japheth Tanganga and Davidson Sanchez in the centre back positions. RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano has also been linked with the position at Spurs.
Just like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal are also in the market for a centre back and they are also interested in the aforementioned Dayot Upamecano.
The Gunners tried to sign Dayot Upamecano last summer but they were unable to pull it off. It is expected that they will try to sign him again this summer.
Graham Potter Provides Transfer Update On Lewis Dunk
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has given a transfer update on his skipper Lewis Dunk who has been linked with Chelsea this month.
The center-back position is one of the let areas targeted by Chelsea for reinforcement and Brighton captain Lewis Dunk is a major transfer target for them.
Chelsea are active in the transfer window after their embargo was lifted by CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports).
The Blues were slapped with a two-window transfer ban by FIFA for violating the rules of signing players under the age of 18.
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Chelsea had an appeal rejected by FIFA before they took the case to CAS who delivered a ruling on the matter at the start of last month.
The Blues had the transfer ban halved by CAS and that freed them up for transfers this month having served the first transfer window ban last summer.
Chelsea fans are restless with the lack of transfer activity despite the lifting of the aforementioned transfer embargo.
On transfer target Lewis Dunk, Brighton boss Graham Potter is relaxed amidst the links with Chelsea.
According to him, the 28-year-old defender has a long-term contract at the Amex Stadium and that the player is very important to his team.
How Liverpool Equal Record League Unbeaten Run vs Brighton
Reigning European champions Liverpool have equaled their unbeaten run in the league after the win over Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this weekend.
Liverpool had the opportunity to equal their record league unbeaten run of 31 games against Brighton and they were able to achieve that target with the 2-1 home win over the Seagulls.
The Premier League leaders scored two goals in the first through a pair of headers from center-back Virgil Van Dijk who profited from two excellent deliveries off the boot of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool were crushing to victory until the moment of madness from goalkeeper Alisson Becker who stopped a goalscoring opportunity with his hands outside the box.
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The Brazilian international shot-stopper received his marching orders as a result and Liverpool had to sub off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his deputy Adrian.
Brighton scored from the resulting freekick after skipper Lewis Dunk caught out the substitute goalkeeper.
Liverpool eventually held on for the nervy win to open an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Reds have 40 points from the 14 league games played this season, while defending champions and nearest challengers Manchester City are on 29 points.
Leicester City are also on 29 points but are in third place due to inferior goal difference but they can close the gap on Liverpool to eight points with a win over Everton later this weekend.
EPL: Liverpool Handed Major Injury Blow Ahead Of Brighton Match
Merseyside giants Liverpool have been handed a big injury blow ahead of their league game with Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
This is due to the injury news on star midfielder Fabinho as provided by the Reds.
Brazilian international Fabinho has been ruled out of action till the New Year as a result of the ankle ligaments damage suffered in midweek.
Fabinho went off during the first half of the Champions League game with Italian giants Napoli at home on Wednesday night as the Reds were made to wait for qualification to the next stage.
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Liverpool came from behind to record a 1-1 draw with Napoli in their Group E clash thereby taking the race for qualification to the last day.
Fabinho has grown to be one of the first names on the teamsheet since his big money move from French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco last summer and he’ll miss the Brighton game at home on Saturday as well as the other games in the league, Carabao Cup, Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talked about the injury setback during his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon and was bullish about the fact that they can survive the upcoming games without their midfield anchor.
Man United To Rival Liverpool For This Defender
Manchester United face a big hurdle to sign Leeds United defender Ben White in the form of arch rivals Liverpool with the two clubs interested in signing the player.
According to The Athletic, the two clubs will go head-to-head for the right to sign the Brighton loanee.
Ben White is on loan at Leeds United from Brighton and Hove Albion and he has been one of the best players for the former Champions League semifinalists.
The 22-year-old centre back has made 16 league appearances for Leeds United in the English Championship this season as the Elland Road outfit plot a return to the Premier League next season.
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Leeds United came close to gaining promotion to the Premier League last season before they were stopped by Derby County in the semifinal of the playoffs.
Ben White has made 18 appearances for Leeds United in all competitions this term with the other two games coming in the Carabao Cup.
Manchester United appears to be the more likely of the two teams to sign him if he wants to leave Brighton and Hove Albion permanently.
Liverpool have a lot of quality centre backs like Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez.
At Manchester United, summer signing Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are the only quality centre backs at the club.
Man Utd Midfielder Singled Out For Praise After Brighton Win
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has singled out midfielder Fred after the victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in their Premier League clash at the weekend.
Former champions Manchester United returned to winning ways on the Premier League stage with the 3-1 victory over the Seagulls at the Theatre of Dreams.
In his post-match reaction to the game, Solskjaer singled out Fred for praise as he said that the Brazilian international was the catalyst for the win.
Fred has been one of the best Manchester United players in recent games as the former Shakthar Donetsk player has benefited from the absence of Paul Pogba due to injury.
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Frenchman Pogba is still working his way back to fitness from an ankle injury.
The Manchester United midfielder has been battling with an ankle injury but there’s light at the end of the tunnel as he’s expected to return to action before the end of this month.
For now, Fred has done well in his absence including his man-of-the-match performance against Brighton.
Andreas Pereira, Davy Propper’s own goal and Marcus Rashford got the goals for the Red Devils, while Brighton skipper Lewis Dunk scored the consolation for his team at the Theatre of Dreams.
Premier League: Probable Man Utd XI vs Brighton
Manchester United produced one of their best performances this season following the dominant win over Partizan Belgrade FC of Serbia in the Europa League.
The Red Devils booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with an emphatic 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade courtesy the goals from Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has led his team to four victories from the last five games in all competitions and he would be hoping that the Red Devils continue their good form when they face Brighton and Hove Albion at home.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested some of his players for the Partizan Belgrade with the likes of David De Gea and Daniel James rested for the game against the Serbians in the Europa League.
The Norwegian tactician has led the Red Devils to 10th spot on the Premier League table after four defeats from the first 11 games.
Solskjaer would be hoping that his team can bounce back from the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth in the last league game.
Probable Manchester United XI vs Brighton: David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young; Scott McTominay, Fred, Andreas Pereira; Daniel James, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.