Special Sunday Live Game Cafe!

Hello and welcome to FOAR’s Live Game Cafe, on this nice, relaxing day, known as Sunday.

Like yesterday, there’s a mixture of the Premier League and the FA Cup today as well, with one small difference.

Well , Liverpool play today, don’t they?

 

Here we go.

14:15 BST (15:15 CET)

Burnley vs Manchester United

As you’ve probably heard, Manchester United have been left without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo for the rest of the season as they both suffered cruciate knee-ligament injuries. While this is certain to hamper their efforts to snatch top-four placement late on, it does bring a pang of regret to think that the Swede might not play professional football again. In his day, he was one of the best in the world and we should acknowledge that, regardless of the club he spent this season at.

That aside, Burnley have a fantastic home record, with 32 of their 36-point tally won at Turf Moor. Let’s hope it shows today.

TEAM NEWS

Burnley forward Sam Vokes is “touch and go” to play because of a tight hamstring, says manager Sean Dyche.

Scott Arfield remains a doubt with a hamstring injury but Johann Berg Gudmundsson is fit after a knee injury.

United’s Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both out for the season with knee injuries.

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Juan Mata remain unavailable but Ander Herrera and Ashley Young are both set to return to the starting line-up.

Confirmed lineups:

16:30 BST (17:30 CET)

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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

The Eagles have been a big hurdle for the Reds in recent seasons, winning their last two visits to Anfield, and we all probably remember the pain of that comeback of theirs that hammered the final nail in the coffin of our title hopes in the spring of 2014.

On the other hand, Liverpool have been a very different prospect for the most of this season and have already beaten Palace at their home ground of Selhurst Park. Points are important for Sam Allardyce’s side, but at this point they are absolutely vital for Liverpool as they look to secure Champions League football for next season.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool have concerns in central defence, with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva all unable to train this week because of minor injuries.

Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana remain sidelined with thigh and foot injuries respectively.

Crystal Palace will be without on-loan defender Mamadou Sakho, who is ineligible to face his parent club.

A fit-again James Tomkins is set to start, with Loic Remy and James McArthur also in contention.

Needless to say as it has now become a standard feature, apart form this team-news report from BBC, Daniel Sturridge also might miss this game through injury.

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15:00 BST (16:00 CET)

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Placed somewhere in between the two league games, the second semi-final of the FA Cup will probably capture the attention of the majority of England’s football public, whatever the pride of Liverpool or Manchester United might say.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal must face Manchester City on Sunday without injured quintet Shkodran Mustafi, Danny Welbeck, Lucas Perez, David Ospina and Santi Cazorla.

Manager Arsene Wenger could keep the three-man defence he used for Monday’s league win at Middlesbrough.

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is included in the squad, only 10 weeks after breaking a bone in his foot.

John Stones has failed to recover from the muscle injury that ruled him out of last week’s game at Southampton.

Confirmed lineups:

 

That’s it for the games today. As mentioned above, BBC are the source for the team news for all games.

Apart from that, we will have a little surprise for you today, but I’ll let Joe fill you in on that at some point during the day.

Thanks for spending your Sunday with FOAR!

Cheers.

Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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