Teams & tactics for the weekend: 24/04/2010

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Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is able to include winger Aaron Lennon in his squad for the first time in four months, and may also be able to recall Jermaine Jenas and Ledley King, while Wilson Palacios returns from a two-match suspension.

England defenders Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand remain doubts for Sir Alex Ferguson's side as they look to maintain a 21-year unbeaten home run against Tottenham.

Kick-off: Today, 12.45pm (Sky Sports 1; Highlights BBC 1, 10.15pm)

Prediction: Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (15-2 SkyBet)

Bolton Wanderers vs Portsmouth

Trotters strikers Ivan Klasnic and Vladimir Weiss could earn recalls for Owen Coyle's side after impressing as substitutes during last weekend's victory at Stoke. Portsmouth manager Avram Grant could have Hayden Mullins and defenders Ricardo Rocha and Steve Finnan back in contention after they all returned to training this week. The Fratton Park side have won two of their last five trips to the Reebok, both by a single goal.

Kick-off: Today, 3pm (Highlights BBC 1, 10.15pm)

Prediction: Bolton Wanderers 2 Portsmouth 0 (13-2 Paddy Power)

Hull City vs Sunderland

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink misses out for the hosts following a clash of heads with Richard Dunne during the midweek defeat against Aston Villa. Jozy Altidore may lead the line alone up front. The visiting side have not won away from home since the opening day and will hope to evoke the memories of last season's trip to the KC, when they triumphed 4-1. Lorik Cana and Lee Cattermole remain doubts for the Black Cats.

Kick-off: Today, 3pm (Highlights BBC 1, 10.15pm)

Prediction: Hull City 2 Sunderland 0 (10-1 William Hill)

West Ham United vs Wigan Athletic

Gianfranco Zola will have to reverse recent form if the Hammers are to secure a vital victory this afternoon, the Hammers winning just one of the last five visits of the Latics. Leading scorer Carlton Cole remains a doubt with a knee injury, although Scott Parker returns from a two-match suspension. Roberto Martinez welcomes back defender Gary Caldwell as he looks to build on last Sunday's win over Arsenal.

Kick-off: Today, 3pm (Highlights BBC 1, 10.15pm)

Prediction: West Ham United 1 Wigan Athletic 0 (6-1 Bet365)

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers

Without a goal in four matches and with the least home goals in the top flight – 10 – Mick McCarthy's side have a fine opportunity to make amends against a Blackburn side who have conceded the fourth-highest amount on their travels. Midfielder Michael Kightly remains sidelined for the hosts, while Brett Emerton and Chris Samba are doubts for Sam Allardyce's visiting side.

Kick-off: Today, 3pm (Highlights BBC 1, 10.15pm)

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Blackburn Rovers 1 (6-1 SkyBet)

Arsenal vs Manchester City

The home side's injury crisis shows no signs of letting up, with Arsène Wenger making do without Andrei Arshavin and Manuel Almunia for this evening's visit of Manchester City.

Sylvinho and Patrick Vieria join Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Touré in returning to their former side. City, who have not won in 26 trips to the Gunners, are without Martin Petrov, Michael Johnson and Joleon Lescott, while Micah Richards is a doubt.

Kick-off: Today, 5.30pm (ESPN; Highlights BBC 1, 10.15pm)

Prediction: Arsenal 2 Manchester City 1 (8-1 SkyBet)

Aston Villa vs Birmingham City

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill hopes to be able to field Stephen Warnock, Richard Dunne and Stiliyan Petrov, despite all picking up knocks during Wednesday's win at Hull. Fabian Delph (knee) is out for six months. James McFadden (leg) remains doubful for the visitors, who have conceded eight in their last two trips to Villa Park, although Alex McLeish's side were unbeaten in the three away derbies before that.

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 12pm (Sky Sports 1; Highlights BBC 2 10pm)

Prediction: Aston Villa 3 Birmingham City 1 (14-1 888sport).

Burnley vs Liverpool

A comical own goal from Liverpool's Djimi Traoré separated the teams the last time they met at Turf Moor in an FA Cup replay five years ago. The Reds have continued to struggle away from Anfield this season, losing 13 of 27 trips, although Burnley, who could name an unchanged team, have not kept a clean sheet in 24 games. Fernando Torres is out for the Reds, while Fabio Aurelio and Emilio Insua (both thigh) are doubts.

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm (Highlights BBC 2 10pm)

Prediction: Burnley 1 Liverpool 1 (7-1 SkyBet)

Everton vs Fulham

This fixture habitually favours the home team in Premier League history, with Everton's victory at Craven Cottage last May the first time in 18 matches that the team playing at home had not prevailed. Johnny Heitinga and Leon Osman are doubts for the Toffees, who are unbeaten in eight and 10 at home. Bobby Zamora is likely to miss out for the visitors ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final visit of Hamburg.

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm (Highlights BBC 2 10pm)

Prediction: Everton 2 Fulham 0 (6-1 Ladbrokes)

Chelsea vs Stoke City

John Terry misses out through suspension following his red card at Spurs last week, with Branislav Ivanovic making a timely return. Didier Drogba could be rested for next weekend's trip to Liverpool as the Blues look to make it 150 league games without consecutive defeats. Stoke striker Tuncay could be dropped after his poor reaction to being substituted last week, with Ricardo Fuller likely to partner Dave Kitson.

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 4pm (Sky Sports 1; Highlights BBC 2 10pm)

Prediction: Chelsea 3 Stoke City 0 (13-2 BoyleSports)

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