The Football Daily: April 28

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In Thursday's Football Daily…

Chelsea host Spurs in the pick of Saturday's games, with the Blues hoping to put pressure on Manchester United at the top.

Fernando Torres is vying for a start after scoring his first goal in the win against West Ham last weekend, although Michael Essien will miss out through injury.

Elsewhere, Blackburn will be looking for a win against Bolton to ease their relegation fears while Blackpool will be hoping to do the same when they welcome Stoke.

Wigan will also be after another vital three points when they host Everton, with Sunderland and Fulham meeting at the Stadium of Light.

Meanwhile, West Brom and Aston Villa meet in a Midlands derby, with both sides now seemingly safe in the Barclays Premier League for another season.

Arsenal host Manchester United in Sunday's big game with the former hoping to keep their distant title hopes alive.


Thomas Vermaelen could make a surprise return for the Gunners after a midweek reserve team outing, while Dimitar Berbatov is the only recent injury worry for the visitors.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are chasing a place in the top three and they meet West Ham - minus the inspirational Scott Parker - at Eastlands.

Andy Carroll faces a race to be fit in time to face former employers Newcastle, who travel to Anfield on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Birmingham face Wolves in another basement battle.

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