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Birmingham vs Aston Villa preview - Bentley set for derby debut

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Birmingham newcomer David Bentley is included in the squad for the Barclays Premier League derby clash with Aston Villa at St Andrew's on Sunday after signing on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the season. Blues will be without central defender Scott Dann who suffered a torn hamstring during the midweek Carling Cup semi-final setback at West Ham. Manager Alex McLeish may switch Liam R...Full Story »

Tottenham vs Man Utd preview - Bale set for Spurs return

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Gareth Bale is likely to return to the Tottenham first team for Sunday's match against Manchester United despite missing two days' training this week due to a back injury he picked up just over a week ago against Everton. Younes Kaboul is back after completing a three-match suspension but Ledley King is likely to be out for some time after aggravating his groin injury in training this week. ...Full Story »

Sunderland vs Newcastle preview - Cattermole could make derby return

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is keeping his fingers crossed over skipper Lee Cattermole and striker Danny Welbeck ahead of Sunday's derby clash with Newcastle. Cattermole was told he needed to rest a back injury for a month at the start of the new year, but Bruce has given him a 50-50 chance of making the game, while Welbeck, who was initially ruled out for three weeks with the hamstring problem...Full Story »

Liverpool vs Everton preview - Dalglish ready for Kop return

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has virtually a full squad to choose from for his first return to the Anfield dugout in nearly 20 years against Everton on Sunday. However, the 59-year-old, who only flew in from holiday in the Persian Gulf last Saturday to take over from Roy Hodgson, will be without Scousers Steven Gerrard (suspended) and Jamie Carragher (injured) for the 215th Merseyside derby...Full Story »

West Ham vs Arsenal preview - Grant expects tougher survival mark

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Avram Grant believes 35 points will not be enough to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League this season - but is confident of maintaining West Ham's top-flight status. Grant insists he has the backing of the club's owners as he prepares for the vital London derby against Arsenal and says his team - who remain rock bottom of the table, yet have lost just one of their last seven matche...Full Story »

West Brom vs Blackpool preview - Di Matteo backs brunt as skipper

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo has hailed Chris Brunt as the "natural" choice to lead the Baggies against Blackpool. The Italian decided on Thursday that his regular skipper, goalkeeper Scott Carson, would not be involved after a string of indifferent performances and the impressive display put in by his deputy, Boaz Myhill, against Reading last weekend. As a result, Di Matteo has given t...Full Story »

Stoke vs Bolton preview - Stoke fired up for Bolton battle

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has given an insight into how stiff competition for places in his team spilled over during training this week. Pulis and his coaching staff had to abandon a session as the tackles flew in thick and fast at their start-of-the-art facility. He ordered the players back into the changing room as he was afraid someone would get hurt ahead of the home Barclays Premier League...Full Story »

Man City vs Wolverhampton preview - City more than just Dzeko - McCarthy

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Mick McCarthy has warned of the danger of Wolves concentrating too much on snuffing out the threat of Edin Dzeko has his side look to spring another surprise result at Manchester City. Dzeko could make his City debut in the clash at Eastlands after the striker completed his #27million move from Wolfsburg. McCarthy was given the rundown on Dzeko's qualities during a chat this week with Wolfsbur...Full Story »

Wigan vs Fulham Preview - Martinez rallies rested Latics

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is looking for an energised performance from his team against Fulham this weekend to make up for the flat display they put in at Craven Cottage earlier in the season. Martinez suggested his players had struggled to cope with the demands of their fixture schedule when a Latics side showing just four changes from a midweek Carling Cup tie against Swansea were beaten 2-...Full Story »

Ross County vs Raith - Defensive duo in for Staggies

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA

Ross County have added new defenders Mark Fitzpatrick and Graham Garthland to their squad for the clash with Raith. Fitzpatrick joins from Motherwell, while Garthland is on loan from St Johnstone. Midfielder Stuart Kettlewell is suspended, while Darren McCormick and Darren Smith remain sidelined. Manager Willie McStay has his fingers crossed that Paul Lawson and Michael Gardyne pass fitness t...Full Story »

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