Premier League Preview: Fulham v West Brom

The Cottagers find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from six games, with rivals West Brom only faring slightly better with three points on the board

Fulham boss Scott Parker has confirmed no new injury worries ahead of this game with Kenny Tete, Josh Onomah and Neeskens Kebano all ruled out.

Aboubakar Kamara will also miss out through suspension but Harrison Reed and Joe Bryan should both be in line to return.

For the Baggies, Slaven Bilic is still without Hal Robson-Kanu, as the Welsh international continues his recovery from a broken arm, but Irish defender Dara O’Shea is back fit to return.

The Croatian boss was pleased with their draw against Brighton last time out, but he could look to recall Callum Robinson and Kyle Bartley in West London.

And it will be a 5.30pm kick off on Monday night at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool seal late 2-1 Premier League Anfield win over West Ham

Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled for large parts against the Hammers but on form Diogo Jota’s late goal secured a crucial three points.

David Moyes’ side started slowly at Anfield but the visitors were gifted an opening goal inside the first ten minutes.

Joe Gomez made a complete mess of Arthur Masuaku’s cross into the box and Pablo Fornals reacted quickly to lash an effort past Alisson.

Liverpool did look to launch a response before the break with Trent Alexander-Arnold almost catching out Lukasz Fabianksi and Andy Robertson firing over.

But just as West Ham were gifted an opening goal, Liverpool were given a massive helping hand for their equaliser just before the break.

Masuaku tangled with Mo Salah inside the box and despite any contact appearing minimal, referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot, and the Egyptian tucked home.

The Reds looked to take up the initiative after the break as Klopp threw on Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Those changes tipped the balance for hosts as Jota bravely converted Sadio Mane’s saved shot.

But Friend was to frustrate Liverpool this time as he ruled it out for offside against Mane.

However, Jota was not to be denied another goal in his impressive start to life at Liverpool as gambled on Shaqiri’s clever chip to fire home.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 2 West Ham 1

Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Brighton

Mourinho has promised big changes to his team following that loss in Belgium with up to six new faces in line to start against the Seagulls.

Toby Alderweireld and Matt Doherty are certain to return in defence with Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also pushing for a starting place.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min started on the bench against Antwerp and Spurs’ in form duo will be looking to continue their impressive recent form.

Brighton on the other hand are wildly out of form with Graham Potter’s side without a win in their last five matches.

And Potter has no new updates on the injury front with Alireza Jahanbaksh and Davy Propper still sidelined and skipper Lewis Dunk still suspended.

Kick off is a late one tomorrow night with a 7.15pm start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Chelsea outclass Burnley in 3-0 Premier League win at Turf Moor

The Blues have lost just once this season but goals from Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner mean they end a run of draws as Burnley’s struggles continue.

The Clarets were the brighter of the two sides in the opening stages as Ashley Barnes wasted a brilliant early chance.

But that proved to be a brief flicker of positivity for Sean Dyche’s team as Nick Pope was quickly called into action to deny Tammy Abraham.

And with the Blues upping the pressure on Dyche’s out of form side, Ziyech netted his first Premier League goal on 27 minutes.

Abraham’s neat pass found him in space inside the box and his deflected strike flew past Pope.

Despite Burnley showing some signs of life after the break their lack of cutting edge meant Chelsea were able to wrestle back control.

But despite Burnley working hard to plug the gaps as Chelsea poured forward, a simple corner found Zouma in space at the back post and he powered a header past Pope.

That goal drained the life from Burnley as a ruthless Chelsea counter attack exposed them for a third goal.

Reece James’ ball forward released Ziyech and he played in Werner to fire home.

Chelsea created chances for a fourth in the final minutes but in the end, it was to be three goals and three points for Lampard.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 0 Chelsea 3

Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Arsenal

Clashes between these two sides are etched into the history of the Premier League.

But with both teams slipping in recent years the fixture may have lost some of its title race importance but none of its edge.

United responded to their 6-1 defeat to Tottenham with some impressive form and head into this one on the back of a four-game unbeaten run.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat RB Salzburg 5-0 in midweek and the Norwegian is only expected to make limited changes.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford should come back in with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial dropping out.

Arsenal have lost their last two in the league going into this one and Mikel Arteta is expected to ring the changes.

A thigh injury picked up against Dundalk in midweek looks set to rule out David Luiz with Shokdran Mustafi set to fill in.

Whilst Nicolas Pepe also looks set to start for the Spaniard after he netted a spectacular goal against the Irish club in midweek, with Eddie Nketiah and Willian also pushing for a return.

Kick off is set for 4.30pm tomorrow at Old Trafford.

Manchester City edge out 1-0 Premier League win at Sheffield United

City were far from their ruthless best against Chris Wilder’s team, but a first half strike from former Blade Kyle Walker secured a vital three points.

The visitors bossed the game in the early stages in awful conditions in Sheffield with Ferran Torres and Rodri bringing the best out of Aaron Ramsdale.

And with the traffic all heading in one direction in West Yorkshire, City edged themselves in front on 28 minutes.

Walker found himself in acres of space outside the box, after United failed to properly clear their lines, and the England international took his time and bulleted an effort past Ramsdale.

City did look to step on the gas after the break, but Ramsdale showed again why he is so highly rated by Wilder with an excellent stop from Riyad Mahrez.

And with City unable to put the game to bed they left the door open for the home side in the closing minutes.

But Wilder and his players were unable to take advantage as the Blades remain winless this season.

Full Time at Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 0 Manchester City 1

Impressive Wolves secure 2-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace

Nuno Santo’s side moved up to third in the table as first half goals from debutant Rayan Ait-Nouri and Daniel Podence secured the three points.

Wolves dominated right from kick off in this one as Leander Dendoncker struck a post and the lively Podence forced a save from Vicente Guaita.

And with wave after wave of pressure from Wolves it was only a matter of time before they broke through.
Podence’s ball from the right wasn’t cleared by Palace and Ait-Nouri fired home a precise finish.

Palace were unable to react to that setback as Wolves poured forward again.

This time it was Pedro Neto who escaped down the right and Podence raced into the box to finish off a flowing move.

Roy Hodgson failed to rouse a response from his team in the break and Wolves could and should have extended their lead.

Raul Jimenez tested Guaita from distance before making a reaction stop from Adama Traore.

Palace’s misery was compounded in the final minutes as Luka Milivojevic was sent off but for Wolves, they look firmly back in the groove.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 2 Crystal Palace 0

Premier League: Aston Villa vs Southampton

A perfect start was emphatically ended by Marcelo Bielsa’s side last week, but Dean Smith’s team still find themselves third in the table and could end the weekend top of the pile if other results go their way.

The Villa manager has called for a response from his troops, who have no new injury worries to deal with ahead of the visit of Southampton. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is close to returning to action, but wasn’t ready to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier this week. He’s expected to play for the under-23’s in the coming weeks as he returns from a long-term knee injury.

Brazilian striker Wesley is still missing, but could step up his return after the international break, while Kortney Hause is expected to miss out again with a groin injury.

Southampton might be tempted to keep the same XI that beat Everton last weekend, although they do have Theo Walcott available again after missing the game against his parent club.

Will Smallbone is still out with a hamstring injury, and despite training this week, Moussa Djenepo will also miss the game. New signing Mohamed Salisu is also out, but is closing in on a debut in the coming weeks.

Aston Villa take on Southampton on Sunday, November 1st. Kick off is at 12pm.

Premier League: Newcastle vs Everton

Everton were humbled by Southampton on the south coast last weekend, and will travel to the North East without defender Lucas Digne, who was sent off for a tackle on Kyle Walker-Peters. The Frenchman was initially banned for three games, but has since saw his punishment reduced to one game on appeal. Richarlison is also suspended, as he serves the second of a three-match ban for a red card received in the Merseyside derby.

That could mean a first Premier League start for Niels Nkounkou at left-back, after catching the eye in Everton’s Carabao Cup campaign earlier this season, while Alex Iwobi is likely to deputise for the Brazilian.

The Toffees should also be able to rely on James Rodriguez, who made it through 90 minutes against Southampton despite being a doubt before the game with a knock, but captain Seamus Coleman is missing with a hamstring injury, meaning Ben Godfrey could continue at right-back. Mason Holgate is also out with a toe injury.

Newcastle could be boosted by the return of Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark to the squad, with both defenders closing in on full fitness after long-term injuries. Jonjo Shelvey is out after undergoing hernia surgery, but Isaac Hayden could return to midfield after being benched as a precaution in the draw with Wolves. Captain Jamaal Lascelles is a major doubt with a foot injury suffered at Molineux, so Fabian Schar could play alongside Federico Fernandez at the back.

Ryan Fraser started that game in an unfamiliar centre midfield role, but with Sean and Matty Longstaff also close to full fitness, could miss out. After an impressive game at right wing-back last week, Jacob Murphy could continue for the Magpies if they choose to field a back five again.

Newcastle take on Everton at St James’ Park on Sunday, November 1st. Kick off is at 2pm.

Premier League: Liverpool v West Ham

The current Champions currently lie in second behind cross-city rivals Everton, with only goal difference separating the two sides who are level on points.

It has certainly been an eventful month for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who began October with a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa before a last gasp winner in the Merseyside Derby with Everton was chalked off by VAR.

To further compound the struggle, talismanic defender Virgil van Dijk was left with a serious knee injury that required surgery during the derby and is expected to spend months out of the side.

Still, the sign of a top side is how they fight through adversity, and despite Liverpool’s setbacks, they have easily been the most consistent of the ‘top 6’ Premier League sides so far this season.

For opponents West Ham, they appear to have discovered a new swagger and banished last season’s woes which saw them flirt close to relegation.

With emphatic wins over Wolves and Leicester – both contenders for a Europa League berth this season – the Hammers then snatched the most unlikely of draws against Tottenham after being 3-0 down, with a late second-half flurry securing them a point.

Furthermore, Manchester City also struggled to pierce West Ham’s will as they too could only settle for a point against David Moyes’ men.

Recent form then will surely give the London club an added air of confidence against Liverpool, who will not only be missing Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but could also be without makeshift centre half Fabinho due to a thigh injury.

The Reds are awaiting the results of a scan on a hamstring issue but it looks increasingly unlikely he will play any part against West Ham. Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara are also both suffering with knocks and are rated 50-50 to play.

The Hammers have no such injury woes, with David Moyes having a near fully fit squad to choose from – only Michail Antonio is a doubt with a tight hamstring.

A win for Liverpool over West Ham will put them top – at least until Sunday when Everton and Aston Villa are both in action.

Victory for West Ham could take them into the top 4 if they win at Anfield – kick off is at 17.30 on Saturday 31st October.

Premier League: Burnley v Chelsea

It’s been an interesting week for the Clarets off the pitch as reports of potential new investment in the club have surfaced.

It’s not the first time in recent months that rumoured interest of a takeover has come to light. However, attentions must divert to action on the pitch as Chelsea are the visitors this weekend.

Frank Lampard’s side head into the game at Turf Moor off the back of a 0-4 Champions League victory in Russia, where Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic were among the goals against FC Krasnodar.

Despite the impressive win, 2000 miles is a long way to travel home for any side – and the Blues face a tough challenge in Burnley despite the Clarets’ current league position.

Sean Dyche’s side are placed in the relegation zone, second-bottom with just a single point from their opening 5 top flight matches.

Chelsea meanwhile, despite their exploits in Europe, will be disappointed with their Premier League start – currently perched in 10th position after 6 games.

The Blues big summer spend has yet to really bear fruit for them in the league, but Frank Lampard has said he is ‘very, very pleased’ with his players.

Maligned goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been displaced by new recruit Edouard Mendy, but the Spaniard isn’t expected to feature in the Chelsea squad at Turf Moor due to a shoulder injury.

That is likely to see Willy Caballero settle for a place on the bench, or perhaps we could even see a remarkable return to the Chelsea fold for the retired Petr Cech, who was named in Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad earlier this month.

For Burnley, a return to the side from injury for James Tarkowski has seen things tighten up at the back, and the Clarets were arguably unlucky to lose to Tottenham last time out.

However, Sean Dyche will still be without fellow defender Ben Mee, who has now spent almost 18 weeks on the sidelines.

Jack Cork also remains absent with a foot injury, whilst Phil Bardsley is awaiting the latest results of a coronavirus test. Erik Pieters is rated touch-and-go to play against Chelsea with a knock.

Burnley host Chelsea at Turf Moor in the Premier League, with kick off 3pm on Saturday 31st October.

Premier League: Sheffield United v Manchester City

City head in to the encounter off the back of a 0-3 Champions League victory at Marseille, with Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres the scorers in the south of France.

New signing Torres was deployed up front by manager Pep Guardiola in the absence of strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, who both have knocks.

We could see Guardiola use the same tactic again against Sheffield United on Saturday, as 17-year-old Liam Delap would be the club’s only fit first-team striker should Jesus not recover from a thigh injury in time.

In fact, Manchester City still have a number of injuries to contend with, including the 6-week absence of Fernandinho and knocks for Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy, as well as Aguero.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has fitness issues of his own, with some key players on the sidelines.

John Fleck, Jack O’Connell and Lys Mousset all remain absent, but Max Lowe will return to the matchday squad after recovering from a concussion.

It has been a dreadful start to the season for the Blades, who currently sit second bottom of the table having accrued just one point from their opening 6 games – and that was a 1-1 draw with bottom side Fulham at Bramall Lane.

But it is the fearsome Manchester City who they welcome to Yorkshire this time around, and although depleted, Guardiola’s side will pose a difficult test.

However, last season we saw the Blades come to life in these sorts of games – Chris Wilder will be hoping that first 3 points of the season comes sooner rather than later, regardless of the opposition.

Sheffield United v Manchester City in the Premier League is a 1230 kick off on Saturday 31st October.