Oct 23

Real Sociedad vs Espanyol

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Real Sociedad
David Zurutuza is still missing due to injury for the home side, which should see Igor Zubeldia feature in central midfield.
Alvaro Odriozola missed out on Real Sociedad’s Europa League game on Thursday with a knee problem, but might recover for Monday’s game.
Juanmi should be fit after an injury scare this week, with Willian Jose to continue up top after netting four versus Vardar.
Espanyol have no new injury problems heading into this La Liga matchday, with changes expected to be kept to a minimum.
Marc Navarro should retain his place at right back, rather than Victor Sanchez coming back into the side.
Leo Baptistao should be continued to ask to work back defensively on the right flank to free Jurado to roam centrally.
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Oct 22

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Team News
Danny Rose returned to first team action in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in Real Madrid, but may not be ready to start against Liverpool, though Ben Davies is available and could feature from the off.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could revert to a familiar three-man defence for this one, with Jan Vertonghen returning at centre-back having played at left-back for the meetings with Bournemouth and Real Madrid.
Erik Lamela remains sidelined, while Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are both out.
Jurgen Klopp remains without Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane for the visit to Tottenham.
Lloris Karius, James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold all started the 7-0 win over Maribor on Tuesday, but the trio could drop to the bench in favour of Simon Mignolet, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez.
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Oct 21

Napoli vs Inter

Team News
Allan and Jorginho were dropped to the bench against Manchester City in midweek as Maurizio Sarri effectively prioritised Saturday’s top of the table clash with Inter.
Scan results have revealed Lorenzo Insigne has avoided a muscle tear but is still a huge doubt for Saturday’s match.
Marek Hamsik might not be able to play 90 minutes in all games, but as the captain he will probably start all the big clashes.
Marcelo Brozovic is injured and Luciano Spalletti does not seem completely happy with João Mario operating behind Mauro Icardi. Borja Valero could play in that position, which would pave the way for Roberto Gagliardini to play in midfield.
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Oct 20

West Ham vs Brighton

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West Ham
Andy Carroll is suspended after his red card in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley. Javier Hernandez is expected start in Carroll’s absence after being given the all-clear following an injury scare earlier in the week and could be partnered in attack by Michail Antonio.
Adrian is expected to train on Thursday after suffering from a stomach problem earlier in the week, but James Collins and Diafra Sakho miss out for the Hammers on Friday.
Tomer Hemed serves the third of a three-match ban, while Steve Sidwell is ruled out with a back issue.
Chris Hughton is sweating on the fitness of Shane Duffy after he sustained a knock in the 1-1 draw with Everton, with Uwe Hunemeier in line to deputise at the back.
Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock are both doubts.
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Oct 19

Everton vs Lyon

Team News
Ronald Koeman is expected to make some changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Brighton at the weekend.
Oumar Niasse is ineligible for the home side, while the Everton manager will be without at least five players because of injury.
Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka may rotate in the starting XI here, with the former coming into the team against Lyon.
Memphis Depay has dropped down the pecking order in recent weeks but should be given a chance to impress from the start against Everton on Thursday.
Marcelo missed Friday’s win over Monaco through suspension and will be fresh to return to the team at Goodison Park. Rafael and Kenny Tete may also continue to rotate at right-back.
Clement Grenier and Pape Cheikh are both expected to miss out for the away side.
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Oct 18

Chelsea vs Roma

Team News
Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante are ruled out with hamstring injuries, but Alvaro Morata is in contention to return after missing their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace with the same injury. Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater is still sidelined for the home side.
Kostas Manolas was subbed off just after half-time in Roma’s 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Saturday and has failed to recover in time for the trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy missed out against Napoli at the weekend but have been included in the travelling squad here.
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Oct 15

Inter vs AC Milan

Team News
Marcelo Brozovic had started to fill the trequartista position well for Luciano Spalletti, but then got injured during the international break.
Therefore, one of João Mario or Eder will play in the role, unless Borja Valero is moved closer to the attack.
Dalbert is favourite to start at left-back despite the availability of both Yuto Nagatomo and João Cancelo.
AC Milan
Vincenzo Montella seems to have found a favourite in Fabio Borini, who he has used in a number of roles on the pitch.
This time the Italian might play on the right flank in a 3-5-2 formation.
Hakan Calhanoglu is suspended and will therefore make room for Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura.
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Oct 14

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Team News
Sadio Mane is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during the international break, providing Liverpool with a huge blow.
Dejan Lovren continues to struggle with injury and remains a doubt for the home side here, with Ragnar Klavan on standby to step in and partner Joel Matip at the back.
With Adam Lallana, Adam Bogan and Nathaniel Clyne all still injured for the home side, few changes are expected to Jurgen Klopp’s usual starting XI.
Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are in competition to start at right-back with Clyne still sidelined.
Manchester United
Marouane Fellaini picked up a knee injury during the international break and will be sidelined for three weeks. With Paul Pogba still out with a hamstring injury and Michael Carrick also sidelined, Jose Mourinho is short of options in central midfield.
Romelu Lukaku played through the pain in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace but was declared fit to play during the international break and came off the bench against Cyprus. He will start here.
Injury forced Phil Jones to withdraw from the England squad at the start of the international break and he remains a doubt for the away side this Saturday, while Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are long-term absentees.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford continue to battle for a starting berth on the left, with the latter expected to get the nod.
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Oct 13

VfB Stuttgart vs FC Cologne

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VfB Stuttgart
Manager Hannes Wolf could also drop Marcin Kaminski or Benjamin Pavard to field a more attack-minded team, with Daniel Ginczek possibly partnering Simon Terodde up front.
Chadrac Akolo is suffering with an infection and could could be replaced by Josip Brekalo in attacking midfield.
Otherwise, manager Hannes Wolf is unlikely to make any unforced changes.
FC Cologne
Matthias Lehmann should return from an ankle injury in time to start in central midfield.
Despite only being able to train once with the team after a late arrival from the Japanese national team, Yuya Osako is expected to replace the injured Jhon Córdoba up front, with Simon Zoller filling in behind him.
Recently signed veteran Claudio Pizarro provides a further attacking option from the bench.
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Oct 12

Vaalerenga vs Haugesund

Team News
Injury prone attacking duo Daniel Fredheim Holm and Mohammed Abdellaoue are both expected miss out yet again.
Daniel Berntsen is suspended, with the returning Bård Finne expected to come into the team as his replacement.
Striker Fitim Azemi is a doubt due to illness.
Samúel Friðjónsson played 90 minutes for the Iceland U21s on Tuesday, so he is unlikely to start here.
Haugesund have no major injuries, but a few players are rated doubtful. Anthony Izuchukwu is back in training after his lengthy absence but not likely to start due to lack of match fitness.
Goalkeeper Per Kristian Bråtveit had to withdraw from the Norwegian U21 squad with a back problem, but has been training with Haugesund this week and is thought to be ready for the game.
Forward Frederik Gytkjær is a doubt because of illness, while veteran utility man Tor Arne Andreassen missed out on Haugesund’s last match with a back issue and is a doubt here. That said, the club is hopeful that Andreassen will be able to make it.
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