Premier League team news and statistics
All the latest team news ahead of this weekend’s round of Premier League games
Arsenal will give a fitness test to midfielder Aaron Ramsey before their match at Swansea
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Saturday, September 28th
Aston Villa (13) v Man City (3)
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful a number of his key players will return. Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph, Andreas Weimann, Ciaran Clark and Antonio Luna should all be available again after recent knocks and niggles. Lambert remains without Christian Benteke (hip) and Ashley Westwood (thigh), whilst Jores Okore (knee), Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles) and Gary Gardner (back) are long-term casualties.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is to miss the game as the Argentina forward suffered a knock in the latter stages of the Manchester derby and will not be risked ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. Playmaker David Silva (thigh) is still out but could return against Bayern, while defender Martin Demichelis (knee) remains on the sidelines.
Last season: Aston Villa 0 Man City 1, Man City 5 Aston Villa 0
Last five league matches: Aston Villa W L L L W; Man City W L W D W
Top scorers: Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 5; Yaya Toure (Man City) 5
Match Odds: H 5-1 A 8-15 D 16-5
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire).
Fulham (18) v Cardiff (16)
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes and midfielder Bryan Ruiz face fitness tests as they have been absent with respective thigh and ankle injuries. Ashkan Dejagah (calf), Matthew Briggs (hernia) and first-choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (shoulder) are still out.
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay could choose to hand Peter Odemwingie a first Premier League start for his new club. Odemwingie scored in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at West Ham and could replace Fraizer Campbell. Mackay is otherwise expected to stick with the side that suffered a last-gasp defeat to Tottenham last weekend. Andrew Taylor will make his 100th appearance for the club, while Kevin McNaughton has joined Bolton on a month-long emergency loan.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Fulham W L L D L; Cardiff L W D D L
Top scorers: Darren Bent (Fulham) 2; Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) 2
Match Odds: H 21-20 A 13-5 D 12-5
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).
Hull (11) v West Ham (15)
Hull welcome back Maynor Figueroa as the Honduran left-back missed the 3-2 win over Newcastle due to personal reasons. Robert Koren (broken foot) and James Chester (hamstring) are long-term absentees and Paul McShane is only fit for the bench, meaning Steve Bruce must choose between Alex Bruce and Abdoulaye Faye at centre-back.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will welcome winger Stewart Downing back into his squad. The summer signing from Liverpool has been missing with a leg injury. Joe Cole (hamstring) joins Andy Carroll (heel) on the sidelines whilst defender George McCartney will not feature despite making his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury in Tuesday’s win over Cardiff.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Hull L W L D W; West Ham W D L D L
Top scorers: Robbie Brady (Hull) 3; Ravel Morrison (West Ham) 3
Match Odds: H 7-5 A 7-4 D 11-5
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).
Man Utd (8) v West Brom (14)
Manchester United manager David Moyes expects to have Robin van Persie and Tom Cleverley available. Van Persie has missed the last two games with a groin injury, while Cleverley was ruled out of the midweek Capital One Cup win over Liverpool with a knee problem. Marouane Fellaini returns after being cup-tied.
West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob is set to be available having recovered from a dead leg, and Albion head coach Steve Clarke is hopeful forwards Victor Anichebe (ankle) and Nicolas Anelka, who has an unspecified knock, will be able to take part. Chris Brunt (groin) is expected to be missing for a third successive game. Matej Vydra, Zoltan Gera (both hamstring), George Thorne (knee) and Ben Foster (foot) are sidelined.
Last season: West Brom 5 Man Utd 5, Man Utd 2 West Brom 0
Last five league matches: Man Utd W D L W L; West Brom L D L D W
Top scorers: Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 6; Saido Berahino (West Brom) 4
Match Odds: H 1-4 A 9-1 D 4-1
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).