De­fen­sive headaches for Emery

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TO­DAY

(3pm un­less stated) Bournemouth (6) v Man Utd (8), Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium, 12.30pm (Sky Sports 1)

Bournemouth cap­tain Simon Fran­cis is a doubt with a slight groin prob­lem. Joshua King has missed the last two games with an an­kle injury and will not be ready to re­turn against his for­mer club. An­to­nio Va­len­cia (knee), Marouane Fel­laini and Diogo Dalot re­main ab­sent for United. Jesse Lin­gard and Alexis Sanchez are back to full fit­ness.

Last five: Bournemouth LWWDW; Man Utd DLWDW

Top scor­ers: Wil­son (Bournemouth) 6; Mar­tial & Pogba (Man Utd) 5

Match odds: H 13-5; D 14-5; A 1920

Referee: Paul Tier­ney

Cardiff (17) v Le­ices­ter (12), Cardiff City Sta­dium

Cardiff wel­come back Harry Arter af­ter an an­kle injury. Jazz Richards is out with a knock picked up in train­ing. Joe Ralls com­pletes a three-match ban as Le­ices­ter re­turn to ac­tion for the first time since the death of owner Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha and four oth­ers in a he­li­copter crash last week­end. Daniel Amartey will miss the trip af­ter he suf­fered a se­ri­ous an­kle injury dur­ing the home draw with West Ham last week­end. Cap­tain Wes Mor­gan is avail­able again af­ter serv­ing a ban.

Last five: Cardiff LLLWL; Le­ices­ter WWLLD

Top scor­ers: Mur­phy & Pater­son (Cardiff) 2; Vardy & Mad­di­son (Le­ices­ter) 3

Match odds: H 5-2; D 23-10; A 2320

Referee: Lee Probert

Ever­ton (9) v Brighton (11), Good­i­son Park

Ever­ton de­fend­ers Phil Jagielka and Jon­joe Kenny will both miss out with mi­nor in­juries. Winger Ade­mola Look­man is push­ing for his first Pre­mier League start of the sea­son. Brighton re­main with­out Davy Prop­per and Pas­cal Gross. The club are con­fi­dent both will be avail­able af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break.

Last five: Ever­ton LWWWL; Brighton LLWWW

Top scor­ers: Sig­urds­son (Ever­ton) 6; Mur­ray (Brighton) 6

Match odds: H 13-20; D 14-5; A 92

Referee: David Coote New­cas­tle (19) v Wat­ford (7), St James’ Park

New­cas­tle de­fender Ciaran Clark will miss out with a bug. Fel­low de­fender Flo­rian Le­je­une (cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment) re­mains the only se­nior ca­su­alty.

Nathaniel Chalobah is set to re­turn to the Wat­ford squad from a mi­nor knee prob­lem.

Forward Troy Deeney (ham­string) re­mains a doubt while de­fend­ers Se­bas­tian Prodl (leg) and Daryl Jan­maat (knee) are also still side­lined, along with mid­fielder Tom Clev­er­ley (Achilles).

Last five: New­cas­tle DLLLD; Wat­ford DLLWW

Top scor­ers: Joselu (New­cas­tle) 2; Pereyra (Wat­ford) 5

Match odds: H 13-8; D 11-5; A 9-5

Referee: Craig Paw­son

West Ham (13) v Burn­ley (15), London Sta­dium

West Ham re­main with­out sus­pended skip­per Mark Noble and will give left-back Aaron Cress­well a late fit­ness test on a groin prob­lem. Jack Wil­shere and Andy Car­roll (both an­kle) are due back af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break. Aaron Len­non is avail­able for Burn­ley while Jack Cork faces a late fit­ness test. De­fender Ben Gibson (her­nia), Stephen Ward (knee) and goal­keeper Nick Pope (shoul­der) are out.

Last five: West Ham DWLLD; Burn­ley WWDLL

Top scor­ers: Ar­nau­tovic (West Ham) 4; Barnes (Burn­ley) 3

Match odds: H 5-6; D 5-2; A 18-5

Referee: Roger East

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

Unai Emery could be un­able to call upon a host of de­fend­ers. Hec­tor Bel­lerin (thigh) is be­ing as­sessed along­side fel­low full-backs Na­cho Mon­real and Sead Ko­lasinac (both ham­string) and Sokratis Pa­pas­tathopou­los (an­kle).

Mat­teo Guen­douzi is sus­pended and Mo­hamed El­neny (thigh) is also miss­ing.

Liver­pool mid­field­ers Naby Keita and Jor­dan Henderson will not be avail­able. Andy Robert­son is set to re­turn at left-back af­ter be­ing rested last week­end.

Last five: Arse­nal WWWWD; Liver­pool WDDWW

Top scor­ers: Aubameyang (Arse­nal) 9; Mane & Salah (Liver­pool) 7

Match odds: H 9-4; D 11-4; A 1110

Referee: An­dre Mar­riner

Wolves (10) v Tot­ten­ham (5), Mo­lineux, 7.45pm (Sky Sports) Diogo Jota is side­lined for Wolves due to a mi­nor prob­lem, al­though boss Nuno Espir­ito Santo re­fused to re­veal the ex­act is­sue. Tot­ten­ham will be with­out Eric Dier and Danny Rose. The Eng­land pair have re­spec­tive thigh and groin in­juries.

Vic­tor Wanyama (knee) and Jan Ver­tonghen (ham­string) con­tinue to miss out.

Last five: Wolves DWWLL; Tot­ten­ham WWWWL

Top scor­ers: Jimenez (Wolves) 2; Kane (Tot­ten­ham) 7

Match odds: H 9-4; D 5-2; A 6-5

Referee: Mike Dean

TO­MOR­ROW

Man City (1) v Southamp­ton (16), Eti­had Sta­dium Cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City are with­out mid­fielder Kevin De Bruyne. The Bel­gium play­maker suf­fered knee lig­a­ment dam­age in Thurs­day’s Carabao Cup win over Ful­ham and could be out for up to six weeks.

De­fender Nicolas Ota­mendi is out with a ten­don prob­lem but mid­fielder Ilkay Gun­do­gan is close to re­turn­ing af­ter a ham­string injury. Southamp­ton ex­pect to have Pierre-emile Ho­jb­jerg avail­able. Saints boss Mark Hughes oth­er­wise re­ported no fresh injury prob­lems.

Last five: Man City WWDWW; Southamp­ton LLLDD

Top scor­ers: Aguero (Man City) 9; Ings (Southamp­ton) 4

Match odds: H 1-9; D 9-1; A 20-1

Referee: Lee Ma­son Chelsea (3) v Crys­tal Palace (14), Stam­ford Bridge, 4pm (Sky Sports)

Eden Haz­ard should be fit to play some part de­spite a back injury. Crys­tal Palace have James Mcarthur, Wil­fried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouy­ate avail­able fol­low­ing knocks but Con­nor Wick­ham is ruled out with a thigh strain, the same injury that means Joel Ward also misses out. Chris­tian Ben­teke is con­tin­u­ing his re­cov­ery from knee surgery.

Last five: Chelsea DDWDW; Crys­tal Palace DLLLD

Top scor­ers: Haz­ard (Chelsea) 8; Zaha (Crys­tal Palace) 3

Match odds: H 27-100; D 5-1; A 91

Referee: Michael Oliver

MON­DAY Hud­der­s­field (20) v Ful­ham (18), Kirklees Sta­dium, 8pm (Sky Sports 1)

Ter­ence Kon­golo is among the play­ers who could re­turn to ac­tion for Hud­der­s­field. Ful­ham’s Kevin Mcdon­ald is back in con­tention. Joe Bryan re­mains un­avail­able be­cause of a ham­string injury.

Last five: Hud­der­s­field LLDLL; Ful­ham DLLLL

Top scor­ers: Hud­der­s­field, sev­eral on 1; Mitro­vic (Ful­ham) 5

Match odds: H 13-10; D 23-10; A 11-5

Referee: An­thony Tay­lor

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