Pre­mier League team news

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Stoke v Le­ices­ter bet 365 STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 12.30PM

Stoke cap­tain Ryan Shawcross is an in­jury doubt for the visit of Le­ices­ter and Bruno Martins Indi is on hand to deputise. Le­ices­ter are wait­ing to see if left back Ben Chilwell will re­cover from a mi­nor knee knock in time. Robert Huth (knee) con­tin­ues to sit out while mid­fielder Matty James is also trou­bled by an Achilles prob­lem prob­lem ahead of Claude Puel’s sec­ond game in charge.

New­cas­tle v Bournemouth ST JAMES’ PARK, SATUR­DAY 3PM

As Amanda Stave­ley’s pro­posed take-over inches closer, New­cas­tle fans dream of Cham­pi­ons League nights. Mean­while, their team could do with beat­ing Bournemouth. With games against Hud­der­s­field, Swansea and Burn­ley on the hori­zon, Si­mon Fran­cis, Ed­die Howe’s cap­tain, has de­scribed Novem­ber as “a make or break month”.


Swansea will make a late call on whether striker Wil­fried Bony re­joins the squad af­ter his ham­string in­jury. Leon Brit­ton (ill­ness), Martin Ols­son (ham­string) and Re­nato Sanches (thigh) re­main out but should re­turn af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break. Brighton man­ager Chris Hughton has mid­fielder Beram Kayal (bro­ken leg) and striker Sam Bal­dock (calf) in con­tention to re­turn.

Tot­ten­ham v Crys­tal Palace WEM­B­LEY STA­DIUM, SUN­DAY NOON

Tot­ten­ham will be with­out Hugo Lloris and Toby Alder­weireld af­ter they sus­tained re­spec­tive groin and ham­string in­juries against Real Madrid on Wed­nes­day. Harry Kane came through the match un­scathed af­ter shak­ing off his own ham­string prob­lem. Ma­madou Sakho and James McArthur will both be in con­tention for Crys­tal Palace.

Chelsea v Man Utd STAM­FORD BRIDGE, SUN­DAY 4.30PM

Chelsea mid­fielder N’Golo Kante will be given every chance to re­turn from a ham­string in­jury and he could be joined by former Le­ices­ter team-mate Danny Drinkwa­ter, who could make his first Pre­mier League start for the club. Manch­ester United look set to be with­out Jesse Lin­gard af­ter he picked up a back prob­lem dur­ing Tues­day’s Cham­pi­ons League win over Ben­fica, where he was sub­sti­tuted at half-time.

Hud­der­s­field v West Brom JOHN SMITH’S STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Hud­der­s­field winger Ra­jiv van La Parra is avail­able af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a groin strain. West Brom mid­fielder Oliver Burke is fit af­ter a ham­string in­jury. The £15 mil­lion sum­mer buy has made just two ap­pear­ances this sea­son due to the per­sis­tent prob­lem. James Mor­ri­son has seen a spe­cial­ist in the Nether­lands as he con­tin­ues to bat­tle an Achilles is­sue and is not ex­pected to re­turn.

Southamp­ton v Burn­ley ST. MARY’S, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Burn­ley have lost just once on their trav­els this sea­son and will go level on points with Chelsea and Arse­nal if they win at St Mary’s. That might be eas­ier said than done, with spec­u­la­tion grow­ing that Sean Dy­che is set to de­part for Ever­ton. Chris Wood faces a late fit­ness test on his ham­string, while Steven De­four should be avail­able. For the hosts, Char­lie Austin has re­cov­ered from a knock.

West Ham v Liver­pool LON­DON STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 5.30PM

A fort­night on from that thump­ing by Tot­ten­ham, Liver­pool have a spring in their step again af­ter suc­ces­sive 3-0 home wins over Hud­der­s­field and Mari­bor. They won 4-0 at the Lon­don Sta­dium last sea­son and will back them­selves to over­come the ab­sence of Philippe Coutinho against Slaven Bilic’s strug­gling West Ham side who have been hit by an in­jury cri­sis in de­fence.

Man City v Arse­nal ETHIAD STA­DIUM, SUN­DAY 2.15PM

Manch­ester City cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany re­mains on the side­lines with a calf in­jury, but man­ager Pep Guardi­ola hopes to have him back in train­ing af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break. Arse­nal will hope Sead Ko­lasinac over­comes a hip in­jury af­ter he limped out of the win over Swansea. Alexis Sanchez, Me­sut Özil and Alexan­dre La­cazette are in line to re­turn for the game at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

Ever­ton v Wat­ford GOOD­I­SON PARK, SUN­DAY 4.30PM

De­fender Michael Keane is ex­pected to re­cover from a foot prob­lem but Ever­ton will be with­out Cuco Martina, who has been given the all-clear af­ter tak­ing a bang to the head and neck dur­ing Ever­ton’s Europa League loss to Lyon. Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka all re­turn to the squad af­ter be­ing rested in Europe. Wat­ford cap­tain Troy Deeney be­gins his three-match ban af­ter ad­mit­ting a charge of vi­o­lent con­duct.

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