Wenger op­ti­mistic Sanchez will be fit to face United

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TO­DAY

Arse­nal (4) v Manch­ester United (2), Emi­rates Sta­dium, 5.30pm (BT Sport 1)

Arse­nal will be with­out club-record sign­ing Alexan­dre La­cazette, in­jured against Hud­der­s­field. A ham­string prob­lem also saw Alexis Sanchez re­placed in the Hud­der­s­field win but Wenger is op­ti­mistic over his avail­abil­ity. Alex Iwobi (leg) could also be back in con­tention. Manch­ester United will be with­out Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Marouane Fel­laini, while Nemanja Matic is a doubt with what boss Jose Mour­inho has de­scribed as a mus­cu­lar is­sue.

Last five: Arse­nal WLWWW; Man Utd WLWWW

Top scor­ers: La­cazette (Arse­nal) 7; Lukaku (Man Utd) 12

Match odds: H 6-4; D 9-4; A 2-1

Ref­eree: An­dre Mar­riner

Brighton (10) v Liver­pool (5), Amex Sta­dium, 3pm

Brighton ex­pect to have left-back Gae­tan Bong avail­able again fol­low­ing a knee prob­lem. Liver­pool are set to be with­out Joel Matip af­ter the de­fender suf­fered a mus­cle prob­lem at the end of the mid­week vic­tory over Stoke, but Rag­nar Kla­van is ex­pected to have re­cov­ered from ill­ness and could step in. Adam Lal­lana (thigh) re­mains un­avail­able.

Last five: Brighton DWDLD; Liver­pool WWWDW

Top scor­ers: Mur­ray (Brighton) 4; Salah (Liver­pool) 17

Match odds: H 6-1; D 10-3; A 4-9

Ref­eree: Gra­ham Scott

Chelsea (3) v New­cas­tle (12), Stam­ford Bridge, 12.30pm (Sky Sports 1)

Chelsea are again with­out de­fender David Luiz (knee). For­ward Charly Mu­sonda also has a knee prob­lem. New­cas­tle boss Rafael Ben­itez has no fresh in­jury prob­lems. De­fend­ers Paul Dum­mett (ham­string) and Ja­maal Las­celles (foot) and winger Chris­tian Atsu (groin) are clos­ing in on re­turns, but will not fea­ture this week­end.

Last five: Chelsea WWWDW; New­cas­tle LLLLD

Top scor­ers: Mo­rata (Chelsea) 9

Match odds: H 2-9; D 11-2; A 14-1

Ref­eree: Kevin Friend

Ever­ton (13) v Hud­der­s­field (14), Good­i­son Park, 3pm Ou­mar Ni­asse re­turns from sus­pen­sion for Ever­ton and Michael Keane is fit again. Leighton Baines is not ready, mean­ing an­other out­ing for Ma­son Hol­gate at left-back. Kasey Palmer could re­turn to Hud­der­s­field’s squad af­ter a three­month in­jury lay-off. Ra­jiv van La Parra serves the second game of his three-match ban.

Last five: Ever­ton LWDLW; Hud­der­s­field LWLLL

Top scor­ers: Rooney (Ever­ton) 8

Match odds: H 8-13; D 11-4; A 4-1

Ref­eree: Chris Ka­vanagh

Leices­ter (9) v Burn­ley (6), King Power Sta­dium, 3pm

Chris­tian Fuchs will re­turn to the Leices­ter squad af­ter the birth of his daugh­ter. But Claude Puel is with­out Robert Huth (an­kle) and Matty James (Achilles). Burn­ley will as­sess Steven De­four and Matt Low­ton. Jon Wal­ters, Dean Mar­ney (both knee) and Tom Heaton (shoul­der) re­main out.

Last five: Leices­ter WDLDW; Burn­ley WWWLW

Top scor­ers: Vardy (Leices­ter) 7; Wood (Burn­ley) 6

Match odds: H 4-5; D 5-2; A 4-1

Ref­eree: Paul Tier­ney

Stoke (16) v Swansea (19), Bet365 Sta­dium, 3pm

Eric Maxim Choupo-mot­ing is ex­pected to be fit but Ge­off Cameron will re­main out. Goal­keeper Jack But­land con­tinues his re­cov­ery from a bro­ken fin­ger. Eng­land striker Tammy Abra­ham re­turns for Swansea but Fed­erico Fer­nan­dez is miss­ing again fol­low­ing the death of his father, while on­loan Bayern Mu­nich mid­fielder Re­nato Sanches could be omit­ted af­ter be­ing sub­sti­tuted at half-time at Chelsea.

Last five: Stoke WDDLL; Swansea LLLDL

Top scor­ers: Crouch (Stoke) 4; Abra­ham (Swansea) 5

Match odds: H 17-20; D 5-2; A 7-2

Ref­eree: Craig Paw­son

Wat­ford (8) v Tot­ten­ham (7), Vicarage Road, 3pm

Wat­ford will be with­out mid­fielder Will Hughes af­ter the for­mer Derby man suf­fered a ham­string in­jury in Tues­day’s de­feat to Manch­ester United. Miguel Bri­tos will also be miss­ing while Younes Kaboul (ham­string), Craig Cath­cart, Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Suc­cess (all knee) re­main side­lined. Harry Winks is avail­able for Tot­ten­ham hav­ing missed Tues­day’s de­feat to Leices­ter through ill­ness, while Erik Lamela is in con­tention again af­ter mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance in more than a year at the King Power Sta­dium. Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier could both re­turn on the flanks but Toby Alder­weireld (ham­string) and Vic­tor Wanyama (knee) re­main side­lined.

Last five: Wat­ford LLWWL; Tot­ten­ham LWLDL

Top scor­ers: Richarli­son (Wat­ford) 8; Kane (Tot­ten­ham) 16 Match odds: H 7-2; D 3-1; A 7-10 Ref­eree: Martin Atkin­son

West Brom (17) v Crys­tal Palace (20), The Hawthorns, 3pm

New West Brom boss Alan Pardew could be with­out Kieran Gibbs and Matt Phillips. Left-back Gibbs has a thigh prob­lem while winger Phillips is bat­tling a ham­string in­jury. Fel­low mid­field­ers Nacer Chadli (hip), James Mor­ri­son (Achilles) and Chris Brunt (calf) are all out. Palace boss Roy Hodg­son will hope to have the same pool of play­ers avail­able for the trip to the Hawthorns, though Scott Dann, Jef­frey Schlupp, Yo­han Cabaye and Luka Milivo­je­vic all sat out train­ing on Thurs­day. That does not mean all of them will miss the trip to the Black Coun­try, how­ever.

Last five: West Brom LLLDD; Crys­tal Palace DLDWD

Match odds: H 6-4; D 21-10; A 2110

Ref­eree: Michael Oliver

TO­MOR­ROW

Bournemouth (15) v Southamp­ton (11), Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium, 1.30pm (Sky Sports 1)

Bournemouth will make a late de­ci­sion on mid­fielder Ju­nior Stanis­las. De­fend­ers Brad Smith (hip) and Ty­rone Mings (back) are still out. Striker Shane Long will face a late fit­ness test for Southamp­ton af­ter sus­tain­ing a calf prob­lem. Cedric Soares will def­i­nitely miss out af­ter suf­fer­ing a ham­string prob­lem in Saints’ 2-1 loss at Manch­ester City on Wed­nes­day.

Last five: Bournemouth LWWDL; Southamp­ton DLLWL

Top scor­ers: Wil­son (Bournemouth) 4; Davis, Gab­bia­dini & Austin (Southamp­ton) 3

Match odds: H 9-5; D 11-5; A 1710

Ref­eree: Jon Moss

Manch­ester City (1) v West Ham (18), Eti­had Sta­dium, 4pm (Sky Sports 1)

City winger Leroy Sane is back af­ter ill­ness ruled him out of the mid­week win over Southamp­ton. De­fend­ers John Stones (ham­string) and Ben­jamin Mendy (knee) are City’s only ab­sen­tees. West Ham will hand a late fit­ness test to de­fender Win­ston Reid. The New Zealand cen­tre-back came off with an in­jury in Wed­nes­day’s 4-0 loss at Ever­ton and will be checked on Satur­day. On-loan keeper Joe Hart is in­el­i­gi­ble against his par­ent club so Spa­niard Adrian will deputise, while strik­ers Javier Her­nan­dez (ham­string) and Andy Car­roll (knee) re­main out, along with de­fend­ers Sam Byram (ham­string), James Collins and Jose Fonte (both an­kle).

Last five: Man City WWWWW; West Ham DLLDL

Top scor­ers: Ster­ling (Man City) 13; Ayew (West Ham) 5

Match odds: H 1-10; D 9-1; A 25-1

Ref­eree: Mike Dean (Wir­ral).

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