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Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Sunderland last beat Liverpool in March 2012 at the Stadium of Light. Since then, the Black Cats have lost three and have drawn two including last December's goalless draw at Anfield. Sunderland won 1-0 in the FA Cup last weekend against Leeds United while Liverpool beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 on Monday night.


When these teams met at Loftus Road last month Queens Park Rangers (QPR) won 2-0 with Charlie Austin scoring both goals, the second coming two minutes before he was sent off. Each of QPR's five wins have come at home and they sit in 16th place, three places and two points better off than 19th-placed Burnley.

Troubled Leicester sit at the foot of the Barclays Premier League but they could give a debut to new signing Mark Schwarzer. The former Chelsea keeper could replace Ben Hamer. He could be needed; the last time Villa visited Leicester in the Premier League, 11 years ago, they won 5-0. Villa test Ron Vlaar but Fabian Delph is banned.


Swansea, in ninth place, are three points and two places behind West Ham, who have gone three league games without a win and on Tuesday they were held to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup at Everton.

Swansea miss the banned Jonjo Shelvey while Wilfried Bony is with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations while Ki Sung Yeung is with South Korea at the Asia Cup.

New Albion manager Tony Pulis started with a 7-0 FA Cup win over non-league Gateshead but the priority is in the Barclays Premier League where they sit in 17th place, just a point above the relegation zone. Hull arrive two places and one point better off. Saido Berahino got Albion's winner when the teams met at The Hawthorns in the Capital One Cup in September.

Arsenal want revenge for the 3-2 defeat at Stoke last month and since they last won there, in August 1981, Stoke have lost in nine successive visits, including each of their six Barclays Premier League trips. Arsenal, who have Olivier Giroud available after suspension, have lost just once at home but their 33 points is 12 points fewer than they had at this stage last season, when they were top after 20 games.