Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: February 9 2014, 16:08 GMT

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

Emmanuel Adebayor: Seeing plenty of action under Tim Sherwood
Emmanuel Adebayor: Seeing plenty of action under Tim Sherwood

Sunday, February 9

Tottenham v Everton

Andros Townsend is in line to make his first Tottenham appearance for seven weeks. The England winger suffered a hamstring injury against West Ham on December 15 and will return to the squad to face the Toffees. Mousa Dembele is available after missing last weekend's trip to Hull with a thigh problem, although Erik Lamela, Vlad Chiriches and Sandro are sidelined for the clash.

Forwards Gerard Deulofeu and Lacina Traore are both set for inclusion. Deulofeu has been sidelined since mid-December with a hamstring strain while a similar complaint has meant on-loan Traore has yet to be involved following his January loan move from Monaco. Defender Seamus Coleman is set to return to the starting line-up after being an unused substitute last weekend following recovery from injury but centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is not quite ready to come back from muscle fatigue.

Last season: Tottenham 2 Everton 2, Everton 2 Tottenham 1

Last five league matches: Spurs W W W L D; Everton D W D L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Jermain Defoe & Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) 10; Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 9

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Tottenham 1 Everton 1

Manchester United v Fulham

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, who will be leaving the club at the end of the season, returns from suspension. Defender Jonny Evans (calf) is out, but fellow centre-back Phil Jones is available even though he suffered concussion against Stoke last weekend. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out for one week due to a groin injury he suffered in training.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is hoping club-record signing Kostas Mitroglou may play some part, having been ineligible for Fulham's last two fixtures. Fellow new recruit Johnny Heitinga is more likely to feature while Lewis Holtby will return to the side after being cup-tied for the FA Cup replay defeat to Sheffield United.

Last season: Fulham 0 Man Utd 1, Man Utd 3 Fulham 2

Last five league matches: Man Utd L W L W L; Fulham W L L L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 12; Steve Sidwell (Fulham) 6

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Our verdict: Manchester United 5 Fulham 0

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