London Soccer Shorts

Saturday, August 27

Premier League

Brentford v Everton

Brentford could have Kristoffer Ajer available for the visit of Everton although Ethan Pinnock and Sergi Canos remain sidelined.

The Bess will be looking to bounce back following a last-gasp defeat at West London rivals, Fulham last week.

Chelsea v Leicester City

Chelsea will be without the suspended Kalidou Koulibaly following his dismissal at Leeds United last weekend.

Thomas Tuchel is also missing the injured duo, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Patrick Viera has no further injury concerns ahead of Palace’s huge clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Eagles have recovered following an opening day defeat to Arsenal and will take heart having been one of only four teams to avoid defeat at the hands of the Premier League champions last season. Indeed, Palace has gleaned seven points from their last four visits to City.

Arsenal v Fulham 

Reiss Nelson’s thigh injury keeps him out of contention for league leaders, Arsenal, in their London derby with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.

Fulham welcomes back a whole host of stars who were rested for the midweek Carabao Cup defeat at Crawley, with Aleksandar Mitrovic hoping to add to his three Premier League goals this season.

Sky Bet Championship

Millwall v Reading

Stuttering Millwall are without Mason Bennett (hamstring) for the visit of Reading. However, frontman, Tom Bradshaw could return to the starting line-up having been named on the bench for last week’s defeat at Norwich City.

Watford v Queen’s Park Rangers

QPR boss, Michael Beale, will again have to make do without injured pair, Jake Clarke-Salter and Taylor Richards for the trip to Watford.

The R’s have made an indifferent start to the season and currently occupy seventeenth place in the table with a win and two draws from their five league outings to date.

Sky Bet League One

Wycombe Wanderers v Charlton Athletic

Sixth-placed Charlton Athletic will face a tough test against a Wycombe Wanderers side that returned to League One winning ways in emphatic style at Barnsley last weekend.

The Chairboys completed a league double over Charlton last season. However, they had lost all six of their EFL meetings with the South-East Londoners before the 2021/22 season.

Sky Bet League Two

AFC Wimbledon v Barrow

Recent signing, Harry Pell could feature for the Dons against Barrow following his move from Accrington Stanley.

Speaking to about his latest recruit, boss Johnnie Jackson said: “He brings size, physicality and goals. 

“He knows the club well. What’s really important is that he was desperately keen to come to us. 

“I want people that are keen to be part of what we are doing here, so in that respect it’s exciting.”

Leyton Orient v Hartlepool

Table-topping Leyton Orient will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when struggling Hartlepool United visit Brisbane Road on Saturday.

The O’s 3-1 win at Colchester United last weekend was their fourth in five since the start of the season. QPR loanee, Charlie Kelman could start having netted twice during his four appearances for the East Londoners to date.

Sunday, August 28

Premier League

Aston Villa v West Ham United

Bottom of the table, West Ham head to the West Midlands hoping for a change of fortune against an Aston Villa side that has won just one of their last twelve meetings with the East Londoners.

The Hammers have beaten Villa on each of their last two visits, including a 4-1 thrashing when the sides met back in October 2021.

David Moyes could hand a Premier League start to Gianluca Scamacca after the Italian scored twice in as many matches in the Europa Conference. Meanwhile, the Scotsman must decide on whether to give a debut to Emerson Palmieri following his move across the capital from Chelsea.

Nottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham head to the City Ground looking to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign to four matches for only the second time in thirteen seasons.

However, newly promoted Forest has a decent record against the Lilywhites, winning six of teh last nine top-flight meetings between the two sides.

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