McLeish pondering Benitez option

Alex McLeish is weighing up whether to hand a full Premier League debut to Christian Benitez in Sunday's derby with Aston Villa at St Andrews.

Last Updated: 11/09/09 at 12:00

Benitez: Could start

Benitez: Could start

Benitez has impressed as a substitute since his summer move from Santos Laguna after slowly building up his fitness following a shoulder operation.

It may depend on Benitez's physical condition after returning from two World Cup qualifiers with Ecuador.

Fellow striker Cameron Jerome is again sidelined with an ankle injury while former Villa striker Kevin Phillips is likely to be amongst the substitutes against his former club.

Kick-off 12pm.

Birmingham (from): Hart, Maik Taylor, Parnaby, R Johnson, Queudrue, Carr, Larsson, Carsley, Ferguson, Bowyer, McFadden, O'Connor, Fahey, Benitez, McSheffrey, O'Shea, Espinoza, Phillips, Vignal, D Johnson.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
A Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke City
Newcastle v Swansea
West Ham v C Palace
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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