We’re back to business as usual after having been away for a couple of weeks of international break. A whole host of Premier League players featured, with many scoring, including the pick of the bunch from Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović. The Cottagers will be concerned that his form for Serbia hasn’t been replicated for the club.
Looking further forward, it’s worth noting that Tottenham will now play twice in GW-32, which will be a blank for Crystal Palace. GW-33 will follow on the Tuesday immediately following GW-32, and it will have blanks for Spurs, Fulham, Man City and Southampton.
Chelsea vs West Brom
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A fair few of Chelsea’s players featured during the international break. Jorginho, Kante, Hudson-Odoi and Abraham will hope to recover from their slight knocks, whilst Thiago Silva is still a doubt. The slightly improved Baggies will be without Gibbs and Gallagher, the latter ineligible to face his parent club.
Leeds vs Sheffield United
Leeds, one of the few teams to feature back in BGW-29, is in good shape currently. Midfielder Klich looks unlikely to be ready for this one due to injury. Sheffield United has an injury crisis on top of poor form; defenders Basham and Egan are unlikely to feature, whilst Stevens will face a late fitness test.
Leicester vs Man City
The Foxes, who were rampant last time out, have three long-term injuries to key players: Barnes, Under and Justin. The good news is that Maddison and Ricardo have been passed fit. Man City is in fine form, entering this fixture without any injury concerns. However, quite a few Citizens featured during the international break.
Arsenal vs Liverpool
The Gunners have slight injury doubts still for midfield trio Saka, Smith-Rowe and Willian, with all others fit. Liverpool still have the usual long-term injuries at the back, with recent stand-in Henderson out till May. Firmino and Origi are slight doubts, but Jota is fit and firing to give the Reds a boost, also impressing during the international break.
Southampton vs Burnley
The Saints will hope that Theo Walcott and Danny Ings will be fit enough for this one, with both having struggled with knocks over the last few game-weeks. Burnley striker Ashley Barnes looks unlikely to be ready for this, likewise defender Charlie Taylor, who has a hamstring injury following his return a few weeks back.
Newcastle vs Spurs
The woeful Magpies will hope that attacking outlets Wilson and Saint-Maximin can return after having missed out the last few weeks. Elsewhere, Schar and Hayden are out with longer-term injuries. Son Heung-Min is still marked a doubt due to the hamstring injury that kept him out last time as well as through the international break. Defensive trio Reguilon, Doherty and Davies are slight-doubts with knocks.
Aston Villa vs Fulham
Though Villa Talisman Jack Grealish is still marked a slight doubt due to the shin injury that has kept him out for over a month now, Dean Smith is positive that he’ll be fit for this one. Fulham forward Bobby Decordova-Reid is lacking match fitness and may miss out.
Man United vs Brighton
Man United has a few knocks to key attackers Rashford, Martial and Greenwood, with no real certainty which if any will return for this one. Brighton is still without Lamptey and March who remain sidelined with long-term injuries. Elsewhere, Adam Webster is a doubt for this one.
Everton vs Crystal Palace
Everton is still without midfielders Delph and Doucoure until at least May, whilst defender Godfrey and midfielder Davies are doubts after sitting out the U21 game against Croatia. Palace has huge defensive issues at the moment: Tomkins and Sakho are still out for the foreseeable future, while Mitchell, Clyne and Ferguson are unlikely to make it for this one.
Wolves vs West Ham
Wolves shot-stopper Patricio missed the international games due to a head injury, but the Nuno has confirmed he is okay for this one. Elsewhere, this game looks too soon for Podence and Marcal. West Ham’s recent absentees (Ogbonna, Masuaku, Fornals and Yarmolenko) may not make it back in time for this one.
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