Premier League team news: Weekend squad stats and betting tips

26 February 2009 04:12


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Aston Villa (Probable, 4-4-2): Friedel; Cuellar, Davies, Knight, L Young; Milner, Petrov, Barry, A Young; Heskey, Agbonlahor.

Missing: Bouma (ankle), Reo-Coker (hamstring), Laursen (knee). Top scorer: Agbonlahor 10. Discipline: R: 1. Y: 39.

Stoke City (Probable, 4-4-2): Sorensen; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Ab Faye, Higginbotham; Lawrence, Diao, Am Faye, Pugh; Sidibe, Beattie.

Missing: Kelly (hamstring), Fuller (shoulder), Cort (groin), Delap (suspended), Etherington (suspended). Top scorer: Fuller 6. Discipline: R: 5. Y: 52.

Referee: H Webb. Games: 23. R: 5. Y: 84. Ave: 3.87.

Stat Attack: Stoke have lost 11 of the 14 League games in which the opposition has scored first.

Last Five League Meetings:

1987-1988 (Div 2): Villa 0 Stoke 1 1984-1985 (Div 1): Villa 2 Stoke 0 1983-1984 (Div 1): Villa 1 Stoke 1 1982-1983 (Div 1): Villa 4 Stoke 0 1981-1982 (Div 1): Villa 2 Stoke 2

Bet On. Villa to return to winning ways.



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

Missing: Hunt (thigh), Cohen (hamstring), J O'Brien (knee), Vaz Te (knee). Top scorer: K Davies 10. Discipline: R: 1. Y: 45.

Newcastle United (Probable, 4-4-2): Harper; S Taylor, Bassong, Coloccini, Jose Enrique; R Taylor, Butt, Geremi, Duff; Ameobi, Lovenkrands.

Missing: Xisco (ankle/foot), Barton (foot), Beye (knee), Kadar (broken leg), Gonzalez (Achilles), Guthrie (hamstring), Nolan (suspended). Tests: Carroll (ankle/foot), Owen (ankle/foot) Guthrie (hamstring). Top scorer: Owen 8. Discipline: R: 5. Y: 39.

Referee: A Wiley. Games: 18. R: 1. Y: 46. Ave: 2.61.

Stat Attack: Bolton have scored eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of their League games.

Last Five League Meetings:

2007-2008 (PL): Bolton 1 Newcastle 3 2006-2007 (PL): Bolton 2 Newcastle 1 2005-2006 (PL): Bolton 2 Newcastle 0 2004-2005 (PL): Bolton 2 Newcastle 1 2003-2004 (PL): Bolton 1 Newcastle 0

Bet On. Newcastle to suffer again.



Hull City (Probable, 4-4-2): Duke; Ricketts, Turner, Gardner, Dawson; Marney, Ashbee, Marney, Zayatte, Kilbane; Garcia, Cousin.

Missing: Fagan (knee), Bullard (knee), Boateng (knee). Top scorer: Geovanni 6. Discipline: R: 1. Y: 47.

Blackburn Rovers (Probable, 4-1-4-1): Robinson; Ooijer, Nelsen, Givet, Warnock; Grella, Diouf, Andrews, Dunn, Pedersen; Santa Cruz.

Missing: Emerton (knee), Reid (knee) Top scorer: McCarthy 7. Discipline: R: 2. Y: 55.

Referee: M Atkinson. Games: 17. R: 1. Y: 51. Ave: 3.06.

Stat Attack: Hull have taken only two points from their last nine games.

Last Five League Meetings:

1990-1991 (Div 2): Hull 3 Blackburn 1 1989-1990 (Div 2): Hull 2 Blackburn 0 1988-1989 (Div 2): Hull 1 Blackburn 3 1987-1988 (Div 2): Hull 2 Blackburn 0 1986-1987 (Div 2): Hull 0 Blackburn 0

Bet On. A draw.



West Ham United (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Green; Neill, Spector, Upson, Ilunga; Behrami, Parker, Noble, Collison; Cole; Di Michele.

Missing: Boa Morte (groin), Collins (hamstring), Dyer (calf), Ashton (ankle), Gabbidon (groin/pelvis) Top scorer: Cole 8. Discipline: R: 2. Y: 42.

Manchester City (Probable, 4-3-3): Given; Richards, Dunne, Onuoha, Bridge; Zabaleta, De Jong, Kompany; Ireland, Bellamy, Robinho.

Missing: Fernandes (hamstring), Hamann (ankle/foot), Petrov (knee), Johnson (groin). Tests: Sturridge (groin), Benjani (thigh). Top scorer: Robinho 11. Discipline: R: 4. Y: 32.

Referee: M Dean. Games: 20. R: 8. Y: 84. Ave: 4.60.

Stat Attack: City have gone 33 games without featuring in a goalless draw.

Last Five League Meetings:

2007-2008 (PL): West Ham 0 City 2 2006-2007 (PL): West Ham 0 City 1 2005-2006 (PL): West Ham 1 City 0 2002-2003 (PL): West Ham 0 City 0 2000-2001 (PL): West Ham 4 City 1

Bet On. Craig Bellamy to score against the Hammers.




Manchester United (Probable, 4-4-2): Foster; Neville, Evans, Vidic, O'Shea; Gibson, Scholes, Carrick/Nani; Welbeck, Rooney, Tevez.

Missing: Evans (ankle/foot), Hargreaves (knee). Tests: Anderson (ankle/foot) Top scorer: (all comps) Ronaldo 16. Discipline: (all comps) R: 3. Y: 63.

Route to the final:

3rd rd: Middlesbrough (h) W 3-1 4th rd: QPR (h) W 1-0 5th rd: Blackburn (h) W 5-3 SF1: Derby (a) L 0-1 SF2: Derby (h) W 4-2

Tottenham Hotspur (Probable, 4-4-2): Gomes; Corluka, King, Woodgate, Assou-ekotto; Lennon, Jenas, Zokora, O'Hara, Modric, Pavlyuchenko.

Missing: Hutton (foot), Defoe (thigh) Tests: King (knee), O'Hara (hip/thigh), Lennon (groin). Top scorer: Bent 14. Discipline: (all comps) R: 5. Y: 55.

Referee: C Foy. Games (all comps): 24. R: 1. Y: 87. Ave: 3.67.

Stat Attack: This is Spurs' seventh League Cup final, with four wins and two defeats from the previous six. United are also in their seventh League Cup final, having won only two.

Past League Cup meetings

1998-1999 QF: Tottenham 3 Man Utd 1 1989-1990 3rd rd: Man Utd 0 Tottenham 3 1981-1982 2nd rd, 1st leg: Tottenham 1 Man Utd 0 1981-1982 2nd rd, 2nd leg: Man Utd 0 Tottenham 1 1979-1980 2nd rd, 1st leg: Tottenham 2 Man Utd 1 1979-1980 2nd rd, 2nd leg: Man Utd 3 Tottenham 1

Bet On.United to win their second trophy of the season.


Source: Telegraph