Premier League team news: Latest on Mbeumo, Mac Allister, Nkunku and more ahead of matchweek 16

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The football is coming thick and fast as the Premier League enters its busiest period of the season.

We’ve only just turned the page on matchweek 15 and the next round of fixtures is already upon us. Struggling Crystal Palace host high-flying Liverpool in matchweek 16’s opening game, while Saturday also brings a top-of-the-table clash as third-placed Aston Villa welcome leaders Arsenal.

On Sunday, meanwhile, the pick of the matches sees Newcastle United travel to Tottenham Hotspur.

As managers provide fitness updates on their squads ahead of the fixtures, keep updated with all the latest team and injury news below.


Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Saturday, December 9 (12.30pm GMT)

Crystal Palace team news: Tyrick Mitchell out of contention for the visit of Liverpool. Roy Hodgson revealed on Friday that winger Michael Olise may also not be fit to start. Cheick Doucoure, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Dean Henderson, Rob Holding and Eberechi Eze remain out.

Liverpool team news: Jurgen Klopp confirmed Joel Matip had sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury following their win at Sheffield United. Alexis Mac Allister is set to miss out after suffering a problem during that game. Stefan Bajcetic, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota remain sidelined, but Klopp said on Friday that Alisson had returned to training ahead of schedule.

Referee: Andy Madley (VAR: John Brooks)

Opta omen: Since the start of last season, Liverpool have won just one of their seven Premier League away games kicking off at 12.30pm GMT on a Saturday (D3 L3), coming from behind to beat Wolves 3-1 in September.


Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley

Saturday, December 9 (3pm GMT)

Brighton team news: Captain Lewis Dunk and midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud are available again after their suspensions. Solly March, Pervis Estupinan, Julio Enciso, Danny Welbeck, Ansu Fati and Adam Webster are out. Roberto De Zerbi said on Friday that Fati is likely to be out until late February.

Burnley team news: Luca Koleosho will be absent for some time due to a knee injury, with manager Vincent Kompany hopeful the winger will return this season. Jack Cork is likely out, while Josh Cullen is a doubt, but Jordan Beyer can return after his suspension. Lyle Foster remains out of contention due to mental health reasons.

Referee: Simon Hooper (VAR: Michael Oliver)

Opta omen: Burnley have lost each of their last four Premier League away games, last having a longer losing run on the road in the division between November 2016 and February 2017 (seven).


Manchester United vs Bournemouth

Saturday, December 9 (3pm GMT)

Man Utd team news: Victor Lindelof has been ruled out of this game after coming off at half-time during Wednesday’s win against Chelsea but Raphael Varane has trained having missed that match with a back issue. Amad, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen remain out, though the former has returned to full training. Jadon Sancho is still away from the team due to his dispute with Ten Hag.

Bournemouth team news: Tyler Adams, Max Aarons, Darren Randolph, Lloyd Kelly, Alex Scott, Emiliano Marcondes and Ryan Fredericks are all out.

Referee: Peter Bankes (VAR: Paul Tierney)

Opta omen: Since the start of October, only Arsenal (19) have won more Premier League points than Manchester United (18), with the Red Devils winning six of their eight games in that time.

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Sheffield United vs Brentford

Saturday, December 9 (3pm GMT)

Sheff Utd team news: Chris Basham, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Daniel Jebbison, John Egan, Tom Davies and Rhian Brewster are out. Oli McBurnie and Oliver Norwood are suspended and while George Baldock has returned to training, he will be monitored in the run-up to kick-off.

Brentford team news: Bryan Mbeumo will be out for “weeks” after exiting Brentford’s loss against Brighton in the first half with an ankle injury. Josh Dasilva and Mathias Jensen are doubts, while Rico Henry, Kevin Schade and Aaron Hickey are out long-term. Captain Christian Norgaard can return after serving his one-match ban but Ivan Toney remains suspended until next month.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (VAR: Rob Jones)

Opta omen: Brentford have lost three of their last four Premier League matches (W1), as many as in their previous 14 games (W7 D4 L3). They’ve lost two games when scoring first this season, more than in their first two seasons combined (one).


Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Nottingham Forest

Saturday, December 9 (3pm GMT)

Wolves team news: Jose Sa missed the win over Burnley on Tuesday after going off early against Arsenal last weekend. Gary O’Neil said earlier this week he hoped Rayan Ait-Nouri would be back for this game but that Jonny Otto is not being considered for selection due to a “training-ground incident”. Joe Hodge and Pedro Neto remain out.

Forest team news: Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly are out.

Referee: Sam Barrott (VAR: Chris Kavanagh)

Opta omen: Nottingham Forest have lost their last four Premier League matches, their third run of four or more defeats in a row since rejoining the division in 2022, only losing five once in that time (August October 2022).


Aston Villa vs Arsenal

Saturday, December 9 (5.30pm GMT)

Villa team news: Emi Buendia and Tyrone Mings are out long-term with ACL injuries. Bertrand Traore is also injured.

Arsenal team news: Takehiro Tomiyasu will be out for several weeks due to injury, while Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey, Jurrien Timber and Emile Smith Rowe remain long-term absentees.

Referee: Jarred Gillett (VAR: Michael Salisbury)

Opta omen: Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey has been involved in eight goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances (five goals, three assists), scoring the winner against Man City last time out. The Jamaican hasn’t completed 90 minutes in any of those games, averaging a goal or assist every 63 minutes.

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Takehiro Tomiyasu had started six games in a row for Arsenal before sustaining a calf injury against Wolves last weekend (David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)


Everton vs Chelsea

Sunday, December 10 (2pm GMT)

Everton team news: Dele Alli is likely still out, while Andre Gomes and Amadou Onana are doubts. Jordan Pickford briefly needed treatment after appearing in discomfort following a goal kick but did finish Thursday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle.

Chelsea team news: Lesley Ugochukwu and Noni Madueke were added to Chelsea’s injury list before the defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday. Wesley Fofana, Carney Chukwuemeka, Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah and Malo Gusto are out, but Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku may be available. Conor Gallagher can return after serving his one-match ban.

Referee: Michael Oliver (VAR: Stuart Attwell)

Opta omen: Everton have won four of their last five home Premier League matches against Chelsea, although they did lose 1-0 last season on the opening day under Frank Lampard.


Fulham vs West Ham United

Sunday, December 10 (2pm GMT)

Fulham team news: Issa Diop is out but Marco Silva said on Friday that Adama Traore and Rodrigo Muniz will be a game-time decision.

West Ham team news: Michail Antonio remains out with a knee injury. Due to a wrist problem, Alphonse Areola was a surprise absentee from the side that beat Tottenham 2-1 on Thursday.

Referee: Paul Tierney (VAR: David Coote)

Opta omen: Fulham are without a win in their last 11 London derbies in the Premier League (D4 L7) since a 2-1 win over Chelsea in January last season.

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Michail Antonio has not featured since mid-November due to a knee issue (Justin Tallis/AFP)


Luton Town vs Manchester City

Sunday, December 10 (2pm GMT)

Luton team news: Mads Andersen, Reece Burke and Dan Potts are out. Cauley Woodrow, Tom Lockyer, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Marvelous Nakamba are doubts.

Man City team news: Jeremy Doku remains a doubt after missing Wednesday’s loss at Aston Villa. Kevin De Bruyne remains out, with Pep Guardiola saying the midfielder will likely not be available for the Club World Cup in 10 days, but Jack Grealish and Rodri can return after serving their bans.

Referee: Tim Robinson (VAR: Jarred Gillett)

Opta omen: This is the first meeting between Luton Town and Manchester City since April 1999, a third-tier league meeting which was won 2-0 by City with goals by Paul Dickov and Tony Vaughan.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United

Sunday, December 10 (4.30pm GMT)

Tottenham team news: James Maddison, Manor Solomon, Micky van de Ven, Ryan Sessegnon, Ivan Perisic and Rodrigo Bentancur are long-term absentees. Son Heung-min will be assessed ahead of the game having been withdrawn late on in the West Ham loss on Thursday.

Newcastle team news: Nick Pope will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury, with Dan Burn, Jacob Murphy, Sven Botman, Callum Wilson, Elliot Anderson, Javier Manquillo and Harvey Barnes also long-term absentees. Jamaal Lascelles was substituted late on against Everton after taking a knock to the thigh but Eddie Howe hopes the defender only suffered a dead leg.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (VAR: Peter Bankes)

Opta omen: Spurs are winless in all four of their Sunday games so far this term (D3 L1), conceding at least twice each time.

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