So … food for thought as we sail the choppy seas on the good ship MicroNations League Cup…
FRIDAY 14TH JANUARY
Brighton & Hove Albion 20:00 Crystal Palace
This set of fixtures kicks off at 8pm on Friday with a derby game between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace. Brighton are 9th and have only lost once in their last five. Maupay is in good form. Dunk and Mwepu injured, Bissouma at AFCON. Palace are 12th and in reasonable form. Michael Olise will play while Ayew and Zaha are away at AFCON.
SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY
Manchester City 12:30 Chelsea
Saturday's early kick-off features Manchester City v Chelsea at the Ethiad. This is a 1st versus second clash. City are in fantastic form, having won their last 5 in the League and winning in the FA Cup. Foden and Zinchenko may be back, Mahrez at AFCON. Chelsea played and won in the Carabao Cup in midweek. No Mendy, Chilwell or James.
Burnley 15:00 Leicester City
Four games at 3pm, the first of which sees Burnley taking on Leicester City. 18th place Burnley have sold Chris Wood so who knows who will be up front. Cornet away at AFCON. Leicester are comfortably mid-table and will be missing Vardy and Iheanacho from this game. Both teams play again in midweek.
Newcastle United 15:00 Watford
The second 3pm match is a bottom of the table clash pitting Newcastle United versus Watford. Newcastle are 19th but have been strengthening during the January window - Trippier and Wood have joined so far. 17th place Watford kept hold of Dennis rather than losing him for a month to AFCON.
Norwich City 15:00 Everton
Thirdly we see Norwich City taking on Everton at Carrow Road. The Canaries are rock bottom of the League but are only 3 points away from Watford in 17th. Cantwell and Gilmour both out. Everton are on a poor run of form but hopefully the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin will improve their results. Digne has gone but El Ghazi has joined.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Southampton
The final 3pm match takes place at Molineux between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton. Wolves are 8th have won two of their last three. Roman Saiss is at AFCON. Southampton played in midweek when they beat Brentford 4-1. Broja, Livramento and Walker-Peters are all doubts for this one.
Aston Villa 17:30 Manchester United
Saturday's late game kicks off at 5:30pm and features Aston Villa against Manchester United. Villa have gone on a shopping spree in recently, bringing in Digne and Coutinho. Traore is at AFCON. Man Utd will be hoping Ronaldo will be fit to play though Maguire is expected to be available. McTominay and Shaw are suspended for this one.
SUNDAY 16TH JANUARY
Liverpool 14:00 Brentford
Three games this Sunday, two at 2pm, the first of which is Liverpool v Brentford at Anfield. Liverpool played out a goalless draw against Arsenal on Thursday. Salah is away on international duty, as are Keita and Mane. Brentford lost to Southampton during the week but Mbeumo scored a hat-trick in the Cup last weekend.
West Ham United 14:00 Leeds United
The other 2pm fixture sees West Ham United taking on Leeds United. The Hammers are 4th and have won three League games in a row. Bowen is in exceptional form. Benrahma is at AFCON, Johnson was rested in midweek. Leeds are 16th and may have Rodrigo available. Llorente is suspended.
Tottenham Hotspur 16:30 Arsenal
And finally, at 4:30pm this Sunday the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur (6th) and Arsenal (5th). Both of these teams were in Cup action in midweek, Spurs lost and the Gunners recorded a respectable draw. Dier missed the game with a calf injury, Son is also out. Arsenal will be without Odegaard (Covid) Pepe and Partey (both AFCON)
Next games are on Tuesday – and yes, the are Premier Leagues games…. No more FA Cup until 4th Feb! So good lose, Use your transfers well and review will be up mid next week! 😊