EPL Preview – Sept 21 2013


Norwich Vs Aston Villa | Kick off: 12:45

Venue: Carrow Road | Date: Saturday, 21 September

Norwich could give a debut to summer signing Gary Hooper, who has recovered from a shin problem.

However, the Canaries remain without Elliott Bennett and Ryan Bennett, both of whom are sidelined by knee injuries.

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark is expected to start in place of Jores Okore, who could miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

Nathan Baker has recovered from the ankle problem he sustained in the opening-day win at Arsenal.

Liverpool Vs Southampton | Kick off: 15:00

Venue: Anfield | Date: Saturday, 21 September

Liverpool’s Daniel Agger is expected to return after missing Monday’s draw at Swansea with a side strain.

Philippe Coutinho is out for several weeks after shoulder surgery so the likes of Iago Aspas and Raheem Sterling will be pushing for a recall.

Southampton left-back Luke Shaw has overcome the knock that forced him to limp off in the draw with West Ham.

But fellow left-back Danny Fox remains a doubt with an ankle complaint and Tadanari Lee may also miss out.

Newcastle Vs Hull | Kick off: 15:00

Venue: St James’ Park | Date: Saturday, 21 September

Newcastle are without Steven Taylor, who damaged a hamstring in training.

Shola Ameobi is out with an injury picked up on international duty with Nigeria, while Jonas Gutierrez remains out with a hamstring problem.

Hull captain Robert Koren has broken a bone in his right foot and faces up to eight weeks out, while Maynor Figueroa has been granted compassionate leave.

Paul McShane is out with a hamstring injury, but striker Yannick Sagbo returns from suspension.

West Brom Vs Sunderland | Kick off: 15:00

Venue: The Hawthorns | Date: Saturday, 21 September

West Brom’s Stephane Sessegnon could make his debut against his former club after receiving a work permit.

Forwards Shane Long and Matej Vydra are doubts with respective knee and hamstring problems.

Sunderland captain John O’Shea is back from suspension, while fit-again midfielder Lee Cattermole could feature for the first time this season.

Emanuele Giaccherini has recovered from a hamstring problem but Wes Brown is ruled out by a calf injury.

West Ham Vs Everton | Kick off: 15:00

Venue: Upton Park | Date: Saturday, 21 September

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce remains short of attacking options for the visit of Everton, with Andy Carroll, Mladen Petric, Joe Cole and Stewart Downing all unavailable.

George McCartney and Alou Diarra are sidelined with knee injuries.

Everton loan signing Romelu Lukaku is likely to make his debut, and fellow striker Arouna Kone has overcome a knee injury.

Darron Gibson is also fit, but Steven Pienaar (hamstring) is a doubt.

Chelsea Vs Fulham | Kick off: 17:30

Venue: Stamford Bridge | Date: Saturday, 21 September

Chelsea captain John Terry is likely to return after being rested in midweek.

Ramires sat out Wednesday’s defeat by Basel through suspension but is available for domestic action, while Juan Mata will hope to earn a recall.

Darren Bent is fit for Fulham but fellow forward Dimitar Berbatov will have a fitness test on a hamstring problem.

Bryan Ruiz’s ankle injury means he joins Aaron Hughes, Matthew Briggs and Maarten Stekelenburg on the sidelines.

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