Saturday Live Game Cafe!
Hello friends, and welcome again to FOAR’s Live Game Cafe.
On this day, marking the 28th anniversary of the most terrible event the world of football has ever seen, the thoughts of everybody at FOAR are with the families of the 96 victims of the infamous disaster. May the people who went to see a football game and never came back rest in peace, now that the truth has been brought to light and publicly acknowledged.
28 years ago today, 96 children, women and men lost their lives at Hillsborough. We will never forget them.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 14, 2017
On this day that marks the sad occasion, seven Premier League fixtures are being played.
12:30 BST (13:30 CET)
Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth
Tottenham’s leading scorer Harry Kane is expected to start after returning from an ankle injury as a substitute against Watford last Saturday.
Victor Wanyama is fit again after aggravating a back injury during the warm-up last weekend.
Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings could return after serving a five-match ban.
Midfielder Dan Gosling, who has missed two games with a knee injury, has suffered a setback in training and might not be fit.
Junior Stanislas may feature after a groin strain.
15:00 BST (16:00 CET)
Crystal Palace vs Leicester City
This should be a very interesting game, with both teams in good form recently. Leicester’s involvement in the Champions League could perhaps give the home team a slight advantage, but Vardy, Mahrez & Co. keep defying the odds with every game.
Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt has returned to training following an ankle injury and is available to face Leicester.
Loic Remy is nearing a comeback from a calf problem but is one of six Palace players unavailable this weekend.
Leicester captain Wes Morgan will miss a sixth straight match because of a back injury, although he may be fit to face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
Manager Craig Shakespeare will rest several key players ahead of that tie.
Everton vs Burnley
Everton defender Ashley Williams returns from suspension for the visit of Burnley on Saturday.
I still can’t believe he escaped retrospective punishment for the stamp on Emre Can’s back.
Aaron Lennon is still missing but Muhamed Besic is nearing a first-team return following nine months out with a serious knee injury.
Burnley midfielder Steven Defour is fit, having played only twice in 10 weeks because of various injuries.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson has stepped up his recovery from knee ligament damage but might not be risked.
Stoke City vs Hull City
Hull City could be bolstered by the return of three players, including Tom Huddlestone after suspension.
Dieumerci Mbokani is fit after six weeks out with a hamstring injury, while Harry Maguire‘s knee problem will be assessed.
Stoke midfielder Joe Allen is ruled out by injury, while Jonathan Walters is a doubt with a knee problem.
Speedy recovery, Joe.
Goalkeeper Jack Butland could be involved for the first time since injuring his ankle in March last year.
Ibrahim Afellay is likely to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing a knee operation.
Sunderland vs West Ham
Sebastian Larsson begins a three-match ban for Sunderland after an appeal against his red card in Sunday’s defeat by Manchester United was rejected.
*A horrible mistake (by the ref) backed up by another one (from the FA)*
Adnan Januzaj returns after being ineligible for that game and John O’Shea is available for the first time since the death of his father, but Bryan Oviedo (hamstring) is sidelined.
West Ham’s Michail Antonio is out for the season with a hamstring injury.
Mark Noble is banned but Andy Carroll, Aaron Creswell and Sam Byram are fit.
With both Aaron Cresswell and Patrik Van Aanholt possibly featuring, this might be a game for Liverpool’s scouting department to pay attention to.
Watford vs Swansea City
Watford defenders Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl and midfielder Valon Behrami are all doubtful for this weekend because of injury.
Miguel Britos is suspended, but Troy Deeney is expected to start after only being used as a substitute last week.
Swansea will be without captain Jack Cork, who sprained his ankle during the defeat by West Ham on Saturday.
However, top scorer Fernando Llorente is pushing for a recall after coming on at half-time in that fixture.
17:30 BST (18:30 CET)
Southampton vs Manchester City
This is certainly one of the games that could see Guardiola’s team drop some valuable points, so let’s hope the Saints are up for it.
Southampton manager Claude Puel will make a late decision on whether to start striker Manolo Gabbiadini, who is fit after a groin injury.
Steven Davis is available after recovering from an ankle problem but Oriol Romeu is suspended.
It’s a shame really. Romeu was the MotM when these teams met at the Etihad.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could return to the starting line-up, having not been risked against Hull.
Manager Pep Guardiola must decide whether Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero will play in goal.
The source for the team news for all matches are BBC.
We hope you’re having a nice day, and may nothing spoil it. But keep the 96 and their families in mind. The club will be giving suitable tributes across their facilities and a day of themed programming on LFCTV.
Both of Liverpool’s fiercest rivals, Everton and Manchester United, as well as the FA, have taken to Twitter to express their support:
? | 28 years ago, 96 football fans went to a game but didn't come home. Today, as always, our thoughts are with their friends and families. pic.twitter.com/RFbQtrVk64
— Everton (@Everton) April 15, 2017
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 15, 2017
Today – and every day – we remember the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy. Our thoughts are with all who were affected. https://t.co/UnM6shpAEj
— The FA (@FA) April 15, 2017