London Soccer Shorts…

Saturday, November 25

Premier League

Burnley v West Ham United – Turf Moor

West Ham United heads to East Lancashire sweating over the fitness of leading marksman, Jarrod Bowen, who picked up a knee injury while away on international duty with England.

The Hammers are already missing Michail Antonio, injured while away with Jamaica, leaving boss, David Moyes shy of attacking options.

West Ham won their last match before the international break, seeing off Nottingham Forest by the odd goal in five at the London Stadium. They face a Burnley side routed to the bottom with a single victory from their twelve matches to date.  

Luton Town v Crystal Palace – Kenilworth Road

Palace will take on Luton without the services of injured quartet Dean Henderson, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Nathan Ferguson and James Tomkins. However, Roy Hodgson should be able to call upon Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise and Cheick Doucoure.

The South Londoners have won just one of their last five Premier League outings, but face a Hatters side without a win in six.

Newcastle United v Chelsea – St James Park

Mauricio Pochettino again has injuries to contend with ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle.

Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Carney Chukwuemeka, Trevoh Chalobah, Marcus Bettinelli, Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia are all unavailable to the Argentine, whose side has recovered of late and have lost just one of their last five.

Brentford v Arsenal – Gtech Community Stadium

Josh Dasilva, Keane Lewis-Potter and Mikkel Damsgaard are doubtful for Brentford’s capital derby clash with in-form Arsenal.

BNees boss, Thomas Frank, is already without Rico Henry, Aaron Hickey and Kevin Schade through injury, and Ivan Toney, who remains under suspension.

Arsenal will recall goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale due to David Raya’s unavailability against his parent club. Emile Smith Rowe, Jurrien Timber and Thomas Partey remain on the Gunners injury list, while Martin Odegaard, Ben White and Cedric Soares will be assessed ahead of the clash.

Sky Bet Championship

Leicester City v Watford – King Power Stadium

Valerien Ismael has no further injury concerns ahead of Watford’s trip to high-flying Leicester City.

The Hornets head to the East Midlands unbeaten in six Championship matches, but face a Foxes side topping the table, despite suffering back-to-back defeats against Leeds United and Middlesborough.

Millwall v Coventry City – The Den

Joe Edwards will be looking for his Millwall side to continue where they left off when Coventry City come to The Den.

The Lions won by four unanswered goals at Sheffield Wednesday in Edwards’ first game in charge following the departure of Gary Rowett. However, he will again be without the injured trio Matjia Sarkic, Joe Bryan and Duncan Watmore.

Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers – Carrow Road

Following back-to-back draws in his opening two matches, incoming Rangers boss, Marti Cifuentes might fancy his sides’ chances of a rare victory when they take on erratic Norwich at Carrow Road.

The West Londoners welcome back Ilias Chair following a ban. However, Paul Smyth sits out, serving a suspension of his own.

Sky Bet League One

Carlisle United v Charlton Athletic – Brunton Park

Charlton heads to relegation-threatened Carlisle without the injured Terry Taylor, Chuks Aneke, and Pan Camara as they look to continue progressing under the guidance of Michael Appleton.

Appleton also received bad news on goalkeeper Harry Isted who has suffered a setback in recovering from an injury sustained during the Addicks clash with Shrewsbury Town at the Croud Meadow back in September.

Leyton Orient v Wigan Athletic – Brisbane Road

Richie Wellens will demand an improvement from his Leyton Orient side when they take on Wigan Athletic at Brisbane Road on Saturday afternoon.

The O’s produced a toothless performance during the week, slipping by a goal to nil at the hands of Lincoln City in E10: “It was a really disappointing night for us,” the O’s boss bemoaned.

“I thought first half we were OK but just passed the ball for the sake of it and never got enough crosses into the box. We should have taken the lead with Joe Piggott through a header.

“Second half we were really, really poor. It wasn’t the performance that gave justice to the events which took place the last time we played them.”

Sky Bet League Two

AFC Wimbledon v Notts County – Plough Lane

AFC Wimbledon will be without suspended duo Hus Biler and Omar Bugiel against fellow play-off contenders Notts County at Plough Lane.

The pair were dismissed in the latter stages of Wimbledon’s 2-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers last weekend, a result that saw the Plough Lane outfit return to League Two winning ways following a five-match hiatus. 

Grimsby Town v Sutton United – Blundell Park

Battling Sutton United head to Blundell Park looking to extend their unbeaten League Two sequence to four matches,

The Gander Green Lane outfit remains at the bottom of teh table but within touching distance of Forest Green Rovaer and Tranmere who are two points better off.

Sutton came from behind to earn a point against Tranmere last time out: “It was very important that we didn;’lose the game after being 1-0 down at half-time,” boss, Matt Gray told

Sunday, November 26

Premier League

Tottenham Hotpsur v Aston Villa – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Injury-hit Tottenham are looking to bounce back following back-to-back defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Wolves.

Spurs currently occupy fourth place in the table. However, visitors, Aston Villa will leapfrog the Lilywhites with a win in N17.

Destiny Udogie could be available for Ange Postecoglou. However, Richarlison, Micky van de Ven, James Maddison, Ivan Perisic, Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon and Alfie Whiteman are keeping the medical staff busy, while Cristian Romero and Yves Bissouma are suspended

Monday, November 27

Premier League

Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Craven Cottage

Fulham, without a win in four Premier League outings, could find the going tough against a Wolves side that has suffered defeat just once in their last five outings.

The Cottagers have tasted victory against Wolves just once in their last fourteen meetings, a 2-0 triumph in the Championship back in February 2018 thanks to goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrović.


Brian Jeeves