Premier League team news: Weekend squad stats and betting tips

02 April 2009 11:24


 Related ArticlesTelegraph player raterPremier League tablePlayer rankings: analyse your teamPredict scores and resultsPremier League team news: Weekend squad, stats and betting tipsPremier League team news: Weekend squad, stats, TV times and betting tipsArsenal (probable, 4-4-2): Almunia; Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy; Nasri, Fabregas, Denilson, Arshavin; Adebayor, Van Persie.

Tests: Fabregas (knee), Adebayor (hamstring), Walcott (knee) Missing: Rosicky (knee) Leading Scorer: Van Persie 9 Discipline: R: 3. Y: 46.

Manchester City (probable, 4-3-3): Given; Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Zabaleta; Kompany, Elano, De Jong; Wright-Phillips, Bojinov, Robinho.

Tests: Wright-Phillips (back) Missing: Bridge (hamstring), Ireland (ankle/foot), Hamann (ankle/foot), Petrov (knee), Johnson (groin) Leading Scorer: Robinho 11 Discipline: R: 4. Y: 40.

Referee: A Marriner. Games: 20. R: 4. Y: 68. Ave: 3.60.

Stat Attack: Arsenal are unbeaten in 16 Premier League games and have not lost since November 21 Â when they were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City.

Five Previous Premier League meetings

2007-2008 (PL): Arsenal 1 City 0 2006-2007 (PL): Arsenal 3 City 1 2005-2006 (PL): Arsenal 1 City 0 2004-2005 (PL): Arsenal 1 City 1 2003-2004 (PL): Arsenal 2 City 1

Bet on.Arsenal remaining on course for a Champions League spot.



Blackburn (probable, 4-4-2): Robinson; Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Givet; Diouf, Mokoena, Warnock, Pedersen; Robert, McCarthy.

Tests: McCarthy (hamstring), Grella (Groin). Missing: Santa Cruz (knee), Emerton (knee), Reid (knee). Leading Scorer: McCarthy, Roberts 7. Discipline: R: 3. Y: 66.

Tottenham Hotspur (probable, 4-4-2): Gomes; Corluka, Woodgate, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Jenas, Palacios, Modric; Bent, Keane.

Tests: Hutton (foot), King (knee) Missing: Defoe (ankle/foot) Leading Scorer: Bent 10 Discipline: R: 4. Y: 45.

Referee: P Walton. Games: 18. R: 2. Y: 49. Ave: 2.83.

Stat Attack: Spurs are unbeaten in their last four Premier League visits to Ewood Park.

Five Previous Premier League meetings

2007-2008 (PL): Blackburn 1 Spurs 1 2006-2007 (PL): Blackburn 1 Spurs 1 2005-2006 (PL): Blackburn 0 Spurs 0 2004-2005 (PL): Blackburn 0 Spurs 1 2003-2004 (PL): Blackburn 1 Spurs 0

Bet on.Spurs to move another step closer to safety with a win.



Bolton (probable, 4-5-1): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Puygrenier, Samuel; K Davies, McCann, Muamba, Gardner, Taylor; Elmander.

Tests: M Davies (knee) Missing: J O'Brien (knee), Vaz Te (knee). Leading Scorer: K Davies 11. Discipline: R: 1. Y: 49.

Middlesbrough (probable, 5-3-2): Jones; McMahon, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz, Taylor' O'Neil, Shawky, Downing; King, Tuncay.

Tests: Riggott (knee) Missing: Digard (knee). Leading Scorer: King 6. Discipline: R: 4. Y: 53.

Referee: A Wiley. Games: 21. R: 2. Y: 57. Ave: 2.81.

Stat Attack: Middlesbrough have not won at Bolton since April 1987, in the old Third Division.

Five Previous Premier League meetings

2007-2008 (PL): Bolton 0 Boro 0 2006-2007 (PL): Bolton 0 Boro 0 2005-2006 (PL): Bolton 1 Boro 1 2004-2005 (PL): Bolton 0 Boro 0 2003-2004 (PL): Bolton 2 Boro 0

Bet on. A goalless draw.



Fulham (probable, 4-4-2): Schwarzer; Paintsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey; Zamora, Johnson.

Leading Scorer: Johnson 7 Discipline: R: 1. Y: 30.

Liverpool (probable, 4-5-1): Reina; Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio; Kuyt, Alonso, Gerrard, Mascherano, Riera; Torres.

Missing: Benayoun (hamstring), Degen (groin) Leading Scorer: Gerrard 13. Discipline: R: 0. Y: 43.

Referee: S Bennett. Games: 21. R: 0. Y: 75. Ave: 3.57

Stat Attack: A year ago Liverpool won 2-0 at Craven Cottage, thanks to goals from Peter Crouch and Jermaine Pennant, but both are now playing for Portsmouth.

Five Previous Premier League meetings

2007-2008 (PL): Fulham 0 Liverpool 2 2006-2007 (PL): Fulham 1 Liverpool 0 2005-2006 (PL): Fulham 2 Liverpool 0 2004-2005 (PL): Fulham 2 Liverpool 4 2003-2004 (PL): Fulham 1 Liverpool 2

Bet on.Liverpool to avoid suffering Manchester United's fate.



Hull (probable, 4-4-2): Duke; Ricketts, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson; Mendy, Marney, Kilbane, Geovanni; Manucho, Fagan.

Tests: Gardner (back) Missing: Ashbee (hamstring), Bullard (knee), Boateng (knee). Leading Scorer: Geovanni 7. Discipline: R: 2. Y: 56.

Portsmouth (probable, 4-3-3): James; Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson; Mullins, Davis, Kranjcar; Johnson, Crouch, Nugent.

Tests: A Troare (hip/thigh) Missing: Pennant (calf), Ashdown (ankle/foot), Bouba Diop (knee) Leading Scorer: Crouch 11. Discipline: R: 3. Y: 44.

Referee: C Foy. Games: 20. R: 1. Y: 70. Ave: 3.55.

Stat Attack: Pompey have not lost at Hull since September 1980, in the old Third Division.

Five Previous League meetings

1990-1991 (Div 2): Hull 0 Portsmouth 2 1989-1990 (Div 2): Hull 1 Portsmouth 2 1988-1989 (Div 2): Hull 1 Portsmouth 1 1986-1987 (Div 2): Hull 0 Portsmouth 2 1985-1986 (Div 2): Hull 2 Portsmouth 2

Bet on. A draw.



Newcastle (probable, 4-4-2): Harper; S Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Jose Enrique; R Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Duff; Owen, Martins.

Tests: Viduka (Achilles), Xisco (ankle/foot), Barton (toe), Guthrie (hamstring), Gonzalez (Achilles).

Missing: Duff (hamstring), Bassong (hip/thigh), Taylor (ankle/foot), Kadar (broken leg) Leading Scorer: Martins 7 Discipline: R: 5. Y: 47.

Chelsea (probable, 4-3-3): Cech; Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, A Cole; Belletti, Ballack, Essien; Drogba, Lampard, Kalou.

Tests: Anelka (ankle/foot) Missing: Ferreira (knee), Deco (hamstring), J Cole (knee) Leading Scorer: Anelka 15 Discipline: R: 3. Y: 46.

Referee: R Styles. Games: 19. R: 6. Y: 63. Ave: 3.63.

Stat Attack: In 13 Premier League games for Newcastle, Alan Shearer scored only five goals, in four games, against Chelsea.

Five Previous Premier League meetings

2007-2008 (PL): Newcastle 0 Chelsea 2 2006-2007 (PL): Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 2005-2006 (PL): Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 2004-2005 (PL): Newcastle 1 Chelsea 1 2003-2004 (PL): Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1

Bet on. Chelsea to stem the Shearer celebrations.



WBA (probable, 4-4-2): Carson; Zuiverloon, Martis, Olsson, Robinson; Morrison, Greening, Koren, Brunt; Simpson, Fortune.

Tests: Meite (hamstring) Missing: Barnett (knee), Miller (knee), Clement (knee) Leading Scorer: Bednar 6 Discipline: R: 1. Y: 56.

Stoke (probable, 4-4-2): Sorensen; Wilkinson, Ab Faye, Shawcross, Higginbotham; Lawrence, Whelan Diao, Delap; Beattie, Fuller.

Missing: Sidibe (knee) Leading Scorer: Fuller 7. Discipline: R: 5. Y: 60.

Referee: M Atkinson. Games: 20. R: 5. Y: 63. Ave: 3.40.

Stat Attack: This is Stoke's first visit to the Hawthorns in the top division since the 1984-85 season - when they lost 2-0.

Five Previous League meetings

2007-2008 (Ch): WBA 1 Stoke 1 2006-2007 (Ch): WBA 1 Stoke 3 2003-2004 (Div 1): WBA 1 Stoke 0 1997-1998 (Div 1): WBA 1 Stoke 1 1996-1997 (Div 1): WBA 0 Stoke 2

Bet on. Stoke to steal three valuable points.



West Ham (probable, 4-4-2): Green; Spector, Tomkins, Neill, Ilunga; Parker, Kovac, Noble, Boa Morte; Di Michele, Tristan.

Tests: Cole (thigh), Savio (thigh), Collins (calf) Missing: Collison (knee), Behrami (knee), Ashton (knee), Gabbidon (groin/pelvis) Leading Scorer: Cole 9 Discipline: R: 3. Y: 51.

Sunderland (probable, 4-5-1): Fulop; Bardsley, Ferdinand, Collins,?; Edwards, Whitehead, Leadbitter, Malbranque, Murphy; Jones.

Tests: Colgan (thigh) Missing: Connolly (groin/pelvis), Anderson (knee), Tainio knee) Leading Scorer: Cisse 9 Discipline: R: 1. Y: 61.

Referee: H Webb. Games: 27. R: 5. Y: 96. Ave: 3.74.

Stat Attack: Sunderland last won at Upton Park in top flight football in January 2001.

Five Previous League meetings

2007-2008 (PL): West Ham 3 Sunderland 1 2005-2006 (PL): West Ham 2 Sunderland 0 2004-2005 (Ch): West Ham 1 Sunderland 2 2003-2004 (Div 1): West Ham 3 Sunderland 2 2002-2003 (PL): West Ham 2 Sunderland 0

Bet on.West Ham to win.




Everton (probable, 4-3-1-2): Howard; Jacobsen, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines; Osman, Neville, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jo, Saha.

Tests: Cahill (calf), Hibbert (thigh), Nuno Valente (knee), Vaughan (knee). Missing: Arteta (knee), Anichebe (knee), Yakubu (calf/shin) Leading Scorer: Cahill 7 Discipline: R: 1. Y: 38.

Wigan (probable, 4-3-3): Kirkland; Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa; Watson, Scharner, Brown; Rodallega, Mido, N'Zogbia.

Tests: N'Zogbia (knee) Missing: Valencia (hamstring), Sibierski (hamstring) Leading Scorer: Zaki 10 Discipline: R: 4. Y: 53.

Referee: P Dowd. Games: 22. R: 4. Y: 67. Ave: 3.23.

Stat Attack: Everton have fewer points at home (23) than on their travels (25) this season.

Three Previous Premier League meetings

2007-2008 (PL): Everton 2 Wigan 1 2006-2007 (PL): Everton 2 Wigan 2 2005-2006 (PL): Everton 0 Wigan 1

Bet on. A draw.



United (probable, 4-4-2): Van der Sar; Neville, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Evra; Park, Anderson, Fletcher, Giggs; Ronaldo, Tevez.

Tests: Rafael (ankle/foot) Missing: Berbatov (ankle/foot), Brown (ankle/foot), Hargreaves (knee) Leading Scorer: Ronaldo 13 Discipline: R: 5. Y: 54.

Aston Villa (probable, 4-4-2): Friedel; Reo-Coker, Cuellar, Davies, L Young; Milner, Petrov, Barry, A Young, Heskey, Carew.

Tests: Heskey (hamstring), Sidwell (hamstring), Laursen (knee) Leading Scorer: Agbonlahor 10 Discipline: R: 2. Y: 45.

Referee: M Riley. Games: 17. R: 4. Y: 75. Ave: 4.65.

Stat Attack: Villa have not won at Old Trafford since November 1983.

Five Previous Premier League meetings

2007-2008 (PL): United 4 Villa 0 2006-2007 (PL): United 3 Villa 1 2005-2006 (PL): United 1 Villa 0 2004-2005 (PL): United 3 Villa 1 2003-2004 (PL): United 4 Villa 0

Bet on. An easy United romp.


Source: Telegraph

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