Premier League this weekend: Liverpool face Everton & injury-hit Man Utd take on Sheffield
The Premier League returns after the latest international break which saw several big names pick up injuries. With plenty of matches on Saturday – three available to watch and Sunday’s lone game. Football is back.
Saturday 21 October
Liverpool vs Everton (12:30) Anfield
Andy Roberston will be out of Liverpool’s team with a shoulder injury whilst playing for Scotland on international duty. Kostas Tsimikas is set to deputise.
Cody Gakpo appears to have recovered from his knee issue and Diogo Jota has returned from a one-match ban. Curtis Jones remains suspended.
Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is fit again after sitting out the past few weeks with a heel problem.
But Everton will be without Dele Alli, Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes.
3 pm Saturday matches
AFC Bournemouth vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (15:00)
Brentford vs Burnley (15:00)
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion (15:00)
Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
Nottingham Forest vs Luton Town (15:00)
Chelsea vs Arsenal (17:30) Stamford Bridge
Chelsea’s injury crisis is going from bad to worse with Romeo Lavia, Trevoh Chalobah, and Carney Chukwuemeka not be available this weekend.
There are also doubts over captain Reece James, who was injured in training before the break.
Ben Chilwell and Axel Disasi are injured and Cole Palmer might be able to play a few minutes this weekend, having picked up an injury during international duty.
For Arsenal, Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Martinelli will be hoping to start. Whilst Trossard and Saliba have injury doubts.
Sheffield United vs Manchester United (20:00) Bramall Lane
Sheffield United will be without Chris Basham for a long time after suffering a devastating injury against Fulham. Centre-back John Egan also won’t be involved. But striker Rhian Brewster may make his return from injury.
They are also still without players like Tom Davies, William Osula, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Max Lowe and others who are doubts but could still feature.
For Manchester United, the Red Devils will likely be without Casemiro after he picked up a knock on international duty. Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Lisandro Martinez all remain out injured.
Raphael Varane should make his return here but Jadon Sancho is still not involved.
Sofyan Amrabat is a minor doubt after withdrawing from the Morocco squad with an injury, while Kobbie Mainoo could make the bench. With Tyrell Malacia still out, Man Utd may need Sergio Reguilon to return even if he is not fully fit.
Sunday 22 October
A captivating clash of the Clarets should be in store during Sunday’s solitary Premier League fixture, as Aston Villa welcome West Ham United to the West Midlands.
Aston Villa vs West Ham (16:30) Villa Park
Aston Villa are one of three clubs to be caught up in the Italian football betting scandal, as Nicolo Zaniolo pulled out of the Azzurri squad amid allegations of illegal gambling, but as things stand, he will be available for Sunday’s game.
Villa’s Emiliano Buendia and Tyrone Mings are still out with injury. There is also no update on Jacob Ramsey’s ankle issue.
Alex Moreno suffered a setback in his recovery but there is a small chance he could be fit in time. Lucas Digne is also out.
Emiliano Martinez, Jhon Duran and Leon Bailey are set to be available.
For West Ham, Edson Alvarez and Michail Antonio should participate in Sunday’s game barring any unforeseen fitness setbacks.
There are no long-term injury concerns for the Hammers at the moment but Lukasz Fabianski was not in the squad for the Newcastle game due to a knock and full-backs Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell remain doubtful.