Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: December 29 2013, 13:04 GMT

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

Eden Hazard and Chelsea face Liverpool on Sunday
Eden Hazard and Chelsea face Liverpool on Sunday

Sunday, December 29

Everton v Southampton

Tim Howard and Gareth Barry will both miss out through suspension after the goalkeeper was shown a straight red card in the 1-0 home loss to Sunderland while the on-loan Manchester City midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the season. Kevin Mirallas was substituted at half-time during the contest having felt unwell and could be replaced by the returning Leighton Baines.

Southampton will check on Dejan Lovren after the defender missed the Boxing Day win at Cardiff through illness but could return while Nathaniel Clyne and Dani Osvaldo are also in contention. Artur Boruc (hand), Victor Wanyama (shin) and Guly do Prado (knee) remain sidelined.

Last season: Southampton 0 Everton 0, Everton 3 Southampton 1

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

Top scorers: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 8; Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) 9

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Everton 0 Southampton 1

Newcastle v Arsenal

Cheick Tiote will return from suspension after missing the 5-1 Boxing Day victory over Stoke and is likely to go straight back into the starting line-up. Manager Alan Pardew, who replaced Tiote with Hatem Ben Arfa against the Potters, has no fresh injury concerns with midfielder Jonas Gutierrez recovering from a calf problem.

Aaron Ramsey will miss the trip to St James' Park due to a thigh complaint but Jack Wilshere returns from suspension. Tomas Rosicky was rested for the Boxing Day clash with West Ham but could return to the squad.

Last season: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3

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

Top scorers: Loic Remy (Newcastle) 10; Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 13

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: Newcastle 1 Arsenal 2

Chelsea v Liverpool

Ramires picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea and serves a one-match ban, with Frank Lampard likely to return to the Blues starting line-up. Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his options once more, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill in line to return in defence at the expense of Ashley Cole and David Luiz, while Fernando Torres could start up front.

Liverpool will be without forward Victor Moses due to the terms of his loan from the Londoners. That leaves the Reds short on numbers with captain Steven Gerrard and defender Jon Flanagan (both hamstring) not ready to return while striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) and defender Jose Enrique (knee) are also still on the sidelines.

Last season: Liverpool 2 Chelsea 2, Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

Last five league matches: Chelsea W L W D W; Liverpool W W W W L

Top scorers: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 9; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 19

Referee: Howard Webb

Our verdict: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2

Tottenham v Stoke

Midfielder Paulinho returns from suspension, but right-back Kyle Walker misses out after picking up his fifth booking of the season against West Brom. Striker Jermain Defoe (hamstring), winger Aaron Lennon (stomach) and midfielder Mousa Dembele (ankle) are doubts while midfielder Sandro (calf), centre-back Younes Kaboul (thigh), winger Andros Townsend (hamstring) and defender Jan Vertonghen (ankle) remain sidelined.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes will be without a trio of key players after midfielder Glenn Whelan and defender Marc Wilson were both sent off in the 5-1 Boxing Day defeat at Newcastle and will miss out through suspension. In addition, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (broken finger) could be sidelined for up to six weeks while defender Robert Huth continues his recovery from knee surgery.

Last season: Stoke 1 Spurs 2, Spurs 0 Stoke 0

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

Top scorers: Jermain Defoe & Roberto Soldado (Spurs) 9; Peter Crouch (Stoke) 5

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Our verdict: Tottenham 1 Stoke 0


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