Friday 24 November 2017

The weekend's Premier League team news and stats

Aaron Ramsey will be hoping to help Arsenal maintain their lead
Aaron Ramsey will be hoping to help Arsenal maintain their lead

All the team news, match odds and stats for this weekend's round of Premier League games.

Crystal Palace (19) v Cardiff (15)

Palace manager Tony Pulis confirmed the players who beat West Ham remain fit, although winger Yannick Bolasie again misses out through suspension. Jonny Williams hopes to make his first start after an ankle injury but Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas and Adlene Guedioura remain long-term injuries.

Cardiff will have Craig Bellamy and Andrew Taylor available. Bellamy has recovered from a hamstring problem, while Taylor failed a late fitness test before the midweek draw at Stoke. Boss Malky Mackay must decide whether to put the left-back straight into his side after Declan John impressed in his place.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Crystal Palace L D W L W; Cardiff W L D L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Marouane Chamakh & Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) 2; Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) 3

Match odds: H 8-5 A 7-4 D 11-5

Referee: Mike Jones

Liverpool (4) v West Ham (17)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has to decide whether to stick with a winning team for the visit of West Ham in the Barclays Premier League. The Reds boss made three changes for the Luis Suarez-inspired 5-1 midweek demolition of Norwich and that trio of Daniel Agger, Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho will expect to retain their places. Striker Daniel Sturridge is sidelined until the new year with an ankle sprain.

West Ham will be without midfielder Ravel Morrison, who will serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season in midweek. Former Liverpool forward Andy Carroll is back in training for the Hammers after a long-term heel injury, but is not yet in contention. Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Razvan Rat (hamstring) are likely to miss out with George McCartney and Alou Diarra (both knee) also absent.

Last season: Liverpool 0 West Ham 0, West Ham 2 Liverpool 3

Last five league matches: Liverpool L W D L W; West Ham D L L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 13; Ravel Morrison (West Ham) 5

Match odds: H 2-7 A 8-1 D 5-1

Referee: Michael Oliver

Man Utd (9) v Newcastle (7)

Shinji Kagawa is suffering from a sickness bug which affected him in midweek but with Wayne Rooney missing through suspension, United boss David Moyes could do with him being available. Robin van Persie (groin) has been missing for a fortnight and Moyes is refusing to put a timescale on the striker's return.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will make a late check on Papiss Cisse - the striker missed the defeat at Swansea with a heel problem. However, midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who did not travel to the Liberty Stadium because of illness, reported for training on Thursday and is expected to be available at Old Trafford.

Last season: Man Utd 4 Newcastle 3, Newcastle 0 Man Utd 3

Last five league matches: Man Utd W W D D L; Newcastle W W W W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Robin van Persie & Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 10; Loic Remy (Newcastle) 8

Match odds: H 1-2 A 5-1 D 10-3

Referee: Andre Marriner

Southampton (8) v Man City (3)

Victor Wanyama (leg) and Nathaniel Clyne (pelvis) have joined Saints' growing injury list after being forced off in the loss to Aston Villa. Morgan Schneiderlin, Guly do Prado and Danny Fox are out and Jose Fonte is a doubt, while Paulo Gazzaniga starts in goal as Artur Boruc has fractured his hand and back-up Kelvin Davis is struggling with a side injury. However, Gaston Ramirez is available after illness.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic Blues captain Vincent Kompany will be fine to keep his place in the team after returning from a thigh problem in the win at West Brom. Striker Stevan Jovetic, defender Matija Nastasic and playmaker David Silva will all miss the game due to calf injuries.

Last season: Southampton 3 Man City 1, Man City 3 Southampton 2

Last five league matches: Southampton D W L L L; Man City W L W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) 6; Sergio Aguero (Man City) 17

Match odds: H 10-3 A 4-5 D 13-5

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Stoke (14) v Chelsea (2)

Erik Pieters is Stoke's main doubt, the full-back was forced off at half-time of the draw against Cardiff with a groin strain and a late decision will be made on his availability. Striker Jonathan Walters has recovered from a dead leg but defender Robert Huth (knee) and winger Matthew Etherington (back) are out.

David Luiz will miss the match with a knee injury - Blues boss Jose Mourinho insists a date for the defender's return has yet to be set. A late decision will be made on midfielder Oscar, who has recovered from an ankle problem, and striker Samuel Eto'o is back from a groin problem.

Last season: Stoke 0 Chelsea 4, Chelsea 1 Stoke 0

Last five league matches: Stoke D D W L D; Chelsea L D W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Kenwyne Jones (Stoke) 4; Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 8

Match odds: H 9-2 A 4-6 D 13-5

Referee: Jon Moss

Sunderland (20) v Tottenham (6)

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has reported a clean bill of health. John O'Shea was Poyet's only real concern after appearing to aggravate the groin problem he suffered at Aston Villa last weekend during Wednesday's 4-3 defeat by Chelsea - however, the defender has been able to train normally and is expected to be fit.

Jan Vertonghen is a doubt with an ankle injury sustained in the midweek win at Fulham. Moussa Dembele's ongoing hip complaint ruled him out of that match but after resting he could come back into contention. Full-back Danny Rose has made a tentative return to training, but is not yet ready for a playing comeback.

Last season: Spurs 1 Sunderland 0, Sunderland 1 Spurs 2

Last five league matches: Sunderland L W L D L; Spurs D L L D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Phil Bardsley & Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) 3; Jermain Defoe (Spurs) 9

Match odds: H 10-3 A 5-6 D 5-2

Referee: Lee Mason

West Brom (13) v Norwich (16)

Youssouf Mulumbu returns from suspension to bolster West Brom's midfield, although defender Jonas Olsson is out for the same reason after he collected his fifth yellow card in midweek. On-loan winger Scott Sinclair is also available after recovering from a hamstring injury, as well as being ineligible for the game against parent club City. Goalkeeper Ben Foster (foot) and striker Nicolas Anelka (groin) remain out.

Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is running without pain after his prolonged toe muscle injury, according to manager Chris Hughton, but his return is scheduled for Swansea next weekend. Midfielders Anthony Pilkington (hamstring), Robert Snodgrass (knee), Alexander Tettey (ankle) and Elliott Bennett (knee) and goalkeeper Mark Bunn (ankle) all miss out for the visitors.

Last season: Norwich 4 West Brom 0, West Brom 2 Norwich 1

Last five league matches: West Brom W D D L L; Norwich L W L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Saido Berahino (West Brom) 6; Gary Hooper (Norwich) 4

Match odds: H 10-11 A 3-1 D 5-2

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Sunday, December 8

Arsenal (1) v Everton (5)

Arsenal will again be without full-back Bacary Sagna (hamstring) for Sunday's match against Everton. Manager Arsene Wenger reported no fresh injuries from their midweek win over Hull when several first-team players were rested. German forward Lukas Podolski is back in training after his hamstring injury, but not yet match fit. Forward Yaya Sanogo (back), midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all still sidelined.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will take the same squad which defeated Manchester United to the leaders. Centre-back Antolin Alcaraz, who has yet to make his debut because of injury, travelled with the team to Old Trafford and could come into the matchday 18. Left-back Leighton Baines is still three to four weeks away from recovering from a broken toe while striker Arouna Kone and midfielder Darron Gibson are out.

Last season: Arsenal 0 Everton 0, Everton 1 Arsenal 1

Last five league matches: Arsenal W L W W W; Everton D D D W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 13; Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 8

Match odds: H 4-6 A 4-1 D 11-4

Referee: Howard Webb

Fulham (18) v Aston Villa (10)

Brede Hangeland will miss the Villa clash after being ruled out for six weeks after surgery to correct a nerve problem in his right leg. Defender Phillipe Senderos will face a fitness test after playing through a thigh strain in Wednesday's 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham, and Fernando Amorebieta is also doubtful. Loan striker Darren Bent is unable to play due to Fulham facing his parent club and has a hamstring strain in any case. Kieran Richardson is a doubt with hamstring trouble.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert faces defensive issues. Skipper Ron Vlaar is doubtful with a calf injury that forced him off in the midweek win at Southampton, whilst Antonio Luna is struggling with a groin problem, added to which Joe Bennett continues to recover from a back issue that has kept him out since the end of September. Lambert must also decide whether to recall Christian Benteke to the starting line-up.

Last season: Aston Villa 1 Fulham 1, Fulham 1 Aston Villa 0

Last five league matches: Fulham L L L L L; Aston Villa D W D D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Darren Bent & Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) 3; Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 5

Match odds: H 13-8 A 8-5 D 12-5

Referee: Mike Dean

Monday, December 9

Swansea (11) v Hull (12)

Swansea strikers Michu (ankle), Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Alvaro Vazquez (groin) are all injured and doubtful for the clash but with few alternatives available boss Michael Laudrup will hope at least one of them may pull through in time to feature. If not, the Dane may elect to again play with a 'false nine' after the tactic proved successful in the midweek win over Newcastle.

Curtis Davies is available again for Hull - the defender missed the defeat at Arsenal through suspension and boss Steve Bruce must decide whether to recall him in place of James Chester. Striker Matty Fryatt also hopes to figure having recently returned to the club following a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Swansea L D W L W; Hull W L L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 9; Robbie Brady & Matt Fryatt (Hull) 4

Match odds: H 3-4 A 4-1 D 12-5

Referee: Chris Foy

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