28 January, 2014 - 09:48

Premier League fixtures. Merseyside derby, Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City and more

Premier League fixtures. Merseyside derby, Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City and more

Who’s going to win the Merseyside derby? Can Spurs get revenge for November humiliation at Etihad? Will David Moyes start his latest signing Juan Mata? Watch Barclays Premier League Day 23.

Liverpool vs Everton
28.01.2014. Anfield
Referee: Martin Atkinson

First round derby at Goodison Park was one of the most memorable matches in current season with the sides producing vivid attacking display and dramatic ending with Daniel Sturridge equalizing one minute before time.

The Reds lie one point ahead in the table and have only lost one home match this season. Everton have not beaten their rivals in the last seven encounters. Both clubs progressed to the FA Cup fifth round last weekend, but The Toffees lost Bryan Oviedo for the rest of the season with broken leg. The good news is that prolific left back Leighton Baines extended his contract with the club for another four years. Lacina Traore, who arrived on loan from Monaco, could cover Romelu Lukaku. Roberto Martinez has serious defensive concerns with Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman doubtful for the night. Liverpool will have to go without Lucas Leiva and Glen Johnson.

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Southampton vs Arsenal
28.01.2014. St. Mary’s Stadium
Referee: Lee Mason

Artur Boruc’s antics allowed Olivier Giroud score a brace in the first round at Emirates. Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for a better result this time around, but will not be able to count on suspended striker Dani Osvaldo, who is poised to leave the club in current transfer window, and injured Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez.

Arsenal won the last seven matches in all competitions and have only conceded two goals in the last eight. Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen remain doubtful for the match.

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Manchester United vs Cardiff City
28.01.2014. Old Trafford
Referee: Craig Pawson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably get a standing ovation on his return to Old Trafford but both sides are in desperate need of points that ensures tough competition on the night. David Moyes will be able to use his latest record signing Juan Mata but there are concerns over Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie availability for the game. Nemanja Vidic is suspended following a red card at Chelsea last week. The Red Devils lost five out of six games since the start of the year and failed to get three points at Cardiff in November. Solskjaer has boosted his attacking options bringing in three Norwegian players in January and will be looking to disappoint his former club, where he had spent eleven years.

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Chelsea vs West Ham United
29.01.2014. Stamford Bridge
Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Jose Mourinho has parted ways with Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, brought in Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah and got involved in yet another press-conference war with Arsene Wenger. Chelsea performance, however, is not that flamboyant as their manager is as The Blues only got a narrow FA Cup victory over Stoke City courtesy of Oscar free-kick last weekend. Sam Allardyce, however, has boosted his attacking option with latest loan deals for Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello. Andy Carroll finally returned to full fitness.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City
29.01.2014. White Hart Lane
Referee: Andre Marriner

The Spurs were thrashed at Etihad in November but a lot has changed at White Hart Lane since then. Andre Villas-Boas was replaced by Tim Sherwood and Emmanuel Adebayor returned to limelight ahead of the Spaniard Roberto Soldado and scoed six golas in the last eight matches. However, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have not lost since 10 November at Sunderland and have already netted an incredible 63 goals in 22 matches in Premier League.
They survived some scare at Etihad in the FA Cup tie against Watford but managed to come from two behind to progress to the next round. Alvaro Negredo and Samir Nasri are out of the clash while David Silva is doubtful.

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Barclays Premier League
Day 23

Norwich vs Newcastle United
28.01.2014. Carrow Road
Referee: Chris Foy

Swansea City vs Fulham
28.01.2014. Liberty Stadium
Referee: Michael Oliver

Crystal Palace vs Hull City
28.01.2014. Selhurst Park
Referee: Roger East

Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion
29.01.2014. Villa Park
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Sunderland vs Stoke City
29.01.2014. Stadium of Light
Referee: Robert Madley

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Author: Leon Smolski

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