Barclays Premier League briefing

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Mesut Ozil: Will miss North London derby

Mesut Ozil: Will miss North London derby

Sunday, March 16

Manchester United v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

Winger Nani has recovered from a long-term hamstring injury and is available for Manchester United. Defender Jonny Evans (calf) and striker Javier Hernandez (knee) are making encouraging progress and could also feature. Manager David Moyes must decide whether to stick with Robin van Persie in attack or to recall Danny Welbeck, who scored a fine goal against West Brom last weekend.

Midfielder Lucas Leiva and defender Mamadou Sakho return to Liverpool's squad following knee and hamstring injuries respectively. Both came through an under-21s game unscathed on Friday and have rejoined the first team. Forward Raheem Sterling could push for a recall after scoring almost immediately having come off the bench in their last victory at Southampton on March 1.

Last season: Man Utd 2 Liverpool 1, Liverpool 1 Man Utd 2

Last five league matches: Man Utd L D D W W; Liverpool D W W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 14; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 24

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1

Tottenham v Arsenal (1600)

Tottenham will be without captain Michael Dawson (hamstring) while right-back Kyle Walker is a major doubt with a pelvic complaint. Danny Rose (knee) could return to the starting line-up having featured from the bench in Thursday's Europa League loss to Benfica, while Tim Sherwood will be hoping Mousa Dembele is also in contention. Etienne Capoue (ankle), Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches (both back) remain sidelined.

Arsenal will be without midfielder Mesut Ozil for at least three weeks because of a hamstring tear. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will return from a midweek European suspension while full-back Nacho Monreal and striker Yaya Sanogo have recovered from foot injuries. Midfielder Kim Kallstrom (back) could be in the squad for the first time. However, defender Kieran Gibbs (calf) remains a doubt, and midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh) lacks full fitness.

Last season: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Emmanuel Adebayor & Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) 11; Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 18

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Our verdict: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1


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his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

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