Premier League team news and statistics
Blues keeper Peter Cech is set to replace Ross Turnbull after recovering from a calf strain, while midfielder Juan Mata has shaken off an ankle problem. John Terry could return in defence but David Luiz (calf) and long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee) are still out and John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are at the African Nations Cup, while Eden Hazard serves the final game of a three-match suspension.
Last season:Chelsea 0 Newcastle 2, Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3
Last five league matches:Newcastle L L D L W; Chelsea L W D W D
Top scorers(all competitions): Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle) 12; Demba Ba (Chelsea) 16
Match odds:H 10-3 A 3-4 D 13-5
Referee:Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).
QPR (20) v Norwich (14)
QPR manager Harry Redknapp could hand debuts to new signings Christopher Samba, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend, although he believes fellow new boy Yun Suk-young needs some time to settle in. Junior Hoilett is fit to feature following a hamstring problem but Jamie Mackie (tonsilitis) is a doubt, while Ryan Nelsen and Alejandro Faurlin have left the club.
Norwich could hand a debut to new signing Luciano Becchio but Sierra Leone forward Kei Kamara is awaiting international clearance on his loan move from Sporting Kansas City. Defender Steven Whittaker has recovered from a hip injury but England goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) remains out while Tottenham have recalled striker Harry Kane.
Last season:QPR 1 Norwich 2, Norwich 2 QPR 1
Last five league matches:QPR L W D D D; Norwich L L D L D
Top scorers(all competitions): DJ Campbell (QPR) 10; Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) 5
Match odds:H 1-1 A 13-5 D 23-10
Referee:Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).
Reading (17) v Sunderland (11)
Noel Hunt faces a late fitness test ahead on an unspecified knock. Royals boss Brian McDermott, who is already without Jason Roberts (hip), must decide whether or not to promote Adam Le Fondre to the starting line-up. The striker again impressed off the bench against Chelsea, scoring twice for the second successive league game — but McDermott has stressed his best role is presently as a substitute.
Striker Danny Graham will go straight into the Sunderland squad alongside defenders Carlos Cuellar and Danny Rose, who could return from hamstring injuries. However, skipper Lee Cattermole will remain on the sidelines after aggravating his knee problem once again on his return to training.
Last season:No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches:Reading W L W W D; Sunderland L L W W D
Top scorers(all competitions): Adam Le Fondre (Reading) 12; Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) 10
Match odds:H 11-8 A 9-5 D 23-10
Referee:Lee Mason (Lancashire).
West Ham (13) v Swansea (8)
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is hoping to give more minutes to striker Andy Carroll as the striker continues to find fitness following a knee injury. The England striker is again likely to be on the bench for the Hammers, who are still without defensive trio George McCartney (knee), James Collins (hamstring) and Dan Potts (concussion).
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm will miss out for Swansea as he continues his recovery from a knee injury — Gerhard Tremmel will again fill in. Kemy Agustien (ankle) and Neil Taylor (broken leg) remain sidelined and Danny Graham’s departure to Sunderland means Michu is likely to be employed as a striker, with Itay Shechter, who has yet to score this season, the alternative option for Michael Laudrup.
Last season:No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches(all competitions): West Ham W L D L L; Swansea W D D W D
Top scorers(all competitions): Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 6; Michu (Swansea) 16
Match odds:H 7-5 A 2-1 D 11-5
Referee:Lee Probert (Wiltshire).