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Wednesday, January 2

Bournemouth (12) v Watford (9)

Bournemouth's Nathan Ake could miss out due to a hamstring issue sustained at Manchester United. Jordon Ibe could again deputise at wing-back, with Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling all long-term absentees due to knee injuries.

Watford captain Troy Deeney is likely to return, with boss Javi Gracia set to make changes. Andre Gray (leg), Sebastian Prodl (knee) and Adalberto Penaranda (foot) missed out against Newcastle and Christian Kabasele also did not feature after a collision with the frame of the goal against Chelsea.

Last season: Watford 2 Bournemouth 2, Bournemouth 0 Watford 2

Last five league matches: Bournemouth L L W L L; Watford D W W L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) 9; Roberto Pereyra (Watford) 6

Match odds: H 29-20 A 9-5 D 5-2

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

Chelsea (4) v Southampton (17)

Olivier Giroud is expected to miss out due to an ankle injury. Alvaro Morata could start and Eden Hazard is likely play in his preferred wide left role. Cesc Fabregas (neck), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back), Pedro (hamstring) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring) could miss out.

Ryan Bertrand could again miss out for Southampton because of a back injury. Striker Michael Obafemi is expected be absent again with a hamstring issue, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg starts a four-match suspension.

Last season: Southampton 2 Chelsea 3, Chelsea 1 Southampton 0

Last five league matches: Chelsea W W L W W ; Southampton L W W L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 12; Danny Ings (Southampton) 8

Match odds: H 24-100 A 12-1 D 5-1

Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham)

Huddersfield (20) v Burnley (18)

Huddersfield boss David Wagner will choose from an unchanged squad. Wagner has no new injury or suspension worries following the defeat at Fulham but midfield trio Aaron Mooy, Danny Williams (both knee) and Abdelhamid Sabiri (collarbone) are out. Defender Tommy Smith (hamstring) is unavailable.

Robbie Brady could return to contention for Burnley - he has missed the last three games with an adductor problem but is back in training. Matt Lowton is available after a ban but the game comes too soon for Steven Defour (calf), Stephen Ward, Aaron Lennon (both knee) and Nick Pope (shoulder).

Last season: Huddersfield 0 Burnley 0, Burnley 0 Huddersfield 0

Last five league matches: Huddersfield L L L L L; Burnley W L L L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield) 3; Ashley Barnes (Burnley) 4

Match odds: H 6-5 A 27-10 D 27-10

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Newcastle (15) v Man Utd (6)

Federico Fernandez is a doubt with a hip injury and fellow Magpies defender Ciaran Clark (ankle) has missed the last three games. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey returned from a thigh injury at Watford but Ki Sung-yueng is on international duty. Central defender Florian Lejeune is close to a return.

United's Eric Bailly is banned, having been sent off against Bournemouth. Fellow defender Marcos Rojo has missed recent games and Chris Smalling has a sore foot which will keep him out. Alexis Sanchez has returned to training and is pushing for his first appearance since November.

Last season: Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0, Man Utd 4 Newcastle 1

Last five league matches: Newcastle L W D L D; Man Utd W L W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Salomon Rondon (Newcastle) 6; Anthony Martial & Paul Pogba (Man Utd) 9

Match odds: H 24-5 A 4-7 D 16-5

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

West Ham (11) v Brighton (13)

Pablo Zabaleta could return from illness but Javier Hernandez is at least another week away from fitness. Winston Reid (knee) Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks (both ankle), Fabio Balbuena, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez (all knee) and Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles) all miss out for the hosts.

Jose Izquierdo should be fit for Brighton as the Colombia forward has recovered from a knee injury and could make his first appearance since the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on December 4. Brighton have no new injuries but will be without Mat Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who are both on international duty.

Last season: Brighton 3 West Ham 1, West Ham 0 Brighton 3

Last five league matches: West Ham W W L W L ; Brighton L L L D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Felipe Anderson (West Ham) 8; Glenn Murray (Brighton) 8

Match odds: H 19-20 A 1-1 D 13-5

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Wolves (7) v Crystal Palace (14)

Wolves forward Diogo Jota has missed the last three matches with a hamstring problem and remains an injury doubt. Winger Adama Traore will be assessed after going off with a minor knock during the win at Tottenham.

Vicente Guaita is expected to retain his place in goal for Palace ahead of the fit-again Wayne Hennessey but striker Connor Wickham is pushing to start after successive substitute appearances. Christian Benteke (knee) is out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wolves W W L D W; Crystal Palace L W W D L

Top scorers (all competitions): Raul Jimenez (Wolves) 6; Luka Milivojevic & Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) 5

Match odds: H 1-1 A 3-1 D 5-2

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Thursday, January 3

Man City (2) v Liverpool (1)

Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for City because of a muscle injury. Ilkay Gundogan could return but Fabian Delph remains suspended and Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are long-term absentees.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is in contention to return after a minor muscular injury. Striker Dominic Solanke is struggling with a muscle problem although he is yet to make a first-team appearance for the leaders this season.

Last season: Liverpool 4 Man City 3, Man City 5 Liverpool 0

Last five league matches: Man City L W L L W; Liverpool W W W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Sergio Aguero (Man City) 13; Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 16

Match odds: H 1-1 A 5-2 D 14-5

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

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