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Midweek Premier League team news
03 Mar 2015 14:02
TUESDAY 3 MARCH (all 7.45pm kick-offs)
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Aston Villa v West Brom
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Ron Vlaar is a major doubt for the derby clash with a calf problem.
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The defender was suspended for Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle and could sit out again with an injury as boss Tim Sherwood rates him touch and go.
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Kieran Richardson and Philippe Senderos are sidelined with Aly Cissokho and Alan Hutton remains a doubt for Sherwood's strugglers.
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Aston Villa squad: Given, Guzan, Hutton, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Okore, Bacuna, Sanchez, Cleverley, Cole, Westwood, Delph, Gil, Sinclair, Grealish, Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor.
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West Brom strike pair Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye are both doubts.
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The in-form duo may join fellow forward Victor Anichebe (hamstring) on the sidelines, with Berahino struggling with a knock and Ideye has had a scan on a knee problem suffered in Saturday's 1-0 win over Southampton.
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Head coach Tony Pulis reported no other issues ahead of the Barclays Premier League fixture.
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West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Wisdom, Lescott, Baird, Dawson, Olsson, McAuley, McManaman, Gamboa, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt, Gardner, Sessegnon, Berahino, Ideye.
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Hull v Sunderland
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Nikica Jelavic should be back for Hull to face Sunderland after the Croatian striker missed the defeat at Stoke on Saturday with a flare-up of his nagging knee problem.
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Robbie Brady will also be out after picking up a calf injury in training that will keep him out for six weeks.
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Long-term absentee Mohamed Diame (knee) remains missing from the Tigers squad along with James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee).
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Hull squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Dawson, McShane, Robertson, Bruce, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Quinn, Huddlestone, Jelavic, Hernandez, Aluko, Ramirez, N'Doye.
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Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet will have defender Wes Brown at his disposal for tonight's crucial Premier League trip after his red card was rescinded.
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The 35-year-old was sent off for a foul on Manchester United's Radamel Falcao at the weekend, but the decision has been overturned on appeal, and he could be joined in the squad by defender Billy Jones (ankle) and midfielders Jack Rodwell (groin) and Ricky Alvarez (knock) following their recoveries from injury.
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However, winger Will Buckley (knee) remains a doubt, while fellow midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) will miss the rest of the season.
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Sunderland squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Van Aanholt, Jones, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Coates, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Alvarez, Agnew, Honeyman, Fletcher, Defoe, Wickham, Graham.
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Southampton v Crystal Palace
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Defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to return to the Southampton squad after a hamstring problem.
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Manager Ronald Koeman reported no fresh injury concerns following his side's 1-0 defeat at West Brom, which left the Saints in sixth place.
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Forwards Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Emmanuel Mayuka (groin) remain out.
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Southampton squad: Forster, Fonte, Wanyama, Yoshida, Gardos, Bertrand, Schneiderlin, Clyne, Tadic, Mane, Pelle, K Davis, Targett, Djuricic, Ward-Prowse, S Davis, Long, Elia, Alderweireld.
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Crystal Palace look set to be without striker Glenn Murray and midfielder Mile Jedinak with both men serving suspensions.
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Murray scored twice in Saturday's 3-1 victory over West Ham but was sent off in the second half, which could mean a first start for Shola Ameobi at St Mary's, while Jedinak will receive a three or four-game ban after accepting a charge of violent conduct for elbowing Diafra Sakho in the same game.
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Marouane Chamakh, Yaya Sanogo and Fraizer Campbell are all out with hamstring injuries while Jordon Mutch is doubtful with a thigh strain.
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Crystal Palace squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Mariappa, Hangeland, Souare, Dann, Delaney, Bannan, Guedioura, Mutch, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Zaha, Bolasie, Gayle, Ameobi.
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WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH (7.45pm kick-offs unless stated)
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Man City v Leicester
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Manchester City team news to follow.
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Boss Nigel Pearson has no new injury worries for struggling Leicester's trip to Manchester City.
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The Foxes, bottom of the Barclays Premier League, had a free weekend which allowed Pearson to give his players a break ahead of Wednesday's meeting at the Etihad Stadium.
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Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who has been out since December with a broken foot, is close to a return and is expected to make his comeback this month.
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Leicester squad: Hamer, Schwarzer, Konchesky, Upson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Huth, Simpson, Cambiasso, James, Mahrez, Knockaert, Kramaric, Ulloa, Schlupp, Nugent, Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Vardy, De Laet.
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Newcastle v Man United
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Newcastle and Manchester United team news to follow. QPR v Arsenal
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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be available having recovered from a hamstring injury.
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The Wales international has been missing since February 10 after a third hamstring issue of the season but has returned to training ahead of schedule and could feature at Loftus Road.
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Jack Wilshere (ankle) will miss out, as will Mathieu Flamini (hamstring), Abou Diaby (calf) and Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) but Francis Coquelin could play despite fracturing his nose in Sunday's win over Everton.
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Arsenal Squad: Ospina, Szczesny, Bellerin, Gibbs, Chambers, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gabriel, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott, Welbeck, Giroud, Akpom.
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Stoke v Everton
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Stoke team news to follow.
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Everton defender Leighton Baines faces a late fitness test ahead of the trip to Stoke.
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The England international has missed the last two matches with a thigh injury and will be assessed to see whether he is ready to return.
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Midfielder Christian Atsu, who missed Sunday's defeat at Arsenal with a virus, will not resume training until Friday.
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Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Stone, Jagielka, Garbutt, Barry, Besic, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku, Robles, Alcaraz, Distin, Baines, Gibson, Osman, Lennon, Naismith, Lukaku, Kone.
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Tottenham v Swansea
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Tottenham team news to follow.
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Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson has recovered from hamstring trouble and is in line to start against his former club tomorrow.
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Sigurdsson sat out the 1-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday and should return in the number 10 role behind Bafetimbi Gomis with Jonjo Shelvey deployed in a deeper role for the Barclays Premier League clash.
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Kyle Naughton also returns to White Hart Lane for the first time since his January move to Swansea but loan signing Tom Carroll is unable to play against his parent club and drops out of Garry Monk's matchday squad.
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Swansea squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Ki, Shelvey, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Gomis, Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Fulton, Britton, Montero, Dyer, Barrow, Emnes, Oliveira, Grimes, King.
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West Ham v Chelsea
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West Ham team news to follow.
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his options for Wednesday's Premier League clash after winning the Capital One Cup.
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Midfielder Nemanja Matic will complete his two-match suspension after his dismissal for his reaction to a tackle by Burnley's Ashley Barnes.
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Midfielder John Obi Mikel has had a minor knee operation and is out until early April.
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Chelsea squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Remy, Costa, Willian, Cuadrado, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Blackman, Christensen, Loftus-Cheek.
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Liverpool v Burnley (8pm)
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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is back in training after a hamstring injury but is unlikely to return for the visit of Burnley.
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Winger Jordon Ibe is expected to be sidelined until the end of the month with the knee injury suffered in the Europa League loss at Besiktas last week.
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Central defender Mamadou Sakho is close to a return after a hip injury and full-back Glen Johnson should be back in contention after illness.
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Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Ward, Sakho, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Toure, Johnson, Williams, Markovic, Henderson, Allen, Moreno, Sterling, Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge, Borini, Balotelli, Lambert.
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Burnley boss Sean Dyche is set to have the same squad of players available for the clash with Liverpool at Anfield as he did for the previous fixture.
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The Clarets came through the 1-0 home defeat to Swansea on Saturday without picking up any significant knocks.
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They remain without Matthew Taylor, who is working on his fitness as he continues his recovery from Achilles surgery, as well as Dean Marney and Kevin Long, both out for the rest of the season due to cruciate ligament damage.
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Burnley squad: Heaton, Gilks, Trippier, Mee, Keane, Shackell, Lafferty, Duff, Arfield, Boyd, Jones, Wallace, Kightly, Barnes, Vokes, Ings, Sordell, O'Neill, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Ward.
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