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Premier League team and injury news

A look ahead to the weekend action in the top flight.

FOOTBALL 23/04/17 10:47
Christian Benteke

Manchester United will aim to heap pressure on fourth-place rivals Manchester City with victory over Burnley on Sunday.

With Pep Guardiola’s side playing in the FA Cup against Arsenal also on Sunday, live on BT Sport 1 (3pm kick-off), the Red Devils can reduce the gap to the final Champions League place to just one point.

Liverpool can strengthen their grip on a Champions League spot later on Sunday by beating Crystal Palace.

Sunday April 23

Burnley (14) v Man Utd (5)

Burnley midfielder Steven Defour is pushing to start against Manchester United. Defour injured his thigh in the win over Stoke earlier this month and returned as an unused substitute against Everton last week. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (knee) is also seeking a return to the squad but is short of match fitness. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo are set to miss out for United. Jose Mourinho fears the worst after the pair were forced off against Anderlecht, with Ibrahimovic landing awkwardly after Rojo was taken off on a stretcher with an apparent knee issue of his own. David De Gea looks set to replace Sergio Romero in goal.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Burnley D L W D L; Man Utd W D D W W
Top scorers: Andre Gray (Burnley) 9; Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) 28
Match odds: H 6-1 A 8-15 D 11-4
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Liverpool (3) v Crystal Palace (15)

Liverpool have defensive problems with Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan – plus midfielder-turned-auxiliary-centre-back Lucas Leiva – unable to train this week because of minor injuries. If none recover Joe Gomez could make his first Premier League start since September 2015. Adam Lallana (groin) is currently undergoing outdoor work with the rehabilitation coach and is expected to return to training next week but there is no comeback date yet pencilled in for fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson. Palace are without Mamadou Sakho because the terms of his loan deal mean he is ineligible to face his parent club. In his absence, the fit-again James Tomkins is expected to return to Sam Allardyce’s starting XI. Loic Remy and James McArthur have also returned to contention.

Last season: Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 2, Liverpool 1 Crystal Palace 2
Last five league matches: Liverpool D W D W W; Crystal Palace W W L W D
Top scorers: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 13; Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) 14
Match odds: H 1-2 A 5-1 D 10-3
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

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