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Aston Villa - Blackburn

Aston Villa

Suspended: Makoun (three matches)
Injured: Collins (calf), Cuellar (hamstring)


Doubtful: Samba (virus)
Injured: Formica & Rochina (both fitness), Hoilett (hamstring), P Jones (knee)

Facts from the BBC

- Blackburn are looking to complete a second straight League double over Aston Villa following a 2-0 success at Ewood Park in November.
- Rovers won 1-0 at Villa Park on the final day of last season courtesy of a Richard Dunne own goal.
- This is the ninth fixture between these clubs in the last 18 months. Blackburn have won all three league encounters but Villa have claimed victory in all five cup matches.

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Everton - Sunderland


Doubtful: Anichebe (unspecified), Cahill (ankle), Fellaini (unspecified), Rodwell (groin), Saha (hamstring)
Injured: Barkley (leg)


Doubtful: Gordon (knee), Colback (muscle strain)
Injured: Campbell, Meyler & Turner (all knee), Cattermole (back), Welbeck (hamstring)

Facts from the BBC

- David Moyes' side traditionally enjoy their meetings with Sunderland - they have not been beaten by them in 12 Premier League encounters.
- Everton have won their last three home matches against the Black Cats, scoring 12 goals in the process.
- Sunderland's only Premier League win in nine attempts at Goodison Park came on their first trip, in November 1996, with teenage substitute Michael Bridges scoring twice in a 3-1 win.

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Newcastle - Bolton


Doubtful: Lovenkrands (thigh)
Injured/unavailable: Ameobi (fractured cheekbone), Ben Arfa (broken leg), Gosling & Ireland (both knee), Guthrie (hamstring), Smith (ankle)


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

Facts from the BBC

- Bolton have won just one of their 10 Premier League games at St James' Park.
- Newcastle have scored the most goals outside of the top five (42).
- According to Opta Stats, Newcastle are the most fouled side in the Premier League this season, suffering 365 fouls. And Bolton have conceded the most (372).

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Wigan - Manchester United


Doubtful: Boyce (hamstring), McManaman (cut leg)
Injured/unavailable: Cleverley (ineligible)

Man Utd

Injured: Anderson (knee), Evans & Valencia (both ankle), Ferdinand (calf), Hargreaves & Park (both hamstring)

Facts from the BBC

- Manchester United have won all 12 previous matches against Wigan, scoring 37 goals and conceding just four.
- The Latics have only scored one goal in their last seven matches against United.
- Last season's corresponding fixture ended in a 5-0 drubbing for Wigan.

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Wolves - Blackpool


Doubtful: Edwards (groin)
Injured: Guedioura (broken leg), Hunt (calf), Kightly & Mancienne (both knee)


Suspended: Adam (two matches)
Injured: Basham (leg), Clarke, Gilks & Rachubka (all knee), Crainey (ankle), Grandin & Taylor-Fletcher (both hamstring) Sbai (fitness)

Facts from the BBC

- Blackpool are looking to complete a first league double over Wolves since the 1955/56 season.
- The Seasiders won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road in November courtesy of first-half goals by Luke Varney and Marlon Harewood. Kevin Doyle scored Wolves' consolation.
- Wolves have won each of their last six home games against the Tangerines.
- Blackpool's last victory at Molineux came in a 2-1 win in September 1964.

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West Ham - Liverpool

West Ham

Doubtful: Gabbidon (unknown)
Injured: Collison & Kurucz (both knee), Dyer (thigh), Keane (calf), Stanislas (hernia), Upson (Achilles)


Doubtful: Agger (unknown), Carroll (thigh), Gerrard (groin), Johnson (Achilles), Kelly (groin/thigh)
Injured: Aurelio (thigh), Shelvey (knee)

Facts from the BBC

- Liverpool have won their last four matches against West Ham, scoring three goals on each occasion.
- Their only defeat in the last 17 meetings was 1-0 at Upton Park in January 2008. West Ham have lost five of the last six clashes in east London.
- The Hammers have only won one of their last six league matches, picking up five points out of a possible 18.

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Manchester City - Fulham

Manchester City

Doubtful: Kompany (hip), Milner (hamstring), Richards (calf)
Injured: De Jong & A Johnson (both ankle), Given (shoulder)


Doubtful: Etuhu (hamstring), Zamora (ankle)
Injured: Kamara & Senderos (both back), Sidwell (knee)

Facts from the BBC

- The home side has not won this fixture in the last eight meetings since City triumphed 3-1 in November 2006.
- Fulham have taken seven points from their last three trips to the City of Manchester Stadium.
- Manchester City have only won one of their last four league matches, earning four points out of a possible 12.

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Stoke - West Brom


Doubtful: Etherington (back & hamstring), Faye (hamstring)
Injured: Sidibe (Achilles)

West Brom

Doubtful: Mulumbu (hamstring), Olsson (virus)

Facts from the BBC

- Stoke have traditionally been a bogey side for West Brom. They have lost only one of their last 26 league clashes, dating back to April 1989.
- The Potters have won seven of the last eight league meetings between the two clubs, including a Premier League double during 2008/09, the only season both clubs have been in the top flight since 1984/85.
- West Brom's sole victory over the Potters this millennium was a 1-0 win at the Hawthorns in September 2003. Scott Dobie was the man on target.

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Wigan vs Man Utd starting line-ups:

Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Watson, Diame, N'Zogbia, McCarthy, Moses, Rodallega
Subs: Pollitt, Thomas, Di Santo, Steven Caldwell, Gomez, McArthur, Lopez

Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Hernandez, Rooney
Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Berbatov, Fabio Da Silva, Rafael Da Silva, Gibson, King

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Everton vs Sunderland starting line-ups:


Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Osman, Beckford, Saha
Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Rodwell, Baxter


Mignolet, Ferdinand, Mensah, Bramble, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Henderson, Muntari, Sessegnon, Richardson, Gyan
Subs: Gordon, Zenden, Malbranque, Riveros, Colback, Noble, Knott