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Updated: Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 14:38 | Comments

Wigan travel to West Ham looking to pull off their annual Premier League Houdini act
Wigan travel to West Ham looking to pull off their annual Premier League Houdini act

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Premier Soccer Saturday: Highlights and analysis of all the action in the Premier League from 20:00 on Saturday 20 April and 20:30 on Sunday 21 April on RTÉ Two.

Fulham v Arsenal

Steve Sidwell returns to the Fulham squad for the home clash against Arsenal.

The 30-year-old midfielder has missed the last three matches after being sent off against QPR but is back to face his former club. Sascha Riether is a doubt after picking up a knock against Chelsea in midweek, while Damien Duff (adductor), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee) are all out.

On-loan Emmanuel Frimpong is ineligible to face his parent club, but Alex Kacaniklic could be involved after being recalled from a loan spell at Burnley.

Arsenal will again be without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski because of a cracked rib. 

Fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny will get the chance to reclaim the number one jersey again, while midfielder Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) faces a fitness test.

Left-back Nacho Monreal is pressing for a start after being named on the bench for the last two games, as is forward Lukas Podolski, but midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Etheridge, Riether, Manolev, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Richardson, Baird, Karagounis, Sidwell, Davies, Frei, Kacaniklic, Enoh, Ruiz, Emanuelson, Berbatov, Ruiz, Rodallega, Petric.

Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Sagna, Cazorla, Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta, Giroud, Mannone, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Gervinho, Vermaelen, Rosicky.

West Ham v Wigan

West Ham will once again be without midfielder Joe Cole as he struggles to recover from his hamstring injury.

Defender James Tomkins (calf) and full-back George McCartney (knee) are also out.

Midfielder Mark Noble may make his first start since February after recovering from a shoulder injury to come off the bench against Manchester United on Wednesday.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has no new injury worries for his side's third match in a week but may choose to freshen things up.

The Spaniard made just two changes for Wednesday's defeat at Manchester City, bringing back goalkeeper Joel Robles and striker Franco di Santo.

Forward Callum McManaman could be set for a recall but Roman Golobart remains out of the picture after twisting an ankle in training.

West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, O'Brien, Pogatetz, Collins, Vaz Te, Taylor, Jarvis, Noble, Collison, Diame, Nolan, O'Neil, Carroll, Henderson, Potts, C Cole, Wellington, Spence.

Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Scharner, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour, Maloney, Kone, McManaman, Robles, Stam, Caldwell, McArthur, Espinoza, Henriquez, Di Santo.

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United

Peter Odemwingie will miss the game. 

Odemwingie has picked up a knee injury. Teenager Izzy Brown has also been ruled out with a groin strain, whilst Youssouf Mulumbu serves the second game of his three-match suspension.

Newcastle will be without midfielders Cheick Tiote and Sylvain Marveaux. 

Tiote has not trained since last weekend's 3-0 home defeat by Sunderland, during which he aggravated a hamstring problem, while Marveaux has a groin injury.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder and utility man Ryan Taylor will miss the whole of the next campaign after suffering a recurrence of his cruciate ligament injury, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini (back) has returned to training, but the game at the Hawthorns comes too soon for him.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Jones, Reid, Ridgewell, McAuley, Olsson, Thomas, Lukaku, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Rosenberg, Yacob, Long, Fortune, Popov, Tamas. 

Newcastle squad: Elliot, Harper, Debuchy, Simpson, S. Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Obertan, Sissoko, Cisse, Gouffran, Ameobi, Campbell.

Swansea v Southampton

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has no new injury concerns.

Leon Britton is back after missing the draw with Norwich to be at the birth of his twin sons, while internationals including Ben Davies, Ashley Williams, Ki Sung-yueng and Michel Vorm returned to training this week after being given some time off by Laudrup.

The Dane also has the option of handing Neil Taylor a first-team return following his lengthy lay-off, although the Wales international is unlikely to be rushed back into action.

Kelvin Davis and Guly do Prado are doubts for Southampton.

Club captain Davis is struggling with a leg complaint sustained in training, while do Prado has a fever so will be assessed ahead of the trip to south Wales.

Luke Shaw, Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez are all fully fit once again after a virus. Jose Fonte did not train yesterday following the birth of his son.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Bartley, Taylor, Flores, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Hernandez, Dyer, Cornell, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Davies.

Southampton squad: Boruc, K Davis, Clyne, Richardson, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Fonte, Forren, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana, do Prado, Puncheon, Mayuka, Lambert, Rodriguez.

Sunderland v Everton

Midfielder Craig Gardner will be missing once again as Sunderland attempt to dig themselves further out of relegation trouble against Everton.

Gardner will sit out the second part of a two-match ban after reaching 10 bookings for the campaign as the Toffees arrive on Wearside.

Manager Paolo Di Canio is expecting to have similar options to those he enjoyed for last Sunday's derby victory at Newcastle with striker Connor Wickham still a doubt with a knock, while fellow frontman Steven Fletcher, who had ankle surgery on Monday, and skipper Lee Cattermole (knee) have been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Everton will give a fitness test to midfielder Leon Osman. 

Osman was forced to miss the midweek game at Arsenal with a groin strain, with youngster Ross Barkley impressing in his place, but the problem is not thought too serious.

Manager David Moyes has reported no other fresh injuries while right-back Tony Hibbert (calf) is continuing his comeback in the under-21s side.

Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Mangane, N'Diaye, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Graham, Wickham, Mandron, Laidler.

Everton squad: Howard, Mucha, Neville, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Naismith, Heitinga, Oviedo, Barkley, Hitzlsperger, Anichebe, Mirallas, Jelavic.

Queens Park Rangers v Stoke

QPR striker Bobby Zamora is suspended.

Zamora will serve the second of his three-match ban for being sent off against Wigan.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is out after undergoing ankle surgery, while Andrew Johnson is sidelined with a knee problem.

Stoke winger Matthew Etherington remains doubtful.

Etherington missed last Sunday's defeat by Manchester United after suffering a back injury in the previous week's loss to Aston Villa.

Defender Marc Wilson (back/hamstring) is hopeful of returning while manager Tony Pulis is hopeful "one or two players with niggles" will be fit.

QPR squad: Cesar, Green, Onuoha, Hill, Samba, Mbia, Fabio, Traore, Granero, Diakite, Hoilett, Park, Derry, Taarabt, Jenas, Townsend, Mackie, Remy, Bothroyd.

Stoke squad: Begovic, Sorensen, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson, Kightly, Shotton, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Etherington, Whelan, Adam, Jones, Walters, Crouch, Owen, Jerome, Palacios, Shea.

Norwich v Reading

Midfielder Anthony Pilkington is back in contention for Norwich's relegation clash with rock-bottom Reading after recovering from his hamstring injury.

Fellow midfielder Bradley Johnson has also recovered from a knock he suffered against Arsenal last weekend.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton will wait before deciding whether first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy returns to the squad after playing two development games following his long lay-off after undergoing surgery on his injured thigh.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins is hopeful Jimmy Kebe could be fit enough to play some part.

The Mali winger missed the 0-0 draw with Liverpool due to a groin injury but has returned to training this week and could be involved at Carrow Road.

The game is likely to come too early for goalkeeper Adam Federici and midfielder Hope Akpan (both ankle) but winger Hal Robson-Kanu has an outside chance of being in contention despite struggling with a knee complaint.

Norwich squad: Bunn, R Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Pilkington, E Bennett, Turner, Jackson, Holt, Becchio, Howson, Hoolahan, Fox, Tettey, R Bennett, Smith, Steer, Whittaker, Kamara, Camp.

Reading squad: McCarthy, Taylor, Mariappa, Morrison, Pearce, Shorey, Kelly, Gunter, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Robson-Kanu, Kebe, McCleary, Hunt, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Blackman.

Sunday 21 April

Tottenham v Manchester City, 1:30pm

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is confident that star man Gareth Bale will overcome his ankle injury in time for the home clash against Manchester City.

Bale has been training with the team for the last two days and should be fit, while Jermain Defoe also looks set to return after a pelvis injury lay-off.

Aaron Lennon (knee) has not trained with the squad yet, but Villas-Boas still thinks the winger has a chance of playing. Sandro (knee) and centre-back Younes Kaboul (thigh) are unavailable.

Manchester City pair David Silva and Sergio Aguero are doubtful with hamstring problems.

Playmaker Silva has missed the last two games after pulling up in the derby win at Manchester United while striker Aguero withdrew as a precaution at half-time of the midweek game against Wigan.

Following defender Micah Richards' successful return from injury in midweek, right-back Maicon (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) could also be in contention.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Holtby, Livermore, Dembele, Carroll, Parker, Ceballos, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe, Coulthirst.

Man City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Lescott, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Sinclair, Milner, Nasri, Barry, Y Toure, Garcia, Rodwell, Silva, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Razak.

Liverpool v Chelsea, 4pm

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday's visit of Chelsea.

The Reds boss may be tempted to freshen things up, however, after back-to-back goalless draws.

Forward Raheem Sterling has sat out recent games with a thigh problem while forward Fabio Borini and midfielder Joe Allen (both shoulder) and defender Martin Kelly (knee) are all sidelined.

Defenders Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill trained on Friday and could return to contention for the London side.

Cole (hamstring) and Cahill (knee) have been absent in recent weeks and the Anfield match could come too soon for the duo, although Marko Marin (thigh) is available.

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is likely to rotate his squad once more, meaning ex-Reds striker Fernando Torres, captain John Terry and midfielder Frank Lampard may return to the bench.

Liverpool squad: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Sturridge, Coutinho, Suarez, Downing, Jones, Skrtel, Wisdom, Coates, Shelvey, Assaidi, Morgan.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Ivanovic, Cole, Ferreira, Bertrand, Luiz, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Mata, Benayoun, Mikel, Moses, Lampard, Hazard, Marin, Torres, Ake, Ba.

Monday 22 April

Manchester United v Aston Villa, 8pm

Ashley Young will miss Manchester United's Premier League encounter with former club Aston Villa on Monday after being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with an ankle injury.

Paul Scholes (knee) is also out, although Alex Ferguson reports no fresh injury concerns after Wednesday's bruising encounter at West Ham.

Should Manchester City lose at Tottenham on Sunday, victory would give United a record 20th title.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hopes to have in-form forward Gabriel Agbonlahor available for the trip to Old Trafford.

The striker missed last week's draw with Fulham having suffered a groin injury in Villa's win at Stoke. However, he is back in training and should be in contention to feature at Old Trafford.

Young midfielder Gary Gardner is back in training after missing most of the season with knee ligament damage but is some way short of a return, while Chris Herd, Marc Albrighton (both foot) and Richard Dunne (groin) are still out.

Manchester United squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Buttner, Nani, Valencia, Powell, Carrick, Anderson, Cleverley, Giggs, Kagawa, Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Baker, Bennett, Sylla, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Westwood, Dawkins, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann.

Highlights and analysis of all the action in the Premier League from 20:00 on Saturday 20 April and 20:30 on Sunday 21 April on RTÉ Two.

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