Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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West Ham (13) v Swansea (8) Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is hoping to give more minutes to striker Andy Carroll as the striker continues to find fitness following a knee injury. The England striker is again likely to be on the bench for the Hammers, who are still without defensive trio George McCartney (knee), James Collins (hamstring) and Dan Potts (concussion).

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm will miss out for Swansea as he continues his recovery from a knee injury - Gerhard Tremmel will again fill in. Kemy Agustien (ankle) and Neil Taylor (broken leg) remain sidelined and Danny Graham's departure to Sunderland means Michu is likely to be employed as a striker, with Itay Shechter, who has yet to score this season, the alternative option for Michael Laudrup.

Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches (all competitions): West Ham W L D L L; Swansea W D D W D Top scorers (all competitions): Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 6; Michu (Swansea) 16 Match odds: H 7-5 A 2-1 D 11-5 Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Wigan (18) v Southampton (16) Paul Scharner could figure in defence for Wigan, with Ivan Ramis (knee) and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) unavailable. Full-back Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) is a doubt, defender Adrian Lopez (hamstring), keeper Mike Pollitt (thigh) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee), Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and Fraser Fyvie (soft tissue problem) are out and forward Arouna Kone is on African Nations Cup duty.

Saints captain Adam Lallana could make his first start in nearly two months after recovering from a knee injury. New signing Vegard Forren was not involved in the defeat at Manchester United but could force himself into the squad, although Jose Fonte and Guly Do Prado (both knee) are likely to miss out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches: Wigan W L D L D; Southampton D W D D L Top scorers (all competitions): Jordi Gomez (Wigan) 7; Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 10 Match odds: H 1-1 A 12-5 D 5-2 Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

TOMORROW Man City (2) v Liverpool (7) City, again without captain Vincent Kompany, hope fellow defender Matija Nastasic is fit to start after a knee problem - otherwise midfielder Javi Garcia may again have to deputise. …

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