Saturday 18 November 2017

This weekend's Premier League team news

Jose Mourinho is targeting a win over the reigning Premier League champions
Jose Mourinho is targeting a win over the reigning Premier League champions

Team news, match odds and statistics for this weekend's action in the Barclays Premier League


Arsenal (1) v Fulham (16)

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to play in a protective face mask against Fulham following surgery on a broken nose, but full-back Nacho Monreal (foot) is doubtful. Midfielders Mikel Arteta (calf) and Aaron Ramsey (thigh) are still out, along with captain Thomas Vermaelen (knee). Forward Nicklas Bendtner (ankle) is closing in on a return, while Yaya Sanogo (back) continues his rehabilitation. Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta is a doubt because of a knee problem. Captain Brede Hangeland could make his first league start since October after returning from back surgery in the midweek FA Cup third-round replay win over Norwich. Forward Darren Bent is pressing for a start after scoring against the Canaries. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (ankle) remains a doubt.

Last season: Fulham 0 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 3 Fulham 3

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 13; Steve Sidwell (Fulham) 6

Match odds: H 2-9 A 12-1 D 5-1

Referee: Lee Probert


Crystal Palace (20) v Stoke (12)

Crystal Palace will be without loanee Cameron Jerome because the 27-year-old is unable to line up against his parent club. Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis will also be without midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi (calf) and winger Jerome Thomas (groin), while Yannick Bolasie faces a late fitness test with his own groin complaint and long-term absentees Jack Hunt (ankle), Glenn Murray (knee) and Paddy McCarthy (groin) remain out.

Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones will not be involved as a result of his refusal to play against Liverpool last weekend. Potters boss Mark Hughes has decided Jones, who has been fined two weeks' wages, should not be considered for selection. New signing John Guidetti, recruited on loan from Manchester City earlier this week, will add firepower to Hughes' squad. Another loanee, winger Oussama Assaidi, is available after being ineligible to face Liverpool last week, and Jack Butland is set to continue in goal after playing his first full top-flight match against the Reds. Asmir Begovic, Robert Huth, Andy Wilkinson and Matthew Etherington miss out due to injuries.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) 5; Peter Crouch & Charlie Adam (Stoke) 6

Match odds: H 5-4 A 12-5 D 21-10

Referee: Mark Clattenburg


Liverpool (4) v Aston Villa (11)

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set for a recall to the starting line-up after scoring on his comeback from injury as a substitute at Stoke last weekend. Midfielder Joe Allen and defender Mamadou Sakho return to the squad after both missing three matches through injury. Defenders Jon Flanagan (hamstring), Jose Enrique (knee) and Daniel Agger (calf) are still absent.

Striker Grant Holt and defender Ryan Bertrand are available for Villa after being signed on loan this week from Wigan and Chelsea respectively until the end of the season. Lambert, however, is definitely without defender Nathan Baker after he sustained concussion in Monday's 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal.

Last season: Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 2, Liverpool 1 Aston Villa 3

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 22; Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 6

Match odds: H 1-4 A 10-1 D 5-1

Referee: Jon Moss


Manchester City (2) v Cardiff (18)

Manchester City trio Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany are all back in contention after they were all rested for the 5-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Blackburn in midweek. Sergio Aguero, who came off the bench against Rovers after eight games out, could again be a substitute. Striker Stevan Jovetic and midfielder Jack Rodwell (both hamstring) are close to fitness while playmaker Samir Nasri (knee) is a long-term casualty.

Cardiff are set to be without Andrew Taylor and Jordon Mutch for the trip to the Etihad Stadium. Taylor has an ankle problem, while Mutch is also sidelined by injury, but Craig Bellamy could start against his old club after making an impact off the bench against West Ham last week. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also has to decide whether to hand first starts to new signings Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Alvaro Negredo (Man City) 21; Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) 5

Match odds: H 1-8 A 20-1 D 7-1

Referee: Neil Swarbrick


Norwich (15) v Hull (10)

Norwich boss Chris Hughton may give a debut to new signing Jonas Gutierrez after he joined from Newcastle. Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington will also both be in the squad after long injury absences. Centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring), midfielder Jonny Howson (back) and winger Elliott Bennett (knee) are all expected to remain out.

Hull could hand debuts to £14million of new strikers at Norwich, with Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long both signed in time to face the Canaries. Jelavic is a likelier starter having trained with the side this week, but Long may also feature as Yannick Sagbo and Danny Graham come under pressure for places up front. Paul McShane (ankle), Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Robbie Brady (groin) are still missing, while Gedo has returned to parent club Al Ahly after an unsuccessful loan spell was brought to a close.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Gary Hooper (Norwich) 7; Matt Fryatt (Hull) 5

Match odds: H 13-10 A 11-5 D 11-5

Referee: Howard Webb


Sunderland (19) v Southampton (9)

The Black Cats will head into the game at the Stadium of Light looking for a fourth successive win in all competitions and a second in the league with a relatively clean bill of health, but with striker Ji Dong-won having left the club for German side Augsburg. Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has undergone shoulder surgery and will begin his rehabilitation next week, while defender Carlos Cuellar is around 10 days away from a return after a long-term hip injury.

Last season: Sunderland 1 Southampton 1, Southampton 0 Sunderland 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 6; Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) 10

Match odds: H 2-1 A 7-5 D 9-4

Referee: Chris Foy


West Ham (17) v Newcastle (8)

Andy Carroll will again be in the West Ham squad to face his former side after the England striker came through an 18-minute cameo in the win at Cardiff last weekend. It was Carroll's first appearance of the season following a foot injury but he could play from the start against the Magpies, while defender James Collins and forward Ricardo Vaz Te are also in contention. Guy Demel (concussion) and Winston Reid (ankle) will not feature, with James Tomkins and skipper Kevin Nolan suspended.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has no fresh injury problems, with full-back Mathieu Debuchy completing his three-match ban and central defender Fabricio Coloccini continuing his recovery from a knee problem.

Last season: West Ham 0 Newcastle 0, Newcastle 0 West Ham 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Ravel Morrison (West Ham) 5; Loic Remy (Newcastle) 10

Match odds: H 2-1 A 11-8 D 9-4

Referee: Andre Marriner


Sunday, January 19

Chelsea (3) v Manchester United (7)

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard could return from a calf injury. Right-back Branislav Ivanovic only returned to training on Friday following a knee problem and is unlikely to figure. New signing Nemanja Matic has been added to the squad but boss Jose Mourinho has said he will not start.

Wayne Rooney (groin) and Robin van Persie (thigh) will again be missing when Manchester United visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Rooney (groin) has at least started running again, whilst Van Persie (thigh) should return to training on Monday after nearly six weeks on the sidelines.

United are looking for their sixth win out of seven in the Premier League but Moyes has never won a head-to-head meeting with Jose Mourinho.

Last season: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 1, Chelsea 2 Man Utd 3

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 11; Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 11

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

Referee: Phil Dowd


Swansea (13) v Tottenham (6)

Dwight Tiendalli and Roland Lamah will return to action for injury-hit Swansea but Jonathan de Guzman, Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez, Michel Vorm and Michu all remain sidelined. Jose Canas is the latest addition to the injury list after damaging ankle ligaments against Manchester United.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro could make his return from a one-month calf injury lay-off. Winger Andros Townsend came through an under-21 game against Newcastle unscathed on Tuesday and could feature. Defenders Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) are back in training but will not be risked, while Paulinho remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Last season: Swansea 1 Tottenham 2, Tottenham 1 Swansea 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 12; Jermain Defoe & Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) 10

Match odds: H 21-10 A 11-8 D 11-5

Referee: Martin Atkinson


Monday, January 20

West Brom (14) v Everton (5)

New West Brom head coach Pepe Mel faces a potential striker shortage. Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon are both doubts with injuries, while Shane Long has left for Hull. Mel is also without two defenders - Billy Jones (eye) and Goran Popov (neck).

New signing Aiden McGeady will go straight into Everton's squad after joining from Spartak Moscow. Midfielder Ross Barkley is sidelined with a broken toe. Defender Sylvain Distin is back from a hamstring injury after a three-week lay-off but fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is still missing.

Last season: Everton 2 West Brom 1, West Brom 2 Everton 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Saido Berahino (West Brom) 8; Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 9

Match odds: H 11-5 A 6-5 D 12-5

Referee: Michael Oliver

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