17 October, 2013 - 11:53

Premier League team news

Premier League team news

Two weeks of the international break have passed and we are back to Premier League clashes.
Some of the managers like David Moyes must be happy to get extra time to find their mojo, while others like Arsene Wenger have issues to worry as decisive World Cup qualification matches required much efforts from the players that could have led to injuries and Mesut Ozil knee knock is one of them.

Newcastle United v Liverpool
Fabricio Coloccini is likely to miss the encounter against Liverpool at St. James Park with a thigh injury. Liverpool strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge returned to the club in good spirits as both scored for their national teams against Argentina and Montenegro respectively. Steven Gerrard will be looking for his 100th goal in the Premier League.

Arsenal v Norwich City
Mesut Ozil is a major doubt for Saturday match after suffering a light knee injury against Sweden. In-form Welshman Aaron Ramsey will be available after giving his country a draw against Belgium on Tuesday.

Chelsea vs Cardiff City
Oscar, Ramires and David Luiz all returned from Asia after playing for Brazil against Korea Republic and Zambia. Petr Cech is set to make his 300th appearance in the Premier League.

Everton v Hull City
Leighton Baines shone for England after replacing Ashley Cole in the squad. Romelu Lukaku scored twice against Croatia to give his nation tickets to Brazil. Darron Gibson is the main setback as the midfielder is set to miss the rest of the season with anterior cruciate ligament injury. On Saturday Everton will test Hull who travel to Goodison Park without their main striking force Robbie Brady and captain Robert Koren.

Manchester United v Southampton
Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick all featured for England in two hard-fought wins over Monenegro and Poland and some of them might probably get a rest on Saturday. Rafael has recovered from an injury but Tom Cleverley is a doubt. Robin van Persie became the top goalscorer of qualification campaign after hitting a hat-trick against Hungary but will face a tough Southampton defence that have conceded an incredible two goals in seven matches so far. Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc is a doubt after missing the clash at Wembley while Luke Shaw is likely to return after an illness.

Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion
Mark Hughes doesn’t have serious squad issues while Steve Clark can’t count on Gabriel Tamas, Ben Foster and Matej Vydra.

Swansea City v Sunderland
Michael Laudrup has plenty of medical issues with Leon Britton, Ben Davies, Jonathan De Guzman, Pablo Hernandez, Michel Vorm and Ashley Williams all doubtful for the match. Gus Poyet is set to make his managerial debut in the Premier League after replacing Paolo Di Canio. Keiren Westwood and Steven Fletcher are the main doubts.

West Ham United v Manchester City
Sam Allardyce has invited veteran striker Carlton Cole to cover injured Andy Carroll. Despite struggling to score since the start of the campaign, the Hammers hit the back of Tottenham ‘s net three times two weeks ago. Manuel Pellegrini has everybody available except for captain Vincent Kompany who is curing a thigh injury. Martin Demichelis might make his debut for the Citizens if approved by the medical staff.

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Christian Benteke returned from injury and was a substitute during the latest Belgium match against Wales. Jores Okore, Charles N’Zogbia remain unavailable. Andros Townsend might start for the Spurs after brilliant performance for the national team. Etienne Capoue and Younes Kaboul are still having treatment.

Crystal Palace v Fulham
Ian Holloway’s medical personnel are struggling to bring Daniel Gabbidon, Jack Hunt and Jonathan Williams back to fitness while Matthew Briggs, Ashkan Dejagah, Aaron Hughes, Scott Parker and Maarten Stekelenburg remain doubtful for Fulham.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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18 October 2013, 09:19

All ManU players that play for national teams are brilliant, but those who don't like Vidic or Ferdinand or Young or Anderson have been rubbish this season. David, please, pick the right ones, don't let the deadwood play!!!!

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