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Anthony Pilkington returns to the Norwich City squad Chelsea host Manchester United at 4pm on Sunday
Anthony Pilkington returns to the Norwich City squad Chelsea host Manchester United at 4pm on Sunday

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SATURDAY 18 JANUARY

Sunderland v Southampton 12.45

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has no fresh injury concerns.

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.

Sunderland squad: Mannone, Pickford, Celustka, Dossena, Alonso, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Diakite, Roberge, Cattermole, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Mavrias, Colback, Fletcher, Altidore, Borini.

Victor Wanyama will not recover from his calf injury in time for the Saints.

Full-back Calum Chambers should recover from illness, while Artur Boruc and Guly do Prado will step up their injury returns after featuring in last weekend's 1-0 victory over West Brom.

Striker Dani Osvaldo will miss out again, serving the final game of his three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct in Southampton's 1-1 league draw at Newcastle on December 14.

Southampton squad: Boruc, Clyne, Lovren, Fonte, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Davis, Cork, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert, Davis, Yoshida, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Hooiveld, Chambers, Gallagher.

Arsenal v Fulham 3pm

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.

Brede Hangeland

Forward Darren Bent is pressing for a start after scoring against the Canaries, when manager Rene Meulensteen had made sweeping changes. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (ankle) remains a doubt.

Fulham squad: Stockdale, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Sidwell, Parker, Duff, Dempsey, Bent, Berbatov, Etheridge, Richardson, Kacaniklic, Hughes, Dejagah, Taarabt, Kasami, Amorebieta.

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to play in a protective face mask 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 rehabiliation. Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Gnabry, Flamini, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Fabianski, Podolski, Park, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal.

Crystal Palace v Stoke 3pm

Crystal Palace will be without loanee Cameron Jerome for the visit of Stoke as the 27-year-old is unable to line up against his parent club.

Jerome is on a season-long loan with the Eagles but will be forced to sit out the game as Palace look to move off the bottom of the Premier League.

Ex-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.

Palace squad: Speroni, Price, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Parr, Mariappa, Moxey, Puncheon, Jedinak, Bannan, Guedioura, Campana, O'Keefe, Williams, Gayle, Chamakh, Bolasie.

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, but he will include a new frontman in his matchday squad in John Guidetti, recruited on loan from Manchester City earlier this week.

Another loanee, winger Oussama Assaidi, is back available having not been eligible to feature in the 5-3 defeat to his parent club Liverpool, and Jack Butland is set to continue in goal after playing his first full top-flight match on that occasion. Asmir Begovic, Robert Huth, Andy Wilkinson and Matthew Etherington miss out due to injuries.

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

Manchester City v Cardiff 3pm

Cardiff are set to be without Andrew Taylor and Jordon Mutch.

Taylor has an ankle problem, while Mutch is also sidelined by injury, but Craig Bellamy could start 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.

Cardiff squad: Marshall, Connolly, Caulker, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Cornelius, Campbell, Odemwingie, Brayford, Kim, Smith, Eikrem, Noone, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Mason, McNaughton, Theophile-Catherine, Lewis, Bellamy, John, Daehli.

Manchester City trio Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany are all back in contention.

Captain Kompany and midfielders Toure and Silva were all rested for the 5-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Blackburn in midweek. Sergio Aguero, who came off the bench in midweek 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.

City provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Demichelis, Lescott, Nastasic, Boyata, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Navas, Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Garcia, Aguero, Dzeko, Negredo.

Norwich v Hull 3pm

Norwich boss Chris Hughton may give a debut to new signing Jonas Gutierrez for the visit of Hull.

Gutierrez, who joined the Canaries from Newcastle, has declared himself fit while Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington will also both be in the squad after long injury absences.

Anthony Pilkington

Centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring), midfielder Jonny Howson (back) and winger Elliott Bennett (knee) are all expected to remain out.

Norwich squad: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Gutierrez, Olsson, Johnson, Fer, Redmond, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Hooper, Bunn, Van Wolfswinkel, Josh Murphy, Jacob Murphy, Pilkington, Tettey, R Bennett, Elmander, Garrido, Fox.

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.

Hull squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Chester, Faye, Figueroa, Bruce, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Boyd , Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Koren, Sagbo, Long, Jelavic, Graham.

West Ham United v Newcastle 3pm

Andy Carroll will again be in the West Ham squad to face his former side Newcastle 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 also missing out through suspension.

West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Adrian, O'Brien, Johnson, Collins, Rat, McCartney, Diarra, Noble, Collison, Jarvis, Taylor, J Cole, Diame, Morrison, Vaz Te, Maiga, C Cole, Carroll.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has no fresh injury problems.

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy completes his three-match ban, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini continues his recovery from a knee problem.

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez will also not be involved having left the club to spend the rest of the season on loan at Norwich.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Santon, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Gosling, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.

Liverpool v Aston Villa 5.30pm

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.

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez

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.

Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Toure, Cissokho, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho, Jones, Kelly, Sakho, Alberto, Aspas, Ibe.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has two new faces in his squad.

Striker Grant Holt and defender Ryan Bertrand are available 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.

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Steer, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Donacien, Bertrand, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Holt, Gardner, Tonev, Helenius, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery.

SUNDAY 19 JANUARY

Swansea v Tottenham 1.30pm

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.

Swansea squad: Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Bony, Cornell, Lamah, Routledge, Tiendalli, Rangel, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Richards, Davies, Zabret.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro could make his return from a one-month calf injury layoff.

Winger Andros Townsend came through an Under-21 game against Newcastle unscathed on Tuesday and could feature at the Liberty Stadium.

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.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Fryers, Dembele, Sandro, Capoue, Eriksen, Bentaleb, Townsend, Holtby, Chadli, Lamela, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Soldado, Adebayor, Kane, Defoe.

Chelsea v Manchester United 4pm

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.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Cole, Luiz, Essien, Ramires, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Blackman.

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will again be missing for United.

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.

Man United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Smalling, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Carrick, Cleverley, Fletcher, Kagawa, Zaha, Hernandez, Welbeck, Januzaj.

MONDAY 20 JANUARY

West Brom v Everton 8pm

New signing Aiden McGeady will go straight into Everton's squad a week 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.

Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar, Lukaku, Robles, Stones, Hibbert, Heitinga, McGeady, Naismith, Oviedo, Gueye.

New West Brom head coach Pepe Mel faces a potential striker shortage for his first Barclays Premier League game in charge.

Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon are both doubts with injuries.

Mel is also without two defenders - Billy Jones (eye) and Goran Popov (neck).

WBA squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Ridgewell, Olsson, McAuley, Lugano, Brunt, Sessegnon, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Berahino, Yacob, Vydra, Anelka, Morrison, Dawson, Reid, Sinclair, Anichebe, Gera, Rosenberg.

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