Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Fulham (10) v Arsenal (4) Steve Sidwell returns from suspension but Sascha Riether (knock) is a doubt. Damien Duff (adductor), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee) are all out. On-loan Emmanuel Frimpong cannot face his parent club but Alex Kacaniklic has been recalled from a loan spell at Burnley. Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski (cracked rib) is out while midfielder Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) faces a fitness test.

Last season: Fulham 2 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 1 Fulham 1 Last five league matches: Fulham W W L D L; Arsenal W W W W D Top scorers (all competitions): Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) 13; Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 18 Match odds: H 7-2 A 8-11 D 14-5 Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

Norwich (14) v Reading (20) Anthony Pilkington and fellow midfielder Bradley Johnson (knock) return for Norwich, as could goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh).

Reading boss Nigel Adkins hopes Jimmy Kebe (groin) is fit but keeper Adam Federici, midfielder Hope Akpan (both ankle) and Hal Robson-Kanu (knee) are doubts.

Last five league matches: Norwich D D L D L; Reading L L L L D Top scorers (all competitions): Luciano Becchio (Norwich) 18; Nick Blackman (Reading) 14 Match odds: H 7-10 A 19-5 D 14-5 Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

QPR (19) v Stoke (16) QPR striker Bobby Zamora is suspended. Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are both out.

Stoke's Matthew Etherington (back) is a doubt. Defender Marc Wilson (back/ hamstring) hopes to return.

Last season: QPR 1 Stoke 0, Stoke 2 QPR 3 Last five league matches: QPR W L L D L; Stoke L D L L L Top scorers (all competitions): Loic Remy (QPR) 8; Jonathan Walters (Stoke) 9 Match odds: H 6-5 A 12-5 D 11-5 Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

Swansea (9) v Southampton (12) Swansea's Leon Britton returns after the birth of his twin sons. Neil Taylor could return following his lengthy lay-off.

Kelvin Davis (leg) and Guly do Prado (fever) are doubts for Southampton. Luke Shaw, Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez are all fully fit once again after a virus. …

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