Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: August 30 2014, 14:08 BST

Team news, statistics and match verdicts ahead of the rest of the weekend's action in the Barclays Premier League.

Balotelli: Could be in line for a Liverpool debut
Balotelli: Could be in line for a Liverpool debut

Sunday, August 31

Aston Villa (7) v Hull (6)

Ron Vlaar (knee) and Aly Cissokho (ankle) will return for Villa after the decision was taken not to risk them in Wednesday's 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Leyton Orient. Jores Okore (knee) is also sidelined although he is only expected to be out for a number of days while Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain out. Brad Guzan will replace Shay Given in goal after being rested in midweek.

Hull's new signing Michael Dawson could make an immediate debut as the Tigers look to put their Europa League disappointment behind them. Dawson would be a like-for-like replacement for James Chester, who is suspended after last week's red card against Stoke. Manager Steve Bruce made six changes for the midweek clash against Lokeren and should restore the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Nikica Jelavic, Andrew Robertson and Tom Ince to his starting XI.

Last season: Aston Villa 3 Hull 1, Hull 0 Aston Villa 0

Top scorers (all competitions): Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) 1; Robbie Brady (Hull) 2

Match odds: H 5-4 A 13-5 D 2-1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Verdict: Aston Villa 2 Hull 0

Leicester (16) v Arsenal (5)

Leicester are waiting to see if they first receive international clearance for new high-profile signing Esteban Cambiasso before making a decision on his availability. Former Argentina international Cambiasso signed a one-year deal with City on Thursday after becoming a free agent following his release from Inter Milan. Definitely ruled out of the game with the Gunners are midfielder Matty James (shin) and defender Matthew Upson (foot), otherwise manager Nigel Pearson has a full squad to choose from.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns from suspension, but midfielder Mikel Arteta continues to be sidelined with an ankle problem. Goalkeeper David Ospina is close to completing his recovery from a thigh strain. Striker Olivier Giroud (tibia), full-back Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) and winger Theo Walcott (knee) are in the treatment room.

Top scorers (all competitions): Leonardo Ulloa and Chris Wood (Leicester) 1; Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 3

Match odds: H 3-1 A 3-4 D 11-4

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Verdict: Leicester 1 Arsenal 3

Tottenham (1) v Liverpool (9)

New signing Federico Fazio could make his Tottenham debut, although Roberto Soldado is a doubt. Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has yet to decide whether centre-back Fazio, who arrived from Sevilla on Wednesday, will feature. Striker Soldado may be absent again with a neck and back issue, while right-back Kyle Walker and goalkeeper Michel Vorm are out through injury.

Summer signings Mario Balotelli and the fit-again Adam Lallana could make their Liverpool debuts. Three players who sustained problems during Monday's 3-1 loss at Manchester City - Alberto Moreno (ankle), Martin Skrtel (knock) and Glen Johnson (thigh) - are to be assessed, with the latter looking most likely to miss out. Jose Enrique will also have a late fitness test, but Jon Flanagan is not yet ready to return as he works his way back to fitness from his knee injury, and Daniel Agger and Oussama Assaidi remain sidelined.

Last season: Liverpool 4 Tottenham 0, Tottenham 0 Liverpool 5

Top scorers (all competitions): Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) 2; Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) 1

Match odds: H 13-8 A 7-5 D 12-5

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Verdict: Tottenham 2 Liverpool 1