Blackburn v Aston Villa preview

Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Blackburn at Villa Park.

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Makoun: Begins suspension

Makoun: Begins suspension

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Aston Villa's January signing Jean Makoun will start a three-game ban after his red card against Blackpool two weeks ago.

Skipper Stiliyan Petrov, Barry Bannan and Michael Bradley, another of manager Gerard Houllier's transfer window captures, will be in contention to replace Makoun.

Left-back Nathan Baker will be available after completing a three-game suspension but central defender Carlos Cuellar is ruled out with the hamstring injury suffered at Bloomfield Road.

Blackburn are hopeful Christopher Samba will have recovered from a virus in time for the game.

His defensive partner Ryan Nelsen will play despite a difficult week following the earthquake in his home city of Christchurch, while Gael Givet has recovered from a groin injury.

Junior Hoilett (hamstring) is likely to miss out along with Phil Jones (knee), who is still three weeks away from a return. January signings Mauro Formica and Ruben Rochina have again been omitted from the squad as they build up to full match fitness.

Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Marshall, Walker, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Clark, Baker, Downing, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Bannan, Bradley, Pires, Delph, Albrighton, Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Bent, Heskey, Delfouneso.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Andrews, J Jones, Dunn, MB Diouf, Santa Cruz, Pedersen, Bunn, Hanley, Emerton, Nzonzi, Grella, Benjani, Roberts, Kalinic.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Thu, 31 Jul 2014

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