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Manchester United - Bolton

Man Utd

Suspended: Scholes (two matches) Doubtful: Park (hamstring)
Injured/unavailable: Anderson, Hargreaves & Lindegaard (all knee), Ferdinand & Vidic (both calf), Fletcher (virus), O'Shea & Rafael (both hamstring)

Bolton

Doubtful: M Davies (ankle), Steinsson (virus)
Injured: S Davis, Knight & J O'Brien (all knee), Gardner (thigh), Ricketts (Achilles), Samuel (calf/fitness)

Facts from the BBC:

Man Utd have won 10 of their last 12 meetings against Bolton.

Wanderers have lost their last seven visits to Old Trafford since a 1-0 win back in September 2002.

Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in eight Premier League games for Manchester United against Bolton.

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Stoke - Newcastle

Stoke

Doubtful: Carew (back), Faye (hamstring)
Injured: Sidibe (Achilles)

Newcastle

Suspended: R Taylor (two matches)
Doubtful: Barton (thigh), Enrique & Gutierrrez (both hamstring)
Injured: Ben Arfa (broken leg), Gosling (knee), Guthrie (hamstring), Ireland (thigh), Smith (ankle)

Facts from the BBC:

According to Opta statistics, Stoke registered only one shot on target when they won 2-1 at Newcastle on 26 September last year. The winner came from a James Perch own goal.

The Potters are now chasing a first league double against the Magpies since the 1970/71 season.

The Potters have lost their last six away league games but they are unbeaten at home in 2011.

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West Brom - Arsenal

West Brom

Doubtful: Mulumbu (calf)
Injured/unavailable: Dorrans (ankle),
Vela (ineligible under rules of loan)

Arsenal

Injured: Djourou & Fabianski (both shoulder), Fabregas (hamstring), Mannone (thigh), Frimpong & Song (both knee), Szczesny (finger), Walcott (ankle), Vermaelen (Achilles)

Facts from the BBC:

West Brom are looking to complete a first ever Premier League double over the Gunners. They have not beaten Arsenal both home and away since the 1961/62 season.

Arsenal have won six of the last nine top-flight meetings.

Thirty-one goals have been scored between the sides in the Premier League era - an average of 3.4 goals per game.

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Wigan - Birmingham

Wigan

Doubtful: Rodallega (unspecified)

Birmingham

Doubtful: Bentley & Zigic (both groin), Bowyer & Fahey (both hamstring)
Injured: Dann (hamstring), Hleb & McFadden (both knee), Valles (foot)

Facts from the BBC:

Birmingham have lost only one of seven Premier League games against Wigan.

The Latics have won just one of their last 11 league games.

According to Opta figures, Wigan are the worst finishers in the top flight, converting just 10% of shots into goals.

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Everton - Fulham

Everton

Doubtful: Cahill (foot), Neville (hamstring)
Injured: Arteta (hamstring), Fellaini (ankle)

Fulham

Doubtful: Etuhu (hamstring)
Injured: Senderos (Achilles), Sidwell (knee)

Facts from the BBC:

Fulham have never won a league game at Goodison Park (D4, L18). They have lost on their last 17 trips, which is the longest ever top-flight run of one club losing at a particular ground. Their last point at Everton came in a goalless draw in September 1959.

Fulham's last win on Merseyside was a 4-1 win at Tranmere in a second-tier match in March 2001.

The home side in this fixture has won 17 of their 19 Premier League encounters - the only away win was Everton's 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage in May 2009.

Everton have drawn 13 league matches this season - only Fulham (14) have had more.

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Sunderland - Liverpool

Sunderland

Injured: Campbell (knee/fitness), Meyler & Turner (both knee)

Liverpool

Doubtful: Agger (thigh)
Injured: Aurelio & Kelly (both hamstring), Gerrard (groin), Shelvey (knee)

Facts from the BBC:

Sunderland have beaten Liverpool just twice in 19 Premier League meetings, most recently in last season's reverse fixture, when Darren Bent's infamous 'beach ball' goal secured a 1-0 win for the Black Cats.

Sunderland have only scored three goals in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool - all were netted by the now-departed Bent.

The Black Cats are winless in five league matches, losing four and drawing one.

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Chelsea - Manchester City

Chelsea

Doubtful: Alex (knee) Injured: Benayoun (Achilles)

Man City

Injured/unavailable: Given (shoulder), K Toure (suspended), Zabaleta (compassionate leave)

Facts from the BBC:

City had only won two out of 24 Premier League meetings with Chelsea before last season, but have now won three in a row against the Blues.

Last season's corresponding fixture will be remembered for Wayne Bridge's refusal to shake John Terry's hand before kick-off. City won the game 4-2, ending Chelsea's 37-match unbeaten home run.

Carlos Tevez has scored six goals in his last five Premier League games against Chelsea.

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Premier League results 20/3

Sunderland    0 - 2    Liverpool           
Chelsea    2 - 0    Manchester City

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Premier League results 30/4

Blackburn    1 - 0    Bolton           
Blackpool    0 - 0    Stoke           
Sunderland    0 - 3    Fulham           
West Brom    2 - 1    Aston Villa           
Wigan    1 - 1    Everton           
Chelsea    2 - 1    Tottenham

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Premier League 7, 8 and 9 May

- Saturday -

Aston Villa - Wigan
Villa Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
This season: Wigan 1 Villa 2.
Last season: Villa 0 Wigan 2, Wigan 1 Villa 2.
Aston Villa: 2-2-2
Wigan: 2-2-2
Aston Villa (Possible, 4-4-2): Friedel; Walker, Collins, Dunne, L Young; Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, A Young; Agbonlahor, Bent.
Wigan Athletic (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Al Habsi; Boyce, G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Diame, Watson; N’Zogbia, McCarthy,Cleverley; Rodallega.
Referee: Mike Jones. Matches: 24. R8 Y81.
Wigan are battling to avoid relegation and they managed to win 0-2 here last season. Both team's have been pritty decent recently. This should be a close one.
More than 2.5 goals.

Bolton - Sunderland
Reebok Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
This season: Sunderland 1 Bolton 0.
Last season: Bolton 0 Sunderland 1, Sunderland 4 Bolton 0.
Bolton: 3-0-3
Sunderland: 1-1-4
Bolton (Possible, 4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Moreno, Cohen, Gardner, Taylor; Sturridge, K Davies.
Sunderland (Possible, 4-5-1): Mignolet; Elmohamady, Turner, Onuoha, Bardsley; Henderson, Cattermole, Colback, Muntari, Malbranque; Sessegnon.
Referee: Kevin Friend. Matches: 17. R4 Y58.
Bolton have impressed this season, but they have struggled in their recent games against Sunderland. But Sunderland have not been too good recently.
Sunderland to win.

Everton - Manchester City
Goodison Park
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
This season: Manchester City 1 Everton 2.
Last season: Everton 2 Manchester City 0, Manchester City 0 Everton 2.
Everton: 3-2-1
Manchester City: 4-0-2
Everton (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Neville, Rodwell, Arteta; Cahill; Anichebe.
Man City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; De Jong, Barry; A Johnson, Toure Yay, Silva; Balotelli.
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches: 28. R9 Y102.
Everton won both meetings against City last season and managed to win at Eastlands earlier this season. The Toffees could be able to win this one.
Everton to win.

Newcastle - Birmingham
St James’ Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
This season: Birmingham 0 Newcastle 2.
Last season: N/A.
Newcastle: 1-2-3
Birmingham: 2-2-2
Newcastle (Possible, 4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutiérrez; Ameobi, Lovenkrands.
Birmingham (Possible, 4-4-2): Foster; Carr, Jiranek, Johnson, Ridgewell; Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, Bowyer; Jerome, Phillips.
Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 25. R1 Y66.
Birmingham are still in the relegation battle, while Newcastle are pritty safe. Birmingham have been strong recently, but Newcastle have impressed in some games.
More than 2.5 goals.

West Ham - Blackburn
Upton Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
This season: Blackburn 1 West Ham 1.
Last season: Blackburn 0 West Ham 0, West Ham 0 Blackburn 0.
West Ham: 1-0-5
Blackburn: 1-2-3
West Ham (Possible, 4-4-2): Green; Jacobsen, Upson, Gabbidon, Bridge, Sears, Spector, Hitzlsperger, Boa Morte; Keane, Ba.
Blackburn (Possible, 4-4-2): Robinson; Salgado, Samba, P Jones, Givet; Emerton, J Jones, Nzonzi, Olsson; Benjani, Roberts.
Referee: Peter Walton. Matches: 24. R6 Y81.
West Ham and Blackburn are both battling to avoid relegation. I believe it will be a close one between these two, but the Hammers could win it.
West Ham to win.

Tottenham - Blackpool
White Hart Lane
Kick-off: 17.30 BST
This season: Blackpool 3 Spurs 1.
Last season: N/A.
Tottenham: 1-4-1
Blackpool: 0-3-3
Tottenham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Gomes; Kaboul, Dawson, Gallas, Corluka; Lennon, Modric, Sandro, Bale; van der Vaart; Pavlyuchenko.
Blackpool (Possible, 4-3-3): Gilks; Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, Crainey; Southern, Vaughan, Adam; Phillips, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell.
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 23. R5 Y57.
Tottenham face a battle with Liverpool for a place in Europe, while Blackpool are battling to avoid relegation. Tottenham should be able to win this one at home.
Tottenham to win.

- Sunday -

Wolves - West Brom
Molineux
Kick-off: 12.00 BST
This season: WBA 1 Wolves 1.
Last season: N/A.
Wolves: 0-3-3
West Brom: 4-1-1
Wolves (Possible, 4-4-2): Hennessey; Stearman, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi; Foley, O’Hara, Henry, Jarvis; Ward, Fletcher.
WBA (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Carson; Jara, Méïté, Olsson, Shorey; Brunt, Mulumbu, Cox, Morrison; Vela; Odemwingie.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 26. R2 Y93.
Wolves are battling to avoid relegation while West Brom are safe. The visitors have been very storng recently and could manage to win this one.
West Brom to win.

Stoke - Arsenal
Britannia Stadium
Kick-off: 14.05 BST
This season: Arsenal 1 Stoke 0.
Last season: Arsenal 2 Stoke 0, Stoke 1 Arsenal 3.
Stoke: 2-3-1
Arsenal: 2-3-1
Stoke (Possible, 4-4-2): Begovic; Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson; Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Whitehead; Walters, Jones.
Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy; Song, Ramsey; Wilshere, Fabregas, Nasri; Van Persie.
Referee: Mark Halsey. Matches: 19. R1 Y36.
Arsenal have failed to impress me recently, but managed to beat Manchester United in the last round. The Gunners face a tough game against Stoke in this one.
More than 2.5 goals.

Manchester United - Chelsea
Old Trafford
Kick-off: 16.10 BST
This season: Chelsea 2 United 1.
Last season: Chelsea 1 United 0, United 1 Chelsea 2.
Manchester United: 4-1-1
Chelsea: 5-1-0
Manchester United (Possible, 4-4-2): Van der Sar; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Scholes, Park; Rooney, Hernandez.
Chelsea (Possible, 4-4-2): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Malouda; Drogba, Torres.
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 26. R2 Y82.
Chelsea are the last team to win a League game at Old Trafford, 13 months ago. Since their defeat to Chelsea, United have won 18 games and drawn one at Old Trafford.
This game could decide the race for the Premier League title. Should Manchester United win this game, the title race will be all but finished. United impressed against Schalke but Chelsea have been strong against the Red Devils in recent seasons.
Chelsea to win.

- Monday -

Fulham - Liverpool
Craven Cottage
Kick-off: 20.00 BST
This season: Liverpool 1 Fulham 0.
Last season: Fulham 3 Liverpool 1, Liverpool 0 Fulham 0.
Fulham: 4-1-1
Liverpool: 4-1-1
Fulham (Possible, 4-4-2): Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Senderos, Salcido; Davies, Sidwell, Murphy, Kakuta; Gudjohnsen, Zamora.
Liverpool (Possible, 4-4-2): Reina; Flanagan, Skrtel, Carragher, Johnson; Maxi, Spearing, Lucas, Meireles; Kuyt, Suarez.
Referee: Lee Mason. Matches: 21. R3 Y90.
Fulham have been very strong recently but Liverpool with Kenny Dalglish in charge have been impressive. The Reds could be able to win this one.
Less than 2.5 goals.