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    Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Barclays Premier League Week 15

    Another set of Premier League encounters promises much in terms of drama, including Sunday's Manchester and London derbies - with both colossal clashes screened

    Champions Manchester United head to Eastlands to tackle bitter rivals Manchester City in the first instalment of Sunday's pre-festive feast of football; an excuse to early indulge your footballing bellies. Sir Alex Ferguson faces an affluent City outfit led by his former striker Mark Hughes, who boasts two previous wins over his mentor, as the clubs engage in their 150th meeting.

    Bragging rights were with City last season as they conquered their adversaries with success in both league meetings. The ambitious club, who are set to have British record signing Robinho in tow, will be eager to build on last weekend's scalp of a vulnerable Arsenal side, while Ferguson has issues on the road to address after managing just three wins in their last 11 top-flight away games.

    Fear not, the banquet is ongoing, for at 4pm another epic kicks-off. Chelsea host London foes Arsenal with the two sides separated by 10 points in the table. It is a gap that has come about through Luiz Felipe Scolari's imposing beginning in England coupled with Arsene Wenger's handling of a young side that has reeked of turbulence of late - although some see a 21-year-old as their saviour.

    Cesc Fabregas will lead the Gunners out in the Premier League for the first time since he succeeded former Blues defender William Gallas as skipper, with the Frenchman's latest outburst - this time Stamford Bridge-related - adding further dynamite to a potentially exploside match-up. The saying suggests that Wenger's charges rise to the big occasions (see Stoke City, and then Man United) and Scolari will be all too wary of what would be an upset and dent to his, and a fillip to Arsenal's, title aspirations.

    Remaining on Sunday, the day of rest, there are two 3pm matches as Portsmouth host Blackburn Rovers and Everton travel to Tottenham Hotspur. Tony Adams is yet to record his first home win as Pompey manager, although he came within a whisker during midweek after AC Milan denied his troops with seconds to spare. Rovers, meanwhile, are wobbling and lie second from bottom. They are without three points in eight outings, and Paul Ince knows deliverance is a calling.

    Tottenham are having a whale of a time under Harry Redknapp, who has won seven of his nine encounters at the helm since replacing Juande Ramos last month. The North Londoners will be buoyed by Thursday's European triumph and Redknapp will be confident of outwitting his counterpart David Moyes after he beat the Toffees 3-0 earlier this season as Pompey chief. Everton have yet to really find their feet this term after they lost their balance at Wigan Athletic, following a promising run of form.

    On Saturday, the Tees-Tyne derby takes place as Middlesbrough do battle with Newcastle United. Goals could be plentiful in this one as supporters at the Riverside Stadium have witnessed a hatful in recent times: 29 net-ripplers in eight league fixtures. Magpies permanent boss Joe Kinnear appears to have brought about a balance at St James' Park and the Toon faithful will give few 'Fs' if they can replicate their Chelsea resilience of last week. Gareth Southgate, meanwhile, will demand his team turn chances into goals after squandering cost them versus Bolton Wanderers seven days prior.

    Bolton tackle a partially creaking Sunderland outfit at the Stadium of Light. Roy Keane, who despite achieving so much on Wearside in his short time, has recently felt the infamous chill of pressure run down his spine. Fives losses in six spells issues but Keane will be confident that with the players at his disposal he can turn his fortunes around. The Trotters, while not particularly pleasing on the eye, head into the clash boosted by three wins in four matches.

    Fourth-placed Aston Villa are in action with Fulham, who must shrug off their lingering bout of homesickness if they are to set their sights a little higher. Away from the comfort of the Cottage, the West London team have won only three of their last 42 Premier League away games. Fragile stomachs, indeed. But 12 points from a possible 21 is certainly encouraging form. Villa, most people's favourite to shake-up the 'big four', will be seeking to build on their nullifying of United.

    Newly-promoted duo Stoke City and Hull City are in action at the Britannia Stadium, the former on the up after a stuttering start while the latter on a downer after a brilliant beginning. The Potters will be eager to continue their excellent home form, after amounting four straight league victories. The Tigers' early displays have afforded them minimal slippage in terms of positioning in the table but, with the table so chock-a-block with teams in the teens, a sixth outing without a win could spark whispers of worry.

    Saturday's final match-up is at Wigan as they meet bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion, whose pretty play has rewarded them little. Tony Mowbray's Baggies, who have gone 298 minutes without a top-flight goal, have received pat-on-the-backs from certain circles for their ethos, but seven matches without three points nudges a rethink. The Latics, meanwhile, proved their mettle with a footballistically poor, but nonetheless successful, display versus Everton on Monday to climb out of the relegation zone.

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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    29th Nov 2008

    Aston Villa (4th) v Fulham (9th)

    # GMT : 15:00
    # Ground: Villa Park

    Last 6 results:

    Aston Villa
    Aston Villa - Man Utd 0 - 0
    Arsenal - Aston Villa 0 - 2
    Aston Villa - Middlesbrough 1 - 2
    Slavia Prague - Aston Villa 0 - 1
    Newcastle - Aston Villa 2 - 0
    Aston Villa - Blackburn 3 - 2

    Fulham
    Liverpool - Fulham 0 - 0
    Fulham - Tottenham 2 - 1
    Fulham - Newcastle 2 - 1
    Everton - Fulham 1 - 0
    Fulham - Wigan 2 - 0
    Portsmouth - Fulham 1 - 1

    Fulham have not won a top-flight match at Villa Park since their 2-5 victory on 12th March 1966 but are are looking for successive victories over Villa, having won 2-1 at Craven Cottage on 3rd February 2008.

    The Cottagers have not returned from Villa Park with three points since 3rd March 1973. Their odd goal in five victory in the old Second Division, has been followed by five draws and four defeats from their travels there.

    Both clubs have won 16 of their 48 meetings with 16 draws and these clubs have the most settled squads in the Barclays Premier League. They have only fielded 36 players between them all season.

    Villa team news

    Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar could be available to face Fulham at Villa Park after groin and thigh injuries.

    The Spanish player has returned to training after missing the goalless draw with Manchester United but Villa boss Martin O'Neill will wait to see if there is any reaction before deciding whether to involve him.

    Striker John Carew (hip) and full-back Luke Young (thigh) are also battling to be fit to face Roy Hodgson's side.

    Carew has netted seven goals this season but has started only two of Villa's last eight matches. If he plays, Brad Friedel will surpass David James's record of 166 consecutive Premier League appearances.

    Fulham team news

    Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is not expected to tinker with the side which held Liverpool to a goalless draw.

    Hodgson has only long-term injury victims Diomansy Kamara, Andranik Teymourian and Ki-Hyeon Seol sidelined.

    Midfielder Leon Andreasen missed out last weekend with a back injury picked up on international duty with Denmark but has fully recovered. Strikers Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson should lead the attack, despite scoring only five league goals between them this season.

    squads

    Aston Villa: Friedel, Guzan, Luke Young, Davies, Laursen, Cuellar, Knight, Shorey, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Barry, Sidwell, Ashley Young, Milner, Agbonlahor, Carew, Harewood, Salifou, Delfouneso, Gardner, Osbourne.

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Zuberbuhler, Hughes, Leijer, Baird, Kallio, Hangeland, Stoor, Pantsil, Konchesky; Davies, Gera, Gray, Andreasen, Bullard, Dempsey, Ki-Hyeon, Etuhu, Murphy, Andranik, Kamara, Zamora, Johnson, Nevland.


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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Middlesbrough (10th) v Newcastle United (18th)

    # GMT : 15:00
    # Ground: Riverside Stadium

    Last 6 results:

    Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough - Bolton 1 - 3
    Everton - Middlesbrough 1 - 1
    Aston Villa - Middlesbrough 1 - 2
    Middlesbrough - West Ham 1 - 1
    Middlesbrough - Man City 2 - 0
    Blackburn - Middlesbrough 1 - 1

    Newcastle United
    Chelsea - Newcastle 0 - 0
    Newcastle - Wigan 2 - 2
    Fulham - Newcastle 2 - 1
    Newcastle - Aston Villa 2 - 0
    Newcastle - West Brom 2 - 1
    Sunderland - Newcastle 2 - 1

    The last three of the 24 Premier League meetings between these clubs have been drawn. Middlesbrough have only won three out of 24 Premier League Tyne-Tees derbies played so far, the most recent coming on 22nd October 2006 when Yakubu grabbed the only goal of the match with five minutes remaining.

    Boro have only beaten the Geordies twice at the Riverside in the Premier League, both times 1-0. The first came at the seventh attempt on 5th March 2003.

    Boro narrowly missed out on registering their best sequence under Gareth Southgate, when a five-match unbeaten run came to an end, home to Bolton Wanderers last weekend.

    The Magpies have scored two more goals than the Teessiders, yet find themselves four points and eight places adrift. The top-flight's draw specialists are chasing a third league win under Joe Kinnear.

    It is 34 years and 24 matches in all competitions since the last goalless draw between these teams on Teesside.

    Boro team news

    Striker Mido is back in contention for Middlesbrough. The Egypt international, who has been out for three matches with a groin injury, is the only addition to the squad following last week's loss to Bolton.

    Mido, the club's top scorer with five goals in all competitions, will compete for a place with misfiring recording signing Afonso Alves.

    Robert Huth (ankle) is back in training but not yet match-fit and Chris Riggott (hamstring) remains on the sidelines.

    Newcastle team news

    Kinnear has been dealt a double blow with the news Damien Duff and Shola Ameobi will miss the match.

    Midfielder Duff suffered a groin injury and striker Ameobi an ankle problem in training, and both will miss out as Kinnear celebrates his appointment as manager until the end of the season.

    However, Mark Viduka could figure against his former club after finally shaking off a long-standing Achilles injury, while defender Steven Taylor has a chance of being included in the squad following his recovery from an abdominal muscle tear.

    Spanish striker Xisco (hamstring) is also fit, but Alan Smith (foot) and Ignacio Gonzalez (Achilles) are still out.

    squads


    Middlesbrough: Turnbull, Hoyte, Taylor, Wheater, Pogatetz, O'Neil, Digard, Aliadiere, Downing, Mido, Tuncay, Jones, Grounds, Arca, Walker, Emnes, A Johnson, Alves, Hines.

    Newcastle
    : Given, Harper, Beye, Enrique, N,Zogbia, Bassong, Coloccini, Taylor, Cacapa, Edgar, Butt, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Geremi, Owen, Martins, Viduka, Carroll, Xisco.

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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Stoke City (14th) v Hull City (6th)

    # GMT : 15:00
    # Ground: Britannia Stadium

    Last 6 results:

    Stoke City
    Stoke - West Brom 1 - 0
    Man Utd - Stoke 5 - 0
    Stoke - Rotherham 2 - 0
    Wigan - Stoke 0 - 0
    Stoke - Arsenal 2 - 1
    Stoke - Sunderland 1 - 0

    Hull City
    Portsmouth - Hull 2 - 2
    Hull - Man City 2 - 2
    Hull - Bolton 0 - 1
    Man Utd - Hull 4 - 3
    Hull - Chelsea 0 - 3
    West Brom - Hull 0 - 3

    Stoke City are going for a fifth successive league victory at the Britannia Stadium while Hull City are bidding to end a five-match winless sequence.

    The Potters have won five home Barclays Premier League matches so far this season - two more than Chelsea. However they will find it tough against Phil Brown's side who have picked up four away wins - two more than Manchester United.

    These clubs have scored more headed goals than any other clubs in the Premier League this season; eight each.

    The last three league clashes between Stoke and Hull have been 1-1 draws.

    Stoke's last victory against Hull City came when they won 0-2 in the Championship on 18th November 2006; their most recent home victory over the Tigers was 3-0 on 6th February 1993 in the third tier.

    Hull City last defeated Stoke 0-3 at the Britannia Stadium on 21st January 2006 in the Championship.

    Stoke team news


    Striker Ricardo Fuller returns from suspension while manager Tony Pulis will give late fitness tests to defender Ryan Shawcross and striker Dave Kitson.

    Kitson is the most likely to miss out with a knee injury, while Shawcross is struggling with a back problem.

    Hull City team news


    Defender Andy Dawson is again likely to be missing. The left-back has missed the last two games with an Achilles problem and is rated doubtful, meaning Sam Ricketts should continue to deputise.

    Striker Caleb Folan has a greater chance of featuring despite resting this week with a knee injury. Stelios Giannakopoulos is pushing for a first start but Bernard Mendy (knee) and Anthony Gardner (thigh) are still out.

    squads

    Stoke City: Sorensen, Griffin, Shawcross, Cort, Amdy Faye, Higginbotham, Soares, Tonge, Abdoulaye Faye, Diao, Delap, Sidibe, Fuller, Kitson, Cresswell, Simonsen, Olofinjana, Wilkinson, Whelan, Pugh, Pericard.

    Hull City: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Ricketts, Ashbee, Boateng, Marney, Geovanni, Cousin, King, Dawson, Doyle, Barmby, Windass, Hughes, Folan, Garcia, Halmosi, Giannakopoulos, Duke.

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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Sunderland (17th) v Bolton Wanderers (12th)

    # GMT : 15:00
    # Ground: Stadium of Light

    Last 6 results
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    Sunderland
    Sunderland - West Ham 0 - 1
    Blackburn - Sunderland 1 - 2
    Sunderland - Blackburn 1 - 2
    Sunderland - Portsmouth 1 - 2
    Chelsea - Sunderland 5 - 0
    Stoke - Sunderland 1 - 0

    Bolton Wanderers

    Middlesbrough - Bolton 1 - 3
    Bolton - Liverpool 0 - 2
    Hull - Bolton 0 - 1
    Bolton - Man City 2 - 0
    Bolton - Everton 0 - 1
    Tottenham - Bolton 2 - 0

    Sunderland are a point and a place above the relegation zone and five places adrift of Bolton Wanderers. However the Black Cats can overhaul their opponents if they win Roy Keane's 100th match in charge.

    Bolton have won three Barclays Premier League away fixtures while Sunderland have only won two at home. Only bottom club West Bromwich Albion have lost more matches than these two teams.

    Sunderland team news


    Goalkeeper Craig Gordon will not be fit despite his return to training. The 9m signing has missed the last seven matches with a cracked ankle bone and is close to a return but, like defender George McCartney (foot), this fixture will come too soon.

    Pascal Chimbonda, El-Hadji Diouf and Daryl Murphy, who played for the reserves in midweek, will all be in contention as the Black Cats attempt to end a run of three successive home defeats.

    Bolton team news

    Manager Gary Megson has a virtually full-strength squad available. Joey O'Brien definitely misses out with a thigh injury but otherwise Megson is only without Ricardo Vaz Te as his side seek to build on their recent run of form. The Trotters have won three of their last four league outings.

    Squads


    Sunderland: Fulop, Colgan, Bardsley, Chimbonda, Ferdinand, Nosworthy, Collins, Malbranque, Whitehead, Tainio, Leadbitter, Edwards, Miller, Yorke, Richardson, Reid, Henderson, Colback, Diouf, Cisse, Jones, Murphy, Healy.

    Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, Nolan, Riga, McCann, Muamba, Gardner, Taylor, Davies, Elmander, Al Habsi, Shittu, Smolarek, Basham, Cohen, Fojut.

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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Wigan Athletic (15th) v West Bromwich Albion (20th)

    # GMT : 15:00
    # Ground: JJB Stadium

    Last 6 results
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    Wigan Athletic

    Wigan - Everton 1 - 0
    Newcastle - Wigan 2 - 2
    Arsenal - Wigan 3 - 0
    Wigan - Stoke 0 - 0
    Portsmouth - Wigan 1 - 2
    Fulham - Wigan 2 - 0

    West Bromwich Albion
    Stoke - West Brom 1 - 0
    West Brom - Chelsea 0 - 3
    Liverpool - West Brom 3 - 0
    West Brom - Blackburn 2 - 2
    Newcastle - West Brom 2 - 1
    West Brom - Hull 0 - 3

    The only previous Premier League meetings between Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion in 2005-06 were both won by the club playing away from home.

    Steve Bruce is entering his second year back in charge of the Latics, and hoping to mastermind their first back-to-back wins in 50 Premier League outings.

    These two clubs boast the shortest goalscorers lists in the Barclays Premier League with Wigan having six different marksmen and West Brom just five.

    Wigan team news

    Steve Bruce welcomes back Emmerson Boyce and Mario Melchiot. Both defenders trained on Thursday after suspension and injury respectively, giving Bruce a selection headache after Ryan Taylor's fine performance as stand-in right-back against Everton on Monday.

    Striker Amr Zaki is again absent because of a calf strain, with Bruce confirming Henri Camara will be given the chance to build on his match-winning exploits on Monday with a rare start.

    Emile Heskey has reported no after-effects to his long-standing hamstring problem and will again skipper the side if Melchiot is not recalled.

    West Brom team news

    Midfielder James Morrison is poised to return after injury. The Scotland international missed the defeat at Stoke City after suffering a knee setback against Chelsea a fortnight ago but returned to training on Thursday and will be involved if he suffers no reaction.

    Playmaker Felipe Teixeira and central defender Jonas Olsson are also expected to be in contention after picking up minor knocks against Tony Pulis' side.

    squads


    Wigan: Kirkland, Pollitt, Kingson, Taylor, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Scharner, Figueroa, Kilbane, Palacios, Brown, Cattermole, De Ridder, Cywka, Kupisz, Valencia, Koumas, Heskey, Camara.

    West Brom
    : Carson, Kiely, Zuiverloon, Olsson, Meite, Robinson, Morrison, Koren, Greening, Valero, Blunt, Teixeira, Miller, Bednar, Hoefkens, Cech, Do-Heon, MacDonald, Moore, Pele, Dorrans, Donk.



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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Sunday 30th November

    Manchester City (11th) v Manchester United (3rd)

    # GMT : 13:30
    # Ground: The City of Manchester Stadium

    Last 6 results
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    Manchester City
    Schalke 04 - Man City 0 - 2
    Man City - Arsenal 3 - 0
    Hull - Man City 2 - 2
    Man City - Tottenham 1 - 2
    Man City - FC Twente 3 - 2
    Bolton - Man City 2 - 0

    Manchester United
    Villarreal - Man Utd 0 - 0
    Aston Villa - Man Utd 0 - 0
    Man Utd - Stoke 5 - 0
    Man Utd - QPR 1 - 0
    Arsenal - Man Utd 2 - 1
    Celtic - Man Utd 1 - 1

    The last 11 meetings between the two Manchester rivals have produced 32 goals. City have won the last two, becoming the only club to do the double over United last season. Victory at Eastlands would give them three league derby victories in a row for the first time in 38 years.

    Between them, these clubs boast 24 different scorers of league goals this term; 12 each. Mark Hughes faces his former boss for the ninth time as a manager, and is looking for a third Premier League victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's defending champions. Hughes won two, drew two and lost three of his seven league meetings with United when in charge of Blackburn Rovers.

    Man City team news


    Manchester City striker Robinho looks set to return to the side after sitting out the 2-0 victory against Schalke in the UEFA Cup because of a slight ankle problem.

    Pablo Zabaleta (thigh) and Gelson Fernandes (hamstring) will also come into contention after injury as will Elano after dealing with a domestic matter.

    Javier Garrido, however, is doubtful after picking up a knock in Germany. He was replaced in the second half by Michael Ball.

    Man Utd team news

    United's record signing, Dimitar Berbatov, is hopeful of being fit after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty.

    The Bulgarian has returned to training this week, leaving Sir Alex Ferguson to decide whether to put him straight back into his starting line-up.

    Paul Scholes (knee) is still out but Gary Neville (groin) could be available after missing the last fortnight.

    squads


    Man City
    : Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Ball, Wright-Phillips, Elano, Ireland, Kompany, Robinho, Vassell, Hamann, Benjani Mwaruwari, Sturridge, Fernandes, Ben Haim, Schmeichel, Onuoha, Evans.

    Man Utd : Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, Neville, Rafael, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Ronaldo, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov.


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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Portsmouth (8th) v Blackburn Rovers (19th)

    # 30th Nov 2008
    #GMT : 15:00
    # Ground: Fratton Park

    Last 6 results
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    Portsmouth
    Portsmouth - AC Milan 2 - 2
    Portsmouth - Hull 2 - 2
    West Ham - Portsmouth 0 - 0
    Sunderland - Portsmouth 1 - 2
    Portsmouth - Wigan 1 - 2
    Liverpool - Portsmouth 1 - 0

    Blackburn Rovers
    Tottenham - Blackburn 1 - 0
    Blackburn - Sunderland 1 - 2
    Sunderland - Blackburn 1 - 2
    Blackburn - Chelsea 0 - 2
    West Brom - Blackburn 2 - 2
    Aston Villa - Blackburn 3 - 2

    Blackburn Rovers look to halt a run of three successive Premier League defeats and gain a first victory in nine, against a Portsmouth side, for whom new manager Tony Adams is sill seeking a first home win.

    Portsmouth have been at their most vulnerable in the last 15 minutes of Premier League games, when seven of their 20 goals have been conceded; Rovers have been at their most dangerous in the closing quarter-hour, when five of their 14 goals have been scored.

    Rovers are pursuing a fourth win in six Premier League visits to Fratton Park. Both last season's meetings between Portsmouth and Blackburn were won by the club playing away from home.

    Portsmouth team news

    Striker Jermain Defoe and midfielder Niko Kranjcar are back in contention for places but skipper Sol Campbell (toe) is likely to miss out again.

    Defoe (calf) and Kranjcar (ankle) have both returned to full training ahead of the Premier League match, after being given the all-clear over possible surgery fears.

    David Nugent is also available and he may be needed as Kanu's efforts in the UEFA Cup match against AC Milan at Fratton Park left him with a groin injury, while midfielder Lassana Diarra (ankle) and winger John Utaka (hip) are still sidelined.

    Blackburn team news

    Defender Martin Olsson is suspended for Blackburn after his sending-off at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

    However, Stephen Warnock, who has played most of this season in central midfield, will slot in at left-back after returning from his own suspension.

    Vince Grella (calf) is likely to remain sidelined along with long-term absentees David Dunn (Achilles) and Steven Reid (knee).

    squads

    Portsmouth: James; Johnson, Kaboul, Distin, Belhadj, Little, Diop, Davis, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe, A Traore, Kanu, Pamarot, Hughes, Mvuemba, Nugent, Thomas, Hreidarsson, Ashdown.

    Blackburn: Robinson, Brown, Simpson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Emerton, Khizanishvili, Warnock, Mokoena, Andrews, Tu***, Treacy, Pedersen, Roberts, Derbyshire, Villanueva, Santa Cruz, Fowler, McCarthy.

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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Tottenham Hotspur (16th) v Everton (7th)

    # 30th Nov 2008
    #GMT : 15:00
    # Ground: White Hart Lane

    Last 6 results:

    Tottenham Hotspur
    NEC - Tottenham 0 - 1
    Tottenham - Blackburn 1 - 0
    Fulham - Tottenham 2 - 1
    Tottenham - Liverpool 4 - 2
    Man City - Tottenham 1 - 2
    Tottenham - Dinamo Zagreb 4 - 0

    Everton
    Wigan - Everton 1 - 0
    Everton - Middlesbrough 1 - 1
    West Ham - Everton 1 - 3
    Everton - Fulham 1 - 0
    Bolton - Everton 0 - 1
    Everton - Man Utd 1 - 1

    Everton play their 300th match under David Moyes and are looking to complete a hat-trick of victories at White Hart Lane, having taken 15 attempts to register their first Premier League victory on Tottenham turf.

    Both clubs have lost just one of their last six Barclays Premier League matches. Spurs go into the weekend in the bottom five, but third in the "Last Six Current Form" table having won six, drawn one and lost one of their eight matches since Harry Redknapp took over as manager.

    Spurs team news


    Tottenham pair Vedran Corluka and Roman Pavlyuchenko return to the squad for the Barclays Premier League clash against Everton, after being cup-tied for midweek UEFA Cup action.

    Ledley King (knee) and Jermaine Jenas (toe) should also be back on Sunday, after being rested against NEC Nijmegen.

    Alan Hutton (foot), Luka Modric (groin) and Giovani dos Santos (ankle) are out.

    Everton team news


    Everton boss David Moyes has a string of injury worries ahead of Sunday's game.

    Full-backs Tony Hibbert (thigh strain) and Nuno Valente (knee operation) miss out, while young striker James Vaughan has gone to Colorado for a cartilage operation and will be out until the new year.

    Strikers Victor Anichebe and Louis Saha have hamstring problems, while Steven Pienaar has not trained for a fortnight with a knee problem.

    squads

    Tottenham
    : Gomes, Cesar, Bale, Gunter, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Woodgate, Corluka, King, Stalteri, Rocha, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Jenas, Gilberto, O'Hara, Bostock, Lennon, Jenas, Taarabt, Boateng, Ghaly, Bent, Campbell, Pavlyuchenko.

    Everton : Howard, Neville, Lescott, Yobo, Jagielka, Baines, Arteta, Osman, Cahill, Fellaini, Yakubu, Saha, Anichebe, Nash, Castillo, Rodwell, Gosling, Jutkiewicz, Baxter.

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    Re: Barclays Premier League : Week 15

    Chelsea (1st) v Arsenal (5th)

    # 30th Nov 2008
    # GMT : 16:00
    # Ground: Stamford Bridge

    Last 6 results
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    Chelsea
    Bordeaux - Chelsea 1 - 1
    Chelsea - Newcastle 0 - 0
    West Brom - Chelsea 0 - 3
    Chelsea - Burnley 1 - 1
    Blackburn - Chelsea 0 - 2
    Roma - Chelsea 3 - 1

    Arsenal
    Arsenal - Dynamo Kiev 1 - 0
    Man City - Arsenal 3 - 0
    Arsenal - Aston Villa 0 - 2
    Arsenal - Wigan 3 - 0
    Arsenal - Man Utd 2 - 1
    Arsenal - Fenerbahce 0 - 0

    Chelsea go into this match unbeaten in five and top of the table, some 10 points ahead of Arsenal, who have failed to win four of the last five - although they did reach the last 16 of the Champions League this week. Chelsea are yet to do so.

    Arsenal are bidding to avoid a third successive league loss for the first time in 59 Premier League outings and will buoyed by the knowledge Chelsea have lost more matches (15), conceded more goals (47) and dropped more points (67) to Arsenal, than to any other club in the Premier League.

    Chelsea though have won two of their last three home Premier League meetings with Arsenal, having failed to do so in any of the previous nine.

    In 29 meetings in all competitions since 1998 there has been just one goalless draw; that being at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on 20 April 2005.

    Chelsea team news


    Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole could miss Sunday's vital London derby against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge after suffering an ankle injury in the Champions League draw with Bordeaux on Wednesday night.

    Juliano Belletti (ankle), Michael Essien (knee), Ricardo Carvalho (knee) and Franco di Santo (hamstring) are all out.

    Defender Alex has recovered from his groin strain and is included in the squad but striker Didier Drogba misses out through suspension.

    Arsenal team news


    Arsenal expect to have Samir Nasri (knee), Emmanuel Ad****or and Bacary Sagna (both ankle) available.

    However, midfielder Abou Diaby (abdominal strain) misses out along with Kolo Toure (calf), Theo Walcott (shoulder) and Emmanuel Eboue (knee).

    Striker Eduardo is closing in on a return from his broken leg, but Tomas Rosicky (knee) remains sidelined until the new year.

    squads

    Chelsea: Cech, Cudicini, Hilario, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Alex, Terry, Ivanovic, Bridge, A Cole, Lampard, Deco, Ballack, Obi, Kalou, Malouda, Anelka, Sinclair, Stoch, J Cole.

    Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Silvestre, Gallas, Clichy, Nasri, Denilson, Fabregas, Vela, van Persie, Ad****or, Fabianski, Song, Djourou, Ramsey, Bendtner, Gibbs, Hoyte, Wilshere.



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