/ Soccer

Premier League and FA Cup team news

Updated: Friday, 10 May 2013 17:32 | Comments

Ireland's James McCarthy is hoping for FA Cup glory as his side take on Manchester City at Wembley
Ireland's James McCarthy is hoping for FA Cup glory as his side take on Manchester City at Wembley

Audio

All games 3pm except where stated

Premier Soccer Sunday: Highlights and analysis of all the action in the Premier League from 8pm on Sunday 12 May on RTÉ Two.

SATURDAY

Aston Villa v Chelsea, 12.45pm

Villa right-back Matthew Lowton faces a late fitness test. The defender had been ever-present this season until being forced off at Norwich with a thigh strain last weekend and will be assessed.

Defender Ciaran Clark (foot) and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi (thigh) are still out, along with long-term absentees Richard Dunne, Marc Albrighton, Gary Gardner and Chris Herd.

Squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Lichaj, Stevens, Baker, Bennett, Sylla, Ireland, Westwood, Dawkins, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will start as he bids for the club's goalscoring record, interim manager Rafael Benitez confirmed.

Eden Hazard (calf) and fellow forward Victor Moses (leg) are doubtful, but midfielder John Obi Mikel (hip) is available again as the Europa League finalists focus on their bid for a top-four place.

Ryan Bertrand (knee) is out, but Oriol Romeu is in contention following his long-term absence with a knee problem.

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

FA CUP FINAL

Man City v Wigan, 5.15pm 

Manchester City have close to a full squad available, with winger Scott Sinclair the only notable absentee after surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder.

Midfielder Yaya Toure is fit after recent concerns about fatigue and playmaker David Silva is in contention to start for first time since suffering a hamstring injury at Manchester United a month ago.

Back-up goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who has played in all the previous rounds, is expected to be selected ahead of England number one Joe Hart.

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

Roberto Martinez must decide whether to stick with his wobbly defence for Wigan's first FA Cup final appearance.

Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) is rated no more than a 50-50 chance, while captain Gary Caldwell is most at risk following his mistake against Swansea on Tuesday and Roger Espinoza looked ill at ease in the left wing-back role.

Ali Al Habsi is expected to return at the expense of on-loan Joel Robles in goal, as he did for the semi-final win over Millwall.

Squad: Robles, Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Scharner, Alcaraz, Golobart, Campabadal, Espinoza, Jones, Watson, McArthur, Gomez, McCarthy, McManaman, Maloney, Kone, Di Santo, Henriquez, Redmond, Fyvie, Dicko.

Tony O'Donoghue analyses the effects of this week's managerial merry-go-round


SUNDAY

Stoke v Tottenham 

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has a series of decisions to make ahead of the visit of Tottenham.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan (groin), Andy Wilkinson (back) and Marc Wilson (hamstring) are all close to contention, but may not be risked from the start as they look for full fitness.

Whelan and Wilkinson were ruled out of the visit to Sunderland on Monday but are likely to be available, while Wilson was replaced at half-time as a precaution.

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

Midfielder Mousa Dembele is fit for Tottenham.

Aaron Lennon (hamstring) came off against Chelsea in midweek but is fit to play, according to manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Midfielder Sandro (knee) and defensive duo Younes Kaboul (thigh) and William Gallas (calf) are unavailable.

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

Everton v West Ham 

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday's game..

Defensive duo James Tomkins (calf) and George McCartney (knee) are the only absentees for the Hammers.

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

Everton striker Nikica Jelavic could be recalled by David Moyes on the manager's final appearance at Goodison Park before leaving for Manchester United in the summer.

The Croatian was dropped to the bench for last weekend's goalless Merseyside derby but Moyes may want to pair Jelavic with Victor Anichebe in a more attacking line-up at home.

Phil Neville is missing with a knee injury but midfielder Ross Barkley could be recalled to the squad after missing the Anfield game.

Squad: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Anichebe, Fellaini, Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Hibbert, Duffy, Barkley, Jelavic.

Fulham v Liverpool 

Sascha Riether and Mladen Petric will be available again when Fulham tackle Liverpool.

Right-back Riether is back following an ankle problem and forward Petric has recovered from his hamstring injury, but midfielder Steve Sidwell is again suspended.

Midfielders Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Simon Davies (hip) are out for the rest of the season.

Squad: Schwarzer, Richardson, Hangeland, Senderos, Manolev, Emanuelson, Frei, Kacaniklic, Riether, Enoh, Ruiz, Berbatov, Frimpong, Duff, Etheridge, Riise, Karagounis, Rodallega, Hughes, Petric.

Captain Steven Gerrard and defender Daniel Agger will miss Liverpool's final two matches of the season, starting with Sunday`s game at Fulham.

Gerrard is scheduled to have an operation on a shoulder problem this weekend while the Denmark centre-back will undergo a series of injections in his back as part of a long-planned rehabilitation programme.

Striker Luis Suarez is suspended, midfielder Joe Allen is sidelined after shoulder surgery while Martin Kelly continues his recovery from a knee operation late last year.

Squad: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Lucas, Henderson, Downing, Coutinho, Borini, Sturridge, Jones, Wisdom, Coates, Suso, Assaidi, Shelvey, Coady.

Norwich v West Bromwich 

England goalkeeper John Ruddy is in contention to make his return for Norwich after five-months out with a thigh injury.

Winger Robert Snodgrass has recovered from cramp which saw him substituted in last weekend's late home defeat by Aston Villa.

Centre-half Michael Turner (groin) is, though, still sidelined.

Squad: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, R Bennett, Martin, Pilkington, Tettey, Johnson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Holt, Bunn, Howson, Becchio, Garrido, Barnett, E Bennett, Jackson.

West Brom captain Chris Brunt could return to action.

The Northern Ireland international has missed three games with a knee injury but may be ready in time to play some part at Carrow Road.

Head coach Steve Clarke expects Gabriel Tamas to be available despite needing stitches to a head wound in the defeat by Manchester City in midweek.

Striker Marc-Antoine Fortune serves the final game of a three-match ban but Goran Popov and Steven Reid should be available after injury.

Squad: Foster, Myhill, Jones, Brown, Ridgewell, McAuley, Popov, Reid, Olsson, Dawson, Thomas, Lukaku, Morrison, Dorrans, Rosenberg, Brunt, Yacob, Long, Odemwingie, Tamas, Mulumbu.

Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United 

QPR will be without defender Chris Samba.

The Magpies will be chasing a positive result to strengthen their survival bid and Samba (knee) will still be absent for already relegated Rangers.

Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) and Andrew Johnson (knee) will miss the remainder of the season, both having undergone surgery.

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

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be able to welcome back a trio of key players.

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy is available once again after serving a one-match ban, while fellow defender Davide Santon (hamstring) and midfielder Sylvain Marveaux (groin) have returned to training and are in contention.

However, midfielder Moussa Sissoko and striker Shola Ameobi (both knee) will not play again this season after joining goalkeeper Tim Krul (shoulder) and full-back Massadio Haidara (hamstring) on the casualty list, while midfielder Sammy Ameobi is available after returning from his loan spell at Middlesbrough.

Squad: Elliot, Harper, Debuchy, Simpson, Santon, S. Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Tiote, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Gosling, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Cisse, Gouffran, Campbell.

Sunderland v Southampton 

Craig Gardner will miss Sunderland's final home game of the season through suspension.

The midfielder will not play again this term after being sent off for a challenge on Charlie Adam during Monday night's 1-1 draw with Stoke.

He joins the suspended Stephane Sessegnon and injured strikers Steven Fletcher (ankle) and Connor Wickham (calf), as well as midfielder Lee Cattermole (knee), on the sidelines, while on-loan full-back Danny Rose will play his final game for the club before returning to Tottenham, who host the Black Cats on the final day of the season.

Squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, Marrs, O'Shea, Cuellar, Kilgallon, Bramble, Mangane, N'Diaye, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Graham, Mandron, Laidler.

Morgan Schneiderlin, Maya Yoshida and Emmanuel Mayuka are doubts for Southampton. 

Schneiderlin and Yoshida are both struggling with knocks, while Mayuka has returned to Zambia following the death of his father.

Gaston Ramirez and Danny Fox both miss the Stadium of Light clash as they serve the second game of three-match bans.

Squad: Boruc, K Davis, Clyne, Richardson, Shaw, Yoshida, Fonte, Forren, Hooiveld, Cork, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Do Prado, Puncheon, Mayuka, Lambert, Rodriguez.

Manchester United v Swansea 4pm

Alex Ferguson is preparing to pick his final Manchester United team for a game at Old Trafford.

Sunday's encounter with Swansea marks the end of an era for the Red Devils, who will collect the Premier League trophy after the final whistle.

Most attention will be focused on whether Ferguson selects Wayne Rooney, who had a transfer request turned down two weeks ago.

Squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Anderson, Cleverley, Scholes, Kagawa, Welbeck, Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez.

Angel Rangel and Michel Vorm will miss Swansea's trip to Old Trafford.

Right-back Rangel has a calf injury, while Vorm is still recovering from the concussion he suffered in the midweek win at Wigan.

But Michu could be set for a surprise return from a hamstring injury, just a week after manager Michael Laudrup had said he would miss the remainder of the season. Centre-half Chico Flores is also in contention.

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

User contributions and/or comments do not, unless specifically stated, represent the views of RTÉ.ie or RTÉ.
Click here for Terms of use
Powered by NewsWhip