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Saturday's Premier League matches
PREDICTION: Chelsea win 1-0
FANTASY PICK: Cesc Fabregas
KEY STAT: Diego Costa has scored four goals in three Premier League games; Fernando Torres took 39 games to reach this figure for Chelsea.
- CHELSEA (FORM: W-W-D-W-W-W)
Diego Costa will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the Premier League clash with Swansea after withdrawing from Spain duty with a hamstring injury. Jose Mourinho may opt to hand Loic Remy his debut, following his signing from QPR, with Wednesday's Champions League fixture with Schalke in mind. Mourinho reported no further injury problems ahead of the fixture with the Swans, who like the Blues have begun the season with three wins from three games.
Provisional Squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Boga, Baker.
- SWANSEA (FORM: W-W-L-W-W-W)
Swansea striker Wilfried Bony will be checked before manager Garry Monk finalises selection for the top-of-the-table clash. Bony was part of the Ivory Coast side which lost an Africa Nations Cup qualifier in Cameroon on Wednesday evening and Monk will consider the effects of that long journey on the 25-year-old before deciding whether to name an unchanged side for the fourth successive Premier League game. Bafetimbi Gomis stands by should Bony be rested to the bench and Marvin Emnes could join the squad for the first time this season after hamstring trouble but midfielder Leon Britton has been ruled out for at least four more weeks with a knee injury.
Provisional squad: Fabianski, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Dyer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Bony, Tremmel, Fernandez, Tiendalli, Carroll, Montero, Gomis, Emnes, Bartley, Richards, Fulton, King, Kingsley, Sheehan.
PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Wilfried Zaha
KEY STAT: The Eagles are unbeaten in nine home league meetings with Burnley (W4 D5, six clean sheets), a run that goes back to December 2001.
- CRYSTAL PALACE (FORM: W-L-D-D-L-D)
Crystal Palace's club-record signing James McArthur is set to make his debut. Kevin Doyle and Zeki Fryers are also in line to make their first starts for the Eagles but Andrew Johnson is still gaining fitness and is unlikely to feature. Marouane Chamakh is ruled out with a hamstring injury but Joe Ledley is available again after coming on as a substitute for Wales' win over Andorra on Tuesday.Provisional squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Mariappa, Kelly, Fryers, Ward, Delaney, Dann, Hangeland, Jedinak, O'Keefe, McArthur, Bannan, Ledley, Williams, Bolasie, Thomas, Puncheon, Gayle, Campbell, Johnson, Doyle, Zaha.
- BURNLEY (FORM: W-W-D-L-L-D)
Burnley's three deadline day signings all come into contention, although Sean Dyche has hinted Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane are unlikely to be thrust straight in. The loan duo only trained with the Clarets for the first time on Thursday after being away with the England under-21s, whereas forward George Boyd has been working with Dyche's group during the international break. Danny Ings, who joined Chalobah and Keane in Gareth Southgate's squad, is considered fine following a bout of illness so fellow striker Sam Vokes (knee) is expected to be the only absentee at Selhurst Park.
Provisional squad: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Ward, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Marney, Ings, Kightly, Cisak, Jones, Taylor, Sordell, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Chalobah, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Long, Barnes, Arfield.
PREDICTION: Southampton win 2-0
FANTASY PICK: Fraser Forster
KEY STAT: The Magpies have only kept one clean sheet in their last 14 Barclays Premier League games against Southampton and have never managed a shutout against them on the south coast in 14 PL trips there.
- SOUTHAMPTON (FORM: W-W-D-L-D-W)
Ronald Koeman will give new winger Sadio Mane every chance to return from international duty in time for his Southampton debut in Saturday's Premier League clash with Newcastle. Mane had to detour via Ghana on his return to England after scoring in Senegal's 2-0 midweek victory in Botswana, due to work permit regulations. Saints will be without injured front men Lloyd Isgrove and Sam Gallagher.
Provisional squad: Forster, Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Gardos, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Schneirderlin, Davis, Wanyama, Reed, Ward-Prowse, Stephens, Cork, Ramirez, Tadic, Mane, Rodriguez, Long, Pelle.
- NEWCASTLE (FORM: L-W-L-L-D-D)
Midfielders Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote will return to the squad. Colback was forced to withdraw from England duty with a calf problem, from which he has recovered, while Tiote is available after proving his fitness following a hamstring injury by playing the full 90 minutes in both games for Ivory Coast during the international break, much to club manager Alan Pardew's annoyance. Striker Papiss Cisse (knee) is around a fortnight away from a return, but Siem de Jong will be sidelined for three months with a thigh injury and fellow midfielder Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and striker Facundo Ferreyra (back) will both be missing this weekend.
Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Janmaat, Dummett, Haidara, Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor, Tiote, Anita, Abeid, Gouffran, Sissoko, Colback, Cabella, Obertan, Riviere, Perez, Armstrong.
EXPERT VIEW: Ben Dinnery (PhysioRoom.com)
Siem de Jong: Groin strain
Newcastle released a statement during the international break confirming Dutch summer signing Siem de Jong will be absent for a "number of months" after a training-ground incident left the attacking midfielder with extensive muscular damage. A grade three tear -- or total rupture -- of the adductor/groin can result in a major loss of function and cause long-term weakness while the club will decide over the next week whether surgical intervention is the best course of action. Under-fire boss Alan Pardew is fortunate that Jack Colback (calf) and Cheick Tiote (hamstring) have made timely recoveries and will travel to St Marys' on Saturday.
PREDICTION: Stoke win 1-0
FANTASY PICK: Bojan Krkic
KEY STAT: Leicester City are without a clean sheet in 11 Premier League games; the longest run of any current top-flight side.
- STOKE (FORM: L-W-W-L-D-W)
Stoke will assess the condition of forward Mame Biram Diouf. Since scoring the Potters' winner in their shock victory at Manchester City on Aug. 30, Diouf has been away on international duty with Senegal and had not been back in training with his club by Friday. Winger Oussama Assaidi is in contention to make his second debut after rejoining the Staffordshire outfit on another season-long loan deal from Liverpool on transfer deadline day, but midfielder Stephen Ireland (rib) looks set to miss out along with Geoff Cameron (hernia) and Peter Odemwingie (knee), both of whom have undergone surgery.Provisional squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Bardsley, Pieters, Huth, Muniesa, Wilson, Shawcross, Teixeira, Wilkinson, Whelan, Palacios, Nzonzi, Adam, Sidwell, Walters, Arnautovic, Diouf, Bojan, Crouch, Moses.
EXPERT VIEW: Ben Dinnery (PhysioRoom.com)
Peter Odemwingie: Anterior cruciate ligament injury
Odemwingie is determined to return this season after rupturing his ACL, an injury that typically takes around nine months to heal. Stoke executed the perfect smash-and-grab raid at Manchester City during game week three but the victory was marred by the injury despite Mark Hughes saying the problem was "nothing sinister." However, further testing revealed the degree of damage and Odemwingie underwent surgery to reconstruct his knee last week. An extensive rehabilitation program will be decided once swelling around the area subsides. The injury prompted the re-signing of Oussama Assaidi -- himself just back from a serious knee injury -- on loan.
- LEICESTER (FORM: W-L-W-D-L-D)
A trio of new signings come into the reckoning for Leicester manager Nigel Pearson. Defender Danny Simpson, along with strikers Tom Lawrence and Nick Powell -- the latter on loan from Manchester United -- are added to the squad for the game at the Britannia Stadium. Defender Matthew Upson (foot) remains sidelined, and although Matty James is training again after a layoff with a shin injury, the game comes too soon for the midfielder.
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, Powell, Lawrence.
PREDICTION: Tottenham win 4-2
FANTASY PICK: Erik Lamela
KEY STAT: Spurs have won six and lost none of their last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (D2).
- SUNDERLAND (FORM: W-W-L-D-D-L)
Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez will hope for Sunderland debuts. Liverpool defender Coates and Inter Milan midfielder Alvarez both joined the club on season-long loan deals on deadline day and are both included in the squad for the first time this weekend. Head coach Gus Poyet has no injury problems as he goes in search of a first league win of the campaign.
Provisional squad: Mannone, Pantilimon, Jones, Van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Coates, Roberge, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Giaccherini, Alvarez, Mavrias, Wickham, Fletcher, Altidore, Graham.
- TOTTENHAM (FORM: L-W-W-W-W-L)
Tottenham new boys Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli could be in line to play some part. Both could make their debuts at the Stadium of Light after head coach Mauricio Pochettino confirmed he expects them to travel following their arrivals towards the end of the transfer window. Roberto Soldado (neck) and Kyle Walker (hip) will definitely miss out and, while no Spurs players came back injured from international duty, Nabil Bentaleb is unlikely to feature having only returned to London late on Thursday.
Provisional squad: Lloris, Friedel, Vorm, Naughton, Rose, Davies, Fazio, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dier, Kaboul, Capoue, Stambouli, Paulinho, Dembele, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Lennon, Townsend, Chadli, Lamela, Adebayor, Kane.
PREDICTION: Everton win 3-1
FANTASY PICK: Steven Naismith
KEY STAT: Everton have scored a 45th minute goal in all three of their Premier League games this season.
- WEST BROM (FORM: L-L-L-W-D-L)
Ben Foster is set to hand West Brom a boost by returning from his thumb injury. The goalkeeper withdrew from the England squad after aggravating an existing problem but trained with the Baggies on Thursday. Joleon Lescott could make his debut after recovering from a knee injury while Georgios Samaras, Silvestre Valera and Sebastian Blanco may feature despite lacking match fitness. Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Graham Dorrans are available after shrugging off knocks suffered on international duty while Youssouf Mulumbu's hamstring injury and Victor Anichebe's hernia will be assessed.
Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Olsson, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Blanco, Valera, Sessegnon, Samaras, Ideye, Anichebe, Berahino.
- EVERTON (FORM: L-L-W-D-D-L)
Roberto Martinez will make a late check on midfielder Leon Osman and striker Samuel Eto'o ahead of Saturday's trip to West Brom. Osman (calf) was injured in a friendly earlier this week, while Eto'o has been hampered by a groin problem since the defeat to Chelsea before the international break. Midfielder Ross Barkley (knee) is still a month away from regaining full fitness, but striker Arouna Kone (knee) and defender Bryan Oviedo (broken leg) are both edging closer to a return after playing in the behind-closed-doors game against Stoke in midweek.
Provisional squad: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku, Robles, Stones, Alcaraz, Gibson, Osman, Besic, Pienaar, Eto'o.
PREDICTION: Liverpool to win 2-1
FANTASY PICK: Steven Gerrard
KEY STAT: Steven Gerrard has scored 12 Premier League goals against Aston Villa; four more than versus any other side.
- LIVERPOOL (FORM: L-D-W-W-L-W)
Daniel Sturridge will miss the visit of Aston Villa as he could be sidelined for up to three weeks with a thigh strain sustained while with England. Midfielder Emre Can is another international duty casualty as he has been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury while fellow midfielder Joe Allen returned from playing for Wales with a knee problem which needs to be assessed. Summer signing Adam Lallana is in line for his competitive debut after recovering from a preseason knee injury but defenders Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan are all out.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Manquillo, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling, Balotelli, Jones, Toure, Enrique, Lucas, Markovic, Allen, Lambert, Borini.
EXPERT VIEW: Ben Dinnery (PhysioRoom.com)
Daniel Sturridge: Thigh strain
Sturridge has been ruled out for around three weeks after suffering a training ground injury with England last weekend. The Liverpool striker was said to have felt "a pain and discomfort" in his thigh during an early morning session and was immediately taken for a scan and withdrawn from the squad. Brendan Rodgers has vowed to speak with Roy Hodgson following what he sees as an avoidable injury. The tear happened just 36 hours after England's win over Norway and Rodgers does not believe he should have been involved in training that day, saying: "Fast players would have a second day recovery." Mario Balotelli has an early opportunity to repay the faith shown by Liverpool following his controversial move from AC Milan.
- ASTON VILLA (FORM: W-L-L-W-D-W)
Paul Lambert could give on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley his debut. The midfielder joined last week after a protracted deadline-day transfer. Lambert, meanwhile, has a couple of injury doubts over unnamed players ahead of the trip to Anfield. Strikers Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain out.
Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Hutton, Vlaar, Baker, Clark, Herd, Bacuna, Lowton, Cissokho, Okore, Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, Sanchez, Richardson, Cole, Grealish, El Ahmadi, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Bent.
PREDICTION: Man Utd win 3-2
FANTASY PICK: Angel Di Maria
KEY STAT: The Red Devils have won 10 and lost none of their 12 previous Premier League meetings with QPR.
- MANCHESTER UNITED (FORM: W-D-L-D-L-D)
Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are all available to make their debuts in Manchester United's home game against QPR on Sunday. Sam Johnstone (elbow), Chris Smalling (groin), Phil Jones (hamstring), Ashley Young (groin), Michael Carrick (ankle), Jesse Lingard (knee), Marouane Fellaini (ankle) are out. James Wilson and Reece James are also unavailable due to unspecified injuries, but Rafael and Ander Herrera have recovered from their respective groin and ankle problems.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Valencia, Shaw, Rojo, Evans, Blackett, Blind, Herrera, Fletcher, Anderson, Mata, Januzaj, Di Maria, Rooney, Falcao, Van Persie, W Keane.
EXPERT VIEW: Ben Dinnery (PhysioRoom.com)
Phil Jones: Hamstring injury
Manchester United could without Phil Jones for around a month after he suffered a hamstring tear. However, injury problems are beginning ease at Old Trafford -- Marcos Rojo has obtained a work permit with Rafael, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling all training again -- while new signing Daley Blind will provide Louis van Gaal with a number of defensive options.
- QPR (FORM: W-D-W-L-L-W)
Joey Barton will face a late fitness test after sustaining a hamstring strain. Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has a number of players carrying knocks, but does not expect many absentees against Louis van Gaal's side. New recruits Sandro and Nico Kranjcar are primed for QPR debuts after joining before the Sept. 1 transfer deadline.
Provisional squad: Green, Murphy, Hill, Dunne, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Caulker, Suk-young, Traore, Isla, Henry, Sandro, Barton, Fer, Mutch, Faurlin, Hoilett, Phillips, Kranjcar, Wright-Phillips, Austin, Zamora, Vargas.
PREDICTION: A 0-0 draw
FANTASY PICK: Tom Huddlestone
KEY STAT: The Tigers have been reduced to 10 men in three of their last four Barclays Premier League meetings with West Ham United.
- HULL CITY (FORM: D-L-W-D-L-L)
Steve Bruce must decide which of his four deadline day signings are ready to feature. Record signing Abel Hernandez is doubtful as he awaits the correct work permit documentation and both Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez are short of full match fitness, making Mohamed Diame the most likely to start against his former club. James Chester is available again after suspension, Andrew Robertson is battling a calf injury and Michael Dawson is set for a home debut.
Provisional squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Dawson, Rosenior, Robertson, Diame, McShane, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Ince, Brady, Jelavic, Aluko, Sagbo, Quinn, Meyler, Hernandez, Ben Arfa, Rodriguez.
- WEST HAM (FORM: L-W-L-L-W-L)
Both Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano are in line to make their debuts. The duo were brought in at the back end of the transfer window and will be included in Sam Allardyce's squad for the game at the KC Stadium. James Collins has recovered from a hamstring problem and will be in contention but Allardyce has cast doubts on whether Matt Jarvis (thigh) or Carl Jenkinson (hamstring) are fit enough to feature -- with Andy Carroll (ankle) and Kevin Nolan (shoulder) definite absentees.
Provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Cresswell, O'Brien, Reid, Burke, Tomkins, Collins, Demel, Jenkinson, Noble, Kouyate, Song, Poyet, Morrison, Amalfitano, Downing, Jarvis, Vaz Te, Cole, Zarate, Sakho, Valencia.
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