Barclays Premier League briefing

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Saido Berahino: Could start against Arsenal

Saido Berahino: Could start against Arsenal

(League positions before the weekend in brackets)

Sunday, October 6

Norwich v Chelsea

Norwich manager Chris Hughton will delay naming his squad as he assesses the fitness of defender Sebastien Bassong who has been suffering from a hamstring injury. Midfielder Nathan Redmond (ankle) and defender Javier Garrido (thigh) are both fit and available after training this week. Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel missed a couple of training sessions this week with a toe problem but should be fit to play a part.

Eden Hazard (ankle) is doubtful as Chelsea seek a first Premier League away win of the season. Hazard returned to training on Friday after missing the midweek win at Steaua Bucharest along with Kevin de Bruyne, who was not selected, and Marco van Ginkel, who is out for six months following knee surgery. Fernando Torres is out for three weeks with a knee injury but would have been suspended in any case.

Last season: Norwich 0 Chelsea 1, Chelsea 4 Norwich 1

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

Top scorers: Steven Whittaker, Gary Hooper & Johan Elmander (Norwich) 2; Ramires & Oscar (Chelsea) 3

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Norwich 2 Chelsea 1

Southampton v Swansea

Southampton defender Luke Shaw is a doubt due to illness. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is due to assess Shaw on Saturday before deciding whether the left-back will play any part in the game at St Mary's Stadium. The Saints boss has no other injury concerns as he goes in search of a third successive win.

Swansea captain Ashley Williams is set to miss a fourth successive game. The Wales defender has an ankle ligament injury, meaning Jordi Amat and Chico Flores will continue to form a partnership at centre-half. Full-back Angel Rangel is closing in on a return from an ankle injury of his own, but Pablo Hernandez's hamstring may not be risked by manager Michael Laudrup.

Last season: Swansea 0 Southampton 0, Southampton 1 Swansea 1

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

Top scorers: Steven Davis, Gaston Ramirez & Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 2; Wilfried Bony & Miguel Michu (Swansea) 5

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

Our verdict: Southampton 0 Swansea 1

Tottenham v West Ham

Younes Kaboul will miss Tottenham's clash with West Ham on Sunday after sustaining an injury in the Europa League win at Anzhi. Plagued by knee injuries over the best part of 18 months, the Frenchman suffered a knock in the second half of Thursday's 2-0 win in Russia. Danny Rose (toe), Aaron Lennon (foot), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Emmanuel Adebayor (illness) are not expected to return until after the international break.

West Ham midfielder Joe Cole could make his comeback from a five-week hamstring injury lay-off. The 31-year-old is likely to be on the bench, but striker Andy Carroll (heel) remains out. Defender George McCartney could make his first league appearance of the season following a knee injury.

Last season: West Ham 2 Tottenham 3, Tottenham 3 West Ham 1

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

Top scorers: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 6; Ravel Morrison (West Ham) 3

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Our verdict: Tottenham 3 West Ham 0

West Brom v Arsenal

West Brom forward Saido Berahino may make his first league start after scoring in the win against Manchester United last weekend. Head coach Steve Clarke could be without strikers Victor Anichebe (groin), Shane Long (knee) and Nicolas Anelka (foot), leaving the door open for youngster Berahino. Midfielders James Morrison and Chris Brunt should also be available but Scott Sinclair (hamstring) is absent. Matej Vydra, Ben Foster, George Thorne and Zoltan Gera are ruled out.

Arsenal will be without defender Bacary Sagna after the France international suffered a hamstring problem which could sideline him for three weeks. Carl Jenkinson is set to come in, while Jack Wilshere is pressing for a recall after starting on the bench for the 2-0 midweek win over Napoli. Forward Theo Walcott (abdominal), Santi Cazorla (ankle), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all still recovering.

Last season: West Brom 1 Arsenal 2, Arsenal 2 West Brom 0

Last five league matches: West Brom D L D W W; Arsenal W W W W W

Top scorers: Saido Berahino (West Brom) 5; Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 8

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

Our verdict: West Brom 1 Arsenal 2


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