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Saturday, December 08, 2007

English Premier League Week 16 Preview

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba (knee) is a major doubt and keeper Petr Cech (calf) will not play.
Florent Malouda (knee) is a doubt, while Michael Essien is suspended with Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Ballack still sidelined.

Sunderland winger Carlos Edwards is out after suffering a broken leg in his side's win over Derby last week.
Nyron Nosworthy (hamstring), Kieran Richardson (back) and Russell Anderson (ankle) remain on the sidelines.

Chelsea (from): Cudicini, Hilario, Belletti, Terry, Alex, Ben-Haim, Lampard, A Cole, Bridge, J Cole, Obi, Sidwell, Kalou, Shevchenko, Pizarro, Wright-Phillips, Makelele, Drogba.

Sunderland (from): Gordon, Ward, McShane, Halford, Harte, Higginbotham, Collins, Yorke, Etuhu, Miller, Leadbitter, Wallace, Whitehead, Kavanagh, O'Donovan, Jones, Chopra, Connolly, Murphy, Stokes, Cole.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane:"We will be going out and people will be thinking how much are we going to lose by. "But if I was some of our lads I would be rubbing my hands. We are going to be tested by top players."The bottom line is you can only play 11 against 11 and all you can ask as a manager is 100% from your players."

Chelsea will win a solid 2 - 0 and keep yet other clean sheet.Sunderland has been very poor while Chelsea is the opposite as The Blues are the best form team in EPL currently based on results of last 6 games.I won't be surprise if Chelsea were to win by a bigger margin than predicted.

Reading will be without John Oster as the winger requires ankle surgery.
Defender Michael Duberry (cracked ribs) has resumed training but will not be considered for a comeback and Glen Little (Achilles) remains sidelined.
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is a booking away from a ban and, with the game against Manchester United next weekend, he may not be risked.
Carragher has overcome a rib injury but may be replaced by Daniel Agger - if he is fit - or youngster Jack Hobbs.

Reading (from): Hahnemann, Federici, Murty, de la Cruz, Ingimarsson, Sonko, Bikey, Cisse, Shorey, Rosenior, Gunnarsson, Harper, Fae, Hunt, Convey, Doyle, Kitson, Long, Lita.
Liverpool (from): Reina, Arbeloa, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Hobbs, Riise, Benayoun, Gerrard, Mascherano, Lucas, Sissoko, Kewell, Babel, Kuyt, Voronin, Crouch, Torres, Itandje.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez:"I think it will be difficult for all our players as Reading are physical and they are strong. It is especially difficult for the strikers. "But Torres is strong enough and he also has ability and good movement, so if the team is playing well he can manage with the physical game. "Torres can produce good movement and it will be difficult to control him."
Liverpool sudden run of form is due to Torres return and he could jolly well spark into life in this match and earn a 2 - 1 Victory for Liverpool.
Other Matches Predictions

Aston Villa 1 - 2 Portsmouth
Villa Park
15:00 UK

Everton 2 - 1 Fulham
Goodison Park
15:00 UK

Man Utd 3 - 0 Derby
Old Trafford
15:00 UK

Newcastle 1 - 1 Birmingham
St James' Park
17:15 UK
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White Hart Lane
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Ewood Park