Everton v Birmingham preview

Team news for Everton's Premier League clash with Birmingham at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening (8pm).

Last Updated: 08/03/11 at 14:12

Jiranek: Set to feature

Jiranek: Set to feature

Everton captain Phil Neville will miss out with a hamstring injury.

Neville suffered the setback in the victory against Newcastle at the weekend and could be replaced in the team by John Heitinga.

Victor Anichebe is doubtful with a knock while Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini are again ruled out through injury.

Blues defender Martin Jiranek is set to return.

The Czech Republic international was unavailable for the 3-1 home reversal against West Brom at the weekend with a thigh injury.

Midfield duo of Barry Ferguson (broken rib) and Craig Gardner (calf) are still sidelined with the injuries suffered during the Carling Cup final win over Arsenal.

Blues boss Alex McLeish will run a late fitness check over striker Nikola Zigic who missed the Baggies game with a groin problem, while defender Liam Ridgewell is expected to play despite needing an injection to ease a groin injury minutes before the kick-off against West Brom.

Everton (from): Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Rodwell, Osman, Arteta, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Beckford, Gueye, Heitinga, Hibbert, Anichebe, Baxter, Duffy, Mucha.

Birmingham (from): Foster, Carr, Jiranek, Johnson, Davies, Ridgewell, Beausejour, Larsson, Bowyer, Fahey, Bentley, Jerome, Martins, Zigic, Doyle, Taylor, Murphy, Phillips, Parnaby, Mutch.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 33 18 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 33 -6 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

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