Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: March 23 2014, 12:32 GMT

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

Tottenham host Southampton on Super Sunday
Tottenham host Southampton on Super Sunday

Sunday, March 23

Tottenham v Southampton

Emmanuel Adebayor, Mousa Dembele and Younes Kaboul could all return for Tottenham. The trio missed the 2-2 draw at Benfica through injury. Jan Vertonghen will also again be available, having been suspended for Thursday's Europa League tie. Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches, Kyle Walker, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Hugo Lloris all missed the trip to Portugal and are unlikely to return

Morgan Schneiderlin and Guly Do Prado are rated as doubtful for the Saints. Midfielder Schneiderlin has a muscle problem around his pelvis, leaving Southampton short of options in midfield, with Jack Cork and Victor Wanyama still out. Kelvin Davis also faces a late fitness test.

Last season: Tottenham 1 Southampton 0, Southampton 1 Tottenham 2

Last five league matches: Tottenham W L W L L; Southampton W L L W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Emmanuel Adebayor & Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) 11; Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) 14

Match odds: H 21-20 A 5-2 D 12-5

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Our verdict: Tottenham 1 Southampton 0

Aston Villa v Stoke

Ryan Bertrand returns to the Aston Villa squad after he was forced to sit out last weekend's 1-0 victory over parent club Chelsea, with Joe Bennett deputising. Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is fit despite picking up a shin injury against Chelsea.

Winger Oussama Assaidi could make his return for Stoke. Assaidi, on loan from Liverpool, has been working his way back to fitness after a knee injury and will be checked ahead of the match, along with defender Erik Pieters. He limped off in last weekend's 3-1 win over West Ham, having taken a knock to the leg. Robert Huth (knee) is out for the rest of the season and both Charlie Adam and Jon Walters remain suspended, while Stephen Ireland has to miss the game against his parent club.

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

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 10; Charlie Adam & Peter Crouch (Stoke) 8

Match odds: H 11-10 A 5-2 D 23-10

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Aston Villa 2 Stoke 0


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