x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Hughton challenges Norwich for match at high-flying Chelsea

Manager Chris Hughton wants the Canaries to find inspiration; Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup wants his team to right themselves against Reading; Mark Hughes at QPR says everyone at the club is frustrated.

Manager Chris Hughton, centre, is asking his Norwich City side to find inspiration when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face the Premier League leaders, Chelsea.
Manager Chris Hughton, centre, is asking his Norwich City side to find inspiration when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face the Premier League leaders, Chelsea.

 

CHELSEA v NORWICH CITY

Chris Hughton has challenged struggling Norwich to rise to the occasion against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Norwich head to London without a win from their first six league games.

"The inspiration for the team should be walking out against quality international players," Hughton said. "I would be incredibly disappointed if there was one player who was not looking forward to that challenge."

Chelsea are again without striker Daniel Sturridge.

 

SWANSEA CITY v READING

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is determined to get back to winning ways against Reading - and give Leon Britton an anniversary to remember.

Britton, 30, is in line to make his 400th appearance for Swansea. The midfielder is part of a select group to have played in all four divisions of English football. Swansea have lost their last three games without scoring.

"It's an important game for us," Laudrup said. "We are playing at home, against a direct rival and we want to win."

 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION v QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Mark Hughes, the QPR manager, admits everyone at the club is frustrated that they are yet to record a league win but remains confident in the ability of his players.

"The one emotion that we are all displaying is a little bit of frustration," he said. "We know that in the building we have got quality and we have displayed that in a number of games."

Peter Odemwingie, the West Brom striker, has completed a three-game ban for his sending-off at Fulham and is included in the squad.

 

WIGAN ATHLETIC v EVERTON

Wigan have Jordi Gomez available after the midfielder won his appeal against his sending off last week. The Spaniard won a claim for wrongful dismissal after receiving a red card early in the second half of the loss against Sunderland.

Everton will monitor the condition of Steven Naismith. Naismith (calf), who missed last weekend's 3-1 victory over Southampton, has been training but manager David Moyes is wary of rushing the forward back.

 

WEST HAM UNITED v ARSENAL

Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, has to decide whether Andy Carroll is fit enough to start. Carroll returned from a hamstring problem in West Ham's win at QPR on Monday but he is short of match fitness and Allardyce is nervous about exposing him to further injury risk.

Arsenal could have defender Per Mertesacker back from a virus. First-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) remains sidelined, as does French midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh).

 

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