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Premiership Preview (16-18/12/06)

Premiership Preview (16-18/12/06)

Pompey travel to the new Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in our latest Barclays Premiership match, what about the others…

Saturday 16/12/06
Aston Villa v Bolton, 17:15
Gabor Kiraly who has joined Villa on loan and will make his debut with both Thomas Sorensen and Stuart Taylor injured (both knee). Gareth Barry returns after suspension and Wilfred Bouma (head wound) will be fit.

Tal Ben Haim is back after suspension but El Hadji Diouf serves a one-match ban so misses out. Quinton Fortune (Achilles) is still out as is Joey O'Brien with a long-term injury.

Charlton v Liverpool, 12:45
Scott Carson is ineligible due to the terms of his loan from Liverpool so misses out whilst Radostin Kishishev (calf) and Andy Reid (hamstring) are doubts. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Djimi Traore are fit though and could return.

Believe it or not Rafael Benitez may name an unchanged side, meaning Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt continue their strike partnership. Boudewijn Zenden, Mohamed Sissoko and Harry Kewell are still out injured.

Newcastle v Watford, 15:00
Kieron Dyer, Scott Parker and Emre help ease Newcastle's injury worries by returning while Antoine Sibierski (Achilles) will also be fit and Damien Duff may be in the squad. Charles N'Zogbia has joined the injury list during the week.

Gavin Mahon returns after a one-match suspension but Ben Foster (knee) is still out while Marlon King (knee) and Clarke Carlisle (thigh) are out for the long-term.

Reading v Blackburn, 15:00
Graeme Murty and Seol Ki-Hyeon (both toe) should return but Bobby Convey (knee) and Dave Kitson (appendix operation) remain unavailable.

Andy Todd (ankle) should be fit but Stephane Henchoz (suspended) and Zurab Khizanishvili (groin) are both out along with Brett Emerton (hamstring strain).

Wigan v Sheff Utd, 15:00
Arjan de Zeeuw (toe) is back in the Wigan squad as is Paul Scharner after suspension but Gary Teale, Antonio Valencia, Steve McMillan and Ryan Taylor remain injured.

Michael Tonge (ankle) is available for selection but Mikele Leigertwood's own ankle problem will see him miss out. Claude Davis could be recalled but Neil Warnock may stick with the same team from last time out.

Sunday 17/12/06
Everton v Chelsea, 13:45
Phil Neville and Leon Osman may return after injury but Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Tony Hibbert, Alessandro Pistone and Gary Naysmith remain injured. James McFadden could replace the under fire James Beattie, fresh from his barrage of abuse at Fratton last weekend.

Ricardo Carvalho (ankle) and Carlo Cudicini (thigh) are doubts, while Joe Cole (broken foot) is definitely out. Didier Drogba (hamstring strain) should be OK.

Man City v Tottenham, 15:00
Micah Richards and Nicky Weaver (both dead leg), Claudio Reyna (hamstring) and Dietmar Hamann are all rated as doubtful. Ben Thatcher and Bernardo Corradi (both suspended) and Trevor Sinclair and Sun Jihai (both knee) however are all definitely out.

Didier Zokora misses out through suspension and will be joined by Robbie Keane (knee) and Jermaine Jenas (ankle) while Teemu Tainio (illness) is a doubt.

West Ham v Man Utd, 16:00
Alan Curbishley should have Anton Ferdinand (ankle) back for his first game in charge of West Ham but will be without Danny Gabbidon (hamstring) and Dean Ashton (ankle).

With Patrice Evra United's only injury concern Ferguson will probably retain the side that won the Manchester derby last weekend.

Monday 18/12/06
Fulham v Middlesbrough, 20:00
Luis Boa Morte (hamstring), Papa Bouba Diop (thigh) and Ian Pearce (back) all miss out and probably won't return much before the end of the year. Antti Niemi and Franck Queudrue may return though.

Lee Cattermole is back after suspension but Emanuel Pogatetz serves a ban in his place. Abel Xavier may play in central defence with Stuart Parnaby at right-back.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday December 15 2006
Time: 4:04PM


good summary that, must take ages!
The Fear
15/12/2006 17:34:00
Good stuff.
15/12/2006 18:51:00
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