Fulham are doing perfectly in both competitions the Cup and the Championship. They haven’t lost in 7 games. They are the leader of the table for a reason. Today, only without Cairney and Kongolo will face a weakened Blackpool. The hosts will play without a few experienced players: Connolly, Hamilton, Madine, Mitchell, Virtue-Thick.
Chelsea cannot afford to lose points against Aston Villa in this game. After a draw with Liverpool and an early crashed Arsenal, they are in right shape, with only James and Pulisic out of squad. Davis and Trezeguet will not play on the visitors’ side, while many valuable players are monitored before kick-off: Buendia, Konsa, Martinez, Sanson, Traore. The visitors achieved draw with weak Brentford, in current shape they will have problems to take even point from this game.
There is huge question mark close to quality level of Leicester in front of this match and kick-off of league competition. Today we will see them into Community Shield final against Citizens. 3 preparation matches they have lost, only last with Villarreal won 3:2. Also Today host cannot count of couple of important players : Castagne, Evans, Fofana, Justin. Guests are in the different position, Today will not play only Delap. Last 3 games won, they looks to be great prepared for this and league matches.
Brighton looked really solid recently, only lost with Citizens into league and with Leicester into Cups. From the other side opponents are on different position and form, last lost 0:3 with Palace and 2:0 with Leeds are showing their current shape. The reason are serious missing important players: Ferguson, McArthur, Sakho, Schlupp, Tomkins, Wickham, Zaha.
Wolves are going to this match with second priority just after the league. That’s why we will see Today 6 replacements. Will not play from 1st team Rui Patricio, Neto, Coady, Traore, Semedo, Podence. From the other hand Southampton is still looking for first win, so cups are right area for that. They are focused and playing with 1st team players.
Both teams are on different quality level. From the top table position teams, Sheffield won only against Manchester Utd, but it was more than accident in work. Today in host defense lines a few players are missing: Ampadu, Berge, Robinson, to be checked before meeting – Baldock. Chelsea players are fighting for their future and are still trying show their skills to new coach – Tuchel. Players are engaged otherwise, they are gone from under construction squad. Only Tiago Silva is missing.
Manchester have to come back on the winning path after disappointing lost with red lantern Sheffield and draw with Arsenal. Southampton is the right opponent today to switch their approach. Guests have quite big squad problems, also lost with Aston Villa and Arsenal showed their current form. Today they cannot count on Obafemi, Smallbone, Tella, Walcott.
Outcome from this meeting is already known. Despite of missing some players Manchester is fighting for 1st table location and cannot afford to lose. At the end of the day, hosts had only problem with Top5 Premiership teams: draw with Liverpool, lost with Citizen’s draw with Leicester. Opponent – last table team will play Today without couple of players: Berge, Egan, McBurnie, O’Connell, Osborn, Robinson. We can expect handicap win of host team.
Newcastle is during dramatic series of 10 matches without win and only sacking coach can change their shape and behavior. 3 days ago they lost with Aston Villa, into Today’s’ they cannot count on 3 players Dummett, Fernandez, Clark; under question mark is Javier Manquillo. From the other hand Leeds looks to be in a short form downgrade, but Today they are fresh, last game was 16 January. To match-day squad will be back Illan Meslier and Kalvin Phillip.
Arsenal finally found right shape and from 6 games into league they are without lost. Today we are going to see revenge – 3 days ago Arsenal lost in FA cup with Southampton 0:1. Guest will play probably without Aubameyang, who can be out due to personal reason. Great headache will have host coach – Hasenhüttl who cannot count on Bertrand, Djenepo, Obafemi, Salisu, Smallbone, Tella, Vestergaard.