Premier League Saturday Team News

Here’s all the team news and previews ahead of Saturday night’s Barclays Premier League matches.

Aston Villa vs Bolton

Aston Villa will be without skipper Stiliyan Petrov and defender Habib Beye through suspension for Saturday’s Premier League match with Bolton.

Petrov collected his fifth booking of the campaign during the midweek defeat at West Ham – a game in which Beye was also sent off.

Nigel Reo-Coker will be a strong candidate to replace Petrov after impressing as a substitute against his former club while right-back Carlos Cuellar will return after a one-game ban and is likely to take over from Beye.

Striker Emile Heskey (back), wide player James Milner (calf) and midfielder Craig Gardner (groin) are major doubts for the meeting with the Trotters.

Paul Robinson is set to deputise for the suspended Jlloyd Samuel in the Bolton defence.

Samuel was sent off in last week’s 4-0 defeat against Chelsea after bringing down Didier Drogba.

Danny Shittu and Mustapha Riga are both doubts with hamstring problems, while Sean Davis and Joey O’Brien are long-term absentees with knee injuries.


Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Guzan, Cuellar, L Young, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Shorey, Milner, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Delph, Gardner, A Young, Agonlahor, Carew, Heskey, Delfouneso, Albrighton, Clark.

Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Al Habsi, Ricketts, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, A O’Brien, Robinson, M Davies, Basham, Muamba, Cohen, McCann, Gardner, Taylor, K Davies, Klasnic, Lee, Elmander.
Blackburn vs Portsmouth

Portsmouth will be without right-back Steve Finnan for their Premier League trip to Blackburn on Saturday.

The defender is suffering with an abductor muscle problem, but striker Frederic Piquionne should be available, despite being carried off against Wigan last Saturday after taking a knock to his neck.

Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Hermann Hreidarsson (foot tendon) are still on the road to recovery and will not play at Ewood Park.

Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy has returned to training ahead of Saturday’s clash.

The South African is back in the Rovers fold after recovering from swine flu.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has virtually a full squad to choose from with only Vince Grella (thigh) missing.


Blackburn (from): Robinson, Chimbonda, Salgado, Givet, Nelsen, Diouf, Andrews, Pedersen, Dunn, Brown, Reid, Jacobsen, Nzonzi, Emerton, Hoilett, Kalinic, McCarthy, Olsson, Jones, Roberts, Di Santo.

Portsmouth (from): James, Kaboul, Mokoena, Mullins, Kanu, Basinas, Belhadj, Vanden Borre, Piquionne, Ben-Haim, Yebda, Dindane, Webber, Brown, Wilson, Ashdown, O’Hara, Boateng, Williamson, Smith.
Manchester City vs Burnley

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defender Kolo Toure look certain to return for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Burnley to Eastlands.

Adebayor and Toure missed Sunday’s goalless draw at Birmingham with ankle and heel injuries respectively, yet have trained without issues over the past two days.

Left-back Wayne Bridge and striker Roque Santa Cruz are doubtful and rated as 50-50 by City manager Mark Hughes with knee and ankle problems.

Burnley manager Owen Coyle could be tempted to name an unchanged side.

Full-back Stephen Jordan is expected to face his former club after overcoming a thigh problem sustained in the victory over Hull last weekend.

Burnley are still without Martin Paterson, Chris McCann (both knee) and Jay Rodriguez (ankle) through injury as they aim to pick up their first point on the road.


Manchester City (from): Given, Bridge, Zabaleta, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, de Jong, Toure, Ireland, Barry, Kompany, Bellamy, Tevez, Santa Cruz, Adebayor, Petrov, Sylvinho, Richards, Taylor, Johnson, Weiss.

Burnley (from): Jensen, Caldwell, Mears, Eckersley, Duff, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Alexander, Fletcher, Elliott, Blake, Thompson, Eagles, Penny, Kalvanes, Gudjonsson, Edgar, Easton, Nugent, Guerrero, McDonald.
Tottenham vs Sunderland

Aaron Lennon could return for Tottenham from an ankle injury for their Premier League match against Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

The England winger picked up the problem in the loss against Stoke a fortnight ago and was expected to be missing ,on Saturday but manager Harry Redknapp has now given him a “50/50 chance” of featuring.

Playmaker Luka Modric is still recovering from a fractured fibula and is absent, while defender Sebastien Bassong’s hamstring injury will keep him sidelined for another couple of weeks.

Striker Jermain Defoe is available again after serving a three-match suspension.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce faces a major selection headache.

Striker Kenwyne Jones is suspended after being sent off during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, while skipper Lorik Cana, who picked up his fifth booking of the season in the same game, also misses out.

Forward Fraizer Campbell is expected to shake off a thigh problem, but Cana’s absence is a real blow with Lee Cattermole (medial ligaments) also sidelined.

John Mensah (calf) and Bolo Zenden (hip) are again likely to be missing, and youngsters David Meyler and Adam Reed are included in the squad.


Tottenham (from): Gomes, Cudicini, Corluka, Hutton, Naughton, King, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Lennon, Bentley, Huddlestone, Jenas, Palacios, Kranjcar, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Crouch, Defoe.

Sunderland (from): Gordon, Fulop, Bardsley, Da Silva, Nosworthy, Ferdinand, Turner, Richardson, McCartney, Reid, Malbranque, Henderson, Campbell, Bent, Healy, Murphy, Meyler, Reed.
Wolves vs Arsenal

Arsenal will again be without defender Gael Clichy (back) and striker Nicklas Bendtner (groin) for Saturday’s trip to Wolves.

Left-back Armand Traore and forward Carlos Vela (both groin) are close to fitness but will not be included, neither will midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) and goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski (thigh).

Brazilian midfielder Denilson (back) and England forward Theo Walcott (knee) should resume training following the international break, but centre-back Johan Djourou (knee) remains out.

Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo has been ruled out after he suffered a recurrence of a metatarsal problem during his full Premier League debut at Stoke last weekend – although there is no repeat of the close season fracture.

Boss Mick McCarthy has already confirmed that last season’s top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will return to the starting line-up against Arsene Wenger’s side.

Blake was axed from the first XI for the trip to the Britannia Stadium despite scoring his first Premier League goal, albeit from the penalty spot, against Aston Villa a fortnight ago.


Wolves (from): Hennessey, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Edwards, Henry, Castillo, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle, Hahnemann, Stearman, Halford, Jarvis, Milijas, Maierhofer, Keogh.

Arsenal (from): Almunia, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Gallas, Sagna, Song, Fabregas, Diaby, Arshavin, van Persie, Eduardo, Mannone, Eboue, Ramsey, Senderos, Nasri, Rosicky, Silvestre.

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