Premier League injuries, 2020-21

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Premier League injuries: It’s time to take a look at the players who might be unavailable, or set to return from injury, ahead of matchweek 19 in the 2020-21 Premier League season.

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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Note: Any player listed for COVID-19 reasons — whether a positive test or additional precautions — will always be deemed “questionable” until they make their return to action.

Arsenal injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Kieran Tierney (calf), Gabriel Martinelli (ankle) | OUT: Pablo Mari (calf)

Aston Villa injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Ross Barkley (hamstring) | OUT: Trezeguet (hamstring), Wesley (knee)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Adam Lallana (undisclosed), Aaron Connolly (thigh), Steven Alzete (illness), Jason Steele (undisclosed) | OUT: Tariq Lamptey (thigh), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (ankle), Danny Welbeck (knee), Jose Izquierdo (knee), Florin Andone (knee)

Burnley injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Jimmy Dunne (knock), Charlie Taylor (hamstring), Bailey Peacock-Farrell (illness)

Chelsea injuries

OUT: N’Golo Kante (suspension)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Jeffrey Schlupp (thigh), Martin Kelly (calf), Wayne Hennessey (undisclosed), Connor Wickham (undisclosed)

Everton injuries

OUT: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh), Allan (hamstring), Fabian Delph (thigh), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (calf)

Fulham injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Aleksandar Mitrovic (undisclosed) | OUT: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan deal), Mario Lemina (knock), Tom Cairney (knee)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (suspension), Gaetano Berardi (knee), Adam Forshaw (groin), Robin Koch (knee)

Leicester City injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Cengiz Under (ankle), Ricardo Pereira (groin) | OUT: Dennis Praet (hamstring)

Liverpool injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Joel Matip (groin) | OUT: Virgil van Dijk (knee), Diogo Jota (knee), Joe Gomez (knee), Naby Keita (undisclosed), Konstantinos Tsimikas (knee)

Manchester City injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (thigh), Sergio Aguero (COVID-19), Nathan Ake (undisclosed), Eric Garcia (COVID-19)

Manchester United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Anthony Martial (hamstring), Nemanja Matic (groin), Victor Lindelof (back), Facundo Pellistri (COVID-19) | OUT: Marcos Rojo (calf), Phil Jones (knee)

Newcastle United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Allan Saint-Maximin (COVID-19), Jamaal Lascelles (COVID-19), Jamal Lewis (knock), Jonjo Shelvey (undisclosed), Federico Fernandez (undisclosed) | OUT: Ryan Fraser (suspension)

Sheffield United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Oliver McBurnie (knock) | OUT: Sander Berge (hamstring), Jack O’Connell (knee), Jack Robinson (undisclosed)

Southampton injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Danny Ings (undisclosed), Mohamed Salisu (undisclosed) | OUT: Jannik Vestergaard (knee), Nathan Redmond (groin), Moussa Djenepo (thigh), Michael Obafemi (undisclosed)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

OUT: Giovani Lo Celso (hamstring)

West Bromwich Albion injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Conor Townsend (knee), Sam Field (knee), Hal Robson-Kanu (wrist) | OUT: Conor Gallagher (suspension), Karlan Grant (foot)

West Ham United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Lukasz Fabianski (thigh), Issa Diop (undisclosed), Fabian Balbuena (isolation), Ryan Fredericks (COVID-19) | OUT: Arthur Masuaku (knee)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Adama Traore (hamstring) | OUT: Raul Jimenez (head), Daniel Podence (calf), Jonny (knee), Fernando Marcal (groin)

Wolves – West Brom: How to watch, start time, team news, odds, prediction

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A massive derby has returned to the Premier League as Wolves – West Brom will not be for the faint-hearted on Saturday (start time 7:30 am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with both teams in poor form. 

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This is the first time they’ve met in any competition since 2012.

Sam Allardyce and Nuno Espirito Santo both need a win to get their season going, as Wolves have slumped down the table since Raul Jimenez was injured and West Brom are in serious trouble in the relegation zone and were knocked out of the FA Cup by third-tier Blackpool last time out.

Allardyce was a boyhood Wolves fan but he is now in charge of their bitter rivals and aside from a point away at Liverpool, his West Brom side have been battered routinely as they sit seven points from safety going into this derby.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this bitter rivalry. 

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Team news

Wolves have recalled striker Patrick Cutrone from his loan spell at Fiorentina, while Morgan Gibbs-White has also returned after his loan spell at Swansea. Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez, Willy Boly and Marcal are out, while Jonny Otto is stepping up his recovery. Adama Traore is expected to shake off a hamstring issue to feature against West Brom.

West Brom have been without Karlan Grant, Sam Field, Conor Townsend and Hal Robson-Kanu in recent weeks.


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Wolves (-200) are the heavy favorites, while West Bromwich Albion (+600) are massive underdogs. The draw is +290.

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Prediction

West Brom will make this tighter than their recent games, but Wolves have too much quality in midfield for them. Even though they’re struggling to score, Wolves will ease to victory. Wolves 2-0 West Bromwich Albion.


How to watch Wolves – West Brom stream and start time

Kick off: 7:30am ET, Saturday
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LIVE, FA Cup third round: How to watch, start time, stream link, odds

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Twenty Nineteen Premier League sides enter the FA Cup this weekend when the monstrous tournament hits the third round proper.

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Finally, at 2:45 pm ET, the penultimate game of the weekend kicked off (REACP HERE) as Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion visited League Two side Newport County.

The weekend’s most intriguing event — Tottenham’s trip to the Rossett Park Stadium (REACP HERE), the home of 8th-tier minnow Marine — took place at 12 pm ET. 161 places separated the two sides, making this the largest gap between opponents in the 150-year history of the FA Cup. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 20,000 virtual tickets have been sold — the vast majority of which were purchased by Spurs fans — at $13 each, bringing more than a quarter-million dollars into Marine’s coffers. That figure should not only sustain the club for years to come, but also provide a massive boost their charitable work in the community just outside Liverpool.

For more information on this historic event, read the preview below.

The portion of the action featuring Premier League sides kicked off early on Sunday (RECAP HERE), as three sides — Chelsea, Manchester City and Leeds United — each faced opposition from the lower leagues of English football at 8:30 am ET.


Friday’s FA Cup third round tie between Aston Villa and Liverpool took place despite a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the hosts which led to a closing of Villa’s training ground.

[ FA CUP ROUNDUP: Leicester cruise; West Brom fall; 6th-tier Chorley’s Cupset ]

14 positive tests came back from Villa — nine among first-team players — and many other first-team players are self-isolating as they were close contacts to those who have COVID-19. Dean Smith and his entire first-team coaching staff were absent for Aston Villa – Liverpool on Friday, while U23 coach Mark Delaney managed a Villa team made up of purely U23 and U18 players who have not been in contact with the first team in recent days.

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Liverpool needed an hour to do so, but they eventually ran away with a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa’s under-23 team (RECAP HERE).


Saturday’s 10 am ET action (RECAP HERE) saw five Premier League sides — Leicester City, Burnley, Fulham West Brom and Sheffield United — in action against lower-division sides. The full list of fixtures for the weekend can be found at the bottom of this page.

At 12:30 pm ET (RECAP HERE), Arsenal and Newcastle United battled in Saturday’s only all-Premier clash of the day at the Emirates Stadium. Three Championship sides — recent League Cup semifinalists Brentford, as well as Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town — were also in action at 1pm ET.

Coming up next at 3 pm ET (RECAP HERE), the day’s final fixture will see Manchester United host EFL Championship (and recently relegated) side Watford at Old Trafford.


Elsewhere this weekend, some fairytale stories will play out in the FA Cup.

The extra preliminary rounds began Aug. 31 with ninth-tier Woodford Town holding serve with a 3-1 home win over London Colney at the Ashton Playing Fields.

Those teams are usually, for the most part, simply romance stories at this stage in the competition.

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Not this time.

Eighth-tier Marine AFC qualified for the third round proper and drew not just a date with a power, but a home date. Tottenham Hotspur visits the Mariners at Rossett Park on Sunday.

How big of an upset would a win be? The match is considered the biggest ever gap between two clubs in the third round of the FA Cup. Marine’s season isn’t even active right now, to boot.

Last season, only two teams outside the Football League made it to the third round: fifth-tier AFC Fylde and Hartlepool United. The former was drawn against a Premier League side, but it was newly-promoted Sheffield United away and — again — this was not an eighth-tier opponent versus a recent Champions League finalist.

Marine is sixth in the Northern Premier League’s Division One North West table this season, behind Colne, Ramsbottom United, Workington, Clitheroe, and Dunston UTS.

Spurs are fourth in the Premier League, four points back of Manchester United and Liverpool.

So, basically the same thing.

Marine beat sixth-tier Havant and Waterlooville having earlier knocked off League Two’s Colchester United, Chester (6), Nantwich Town (7), Runcorn Linnets (8), Frickley Athletic (8), Barnoldswick Town (9).

The 127-year-old club is living in the spotlight and has made the most of its chance despite closed doors meaning the club claims it’s lost the chance at around $160,000 between tickets and sponsorship.

Unable to take advantage of fan revenue from the game, they are selling virtual match tickets and received a sponsorship from Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.


How to watch the FA Cup third round

When: Friday through Monday
TV Channel/Stream: ESPN and ESPN+


FA Cup third round

Friday
Wolves v Crystal Palace
Aston Villa v Liverpool

Saturday
Everton v Rotherham United
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City
Boreham Wood v Millwall
Luton Town v Reading
Norwich City v Coventry City
Chorley v Derby County
Oldham Athletic v Bournemouth
Stevenage v Swansea City
Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United
Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster Rovers
Stoke City v Leicester City
Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End
Burnley v MK Dons
QPR v FulhamM
Exeter City v Sheffield Wednesday
Blackpool v West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Huddersfield v Plymouth Argyle
Brentford v Middlesbrough
Southampton v Shrewsbury Town — postponed
Manchester United v Watford

Sunday
Barnsley v Tranmere Rovers
Crawley Town v Leeds United
Bristol City v Portsmouth
Manchester City v Birmingham City
Chelsea v Morecambe
Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town
Marine AFC v Tottenham Hotspur
Newport County v Brighton and Hove Albion

Monday
Stockport County v West Ham United


FA Cup (early) roundup: Leicester cruise; 6th-tier Chorley’s Cupset

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The magic of the FA Cup is alive and well this Saturday, as clubs ranging from the sixth tier of English football all the way up to the Premier League compete for the same thing: the 150-year-old FA Cup trophy.

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Chorley 2-0 Derby County

The weekend’s first FA Cupset occurred in the earliest round of fixtures on Saturday, as sixth-tier Chorley hosted and defeated EFL Championship side Derby County, though the Rams were without interim manager Wayne Rooney and his entire first-team squad due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the club. Chorley got goals from Connor Hall and Mike Calveley to secure a 2-0 victory at the aptly named Victory Park.

The scenes inside the National League North side’s locker room will live on in the memories of everyone involved with Chorley for quite some time. The song — Adele’s “Someone Like You — has become the unofficial anthem of Chorley’s journey from the first round of the FA Cup, now into the fourth round.


Everton 2-1 Rotherham United

Elsewhere, Everton required extra-time to see off Championship side Rotherham at Goodison Park. Cenk Tosun got the Toffees off to a flying start with a 9th-minute goal, before 22-year-old American right back Matthew Olosunde (formerly of the Manchester United academy) equalized in the 56th minute. Abdoulaye Doucoure wasted little time during the additional period, as he slotted home from James Rodriguez’s through ball in the 93rd minute to send Carlo Ancelotti’s side through to the fourth round.

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Stoke City 0-4 Leicester City

Few sides will have an easier time this weekend than Leicester, who went away to Stoke and walked out of the bet365 Stadium with a 4-0 victory. James Justin opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark, scoring what might just go down as the goal of the round. Marc Albrighton added the Foxes’ second on 59 minutes, followed by an 79th-minute tally from Ayoze Perez and another from Harvey Barnes in the 81st minute.


Burnley 1-1 (4-3 PKs) MK Dons

Burnley were mere seconds from being eliminated by League One side MK Dons, but Matej Vydra slid in to poke home a loose ball in the box in the 93rd minute and send the game to extra-time. Goalkeeper Will Norris made a pair of saves in the penalty shootout and Phil Bardsley converted the Clarets’ fifth attempt from the spot.


Queens Park Rangers 0-2 (AET) Fulham

Fulham also needed extra-time to knock off QPR in a west London derby at Loftus Road. The game was scoreless after 90 minutes before Fulham broke through twice at the tail end of the first period of extra time. Bobby De Cordova-Reid placed a low, curled strike into the bottom corner in the 104th minute and Neeskens Kebano put the game to bed in the second minute of stoppage.


Blackpool 2-2 (3-2 PKs) West Bromwich Albion

West Brom came back from a goal down twice in the second half, only to fall to League One side Blackpool in a penalty shootout. Semi Ajayi (52nd minute) and Matheus Pereira (80th) pulled the Premier League side level to send the game to extra-time, where neither side scored. Pereira, who had earlier converted from the penalty spot, was denied by Chris Maxwell in the fifth round, sending the Tangerines through to the fourth round.


Bristol Rovers 2-3 Sheffield United

For the first time (in any competition) since the start of the 2020-21 season, Sheffield United celebrated victory as the full-time whistle was blown — they even scored two of their three goals themselves as they knocked off League One side Bristol Rovers.

Joe Day’s own goal put the Blades ahead in the 9th minute, but it was 1-1 after 21 minutes. Oliver Burke restored Sheffield United’s lead in the 59th minute, but the score was again quickly leveled in the 62nd. Barely a minute later, Jayden Bogle finished a free-flowing sequence to make it 3-2 and send the Blades through to the fourth round.


Other FA Cup results

Friday

Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool
Wolves 1-0 Crystal Palace

7 am ET/9 am ET

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Cardiff City
Luton Town 1-0 Reading
Norwich City 2-0 Coventry City
Boreham Wood 0-2 Millwall
Stevenage 0-2 Swansea City
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Doncaster
Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 Preston North End
Exeter 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

12:30 pm ET/1 pm ET

Huddersfield Town 2-3 Plymouth Argyle

Mid-term Premier League grades

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With the halfway point of the season just about here, it is time to reveal our mid-term Premier League grades for all 20 clubs.

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Let’s get to it, as we analyze who has surpassed expectations and which clubs have struggled mightily in the opening half of the 2020-21 campaign.

It’s safe to say there are some big boys flunking and a few underdogs top of the class, so far, as there are just four points between the first place and seventh place team in the Premier League table.

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Below we dish out our grades for the first half of the 2020-21 Premier League.


Premier League mid-term grades for 2020-21

Arsenal: D-
Mikel Arteta’s side had a fine comeback over the festive period, but that doesn’t make up for an awful start to the season which had them in the relegation picture for most of it. The Gunners will be hoping 2021 is the year they kick on and prove their top four credentials.


Aston Villa: A+
What a start to the season for Villa! They are in the top four picture and have two games in-hand over most of their rivals, as Jack Grealish has pulled the strings, they’ve improved massively at the back and Ollie Watkins gives them an extra edge in attack. After just staying up last season, they’ve rode that wave of optimism spectacularly.


Burnley: C
What you would expect, just about. Sean Dyche deserves credit as the club didn’t spend money in the transfer window due to the impending takeover, which is now complete, and he’s managed to steer Burnley just above the relegation zone despite a woeful start. Still, they need to add key parts in January to kick on and away from the drop zone.


Brighton: D-
Pretty awful from a results perspective, as Graham Potter’s side continue to play lovely stuff but can’t get the job done as they’ve won just twice in 17 games so far this season. That isn’t good enough for this squad of players. A relegation scrap beckons.


Chelsea: C+
For a few weeks it seemed like they were genuine title contenders, but the same few mistakes keep hitting Chelsea hard. They can’t finish chances off and they make silly defensive mistakes. Not a great combo. Big-money arrivals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have struggled in the Premier League and that means Frank Lampard is under pressure as a title bid has turned into a scrap to be in the top four picture.


Crystal Palace: C+
Well, C+ is just about the most Roy Hodgson grade you can get. The Eagles continue to just exceed expectations, as Wilfried Zaha has been in great form and they have had a lot of injuries to deal with. Comfortably in midtable.


Everton: A-
After an amazing start to the season there was a lot of talk of a title push for the Toffees. That talk had dissipated, slightly, but a recent run of good form has them in the top four conversation. When Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and James Rodriguez are fit, they can beat anyone. Injuries haven’t been kind to them, but they’re finding a way to grind out wins.


Fulham: C
Poor start to life back in the Premier League but they’ve rebounded well. Scott Parker has found his preferred system of 3-4-3 which has shored up their defensive issues and still gives them a threat in attack. They need to score more goals, but their defensive additions late in the summer window were brilliant. Let’s see what January brings at the other end of the pitch.


Leeds United: B
This was what we expected from Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have gone for it in pretty much every game and the Premier League has been taken aback by how quickly they’ve settled with their high-press. Leeds are in midtable and primed for a top 10 push, at least. Patrick Bamford is scoring goals and if they didn’t have so many defensive injuries, maybe the great entertainers would be in the top six.


Leicester City: A+
You have to applaud Brendan Rodgers’ side for a wonderful season so far. After just missing out on the top four last season, they are right up there once again. Add in so many injuries, especially at the back, and the fact they’ve been in Europa League action, and it is quite remarkable. If Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi stay fit, they have a chance of pushing for the title. Seriously.


Liverpool: B+
Talking about a title push and injuries, the Reds have hung in there despite losing their two first-choice center backs in Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Away from home, Liverpool have struggled and they have been lackluster in attack in recent weeks. Despite all of that, the reigning champs are still top of the league. For now.


Manchester City: B+
Here. They. Come. After struggling through the opening months of the season — often without a striker as they struggled for goals without Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus — City have found their feet. Pep Guardiola’s side are more pragmatic this season and that is what they needed to do. Especially against the big teams. A different sort of City team, but still capable of dominating games as Kevin de Bruyne is running the show and John Stones is a man reborn.


Manchester United: A-
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Man United in the title race? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Man United in the title race. Whisper it, but United are in incredible form with eight wins from their last 10 games and they’ve finally found consistency. After a slow start, both in the season and during games, they have their top attacking talents firing on all cylinders. United are ahead of schedule and Bruno Fernandes is getting better and better.


Newcastle United: C+
They’ve picked up more points than they deserved, and Steve Bruce is edging them closer to the 40 point marker. But that’s about it. Callum Wilson has been good for a squad hit hard by the long-term impacts of COVID-19. Not the most inspiring to watch, but they get results.


Sheffield United: F
Just woeful. The Blades are playing well enough in games but in the key moments they aren’t good enough at the back and going forward they just can’t score. Two points and no wins from their opening 17 games is historically bad, but they aren’t doing a lot different than last season.


Southampton: A+
The Saints are marching on. After a fine ‘Project Restart’ they improved after a shaky start and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side still high-press, but have shored things up at the back and are much better on the ball. As long as Danny Ings stays fit, Saints can push for the top six. James Ward-Prowse, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jannik Vestergaard, Oriol Romeu and Che Adams are all having fine seasons too.


Tottenham Hotspur: B+
A very good start to the season for Jose Mourinho’s side, and it needed to be after their big-spending summer. They’ve fallen away a little, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon have been great signings. They aren’t always the best to watch, but Harry Kane and Heung-min Son are on fire and make Spurs worth watching. They are still in the title race, and the League Cup final, and Mourinho is a master at getting teams over the line.


West Bromwich Albion: F
Slaven Bilic is a nice bloke, and a good coach, but he wasn’t backed in the transfer window after getting them promoted, and it showed. New boss Sam Allardyce needs to be backed in the window, or else they are going to get relegated very quickly. Going forward they are struggling for goals and the Baggies are really up against it.


West Ham United: B+
David Moyes has done a really good job and his two main signings, Coufal and Soucek, have been fine additions. West Ham aren’t always the best to watch but they’ve been economical and they’ve missed Michail Antonio badly. Defensively they are tough to break down and they can push for Europe if Antonio is fit and they bring in another forward.


Wolverhampton Wanderers: C+
The injury to Raul Jimenez hit them hard but Wolves have shown a lot of grit to hang in there. They may not challenge for the top six, but you get the sense they will kick on in 2021. Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto have shown flashes of brilliance but they haven’t been consistent enough.