Wednesday's Premier League fixtures
- Middlesbrough vs Liverpool (7.45pm)
- Sunderland vs Chelsea (7.45pm)
- West Ham United vs Burnley (7.45pm)
- Crystal Palace vs Manchester United (8.00pm)
- Manchester City vs Watford (8.00pm)
- Stoke City vs Southampton (8.00pm)
- Tottenham Hotspur vs Hull City (8.00pm)
- West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City (8.00pm)
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It’s a big game for…
Diego Costa: With Eden Hazard sidelined with a slight knock, even more pressure rests on the powerful forward’s shoulders to produce the goals for Chelsea tonight. Costa will need to deliver on Wearside if the Blues are to maintain their winning run and extend their gap at the top of the table to six points.
Weird /best stat…
19: Chelsea have won 19 of the last 23 Premier League meetings and haven't lost successive games against Sunderland since March 2001.
Chelsea 1 (Eto’o) Sunderland 2 (Wickham, Borini), April 2014
Former Chelsea forward Fabio Borini came back to haunt to Blues in 2014 with a late penalty which dented the home side’s fading title hopes and gave Sunderland a hope of survival with four games to go.
Player to watch…
Victor Moses: Arguably the club’s most improved player, Moses has reinvented himself as a highly competent wing-back under Antonio Conte this season. Despite his added defensive responsibilities, Moses still looks to get forward and provide width for Chelsea at every opportunity.
SUNDERLAND 3 (Khazri, Borini, Defoe) CHELSEA 2 (Costa, Matic), May 2016
CHELSEA 3 (Ivanovic, Pedro, Oscar) SUNDERLAND 1 (Borini), December 2015
CHELSEA 3 (Costa, Remy 2) SUNDERLAND 1 (Fletcher), May 2015
KICK-OFF TIME: 7:45
TV: Highlights on BBC One at 10:45
Good evening and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of a busy night in the Premier League...
Middlesbrough v Liverpool – 7.45pm
Sunderland v Chelsea – 7.45pm
West Ham v Burnley – 7.45pm
Crystal Palace v Manchester United – 8pm
Manchester City v Watford – 8pm
Stoke v Southampton – 8pm
Tottenham v Hull – 8pm
West Brom v Swansea – 8pm
Here's the first batch of team news for tonight's games. Here's how they line up in the three 7.45pm kick-offs...
Middlesbrough v Liverpool
Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, De Roon, Forshaw, Traore, Fischer, Negredo
Subs: Guzan, Nsue, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Downing, Rhodes, Nugent
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Origi
Subs: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Stewart, Alexander, Ejaria, Woodburn
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Sunderland v Chelsea
Sunderland: Pickford, Jones, Van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Kone, O’Shea, Denayer, Kirchhoff, Januzaj, Borini, Defoe
Subs: Mannone, Love, Asoro, Larsson, Khazri, Maja, Honeyman
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Costa, Pedro
Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
West Ham v Burnley
West Ham: Randolph, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Obiang, Noble, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll
Subs: Adrian, Nordtveit, Ayew, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina, Browne
Burnley: Heaton, Ward, Mee, Keane, Lowton, Arfield, Marney, Hendrick, Boyd, Vokes, Gray
Subs: Robinson, Flanagan, Barnes, Kightly, Bamford, Defour, Tarkowski
Referee: Bobby Madley
The key news of notes from those matches are...
...no Eden Hazard...
...no Lorus Karius...
...but Andy Carroll starts for West Ham.
And more team news...
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, McArthur, Flamini, Cabaye, Lee, Zaha, Benteke
Subs: Speroni, Fryers, Ledley, Husin, Townsend, Wan-Bissaka, Campbell
Manchester United: De Gea, Bailly, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Rooney, Mata, Ibrahimovic
Subs: Romero, Darmian, Fellaini, Lingard, Schweinsteiger, Young, Rashford
Referee: Craig Pawson
Manchester City v Watford
Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Gundogan, Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito
Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Fernando, Navas, Sane, Stones, Iheanacho
Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Prodl, Britos, Holebas, Pereyra, Guedioura, Capoue, Amrabat, Ighalo, Sinclair
Subs: Pantilimon, Kaboul, Kabasele, Zuniga, Watson, Success, Deeney
Referee: Kevin Friend
Stoke City v Southampton
Stoke: Grant, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Adam, Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic, Walters
Subs: Given, Muniesa, Bony, Diouf, Imbula, Crouch, Bojan
Southampton: Forster, Martina, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Redmond, Boufal, Long
Subs: Taylor, Yoshida, Clasie, Rodriguez, Tadic, Hojbjerg, McQueen
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Tottenham v Hull
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Alli, Kane
Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son
Hull: Marshall, Maguire, Dawson, Davies, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas, Robertson, Snodgrass, Diomande
Subs: Jakupovic, Meyler, Maloney, Weir, Henriksen, Mason, Bowen
Referee: Andre Marriner
West Brom v Swansea
West Brom: Foster, Nyom, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt, Yacob, Fletcher, Chadli, Morrison, Phillips, Rondon
Subs: Palmer; Robson-Kanu, Gardner, McClean, Galloway, Harper, Leko
Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Mawson, Amat, Taylor, Fulton, Britton, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Montero, Llorente
Subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Cork, Fer, Barrow, Borja
Referee: Michael Oliver
A man for the big occasion?
Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United at Crystal Palace this evening.
He needs one goal to equal Bobby Charlton's club record and the great man is in attendance at Selhurst Park to see if he can manage it.
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