Premier League weekend team news

All the latest as the battle for the title and to avoid relegation continues

Republic of Ireland full back Joey O’Brien is in line for a recall at West Ham after recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA

Republic of Ireland full back Joey O’Brien is in line for a recall at West Ham after recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA

Fri, Apr 18, 2014, 16:23

SATURDAY

Aston Villa (14) v Southampton (8)
Lean dro Bacuna is back in the Villa squad after missing the defeat to Crystal Palace with a hamstring strain. Otherwise, Paul Lambert is choosing from the same squad with Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner all long-term absentees.

Southampton’s Artur Boruc has beaten his back injury in time for the trip to Villa Park, offsetting the continued absence of fellow goalkeeper Kelvin Davis who also has back trouble. Maya Yoshida (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (ankle) will also miss out.
Last season: Aston Villa 0 Southampton 1, Southampton 4 Aston Villa 1
Last five league matches: Aston Villa W L L L L; Southampton W L W L L
Top scorers (all competitions): Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 11; Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) 17
Match odds: H 5-2 A 5-1 D 5-1
Referee: Lee Mason

Cardiff (19) v Stoke (10)
Cardiff winger Craig Noone remains sidelined due to an abdominal injury but Kenwyne Jones could feature against his former club after he missed last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Southampton following a blow to the kidneys suffered during the Crystal Palace game seven days earlier.

Mark Hughes has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s trip to south Wales. Charlie Adam had an operation on his broken nose on Monday but is expected to be available while Oussama Assaidi has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury and will travel. Matthew Etherington (back) remains sidelined.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Cardiff L L D L W; Stoke W W W L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) 9; Peter Crouch (Stoke) 9
Match Odds: H 6-4 A 5-4 D 3-1
Referee: Howard Webb

Chelsea (2) v Sunderland (20) - Live Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm
Eden Hazard will miss the visit of Sunderland and also remains a doubt for the Champions League semi-final first leg trip to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday but Jose Mourinho has a clean bill of health for the rest of his squad.

Full back Ondrej Celustka returns to the Sunderland squad after recovering from a knee problem, and his presence is timely with Phil Bardsley completing his two-match ban. However, Liam Bridcutt (personal reasons), Ki Sung-yueng (knee) and Carlos Cuellar (hamstring), remain on the sidelines alongside long-term injury victims Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and Steven Fletcher (ankle).
Last season: Chelsea 2 Sunderland 1, Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3
Last five league matches: Chelsea L W L W W; Sunderland L L L L D
Top scorers (all competitions): Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 17; Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 10
Match odds: H 1-5 A 17-10 D 21-10
Referee: Mike Dean

Spurs (6) v Fulham (18) - Live BT Sport 1, 12.45pm
Mousa Dembele’s return is the only good news on the injury front for Tim Sherwood with the Belgium international fit to face his former club after a hip problem, unlike countryman Jan Vertonghen (ankle). Kyle Walker (pelvis) and Michael Dawson (hamstring) also remain absent, as does Erik Lamela (back), Roberto Soldado (hamstring) and Etienne Capoue (foot).

Fulham are missing midfielder Lewis Holtby with the German on loan from White Hart Lane until the end of the season and ruled out due to the terms of the agreement. Club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou remains sidelined with a knee injury, but is expected to return against Hull next weekend.
Last season: Spurs 0 Fulham 1, Fulham 0 Spurs 3
Last five league matches: Spurs L W L W D; Fulham W L L W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs) 13; Steven Sidwell (Fulham) 7
Match odds: H 8-15 A 2-1 D 2-1
Referee: Lee Probert

West Ham (12) v Crystal Palace (11)
West Ham will be boosted by the return of influential trio Kevin Nolan, James Collins and Joey O’Brien. Republic of Ireland full back O’Brien is back after a dislocated shoulder, while Hammers boss Allardyce can call on midfielder Nolan, fit again after hamstring trouble and defender Collins (calf).

Marouane Chamakh, Joel Ward and Yannick Bolasie face late fitness tests ahead of the trip to Upton Park with Tony Pulis confirming they are amongst four or five players who are doubts. Defender Adrian Mariappa sustained a broken nose at Goodison Park on Wednesday but is expected to be available.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: West Ham L W W L L; Crystal Palace L W W W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 7; Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) 7
Match odds: H 13-10 A 14-1 D 9-2
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle (9) v Swansea (15) - Live Setanta Sports 1, 3.0pm
Striker Loic Remy (calf) and full back Mathieu Debuchy (groin) could return to the Newcastle squad after both missed the last six matches through injury. Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) is back running, but still some way from a return, while fellow midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is struggling to shake off the dead leg he picked up in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

Swansea will be without defender Chico Flores as he starts a ban following his sending-off in last weekend’s 1-0 Liberty Stadium defeat against title-chasing Chelsea. Jordi Amat looks set to deputise, while striker Michu faces a fitness test on his swollen ankle, having missed the Chelsea game.
Last season: Swansea 1 Newcastle 0, Newcastle 1 Swansea 2
Last five league matches: Newcastle W L L L L; Swansea L D W L L
Top scorers (all competitions): Loic Remy (Newcastle) 13; Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 20
Match odds: H 17-10 A 1-4 D 10-3
Referee: Chris Foy

SUNDAY

Everton (5) v Man Utd (7) - Live Sky Sports 1, 4.10pm
Phil Jagielka has an outside chance of being involved as he makes his way back from a hamstring problem. James McCarthy was only a substitute in the defeat by Crystal Palace on Wednesday but has now recovered fully from a muscular injury while fellow midfielders Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson (both knee) miss out again.

Wayne Rooney has overcome a toe injury and is fit to play but fellow forward Robin van Persie (knee) remains sidelined. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini has recovered from a calf injury that kept him out of United’s trip to Bayern Munich last week while defender Jonny Evans is a doubt due to a long-term calf problem and right back Rafael (thigh) is unavailable.
Last season: Man Utd 2 Everton 0, Everton 1 Man Utd 0
Last five league matches: Everton W W W W L; Man Utd L W L W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 14; Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 17
Match odds: H 6-4 A 19-5 D 3-1
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England).

Hull (13) v Arsenal (4) - Live Sky Sports 1, 2.05pm
Hull will be able to call on strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic after the duo were cup-tied for last weekend’s Wembley success over Sheffield United. Manager Steve Bruce may also consider moving to a back three against the Gunners, bringing central defender Alex Bruce into contention for a recall.

Record signing Mesut Ozil could return from a hamstring injury for the Gunners while midfielder Mathieu Flamini returns from a two-match suspension. Full back Nacho Monreal is on course to have recovered from a dead leg but Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) is out, while midfielder Serge Gnabry (knee) and England international Jack Wilshere (foot) are still recovering, along with Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott (both knee).
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Hull L W L L W; Arsenal L D D L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Matt Fryatt (Hull) 5; Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 20
Match odds: H 4-1 A 3-1 D 3-1
Referee: Jon Moss

Norwich (17) v Liverpool (1) - Live Sky Sports 1, 12.0pm
Norwich will still be without defender Joseph Yobo (calf) so captain Sebastien Bassong could come back into contention having been left out of last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at fellow relegation battlers Fulham by new manager Neil Adams.

Daniel Sturridge is likely to miss table-topping Liverpool’s trip to Norfolk after being forced off with a hamstring problem during the Reds’ 3-2 win over Manchester City last weekend. Midfielder Jordan Henderson begins a three-match suspension following his sending off late on at Anfield.
Last season: Liverpool 5 Norwich 0, Norwich 2 Liverpool 5
Last five league matches: Norwich L W L L L; Liverpool W W W W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Gary Hooper (Norwich) 7; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 29
Match odds: H 8-1 A 11-10 D 11-10
Referee: Andre Marriner

MONDAY

Man City (3) v West Brom (16) - Live Sky Sports 1, 8.0pm
Playmaker David Silva is a doubt for City due to an ankle problem as is winger Jesus Navas, while Monday’s game will come too soon for midfielder Yaya Toure to return after his leg injury. Defender Matija Nastasic, out of action since February because of a knee complaint, remains unavailable.

Defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder James Morrison are doubts for the Baggies after missing training this week with respective Achilles and ankle problems. On-loan winger Scott Sinclair will definitely sit the match out as it is against his parent club.
Last season: Man City 1 West Brom 0, West Brom 1 Man City 2
Last five league matches: Man City W D W L D; West Brom W L D W D
Top scorers (all competitions): Sergio Aguero (Man City) 26; Saido Berahino (West Brom) 8
Match odds: H 2-9 A 8-1 D 7-4
Referee: Phil Dowd

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