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Weekend Premier League team news

Updated: Friday, 06 Dec 2013 18:39 | Comments

In-form Everton won't lack confidence against Arsenal
In-form Everton won't lack confidence against Arsenal

SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER (3pm)

Manchester United v Newcastle, 12.45

David Moyes will take a late check on Shinji Kagawa before finalising his line-up to face Newcastle.

Kagawa is suffering from a sickness bug which affected him in midweek but with Wayne Rooney missing through suspension, United could do with the Japan star 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 striker Papiss Cisse.

The Senegal international missed Wednesday night's 3-0 defeat at Swansea with a heel problem and will be assessed on Friday.

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.

Manchester United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Vidic, Fabio, Valencia, Nani, Jones, Fellaini, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Young, Zaha, Januzaj, Van Persie, Kagawa, Hernandez.

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

Crystal Palace v Cardiff City

Crystal Palace will have no new injuries to contend with when fellow promoted side Cardiff visit Selhurst Park this weekend.

Manager Tony Pulis confirmed the squad that beat West Ham 1-0 on Tuesday all remain fit, although winger Yannick Bolasie again misses out through suspension.

Jonny Williams will be hoping to make his first start after an ankle injury, while long-term absentees Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas and Adlene Guedioura remain sidelined.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay will have Craig Bellamy and Andrew Taylor available for Saturday's meeting with Crystal Palace.

Bellamy has not started any of the last three games, but has got over a hamstring problem and has joined up with the squad in London ahead of the clash at Selhurst Park.

Taylor failed a late fitness test before the midweek draw at Stoke, and Mackay must decide whether to put the left-back straight into his side after Declan John impressed in his place.

Crystal Palace squad: Speroni, Price, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Mariappa, Moxey, Puncheon, Kebe, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bannan, O'Keefe, Williams, Gayle, Chamakh, Jerome, Phillips

Cardiff squad: Marshall, Connolly, Taylor, Caulker, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Cornelius, Campbell, Odemwingie, Brayford, Kim, Smith, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard, Theophile-Catherine, Lewis, Moore, Bellamy, John.

Liverpool v West Ham 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has to decide whether to stick with a winning team for the visit of West Ham.

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 will be sidelined until the new year with an ankle sprain.

West Ham will be without Ravel Morrison after the midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the season in midweek.

The 20-year-old was cautioned after the final whistle in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace and will serve a one-match ban, meaning he will sit out at Anfield.

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.

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

West Ham squad: Jasskelainen, Adrian, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, O'Brien, Rat, Chambers, Collison, Noble, Nolan, J Cole, Downing, Jarvis, Taylor, Diame, C Cole, Maiga.

Southampton v Manchester City

Southampton could be without eight first-team players through injury against Manchester City.

Victor Wanyama (leg) and Nathaniel Clyne (pelvis) joined the growing injury list after being forced off in Wednesday's 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa, joining Morgan Schneiderlin, Guly do Prado and Danny Fox on the sidelines.

Jose Fonte is a doubt for the clash with City, while Paulo Gazzaniga will again start in goal as Artur Boruc fractured his hand last week and back-up Kelvin Davis is struggling wide a side injury. The only good news is Gaston Ramirez's return to fitness after illness.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic Blues captain Vincent Kompany will be fine to keep his place in the team.

The Belgium defender, who has been sidelined by a thigh problem, made his first appearance since October 5 on Wednesday when he played for the whole of the 3-2 league win at West Brom, and there have been no ill-effects reported after that outing.

Striker Stevan Jovetic, defender Matija Nastasic and playmaker David Silva will all miss the Southampton game due to their calf injuries, but Pellegrini has indicated the latter of the trio could be involved in Tuesday's Champions League match at Bayern Munich.

Southampton squad: Gazzaniga, Cropper, Britt, Chambers, Shaw, Targett, Fonte, Lovren, Hooiveld, Yoshida, Cork, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Lallana, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Gallagher, Osvaldo, Lambert.

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

Stoke City v Chelsea

Full-back Erik Pieters is Stoke's main doubt for their tie with Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium.

The Holland international was forced off at half-time of Wednesday's draw against Cardiff with a groin strain and a late decision will be made on his availability.

Striker Jonathan Walters has recovered from the dead leg that brought to an end his run of 102 consecutive Premier League starts but defender Robert Huth (knee) and winger Matthew Etherington (back) are out.

Chelsea defender David Luiz will miss the clash with Stoke City with a knee injury.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho insists a date for Luiz'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.

Stoke squad: Stoke: Begovic, Sorensen, Muniesa, Shawcross, Wilson, Cameron, Wilkinson, Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Shea, Nzonzi, Adam, Assaidi, Ireland, Jones, Walters, Crouch.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Schwarzer, Ivanonvic, Cole, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Cahill, Terry, Mikel, Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Schurrle, De Brunye, Hazard, Willian, Torres, Eto'o, Ba.

West Brom v Norwich

Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is running without pain after his prolonged toe muscle injury, according to Norwich manager Chris Hughton, but he will not be rushed back.

Norwich have no new injuries following their 5-1 defeat against Liverpool in midweek but are without midfielders Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee).

Elliott Bennett (knee), goalkeeper Mark Bunn and midfielder Alexander Tettey (both ankle) are all still sidelined.

Norwich squad: Ruddy, Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Fer, Redmond, Hoolahan, Hooper, Elmander, Becchio, Nash, Johnson, Whittaker, Josh Murphy, Turner, Garrido.

Sunderland v Tottenham, 5.30

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has once again reported a clean bill of health as he prepares for the evening clash with Tottenham.

Defender 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 night's 4-3 defeat by Chelsea.

However, the Republic of Ireland international has been able to train normally and is expected to be fit.

an Vertonghen "rolled" his ankle in Wednesday's 2-1 victory at Fulham and manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted the defender is a doubt for Saturday's match at Sunderland.

Moussa Dembele's ongoing hip complaint ruled him out of the Fulham clash at the last minute, 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.

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

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Archer, Walker, Naughton, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dawson, Kaboul, Fryers, Sandro, Capoue, Dembele, Paulinho, Lamela, Lennon, Townsend, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Adebayor, Defoe, Soldado.

SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER

Fulham v Aston Villa, 1.30pm

Brede Hangeland will miss six weeks' action 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. The Villa forward has a hamstring strain in any case. Kieran Richardson is a doubt with hamstring trouble.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert faces defensive issues ahead of the game.

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 after relegating the striker to a sub's role at the St Mary's Stadium.

Fulham squad: Stekelenberg, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Dejagah, Karagounis, Parker, Kaciniklic, Kasami, Berbatov, Stockdale, Zverotic, Sidwell, Duff, Taarabt, Boateng, Ruiz. 

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

Arsenal v Everton, 4pm

Arsenal will again be without full-back Bacary Sagna (hamstring).

Manager Arsene Wenger reported no fresh injuries for the league leaders 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 manager Roberto Martinez will take the same squad which defeated Manchester United in midweek to league leaders Arsenal this weekend.

Centre-back Antolin Alcaraz, who has yet to make his debut after a summer move 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 long-term absentees.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Walcott, Giroud, Fabianski, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Arteta, Rosicky, Bendtner, Monreal.

Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar, Lukaku, Robles, Stones, Heitinga, Barkley, Naismith, Jelavic, Deulofeu, Alracarz.

MONDAY 9 DECEMBER

Swansea v Hull City, 8pm

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will give his trio of injured strikers as much time as possible to prove their fitness.

Michu (ankle), Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Alvaro Vazquez (groin) are all injured and doubtful for the clash but with few alternatives available 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's Barclays Premier League match at Swansea on Monday.

The defender missed the midweek defeat at Arsenal through suspension and boss Steve Bruce must decide whether to recall him in place of James Chester.

Striker Matty Fryatt will also be hoping to figure for Hull having recently returned to the club following a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday. 

Swansea squad: Vorm, Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Bony, Hernandez, Dyer, Lamah, Routledge, Tiendalli, De Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Davies.

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

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