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Lawro on Saturday: PREMIERSHIP TEAM NEWS.

Byline: Mark Lawrenson, Interview: John Cross

Everton v Chelsea

Goodison Park, Today, 12.45pm TV: Live PremPlus Referee: M Riley Last time: Chelsea 1 Everton 0, Premiership, 6/11/04 Match odds: Everton 3/1, Draw 11/5, Chelsea 4/5

TEAM news

Banned Everton full-back Tony Hibbert is likely to be replaced by Gary Naysmith with Alessandro Pistone switching to the left. Tim Cahill (ankle) and Lee Carsley (muscle injury) are doubts but Leon Osman (knee) should be fit.

Chelsea winger Arjen Robben is out with a broken foot but striker Didier Drogba (thigh) should be fit.

LAWRO's verdict

This might be a draw as Everton will give Chelsea a major test - and a physical battle. Score: 1-1

NEED to know

Portsmouth v Aston Villa

Fratton Park, Today, 3pm TV: Highlights, BBC 1, 10.30pm Referee: B Knight Last time: Aston Villa 3 Portsmouth 0, Premiership, 06/11/04 Match odds: Portsmouth 11/10, Draw 11/5, Aston Villa 2/1

TEAM news

Fit-again Pompey duo Steve Stone and Andy Griffin return but a chest infection may delay the recall of Lomana LuaLua after a four-match ban. Linvoy Primus (virus), Arjan de Zeeuw (shin) and Gary O'Neil (groin) are all doubts.

Lee Hendrie is set to return for Villa after illness. Luke Moore will keep his place alongside Juan Pablo Angel.

LAWRO's verdict

Pompey are good at home and Villa were awful in first half against Arsenal last week. Score: 2-1

NEED to know

None of the last nine meetings in all competitions between these two teams have ended in an away win.

Man City v Man Utd

Maine Road, Tomorrow, 1pm TV: Live Sky Sports 1 Referee: S Bennett Last time: Man Utd 0 Man City 0, Premiership, 07/11/04 Match odds: Man City 3/1, Draw 11/5, Man Utd 4/5

TEAM news

Steve McManaman is set to make a rare start for City with Paul Bosvelt suspended. Another option is for Antoine Sibierski to drop back, allowing a recall for Jon Macken.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a big United doubt after picking up a calf injury on midweek duty with Portugal. Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs (both hamstring) are fit.

LAWRO's verdict

I fancy United despite their patchy recent record at City. United will keep pushing. Score: 1-2

NEED to know

United have won just won of the last six league meetings between the two sides.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Highbury, Monday, 8pm TV: Live Sky Sports 1

Referee: R Styles Last time: Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 1, Premiership, 6/11/04 Match odds: Arsenal 1/5, Draw 4/1, Crystal Palace 10/1

TEAM news

Sol Campbell is definitely still out due to a twisted ankle, and Pascal Cygan will partner Kolo Toure who has completed a three-game ban. Justin Hoyte picked up an injury on England Under-21 duty, but Edu (ankle) should be fit.

Palace welcome back defender Gonzalo Sorondo after suspension and all Palace''s internationals returned to club duty fit.

LAWRO's verdict

In the first half at Villa last week, Arsenal were back to their irresistible best. Score: 1-3

NEED to knowCrystal Palace have won only two out of 25 league games against Arsenal.
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