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English Premier League Soccer Capsules

English Premier League Soccer Capsules

A brief lookahead to this weekend's English Premier League games:
Saturday, Sept. 1
Bolton vs. Everton
Bolton striker Kevin Davies, who returned to the bench last week after a hamstring injury, may start. Ireland defender Andy O'Brien may debut for Bolton. Ricardo Gardner (hamstring) and Joey O'Brien (knee) are out. Abdoulaye Faye is unlikely to be in the squad as he is expected to complete a move to Newcastle.
Everton's record signing Ayegbeni Yakubu seems likely to start on the bench. There are doubts over Alan Stubbs and Lee Carsley, who both have muscle injuries, which could mean Phil Jagielka makes his first start since signing. Newly signed Thomas Gravesen should be in the squad. Tim Cahill (foot) and James Vaughan (shoulder) are long term absentees.
Fulham vs. Tottenham
Fulham and Tottenham have nearly identical league records this season, with both playing four, winning one, losing three and scoring five goals. Fulham has conceded two more goals. Each of its four league games this season has finished 2-1, with the team scoring first losing the match. Fulham midfielder Lee Cook will miss the match with a knee injury, but should return to training next week. Hameur Bouazza (shoulder) and Aaron Hughes (ankle) are still a week away from fitness. Brian McBride, a former regular for the U.S. national team, is out until December after surgery on a dislocated kneecap. Another U.S. player, Kasey Keller, will keep his place as goalkeeper Antti Niemi has a wrist injury.
England winger Aaron Lennon should return to the Tottenham squad. England striker Darren Bent is also available after thigh problems. Central defenders Michael Dawson (ankle) and Younes Kaboul (hamstring) should both be fit after injury. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) will only start training next week, and captain Ledley King (knee) is out.
Liverpool vs. Derby
Derby, the only club without a league win, is bottom of the standings with one point from four games. It has not scored an away goal. Liverpool has not conceded a goal from open play this season and is unbeaten. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is out with a hairline fracture in his toe. England teammate Jamie Carragher is recovering from a broken rib and collapsed lung sustained in Saturday's 2-0 win over Sunderland. Midfielder Harry Kewell and defender Fabiano Aurelio are not yet match fit.
Derby defenders Claude Davis (rib) and Tyrone Mears (thigh) should recover from injuries in time for the match. American Benny Feilhaber (ankle), midfielder Lee Holmes (hamstring), defender Michael Johnson (calf) and Dean Leacock (toe) are all doubts. Midfielders David Jones (groin) and Giles Barnes (foot) are both out.
Middlesbrough vs. Birmingham
Middlesbrough has not won in two home league games this season, but it has a 100 percent home record against Birmingham in the Premier League, with four wins out of four. Middlesbrough defenders Emanuel Pogatetz and Robert Huth are both out, while Andrew Davies sustained a head injury in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Northampton in the League Cup.
Birmingham captain Damien Johnson (hamstring), Franck Queudrue (ankle), Mat Sadler and Rafael Schmitz (both Achilles tendon) are all out.
Newcastle vs. Wigan
Newcastle is unbeaten in the Premier League, but is the only club without a home goal. It has not scored in its last six league games at home. Wigan has made its best ever start to a Premier League season, but has never won away to Newcastle. Wigan will likely name the same side that drew with West Ham on Saturday, with Antonio Valencia the only doubt with a knee injury. Marcus Bent, a loan signing on transfer deadline day, will be in the squad, but new signing Rachid Bouaouzan will not.
Newcastle's Peter Ramage (knee), Damien Duff (ankle), Joey Barton (metatarsal), Stephen Carr (hamstring), Shay Given and Celestine Babayaro (both groin) are all out.
Reading vs. West Ham
Reading has never lost a home match to West Ham, and never conceded a Premier League goal to the Hammers. Striker Dave Kitson returns from his three-match suspension for his red card in the opening round. Reading defenders Graeme Murty (hamstring) and Nicky Shorey (knee) are both back from injuries. Striker Shane Long (thumb) is a doubt. John Oster (ankle), Seol Ki-hyeon (back), Ibrahima Sonko (knee) and Glen Little (Achilles) are all out.
England midfielder Kieron Dyer is likely to miss the rest of West Ham's season with a double fracture of his leg. Scott Parker (knee) and Fredrik Ljungberg (ankle) are doubts. Julien Faubert (Achilles), Nigel Quashie (foot) and Calum Davenport (hernia) are long-term absentees.
Manchester United vs. Sunderland
Sunderland manager Roy Keane returns to Manchester United where he won 7 Premier League titles as a player. At 36, Keane is the youngest manager in the Premier League while his former manager, Alex Ferguson, is the oldest at 65. Keane may hand debuts to new signings Kenwyne Jones and Danny Higginbotham, although Jones has a slight hamstring problem. Andy Cole and Ian Harte, other signings in the last week, are not match fit. Paul McShane (shoulder) and Kieran Richardson (back) are doubts. Captain Dean Whitehead (knee) and midfielder Carlos Edwards (hamstring) are both out. Full back Greg Halford is suspended after a red card in the 3-0 League Cup defeat to Luton on Tuesday, Keane's worst loss as Sunderland manager.
United captain Gary Neville will miss another week with a thigh injury. Cristiano Ronaldo is out for the third match of his three-game ban for head-butting an opponent. England striker Wayne Rooney has a broken metatarsal in his foot. Louis Saha returns to the squad for the first time since sustaining a knee injury against AC Milan in the Champions League last April.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Arsenal vs. Portsmouth
Portsmouth is looking for its first away league win in 2007. However, it last beat Arsenal away in 1955. Arsenal is unbeaten in 10 league matches after the victory over Manchester City on Saturday, but it has not recorded back-to-back wins in seven league games. Manuel Almunia continues in goal for Arsenal because Germany keeper Jens Lehmann is still out with an Achilles problem. Midfielder Alex Hleb is a doubt due to illness. Defenders William Gallas (groin), Emmanuel Eboue (ankle) and Bacary Sagna (back) are all out.
Pedro Mendes (groin) and Nico Kranjcar (foot) are both fit for Portsmouth. Although center back Linvoy Primus has recovered from knee surgery, he is not match fit.
Blackburn vs. Manchester City
A win would see Manchester City make its best ever start in the Premier League. Brazilian midfielder Geovanni returns to the City squad after recovering from a calf injury. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel should come back for Joe Hart after being rested for the League Cup win over Bristol City.
Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen returns from suspension after being sent off in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Central defender Chris Samba is a doubt with the illness which kept him out of Blackburn's 2-0 win over MyPa in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea
Chelsea is unbeaten in 18 Premier League games _ but it has not won away in the league at Villa since 1999. Chelsea's Florent Malouda should be fit despite missing some training sessions this week with a slight injury. Michael Ballack (ankle), Ricardo Carvalho (leg) and Wayne Bridge (hip) are out, while Andriy Shevchenko is fit to make his first appearance of the season.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is still out with a hamstring injury, so Scott Carson _ on loan from Liverpool _ starts again. New signing Curtis Davies is unlikely to feature as he has not played since breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot in March.


Updated : 2021-06-24 04:44 GMT+08:00