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Updated: Friday, 04 May 2012 16:53

It's Red against Blue once more in the FA Cup final
It's Red against Blue once more in the FA Cup final

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LIVERPOOL v CHELSEA (FA Cup final, 5.15pm)
Manager Kenny Dalglish will bring back his experienced players for tomorrow's FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Jose Reina, Craig Bellamy and Daniel Agger were all rested for the midweek defeat to Fulham.

Striker Andy Carroll is pushing to retain his starting place while Dalglish has to make a decision over which two centre-backs he picks, unless Agger replaces Jose Enrique on the left as he did in the semi-final.

Chelsea will still be without David Luiz and Gary Cahill.

The centre-backs are still missing with hamstring injuries, with caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo hopeful they could return to full training next week.

Di Matteo has no further injury concerns for the Wembley showpiece.

Liverpool squad: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Agger, Spearing, Gerrard, Downing, Bellamy, Carroll, Suarez, Doni, Kelly, Coates, Flanagan, Robinson, Enrique, Henderson, Rodriguez, Shelvey, Kuyt.

Chelses squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Bosingwa, Terry, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Essien, Meireles, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Malouda, Drogba, Torres, Sturridge, Kalou, Turnbull.

ARSENAL v NORWICH, 12.45pm
Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby will miss Saturday's game against Norwich with a calf problem.

South Korea forward Park Ju-young will be the only addition to the squad from the 1-1 draw at Stoke.

Winger Theo Walcott (hamstring) may yet return for the final match of the season, but Mikel Arteta (ankle) is out along with Jack Wilshere (ankle) has already been ruled out along with German centre-back Per Mertesacker (ankle).

Norwich left-back Adam Drury (groin) is a doubt for the trip to Arsenal.

Defenders Zak Whitbread (hamstring) remains sidelined, while Marc Tierney (groin) and Daniel Ayala (knee) are ruled out of the season.

Captain Grant Holt and striker Simeon Jackson are pressing for a recall to the starting XI as the Canaries look to arrest a run of three straight defeats.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Benayoun, Song, Ramsey, Rosicky, van Persie, Gervinho, Fabianski, Santos, Chamakh, Coquelin, Squillaci, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Park.

Norwich squad: Ruddy, Ward, Drury, Martin, R Bennett, Naughton, Fox, Vaughan, Johnson, Howson, Pilkington, E Bennett, Morison, Holt, Wilbraham, Steer, Hoolahan, Surman, Jackson.

NEWCASTLE v MANCHESTER CITY, 1.30pm Sunday
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote will be fit for Sunday's crunch clash with Manchester City despite suffering a nasty head injury in midweek.

The Ivory Coast international needed seven stitches to repair a gash above his eye after an aerial collision with John Obi Mikel in Wednesday night's 2-0 win at Chelsea, but manager Alan Pardew has no doubts he will be available for the City game.

Full-back Danny Simpson (ankle) remains a doubt, but only central defender Steven Taylor (Achilles) is still on the long-term injury list.

Roberto Mancini is expecting to select from the same squad of players when he names his Manchester City team.

Mancini may be tempted to stick with the starting line-up from Monday's crucial win over Manchester United, although Micah Richards and James Milner might both hope to be involved.

City do have a good recent record on their visits to Tyneside, winning three times in an unbeaten four-match streak, and will be aiming for another success to take them a massive stride close to their first league title since 1968.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, R. Taylor, Ferguson, Tavernier, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote, Cabaye, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Obertan, Marveaux, Abeid, Gosling, Vuckic, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Best.

Man City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Savic, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Johnson, Nasri, De Jong, Barry, Y Toure, Pizarro, Silva, Balotelli, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko.

ASTON VILLA v TOTTENHAM, 2.00 Sunday
Stephen Ireland could return to Alex McLeish's Aston Villa side for their crucial Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham.

The midfielder could feature after recovering from a hip injury and a more recent hamstring problem but striker Emile Heskey (Achilles) is still a doubt.

Defender James Collins and midfielder Chris Herd will wait to see if they are included in the starting line-up following their involvement in an incident at a nightclub after the club's annual awards event in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker is making a good recovery from his ankle injury and should be fit for Sunday's  game at Aston Villa.

Kyle Walker broke a toe during Wednesday's win over Bolton but will play against Villa after having a pain-killing injection.

Ledley King could miss out again with his knee problem and long-term absentees Niko Kranjcar (knee), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Michael Dawson (ankle) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Aston Villa squad: Given, Guzan, Hutton, Lichaj, Dunne, Collins, Cuellar, Herd, Baker, Bannan, Clark, Gardner, Warnock, Ireland, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Weimann, Marshall, Johnson, Stevens, Delfouneso, Albrighton.

Tottenham squad: Friedel, Cudicini, Gomes, Rose, Gallas, Khumalo, Walker, Kaboul, King, Nelsen, Livermore, Sandro, Parker, Bale, Lennon, Dos Santos, Modric, Defoe, Adebayor, Saha, Van der Vaart, Lancaster, Luongo.

BOLTON v WEST BROM, 2.00 Sunday
Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker will undergo a fitness test ahead of Sunday's clash with West Brom at the Reebok Stadium.

Reo-Coker, who has been nursing a leg problem, had a similar assessment before Wednesday's 4-1 home defeat against Tottenham and had to come off in the second half of that game.

Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has confirmed Gretar Steinsson has been out of action with a thigh injury rather than illness and the defender remains a doubt, while midfielder Darren Pratley is still sidelined with a virus.

New England coach Roy Hodgson has no fresh injury problems for his penultimate match as West Brom boss.

Midfielder James Morrison has resumed training after recovering from his knee setback but Hodgson has to decide whether he is fit enough to play some part against the Trotters.

Striker Shane Long picked up a knock during the goalless draw with Aston Villa last weekend but should be available, although Albion have experienced cover in Marc-Antoine Fortune.

Midfielder Zoltan Gera and and right-back Steven Reid remain on the injury list.

Bolton squad: Bogdan, Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Steinsson, Wheater, Boyata, Knight, Ream, Ricketts, Reo-Coker, M Davies, K Davies, Klasnic, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov, Eagles, Tuncay, Sordell, Vela.

West Brom squad: Foster, Daniels, Fulop, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Shorey, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Andrews, Thomas, Dorrans, Tchoyi, Cox, Fortune, Long, Odemwingie, Hurst, Roofe, Berahino, Morrison.

FULHAM v SUNDERLAND, 2.00 Sunday
Andrew Johnson is one of several players ruled out of Fulham's Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland.

The striker missed recent trips to Everton and Liverpool with an adductor injury and will not recover in time to feature on Sunday.

Johnson will be joined on the sidelines by midfielders Simon Davies (hip), Steve Sidwell (hernia) and Bryan Ruiz (foot), while defender Zdenek Grygera (knee) remains out.

Sunderland defender John O'Shea and striker Nicklas Bendtner are fighting to be fit for Sunday's trip to Fulham.

Both men picked up foot injuries in training this week, but manager Martin O'Neill is hopeful they will make the game at Craven Cottage.

Midfielder Craig Gardner is available after serving a one-match ban and defender Titus Bramble (Achilles) is back in training but short of fitness, but full-back Kieran Richardson and midfielder Sebastian Larsson (both hernia surgery) are out for the remainder of the season.

Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Stockdale, Kelly, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Briggs, Senderos, Murphy, Duff, Dempsey, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Etuhu, Frei, Pogrebnyak, Dembele, Sa.

Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Gordon, Bardsley, Bridge, Turner, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Kyrgiakos, Lynch, McClean, Vaughan, Cattermole, Gardner, Meyler, Colback, Sessegnon, Bendtner, Ji, Campbell.

QPR v STOKE, 2.00 Sunday
QPR are able to welcome back Adel Taarabt for Sunday's vital clash with Stoke.

The Morocco international missed last week's 6-1 thrashing at west London rivals Chelsea through suspension, but is available for selection to face the Potters.

Samba Diakite is a doubt as he struggles with a virus, although manager Mark Hughes hopes he will be an option for the Loftus Road encounter.

Thomas Sorensen will reclaim Stoke's number one jersey from Asmir Begovic for Sunday's trip to strugglers QPR.

Boss Tony Pulis confirmed today the Dane will play in the final two games of the season to ensure he is match sharp ahead of the European Championships next month.

Winger Jermaine Pennant (hamstring) and defender Andy Wilkinson (groin) remain doubtful after missing Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Everton while midfielder Rory Delap (back) is also struggling.

QPR squad: Kenny, Cerny, Murphy, Young, Gabbidon, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Taiwo, Hill, Derry, Diakite, Barton, Buzsaky, Smith, Mackie, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Hulse, Cisse, Bothroyd, Zamora, Helguson, Campbell.

Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Wilson, Woodgate, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Pennant, Delap, Palacios, Jones, Jerome, Crouch, Walters, Fuller.

WOLVES v EVERTON, 2.00 Sunday
Wolves interim boss Terry Connor is hopeful on-loan Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong will be fit for the home clash with Everton on Sunday.

Bassong missed last weekend's 4-4 draw at Swansea with a hamstring injury and will be given a late fitness test.

Winger Matt Jarvis suffered a tight groin at the Liberty Stadium but is confident he will be available as Wolves search for their first win under Connor at the 12th attempt.

Keeper Wayne Hennessey (knee), midfielder Jamie O'Hara (groin) and Jody Craddock (hip) remain long-term casualties.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines has been ruled out despite progressing well in his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Forward Victor Anichebe is also missing after suffering a groin injury in midweek and joins midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Versatile captain Phil Neville and midfielder Darron Gibson could be doubtful after suffering slight knocks.

Wolves squad: De Vries, Ikeme, Zubar, Foley, Bassong, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Kightly, Henry, Davis, Milijas, Edwards, Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Jonsson, Gorman, Price, Forde, Hunt.

Everton squad: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Hibbert, Neville, Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Gibson, Jelavic, Gueye, Duffy, McFadden, Stracqualursi, Pienaar, Cahill, Barkley, Hahnemann, Mucha.

MANCHESTER UNITED v SWANSEA, 2.00 Sunday
Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck have both been ruled out of Manchester United's final home game against Swansea.

Evans missed Monday's Manchester derby defeat at the Etihad Stadium after picking up a knock the previous week against Everton, while Welbeck suffered an ankle injury in a tackle with Nigel de Jong.

Anders Lindegaard (ankle) is available for the first time since January as United look to retain their severely-damaged title hopes.

Leon Britton is a doubt for Swansea's trip to Manchester United but Angel Rangel is set to return from a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Britton is suffering with a knee problem, while full-back Rangel has overcome the injury he picked up slipping on the stairs at home while carrying his 18-month old son.

The problem kept the Spaniard out of last weekend's 4-4 draw with Wolves, but with Alan Tate (calf) also available, manager Brendan Rodgers is set to return to his favoured 4-3-3 formation.
Kemy Agustien (ankle), Ferrie Bodde (knee) and Andrea Orlandi (calf) are all absent for the Swans.

Manchester United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Fabio, Evra, Valencia, Nani, Park, Scholes, Cleverley, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Hernandez, Berbatov, Owen.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Britton, Graham, Sinclair, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Rangel, Situ, Allen, Tremmel, Gower, Richards, Sigurdsson, Obeng.

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