London Soccer Shorts…

Brian Jeeves

Saturday, November 5

Premier League

Manchester City v Fulham

Fulham are without Bobby Decordova-Reid for the trip to Manchester City after the player picked up his fifth booking of the campaign during the Cottagers’ goalless draw with Everton, a result which extended Fulham’s unbeaten league sequence to four matches.

Nottingham Forest v Brentford

Ivan Toney will miss Brentford’s trip to the City Ground after picking up his fifth booking of the season during the Bees’ 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.

Boss, Thomas Frank has injury concerns over Mathias Jensen and Christian Norgaard. The West Londoners are already without injured trio Thomas Strakosha, Pontus Jansson and Aaron Hickey 

Sky Bet Championship

Millwall v Hull City

Millwall looks for a return to winning ways after slipping to defeat at Huddersfield, then picking up a hard-earned point from a goalless draw at much-improved Birmingham City.

Speaking to BBC Radio London 94.9 after the St Andrews stalemate, Lion’s boss, Gary Rowett, said: Birmingham have been very good at home in the last few games and have played with a real intensity – and I thought we dealt with that intensity very well.

“It’s a very difficult place to come and the conditions were incredibly difficult as well – and I thought we coped really well. If I’m being honest I would have taken a point tonight and it was quite pleasing, a lot of the performance was good.

“We’ve battled, we competed and in the last four away games we’ve drawn two – should have won one of those – won one and lost one that we were disappointed with, so it’s been a little bit better on the road and the players have responded.

“I can ask for a little bit more quality and composure at times but I can’t ask for much more in terms of endeavour and fight.”

Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion

Queen’s Park Rangers will be looking to make up ground on the automatic promotion places when struggling West Bromwich Albion visit Loftus Road on Saturday.

The R’s played out a goalless draw at Norwich City during the week. Indeed, two defeats and that Carrow Road stalemate amongst their last five outings have seen the West Londoners slip from the summit to fourth place.

Speaking to BBC London 94.9 following the trip to Norfolk, boss, Michael Beale said: “I think it was a great point, for us it was a huge one after Friday night. Away to Birmingham and away to Norwich, the fixture list wasn’t exactly kind to us, but we’ve come here tonight and put in a completely different display without three or four really important players.

“We hit the post and had a big chance from the same attack to score, but the most important thing is if you can’t win, take something from the game and I was delighted.

“They played in the areas we wanted them to play which was outside us, never through us into their number 10. We needed to show a little bit more aggression and a little more belief in the duels and I thought we did second half.”

Emirates FA Cup First Round

Crewe Alexandra v Leyton Orient

Richie Wellens could shuffle the pack for Leyton Orient’s cup clash at Crewe, despite having no injury concerns ahead of the trip to the North West.

The East Londoners are flying high in League Two and the O’s boss could be tempted to prioritise and provide valuable minutes to one or two squad players. 

Weymouth v AFC Wimbledon

Wimbledon head to Weymouth looking to make further knockout cup progress after sealing their Papa John’s Trophy qualification during teh week following a hard-fought draw at Portsmouth.

Dons boss, Johnnie Jackson enthused over his sides’ Fratton Park performance: “I thought the performance was tremendous for a young team against a really experienced side,” he told www.afcwimbledon.co.uk.

“We took the game to them, we had a really good shape about us and showed some great energy. From what I saw tonight I’m absolutely delighted. Some of the boys haven’t had many starts and in some cases that was their first start, I’m really pleased with them.” 

Sunday, November 6

Premier League

Chelsea v Arsenal 

Chelsea needs to pull out all the stops when they take on table-topping Arsenal in an eagerly anticipated London derby on Sunday.

The Blues were thrashed 4-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion last time out in teh Premier League. Nevertheless, spirits were lifted by a 2-1 UEFA Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge during the week.

Unfortunately for teh Blues, Ben Chilwell suffered a hamstring injury during the latter contest and is now a huge doubt for the World Cup.

Goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga is a doubt, while Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Mateo Kovacic remain sidelined.

Mikel Arteta will once again be without Mohamed Elneny and Oleksandr Zinchenko. However, Bukayo Saka recovered sufficiently from a knock sustained against Nottingham Forest and was included in the Gunners Europa League squad against FC Zurich on Thursday evening.

West Ham United v Crystal Palace

 Maxwel Cornet, Lucas Paqueta and Lukasz Fabianski remain doubtful for West Ham United’s Capital derby with Crystal Palace at the London Stadium.

Polish stopper, Fabianski was replaced by Alphonse Areola at half-time during last weekend’s defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford: “Lukasz Fabianski had a sore knee and we weren’t going to take the chance at half-time. He just told me his knee went back and he had a little bit of a jar on his knee,” boss, David Moyes explained.

Palace remains without Nathaniel Clyne, Jack Butland, James McArthur, Chris Richards and Nathan Ferguson. Odsonne Edouard will be assessed after coming off late during the Eagles’ win over Southampton last weekend, while Cheick Doucoure could return after missing the Saints clash.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

Spurs will be without Heung-Min Son after the player underwent surgery to stabilise a fracture around his left eye, sustained during the Lilywhites’ dramatic 2-1 UEFA Champions League victory over Olympique de Marseille.

Son currently looks doubtful for South Korea’s World Cup campaign. He joins Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison on the sidelines. However, boss, Antonio Conte hopes to have Cristian Romero back after the player missed Tottenham’s last three outings with a thigh injury.

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Brian Jeeves

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