Aston Villa

This Afternoon’s Matches

Birmingham vs. Blackpool 15.00 ko

Birmingham is likely to be missing Cameron Jerome so Nikola Zigic could start. Craig Gardner is suspended while Martin Jiranek and Jean Beausejour are both likely to be missing.

Ian Holloway has no new injury concerns but Alex Baptiste, Billy Clark, Paul Rachubka and Louis Almond are all still out.

Chelsea vs. Wolves 15.00 ko

Didier Drogba looks set to return after recovering from a virus but Frank Lampard is still unavailable. Benayoun and Alex are both definitely out while Ramires is unlikely to be fit.

Jody Craddock is a doubt for Wolves with a hip injury while Michael Mancienne is unavailable to play against his parent club due to the details of his loan deal from Chelsea. Stephen Hunt could make his debut after a foot injury.

Sunderland vs. Aston Villa 15.00 ko

Sunderland is boosted by Darren Bent being fit to play after a groin problem but Kieran Richardson is still unavailable after a setback in his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Villa has Emile Heskey, Marc Albrighton and Richard Dunne all available again but Gabriel Agbonlahor and Luke Young are definitely out.

West Brom vs. Fulham 15.00 ko

Top scorer Peter Odemwingie is unlikely to overcome a knee injury for the Baggies. Jerome Thomas could play after recovering from a calf problem.

Andy Johnson could play his first game since January following shoulder, knee and hip injuries. Fulham have a number of players out injured; Davies and Etuhu(ankle), Duff, Kelly and Senderos (all calf) and Zamora (leg) are all sidelined.

West Ham vs. Newcastle 17.30 ko

Matthew Upson returns for the Hammers but Collinson and Hitzlsperger remain injured.

Kevin Nolan could return for Newcastle, as well could Danny Simpson. Ben Arfa, Campbell, Gosling, Harper and Taylor are all out.

Wigan vs. Bolton 15.00 ko

Ali Al-Habsi is ineligible to play against his parent club so Chris Kirkland will get a chance to win his place back. Franco Di Santo and Steve Gohouri are doubts.

Ivan Klasnic is suspended for Bolton while Andy O’Brien, Joey O’Brien, Ricardo Gardner, Jlloyd Samuel and Sean Davis are all out.


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