Lukaku in the mix to make derby re­turn

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(3pm un­less stated) Cardiff (19) v Brighton (12), Cardiff City Sta­dium, 12.30pm (Sky Sports)

Cardiff are with­out the sus­pended Harry Arter. Fel­low mid­fielder Joe Ralls is avail­able af­ter sus­pen­sion. Jazz Richards (ham­string) and Ken­neth Zo­hore (calf) have joined Nathaniel Men­dez-laing (knee) and Lee Peltier (shoul­der) on the side­lines, but striker Danny Ward is fit. Alireza Ja­han­bakhsh (ham­string) is a ma­jor doubt for Brighton. Mid­field­ers Pas­cal Gross and Davy Prop­per (both an­kle) re­main side­lined.

Last five: Cardiff LLWLL; Brighton LWWWL

Top scor­ers: Mur­phy & Pater­son (Cardiff) 2; Mur­ray (Brighton) 6

Match odds: H 31-20 A 2-1 D 2110

Ref­eree: Mar­tin Atkin­son

Hud­der­s­field (18) v West Ham (13), Kirklees Sta­dium

David Wag­ner is hop­ing to have a squad avail­able with mid­fielder Danny Wil­liams back in train­ing fol­low­ing a knee in­jury. West Ham have no fresh in­jury prob­lems.

Last five: Hud­der­s­field LDLLW; West Ham WLLDW

Top scor­ers: Billing, Jor­gensen, Schindler & Stankovic (Hud­der­s­field) 1; Ar­nau­tovic (West Ham) 5

Match odds: H 9-4 A 13-10 D 9-4

Ref­eree: Chris Ka­vanagh

Le­ices­ter (10) v Burn­ley (15), King Power Sta­dium

Harry Maguire and James Mad­di­son will be ab­sent for Le­ices­ter with knee in­juries. Burn­ley could be with­out Eng­land de­fender James Tarkowski (groin). Fel­low de­fender Ben Gib­son will be side­lined for a few more weeks but Jack Cork and Phil Bard­s­ley are fit to re­turn.

Last five: Le­ices­ter WLLDW; Burn­ley WDLLL

Top scor­ers: Mad­di­son & Vardy (Le­ices­ter) 3; Barnes & Wood (Burn­ley) 3

Match odds: H 52-100 A 11-2 D 16-5

Ref­eree: Mike Dean

New­cas­tle (17) v Bournemouth (6), St James’ Park (Sky Sports ROI)

New­cas­tle are likely to be with­out Ja­maal Las­celles (shoul­der), Jonjo Shelvey (mus­cu­lar prob­lem) and Yoshi­nori Muto (calf). Man­ager Rafael Ben­itez oth­er­wise has only de­fender Flo­rian Le­je­une on the long-term ca­su­alty list. Bournemouth will hand a late fit­ness test to Joshua King.

Last five: New­cas­tle LLLDW; Bournemouth WWDWL

Top scor­ers: Joselu (New­cas­tle) 2; Wil­son (Bournemouth) 7

Match odds: H 9-5 A 31-20 D 2310

Ref­eree: Lee Probert

Southamp­ton (16) v Wat­ford (8), St Mary’s

Southamp­ton de­fender Wes­ley Hoedt could miss out af­ter suf­fer­ing a foot in­fec­tion. Mid­fielder Mario Lem­ina is ex­pected to be avail­able. Wat­ford cap­tain Troy Deeney is set to make his come­back af­ter miss­ing three games due to a ham­string is­sue. Se­bas­tian Prodl (ham­string) and Daryl Jan­maat (knee) re­main side­lined, and Eti­enne Capoue is banned.

Last five: Southamp­ton LLDDL; Wat­ford LLWWL

Top scor­ers: Ings (Southamp­ton) 5; Pereyra (Wat­ford) 5

Match odds: H 31-20 A 15-8 D 9-4

Ref­eree: Si­mon Hooper

Crys­tal Palace (14) v Tot­ten­ham (4), Sel­hurst Park, 5.30pm (BT Sport 1)

Palace boss Roy Hodg­son re­full-strength ported no fresh in­jury con­cerns. Tot­ten­ham will be with­out Mousa Dem­bele (an­kle) and joins Danny Rose (groin) and Jan Ver­tonghen (ham­string) on the side­lines. Eric Dier (thigh) and Vic­tor Wanyama (knee) are fit while Hugo Lloris re­turns to the squad fol­low­ing his Cham­pi­ons League sus­pen­sion.

Last five: Crys­tal Palace LLLDL; Tot­ten­ham WWWLW

Top scor­ers: Townsend & Zaha (Crys­tal Palace) 3; Kane (Tot­ten­ham) 10

Match odds: H 18-5 A 78-100 D 13-5

Ref­eree: Jon Moss


Liver­pool (3) v Ful­ham (20), An­field, Noon (BT Sport 1) Liver­pool cap­tain Jor­dan Hen­der­son and fel­low mid­fielder Naby Keita are both avail­able af­ter ham­string in­juries, as well as Joe Gomez, who has been strug­gling with an Achilles is­sue re­cently. Xher­dan Shaqiri will also come into con­tention hav­ing been left at home for the Cham­pi­ons League trip to Red Star Bel­grade. Ful­ham are ex­pected to be with­out Kevin Mcdon­ald and Joe Bryan, who are both strug­gling with ham­string in­juries.

Last five: Liver­pool DDWWD; Ful­ham LLLLL Top scor­ers: Mane & Salah (Liver­pool) 7; Mitro­vic (Ful­ham) 5

Match odds: H 1-10 A 20-1 D 10-1

Ref­eree: Paul Tier­ney

Chelsea (2) v Ever­ton (9), Stam­ford Bridge, 2.15pm (Sky Sports 1)

Al­varo Mo­rata, Mar­cos Alonso, David Luiz, and An­to­nio Rudi­ger are ex­pected to start for Chelsea af­ter miss­ing the Europa League trip to face BATE Borisov and stayed in Lon­don. Ill­ness means Cesc Fabre­gas is a doubt for the Tof­fees game, while Ruben Lof­tusCheek may not fea­ture due to a back com­plaint. Ever­ton for­ward Richarli­son will be as­sessed pre­match. With on-loan de­fender Kurt Zouma in­el­i­gi­ble, there could be a first Tof­fees start for sum­mer sign­ing Yerry Mina. Phil Jagielka and James Mccarthy are avail­able.

Last five: Chelsea DWDWW; Ever­ton WWWLW

Top scor­ers: Haz­ard (Chelsea) 8; Richarli­son & Sig­urds­son (Ever­ton) 6

Match odds: H 4-9 A 11-2 D 4-1

Ref­eree: Kevin Friend

Manch­ester City (1) v Manch­ester United (7), Eti­had Sta­dium, 4.30pm (Sky Sports 1) Manch­ester City cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany and full-back Ben­jamin Mendy are back in con­tention af­ter be­ing left out for the mid­week vic­tory over Shakhtar Donetsk. Kevin De Bruyne (knee) and Clau­dio Bravo (Achilles) are City’s only ma­jor ab­sen­tees. Romelu Lukaku could re­turn to ac­tion for United af­ter a ham­string com­plaint. Cap­tain An­to­nio Va­len­cia is back in con­tention for se­lec­tion.

Last five: Man City WDWWW; Man Utd LWDWW

Top scor­ers: Aguero (Man City) 10; Mar­tial (Man Utd) 6

Match odds: H 2-5 A 6-1 D 4-1

Ref­eree: An­thony Tay­lor

Arse­nal (5) v Wolves (11), Emi­rates Sta­dium, 4.30pm Arse­nal will be with­out Danny Wel­beck and Stephan Licht­steiner af­ter both were forced off in­jured in Thurs­day’s Europa League draw with Sport­ing. Wel­beck (an­kle) is ex­pected to be side­lined for some time. Mo­hamed El­neny (thigh) and Kon­stanti­nos Mavropanos (groin) are still miss­ing, while Mat­teo Guen­douzi is avail­able af­ter a one­match ban. Diogo Jota could re­turn for Wolves af­ter shak­ing off a ham­string in­jury.

Last five: Arse­nal WWWDD; Wolves WWLLL

Top scor­ers: Aubameyang (Arse­nal) 9; Jimenez (Wolves) 3

Match odds: H 8-13 A 19-5 D 10-3

Ref­eree: Stu­art At­twell

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