Burnley's James Tarkowski back from ban in time to face Liverpool
BRIGHTON VS. BOURNEMOUTH
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION: Chris Hughton will make a late check on central defender Lewis Dunk, who picked up a knock during Saturday's 0-0 draw at Newcastle but is expected to be fit. On Loan Chelsea forward Izzy Brown did not make the 18 at St James' Park after having to sit out against his parent club on Boxing Day, while midfielder Steve Sidwell (back) is Hughton's only long-term absentee.Provisional squad: Ryan, Krul, Bong, Bruno, Hunemeier, Duffy, Dunk, Rosenior, Goldson, Schelotto, Suttner, Kayal, Propper, Knockaert, Stephens, March, Izquierdo, Brown, Gross, Murray, Hemed, Baldock.
BOURNEMOUTH: Josh King is likely to miss out after he suffered a new hamstring problem in Saturday's 2-1 win over Everton. Ryan Fraser could continue in the starting XI after his match-winning double against Everton, with Charlie Daniels possibly ready to return from the off.Provisional squad: Begovic, Boruc, Ramsdale, S Cook, Francis, Simpson, Ake, A Smith, Daniels, Surman, L Cook, Fraser, Gosling, Pugh, Hyndman, Ibe, King, Afobe, Wilson, Mousset.
BURNLEY VS. LIVERPOOL
BURNLEY: Defender James Tarkowski returns from a three-game suspension and boss Sean Dyche must decide whether to recall him to the starting line-up or retain Kevin Long and Ben Mee in central defence. Left-back Stephen Ward (knee) and striker Chris Wood (leg) remain doubtful, while Robbie Brady (knee) and Tom Heaton (shoulder) are long-term absentees.Provisional squad: Pope, Lindegaard, Long, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor, Lowton, Bardsley, Defour, Ulvestad, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, Marney, Arfield, Gudmundsson, Vokes, Barnes, Walters, Wells.
LIVERPOOL: Leading scorer Mohamed Salah could be a doubt after limping off in Saturday's win over Leicester. Simon Mignolet will return at Turf Moor as manager Jurgen Klopp continues to rotate his goalkeepers. Defender Alberto Moreno (ankle) could be fit for Friday's Merseyside derby FA Cup tie but as the transfer window does not open until the day of the game new signing Virgil van Dijk cannot be registered in time to play.Provisional squad: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Firmino, Mane, Karius, Gomez, Klavan, Milner, Lallana, Solanke, Salah, Ings.
LEICESTER VS. HUDDERSFIELD
LEICESTER: Ben Chilwell will be assessed after the defender missed Saturday's 2-1 loss at Liverpool due to illness. Robert Huth, sidelined since the summer by an ankle injury, has been nearing a first-team return but is not set to make it in this contest and Danny Simpson (hamstring) is still out. While Adrien Silva will be registered for the Foxes in January, it will not be in time for him to be involved in the game against the Terriers.Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, Jakupovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Morgan, Fuchs, Benalouane, Dragovic, James, King, Albrighton, Amartey, Gray, Ndidi, Mahrez, Iborra, Choudhury, Musa, Vardy, Slimani, Okazaki, Ulloa, Iheanacho, Thomas.
HUDDERSFIELD: David Wagner will assess defender Florent Hadergjonaj after he took a knock against Burnley and was replaced at half-time, so skipper Tommy Smith could return to the starting line-up. Centre-half Michael Hefele returned to the bench on Saturday after a long-term Achilles injury, but still needs game time with the under-23s. Philip Billing (ankle) and Jon Gorenc Stankovic (knee) are still unavailable.Provisional squad: Lossl; Lowe, Malone, Schindler, Jorgensen, Smith, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Lolley, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Depoitre, Coleman, Hefele, Hadergjonaj, Williams.
STOKE VS. NEWCASTLE
STOKE: Mark Hughes fielded a weakened side for the defeat to Chelsea on Saturday but is expected to bring Xherdan Shaqiri, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Joe Allen back into his starting line-up. Kurt Zouma, ineligible to face Chelsea, could also return along with Eric Pieters but Ryan Shawcross (calf), Glen Johnson (knee) and Bruno Martins Indi (groin) remain unavailable.Provisional squad: Butland, Cameron, Pieters, Wimmer, Tymon, Edwards, Shaqiri, Fletcher, Allen, Sobhi, Crouch, Diouf, Grant, Berahino, Afellay, Choupo-Moting, Ngoy, Adam.
NEWCASTLE: Rafael Benitez will make a series of late checks and is hoping he will have no further absentees. Keeper Rob Elliot (thigh), full-back Jesus Gamez (ankle), central defender Florian Lejeune (foot) and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic (back) all missed out against Chris Hughton's men, a game for which the Spaniard made seven changes.Provisional squad: Darlow, Woodman,Yedlin, Manquillo, Mbemba, Dummett, Haidara, Lascelles, Clark, Merino, Hayden, Shelvey, Saivet, Ritchie, Atsu, Murphy, Aarons, Diame, Perez, Joselu, Gayle.
EVERTON VS. MAN UNITED
EVERTON: Sam Allardyce will monitor James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie before deciding whether to start the duo. McCarthy lasted just half of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Bournemouth at Dean Court. Idrissa Gueye should feature again after recovering from hamstring trouble, with Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley still sidelined.Provisional squad: Pickford, Kenny, Williams, Keane, Holgate, Martina, Schneiderlin, Davies, Sigurdsson, Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Robles, Jagielka, Baningime, McCarthy, Besic, Lookman, Lennon, Vlasic, Mirallas, Klaassen, Niasse, Sandro, Rooney.
MAN UNITED: Romelu Lukaku will miss at least two games after suffering a head injury against Southampton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a month out with a recurrence of his knee problems. Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly remain sidelined, with question marks over Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian.Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Tuanzebe, Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Lindelof, Young, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, McTominay, Pogba, Herrera, Matic, Lingard, Martial, Rashford, Mata, Mkhitaryan.
SOUTHAMPTON VS. CRYSTAL PALACE
SOUTHAMPTON: Team news to follow....
CRYSTAL PALACE: Team news to follow....
SWANSEA VS. TOTTENHAM
SWANSEA: Tammy Abraham is a doubt due to a stomach injury and he also limped off early in the second half against Watford on Saturday. Wilfried Bony could replace Abraham if he can shake off a hamstring problem. Ki Sung-Yueng (calf) and Kyle Bartley (knee ligaments) are likely to miss out again.Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Carroll, Fer, Ayew, Narsingh, Abraham, Bony, Nordfeldt, Rangel, Van der Hoorn, Clucas, Sanches, Fulton, Dyer, Routledge, McBurnie.
TOTTENHAM: Team news to follow....
WEST HAM VS. WEST BROM
WEST HAM: Mark Noble is battling to shake off a hamstring injury and Michail Antonio has yet to resume training after a groin problem. Reece Oxford is back from a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, but Sam Byram (hamstring), Jose Fonte and Edimilson Fernandes (both ankle) are still out.Provisional squad: Adrian, Hart, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Oxford, Rice, Obiang, Quina, Lanzini, Ayew, Arnautovic, Carroll, Sakho, Hernandez.
WEST BROM: Team news to follow....
MAN CITY VS. WATFORD
MAN CITY: Team news to follow....
WATFORD: Captain Troy Deeney serves the last installment of a four-match suspension following his red card against Huddersfield before Christmas. Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes (both hamstring), Younes Kaboul (foot), Miguel Britos (ankle), Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success (all knee) are all still out injured.Provisional squad: Gomes, Zeegelaar, Wague, Janmaat, Kabasele, Cleverley, Doucoure, Watson, Pereyra, Richarlison, Carrillo, Karnezis, Prodl, Holebas, Capoue, Sinclair, Gray, Okaka.
ARSENAL VS. CHELSEA
ARSENAL: Team news to follow....
CHELSEA: Team news to follow....
It was a bore draw to finish 2017 from Manchester City, who were far from their best in a 0-0 stalemate at Crystal Palace. It was only the second time Pep Guardiola's side have dropped points this season and their lead at the top of the Premier League is cut to just 14 points, as they failed to equal his Barcelona record of 19 league victories in a row. They were lucky not to lose, but equally unlucky not to have won -- and it's a game referee Jon Moss will want to forget, getting a penalty call wrong and missing a clear red card soon after.
Even when below par, City still didn't succumb to the bad luck they suffered. Justice was done when Ederson save a penalty earned by a dive from Wilfried Zaha and the defence held firm when under pressure from Palace's pace on both flanks.
The injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus will be concerns. Quite how the home side ended with 11 men on the field is a mystery -- the tackle by Jason Puncheon on the Belgian that took him out of the game was more like a knee-high assault than an attempt to win the ball. Add in suspensions to Leroy Sane and Fernandinho for yellow cards, City could be short for the visit of Watford on Tuesday.
Manager rating out of 10
6 -- Guardiola tried to shuffle the pack and keep some freshness in the team, but the players looked like they were running in treacle for the most part.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Ederson Moraes, 7 -- The goalkeeper would end up being City's hero of the game. After a shaky start coming off his line, he found his composure to take control of Palace's ball over the top. His penalty save at the end kept the club's unbeaten run going and ensured Palace didn't cheat their way to the points.
DF Kyle Walker, 8 -- Each time Palace tried to break away, it was a tough test for Walker to deal with the pace of Zaha. However, time and again, the defender gave the winger no chances and stood up well to everything thrown his way.
DF Nicolas Otamendi, 7 -- It wasn't one of the Argentine's best performances of the season, but he was still dependable against the threat posed by Christian Benteke. Strong in the air, Otamendi was reliable to combat Palace's bombardments from corners and set pieces.
DF Eliaquim Mangala, 6 -- The standout moment from the centre-back was a block after a mixup between himself and Ederson, though how much he knew about it is unclear. He looked a little uncertain and unsteady.
DF Danilo, 6 -- The defender always looks a little awkward when asked to fill in at left-back. He tackled well, but had trouble coping with the pace of Palace's counterattacks.
MF Fernandinho, 7 -- The midfielder was as busy as normal, harrying opponents up and down the pitch, however his impact was less than in recent weeks.
MF Ilkay Gundogan, 6 -- It was a quiet afternoon for the midfielder, who had very little room to work with for the hour he was involved. He pulled out a good effort on goal moments before he went off, but that was about it.
MF Kevin De Bruyne, 7 -- The final ball seemed to be missing from the Belgian's performance. Several times he delayed his pass and it didn't reach the intended target. However, he was still the most likely to create the goal until he was carried off following Puncheon's awful tackle.
MF Leroy Sane, 6 -- There were two performances from Sane in this game. The first half saw one of his worst displays in a City shirt, while he was much better after the break. Still, he had a tough time getting a run on goal, and a silly yellow card now means a suspension for Watford.
MF Bernardo Silva, 7 -- After a quiet first half, the midfielder came into the game more after the break. He was always looking to get on the ball and move it forward, and performed better when moved into the middle as Raheem Sterling came on.
FW Gabriel Jesus, 6 -- There was very little time for the striker to impress before having to leave the pitch injured, though he managed a decent effort from the edge of the box and a good one-two with Gundogan. He left the pitch in tears, which can't be a good sign.
FW Sergio Aguero, 6 -- On for the injured Jesus after 23 minutes, the striker had a couple of half-chances, but couldn't really get a clear sight of goal.
MF Raheem Sterling, 7 -- The winger got City on the front foot after he replaced Gundogan just before the hour. Given he's been kicked, shoved, tripped and clattered in the box and not been awarded a penalty in the past, it made it a bitter pill to swallow that he conceded a spot kick for not fouling Zaha.
MF Yaya Toure, NR -- The sum total of Toure's involvement after replacing Silva on 81 minutes was a free kick into the wall and a late yellow card.
David Mooney is ESPN FC's Manchester City blogger. Twitter: @DavidMooney
Manchester City face an anxious wait over injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne, who were both taken off in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.
Gabriel left the pitch in tears in the 23rd minute after appearing to accidentally injure his knee when he slipped as he tried to control the ball minutes earlier.
De Bruyne was stretchered off after a strong tackle from Palace's Jason Puncheon, who was booked and was also taken off on a stretcher.
But Belgium international De Bruyne was seen walking back to the City dressing room accompanied by two medical staff.
City boss Pep Guardiola told BT Sport: "He [Gabriel] is injured. Hopefully not tough, but maybe one or two months he will be out.
"With Kevin we were lucky. I don't know what happened today. We were lucky in the past. But I don't know what happens in the future."
The draw brought City's 18-game Premier League winning streak to an end to as they finished one win short of Guardiola's record, set at Bayern Munich.
However, they remain unbeaten thanks to a last-minute penalty save from Ederson, who kept out Luka Milivojevic's spot-kick.
Guardiola would not comment on the decision to award the penalty, which came after Wilfried Zaha went down under a challenge from Raheem Sterling.
"Maybe [it was penalty] -- I didn't see it really well," he sad. "But if the referee decided it, it's OK.
"They are a good team. We knew that. The second half was better than the first. We had problems getting going.
"At the end, Ederson helped us to keep one point."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.
Manchester City's record Premier League winning run is over at 18 consecutive victories, with Crystal Palace claiming on 0-0 draw against them on New Year's Eve.
That means they fall one game short of the record across Europe's top five leagues.
Pep Guardiola's side have the longest winning streak in the English top flight, and while he has failed to make it to 19 with City he still actually holds the record from his time at Bayern Munich.
ESPN FC's correspondents look at the best runs in Europe's top five leagues.
GERMANY (19 matches)
BAYERN MUNICH: When Bayern Munich's incredible 19-match run ended in a 3-3 home draw with Hoffenheim on March 29, 2014, the German giants had already been crowned Bundesliga champions. That title, the first of three for Guardiola in Germany, was sealed on the previous matchday with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin.
The following month, Bayern's unbeaten streak of 53 Bundesliga games ended, and later they collapsed in the Champions League, crashing out in the semifinals against Real Madrid, although the DFB-Pokal win in May was some consolation.
That season, Bayern Munich made their first steps under Guardiola after he had taken over from Jupp Heynckes and inherited the players from that Treble-winning side. Mario Mandzukic scored 18 goals, but left in the summer, while Toni Kroos joined Real Madrid after Bayern failed to strike a new deal with the midfielder. The 2013-14 season was also the year Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben excelled on the wings, and Philipp Lahm was moved forward into a holding midfield role. -- Stephan Uersfeld
ENGLAND (18 matches)
MAN CITY: Pep Guardiola was at it again in England, and it looked nailed on that he would beat his own record with games against Crystal Palace and Watford coming up with the count on 18.
The run began with a 2-1 win away at Bournemouth at the end of August and went all the way to New Year's Eve, when Palace managed to stop them both winning and scoring in a goalless draw. It meant City just fell one match short of equalling Guardiola's own record.
City built up a 14-point lead at the top of the Premier League during an astonishing run of form, during which they beat Liverpool 5-0, Watford 6-0, Palace 5-0 at home, Stoke 7-2, Arsenal 3-1, Man United 2-1, Swansea 4-0, Tottenham 4-1 and Bournemouth 4-0.
INTER MILAN: With Juventus relegated for their role in the Calciopoli scandal and AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina all deducted points, Inter's march to the 2006-07 Serie A title was all downhill. A 4-1 victory over Livorno on Oct. 25, followed three days later by a 4-3 derby win over Milan, launched Roberto Mancini's men into a record run of 17 straight wins which was ended by a 1-1 draw with Udinese in February.
That result saw Inter fall just short of beating every single side in Serie A in a row, aided by the postponement of their game with Roma -- the side they would beat to the title by 12 points -- from February until April. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the main inspiration behind the run with 10 goals in 10 of those games -- every time the Swede scored a goal that season, Inter won -- in a team that also included Patrick Vieira, Dejan Stankovic, Hernan Crespo, Luis Figo, Esteban Cambiasso, Javier Zanetti and Marco Materazzi.
Inter won Serie A, but reached only the round of 16 in the Champions League and were beaten 7-4 on aggregate by Roma in the Coppa Italia final. -- Ben Gladwell
BARCELONA: Barcelona's longest-ever winning streak in La Liga came in the 2010-11 season and featured one of their most memorable wins: the 5-0 demolition of Real Madrid, started by Xavi and finished by Jeffren. It came in the third season of Pep Guardiola's reign -- the peak of his four years in charge. Madrid weren't the only ones: Real Sociedad and Espanyol were also on the receiving end of a "manita," while Almeria leaked eight.
During the streak, Barca scored 60 goals, a staggering 3.75 goals per game. Lionel Messi (21) scored most of them, but there were also contributions from Pedro and David Villa (12 each) as Barca's forwards benefitted from Xavi and Andres Iniesta's creativity.
The run ended with a draw at Sporting Gijon, but it was part of a 31-game unbeaten streak in the league as Barca ended the season as champions. They also won the Champions League, with beaten finalist Sir Alex Ferguson describing them as the best side he ever faced with Manchester United. -- Sam Marsden
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid's record run of consecutive La Liga victories (16) was set by Zinedine Zidane's side across two different seasons. It started with Zidane's side winning their last 12 league games of 2015-16, including a Clasico victory at the Camp Nou as they almost caught Barcelona in the title race. They also won their first four games of 2017-18 to equal the all-time record set by Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side seven years earlier.
"It's nice to get the record -- it comes from the work all the lads are doing, they're doing phenomenally well," Zidane said after the mark came in a 2-0 at Espanyol. "The most important is to keep picking up points, as La Liga is very long."
Although Madrid drew next time out, 2-2 at home to Villarreal, the strong start proved useful as they ended that campaign by winning a first title in five seasons. -- Dermot Corrigan
MONACO: Leonardo Jardim's men raced to the Ligue 1 title on the back of 12 straight wins in a glorious finale to the 2016-17 season, and pushed that streak into this season by collecting a quartet of wins. That took them beyond the 14 victories registered by Bordeaux's title-winning vintage eight years earlier.
Helped by the fact they had already played Paris Saint-Germain twice before starting on the run, they then ruthlessly sacrificed their Coupe de France ambitions -- a second-string side lost 5-0 to PSG in the semis -- but incredibly, there were few scares en route.
It took a late Radamel Falcao goal to see off Dijon -- one of five the Colombian scored last season before adding another six in this. Though he was outdone by Kylian Mbappe, who contributed eight before joining PSG on loan this summer. -- Ian Holyman
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