London Soccer Shorts

Saturday, February 11

Premier League

West Ham United v Chelsea – London Stadium

David Moyes will be without Maxwel Cornet and Kurt Zouma for the visit of big-spending Chelsea to the London Stadium.

Alphonse Areola and Thilo Kehrer are doubtful for West Ham. However, Gianluca Scamacca could feature after returning to training, along with their January signing, Danny Ings. 

Chelsea boss, Graham Potter still has injury concerns surrounding his squad. N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana, Wesley Fofana, Christian Pulisic, Armando Broja, Denis Zakaria Mateo Kovacic and Edouard Mendy are all unavailable at the London Stadium. However, Reece James and Ben Chilwell could return after injury, while Joao Felix is available for selection after serving a three-match ban.

The Blues have a decent record against the East Londoners and have won four of the last five Premier League meetings between the two clubs.

Arsenal v Brentford – The Emirates Stadium

Mikel Arteta will again be without Gabriel Jesus, Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe as his Arsenal side look to bounce back from last weekend’s surprise defeat at relegation-threatened Everton.

The Gunners host Thomas Frank’s all-action Brentford side at the Emirates Stadium. Reiss Nelson is now back in training and could feature for the league leaders.

Brentford head across the capital sweating over the fitness of Frank Onyeka and Shandon Baptiste. However, the Bees’ are definitely without 

Pontus Jansson, who is still recovering from a thigh injury.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion – Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace will be looking to extend their recent run against bitter rivals, Brighton when the pair go head-to-head at Selhurst Park.

Palace are unbeaten in six league outings against the Seagulls, winning two and drawing four. However, they have failed to win any of their last four home clashes with the south coast side.

Wilfried Zaha has enjoyed particular success against Brighton. The Palace frontman has netted eight times in the fixture, including five in his past five appearances against them at Selhurst Park.

Fulham v Nottingham Forest – Craven Cottage

Marco Silva is expected to revert to an all-together more familiar line-up when Fulham take on Nottingham Forest at Craven Cottage.

Silva made nine changes for the Cottagers Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay at Sunderland during the week. Nevertheless, he will be without

Neeskens Kebano, while there are concerns over the fitness of Harrison Reed and Tom Cairney ahead of the match.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur – The King Power Stadium

Tottenham head to Leicester without Hugo Lloris and Cristian Romero. 

Lloris could miss up to eight weeks after picking up a knee injury during the win over Manchester City last weekend. Meanwhile, Romero sits out through suspension after his late dismissal in the City match.

Head Coach, Antonio Conte, could return to the dugout after recently undergoing surgery. 

Spurs are looking to complete a league double over the Foxes having thrashed them 6-2 in N17 mid-September.

Sky Bet Championship

Queen’s Park Rangers v Millwall – Loftus Road

QPR could include former Bristol City striker, Chris Martin after the 34-year-old free agent signed a deal with the West Londoners running until the end of the season.

Rangers are desperate for a return to form having won just one of their last fourteen Championship outings.

Meanwhile, Millwall are looking to enhance their play-off credentials. 

Midfielder, Duncan Watmore could feature after making his debut as a substitute during the Lions’ 1-1 draw with Sunderland. 

Sky Bet League One

Charlton Athletic v Fleetwood Town – The Valley

Charlton are without goalkeeper Joe Wollacott as well as Mandela Egbo against Fleetwood, while Todd Kane remains a doubt.

The Addicks returned to winning ways at Exeter City last weekend and will be keen to build on a run of four victories from their last five League One outings.

Sky Bet League Two

AFC Wimbledon v Carlisle United – Plough Lane

Wimbledon could be without Huseyin Biler for the visit of Carlisle United after the player was substituted during the first half of last weekend’s defeat at Leyton Orient due to a hamstring injury.

Boss, Johnnie Jackson is looking for a response from his side after teh Brisbane Road setback: “It was a missed opportunity,” he told 

“We’ve gone toe-to-toe again with the league leaders. We didn’t get what we deserved based on how the game went. We’ve got ourselves to blame for that after carving out some decent opportunities.”

Walsall v Leyton Orient – Poundland Bescot Stadium

Buoyed by back-to-back victories over AFC Wimbledon and Crewe Alexandra, Richie Wellens’ Leayton Orient side will be looking to maintain their sizeable advantage at the top of League Two when they take on Walsall at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Wellens has no fresh injury concerns following Tuesday’s 2-0 success in the North West. Hosts, Walsall desperately need a win to boost their play-off hopes following a run of one win from their last five League Two outings.


Brian Jeeves