Premier League Sunday Team News

Latest team news for the Barclays Premier League matches to be played on Sunday.

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Previous Meeting: Liverpool 2-2 Man City

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun faces a late fitness test ahead of their trip to face Manchester City at Eastlands on Sunday.

The Israel international has recovered from a broken rib which has sidelined him since January 13, but did not feature in Thursday night’s Europa League victory over Unirea Urziceni because of a back problem.

Maxi Rodriguez returns to the squad having been ineligible for the European tie.

Centre-back Sotirios Kyrgiakos serves the second game of a three-match ban while striker Fernando Torres and full-back Glen Johnson are still not fit after knee injuries.

Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira will miss the game as he starts a three-match suspension.

Vieira has been punished by the FA following a challenge on Stoke’s Glenn Whelan during the draw in midweek.

Martin Petrov is out with a knee injury with fears he could be sidelined for up to four weeks, while Carlos Tevez is still in Argentina dealing with a domestic matter.

However, Craig Bellamy could come into contention after stepping up his fitness following a knee problem.


Manchester City (from): Given, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Toure, Lescott, Boyata, Garrido, Sylvinho, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Barry, De Jong, Ibrahim, Johnson, Bellamy, Adebayor.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Skrtel, Agger, Carragher, Insua, Gerrard, Lucas, Aquilani, Rodriguez, Riera, Benayoun, Ngog, Kuyt, Cavalieri, Pacheco, Spearing, Babel, Aurelio, Degen.

Wigan vs Tottenham

Previous Meeting: Tottenham 9-1 Wigan

Wigan defender Titus Bramble is a major doubt for the visit of Tottenham to the DW Stadium on Sunday.

The centre-back sustained a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s goalless draw at home to Bolton and is unlikely to be fit in time.

Should that be the case Emmerson Boyce will probably replace Bramble in the starting line-up, although manager Roberto Martinez has the option of dropping midfielder Paul Scharner back into defence.

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has still not recovered from a groin injury.

Ledley King (knee) will require a late check, as will Jermaine Jenas (groin) but Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker are available again after being cup-tied last week.

Jonathan Woodgate (groin), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Carlo Cudicini (wrist and pelvis) are out.


Wigan (from): Kirkland, Melchiot, Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa, Scharner, N’Zogbia, Diame, Thomas, McCarthy, Rodallega, Moreno, Moses, Scotland, Sinclair, Stoijkovic, Gomez, Koumas, Watson.

Tottenham (from): Gomes, Alnwick, Corluka, K Walker, Bale, Bassong, Dawson, King, Kaboul, Palacios, Jenas, Huddlestone, Modric, Kranjcar, Bentley, Rose, Pavlyuchenko, Gudjohnsen, Defoe, Crouch.

Aston Villa vs Burnley

Previous Meeting: Burnley 1-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa hope to have strikers Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey available for Sunday’s clash with Burnley at Villa Park.

Agbonlahor missed last weekend’s FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace with the leg injury he picked up in the Premier League game against Manchester United.

Heskey was forced off against Palace with a groin problem but both he and Agbonlahor have been able to train this week.

Captain Stiliyan Petrov will retain his starting role as he continues to battle against nagging ankle and Achilles problems.

Full-back Stephen Warnock should also continue after making his comeback from a shin injury against Palace.

Burnley defender Leon Cort is expected to be fit for Sunday’s clash.

Cort, signed from Stoke last month, was forced off with a groin injury in the Clarets’ 3-0 defeat at Fulham 10 days ago.

Veteran Graham Alexander, missing for the last three weeks with a calf problem, is rated 50-50 to return.

Stephen Jordan (hamstring) and Chris McCann (knee) could come back into contention but Steven Caldwell (groin) is still sidelined.


Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Cuellar, Warnock, Collins, Dunne, L Young, Downing, Milner, Petrov, A Young, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Carew, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Davies, Delph, Beye, Guzan.

Burnley (from): Jensen, Mears, Fox, Carlisle, Bikey, Cort, Eagles, Edgar, Elliott, Cork, McDonald, Nugent, Paterson, Fletcher, Blake, Thompson, Duff, Jordan, Penny, Gudjonsson, Kalvenes, Eckersley, Nimani, Weaver.

Fulham vs Birmingham

Previous Meeting: Birmingham 1-0 Fulham

Fulham defender Nicky Shorey will return for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Birmingham City at Craven Cottage.

Shorey, on loan from Aston Villa, was ineligible for the 2-1 Europa League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk but will replace Stephen Kelly at left-back against the Blues.

Paul Konchesky could figure on the bench after recovering from a foot injury, but long-term casualties Kagisho Dikgacoi (ankle), Andrew Johnson, Clint Dempsey and John Pantsil (all knee) are out.

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has no fresh injury worries.

McLeish is to keep faith with the 18 players on duty in last Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round win over Derby at Pride Park.

The former Scotland boss has more midfield options after the arrival of Craig Gardner and Michel during the January transfer window.

He left out James McFadden and Sebastian Larsson for the previous league game at West Ham 10 days ago and brought in Gardner and Keith Fahey as the wide players.


Fulham (from): Schwarzer, Zuberbuhler, Baird, Kelly, Konchesky, Stoor, Hangeland, Hughes, Smalling, Shorey, Gera, Duff, Murphy, Greening, Davies, Etuhu, Riise, Nevland, Okaka, Elm, Zamora.

Birmingham (from): Hart, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, McFadden, Jerome, Benitez, Taylor, Phillips, Michel, Fahey, Parnaby, Vignal, Gardner.

Blackburn vs Bolton

Previous Meeting: Bolton 0-2 Blackburn

Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic could come into contention against Blackburn on Sunday at Ewood Park.

Klasnic, who has scored six goals this season after arriving on loan from Nantes, is on the mend after a calf injury.

Manager Owen Coyle may be tempted to name an unchanged side following the draw against Wigan in midweek.

Centre-back Chris Samba is Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce’s only absentee as he completes a two-match suspension.

Midfielder David Dunn, who has been out for the last four weeks with a calf injury, is fit again, and is poised for at least a place on the bench.

Fellow midfielder Vince Grella is closing in on a return after being sidelined since November with a thigh problem.

However, Yildiray Basturk is unlikely to figure as he is still short of match fitness following his transfer window move from Stuttgart.


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

Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Robinson, Gardner, Cohen, Weiss, Taylor, M Davies, Muamba, Wilshere, Lee, K Davies, Klasnic, A O’Brien, Al Habsi, Samuel, Basham, Elmander, Ricketts, Holden.

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