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Bobby Zamora: Fit again for QPR

Bobby Zamora: Fit again for QPR

(Current league positions in brackets)

Sunday, March 31

Aston Villa (17) v Liverpool (7)

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has Darren Bent (foot), Nathan Baker (head) and Karim El Ahmadi (ankle) back in contention, while Fabian Delph is available after a two-game suspension. But Ciaran Clark and Brett Holman suffered shoulder and hamstring injuries while on international duty and will be assessed over the weekend.

Liverpool have goalkeeper Jose Reina and defender Jamie Carragher fit again after calf and shin injuries respectively, leaving only Fabio Borini and Joe Allen (both shoulder) and Martin Kelly (knee) absent.

Last season: Liverpool 1 Aston Villa 1, Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 2

Last five league matches: Aston Villa W L L W W; Liverpool L W W W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 20; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 29

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Monday, April 1

Fulham (10) v QPR (20)

Mahamadou Diarra remains Fulham's only absentee. The Mali midfielder, out of contract at the end of the season, will not play again before then after it was discovered his troublesome left knee will require a third operation.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has Bobby Zamora fit after he used the international break to overcome an ankle injury and a dose of the flu. Redknapp reported a clean bill of health following the international window and he must decide whether to recall the mercurial Moroccan Adel Taarabt to the side.

Last season: QPR 0 Fulham 1, Fulham 6 QPR 0

Last five league matches: Fulham L D W D W; QPR L L W W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 11; Loic Remy (QPR) 6

Referee: Jon Moss


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