Barclays Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: December 1 2012, 12:59 GMT

Team news and statistics ahead of the weekend's remaining action in the Barclays Premier League.

Mark Bunn: Will start in goal for Norwich

Sunday, December 2

Norwich v Sunderland

Mark Bunn will start in goal again with John Ruddy out for three months with a thigh injury - youngster Declan Rudd is expected to provide back-up from the bench. Defender Russell Martin could make his first appearance in more than a month after a back problem, but centre-half Michael Turner (shoulder) and striker Harry Kane (metatarsal) are out.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill was today waiting to hear for how long he will be without skipper Lee Cattermole as he visited a London specialist. The midfielder damaged his knee just minutes into Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with QPR and there is speculation he has damaged his medial ligament and could be sidelined for two months. Cattermole will definitely miss this match, as will central defender John O'Shea, who is battling a calf problem.

Last season: Sunderland 3 Norwich 0, Norwich 2 Sunderland 1

Last five league matches: Norwich W D W D D; Sunderland L L W L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Grant Holt (Norwich) 3; Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) 6

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Monday, December 3

Newcastle v Wigan

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without suspended utility man James Perch but boss Alan Pardew will still be unable to call upon central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring), midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (toe) and Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) and striker Shola Ameobi (groin) as he attempts to end a run of four successive defeats.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has rated both defender Gary Caldwell and midfielder David Jones as "50/50" - Jones picked up a knock to his calf during Wednesday's defeat by Manchester City while Caldwell is recovering from a hamstring problem. Midfielders Albert Crusat (knee) and Ben Watson (broken leg), winger Ryo Miyaichi (ankle), forward Shaun Maloney (groin) and defenders Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Ivan Ramis (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

Last season: Wigan 4 Newcastle 0, Newcastle 1 Wigan 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Demba Ba (Newcastle) 8; Jordi Gomez (Wigan) 5

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)


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