Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Aston Villa (17) v QPR (20) Villa manager Paul Lambert has no fresh injury worries but striker Darren Bent (foot) and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi (ankle) are still ruled out - along with long-term casualties Chris Herd, Marc Albrighton, Richard Dunne and Gary Gardner. Midfielder Fabian Delph will complete a two-game ban after collecting his 10th yellow card of the campaign during the 1-0 home defeat by Manchester City.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp will be able to call upon key duo Adel Taarabt and Julio Cesar, who have trained this week after missing the win over Sunderland last week with knocks. Full-back Armand Traore is the only major worry and was due to have a calf injury assessed in training yesterday. Last season: Aston Villa 2 QPR 2, QPR 1 Aston Villa 1 Last five league matches: Aston Villa D W L L W; QPR D L L W W Top scorers (all competitions): Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) 19; Loic Remy (QPR) 6 Match odds: H 23-20 A 23-10 D 12-5 Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

Everton (7) v Man City (2) Everton will again be without goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Phil Jagielka. Howard broke two bones in his back last month and Jan Mucha will continue to deputise, while Jagielka is recovering from surgery to repair a cut to his ankle. Boss David Moyes will assess a couple of other players who picked up knocks in the defeat by Wigan last weekend, while full-back Tony Hibbert (calf) may not play again this season.

City are again without captain Vincent Kompany and striker Sergio Aguero - defender Kompany, who has missed the last seven games, continues to be troubled by calf issues while Aguero is in Argentina for treatment on the knee problem that has already sidelined him for two matches. Right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) remain on the long-term casualty list.

Last season: Everton 1 Man City 0, Man City 2 Everton 0 Last five league matches: Everton W D L L W; Man City D D L W W Top scorers (all competitions): Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 12; Carlos Tevez (Man City) 15 Match odds: H 13-5 A 11-10 D 9-4 Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire). …

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