London Soccer Shorts…

Brian Jeeves

Friday, October 28

Sky Bet Championship

Birmingham City v Queens Park Rangers 

Rangers boss, Michael Beale could have striker, Chris Willock available for Friday night’s trip to Birmingham City following a hamstring issue.

Tyler Roberts remains a doubt, as does Stefan Johansen, who was replaced during the 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road last weekend.

The R’s are currently occupying second place in the table with two games in hand over leaders, Burnley. 

Saturday, October 29

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur

Back-to-back Premier League defeats and their Champions League hope hangs by a thread. Antonio Conte will be desperate to see his Spurs side find their feet at Bournemouth.

Conte is again without Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison. The Lilywhites currently occupy third place, three points behind Arsenal and Manchester City.

Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Thomas Frank will be looking for a response from his side after they were thrashed 4-0 by struggling Astron Villa last weekend.

Frank will be buoyed by the knowledge that the Bees have lost just one of their six home league matches this season, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea

Chelsea boss, Graham Potter heads back to Brighton with injury concerns to deal with.

Wesley Fofana, Reece James and N’Golo Kante remain sidelined. Potter hopes to have better news on Mateo Kovacic and Kalidou Koulibaly who are recovering from minor knocks.

Crystal Palace v Southampton

Patrick Vierra has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Palace’s clash with Southampton at Selhurst Park.

Palace saw off the Saints by the odd goal in three the last time the sides met back in April. However, they are yet to beat the Saints in in back-to-back Premier League matches.

Fulham v Everton 

Successive Premier League victories have lifted Fulham back into contention for a European place and they will be confident of making it three on the bounce when Everton visits Craven Cottage.

Fulham chief, Marco Silva, takes on his former club knowing they have not beaten a newly promoted club in six attempts.

Sky Bet Championship

Huddersfield Town v Millwall

Millwall head to out-of-sorts Huddersfield Town looking for a fifth successive victory.

The Lions came from behind to see off West Bromwich Albion at The Den last time out. Boss, Gary Rowett, told BBC Radio London: “We got better as the game went on. And you could argue we should have been ahead before the second goal. It’s a close offside call against Tyler Burey.

“I would have been disappointed if we didn’t win, but I’d still have been proud to draw because of the resilience and energy we showed.

“That’s twice now we’ve responded brilliantly at home and come back from a goal down to win.”

Sky Bet League One

Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town

Charlton boss, Ben Garner will be looking for a response from his side following their disappointing midweek defeat at the hands of struggling MK Dons at The Valley.

The ten-man Addicks were beaten by two unanswered goals, ending their five-match unbeaten run.

“I think in the first half we were ok but no better than ok,” Garner told 

“I thought at the start of the second half we were really good. We started the half really well, created some good opportunities – didn’t get the goal when we should of done, we had the ascendancy and then the penalty decision changes the game.”

Charlton will find the going tough against an Ipswich Town side in second place having won eleven of their sixteen league outings to date.

Sky Bet League Two

AFC Wimbledon v Harrogate Town

AFC Wimbledon will be looking to extend their unbeaten sequence to three matches when struggling Harrogate Town visit Plough Lane.

Johnnie Jackson was left frustrated that The Dons were unable to see off Crewe Alexandra during the week: “I feel like we did enough to win the game, we created a lot of chances on the night,” he told following the 1-1 draw in South London.

“We didn’t quite do enough to get a second and put it to bed but it’s another point after three good points on Saturday. We have to try and back it up with a win on the weekend.

Leyton Orient v Salford City

Table-toppers, Leyton Orient face another test of their title credentials when play-off contenders, Salford City visit Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Back-to-back victories over Carlisle United and Gillingham allowed the O’s to maintain their single-point advantage at the summit. 

Boss, Richie Wellens has no fresh injury concerns. Leading marksman, Paul Smyth will be looking to add to the six goals to his name so far this season.

Sunday, October 30

Premier League

Arsenal v Nottingham Forest 

Leaders, Arsenal surprisingly dropped points last time out following a 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will undoubtedly return to a more familiar line-up having rung the changes for Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference tie with PSV Eindhoven on Thursday evening.

Arteta is still without Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe. However, Oleksandr Zinchenko could feature after missing the St Mary’s stalemate.

Manchester United v West Ham United 

David Moyes has injury concerns ahead of the Hammers’ tricky trip to Old Trafford.

Craig Dawson, Maxwel Cornet and Lucas Paqueta remain sidelined. However, central defender, Nayef Aguerd could be available after returning to training following a lengthy lay-off.


Brian Jeeves