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BPL previews

Published:Saturday | December 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

ASTON VILLA VS SUNDERLAND

Kieran Richardson missed that game and remains suspended. Conor Wickham is back after a ban for Sunderland. Of 11 Barclay Premier League clashes at Villa Park, Sunderland have won just one, in January 2011. But punters be warned: six of the 11 have ended all square, including three of the last five.

HULL CITY VS LEICESTER CITY

Two clubs faced with a relegation battle meet at the KC where Hull have won just once. Leicester have one away win and eight defeats and, on Boxing Day, lost at home to Spurs. Leicester have won just once in their last four visits while Hull are still without the banned Tom Huddlestone but Jake Livermore returns. On Boxing Day, they got a rare win, a 3-1 victory at Sunderland.

QPR VS CRYSTAL PALACE

Two of the last three league clashes between these teams at Loftus Road have ended in draws. On Boxing Day, Queens Park Rangers lost 2-1 against a 10-man Arsenal team, with Charlie Austin scoring his 10th goal in nine games from the penalty spot. Palace, meanwhile, suffered another worrying defeat, beaten 3-1 at home by Southampton.

STOKE CITY VS WEST BROM

A draw is on the cards; three of the last four Barclays Premier League clashes at the Britannia Stadium between these teams have ended as stalemates. Stoker last won this fixture in November 2008. Stoke, though, should be confident after winning 1-0 at Liverpool on Boxing Day, though Albion suffered a 3-1 home defeat by Manchester City.

NEWCASTLE VS EVERTON

Newcastle, who lost 3-1 at Manchester United on Boxing Day, have Chieck Tiote available after a ban. Everton have won three of their last four visits to St James' Park, but have doubts over goalkeeper Tim Howard, who limped off during Friday's 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City. Phil Jagielka also undergoes a test.

LIVERPOOL VS SWANSEA CITY

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces his former club while Jonjo Shelvey, once an Anfield favourite, returns. Liverpool have Fabio Borini available after a one-match ban while Mario Balotelli, a substitute in the 1-0 Boxing Day win at Burnley, could also be involved. Swansea may be unchanged after winning 1-0 against Aston Villa.