LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 28 August 2009 35 OVERWITCHHUNT Were Ful of strength says happy Hodgson ROY HODGSON is confident his Fulham squad is now strong enough to cope with three games in a week. The west Londoners returned from a trip to deepest Russia with a 2-1 aggregate win over Amkar Perm in the Europa League last night and now head to Villa Park on Sunday. But manager Hodgson said: Thanks to the chairman generously allowing me to bring in some more players, we do now have a squad of players who are capable of representing the club and doing a good job. We will be making changes because it would be naive to believe we can do it with just 11 players. In todays draw for the group stage, Fulham are in group E along with Roma, Basle and CSKA Sofia. Everton are with Benfica, Bate and AEK Athens in group I. vARSENAL SKY SPORTS 1 FROM 5PM (KO: 5.15PM) REFEREE MIKE DEAN (WIRRAL) KEY MEN DIMITARBERBATOVMANUNITED THE Bulgarian international has failed to live up to his lofty price tag, particularly in big games, since his move from Spurs last summer. He was totally anonymous when brought on in the Champions League final and scored just once in games against the Big Four. During his time with Tottenham, however, he regularly caused William Gallas no end of trouble. ROBIN VAN PERSIE ARSENAL THE Gunners flying to the start of the season seems to have come at a small cost. The change in formation has squeezed the best out of midfielders Denilson, Abou Diaby and Alex Song, but the form of their stellar forward Van Persie has been adversely affected. The Dutchman is still learning to play as a central striker and will find Nemanja Vidic an uncompromising opponent. Still, he has three assists already this season, so its not all bad. MAN UNITED 4-4-2 ARSENAL 4-1-2-3 Foster Fabio Evra VidicEvans Foster Arshavin Vermaelen Clichy Sagna Song BerbatovRooney Valencia Almunia POSSIBLE LINE-UPS Weekendfixtures (3pm kick-offs unless stated) TONIGHT LEAGUE ONE MILLWALL v Brighton (7.45). TOMORROW PREMIER LEAGUE Blackburn v West Ham, Bolton v Liverpool, CHELSEA v Burnley (12.45, ESPN), Man Utd v ARSENAL (5.15, Sky Sports 1), Stoke v Sunderland, TOTTENHAM v Birmingham Wolverhampton v Hull. CHAMPIONSHIP Barnsley v READING, Blackpool v Coventry, Bristol City v Middlesbrough, Doncaster v Cardiff, Ipswich v Preston, Nottm Forest v Derby (1.00), Plymouth v Sheff Wed, Scunthorpe v QPR, Sheff Utd v West Brom, Swansea v WATFORD. LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD v Oldham, Colchester v Leeds, Exeter v MK Dons, Hartlepool v Norwich, Huddersfield v Yeovil (12.00), ORIENT v Carlisle, Stockport v Southampton, Swindon v SOUTHEND, Tranmere v CHARLTON, Walsall v GILLINGHAM, WYCOMBE v Bristol Rovers. LEAGUE TWO Accrington Stanley v Shrewsbury, BARNET v Notts County, Bournemouth v Crewe, Bradford v Torquay, Burton Albion v Northampton, Chesterfield v Morecambe, DAG & RED v Lincoln City, Darlington v Cheltenham, Grimsby v Aldershot, Hereford v Port Vale, Macclesfield v Rotherham, Rochdale v Bury. SUNDAY PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa v FULHAM (4.00, Sky Sports 1), Everton v Wigan, Portsmouth v Man City (1.30, Sky Sports 1). Spurs are really Inter-ested in buying Brazilian Sandro TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy is believed to be close to sealing a deal for Internacional midfielder Sandro. Spurs had a bid of around 14m rejected but Levy has been in Brazil for several days in a bid to personally get his man before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. Manager Harry Redknapp is keen to sign another strong defensive player to line up alongside Wilson Palacios a player turned down 20 months ago by Alex McLeish who brings his Birmingham side to White Hart Lane tomorrow. McLeish said: Am I surprised at the impact Wilson has made? Absolutely. At the time, I had a couple of weeks to look at him and make my mind up. Another player who appears to have a future at Spurs is David Bentley. Villa want the midfielder but Redknapp feels he can provide plenty of assists for Peter Crouch, like he did for the strikers goal in Wednesdays 5-1 win at Doncaster. Spurs have no fresh injury worries and are expected to recall a number of the players rested in midweek. ASTON VILLA V FULHAM SUNDAY, 4PM (SKY SPORTS 1) MANCHESTER UNITED boss Sir Alex Ferguson sees no reason why Arsenal cannot maintain a serious push for the Premier League title this season. The Gunners were written off before the season began, but have started the campaign in electric form, scoring 10 goals in two games against Everton and Portsmouth, and booked their place in the Champions League group stage with a 5-1 aggregate win over Celtic. Arsene Wenger takes his team to the home of the champions tomorrow and his old sparring partner Ferguson (above) believes the north London club are equipped to win a first league title since 2004. He said: I couldnt understand people writing Arsenal off. I think it was a media thing. I cant see it. They have respect and the one thing Arsene has done well is hes always sold a player at the right time. He knows when its the right time for a player to leave. But I dont think the level of their ability has changed one bit. Their 6-1 win at Everton was an amazing result. Ive never known Everton concede that many goals at home before. 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