PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW.
Last season: Tottenham 2 Fulham 0, Fulham 1 Tottenham 3 Last five league matches: Fulham D D L L D; Tottenham L L L W W Top scorers (all competitions): Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 5; Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 10 Match odds: H 15-8 A 13-10 D 13-5 Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside) Liverpool (12) v Southampton (18) Midfielder Lucas Leiva returns to Liverpool's matchday squad after a three-month injury absence with a thigh injury. Joe Cole has overcome a hamstring problem which forced him out of the defeat at Tottenham in midweek. Defender Andre Wisdom, who was on the bench at White Hart Lane following a knee injury, could come back into contention for a starting place at Anfield.
Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga looks set to start for Saints again - the 20-year-old has come under increasing scrutiny following a number of recent high-profile mistakes, including the one that saw Norwich grab an equaliser in midweek. Danny Fox could return from a knee complaint, while Frazer Richardson and Richard Chaplow are closing in on a return.
Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches: Liverpool D D W D L; Southampton L D W W D Top scorers (all competitions): Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 13; Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 6 Match odds: H 4-11 A 15-2 D 19-5 Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Manchester City (2) v Everton (6) Manchester City''s former Newcastle United midfielder James Milner will miss out with a hamstring injury sustained during the midweek win at Wigan - in which he scored with a superb long-range shot - but he could return for next week's derby with Manchester United. Fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) are not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) is still out.
Everton defender Leighton Baines (hamstring) is a major doubt, Sylvain Distin or Bryan Oviedo will fill in if the left-back misses out - although Toffees manager David Moyes will wait as long as possible before ruling him out. Midfielder Seamus Coleman and forwards Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe (both hamstring) are unlikely to be fit to return.
Last season: Everton 1 Man City 0, Man City 2 Everton 0 Last five league matches: Man City D W W D W; Everton D W L D D Top scorers (all competitions): Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko & Carlos Tevez (Man City) 7; Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 7 Match odds: H 8-15 A 9-2 D 10-3 Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2012|
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