Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Man City (5) v QPR (18) City are still without striker Sergio Aguero and midfielder Gareth Barry. Aguero (knee) is likely to be out until mid-September while Barry (abdominal) might still be three or four weeks away from a return despite a recent reserves outing. England right-back Micah Richards (ankle) also remains on the sidelines.

Esteban Granero could make his QPR debut after he received international clearance following his move from Real Madrid. New goalkeeper Julio Cesar will not feature as he has not been given clearance and Samba Diakite is also missing for personal reasons. Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer could feature after returning from their respective long-term layoffs in midweek.

Last season: Man City 3 QPR 2, QPR 2 Man City 3 Last five league matches: Man City W W W W D; QPR L W L L D Top scorers: Carlos Tevez (Man City) 3; Bobby Zamora (QPR) 2 Match odds: H 1-6 A 10-1 D 5-1 Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

Tottenham (14) v Norwich (17) Midfielder Mousa Dembele could be handed his Tottenham debut, while Steven Caulker could make his first Premier League start after fellow defender Younes Kaboul was ruled out with a knee injury. Scott Parker (Achilles), Giovani Dos Santos (calf) and Heurelho Gomes (ankle) are unavailable for the hosts.

Simon Lappin will miss the trip with an ankle ligament injury he picked up in the midweek Capital One Cup victory against Scunthorpe. Fellow midfielder Robert Snodgrass suffered a minor leg injury last weekend and should be fit. Goalkeeper Mark Bunn will not make the trip after signing from Blackburn but holding midfielder Alexander Tettey, signed from Rennes, could feature from the bench. Last season: Tottenham 1 Norwich 2, Norwich 0 Tottenham 2 Last five league matches: Tottenham W D W L D; Norwich L D W L D Top scorers: Dos Santos Giovani (Tottenham) 3; Wes Hoolahan, Simeon Jackson & Simon Lappin (Norwich) 1 Match odds: H 7-20 A 11-2 D 17-5 Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

West Brom (4) v Everton (3) West Brom boss Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of several key players before finalising his side. Defenders Steven Reid, Jonas Olsson and Liam Ridgewell, midfielders James Morrison, Graham Dorrans and Jerome Thomas plus strikers Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku all missed the midweek Capital One Cup tie at Yeovil. …

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