x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Premier League previews: Aguero set to miss out

Sergio Aguero will not be risked against Blackburn Rovers, and Alex Ferguson considers recalling Nemanja Vidic for Manchester United's visit to Anfield.

Manchester City v Aston Villa

Sergio Aguero, the Manchester City striker, will not be risked in today's Premier League match with Aston Villa. The Argentina forward is close to fitness after a groin injury but is likely to be left out with Tuesday's Champions League game against Villarreal in mind. Alex McLeish, the Aston Villa coach, admits that City's early season form has been "frightening" but insists that fear will not be a factor when his side travel to Etihad Stadium.

6pm, Abu Dhabi Sports 3

Norwich City v Swansea City

Swansea are boosted by the return to full fitness of the midfielder Leon Britton for their trip to Norwich. Britton missed the home win over Stoke with a back problem, but has been found fit for the visit to Carrow Road, although he may have to settle for a place on the bench after Joe Allen, Mark Gower and Wayne Routledge impressed against the Potters. Paul Lambert, the Norwich manager, has no injury worries ahead of the match.

6pm, Abu Dhabi Sports 7

QPR v Blackburn Rovers

Danny Gabbidon, the QPR defender, will miss today's encounter with Blackburn because of a knee injury. Armand Traore is likely to return after serving a one-match ban. Blackburn have hired Paul Clement as their new assistant manager, and he will take up the job immediately. The 39-year-old Clement has had two spells at Chelsea, including being the assistant first-team coach to Carlo Ancelotti. He left Stamford Bridge in the summer.

6pm, Abu Dhabi Sports 4

Stoke City v Fulham

Tony Pulis, the Stoke manager, has told his defenders that they are up against one of the best strike partnerships in the league today in Fulham's Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora. They "are as good as anything in the Premier League on their day", he said. Stoke are waiting to see if the sugar injection given to Matthew Etherington has cured his back problem. Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, said: "I think a 0-0 at Stoke would be a good result."

6pm, Abu Dhabi Sports 5

Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Roberto Martinez, the Wigan manager, said it would be wrong for anyone to draw conclusions from the current state of the Premier League table. Currently, Wigan and today's opponents, Bolton, are both in the relegation zone. "The difference between teams from eighth to 20th is very small and there are still the best part of eight months of the competition to go," he said. The Bolton goalkeeper, Jussi Jaaskelainen, is expected to be fit.

6pm, Abu Dhabi Sports 6

Chelsea v Everton

David Moyes, the Everton manager, is waiting on the fitness of Jack Rodwell, Tim Cahill, John Heitinga and Leon Osman. They all have unspecified injury problems. Andre Villas-Boas, the Chelsea manager, praised Moyes. "They are in a good situation and, once again, they are proving that David Moyes' work is something fantastic. Even with all the difficult financial problems they have, it's a club that's well organised and should make the English public proud."

6pm, Abu Dhabi Sports 3

Liverpool v Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson faces a selection dilemma over whether to recall the captain, Nemanja Vidic, for the match he calls "the game of the season". Vidic made his first appearance since injuring his calf in the opening-day win at West Brom in Serbia's Euro 2012 exit in Slovakia on Tuesday. Ferguson needs to decide if it is enough to warrant being thrown into the Anfield cauldron. Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is pushing for his first start since March.

6pm, Abu Dhabi Sports 3