Showing Wednesday 24 May, 7.45pm: Ajax v Manchester United, Europa League final

Manchester United can secure a place in next season’s Champions League and add the only major trophy they have never won by beating Dutch side Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm.

Jose Mourinho’s side finished sixth in the Premier League but will join Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in the group stage if they win.

The match comes two days after a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people. United will wear black armbands. A minute’s silence will also be held before the match.

Liverpool have also qualified for the Champions League after finishing fourth in the Premier League, but must win a two-legged play-off to reach the groups.

Ajax have not played in a European final since 1996, while defeat for United would cost the club £50m in missed revenue.

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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.

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Showing 12pm, 29 October: Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is set to return to the starting line-up after beginning on the bench in midweek.

Sebastian Larsson, Vito Mannone, Fabio Borini, Lee Cattermole and Jan Kirchhoff remain sidelined.

Arsenal trio Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla all face late fitness tests.

Fit-again pair Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are available but Lucas Perez is out for two months with an ankle injury and Granit Xhaka is suspended.

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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.

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Showing 12pm, 29 October: SPFL- Aberdeen v Celtic

Derek McInnes thinks Celtic present a more daunting challenge this season but still believes his Aberdeen side can beat the champions on Saturday.

And his confidence has not been dented by the midweek loss to Hamilton Accies.

“Rather than come back towards the rest of the teams, I think they are actually getting better,” said the Dons manager.

“But we feel a bit of pride that we’ve managed to put up some sort of fight with them the last couple of years and have beaten them a few times.”

Celtic overpowered Aberdeen 4-1 in the first meeting between the sides in Glasgow back in August.

And Saturday’s visitors are seven points clear of the second-top Dons, with a game in hand.

“Celtic have got good players, they’ve got good form, I think they’re playing with good confidence, there’s a better feeling about Celtic at the minute, with togetherness even with their support – they believe in their manager and they believe in their team,” said McInnes.

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Showing 7.30pm, 27 October: Palermo v Udinese, Serie A

After only two rounds, Palermo appointed new manager Roberto De Zerbi. Palermo lost the first match against Napoli under the new manager, but since that match, Palermo tied 1-1 with Crotone and then defeated Atalanta 0-1. In the next match Palermo lost 0-1 against Juventus due to an own goal of Edoardo Goldaniga.

Great form has Ilija Nestorovski, who has scored 3 goals this season and mainly thanks to him Palermo collected another point for a draw with Sampdoria, after what they have conceded a goal in the last minute of the match. After those great performances, Palermo lost their last 2 matches against Torino and Roma, both matches ended 4-1.


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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.

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Showing 7:45pm, Monday 24th October: Bury v Bolton

Bury have Jacob Mellis back from suspension for a local derby with Bolton at Gigg Lane.

The midfielder was dismissed in the loss to Rochdale, having only returned from a ban in that game, and was absent for the defeat to AFC Wimbledon in midweek – the club’s fifth reverse in a row.

Kean Bryan, also sent off in that Dale game, still has two games to serve on his suspension while loanee Tom Walker is ineligible to feature against his parent club.

David Flitcroft is hopeful Leon Barnett (knee) can return, though Chris Brown (knee), Craig Jones (thigh) and Tom Pope (ribs) are still sidelined.

Bolton will have to change a winning team due to an injury to Tom Thorpe.

The midfielder came off in the 2-0 success over Millwall on Tuesday with what manager Phil Parkinson feared could be damaged ankle ligaments.

Derik Osede may replace Thorpe in the XI, as he did in midweek, though he has yet to start a league game this year following a hamstring problem.

Max Clayton (knee) scored on his return to the development team earlier this week but he is still some way off a first-team comeback while Darren Pratley (broken leg), Dean Moxey (groin), Lewis Buxton and Mark Davies (both knee) are the other absentees.


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Showing 8PM, Monday 17th October: Liverpool v Manchester United

The fixture remains one of the fiercest rivalries in football, involving two clubs that have won a combined 87 major trophies (Liverpool 44, Man Utd 43) between them.

Liverpool are in red-hot form, winning their last four Premier League games – their longest run of successive wins under Klopp – while United have already lost two league matches this season and are five points behind leaders Manchester City.

However, United’s recent record against Liverpool is strong, winning the last four league meetings between the teams. They were also the last visiting team in the Premier League to win and keep a clean sheet at Anfield with their 1-0 victory in January.

Liverpool won the last meeting between the two sides at Anfield, winning 2-0 in the first leg of last season’s Europa League last-16 tie.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana remains a doubt for Klopp. The England international sustained a groin strain in the win at Swansea just before the international break and his availability is still to be determined. Fellow midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum returned from Holland duty with a hip problem although neither he nor Lallana have yet been ruled out, while defenders Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren, who both withdrew from their respective international squads with injuries, are fit.

Mourinho will have both Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan available on Monday night. Left-back Shaw has missed United’s last four fixtures with a groin strain while a thigh problem has kept Mkhitaryan sidelined since the Manchester derby on September 10. Defender Phil Jones (knee) is the only definite absentee while England captain Wayne Rooney, dropped from the Three Lions’ starting line-up in midweek, may have to make do with a fourth successive game among United’s replacements.

Liverpool have lost more Premier League matches (27) and also the most league matches (67) against United than versus any other opponent. Liverpool have lost each of their last four Premier League clashes with United, their worst league losing streak against the Red Devils since March 2008 (five defeats). This clash has seen 16 red cards shown in the Premier League; only Everton v Liverpool (21) has produced more dismissals.

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Showing 1.30pm, 16 October: Middlesbrough v Watford

Middlesbrough have no new injury concerns, with the likes of Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani returning unscathed from international duty.

Captain Grant Leadbitter, a long-term absentee, remains out along with James Husband.

Watford’s summer signing Isaac Success could make his full debut after recovering from a leg injury.

Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami could start following knocks, but Craig Cathcart and Daryl Janmaat are out.

Source: BBC Sport

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