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Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between West Ham and Newcastle at Upton Park, kick-off 5.30pm.

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Nolan: Set to face Hammers

Nolan: Set to face Hammers

Matthew Upson is pushing for a return to action against Newcastle after missing West Ham's draw at Wolves last weekend with a neck strain.

Defender Manuel Da Costa has been training all week and is available for selection after being released on police bail following his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault.

Winger Pablo Barrera and defender Winston Reid are back in contention after being rested last week following their return from international duty.

Midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh), Zavon Hines and Jack Collison (both knee) are long-term injury absentees.

Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan will return to the squad for the trip to the Hammers.

The 28-year-old was rested for last weekend's 2-2 draw with Wigan as he battled a persistent ankle problem, but will be included this time around.

Danny Simpson could also travel after getting a third reserve team game under his belt following his return from a long-standing ankle problem, but Sol Campbell (thigh) will be missing once again.

Steven Taylor (shoulder) is due to return to training on Monday, while Steve Harper is around four weeks away from doing the same, but Leon Best (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Dan Gosling (knee) are still out.

Hammers (from): Green, Stech, Jacobsen, Spector, Upson, Gabbidon, Ben Haim, Reid, Tomkins, Da Costa, Ilunga, Parker, Dyer, Noble, Boa Morte, Behrami, Faubert, Kovac, Barrera, Piquionne, Cole, Obinna, McCarthy.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Soderberg, R Taylor, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Smith, Tiote, Barton, Routledge, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Tavernier, Donaldson, Nolan, Carroll, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Ranger.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  
Sunday, 27 April 2014
12:00
Sunderland v Cardiff  
14:05
Liverpool v Chelsea  
16:10
C Palace v Man City  
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20:00
Arsenal v Newcastle  

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 34 56 74
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 34 -13 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

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