Barclays Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: September 1 2013, 15:18 BST

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

Martin Skrtel: Set to feature for Liverpool
Martin Skrtel: Set to feature for Liverpool

Sunday, September 1

Arsenal v Tottenham

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is available after serving a one-match domestic suspension. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is likely to go straight into the squad as he begins his second spell at the club. Aaron Ramsey has recovered from a minor groin injury, but forward Lukas Podolski is set for up to three months out with a torn hamstring. Defender Thomas Vermaelen (back) and midfielder Mikel Arteta (thigh) continue their rehabilitation, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee).

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is a doubt because of a foot injury. Defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto and striker Emmanuel Adebayor will not feature as they are not fully fit, while star forward Gareth Bale misses the game as he edges closer to a move to Real Madrid. New defender Vlad Chiriches is unlikely to feature while striker Jermain Defoe and midfielder Lewis Holtby are pushing for starts.

Last season: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2

Last five league matches: Arsenal W W W L W; Tottenham D W W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Aaron Ramsey & Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 3; Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) 4

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Our verdict: Arsenal 2 Tottenham 2

Liverpool v Manchester United

Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel is set to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee problem. However full-back Aly Cissokho will play no part after suffering an ankle injury in Tuesday's Capital One Cup victory against Notts County that could see him sidelined for four to six weeks. Two other Liverpool players who came off injured in that game, defender Kolo Toure (groin) and midfielder Joe Allen (hamstring), are rated doubtful.

Manchester United boss David Moyes could name an unchanged starting line-up, with defender Phil Jones expected to recover from the blow to his back he sustained during Monday's goalless draw with Chelsea. Rafael (hamstring) is still out injured, while Nani (groin), Jonny Evans (ankle) and Javier Hernandez (hamstring) were not involved against Jose Mourinho's men.

Last season: Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1, Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2

Last five league matches: Liverpool D W W W W; Manchester United L W D W D

Top scorers (all competitions): Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) 4; Robin van Persie (Manchester United) 4

Referee: Andre Marriner

Our verdict: Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2

West Brom v Swansea

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is available after missing the last two games while on compassionate leave. His return is timely as Matej Vydra misses out, having sustained a hamstring injury in the League Cup win over Newport on Tuesday. With goalkeeper Ben Foster out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot, Boaz Myhill should start despite a wrist injury. Midfielders Zoltan Gera, George Thorne (both knee) and Steven Reid (knock) remain sidelined.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will hope to restore Ashley Williams, Wilfried Bony and Jonjo Shelvey to his side after they missed the Europa League meeting with Petrolul Ploiesti due to minor injuries. Nathan Dyer and Neil Taylor will again be absent with hamstring and thigh injuries respectively, but Dwight Tiendalli could come into contention after rejoining the club on Thursday.

Last season: West Brom 2 Swansea 1, Swansea 3 West Brom 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Saido Berahino (West Brom) 3; Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 3

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Our verdict: West Brom 0 Swansea 1


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