Barclays Premier League briefing
Team news, statistics and our verdict for the weekend's remaining action in the Barclays Premier League.
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Sunday, August 17
New Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will miss the visit of former club Southampton on Sunday as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. Fellow summer signing Lazar Markovic (ankle) will also not be fit but both players are expected to return to full training next week. Striker Rickie Lambert and centre-back Dejan Lovren, who also both moved from the Saints this summer, are available but defenders Jon Flanagan (knee) and Daniel Agger (calf) are sidelined by injuries.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman could hand out a number of debuts. Only new defensive acquisition Florin Gardos (hamstring) is a certain absentee, with midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in contention despite ongoing rumours of a move to Tottenham. Shane Long, signed on Thursday from Hull, is available and will offer competition to fellow new recruit Graziano Pelle up front, while academy graduate Lloyd Isgrove will be hopeful his pre-season showings could be enough to see him handed a first Barclays Premier League appearance.
Last season: Southampton 0 Liverpool 3 Liverpool 0 Southampton 1
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Our verdict: Liverpool 2 Southampton 0
Summer signing Siem de Jong will be denied a competitive debut for Newcastle. The Dutchman has failed to recover from the foot problem he suffered during pre-season, and will be joined on the sidelines by fellow midfielder Cheick Tiote, who is nursing a hamstring strain. Striker Papiss Cisse is back in training after the knee injury he suffered towards the end of last season, but is still some way away from a return, while full-back Davide Santon (also knee) remains on the sidelines.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (groin) has not been ruled out but new signing Eliaquim Mangala will not feature. Defender Mangala only arrived at the club on Monday following his protracted £32million move from Porto. Other players who did not feature in the Community Shield last week, such as Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, Bacary Sagna, Fernandinho and Frank Lampard, are in contention. Striker Alvaro Negredo (foot) is the only injury absentee.
Last season: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 Manchester City 4 Newcastle 0
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Our verdict: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2
Monday, August 18
Jose Mourinho will keep Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech guessing on which goalkeeper will start at Turf Moor. Striker Didier Drogba is expected to shake off an ankle problem to be passed fit for action, with Diego Costa and Fernando Torres also in contention.
Burnley make their return to the Premier League with a virtually fully-fit squad. Only striker Sam Vokes, who ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in March, definitely misses out. Summer signings Lukas Jutkiewicz, Michael Kightly, Steven Reid, Marvin Sordell and Matt Taylor will hope to make their debuts.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Our verdict: To follow...