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Steven Gerrard: Liverpool captain is out for six weeks

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool captain is out for six weeks

Sunday, December 15

Aston Villa v Manchester UnitedAston Villa will be without midfielder Fabian Delph through suspension. Manager Paul Lambert has reported that centre-back Ron Vlaar is "struggling" with his calf problem, but indicated that full-back Antonio Luna (groin) and striker Libor Kozak (toe) may be available.

Robin van Persie will be misisng for Manchester United after being ruled out for a month with a thigh problem. Marouane Fellaini (back) is also set to sit out the trip to Villa Park, along with fellow midfielder Michael Carrick (Achilles).

Last season: Man Utd 3 Aston Villa 0, Aston Villa 2 Man Utd 3

Last five league matches: Aston Villa W D D W L; Man Utd W D D L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 5; Robin van Persie & Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 10

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Our verdict: Aston Villa 2 Manchester United 1

Norwich v Swansea

Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe) could return to the Norwich squad. However, the Canaries are without midfielders Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee), while Elliott Bennett (knee) and midfielder Alexander Tettey (ankle) are also still sidelined.

Angel Rangel (calf) could be fit enough to return to the Swansea side, with Ben Davies and Michu also likely to start. Chico Flores will be suspended, meaning Jordi Amat is set to deputise.

Last season: Norwich 2 Swansea 2, Swansea 3 Norwich 4

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Gary Hooper (Norwich) 5; Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 9

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Our verdict: Norwich 2 Swansea 0

Tottenham v Liverpool

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will assess defender Danny Rose and midfielder Christian Eriksen before deciding whether they should start. Defender Jan Vertonghen is out with an ankle injury while centre-backs Vlad Chiriches (knee) and Younes Kaboul (quad) are doubts.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring strain. Defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva is set to deputise for the England international. Striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) and left-back Jose Enrique (knee) are still sidelined but centre-back Daniel Agger (illness) returns.

Last season: Liverpool 3 Spurs 2, Spurs 2 Liverpool 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Jermain Defoe (Spurs) 9; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 15

Referee: Jon Moss

Our verdict: Tottenham 2 Liverpool 1


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