Birmingham v West Brom
Birmingham Carling Cup winners 2011 does have a ring to it but with relegation very much a threat McLeish will need to ensure that there is no Cup winning hangover.
West Brom is side that has not won for a while but have drawn their last three matches – against West Ham they threw away a 3 goal lead then in games against Wolves and Stoke a late goal each time from Carlos Vela saved a point for West Brom.
West Brom have now gone 26 Premier League games without a clean sheet. Their only clean sheet this season came in the second game of the season when they beat Sunderland 1-0.
Arsenal v Sunderland
Sunderland have also lost their last four matches and any ambition to break into the top five has been replaced by the ambition to stay ahead of the other 15 Premier League sides.
They looked to be a very dispirited against Everton and you wonder if the losses to Chelsea & Tottenham at home knocked the stuffing out of the
After Arsenal there are games against Liverpool (h), and Manchester City (a) – a tough run.
What line up will Wenger put out – will he find a place for Aaron Ramsey? And a statistical note – Arsenal has the best record against teams in the bottom half; but only 7th against teams in the top half.
Other Saturday games in the Premier League include:
Bolton v Aston Villa, Fulham v Blackburn, Newcastle v Everton, West Ham v Stoke, and Manchester City v Wigan.
Juventus v AC Milan
Juventus have fired managers in the previous two seasons and you have to believe that Luigi Delneri is very close to becoming a third casualty.
Juve have lost 6 of their last 10 league matches and what had looked at Christmas to be a promising campaign has turned very ugly with the side now sitting 7th in the league table but slipping fast.
They are 17 points behind Milan and have lost successive matches to Lecce and Bologna
Milan are riding high in Serie A – unbeaten in their last 10 Serie A matches Milan lead the league and second place Inter are 5 points behind.
Hannover (3rd 44 points) is enjoying their best ever season and has Bayern Munich (4th – 42 points) as visitors.
Barcelona are at home to 15th placed Real Zaragoza who have relegation troubles top of mind. They are only two points above Sporting Gijon who currently occupy the final relegation spot.
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