1 X 2
1. Chelsea - Liverpool 42 29 30
2. Everton - Manchester U 31 24 45
3. Sunderland - Arsenal 14 14 71
4. Birmingham - West Ham 35 24 41
5. Bolton - Middlesbrough 61 22 17
6. Tottenham - Blackburn 42 25 33
7. Charlton - Fulham 58 23 19
8. Leeds - Aston Villa 64 22 14
9. Manchester C - Southampton 68 18 14
10. West Bromwich - Newcastle 25 21 55
11. Rangers - Kilmarnock 81 11 8
12. Schalke 04 - Hannover 58 26 16
13. Arm. Bielefeld - VfL Bochum 47 34 19
Chelsea v Liverpool
Defender John Terry could return for Chelsea's crucial final Premiership match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Terry missed last week's 1-0 defeat at West Ham because of a thigh strain but has trained this week and is hoping to feature in a match which will decide who takes the fourth Champions League spot.
Coach Claudio Ranieri will have to decide whether to recall him or stick with Marcel Desailly and William Gallas, who paired up at Upton Park.
Ranieri also has attacking options to consider after naming Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on the substitutes bench last week as he opted to start with Gianfranco Zola and Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has a major doubt over German midfielder Dietmar Hamann, who is suffering from a shin injury received in last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Manchester City.
He will have constant treatment and Liverpool will give him every opportunity to prove his fitness, otherwise Salif Diao will step in as a replacement.
Midfielder Vladimir Smicer is out with a calf injury but Steven Gerrard has recovered from a hip problem and will play.
Reserve top scorer Neil Mellor damaged an ankle playing in the 5-1 defeat by Everton on Thursday and is very doubtful to join the seniors for the trip to London.
Chelsea (from): Cudicini, Melchiot, Gallas, Terry, Desailly, Babayaro, Morris, Petit, Lampard, Le Saux, Gudjohnsen, Zola, Zenden, Cole, Hasselbaink, DeGoey, De Lucas, Gronkjaer, Stanic.
Liverpool (from): Dudek, Carragher, Traore, Hyypia, Riise, Diouf, Hamann, Gerrard, Murphy, Diao, Cheyrou, Heskey, Baros, Owen, Mellor, Biscan, Arphexad.
Everton v Manchester United
Scottish international Gary Naysmith returns to the Everton squad after a one-match suspension to face newly crowned champions Manchester United.
Naysmith, along with David Weir, was red carded in the Mersey derby last month. Weir received a two-match ban because it was his second dismissal of the season and is still sidelined for the visit of the new champions.
Everton must win to be sure of a place in the UEFA Cup, depending on whether or not Blackburn, who are two points behind them, win at Tottenham.
Striker Tomasz Radzinski is still unlikely to be risked as he recovers from a groin problem, and Naysmith's inclusion will be the only addition to the squad that lost at Fulham last week.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to make a few changes as he wraps up a highly successful campaign.
Quinton Fortune, who signed a new three-year contract yesterday, needs one more appearance to earn a championship medal and can expect to be involved, as can Roy Carroll, who is in a similar position.
Diego Forlan and Phil Neville may be given their reward for some impressive early-season performances that kept United's challenge alive, while Laurent Blanc can expect a farewell appearance after announcing his intention to retire in the summer.
Teenage Scot Darren Fletcher may be given his Premiership debut but Gary Neville (foot) is definitely out.
Everton (from): Wright, Hibbert, Stubbs, Yobo, Unsworth, Watson, Pembridge, Pistone, Gravesen, Gemmill, Ferguson, Carsley, Rooney, Campbell, Simonsen, Osman, Naysmith, Li Tie, Alexandersson.
Manchester United (from): Barthez, Ricardo, Carroll, Brown, Ferdinand, Blanc, Silvestre, P Neville, O'Shea, Beckham, Veron, Butt, Scholes, Keane, Giggs, Stewart, Van Nistelrooy, Solskjaer, Forlan, Fortune, Fletcher, Richardson.
Sunderland v Arsenal
Michael Proctor comes into contention for a place in Sunderland's starting line-up for their final Barclaycard Premiership game at home to Arsenal.
Proctor scored a hat-trick in midweek at Aston Villa as the Black Cats clinched the FA Barclaycard Premiership Reserve League (north) title.
Kevin Phillips and Kevin Kilbane have recovered from niggling injuries and Mart Poom is expected to be preferred to Thomas Sorensen in goal as Sunderland bid to avert a 15th successive defeat.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is using the Premiership finale as an FA Cup final fitness test for Lauren and Freddie Ljungberg.
Both players will need to get through the 90 minutes at the Stadium of Light, according to the Frenchman, to figure in the squad for the Cardiff showpiece against Southampton next Saturday.
Their ankle injuries have eased in time for the match against the Premiership's worst-ever side although Pascal Cygan (calf) may still be short of a comeback.
Edu (knee), Francis Jeffers (knee), Patrick Vieira (knee) are also injured, while Sol Campbell is suspended.
Wenger rested half a dozen players in the 6-1 win over final opponents Southampton in midweek when Jermaine Pennant struck a hat-trick on his full debut - he is cup-tied for the final, however, after playing in the competition for Watford.
Sunderland (from): Poom, Sorensen, Williams, Gray, Craddock, Bjorklund, Bellion, Black, Thornton, McCann, Kilbane, Phillips, Kyle, Flo, McCartney, Arca, Proctor,Clark, Ryan.
Arsenal (from): Seaman, Taylor, Warmuz, Lauren, Cole, Luzhny, Toure, Keown, Cygan, Stepanovs, Tavlaridis, Gilberto Silva, Parlour, van Bronckhorst, Pires, Wiltord, Ljungberg, Pennant, Henry, Bergkamp, Kanu.
Birmingham v West Ham
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce is likely to field an unchanged side for the visit of relegation-threatened West Ham.
Bruce will probably keep faith with the line-up beaten 1-0 at Newcastle as the Blues aim to end the campaign with their eighth win in 11 games.
Republic of Ireland skipper Kenny Cunningham will again be absent because of a groin problem so Darren Purse will continue to deputise alongside Matthew Upson.
City are hoping that Christophe Dugarry will sign a new two-year contract on the pitch before kick-off
West Ham caretaker manager Trevor Brooking has named an unchanged squad as bids to maintain his 100 per cent record in charge.
That means midfielders Michael Carrick (stomach) and Lee Bowyer (ankle) are both ruled out by injury and defender Ian Pearce is suspended.
Brooking must decide whether to again start with three strikers, as he did for the win over Chelsea on Saturday, or revert to a traditional 4-4-2, but whatever happens Italian striker Paolo di Canio - the hero against The Blues - is set to be on the bench once more.
Birmingham (from): Bennett, Kenna, Purse, Upson, Clapham, D Johnson, Savage, Clemence, Hughes, Horsfield, Dugarry, Marriott, Devlin, Lazaridis, John, M Johnson, Kirovski.
West Ham (from): James, Johnson, Brevett, Repka, Carrick, Sinclair, Cole, Lomas, Defoe, L Ferdinand, Kanoute, di Canio, Hutchison, Minto, Dailly, Schemmel, Breen, Moncur, Cisse, A Ferdinand, Garcia, Ward, Van der Gouw.
Bolton v Middlesbrough
Bolton defender Florent Laville will miss the crucial match against Middlesbrough at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday due to suspension.
Manager Sam Allardyce is likely to cover his loss by switching Bruno N'Gotty into the middle to partner Gudni Bergsson, playing his final game before retirement.
Anthony Barness could be reinstated at right-back as Bolton go in search of a victory that will secure their top flight status.
Middlesbrough striker Malcolm Christie will attempt to play through the pain barrier before undergoing surgery on his hernia problem.
Ugo Ehiogu and Colin Cooper (both knee), Szilard Nemeth (hamstring) and Michael Ricketts (Achilles) have all been having treatment this week but manager Steve McClaren hopes to have most, if not all, of them fit.
Midfielder Geremi continues to struggle with an ankle ligament problem and could miss out again.
Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Barness, N'Gotty, Bergsson, Gardner, Mendy, Campo, Frandsen, Okocha, Djorkaeff, Pedersen, Andre, Salva, Nolan, Charlton, Poole.
Middlesbrough (from): Schwarzer, Crossley, Parnaby, Stockdale, Queudrue, Murphy, Cooper, Southgate, Ehiogu, Riggott, Geremi, Boateng, Greening, Juninho, Wilkshire, Job, Christie, Maccarone, Nemeth, Ricketts.
Tottenham v Blackburn
Jamie Redknapp looks set to continue his comeback from injury for Tottenham while striker Teddy Sheringham makes his farewell appearance.
Centre-half Dean Richards (ankle), striker Steffen Iversen (ribs) and midfielder Darren Anderton (knee) are still struggling to be fit and Christian Ziege has only a remote chance of starting after five months out with thigh and knee injuries.
But Redknapp is ready to push on after appearing as a second-half substitute against Middlesbrough last Saturday for the first time since a foot injury in December.
Manager Glenn Hoddle may also include a sprinkling of youngsters in his squad.
Blackburn striker Matt Jansen is back in the squad after returning from a loan spell with Coventry.
Henning Berg is also in line to make his 250th and last performance for Rovers after recovering from a hamstring injury.
The Norwegian defender will not have his contract renewed at the end of the season.
Tottenham (from): Keller, Carr, Perry, Gardner, King, Bunjevcevic, Taricco, Ziege, Acimovic, Redknapp, Davies, Etherington, Poyet, Toda, Ricketts, Sheringham, Keane, Blondel, Yeates, Sullivan, Burch.
Blackburn (from): Friedel, Kelly, Neill, Todd, Berg, Johansson, Taylor, McEveley, Flitcroft, Dunn, Tugay, Hignett, Jansen, Yorke, Ostenstad, Duff, Cole, Hakan Sukur.
Charlton v Fulham
With defenders Richard Rufus, Mark Fish and Gary Rowett still out with knee injuries, Charlton manager Alan Curbishley has a few selection options.
But Curbishley will resist the temptation to give experience to a host of promising youngsters as he still chases a top-10 Premiership finish despite just one win in the last nine games.
Charlton can also equal their best-ever Premiership points tally of 52 with a win over their London rivals.
John Robinson may be given a place on the substitutes' bench so that the former Wales international can make a farewell appearance after being handed a free transfer by the club. Graham Stuart could make only his fourth appearance of an injury-ravaged season.
Fulham caretaker-boss Chris Coleman has decided between Maik Taylor and Edwin van der Sar for Sunday's season-ending clash at Charlton - but he will not reveal his verdict until the teams emerge at The Valley.
Dutch international Van der Sar, fit again after four months out with a broken foot, has sat on the bench for the last two games and watched Taylor help secure the Cottagers' Premiership status.
Striker Steve Marlet is out with his back problem but utility man Martin Djetou (hamstring) is fit again.
Charlton (from): Kiely, Kishishev, Young, Fortune, Powell, Parker, Euell, Jensen, Konchesky, Lisbie, Bartlett, Svensson, Johansson, Bart-Williams, Robinson, Stuart, Sankofa, Campbell-Ryce, Rachubka.
Fulham (from): Taylor, Finnan, Melville, Goma, Harley, Clark, Boa Morte, Malbranque, Legwinski, Davis, Hammond, Van der Sar, Saha, Hayles, Djetou, Collins, Knight.
Leeds v Aston Villa
Peter Reid will name an unchanged Leeds squad for his first game as full-time Elland Road manager.
Striker Alan Smith will complete his two-game suspension so Harry Kewell is again likely to partner Mark Viduka up front after their success against Arsenal last weekend.
With Barclaycard Premiership survival certain - barring a catastrophic set of results on Sunday - Reid may consider giving some of his youngsters a chance, although the possible £1.5million extra in prize money on offer for a win may affect his thinking.
Aston Villa are boosted by the return of midfielder Gareth Barry. The England under-21 international skipper Barry has missed the last two games as he has been suspended after collecting 10 bookings.
Barry is set to replace Lee Hendrie as Villa go in search of only their second away win of the season.
The recall of Barry is set to be the only change that Villa manager Graham Taylor makes to the side that started last weekend's 1-0 win over Leeds which secured their Premiership status.
Leading scorer Dion Dublin will once again start on the bench as in-form Marcus Allback - four goals in four games - and Darius Vassell continue to lead the attack.
Leeds (from): Robinson, Mills, Radebe, Duberry, Harte, Kelly, Bakke, Matteo, Kewell, Viduka, Wilcox, Milner, Barmby, Kilgallon, Simon Johnson, McPhail, Martyn.
Aston Villa (from): Enckelman, Postma, Johnsen, Mellberg, Samuel, Wright, Whittingham, Hendrie, Taylor, Hitzlsperger, Gudjonsson, Barry, De la Cruz, Dublin, Vassell, Allback, Angel, Kinsella, S Moore, Ridgewell, Crouch, Cooke, L Moore.
Manchester City v Southampton
An emotional day of goodbyes at Maine Road will see Shaun Goater made skipper for the day on his final Manchester City appearance and Peter Schmeichel play the last game of his illustrious career.
Goater will leave the club in the summer as he searches for regular first-team team football, while City's last match at Maine Road before their move to the City of Manchester Stadium will be Schmeichel's last before retiring.
With upwards of £2million at stake should Kevin Keegan's side fail to beat Southampton and tumble from eighth spot in the table, there is little room for experimentation, although Danish defender Mikkel Bischoff may finally get a chance to shine.
Gordon Strachan is again likely to name an under-strength side as Southampton get ready for next weekend's FA Cup final with Arsenal.
Northern Ireland Under-21 international Chris Baird is in line to make his first league start at right-back with Paul Telfer being held back.
Jo Tessem is battling with Brett Ormerod to partner top-scorer James Beattie up front. Beattie was left on the bench for Wednesday's 6-1 defeat at Arsenal but should start at Maine Road as he steps up his bid for the Premiership's Golden Boot.
Chris Marsden is still struggling with the knee injury suffered against Bolton last weekend while 18-year-old midfielder Aaron Davies will be included in the squad.
Manchester City (from): Schmeichel, Nash, Distin, Wiekens, Sommeil, Dunne, Jensen, Sun, Wright-Phillips, Foe, Benarbia, Horlock, Anelka, Fowler, Goater, Bischoff, Belmadi, Barton, Macken, Jordan.
Southampton (from): Niemi, Baird, Higginbotham, M Svensson, Bridge, Fernandes, A Svensson, Oakley, Prutton, Tessem, Beattie, Jones, Williams, A Davies, K Davies, Ormerod.
West Brom v Newcastle
West Brom skipper Sean Gregan is expected to play through the pain barrier again in order to appear in his side's final Premiership match at home to Newcastle.
Gregan has been troubled by a groin injury and unable to train since last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Blackburn.
Defender Lars Sigurdsson has a similar problem but should be available after making a return to training in the latter part of the week.
Phil Gilchrist, Darren Moore, Michael Appleton remain on the long term casualty list while Adam Chambers and Jordao will also miss the Baggies top flight swansong.
Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson is facing a final day selection headache with striker Craig Bellamy serving a one-match ban.
Alan Shearer (ankle), Gary Speed (groin), Clarence Acuna (Achilles) and Carl Cort (hamstring) are all out.
In addition, Jonathan Woodgate and Laurent Robert (both knee), Andy O'Brien (broken nose) and Olivier Bernard (shin) are all doubts, although Andy Griffin returns from suspension.
West Brom (from): Hoult, Lyttle, Gregan, Wallwork, J Chambers, Koumas, McInnes, Johnson, Clement, Dichio, Roberts, Balis, Dobie, Hughes, Udeze, Murphy,Mkandawire, Sigurdsson
Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Griffin, Hughes, Bernard, Woodgate, S.Caldwell, Bramble, Dyer, Jenas, Viana, Solano, Robert, Kerr, Ambrose, Ameobi, LuaLua, Chopra.
Rangers v Kilmarnock
Rangers manager Alex McLeish has a full squad of players to choose from for Sunday's visit of Kilmarnock. Defender Lorenzo Amoruso is back in the squad after he missed last week's draw at Dundee with a calf strain. Ronald de Boer picked up an ankle knock in that game but he, too, is fit for the Ibrox clash.
Kilmarnock welcome defender Greg Shields and midfielder Gary Locke back into the squad for the trip to Ibrox. Shields has missed games because of a knee injury while Locke has been sidelined with an Achilles problem. Defender Chris Innes is struggling with a groin strain but has not been ruled out.
Schalke - Hannover
S04 : Hajto (imp - susp), Oude Kamphuis (reg - susp), Poulsen, Kmetsch, van Hoogdalem (reg), Djordjevic (squad)
H96 : van Hintum (squad - susp), Diouf (long term).
Schalke were truly awful at Rostock on Sunday and the honeymoon period for new player/coach Marc Wilmots seems over. Worse still, they are running out of defenders, with only really van Kerckhoven, Waldoch and the unreliable Matellan left. Asamoah could fill in at wing back as he has done before. Hannover have only one home game left and if they don't get something out of this game they ( with their bad goal difference ) are in big trouble. Note : Corals have 5/1 for H96 to be relegated. That could be a very good bet. If they do go down they will only have themsleves to blame : last week they hit the woodwork for the 19th time this season and were also missing their 4th penalty in a row!
STOP PRESS : Schalke manager Rudi Assauer has launched a massive attack on the squad, accussing them of complacency, arrogance and overrating themselves. Huge fines and even dismissal at the end of the season was threatened. Is this just mind games or does it give Hannover a bit of a chance here?
Bielefeld - Bochum
Arminia : Brinkmann & Kauf (reg - susp), Dabrowski, Borges (reg), Porcello, Sternkopf, Murawski (squad)
VfL : Meichelbeck (squad), Fahrenhorst (reg).
Bielefeld won the reverse fixture 3-0 back in November and what they would give now for a repeat win. Nevertheless, depending on what is happening elsewhere, both sides could be very content with a draw. 39 points plus a decent goal difference ( which both these have ) could be enough to creep over the winning line. Bochum would manage that with a share of the spoils here whilst Bielefeld's other 2 games are also against sides hovering just above the drop zone and similar draws there should be enough to avoid the drop. Actually I find it scandolous that this game is allowed to go ahead on Sunday night when all the Saturday results ( MG ! Leverkusen !) are already known.
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