Premier League team news
A look ahead to the weekend’s cross-channel action
Hull are facing a raft of injury problems. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor (thigh) and striker Danny Graham (knee) have both been consigned to the sidelines following last week’s defeat at Everton, while manager Steve Bruce is also expecting bad news on Sone Aluko (calf) and Robbie Brady (hernia). With James Chester (hamstring) and Robert Koren (foot) still unavailable and Jake Livermore unable to face his parent club, Bruce will be forced to call on a handful of back-up players.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Tottenham W W D L W; Hull D W W D L
Top scorers (all competitions): Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 7; Robbie Brady (Hull) 4
Match odds: H 4-9 A 13-2 D 10-3
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).
Sunderland (20) v Newcastle (10)
Sunderland defender Wes Brown could make a first competitive appearance for the club in almost 21 months. The 34-year-old former Manchester United player is available after ridding himself off a calf injury sustained in pre-season. Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, who was ineligible to play against his parent club Swansea last weekend, also returns to the squad as the Black Cats attempt to secure a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will make late decisions on central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor. Coloccini is battling his way back from a groin problem, while Taylor is nursing a hamstring injury. Defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is suspended following his red card in the draw with Liverpool last Saturday, while midfielder Jonas Gutierrez remains in Argentina after being given leave to deal with a personal issue.
Last season: Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3, Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1
Last five league matches: Sunderland L L L L L; Newcastle W L L W D
Top scorers (all competitions): Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) 3; Loic Remy (Newcastle) 5
Match odds: H 13-8 A 8-5 D 12-5
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).
Swansea (11) v West Ham (15)
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup must decide whether to risk Ashley Williams. The Wales defender has been sidelined for almost five weeks due to an ankle ligament problem, but took part in training earlier this week with Laudrup hoping to give his captain some match action before the south Wales derby against Cardiff. Pablo Hernandez could finally get back on the pitch after a hamstring problem, but left-back Ben Davies (ankle) will be missing.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns. James Collins (hamstring) and Alou Diarra (knee) are still missing, with Andy Carroll (heel) also absent. Allardyce will have to decide whether to give Carlton Cole a start or operate without a recognised striker for a third successive game.
Last season: West Ham 1 Swansea 0, Swansea 3 West Ham 0
Last five league matches: Swansea D W L L W; West Ham D L L W L
Top scorers (all competitions): Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 6; Ravel Morrison & Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham) 4
Match odds: H 3-4 A 7-2 D 11-4
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).