Joy Sports EPL preview: Costa out, Rooney and Lucas Leiva back and more


All the team news ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action, with Diego Costa missing for Chelsea ahead of their potential title party.

Saturday
(all kick-offs 2pm unless stated)
Leicester City v Newcastle United (11:45)
The build-up to Leicester City’s relegation tussle with Newcastle United has been overshadowed by Foxes manager Nigel Pearson’s bizarre personal attack on a journalist.

Leicester are sweating on injuries to Robert Huth and Andy King, while Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is available after his return from suspension.

Aston Villa v Everton
Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor is not ready to return to action as he continues to struggle with a hamstring injury. Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar will miss his third successive game with a muscle complaint.

Liverpool v QPR
It’s practically a must-win clash for QPR at Anfield as they decide whether to risk Bobby Zamora in attack. Liverpool welcome back Lucas Leiva for the first time in three games.

Sunderland v Southampton
The last time these two sides met? Southampton 8-0 Sunderland. Adam Johnson will be included in the Sunderland squad. Southampton are without Morgan Schneiderlin, who was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Swansea City v Stoke City
Defender Neil Taylor returns from a two-match suspension for Swansea, while Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam will play in a protective mask after breaking his nose in training.

West Ham v Burnley
If Burnley plan on staying in the division, they could really do with three points in London. Ashley Barnes returns from suspension for the visitors; the Hammers have no fresh injury concerns.

Manchester United v West Brom (16:30)
Wayne Rooney should feature despite coming off late on in United’s 3-0 defeat at Everton last Sunday. Tony Pulis refused to reveal much about West Brom’s injury problems.

Sunday
Chelsea v Crystal Palace (12:30)
Chelsea can clinch the title with victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa misses out for the hosts and may not feature again this season if the Blues lift the Premier League trophy on Sunday. Marouane Chamakh has returned to training and could feature for Palace.

Tottenham v Manchester City (15:00)
Tottenham are hopeful Danny Rose is fit for the match at White Hart Lane. The visitors are without Yaya Toure (hamstring) and Vincent Kompany (groin).


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