Lerma in line for first Cher­ries start

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

TO­DAY (All games 3pm un­less stated)

Wolves (14) v Man City (1), 12.30pm

Adama Traore could be handed his full Wolves de­but. Le­an­der Den­don­cker is close to full fit­ness af­ter his move from An­der­lecht in the sum­mer but is un­likely to start and Ivan Cavaleiro (back) is out. Goal­keeper Aro Muric could be on the Manch­ester City bench af­ter he was re­called from his loan at NAC Breda fol­low­ing Clau­dio Bravo’s Achilles in­jury. Fer­nand­inho has re­cov­ered from a mi­nor knock but Kevin De Bruyne (knee) and Danilo (an­kle) are out.

Last five: Wolves WDLDL; Man City DWWWW

Top scor­ers: Jimenez & Neves (Wolves) 1; Aguero (Man City) 5

Match odds: H 9-1 D 6-1 A 2-9

Ref­eree: Martin Atkin­son

Bournemouth (6) v Ever­ton (7) Bournemouth could hand a de­but to club-record sign­ing Jef­fer­son Lerma af­ter he came through an U21 game un­scathed. Ju­nior Stanis­las (knee) and Kyle Tay­lor (mus­cle prob­lem) sit out while Diego Rico com­pletes a ban. Ever­ton are with­out the in­jured Morgan Sch­nei­der­lin while Phil Jagielka serves the sec­ond game of a three-match ban. Sum­mer ar­rivals Yerry Mina (foot) and Andre Gomes (ham­string) will not be avail­able.

Last five: Bournemouth LWWWW; Ever­ton WDLDW

Top scor­ers: Wil­son (Bournemouth) 2; Richarli­son (Ever­ton) 3

Match odds: H 8-5 D 12-5 A 13-8

Ref­eree: Lee Probert

Arse­nal (17) v West Ham (19) Arse­nal have no fresh in­jury con­cerns as Unai Emery looks for his first win as Gun­ners boss. Lau­rent Ko­scielny (Achilles), Sead Ko­lasinac (knee), Ains­ley Mait­land-niles (leg) and Carl Jenk­in­son (an­kle) are miss­ing, while Lu­cas Tor­reira pushes for his first start in mid­field. West Ham are set to be with­out cap­tain Mark Noble while Andy Car­roll, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini are long-term ab­sen­tees.

Last five: Arse­nal WLWLL; West Ham WDWLL

Top scor­ers: Iwobi & Mkhi­taryan (Arse­nal) 1; Ar­nau­tovic (West Ham) 1

Match odds: H 4-11 D 4-1 A 13-2 Ref­eree: Gra­ham Scott

Hud­der­s­field (20) v Cardiff (16) Hud­der­s­field are at full strength, with changes likely af­ter last week’s heavy de­feat at Manch­ester City. Cardiff are again with­out Aron Gun­nars­son. Lee Peltier is push­ing to re­place Bruno Ecuele Manga at right-back.

Last five: Hud­der­s­field DDLLL; Cardiff LWDLD

Top scor­ers: Jon Stankovic (Hud­der­s­field) 1; Cardiff na

Match odds: H 6-5 D 21-10 A 2310

Ref­eree: Michael Oliver

Southamp­ton (13) v Le­ices­ter (8)

Southamp­ton could have Mo­hamed Ely­ounoussi avail­able fol­low­ing a ham­string prob­lem. Jan­nik Vester­gaard has re­cov­ered from a virus. Jamie Vardy starts a three-match sus­pen­sion af­ter his red card in the win over Wolves last week­end. Matty James (Achilles) is out and Shinji Okazaki must prove his match fit­ness if he is to re­place Vardy.

Last five: Southamp­ton DWLDL; Le­ices­ter LWLLW

Top scor­ers: Ings (Southamp­ton) 1; Mad­di­son & Vardy (Le­ices­ter) 1

Match odds: H 7-5 D 21-10 A 2110

Ref­eree: Jonathan Moss Liver­pool (2) v Brighton (11), 5:30pm

Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has to de­cide whether to name an un­changed side for their third Premier League match of the sea­son. De­fender De­jan Lovren is not ex­pected to re­turn from a pelvic prob­lem un­til af­ter next month’s in­ter­na­tional break. Brighton de­fender Lewis Dunk faces a late fit­ness test on an an­kle in­jury, with sum­mer sign­ing Leon Ba­lo­gun ready to deputise.

Last five: Liver­pool DLWWW; Brighton WLLLW

Top scor­ers: Mane (Liver­pool) 3; Dreyer, Duffy, Gross & Mur­ray (Brighton) 1

Match odds: H 3-20 D 7-1 A 16-1

Ref­eree: Chris Kavanagh


Wat­ford (4) v Crys­tal Palace (10), 1.30pm

Wat­ford again have Ste­fano Okaka avail­able for se­lec­tion fol­low­ing his re­cov­ery from a leg in­jury. Nathaniel Chalobah and Ger­ard Deulofeu are not yet match fit while Miguel Bri­tos has a knock and sits out along­side long-term ab­sen­tee Tom Clev­er­ley (Achilles). Crys­tal Palace are with­out Aaron Wan-bis­saka, who serves a one­match ban af­ter his red cad against Liver­pool. Last five: Wat­ford LWLWW; Crys­tal Palace WWWWL

Top scor­ers: Pereyra (Wat­ford) 2; Schlupp & Zaha (Crys­tal Palace) 1

Match odds: H 6-4 D 11-5 A 15-8

Ref­eree: Anthony Tay­lor

Ful­ham (18) v Burn­ley (15), 4pm De­nis Odoi will be avail­able for Ful­ham af­ter the de­fender missed the de­feats to Crys­tal Palace and Tot­ten­ham through sus­pen­sion. Tim Ream, Al­fie Maw­son, and Floyd Ayite re­main side­lined. Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che is set to bring sev­eral play­ers back into the start­ing line-up af­ter making six changes for Thurs­day’s Europa League de­feat to Olympiakos. Matej Vy­dra may make his de­but.

Last five: Ful­ham WWLLL; Burn­ley DLLDL

Top scor­ers: Mitro­vic (Ful­ham) 1; Cork (Burn­ley) 2

Match odds: H 1-1 D 12-5 A 11-4

Ref­eree: David Coote

New­cas­tle (12) v Chelsea (3), 4pm

New­cas­tle mid­fielder Isaac Hay­den be­gins a three-match ban fol­low­ing his dis­missal against Cardiff while Kenedy is in­el­i­gi­ble to face his par­ent club. Eden Haz­ard is in line for his first start of the sea­son af­ter boss Mau­r­izio Sarri said he is ready to play around 60 min­utes. Cesc Fabre­gas looks set to miss out again with a knee prob­lem.

Last five: New­cas­tle LLWLD; Chelsea WDLWW

Top scor­ers: Joselu (New­cas­tle) 1; Pe­dro (Chelsea) 2

Match odds: H 4-1 D 27-10 A 7-10

Ref­eree: Paul Tier­ney


Man Utd (9) v Tot­ten­ham (5), 8pm

Alexis Sanchez, Ne­manja Matic, and An­to­nio Va­len­cia are pos­si­ble op­tions for Manch­ester United af­ter re­turn­ing from in­jury. Sum­mer sign­ing Diogo Dalot (knee) is also train­ing. An­der Her­rera, Ser­gio Romero and Mar­cos Rojo are United’s other in­jury is­sues.

Tot­ten­ham boss Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino has a de­ci­sion to make over goal­keeper Hugo Lloris, who was charged with drink-driv­ing yes­ter­day and will ap­pear in court in Septem­ber. Son He­ung-min is still away on in­ter­na­tional duty with South Korea.

Last five: Man Utd LDWWL; Tot­ten­ham LWWWW

Top scor­ers: Paul Pogba (Man Utd) 2; Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Lu­cas Moura, Kieran Trip­pier & Jan Ver­tonghen (Tot­ten­ham) 1

Match odds: H 6-4 D 12-5 A 17-10

Ref­eree: Craig Paw­son

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