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Ashley Cole: Available again for Chelsea

Ashley Cole: Available again for Chelsea

Sunday, October 26

Sunderland v Newcastle (1330 BST)Sunderland defender Wes Brown could make a first competitive appearance for the club in almost 21 months. The 34-year-old former Manchester United player is available after ridding himself off a calf injury sustained in pre-season. Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, who was ineligible to play against his parent club Swansea last weekend, also returns to the squad as the Black Cats attempt to secure a first Barclays Premier League victory of the season.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will make late decisions on central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor. Coloccini is battling his way back from a groin problem, while Taylor is nursing a hamstring injury. Defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is suspended following his red card in the draw with Liverpool last Saturday, while midfielder Jonas Gutierrez remains in Argentina after being given leave to deal with a personal issue.

Last season: Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3, Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1

Last five league matches: Sunderland L L L L L; Newcastle W L L W D

Top scorers (all competitions): Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) 3; Loic Remy (Newcastle) 5

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Our verdict: Sunderland 1 Newcastle 3

Chelsea v Manchester City (1600 BST)

Ashley Cole is available again for Chelsea. The England left-back has been absent with a rib problem, but is expected to slot into the side in place of Cesar Azpilicueta, the right-back who played on the left in Tuesday's Champions League clash at Schalke. Midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is out for the long term with a knee injury, is the only injury absentee.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is still sidelined by a thigh problem and will miss Sunday's clash at Chelsea. Midfielder Jack Rodwell is fit to be involved after a hamstring injury, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini. Defender Martin Demichelis has made progress from a knee injury having not yet featured since his summer arrival.

Last season: Manchester City 2 Chelsea 0, Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0

Last five league matches: Chelsea L W D W W; Manchester City D W L W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Oscar & Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 5; Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 9

Referee: Howard Webb.

Our verdict: Chelsea 1 Manchester City 1

Swansea v West Ham (1600 BST)

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup must decide whether to risk Ashley Williams. The Wales defender has been sidelined for almost five weeks due to an ankle ligament problem, but took part in training earlier this week with Laudrup hoping to give his captain some match action before the south Wales derby against Cardiff. Pablo Hernandez could finally get back on the pitch after a hamstring problem, but left-back Ben Davies (ankle) will be missing.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns. James Collins (hamstring) and Alou Diarra (knee) are still missing, with Andy Carroll (heel) also absent. Allardyce will have to decide whether to give Carlton Cole a start or operate without a recognised striker for a third successive game.

Last season: West Ham 1 Swansea 0, Swansea 3 West Ham 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 6; Ravel Morrison & Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham) 4

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Swansea 1 West Ham 2

Tottenham v Hull (1600 BST)

Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul are set to be absent for Tottenham. They have toe and adductor complaints respectively. Etienne Capoue is also likely to miss out, while Zeki Fryers is a doubt after limping off in the first half of Thursday's Europa League victory at Sheriff Tiraspol. Kyle Walker, Andros Townsend and Paulinho return to the fold, having been rested for the midweek trip.

Hull are facing a raft of injury problems. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor (thigh) and striker Danny Graham (knee) have both been consigned to the sidelines following last week's defeat at Everton, while manager Steve Bruce is also expecting bad news on Sone Aluko (calf) and Robbie Brady (hernia). With James Chester (hamstring) and Robert Koren (foot) still unavailable and Jake Livermore unable to face his parent club, Bruce will be forced to call on a handful of back-up players.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Tottenham W W D L W; Hull D W W D L

Top scorers (all competitions): Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 7; Robbie Brady (Hull) 4

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Our verdict: Tottenham 2 Hull 0


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