Barclays Premier League team news
Saturday, December 1st
Arsenal (7) v Swansea (8)
Gunners right-back Bacary Sagna is doubtful with a foot injury. Forwards Theo Walcott (ankle) and Lukas Podolski (virus) will be assessed, defender Laurent Koscielny (thigh) is set for a spell on the sidelines, while defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) continue their recoveries.
Pablo Hernandez misses out for Swansea after picking up a thigh injury — Jonathan de Guzman is set to return to the starting line-up in his place. Chico Flores should be available despite a shoulder problem, while striker Danny Graham will not be risked despite returning to training after illness.
Last season: Swansea 3 Arsenal 2, Arsenal 1 Swansea 0
Last five league matches: Arsenal L D W D D; Swansea D D W D W
Top scorers (all competitions): Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 10; Michu (Swansea) 9
Match odds: H 4-9 A 6-1 D 7-2
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Fulham (11) v Tottenham (5)
Fulham have Kieran Richardson available after a hamstring injury, although similar issues will keep Alex Kacaniklic and Bryan Ruiz out for a further week. Brede Hangeland serves the final game of a three-match ban and Simon Davies is also out as he continues his return from a hip complaint.
Defender Steven Caulker has overcome illness and is fit for Tottenham. Emmanuel Adebayor completes his three-match suspension, but Scott Parker (Achilles), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out.
Last season: Tottenham 2 Fulham 0, Fulham 1 Tottenham 3
Last five league matches: Fulham D D L L D; Tottenham L L L W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 5; Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 10
Match odds: H 15-8 A 13-10 D 13-5
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
Liverpool (12) v Southampton (18)
Midfielder Lucas Leiva returns to Liverpool’s matchday squad after a three-month injury absence with a thigh injury. Joe Cole has overcome a hamstring problem which forced him out of the defeat at Tottenham. Defender Andre Wisdom, on the bench at White Hart Lane after a knee injury, could come back into contention for a starting place.
Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga looks set to start for Saints again — the 20-year-old has come under increasing scrutiny following a number of recent high-profile mistakes, including the one that saw Norwich grab an equaliser in midweek. Danny Fox could return from a knee complaint, while Frazer Richardson and Richard Chaplow are closing in on a return.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Liverpool D D W D L; Southampton L D W W D
Top scorers (all competitions): Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 13; Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 6
Match odds: H 4-11 A 15-2 D 19-5
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Man City (2) v Everton (6)
City midfielder James Milner will miss out with a hamstring injury sustained in the midweek win at Wigan but could return for the derby with Manchester United. Fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) are not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) is still out.
Everton defender Leighton Baines (hamstring) is a major doubt, Sylvain Distin or Bryan Oviedo will fill in if the left-back misses out — although David Moyes will wait as long as possible before ruling him out. Midfielder Séamus Coleman and forwards Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe (both hamstring) are unlikely to be fit to return.
Last season: Everton 1 Man City 0, Man City 2 Everton 0
Last five league matches: Man City D W W D W; Everton D W L D D
Top scorers (all competitions): Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko & Carlos Tevez (Man City) 7; Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 7
Match odds: H 8-15 A 9-2 D 10-3
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
QPR (20) v Aston Villa (17)
QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar is rated doubtful after being replaced at half-time in the goalless draw with Sunderland in midweek after sustaining a minor groin tear. Rob Green will continue to deputise if Cesar fails to recover, while strikers Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are longer-term concerns.
Villa left-back Enda Stevens has been ruled out with an ankle injury — Eric Lichaj is set to replace the former Shamrock Rovers player. Skipper and centre-back Ron Vlaar remains a major doubt with a calf problem but utility player Chris Herd is back in contention after recovering from a knee injury.
Last season: Aston Villa 2 QPR 2, QPR 1 Aston Villa 1
Last five league matches: QPR D L L L D; Aston Villa W L L D W
Top scorers (all competitions): Bobby Zamora (QPR) 4; Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 8
Match odds: H 21-20 A 13-5 D 12-5
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
Reading (19) v Man Utd (1)
Jimmy Kebe has faced a tricky recovery from the groin injury that has kept him out for almost three weeks and could miss tomorrow’s match. Danny Guthrie should be available following a thigh problem that has laid him low this month but Alex McCarthy and Jem Karacan remain sidelined.
United will be without wing duo Nani and Antonio Valencia — Nani will be missing for another four or five weeks with a hamstring injury, whilst Valencia has been ruled out with a hip problem. Paul Scholes returns from suspension, whilst Ryan Giggs has shrugged off a minor hamstring complaint.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Reading D D W L L; Man Utd W W L W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) 5; Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 12
Match odds: H 13-2 A 2-5 D 15-4
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
West Brom (4) v Stoke (9)
West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera has recovered from a groin injury and is included in the squad. Head coach Steve Clarke has a full squad to choose from with the exception of goalkeeper Ben Foster, who is recovering from a groin operation.
Stoke will make a late decision on whether Peter Crouch can start — the striker had two teeth knocked out in a clash with Fabio Coloccini in the 2-1 victory over Newcastle but hopes to play with a brace. If Crouch does not make it, Michael Owen is likely to be on the bench after a hamstring problem while full-back Andy Wilkinson (back) should also be among the substitutes.
Last season: Stoke 1 West Brom 2, West Brom 0 Stoke 1
Last five league matches: West Brom W W W W L; Stoke L W D W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Shane Long (West Brom) 7; Peter Crouch (Stoke) 5
Match odds: H 1-1 A 14-5 D 12-5
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
West Ham (10) v Chelsea (3)
West Ham will have midfielder Mark Noble back from suspension. Striker Andy Carroll has a slight knee problem and will be assessed before manager Sam Allardyce names his team but Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Alou Diarra (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) are all definitely out, while Yossi Benayoun is unavailable due to the terms of his loan from parent club Chelsea.
Chelsea centre-back David Luiz serves a one-match ban and the Blues remain without John Terry (knee), Frank Lampard (calf) and Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) - although all are pushing to make their comebacks.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: West Ham D W D L L; Chelsea D D L D D
Top scorers: Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 5; Juan Mata & Fernando Torres (Chelsea) 7
Match odds: H 3-1 A 17-20 D 11-4
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Sunday, December 2
Norwich (13) v Sunderland (16)
Mark Bunn will start in goal again with John Ruddy out for three months with a thigh injury — youngster Declan Rudd is expected to provide back-up from the bench. Defender Russell Martin could make his first appearance in more than a month after a back problem, but centre-half Michael Turner (shoulder) and striker Harry Kane (metatarsal) are out.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was today waiting to hear for how long he will be without skipper Lee Cattermole as he visited a London specialist. The midfielder damaged his knee just minutes into Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with QPR and there is speculation he has damaged his medial ligament and could be sidelined for two months. Cattermole will definitely miss this match, as will central defender John O’Shea, who is battling a calf problem.
Last season: Sunderland 3 Norwich 0, Norwich 2 Sunderland 1
Last five league matches: Norwich W D W D D; Sunderland L L W L D
Top scorers (all competitions): Grant Holt (Norwich) 3; Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) 6
Match odds: H 6-5 A 12-5 D 11-5
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Monday, December 3rd
Newcastle (14) v Wigan (15)
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without suspended utility man James Perch but boss Alan Pardew will still be unable to call upon central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring), midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (toe) and Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) and striker Shola Ameobi (groin) as he attempts to end a run of four successive defeats.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has rated both defender Gary Caldwell and midfielder David Jones as “50/50” — Jones picked up a knock to his calf during Wednesday’s defeat by Manchester City while Caldwell is recovering from a hamstring problem. Midfielders Albert Crusat (knee) and Ben Watson (broken leg), winger Ryo Miyaichi (ankle), forward Shaun Maloney (groin) and defenders Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Ivan Ramis (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.
Last season: Wigan 4 Newcastle 0, Newcastle 1 Wigan 0
Last five league matches: Newcastle D L L L L; Wigan W L L W L
Top scorers (all competitions): Demba Ba (Newcastle) 8; Jordi Gomez (Wigan) 5
Match odds: H 1-1 A 11-4 D 12-5
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)