Wigan v Arsenal
Wigan boss Paul Jewell looks set to field his first choice team.
Defender Steve McMillan and striker David Connolly are doubtful with hamstring injuries while Josip Skoko is rested after returning from Australia.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will pick either Pascal Cygan or Kolo Toure to fill in at left-back for Gael Clichy and Ashley Cole (both foot injuries).
Midfielder Alexander Hleb (knee) and defender Emmanuel Eboue (groin) stay on the sidelines.
Wigan (from): Filan, Chimbonda, McMillan, Jackson, Henchoz, Camara, Johansson, Kavanagh, Mahon, de Zeeuw, Francis, Taylor, Teale, Bullard, McCulloch, Baines, Roberts, Pollitt.
Arsenal (from): Lehmann, Almunia, Lauren, Cygan, Toure, Senderos, Campbell, Gilberto, Flamini, Fabregas, Song, Pires, Reyes, van Persie, Ljungberg, Henry, Bergkamp, Owusu-Abeyie.
Sunderland v Aston Villa
Stephen Wright and Christian Bassila are fit for Sunderland having recovered from knee and hamstring injuries.
Julio Arca (foot) will not be risked, while teenage goalkeeper Ben Alnwick is again expected to be preferred to Kelvin Davis.
Aston Villa defender Aaron Hughes is set to replace Welsh right-back Mark Delaney (groin).
Dutchman Wilfred Bouma will return at left-back allowing Gareth Barry to play in midfield for the visitors.
Sunderland (from): Alnwick, Davis, Wright, Nosworthy, D Collins, Hoyte, Breen, Stubbs, Caldwell, Lawrence, Bassila, Whitehead, Miller, Welsh, Elliott, Gray, Stead, Murphy, Le Tallac, Robinson.
Aston Villa (from): Sorensen, Taylor, Hughes, Mellberg, Ridgewell, Samuel, Bouma, Milner, Bakke, McCann, Hendrie, Davis, De La Cruz, Djemba-Djemba, Barry, Baros, Phillips, Angel, Moore.
Birmingham v Bolton
David Dunn, Mario Melchiot, Damien Johnson, Stephen Clemence, Nicky Butt and Julian Gray are all available for struggling Birmingham.
But striker Mikael Forssell is sidelined for up to three weeks with a thigh injury sustained in training.
Henrik Pedersen may return for third-placed Bolton after recovering from an Achilles injury.
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce is monitoring the fitness of Kevin Davies and El-Hadji Diouf.
Birmingham (from): Maik Taylor, Melchiot, Cunnigham, Martin Taylor, Upson, Clapham, Tebily, Pennant, Kilkenny, Johnson, Dunn, Izzet, Clemence, Gray, Lazaridis, Jarosik, Heskey, Pandiani, Vaesen.
Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, N'Gotty, Ben Haim, Gardner, Pedersen, Nakata, Faye, Speed, Giannakopoulos, Davies, Nolan, Walker, Jaidi, Borgetti, Okocha, Diouf, Vaz Te.
Man City v Blackburn
An ankle injury is likely to rule out midfielder Claudio Reyna for Manchester City, while Joey Barton is suspended.
Kiki Musampa (hamstring) is also doubtful, David Sommeil (fractured cheekbone) and Trevor Sinclair (knee) are also unlikely to be risked.
Blackburn will not call on Lucas Neill or Brett Emerton because of their long trip to play for Australia.
New Zealander Ryan Nelsen is expected to return after injury, however, as are Robbie Savage and Michael Gray.
Man City (from): James, Weaver, Mills, Onuoha, Dunne, Distin, Richards, Jordan, Thatcher, Sommeil, Sun, Croft, Reyna, Sinclair, Ireland, Musampa, Hussein, Sibierski, Cole, Vassell, Miller, Fowler, Wright-Phillips.
Blackburn (from): Friedel, Enckelman, Thompson, Pedersen, Savage, Tugay, Nelsen, Reid, Khizanishvili, Kuqi, Todd, Bellamy, Gray, Bentley, Dickov, Matteo, Mokoena, Gresko, Jansen, Flitcroft.
Charlton v Man Utd
Jonathan Spector will be unavailable for Charlton under the terms of his loan deal from Manchester United.
Midfielder Alexei Smertin (groin) should return, while England Under-21 winger Jerome Thomas (hamstring) is also expected to feature.
Gary Neville is included in the United squad for the first time since he suffered a groin strain against Debrecen three months ago.
Ryan Giggs is ruled out after fracturing his cheekbone against Lille.
Charlton (from): Kiely, Young, Perry, El Karkouri, Hreidarsson, Rommedahl, Murphy, Kishishev, Smertin, Ambrose, Bent, Andersen, Thomas, Hughes, Sorondo, Bothroyd, Fortune, Johansson, Holland, Myhre.
Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Howard, Neville, Brown, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O'Shea, Richardson, Smith, Scholes, Fletcher, Ronaldo, Rooney, Park Ji-Sung, Van Nistelrooy, Rossi, Pique.
Chelsea v Newcastle
Chelsea are waiting on the fitness of Arjen Robben, who is hoping to have recovered from his hamstring problem.
But Hernan Crespo is fit to lead the attack in place of the suspended Ivory coast striker Didier Drogba.
Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer and defender Stephen Carr will not be risked as they continue to recover from recent hernia operations.
Lee Bowyer is included in the squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge after recovering from a knee problem.
Chelsea (from): Cech, Cudicini, Ferreira, Gallas, Terry, Carvalho, Johnson, del Horno, Bridge, Essien, Makelele, Lampard, Geremi, Duff, Crespo, C Cole, J Cole, Wright-Phillips, Robben, Huth.
Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Ramage, Babayaro, Bramble, Boumsong, Parker, Solano, N'Zogbia, Emre, Bowyer, Clark, Faye, Brittain, Owen, Ameobi, Chopra
West Brom v Everton
West Brom's veteran captain Kevin Campbell is ruled out with the recurrence of an ankle injury.
Midfielder Zoltan Gera misses out as he recovers from a hernia operation while left-back Paul Robinson is suspended.
Everton plan to give Australian Tim Cahill a late fitness test on a groin injury.
Other worries for Everton are Simon Davies' hamstring injury while Duncan Ferguson has only just returned to training after a stomach upset.
West Brom (from): Kuszczak, Watson, Davies, Clement, Albrechtsen, Greening, Wallwork, Inamoto, Kamara, Horsfield, Ellington, Earnshaw, Kanu, Hoult, Scimeca, Moore, Carter.
Everton (from): Martyn, Hibbert, Weir, Yobo, Kroldrup, Neville, Arteta, Cahill, Davies, Kilbane, Van der Meyde, McFadden, Beattie, Ferguson, Bent, Wright, Osman
Middlesbrough v Fulham
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is doubtful with a slight shoulder problem, while striker Mark Viduka is ruled out with an Achilles problem.
Skipper Gareth Southgate is back after four weeks out with a groin injury, while Ugo Ehiogu could return after shaking off a similar problem.
Fulham are without suspended captain Luis Boa Morte and the injured Claus Jensen and Carlos Bocanegra.
Sylvain Legwinski is in the squad after playing for the reserves this week.
Middlesbrough (from): Schwarzer, Jones, Knight, Parnaby, Queudrue, Southgate, Ehiogu, Riggott, Bates, Pogatetz, Boateng, Mendieta, Rochemback, Morrison, Nemeth, Doriva, Johnson, Yakubu, Hasselbaink, Viduka, Maccarone.
Fulham (from): Warner, Volz, Goma, Knight, Rehman, Pearce, N. Jensen, Diop, Leacock, Malbranque, Radzinski, Legwinski John, McBride, Helguson, Elrich, Rosenior, Christanval, Batista.
Liverpool v Portsmouth
Harry Kewell is unlikely to play as he was not due to arrive back from World Cup duty with Australia until Friday.
John Arne Riise returned from Norway's defeat by the Czech Republic with a gashed head, but he has trained.
Portsmouth skipper Dejan Stefanovic misses out with an ankle problem and will be replaced by Andy O'Brien.
Collins Mbesuma is in line for his full debut, but Salif Diao, on loan from Liverpool, will not play under the terms of his temporary transfer.
Liverpool (from): Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise, Traore, Warnock, Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Sissoko, Hamann, Luis Garcia, Zenden, Morientes, Crouch, Cisse, Kewell, Carson, Sinama-Pongolle.
Portsmouth (from): Ashdown; Griffin, Priske, Primus, O'Brien, Vignal, Taylor, O'Neil, Vukic, Robert, Viafara, Lualua, Mbesuma, Songo'o, Mornar, Silva, Karadas, Cisse, Skopelitis, Westerveld.
Tottenham v West Ham
Spurs boss Martin Jol believes Ledley King, who has been struggling with a knee injury, could against West Ham.
Winger Aaron Lennon has recovered from a hamstring injury sustained with the England Under-21 squad.
Shaka Hislop retains his place in goal despite the return to training of knee injury victim Roy Carroll.
Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is out for up to five weeks with an ankle injury, while former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham has been told he will start.
Spurs (from): Robinson, Stalteri, Dawson, King, Lee Young-Pyo, Tainio, Jenas, Brown, Carrick, Davids, Mido, Defoe, Kelly, Cerny, Reid, Keane, Rasiak, Davis.
West Ham (from): Carroll, Hislop, Bywater, Repka, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Konchesky, Benayoun, Newton, Dailly, Mullins, Etherington, Sheringham, Harewood, Bellion, Zamora, Noble, Ward, Collins, Aliadiere, Williams, Clarke, Fletcher.
Burnley v Leicester
Burnley will be without the suspended duo Frank Sinclair and Brian Jensen as they host Leicester at Turf Moor.
Captain Sinclair picked up his fifth yellow card in the 3-2 win at Luton and misses out against his former club, while Jensen was sent off at Kenilworth Road and serves a one-match ban.
Lee Grant takes over in goal after signing on a month's loan from Derby, but Sinclair's replacement depends on the fitness of Graham Branch and Michael Duff.
Both players missed the victory over The Hatters and are rated doubtful as The Clarets seek a seventh win in nine league games.
Leicester go to East Lancashire unbeaten in their last four away games and with only one defeat in their last seven matches - a 1-0 win for Burnley at The Walkers Stadium.
Manager Craig Levein welcomes back striker Mark De Vries and midfielder Joey Gudjonsson from suspension while midfielder Stephen Hughes returns after an ankle injury.
Only Lee Morris and James Wesolowski are missing for The Foxes, so Levein will be able to select his strongest side.
Coventry v Ipswich
Coventry striker Dele Adebola is set to return to the starting line-up as Micky Adams' side take on Ipswich.
Adebola missed the goalless draw with Cardiff a fortnight ago with a virus but has now fully recovered.
Midfielder Michael Doyle is also expected to return to the side after serving a one-match suspension.
Defenders Marcus Hall and Richard Shaw should also be available after overcoming Achilles tendon trouble, but Stuart Giddings remains sidelined after knee surgery.
Ipswich manager Joe Royle must make do without three players as Town visit the Ricoh Arena for the first time.
Midfielder Kevin Horlock serves a one-match suspension and youngster Owen Garvan's ankle injury will keep him out for at least another fortnight.
Striker Adam Proudlock damaged a knee while playing for the reserves in midweek and he is unlikely to be fit.
Ipswich have lost only one of their last five games and beat Plymouth 3-1 in their last match a fortnight ago
Crewe v Stoke
Crewe manager Dario Gradi has an almost clean bill of health as he prepares his side for the derby clash against Stoke.
Only reserve goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, who has a knee injury, is missing from the Alex squad as they bid for a third successive win.
Strikers Luke Varney and Eddie Johnson have recovered from heavy colds and are available, as is first choice keeper Ben Williams after a knee injury.
Stoke manager Johan Boskamp hopes to have winger Luke Chadwick available for the short trip to Gresty Road.
Chadwick has been dogged by an abdominal injury since August and has been prevented from completing a full game in that time.
Record signing Sambegou Bangoura, who has scored three goals in his five games for City, should return from international duty in time to play.
However, the Potters are without defender Marlon Broomes, who continues his four-match suspension
Norwich v Luton
Norwich could hand a debut to loan signing David Wright when they entertain Luton at Carrow Road.
Wright has signed on a month's loan to provide cover for Matthieu Louis-Jean, who is ruled out with a hamstring injury.
A wrist injury keeps defender Jason Shackell on the sidelines, but Calum Davenport is available for his last City home fixture before his loan expires next month.
Norwich will be looking to make amends for their 4-2 defeat to the Hatters when the two teams met a month ago.
Luton should be able to welcome back skipper Kevin Nicholls and fellow midfielder Steve Robinson after their respective foot and heel injuries.
However, defenders Sol Davis and Chris Coyne are set to miss out again, so Markus Heikkinen and Leon Barnett should continue.
Carlos Edwards is expected to play after helping Trinidad and Tobago to qualify for the World Cup with a 1-0 win in Bahrain in midweek.
The Hatters have lost their last three league matches and have not won since beating Nigel Worthington's side.
Plymouth v QPR
Plymouth could be without key midfielder Akos Buzsaky as they face QPR at Home Park.
The 23-year-old Hungary international missed his country's defeat to Greece in midweek because of a groin injury.
Tony Capaldi, who played 90 minutes for Northern Ireland on Wednesday, is fit to play for Argyle.
QPR still have a number of injury and suspension concerns as they prepare to travel to the south west.
Steve Lomas and Marc Nygaard have returned to training this week but will not be considered after lengthy absences.
Marc Bircham will be back in full training next week and Matthew Rose is said to be making good progress and will return in around two weeks.
Striker Paul Furlong continues a four-match suspension and fellow forward Dean Sturridge is out after suffering a hamstring injury earlier in the week.
Preston v Cardiff
Preston manager Billy Davies has an almost fully fit squad to choose from for Saturday's Championship meeting with Cardiff.
Only goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who is out for the season, is missing from Davies' squad as North End look to record back-to-back home victories.
Lewis Neal and Adam Nowland have both shaken off minor injuries and return to the squad.
Cardiff go to Deepdale without their suspended top scorer Cameron Jerome, who serves a one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards.
Michael Ricketts, who has missed the last two matches because of a virus, returns in Jerome's place alongside Alan Lee.
Kevin Cooper is missing after undergoing knee surgery, so Wales international Paul Parry should return in midfield
Reading v Hull
Reading striker Leroy Lita is expected to return to action as the Royals entertain Hull at the Madejski Stadium.
Lita has recovered from his shin injury and will take the place of Dave Kitson, who serves a one-match suspension.
Midfielder Brynjar Gunnarrsson is still struggling with a groin injury and is rated doubtful.
Steve Coppell's side sit second in the Championship after a club-record unbeaten run of 20 games in all competitions.
New signing Billy Paynter is set to make his debut for Hull after completing his move from Port Vale.
Manager Peter Taylor is still without the injured trio of Keith Andrews, Andy Dawson and Roland Edge, while Ian Ashbee and Alton Thelwell are long-term absentees.
The Tigers have lost their last three Championship matches and have won just one of the last eight
Sheff Utd v Millwall
Championship leaders Sheffield United hope to have striker Neil Shipperley fit for Saturday's visit of bottom club Millwall
Shipperley has missed two days of training this week because of illness, but manager Neil Warnock is expecting him to play.
The former Crystal Palace man is set to line up alongside Steve Kabba in attack with Danny Webber and Vincent Pericard, who each scored in the 4-0 win over the Lions a month ago, on the bench.
Defenders Rob Kozluk and Craig Short are still sidelined for the Blades, who are seeking a ninth win in 10 home games.
Millwall have a host of problems in defence although full back Jamie Vincent could return after missing the last four matches with a hamstring injury.
Central defenders Matt Lawrence and Mark Phillips are definitely out and Adrian Williams is doubtful because of a foot injury.
Midfielder Jody Morris continues his four-match suspension, leaving manager Colin Lee short of options as the Lions look to end a run of nine matches without a league win.
Saints v Leeds
Southampton will be looking to exact revenge on Leeds United when the sides clash at St Mary's.
Harry Redknapp's side suffered a 2-1 reverse at Elland Road back in October with The Whites going five Championship games without a win since the victory.
Kenwyne Jones is a doubt for The Saints with Harry Redknapp unsure of his return to the South Coast following Trinidad & Tobago's progression to the World Cup finals.
Claus Lundekvam is available after returning from international duty with Norway while Kamil Kosowski is also set to feature after playing in Poland's 3-0 win over Ecuador.
David Prutton is set to step up his training next week meaning he will not take any part against Kevin Blackwell's side on Saturday.
Gylfi Einarsson is out of the trip to St Mary's after damaging a shoulder in Leeds' reserves in midweek while David Healy is a doubt with an ankle knock.
Leeds remain without long-term absentees Steve Stone and Richard Cresswell
Watford v Sheff Wed
Watford are set to be unchanged again as they play host to Sheffield Wednesday at Vicarage Road.
Manager Adrian Boothroyd is expected to name the same team which started the 2-1 win at Hull as the Hornets bid for a fifth successive Championship win.
Midfielder Dominic Blizzard, who is suffering from a virus, is the only absentee from Boothroyd's first team squad.
Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock will be forced to make at least one change as Frankie Simek serves a one-match suspension.
Simek collected his fifth yellow card of the season in the 3-1 home defeat to Cardiff 10 days ago.
Lee Bullen is expected to recover from a hamstring injury and Drissa Diallo is close to a return after a two-month absence with a groin problem.
Striker David Graham is likely to be in contention despite sitting out training earlier in the week because of a toe injury.
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Chievo - Ascoli
Chievo boss Beppe Pillon will be hoping that his side can maintain their early momentum when Ascoli visit the Stadio Bentegodi. In his maiden Serie A season, Pillon has instilled a work ethic and a belief in his Chievo side that has seen them defy the critics to sit proudly in fifth position.
The excellent performances of Chievo’s 18-year-old striker Victor Obinna, alongside Brazilian Amauri, have added firepower to a side built on a solid defence orchestrated by veteran goalkeeper Alberto Fontana. The Flying Donkeys’ tactician, however, has refused to be carried away by early successes and has brushed aside talk of UEFA Cup qualification, stressing that he is aiming only for survival.
There can be no doubt that Ascoli Coach Marco Giampaolo has the same objective. Despite an encouraging start to the season, the visitors are still looking for their first away win and have struggled to find the form that they showed in beating Sampdoria in Week 7. The Week 11 defeat at the hands of Fiorentina was the third in a row for Giampaolo’s side and he must fear that the Serie A honeymoon period is over.
Pillon has the luxury of a full-strength squad with the exception of Federico Cossato, suspended after a red card against Siena, and long-term absentee Matteo Brighi who is approaching fitness.
Ascoli welcome Nicolas Cordova and ex-Chievo man Alfredo Cariello back from injury, but will have to do without Domenico Cristiano, Mirko Cudini, Valerio Virga and Andrea Parola. Giampaolo also faces a striker shortage with Corrado Colombo and Pasquale Foggia out of action.
Chievo (probable): Fontana; Moro, Mandelli, D’Anna, Lanna; Semioli, Sammarco, Giunti, Franceschini; Amauri, Pellisser
Ascoli (probable): Coppola; Comotto, Domizzi, Paci, Tosto; Cariello, Parola, Guana, Fini; Quagliarella, Bjelanovic
Fiorentina - Milan
Milan travel to the Stadio Artemio Franchi looking for their ninth consecutive League win, but they will have to stop in-form Fiorentina striker Luca Toni in the process. Milan, two points behind leaders Juventus, will approach the match with no shortage of confidence having defeated the front-runners in Week 10 and mauled Udinese 5-1 in Week 11.
Fiorentina will prove a serious test for Ancelotti’s men. The Viola have won their last four games, beating Ascoli 2-0 in Week 11, and in Toni possess the most prolific striker in Europe. Toni, allegedly a target for Bayern Munich, scored for the Azzurri against Holland last weekend and Milan will have to be at their best to stop the giant marksman adding to his staggering tally of 13 Serie A goals this season.
The hosts have a painful history against Milan. It was at the hands of the Rossoneri that Fiorentina suffered their record home defeat in 1992, losing 7-3. The Viola fared little better last season and will be eager to avenge their 6-0 and 2-1 defeats.
After a fairytale start to the season, the next three weeks will be a true test of Fiorentina’s progress as Cesare Prandelli’s men must face Milan, Roma and Juventus. The Fiorentina Coach will be able to call on a strong side for the challenge. Guilherme Do Prado, Christian Maggio and Alessandro Gamberini are still sidelined, but Marco Donadel returns from suspension to face his former club and there are no new injuries.
Carlo Ancelotti receives a boost with the news that Andriy Shevchenko is available for his first game since the Week 8 clash with Palermo. He will most likely link up with Alberto Gilardino who will be looking to put one over his ex-boss at Parma. Only Cafu is unavailable after international duty. Given the embarrassment of striking riches, Christian Vieri may find himself in the stands once more.
Fiorentina (probable): Frey; Ujfalusi, Di Loreto, Dainelli; Pasqual, Brocchi, Donadel, Fiore, Montolivo, Jorgensen; Toni
Milan (probable): Dida; Stam, Maldini, Nesta; Serginho, Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf, Kakà; Gilardino, Shevchenko
Inter - Parma
Roberto Mancini’s men approach Inter’s San Siro clash with Parma fully aware that a repeat of last season’s 2-2 draw would be unacceptable. After disappointing draws against Sampdoria and Lazio, the pressure is on the hosts to record a victory against a struggling Parma side.
Following shrewd summer investment, expectation amongst Inter fans was sky high. As yet however, the Nerazzurri have only shown glimpses of their true ability and cannot afford to lose further ground on Juventus and Milan. Without a win in three games, inconsistency could cost under-pressure Inter boss Mancini dear.
Adriano has vowed to rediscover his deadly touch in front of goal. He returns from playing in Brazil’s 8-0 demolition of the UAE as does goalkeeper Julio Cesar. Mancini will hope that the break has allowed the troubled striker to clear his head.
Mario Beretta’s Parma side have only won twice this season, but will be looking to build on Week 11’s much-needed 2-0 victory over Lecce. After weeks of intense Press speculation linking Erneste Valvelde with the Parma hot-seat, club President Lorenzo Sanz has given Beretta his full support. Although Parma are poised precariously above the relegation zone, Beretta will hope that this new stability will transmit to his side and has insisted that he can ensure survival.
Juan Sebastian Veron returns from his suspension for a head butt on Francesco Totti and only Jose Zé Maria is unavailable to Roberto Mancini. Parma’s injury crisis is beginning to ease off with Paolo Cannavaro, Jorge Bolano and Ferdinand Coly all returning to fitness. Andrea Pisanu, Daniele Bonera and Daniele Dessena remain out of contention. Beretta will have to decide whether to opt for Marco Delvecchio again after surprisingly benching Bernando Corradi for the win over Lecce.
Inter (probable): Julio Cesar; Cordoba, Materazzi, Mihajlovic, Favalli; Figo, Cambiasso, Veron, Solari; Martins, Adriano
Parma (probable): Bucci; Cardone, Contini, Rossi, Pasquale; Grella, Simplicio, Marchionni, Morfeo; Bresciano, Delvecchio
Lecce - Siena
Lecce could not have hoped for a better time to play Siena. The Tuscan outfit are in risk of seeing their great early season form wiped out by a combination of bad luck and poor concentration. They have won just one of their last five games and conceded nine goals in the process.
Even the prolific Enrico Chiesa has found it hard going recently which has seen his side score just once in their last three matches. This is partly due to Tomas Locatelli being missing because of injury. Without his creativity, the Bianconeri can struggle to create chances and his continued absence will be music to the opposition defenders’ ears.
Although Siena have not played well in their recent matches, Lecce will still be looking at their opponents with envy on Sunday. The southern outfit have lost all of their last five games without even scoring a goal. But however badly the team as a whole needs a goal, their start striker Mirko Vucinic needs one more. Amazingly the player who had 19 to his name last term is yet to find the back of the net and only boss Silvio Baldini can be feeling more pressure than the Serbian striker.
Lecce will take some hope from the fact that as well as Locatelli, Francesco Colonnese is also still out injured. A host of other players are missing as Jonathan Bachini and Igor Tudor are both sidelined, while Nicola Legrottaglie and Gianluca Falsini are suspended. The Giallorossi are only without long-term absentees Guillermo Giacomazzi and Rodney Babù.
Lecce (probable): Sicignano; Cassetti, Pecorari, Stovini, Rullo; Marianini, Ledesma, Camorani; Konan, Vucinic, Pinardi
Siena (probable): Mirante; Negro, Portanova, Gastaldello; Alberto, D’Aversa, Paro, Vergassola, Molinaro; Bogdani, Chiesa
Livorno - Empoli
Livorno and Empoli will both be trying to keep it simple in this tightly matched Tuscan derby. Azzurri boss Mario Somma has told his players not to get overconfident following their 3-0 thrashing of Reggina and must be concerned by star player Francesco Tavano’s claims that he is dreaming of a move to Inter.
They may be sitting high in the League, but Somma will need to make sure his team is concentrating on their game against a hard-working Amaranto side. They may have the advantage in experience though as ‘keeper Gianluca Berti has played a host of Tuscan derbies in his long Empoli career and Christian Riganò was no stranger to such occasions in his time at local rivals Fiorentina. The Azzurri will welcome back Francesco Pratali and Ighli Vannucchi after their injuries, but are still without defenders Stefano Lucchini and Nicola Ascoli.
Empoli will also take confidence from Livorno’s habit of losing their head in the big matches. They fell to Juventus 3-0 in their last match and received a 5-0 mauling from Inter at the San Siro.
The Azzurri will be hoping that the derby atmosphere will produce another example of their self-destructive tendencies. But the hosts will see this as a perfect opportunity to bounce back from their Juve defeat. Losing to a side that has won 10 of their 11 matches so far will not have damaged their confidence too much and they will definitely see themselves as favourites against their newly promoted Tuscan rivals. Striker Raffaele Palladino is still injured for Livorno and is now joined by Giuseppe Colucci. Diego De Ascentis is suspended after his red card against Juventus.
Livorno (probable): Amelia; Melara, Vargas, Galante; Cesar Prates, Morrone, Passoni, Centi, Coco; Lazetic; Lucarelli
Empoli (probable): Berti; Raggi, Coda, Pratali, Bonetto; Buscè, Ficini, Almiron; Tavano, Vannucchi; Riganò
Reggina - Cagliari
Reggina and Cagliari will be desperate for a good result from the clash at the Stadio Granillo. They are both becoming heavily involved in the early stages of the relegation battle and the Rossoblu recently appointed their fourth Coach of the season in an attempt to get their team back to winning ways.
The current campaign has been nothing short of a disaster for Cagliari and they are still looking for their first win. To make matters worse, they have lost every match so far outside of their Sardinian home. They will take some hope from their performances in their previous meetings with fellow relegation battlers as draws with Messina and Treviso have started to steady the ship.
Reggina have not had so much luck when meeting other teams from the lower regions of the League. They did record a win over Lecce but since then a defeat to lowly Treviso and a 3-0 mauling from Empoli in their last match have done serious damage to their survival hopes. Boss Walter Mazzarri will be hoping for a return to the form that saw them beat both Lazio and Udinese this season. Those performances almost moved them clear of the relegation dogfight before they were dragged back in by Serie A new-boys Treviso and Empoli.
Reggina’s injury crisis continues despite the return of Giacomo Tedesco. Ivan Pelizzoli, Ilyas Zeytulayev, Rolando Bianchi, Simone Cavalli, Simone Missiroli and Maurizio Lauro are all missing through injury. Cagliari have ‘keeper Fabian Carini available again meaning that Joe Bizera is their only injury victim. Michele Canini has returned from his suspension after seeing red against Fiorentina, but Daniele Conti’s punishment was more severe so he still has two games to run on his ban. Antonio Langella will also be suspended for this match.
Reggina (probable): Pavarini; Franceschini, De Rosa, Lucarelli; Mesto, Paredes, Biondini, Tedesco, Modesto; Vigiani; Cozza
Cagliari (probable): Campagnolo; Pisano, Lopez, Bega, Agostini; Esposito, Budel, Abeijon Gobbi; Capone, Suazo
Roma - Juventus
It is always a heated encounter when Roma play Juventus and this match is set to be no exception as both sides have already declared verbal warfare on the other. Francesco Totti announced his dislike of former teammate Emerson and ex-Roma Coach Fabio Capello claiming that they "are not real men" for leaving the Giallorossi and then Lilian Thuram countered with a subtle dig at the opposition’s tendency to lose their head. This war of words has continued to escalate through repeated counter-attacks meaning that both teams will be going all out when they finally meet at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening.
With former Roma heroes like Emerson and Capello – who both won Lo Scudetto in the capital - in their ranks, the Bianconeri were always going to relish the chance to put one over on Roma, but this time the feeling will be more than mutual. The Giallorossi will surely see Juve as at least partly responsible for the Antonio Cassano fiasco due to their constant rumour stirring during the summer. After the problems that situation has caused they must see nothing as being more desirable than getting the win which could see La Vecchia Signora knocked off the top of the table for the first time this season.
They may once again have to do this without outcast Cassano, but their only other absentee is Christian Chivu as he is still suspended after being sent-off against Ascoli. Juve are shy of long-term injury victims Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Birindelli, Jonathan Zebina and Ruben Olivera. To add to their problems, the in-form Adrian Mutu will also have to watch this match from the treatment room.
Roma (probable): Doni; Panucci, Kuffour, Mexes, Cufrè; Perrotta, De Rossi; Mancini, Totti, Taddei; Montella
Juventus (probable): Abbiati; Zambrotta, Thuram, Cannavaro, Chiellini; Camoranesi, Emerson, Vieira, Nedved; Trezeguet, Ibrahimovic
Sampdoria - Lazio
Sampdoria and Lazio are both lurking at the edge of the leading pack and this match could decide which one pounces to make a real push for Champions League qualification. With second and third placed Milan and Fiorentina meeting in Florence, and Juventus facing a tricky game with Roma, this could be their best chance yet to catch up with the League leaders.
The Biancocelesti will need to see a big improvement though, as they have not won in their last four matches and have not won away from home at all this season. Although they have drawn with both Roma and Inter in that time, they will have to play better than they did when losing to lowly Reggina if they want to take anything away from this game.
Sampdoria have also suffered a dip in form recently culminating in a defeat at the hands of newly promoted Ascoli. All now appears to be fine again though after their victory over Palermo in their last match.
Coach Walter Novellino will just be hoping that his players haven’t forgotten that magic touch after the weeks rest due to international matches. The Blucerchiati have performed well in the big matches so far - as shown by the four points they have collected from the two Milan sides this season - and the Genovese outfit will be looking to start a similar record against the Rome teams in this encounter.
Lazio have a number of players missing despite the return of Matteo Sereni, Paolo Di Canio and Sebastiano Siviglia. Angelo Peruzzi, Andrea Giallombardo, Gaby Mudingayi, Felice Piccolo, Fabio Liverani and Fabio Firmani are all injured for this game. Sampdoria have Aimo Diana available again after his suspension, but Fabio Bazzani, Giulio Falcone and Marco Zamboni are all still out because of their injuries.
Sampdoria (probable): Antonioli; Zenoni, Castellini, Sala, Pisano; Gasbarroni, Volpi, Palombo, Tonetto; Bonazzoli, Flachi
Lazio (probable): Sereni; Oddo, Siviglia, Cribari, Zauri; Behrami, Dabo, Baronio, Cesar; Pandev, Rocchi
Treviso - Palermo
An upset could be on the cards when Treviso host Palermo at the Stadio Omobono Tenni. The Biancocelesti have seen a resurgence of late drawing with Cagliari and Chievo and even recording their first win of the season against Reggina. With Palermo struggling to continue their impressive early form, the North-East side will be hoping to shock Serie A by taking maximum points in Alberto Cavasin’s first game in charge.
A lot will depend on the success of their efforts to fit the Brazilian pairing of Pinga and Reginaldo into the same side. On their day these two can give Treviso the spark they desperately need, but so far they have misfired.
The 2-0 loss to Sampdoria in their last game has seriously dented Palermo’s European ambitions. They will be confident of overcoming Serie A newcomers Treviso, but their away form will still need to improve for this match. So far the Rosanero have won just once outside of Sicily and that will give real hope to their opponents in this encounter.
Palermo strikers Andrea Caracciolo and Stephen Makinwa will be looking to rectify the situation by taking advantage of Treviso’s defensive frailties. This will be made easier by the injuries key defenders Marco Mallus and William Viali have, while Paolo Dellafiore is suspended. Cavasin does have some good news though as he welcomes back Stefano Dall’Acqua and Jehad Muntasser. The Rosanero will be grateful to have ‘keeper Matteo Guardalben back after his lengthy absence but are still without Christian Terlizzi and Mario Santana.
Treviso (probable): Zancopè; Valdez, Cottafava, Gustavo; Galeoto, Gallo, Parravicini, Pinga, Dossena; Beghetto, Reginaldo
Palermo (probable): Guardalben; Zaccardo, Rinaudo, Barzagli, Grosso; Gonzalez, Barone, Corini, Bonanni; Caracciolo, Makinwa
Udinese - Messina
Udinese and Messina will both need a good result in this match if they want to keep the fans off their backs. Both Coaches also need to do well here but they are more concerned with saving their jobs than pleasing the fans at the moment. Bianconeri boss Serse Cosmi has asked his team to recreate the flowing attacking football they displayed on their way to Champions League qualification last season. Unfortunately these tactical decisions have come under heavy criticism following their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Milan. He will be hoping for a more rounded performance in front of the home fans, otherwise he could find himself following the growing number of Cagliari Coaches to the unemployment office.
Messina have been in constant crisis this season, but there have been brief signs of improvement recently. Week 10 gave them their first win of the season against fellow strugglers Lecce and five points from their last four games is definitely a step in the right direction. They also seem comfortable away from home, which could give them some added confidence in Udine. They have earned five of their total eight points away from Sicily this season and some more points here would be a big help in their fight against relegation.
Unfortunately Messina’s star striker Riccardo Zampagna still has one game to run on his ban after an incident with a referee against Ascoli. Ivica Iliev and Marco Zanchi both return from their suspensions but Alessandro Parisi and Zlatan Muslimovic are still injured. There are no new casualties for Udinese but Cesare Natali, Mirko Pieri and Jose Vidigal are all still recovering from their problems.
Udinese (probable): De Sanctis; Bertotto, Sensini, Felipe; Zenoni, Mauri, Pinzi, Muntari, Candela; Iaquinta, Di Michele
Messina (probable): Storari; Cristante, Rezaei, Zanchi, Aronica; Giampà, Coppola, D’Agostino, Sculli; Di Napoli, Iliev
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