EPL 2012-13: Premier League Preview - Game Week 4

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Published: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 15:26 [IST]
 
EPL:Premier League Preview - Game Week 4

London, Sep 15: Full Preview of the Barclays Premier League matches of Game Week 4 on Saturday, September 15.

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Aston Villa vs Swansea City - Villa Park

Aston Villa hope to grab all three points as they seek to win their first League match against an unbeaten side Swansea City.

Villa manager Paul Lambert may include his transfer deadline-day signings, strikers Christian Benteke and Jordan Bowery, with midfielder Ashley Westwood.

For Swansea, Chico Flores' suspension means defender Alan Tate has a chance in the starting XI.

Trivia:

*Aston Villa have won just a single game in their last 14 matches in the top flight.

*Swansea City are unbeaten in three games averaging three goals per game.

Probable Lineups:

Aston Villa (4-4-2): Guzan-Lichaj, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett-Holman-Ireland, Westwood, N'Zogbia-Bent, Benteke

Swansea City (4-2-1-3): Vorm-Angel Rangel, Tate, Williams, Davies-Britton, De Guzman-Michu-Routledge, Graham, Dyer


Norwich City vs West Ham United - Carrow Road.

Norwich City will be confident ahead of the clash against West Ham after their performance against Tottenham earned them a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

The Canaries defender Russell Martin is expected to return after a injury ruled him out during midweek's international break.

Andy Carroll, on loan from Liverpool, will miss out for the Hammers after suffering injury on his debut. Carlton Cole will replace Carroll after  losing his spot in the starting XI.

Trivia:

*West Ham have lost nine, nine draws and won only three games in 21 visits to Carrow Road.

*Norwich are yet to pick a booking this season while they have had the least number of shots on goal.

Probable Lineups:

Norwich City (4-4-2): Ruddy-Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido-Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington-Jackson, Holt.

West Ham United (4-4-1): Jaaskelainen-Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney-Vaz Te, Noble, Diame, Taylor-Nolan-Cole.


Fulham vs West Brom Albion - Craven Cottage

West Brom have a stern challenge when they visit Fulham at Craven Cottage. Steve Clark's men will have to continue their fine form after beating Merseyside clubs.

Fulham have to deal without departed attacking duo Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey while Dimitar Berbatov could make his first start for the Cottagers.

West Brom right-back Steven Ried's injury is a major set back while on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is declared fit.

Trivia:

*West Brom last won 45 years ago at Craven Cottage.

*Fulham have lost just one of their last 11 league matches at Craven Cottage.

*Both home and away fixtures between the two sides ended in a draw.

Probable Lineups:

Fulham (4-4-2) Schwarzer-Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise-Duff, Diarra, Sidwell, Richardson-Petric, Berbatov

West Brom Albion (4-2-3-1): Foster-Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell-Yacob, Mulumbu-Dorrans, Morrison, Odemwingie-Long


Stoke City vs Manchester City - Britannia Stadium

Premier League champions City begin a hectic week starting with the visit to Stoke while games against Real Madrid and Arsenal will test the Citizens resources.

Tony Pulis' new signing Michael Owen is likely to make his debut while midfielder Charlie Adam could make a full start.

City striker Sergio Aguero could return after recovering from a knee injury while transfer deadline-day signings Javi Garcia, Maicon and Scott Sinclair could play a part.

Trivia:

*Last three encounters between these two sides at the Britannia Stadium have ended in a 1-1 draw.

*City are yet to keep a cleansheet this season.

Probable Lineups:

Stoke City (4-4-2): Begovic-Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron-Pennant, N'Zonzi, Adam, Kightly-Crouch, Owen

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart-Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov-Yaya Toure, Garcia-Nasri, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko.


Sunderland vs Liverpool - Stadium of Light

Brendan Rodgers hopes his Liverpool side can finally win against Sunderland after clinching just 1 point in three games this season.

Only setback for the Reds would be injury to left-back Jose Enrique while midfielder Joe Allen has recovered from illness but Lucas Leiva remains sidelined.

For the Black Cats, Steven Fletcher is likely to start upfront after scoring twice against Swansea. Defenders Wes Brown and Phil Bardsley are still sidelined with injuries.

Trivia:

*Liverpool have 1 point in three games, their worst start in 50 years.

*Besides QPR, Liverpool have conceded the highest number of goals this season.

Probable Lineups:

Sunderland (4-4-2): Mignolet-Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose-Larsson, Sessegnon, Cattermole, A.Johnson-Saha, Fletcher.

Liverpool(4-3-3):Reina-G. Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique-Gerrard, Allen, Sahin-Downing, Suarez, Sterling.

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