As the New Year approaches there is no doubting that we are moving towards the business end of the season where titles are won and lost, the main focus of many over the coming fixture weeks will be simply to stay in touch with the leaders in a bid to mount a late charge and for many that begins on New Year’s day as the Premier League swings into action.
As far as team news goes there are quite a few uncertainties heading into round 21, Michael Laudrup has stated that there is a slight chance Michu could return against Villa tomorrow. Newcastle will be without Danny Simpson for the next three to four weeks after he broke a toe in Saturday’s loss at Arsenal. Samir Nasri will serve his three gam ban after City decided not to appeal his sending off at Norwich. Fulham hope to have Damien Duff and Mark Schwarzer back for their trip to West Brom.
Chelsea confirm Petr Cech picked up a groin injury in yesterday’s win at Everton and will miss out, Adam Lallana is ruled out again for Southampton, though Nathaniel Clyne will undergo a late fitness test. Everton will be without Irishman Darron Gibson for a month after he picked up a groin injury, while Stoke’s Andy Wilkinson is expected to recover from the concussion that forced him off at the weekend in time for the trip to City. Jose Enrique misses out for Liverpool, while Sunderland, in opposition at Anfield, will be missing John O’Shea – both are stricken by hamstring injuries.
So there you have the latest team news ahead of the kick off of round 21 tomorrow and with that in mind here are out tips for the forthcoming fixture week.
Ben Foster (West Brom) £3.2 million Fixture: Fulham (Home)
Ross Turnbull (Chelsea) £4.1 million Fixture: QPR (Home)
Gareth McAuley (West Brom) £3.4 million Fixture: Fulham (Home)
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) £4.1 million Fixture: Reading (Home)
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) £4.4 million Fixture: QPR (Home)
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) £4.2 million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) £5.2 million Fixture: Southampton (Away)
Juan Mata (Chelsea) £5.3 million Fixture: QPR (Home)
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) £4.4 million Fixture: Reading (Home)
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) £4.0 million Fixture: Newcastle (Away)
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) £7.1 million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)
Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) £6.9 million Fixture: Everton (Home)
Robin Van Persie (Man United) £8.5 million Fixture: Wigan (Away)