Barclays Premier League team news
Saturday, January 19th Liverpool (8) v Norwich (12)Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is pushing for his first Barclays Premier League start after two goals in as many games since his #12million transfer. Defender Jose Enrique is still not fully fit after a hamstring problem, so Glen Johnson will continue to deputise at left-back. Jordan Henderson could challenge for Joe Allen’s place in midfield.
Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson has recovered from the illness which kept him out of the Newcastle game last weekend. Andrew Surman returns to the squad after recovering from a knee injury and Grant Holt (hamstring) has been declared fully fit by manager Chris Hughton after coming on as a substitute against Newcastle. Defender Steven Whittaker (hip) and striker Steve Morison (knee) are still recovering but could return in 10 days.
Last season: Norwich 0 Liverpool 3, Liverpool 1 Norwich 1
Last five league matches: Liverpool W L W W L; Norwich L L L L D
Top scorers (all competitions): Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 19; Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) 5
Match odds: H 2-7 A 9-1 D 9-2
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Man City (2) v Fulham (13)
Forwards Sergio Aguero (hamstring) and Samir Nasri (suspension) are available again for the home clash with Fulham. Midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring), who has been out since October, is in contention for a place on the bench and captain Vincent Kompany is available after having last week’s red card against Arsenal overturned. Midfielder Yaya Toure, defender Kolo Toure and back-up striker Abdul Razak are at the African Nations Cup, while full-backs Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) are still sidelined.
Fulham boss Martin Jol has confirmed Dimitar Berbatov will return to his side for the clash with champions Manchester City after being rested for Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round replay win over Blackpool. Steve Sidwell is also available after recovering from a hamstring problem but both Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) are still missing.
Last season: Man City 3 Fulham 0, Fulham 2 Man City 2
Last five league matches: Man City W L W W W; Fulham L D L W D
Top scorers (all competitions) : Edin Dzeko (Man City) 11; Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 7
Match odds: H 1-4 A 10-1 D 5-1
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)
Newcastle (16) v Reading (19)
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew could welcome back defender Steven Taylor against Reading. Taylor has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in November, while striker Shola Ameobi is available after suspension. Fabricio Coloccini looks set to continue in defence despite continuing rumours linking him with a move back to Argentina, but Hatem Ben Arfa remains sidelined.
Right-back Stephen Kelly looks set to make his Reading debut after his move from Fulham. Midfielder Hope Akpan could also start his first match for the Royals following his move from Crawley. Striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are out, but midfielder Mikele Leigertwood is available after recovering from an unspecified knock.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Newcastle W L L L D; Reading L D W L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) 6; Adam Le Fondre & Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) 8
Match odds: H 3-4 A 7-2 D 11-4
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)
Swansea (9) v Stoke (10)
Swansea will be without midfielder Kemy Agustien for the visit of Stoke with the Dutchman facing a four-week spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Danny Graham is set to be included despite Swansea receiving two bids for the striker, while loan signing Roland Lamah is in line for his debut after joining from Osasuna. The likes of Ben Davies, Ashley Williams, Michu, Angel Rangel and Ki Sung-yueng could all return to the starting line-up.
Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson is a doubt after coming off in the FA Cup replay against Crystal Palace on Tuesday with a back problem. Fellow full-back Ryan Shotton (hamstring) could return along with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and midfielder Charlie Adam, who were rested. Manager Tony Pulis says he has a “big decision” over whether or not to bring striker Kenwyne Jones back into the first XI.