Barclays Premier League briefing

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

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Daniel Sturridge: Fit for Monday match at Swansea

Daniel Sturridge: Fit for Monday match at Swansea

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

Monday, September 16Sunday, September 15

Southampton v West Ham

Southampton left-back Danny Fox is the only doubt for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham. The 27-year-old twisted his ankle during training on Wednesday and will be assessed ahead of the match at St Mary's. Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino said international players - including Rickie Lambert, Dani Osvaldo and Gaston Ramirez - returned in "perfect condition".

West Ham will be without Andy Carroll after the England forward suffered a foot injury on his comeback from an Achilles problem. New signing Mladen Petric is not yet match fit, so Mali frontman Modibo Maiga is set to continue to lead the attack. Midfielder Joe Cole (hamstring), Stuart Downing (leg) and George McCartney (knee) remain sidelined, while Alou Diarra (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Last season: Southampton 1 West Ham 1, West Ham 4 Southampton 1

Last five league matches: Southampton D D W D L; West Ham L W W D L

Top scorers (all competitions): Steven Davis (Southampton) 2; Joe Cole, Ravel Morrison, Kevin Nolan & Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham) 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Our verdict: Southampton West Ham

Monday, September 16

Swansea v Liverpool

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from with full-back Neil Taylor the only definite absentee with a thigh injury. Deadline-day signing Alvaro Vazquez could be handed the chance to make his Swansea debut in attack, while midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has overcome the thigh problem that kept him out of England Under-21 action.

In-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is likely be fit despite missing England's two World Cup qualifiers with a thigh problem. New signings Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses are set for their first involvement in the squad after signing late in the transfer window. Right-back Glen Johnson is sidelined for four to five weeks with an ankle injury so Andre Wisdom is set to deputise.

Last season: Liverpool 5 Swansea 0, Swansea 0 Liverpool 0

Last five league matches: Swansea L L L L W; Liverpool W W W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 3; Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) 5

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

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