London Soccer Shorts…

Brian Jeeves

Saturday, May 13

Premier League

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur – Villa Park

Spurs head to the West Midlands looking to secure a top-six spot and back up last weekend’s single-goal success over Crystal Palace.

Villa poses a tough test. Nevertheless, back-to-back defeats have severely dented their own European aspirations.

The North Londoners expect defender Clement Lenglet to be available after picking up a shoulder injury during the win over Palace. However, Hugo Lloris, Ryan Sessegnon and Rodrigo Bentancur remain sidelined.

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest – Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have a clutch of injuries to deal with ahead of their clash with relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.

Ben Chilwell is the latest absentee, joining Reece James, Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mason Mount and Armando Broja in the treatment room, while Wesley Fofana is also a doubt.

Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth – Selhurst Park

James Tomkins and Nathan Ferguson will miss Palace’s clash with AFC Bournemouth, while midfielder James McArthur is a huge doubt after missing the defeat at Tottenham due to a hamstring injury.

Southampton v Fulham – St Mary’s Stadium

Fulham can seal Southampton’s fate with a win at St Mary’s. The Cottagers have Aleksandar Mitrovic available following his lengthy ban. However, Andreas Pereira, Tim Ream, Daniel James and Layvin Kurzawa are all unavailable.

Sunday, May 14

Premier League

Brentford v West Ham United – The Gtech Stadium

Brentford will be without Keane Lewis-Potter, Christian Norgaard, Thomas Strakosha and Pontus Jansson for the visit or West Ham, while Rico Henry could be a doubt.

With the UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final second leg in mind, Hammers boss, David Moyes is expected to ring the changes. Gianluca Scamacca, Vladimir Coufal and Angelo Ogbonna remain sidelined due to injury.

Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion – The Amex Stadium

Arsenal will continue the title chase without injured quartet Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mohamed Elneny, William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko and against a Brighton side still smarting from their shock 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Everton.


Brian Jeeves