Soccer / Football : England : Premier League 2013/2014
|14.Man. City - Arsenal|
|Chelsea - Palace|
|Everton - Fulham|
|Newcast. - Southam.|
|West Ham - Sunderl.|
|Cardiff - West Br.|
|Hull City - Stoke City|
|15.Ast. Villa - Man. Utd.|
|Norwich - Swansea|
|Tottenh. - Liverpool|
Bacary Sagna set to miss key games
Arsenal will again be without Bacary Sagna for Wednesday's final UEFA Champions League Group F match in Napoli. The Gunners' first choice right-back has failed to recover from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the game against Everton on Sunday. Sagna is also expected to miss Saturday's Premier League clash against Manchester City, with Carl Jenkinson likely to take the role.
Gerrard may miss Christmas schedule
Liverpool fear captain Steven Gerrard could be out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. The midfielder was hurt in the 55th minute of Saturday's 4-1 win against West Ham United and early tests were not promising. Gerrard will miss the key trips to Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea and could be absent for as many as seven matches. He has started in all of the 15 Premier League games this season.
Schurrle forced off with calf injury
Chelsea attacking midfielder Andre Schurrle was forced off the pitch in 3-2 loss to Stoke City after picking up a calf injury. Manager Jose Mourinho revealed that the player had asked to be replaced because he was struggling with the problem, which will be assessed in the next 48 hours. Schurrle scored both of Chelsea's goals before being replaced by Samuel Eto'o in the 70th minute.
Rodgers hopeful on Gerrard's injury
Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that the hamstring injury which forced Steven Gerrard off during Liverpool's win over West Ham is not serious. The 33-year-old Reds skipper was substituted and replaced by Lucas Leiva in the 56th minute at Anfield as Rodgers' men moved up to second place thanks to a convincing 4-1 win. "We just need to assess that in the next day or so," said Rodgers. "It was definitely his hamstring. Hopefully it's just a strain and we'll see where we're at in the next 48 hours."
Hangeland faces further six weeks out
Fulham captain Brede Hangeland is set to have surgery to clear sciatic nerve trouble and will miss a further six weeks out injured. The news is a massive blow to manager Rene Meulensteen, who took over from Martin Jol after last weekend's defeat to West Ham. The influential defender has already missed the last month and there were hopes he would not need an operation but that has not proved to be the case.
Man. Utd. 7.12.13
Van Persie back in full training
Robin van Persie completed his first full training session in a month for Manchester United on Friday but remains a major doubt for the clash with Newcastle. The Dutchman has not featured for the Premier League champions since November 10 due to a groin strain. The forward's return to full training is a small boost for Moyes, though the Scot is likely to be forced to start against Newcastle without his two leading strikers, with Wayne Rooney suspended.
Jan Vertonghen turned his ankle in Wednesday's 2-1 victory at Fulham and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted the defender is a doubt for Saturday's match at Sunderland. Moussa Dembele's ongoing hip complaint ruled him out of the Fulham clash at the last minute, but after resting he could come back into contention. Full-back Danny Rose has made a tentative return to training, but is not yet ready for a playing comeback.
Injury woes continues for Saints
Southampton could be without eight first-team players against Manchester City, with Victor Wanyama and Nathaniel Clyne the latest to join injury list. Manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed the extent of the two new problems with Wanyama and Clyne joining Schneiderlin, Boruc, Prado and Fox as certain to miss the clash. "Victor has a hairline fracture (in his leg)," he said. "We don't know time-wise how long he is going to be because it also depends on personal recovery times. I hope he recovers soon. Right now, we don't know exactly when. Clyne made a sharp movement against Villa in the second half and received a tweak in the pelvis region."
|4||Man. City||29||26||9-2-4 (15)|
|9||Man. Utd.||22||3||6-4-5 (15)|
|11||Ast. Villa||19||-2||5-4-6 (15)|
|12||Hull City||18||-6||5-3-7 (15)|
|13||Stoke City||17||-5||4-5-6 (15)|
|15||West Br.||15||-4||3-6-6 (15)|
|17||West Ham||13||-6||3-4-8 (15)|
|9.12||Swansea - Hull City||1:1|
|8.12||Arsenal - Everton||1:1|
|8.12||Fulham - Ast. Villa||2:0|
|7.12||Liverpool - West Ham||4:1|
|7.12||Man. Utd. - Newcast.||0:1|
|7.12||Southam. - Man. City||1:1|
|7.12||Sunderl. - Tottenh.||1:2|
|7.12||West Br. - Norwich||0:2|
|7.12||Palace - Cardiff||2:0|
|7.12||Stoke City - Chelsea||3:2|
English Premier League stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||30 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : England : Premier League 2013/2014
The English Premier League (EPL) is probably one of the most popular football competitions in the world. The current format of the Premiership was created in 1995, when the number of clubs was reduced from twenty-two to twenty. Each team plays against all the other teams in the league twice, for a total of 38 matches for each team per season. The number of points scored in the season determines the position of teams in the table.
At the end of the campaign, the top three teams in the English Premier League qualify directly for the group stage of the Champions League, while the fourth placed teams play the qualifying rounds. The three bottom teams in the Premiership table are relegated to the Football League Championship. The Football League Championship winners and runners-up are promoted automatically, while the next four clubs enter a play-off for an additional place in the top flight.