Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: November 17 2012, 13:40 GMT

Team news and statistics for the weekend's remaining action in the Barcays Premier League.

Kieran Richardson: Won't feature for Fulham

Sunday, November 18

Fulham (9) v Sunderland (16)

Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson must watch from the sidelines because of a hamstring injury. He is joined by fellow midfielders Simon Davies (hip) and Chris Baird (suspension) who also miss out, while Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Mickael Tavares (hamstring) are big doubts.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill faces late decisions over several players.

Scotland striker Steven Fletcher (calf) and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (thigh) missed their respective international matches in midweek, with 18-year-old Jordan Pickford on standby to provide the back-up to Simon Mignolet in goal. Full-back Phil Bardsley (hamstring) and midfielder Lee Cattermole (knee) are also doubts.

Last season: Fulham 2 Sunderland 1, Sunderland 0 Fulham 0

Last five league matches: Fulham D W D D D; Sunderland L D D L L

Top scorers: Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 5; Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) 5

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Monday, November 19

West Ham (6) v Stoke (12)

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will decide whether to bring James Collins back into his defence. Collins was a substitute for the win at Newcastle last week but could return to the starting line-up in place of James Tomkins, with full-back Guy Demel also pushing for a start.

Matthew Taylor has returned to training following a calf problem but Jack Collison (knee) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) are out.

Stoke are monitoring Glenn Whelan's fitness after the midfielder limped off in the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Greece on Wednesday with a hamstring complaint.

Midfielders Dean Whitehead (suspension) and Rory Delap (hernia) and defender Marc Wilson (broken leg) are ruled out, and striker Michael Owen (hamstring) almost certainly is, but forward Jon Walters and midfielder Charlie Adam could play despite picking up knocks.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: West Ham L W L D W; Stoke D L D L W

Top scorers: Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 5; Peter Crouch (Stoke) 5

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

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