With the festive season just around the season, Premier League teams continue to prepare for a busy run of fixtures, with a full midweek list already played over Tuesday and Wednesday.
The pick of this weekend’s action includes Manchester United v Newcastle United, Sunderland v Tottenham and Arsenal v Everton.
Manchester United v Newcastle United
The Saturday lunchtime kick-off sees ninth placed Manchester United host Newcastle who are sixth.
David Moyes’ side had looked to have steadied the ship, after going seven games unbeaten in the league but a late Everton winner in midweek meant they lost pace on the Champions League spots.
Wayne Rooney is suspended after picking up five yellow cards but Phil Jones is available after returning from suspension. Robin van Persie could also return following groin and toe injuries.
Newcastle had gone on a four game winning streak in the league but they were well beaten 3-0 by Swansea City on Wednesday.
Alan Pardew may choose to recall Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse who both missed the midweek game with injuries.
This match is live on BT Sport 1 from 12:45pm.
Arsenal v Everton (Sunday)
The second game on ‘Super Sunday’ sees Arsenal face a tricky task against an Everton side who beat Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since 1992 in midweek.
The Gunners remained four points ahead of the chasing pack at the top of the tree, with Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Hull City.
Arsene Wenger rested Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Olivier Giroud during that game although they are all expected to return. Mathieu Flamini is a doubt with a groin injury whilst Bacary Sagna is definitely side lined with a hamstring issue.
Roberto Martinez has no fresh injury concerns and could field an unchanged side from Wednesday’s terrific win as they look to move up into the top four.
The match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 4pm, immediately after Fulham v Aston Villa.
Swansea City v Hull City
Swansea continued their hit-and-miss form with an excellent 3-0 win over a recently prolific Newcastle United last Wednesday and will be looking to climb into the top half with a win over Hull on Monday night.
Hull have only picked up two wins in their last seven Premier League games but a good start to the season means Steve Bruce’s side are just a point behind their opponents in 12th position.
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