With most teams on a 48 hour turn around, we look ahead at today’s Premier League clashes. In the day’s early kick off, Barragan is recalled by Middlesbrough after serving a ban, along with Ramirez who starts up front. Their opponents, Leicester, are still without England International Verdy through suspension.
Liverpool travel to Sunderland looking to make it 5 wins on the bounce. They will be without Henderson, who failed to finish the game on Saturday, along with Marko Grujic, Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip, who are all still recovering from injury. Sturridge could start after keeping the bench warm against Man City. Sunderland have leaked 7 goals in their last two games, which has lead to only one win in five. With Kone, Anichebe and Denayer all absent, David Moyles will be hoping the new year brings a much needed change of form.
At the top of the table, Man City will welcome 11th placed Burnley. City will be looking to get back to winning ways, still without injured skipper Vincent Kompany. Burnley could welcome back Hendrick as a replacement to Dean Marney, who picked up his fifth yellow card on Saturday, so sits this one out. Hull travel south to face a West Bromwich team looking to start the new year with a win, having only lost once in the last seven encounters. Hull haven’t any injury concerns, while West Bromwich’s biggest concern is whether to recall top scorer Randon, or stick with his replacement Robson-Kanu after he netted last time out.
Ronald Koeman has no further injury concerns, as his Everton team welcome Southampton to Goodison Park, with keeper Stekenlenberg still receiving treatment for a dead leg. His former team Southampton, however, could see the return of Jose Fonte as a replacement of the suspended Dijk, while Nathan Redmond and Ryan Betand are both available after missing Saturday’s match.
In the last game of the day, Manchester United Travel to West Ham, looking to continue their good form of late and looking for their 6th away victory of the season. Defender Eric Bailly will miss out, while Carrick and Rooney could return. West Ham have a good record against United lately, being unbeaten in their last 5 meetings. However, they will be missing Tore, Sakho, Arbeloa and waiting on a late fitness test for the availability of skipper Mark Noble.