Premier League news live updates and soccer latest: Barcelona latest as they eye Xavi plus more from Women’s Euros draw

Premier League news live updates and soccer latest: Barcelona latest as they eye Xavi plus more from Women’s Euros draw

October 28, 2021 at 1:43 PM EDT

Xavi on Barcelona rumours

Me, my dog, and my grandma know that Xavi is the frontrunner for the Barcelona job. However, the Al Sadd manager is keeping his cards close to his chest.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s match against Al Ahli in the Qatar Stars League: “I am currently focused on my work with Al Sadd, and I cannot talk about anything else.”

Al Sadd are currently undefeated and top the table. Why not turn down Barca for the chance to create Qatar’s own invincibles?

(Photo: Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 1:32 PM EDT

West Ham fan? Fancy some evening listening?

The Totally Football Show is the place to go.

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 1:26 PM EDT

Christian Pulisic back in training

Christian Pulisic back in training

Good news for the Blues. Pulisic, who has been out since the international break in early September, is back in training. It’s excellent timing too, considering the injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante were also all involved.

(Photo: Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC)

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 1:19 PM EDT

Good news for Brentford

Some good news for Brentford ahead of their game against Burnley.

According to Thomas Frank, there is a “good chance” that both Bryan Mbeumo and Ethan Pinnock, who were both substituted off injured against Leicester last weekend, will be available.

There’s also an update from The Athletic’s Jay Harris on the goalkeeper situation after David Raya’s serious knee injury.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 1:13 PM EDT

Some Premier League injury updates

Well, wasn’t that draw enjoyable!

But the Premier League has been marching relentlessly on, and there have been several press conferences today ahead of the weekend’s matches. Here’s a quick injury round-up.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 1:03 PM EDT

Confidence from Cox

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 1:02 PM EDT

Feel like you want a recap?

Feel like you want a recap?

More from Luke Bosher, including analysis of England’s group, here.

(Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:55 PM EDT

More tickets out soon!

From ex-Athletic women’s football correspondent Kieran Theivam…

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:54 PM EDT

Quarter-final to be tough for England

Their group might not be the most difficult in the competition, but the quarter-final could be.

England will play a team from Group B should they qualify for the knockouts – which will mean facing a survivor from the group of death. Germany? Spain? Pick your poison.

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:50 PM EDT

England’s path through the pool

Just a reminder, it will be Austria as the tournament opener, followed by the likely group decider against Norway, before the group stages come to a close against neighbours Northern Ireland.

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:46 PM EDT

That’s the festivities over!

That's the festivities over!

Ella Henderson brings the ceremony to a close. To recap –

  • England to face Norway, Austria, and Northern Ireland
  • Group B is the group of death
  • Group C and D both very open

(Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:43 PM EDT

Group B, get the popcorn out

Group B, get the popcorn out

The fourth team in Group B, Finland, went undefeated throughout qualifying. Joining Germany, Spain, and Denmark, they’ll have a tough task if they’re to keep their unbeaten record.

(Photo: Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:41 PM EDT

European Championship Groups

Group A: England, Norway, Austria, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Spain, Denmark, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:39 PM EDT

Northern Ireland vs England!

Defcon 3, Defcon 3. That match in Southampton on the 15th July is going to be fun.

England won 4-0 against them this Saturday.

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Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:38 PM EDT

Pot 3 results

And just like that, we’re almost done!

Group A: England, Norway, Austria

Group B: Germany, Spain, Denmark

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:37 PM EDT

Group of death taking shape

Germany, Spain, Denmark. Oof.

Denmark, ranked seventh in the world, reached the final of the last tournament.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:36 PM EDT

Austria in Group A!

Austria will join England and Norway in Group A. Sarina Wiegman won’t be displeased with that.

And that’ll be the opening game of the tournament at Old Trafford!

A dress rehearsal will take place at the Stadium of Light later this year as part of World Cup qualifying.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:34 PM EDT

Pot 2 Results

So, this is what we’ve been left with.

Group A: England, Norway

Group B: Germany, Spain

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden

Group D: France, Italy

Group B is looking tasty. We’re halfway through in less time than Ellie Goulding’s set.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:33 PM EDT

Germany vs Spain

Germany to face the dangerous Spaniards! There’s been some classic matches between those sides…

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

October 28, 2021 at 12:33 PM EDT

Norway to face England!

Norway to face England!

They’ll be England’s second pool game.

(Photo: Richard Juilliart – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

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