Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Chelsea (4) v West Brom (7) Midfielder Yossi Benayoun (ankle) is out of the clash with West Brom. Gary Cahill (virus) and Cesar Azpilicueta (leg) are available again after missing the midweek FA Cup win at Middlesbrough. Oriol Romeu (knee) remains a long-term absentee. West Brom could be without their two frontline strikers. On-loan Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to face his parent club and forward partner Shane Long is a doubt with the ankle injury suffered against Sunderland. Left-back Goran Popov will complete a three- game ban for his red card against Tottenham. Head coach Steve Clarke has included 16-year-old midfielder Isaiah Brown, who is still at school, in his squad.

Last season: West Brom 1 Chelsea 0, Chelsea 2 West Brom 1. Last five league matches: Chelsea W D L W L; West Brom D L L W W. Top scorers (all competitions): Juan Mata (Chelsea) 17; Romelu Lukaku (West Brom) 12 . Match odds: H 4-11 A 8-1 D 7-2. Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

Everton (6) v Reading (19) Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is a slight doubt as the American sustained a knock in the midweek FA Cup fifth round replay victory over Oldham and will be assessed late on. Forward Victor Anichebe is another who may not be fit enough to return, having not played since mid-February, but midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be back after sitting out the cup match with a minor injury.

Reading will be without suspended striker Pavel Pogrebnyak after the Russia forward was sent off during last weekend's 3-0 home defeat against Wigan, and will be missing for three games. Veteran striker Jason Roberts (hip) is still absent and admitted during the week he has no idea when he will be fit enough to return. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) also misses out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture. Last five league matches: Everton D W D L L; Reading W D W L L. Top scorers (all competitions): Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 11; Nick Blackman (Reading) 14.

Match odds: H 4-11 A 8-1 D 7-2. Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Man Utd (1) v Norwich (12) Robin van Persie will be in the Manchester United squad despite hurting his hip when he crashed into a TV camera at QPR. …

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