BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Sport: Football: FA Carling Premiership
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Two into one must go
Liverpool
Bradford hope that Liverpool will step off the pedal at Valley Parade
Kick offs at 1600 BST on Sunday 14 May

Sunday's climax to the Premiership season sees Bradford and Wimbledon in a straight north-versus-south fight to hold on to their Premiership status.

Bradford face Liverpool at Valley Parade, knowing that their fate lies in the hands of Wimbledon, who travel to Southampton.

The Dons are level on points with the Bantams, but have a clear advantage on goal difference.


Premiership fixtures
Aston Villa v Man Utd
Bradford v Liverpool
Chelsea v Derby
Everton v Boro
Newcastle v Arsenal
Sheff Wed v Leicester
Soton v Wimbledon
Tottenham v Sunderland
Watford v Coventry
West Ham v Leeds
Bradford's task is complicated by Liverpool's own ambition to finish third and claim a place in next season's Champions League.

The Reds must hope for a positive result at Valley Parade and for Leeds to slip up at West Ham.

Elsewhere it is pride and the cash rewards for each place in the Premiersip which will be on the minds of all the clubs, although Chelsea, Aston Villa and Arsenal all have cup finals to prepare for.

Three main games

Southampton v Wimbledon

Winger Stuart Ripley (knee) has been ruled out of Southampton's final game of the season against relegation-threatened Wimbledon.

Striker James Beattie is struggling to overcome an ankle problem while Nowegian Claus Lundekvam is expected to be recalled.

Wimbledon have to do without the suspended John Hartson.

Skipper Kenny Cunningham hopes to overcome a long-standing groin injury to play.

Bradford City v Liverpool

Michael Owen and Dietmar Hamann return for Liverpool as they bid for a Champions League place.

Steven Gerrard may overcome injury, while Sander Westerveld and Sami Hyppia, who have been struggling with ankle problems will play.

Peter Beagrie (Achilles) and Wayne Jacobs (thigh) are Bradford's only injury worries as they battle to avoid the drop.

West Ham v Leeds

Leeds United will know at the end of Sunday whether they will be playing Champions League or Uefa Cup football next season.

West Ham have no fresh injury worries for their final Premiership game with Leeds.

Marc Keller has recovered from the illness which ruled him out last weekend at Sunderland.

Leeds skipper Lucas Radebe is set to return and goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has dismissed injury fears.


Elsewhere

Aston Villa v Man Utd

Villa midfielder Ian Taylor is set to end his Premiership exile in the final game of the season.

Taylor has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury. Steve Stone pushes for a place after a five match absence.

Forward Quinton Fortune, Jonathan Greening and Danny Higginbotham may start for United.

Darren Fletcher's chance of becoming Manchester United's youngest debutant for 44 years has been dashed by red tape as the 16-year-old is still a schoolboy.

Chelsea v Derby

Defenders Graeme Le Saux and Jes Hogh are ruled out for Chelsea with ankle injuries.
carbonari
Derby's Carbonari will miss the game

Derby will end their Premiership campaign without two of the players who helped them stay in the top flight.

Darryl Powell and Argentine central defender Horacio Carbonari both miss the game at Stamford Bridge after undergoing hernia operations this week.

But wing-back Rory Delap and midfielder Seth Johnson return for the trip after serving one-match bans.

Everton v Middlesbrough

Everton will be without Mark Pembridge, who has a hamstring injury, are unlikely to have Abel Xavier back.

Francis Jeffers has been suffering from a thigh strain but could play.

Defender David Weir definitely plays before a hernia operation next week.

Boro defender Gary Pallister is back in the squad for the trip.

But German international Christian Ziege is out after undergoing surgery for a hernia.

Newcastle v Arsenal

Defender Aaron Hughes is a doubt for Newcastle suffering a groin strain in training.

Nikos Dabizas could be available after returning from Greece following the death of his father. Steve Howey is back from a hamstring injury.

Gunners' Emmanuel Petit, who picked a minor ankle injury against Everton and missed the home game with Sheffield Wednesday, is unlikely to figure.

Tony Adams is also set to miss out.

Sheff Wed v Leicester

Niclas Alexandersson is the only doubt for the relegated Owls, with a torn stomach muscle.

Caretaker manager Peter Shreeves is likely to name the side that drew 3-3 at Arsenal, with Des Walker fit to play after overcoming a back problem.

The Foxes are also set to be unchanged after wins over Bradford and Liverpool.

Gerry Taggart and Tim Flowers are both recovering well from injuries but will not be risked.

Tottenham v Sunderland

Niall Quinn limped out of Sunderland's 1-0 win against West Ham last week, but will return at White Hart Lane.
sherwood
Sherwood makes a welcome return

Alex Rae will come back into contention aftyer completing a two-game ban and Milton Nunez is also available after international duty.

Spurs welcome back Tim Sherwood and Oyvind Leonhardsen after long absenses.

Both players took in a testimonial for Justin Edinburgh at Portsmouth in midweek and had no adverse reactions.

Watford v Coventry

The Hornets will be without Micah Hyde against Coventry as he is starting a three-game suspension.

Nordin Wooter is ruled out with an ankle injury but Tommy Mooney and Dominc Foley are vying for a starting role up-front.

Coventry skipper Gary McCallister could lose his ever-present record after damaging a disc in his back.

He is having round-the-clock treatment in a desperate bid to play.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

09 May 00 | FA Carling Premiership
Wednesday relegated
06 May 00 | FA Carling Premiership
Henry crushes Blues' European dream
07 May 00 | FA Carling Premiership
Reds draw another blank
06 May 00 | FA Carling Premiership
Man Utd celebrate in style
06 May 00 | FA Carling Premiership
Foxes prompt Bradford slump
06 May 00 | FA Carling Premiership
Super Hartson hands Dons lifeline
06 May 00 | FA Carling Premiership
Rams ensure their survival
06 May 00 | FA Carling Premiership
Brave Hornets fight on