City without strikers again; Di Maria out for United

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City without strikers again; Di Maria out for United

Burnley v Liverpool

Burnley forward Sam Vokes makes his first appearance in a match day squad since March after finally recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

The Clarets name an unchanged team to face Liverpool at Turf Moor.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has picked the same side which secured a last-gasp draw with Arsenal on Sunday, with striker Mario Balotelli back on the bench after suspension and 17-year-old forward Sheyi Ojo named in the squad for the first time.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Keane, Shackell, Mee, Boyd, Marney, Jones, Arfield, Ings, Barnes.

Subs: Wallace, Vokes, Kightly, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Gilks, Long.

Liverpool: Brad Jones, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas, Markovic, Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana.

Subs: Lambert, Moreno, Manquillo, Mignolet, Can, Balotelli, Ojo.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)


Crystal Palace v Southampton

Florin Gardos is handed his first Premier League start in Southampton’s St Stephen's Day trip to Crystal Palace.

The Romania international is thrown in the starting line-up in place of suspended former Eagles defender Jose Fonte, while Morgan Schneiderlin and Sadio Mane are also brought in.

Palace make two alterations at Selhurst Park, with Adrian Mariappa and Damien Delaney coming in for Brede Hangeland and Martin Kelly.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, McArthur, Jedinak, Ledley, Puncheon, Campbell, Bolasie.

Subs: Hangeland, Zaha, Hennessey, Thomas, Gayle, Bannan, Kelly.

Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Yoshida, Gardos, Bertrand, Steven Davis, Alderweireld, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Pelle, Mane.

Subs: Kelvin Davis, Long, Tadic, Wanyama, Reed, McCarthy, Targett.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)


Everton v Stoke

Everton have fit-again trio James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas back in their first XI for the St Stephen's Day Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke at Goodison Park.

The threesome replaced Muhamed Besic, who is not included in the squad, and benched pair Sylvain Distin and Samuel Eto’o in the only adjustments from last Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Southampton.

The Potters’ starting line-up shows two alterations from Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, with Peter Crouch and Phil Bardsley dropping out – only the former to the bench – for Mame Biram Diouf and Glenn Whelan.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Naismith, Barkley, Lukaku.

Subs: Robles, Eto’o, McGeady, Kone, Distin, Garbutt, Alcaraz.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Bojan, Arnautovic, Diouf.

Subs: Huth, Palacios, Wilson, Adam, Butland, Assaidi, Crouch.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)


Leicester v Tottenham Hotspur

Leonardo Ulloa and David Nugent starts up front for Leicester against Tottenham as the Foxes look to end their 12-game winless run.

The strike pair are the only changes from the 2-0 defeat at West Ham which means Leicester are bottom of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas. Jamie Vardy and Esteban Cambiasso drops to the bench while Paul Konchesky keeps his place despite his error which cost a goal at Upton Park.

Tottenham recall Danny Rose and Benjamin Stambouli for Ben Davies and Ryan Mason, who are named on the bench. Former Leicester loanee Harry Kane, who scored twice in 15 games at the King Power Stadium in 2013, starts up front looking to score in a fourth straight game.

Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ulloa, Schlupp, King, Nugent.

Subs: De Laet, Hammond, James, Vardy, Cambiasso, Knockaert, Smith.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Stambouli, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane.

Subs: Chiriches, Paulinho, Soldado, Vorm, Townsend, Davies, Mason.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)


Man Utd v Newcastle

Radamel Falcao keeps his place in the Manchester United team as Louis van Gaal looks for his eighth home win of the season against Newcastle.

Defender Paddy McNair comes in for Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick moves into midfield. British record-signing Angel di Maria is left out of the match day squad because of an injury he suffered in training on Christmas Eve.

Newcastle forward Adam Armstrong, 17, makes his first Barclays Premier League start in place of Sammy Ameobi and Vurnon Anita replaces the suspended Cheick Tiote.

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, McNair, Evans, Valencia, Rooney, Carrick, Young, Mata, Falcao, van Persie.

Subs: Da Silva, Smalling, Lindegaard, Fletcher, Blackett, Pereira, Wilson.

Newcastle: Alnwick, Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett, Anita, Colback, Armstrong, Sissoko, Gouffran, Perez.

Subs: Williamson, Cisse, Cabella, Vuckic, Riviere, Satka, Woodman.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)


Sunderland v Hull

Under-pressure Hull boss Steve Bruce has left strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez sitting on the bench as he looks to end of run of 10 Barclays Premier League games without a win at Sunderland.

With skipper Curtis Davies having shaken off a calf problem, Liam Rosenior, Stephen Quinn, Robbie Brady and Sone Aluko are drafted in in place of Andrew Robertson, the suspended Jake Livermore, Hernandez and Jelavic, with the latter pair named only among the substitutes alongside Maynor Figueroa and Tom Ince on their returns from loan spells.

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet makes only two changes to the side which beat Newcastle 1-0 on Sunday as Billy Jones comes in for Wes Brown and Ricky Alvarez takes over from the suspended Connor Wickham.

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, O’Shea, Coates, Jones, Larsson, Cattermole, Gomez, Johnson, Fletcher, Alvarez.

Subs: Bridcutt, Brown, Rodwell, Altidore, Giaccherini, Mannone, Buckley.

Hull: McGregor, Chester, Bruce, Davies, Elmohamady, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Rosenior, Ramirez, Aluko.

Subs: Hernandez, Maguire, Jakupovic, Jelavic, Sagbo, Ince, Figueroa.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)


Swansea v Aston Villa

Swansea’s top goalscorer Wilfried Bony returns for the Barclays Premier League home game with Aston Villa as manager Garry Monk makes four changes following the 1-0 win at Hull.

Bony is joined by Angel Rangel, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero as Jazz Richards, Tom Carroll, Wayne Routledge and Bafetimbi Gomis all dropped to the bench.

Villa manager Paul Lambert recalls full-back Alan Hutton and midfielder Tom Cleverly – the former was suspended and the latter was ineligible to play against his parent club Manchester United – while striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is included after his red card in that 1-1 draw was rescinded on Tuesday.

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Shelvey, Ki, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Montero, Bony.

Subs: Emnes, Carroll, Routledge, Gomis, Tremmel, Bartley, Richards.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Vlaar, Cissokho, Sanchez, Cleverley, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Subs: Bacuna, Weimann, Herd, N’Zogbia, Given, Lowton, Grealish.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)


West Brom v Man City

Champions Manchester City are again without a recognised striker in their starting line-up for their Barclays Premier League clash at West Brom.

Stevan Jovetic does make the bench after a hamstring injury but the initial forward duties at The Hawthorns are again expected to be carried by midfielders James Milner and David Silva.

West Brom make a change up front as Saido Berahino replaces Brown Ideye while Youssouf Mulumbu also returns and fit-again captain Chris Brunt is among the substitutes.

West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, McAuley, Lescott, Pocognoli, Morrison, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Gardner, Varela, Berahino.

Subs: Baird, Yacob, Ideye, Brunt, Myhill, Gamboa, Dawson.

Man City: Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Toure, Jesus Navas, Silva, Nasri, Milner.

Subs: Zabaleta, Kolarov, Caballero, Lampard, Fernandinho, Jovetic, Boyata.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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