THE Premier League game of the day is Man City v Newcastle and the match hails the return of the triumphant Yaya Toure.
City have missed their talisman badly – only winning at Stoke last week in his absence – and the timing of his comeback couldn’t be better.
That’s because the opposition in the 5.30pm live TV game are Newcastle. City lost to their north-east visitors in the Capital One Cup in October but should wreak revenge with Toure and his Ivory Coast team-mate Wilfried Bony back in contention.
Toure has netted five times in his last six Premier League clashes against Newcastle and while City are a best 3-10 at boylesports to win and is it’s so short look at Toure to score at 2-1 with Paddy Power.
Compared to Toure his Argentine team-mate Sergio Aguero has a rubbish record against the Geordies – netting Sergio Aguero in only four of his six Premier League appearances against them.
City are unbeaten in their last 16 Premier League matches against the Magpies (W14 D2) and have won the 10 in a row.
Leaders Chelsea tackle Burnley at home and are 1-5 at Paddy Power to notch what should be a routine win. I agree with the WeLoveBetting boys that Chelsea are unlikely to run riot and while they see two or three goals I can see Jose Mourinho’s men winning 2-1 or 3-1 so I’m on over 2.5 goals at McBookie at 4-7 with McBookie and BetVictor.
Arsenal should win at Crystal Palace but Man Utd, whose displays have been patchy, could be held at Swansea.
Here is the latest team news for all of Saturday’s Premier League matches.
Aston Villa v Stoke
Tim Sherwood expects to have an almost fully-fit squad for his first game in charge of Aston Villa. Nathan Baker (knee) and Philippe Senderos (calf) are out and Gabby Agbonlahor (hamstring) has been struggling but Scott Sinclair is pushing to start. Libor Kozak continues his recovery from a broken leg.
Ryan Shawcross remains out for Stoke with a back problem and is joined on the sidelines by the suspended Geoff Cameron. Jonathan Walters (knee) Erik Pieters (hernia), Marc Wilson (groin) and Stephen Ireland (hamstring) have all returned to training this week but Bojan (knee) is out long-term.
Last season: Aston Villa 1 Stoke 4; Stoke 2 Aston Villa 1.
Chelsea v Burnley
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel remains sidelined with a knee injury. Blues boss Jose Mourinho has otherwise reported a clean bill of health.
Burnley welcome Stephen Ward back into the squad for the first time in two and a half months having recovered from a fractured ankle. Dean Marney has undergone successful surgery on his cruciate ligament injury while Matt Taylor suffered a slight setback in his recovery from Achilles surgery but is back training.
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Palace could welcome back captain Mile Jedinak from an ankle injury. Shola Ameobi is now up to match fitness after joining in January and James McArthur (thigh) could also be involved. Jonny Williams (groin) is likely to miss out along with Yaya Sanogo, who is ineligible.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is in line to return from three months out with an ankle injury. Right-back Hector Bellerin (ankle) faces a fitness test while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) is back in full training but is unlikely to return. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (ankle), Abou Diaby (calf) and Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) all continue their rehabilitation.
Last season: Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 0; Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2.
Hull v QPR
Hull are once again without midfielder Mohamed Diame having hurt his knee in training. James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee) remain long-term injuries.
QPR welcome back top scorer Charlie Austin who missed the win at Sunderland with a foot injury. Mauricio Isla joins Leroy Fer, Sandro, Richard Dunne and Alejandro Faurlin as players who will miss out through different knee problems, while Nedum Onuoha has a hamstring injury.
Man City v Newcastle
Manchester City midfielder James Milner will miss out with a knee injury. New signing Wilfried Bony could make his debut while midfielder Yaya Toure is also available after the African Nations Cup. Top scorer Sergio Aguero is fit after a slight back issue at Stoke last week.
Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett (knee) is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines while Steven Taylor (Achilles) remains a long-term casualty. Remy Cabella damaged a knee in training to join Siem de Jong (collapsed lung) and Cheick Tiote (knee) in the treatment room.
Last season: Newcastle 0 Man City 2; Man City 4 Newcastle 0.
Sunderland v West Brom
Striker Jermain Defoe (calf) could return to the Sunderland squad as could midfielder Lee Cattermole, who has been sidelined since the end of December with groin and knee problems. Full-back Anthony Reveillere (hamstring) and midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) are battling to be fit.
West Brom defender Jonas Olsson is pushing for a return having undergone Achilles surgery before Christmas. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, who suffered a hamstring injury at the African Nations Cup, could also return leaving striker Victor Anichebe (groin) as the only definite absentee.
Last season: Sunderland 2 West Brom 0; West Brom 3 Sunderland 0.
Swansea v Man Utd
Gylfi Sigurdsson returns for Swansea after serving a three-match suspension. Wayne Routledge (calf) is also in line to start his first Premier League game for five weeks and Marvin Emnes is available following hamstring trouble, but Kyle Bartley has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.
Striker Robin van Persie is available for Manchester United having sat out the 3-1 win over Preston due to an unspecified injury. Centre-half Phil Jones has overcome his knee problem but midfielder Michael Carrick (calf) is out.
Last season: Man Utd 2 Swansea 0; Swansea 1 Man Utd 4.
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