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C helsea (5) v Wat­ford (4), Stam­ford B ridge, 12.30 (Sky Sports PL)

De­fender David Luiz (calf) and mid­fielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (groin) are Chelsea’s lat­est in­jury con­cerns, with boss Antonio Conte say­ing he has “many doubts” for this game. Mid­field­ers Danny Drinkwa­ter (calf) and N’golo Kante (ham­string) and wing-back Vic­tor Moses (ham­string) are out.

Wat­ford are again with­out de­fend­ers Se­bas­tian Prodl (thigh) and Younes Kaboul (ham­string) but there are no fresh in­jury prob­lems. Mid­fielder Nathaniel Chalobah and de­fender Craig Cath­cart both con­tinue to re­cover from knee prob­lems, along with for­wards Isaac Suc­cess and Mauro Zarate.

Last five: Chelsea WDWLL; Wat­ford WLWDW

Odds: H 3-10; D 4-1; A 10-1

Ref­eree: Jon Moss (W York­shire) Hud­der­s­field (12) v Man Utd (2), Kirklees Sta­dium, 3pm (Sky Sports Ire­land)

Striker Steve Mounie could re­turn to Hud­der­s­field’s start­ing line-up af­ter in­jury. Mid­fielder Philip Billing is wait­ing to learn whether he re­quires surgery on the an­kle he twisted in last week’s de­feat at Swansea, while Collin Quaner, Kasey Palmer and Michael He­fele are still out.

United for­ward Mar­cus Rash­ford is fit af­ter limp­ing off with a knee is­sue in the Cham­pi­ons League win at Ben­fica. Phil Jones is push­ing for a re­turn but mid­field­ers Michael Car­rick, Marouane Fel­laini, and Paul Pogba, de­fend­ers Mar­cos Rojo and Eric Bailly, and striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic are in­jured.

Last five: Hud­der­s­field LDDLL; Man Utd DWWWD

Odds: H 10-1; D 4-1; A 3-10

Ref­eree: Lee Ma­son (Lan­cashire)

Man C ity (1) v B urn­ley (7), Eti­had Sta­dium, 3pm

Ser­gio Aguero could re­turn for lead­ers City — the striker has been an un­used sub­sti­tute for the past two games af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken rib sus­tained in a car crash. Cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany (calf) con­tin­ues to miss out, while left-back Ben­jamin Mendy (knee) is a long-term ab­sen­tee. Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che has no new in­jury or sus­pen­sion wor­ries fol­low­ing the draw against West Ham and could name the same start­ing line-up. Strik­ers Jonathan Wal­ters (knee) and Nahki Wells (foot), plus mid­fielder Dean Mar­ney (knee) are edg­ing closer to full fit­ness but re­main side­lined.

Last five: Man City WWWWW; Burn­ley WDDWD

Odds: H 1-10; D 8-1; A 25-1

Ref­eree: Roger East (Wilt­shire)

New­cas­tle (9) v C rys­tal Palace (20). St James’ Park, 3pm Mag­pies striker Dwight Gayle picked up a calf prob­lem in the draw at Southamp­ton and, although it is not thought to be too se­ri­ous, he will miss this game. Mas­sa­dio Haidara is back in train­ing af­ter fi­nally shak­ing off a knee is­sue but fel­low full-back Paul Dum­mett (ham­string) is still side­lined.

Palace wel­come back Wayne Hen­nessey and Ruben Lof­tus-cheek — Hen­nessey missed the de­feat of Chelsea with a calf in­jury, while on-loan Lof­tus-cheek was in­el­i­gi­ble against his par­ent club. The only ab­sen­tees are strik­ers Chris­tian Ben­teke and Con­nor Wick­ham, who have knee prob­lems.

Last five: New­cas­tle WWLDD; Palace LLLLW

Odds: H 10-11; D 12-5; A 16-5

Ref­eree: Stu­art At­twell (War­wick­shire)

Southamp­ton (11) v West B rom (10), St Mary’s, 5.30 (B T Sport 1) Saints for­ward Manolo Gab­bia­dini hopes to re­tain his place in at­tack af­ter scor­ing both goals in the 2-2 draw against New­cas­tle. Full-back Jeremy Pied con­tin­ues to work his way back to full fit­ness from a groin in­jury.

West Brom hope ei­ther Ben Fos­ter or Boaz My­hill will be fit to keep goal — Fos­ter (knee) missed the Le­ices­ter game and My­hill fin­ished it with ham­string trou­ble. James Mor­ri­son, Oliver Burke, and Hal Rob­son-kanu re­main out with mus­cle in­juries.

Last five: So­ton LWLLD; West Brom LDLDD

Odds: H 3-4; D 5-2; A 4-1

Ref­eree: Gra­ham Scott (Ox­ford­shire)

Stoke (17) v B ournemouth (19), B rit­ta­nia Sta­dium, 3pm Xher­dan Shaqiri (an­kle) is a doubt but mid­fielder Joe Allen is set to re­turn from con­cus­sion for Stoke. Striker Peter Crouch (back) is another con­cern, de­fend­ers Bruno Martins Indi (calf), Ryan Shawcross (back), and Tom Ed­wards (an­kle) are doubt­ful and Stephen Ire­land (bro­ken leg) is out. Ryan Fraser must pass a late fit­ness test to fea­ture for Bournemouth. The winger has a ham­string is­sue, while Brad Smith re­mains out with a hip in­jury. Striker Cal­lum Wil­son is not quite ready for a re­turn af­ter a sec­ond long-term knee in­jury and Ty­rone Mings con­tin­ues to bat­tle a back prob­lem.

Last five: Stoke DLLWL; Bournemouth LWLDL

Odds: H 1-1; D 5-2; A 13-5

Ref­eree: Lee Probert (Wilt­shire) Swansea (13) v Le­ices­ter (18), Lib­erty Sta­dium, 3pm

Swans boss Paul Cle­ment must change a win­ning team, with mid­fielder Leroy Fer was banned af­ter pick­ing up a fifth book­ing of the sea­son against Hud­der­s­field. Fita­gain Re­nato Sanches and Ki Sung-yueng are bat­tling to re­place Fer, but striker Wil­fried Bony is out with a ham­string is­sue. Le­ices­ter care­taker boss Michael Ap­ple­ton has no new prob­lems to deal with. It re­mains to be seen if Ap­ple­ton will make any changes to the team but he has the same squad to pick from, with de­fender Robert Huth (an­kle) and mid­fielder Matty James (Achilles) still out.

Last five: Swans LDLLW; Le­ices­ter LDLDD

Odds: H 17-10; D 21-10; A 17-10

Ref­eree: Michael Oliver (Northum­ber­land)

Ever­ton (16) v Arse­nal (6). Goodison Park, 1.30pm Ever­ton’s James Mc­carthy could make his first-team come­back hav­ing re­cov­ered from his knee in­jury and fel­low mid­fielder Mor­gan Sch­nei­der­lin, who limped off dur­ing the Europa League loss to Lyon, is ex­pected to fea­ture. Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines, and Phil Jagielka are set to re­turn to the match­day squad, along with Ou­mar Ni­asse, who was in­el­i­gi­ble on Thurs­day.

Arsene Wenger will make changes af­ter Arse­nal’s Europa League win at Red Star Bel­grade. The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Me­sut Ozil, and Alexan­dre La­cazette are in line to start but Danny Wel­beck (groin), Calum Cham­bers (hip), Shko­dran Mustafi (ham­string), and Santi Ca­zorla (an­kle) are out and Wenger will hope both Lau­rent Ko­scielny and Aaron Ram­sey will be fit enough to be in con­tention.

Last five: Ever­ton LLWLD; Arse­nal WDWWL

Odds: H 14-5; D 13-5; A 10-11

Ref­eree: Craig Paw­son (South York­shire)

Tot­ten­ham v Liver­pool (8), White Hart Lane, 4pm (Sky Sport PL) Danny Rose could re­turn af­ter a knee in­jury — he is un­likely to start but could be named among Spurs’ sub­sti­tutes. Ben Davies has re­cov­ered from ill­ness and Dele Alli is back af­ter a Cham­pi­ons League ban but Mousa Dem­bele (hip), Vic­tor Wanyama (knee), and Erik Lamela (hip) are out. Liver­pool cap­tain Jor­dan Hen­der­son is set for a re­call, mean­ing James Mil­ner could miss out de­spite his im­pres­sive mid­week per­for­mance. Si­mon Mig­no­let will re­turn in goal and Joe Gomez could come into de­fence as Jur­gen Klopp con­tin­ues to ro­tate his young full-backs.

Last five: Tot­ten­ham WDWWW; Liver­pool LDWDD

Odds: H 6-5; D 12-5; A 9-4

Ref­eree: An­dre Mar­riner (West Mid­lands)

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