Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: January 19 2013, 13:40 GMT

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

Jonny Evans: Still missing for Manchester United
Jonny Evans: Still missing for Manchester United

Sunday, January 20

Chelsea v Arsenal

Chelsea captain John Terry could make his first start since November. Terry, who came off the bench at Stoke last weekend, will have a test tomorrow on his knee injury before interim manager Rafael Benitez decides whether to start the defender. Nigeria duo John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are at the African Nations Cup while long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee) remains sidelined.

Arsenal will have defender Laurent Koscielny back from a one-match suspension, but injured midfielder duo Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky (both calf) remain sidelined. Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.

Last season: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0, Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Demba Ba (Chelsea) 16; Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 14

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Tottenham v Man Utd

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker could make his first Barclays Premier League start of the season against Manchester United. Brazil international Sandro has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage in the draw at QPR last weekend and Parker, who has not started a league game since April, is likely to replace him. Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is at the African Nations Cup while defenders William Gallas (calf) and Younes Kaboul (knee) remain absent.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans again misses out with a slight hamstring strain which saw him sit out training on Friday. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to make plenty of changes following the midweek FA Cup win over West Ham, with Robin van Persie among those set to return.

Last season: Tottenham 1 Man Utd 3, Man Utd 3 Tottenham 0

Last five league matches: Tottenham D W W W D; Man Utd D W W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 14; Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 21

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Monday, January 21

Southampton v Everton

Winger Kevin Mirallas is not expected to be risked when Everton travel to Southampton after virtually two months out with a hamstring injury. The Belgian is reported to be back in training but, after attempting to come back last month and breaking down again, manager David Moyes will not want to rush him. Defender Johnny Heitinga could return after missing the last two games with a knock but full-back Tony Hibbert (calf) and midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) remain on the sidelines.

Southampton's new manager Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether to bring top scorer Rickie Lambert back into the starting line-up for the clash with Everton. Lambert came off the bench to head his 10th Barclays Premier League goal of the season in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Pochettino, taking charge of his first game since replacing Nigel Adkins, will monitor the fitness of Adam Lallana who has returned to light training after a knee injury.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 10; Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 9

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)


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