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Given: Has shaken off groin injury

Given: Has shaken off groin injury

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has shaken off a groin injury sustained in the season-opener at Fulham last weekend and will be fit to make his home debut against Blackburn.

Villa will also hand a home bow to winger Charles N'Zogbia after his £9.5m switch from Wigan.

Manager Alex McLeish is poised to retain the side that started the goalless draw at Fulham with Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey in a three-pronged attack.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is optimistic key centre-back pairing Ryan Nelsen and Christopher Samba will be available.

Kean was forced to play teenager Grant Hanley and midfielder Steven Nzonzi together during last week's defeat by Wolves but Nelsen (knee) and Samba (groin) have both trained this week and should start.

Gael Givet (illness) and Brett Emerton (hamstring) are likely to miss out but new midfield signing Radosav Petrovic is in line to make his debut.

Aston Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Petrov, Delph, N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Bent, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Makoun, Ireland, Bannan, Beye, Clark.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Bunn, Salgado, Hanley, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Bruno, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Dunn, Grella, Formica, Rochina, Hoilett, Roberts, Goodwillie, Blackman, Aley, Anderson, Henley, Petrovic, Lowe, Morris.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:45
QPR v Stoke  
15:00
A Villa v Arsenal  
Burnley v Sunderland  
Newcastle v Hull City  
Swansea v Southampton  
17:30
West Ham v Liverpool  
Sunday, 21 September 2014
13:30
Leicester v Man Utd  
Tottenham v West Brom  
16:00
Everton v C Palace  
Man City v Chelsea  

Barclays Premier League

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

Updated Mon, 15 Sep 2014

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