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Danny Welbeck in line for Arsenal debut, Chelsea’s Diego Costa in a race to prove fitness
Chelsea’s Diego Costa has to prove his fitness before the meeting with Swansea on Saturday. Photograph: Dylan Martinez / Reuters
Saturday, September 13th
Arsenal (7) v Man City (4)
Forward Danny Welbeck could make his Arsenal debut and midfielder Aaron Ramsey (ankle) will be assessed. Captain Mikel Arteta (ankle), David Ospina (thigh) and Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) are back in full training and playmaker Mesut Ozil should be available but Theo Walcott (knee), Serge Gnabry (knee) and Olivier Giroud (foot) are out.
City midfielder Fernando (groin) and striker Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) are out but defender Eliaquim Mangala and on-loan midfielder Frank Lamprd are in contention for debuts after building up their general fitness. Captain Vincent Kompany is fit after coming through Belgium’s recent friendly against Australia unscathed despite concerns over a calf injury.
Last season: Arsenal 1 Man City 1, Man City 6 Arsenal 3
Last five league matches: Arsenal W W W D D; Man City W W W W L
Top scorers (all competitions): Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 3; Sergio Aguero & Stevan Jovetic (Man City) 2
Match odds: H 7-4 A 7-5 D 13-5
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).
Striker Diego Costa will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness after withdrawing from Spain duty with a hamstring injury — but Blues boss Jose Mourinho may opt to hand Loic Remy his debut ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League fixture with Schalke. Mourinho has no other injury problems.
Wilfried Bony was part of the Ivory Coast side which lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cameroon on Wednesday and Swans boss Garry Monk will consider the effects of that long journey on the striker before deciding whether to name an unchanged side — Bafetimbi Gomis stands by. Midfielder Leon Britton (knee) remains sidelined.
Last season: Swansea 0 Chelsea 1, Chelsea 1 Swansea 0
Last five league matches: Chelsea D W W W W; Swansea L W W W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Diego Costa (Chelsea) 4; Nathan Dyer (Swansea) 3
Match odds: H 1-4 A 10-1 D 5-1
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).
Palace’s club-record signing James McArthur is set to make his debut and Kevin Doyle and Zeki Fryers are also in line to make their first starts, but Andrew Johnson is still gaining fitness and is unlikely to feature. Marouane Chamakh is out with a hamstring injury but Joe Ledley is available after coming on as a substitute for Wales in Andorra on Tuesday.
Burnley’s three deadline day signings come into contention. George Boyd has worked with Sean Dyche’s group during the international break but the boss has hinted Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane are unlikely to start. Danny Ings has recovered from illness so fellow striker Sam Vokes (knee) is set to be the only absentee.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Crystal Palace D D L L D; Burnley W D L L D
Top scorers (all competitions): Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) 4; Scott Arfield (Burnley) 1
Match odds: H 23-20 A 5-2 D 9-4
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).
Liverpool (5) v Aston Villa (3)
Reds striker Daniel Sturridge (thigh) and Emre Can (ankle) are out with injuries sustained on international duty, while fellow midfielder Joe Allen has a knee problem which needs to be assessed. Adam Lallana is set for a competitive debut after recovering from a knee injury but Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan are all out.
Villa manager Paul Lambert could give on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley his debut. The Scot has doubts over a couple of unnamed players, while strikers Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain sidelined.
Last season: Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2, Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 1
Last five league matches: Liverpool D W W L W; Aston Villa L L W D W
Top scorers (all competitions): Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) 2; Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) 2
Match odds: H 1-4 A 11-1 D 9-2
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).
Saints boss Ronald Koeman will give Sadio Mane every chance to return from international duty in time — the striker had to detour via Ghana on his return to England after Senegal’s 2-0 midweek victory in Botswana, due to work permit regulations. Elsewhere, injured front men Lloyd Isgrove and Sam Gallagher miss out for the home side.
Midfielders Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote will return for Newcastle, Colback was forced to withdraw from England duty with a calf problem while Tiote is available after proving his fitness following a hamstring injury. Papiss Cisse (knee), Siem de Jong (thigh), Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Facundo Ferreyra (back) are out.
Last season: Southampton 4 Newcastle 0, Newcastle 1 Southampton 1
Last five league matches: Southampton W D L D W; Newcastle W L L D D
Top scorers (all competitions): Graziano Pelle & Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) 2; Rolando Aarons, Darryl Janmaat & Mike Williamson (Newcastle) 1
Match odds: H 4-5 A 10-3 D 13-5
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).
Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland (rib) looks set to miss out along with Geoff Cameron (hernia) and Peter Odemwingie (knee), both of whom have undergone surgery. On-loan winger Oussama Assaidi is in contention, while the condition of forward Mame Biram Diouf, who has been away on international duty with Senegal, will be assessed.
A trio of new signings come into the reckoning for Leicester. Defender Danny Simpson, along with strikers Tom Lawrence and Nick Powell — the latter on loan from Manchester United — are in the squad. Defender Matthew Upson (foot) is out and although midfielder Matty James is training again after a shin injury, this game comes too soon.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Stoke W W L D W; Leicester W W D L D
Top scorers (all competitions): Jonathan Walters (Stoke) 2; Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) 2
Match odds: H 23-20 A 13-5 D 11-5
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez, who joined on season-long loan deals on deadline day, are included in Sunderland’s squad for the first time. Head coach Gus Poyet has no injury problems.
Spurs new boys Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli could make their debuts but Roberto Soldado (neck) and Kyle Walker (hip) are out. No players came back injured from international duty but Nabil Bentaleb is unlikely to feature having only returned late on Thursday.
Last season: Tottenham 5 Sunderland 1, Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2
Last five league matches: Sunderland W L D D L; Tottenham L W W W L
Top scorers (all competitions): Lee Cattermole, Jordi Gomez, Adam Johnson, Sebastian Larsson, Jack Rodwell & Connor Wickham (Sunderland) 1; Nacer Chadli, Eric Dier & Harry Kane (Tottenham) 2
Match odds: H 5-2 A 21-20 D 5-2
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).
West Brom (18) v Everton (17)
Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster is expected to play after a thumb injury and Joleon Lescott could make his debut after knee trouble, while Georgios Samaras, Silvestre Valera and Sebastian Blanco may feature despite lacking match fitness. Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Graham Dorrans are available after knocks while Youssouf Mulumbu (hamstring) and Victor Anichebe (hernia) will be assessed.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez makes late checks on midfielder Leon Osman (calf) and striker Samuel Eto’o (groin). Midfielder Ross Barkley (knee) is still a month away from full fitness but striker Arouna Kone (knee) and defender Bryan Oviedo (broken leg) are closer to a return after playing in a midweek behind-closed-doors game against Stoke.
Last season: West Brom 1 Everton 1, Everton 0 West Brom 0
Last five league matches: West Brom L L D D L; Everton L W D D L
Top scorers (all competitions): Saido Berahino (West Brom) 2; Steven Naismith (Everton) 3
Match odds: H 23-10 A 23-20 D 12-5
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).
Sunday, September 14th
Man Utd (14) v QPR (12)
United’s Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are available to make their debuts. Chris Smalling (groin), Phil Jones (hamstring), Ashley Young (groin), Michael Carrick (ankle), Jesse Lingard (knee) and Marouane Fellaini (ankle) are out and James Wilson and Reece James are also injured — but Rafael and Ander Herrera have recovered from groin and ankle problems respectively.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton faces a late fitness test on a hamstring strain. Boss Harry Redknapp has a number of players carrying knocks but does not expect many absentees, while Sandro and Niko Kranjcar are primed for debuts.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Man Utd W D L D D; QPR D W L L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Radamel Falcao (Man Utd) 2; Charlie Austin (QPR) 1
Match odds: H 2-7 A 9-1 D 9-2
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Monday, September 15th
Hull (9) v West Ham (11)
Hull striker Abel Hernandez is doubtful as he awaits the correct work permit documentation and Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez are short of match fitness. Mohamed Diame could start against his former club and Michael Dawson is set for a home debut, James Chester has served a ban but Andrew Robertson is battling a calf injury.
Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano are in line to make their Hammers debuts, while James Collins is in contention after a hamstring problem. Matt Jarvis (thigh) and Carl Jenkinson (hamstring) are doubts and Andy Carroll (ankle) and Kevin Nolan (shoulder) miss out.
Last season: West Ham 2 Hull 1, Hull 1 West Ham 0
Last five league matches: Hull L L W D L; West Ham W L L W L
Top scorers (all competitions): Robbie Brady & Nikica Jelavic (Hull) 2; Carlton Cole, Stewart Downing, Mark Noble, Diafra Sakho & Mauro Zarate (West Ham) 1
Match odds: H 23-20 A 13-5 D 21-10
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).