Saturday Live Game Cafe!
Welcome, people, to FOAR’s Live Game Cafe.
Joe’s unavailable at the moment due to some *ahem* unavoidable commitments – don’t do anything I wouldn’t Joe – so it’s your lot to suffer my pathetic attempt at entertaining you a bit before today’s games. Please keep your shoes on, we haven’t fixed the ventilation system yet.
Speaking of today’s games – here they are.
12:30 BST (13:30 CET)
Arsenal vs Hull City
We’ll of course be hoping the Tigers can extend their run of very good results after staying undefeated at Old Trafford and beating us, by pulling off another surprise against the Gunners.
Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is doubtful after suffering a blow to the head against Chelsea, so Gabriel could deputise against Hull.
Midfielder Mohamed Elneny is available again after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Hull will be without skipper Michael Dawson and Abel Hernandez because of respective calf and hamstring injuries.
Ahmed Elmohamady is back from international duty, while on-loan winger Lazar Markovic is in contention.
He was ineligible to face his parent club Liverpool last week.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 11, 2017
— Hull City (@HullCity) February 11, 2017
15:00 BST (16:00 CET)
Manchester United vs Watford
As is the case with Hull, it would be very good for us if Watford today at Old Trafford repeat their fantastic result against Arsenal from just under two weeks ago.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is available after missing the win at Leicester because of illness.
Marcos Rojo is also fit again after a knock but Phil Jones remains sidelined with a bruised foot.
Watford’s Christian Kabasele has recovered from a muscle problem and could feature.
However, the game is likely to come too early for Nordin Amrabat, who has returned to training after an ankle injury.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 11, 2017
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) February 11, 2017
Middlesbrough vs Everton
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes is free to play after avoiding retrospective action for a clash with Dele Alli in the loss at Tottenham.
George Friend is a major doubt with a calf strain but Gaston Ramirez could be back from a knee injury.
Tom Davies may return for Everton after being used as a substitute in the win over Bournemouth.
Fellow midfielder Idrissa Gueye is in line for a first start since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) February 11, 2017
— Everton (@Everton) February 11, 2017
Stoke City vs Crystal Palace
Perhaps the only potentially interesting thing for us regarding this game would be to see Glen Johnson and Joe Allen play against Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke. But it seems Johnson is set to miss out.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Glen Johnson are not expected to be fit to return for Stoke on Saturday.
However, Ramadan Sobhi is available following the completion of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Luka Milivojevic is available for Crystal Palace after securing a visa, while Mamadou Sakho could also make his debut for the club.
Fellow new signing Jeffrey Schlupp is in contention after a hamstring strain but Scott Dann is injured.
Come on you Potters!!
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) February 11, 2017
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 11, 2017
Sunderland vs Southampton
Sunderland pair Adnan Januzaj and John O’Shea have overcome respective hip and hamstring injuries suffered during the 4-0 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.
Jack Rodwell is out with a hamstring problem and defender Papy Djilobodji is still suspended.
Southampton’s club record signing Sofiane Boufal will miss Saturday’s game because of an ankle injury.
Nathan Redmond is pushing for a recall, having appeared as a substitute in last week’s 3-1 home defeat by West Ham.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) February 11, 2017
The teams are in!
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 11, 2017
West Ham vs West Bromwich Albion
West Ham will monitor Andy Carroll, who is nursing a minor groin problem, while Sam Byram and Havard Nordtveit are back in contention after injuries.
The Hammers will assess Aaron Cresswell’s tight hamstring and Cheikhou Kouyate’s dead leg, but Diafra Sakho and Angelo Ogbonna remain out.
West Brom defender Jonny Evans returns after missing five games with a calf injury.
Midfielder Claudio Yacob is also fit after recovering from stomach cramps.
1️⃣️ change for the Hammers
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 11, 2017
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) February 11, 2017
And that’s it for today. Tomorrow, we have… wait. I think there’s one more today.
17:30 BST (18:30 CET)
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool will assess Dejan Lovren, who missed the defeat at Hull with a swollen knee, and fellow centre-back Ragnar Klavan, who has been unwell.
Adam Lallana, who has a minor Achilles problem, will also be monitored.
Tottenham remain without defenders Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen, who are recovering from respective knee and ankle problems.
Kieran Trippier may feature after overcoming an ankle injury but Erik Lamela is still out with hip pain.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 11, 2017
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 11, 2017
As before, the source for the team news for all matches is BBC.
And there you have it. We wish you all a very pleasant day and hope you’ll have something to celebrate tonight. And remember, those of you going to Anfield this evening, make it loud, make it bouncy. And remember, those of you watching at home, make it cold, make it foam. The beer I mean.