PREMIER LEAGUE BRIEFING
Sunday, April 15
Man Utd (1) v Aston Villa (15)
Sir Alex Ferguson intends to recall Paul Scholes to his starting line-up after he was rested for Wednesday's defeat at Wigan. Ferguson reports no fresh injury concerns from the DW Stadium setback, which saw United's lead at the top cut to five points.
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish will check on the fitness of Chris Herd (head) and Stephen Warnock (ankle), with Charles N'Zogbia and Gary Gardner in contention to replace the duo. Midfielder Fabian Delph has returned to training after his ankle injury suffered when on loan at Leeds, while winger Marc Albrighton is battling to overcome a thigh problem.
Last season: Man Utd 3 Aston Villa 1, Aston Villa 2 Man Utd 2
Last five league matches: Man Utd W W W W L; Aston Villa W L L D D
Top scorers: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 30; Darren Bent (Aston Villa) 10
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
Monday, April 16
Arsenal (3) v Wigan (17)
Full-back Kieran Gibbs has a 50-50 chance of returning from a groin injury and Gervinho (ankle) is also likely to be back, while midfielders Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin (both hamstring) are set to return to the squad next week for full training. Defenders Per Mertesacker (ankle) and Laurent Koscielny (suspended) miss out.
Striker Hugo Rodallega is Wigan's only injury concern. Rodallega has not played for the Latics since March 11 due to a knee problem but is back in training and will be assessed before the trip to north London.
Last season: Arsenal 3 Wigan 0, Wigan 2 Arsenal 2
Last five league matches: Arsenal W W L W W; Wigan D W W L W
Top scorers: Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 34; Victor Moses, Franco Di Santo, Ben Watson & Jordi Gomez (Wigan) 4
Referee: Andre Marriner
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