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All the latest team news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures

Manchester City’s  Vincent Kompany is a doubt for the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany is a doubt for the Manchester derby on Sunday.

 

Saturday, April 11th

Burnley (19) v Arsenal (2)

Burnley’s Matt Taylor could return from a seven-and-a-half month Achilles injury lay-off but fellow midfielder Dean Marney and defender Kevin Long (both cruciate ligament) are long-term absentees. Winger Ross Wallace (knee) and right-back Steven Reid (calf) could return.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny (groin) and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (rib) face fitness tests. Midfielders Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby and defender Mathieu Debuchy are in contention after injuries but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) is out. Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches: Burnley L L W L D; Arsenal W W W W W Top scorers (all competitions): Danny Ings (Burnley) 9; Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 20 Match odds: H 9-2 A 4-7 D 3-1 Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

Southampton (7) v Hull (17)

Saints’ Filip Djuricic is out with an ankle injury but fellow midfielder Steven Davis returns after an ankle problem, as does defender Florin Gardos who has been struggling with an unspecified knock. Keeper Fraser Forster has undergone knee surgery but Jay Rodriguez could be back from his long-term knee problem before the end of the season.

Hull boss Steve Bruce is yet to decide whether to drop out-of-form keeper Allan McGregor — veteran Steve Harper is on stand-by. Tom Huddlestone returns from suspension but fellow midfielder David Meyler is banned and strikers Gaston Ramirez and Nikica Jelavic are also unavailable. Defender Curtis Davies’ thigh injury will be assessed. Last season: Hull 0 Southampton 1, Southampton 4 Hull 1 Last five league matches: Southampton L W D W L; Hull L D D L L Top scorers (all competitions): Graziano Pelle (Southampton) 12; Nikica Jelavic (Hull) 8 Match odds: H 8-15 A 6-1 D 11-4 Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

Sunderland (15) v Crystal Palace (11)

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson is suspended but Jack Rodwell returns to the squad after a hamstring problem and Will Buckley has recovered from knee trouble. Defender Wes Brown (knee) and midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) are still sidelined.

Midfielder Joe Ledley will get every opportunity to prove his fitness for Palace. Mile Jedinak is in the squad after suspension but strikers Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell (hamstring) and midfielder Jordon Mutch (thigh) remain out. Last season: Sunderland 0 Crystal Palace 0, Crystal Palace 3 Sunderland 1 Last five league matches: Sunderland L D L L W; Crystal Palace W L W W W Top scorers (all competitions): Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 5; Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) 13 Match odds: H 7-4 A 7-4 D 2-1 Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Swansea (8) v Everton (12)

Veteran full-back Angel Rangel is in line for his first Swansea start for more than two months, with Kyle Naughton ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging ankle ligaments. Winger Jefferson Montero could make the bench after a hamstring injury.

Striker Romelu Lukaku (hamstring) is rated just 50-50 by Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, who will not risk him until he is fully fit. Winger Aiden McGeady (back) is a doubt and Darron Gibson (metatarsal), Bryan Oviedo (hamstring) and Tony Hibbert (muscle strain) are out. Last season: Everton 3 Swansea 2, Swansea 1 Everton 2 Last five league matches: Swansea W L L W W; Everton L L W W W Top scorers (all competitions): Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) 8; Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 18 Match odds: H 6-4 A 15-8 D 11-5 Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Tottenham (6) v Aston Villa (16)

Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris are absent for Spurs and Jan Vertonghen is a doubt - right-back Walker has a foot injury while keeper Lloris is sidelined by knee trouble. Vertonghen (virus) is one of several doubts for a game which sees striker Harry Kane again captain the side.

Villa are again without Alan Hutton (ankle), Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair (both hamstring). Carles Gil (dead leg) also misses out but Aly Cissokho (groin) could return. Libor Kozak will not be considered as he regains fitness following 14 months out with a broken leg. Last season: Tottenham 3 Aston Villa 0, Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 2 Last five league matches: Tottenham W W L W D; Aston Villa W W L L D Top scorers (all competitions): Harry Kane (Tottenham) 29; Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 10 Match odds: H 4-7, D 3-1, A 9-2 Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

West Brom (14) v Leicester (20)

Defender Craig Dawson is set to return for West Brom after a ban but midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu starts a suspension of his own. Keeper Ben Foster (knee) is a long-term absentee while Callum McManaman is not yet fit despite closing in on a comeback after foot trouble.

Matt Upson and Dean Hammond are available for Leicester — defender Upson missed the win over West Ham with an Achilles problem while midfielder Hammond has been sidelined since January with a calf issue. Boss Nigel Pearson has no further injury worries. Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches: West Brom W L W L L; Leicester D L D L W Top scorers (all competitions): Saido Berahino (West Brom) 18; Andrej Kramaric (Leicester) 27 Match odds: H 6-10 A 9-2 D 3-1 Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

West Ham (9) v Stoke (10)

West Ham have forward Enner Valencia available after a toe injury. Defender James Tomkins has undergone shoulder surgery and hopes to be in contention before the end of the season but striker Andy Carroll (knee) and defender Doneil Henry (hamstring) are out.

Stoke defender Marc Wilson is available despite a broken hand — he will be able to play if wearing protection. Striker Jon Walters has had a knee problem but has been training and is also in contention. Last season: Stoke 3 West Ham 1, West Ham 0 Stoke 1 Last five league matches: West Ham L L L W L; Stoke W W L L L Top scorers (all competitions): Diafra Sakho (West Ham) 12; Jonathan Walters (Stoke) 10 Match odds: H 6-5 A 23-10 D 23-10 Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

Sunday, April 12th

Man Utd (3) v Man City (4)

United’s Chris Smalling is back in contention after illness but Luke Shaw will not feature after a hamstring injury and fellow defender Jonny Evans is banned. Striker Robin Van Persie will not be risked after ankle trouble, while midfielder Andreas Pereira is on Brazil Under-20 duty.

Vincent Kompany is doubtful with a hamstring injury — the City captain felt the muscle tighten during the defeat at Crystal Palace and will undergo a fitness test. Strikers Wilfried Bony (ankle/knee) and Stevan Jovetic are also out, as is defender Dedryck Boyata (knee).

Last season: Man Utd 0 Man City 3, Man City 4 Man Utd 1 Last five league matches: Man Utd W W W W W; Man City L W L W L Top scorers (all competitions): Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 14; Sergio Aguero (Man City) 23 Match odds: H 6-4 A 9-5 D 23-10 Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).

QPR (18) v Chelsea (1)

QPR defender Richard Dunne (knee) is close to a return but won’t be considered with fellow centre-back Rio Ferdinand also absent with an unspecified knock. Eduardo Vargas, Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin (all knee) and Yun Suk-young (concussion) are other casualties.

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas will play with a mask to protect a broken nose, he starts alongside Nemanja Matic despite the pair being one booking away from a ban. Fellow midfielder John Obi Mikel is fit after knee trouble but striker Diego Costa misses out with a hamstring injury. Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches: QPR L L L W D; Chelsea D W D W W Top scorers (all competitions): Charlie Austin (QPR) 17; Diego Costa (Chelsea) 20 Match odds: H 15-2 A 4-11 D 15-4 Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

Monday, April 13th

Liverpool (5) v Newcastle (13)

Reds defender Mamadou Sakho is out with a hamstring injury and Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard are suspended. However, Emre Can has served a ban of his own and striker Daniel Sturridge should be fit after complaining of muscle tightness. Boss Brendan Rodgers will wait to see if Mario Balotelli has recovered from illness.

Magpies full-back Daryl Janmaat should be fit after calf muscle trouble but Fabricio Coloccini completes a three-match suspension and striker Papiss Cisse sits out the fourth of a seven-match ban. Midfielders Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Siem de Jong (collapsed lung) are training again but neither will be involved at Anfield. Last season: Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1, Newcastle 2 Liverpool 2 Last five league matches: Liverpool W W W L L; Newcastle W L L L L Top scorers (all competitions): Steven Gerrard & Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) 10, Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) 11 Match odds: H 2-5 A 6-1 D 19-5 Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

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