EPL fixtures for this weekend.
Chelsea (1) v Norwich (20), 12.30pm – Live on BT Sport
Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner will miss out for Chelsea through injury. Lukaku suffered an ankle injury and Werner a hamstring problem when the Blues thumped Malmo 4-0 in Wednesday’s Champions League clash. Christian Pulisic remains sidelined with a troublesome ankle complaint of his own.
Bottom-of-the-table Norwich will be without on-loan Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour, who is unable to face his parent club. Mathias Normann is fit after being forced off during the closing stages against Brighton with cramps, but Todd Cantwell is not yet in contention after his recent Achilles and ankle problems.
Crystal Palace (14) v Newcastle (19)
Wilfried Zaha will return for Crystal Palace after the Ivory Coast international missed Monday’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal with illness. He was back in training on Wednesday and is set to start against the Magpies. Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson (both Achilles) remain absent.
Newcastle interim boss Graeme Jones will be without midfielder Jonjo Shelvey through suspension following his dismissal against Tottenham. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has stepped up his recovery from a foot problem and returned to training this week, but remains short of full fitness.
Everton (8) v Watford (16)
Everton forward Richarlison is available after missing the last five matches in all competitions due to injury and his return is a welcome boost to manager Rafael Benitez, who expects Dominic Calvert-Lewin to be sidelined for another four or five weeks. Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph have resumed training but Yerry Mina is ruled out after suffering a hamstring injury.
Watford’s Joshua King could return to face his old club after he sat out the 5-0 thrashing against Liverpool with a knee injury. Hornets boss Claudio Ranieri will have to assess Kiko Femenia, who has a hip injury, but the Italian is still without Francisco Sierralta and Christian Kabasele (both hamstring) while Nicolas Nkoulou is building up match fitness.
Leeds (17) v Wolves (10)
Kalvin Phillips will not be rushed back into action by Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa following the midfielder’s recovery from injury. Phillips withdrew from the England squad for their recent World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary after suffering a calf problem in the win over Watford and also missed the 1-0 defeat at Southampton. Luke Ayling, Patrick Bamford, Junior Firpo and Robin Koch also remain sidelined, but Raphinha is available.
Francisco Trincao is in contention for Wolves after he completed his period of self-isolation after contracting Covid-19. The on-loan Barcelona forward returning to training this week and could feature at Leeds, but Willy Boly will not be part of the squad after he picked up an unspecified injury.
Southampton (15) v Burnley (18)
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has a decision to make in attack with Che Adams back from injury to rival Armando Broja for a starting place. Broja impressed alongside Nathan Redmond last week and the on-loan Chelsea forward will hope to keep his place. James Ward-Prowse is back from suspension, with Jack Stephens the only player absent from Hasenhuttl’s squad.
Burnley will check on Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor and Matej Vydra. All three missed last weekend’s defeat by Manchester City — Taylor and Vydra with knocks and Mee after contracting coronavirus. Dale Stephens is back out on the grass as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury but he will need more time.
Brighton (4) v Man City (3), 5.30 – Live on Sky Sports
Brighton defender Adam Webster could be available after missing the Seagulls’ past five games in all competitions as he returned to training this week and is hoping to prove his fitness. Midfielders Yves Bissouma and Enock Mwepu are also in contention having recovered from knocks to be unused substitutes last week but Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Steven Alzate (ankle) are still out.
John Stones, who was not in the squad for the Champions League clash against Club Brugge is available to make the trip while Brazilian duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus — who both linked up with their team-mates in Belgium after missing last weekend’s win over Burnley following periods of isolation, are also available. Ferran Torres is the only absentee as the Spain international continues his recovery from a metatarsal injury.
Brentford (9) v Leicester (11), 2pm
Brentford will be without Yoane Wissa as the DR Congo winger faces a few weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Shandon Baptiste (shoulder) and Vitaly Janelt (thigh) will be assessed after missing the defeat by Chelsea last weekend.
Leicester are without Marc Albrighton for up to three weeks. The winger was on the end of a bad tackle from Aleksandr Lomovitskiy late in the Foxes’ Europa League win at Spartak Moscow. Ayoze Perez is back after illness but Wilfred Ndidi (hamstring) is out while James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (broken leg) remain sidelined.
West Ham (7) v Tottenham (5), 2pm – Live on Sky Sports
Michail Antonio should return for West Ham after being rested for the Hammers’ midweek Europa League win over Belgian side Genk. Right-back Vladimir Coufal looks set to miss out again with a groin problem.
Tottenham have no fresh injuries for the trip across the capital. The team that beat Newcastle last weekend did not travel to Holland for the Europa Conference League defeat to Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday, instead training in London. Matt Doherty and Ryan Sessegnon remain injured and will not be involved.
Man Utd (6) v Liverpool (2), 4.30pm – Live on Sky Sports
Manchester United have injury doubts over Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Marcus Rashford. The trio sustained knocks during the Champions League win over Atalanta on Wednesday and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes they settle down before Sunday. Anthony Martial has built up his fitness after returning unfit from international duty with France and is available, but centre-back Raphael Varane remains absent with a groin injury.
Curtis Jones should be back in contention for Liverpool but fellow midfielder Thiago Alcantara will remain on the sidelines. Jones missed last weekend’s game against Watford and the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid with an injury sustained on England Under-21 duty. Thiago continues to nurse the calf problem that has kept him out for the past month and he may not be fit until after the next international break in November.
Source – Irishtimes