LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 20 August 2009 37 ARSENAL P1 W1 D0 L0 Pts3 TOMAS ROSICKY is unlikely to feature in the game with Portsmouth as he is still recovering from a hamstring problem. NEXT FIVE GAMES:SatPortsmouth(h) Aug26Celtic(CLQL2,h)29ManUtd(a)Sept 12ManCity(a) 19 Wigan (h) CHELSEA P2 W2 D0 L0 Pts6 ALEX faces a fitness test tomorrow to determine whether he has shaken off a groin strain. The Brazilian has yet to appear for the Blues this season. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sun Fulham (a) Aug 29 Burnley (h) Sept 12 Stoke (a) 20 Tottenham (h) 26 Wigan (a) FULHAM P1 W1 D0 L0 Pts3 ROY HODGSON hopes to complete the capture of West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening this week. It is believed a fee around 4m has been agreed. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Ton Amkar Perm (ELQL1, h) Sun Chelsea (h) Aug 27 Amkar Perm (ELQL2, a) 30 Aston Villa (a) Sept 13 Everton (h) TOTTENHAM P2 W2 D0 L0 Pts6 LEDLEY KING will resume training today after skipping Tottenhams match with Hull last night owing to his knee problem. The defender is expected to be fit for Sundays match with West Ham. NEXT FIVE GAMES:SunWestHam (a) Aug 25 Doncaster(CCR2,a)29Birmingham (h)Sept 12 ManUtd(h) 20Chelsea(a) WEST HAM P1 W1 D0 L0 Pts3 JUNIOR STANISLAS is desperate to feature against Spurs following his opening day substitute appearance at Wolves. Hopefully Ill be involved, whether starting or coming on, he said. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sun Tottenham (h) Aug 25 Millwall (CCR2, h) 29 Blackburn (a) Sept 12 Wigan (a) 19 Liverpool (h) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE P3 W1 D1 L1 Pts4 SWANSEA are likely to pip the Eagles to the signing of Danny Webber. Palace are still under a transfer embargo and the Swans have opened talks with Webber. NEXT FIVE GAMES:SatNewcastle (h) Aug 27ManCity (CCR2,h)31Peterborough (a)Sept 12Scunthorpe (h) 15 QPR(a) QPR P3 W0 D2 L1 Pts2 JIM MAGILTON says he is not worried by Rangers slow start to the campaign. He said: Im not concerned with the results, because our performances have warranted far more than the two draws weve registered. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Nottm Forest (h) Aug 25 Accrington (CCR2, h) 29 Scunthorpe (a) Sept 12 Peterbrough (h) 15 Crystal Palace (h) READING P3 W0 D2 L1 Pts2 MATT MILLS is confident Readings goal-drought will soon end. I had a similar experience in a young side last season, said the former Doncaster defender. With less naivety we can impose ourselves. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Sheff Utd (h) Aug 25 Barnsley (CCR2, h) 29 Barnsley (a) Sept 12 Doncaster (h) 16 Cardiff (h) WATFORD P3 W1 D1 L1 Pts4 FORMER keeper Ben Foster helped convince Manchester United team-mate Tom Cleverley to join the Hornets on loan. Ben said he enjoyed it here and that made up my mind, Cleverley said. NEXT FIVE GAMES:SatBlackpool(h) Aug 25 Leeds(CCR2,a)29Swansea(a)Sept 12 Barnsley (h) 15 Plymouth (a) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD P3 W2 D1 L0 Pts7 ANDY SCOTT is planning to beef up his squad with a new defender. The Bees boss said: The urgency was already there. I am hopeful that we may have a centre half or defender in by the weekend. NEXT FIVE GAMES:Sat Southampton (a)Aug 29Oldham(h)Sept 5 Charlton (a)12 Huddersfield (a)19BristolRovers (h) CHARLTON P3 W3 D0 L0 Pts9 CHRISTIAN DAILLY has promised to play through the pain barrier to help Charltons start to the season. He said: Im still feeling the rib injury. Its going to be there for a little while but I get by with it. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Walsall (h) Aug 29 Tranmere (a) Sept 5 Brentford (h) 12 Southampton (h) 19 Norwich (a) GILLINGHAM P3 W1 D0 L2 Pts3 MARK STIMSON will step up his efforts to bring in new faces. Were trying to improve but we can only work as part of our financial budget, he said. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Hartlepool (h) Aug 25 Blackburn (CCR2, h) 29 Walsall (a) Sept 5 Exeter (h) 12 Millwall (h) LEYTON ORIENT P3 W1 D0 L2 Pts3 GERAINT WILLIAMS has urged his Leyton Orient players to up their work rate. He said: We didnt make Charlton work hard enough for the winning goal and thats been the case in the last two games. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Yeovil (a) Aug 25 Stoke (CCR2, h) 29 Carlisle (h) Sept 4 Southend (a) 12 Exeter (h) MILLWALL P3 W1 D2 L0 Pts5 JIMMY ABDOU will miss the clash with Southend. Jimmy wont make Fridays game but hopefully he will be fit enough to train next week, said Kenny Jackett. NEXT FIVE GAMES:TomSouthend(a) Aug 25West Ham (CCR2, a)28Brighton(h) Sept 5Bristol Rovers(a)12Gillingham(a) SOUTHEND P3 W0 D3 L0 Pts3 STEVE TILSON has urged Southend fans to be patient despite the clubs winless start. Tilson said: We are gelling as a team and going in the right direction. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Tom Millwall (h) Aug 25 Hull (CCR2, a) 29 Swindon (a) Sept 4 Leyton (h) 11 Leeds (h) WYCOMBE P3 W0 D1 L2 Pts1 ADAM SMITH may return to the line-up at Norwich despite being replaced early against Southend. He has a little more bottle on the ball, said Peter Taylor. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Norwich (a) Aug 29 Bristol Rovers (h) Sept 5 Brighton (a) 12 Hartlepool (a) 19 MK Dons (h) LEAGUE TWO BARNET P3 W1 D1 L1 Pts4 MARK HUGHES will be given a fitness test on his damaged shoulder tomorrow as he battles to be ready to face Torquay. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Torquay (a) Aug 29 Notts County (h) Sept 4 Northampton (a) 12 Macclesfield (a) 19 Bradford City (h) DAG & RED P3 W3 D0 L0 Pts9 ANWAR UDDIN could return to training next week after struggling with a leg injury. NEXT FIVE GAMES:SatNottsCounty (a)Aug 29LincolnCity(h)Sept5Cheltenham (a)12 Chesterfield(h)19Burton(a) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday Hodgson Perms any one from three (videos) ROY HODGSON has revealed how Russian visa restrictions prevented him undertaking a spying mission to watch Amkar Perm, who stand between Fulham and a lucrative place in the group stage of the Europa League. Hodgson wanted to see them play CSKA Moscow but abandoned his plans because the necessary travel visa would have taken too long to come through. I have strong opinions on this, said Hodgson. When countries are going to play in European competitions, there should be special rules for football teams entering that country. Weve based our team talks and our impressions of Perm on three videos. Hodgson (right) will be desperate to take a healthy lead into next Thursdays second leg in Perm. FULHAM V AMKAR PERM EUROPA LEAGUE PLAY-OFF, 1ST LEG (KO: 8PM) Almunia trusts in his Tom Tom ARSENAL goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has hailed the impact of new boy Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian defender has already achieved cult status with fans for his no nonsense approach to defending and Almunia is clearly a big fan of the former Ajax stopper, too. He said: He has a good left foot, he is good in the air and is very competitive. He has to keep it going. He is a very relaxed player, and that makes the people around him relaxed. Not only William but me, Gael and Bacary, we are all very confident about this player. Villas bid for Collins could help Chamakh WEST HAMS hopes of signing striker Marouane Chamakh were boosted today after Aston Villa joined Stoke in a 5m battle for Hammers defender James Collins. Although West Ham have agreed a fee with Stoke, Collins is reluctant to move to the Britannia Stadium. West Ham hope Villa will be a more attractive proposition as they need to sell the 25-year-old before they can complete a deal for Bordeaux forward Chamakh. Ideally West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola would like to keep Collins but he knows that Straumur, the investmant bank who effectively own the club, have made it clear the club must be self-financing. The Hammers are short of firepower with Dean Ashtons ongoing injury problems leaving only Carlton Cole, Savio Nsereko and youngster Zavon Hines. Uplifting: Defoe celebrates his second United arent Burned out by Turf Moorfare Carr crash: Michael Carricks penalty is saved by Burnley hero Brian JensenOWEN COYLE may have master- minded one of the greatest Premier League upsets of all time, but the Burnley manager still feels Manches- ter United are the team to beat this season. LastseasonsChampionshipplay-off winners, making their first top-flight appearance on home soil in 33 years, were rated as 11-1 no hopers to topple the champions. But Robbie Blakes thumping first- half volley and Brian Beast Jensens penalty save from Michael Carrick, allied to several glaring misses from struggling Michael Owen, sparked scenes of jubilation at Turf Moor. United laboured to a 1-0 win over another promoted side, Birmingham, on Sunday and may already be ruing thesummersalesof CristianoRonaldo and Carlos Tevez. But Coyle still believes Sir Alex Fer- gusons side will be on top of the pile when the medals are handed out in May. He said: Sir Alex was gracious and said Well done, Owen. But I truly believe theyll be champions again. We rode our luck at times, though this was a great three points. I told my players to go and enjoy theirnightbecauseitsnotoftenyoull beat Manchester United. Fergusonhimself thoughtBurnleys first win over United in 41 years was written in the stars. He said: You wonder if it is fate, with Burnley back in the Premier League. It has been a long time. 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