28 February, 2014 - 14:09

Premier League fixtures. Southampton v Liverpool and more

With Manchester derby being postponed for 25 March, and Sunderland preparing for the League Cup final, there will only be eight Premier League matches in weekend.

Fulham v Chelsea
The clubs from bottom and top of the league meet at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Felix Magath started his reign with a draw at The Hawthorns before letting winter signings Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole leave on loan. Even before the ‘Iron Felix’ was appointed as a manager, Fulham started to show signs of improvement, holding Manchester United at Old Trafford and allowing Liverpool winner late in injury time. The German specialist has no injury concerns. Chelsea, who just returned from Turkey after drawing with Galatasaray in the Champions League, only have two days to recover for Premier League match. However, Jose Mourinho should have enough squad depth with David Luiz the only concern. With Manchester City missing the round, The Blues could extend the gap from their main title rivals to six points.
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Southampton v Liverpool
Southampton and Liverpool are not bound by additional competitions and can focus on Premier League alone. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez have got a huge confidence boost after being called-up to represent The Three Lions in the upcoming friendly tie against Denmark at Wembley. Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Jordan Henderson will represent Liverpool in the national squad. Southampton inflicted the only defeat on the Reds at Anfield in current campaign courtesy of Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, who will not be able to help his team this time around. Brendan Rodgers has been pleased to see Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho train returning from injury breaks. Liverpool will be inspired by an opportunity to finish weekend on second or third place ahead of Manchester City.
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Stoke City v Arsenal
Stoke City have demonstrated solid performance against top clubs this season, beating Manchester United, Chelsea and holding Manchester City and Everton. Arsenal, meanwhile, have not been too comfortable on the road. Arsene Wenger has many squad concerns with Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Jack Wilshere all doubtful for the travel to Britannia Stadium. Robert Huth is likely to return to action for The Potters.
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Everton v West Ham United
Hull City v Newcastle United
Aston Villa v Norwich City
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City

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Author: Leon Smolski

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28 February 2014, 15:15

Me tink Fulham will get someting from da geim!

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