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premier league team news and predictions gameweek 6

September 19, 2009
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Burnley v. Sunderland 12:45 GMT

Team news:

Burnley captain Steven Caldwell is still troubled by the groin injury which has kept him off the pitch this season. Michael Duff is back from his ankle injury, but is expected to start on the bench.

Sunderland summer signing Lee Cattermole is a doubt for the trip to Burnley, still suffering from a heel injury picked during the international break. He is travelling with the squad and will be given a late fitness test. Martin Fulop is out, but Craig Gordon who deputised for him last weekened is expected to keep his spot.

Predictions:

1-0

Arsenal v. Wigan

Team News:

Arsenal Russian midfielder Andrey Arshavin still sidelined with a groin injury. Manuel Almunia is a doubt after missing the Champions League match against Standard Liege with a chest infection, with Lukasz Fabianski still out with a knee injury rookie Vito Mannone will continue in goal. Denilson, Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri, Johan Djourou and Carlos Vela remain sidelined.

Wigan midfielder Olivier Kapo survived playing in the reserves in midweek after a knee injury and is expected to join the squad but probably will start on the bench.

Predictions:

3-1

Aston Villa v. Portsmouth

Team news:

Aston Villa’s injured list remains the same with Wilfred Bouma and Stewart Downing manning the sick-bay. Although, Nigel Reo-Coker is reported to have been sent home from training after a bust-up with the manager.

Pompey manager Paul Hart also has no new injuries to the his squad, with Steve Finnan and Herman Hreidarsson back in training but are not expected to take any part this weekend. Papa Bouba Diop and Aruna Dindane are also unavailable.

Predictions:

3-0

Bolton v. Stoke

Team news:

Bolton will give both Sean Davis and Andy O’Brien late fitness tests. While Johan Elmander, Ricardo Gardner and Ricardo Vaz Te are back training and will at least make it into the squad.

Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen is back training after his thigh strain. James Beattie will not be expected to play after bursting a blood vessel in his ankle.

Predictions:

1-0

Hull v. Birmingham

Team news:

Hull free transfer signing Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is expected to start with Jozy Altidore in attack. Anthony Gardner and Steven Mouyokolo are both still sidelined.

Birmingham face problems with James McFadden and Franck Queudrue the latest players sidelined with injuries. Martin Taylor, Cameron Jerome, Marcus Bent and Gregory Vignal are already injured. However, returning from injuries are Liam Ridgewell, Scott Dann, Giovanny Espinoza, David Murphy and Stephen Carr but Lee Carsley and Damien Johnson are still short of match fitness despite being back in training.

Predictions:

1-0

West Ham v. Liverpool 17:30 GMT

Team news:

West Ham has some good news with the return of Herita Ilunga, Kieron Dyer and Valon Behrami but Luis Jimenez might face a late fitness test. New striker Guillermo Franco probably will not take any part in this fixture. Dean Ashton and Luis Boa Morte are long-term injuries.

Liverpool welcomes both Fabio Aurelio and Javier Mascherano back in training, so is Daniel Agger but he is not expected to be in contention for a place.

Predictions:

1-3

Sunday

Manchester United v. Manchester City 13:30 GMT

Team news:

Man United defender Rio Ferdinand is the only worry for the Manchester derby, Paul Scholes is suspended after getting sent-off at White Hart Lane last weekend. Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Fletcher are expected to start after both were benched in the Champions League win over Besiktas.

Man City striker was a doubt but is increasing likely to start the match against his former club, faces a late fitness test. Both Robinho and Santa Cruz are still sidelined, and Emmanuel Adebayor starts his three-match suspension.

Predictions:

2-1

Wolves v. Fulham 14:00 GMT

Team News:

Wolves has Michael Kightly, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Kevin Foley and Jody Craddock back in contention this weekend.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson should start Clint Dempsey, Danny Murphy, Damien Duff and Mark Schwarzer after missing the Europa League draw with CSKA Sofia. Strikers Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora are also in contention, with Paul Konchesky possibly facing a late fitness test.

Predictions:

1-2

Everton v. Blackburn

Team news:

Everton free transfer signing Lucas Neill is still far from fit, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is a doubt with a groin injury picked up mid-week. Captain Phil Neville will be out for three months.

Blackburn has a full squad with no injury worries at all. Steven Nzonzi and Benni McCarthy are back training and are expected to take part, so will Michel Salgado who is match-fit.

Predictions:

2-0

Chelsea v. Tottenham 16:00 GMT

Team news:

Chelsea has both Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa who was suspended in the midweek Champions League win over Porto. Joe Cole suffered a relapse in training, and will join Yuri Zhirkov, Alex and Paulo Ferreira in the injured list.

Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes is expected to take back his number 1 spot from Carlo Cudicini after playing a friendly midweek against QPR. So was Gareth Bale, but he is not expected to start this Sunday. Luka Modric, Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate are still in the injured list.

Predictions:

2-1

16:00 GMT

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