Richarli­son set to fea­ture for Tof­fees

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

TO­DAY

Ever­ton (10) v Le­ices­ter (8), 12.30pm

Richarli­son should be fit for Ever­ton — the for­ward suf­fered a knock dur­ing the de­feat at Brighton but is ex­pected to be in con­tention. Ade­mola Look­man, who has missed the last three games with an an­kle prob­lem, will be as­sessed.

Le­ices­ter will as­sess Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan, who have been suf­fer­ing from ill­ness. Hamza Choud­hury was rested for the Cardiff match and is set to fig­ure. Daniel Amartey (bro­ken an­kle) and Matty James (Achilles) are out.

Last sea­son: Ever­ton 2 Le­ices­ter 1, Le­ices­ter 2 Ever­ton 0

Last five league matches: Ever­ton D L L W L; Le­ices­ter L L W W L

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Richarli­son & Gylfi Sig­urds­son (Ever­ton) 9; Jamie Vardy (Le­ices­ter) 6

Match odds: H 21-20 A11-4 D12-5

Ref­eree: Martin Atkin­son

Arse­nal (5) v Ful­ham (19), 3pm Arse­nal will give Me­sut Ozil the chance to prove his fit­ness af­ter a knee is­sue. Full-backs Hec­tor Bel­lerin (calf) and Na­cho Mon­real (ham­string) could also fea­ture but Rob Hold­ing (knee), Kon­stanti­nos Mavropanos (groin), Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan and Danny Wel­beck (both an­kle) are out. Ful­ham de­fender Al­fie Maw­son suf­fered what man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri fears could prove a “se­ri­ous” knee in­jury in the vic­tory over Hud­der­s­field. An­dre-frank Zambo An­guissa could yet re­turn from an an­kle in­jury, while Ranieri could con­sider drop­ping Aboubakar Ka­mara for a dis­ci­plinary mat­ter.

Last sea­son: No fix­ture

Last five league matches: Arse­nal W L W D L; Ful­ham L L D DW

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Pierre-em­er­ick Aubameyang (Arse­nal) 15; Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic (Ful­ham) 8

Match odds: H 32-100 A 8-1 D 9-2

Ref­eree: Gra­ham Scott

Cardiff (16) v Tot­ten­ham (3), 5.30pm

Cardiff man­ager Neil Warnock has no new in­jury con­cerns and is un­likely to make many changes af­ter the first away win of the sea­son at Le­ices­ter. Joe Ben­nett and Nathaniel Men­dez-laing could be in con­tention but Ken­neth Zo­hore (thigh), Jazz Richards (ham­string) and Danny Ward (knee) are out. Spurs right-back Serge Aurier is fit af­ter a groin prob­lem. How­ever, Vic­tor Wanyama, Jan Ver­tonghen, Mousa Dem­bele, Eric Dier and Erik Lamela miss out again.

Last sea­son: No fix­ture

Last five league matches: Cardiff WLLDW;TOTTENHAMWWWWL

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Cal­lum Pater­son (Cardiff) 4; Harry Kane (Tot­ten­ham) 17

Match odds: H 6-1 A47-100 D17-5

Ref­eree: Kevin Friend

TO­MOR­ROW 7.45pm un­less stated

Bournemouth (12) v Wat­ford (9) Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake could miss out due to a ham­string is­sue sus­tained at Manch­ester United. Jor­don Ibe could again deputise at wing-back, with Si­mon Fran­cis, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling all long-term ab­sen­tees due to knee in­juries. Wat­ford cap­tain Troy Deeney is likely to re­turn, with boss Javi Gra­cia set to make changes. An­dre Gray (leg), Se­bas­tian Prodl (knee) and Adal­berto Pe­naranda (foot) missed out against New­cas­tle and Chris­tian Kabasele also did not fea­ture af­ter a col­li­sion with the frame of the goal against Chelsea.

Last sea­son: Wat­ford 2 Bournemouth 2, Bournemouth 0 Wat­ford 2

Last five league matches: Bournemouth LLWLL; Wat­ford DWWLD

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Cal­lum Wil­son (Bournemouth) 9; Roberto Pereyra (Wat­ford) 6

Match odds: H 29-20 A 9-5 D 5-2

Ref­eree: David Coote

Chelsea (4) v Southamp­ton (17) Olivier Giroud is ex­pected to miss out due to an an­kle in­jury. Al­varo Mo­rata could start and Eden Haz­ard is likely play in his pre­ferred wide left role. Cesc Fabre­gas (neck), Ruben Lof­tus-cheek (back), Pe­dro (ham­string) and Cal­lum Hud­son-odoi (ham­string) could miss out.

Ryan Bertrand could again miss out for Southamp­ton be­cause of a back in­jury. Striker Michael Obafemi is ex­pected be ab­sent again with a ham­string is­sue, while Pierre-emile Ho­jb­jerg starts a four­match sus­pen­sion.

Last sea­son: Southamp­ton 2 Chelsea 3, Chelsea 1 Southamp­ton 0

Last five league matches: Chelsea W W L W W ; Southamp­ton L WWLL

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Eden Haz­ard (Chelsea) 12; Danny Ings (Southamp­ton) 8

Match odds: H24-100 A12-1 D 5-1

Ref­eree: Jonathan Moss

Hud­der­s­field (20) v Burn­ley (18) Hud­der­s­field boss David Wag­ner has no new in­jury or sus­pen­sion wor­ries but mid­field trio Aaron Mooy, Danny Wil­liams (both knee), and Ab­del­hamid Sabiri (col­lar­bone) are out. De­fender Tommy Smith (ham­string) is un­avail­able.

Rob­bie Brady could re­turn to con­tention for Burn­ley - he has missed three games with an ad­duc­tor prob­lem. Matt Low­ton is avail­able af­ter a ban but the game comes too soon for Steven De­four (calf), Stephen Ward, Aaron Len­non (both knee) and Nick Pope (shoul­der).

Last sea­son: Hud­der­s­field 0 Burn­ley 0, Burn­ley 0

Hud­der­s­field 0 Last five league matches: Hud­der­s­field L L L L L; Burn­ley W L L L W

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Mathias Jor­gensen (Hud­der­s­field) 3; Ash­ley Barnes (Burn­ley) 4

Match odds: H 6-5 A 27-10 D 2710

Ref­eree: Mike Dean

West Ham (11) v Brighton (13) Pablo Za­baleta could re­turn from ill­ness but Javier Her­nan­dez is at least an­other week away from fit­ness. Win­ston Reid (knee) Jack Wil­shere, Ryan Fred­er­icks (both an­kle), Fabio Bal­buena, Manuel Lanzini, Car­los Sanchez (all knee) and An­driy Yar­molenko (Achilles) all miss out for the hosts. Jose Izquierdo should be fit for Brighton as the Colom­bia for­ward has re­cov­ered from a knee in­jury. Brighton have no new in­juries but will be with­out Mat Ryan and Alireza Ja­han­bakhsh, who are both on in­ter­na­tional duty.

Last sea­son: Brighton 3 West Ham 1, West Ham 0 Brighton 3

Last five league matches: West Ham WWLW L ; Brighton L L L D W

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Fe­lipe An­der­son (West Ham) 8; Glenn Mur­ray (Brighton) 8

Match odds: H 19-20 A 1-1 D 13-5

Ref­eree: Chris Ka­vanagh

Wolves (7) v Crys­tal Palace (14) Wolves for­ward Diogo Jota has missed the last three matches with a ham­string prob­lem and re­mains an in­jury doubt.

Winger Adama Traore will be as­sessed af­ter go­ing off with a mi­nor knock dur­ing the win at Tot­ten­ham.

Vi­cente Guaita is ex­pected to re­tain his place in goal for Palace ahead of the fit-again Wayne Hen­nessey but striker Con­nor Wick­ham is push­ing to start af­ter suc­ces­sive sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances. Chris­tian Ben­teke (knee) is out.

Last sea­son: No fix­ture

Last five league matches: Wolves W W LDW; Palace LWWDL

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Raul Jimenez (Wolves) 6; Luka Milivo­je­vic & An­dros Townsend (Crys­tal Palace) 5

Match odds: H 1-1 A 3-1 D 5-2

Ref­eree: Roger East

New­cas­tle (15) v Man Utd (6), 8pm

Fed­erico Fer­nan­dez is a doubt with a hip in­jury and fel­low Mag­pies de­fender Ciaran Clark (an­kle) has missed the last three games. Mid­fielder Jonjo Shelvey re­turned from a thigh in­jury at Wat­ford but Ki Sung-yueng is on in­ter­na­tional duty. Cen­tral de­fender Flo­rian Le­je­une is close to a re­turn. United’s Eric Bailly is banned, hav­ing been sent off against Bournemouth.

Fel­low de­fender Mar­cos Rojo has missed re­cent games and Chris Smalling has a sore foot which will keep him out. Alexis Sanchez is push­ing for his first ap­pear­ance since Novem­ber.

Last sea­son: New­cas­tle 1 Utd 0, Utd 4 New­cas­tle 1

Last five league matches: NEWCASTLELWDLD;UTDWLWWW

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Salomon Ron­don (New­cas­tle) 6; An­thony Mar­tial & Paul Pogba (Man Utd) 9

Match odds: H 24-5 A 4-7 D 16-5

Ref­eree: An­dre Mar­riner

THURS­DAY

Man City (2) v Liver­pool (1), 8pm Mid­fielder Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for City be­cause of a mus­cle in­jury. Ilkay Gun­do­gan could re­turn but Fabian Delph is sus­pended. Ben­jamin Mendy (knee) and Clau­dio Bravo (Achilles) are long-term ab­sen­tees. Liver­pool mid­fielder James Mil­ner is in con­tention af­ter a mi­nor mus­cu­lar in­jury.

Last sea­son: Liver­pool 4 Man City 3, Man City 5 Liver­pool 0

Last five league matches: Man City L W L L W; Liver­pool W W W W W

Top scor­ers (all com­pe­ti­tions): Ser­gio Aguero (Man City) 13; Mo­hamed Salah (Liver­pool) 16

Match odds: H 1-1 A 5-2 D 14-5

Ref­eree: An­thony Tay­lor

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