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Aston Villa v Arsenal

Yorke 15 Leading scorer Bergkamp 22 Last season: 2-2

The Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor will almost certainly miss tomorrow's game with a thigh problem. Lee Hendrie, also taken off against Wednesday with a calf strain, should be fit to return in the midfield against Arsene Wenger's title-winning side. Goalkeeper Mark Bosnich is hoping to reclaim his place from Michael Oakes after a bout of flu. Villa are definitely without defenders Steve Staunton and Riccardo Scimeca, who both have hamstring injuries. Simon Grayson may move forward from defence to replace Taylor.

Arsenal will have almost a full-strength team after Emmanuel Petit and Dutch winger Marc Overmars both passed fitness tests. With the title already won, manager Arsene Wenger rested six key players in midweek while Petit was out with a shin injury and Overmars nursing a damaged ankle. Wenger recalls Tony Adams, David Seaman, Martin Keown, Patrick Vieira, Nigel Winterburn and Nicolas Anelka. Ian Wright is likely to lead the attack alongside Anelka, with Liberian Chris Wreh on the substitutes' bench. The only significant omission will be the injured Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp.

Barnsley v Manchester Utd

Redfearn 14 Leading scorer Cole 24 Last season: No fixture

Danny Wilson has a full Barnsley squad to choose from his team's last Premiership match before their return to the Nationwide League. With no injury worries, Wilson can call on the services of the Macedonian international striker Georgi Hristov and central defender Chris Morgan. Both players are available again after completing three and five-match bans respectively. Barnsley have conceded 80 Premiership goals this season, 33 of them at home. Despite a brief rally earlier in the year, they have picked up only one point from the last 12.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will make several changes tomorrow to give games to some of his fringe players. Henning Berg, John Curtis, Michael Clegg and Philip Mulryne are all likely to start.

Raimond van der Gouw will continue in goal in place of Peter Schmeichel, who is troubled with his hamstring injury. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is suspended and Ronny Johnsen is recovering from his cartilage operation. Brian McClair could make an emotional final League start for United after being told his Old Trafford days are over.

Blackburn v Newcastle

Gallacher, Leading scorer Shearer, Barnes 7 Sutton 20 Last season: 1-0

Billy McKinlay is available to help Blackburn attempt to secure their place in next season's Uefa Cup.The Scottish midfielder, who has been in doubt all week with an ankle injury, has been passed fit. Damien Duff will also be involved after coming through a check on an injured groin but captain Tim Sherwood has an ankle problem and will not play again this season. Manager Roy Hodgson must decide between goalkeepers John Filan, who has started the last three games, and fit-again Tim Flowers. Jeff Kenna played in an unfamiliar wing-back position last week but is likely to revert to full-back at the expense of either Gary Croft or Patrick Valery.

Kenny Dalglish will put out his strongest Newcastle side for the final Premiership game of the season, rejecting any notions he may play a weakened side with the FA Cup final against Arsenal less than a week away. Captain Rob Lee and defender Steve Howey have both responded well to treatment on their respective foot and calf injuries and should both start. The only member of the squad unlikely to be available is Darren Peacock, who has a calf injury.

Chelsea v Bolton

Vialli 18 Leading scorer Blake 14 Last season: No fixture

Frank Leboeuf has made an unexpected return from an ankle injury. He picked up the injury in last week's 3-1 defeat at Newcastle, but played 45 minutes in Kevin Hitchcock's testimonial against Nottingham Forest in midweek and is confident of being fit. Gianfranco Zola continues to receive treatment in Italy on a groin injury while Jamaican defender Frank Sinclair is also a big doubt with a similar problem. Captain Dennis Wise has a toe injury, Michael Duberry is struggling to recover from an ankle problem, Graeme Le Saux has a calf strain and defender Andy Myers has a back problem.

Bolton's player of the year, Andy Todd, could miss out on playing in tomorrow's relegation decider, because his father, manager Colin Todd, will not pick him. The defender is likely to be left on the bench. Todd Snr is expected to stick with Gerry Taggart - who came in when his son served a one-match ban - and kept his place as Bolton won their last two games. Bolton face worries over strikers Dean Holdsworth and Bob Taylor, who both face fitness tests on hamstring injuries ahead of the biggest day of their season.

Crystal Palace v Sheff Wed

Dyer 8 Leading scorer Di Canio 14 Last season: No fixture

Crystal Palace are likely to be without their French defender Valerien Ismael for their final Premiership game of the season (and of the near future). Ismael was injured in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with West Ham and that might mean ex-Wolves defender Jamie Smith coming in as right wing-back and captain Marc Edworthy switching into the middle. The England Under-21 and B squad striker Matt Jansen, who has made such an impression since joining from Carlisle earlier this season, could return from injury. Palace have won two of their last five League games and drawn one.

Sheffield Wednesday's Ron Atkinson, is likely to give his promising 19- year-old striker, Francesco Sanetti, his first start at Crystal Palace tomorrow. Sanetti made a stunning debut when coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa last weekend, scoring the Owls' consolation goal as well as hitting the woodwork. The Italian will play alongside compatriot Paolo Di Canio as Andy Booth is out through suspension following his dismissal against Everton two weeks ago. Wednesday have won one game in their last five.

Derby v Liverpool

Wanchope 16 Leading scorer Owen 23 Last season: 0-1

Derbys are without several top players for tomorrow's final game of the first season at Pride Park. Injuries and suspensions have affected Jim Smith's plans since the season started and the story is a familiar one as he prepares for the visit of Liverpool. Italian wing-back Stefano Eranio is out with a groin injury while midfielder Darryl Powell and striker Deon Burton are on international duty with Jamaica. Striker Francesco Baiano is fit again after a knee injury and captain Igor Stimac could also be back after missing three games with a chest infection.

Jason McAteer is definitely out of the Liverpool side with a leg injury. Captain Paul Ince is very doubtful with an ankle problem. Robbie Fowler, Rob Jones and Dominic Matteo are all out, while Patrik Berger and Bjorne Kvarme have flu. Jamie Redknapp, struggling with knee ligament trouble, has only a remote chance of being fit. It could mean that Michael Thomas could play, and youngsters Gareth Roberts and Haukur Ingi Gudnason are likely to be in the squad. Danny Murphy and David Thompson could also come into contention.

Everton v Coventry

Ferguson 11 Leading scorer Dublin 22 Last season: 1-1

New signing John Spencer is Everton's only injury doubt as they prepare for tomorrow. He has a groin problem and has only just started light training. Howard Kendall is likely to restore French striker Mickael Madar to the starting line-up after leaving him on the substitutes' bench for the 4-0 defeat at Arsenal last weekend. Tomorrow's game is already a 40,000-plus sell-out and will rekindle memories of the last-day encounter with Wimbledon four seasons ago that Everton won to avoid the drop.

England B striker Darren Huckerby is doubtful for Coventry. The 22-year- old, who has scored 15 times this season, damaged an ankle in training. Third-choice goalkeeper Tynan Scope fell on the striker's leg during a practice session on Monday and Huckerby has been unable to train since. The obvious replacement if Huckerby cannot play would have been Viorel Moldovan, but he is with the Romanian World Cup squad and will not rejoin Coventry until pre-season training. City's manager, Gordon Strachan, said that he would like Huckerby to play, but if he is unfit, Simon Haworth will be deputise.

Leeds Utd v Wimbledon

Hasselbaink 22 Leading scorer Leaburn, Euell 8 Last season: 1- 0

Leeds' defender Martin Hiden is manager George Graham's only doubt for tomorrow's final Elland Road match of the season. The pounds 1.5m centre- half damaged a hamstring in training and will undergo a late fitness check. If he is not deemed fit enough to play he will be replaced by either Lucas Radebe or Gary Kelly at the heart of the defence. Graham's only other casualties are the Portuguese midfielder Bruno Ribeiro, who recently underwent surgery on a groin injury, and Dutch defender Robert Molenaar, who is missing with a with a knee problem. Leeds' Uefa Cup place is already assured.

The Wimbledon midfielder and captain Robbie Earle is fit after three weeks out with a broken toe, and as well as being included in the squad for tomorrow's game, has been given the all-clear to play for Jamaica in the World Cup Finals in France this summer. "The specialist told me the fracture is healing as expected and that I would do no further damage to it by playing," Earle said. "There is bound to be some discomfort but the important thing is that I will be able to play." The Dons are likely to have an otherwise unchanged team.

Tottenham v Southampton

Jurgen Klinsmann will make his last-ever appearance for Tottenham at White Hart Lane against Southampton tomorrow in a game which also marks the end of Gary Mabbutt's 16 years' service at the club. But while Klinsmann will start the game, club captain Mabbutt - whose contract is not being renewed - is only likely to be on the bench and hoping for a late appearance as substitute. Defender Ramon Vega is available again after suspension but faces a late fitness test on a broken nose, while David Howells, Clive Wilson and Steffen Iversen are all definitely out.

John Beresford hopes to be fit for Southampton's final game of the season. Beresford, a pounds 1.5m signing from Newcastle in February, has been forced to miss the last two games with an ankle injury but returned to training this week. Defender Richard Dryden is expected to recover from a virus which kept him out of last weekend's defeat against Derby. England Under- 21 striker Kevin Davies is still unavailable with the knee injury that has kept him out of contention for the last four games.

Ginola 9 Leading scorer Le Tissier 13 Last season: 3-1

West Ham v Leicester

Hartson 24 Leading scorer Marshall 10 Last season: 1-0

West Ham's Rio Ferdinand will have a late fitness check on a neck injury to see if he can play for the Hammers tomorrow. The England defender missed the 3-3 midweek draw at Crystal Palace, but is hoping to be fit for a match that Harry Redknapp's side must win if they are to have a chance of qualifying for European football next season. If Ferdinand fails to make it, captain Steve Lomas will move from defence back into midfield, Trevor Sinclair will rejoin Paul Kitson up front, and Samassi Abou will drop to the bench. West Ham have drawn two, lost two and won one of their last five games.

Leicester City manager Martin O'Neill should have two key players back for their final game of the season. Garry Parker has recovered from a groin strain, while Swedish defender Pontus Kaamark is making good progress after suffering a back injury. Ian Marshall will play in attack or defence depending on whether Kaamark is passed fit. Leicester have won two and drawn three of their last five Premiership games and could still mathematically qualify for a Uefa Cup place if they won and other results go their way.


Home Away

Pl Pts GD W D L F A W D L F A

Arsenal (C) 37 78 +36 15 2 2 43 10 8 7 3 25 22

Man Utd 37 74 +45 13 4 2 42 9 9 4 5 29 17

Liverpool 37 65 +27 13 2 4 42 16 5 9 4 26 25

Chelsea 37 60 +26 12 2 4 35 14 7 1 11 34 29

Leeds 37 58 +11 9 4 5 30 20 8 3 8 26 25

Blackburn 37 55 +4 10 4 4 39 26 5 6 8 17 26

Aston Villa 37 54 0 8 3 7 25 24 8 3 8 23 24

Leicester 37 53 +11 6 10 3 21 15 7 4 7 27 22

West Ham 37 53 -2 12 4 2 36 15 3 4 12 16 39

Derby 37 52 +2 11 3 4 32 18 4 4 11 19 31

Coventry 37 51 2 8 9 2 26 17 4 6 8 19 26

Southampton 37 47 -5 10 1 8 28 23 4 4 10 21 31

Newcastle 37 44 -8 8 5 6 22 20 3 6 9 13 23

Sheff Wed 37 44 -14 9 5 5 30 26 3 3 12 22 40

Wimbledon 37 43 -12 5 6 8 18 25 5 7 6 15 20

Tottenham 37 43 -12 7 7 4 22 21 4 3 12 21 34

Bolton 37 40 -18 7 8 4 25 22 2 5 11 16 37

Everton 37 39 -15 7 4 7 24 26 2 8 9 16 29

Barnsley (R) 37 35 -43 7 4 7 25 33 3 1 15 12 47

C Palace (R) 37 30 -35 1 5 12 14 39 6 4 9 22 32