Newcastle United vs West Bromwich Albion | St. James' Park |
Magpies aim to cement top 10 finish
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle’s winger Christian Atsu will feature in this clash, while full-back Jesus Gamez remains out. West Brom’s Gareth Barry could be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury. James Morrison is also likely not to feature, but the enigmatic Nacer Chadli could make a return.
Liverpool vs Stoke City
Liverpool vs Stoke City | Anfield Stadium |
A critical match for both teams on the home stretch
Considering his extended layoff with a back problem, it’s little surprise Liverpool left-back Nathaniel Clyne has picked up a muscle strain that has him sidelined again.
He will be hopeful of coming back before season’s end, but it is looking increasingly possible that Emre Can (back) and Adam Lallana (hamstring) may join Joel Matip (thigh) in having played their final games for the 2017/18 season.
Stoke at least have a good injury record as they plot their great escape, with only Konstantinos Stafylidis and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting currently sidelined.
Manchester City vs Swansea City
Manchester City vs Swansea City | Etihad Stadium |
The Citizens’ chance to regain home comforts.
Man City’s Benjamin Mendy remains out with a long-term injury, but Pep Guardiola will be pleased that the majority of squad will have a clean bill of health ahead of the clash with the Swans.
For Swansea, full-back Angel Rangel could return to the side, while the Swans’ on-loan midfielder Renato Sanches could also feature in this clash. Leroy Fer and Wilfred Bony are ruled out for the rest of the season.
Arsenal vs West Ham United
Arsenal vs West Ham United | Emirates Stadium |
A final London derby for both clubs in 2017/18
West Ham find themselves propping up the injury table at the time of writing with a league-high eight players sidelined, with little prospect of getting any back for this match.
Andy Carroll (fractured foot) and Michail Antonio (hamstring) are among the important Hammers manager David Moyes is unable to call upon.
The prognosis is a little better over at Arsenal. Granit Xhaka is expected back from a bout of illness, with four other teammates currently sidelined. It will be a good day for all if and when Santi Cazorla can finally overcome his wretched run.
Swansea City vs Everton
Swansea City vs Everton | Liberty Stadium |
A chance for the Swans to buy themselves some breathing room
Renato Sanches (hamstring) and Angel Rangel (groin) are nearing a return from their injuries, but this match will likely come a week or two too soon. The likes of Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony, two players that surely could have helped Swansea this campaign, remain on the long-term injured list.
For the Toffees, Idrissa Gana Gueye is just about back to full fitness following the hamstring injury he suffered in March and he will be hoping for a clean bill of health after a series of injury and illness issues. Five of his teammates, including Gylfi Sigurdsson, are still some time away from returning to training.
Southampton vs Chelsea
Southampton vs Chelsea | St. Mary's Stadium |
The Saints’ chance to dig themselves out of the bottom three
Southampton should have a clean bill of health ahead of this game, which will greatly encourage new boss Mark Hughes. Another boost for the home side will be the return of striker Charlie Austin, who is slowly regaining match fitness and managed to play 82 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to West Ham. Austin tore his hamstring in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield at St Mary’s back in December.
Following their disappointing 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, the return of several key personnel will steady the ship for the Blues. Thibaut Courtois, Pedro and Davide Zappacosta have reportedly returned to training and could feature against Southampton. Brazilian defender David Luiz remains out after being sidelined by knee and ankle injuries since the start of Feburary.
Manchester City vs Manchester United
Manchester City vs Manchester United | City of Manchester Stadium |
Time to celebrate on the blue half of Manchester?
Sergio Aguero, who so famously helped City win the league title back in 2011, would love to be back on the pitch for this game as he battles a minor knee injury. Likewise John Stones and Fabian Delph are due back for this fixture from concussion and a leg muscle injury respectively.
Daley Blind (ankle) and Phil Jones (hamstring) could be back in United’s defence for this match, while back-up keeper Sergio Romero remains sidelined with a knee problem. The rest of the Red Devils are fit and healthy as they attempt to silence those ‘noisy neighbours’ for another week.
Everton vs Liverpool
Everton vs Liverpool | Goodison Park |
A chance for the Toffees to inflict some damage on their hated neighbours
Everton have had a difficult run with injuries this season, with seven players currently on the injured list, including Gylfi Sigurdsson (knee), James McCarthy (broken leg) and Eliaquim Mangala (knee).
The international break wasn’t overly kind to Liverpool, with Andrew Robertson, Emre Can and Joe Gomez all returning to Anfield with knocks, although only the latter should be in major doubt for this match due to an ankle injury.
Otherwise the rest of the players are fit and firing, with Everton keeper Jordan Pickford and Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson among those to impress for their respective national teams in World Cup warm-up games.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur | Stamford Bridge |
Spurs’ chance to cement a Champions League
The major blow for the away side is that they will be without hotshot Harry Kane, who suffered an ankle injury during Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth. The Englishman has been ruled out for a couple of weeks and will not feature in this one. Also, Spurs midfielder Harry Winks could be a doubt, after he withdrew from the the England U21 squad with an injury.
Ross Barkley has hardly featured for defending champions Chelsea since his summer move from Everton, but based on the hints which Conte has recently dropped, the Englishman could feature in some part of the game against Spurs.
Arsenal vs Stoke City
Arsenal vs Stoke City | Emirates Stadium |
Struggling Potters’ chance to do an unlikely double
Arsenal will be handed a huge boost, as manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed that French frontman Alexandre Lacazette could be back from injury after more than a month on the sidelines. Long term absentee Santi Carzola remains out, while it remains to be seen if Laurent Koscielny will return to the starting eleven.
On the other hand, Stoke remain largely been unscathed, with Xherdan Shaqiri having recovered from a minor injuries, and featuring in their 2-1 defeat to Everton. Mame Biram Diouf however, did not play any part in that match and there has been no indication whether he will play against Arsenal.