Premier League – Team news: Chelsea unchanged
Champions elect Chelsea will field an unchanged side for their title decider against Wigan at Stamford Bridge.
All matches kick off at 4pm on Sunday May 9
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is set to field a weakened side as he keeps one eye on Wednesday’s Europa League final, with the Cottagers having been told that they will not face censure for playing a weakened team after a request to have the match moved forward was rejected.
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Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has no new injury worries and could name an unchanged line-up for the sixth consecutive game.
Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic will be back in the squad for the match after recovering from a knock, while there could be a first start for 20-year-old midfielder Amine Linganzi.
But there are still doubts over Steven Nzonzi as he recovers from having his wisdom teeth out, and El Hadji Diouf is still trying to shake off a bout of tonsillitis.
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Midfielder Stuart Holden is hopeful of featuring in Bolton’s final Premier League match of the season at home to Birmingham on Sunday.
The US international has recovered from a broken leg sustained in March and could be included by manager Owen Coyle after a week’s full training.
Andy O’Brien (thigh) and Chris Basham (knee) could also be involved after injury.
Birmingham are boosted by captain Stephen Carr‘s return to the squad after suspension.
Liam Ridgewell will continue in the centre of defence with Scott Dann again missing with a calf strain.
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Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley midfielder Chris McCann will be in the squad for the match against Tottenham after finally getting over his knee injuries.
Skipper Clarke Carlisle is again sidelined because of an ankle problem.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp could rest Ledley King after the England defender played twice in a week for only the second time this season during the 1-0 mid-week win over Manchester City that guaranteed a Champions League spot. Sebastien Bassong is likely to come in at centre-back.
Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is struggling with a muscle strain and could miss out, while Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar (both ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Carlo Cudicini (wrist/pelvis) are still ruled out.
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Chelsea v Wigan Athletic
Wigan will be without striker Marcelo Moreno as they look to spoil Chelsea’s promotion party at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has already named his starting line-up and his side will be unchanged from the one that won at Liverpool for their title decider against Wigan.
The Blues remain without midfielder John Obi Mikel, who had minor surgery on a knee injury this week and will also miss the FA Cup final.
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Everton boss David Moyes remains without the services of John Heitinga, Marouane Fellaini and Dan Gosling for the final match of the season.
And captain Phil Neville will miss the game after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee.
Portsmouth will be missing Richard Hughes for their final Premier League match before relegation.
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Hull City v Liverpool
Hull will welcome back Dean Marney after illness, while Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is likely to start up front as Liverpool visit the KC Stadium.
Manager Iain Dowie is set to hand a home debut in the league to teenager Will Atkinson, who scored in the 2-2 draw at Wigan on Monday night.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez could be missing Jamie Carragher after he twisted his ankle during the match against Chelsea last weekend.
Maxi Rodriguez is also a doubt after he picked up a thigh injury in the same game.
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Antonio Valencia will miss Manchester United’s must-win match against Stoke on Sunday.
The Ecuadorean winger suffered an ankle injury against Tottenham two weeks ago and has played his last match of the season.
United have no other injury worries ahead of a match which they must win to hang on to any hopes of retaining the title.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will name an unchanged side from the team that beat Fulham during the week despite captain Abdoulaye Faye having recovered from a thigh problem.
Faye will start on the bench, while upcoming goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will start between the sticks as Thomas Sorensen recovers from a dislocated elbow.
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West Ham have no new worries ahead of their final match of the season at Upton Park.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will without Gareth Barry after the England midfielder was ruled out for four weeks with ankle ligament damage after a visit to a specialist.
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Wolves welcome back winger Matt Jarvis for their game with Sunderland at Molineux.
Jarvis has been missing for two games with a thigh strain, but returns at the expense of on-loan midfielder Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, who made a first start for Wolves last weekend.
Mick McCarthy will make no other changes to his side, with left-back Stephen Ward still recovering from knee surgery that will sideline him until pre-season training.
Meyler could be out until the end of 2010 after tearing cruciate ligaments in his right knee, while Cattermole has a dislocated shoulder.