Aston Villa vs West Ham United

Patrik Berger and John Carew are still out with injuries for Aston Villa while West Ham will have to manage without Anton Ferdinand and Scott Parker. Craig Bellamy, Kieron Dyer, Julien Faubert and Calum Davenport are also out for the visitors.

Aston Villa (from): Carson, Mellberg, Laursen, Knight, Bouma, Gardner, Reo-Coker, Barry, Young, Moore, Maloney, Agbonlahor, Petrov, Harewood, Taylor, Davies, Osbourne.

West Ham United (from): Wright, Green, Neill, Upson, Gabbidon, McCartney, Bowyer, Mullins, Noble, Etherington, Ashton, Cole, Pantsil, Collins, Spector, Ljungberg, Boa Morte, Reid.


Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic

Manchester United will have to manage without Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick, Wes Brown (might play) and Edwin van der Sar for this match. Antoine Sibierski is doubtful for Wigan for this match.

Manchester United (from): Kuczszak, Heaton, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Simpson, Pique, Ronaldo, Scholes, O'Shea, Anderson, Nani, Giggs, Rooney, Saha, Tevez.

Wigan Athletic (from): Kirkland, Melchiot, Granqvist, Bramble, Kilbane, Brown, Scharner, Skoko, Koumas, Sibierski, Bent, Aghahowa, Boyce, Cotterill, Hall, Olembe, Taylor, Valencia, Landzaat, Pollitt.

-Manchester United win-



Arsenal vs Sunderland

William Gallas, Eduardo, Jens Lehmann, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Song are still out of the Arsenal squad. Sunderland will have to manage without Andrew Cole, Russell Anderson, Kieran Richardson, Carlos Edwards, Dean Whitehead and Stanislav Varga.

Arsenal (from): Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Senderos, Clichy, Hleb, Fabregas, Flamini, Eboue, Adebayor, Van Persie, Fabianski, Diaby, Gilberto, Diarra, Denilson, Bendtner, Walcott.

Sunderland (from): Gordon, Ward, Nosworthy, Halford, Kay, McShane, Anderson, Higginbotham, Collins, Harte, Etuhu, Wallace, Yorke, Miller, Leadbitter, Chopra, Jones, Stokes, Murphy, Connolly, O'Donovan.

-Arsenal win-

Blackburn Rovers vs Birmingham City

Rovers will have to manage without captain Ryan Nelsen and Jason Roberts while the visitors will have to manage without Damien Johnson and Mikael Forssell.

Blackburn Rovers (from): Friedel, Enckelman, Emerton, Samba, Ooijer, Warnock, Bentley, Dunn, Savage, Pedersen, Santa Cruz, McCarthy, Derbyshire, Tugay, Mokoena, Rigters, Khizanishvili, Olsson, Brown.

Birmingham City (from): Taylor, Kelly, Ridgewell, Djourou, Queudrue, Larsson, Nafti, Muamba, McSheffrey, Kapo, Jerome, Schmitz, O'Connor, Palacio, Kingson, Doyle, Martin Taylor, Sadler.


Bolton Wanderers vs Chelsea

Mikel Alonso is almost certain to miss this match for Bolton along with Heidar Helguson, Ricardo Vaz Te and JLloyd Samuel. Chelsea are still without Didier Drogba, Mikel JOhn Obi (suspended) and Lampard, Essien and Shaun Wright-Phillips are doubtful for this match.

Bolton Wanderers (from): Jaaskelainen, Walker, Al Habsi, J O'Brien, Hunt, Meite, Michalik, A O'Brien, Cid, Gardner, Campo, Wilhelmsson, Teymourian, Nolan, Speed, McCann, Stelios, Alonso, Braaten, Guthrie, Diouf, Anelka, Davies.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Cudicini, Hilario, Ferreira, Belletti, Terry, Carvalho, Alex, Ben-Haim, A Cole, J Cole, Bridge, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Sidwell, Shevchenko, Pizarro, Malouda, Wright-Phillips, Sinclair.

-Chelsea win-

Fulham vs Portsmouth

Fulham will miss Lee Cook, Brian McBride, Moritz Volz, Jimmy Bullard, Philippe Christanval and Ian Pearce for this match. Portsmouth striker Nwankwo Kanu could return for this match.

Fulham (from): Niemi, Warner, Keller, Baird, Stefanovic, Bocanegra, Hughes, Davis, Smertin, Murphy, Seol, Davies, Bouazza, Healy, Dempsey, Konchesky, Kamara, John, Kuqi.

Portsmouth (from): James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Utaka, Davis, Diop, Muntari, Benjani, Kranjcar, Taylor, Pamarot, Nugent, Pedro Mendes, Ashdown, Lauren, Traore, Hughes.

-Portsmouth win-

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kewell, Daniel Agger and Xabi Alonso are still out for the hosts while Tottenham will have to manage without Ricardo Rocha and Ledley King.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Finnan, Arbeloa, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise, Aurelio, Pennant, Gerrard, Sissoko, Mascherano, Babel, Benayoun, Crouch, Voronin, Torres, Kuyt, Leto, Itandje.

Tottenham Hotspur (from): Robinson, Cerny, Chimbonda, Stalteri, Lee, Bale, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Gardner, Kaboul, Huddlestone, Zokora, Jenas, Lennon, Malbranque, Tainio, Boateng, Taarabt, Berbatov, Keane, Defoe, Bent.

-Liverpool win-

Manchester City vs Middlesbrough

Manchester City will have to manage without Rolando Bianchi, Darius Vassell and Valeri Bojinov. Middlesbrough could see Mido and Tuncay Sanli return in this match.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Schmeichel, Corluka, Onuoha, Sun, Dunne, Richards, Garrido, Ball, Geovanni, Dabo, Fernandes, Hamann, Johnson, Ireland, Petrov, Elano, Samaras, Mpenza, Etuhu.

Middlesbrough (from) Schwarzer, Young, Taylor, Wheater, Woodgate, Boateng, Rochemback, O'Neil, Downing, Tuncay, Mido, Lee, Craddock, Jones, Steele, Davies, Riggott, Hines, Owens, Cattermole.

-Manchester City win-

Newcastle United vs Everton

Michael Owen could return to action for Newcastle against Everton. Joey Barton, Damien Duff, Peter Ramage, Stephen Carr and Celestine Babayaro are all on the injury list for the hosts. Everton striker Andrew Johnson could return for this match.

Newcastle United (from): Given, Harper, N'Zogbia, Enrique, Rozehnal, Taylor, Cacapa, Faye, Edgar, Beye, Milner, Geremi, Butt, Smith, Pattison, Viduka, Martins, Ameobi, Owen.

Everton (from): Howard, Hibbert, Stubbs, Lescott, Yobo, Baines, Valente, Arteta, Osman, Neville, Carsley, Pienaar, Anichebe, Yakubu, Johnson, McFadden, Jagielka, Wessels.


Reading vs Derby County

Bobby Convey, Kalifa Cisse and Glen Little are still out for the hosts. Giles Barnes is ready to return for Derby and is part of manager Billy Davies' fully-fit squad.

Reading (from): Hahnemann, Federici, Murty, de la Cruz, Ingimarsson, Bikey, Duberry, Sonko, Shorey, Rosenior, Oster, Harper, Gunnarsson, Fae, Hunt, Doyle, Kitson, Long, Lita, Halls, Golbourne.

Derby County (from): Bywater, Griffin, Moore, Malcolm, Teale, Davis, Camara, McEveley, Todd, Oakley, Mears, Pearson, Barnes, Howard, Price, Earnshaw, Miller, Jones, Leacock, Lewis.

-Reading win-


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HAHA... Ronaldinho does not want to join a team that plays such boring football!


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Thank you Solskjaer for your years at our club! You have helped us stay at the top! Thanks sunny.


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It will for sure be interesting to watch if he can do something today!

It would be interesting to see what Fergie will do if Saha scores a couple of goals when Rooney returns.


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I'll just continue with the stats before the matches today 01.09.2007 wink

Top scorers

Nicolas Anelka Bolton 3
Frank Lampard Chelsea 3
Antoine Sibierski Wigan 3
Michael Chopra Sunderland 2
Geovanni Manchester City 2
David Healy Fulham 2
Cameron Jerome Birmingham 2
Steed Malbranque Tottenham 2
Obafemi Martins Newcastle 2
Matt Oakley Derby 2
Roque Santa Cruz Blackburn 2
Robin van Persie Arsenal 2
*5 other players have scored two goals

Bad boys

Disciplinary points

Sulley Muntari Portsmouth 5
Chris Baird Fulham 4
Kalifa Cissé Reading 4
Ryan Nelsen Blackburn 4
Dave Kitson Reading 3
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester Utd 3
Sean Davis Portsmouth 3
Dickson Etuhu Sunderland 3
Dietmar Hamann Manchester City 3
George Boateng Middlesbrough 2
Carlos Bocanegra Fulham 2
Wilfred Bouma Aston Villa 2
*8 other players have two points


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Tomorrow 3pm

Blackburn Rovers (probable; 4-4-2): B Friedel – B Emerton, R Nelsen, C Samba, S Warnock – D Bentley, R Savage, D Dunn, M G Pedersen – B McCarthy, R Santa Cruz.

Injuries and suspensions: B Berner (foot), S Reid (hamstring).

Manchester City (probable; 4-2-3-1): K Schmeichel – V Corluka, M Richards, R Dunne, J Garrido – D Hamann, M Johnson – S Ireland, Elano, M Petrov – R Bianchi.

Injuries and suspensions: V Bojinov (Achilles), A Isaksson (thumb).

Referee M Dean

McCarthy and Santa Cruz set to return for Blackburn with also Savage and Dunn set to return.

I believe this could be a tough match for City.

Blackburn to win.


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Tomorrow 4pm, Sky Sports 1

Aston Villa (possible; 4-3-3): S Taylor – C Gardner, O Mellberg, M Laursen, W Bouma – S Petrov, N Reo-Coker, G Barry – G Agbonlahor, J Carew, A Young.

Injuries and suspensions: P Berger (hamstring), C Davies (hamstring), T Sorensen (hamstring).

Chelsea (possible; 4-4-2): P Cech – M Essien, J Terry, T Ben Haim, A Cole – S Wright-Phillips, S Sidwell, J O Mikel, F Malouda – D Drogba, C Pizarro.

Injuries and suspensions: M Ballack (ankle), W Bridge (hip/thigh), R Carvalho (ankle), F Lampard (thigh).

Referee M Clattenburg

Aston Villa and Manchester United are the only teams to have avoided defeat three times against Chelsea over the past two seasons.

This match could end in a draw.


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Tomorrow 1.30pm, Sky Sports 1

Arsenal (possible; 4-4-2): M Almunia – J Hoyte, K Touré, Gilberto Silva, G Clichy – A Hleb, F Fàbregas, M Flamini, T Rosicky – R van Persie, Eduardo da Silva.

Injuries and suspensions: J Lehmann (Achilles), B Sagna (back), W Gallas (groin), E Eboué (ankle).

Portsmouth (possible; 4-4-2): D James – G Johnson, S Distin, S Campbell, H Hreidarsson – Lauren, S Davis, P Mendes, S Muntari – B Mwaruwari, Kanu.

Injuries and suspensions: None.

Referee M Halsey

Cesc will be back at the Arsenal line up. The Gunners wants to extend their ten-match unbeaten run.

Arsenal to win.


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Today 3pm

Reading (probable; 4-4-2): M Hahnemann – G Murty, M Duberry, I Ingimarsson, N Shorey – E Fae, J Harper, B Gunnarsson, S Hunt – L Lita, K Doyle.

Injuries and suspensions: S Long (thumb), Seol Ki Hyeon (back), J Oster (ankle), G Little (Achilles), I Sonko (knee).

West Ham United (probable; 4-4-2): R Green – L Neill, A Ferdinand, M Upson, G McCartney – L Bowyer, H Mullins, M Noble, M Etherington – R Zamora, C Bellamy.

Injuries and suspensions: K Dyer (leg), F Ljungberg (calf), S Parker (knee), N Quashie (ankle), C Davenport (groin), J Faubert (ankle).

Referee H Webb

I believe this will be a tight match. West Ham have strengthend their team a bit in the last days of the transfer market.

This match could end in a draw.


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Today 3pm

Newcastle United (possible; 4-3-3): S Given – S Taylor, D Rozehnal, Caçapa, C N’Zogbia – A Smith, Gérémi, N Butt – J Milner, M Owen, M Viduka.

Injuries and suspensions: E Belözoglu (thigh), P Ramage (knee), S Carr (hamstring), C Babayaro (groin), J Barton (foot), D Duff (ankle).

Wigan Athletic (possible; 4-4-2): C Kirkland – M Melchiot, T Bramble, A Granqvist, K Kilbane – L A Valencia, P Scharner, D Landzaat, J Koumas – A Sibierski, E Heskey.

Injuries and suspensions: E Boyce (hip), R Taylor (shin).

Referee S Bennett

Newcastle United to win.