MAY 2: PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS

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WITH Chelsea set to clinch the Premier League title on Sunday it’s all about the battle to beat the drop on Saturday.

Biggest game is the early one between Leicester and Newcastle and while I fancy the Foxes can make it six wins in seven I’m not sure I want to back them at odds on.

As you weigh up your bets for the weekend here’s all Saturday’s team news in the Premier League.

Man Utd v West Brom

United captain Wayne Rooney is fit after overcoming the knee injury he suffered against Everton last weekend. Defenders Luke Shaw (groin), Marco Rojo (adductor), Jonny Evans (nerve) and Rafael (rib) are out as is central midfielder Michael Carrick (calf). Centre-half Phil Jones has resumed training following his ankle injury but lacks match fitness.

Head coach Tony Pulis remained tight-lipped about West Brom’s injuries but admitted the Baggies had several knocks. Youssouf Mulumbu is back from suspension though having sat out the last three games following a red card against QPR last month. James Morrison could be a doubt after coming off late on in last week’s 0-0 draw against Liverpool with a knock to the head and a bad back while Ben Foster (knee) remains a long-term absentee.
Last season: West Brom 0 Man Utd 3, Man Utd 1 West Brom 2.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Sunderland v Southampton

Adam Johnson will be included in the Sunderland squad having missed out the match at Stoke last weekend after being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming. Fellow midfielder Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension but striker Steven Fletcher (ankle) will miss out while Wes Brown, Ricky Alvarez (both knee) and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) remain on the sidelines.

Southampton will be missing Morgan Schneiderlin as the midfielder has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Midfielder Dusan Tadic (groin) is also not available but Victor Wanyama returns from suspension. Forward Jay Rodriguez has started some training after his serious knee injur, but goalkeeper Fraser Forster is a long-term absentee.
Last season: Sunderland 2 Southampton 2, Southampton 1 Sunderland 1
Referee: Mike Jones.

Swansea v Stoke

Swansea defender Neil Taylor has completed a two-match suspension and is set to reclaim the left-back spot from Jordi Amat while Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero has recovered from a thigh problem. Winger Modou Barrow is included in the squad after being recalled from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest but Swansea are without injured quartet Bafetimbi Gomis (hamstring), Kyle Naughton (ankle), Tom Carroll (ankle) and Wayne Routledge (ankle).

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam will wear a protective mask after breaking his nose in training. Defender Geoff Cameron has not trained all week because of a hamstring problem and faces a late fitness test. Forward Peter Odemwingie will be in the squad again having made his first appearance in eight months but is not in contention for a start.
Last season: Stoke 1 Swansea 1, Swansea 3 Stoke 3.
Referee: Craig Pawson.

West Ham v Burnley

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns. The 60-year-old has confirmed teenager Reece Burke will start after impressing on his Premier League debut at QPR last week, with fellow defenders Winston Reid (hamstring), James Tomkins (shoulder) and Guy Demel (calf) all ruled out. Alex Song missed the trip to Loftus Road with a back problem but may return, while strikers Diafra Sakho (thigh) and Andy Carroll (knee) are still missing.

Ashley Barnes returns from suspension for Burnley. Fellow forward Sam Vokes will have a fitness test on Friday to see whether he has recovered from the thigh injury that ruled him out of the 1-0 defeat to Leicester last weekend. Long-term knee injury victims Dean Marney and Kevin Long remain sidelined.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.

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