Previews: Liverpool in form for Old Trafford test

LONDON - Brief news ahead of this weekend's Premier League action.

Liverpool will look to in-form duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard to inspire an upset at leaders Manchester United on Sunday.

"Everyone knows (Torres's) partnership with Stevie is really good for us and now we can look forward to a very important game," midfielder Javier Mascherano told the club website.

United welcome back Ryan Giggs, Rafael and Jonny Evans while midfielder Owen Hargreaves stepped up his comeback from a long injury lay-off with a reserve team appearance on Thursday.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was in confident mood ahead of Sunday's trip to Blackburn Rovers.

"Only five teams have won the double (league and FA Cup) in 140 years in England. It won't be easy but I think we can do it," the Italian said.

Chelsea again have goalkeeping troubles with Petr Cech and Henrique Hilario still doubtful, meaning third-string Ross Turnbull should remain in goal. The hosts are also without first-choice keeper Paul Robinson.

Defender Paulo Ferreira is available again having missed Chelsea's midweek Champions League defeat by Inter Milan.

Rovers striker Franco Di Santo misses out under the terms of his loan from Chelsea.

West Ham United welcome strikers Benni McCarthy and Guillermo Franco back as they search for a first win in seven at third-placed Arsenal on Saturday.

Defender Herita Ilunga and midfielder Mark Noble are also in the squad after both trained this week.

Arsenal should be boosted by the return of midfield trio Cesc Fabregas, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Song but defender William Gallas is still sidelined, meaning Sol Campbell is likely to feature.

Manchester City's Javier Garrido and Kolo Toure are battling for a starting berth as manager Roberto Mancini looks to reshuffle his defence for Sunday's visit to Fulham following an injury to Wayne Bridge.

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who has scored 21 goals for City this season, has pledged his future to the club.

"When I came here last summer I was offered the big project and I am planning to be here for the long term," the 26-year-old said on the club website.

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross's return from suspension may be put on hold after picking up a knock in training. The Potters host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe has a hamstring injury so Peter Crouch or Eidur Gudjohnsen could partner in-form Russian Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Bolton Wanderers welcome back defender Sam Ricketts from suspension and fit-again midfielder Mark Davies for Saturday's visit to ninth-placed Everton.

New Hull City manager Iain Dowie could use young defender Liam Cooper as a replacement for the injured Kamil Zayatte for Saturday's trip to relegation rivals Portsmouth.

Bottom club Portsmouth will play their first match since being deducted nine points for entering administration.

Eighth-placed Birmingham City have defender Stuart Parnaby back from injury for Saturday's trip to Sunderland, meaning only midfielder Lee Carsley (ankle) and Gary O'Connor (hip) remain sidelined.

Wigan Athletic will give winger Charles N'Zogbia a late fitness test on a hip problem ahead of Saturday's home match against struggling Burnley.

The visitors, who have not won away in the league all season, welcome top scorer Steven Fletcher back from injury but Chris McCann and Steven Caldwell are out.

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