Barclays Premier League briefing

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

Last Updated: 15/12/13 at 14:30 Post Comment

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


New Sky Bet customers: Free £30 matched bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for a disjointed performance as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property