Aston Villa v Arsenal preview

Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park (kick-off 12.45pm).

Last Updated: 26/11/10 at 14:33   

Carew: Available for Villa

Carew: Available for Villa

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is battling to be fit for the fixture.

Agbonlahor has missed training for the past two days through illness and his condition will be assessed during the next 24 hours by manager Gerard Houllier. Fellow striker John Carew is available after a four-game absence due to a calf problem.

Houllier confirmed defender James Collins will play after he missed the 2-0 defeat at Blackburn, also with a calf injury. Young midfielder Jonathan Hogg is Villa's only new injury doubt after suffering an ankle injury at Ewood Park. Robert Pires will be included in the 18 to face his former club.

Cesc Fabregas is out for Arsenal after being ruled out for an estimated two weeks with a hamstring strain.

Fellow midfielder Emmanuel Eboue is out for up to eight weeks with a knee ligament strain, strikers Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin come back into the squad after being rested for Tuesday night's Champions League game at Braga, while defender Gael Clichy could shake off a back problem.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) may return, but centre-half Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and midfielder Abou Diaby (ankle) remain out. Aaron Ramsey has joined Nottingham Forest on loan.

Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Luke Young, Clark, Dunne, Warnock, Ireland, Hogg, Bannan, Downing, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Carew, Collins, Pires, Delfouneso, Herd, Guzan, Osbourne, Lichaj, Lowry.

Arsenal (from): Fabianski, Almunia, Gibbs, Koscielny, Clichy, Squillaci, Sagna, Nasri, Song, Wilshere, Rosicky, Walcott, Bendtner, Szczesny, Denilson, Djourou, Chamakh, Emmanuel-Thomas, Arshavin, Van Persie.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
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  

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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