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Premier League Team News

FOOTBALL BETTING: Keep up to date with all the latest team news on every Premier League match in England this weekend.

Chelsea v Sunderland
CHELSEA are still without Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou and John Obi Mikel – all are on Africa Cup of Nations duty, while Deco (groin) and Jose Bosingwa (knee) are injured.
SUNDERLAND, who have poor away form, may have John Mensah (calf), Lee Cattermole and Andy Reid (both hamstring) back, but long-term absentee Craig Gordon (broken wrist) is still out.

Everton v Man City
EVERTON’s Lucas Neill plays his last game before moving to Galatasaray. Phil Jagielka (cruciate ligament) is close to a return to training, Sylvain Distin (hamstring) may be fit.
CITY’s Emmanuel Adebayor is on compassionate leave, while Patrick Vieira (calf) could feature for his new side. Micah Richards, Nedum Onuoha, Stephen Ireland and Shaun Wright-Phillips are among those struggling with injury.

Man Utd v Burnley
UNITED midfielder Darren Fletcher is suspended after seeing red against Birmingham, Dimitar Berbatov (knee) is out, while Nemanja Vidic (leg) is still struggling. Rio Ferdinand (back) is also out, but Mame Biram Diouf and Michael owen are pushing to start.
BURNLEY boss brian Laws has Tyrone Mears and Stephen Jordan back, while David Nugent is eligible.

Portsmouth v Birmingham
POMPEY have several players linked with transfers away. Nadir Belhadj, Hassan Yebdam, Kanu and Aruna Dindane are on international duty, while Jamie O’Hara is eligible again.
BLUES midfielder Lee Carsley injured his ankle in midweek and is out for a month, but new signing Michel has been given clearance to play. Garry O’Connor and Teemu Tainio are injured.

Stoke v Liverpool
STOKE, linked with several potential signings, could start Salif Diao. Thomas Sorensen (finger) should be fit, but Tuncay (hamstring) is struggling.
LIVERPOOL are without the injured Steven Gerrard (hamstring), Fernando Torres (knee) and Yossi Benayoun (fractured rib). Glen Johnson is also out. Maxi Rodriguez is waiting for internatioinal clearance, while fellow Argentinian Javier Mascherano is available after suspension.

Tottenham v Hull
SPURS will hope winger Aaron Lennon recovers from his groin injury, however, Croatia’s Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric may both start. Gareth Bale (dead-leg) should be fine, but Benoit Assou-Ekotto has a groin problem. Jonathan Woodgate (groin) is out.
HULL hope both Kamil Zayatte and Anthony Gardener have recovered from knocks, while Jimmy Bullard is edging close to a return.

Wolves v Wigan
WOLVES’ Michael Kightly and Dave Edwards (both ankle) are close to returns, but Stefan Maierhofer, Andy Keogh and Matt Murray are still injured.
WIGAN’s new defensive signings Gary Caldwell and Steven Gohouri are pushing for places. Keeper Vladimir Stojkovic could also be involved as Richard Kingson is on Africa Cup of Nations duty. Mo Diame (knee) is injured.

Aston Villa v West Ham
VILLA have no fresh injury concerns, but may make changes from midweek. Brad Guzan will make way for Brad Friedel, Curtis Davies (shoulder) is out.
WEST HAM’s Carlton Cole (knee) is still a fortnight from fitness, but Guillermo Franco has picked up an injury in training. Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Jack Collison and Danny Gabbidon could be fit.

Blackburn v Fulham
ROVERS are still without Vince Grella (thigh) and Jason Roberts (knee), while Benni McCarthy (back) and Gael Givet (head) are concerns. El-Hadji Diouf is available.
FULHAM new signing Stefano Okaka won’t have completed the paperwork until Monday. Bobby Zamora (shoulder) is out injured along with John Paintsil, but Brede Hangeland is hoping to have recovered from his knee problem.

Bolton v Arsenal
BOLTON boss Owen Coyle has a squad with a near clean bill of health – only Joey O’Brien and Sean Davis (both knee) are long-term absentees.
ARSENAL’s Cesc Fabregas is confident of being fit after his hamstring injury, but Theo Walcott (rib), Kieran Gibbs (foot), Gael Clichy (back), Jack Wilshere (hamstring) and Denilson (rib) are injured.

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