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Saturday's Premier League matches
PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Charlie Austin
KEY STAT: QPR have won eight and lost just two of their last 13 home league games against the Potters (D3).
- QPR (FORM: L-L-W-L)
Napoli loan signing Eduardo Vargas should recover from having stitches in his head to make his home debut for QPR in Saturday's Premier League clash against Stoke. The Chile striker suffered a clash of heads in midweek action for Rangers' under-21s. Boss Harry Redknapp expects Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch to beat niggles in time to face Mark Hughes' side at Loftus Road.
Provisional squad: Green, McCarthy, Hill, Dunne, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Caulker, Suk-young, Traore, Isla, Henry, Sandro, Barton, Fer, Mutch, Hoilett, Phillips, Kranjcar, Wright-Phillips, Austin, Zamora, Vargas.
- STOKE (FORM: L-D-W-L)
Stoke have doubts over forward Jon Walters (calf) and midfielder Marko Arnautovic (foot) ahead of Saturday's trip to QPR. Midfielder Stephen Ireland should be in contention following a rib muscle injury. Defender Geoff Cameron (hernia) and forward Peter Odemwingie (knee) both remain sidelined following surgery.
Provisional Squad: Begovic, Bardsley, Wilson, Shawcross, Pieters, Whelan, Walters, Krkic, Moses, Nzonzi, Crouch, Sorensen, Huth, Adam, Arnautovic, Assaidi, Biram Diouf, Muniesa, Ireland.
PREDICTION: Arsenal to win 3-2
FANTASY PICK: Danny Welbeck
KEY STAT: Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in his last two Premier League starts against Aston Villa.
Expert View: Mathieu Debuchy (Ankle Ligament): The Arsenal summer signing will find out on Friday whether he will require surgery to repair a damaged ankle ligament following a pretty innocuous sprain against Manchester City last weekend. Debuchy quickly turned to control a ball and rolled his ankle unchallenged resulting in the French international leaving the pitch on a stretcher -- although initial reports said there was "no fracture," the severity of the problem may require surgical intervention to help stabilise the joint and avoid any future issues. His length of absence is yet to be determined but a period of between 2-4 months can be expected at this stage. Ben Dinnery
- ASTON VILLA (FORM: W-D-W-W)
Ron Vlaar is a doubt for Aston Villa's with the calf injury which forced him to miss last weekend's win at Liverpool. The skipper will be assessed but Nathan Baker is on standby to deputise again. Christian Benteke has returned to training but will not play as the striker recovers from five months out following a ruptured Achilles. Libor Kozak is still sidelined as he continues his progress from a broken leg and had a routine check-up at hospital on Friday but Joe Cole has shaken off a calf problem and could feature.
Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Hutton, Baker, Okore, Clark, Herd, Senderos, Bacuna, Lowton, Cissokho, Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, Sanchez, Richardson, Cole Grealish, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Bent.
- ARSENAL (FORM: W-D-D-D)
Arsenal expect to have defender Calum Chambers (tonsillitis) and midfielder Mathieu Flamini (groin) available. Midfielder Jack Wilshere should shake off an ankle knock, but defender Nacho Monreal (back) remains out. Full-back Mathieu Debuchy is sidelined by an ankle ligament injury, the full extent of which is still being assessed and striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) is still not match fit, while winger Theo Walcott (knee) continues his recovery. Midfielder Serge Gnabry (knee) remains out and France forward Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) is a long-term absentee.
Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Chambers, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck, Ospina, Rosicky, Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Flamini, Bellerin.
PREDICTION: A 1-0 win for Sunderland
FANTASY PICK: John O'Shea
KEY STAT: Burnley have won just one of the last 12 matches in all competitions against Sunderland (W1 D5 L6).
- BURNLEY FORM: L-L-D-D)
Burnley striker Danny Ings will miss out after suffering a hamstring injury in last weekend's draw against Crystal Palace. Ings joins long-term absentee Sam Vokes (knee) on the sidelines meaning Marvin Sordell and Ashley Barnes come into contention. Matt Taylor is also out with a niggling Achilles problem but loan duo Nathan Chalobah and Michael Keane are eyeing debuts.
Provisional squad: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Ward, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Marney, Kightly, Cisak, Jones, Sordell, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Chalobah, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Long, Barnes, Arfield.
Expert View: Matty Taylor (Achilles Tendonitis): It was hoped Taylor would return for the visit of Sunderland this weekend after his Achilles problem ruled the Clarets midfielder out of the draw at Selhurst Park -- however the injury hasn't "really changed over the last few days," confirmed Sean Dyche and Burnley will need to manage the condition carefully. This common overuse injury is caused by repetitive strain can be extremely painful -- even though symptoms will often subside once the tendon has warmed up and return post-activity. Rehabilitation will focus on specific sessions to gradually increase the load through the tendon while trying to avoid further irritation. BD
- SUNDERLAND (FORM: D-D-L-D)
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet faces a series of difficult decisions. The Uruguayan has no significant injury doubts as he looks for a first league win of the campaign and, as a result, needs to decide whether or not to change the side which started last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Defender Billy Jones and midfielders Will Buckley and Jordi Gomez are among those men pushing for starting berths, although Poyet has indicated striker Connor Wickham, who was effective as a lone striker last weekend, will retain the role.
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.
PREDICTION: A 2-2 draw
FANTASY PICK: Abel Hernandez
KEY STAT: No Newcastle player has been caught offside yet this season in the Premier League, despite playing four games.
- NEWCASTLE (FORM: L-D-D-L)
Under-pressure Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will have to rely upon the same group of players which capitulated at Southampton last weekend as he looks for victory over Hull. Pardew will once again be without midfielders Siem de Jong (thigh) and Rolando Aarons (hamstring) with the former facing months on the sidelines. Striker Papiss Cisse is closing in on a return from a long-term knee injury, but fellow frontman Adam Campbell (hernia) is likely to be missing for some time and full-back Davide Santon is still out as he continues his recovery from a knee problem.
Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Janmaat, Dummett, Haidara, Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor, Tiote, Anita, Abeid, Gouffran, Sissoko, Colback, Cabella, Obertan, Ameobi, Riviere, Perez, Armstrong.
Expert View: Rolando Aarons (Hamstring): One of the most common of all sporting injuries, the hamstring strain will account for around 2/5 of all muscular problems throughout the duration of a typical football season because of the dynamic nature of the sport. High energy, explosive movements place this large muscle group under extreme loads causing the muscle to tear with those having suffered previously particularly susceptible with a significant risk of recurrence. Aarons was injured while on England [under-20s] international duty and initial evaluations indicate an approximate return within 4-6 weeks -- a huge "disappointment" to the under-fire Alan Pardew as "he was flying." BD
- HULL CITY (FORM: W-D-L-D)
Hull will make a late check on record signing Abel Hernandez ahead of Saturday's visit to Newcastle but expect him to be ready for action. Hernandez scored on his debut against West Ham but manager Steve Bruce admits he was left exhausted by his introduction to English football and will assess his match fitness on the morning of the game. Hatem Ben Arfa is ineligible to face his parent club but fellow loanne Gaston Ramirez could make a full debut.
Provisional squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Dawson, Rosenior, Robertson, Diame, McShane, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Ince, Brady, Jelavic, Aluko, Sagbo, Quinn, Meyler, Hernandez, Ramirez.
PREDICTION: A 4-3 win for Swansea
FANTASY PICK: Nathan Dyer
KEY STAT: Graziano Pelle has scored three goals from just six shots on target in the Premier League for Southampton.
- SWANSEA (FORM: W-W-W-L)
Argentina defender Federico Fernandez stands by to make his first Barclays Premier League start for Swansea following his eight million move from Napoli last month. Fernandez came on at half-time in the 4-2 defeat at Chelsea last weekend after Jordi Amat damaged knee ligaments and should slot into central defence alongside skipper Ashley Williams against Southampton at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Amat has been ruled out for six weeks and the only other change from the Chelsea defeat could see the return of Wilfried Bony for Bafetimbi Gomis. The Ivorian dropped to the bench at Stamford Bridge following his late return from African Nations Cup duty.
Provisional squad: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Routledge, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Bony, Tremmel, Tiendalli, Gomis, Carroll, Emnes, Montero, Bartley, Richards, Fulton, King, Kingsley.
Expert view: Jordi Amat (Lateral Collateral Ligaments): Spanish defender Amat was just beginning to establish himself among the Swansea ranks having started every Premier League game this season. Looking assured and confident, Garry Monk had signalled the player out for particular praise but, during the first half at Stamford Bridge last Saturday, Amat suffered a knee injury in a challenge just before half-time. A post-match scan later revealed "he tweaked his ligaments," specifically the lateral ligament which helps to stabilise the knee joint and prevent sideways movement. It is envisaged the player will be sidelined for up to six weeks. BD
- SOUTHAMPTON (FORM: L-D-W-W)
Sadio Mane continues to be absent as Southampton travel to Swansea in the Premier League. Mane has received his work permit and joined up with his teammates on Friday and will be assessed to see if he can make his debut in next Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash at Arsenal. Striker Shane Long has shaken off a head knock.
Provisional squad: Forster, Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Gardos, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Schneiderlin, Davis, Wanyama, Reed, Ward-Prowse, Stephens, Cork, Ramirez, Tadic, Rodriguez, Long, Pelle.
PREDICTION: Liverpool win 2-0
FANTASY PICK: Raheem Sterling
KEY STAT: Liverpool have won eight and lost just one of the last 11 Premier League meetings with the Hammers (D2).
- WEST HAM (FORM: L-W-L-D)
Sam Allardyce has none of his injured players returning to fitness in time. West Ham will still be without a host of names for the game at Upton Park, with Matt Jarvis (thigh), Andy Carroll (ankle), Kevin Nolan (shoulder) and Joey O'Brien (knee) all missing and James Collins (hamstring) still a doubt. But Allardyce could yet hand full debuts to Carl Jenkinson, Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano after the trio all came off the bench in Monday night's 2-2 draw at Hull.
Provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Cresswell, Reid, Burke, Tomkins, Collins, Demel, Jenkinson, Noble, Kouyate, Song, Poyet, Morrison, Amalfitano, Downing, Vaz Te, Cole, Zarate, Sakho, Valencia.
- LIVERPOOL (FORM: W-L-W-L)
Defender Martin Skrtel returns to the Liverpool squad after recovering from a knee injury which has sidelined him for three matches. Fellow defender Glen Johnson (thigh) is unlikely to be ready to come back while Jon Flangan has undergone an operation on a troublesome knee. Midfielder Joe Allen has still not recovered from a knee injury sustained on international duty while Daniel Sturridge is edging closer to a return from a thigh strain.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Manquillo, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Markovic, Sterling, Balotelli, Jones, Skrtel, Toure, Enrique, Lucas, Coutinho, Borini, Suso, Lambert.
Sunday's Premier League matches
PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Juan Mata
KEY STAT: Juan Mata has eight goals and four assists in 19 Premier League games for Manchester United.
- LEICESTER (FORM: D-L-D-W)
Esteban Cambiasso could start for Leicester after his impressive 45-minute outing in the win over Stoke last week. The former Inter Milan midfielder is primed for a home debut after joining on a free transfer in the summer. Kasper Schmeichel is available after missing the Foxes' Britannia Stadium win with a ligament strain, Ben Hamer deputising, and Nick Powell is ineligible against his parent club under the terms of his loan from Old Trafford.
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.
- MANCHESTER UNITED (FORM: L-D-D-W)
Defender Chris Smalling has recovered from a groin injury and is available for Manchester United's game at Leicester on Sunday. Sam Johnstone (elbow), Phil Jones (hamstring), Ashley Young (groin), Michael Carrick (ankle), Jesse Lingard (knee), Marouane Fellaini (ankle) are out. Reece James and James Wilson are unlikely to feature due to unspecified injuries, but left-back Luke Shaw could make his debut.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Valencia, Shaw, Rojo, Evans, Smalling, Blackett, Blind, Herrera, Fletcher, Anderson, Mata, Januzaj, Di Maria, Rooney, Falcao, Van Persie, W Keane.
PREDICTION: A 2-1 win for Tottenham
FANTASY PICK: Christian Eriksen
KEY STAT: West Brom are without a win in nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Spurs (D5 L4).
- TOTTENHAM (FORM: W-W-L-D)
A dead leg makes Andros Townsend a doubt for Tottenham's clash with West Brom on Sunday. The England winger picked up the knock in Thursday's Europa League clash at Partizan Belgrade and will be assessed before the White Hart Lane encounter. Right-back Kyle Walker remains absent with a hip injury, although Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose return to the squad after being rested for the trip to Serbia.
Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Dier, Naughton, Chiriches, Fazio, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Davies, Stambouli, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Dembele, Lamela, Lennon, Chadli, Townsend, Eriksen, Adebayor, Kane, Soldado.
- WEST BROM (FORM: D-D-L-L)
West Brom's injury worries have eased with their full squad training this week for the first time this season. Defender Joleon Lescott stands by to make his debut at Tottenham while Youssouf Mulumbu has shaken off a hamstring injury along with Victor Anichebe (hernia). Midfielder Silvestre Varela could be involved after the summer signing from Porto boosted his fitness while Stephane Sessegnon has recovered after a ball in the face caused him to have blood on his eye and miss last week's 2-0 defeat to Everton.
Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Olsson, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Blanco, Valera, Sessegnon, Samaras, Ideye, Anichebe, Berahino.
PREDICTION: Everton to win 1-0
FANTASY PICK: Leighton Baines
KEY STAT: Everton have won their last four Premier League games on a Sunday, keeping a clean sheet in the last three.
- CRYSTAL PALACE (FORM: L-L-D-D)
Neil Warnock will give forward Marouane Chamakh every chance to prove his fitness. The Morocco international has been struggling with a hamstring injury and will not be risked if there is a chance the problem could flare up once more at Goodison Park. Deadline day acquisition Zeki Fryers is still waiting for his Palace debut whilst Kevin Doyle is in contention for his first start and Andrew Johnson could yet feature against one of his former clubs.
Provisional Squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Mariappa, Kelly, Fryers, Ward, Delaney, Dann, Hangeland, Jedinak, McArthur, Bannan, Ledley, Williams, Bolasie, Thomas, Puncheon, Gayle, Campbell, Johnson, Doyle, Chamakh, Zaha.
- EVERTON (FORM: D-D-L-W)
Samuel Eto'o could make his first start at Goodison Park as Everton boss Roberto Martinez looks to make it three straight wins against Crystal Palace. Eto'o impressed after coming on as substitute for the final 22 minutes of Thursday night's 4-1 UEFA Europa League win over Wolfsburg and Martinez believes he is now ready for a full 90 minutes. Everton's only doubt is right-back Seamus Coleman, who sustained a knock on the head against the German side and will undergo a late fitness test.
Provisional squad: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Hibbert, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku, Robles, Stones, Alcaraz, Gibson, Osman, Besic, Pienaar, Eto'o.
Expert View: Sylvain Distin (Dead Leg): Distin will face a late fitness test after the Everton defender suffered a thigh contusion during last weekend's final training session before the trip to West Brom -- his dead leg causing him to miss the following Premier and Europa League ties. A fairly common occurrence within football, this injury is generally caused by opponent's knee connecting with the quadriceps muscle crushing it against the underlying thigh bone. This compression of the muscle will cause the bleeding -- on occasions tearing -- and can be very painful. It is important to follow RICE (Rest / Ice / Compression / Elevation) protocol during the early phase of injury. BD
PREDICTION: A 2-2 draw
FANTASY PICK: Cesc Fabregas
KEY STAT: Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium. He has also assisted four more goals in this period.
- CHELSEA (FORM: W-W-W-W)
Diego Costa will start for Chelsea against Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday despite a hamstring problem. The striker, who has scored seven goals in four Premier League matches, was only a substitute in Wednesday's Champions League draw with Schalke and cannot play more than one full game a week at present. Manager Jose Mourinho reported no other injury problems.
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.
- MAN CITY (FORM: W-W-L-D)
Manchester City are again without striker Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) and midfielder Fernando (groin). Forward Edin Dzeko has also been troubled by a back problem since the midweek Champions League loss at Bayern Munich but City expect him to be fit. On-loan midfielder Frank Lampard, Chelsea's record goalscorer, could face his former club while 32 million pound defender Eliaquim Mangala still awaits his City debut.
Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Silva, Nasri, Milner, Navas, Toure, Lampard, Fernandinho, Aguero, Dzeko.
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