Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: March 30 2014, 13:11 BST

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

Andy Carroll: West Ham head to Sunderland for the Monday Night Football
Andy Carroll: West Ham head to Sunderland for the Monday Night Football

Sunday March 30

Fulham v Everton

Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou will miss out with a knee injury, as will midfielder Scott Parker. Winger Ashkan Dejagah returns after recovering from a muscle issue, while Damien Duff is out for the rest of the season because of a knee problem.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka will travel with the squad after missing the last five matches with a hamstring injury. Although he was fit earlier in the week, manager Roberto Martinez chose to leave him out for the 3-0 victory at Newcastle. Midfielder Steven Pienaar continues to be absent with a knee cartilage problem.

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

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Steven Sidwell (Fulham) 7; Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 13

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Our verdict: Fulham 0 Everton 1

Liverpool v Tottenham

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could stick with an unchanged side from the team which beat Sunderland in midweek, with only defender Jose Enrique (knee) unavailable.

Emmanuel Adebayor is a doubt for Tottenham. The Togolese striker will have a gash on his heel assessed before the trip to Anfield, although head coach Tim Sherwood is hopeful he will be fit to be part of the squad. Kyle Walker continues to miss out with a groin complaint, while Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches remain absent, although the latter is set to play for the under-21s against Arsenal on Friday.

Last season: Liverpool 3 Tottenham 2, Tottenham 2 Liverpool 1

Last five league matches: Liverpool W W W W W; Tottenham L W L L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 28; Emmanuel Adebayor & Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) 11

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Our verdict: Liverpool 1 Tottenham 2

Monday March 31

Sunderland v West Ham

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini will return to the squad having been ineligible to play against parent club Liverpool on Wednesday night. Fellow frontman Steven Fletcher will be missing as he continues his wait to discover the extent of his ankle injury, while goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) is still out.

Defender James Collins was forced off early in West Ham's 2-1 win over Hull on Wednesday with a calf injury and both Winston Reid and Roger Johnson will be on standby to replace him at the Stadium of Light. Matt Jarvis (thigh) is unlikely to be fit in time to return, with Joey O'Brien (shoulder) and Marco Borriello (calf) also sidelined.

Last season: Sunderland 3 West Ham 0, West Ham 1 Sunderland 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 9; Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 7

Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Sunderland v West Ham


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