London Soccer Shorts…

Friday, October 16

Sky Bet Championship

Derby County v Watford – Pride Park

Vladimir Ivić called for patience towards Watford’s young guns as they continue to carry the fight without one or two of the clubs’ senior starts.

Speaking to www.watfordfc.com ahead of the Hornets trip to Derby on Friday evening.

“When you have players like João Pedro, Jeremy Ngakia, Domingos Quina and James Garner, sometimes you have a situation like in the previous game in the first 25 minutes, these things are normal and sometimes chances are missed,” he explained.

“The good thing is they work hard, they prepare themselves and work for the team. We need to have patience with them because with young players you need to work and prepare them to become better game by game and give us what they can.”

Saturday, October 17

Premier League

Chelsea v Southampton – Stamford Bridge

Lampard confirmed that Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech could all feature against Southampton at Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues boss will be without Eduardo Mendy and Thiago Silva 

Manchester City v Arsenal – The Etihad Stadium

Mikel Arteta spoke about the buoyant atmosphere around Arsenal sine the signing of Ghana international Thomas Party.

“I have seen the buzz around the place, the fans are really happy, I have seen some really positive reactions after we bought him, the same with the team, the squad and the staff,” the Gunners boss told www.arsenal.com.

“I think he is a player we had the radar on for a long time and we have managed to bring him in and I think he will be a really important addition to the team.”

Sky Bet Championship

AFC Bournemouth v Queen’s Park Rangers – Vitality Stadium

Mark Warburton spoke of the challenges facing his Queen’s Park Rangers side but suggested Saturday’s trip to unbeaten Bournemouth is no more difficult than facing any other Championship outfit 

“They are all tough games and we know that we face another difficult one on Saturday,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. 

“The league is hard; Bournemouth’s wins over Norwich and Blackburn were close games, so it is a tight and demanding division.

“They’ve had a great start – we’ve had a decent start – and they’ll know what we can do so we have to prepare well, negate their threats and look to impose ourselves on the game.”

Brentford v Coventry City – Brentford Community Stadium

Brentford could be without Rico Henry, Christian Norgaard and Shandon Baptiste for the visit of Coventry City. Meanwhile, striker, potential Said Benrahama’s move to West Ham remains unsolved. 

Wycombe Wanderers v Millwall – Adams Park 

Millwall head to Adams Park without the services of Troy Parrott and Billy Mitchell. However, both Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Shane Ferguson are available to Gary Rowett following the international break

Sky Bet League One

AFC Wimbledon v Shrewsbury Town – Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Glyn Hodges will demand more of the same from his Dons side when Shrewsbury Town are the visitors’ on Saturday.

Hodges was delighted with what he saw as Wimbledon saw off Swindon Town at the County Ground last weekend, telling www.afcwimbledon.co.uk: “The key to the win was the work-rate from the boys and how they worked to the team shape.

“We had worked on that and they have carried it out to a tee. The only thing we didn’t do was counter as much as I would have hoped. We did it in the first-half and we opened them up a couple of times and in the second half, we didn’t do it, even though we had opportunities. 

“We didn’t drop off, but we couldn’t find that pass. We were not clinical enough and that is something we need to work on. We probably defended a bit more than we wanted to do, but we defended brilliantly.”

Charlton Athletic v Wigan Athletic – The Valley

With twelve new signings arriving at Charlton following the take-over of the club by Thomas Sandgaard, Addicks boss, Lee Bowyer, spoke of the importance of his new group hitting the ground running

“They’ve got to adapt and we’ve got to adapt, it will take a little bit of time but we’ll be fine. I’m very happy with what we’ve got through the door,” he told www.cafc.co.uk 

“Under the circumstances of everything, the embargo, the cap, everything we’ve had to deal with, I’m pleased. Steve [Gallen] and I were talking last night, once we knew about these two signings, it is miracles to have the squad of players we have, with what we had to work with and the circumstances. That is a very good squad to put together in a short space of time. 

“I must thank Steve for his hard work, we’re shattered. And obviously, I have to thank the owner, who has supported us financially.”

Sky Bet League Two

Leyton Orient v Grimsby Town – Breyer Group Stadium

O’s stopper, Lawrence Vigoroux, is fully aware of the challenge his side will face from Grimsby Town on Saturday evening.

“They beat Cheltenham 3-1 away tonight, that’s going to be a tough game,” he told www.leytonorient.com following Tuesday’s 2-1 setback at Walsall.

“Obviously, we played Cheltenham without any training and now we’re going to play Grimsby.

“This season is very topsy turvy and everyone’s beating everyone, you just need to put a bit of consistent form together and you never know where it might take you.”

Sunday, October 18

Premier League

Sheffield United v Fulham – Bramall Lane

Scott Parker will be without central defender, Joachim Andersen, who suffered ankle ligament damage in training during the week

“We’ve had some pretty bad news with Andersen, who’s obviously only just come into the football club,” the Fulham chief told www.fulhamfc.com 

“He’s damaged his ankle in training so he’ll be out for the foreseeable future.

“I wouldn’t want to put an actual timescale on it but it’s going to be some weeks. It’s disappointing, of course, because we had him for two days, we saw his quality, but we’re going to be without him now for a little time.

“Hopefully we’ll get him right, get him rehabbed, and get him back as part of the team.”

Parker will also be without Kenny Tete and Harrison Reed although Mario Leinam is back in training and could feature.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion – Selhurst Park

Palace will be without Wayne Hennessey and James McCarthy after the pair were injured on international duty.

“I’m only ever going to say it’s unfortunate these things happen,” boss Roy Hodgson told www.cpfc.co.uk. 

“Players should want to play for their national team, be grateful for the chance. But of course, it’s extra matches. 

“I’m quite sanguine that these things happen and I wouldn’t dream about complaining. I just feel very sorry for Wayne Hennessey if this does keep him out for a period of time.”

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Jose Mourinho is expecting a tough test when city-rivals, West Ham United are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

“The game against Arsenal was – in my opinion – a great performance with a very unfair result and they built from that game,” the Spurs chief explained. 

“Then they had impressive performances with good results, clean sheets and defensive stability but with the threat. 

“They are very dangerous on the counter-attack, they are very dangerous at set-pieces.

“They have very powerful people in this moment of the game, the offensive set pieces, and they are defending with a backline of five and four in front, leaving Antonio up front. If they follow the same direction it is a really difficult opponent.”

Meanwhile, Hammers chief, David Moyes, is satisfied with the progress his side have made, highlighted by big wins over Wolves and Leicester ahead of the international break.

“I think at the moment the biggest thing I would say is the amount of opportunities we’re making, the chances we’re making,” the Scotsman explained. 

“I don’t think anybody would be disagreeing if we said that against Wolves we could have scored more goals, and against Leicester, we had other opportunities as well.

“We know that it won’t always be that way, but I’m really pleased. We look as if we’re a threat. We’ve found a bit of a balance.”

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Brian Jeeves

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