Tonight's Premier League team sheets

Robin van Persie was again absent from the Manchester United squad but Marouane Fellaini was selected to face former club Everton at Old Trafford.

Tonight's Premier League team sheets

Robin van Persie was again absent from the Manchester United squad but Marouane Fellaini was selected to face former club Everton at Old Trafford.

Van Persie had not recovered from toe and groin problems that have now ruled him out for four games but Fellaini replaced suspended England star Phil Jones while Rafael was also selected ahead of Jonny Evans, whilst veteran Ryan Giggs got the nod over Tom Cleverley.

Roberto Martinez was aiming to do something David Moyes did not manage in 11 attempts, namely win at Old Trafford, and made two changes with Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas replacing Leon Osman and Gerard Deulofeu.

Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fellaini, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck, Rooney.

Subs: Evans, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Nani, Young, Cleverley, Januzaj.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku.

Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Deulofeu, Naismith, Osman, Stones.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

City welcome Kompany back for Baggies game

After a two-month absence with a thigh injury, Vincent Kompany returned to skipper Manchester City for their Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Kompany was one of three changes to the side that defeated Swansea 3-0 at the weekend, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko also handed starts as Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott and Alvaro Negredo dropped out.

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke also made three changes following the 2-1 loss at Newcastle on Saturday, one enforced with Youssouf Mulumbu serving a one-match ban after collecting five yellow cards.

Claudio Yacob replaced Mulumbu, with Clarke also bringing in Steven Reid and Saido Berahino for Billy Jones and the benched Stephane Sessegnon.

Despite an 8pm kick off, due to traffic congestion and delays on the nearby M6, the start was delayed by an additional 15 minutes.

West Brom: Myhill, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt, Yacob, Morrison, Amalfitano, Long, Berahino.

Subs: Popov, Lugano, Anichebe, Daniels, Vydra, Gera, Sessegnon.

Man City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Hart, Richards, Lescott, Milner, Negredo, Javi Garcia, Rodwell.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Wantaway Berba starts for Cottagers

Unsettled striker Dimitar Berbatov returned to Fulham’s starting line-up for the Barclays Premier League clash at Craven Cottage after missing the weekend defeat to West Ham through illness.

The 32-year-old’s agent has confirmed the Bulgaria forward is “not happy” at Fulham and will seek a move in the January transfer window, but new boss Rene Meulensteen had no qualms selecting him to start against Tottenham, who had to do without the injured Moussa Dembele.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas selected Jermain Defoe ahead of big-money summer signing Roberto Soldado up front.

Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Dejagah, Parker, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Berbatov.

Subs: Sidwell, Ruiz, Stockdale, Duff, Taarabt, Zverotic, Boateng.

Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen, Capoue, Sandro, Lennon, Paulinho, Lamela, Defoe.

Subs: Soldado, Holtby, Naughton, Townsend, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Friedel.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Walters left on the bench

Jonathan Walters’ run of 102 consecutive Barclays Premier League starts came to an end as he was deemed only fit enough for the bench when Stoke took on Cardiff at the Britannia Stadium.

There was a surprise return for forward Marko Arnautovic following a hamstring injury while defender Marc Muniesa paid the price for the 4-0 defeat by Everton on Saturday and was replaced by Marc Wilson.

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay made two changes from the weekend defeat by Arsenal, with Aron Gunnarsson coming into midfield and defender Declan John making only his second Premier League start.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Whelan, Arnautovic, Nzonzi, Adam, Assaidi, Crouch.

Subs: Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Jones, Walters, Sorensen, Ireland.

Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, John, Medel, Cowie, Mutch, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Campbell.

Subs: Connolly, Hudson, Cornelius, Odemwingie, Kim, Noone, Lewis.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Three changes for Reds

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ response to Sunday’s defeat at Hull was to make three changes for the visit of Norwich.

Out went Kolo Toure, Lucas Leiva and Victor Moses and in came Daniel Agger, Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho.

Norwich’s match-winner against Crystal Palace, Gary Hooper, was dropped to the bench to make way for Bradley Johnson as the Canaries made one change.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Allen, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez.

Subs: Brad Jones, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Sakho, Lucas.

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Johnson, Fer, Redmond, Hoolahan, Elmander.

Subs: Whittaker, Turner, Hooper, Garrido, Becchio, Nash, Murphy.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Vorm back for Swans

Michel Vorm returned in goal for Swansea as they looked to improve on a run of one win in 11 Premier League home games against Newcastle.

The Dutchman had recovered from a knee injury to take over from Gerhard Tremmel between the sticks in the only change from Sunday’s defeat at Manchester City, with Alvaro Vazquez leading the attack with Michu and Wilfried Bony sidelined by injury.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew kept faith with the same starting XI that secured victory over West Brom on the weekend as striker Loic Remy, a summer transfer target for Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, hoped to continue his recent run of goalscoring form.

However, Newcastle were forced into two late changes on their bench, as Papiss Cisse (heel) and Hatem Ben Arfa (illness) dropped out with Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara taking their places.

Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, Canas, de Guzman, Pozuelo, Shelvey, Hernandez, Vazquez.

Subs: Amat, Taylor, Britton, Dyer, Lamah, Routledge, Tremmel.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran, Remy, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Anita, Cisse, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Bendtner starts for Gunners

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner started in attack for Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal against Hull at the Emirates Stadium.

France international Olivier Giroud was rested to the bench, while Nacho Monreal and Carl Jenkinson came into the defence with Bacary Sagna injured. Tomas Rosicky started in midfield with Jack Wilshere among the substitutes, together with his England team-mates Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs.

Hull were forced to make a change from the side which beat Liverpool 3-1 on Sunday as James Chester came into defence for the suspended Curtis Davies.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Rosicky, Ozil, Cazorla, Bendtner.

Subs: Vermaelen, Arteta, Wilshere, Giroud, Walcott, Fabianski, Gibbs.

Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Chester, Bruce, Figueroa, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Sagbo, Graham.

Subs: Rosenior, Koren, Fryatt, Boyd, Gedo, Harper, Faye.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Lampard returns, but no Fletcher for Black Cats

Frank Lampard returned to the Chelsea starting line-up as manager Jose Mourinho attempted to keep the pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The England midfielder and Brazilian Willian replaced Michael Essien, who was named among the substitutes, and the injured Oscar at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet sprang something of a surprise when he dropped striker Steven Fletcher to the bench along with midfielder Sebastian Larsson, with Jozy Altidore getting the nod up front and Jack Colback returning in place of the Swede.

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Dossena, Ki, Giaccherini, Gardner, Colback, Borini, Altidore.

Subs: Larsson, Fletcher, Johnson, Celustka, Pickford, Roberge, Cattermole.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Lampard, Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres.

Subs: Cole, Essien, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Ba, Schwarzer.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Lambert drops Benteke

Christian Benteke was dropped by Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert at Southampton, for whom Paulo Gazzaniga started in goal for the first time in a year.

Benteke paid for his failure to net in his last seven matches and was one of two changes at St Mary’s, with Libor Kozak and Nathan Baker coming in.

Southampton made four changes, with Steven Davis and Gazzaniga coming in for the injured Morgan Schneiderlin and Artur Boruc.

Dani Osvaldo paid for his disappointing display in Sunday’s loss at Chelsea by being dropped in favour of Rickie Lambert, while Maya Yoshida replaced Jose Fonte in central defence.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Steven Davis, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.

Subs: Fonte, Osvaldo, Cork, Chambers, Hooiveld, Gallagher, Cropper.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Kozak, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Weimann, Albrighton, Steer, Sylla, Benteke, Tonev, Lowton.

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

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