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Liverpool v Chelsea, Anfield, Sunday at 2.05pm
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SATURDAY 26 APRIL

SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON 12.45
Morgan Schneiderlin has joined Southampton's injury list heading into Saturday's clash with Everton.

The French midfielder received a heavy knock to his quadriceps and joins Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (ankle) on the sidelines.

Maya Yoshida (knee) remains absent for Saints for the Toffees' visit, as does back-up goalkeeper Kelvin Davis (back).

Southampton squad: Boruc, Gazzaniga, Cropper, Clyne, Chambers, Shaw, Targett, Hooiveld, Fonte, Lovren, Cork, Wanyama, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Reed, Lallana, Lambert, Gallagher.

Everton defender Sylvain Distin misses out with a hamstring injury.

With fellow centre-back Phil Jagielka still a week away from returning from a similar problem it means John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz will be central defensive partners.

Forward Kevin Mirallas (groin) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and with Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar and Lacina Traore all still sidelined manager Roberto Martinez will look to his under-21s to bolster his squad.

Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Alcaraz, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku, Robles, Hibbert, Garbutt, Browning, McGeady, Naismith, Gueye.

FULHAM v HULL 3pm
Hull expect to have strikers Shane Long and Sone Aluko fit for their trip to relegation-threatened Fulham.

Aluko missed last week's defeat to Arsenal with a hamstring injury and Long was replaced at half-time with a calf complaint, but both are due to travel to Craven Cottage, where Matty Fryatt, Yannick Sagbo and Nikica Jelavic are also hoping to get the nod up front.

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor is running again after breaking three ribs and damaging his kidney against West Ham last month, but is not yet in full training.

Hull squad: Harper, Jakupovic, Rosenior, Figueroa, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Koren, Fryatt, Livermore, Boyd, Aluko, Quinn, Elmohamady, Sagbo, Long, Jelavic.

Fulham club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou has returned to training following a knee injury, but will not be in the squad.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Kieran Richardson (hamstring) and Sascha Riether (illness) are all available having missed the defeat at Tottenham.

Midfielder Lewis Holtby can also feature having been ineligible to play against his parent club last weekend.

Fulham squad: Stockdale, Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Riise, Sidwell, Parker, Dejagah, Kvist, Kacaniklic, Rodallega, Stekelenburg, Zverotic, Karagounis, Kasami, Bent, Diarra, Richardson, Riether, Holtby.

STOKE v TOTTENHAM 3pm


Tottenham will be able to call upon captain Michael Dawson.

The defender has not featured since March 30 due to a hamstring complaint but is back in the squad, although Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Etienne Capoue (foot) remain absent.

The pair are not ready despite returning to training this week, while Kyle Walker (pelvis) and Erik Lamela (back) are again absent.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Naughton, Kaboul, Dawson, Chiriches, Dawson, Fryers, Rose, Sandro, Paulinho, Chadli, Dembele, Veljkovic, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Bentaleb, Winks, Lennon, Townsend, Kane, Adebayor, Soldado.

Oussama Assaidi will hope to push for a first Stoke start in two and a half months.

The on-loan Liverpool winger, who has scored four goals this season, returned last week from knee ligament damage as a substitute in the 1-1 draw against Cardiff.

Defender Robert Huth (knee) and winger Matthew Etherington (back) are the Potters' only absentees.

Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Wilson, Shawcross, Pieters, Cameron, Wilkinson, Muniesa, Shotton, Whelan, Ireland, Nzonzi, Palacios, Adam, Walters, Arnautovic, Odemwingie, Crouch, Guidetti, Assaidi.

SWANSEA v ASTON VILLA 3pm
Spanish striker Michu will be absent from the Swansea squad.

Michu has endured an injury-ravaged season due to persistent ankle trouble, and he is now s

Defender Chico Flores is again ruled out by suspension following his sending-off in the 1-0 defeat against Chelsea 12 days ago, with Jordi Amat set to deputise.

Swansea go into the Villa game six points clear of relegation danger with three games left.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Amat, Taylor, Williams, Britton, Bony, Hernandez, Dyer, Shelvey, Cornell, Lamah, Routledge, Tiendalli, De Guzman, Canas, Rangel, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Richards, Ngog, Emnes.

Defender Joe Bennett is the only fresh injury concern for Aston Villa.

Bennett is a doubt for the game at the Liberty Stadium after picking up an ankle problem in training this week.

Villa already have the likes of Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N'Zogbia, Jores Okore and Gary Gardner out of action, while it remains to be seen whether or not striker Nicklas Helenius returns to the matchday squad after his thigh injury.

Villa squad: Guzan, Steer, Clark, Baker, Luna, Vlaar, Bennett, Lowton, Bertrand, Bacuna, Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Tonev, Holt, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Robinson.

WEST BROM v WEST HAM 3pm
West Brom centre-back Gareth McAuley will undergo a late fitness test.

McAuley sat out the 3-1 loss at Manchester City on Monday due to a calf problem that Albion are hoping he will have recovered from in time to face the Hammers.

Fellow defender Liam Ridgewell will definitely miss out because of the knee injury he sustained in the City contest, while on-loan winger Scott Sinclair is available again after being ineligible for that meeting with his parent club.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Reid, McAuley, Dawson, Olsson, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Anichebe, Vydra, Berahino, Bifouma, Amalfitano, Lugano, Jones, Yacob, Sinclair.

West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor has been given compassionate leave to be with his ill daughter.

On-loan forward Marco Borriello (calf) is sidelined.

Defender Guy Demel could return having been laid low by a virus.

West Ham squad: Adrian, Reid, Tomkins, Armero, McCartney, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Downing, Jarvis, Carroll, Jaaskelainen, Nocerino, C Cole, J Cole, O'Brien, Johnson, Demel, Taylor.

MANCHESTER UNITED v NORWICH 5.30pm


Interim Manchester United manager Ryan Giggs will be without forward Robin van Persie for his first match in charge.

Van Persie is still recovering from a knee injury while defender Rafael is unavailable because of a thigh problem.

Midfielder Giggs could name himself in the squad for the game against the Canaries, which comes four days after the dismissal of David Moyes.

United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Evans, Buttner, Evra, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Young, Fletcher, Valencia, Kagawa, Fellaini, Mata, Januzaj, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Norwich will again be without Joseph Yobo for the relegation-threatened Canaries.

The on-loan Nigeria defender has a calf injury, but should return to first-team training next week.

Winger Elliott Bennett is back in contention after completing his rehabilitation from his serious knee injury.

Norwich squad: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Martin, Olsson, Fer, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Redmond, Hooper, Bunn, Van Wolfswinkel, Murphy, Hoolahan, Garrido, E Bennett, R Bennett, Tettey, Bassong.

SUNDAY 27 APRIL

SUNDERLAND v CARDIFF 12.00 
Striker Craig Bellamy is set to play a part for Cardiff at the Stadium of Light.

The 34-year-old, who has been sidelined due to a virus, is poised for a role in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad as Cardiff look to build on collecting four points in their last two games against Southampton and Stoke.

Winger Craig Noone (abdominal injury) is the solitary confirmed non-starter, with Solskjaer reporting no fresh injury concerns following the Stoke clash six days ago.

Cardiff squad: Marshall, Lewis, Turner, Theophile-Catherine, Fabio, John, Caulker, Campbell, Daehli, Medel, Eikrem, Mutch, Kim, Jones, Cala, Bellamy, Zaha, Taylor, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Cowie, McNaughton.

Midfielder Liam Bridcutt returns to the Sunderland squad.

The 24-year-old has missed the last three games for personal reasons but is available once again, as is full-back Phil Bardsley after serving a two-match ban, with the Black Cats attempting to build upon last weekend's shock 2-1 victory at Chelsea.

However, defender Carlos Cuellar will not be risked as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, while midfielder Ki Sung-yueng (knee) also remains on the sidelines along with keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and striker Steven Fletcher (ankle).

Sunderland squad: Mannone, Ustari, Bardsley, Celustka, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Roberge, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Gardner, Giaccherini, Johnson, Colback, Larsson, Ba, Mavrias, Borini, Altidore, Scocco, Wickham.

LIVERPOOL v CHELSEA 2.05pm

Striker Daniel Sturridge faces a late assessment to see whether he is fit enough to return from a hamstring injury.

The England international missed last week's win at Norwich with the problem but has progressed well in training, and should he be ready midfielder Lucas Leiva is likely to miss out.

On-loan winger Victor Moses is ineligible against his parent club and midfielder Jordan Henderson serves the second game of a three-match ban.

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan, Gerrard, Allen, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez, Jones, Toure, Agger, Cissokho, Lucas, Alberto, Aspas.

Jose Mourinho is considering wholesale changes due to the proximity of the Champions League semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid next Wednesday.

The Blues are afflicted by injuries to goalkeeper Petr Cech (shoulder), captain John Terry (ankle), playmaker Eden Hazard (calf) and Samuel Eto'o (knee), while midfielder Ramires' season is over after he received a four-match ban for striking Sebastian Larsson in the loss to Sunderland.

Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are ineligible in Europe so are likely to feature, while Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel are available ahead of European bans, with all four likely to be selected at Liverpool.

Chelsea squad: Cole, Luiz, Lampard, Torres, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Van Ginkel, Ba, Matic, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Kalas, Hilario, Ake.

CRYSTAL PALACE v MANCHESTER CITY 4.10pm
David Silva and winger Jesus Navas will both miss City's trip to Palace with ankle injuries, but Yaya Toure should be available again to bolster the midfield.

Toure suffered a muscle injury in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month but is now ready to return for the Blues.

Defender Matija Nastasic, out of action since February because of a knee injury, remains out.

City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Demichelis, Lescott, Toure, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Nasri, Silva, Garcia, Fernandinho, Rodwell, Aguero, Negredo, Dzeko, Jovetic.

Marouane Chamakh and Kagisho Dikgacoi are both trying to shake off knocks for Palace.

Eagles manager Tony Pulis remains hopeful on the duo's fitness but admits both are doubts for the contest at Selhurst Park.

Dikgacoi played the full 90 minutes of Palace's 1-0 win at West Ham last weekend but Chamakh was missing for the victory.

Palace squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Ward, Delaney, Mariappa, Parr, Dann, McCarthy, O'Keefe, Puncheon, Dikgacoi, Ledley, Jedinak, Ince, Bolasie, Chamakh, Jerome, Murray, Gayle.

MONDAY 28 APRIL

ARSENAL v NEWCASTLE 8pm


Arsenal expect to have captain Thomas Vermaelen back from a hamstring problem.

Midfielder Abou Diaby will not be rushed into a return from a serious knee injury after reporting a slight groin problem after playing for the Under-21s in midweek.

Defender Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) is still sidelined along with England midfielder Jack Wilshere (foot), Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott (both knee).

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Podolski, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Arteta, Giroud, Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Kallstrom, Vermaelen.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has midfielders Moussa Sissoko and Hatem Ben Arfa back in his squad.

Sissoko (hamstring) and Ben Arfa (dead leg) are both available to boost manager Alan Pardew's options as he tries to end of a run of five successive league defeats.

However, strikers Papiss Cisse (knee) and Luuk de Jong) are out, leaving Pardew with only Loic Remy, who returned from a calf problem as a substitute against Swansea last weekend, Shola Ameobi and youngster Adam Armstrong at his disposal.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Dummett, Haidara, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Tiote, Anita, Marveaux, Gouffran, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Remy, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong.

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