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Showing 5.30pm, 29 October: Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Crystal Palace captain Scott Dann is in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Jason Puncheon is doubtful with the calf injury that ruled him out against Leicester last weekend.

Liverpool are set to recall Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, who were rested in the midweek EFL Cup game against Tottenham.

Jordan Henderson is back after serving a ban against Spurs, but James Milner is doubtful through illness.

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing 7pm, 28 October: Live EFL – QPR v Brentford

Queens Park Rangers will check on defender Joel Lynch (leg) and midfielder Jordan Cousins (hamstring).

Defenders Jake Bidwell (shoulder) and Grant Hall (thigh) are out, while forward Jamie Mackie (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

Brentford forward Lasse Vibe is back in full training after ankle trouble but midfielder Alan McCormack sits out the second game of his five-match ban.

Left-backs Callum Elder and Rico Henry are not yet match-fit.

Brentford, who have gone four Championship games without a victory, are without a victory at Loftus Road in 52 years.

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing 8pm, 26 October: Man Utd vs Man City – the EFL Cup

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will miss Wednesday’s EFL Cup fourth-round tie at local rivals Manchester United with a calf injury.

Pablo Zabaleta is also out but Vincent Kompany, who made his first league start since April on Saturday, is fit.

City are without a win in five games in all competitions and manager Pep Guardiola said he will rotate his side.

“Some are going to play. I need to see the players in training and after we will decide the team,” he added.

United are also yet to win in the league this month – they lost 4-0 at Chelsea on Sunday – but Guardiola said he “always expects the best” from City’s neighbours.

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing 7.45pm, 20 October: European Rugby Challenge Cup – Bath v Bristol

Bath make seven changes from the side that beat Pau as they host local rivals Bristol in the European Rugby Challenge Cup at the Recreation Ground.

Matt Garvey and Guy and Zach Mercer make up the back row, with Taulupe Faletau and Francois Louw among 14 Bath players sidelined with injuries.

Fly-half Billy Searle makes his first competitive start for Bristol, as Andy Robinson makes 11 changes to his side.

Bristol have lost all seven of their competitive matches so far this season.

Robinson is without 15 of his first-team squad, with Samoa fly-half Tusi Pisi the latest to join the injury list.

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing 6pm, 20 October: Inter Milan v Southampton

Southampton’s record signing Sofiane Boufal could make his debut for the club in the Europa League against Inter Milan on Thursday.

The attacking midfielder, 23, joined the Saints for £16m in the summer but is yet to play due to a knee injury.

Midfielder Nathan Redmond plus defensive pair Cedric Soares and Matt Targett have not travelled to Italy.

The Saints are seven games unbeaten in all competitions and have four points from two Europa League games.

The match at the San Siro will be the first meeting between the two clubs and comes six years after Inter last won the Champions League.

That same season Southampton, then managed by Alan Pardew, won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and finished seventh in League One.

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing as we open, 20 October: Bangladesh v England

Batsman Joe Root says England will not underestimate Bangladesh when the two-Test series begins in Chittagong on Thursday.

England have won all eight of their previous meetings, but Bangladesh drew home series with Pakistan, India and South Africa last year.

“It’s Test cricket. I don’t think you can ever take it lightly,” said Root.

“They’re a very exciting side with some very dangerous players. We’re going to have to play really well to beat them.”

Captain Alastair Cook suggested England would select three spinners and three seamers for the series opener, against a side that have not played Test cricket since August 2015.

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing 7:45PM, Wednesday 19th October: Barcelona V Manchester City

Pep Guardiola returns to Barcelona aiming to get one over his former employers with Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday. The 45-year-old may now be in charge at the Etihad Stadium but for many he remains synonymous with Barca and he is sure to be the main focus of many eyes ahead of the clash. Guardiola came through the Catalan giants’ famed youth system, became an influential member of their first team – and a Champions League winner – before going on to enjoy even greater success as their manager, winning 14 trophies during an all-conquering stint from 2008 to 2012.

“I cannot deny that it is something special for me,” Guardiola said. “I grew up in Catalonia. At 13 years old I went there to play in the Academy and I was promoted to a professional player, the trainer. “So I spent most of my life there. I know the people there, I know the club, the media, most of the players are still there, so the emotion is there.” The task in front of Guardiola and his City players is a very tough one.

Since losing 2-1 to Rubin Kazan in October 2009, Barcelona are unbeaten in 20 home Champions League group games, winning 18 and drawing two. Meanwhile, Liverpool are the only English team to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the Champions League, back in 2007. In the other 19 English trips to the ground in the competition, there have been 11 Barcelona wins and eight draws.

Sergio Aguero is expected to return to Manchester City’s starting line-up. The striker came off the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton, as did captain Vincent Kompany, whose chances of coming into the first XI this time around appear less clear. Fabian Delph (unspecified) and Bacary Sagna (hamstring) remain sidelined, while Yaya Toure, who City boss Guardiola has said he will not pick unless he receives an apology from the player’s agent Dimitri Seluk for comments made in the media, cannot be selected on Wednesday anyway as he was not included in the Blues’ squad for the group stage of the competition.

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Showing 4PM, Sunday 16th October: Southampton V Burnley

The tenth placed Southampton host the newly promoted Burnley, who are fourteenth in the league table for match day 8 clash of 2016/2017 English Premier League on Sunday evening.

Southampton played a goalless with Leicester in the last league encounter before the international break. The saints took their second consecutive draw after a 4 win spell that started from their 3-0 Europa league triumph over Sparta Prague. Claude Puel tutored side sits 10th with 9 points gathered from 7 games.

Burnley suffered an unfortunate defeat to Arsenal in their last league game before the international break. The claret now has 4 defeats in their first 7 league games this season, and has managed 2 wins in their 8 competitive games so far this season. However, Sean Dyche tutored sits 14th on the log with 7 points.

  • Southampton currently enjoys 3 straight home wins. The saints have also failed to loss in 6 consecutive games.
  • Burnley has 2 defeat in their first 2 away games this season. The claret gathered 1 win in their last 6 competitive games.

Southampton enjoyed a 2-0 victory in similar encounter during the 2014/2015 season. The saints have also failed to drop in 3 consecutive home game played with Burnley.

However, in 10 clashes between this 2 sides, Southampton has 4 wins compared to Burnley’s 3. In addition, Burnley have failed to win in their last 4 visit to the Saint Mary’s Stadium.

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Showing 7.45pm 14 October: Cardiff City v Bristol City

Neil Warnock makes his Cardiff City bow on Friday night as he takes on Bristol City, one of the division’s form sides.

A bumper crowd is expected in South Wales as the Bluebirds look to build on the feel good factor surrounding the arrival of the new manager.

A win would, albeit temporarily, lift Cardiff out of the relegation zone and into 19th in the table.

It starts a busy and hugely important week for the Bluebirds, with Sheffield Wednesday in town on Wednesday night before a trip to Nottingham Forest next weekend.

Source: walesonline.co.uk

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Showing midday, Sunday 2 Oct: Hibernian v Dundee United – Scottish Championship

Dundee United travel to second-placed Hibernian for a midday kick-off at Easter Road on Sunday.

Defender Lewis Toshney is available for the visitors after recovering from a knee injury sustained against Greenock Morton last time out.

However, Willo Flood and Stewart Murdoch have both been ruled out while fellow midfielder Charlie Telfer is rated doubtful.

“Willo is out and will miss the game,” manager Ray McKinnon told the Dundee Courier. “That’s big blow but he needs to get over the injury and get fit again.

“Unfortunately, Murdo is out as well and Charlie is only 50-50,” he added. “We can rule the first two out now but we may very well be without three midfielders for Sunday.”

Hibs have this week added former Welsh international full-back Neil Eardley to their squad.

Source: dundeeunited.vitalfootball.co.uk

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