Premier League briefing
Team news and statistics for the weekend's action in the Barclays Premier League.
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Sunday, March 10
Striker Daniel Sturridge and defender Martin Skrtel will both return from injury for Liverpool. Sturridge has overcome a thigh problem which kept him out of last weekend's 4-0 win at Wigan and is likely to regain his spot in the side. Skrtel also returned to training this week after a knee injury but he will have to settle for a place on the bench.
Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is a doubt after suffering a hamstring injury in last night's win over Inter Milan. Midfielder Mousa Dembele is expected to be fit despite coming off in the second half while Emmanuel Adebayor will return to the squad after a knee injury. Tom Huddlestone (knee) and Clint Dempsey (calf) are doubts, but Younes Kaboul and Sandro (both knee) are definitely unavailable.
Last season: Liverpool 0 Tottenham 0, Tottenham 4 Liverpool 0
Last five league matches: Liverpool D D L W W; Tottenham D W W W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 28; Gareth Bale (Tottenham) 20
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will hope to have striker Papiss Cisse back in the fold
after illness. Full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran, who were ineligible against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League, will be available once again, as will midfielder Jonas Gutierrez. Skipper Fabricio Coloccini (back) is out for up to seven weeks and keeper Tim Krul continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hoping Matthew Etherington could be fit for the trip to St James' Park after injections to combat a back injury. Robert Huth serves the second game of a three-match ban so Marc Wilson is likely to deputise in the centre of defence again, while striker Michael Owen (thigh) is fit and will be desperate to get a chance against his old club.
Last season: Newcastle 3 Stoke 0, Stoke 1 Newcastle 3
Last five league matches: Newcastle W W L W L; Stoke D L W L L
Top scorers (all competitions): Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle) 13; Jonathan Walters (Stoke) 8
Referee: Andre Marriner