Premier League Match Day Preview and Team News
Manchester United v Southampton: match preview
Whatever José Mourinho says about not having enough money – a £261m spend, anyone? – the bottom line is Manchester United are 15 points behind rivals Manchester City after 20 games. It means the title is all but over and so the manager’s job is to ensure United finish second. At the moment they are a point ahead of Chelsea so victory over Southampton is essential.
Kick-off: Saturday 5.30pm. Venue: Old Trafford. Last season: Man Utd 2 Southampton 0
Referee: Craig Pawson. This season: G15, Y55, R4, 3.93 cards per game
Odds H 2-5 A 9-1 D 9-2
Subs from J Pereira, Romero, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, McTominay, Mitchell, Blind, Shaw, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan, Herrera. Doubtful: Darmian (match fitness), Martial (knee), Smalling (groin) Injured: Fellaini (knee, 15 Jan), Carrick (heart, Feb), Bailly (groin, Mar), Valenica (hamstring, unknown) Suspended: None Form: WLWWDD Discipline: Y34 R1 Leading scorer: Lukaku 10
Subs from McCarthy, Taylor, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Long, McQueen, Pied, Bednarek, Gardos, Sims, Hesketh. Doubtful: None. Injured: Bertrand (thigh, 2 Jan), Soares (ankle, 13 Jan). Suspended: Austin (second of three). Form: DDLLDL. Discipline: Y23 R0. Leading scorer: Austin 6.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City: match preview
It is hard to predict anything other than Manchester City celebrating a 19th consecutive victory. The runaway leaders have won six of their past seven games at Selhurst Park in all competitions and will confront a depleted Crystal Palace side with Roy Hodgson sure to rest players before Tuesday’s trip to Southampton. Quite why that fixture could not have been moved back a day remains a mystery, but bBe braced for Hodgson’s pragmatism to prompt another round of knee-jerk accusations that the Premier League is becoming increasingly uncompetitive.
Kick-off: Sunday noon Venue: Selhurst Park Last season: Crystal Palace 1 Man City 2
Referee: Jonathan Moss This season: G14, Y48, R2, 3.57 cards per game
Odds: H 12-1 A 3-10 D 11-2
Subs from: Hennessey, Henry, Kelly, Delaney, Schlupp, Souaré, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Zaha, Mutch, Lee, Benteke, Kaikai, Lokilo, Ladapo Doubtful: Cabaye (ankle), Loftus-Cheek, Zaha (both match fitness) Injured: Sakho (calf, Jan), Ward (calf, Jan), Wickham (knee, May) Suspended: None Form: DDWWDL Discipline: Y39 R0 Leading scorer: Zaha 4
Subs from: Bravo, Touré, Adarabioyo, Díaz, B Silva, Danilo, Jesus, Gündogan, Mangala Doubtful: None
Injured: Stones (hamstring, 2 Jan), Mendy (knee, Apr), Foden (ankle, unknown) Suspended: None
Form: WWWWWW Discipline: Y31 R2 Leading scorer: Agüero 12
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal: match preview
West Bromwich Albion know how to beat Arsenal. Fire as many balls into the box as often as possible from wide areas, set pieces, goal kicks and throw-ins. Why not even punt it in from kick-off? Arsène Wenger’s lamentable defence has no answer for such tactics at present and concede more than two goals on average in the league when they are breached. Fortunately Wenger still has Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez to bail him out of trouble.
Kick-off Sunday 4.30pm Venue The Hawthorns Last season West Brom 3 Arsenal Referee Mike Dean
This season G13, Y47, R1, 3.69 cards per game Odds H 4-1 A 13-16 D 3-1
West Bromwich Albion
Subs from Myhill, McAuley, Field, Phillips, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Krychowiak, Burke, McClean, Nyom Doubtful Rondón (hamstring) Injured Chadli (hip, Mar) Suspended None Form DLDLLD Discipline Y41 R1 Leading scorer Rondón 3
Subs from Ospina, Macey, Iliev, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Nelson, Akpom, Welbeck Doubtful None Injured Ramsey (hamstring, 7 Jan), Monreal (ankle, 10 Jan), Giroud (hamstring, 15 Jan), Cazorla (achilles, unknown) Suspended None Form LDDWDW Discipline Y28 R0 Leading scorer Lacazette 8
Chelsea v Stoke City: match preview
Stoke City, with a solitary away win to their name all season, travel to Stamford Bridge severely depleted defensively in the absence of Kurt Zouma, Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi. The Premier League champions are 16 points behind Manchester City and their domestic season is now a sprint towards Champions League qualification. Antonio Conte’s slightly rejigged team are seeking a 10th win in 13 matches and an eighth in succession at home. Momentum must be maintained before next week’s visit to Arsenal.
Kick-off Saturday 3pm Venue Stamford Bridge Last season Chelsea 4 Stoke City 2
Referee Kevin Friend This season G10, Y24, R0, 2.4 cards per game Odds H 1-5 A 19-1 D 7-1
Subs from Caballero, Eduardo, Scott, David Luiz, Rudiger, Clarke-Salter, Moses, Musonda, Drinkwater, Ampadu, Sterling, Kenedy, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi Doubtful Christensen (ill), David Luiz (match fitness), Musonda (groin) Injured None Suspended None Form WLWWDW Discipline Y22 R3 Leading scorer Morata 10
Subs from Grant, Haugaard, Afellay, Berahino, Afellay, Adam, Diouf, Tymon Doubtful None Injured Martins Indi (groin, 15 Jan), Shawcross (calf, 15 Jan), Ireland (leg, unknown), Johnson (knee, unknown) Suspended None Unavailable Zouma (terms of loan) Form WLLLWD Discipline Y23 R0 Leading scorers Choupo-Moting, Diouf, Shaqiri 4