Premier League 23/5/2021. Ten Games in the Premier League today, all games kick off at 16:00.
Premier League 23/5/2021 – Arsenal v Brighton
- Nicolas Pepe has scored three goals in Arsenal’s last two games and should really be nailed on to start their final game of the season.
- Martin Odegaard should return to the XI in what could prove to be his final game for the club.
- Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette are both pushing for recalls for the home side.
- Granit Xhaka was fit enough to come off the bench against Palace and will push to reclaim his starting place on Sunday.
- David Luiz is leaving this summer and Hector Bellerin could follow him out of the door. Both are major doubts here.
- Lewis Dunk will return to the side after completing a two-match ban but Neal Maupay misses out once more.
- Danny Welbeck is out of a reunion with former club Arsenal after suffering a hamstring injury early in the 3-2 win over Manchester City on Tuesday.
- Leandro Trossard’s superb goal against City should see him return to the starting XI for their last game of the season.
- Brighton are safe but could finish as low as 17th and as high as 13th in the league, so it remains to be seen what sort of team Graham Potter sends out.
- January signing Moises Caicedo will surely get his first taste of Premier League football at some point.
Premier League 23/5/2021 – Aston Villa v Chelsea
- Ross Barkley has most likely played his last game for Aston Villa as he cannot face parent club Chelsea on Sunday. After a bright start to life on loan, his impact faded fast and Villa aren’t expected to pursue him permanently.
- Douglas Luiz and Jacob Ramsey will hope to return to the side but Dean Smith may well go unchanged. Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor should at least get cameos as their contracts expire this summer.
- Thomas Tuchel is confident N’Golo Kante has avoided a serious injury despite coming off early in to their 2-1 win over Leicester on Tuesday but it would be a surprise if he was risked here with the Champions League final around the corner.
- The Chelsea head coach would ideally field a weakened side here but the Blues still need a result to guarantee a top four finish. Aside from Kante being rested, we should therefore see Chelsea’s best available line-up.
- Tuchel is hopeful Kai Havertz will be available on Sunday and he has more of a chance of actually playing than Kante, while Andreas Christensen will also make the squad after injury.
Premier League 23/5/2021 – Fulham v Newcastle United
- Only just back from injury, Harrison Reed was forced off early on against Manchester United on Tuesday and won’t feature here.
- Scott Parker made a couple of surprising changes in midweek, suggesting he will do so again here in their last game in the Premier League.
- Loan signings Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mario Lemina, Josh Maja, Alphonse Areola, Joachim Andersen, Ademola Lookman and Ola Aina will all return to their parent clubs after this game.
- Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock all came off with knocks in midweek and may miss out here, while Martin Dubravka was also struggling massively towards the end against Sheffield United.
- Willock’s absence would be a massive blow as the Arsenal loanee has scored in six straight Premier League appearances, while Saint-Maximin was unplayable in midweek before needing to come off.
- 29-year-old Mark Gillespie could make his Premier League debut with Dubravka perhaps unlikely to be risked with Euro 2020 around the corner.
- Fabian Schar is at least back from suspension and should reclaim his place at the back for the away side.
Premier League 23/5/2021 – Leeds v West Bromwich Albion
- Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed Kiko Casilla will keep his place in goal for Leeds’ last game of the season.
- The Leeds manager has also suggested Gaetano Berardi could make his first start of the season after 45 minutes in midweek.
- Bielsa gave Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich the rest of the season off at the start of the week so they can prepare for Euro 2020.
- Tyler Roberts scored his first league goal of the campaign in midweek and could reclaim his place in the side here.
- Pascal Struijk is an option to start in midfield if Bielsa wants to give Kalvin Phillips a rest.
- Sam Allardyce will step down as West Brom manager after this game so he can really play whoever he likes in his final game in charge.
- He may keep Hal Robson-Kanu up front to help him gather momentum in Euro 2020.
- Matheus Pereira has emerged as a doubt for the trip to Leeds and his absence would really kill the Baggies on Sunday.
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Conor Gallagher, Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne will all return to their parent clubs after this game.
Premier League 23/5/2021 – Leicester v Tottenham
- Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Jonny Evans will play no part against Tottenham on Sunday.
- Kelechi Iheanacho will return to the starting XI to face Tottenham, with one of James Maddison or Ayoze Perez dropping out of the side.
- Ricardo Pereira has settled for a reduced role in recent weeks but could replace Marc Albrighton at right wing-back if Timothy Castagne is required at centre-back once more for the Foxes.
- Gareth Bale and Harry Kane could play their final game for Tottenham on Sunday, with the former due to return to parent club Real Madrid and the latter looking to leave for bigger and better things.
- Bale was only fit enough for a place on the bench against Aston Villa on Wednesday night but will return to the starting XI to face Leicester on Sunday at the King Power Stadium.
- Serge Aurier is another that could bid farewell to Tottenham this weekend. He was back in the matchday squad in midweek and will push to start at right-back this weekend after Japhet Tanganga was stretchered off in midweek.
- Tanguy Ndombele has fallen completely out of favour under Ryan Mason, so Giovani Lo Celso is the more likely candidate to replace Harry Winks in midfield if changes are made.
Premier League 23/5/2021 – Manchester City v Everton
- Joao Cancelo is the only player set to miss out for Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season after his red card in midweek.
- Sergio Aguero has managed to train this week and will be desperate to feature in what will likely be his final appearance for the club.
- Pep Guardiola has revealed everyone else is fit meaning Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Kyle Walker are all available after injury, though may not be risked with the Champions League final to come.
- Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman will miss Everton’s final game of the season, joining Jean-Philippe Gbamin out injured.
- Both Yerry Mina and Joshua King were fit enough for the matchday squad in midweek, however, with the former even starting.
- With Europe still to play for, Everton will field their strongest available XI away to Manchester City on Sunday.
Premier League 23/5/2021 -Sheffield United v Burnley
- Already relegated Sheffield United can really play who they want as they have nothing left to play for on the final day.
- Sander Berge’s fitness may not be risked having only just returned from a long lay-off with a hamstring injury.
- Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu is still struggling with injury and may not feature here either.
- Jayden Bogle will continue in the side if George Baldock fails to recover from a hamstring injury in time.
- Charged with drink driving in midweek, Ashley Barnes may not feature for Burnley on Sunday.
- Sean Dyche will make a late decision on Nick Pope, who is recovering from a minor knee injury. Will Norris and Bailey Peacock-Farrell are on standby.
- Dale Stephens, Phil Bardsley, Robbie Brady and Kevin Long have all been ruled out for the Clarets.
Premier League 23/5/2021 – West Ham v Southampton
- David Moyes will name his best available side as West Ham need a result to secure fifth place and Europa League football for next season.
- Said Benrahma has directly contributed to a goal in three of his last four appearances and will hope to keep his place in the side as a result. Jarrod Bowen is the alternative.
- Lukasz Fabianski suffered an injury in the warm-up of West Ham’s win over West Brom on Wednesday, with Darren Randolph on standby to continue in goal this weekend.
- Che Adams won’t be risked for Southampton after picking up a groin problem in midweek. Danny Ings will come back into the side.
- Nathan Redmond and Ibrahima Diallo are pushing for starts for the away side on Sunday.
- Jan Bednarek was only fit enough to make the bench in midweek but should be okay to start here. Oriol Romeu could make the bench.
Premier League 23/5/2021 – Wolves v Manchester United
- John Ruddy was given a surprise start in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton and it remains to be seen whether Nuno will recall No.1 Rui Patricio on the final day.
- Wolves will be without Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto, Jonny and Daniel Podence for the welcome of Manchester United on Sunday.
- Romain Saiss, Marcal, Willian Jose and Leander Dendoncker will push for recalls as Wolves finally get to end a sorry season.
- With second place secured, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will field an entire second-string XI on the last day of the season with the Europa League final around the corner.
- Fred and Scott McTominay came off against Fulham on Tuesday with injuries but, crucially for United, will be fine for next week’s final. They aren’t expected to be risked here, however.
- Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial aren’t expected to feature in either of United’s last two matches but Dan James should return this weekend in some capacity.
OTHER FOOTBALL – SUNDAY 23 MAY
12:00am USA NWSL – North Carolina Courage v Orlando Pride
USA – Paramount+
1:00am USA NWSL – Chicago Red Stars v NJ/NY Gotham
USA – Paramount+
7:00am JAPANESE J-LEAGUE – Cerezo Osaka v Hiroshima
UK – Freesports
Australia – Optus Sport
8:00am ETHIOPIAN PREMIER LEAGUE – Sidama Bunna v Jima Abajifar
South Africa – Supersport Variety 4
12:45pm NATIONAL LEAGUE – Sutton v Hartlepool
UK – BT Sport 1
2:00pm CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Enyimba v Pyramids
USA – beIN Sports Xtra
2:00pm SWEDISH ALLSVENSKANLIGA – Kalmar v Hammarby
USA – ESPN+
2:30pm BUNDESLIGA 2 – Bochum v Sandhausen
UK – BT Sport Extra 1
2:30pm BUNDESLIGA 2 – Greuther Furth v Dusseldorf
USA – ESPN+
5:00pm SCOTTISH WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE – Glasgow City v Hibernian
UK – BBC iPlayer
5:00pm CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Jaraaf v Coton Sport
Canada – beIN Sports 4
USA – beIN Sports 4
5:00pm CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Kabylie v Sfaxien
Canada – beIN Sports 5
USA – beIN Sports 5
5:00pm CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Raja Casablanca v Orlando Pirates
USA – beIN Sports Xtra
5:30pm BELGIAN PRO LEAGUE – Antwerp v Anderlecht
USA – ESPN+
5:30pm BELGIAN PRO LEAGUE – Club Brugge v Racing Genk
Canada – DAZN
Eurasia – Setanta Sports 2
USA – ESPN+
11:00pm USA NWSL – Portland Thorns v OL Reign
USA – CBS Sports Network
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