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LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Leaders Arsenal will look to maintain their fine form this season in the English Premier League when they take on Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

Cardiff v Arsenal

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Arsenal comes into Matchweek 13 with a four-point lead at the top of the EPL table standings and will hope to at least keep that comfortable space between them and their rivals with another victory.

The Gunners head into the contest with no fresh injury report, with manager Arsene Wenger also confirming the full-back Kieran Gibbs has returned to the squad after recovering from illness.

“Nothing is different from Marseille really. We have no injuries,” the Frenchman said on Arsenal official website (www.arsenal.com).

“Of course we have some little concerns. People were a little bit rested like Arteta, but they are all available now.”

On Gibbs’ return, he added: “Kieran Gibbs was sick but he has already recovered yesterday. He is now back in the squad.”

After clinching a late 2-2 draw with Manchester United last weekend, Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has revealed that he has a fully-fit squad to choose from to face Arsenal. He also hinted that he could stick with the same lineup that started against Man United.

Cardiff City (squad): Lewis, Marshall, Moore, Amondarain, Brayford, Caulker, Connolly, Hudson, Taylor, Theophile-Catherine, Turner, Cowie, Gunnarsson, Kim, Kiss, Medel, Mutch, Noone, Whittingham, Bellamy, Campbell, Cornelius, Maynard, Odemwingie, Smith, Velikonja.

Arsenal (squad): Fabianski, Szczesny, Viviano, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Sagna, Vermaelen, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Eisfeld, Flamini, Frimpong, Gnabry, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Miyaichi, Yennaris, Zelalem, Bendtner, Giroud, Park, Walcott.

Aston Villa v Sunderland

After pulling off a stunning 2-2 draw with West Bromwich in their last outing, Aston Villa play host to Sunderland hoping to prevent another dreadful start at Villa Park. Manager Paul Lambert is yet to decide on whether he will recall Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann to the Villa starting line-up after the pair impressed when coming on as substitutes against West Brom.

For Sunderland, defender Wes Brown has been cleared to play after winning his appeal against a red card decision in the defeat at Stoke last week. Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena are both set for returns after completing respective three-game suspensions.

Aston Villa (squad): Guzan, Steer, Baker, Clark, Lowton, Luna, Stevens, Vlaar, Albrighton, Bacuna, Delph, El Ahmadi, Gardner, Herd, Johnson, Stieber, Sylla, Tonev, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Helenius, Kozak, Weimann.

Sunderland (squad): Mannone, Westwood, Bardsley, Brown, Celustka, Diakite, Dossena, O’Shea, Roberge, Ba, Cabral, Cattermole, Colback, Gardner, Giaccherini, Johnson, Ki, Larsson, Mavrias, Altidore, Borini, Fletcher, Ji, Mandron, Moberg-Karlsson.

Everton v Stoke

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has called on others to step-up and fill the vacant slot of left-back Leighton Baines, who will miss the game against Stoke City at Goodison Park after being ruled out for six weeks with a broken toe. Martinez is yet to decide on who will feature in that position, but the likes of Gareth Barry, Bryan Oviedo and John Stones are all capable of playing that role. Everton is still without midfielder Darron Gibson and striker Arouna Kone, who are both out with knee injuries.

For Stoke, boss Mark Hughes goes into the contest without defender Robert Huth, who is down with a knee injury and striker Marko Arnautovic, who misses out because of a hamstring strain. However, Trinidad and Tobago forward Kenwyne Jones seems to have recovered from a shoulder problem and is available, while defender Marc Wilson (hip) and midfielder Stephen Ireland (shin) are expected to play as well.

Everton (squad): Howard, Robles, Alcaraz, Coleman, Distin, Heitinga, Hibbert, Jagielka, Oviedo, Stones, Barkley, Barry, McCarthy, Osman, Pienaar, Deulofeu, Gueye, Jelavic, Lukaku, Mirallas, Naismith, Vellios.

Stoke City (squad): Begovic, Sorensen, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Wilson, Adam, Assaidi, Edu, Etherington, Ireland, Ness, N’Zonzi, Palacios, Pennant, Shea, Whelan, Crouch, Jones, Walters.

Norwich v Crystal Palace

The battle for points heats up at Carrow Road where Norwich City play host to fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and their new manager.

Tony Pulis will take charge of first game with Crystal Palace and he knows that points are important in the fight against relegation. The former Stoke boss has been assessing his squad since taking over and he was impressed with the performance of teenager Sullay Kaikai, following the striker’s performance for club’s Under-21s squad. At the same time, the visitors will be without winger Yannick Bolasie, who starts his three-match ban after he was sent off last week. Adlene Guedioura (ribs), Glenn Murray (knee) and Jay Thomas (groin) are all out, while forward Marouane Chamakh (head) remains doubtful after being taken off in the last game.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton has fitness concerns to several key players, while he is still without Anthony Pilkington (hamstring), Robert Snodgrass (knee), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe), Alexander Tettey (ankle), goalkeeper Mark Bunn (ankle) and Elliott Bennett (knee).

Norwich City (squad): Bunn, Nash, Ruddy, Bassong, R Bennett, Garrido, Martin, Olsson, Turner, Whittaker, Hoolahan, Howson, Fer, Fox, Johnson, Redmond, Becchio, Elmander, Hooper, Van Wolfswinkel.

Crystal Palace (squad): Alexander, Price, Speroni, Blake, Delaney, Gabbidon, Mariappa, McCarthy, Moxey, Parr, Ward, Bannan, Campana, Dikgacoi, Grandin, Jedinak, Kebe, O’Keefe, Puncheon, Williams, Chamakh, Gayle, Jerome, Phillips.

West Ham v Fulham

Newcastle United (from): Alnwick, Elliot, Krul, Coloccini, Debuchy, Dummett, Haidara, Santon, S Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko, Tiote, Sa Ameobi, Sh Ameobi, Cisse, Gouffran, Remy.

West Brom (from): Daniels, Myhill, Dawson, Jones, Lugano, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Reid, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Brunt, Dorrans, Morrison, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Yacob, Anelka, Anichebe, Berahino, Long, Rosenberg, Sinclair, Vydra.

Newcastle v West Brom

Newcastle United (from): Alnwick, Elliot, Krul, Coloccini, Debuchy, Dummett, Haidara, Santon, S Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko, Tiote, Sa Ameobi, Sh Ameobi, Cisse, Gouffran, Remy.

West Brom (from): Daniels, Myhill, Dawson, Jones, Lugano, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Reid, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Brunt, Dorrans, Morrison, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Yacob, Anelka, Anichebe, Berahino, Long, Rosenberg, Sinclair, Vydra.

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