Sunday, October 31, 2010

Live - Premier League


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By Sam Lyon

Phil McNulty reports:
"Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has drafted in central defender Ciaran Clark alongside Richard Dunne and James Collins, while Luke Young has recovered from a hamstring injury. Birmingham City are able to select Alexander Hleb after he recovered from a knee injury picked up against Blackpool. Former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner is back for his first league game since completing a three-match ban."

AndySzpuk on Twitter: "The Birmingham derby should be a feisty affair all right - but after the World Cup Final, it should be a picnic for Howard Webb."

1145: And to help you on your path to soothsayer-dom (made-up word alert), here's what Infostrada Sports' Euro Club Index has to say about it today's likely outcome...
Aston Villa (62% win chance) Birmingham (13%
Newcastle (52%) Sunderland (20%)
Bolton (28%) Liverpool (41%)
So get your money on those bad boys. No I don't know how it works.

1141: One thing's for sure - I don't think it's in the realms of possibility that today will be dull. Right? And I know what you're thinking, derbies are never easy games to call. Well you clearly reckon without the mystic capabilities of Lawro. And as if that's not enough, we've only gone and got Take That singer Robbie Williams to lend us his thoughts too haven't we? Man, we spoil you. Course, you lot may disagree with both - so why not have a go yourself?

1137: So yesterday turned into a barn-stormer didn't it? Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all furthered their title claims, Manchester City's took a hit, Everton and Fulham got good wins - and Mark Clattenburg worked his way off every Spurs fans' Christmas card list. I wonder what Sunday has in store for us?

ToonMozdog on 606: "Beating Sunderland on our return to the Tyne-Wear derby would be brilliant so this is where we find our home form...I hope."

kingdeano on 606: "A lot of pressure on Roy Hodgson today. He needs to get a couple of wins in a row under his belt or this could be his last match."

Aston Villa:
Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Clark, Downing, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Warnock, Ashley Young, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Carew, Delfouneso, Cuellar, Bannan, Lichaj.
Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Fahey, Hleb, Zigic. Subs: Taylor, Bowyer, Phillips, Jerome, Michel, Parnaby, Beausejour.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

kajstring24 on Twitter: "Looking forward to the fixtures today. I love football Sunday!"

Bolton striker Kevin Davies on Twitter: "Morning everyone, Super Sunday is here, some great games on today!"

Phil McNulty reports:
"New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is well-schooled in what is required in a local derby after his years on Merseyside with Liverpool - and he will get a good measure of how his side are progressing under his leadership in the clash with Birmingham City at Villa Park. Birmingham City and boss Alex McLeish still harbour a real grievance about how they lost this fixture last season through James Milner's hotly-contested late penalty - although they will need no extra motivation in what is always a fiercely-fought clash."

1121: So you know the drill by now people, Tweet me @sampatricklyon, get chatting over on 606, or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). This your time to shine.

GGGGOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL on 606: "My money is on three (scoring) draws today."

1118: Anyway, had I done that - which I didn't - all it would've done is give me an extra hour's build-up of anticipation ahead of what promises to be a cracking trio of Premier League matches today. A couple of derbies followed by a tantalising clash at the Reebok...
Aston Villa v Birmingham (1200)
Newcastle v Sunderland (1330)
Bolton v Liverpool (1600)

Basically, it's a day of passion, pride and points - so what on earth are you waiting for? Get involved people.

1116: For the record, I didn't - obviously. And nor was I at work an hour early. Oh no.

1115: OK, hands up, who forgot the clocks went back last night?

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