GiveMeSport contributor Tom Fleming takes you through Saturday's Premier League ties.

Tottenham vs Chelsea

The home side will be without Younes Kaboul but could give Aaron Lennon a late fitness test on Friday whilst Emmanuel Adebayor will miss out due to illness.

Chelsea will be without the injured Marco Van Ginkel for the majority of the season, who ruptured his medial knee ligaments on Tuesday. Ramires is also a doubt for the game, whilst Juan Mata, David Luiz and Fernando Torres are all pushing for a starting place.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City 

Villa will be without key player Christian Benteke and Charles N’Zogbia whilst Manuel Pellegrini could welcome Micah Richards and Gael Clichy back to the team, but the game will probably come too early for David Silva, who is still suffering from a thigh strain.

Fulham vs Cardiff City

Martin Jol will be hoping his side’s midweek Capital One Cup victory over Everton will kick-start what has been a slow campaign for Fulham, however, Aaron Hughes and Brian Ruiz both face late fitness tests if they are to compete for a starting place. Matthew Briggs and Ashkan Dejagah will definitely be missing for the home side.

Malkay Makay’s Cardiff have only one absentee in Andreas Cornelius, and will be hoping to take full advantage of a full, fit squad.

Hull City vs West Ham

Both teams will be brimming with confidence after midweek wins the Capital One Cup. Steve Bruce will be missing Maynor Figueroa, Robert Koren and Paul McShane. They may also be missing Robbie Brady who has fallen ill.

With Andy Carroll still injured, West Ham may re-call Ricardo Vaz Te to the starting line up. Joe Cole and Stuart Downing are both in contention to start.

Manchester United vs West Brom 

The Champions will be hoping to welcome back Robin van Persie to their starting line-up, but the Dutchman faces a late fitness test. Javier Hernandez will be pushing for a starting place in the team after his midweek winner against Liverpool. United could also be without Tom Cleverley as the midfielder has failed to shake off a knock.

The visitors will definitely be without Goalkeeper Ben Foster and Zoltan Gera, but Chris Brunt and Matej Vydra could both be fit in time for the match.

Southampton vs Crystal Palace

Southampton are currently on a good run of form and manager Maurico Pochettino has a fully fit squad to choose from. 

Palace manager Ian Holloway returns from a three-match touchline ban, but will be without the injured Jonathon Williams, Jack Hunt and Yannick Bolasie. Captain Patrick Mccarthy could make his first appearance of the season for the East London club.

Swansea City vs Arsenal

After falling at the first hurdle of their defence of the Capital One Cup in midweek, Michael Laudrup will be without captain Ashley Williams and Pablo Hernandez.

League leaders Arsenal head to South Wales after having rested several major players in the midweek Capital One Cup win.

Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury concerns, with Theo Walcott, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Lukas Podolski all on the long-term injury list. The Gunners could, however, welcome back Santi Cazorla.

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