Premier League preview - week 4

Michael Owen
Michael Owen joined Stoke on a free transfer Photo: PA

Stoke City v Manchester City (Saturday, 15.00)

Position:

12th

Form:

WDW

Odds:

Stoke 4/1

Draw 11/4

Manchester City 4/6

Injuries:

Ness (groin), Sidibe (groin), Etherington (hamstring)

Stoke City's newest signing Michael Owen says he is 'fit enough' to make his debut against Manchester City.

The 32 year-old was released by Manchester Utd at the end of the season and will hope to play a role against the side which he scored an injury time winner in the Manchester Derby.

Meanwhile, manager Tony Pulis has expressed frustration that Stoke's other major signing Charlie Adam has been unable to take part in training. Adam went straight on international duty after making his debut against Wigan.

Stoke have won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches (W1 D9 L4).

Ron Vlaar
Ron Vlaar is one of a number of young Villa signings Credit: PA

Aston Villa v Swansea (Saturday, 15.00)

Position:

17th

Form:

LLD

Odds:

Aston Villa 11/8

Draw 9/4

Swansea 2/1

Injuries:

Bennett (ankle), Carrutherrs (ankle), Gardner (knee), Dunne (groin), Albrighton (foot)

Aston Villa will be hoping for their first win of the season when they host Swansea City on Saturday.

Villa's only point came in a spirited 1-1 draw at Newcastle which showed some signs that Paul Lambert's vision for the club is starting to take effect with a number of youngsters impressing.

Swansea took four points off Villa last season, winning 2-0 in Birmingham - their first ever win at Villa Park in eight visits.

The Villans are without a Premier League win in 13 matches, drawing six and losing seven in that run.

Zoltan Gera
Zoltan Gera (left) will hope to start against his old club Credit: PA

Fulham v West Brom(Saturday, 15.00)

Position:

3rd

Form:

DDD

Odds:

Fulham 1/1

Draw 5/2

West Brom 13/5

Injuries:

Lukaku (ankle/foot), Gera (knock), Reid (hamstring), Thomas (knee)

If results go their way West Brom could find themselves atop the Premier League for the first time since 1979.

But Steve Clarke's side have not beaten Fulham at Craven Cottage since 1967.

Fulham's 2010 player of the year and current West Brom player, Zoltan Gera, will hope to play his first game against his former club since rejoining the Baggies.

It is a similar club to West Brom. It is friendly and there are very, very good people around the club. When you play against your old club you want a good reputation. I'm sure they will remember the good things about me and I'm not worried about it. I'm looking forward to it.

– Zoltan Gera on Fulham

Steve Clarke has 15 players returning healthy from the international break. Macedonian Goran Popov, on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev, is in line for a first start.