LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 18 August 2009 35 ARSH REALITY BREAKING NEWS... Kick in the teeth for Hammers as jaw injury rules out Ilunga WEST HAM full-back Herita Ilunga looks likely to miss Sundays London derby against Tottenham with a jaw injury. Ilunga was injured in the second half of the 2-0 win over Wolves and while an initial examination was optimistic, a subsequent scan has revealed more serious damage. United States international defender Jonathan Spector would be favourite to come in for Ilunga at White Hart Lane. The Hammers bid to sign striker Marouane Chamakh was meanwhile in the balance today after French club Bordeaux rejected a bid of around 5m for the Moroccan international. Chamakh has been quoted in France as saying he is debating whether or not to see out his contract at Bordeaux this season and then move to Arsenal next summer on a free transfer. West Ham have not given up on signing Chamakh however and could look to finance the move by selling Welsh international James Collins to Stoke for 5m. Another option would be to prise Eidur Gudjohnsen from Barcelona. The striker would be available for a similar 5m sum but his 60,000-a-week wages could prove prohibitive.Mark ll: Kenwyne Jones is unplayable says Bruce CELTIC v ARSENAL LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Celtic 14-5, Arsenal Evens, draw 12-5. FIRST GOALSCORER Van Persie 6-1, Eduardo 6-1, Arshavin 7-1, Bendtner 15-2, McDonald 8-1, Samaras 9-1, Killen 10-1, Walcott 11-1, Wilshere 12-1, Maloney 14-1. LAST MEETING 2 AUGUST, 2003 CELTIC 1 ARSENAL 1 (FRIENDLY) THESEtwogiantsofBritish footballhavenevermetina competitivefixture,andjustas bizarrelyitsbeensixyearssince theylockedhornsinapre-season kickabout.Therearenosurviving membersfromtheArsenalside whichfeaturedthatday, althoughPhilippeSenderos,due tobesoldthissummer,wasan unusedsubstitute.Celticwent aheadthankstoLiamMiller,but Arsenalhitbackinfrontof 44,000fansthroughKanu. MATCH FACTS Celtic have enjoyed the better of their meetings with English teams on home soil, where their record reads four wins, three draws and one defeat. The only visiting team to have returned south of the border with a victory were Nottingham Forest, 2-1 winners at Celtic Park in the 1983/84 UEFA Cup third round. Arsenal have never faced Scottish opposition, but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger notched a pair of wins against Celtic counterpart Tony Mowbray last season, while the latterwasinchargeofWest Brom. Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas and Bhoys midfielder Marc Crosas spent time together in the Barcelona youth ranks, until Fabregas left in 2003. REFEREE MASSIMO BUSACCA (SWI) KEY MEN AIDEN MCGEADY CELTIC THE Irish international has long been rumoured as a player capable of excelling in the Premier League, with Spurs and his former Celtic boss Martin ONeill at Aston Villa regularly being linked with big money moves. Hes never really done it in any of Celtics recent duels against Manchester United and will find it equally tough up against two of the quickest full backs in the game tonight. ALEXANDRE SONG ARSENAL ARSENE WENGER has resisted the temptation to sign a defensive midfielder in the Patrick Vieira mould -- and Songs (left) display in the 6-1 thrashing of Everton on Saturday showed why. The Cameroon internationals performances at the tail end of last season went largely unnoticed by those who feel Arsenals problems can be instantly solved by bundles of cash. In their new 4-3-3 system, he offers protection to the back four and the ability to feed Cesc Fabregas with quick ball. CELTIC 4-4-2 ARSENAL 4-3-3 BorucHinkel Fox ODeaCaldwell Maloney Boruc Van Persie GallasVermaelen Fabregas Clichy Eboue Arshavin SamarasMcDonald McGeady Almunia Song POSSIBLE LINE-UPS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY-OFF, FIRST LEG CELTIC PARK, LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 2 FROM 7PM (KO: 7.45PM) Tonights fixtures(7.45pm kick-offsunless stated) UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY-OFF FIRST LEG Celtic v ARSENAL (SS1), FC Copenhagen v Apoel Nicosia (SSi), FC Sheriff v Olympiacos (SSi), Politehnica Timisoara v VfB Stuttgart(SSi), Sporting v Fiorentina (SSi). PREMIER LEAGUE Sunderland v CHELSEA, Wigan v Wolves. CHAMPIONSHIP Barnsley v Preston, Blackpool v Derby, Bristol City v QPR, Doncaster v Coventry, Ipswich v CRYSTAL PALACE, Nottm Forest v WATFORD, Peterborough v West Brom, Plymouth v Cardiff, Scunthorpe v Middlesbrough, Sheff Utd v Leicester, Swansea v READING. LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD v Norwich, Colchester v GILLINGHAM, Exeter v Yeovil, Hartlepool v Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield v Brighton, ORIENT v CHARLTON, MILLWALL v Oldham, Stockport v Carlisle, Swindon v Southampton, Tranmere v MK Dons, Walsall v Leeds, WYCOMBE v SOUTHEND. LEAGUE TWO Accrington Stanley v Northampton, BARNET v Morecambe, Bournemouth v Aldershot, Bradford v Lincoln City, Burton Albion v Torquay, DAG & RED v Shrewsbury, Darlington v Crewe, Grimsby v Rotherham, Hereford v Bury, Macclesfield v Port Vale, Rochdale v Cheltenham. BY GEOFF TEATHER Indelible stain of Bloodgate THE Bloodgate fake injury scandal which saw former Harlequins coach Dean Richards banned for three years last night has left an indelible stigma on the sport, according to the Professional Rugby Players Association. PRA chief executive Damian Hopley said: The aftermath of this episode has left an indelible stigma. There is no place for orchestrated cheating in rugby and the players welcome todays findings as an overdue wake up call. Lamberttakes Canariesjob NORWICH have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager on a rolling contract. The 40-year-old has left Colchester to take over from Bryan Gunn in the Carrow Road hotseat. Ironically, Gunn was only relieved of his duties four days ago following a humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of Lamberts Colchester. Its a big club and there is no way we should be where we are, said the former Champions League winner. secondDrogba BrownNguemo Denilson Bendtner MORE BLOODY TROUBLE: PAGE 32 Freddie: I was fit for Leeds ANDREW FLINTOFF today confirmed he WAS fit for the ill-fated fourth Ashes Test at Headingley -- and insists he will be ready for The Oval on Thursday. The 31-year-olds agent, Chubby Chandler, revealed last Monday that Englands talisman (above) had declared himself ready for Leeds, only to be told he wasnt up to playing by the teams top brass. Flintoff said: Yes, I thought I was fit for the last Test but I have to respect the decision of the coach and the captain. IM READY SAYS FREDDIE: PAGE 31 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html