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Premier League results 24/10

Stoke    1 - 2    Manchester Utd           
Liverpool    2 - 1    Blackburn           
Manchester City    0 - 3    Arsenal

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Update on injuries in the Premier League:


Fulham:       
        D Etuhu     Ankle/Foot Injury     no return date     
            D Duff     Calf Muscle Strain     no return date     
            D Murphy     Groin Strain     13th Nov 10     
            F Stoor     Groin Strain     no return date     
            B Zamora     Broken Leg     Feb 11     
            P Senderos     Calf/Shin Injury     Feb 11     

West Ham United:
        M Upson     Hamstring Injury     no return date     
            A Edgar     ACL Knee Injury     Mar 11     
            P Kurucz     Knee Injury     May 11     
            T Hitzlsperger     Thigh Muscle Strain     Feb 11     
            Z Hines     Knee Injury     11th Dec 10     
            J Collison     Knee Injury     Jan 11     

Arsenal:
        K Gibbs     Knee Injury     no return date     
            T Vermaelen     Achilles Tendinopathy     10th Nov 10     
            R Van Persie     Ankle/Foot Injury     7th Nov 10     
            E Frimpong     ACL Knee Injury     May 11     
            A Ramsey     Broken Leg     14th Nov 10     

Aston Villa:
        S Petrov     Knee Injury     13th Nov 10     
            L Young     Hamstring Injury     6th Nov 10     
            A Weimann     Ankle/Foot Injury     Feb 11     
            G Agbonlahor     Groin Strain     no return date     
            F Delph     Knee Injury     no return date     

Manchester United:
        M Owen     Hamstring Injury     no return date     
            W Rooney     Ankle/Foot Injury     13th Nov 10     
            O Hargreaves     Calf Muscle Strain     no return date     
            R Giggs     Hamstring Injury     6th Nov 10     
            A Valencia     Ankle/Foot Injury     Feb 11     

Newcastle United:
        S Campbell     Thigh Muscle Strain     no return date     
            H Ben Arfa     Broken Leg     no return date     
            S Harper     Broken Collar Bone     22nd Dec 10     
            D Gosling     ACL Knee Injury     Jan 11     
            S Taylor     Shoulder Injury     31st Oct 10     

Tottenham Hotspur:
        V Corluka     Groin Strain     no return date     
            J Defoe     High Ankle Sprain     13th Nov 10     
            M Dawson     Knee Injury     no return date     
            J O'Hara     Back Injury     no return date     
            J Woodgate     Groin/Pelvis Injury     no return date     

Bolton Wanderers:
        R Gardner     Thigh Muscle Strain     no return date     
            J Samuel     Calf Muscle Strain     no return date     
            A O'Brien     Ankle/Foot Injury     no return date     
            J O'Brien     Knee Injury     no return date     

Everton:
        L Osman     Ankle/Foot Injury     27th Nov 10     
            J Heitinga     Calf Muscle Strain     no return date     
            M Fellaini     Hamstring Injury     25th Nov 10     
            J Rodwell     Ankle/Foot Injury     22nd Nov 10     

Sunderland:
        A Reid     Hamstring Injury     no return date     
            K Richardson     Hamstring Injury     no return date     
            F Campbell     ACL Knee Injury     May 11     
            D Meyler     ACL Knee Injury     27th Nov 10     

Birmingham City:
        J Beausejour     Knee Injury     no return date     
            C Jerome     Ankle/Foot Injury     no return date
            J McFadden     ACL Knee Injury     Feb 11     

Blackpool:
        A Baptiste     Knee Injury     no return date     
            L Almond     Shoulder Injury     1st Nov 10     
            B Clarke     ACL Knee Injury     May 11     

Chelsea:
        Y Benayoun     Achilles Tendinopathy     Apr 11     
            Alex     Hip/Thigh Injury     30th Oct 10     
            F Lampard     Gilmores Groin     30th Oct 10     

Manchester City:
        K Toure     Hamstring Injury     no return date     
            M Johnson     Knee Injury     16th Nov 10     
            A Kolarov     Ankle/Foot Injury     no return date     

West Bromwich Albion:
        M Fortune     Ankle/Foot Injury     no return date     
            J Olsson     Achilles Tendinopathy     no return date     
            P Odemwingie     Knee Injury     no return date     

Wigan Athletic:
        E Boyce     Hamstring Injury     no return date     
            J McCarthy     Ankle/Foot Injury     Jan 11     
            G Caldwell     Hip/Thigh Injury     no return date     

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
        J Craddock     Sprained Ankle     13th Nov 10     
            R Zubar     Ankle/Foot Injury     6th Nov 10     
            A Guedioura     Broken Leg     Feb 11     

Liverpool:
        D Agger     Illness     no return date     
            D Kuyt     Ankle/Foot Injury     13th Nov 10     

Stoke City:
        R Fuller     Shoulder Injury     no return date     
            M Sidibe     Calf/Shin Injury     Jan 11     

Blackburn Rovers:
        K Andrews     Groin Strain     6th Nov 10

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- News update -

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric is confident ahead of their clash with Manchester United.
Read more: http://www.ontheminute.com/news/news.php?news=26334

Newcastle United striker Peter Lovenkrands has admitted he is eager for more first-team football.
Read more: http://www.ontheminute.com/news/news.php?news=26333

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs sustained a knee injury in the Carling Cup clash with Newcastle on Wednesday.
Read more: http://www.ontheminute.com/news/news.php?news=26308

Sunderland defender Michael Turner is looking forward to the clash with rivals Newcastle United on Sunday.
Read more: http://www.ontheminute.com/news/news.php?news=26303

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Premier League 30 and 31 October and 1 November

- Saturday -

Arsenal - West Ham
Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Last season: West Ham 2 Arsenal 2, Arsenal 2 West Ham 0.
Arsenal: 3-1-2
West Ham: 1-3-2
Arsenal (4-3-3): Fabianski; Sagna, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy; Song, Fabregas, Denilson; Nasri, Chamakh, Arshavin.
West Ham (4-3-3): Green; Jacobson, Upson, Da Costa, Gabbidon; Behrami, Parker, Noble; Cole, Piquionne, Obinna.
Referee: Mick Jones. Matches: 7. R1 Y21.
Arsenal got a clear win here last season they crushed Manchester City last weekend. I expect the Gunners to win this one as well.
Arsenal to win.

Blackburn - Chelsea
Ewood Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Chelsea 5 Blackburn 0, Blackburn 1 Chelsea 1.
Blackburn: 1-2-3
Chelsea: 4-1-1
Blackburn (4-5-1): Robinson; Salgado, Samba, Givet, Olsson; Pedersen, Emerton, Jones, Nzonzi, E Diouf; Kalinic.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov; Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.
Referee: Peter Walton. Matches: 3. R1 Y13.
Blackburn managed to get a draw from their meeting with Chelsea here last season, but I do not believe they will be able to get that this season.
Chelsea to win.

Everton - Stoke
Goodison Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Everton 1 Stoke 1, Stoke 0 Everton 0.
Everton: 2-3-1
Stoke: 2-1-3
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Pienaar, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov; Cahill; Yakubu.
Stoke (4-4-2): Sorensen; Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins; Pennant, Wilson, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Jones.
Referee: Lee Mason. Matches: 5. R1 Y23.
Everton's form have improved and they are unbeaten in four Premier League games, and I believe they could get something from this one.
Less than 2.5 goals.

Fulham - Wigan
Craven Cottage
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Wigan 1 Fulham, Fulham 2 Wigan 1
Fulham: 1-3-2
Wigan: 2-3-1
Fulham (4-5-1): Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido; Davies, Gera, Greening, Dempsey; Dembele, A Johnson.
Wigan (4-4-2): Al Habsi; Stam, S Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Gomez, Thomas, Diame, N’Zogbia; Di Santo, Rodallega.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 7. R3 Y23.
Fulham have lost their last two games, but I believe this is a game they could manage to win at home, but Wigan are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games.
Draw.

Wolves - Manchester City
Molineux
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Last season: N/A.
Wolves: 0-2-4
Manchester City: 4-0-2
Wolves (4-4-2): Hahnemann; Foley, Stearman, Berra, Ward; Jarvis, Henry, Mancienne, Jones; Hunt, Doyle.
Man City (4-3-3): Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Boateng; De Jong, Y Toure, Barry; Milner, Adebayor, Silva.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 7. R0 Y20.
Wolves failed to impress me against the Manchester United youngsters in the Carling Cup earlier this week. I expect City, even without Carlos Tevez, to be able to win this one.
Manchester City to win.

Manchester United - Tottenham
Old Trafford
Kick-off: 17.30 BST
Last season: Spurs 1 United 3, United 3 Spurs 1
Manchester United: 3-3-0
Tottenham: 3-2-1
United (4-4-2): Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, O’Shea; Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Park; Hernandez, Berbatov.
Spurs (4-4-1-1): Gomes; Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; van der Vaart; Crouch.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches: 8. R2 Y26.
United won both meetings with Spurs last season and the visitors struggle at the big clubs. United should win this one as well.
Manchester United to win.

- Sunday -

Aston Villa - Birmingham
Villa Park
Kick-off: 12.00 GMT
Last season: Birmingham 0 Villa 1, Villa 1 Birmingham 0.
Aston Villa: 2-2-2
Birmingham: 1-2-3
Aston Villa (4-4-1-1): Friedel; Beye, Collins, Dunne, Warnock; Downing, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, A Young; Ireland; Heskey.
Birmingham (4-3-1-2): Foster; Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell; Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner; Hleb; O’Connor, Zigic.
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 6. R0 Y23.
Villa won here last season, but it has been close between these two in the recent City derby's. Should be another close one.
Less than 2.5 goals.

Newcastle - Sunderland
St James’ Park
Kick-off: 1.30 GMT
Last season: N/A.
Newcastle: 2-1-3
Sunderland: 1-5-0
Newcastle (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutiérrez; Ameobi, Carroll.
Sunderland (4-5-1): Mignolet; Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Bardsley; Elmohamady, Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque, Welbeck; Bent.
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches: 9. R2 Y34.
The North East deby is back after a year's absence. Newcastle suffered a 4-0 Carling Cup exit at home to Arsenal earlier this week, but the Magpies are decent in the league.
Draw.

Bolton - Liverpool
Reebok Stadium
Kick-off: 16.00 GMT
Last season: Bolton 2 Liverpool 3, Liverpool 2 Bolton 0.
Bolton: 1-5-0
Liverpool: 1-2-3
Bolton (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Lee, Holden, Muamba, Petrov; K Davies, Elmander.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Reina; Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky; Lucas, Meireles; Maxi, Gerrard, Cole; Torres.
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 6. R2 Y13.
Liverpool won both meetings with Bolton last season. After a poor start to the season the Reds managed to beat Blackburn, but they will find it tough to win this one.
More than 2.5 goals.

- Monday -

Blackpool - West Brom
Bloomfield Road
Kick-off: 20.00 GMT
Last season (Championship): Blackpool 2 WBA 3, WBA 3 Blackpool 2.
Blackpool: 1-1-4
West Brom: 3-2-1
Blackpool (4-3-3): Gilks; Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey; Taylor-Fletcher, Vaughan, Adam; Campbell, Harewood, Varney.
WBA (4-1-4-1): Carson; Jara, Tamas, Pablo, Shorey; Mulumbu; Brunt, Morrison, Scharner, Thomas; Bednar.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Matches: 3. R0 Y13.
Both teams have had ok starts to the season, but the hosts are missing several players for this game, e.g. Alex Baptiste (knee), Louis Almond (shoulder) and Billy Clarke (knee). Albion test Marc-Antoine Fortune (ankle), Peter Odemwingie (knee) and Jonas Olsson (Achilles).
More than 2.5 goals.

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Arsenal vs West Ham

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches against West Ham.

The Hammers have failed to score in five of their last six league meetings with Arsenal.

Manchester City are the only Premier League away team to keep a clean sheet at the Emirates Stadium in 2010.

Arsenal

Suspended: Wilshere (one match)

Injured: Almunia (elbow), Diaby & van Persie (both ankle), Frimpong & Gibbs (both knee), Ramsey (broken leg), Vermaelen (Achilles)

West Ham

Doubtful: Piquionne (leg), Upson (hamstring)

Injured: Collison, Hines & Kurucz (all knee), Hitzlsperger (thigh)

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Man Utd    v    Tottenham

Tottenham have failed to win any of their last 25 meetings with Manchester United in all competitions.

It's 21 years since Spurs last won at Old Trafford - a 1-0 victory in December 1989 courtesy of a Gary Lineker goal.

Manchester United are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League but have drawn more games (5) than they have won (4).

Manchester United

Doubtful: Evans (hip)

Injured: Giggs & Owen (both hamstring), Hargreaves (calf), Rooney & Valencia (both ankle)

Tottenham

Injured: Dawson (knee & ankle), Defoe & Huddlestone (both ankle), Corluka, King & Woodgate (all groin), O'Hara (back)

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Blackburn    v    Chelsea

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league games against Blackburn, conceding just one goal, although they did lose on penalties at Ewood Park in last season's Carling Cup

Rovers have won one of their last eight league games.

Chelsea have failed to score in their last two away league games. They have never gone three away matches without netting since Roman Abramovich's takeover.

Blackburn

Injured: Andrews & Grella (both groin), Nzonzi (hamstring)

Chelsea

Injured: Benayoun (Achilles), Lampard (groin), Ramires (ankle)

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Bolton    v    Liverpool

Liverpool have beaten Bolton in their last seven league meetings.

The Trotters have managed only three wins in 22 Premier League encounters with Liverpool. The Reds have won 15 and there have been four draws.

This is the 130th meeting between the sides. Liverpool have won 54 matches, Bolton 43 and 32 draws.

Bolton

Injured: Davis & J O'Brien (both knee), Gardner (thigh), Samuel (calf)

Liverpool

Doubtful: Johnson (hamstring) Injured: Kuyt (ankle)

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Here is the BBC's Mark Lawrenson's predictions for the Premier League fixtures this weekend:

Premier League 30 and 31 October and 1 November

Arsenal - West Ham
Prediction: 2-0

Blackburn - Chelsea
Prediction: 0-2

Everton - Stoke
Prediction: 2-1

Fulham - Wigan
Prediction: 2-0

Wolves - Manchester City
Prediction: 0-2

Manchester United - Tottenham
Prediction: 2-1

Aston Villa - Birmingham
Prediction: 1-1

Newcastle - Sunderland
Prediction: 1-0

Bolton - Liverpool
Prediction: 1-2

Blackpool - West Brom
Prediction: 2-1

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Here is Sky Sports' Jeff Stelling's predictions in the Sun for the Premier League fixtures this weekend:

Premier League 30 and 31 October and 1 November

Arsenal - West Ham
Prediction: 3-0

Blackburn - Chelsea
Prediction: 0-2

Everton - Stoke
Prediction: 2-0

Fulham - Wigan
Prediction: 1-0

Wolves - Manchester City
Prediction: 2-1

Manchester United - Tottenham
Prediction: 2-0

Aston Villa - Birmingham
Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle - Sunderland
Prediction: 2-1

Bolton - Liverpool
Prediction: 1-0

Blackpool - West Brom
Prediction: 2-3