Barclays Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: March 2 2014, 15:46 GMT

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

Craig Bellamy: Returns to Cardiff's squad
Craig Bellamy: Returns to Cardiff's squad

Sunday, March 2

Aston Villa v Norwich (1630 GMT)

Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood will be fit afer recovering from a dead leg. The former Crewe player had to come off during last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle but has recovered from the injury in time for the crucial clash with the Canaries. Villa manager Paul Lambert also confirmed full-back Ryan Bertrand is fit and well following a virus last weekend.

Norwich will be without midfielder Leroy Fer (hamstring), while Jonny Howson is in contention to start after recovering from two months out with a back problem. Centre-half Ryan Bennett is available following a thigh injury. On-loan winger Jonas Gutierrez (calf) is still not match-fit. Centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring) and winger Elliott Bennett (knee) both also continue their rehabilitation.

Last season: Norwich 1 Aston Villa 2, Aston Villa 1 Norwich 1

Last five league matches: Aston Villa W L L D L; Norwich D L D L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 8; Gary Hooper (Norwich) 7

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Our verdict: Aston Villa 0 Norwich 0

Swansea v Crystal Palace (1630)

Swansea manager Garry Monk expects Nathan Dyer to be fit despite picking up a heel injury in the Europa League defeat at Napoli. Dyer came off shortly after the hour mark in the Swans' 3-1 reverse on Thursday night but Monk is confident the midfielder will be okay for the relegation clash with the Eagles. Leon Britton was rested from the Napoli game as a precaution following a knock to his knee but he is expected to return, while Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) and Michu (ankle) remain absent.

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has a clean bill of health. Glenn Murray has been eased back into training this week after suffering a knock in Saturday's defeat to Manchester United and is fit to feature at the Liberty Stadium. Winger Jerome Thomas (back) is also available as Palace look for their third away league win of the campaign.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Swansea W L W D L; Crystal Palace W W L W L

Top scorers: Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 18; Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) 6

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Our verdict: Swansea 0 Crystal Palace 1

Tottenham v Cardiff (1630)

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has no fresh injury concerns. Brazil midfielder Sandro is in line to make his first league appearance under Sherwood having started Thursday night's Europa League win over Dnipro following a calf injury, while Kyle Walker may also feature having returned to training after recovering from a hip problem. Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela (both back) remain sidelined while Jermain Defoe will now link up with Toronto FC.

Striker Craig Bellamy returns to the Cardiff squad after serving a three-match suspension. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to make changes following the humiliating 4-0 home defeat to Hull last weekend and Bellamy is almost certain to be amongst those who benefit. Gary Medel could return after a recent lay-off with a thigh injury, whilst fellow midfielder Jordon Mutch is available again following a hamstring problem.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) 10; Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) 8

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Our verdict: Tottenham 2 Cardiff 0


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