Kom­pany will miss Liver­pool visit

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Ar­se­nal (16) v Bournemouth (18), Emi­rates Sta­dium, 3pm (Sky Sports Premier League Ire­land)

Ar­se­nal have no new in­jury con­cerns - Lau­rent Ko­scielny should be fit de­spite suf­fer­ing an in­jury with France and ev­ery­one else re­turned un­scathed. Jack Wil­shere is un­likely to fea­ture against the Cher­ries as he con­tin­ues to work back to full fit­ness while Santi Ca­zorla (an­kle) will be miss­ing un­til after Christ­mas. Bournemouth ex­pect cap­tain Si­mon Fran­cis to be back in con­tention after a ham­string prob­lem.

Last five: Ar­se­nal WWWLL; Bournemouth WDLLL

Odds: H 4/11 D 4/1 A 7/1

Ref­eree: An­thony Tay­lor (Cheshire)

Brighton (17) v West Brom (5), AMEX Sta­dium, 3pm

Brighton strik­ers Glenn Mur­ray and Tomer Hemed should be fit. Mur­ray (an­kle) and Hemed (thigh) are back in train­ing to boost Al­bion’s at­tack­ing op­tions, with Izzy Brown (ham­string) and Sam Bal­dock (knee) still out but right-back Eze­quiel Sch­e­lotto can be added to the squad fol­low­ing his dead­line-day switch from Sport­ing Lis­bon.

Cap­tain Jonny Evans is avail­able after ham­string trou­ble for West Brom, whose boss Tony Pulis must de­cide whether to in­clude new sign­ings Grze­gorz Krychowiak and Kieran Gibbs in his squad. Last five: Brighton LDLLD; West Brom LLWWD

Odds: H 8/5 D 19/10 A 2/1

Ref­eree: Chris Ka­vanagh (Lan­cashire)

Ever­ton (12) v Tot­ten­ham (9), Good­i­son Park, 3pm

Wayne Rooney will start after a tur­bu­lent week in which he was charged with drink-driv­ing. Winger Nikola Vla­sic will be part of the squad for the first time since join­ing on dead­line day while striker Ou­mar Ni­asse has been re­called to the squad. Goalkeeper Jor­dan Pick­ford and mid­fielder Davy Klaassen have re­cov­ered from thigh and foot is­sues re­spec­tively. New sign­ing Serge Aurier is un­likely to start for Spurs but Kieran Trip­pier has re­cov­ered from an an­kle is­sue and should start at right-back. Vic­tor Wanyama and Danny Rose are both out with knee in­juries while Erik Lamela is still around a month away from com­pet­i­tive ac­tion fol­low­ing a hip prob­lem.

Last five: Ever­ton WLWDL; Tot­ten­ham WWWLD

Odds: H 5/2 D 12/5 A 11/10

Ref­eree: Gra­ham Scott (Ox­ford­shire)

Le­ices­ter (15) v Chelsea (6), King Power Sta­dium, 3pm Le­ices­ter could in­clude new sign­ing Alek­san­dar Dragovic in their squad - the de­fender joined the club on a sea­son-long loan from Bayer Lev­erkusen. Nam­palys Mendy and Danny Drinkwa­ter have de­parted since the loss to Manch­ester United, while Robert Huth (an­kle) and Vi­cente Iborra (groin) are train­ing again but this match comes too soon for both. Chelsea can pick from full strength with a clean bill of health fol­low­ing the in­ter­na­tional break.

Last five: Le­ices­ter LDLWL; Chelsea WWLWW

Odds: H 10/3 D 13/5 A 4/5

Ref­eree: Lee Ma­son (Lan­cashire)

Man City (4) v Liver­pool (2), Eti­had Sta­dium, 12.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League)

City will be with­out cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany after he suf­fered a calf in­jury with Bel­gium. For­mer Liver­pool for­ward Ra­heem Sterling is sus­pended but right-back Kyle Walker is avail­able again after his one-match ban. Mid­fielder Ilkay Gun­do­gan is back in con­tention after re­turn­ing to full train­ing fol­low­ing his long-term knee in­jury. Play­maker Philippe Coutinho is not in Liver­pool’s squad as he is not match-fit. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne is set for an ex­tended spell on the side­lines with a back in­jury while Adam Lal­lana (thigh) is still work­ing on his re­cov­ery but dead­line-day sign­ing Alex Oxladecham­ber­lain will be in­cluded.

Last five: Man City WWWDW; Liver­pool WWDWW

Odds: H 17/20 D 11/4 A 3/1

Ref­eree: Jon Moss (W York­shire)

Southamp­ton (8) v Wat­ford (7), St Mary’s, 3pm

Saints de­fender Vir­gil van Dijk has re­joined first-team train­ing after re­main­ing with the club at the end of the trans­fer win­dow, but is short of match fit­ness. Fel­low Dutch­man Wes­ley Hoedt could make his de­but hav­ing been an un­used sub­sti­tute in the goal­less draw at Hud­der­s­field fol­low­ing his move from Lazio.

Wat­ford could be boosted by the re­turn of Younes Kaboul and Daryl Jan­maat. Craig Cath­cart and Mauro Zarate (both knee) are un­avail­able.

Last five: So­ton DLDWD; Wat­ford LLDWD

Odds: H 4/6 D 13/5 A 9/2

Ref­eree: Lee Probert (Wilt­shire)

Stoke (11) v Man Utd (1), Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium, 5.30pm (BT Sport 1)

Stoke skip­per Ryan Shawcross misses out with a back in­jury, so new sign­ing and fel­low cen­tre-half Kevin Wim­mer could make his de­but. Mid­fielder Dar­ren Fletcher is hop­ing to shake off a knee in­jury and Mame Diouf (knee) could also re­turn.

Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Mar­cos Rojo (both knee) re­main long-term ab­sen­tees for United, while An­dreas Pereira has joined Va­len­cia on loan. Luke Shaw and Ash­ley Young have stepped up their re­turn from se­ri­ous in­juries with the Un­der-23s.

Last five: Stoke LWLWD; Man Utd DWWWW

Odds: H 6/1 D 3/1 A 1/2

Ref­eree: Neil Swar­brick (Lan­cashire)


Burn­ley (10) v Crys­tal Palace (19), Turf Moor, 1.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League) Repub­lic of Ire­land mid­fielder Jeff Hen­drick is a ma­jor doubt for Burn­ley - he missed the 1-1 draw with Tot­ten­ham at Wem­b­ley a fort­night ago with a tight thigh and faces a late fit­ness test. Jon Wal­ters made a suc­cess­ful re­turn from a knee in­jury with Ire­land and boss Sean Dy­che has no fur­ther con­cerns.

New Palace de­fender Ma­madou Sakho re­mains short of match fit­ness and longer-term ab­sen­tees Wil­fried Zaha and Con­nor Wick­ham are also out with knee in­juries. James Tomkins should be fit, as are Ruben Lof­tus-cheek and Sul­lay Kaikai.

Last five: Burn­ley LLWLD; Crys­tal Palace WLLLL

Odds: H 13-10 D 21-10 A 23-10

Ref­eree: Michael Oliver (Northum­ber­land)

Swansea (13) v New­cas­tle (14), Lib­erty Sta­dium, 4pm (Sky Sports Premier League) Por­tu­gal mid­fielder Re­nato Sanches is likely to make his Swansea de­but after join­ing on a sea­son-long loan from Bay­ern Mu­nich - but fel­low dead­line day sign­ing Wil­fried Bony has to build up his fit­ness lev­els and could be among the sub­sti­tutes. Jor­dan Ayew has re­cov­ered from a stom­ach prob­lem but Kyle Bart­ley (knee lig­a­ments), Nathan Dyer (Achilles) and Ki Sung-yueng (knee) re­main out. New­cas­tle’s Jonjo Shelvey re­turns from a ban but Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic is sus­pended. De­fend­ers Chan­cel Mbe­mba and Paul Dum­mett (ham­string) are out. Dean­dre Yedlin (ham­string) and Flo­rian Le­je­une (an­kle lig­a­ments) are train­ing and striker Dwight Gayle has shaken off his ham­string prob­lem.

Last five: Swansea WWDLW; New­cas­tle WWLLW

Odds: H 11-8 D 11-5 A 21-10

Ref­eree: Mike Jones (Cheshire)


West Ham (20) v Hud­der­s­field (3), Lon­don Sta­dium, 8pm (Sky Sports Premier League

Andy Car­roll is in the West Ham squad for the first time this sea­son after a thigh prob­lem. De­fender Win­ston Reid is fit after calf trou­ble but mid­field duo Manuel Lanzini (knee) and Edim­il­son Fer­nan­des (an­kle) are out while winger Marko Ar­nau­tovic com­pletes a three­match ban. Hud­der­s­field’s Ab­del­hamid Sabiri and Florent Hadergjonaj are in con­tention to make their de­buts. Mid­fielder Sabiri and de­fender Hadergjonaj fea­tured in the friendly win against Al­tona 93 in Ger­many and are likely to be named in David Wag­ner’s squad. Goalkeeper Rob Green could also be in­cluded, striker Collin Quaner (knee) will be mon­i­tored, while all eight in­ter­na­tion­als have re­turned in good health.

Last five: West Ham LWLLL; Hud­der­s­field LLWWD

Odds: H 5-6 D 5-2 A 17-5

Ref­eree: Kevin Friend (Le­ices­ter­shire)

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