With the season moving into it’s final stretch all teams are looking to avoid injuries and suspensions at all costs. Here is a look at some of the key players expected to be off the pitch for this weekend’s games.
It’s a bitter blow to Liverpool’s chances that Sadio Mané will miss the remainder of the season. Liverpool travel to Stoke City with hopes to remain in the running for a top four finish come the end of the season. Philippe Coutinho is also likely to miss the game due to illness. Klopp will also have to deal without the passing talent of Adam Lallana (Liverpool’s player with the highest number of assists) and Jordan Henderson. Stoke are doubtful they can use Jonathan Walters and Xherdan Shaqiri. Jack Butland and Steven Ireland are still both out.
Manchester City will secure an easy victory against Hull. Captain Vincent Kompany has resumed training and manager Guardiola may offer the player some time on the pitch. Notable players missing from City’s line-up are Bacary Sagna, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Fernando de Jesus. Fabian Delph‘s appearance is also doubtful. Hull are without Harry Maguire, Omar Elabdellaoui, Ryan Mason, Dieumerci Mbokani and Thomas Huddlestone (suspended)
Tottenham meet Watford at home, with a stated objective of winning all their remaining games this season. The second place Premier League side are unlikely to be able to use goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, out due to illness. Victor Wanyama and second goalkeeper Michael Vorm are also doubtful to play. Watford will unlikely be able to count on Etienne Capoue, the team’s second best goalscorer. Valon Behrami and Heurelho Gomes are doubtful to play, while Miguel Britos is suspended.
Leaders Chelsea travel to Bournemouth. Luckily for the London side they should be without injury worries. Bournemouth on the other hand will be without Dan Gossling, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson, the team’s second highest goalscorer.
Middlesbrough continue their fight to avoid relagation when they meet Burnley at home. The home side will be without Gaston Ramirez, Fabio, George Friend, Calum Chambers. 14th place Burnley won’t be able to use Steven Defour, Johann Gudmundsson, Dean Marney and Kevin Long.
Another relagation battle will be the game between West Ham and Swansea. Two of the teams’ top scorers are likely to be out. Those are Andy Carroll (7 goals this season) for West Ham and Fernando Llorente for Swansea (11 goals). West Ham will also be without Aaron Cresswell, Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, Gökhan Töre.
West Brom and Southampton sit comfortably mid table. When they meet each other on Saturday, West Brom is expected to have a clean bill of health. However, their opponents will be without Oriol Romeu (suspended), Virgil van Dijk, Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett, Charlie Austin. It’s also unlikely that Ryan Bertrand, Steven Davis, Sofiane Boufal and Manolo Gabbiadini will be able to play.
On Sunday, Manchester United continue their bid for a Champions League finish to lowly Sunderland. Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young are most likely to miss the encounter. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata are among the long term injuries. Sunderland will not be able to use Adnan Januzaj due to the terms of his loan agreement from United. Steven Pienaar may make a return from injury, while Jan Kirchhof, Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore will be out.
In the last game of the week, ambitious side Everton take on former champions Leicester. Everton will be without Ashley Williams (suspended) and the injured Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman. Leicester will be without their captain Wes Morgan, out due to a back injury. Nampalys Mendy will also be absent due to knee problems.