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Saturday, November 11

Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur – Molineux

Yellow Sports Brian Jeeves will be covering Wolverhampton Wanderers versus Tottenham Hotspur from Molineux

Spurs head to the Black Country keen to bounce back after suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season at the hands of Chelsea on Monday night.

However, the Lilywhites will face Wolves without at least four of the side that started against the Blues. Micky van de Ven and James Maddison both suffered injuries, while Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie will sit out through suspension after they were sent off during the derby clash.

Ange Postecoglou already has an ongoing injury list to contend with. Manor Solomon, Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon and Alfie Whiteman are all sidelined, while Ben Davies is a doubt.

Arsenal v Burnley – The Emirates Stadium

Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Eddie Nketiah ahead of their clash with Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.

Saka was withdrawn in the latter stages of the Gunners Champions League clash with Sevilla, but should be fit to feature, while Odegaard and Nketiah are touch and go. Speaking to www.arsenal.com, boss, Mikel Arteta said: “They are racing against the clock to be fit and they are trying their best and they tried to be here today with us. It wasn’t possible and now we have another 48 hours before we play Burnley. We will try again and we will see because we need players at the moment.”

Crystal Palace v Everton – Selhurst Park 

Palace will be looking to record back-to-back Premier League victories when improving Everton come to Selhurst Park.

Roy Hodgson’s men won 2-0 at Burnley last time out thanks to goals from Jeff Schlupp and Tyrick Mitchell. Nevertheless, the former England boss believes his side can still go up a level.

“I think we can play better than we actually did,” he told www.cpfc.co.uk.

“So when [one] calls it the ideal away performance, I thought when we did win the ball back, we sometimes surrendered it a little bit more cheaply than we needed to because we have a lot of good quality players on our team.”

Hodgson has injury concerns to deal with. Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, 

Michael Olise, Dean Henderson and James Tomkins are all in the treatment room and will not be available

Sky Bet Championship

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City – Loftus Road

Rangers boss, Marti Cifuentes will be looking to push on after they played out a 1-1 draw at Rotherham in what was his first match in charge.

The result ended a run of six defeats in a row. However, The R’s are likely to find the going tougher against a Bristol City side that has appointed Liam Manning as Head Coach following Nigel Pearson’s departure.

Speaking to BBC London 94.9 after the Rotherham stalemate, Cifuentes said: “When I think about the performance, there are some encouraging and positive things we can take from today’s game. When I think about the result, I’m not very happy – we had the chances to win, a clear one at the end as well.

Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall – Hillsborough

Joe Edwards takes charge of Millwall for the first time following his appointment.

The Lions have slipped perilously close ti the relegation zone in recent weeks and see Edwards as the man to revive their flagging fortunes. 

Speaking to www.millwallfc.co.uk, the new boss said: “Although I have been coaching for a long time, a lot of people will be aware that this is my first job managing as Head Coach.

“Throughout the years, at various levels, you think you would like to have the opportunity to make the step up. To do it at a club like this, to be Head Coach of Millwall Football Club – I don’t take that lightly at all. I’m really excited.”

Edwards’ first task is against a Sheffield Wednesday side propping up the division with just a single victory from their fifteen games to date.

Watford v Rotherham United – Vicarage Road

Watford manager Valérien Ismaël (Rob Newell CameraSport)

Watford heads to Rotherham looking to extend their unbeaten league sequence to six matches.

The Hornets played out a hard-fought goalless draw at Huddersfield last time out. Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio, Watford head coach Valerien Ismael, said: “It’s nice to see that we’re starting to get disappointed when we’re not winning away. If you see the statistics, we’re going in the right direction – it’s another clean sheet and five games unbeaten.”

Sky Bet League One

Leyton Orient v Oxford United – Brisbane Road

Yellow Sports Dave Bishop will be covering Leyton Orient versus Oxford United from Brisbane Road

It should prove to be a cracking encounter when ever-improving Leyton Orient hosts promotion-chasing Oxford United at Brisbane Road on Saturday afternoon.

Richie Wellens’ men are five without defeat in the league, drawing their last three. They will again be without Jordan Graham following the wingers’ knee surgery. In-form Joe Pigott and Ruel Sotiriou are expected to continue in attack.

Portsmouth v Charlton Athletic – Fratton Park

Michael Appleton’s Charlton faces a huge test when League One leaders Portsmouth visit The Valley on Saturday.

The Addicks have won two and lost two of their last four matches and currently sit in eleventh, four points from the play-off places.

The Charlton boss is likely to select an altogether more familiar line-up after making eleven changes ahead of his side’s FA Cup tie with Cray Valley (PM) last weekend.

Sky Bet League Two

AFC Wimbledon v Doncaster Rovers – Plough Lane

AFC Wimbledon are expecting a sizable crowd for the visit of Doncaster Rovers with more than 7,000 tickets already sold.

The club are offering tickets to under 17-year-olds for just £1 when accompanied by a paying adult.

Wimbledon are without a win in five League Two matches. Nevertheless, they will be boosted following an FA Cup success over Cheltenham Town followed by a Bristol Street Motors win over Crystal Palace U21.

Colchester United v Sutton United – JobServe Community Stadium

Bottom of the table Sutton United face a tough test at resurgent Colchester.

The North Essex side has won each of their last three League Two matches. Sutton has also shown improvement of late. A 2-1 league victory over Bradford City was followed by FA Cup progress against AFC Fylde.

Despite their current position, Sutton are only three points shy of third-bottom Forest Green Rovers and with games to follow against fellow strugglers, Tranmere and Grimsby, will be confident of pulling clear of the dropzone.

Sunday, November 12

Premier League

Aston Villa v Fulham – Villa Park

Fulham heads to Aston Villa keen to arrest a run of three Premier League matches without a win.

However, the Cottagers will find it difficult against a Villa side smarting from last weekend’s defeat at Nottingham Forest but having won each of their last eleven league matches at Villa Park.

Fulham were beaten by a late Manchester United goal at Craven Cottage last time out. Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, boss, Marco Silva said: “It is difficult to believe but the reality is it did happen again against us. It is something we clearly have to sort out, we have to keep the emotional control to the end of the match.

“It was a very good game from ourselves. A balanced game but we had a very good second half.

“You have to be clear on the game until the last minute.

“We have to be more assertive and much more ruthless in these types of moments because we had clear chances to score. They had one dangerous cross in the second half, after that they didn’t have anything.

“We played well, we put them under pressure, we were on the front foot. Our second half performance was a very good level but we go with this feeling again where we played well but didn’t get anything from the game.”

Liverpool v Brentford – Anfield

Brentford heads to Liverpool off the back of three successive Premier League victories, lifting them into the top half of the table.

The Bees came from behind to edge out West Ham last weekend in a thrilling contest at the Gtech Stadium. Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, boss Thomas Frank said: “It’s a fantastic team I’m in charge of. It’s down to some remarkable players.

“Before Burnley, we were thinking ‘now we need to win a game’, and now we’ve won three in a row. With the amount of injuries we’ve had, that is incredible.

“We put a strong team out there and probably didn’t have much to shoot from the bench. We lost Hickey to injury in the week so it was remarkable.

“At 2-1, there was only one team on the pitch. West Ham are a good team with good players. At the end of the first half, we created chances in the last ten minutes. We kept doing what the game plan was and just found a tiny bit more quality.

“In general we like to cross it, there’s no doubt about that. I think two goals came from the second phase of set-pieces.”

West Ham United v Nottingham Forest – London Stadium

West Ham United boss David Moyes (Rob Newell CameraSport)

West Ham United boss, David Moyes has come in for criticism from fans following a wretched run that has seen the Hammers pick up just four points from the last twenty-four on offer.

The East Londoners have lost each of their last three Premier League outings. Speaking to www.whufc.com following their 3-2 defeat at Brentford, the Scotsman said: “We got to half-time 2-1 up and the idea was to not concede any more goals.

“If you don’t concede any more then we win the game, but we did concede and I didn’t like the goals we let in. 

“They came from second phase set-pieces. The first part of them we’d dealt with and defended them, and then we didn’t defend the second part.” 

Chelsea v Manchester City – Stamford Bridge

Chelsea face another tough examination when champions Manchester City visits Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

The Blues have been erratic this season. However, they inflicted a first defeat of the season on nine-man Spurs earlier in the week in what proved to be a combustuous derby clash.

The 4-1 scoreline perhaps flattered Chelsea. However, boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted his side deserved their victory. Speaking to BBC Sport, the Argentine said: “Look at the game between Tottenham and Liverpool here – Tottenham won in the last minute. I think we deserve the credit.

“It’s really important because we have a really important game next with Manchester City.

“This momentum we need to build and we have another opportunity to show we are in a good way on Sunday.”

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