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SATURDAY'S GAMES

ChelseaChelsea
Aston VillaAston Villa
2
0
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PREDICTION: A 2-1 win for Chelsea
FANTASY PICK: Diego Costa
KEY STAT: Aston Villa have lost four Premier League games in a row by a one-goal margin. No side has ever done this in five consecutive matches.

- CHELSEA

Striker Diego Costa is available, but right-back Branislav Ivanovic is out. Costa has completed a three-match ban for violent conduct, but Ivanovic suffered a hamstring injury on duty with Serbia and faces around three weeks out, joining goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) in the treatment room.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Ramires, Kurt Zouma and 19-year-old Ola Aina are options for right-back, while midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek could also start.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Rahman, Ramires, Oscar, Falcao, Hazard, Mikel, Traore, Djilobodji, Kenedy, Pedro, Costa, Remy, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Blackman, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Collins, Aina.

- ASTON VILLA

Gabby Agbonlahor continues to be sidelined with a calf injury. The forward has been out since last month, but winger Adama Traore (ankle) is available after three weeks in the treatment room.

Midfielder Jack Grealish has regained match fitness during the international break, but defenders Jores Okore (knee) and Ciaran Clark (thigh) remain on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Bunn, Hutton, Bacuna, Richards, Lescott, Crespo, Amavi, Richardson, Gil, Grealish, Westwood, Gana, Veretout, Sinclair, Gardner, Sanchez, N'Zogbia, Cole, Traore, Gestede, Ayew, Kozak.

Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace
West Ham UnitedWest Ham United
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3
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PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Dimitri Payet
KEY STAT: West Ham have the best shot conversion rate in the top-flight this season (23 percent).

- CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has been boosted by the return from injury of several first-team players. Midfielders Mile Jedinak, Lee Chung-yong and Jordon Mutch, and defender Damien Delaney, are all fully fit following the international break.

Pardew is, however, still without strikers Connor Wickham (calf) and Marouane Chamakh (hamstring), and defender Joel Ward (knee).

Provisional squad: McCarthy, Hennessey, Speroni, Bamford, Bolasie, Cabaye, Campbell, Dann, Delaney, Gayle, Hangeland, Jedinak, Kelly, Ledley, Lee, Mariappa, McArthur, Mutch, Puncheon, Sako, Souare, Zaha.

- WEST HAM UNITED

West Ham can welcome back Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Angelo Ogbonna. Carroll has recovered from the knock that kept him out of the draw at Sunderland a fortnight ago, fellow forward Valencia is over the knee injury he suffered on Europa League duty in July -- although he is short of match fitness -- and centre-half Ogbonna is fit after a hamstring problem.

Defenders Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell hope to shake off minor niggles, but midfielder Alex Song (ankle) is three weeks away from returning.

Provisional squad: Adrian, Randolph, Tomkins, Collins, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell, Hendrie, Jenkinson, Oxford, Noble, Obiang, Kouyate, Cullen, Payet, Antonio, Moses, Lanzini, Zarate, Sakho, Valencia, Carroll, Jelavic.

EvertonEverton
Manchester UnitedManchester United
0
3
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PREDICTION: A 2-2 draw
FANTASY PICK: Romelu Lukaku
KEY STAT: Wayne Rooney has not scored an away PL goal since last November (17 games without one) and has not scored at Goodison Park since April 2007 (six games).

- EVERTON

Key defensive duo John Stones and Seamus Coleman are set to make their Everton returns.

Stones missed two club games as well as England's recent internationals because of a knee problem, while Coleman played for Republic of Ireland on Sunday following a hamstring complaint. Midfielders Tom Cleverley (leg) and Steven Pienaar (hamstring) are also in contention, and Kevin Mirallas has completed a three-match ban following his red card against Swansea last month.

Provisional squad: Howard, Robles, Jagielka, Stones, Funes Mori, Coleman, Browning, Galloway, Oviedo, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Gibson, Osman, Cleverley, Pienaar, Lennon, McGeady, Naismith, Deulofeu, Rodriguez, Kone, Lukaku, Mirallas.

- MANCHESTER UNITED

Captain Wayne Rooney has overcome an ankle injury and is fit to play. Michael Carrick is fit after recovering from a groin problem and fellow midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is available even though he suffered an injury in the warm-up for Germany's match against Republic of Ireland.

Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo stayed behind at Carrington during the recent international break and they are ready to feature, but defender Paddy McNair is out for a month due to liver damage.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Blind, Rojo, Smalling, Jones, Darmian, Valencia, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Carrick, Herrera, Pereira, Fellaini, Mata, Depay, Young, Rooney, Martial, Wilson.

Manchester CityManchester City
AFC BournemouthAFC Bournemouth
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1
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PREDICTION: A 2-0 win for Manchester City
FANTASY PICK: Kevin De Bruyne
KEY STAT: Manuel Pellegrini's side have scored in all but one of their last 24 league games, including each of the last 17.

- MANCHESTER CITY

 Manchester City have lost a trio of key players. Striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) faces at least a month out while left-back Aleksandar Kolarov (leg) and playmaker David Silva (ankle) will be sidelined for a fortnight after a costly international break.

Captain Vincent Kompany (calf) is available again but the club's other left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) and midfielder Fabian Delph (hamstring) are still out.

Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Mangala, Otamendi, Maffeo, Toure, Fernandinho, Fernando, De Bruyne, Sterling, Navas, Nasri, Bony, Iheanacho, Roberts, Garcia, Evans, Barker.

- BOURNEMOUTH

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will continue to juggle his team's injury problems. Following surgery on an ankle injury, captain Tommy Elphick became the latest absentee and will remain unavailable for at least the coming eight weeks.

Defender Tyrone Mings, forward Callum Wilson and winger Max Gradel are also all injured, and likely for the entire season, and while midfielder Harry Arter is nearing a first-team return, Saturday is expected to come too soon for him.

Provisional squad: Boruc, Federici, Francis, Cook, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Rantie, Daniels, Smith, MacDonald, King, Kermorgant, Stanislas, Atsu, Allsop, Tomlin, Distin, Ritchie, O'Kane, Bennett, Murray.

SouthamptonSouthampton
Leicester CityLeicester City
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2
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PREDICTION: A 2-2 draw
FANTASY PICK: Jamie Vardy
KEY STAT: Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances, including in each of his last five matches in the competition.

- SOUTHAMPTON

Southampton will be without Shane Long after the forward injured ankle ligaments while on international duty with Republic of Ireland.

Midfielder Jordy Clasie, however, seems in line for his Premier League debut, having been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury in July's Europa League victory over Vitesse Arnhem, although manager Ronald Koeman may not risk him from the start.

Koeman's only other absentees are long-term injury victims -- goalkeeper Fraser Forster and defender Florin Gardos.

Provisional squad: Stekelenburg, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Soares, Yoshida, Clasie, Fonte, Bertrand, S Davis, Isgrove, Caulker, Jimenez, Mane, Martina, Pelle, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Tadic, Van Dijk, Romeu, Wanyama.

- LEICESTER CITY

Nathan Dyer could return for Leicester after recovering from a knee injury. The on-loan Swansea winger has not played since suffering the injury while scoring the winner in the 3-2 victory against Aston Villa last month, but is now fit again.

Boss Claudio Ranieri will assess Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp after their return from international duty with Algeria and Ghana respectively, but they are expected to feature, while Ranieri has no other injury worries after the international break.

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Simpson, De Laet, Morgan, Huth, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Benalouane, Schlupp, Albrighton, Drinkwater, King, Dyer, Hammond, Inler, Mahrez, Kante, Vardy, Kramaric, Ulloa, Okazaki, Dodoo.

West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion
SunderlandSunderland
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0
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PREDICTION: A 1-0 win for Sunderland
FANTASY PICK: Jermain Defoe
KEY STAT: The last three permanent Sunderland managers have all started with an away defeat.

- WEST BROMWICH ALBION

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has concerns over four key players. Jonny Evans, James Morrison, Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon are all doubts, with the quartet each rated a 50-50 chance to be fit.

Evans is still struggling with the groin strain he suffered against Crystal Palace prior to the international break while Morrison has an ankle injury and Berahino has picked up a knock in training. Rondon did not arrive back in England until late this week after featuring in Venezuela's two World Cup qualifying games.

Provisional squad: Myhill, Lindegaard, Rose, Gamboa, Chester, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, Brunt, Pocognoli, Gardner, Yacob, Morrison, McManaman, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Gnabry, Berahino, Anichebe, Lambert, Rondon.

- SUNDERLAND

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will be without suspended duo Jeremain Lens and Sebastian Coates for his first game in charge.

Midfielder Lens was sent off for two bookable offences and defender Coates collected his fifth caution of the season in the 2-2 draw with West Ham before the international break, and both will serve one-match bans. However, Allardyce is likely to have defenders Younes Kaboul (knee) and Adam Matthews (ankle), and midfielders Yann M'Vila (hamstring) and Ola Toivonen (groin) available.

Provisional squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Jones, Van Aanholt, Yedlin, Matthews, O'Shea, Kaboul, Brown, Cattermole, M'Vila, Rodwell, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Toivonen, Borini, Defoe, Fletcher, Watmore.

WatfordWatford
ArsenalArsenal
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3
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PREDICTION: A 2-0 win for Arsenal
FANTASY PICK: Theo Walcott
KEY STAT: Watford have only conceded three goals in their last six top-flight matches at Vicarage Road.

- WATFORD

Watford winger Ikechi Anya, midfielder Valon Behrami and defender Allan Nyom are all in line to feature. Anya (calf), Behrami (calf) and Nyom (knee) did not play during the international break but Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores expects the trio to be fit.

Flores added that playmaker Jurado, who missed the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth, will return to training in 10 days, but defensive duo Joel Ekstrand (knee) and Tommie Hoban (knee) remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Provisional squad: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Paredes, Britos, Holebas, Capoue, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney, Guedioura, Anya, Angella, Vydra, Layun, Arlauskis, Gilmartin, Berghuis, Pudil, Behrami, Abdi, Ake, Oulare, Diamanti.

- ARSENAL

Arsenal will check on the fitness of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez (hip) following his return from international duty. Centre-half Laurent Koscielny is close to a return from a hamstring problem and faces a fitness test, while midfielder Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) and captain Mikel Arteta (dead leg) are both expected to be available for selection.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere (fibula), forward Danny Welbeck and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (both knee) continue their rehabilitation.

Provisional squad: Cech, Monreal, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott, Ospina, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Campbell, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Arteta, Flamini.

SUNDAY'S GAME

Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United
Norwich CityNorwich City
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2
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PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Wes Hoolahan
KEY STAT: David Silva (6) is the only player with more Premier League assists this season than Wes Hoolahan (5).

- NEWCASTLE UNITED

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has received a fitness boost despite losing goalkeeper Tim Krul for the rest of the season.

Defenders Daryl Janmaat and Massadio Haidara (both knee) and Paul Dummett (hamstring), as well as midfielder Jack Colback (hamstring), have returned to training and are in contention as the Magpies attempt to secure their first league win of the season at the ninth attempt.

However, keepers Krul (cruciate ligament) and Karl Darlow (ankle), defenders Steven Taylor and Kevin Mbabu (both hamstring), midfielders Rolando Aarons (calf) and Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Elliot, Woodman, Janmaat, Haidara, Dummett, Coloccini, Mbemba, Lascelles, Williamson, Colback, Anita, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Thauvin, De Jong, Gouffran, Marveaux, Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez, Toney.

- NORWICH CITY

Norwich expect to have playmaker Wes Hoolahan available after shrugging off a heel problem while on international duty with Republic of Ireland.

Striker Gary Hooper has stepped up his rehabilitation from an ankle injury, but is unlikely to feature this weekend. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has also returned to training this week following recovery from a fractured metatarsal, but will not be rushed into action.

Provisional squad: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Martin, Brady, Jarvis, Dorrans, Howson, Tettey, Hoolahan, Mbokani, Rudd, Jerome, Lafferty, Redmond, O'Neil, R Bennett, Olsson.

MONDAY'S GAME

Swansea CitySwansea City
Stoke CityStoke City
0
1
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PREDICTION: A 0-0 draw
FANTASY PICK: Andre Ayew
KEY STAT: Stoke have only won one of their last 18 league visits to Swansea (D5 L12), keeping only two clean sheets in that run.

- SWANSEA CITY

Andre Ayew is set to overcome a knee problem. The wideman took a bang to the knee in Swansea's last game -- against Tottenham two weeks ago -- and withdrew from the Ghana squad for their friendly against Canada last week.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is also expected to play after carrying a knee injury and right-back Kyle Naughton is available again after missing the 2-2 draw with Spurs to attend the birth of his daughter.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Montero, Ayew, Sigurdsson, Gomis, Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Amat, Tabanou, Ki, Britton, Routledge, Emnes, Barrow, Eder, Grimes.

- STOKE CITY

Stoke striker Mame Diouf will not be involved, having been granted compassionate leave following the death of his mother. Defender Marc Wilson is fit to make his comeback after missing two games with a calf problem and winger Xherdan Shaqiri should also be available having overcome his thigh complaint, but goalkeeper Shay Given (knee) is set to miss out.

Ryan Shawcross continues to make good progress in his recovery from back surgery, but manager Mark Hughes has stressed the club captain is still around two weeks away from making his first-team return.

Provisional squad: Butland, Haugaard, Cameron, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Wilson, Pieters, Johnson, Bardsley, Whelan, Adam, Van Ginkel, Ireland, Sidwell, Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Walters, Crouch, Joselu, Odemwingie.


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