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Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) will miss tonight's visit of Newcastle but could return against Manchester City this weekend. Theo Walcott could fill in as the Magpies look to avenge Saturday's FA Cup defeat.

Probable team (4-4-2): Almunia; Sagna, Senderos, Gallas, Clichy; Hleb, Flamini, Fabregas, Walcott; Eduardo, Adebayor.

Aston Villa

Olof Mellberg will move to Juventus at the end of the season. The Swede, 30, will leave Villa after seven years when his contract expires in the summer. Having signed a three-year deal at Juve, Mellberg said: "It will be an important experience, at a prestigious club and in one of the most important leagues."

Birmingham City

Forward James McFadden could make his full debut for the club at Sunderland tonight. On-loan striker Mauro Zarate may also feature after impressing manager Alex McLeish in training.

Probable team (4-4-2): Taylor; Kelly, Ridgewell, Schmitz, Queudrue; Larsson, De Ridder, Johnson, McSheffrey; Jerome, McFadden.

Blackburn Rovers

Roque Santa Cruz believes the performance against Aston Villa on Saturday can give them the confidence to push on for a European position. "The whole team played really well," he said. "We were aggressive and haven't seen that for a long time. We play good football and will finish in the top six."

Bolton Wanderers

Gary Megson has the pleasure of a fully-fit squad to choose from for tonight's visit of Fulham. Transfer window signings Matt Taylor and Gretar Seinsson could feature after both made impressive debuts against Newcastle earlier this month.

Probable team (4-5-1): Jaaskelainen; A O'Brien, Gardner, Michalik, Steinsson; Taylor, McCann, J O'Brien, Guthrie, Nolan; Davies.


Striker Nicolas Anelka said he is enjoying a different type of pressure at Stamford Bridge having signed from Bolton earlier this month. "Everybody speaks to me as if I have already been here a long time," the Frenchman said. "It is strange, it is like I am in another world. I was fighting against relegation and now I am fighting to win something."

Derby County

Striker Robbie Earnshaw said he understood the supporters' reactions during the 4-1 home defeat to Preston in the FA Cup on Saturday. "We looked like a Conference team rather than a Premier League one," he said. "We are making stupid mistakes and don't seem to learn from them."


Defender Leighton Baines may require surgery on an ankle injury, physio Mick Rathbone said. "He's developed a pain that manifests itself when he kicks the ball hard," Rathbone said. "There is a surgical procedure that might need to be done, but hopefully it will get better without surgery."


The £1.85m signing of Erik Nevland from Groningen last night was not completing in time for the Norwegian to face Bolton tonight. Brede Hangeland and Leon Andreasen may make their Cottagers debuts.

Probable team (4-4-2): Niemi; Volz, Hangeland, Hughes, Bocanegra; Smertin, Bullard, Murphy, Davies; Dempsey, Healy.


Lucas Leiva has expressed his satisfaction at scoring his first goal for the club during the 5-2 FA Cup victory over Havant and Waterlooville last weekend, in doing so becoming the first Brazilian to find the net for the Reds. "I'm really happy," the 21-year-old said. "It was a beautiful moment for me."

Manchester City

Daniel Sturridge admits he may have to wait for an extended run in the first team at City. The forward scored his first goal for the club at Sheffield United on Sunday. "I'm eager to play," he said. "If I get an opportunity, hopefully I can take it. If I don't, I'll just be patient and wait."

Manchester United

Nemanja Vidic remains a doubt for the visit of Portsmouth tomorrow after missing the victory over Spurs on Sunday with a virus. "The doctor saw him yesterday and he was quite poorly," manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "We'll see what he's like but I don't know whether he'll be ready."


Tuncay could return for the visit of Wigan Athletic tonight after missing the win over Mansfield last weekend. Mido may also start while defender Emanuel Pogatetz faces a late fitness test.

Probable team (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Young, Pogatetz, Wheater, Huth; Cattermole, Boateng, Arca, Downing; Tuncay, Mido.

Newcastle United

Midfielder Joey Barton could feature at Arsenal tonight following a change in his bail conditions. Emre may also play some part following a suspension but the striker Mark Viduka (calf) is out.

Probable team (4-4-2): Given; Carr, Rozehnal, Cacapa, Taylor; Butt, Smith, Milner, Duff; Owen, Ameobi.


David Nugent will travel to Munich today to see a specialist who will assess the condition of his hernia complaint. The England international sustained the injury against Plymouth on Saturday. "We'll see what the specialist says and we'll take a course of action from there," physio Gary Sadler said.


The Royals have signed the Malian international Jimmy Kebe on a two-and-a-half-year contract that will keep him at the Madjeski Stadium until 2010. "He is a talented player," the chairman John Madejski said. "Who I hope will become an important member of our squad."


The defender Phil Bardsley and striker Rade Prica could make their debuts against Birmingham tonight. Kieran Richardson (hamstring) and Carlos Edwards (broken leg) remain unavailable.

Probable team (4-4-2): Gordon; Bardsley, McShane, Evans, Collins; Yorke, Whitehead, Murphy, Waghorn; Jones, Prica.

Tottenham Hotspur

The assistant manager Gus Poyet has praised the impressive recent displays of midfielder Jamie O'Hara. "He's the sort of player we like to work with, so it's great to have him here," Poyet said of the 21-year-old. "He's enjoying himself and he needs to keep going."

West Ham United

Midfielder Mark Noble believes the club's recent home form could prove the difference for the visit of Liverpool tomorrow. "They are always strong and tough to play against," he said. "We have got to play how we have been. Our home form has been getting better and if we can nick three points that will put us back in contention."

Wigan Athletic

Marlon King could make his debut for the Latics at Middlesbrough tonight following his £5m move from Watford last week. Former Tottenham defender Erik Edman could also make his first appearance for the club after arriving from Lens.

Probable team (4-4-2): Kirkland; Melchiot, Bramble, Scharner, Edman; Valencia, Brown, Palacios, Taylor; King, Heskey.