EPL 2012 13: Premier League Game Week 9 Preview

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Premier League Game Week 9 Preview

London, Oct 27: Paul Lambert takes on former club as Villa host Norwich, Reading search for their first win against high-flying Fulham, Wigan look to end their 6 game winless run against the strong Hammers while Stoke and Sunderland battle it out at the Brittania.

EPL 2012 13 | Fixtures | Results

Premier League results report - Game Week 9

Aston Villa vs Norwich City - Villa Park

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is set to take on former club Norwich City at Villa Park on Saturday. The Canaries, confident after the win over Arsenal, take on the Villans who have just won two of their last 16 home games.

Lambert will assess centre-backs Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker as Richard Dunne is ruled out with a long injury spell. Darren Bent is set to be benched while Christian Benteke comes into the squad.

Canaries are out of injury troubles as Chris Hughton is set to retain the staring XI which beat Arsenal last week.

Trivia:

*Both sides have only won one game this season.

Probable Lineups:

Aston Villa (4-4-2): Guzan-Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett-El Ahmadi, Delph, Ireland, N'Zogbia-Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Norwich City (4-5-1): Ruddy-R Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido-E Bennett, Johnson Tettey, Hoolahan, Pilkington-Holt.


Reading vs Fulham - Madejski Stadium

Currently in the relegation zone, Reading FC are still hunting for their first win as host an in-form Fulham side at the Madejski Stadium.

Both sides do not face heavy injury crisis except Jem Karacan for Reading while Simon Davies will miss out for Fulham.

Trivia:

*Reading have failed to win in their last four games at home.

*Fulham have chance to make it to the top-four if they win and West Ham lose.

Probable Lineups:

Reading (4-4-2): Federici-Cummins, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey-Kebe, Guthrie, Leigertwood, McAnuff-Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak.

Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer-Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise-Rodallega, Sidwell, Baird, Richardson-Petric, Berbatov.


Wigan Athletic vs West Ham United - DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic search for their first home win this season as they host West Ham United at the DW Stadium.

Ryo Miyaichi is set to miss the clash against the Hammers while the Latics will be without Antolin Alcaraz and Albert Crusat.

Trivia:

*Wigan have not won in their last six Premier League games.

Probable Lineups:

Wigan Athletic (3-4-3): Al Habsi-Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa-Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour-Maloney, Di Santo, Kone.

West Ham United (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Tomkins, Collins, Reid, McCartney-Noble, Diame, Benayoun, Jarvis-Nolan-Carroll.


Stoke City vs Sunderland - Britannia Stadium

These two sides can hardly be separated, level on eight points, five draws each, with only difference being Sunderland have played one game less while Stoke are ahead with one goal.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis will welcome back midfielder Glenn Whelan while Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole returns to the side after serving his three-match suspension.

Trivia:

*Lee Cattermole was sent-off for the seventh time in his career.

*Sunderland's last away victory came against Stoke City in February.

Probable Lineups:

Stoke City (4-2-3-1): Begovic-Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron-N'Zonzi, Whelan-Kightly, Adam, Walters-Crouch.

Sunderland (4-4-2): Mignolet-Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose-Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, McClean-Sessegnon, Fletcher.

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