Premier League & Others 31/1/2021. Four games in the Premier League today. At 12:00 on BT Sport 1 is Chelsea v Burnley. On Sky Sports Main Event at 14:00 is Leicester v Leeds United. At 16:30, also on Sky Sports Main Event is West Ham v Liverpool. The late game on Sky Sports Main Event is Brighton v Tottenham at 19:15.
Premier League & Others 31/1/2021 – Detailed Channel Information
Premier League & Others 31/1/2021 – Selected Team Information
Chelsea v Burnley
- Thomas Tuchel named a hugely surprising starting XI in his Chelsea debut, with Callum Hudson-Odoi playing right wing-back against Wolves.
- The new Chelsea manager is extremely versatile in how he sets his teams up so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them deployed in a different formation here.
- Tuchel stressed there was no real reason why he picked his starting XI and left out others after only having one training session with his side.
- Kai Havertz was given a rare start but didn’t overly impress. Fellow struggler Timo Werner will hope to get a chance here. Mason Mount was a surprise absentee from the XI and will hope to return to the fold here.
- N’Golo Kante returned to training on Thursday to give Tuchel a full squad to pick from. He may only make the bench here, however.
- Josh Brownhill was forced off in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday and is a doubt to face Chelsea this weekend. Charlie Taylor is expected to miss out once again.
- Former Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork could make his first Premier League start of the season if Brownhill does not recover in time.
Leicester v Leeds
- Wilfred Ndidi is a major doubt after feeling his hamstring in Leicester’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Wednesday. Nampalys Mendy is on standby.
- Jonny Evans also had blurred vision in one eye after going up for a header in the draw and is doubtful. Caglar Soyuncu is on standby.
- Ayoze Perez was picked over Kelechi Iheanacho to lead the line in Jamie Vardy’s absence in midweek but the latter could get a chance here.
- Diego Llorente lasted only 10 minutes before coming off with another injury in midweek and he is ruled out here.
- Marcelo Bielsa will either move Luke Ayling inside to centre-back and drop Stuart Dallas in at right-back or call on Pascal Struijk to cover for Llorente.
- Leeds should otherwise be unchanged from the win away to Newcastle on Tuesday with plenty of time to recover for this one.
West Ham v Liverpool
- West Ham are working on the signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United and hope to have him in the squad to face Liverpool.
- David Moyes is expected to name an unchanged starting XI from the 3-2 win away to Crystal Palace on Tuesday with plenty of time to recover for this one.
- Fabinho was not risked against Tottenham after suffering a slight muscle injury in training earlier in the week.
- To make things worse, Joel Matip was forced off at half-time against Tottenham potentially leaving Jurgen Klopp forced to field Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams with Jordan Henderson at centre-back.
- After some initial struggles as Liverpool’s holding midfielder, Thiago was moved into a move advanced position against Tottenham and seemed to work more effectively.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold got a goal and an assist against Tottenham in a huge boost to his confidence.
- Curtis Jones is an option in midfield if James Milner is unable to start three games in a week.
Brighton v Tottenham
- Graham Potter may be tempted to go with the same XI that started the 0-0 draw with Fulham when Brighton host Tottenham.
- Jason Steele is a doubt for the hosts, while Tariq Lamptey, Danny Welbeck, Florin Andone, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo miss out.
- Harry Kane has joined Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso on the sidelines, which is a blow for Tottenham.
- Dele Alli is unlikely to play at the weekend as the January transfer deadline looms.
- After playing a three-man defence against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho may revert to a 4-2-3-1, with Harry Winks starting alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield.
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