Big three in for trip to Arsenal

Big three in for trip to Arsenal

Manchester United field Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and former Gunners captain Robin van Persie for tonight’s Barclays Premier League clash at Arsenal.

Tom Cleverley and Antonio Valencia come into midfield in two changes from the side which were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Fulham, while midfielder Marouane Fellaini is on the bench following a long lay-off with a groin problem.

Arsenal are looking to return to the top of the table following Chelsea’s draw at West Brom, and boss Arsene Wenger makes only two changes from the 5-1 mauling at Liverpool, with Tomas Rosicky and Kieran Gibbs starting.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud.

Subs: Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Fabianski, Sanogo, Bendtner, Jenkinson.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Rooney, Mata, van Persie.

Subs: Ferdinand, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Young, Buttner, Fellaini, Januzaj.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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Newcastle v Spurs

Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran return from injury as Newcastle attempt to avoid a fourth successive Barclays Premier League home defeat.

Defender Paul Dummett and midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa are the men to make way from the team which started Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood makes three changes to the side which beat Everton 1-0 at the weekend as Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton and Etienne Capoue replace Michael Dawson, Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Steven Taylor, Santon, Sammy Ameobi, Sissoko, Anita, Gouffran, De Jong, Cisse.

Subs: Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, Elliot, Marveaux, Dummett, Shola Ameobi.

Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton, Capoue, Bentaleb, Lennon, Paulinho, Dembele, Adebayor.

Subs: Soldado, Townsend, Dawson, Chadli, Eriksen, Friedel, Kane.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

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Stoke v Swansea

Stoke’s Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea at the Britannia Stadium was given the go-ahead after passing two safety inspections, despite strong winds battering the ground.

The kick-off is however delayed by 15 minutes until 8pm due to traffic issues in the area.

Following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton, Stoke boss Mark Hughes makes two changes. Defender Marc Wilson and striker Marko Arnautovic return after recovering from illness and an ankle injury respectively, replacing the benched Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi.

Despite a 3-0 victory over south Wales rivals Cardiff in his first game in charge as Swansea manager, Garry Monk also makes two changes.

The 34-year-old recalls Pablo Hernandez and Jose Canas to the midfield for Jonathan de Guzman and Marvin Emnes, both named as substitutes.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Adam, Whelan, Odemwingie, Walters, Arnautovic, Crouch.

Subs: Muniesa, Palacios, Nzonzi, Guidetti, Assaidi, Sorensen, Ireland.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, Britton, Canas, Dyer, Hernandez, Routledge, Bony.

Subs: Amat, Taylor, de Guzman, Tremmel, Vazquez, Ngog, Emnes.

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

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Fulham v Liverpool

Liverpool name an unchanged starting line-up for the Barclays Premier League clash with struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Brendan Rodgers runs with the same side that so impressively beat Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday and includes 21-year-old midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira on the bench for the first time.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen makes one alteration to the side that secured a 2-2 draw at Manchester United as Darren Bent replaces Muamer Tankovic, who is not named in the 18-man squad.

Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise, Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist Jorgensen, Richardson, Holtby, Bent.

Subs: Hangeland, Kasami, Kacaniklic, Stockdale, Duff, Cole, Parker.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Flanagan, Skrtel, Toure, Cissokho, Henderson, Gerrard, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling.

Subs: Brad Jones, Agger, Aspas, Moses, Allen, Kelly, Teixeira.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

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