Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: February 2 2014, 14:42 GMT

Team news, statistics and our verdict for the rest of the weekend's action in the Barclays Premier League.

Man City host Chelsea in the Monday Night Football
Man City host Chelsea in the Monday Night Football

Sunday, February 2

West Brom v Liverpool (KO 1330)

West Brom will be without striker Nicolas Anelka when they face his former club Liverpool. The French veteran has had around seven stitches in a knee injury suffered in Wednesday's derby defeat by Aston Villa. Fellow forward Stephane Sessegnon (groin) is head coach Pepe Mel's only other absentee.

Joe Allen is set to return to Liverpool's squad after missing the last two games with a hamstring problem. The Reds still have defenders Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson plus midfielder Lucas Leiva all unavailable due to injury.

Last season: Liverpool 0 West Brom 2, West Brom 3 Liverpool 0

Last five league matches: West Brom D W L D L; Liverpool L W W D W

Top scorers: Saido Berahino (West Brom) 8; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 23

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Our verdict: West Brom 2 Liverpool 4

Arsenal v Crystal Palace (KO 1600 GMT)

Arsenal will be without Mathieu Flamini as the midfielder starts a three-match ban. Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky is available again following surgery on a broken nose, but Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (thigh) remain sidelined. Forward Yaya Sanogo (back) continues his rehabilitation, while Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott (both knee) are long-term absentees.

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will go straight into the Palace squad after joining on transfer deadline day from Wolves. Defender Jonny Parr will be assessed again after suffering concussion in the FA Cup loss at Wigan. Midfielders Jerome Thomas and Kagisho Dikgacoi (calf) are still recovering, while forward Glenn Murray (knee) remains out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Arsenal W W W W D; Crystal Palace L D L W W

Top scorers: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 14; Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) 5

Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 0

Monday, February 3

Manchester City v Chelsea

Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss out as he begins an anticipated month-long spell out. He joins playmaker Samir Nasri (knee) on the sidelines while midfielder Javi Garcia is also out with a knock. Midfielder James Milner could be back in contention after a groin problem.

Mohamed Salah could be included in Chelsea's squad after training his new team-mates on Friday for the first time since joining from Basle. Striker Fernando Torres (knee) remains out, while midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Last season: Man City 2 Chelsea 0, Chelsea 0 Man City 0

Last five league matches: Man City W W W W W; Chelsea W W W W D

Top scorers (all competitions): Sergio Aguero (Man City) 26; Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 11

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Our verdict: Will appear here


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