LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Team news, live updates and starting lineups for the English Premier League games taking place across the country on Saturday, February 21.
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Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will all be seeking wins to keep their respective spots in the league standings.
Jose Mourinho’s Blues side (59pts) enters this weekend fixtures seven points ahead of defending champions Manchester City ((52pts) in the points table.
Manchester United are third with 47 points and can’t afford to drop anymore points with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool hanging around and also hunting a top four spot.
Team News and Lineups
Swansea City v Manchester United Team News
Robin van Persie, as first reported on Friday, returns to the starting lineup for Manchester United as a replacement for a struggling Radamel Falcao.
Van Persie, who has scored three goals in three English Premier League appearances at Liberty Stadium, starts alongside captain Wayne Rooney in the Man United attack, as manager Louis van Gaal seeks goals.
Defender Phil Jones is fit again and he returns to the starting lineup to play in the backline. Ander Herrera, Paddy McNair, Daley Blind, Angel di Maria and Marouane Fellaini all start as well.
Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Falcao are all on the substitutes’ bench.
Swansea City boss Garry Monk makes two adjustments to the side that was beaten 2-0 by West Brom with midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson coming back from suspension in place of Jefferson Montero and Nathan Dyer makes way for Wayne Routledge. Bafetimbi Gomis leads the attack.
Swansea XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Ki, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis. Subs: Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Britton, Montero, Emnes, Oliveira.
Man United XI: De Gea, McNair, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Fellaini, Herrera, Di Maria, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Valdes, Smalling, Januzaj, Mata, Valencia, Young, Falcao.
Chelsea v Burnley Team News
Chelsea manager Mourinho makes four changes to his side that drew 1-1 in Paris in midweek, with January recruit Juan Cuadrado coming into the starting XI.
Playmaker Oscar and defenders Filipe Luis and Kurt Zouma also start as well.
For Burnley, there are no changes to the side that featured the last time out as they seek points in the battle for survival.
Aston Villa v Stoke City Team News
Newly appointed manager Tim Sherwood has named his first Aston Villa EPL team and Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor both start in the attack against Stoke City. Carlos Sanchez and Kieran Richardson are also starters, while Brad Guzan comes back in goal in place of Shay Given, who started in the FA Cup last game.
For Stoke, the team sheet sees leading goalscorer Jonathan Walters starting. Stephen Ireland and Marc Wilson also start, but captain and leading defender Ryan Shawcross remains out.
Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Vlaar, Clark, Richardson, Sinclair, Sanchez, Delph, Gil, Agbonlahor, Benteke
Stoke XI: Begovic; Bardsley, Wollscheid, Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Whelan; Walters, Ireland, Moses; Diouf.
Crystal Palace v Arsenal Team News
Danny Welbeck starts for Arsenal, who also have Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud in the lineup.
Manager Arsene Wenger has recalled David Ospina and he replaces Wojciech Szczesny in goal, while Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin all come into the side in place of Gabriel Paulista, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini. Midfielder Jack Wilshere has recovered from an ankle problem and is named to the bench.
Alan Pardew, meanwhile, makes four changes from the team that was defeated 2-1 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, as Wilfried Zaha, Jason Puncheon, Damien Delaney and Jordon Mutch all start. Pape Souare gets his Premier League debut for Crystal Palace, while Fraizer Campbell leads the attack and Yannick Bolasie on the bench.
Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Mutch, Ward, Ledley, Puncheon, Zaha, Gayle, Campbell.
Arsenal XI: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Welbeck, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud.
Hull City v QPR
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has decided to stick with the same team that beat Aston Villa 2-0 at the KC Stadium, which means that Michael Dawson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone and Nikica Jelavic all start.
QPR boss Chris Ramsey welcomes the return of leading scorer Charlie Austin, but Leroy Fer and Mauricio Isla are both missing because of injury. Austin will lead the attack alongside Bobby Zamora, while 19-year-old right-back Darnell Furlong has been handed his senior debut.
Hull XI: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane. Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Brady, Jelavic, N’Doye
QPR XI: Green, Furlong, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun Suk-young, Henry, Barton, Phillips, Kranjcar, Austin, Zamora