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Saturday's Premier League matches

Manchester CityManchester City
Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur
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PREDICTION: A 3-1 win for Manchester City
KEY STAT: Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in six Premier League games against Spurs; more than versus any other opponent. Four of these goals came in one game (August 2011).


Eliaquim Mangala is set to miss Manchester City's home match against Tottenham with a thigh injury. The defender was an unused substitute for France in midweek and should be fit for City's Champions League match in Moscow on Tuesday. All the other City players are fit apart from Samir Nasri, who is still recovering from groin surgery.

Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Silva, Navas, Milner, Lampard, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko.


Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of Tottenham's trip to Manchester City after being forced out of France duty with a thigh injury. Belgium midfielder Nacer Chadli (hip) will also be given a chance to prove his fitness, while striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Nabil Bentaleb will be assessed on their returns from international duty on Friday. Defenders Kyle Naughton (ankle) and Kyle Walker (abdominal surgery) remain out.

Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Rose, Davies, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dier, Kaboul, Fazio, Capoue, Stambouli, Paulinho, Dembele, Mason, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Lennon, Townsend, Chadli, Lamela, Soldado, Adebayor, Kane.

Expert view: Kyle Naughton, Tottenham Hotspur -- ankle Ligaments
Spurs will be without full-back Kyle Naughton after a scan confirmed ankle [lateral/outer] ligament damage following his early departure last time out against Southampton. However, the injury is not as bad as first feared -- further assessment revealed a partial tear -- with a potential return to first-team action within a month. The defender has already returned to light training which includes running but a specific time frame is not yet known. Eric Dier looks set to deputise with the England under-21 player hoping to add to his two-goal haul this term. Ben Dinnery

Hull CityHull City
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PREDICTION: A 2-0 win for Arsenal
FANTASY PICK: Santi Cazorla
KEY STAT: The Gunners have not lost back-to-back Premier League matches since January 2013.


Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is expected back in the squad for Saturday's Premier League game against Hull following a calf problem. Defender Calum Chambers is suspended, while Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) is also out, so Spain international full-back Nacho Monreal could partner Per Mertesacker at centre-half. Midfielder Mesut Ozil (knee) faces around two months on the sidelines. England forward Theo Walcott is set to play for the under-21s on his return from nine months out with a knee problem. Midfielders Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are both also stepping up their rehabilitation along with striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) and France forward Olivier Giroud (fractured foot), but full-back Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) is a longer-term absentee.

Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Welbeck, Ospina, Flamini, Rosicky, Podolski, Coquelin, Diaby, Campbell.

Expert review: Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal - Achilles tendinitis
After Koscielny was withdrawn from the French squad early last week Wenger revealed the Arsenal defender -- who has been battling an ongoing tendinitis issue for a number of months -- will be sidelined after his problem worsened recently. A debilitating overuse condition caused by repetitive strain, tendinitis pain gradually increases as activity continues -- the likely cause being the result of a heavy footballing schedule in recent years. With rest and a tailored rehabilitation program -- lots of movement & loading within the pain threshold -- the long-term prognosis is good (although in some cases surgery may be required). BD


Mohamed Diame will be assessed by Hull ahead of their trip to Arsenal following a long journey back from international duty. The Senegal midfielder played in Tunisia on Wednesday night and will meet up with his teammates in London before a decision is made on his availability. Sone Aluko also had a quick turnaround from Nigeria, but manager Steve Bruce has no new injuries to add to Robert Snodgrass (knee) and Allan McGregor (shoulder).

Provisional squad: Harper, Jakupovic, Davies, Dawson, Rosenior, Robertson, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Diame, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Ramirez, Jelavic, Aluko, Quinn, Hernandez, Ben Arfa.

West Ham UnitedWest Ham United
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PREDICTION: A 2-2 draw
FANTASY PICK: Diafra Sakho
KEY STAT: Diafra Sakho has scored in all five starts he has made for West Ham in all competitions, with four of these in the Premier League.


Burnley's injury problems have eased ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with West Ham at Turf Moor. Striker Danny Ings (hamstring), midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah (throat) and Dave Jones (thigh) and defenders Kieran Trippier (ankle) and Michael Keane (hamstring) should all be fit enough to be included in the squad. But Matthew Taylor needs an Achilles operation and the game is also likely to come too soon for fellow midfielders Dean Marney (hamstring) and Steven Reid (groin).

Provisional squad: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Ward, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Kightly, Cisak, Sordell, Jutkiewicz, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Long, Barnes, Arfield, Ings, Chalobah, Jones.


Sam Allardyce is hoping to have midfielder Mark Noble fit and available for West Ham's Premier League clash with Burnley. The 27-year-old has been missing with a calf injury but returned to training during the international break and could feature at Turf Moor. Hammers boss Allardyce will also be keen for Enner Valencia to be involved despite travelling to play for Ecuador but no other injured players are likely to make a return. That means Guy Demel (thigh), Andy Carroll (ankle), Joey O'Brien (knee), Cheikhou Kouyate and James Collins (both groin) all remain sidelined for the Hammers.

Provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Cresswell, Reid, Burke, Tomkins, Potts, Jenkinson, Noble, Song, Poyet, Nolan, Amalfitano, Downing, Vaz Te, Cole, Zarate, Sakho, Valencia.

Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace
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PREDICTION: A 2-0 win for Chelsea
KEY STAT: Since Jose Mourinho returned to the club as manager on the eve of the 2013-14 season, Chelsea have kept more clean sheets than any other side in the Premier League (21).


Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has been ruled out of Saturday's Premier League clash with Chelsea. Dann has a knee injury and will miss the Selhurst Park showdown, but is expected to return against West Brom a week later. Otherwise Palace manager Neil Warnock has a fully fit squad to select from.

Provisional Squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Mariappa, Kelly, Fryers, Ward, Delaney, Hangeland, Jedinak, McArthur, Bannan, Ledley, Williams, Bolasie, Thomas, Puncheon, Gayle, Campbell, Johnson, Doyle, Chamakh, Zaha.


Diego Costa is among a number of injury concerns as Premier League leaders Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace. Costa, who has been troubled by a hamstring problem in recent weeks, has an undisclosed problem, while Ramires (groin) and Didier Drogba (ankle) are also doubtful. Andre Schurrle (illness) and John Obi Mikel (undisclosed) are also to be assessed prior to the Selhurst Park clash.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Boga, Baker, Schwarzer.

Aston VillaAston Villa
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PREDICTION: A 2-1 win for Everton
FANTASY PICK: Leighton Baines
KEY STAT: Paul Lambert has never won a Premier League game against a side managed by Roberto Martinez (D3 L3).


Everton manager Roberto Martinez has to assess whether Ross Barkley is fit enough to make his first appearance of the season against Aston Villa. The England midfielder has been sidelined by a knee ligament injury sustained on the eve of the season but returned to full training this week. Martinez is also hopeful over defender Seamus Coleman (thigh) and midfielders Steven Pienaar (hip) and James McCarthy (thigh) but Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) is still out while defender John Stones is recovering from knee surgery

Provisional squad: Howard, Hibbert, Coleman, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Gibson, Naismith, McGeady, Lukaku, Robles, Oviedo, Browning, Alcaraz, Atsu, Pienaar, Osman, Eto'o.


Aston Villa are set to be without England midfielder Fabian Delph for their trip to face Everton due to a shoulder injury. It is feared the Yorkshireman may be sidelined for a while after falling awkwardly in training on Tuesday, though manager Paul Lambert stopped short of confirming whether Delph had dislocated the shoulder. Defender Philippe Senderos (thigh) is also set to miss out, though captain Ron Vlaar is fit after troublesome calf problems.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Hutton, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Bacuna, Westwood, Cole, Richardson, Grealish, Sanchez, N'Zogbia, Cleverley, Weimann, Bent, Benteke, Agbonlahor.

Expert view: Fabian Delph, Aston Villa -- dislocated shoulder
Fabian Delph returned unscathed from international duty only for a freak training ground fall to potentially rule the Aston Villa midfielder out for a number of weeks. The shoulder has an excellent range of movement but because the ball and socket joint is quite shallow it is quite unstable and therefore prone to dislocation -- an extremely painful injury. Conservative treatment is usually advised and active recovery should be started quickly while over-the-shoulder movements are avoided for the first six weeks. Surgery is seldom required unless the player has a history of dislocations. BD

Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United
Leicester CityLeicester City
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PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Leonardo Ulloa
KEY STAT: Leonardo Ulloa has scored five goals from just six shots on target in the Premier League this season.


Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been handed a series of boosts as he prepares for Saturday's vital Premier League clash with Leicester. Goalkeeper Tim Krul has shaken off the elbow injury which forced his premature return from international duty with Holland, while compatriot Daryl Janmaat (hamstring) and fellow defender Paul Dummett (muscle strain) are also fit. Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote and Senegal striker Papiss Cisse are expected to be available despite only returning from their respective international camps on Thursday night, while utility man Ryan Taylor (cruciate ligament) and midfielders Siem de Jong (thigh) and Rolando Aarons (hamstring) remain on the comeback trail.

Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Janmaat, Dummett, Haidara, Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Colback, Cabella, Gouffran, Obertan, Ameobi, Riviere, Cisse, Perez, Armstrong.


Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has virtually a full squad to choose from ahead of his side's Premier League trip to Newcastle. After the international break, Pearson has no fresh injury worries, although he is still waiting for Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp to check in following their African Nations Cup experiences with Algeria and Ghana respectively. Pearson has just two players on the sidelines in defender Matt Upson (foot) and Zoumana Bakayogo (anterior cruciate).

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, De Laet, Konchesky, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Moore, Morgan, King, Hammond, Albrighton, Knockaert, Mahrez, Vardy, Taylor-Fletcher, Ulloa, Nugent, Wood, Drinkwater, Cambiasso, Simpson, Lawrence, Powell.

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PREDICTION: A 2-2 draw
KEY STAT: Dusan Tadic has been involved in 60 goals (28 goals, 32 assists) in 73 league appearances (Dutch Eredivisie and Premier League combined) since the start of 2012-13.


Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will give Sadio Mane every chance to prove he is fresh enough to start Saturday's Premier League clash with Sunderland at St Mary's. The former Red Bull Salzburg forward was expected back in training on Friday after starting Senegal's 1-0 Africa Nations Cup qualifying defeat to Tunisia on Wednesday. Southampton have no new injury concerns ahead of the weekend's return to league action on the south coast.

Provisional squad: Forster, Davis, Cropper, Clyne, Fonte, Gardos, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Targett, Schneiderlin, Davis, Wanyama, Reed, Cork, Tadic, Yoshida, Mane, Long, Mayuka, Pelle, Gallagher.


Sunderland defender Billy Jones is out of Saturday's Premier League trip to Southampton though injury. The full-back picked up a muscle injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week and joins fellow defender Sebastian Coates (thigh), and midfielders Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Ricky Alvarez (knee) on the sidelines. Former Napoli defender Anthony Reveillere has been training with the Black Cats as head coach Gus Poyet looks for cover, although Santiago Vergini, who won his second cap for Argentina in midweek, is in line to deputise for Jones at right-back.

Provisional squad: Mannone, Pantilimon, Van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Roberge, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Mavrias, Wickham, Altidore, Fletcher, Graham.

Sunday's matches

Queens Park RangersQueens Park Rangers
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PREDICTION: A 3-1 for Liverpool
FANTASY PICK: Raheem Sterling
KEY STAT: Harry Redknapp has won just five of his 32 Premier League games in charge of QPR (D10 L17).


QPR midfield duo Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch will miss the visit of Liverpool on Sunday as they both remain sidelined with hamstring injuries. Despite having extra time to recover over the international break, the pair will not be fit to line up at Loftus Road as the Hoops look to move off the foot of the Premier League table. Manager Harry Redknapp is hopeful Niko Kranjcar can be involved despite suffering a broken toe in training but Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is a long-term injury absentee.

Provisional squad: Green, McCarthy, Hill, Dunne, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Caulker, Yun, Traore, Isla, Henry, Sandro, Fer, Hoilett, Phillips, Kranjcar, Wright-Phillips, Austin, Zamora, Vargas.


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be without  Daniel Sturridge after the striker suffered a calf injury in training. The forward has missed seven matches after sustaining a thigh injury on international duty and had been on the verge of a comeback. Defender Dejan Lovren has recovered from the abdominal problem which forced him to pull out of Croatia's squad while midfielders Joe Allen and Emre Can are fit again after time on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Sterling, Balotelli, Jones, Toure, Manquillo, Enrique, Sakho, Lucas, Allen, Can, Coutinho, Markovic, Lambert, Borini.

Expert review: Raheem Sterling, Liverpool -- rest and recovery
With so many competitive games for elite players adequate, rest and recovery plays an essential role in helping to maintain optimal levels of performance while minimising the risk of injury. The majority of those competing will invariably be involved in at least two games per week -- domestic league and cup duty/European competition/international matches. Learning how to manage your body becomes an essential consideration for all players who need to adapt and tailor training sessions in conjunction with sports scientists to ensure an appropriate recovery phase which will include hydration and nutritional guidance. BD

Stoke CityStoke City
Swansea CitySwansea City
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PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Gylfi Sigurdsson
KEY STAT: Gylfi Sigurdsson has six assists in seven Premier League appearances for Swansea this season, two more than he managed in 58 PL games at Tottenham (4).


Stoke boss Mark Hughes expects Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf to be available but also has fresh injury concerns. Moses, who came off in the 3-1 loss at Sunderland due to a thigh problem, and Diouf, absent from the game because of a hamstring complaint, have both trained ahead of the meeting with the Swans at the Britannia Stadium. However, Glenn Whelan looks set to miss out having picked up a knee injury playing for the Republic of Ireland, Marko Arnautovic will have to shake off a hip problem suffered on Austria duty if he is to feature and Robert Huth is a doubt with a calf problem.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Cameron, Bardsley, Muniesa, Nzonzi, Adam, Sidwell, Ireland, Walters, Arnautovic, Bojan, Assaidi, Moses, Crouch, Diouf.


Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey serving a one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards this season while Jordi Amat is also expected to miss out with a knee problem. Spanish defender Angel Rangel is, however, back from suspension while Leon Britton is close to returning from a knee injury.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Richards, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Routledge, Dyer, Britton, Sigurdsson, Bony, Tremmel, Tiendalli, Bartley, Carroll, Emnes, Montero, Gomis, Fulton.

Monday's match

West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion
Manchester UnitedManchester United
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PREDICTION: A 2-0 win for Manchester United
FANTASY PICK: Angel Di Maria
KEY STAT: Manchester United have used 30 different players in the Premier League this season already; more than any other club.


West Brom captain Chris Brunt is nursing a groin injury he picked up with Northern Ireland but could be fit. Striker Victor Anichebe is doubtful after spending time at a training camp in America recovering from a hernia problem which has dogged him this season. Porto loanee Silvestre Varela is definitely out though after undergoing groin surgery.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Olsson, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Blanco, Sessegnon, Samaras, Ideye, Berahino.


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney remains suspended but manager Louis van Gaal's injury problems are easing. Defenders Jonny Evans (foot) and Paddy McNair (hamstring) and midfielders Jesse Lingard (knee) and Antonio Valencia (hamstring) are the only players remaining on the casualty list. That means the likes of Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick could be back in contention, if they can show match-readiness. Midfielder Herrera, who has been out with a rib injury, could play in a protective corset.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Johnstone, Rafael, Shaw, Rojo, Blackett, Thorpe, Smalling, Jones, Pereira, Blind, Fletcher, Fellaini, Anderson, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Mata, Januzaj, Di Maria, Falcao, Van Persie, W Keane.

Expert view: Antonio Valencia, Manchester United -- hamstring injury
A small muscular tear will rule Antonio Valencia out of Monday night's clash at the Hawthorns after limping off during the win over Everton. Although further testing identified a small grade one tear the injury can typically take up to three weeks to fully heal with Valencia -- given his style of play -- particularly prone to problems. One of the most common of all sporting injuries high incidence rates are evident during football because the game requires quick and explosive movements where the large quadriceps muscles over extend the weaker hamstrings causing fibre damage. BD

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