THE big game in the Premier League this weekend is Liverpool v Arsenal and it's not easy to call. Liverpool have been decent at home while the Gunners were poor in their last away outing at Southampton.

Form says Liverpool, stats suggest a draw – which means it will probably be an away. My only bet on this will be both to score. Here's team news for the Premier League games to help you with your selections.

Liverpool (4) v Arsenal (1) (12.45pm)

Liverpool defenders Daniel Agger (calf) and Glen Johnson (ankle) should be back in training next week but Mamadou Sakho is still short of fitness. Left-back Jose Enrique's recovery from a knee operation is taking longer than required and he may not be available for another month.

Arsenal expect to have England midfielder Jack Wilshere back from an ankle problem. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is still suspended while Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and deadline-day loan signing Kim Kallstrom (back) are not fit, along with defender Thomas Vermaelen (calf). Forward Yaya Sanogo (back) continues his rehabilitation, while Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

Aston Villa (10) v West Ham (18)

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is set to return to the side after missing the last two games with a foot injury suffered when he tumbled over an advertising hoarding in last month's draw at Liverpool. Ron Vlaar will miss out after the centre-back suffered a hamstring problem in the closing stages of last week's 2-1 loss at Everton.

West Ham are set to be without suspended striker Andy Carroll but Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello could feature following their loan moves. Full-back Joey O'Brien (shoulder), midfielders Joe Cole (groin) and Mohamed Diame (knee) remain out.

Chelsea (3) v Newcastle (8)

Mohamed Salah could make his Chelsea debut following his move from Basel but the Premier League contest comes too soon for injured striker Fernando Torres. The Spaniard has missed the last three matches with a knee injury and returned to training this week but is more likely to feature in Tuesday's match at West Brom.

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote will sit out at least the next two matches with a hamstring problem while defender Fabricio Coloccini (knee) and strikers Yoan Gouffran (muscle strain) and Papiss Cisse (back) remain on the casualty list. Fellow frontman Loic Remy serves the second match of his three-game ban.

Crystal Palace (17) v West Brom (16)

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has all his transfer-deadline day signings fit and available. Only keeper Wayne Hennessey was signed in time to make the bench for the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal last Sunday but he is joined in the squad by fellow newcomers Scott Dann, Joe Ledley and Tom Ince for the clash with the Baggies. Jerome Thomas (calf) and Glenn Murray (knee) are close to fitness but neither will feature this weekend.

New West Brom signing Thievy Bifouma is poised for a place on the bench following his loan arrival from Espanyol. Midfielder James Morrison returns after missing the 1-1 home draw with Liverpool last weekend with a calf injury, but defender Jonas Olsson (hamstring) and strikers Nicolas Anelka (knee) and Stephane Sessegnon (groin) remain sidelined.

Norwich (15) v Manchester City (2)

Defender Ryan Bennett faces a fitness test on a thigh injury while former Everton defender Joseph Yobo could make his debut at Carrow Road after signing on loan from Fenerbahce. Wes Hoolahan could make a first appearance since New Year's Day after being reintegrated into the squad following the rejection of his transfer request.

Manchester City are again without key midfielder Fernandinho (muscle strain). He has joined top scorer Sergio Aguero (hamstring) and playmaker Samir Nasri (knee) on the sidelines and all three could be at least a fortnight away from fitness. Midfielder Javi Garcia (muscle strain) is another absentee this weekend, but James Milner (groin) is fit again, while striker Edin Dzeko (ankle) and defender Joleon Lescott (ankle) have overcome minor knocks.

Southampton (9) v Stoke (11)

Midfielder Victor Wanyama is available for Southampton's clash with Stoke after overcoming a knock sustained in last weekend's 3-0 win at Fulham. Right-back Calum Chambers is a doubt after suffering a dead leg in the same game, and will be assessed before this match. Teenage striker Sam Gallagher will not be available following a family bereavement, while Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez (both ankle) remain absent.

Stoke will check on the fitness of forwards Marko Arnautovic and Jonathan Walters after both players suffered knocks in last week's victory over Manchester United. Defender Marc Wilson is also a doubt after missing some training this week with a chest infection. Midfielder Steven Nzonzi is available again after suspension but Andy Wilkinson, Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth remain on the sidelines.

Sunderland (14) v Hull (13)

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, who was heavily linked with a deadline-day move to Stoke, has missed the last two games with a calf problem but is fit and available once again. Manager Gus Poyet is hoping two weeks' rest will help solve striker Steven Fletcher's Achilles injury without the need for an operation, while defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) continues to work towards match fitness and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder surgery) is still out.

Hull could have Sone Aluko back for the first time since October. The forward has been restricted to just eight appearances this season due to an Achilles problem but is pushing for a place on the bench. Steve Harper will continue in goal as Allan McGregor serves the second match of a three-game suspension, Jake Livermore returns having been ineligible to face former club Tottenham and James Chester (hamstring) is the only injury absentee.

Swansea (12) v Cardiff (19)

Swansea keeper Michel Vorm and forward Michu have returned to training this week, although a starting role for the Spaniard is highly unlikely, while Jonjo Shelvey's hamstring problem is being assessed. Defender Chico Flores is set to be involved despite a recent training ground row with interim head coach Garry Monk, and the furore caused by his actions against West Ham last weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hand new signing Juan Cala an immediate debut. The Spaniard joined earlier this week after having his contract terminated by Sevilla, and could be preferred to defender Ben Turner, with club captain Mark Hudson nursing a hamstring injury. Wilfried Zaha is set to make his first start having made a big impact off the bench in last weekend's win over Norwich.

Manchester United (7) v Fulham (20) (Sun)

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, who will be leaving the club at the end of the season, returns from suspension. Defender Jonny Evans (calf) is out, but fellow centre-back Phil Jones is available even though he suffered concussion against Stoke last weekend. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out for one week due to a groin injury he suffered in training.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is hoping club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou may play some part, having been ineligible for Fulham's last two fixtures. Fellow new recruit Johnny Heitinga is more likely to feature while Lewis Holtby will return to the side after being cup-tied for the FA Cup replay defeat to Sheffield United.

Tottenham (6) v Everton (5) (Sun)

Andros Townsend is in line to make his first Tottenham appearance for seven weeks. The England winger suffered a hamstring injury against West Ham on December 15 and will return to the squad to face the Toffees. Mousa Dembele is available after missing last weekend's trip to Hull with a thigh problem, although Erik Lamela, Vlad Chiriches and Sandro are sidelined for the clash.

Forwards Gerard Deulofeu and Lacina Traore are both set for inclusion by Everton. Deulofeu has been sidelined since mid-December with a hamstring strain while a similar complaint has meant on-loan Traore has yet to be involved following his January loan move from Monaco. Defender Seamus Coleman is set to return to the starting line-up after being an unused substitute last weekend following recovery from injury but centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is not quite ready to come back from muscle fatigue.

  1. Oor man in Napoli 5 years ago

    Thanks for the team news.

  2. Johnny J 5 years ago

    Great stuff Mr f I’ve been following your threads for near 6 months now. Thank you

  3. alanm 5 years ago

    aston villa 0 west ham 0 9/1 third of west ham away matches have been bore draws.

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