Welbeck a doubt; Baines may return

Danny Welbeck is among the players that could miss their side's Boxing Day clashes, while Leighton Baines and Laurent Koscielny could return.

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Danny Welbeck: Expected to miss out

Danny Welbeck: Expected to miss out

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Hull City v Manchester United, 12.45pm

Hull manager Steve Bruce could name an unchanged line-up for a fourth game in a row, but Danny Welbeck is a doubt for United, who are also likely to be without Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie. Read full Hull v Manchester United preview.

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

Villa welcome back Gabriel Agbonlahor from suspension but are without Ashley Westwood, who serves his own ban, and almost certainly Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar.

Palace, meanwhile, are without the suspended Marouane Chamakh and have a host of injury worries. Read full Aston Villa v Crystal Palace preview.

Cardiff City v Southampton

Craig Bellamy remains the only injury concern for Cardiff, while Southampton's injury worries are also easing up with Dani Osvaldo, Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne and Kelvin Davis in line for returns to the squad on Boxing Day. Read full Cardiff v Southampton preview.

Chelsea v Swansea City

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to rotate his squad ahead of the game against Liverpool at the weekend, while Swansea remain without Michu, Michel Vorm and Nathan Dyer. Read full Chelsea v Swansea preview.

Everton v Sunderland

Leighton Baines could return to the Everton squad, as could Nikica Jelavic, while Sunderland are without the suspended Wes Brown and are sweating on the fitness of John O'Shea. Read full Everton v Sunderland preview.

Newcastle United v Stoke City

Hatem Ben Arfa could return for Newcastle in the absence of the suspended Cheick Tiote, while Stoke have Stephen Ireland available again but may decide to start with Charlie Adam after he scored at the weekend. Read full Newcastle v Stoke preview.

Norwich City v Fulham

Norwich have a doubt over Jonny Howson but could welcome back Russell Martin, while Fulham have doubts over Dimitar Berbatov, Philippe Senderos, Brede Hangeland and Matthew Briggs, and are definitely without Hugo Rodallega. Read full Norwich v Fulham preview.

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

Aaron Lennon has been added to Spurs' injury list ahead of the game, joining the likes of Andros Townsend and Jan Vertonghen on the sidelines, but Mousa Dembele should be fit.

Victor Anichebe, meanwhile, is the only injury concern for West Brom. Read full Tottenham v West Brom preview.

West Ham United v Arsenal

West Ham have Kevin Nolan available again but remain without several other players, while Arsenal could welcome back Laurent Koscielny but are again shorn of the services of the suspended Jack Wilshere. Read full West Ham v Arsenal preview.

Manchester City v Liverpool (5.30pm)

City remain without Pablo Zabaleta, Micah Richards, Sergio Aguero and Matija Nastasic, with Stevan Jovetic again a doubt, while Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Jose Enrique and Sebastien Coates are absentees for Liverpool. Read full Manchester City v Liverpool preview.

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