Matchday 25 Premier League Preview: Overview – Kick-off Times & Team news
Matchday 25: Schedule and Fixtures
|Fulham||Sa 21:00||Sheffield Utd|
|West Ham||Su 13:00||Tottenham|
|Aston Villa||Su 15:00||Leicester|
|Arsenal||Su 17:30||M. City|
|M. United||Su 20:00||Newcastle|
|Brighton||Mo 21:00||Crystal Palace|
Wolves vs. Leeds 19 February, 2021
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Wolves will again be without the services of Daniel Podence, Willy Boly and Jimenez for Friday's contest, but the home side are otherwise in good shape in terms of absentees.
There is a strong chance that Nuno could decide to select the same XI that took to the field against Southampton, with Adama Traore and Neto again supporting recent arrival Willian Jose.
Fabio Silva and Fernando Marcal are both pushing for spots in the side, but Nuno is unlikely to shuffle his pack considering the result against Southampton, which made it three league games unbeaten.
Leeds, meanwhile, will again definitely be without Diego Llorente, Gaetano Berardi, Rodrigo Moreno, Adam Forshaw, Ian Poveda and Robin Koch through injury.
Mateusz Klich should overcome a hip issue to feature in the middle of the park, but Kalvin Phillips remains a doubt due to a calf problem, with the Englishman needing to be assessed ahead of kickoff.
The injury situation at Elland Road means that Bielsa's options for change are limited, and there are not expected to be any major surprises in the XI, with Jack Harrison and Raphinha again likely to support Bamford, while Jamie Shackleton and Struijk should also retain their positions, cites sportsmole.
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Willian Jose, Neto
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Shackleton, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski; Raphinha, Dallas, Struijk, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.
Southampton vs Chelsea 20 February, 2021
Southampton are currently sitting on 13 in the league table after suffering a home defeat in their last match against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC where Pedro Neto scored the winning goal for the Wolves in about 66th minute. A win against Wolves would have lifted them to 11th in league table but saints have a game in hand to climb above wolves & Leeds as they both sit above them in League table.
However, a turn of events in favor of Southampton looks a like very ambitious as they are currently on a worse form with zero wins from their last 5 league games. Ralph Hasenhüttl will be hoping to put an end to this winless run against an in-form Chelsea on coming Saturday at St Mary’s Stadium, according to alleysport.
West Bromwich Albion vs Burnley 20 February, 2021
Kenneth Zohore and Hal Robson-Kanu continue to be sidelined for West Brom. Callum Robinson is likely to miss out as well due to coronavirus guidelines. The likes of Ivanovic, Grosicki and Krovinovic has returned to the fray and are available for selection.
Injuries: Kenneth Zohore, Hal Robson-Kanu Callum Robinson
Doubtful: Callum Robinson
Burnley have quite a long list of casualties. Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Matt Lowton are all sidelined through injury. Kevin Long, Johan Gundmundsson and Jay Rodriguez are all doubts.
Injuries: Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Matt Lowton
Doubtful: Kevin Long, Johan Gundmundsson and Jay Rodriguez
Everton vs Liverpool 20 February, 2021
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Midfielder Jean-Phillippe Gbamin and striker Cenk Tosun have long-term injuries. Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny, too, are unlikely to feature in this game.
Ancelotti has only one real concern, with Yerry Mina having picked up a thigh injury, while on international duty with Colombia. He is now doubtful for the derby. If Mina is not fit enough to start, then it is likely that new signing Ben Godfrey could make his Everton debut, after moving from Norwich City on deadline day.
Injured: Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny, Cenk Tosun, Jean-Phillippe Gbamin
Doubtful: Yerry Mina
Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, while Joel Matip is also back in training after missing more than a month due to a thigh problem.
Alisson Becker, though, is ruled out with a shoulder injury, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to take a few more weeks to recover from a knee problem.
The Reds will also welcome skipper Jordan Henderson back to their starting XI, after he proved his fitness by playing a part in England's UEFA Nations League matches during the international break, shows sportskeeda.
Injuries: Alisson Becker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Sheffield United vs. Fulham 20 February, 2021
After his big-money transfer from Liverpool, Rhian Brewster will almost certainly be provided with a debut in the Sheffield United attack.
However, John Egan is likely to miss out after his spell in isolation while on international duty with Republic of Ireland, while John Fleck picked up an injury during his time with Scotland.
As for Fulham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in line for an immediate debut after his loan switch from Chelsea.
Ademola Lookman is also pushing to feature from the opening whistle after his lively display as a substitute at Molineux.
However, Andersen has sustained an ankle injury, with Parker revealing that the new arrival is expected to spend several weeks on the sidelines.
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Basham, Ampadu, Robinson; Baldock, Lundstram, Berge, Osborn, Stevens; McBurnie, Brewster
Fulham possible starting lineup:
Areola; Aina, Ream, Le Marchand, Robinson; Cairney, Zambo Anguissa; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek, Bryan; Mitrovic
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United 21 February, 2021
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Harry Kane had complained of muscle fatigue whilst on the international break and could be rested here. Eric Dier and Lo Celso are also struggling for fitness. Gareth Bale could make his first appearance of his second stint at Tottenham, illustrates sportskeeda.
Doubtful: Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Giovanni Lo Celso and Gareth Bale
Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku could miss out for West Ham on Sunday. Issa Diop and manager David Moyes have both recovered after being tested positive for the coronavirus. Coufal could fill on for Federicks.
Doubtful: Ryan Fredericks, Arthur Masuaku
Leicester City vs. Aston Villa 21 February, 2021
Leicester City have a few injury concerns. Manager Brendan Rodgers will be unable to call upon the services of Ghana international Daniel Amartey, key midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and right-back Ricardo Pereira. There remain doubts over the availability of midfielders Dennis Praet and James Maddison, as well as Croatian centre-back Filip Benkovic.
Injured: Daniel Amartey, Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira
Doubtful: Dennis Praet, James Maddison, Filip Benkovic
Meanwhile, Aston Villa will be without Brazil international striker Wesley Moraes, who is nursing an injury. Defender Kortney Hause, Belgian centre-back Bjorn Engels and goalkeeper Tom Heaton are doubts for this game.
Injured: Wesley Moraes
Doubtful: Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels, Kortney Hause
Arsenal vs. Manchester City 21 February, 2021
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Arsenal will again be without the services of Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers through injury, while Eddie Nketiah will serve the final game of his three-match suspension.
Mesut Ozil could be involved after a back issue, although it would be a surprise to see the German in the starting XI as there does not seem to be a spot available for him in Arteta's 3-4-3 formation.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Dani Ceballos both started on the bench against Liverpool but will now return to the starting side, while Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi should also make the XI.
Kieran Tierney could be preferred to Sead Kolasinac as part of a three-man defence, allowing Bukayo Saka to start as a wing-back, with Nicolas Pepe joining Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang in attack.
As for City, Sergio Aguero remains on the sidelines following knee surgery, but Guardiola's side are otherwise in good shape in terms of injuries ahead Saturday's contest.
Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte were not used against Bournemouth last time out but will return to the XI for this match, while Raheem Sterling will also be back in the starting side.
Claudio Bravo was expected to get the nod over Ederson between the sticks, having been City's FA Cup goalkeeper this season, but the Chilean is out with a muscular problem.
Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez are both pushing for spots in the team, although it seems likely that Bernardo Silva will get the nod in the final third alongside Sterling and Jesus, shows sportsmole.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Man City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Jesus, Bernardo
Newcastle United vs Manchester United 21 February, 2021
Manchester United's under-fire captain Harry Maguire picked up a knock while on England duty, but could possibly return in time to face Newcastle. Elsewhere, Anthony Martial will serve the first of his three-game suspension after a red card against Tottenham Hotspur.
New signings Facundo Pellestri and Alex Telles could possibly feature but will need fitness tests, much like Axel Tuanzebe, who has recently recovered from a long-term injury. Edinson Cavani, however, will remain unavailable as he is currently isolating.
Injured/Unavailable: Phil Jones (knock), Edinson Cavani (isolation)
Doubtful: Harry Maguire (knock), Axel Tuanzebe, Facundo Pellestri, Alex Telles (doubts over match fitness)
Suspended: Anthony Martial (direct red card)
Newcastle United currently have a number of first-team players on the injury table, including the likes of Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie, and Dwight Gayle.
Star man Allan Saint-Maximin, who recently signed a new deal at the club, will also be available after being an injury doubt for the fixture. Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Scharr are expected to be available as well.
Injured: Ciaran Clark (thigh), Paul Dummett (tendon), Matty Longstaff (thigh), Martin Dubravka (ankle), Matt Ritchie (shoulder), Dwight Gayle (knee)
Brighton vs Crystal Palace 22 February, 2021
|Brighton will again be without the services of Florin Andone, Tariq Lamptey, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Solly March on Saturday, but Adam Webster and Davy Propper could be involved after recovering from recent injuries. |
Potter will stick with the likes of Yves Bissouma, Alexis Mac Allister, Neal Maupay and Joel Veltman in the starting XI, cites alleysport.
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