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Steven Gerrard and Liverpool travel to Hull on Sunday

Steven Gerrard and Liverpool travel to Hull on Sunday

Sunday, December 1

Hull v Liverpool

Hull must alter their defence once again after Paul McShane tore a hamstring against Crystal Palace last weekend. Fellow centre-half Curtis Davies took a knock to the shin in that match but is expected to start, with Alex Bruce likely to partner him. Stephen Quinn (hamstring) and Sone Aluko (Achilles) are out but defender James Chester should be fit for the bench after two months on the sidelines.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is likely to return to the starting line up having been dropped for the Merseyside derby. The England forward has a full week of training behind him after struggling to prove his fitness last week on his return from international duty. Manager Brendan Rodgers has to decide whether to stick with Jon Flanagan at left-back.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Robbie Brady (Hull) 4; Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) 11

Referee: Howard Webb.

Our verdict: Hull 0 Liverpool 3

Chelsea v Southampton

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o is expected to be out for two weeks with a groin injury after suffering a grade one tear in Tuesday night's Champions League loss at Basle. Fernando Torres, who made his return from an adductor injury when replacing Eto'o in midweek, could start. The Saints clash could come too soon for defender David Luiz despite his return to training from a knee injury, while midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino will welcome back Jack Cork and Gaston Ramirez. Cork missed the defeat at Arsenal with an ankle injury but is now fully fit while Ramirez is back in contention after also missing the 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium after a late return from international duty. Harrison Reed and Sam Gallagher are unlikely to retain their places in the squad, with Guly do Prado a long-term absentee after undergoing knee surgery.

Last season: Southampton 2 Chelsea 1, Chelsea 2 Southampton 2

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

Top scorers: Eden Hazard & Oscar (Chelsea) 6; Rickie Lambert & Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) 4

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Our verdict: Chelsea 2 Southampton 1

Manchester City v Swansea

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is still to decide whether Costel Pantilimon or Joe Hart will play in goal this weekend. Captain and centre-back Vincent Kompany (thigh) is fit but will not return and fellow defender Matija Nastasic (calf) is also out. Playmaker David Silva and striker Stevan Jovetic remain on the sidelines with calf injuries but midfielder Jack Rodwell has overcome his latest niggle.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is set to be without Wilfried Bony and Angel Rangel. Striker Bony will be out for several weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in the Europa League defeat to Valencia, while full-back Rangel picked up a calf injury in the dying moments. Alvaro Vazquez and Dwight Tiendalli are set to deputise, while Wayne Routledge should return from a calf injury.

Last season: Swansea 0 Man City 0, Man City 1 Swansea 0

Last five league matches: Man City W L W L W; Swansea W D L D W

Top scorers: Sergio Aguero (Man City) 16; Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 9

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Manchester City 5 Swansea 0


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