Patrick Bamford and Nathan Ake were unused substitutes for Burnley and Bournemouth respectively, while Kenedy is still nursing a muscular injury.
Burnley - Crystal Palace (H, November 5)
Bournemouth - Sunderland (H, November 5)
Watford - Liverpool (A, November 6)
Tammy Abraham ended his four-game goal "drought" on Saturday and scored his twelfth goal of the season, against Barnsley; he was somewhat surprisingly left unmarked in the box and slotted the ball past the keeper after Lee Tomlin squared the ball to him with a fine no-look pass. The goal saw City take a 2-1 lead but they couldn’t finish the job, conceding a very late goal and hence having to share the spoils. However, the Robins still find themselves in sixth place and in contention for a promotion play-off spot.
In midweek, Hull City travelled to Ashton Gate for their EFL Cup clash. Abraham was (finally) given a rest, but was brought on in the 60th minute, as his team chased Hull’s two goal lead. The introduction of Abraham and Lee Tomlin changed the game for City, but they could only find a late consolation goal via the latter and crashed out of the cup.
Upcoming fixtures: Brighton and Hove Albion (H, November 5)
Kasey Palmer was rewarded for his fine display last weekend with another start. It was back in London, as Huddersfield traveled to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham. Things seemed to deviate from the script from the very start, with Chris Martin putting the Cottagers ahead in the 8th minute. Fulham added another two goals in the 34th and 42nd minutes, coming from none other than Tomas Kalas and Lucas Piazon, respectively. Fulham added another two in the second half to no response from the Terriers, and hence completing a 5-0 rout. Kalas, slotting straight back into the starting XI after his return from injury, played 81 minutes and Piazon added another 90 minutes to his tally. Palmer, too, lasted the whole duration of the game. Huddersfield have had somewhat of a rude awakening in the last few weeks after their fairy-tale start to the season, but still sit in third place and three points behind second-placed Brighton.
Fulham - Brentford (A, November 4)
Huddersfield - Birmingham (H, November 5)
Izzy Brown was not given any minutes by new Rotherham manager Kenny Jackett against Ipswich Town, where they finally seemed set to clinch a victory but conceded an equaliser in the 95th minute. In potentially bad news for Brown, Rotherham signed free agent Peter Odemwingie last week; even though he’s 35, he might be taking some precious minutes away from Brown.
Upcoming fixtures: Preston (H, November 5)
Christian Atsu played the whole of Newcastle’s 6-0 thrashing of Preston in the EFL Cup, and was a very late substitute on Saturday, as Newcastle faced (and beat) Preston for the second time in the week. Newcastle are currently three points clear at the top of the Championship table.
Upcoming fixtures: Cardiff City (H, November 5)
Both Charlie Colkett and Jake Clarke-Salter started for Bristol Rovers, who were quite unlucky to lose 1-2 to Peterborough United.
Alexander Kiwomya played 89 minutes for Crewe Alexandra and assisted both goals in their 0-2 win against Leyton Orient.
Jamal Blackman and Jordan Houghton started for Wycombe and Doncaster respectively, as the two sides played out a 2-2 draw.
Alex Davey started for Crawley Town in their 3-1 loss to Carlisle, but Mitchell Beeney was on the bench.
Dion Conroy was uninvolved for Aldershot, and Nathan Baxter suffered a torrid evening as Brightlingsea Regent beat Met Police 6-2.
Michael Hector was an unused substitute for Eintracht Frankfurt despite the fact that they played with three at the back; midfielder and occasional right-back, Makoto Hasebe was preferred to Hector, which is a potentially worrying sign for the Jamaican. He was suspended for Frankfurt’s midweek cup tie.
Upcoming fixtures: 1. FC Köln (H, November 5)
Baba Rahman started as a wing-back in Schalke’s 2-3 win against FC Nürnberg in the DFB Pokal and even got on the scoresheet, but for the opposition. He was an unused substitute in the Revierderby against Dortmund, which ended in a goalless draw.
Upcoming fixtures: FC Krasnodar (H, November 3), Werder Bremen (H, November 6)
Andreas Christensen was shown recovering from his gluteal injury back at Cobham in the latest Chelsea Unseen video, hopefully he’ll be back after the international break at the most.
Charly Musonda missed out once more for Real Betis due to injury.
Upcoming fixtures: Villarreal (A, November 6)
Jeremie Boga was a 60th minute substitute for Granada against Barcelona, while Victorien Angban dropped to the bench and did not see any minutes.
Upcoming fixtures: Deportivo (H, November 5)
Lewis Baker and Matt Miazga started both Vitesse’s 4-1 win against second tier RKC Waalwijk in the KNVB Beker, and their frustrating 0-2 loss against PSV Eindhoven on Saturday. Baker added to his goal tally in the rout of Waalwijk, converting a penalty to score his seventh goal of the season.
Nathan replaced Adnane Tighadouini in the 40th minute of the cup tie, and scored Vitesse’s fourth goal with a lovely curling finish into the right-top corner from a counter-attack. He was an unused substitute against PSV, though.
Upcoming fixtures: Heracles (H, November 6)
Danilo Pantic played 78 minutes in Excelsior’s 4-0 loss to Feyenoord in the KNVB Beker, and started against Ajax on Saturday, playing the whole game. Bertrand Traore was rested for Ajax’s cup tie and played 70 minutes in the aforementioned fixture against Excelsior.
Excelsior - FC Utrecht (A, November 6)
Ajax - Celta Vigo (H, November 3), AZ Alkmaar (A, November 6)
Mario Pasalic finally made his debut for Milan, replacing M’Baye Niang in the 62nd minute of their 1-0 win against Pescara, and looked to have put in a good shift, although he did miss a chance to add a second goal for his side.
Pasalic vs. Pescara:— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) October 30, 2016
1 shot on goal
1 chance created
1 take-on completed
19 passes completed
100% pass accuracy
Montella on Pasalic: "He's getting to a good condition and you can see that he has great potential. If I could, I'd buy him."— Meytar Zeevi (@RossoneriBlog) October 29, 2016
Matej Delac kept a clean sheet against Waasland-Beveren in midweek, but conceded a goal as Mouscron lost 0-1 to KV Kortrijk on Sunday. Islam Feruz was a 78th minute substitute in the latter game.
Cristian Cuevas played the whole of STVV’s 0-2 loss to Zulte Waregem in midweek, as well as their 2-2 draw against Royal Charleroi.
Wallace took no part in Gremio’s Copa do Brazil semi-final against Cruzeiro, but played the whole of their goalless draw against Figueirense.
Kenneth Omeruo and Alanyaspor take on Omeruo’s former side, Kasimpasa on Monday night. Watch this space for any actions of note!
Joao Rodriguez is Jhon Pirez. It’s the only explanation.