Bergkamp 18 Leading scorer Di Canio 13 Last season: 4-1
Arsenal will be without key midfielder Emmanuel Petit for today's match. The Frenchman has a badly bruised leg after France's 1-0 defeat in Russia on Wednesday. David Seaman should return to replace Alex Manninger in goal after a 13-game absence with a broken finger. Tony Adams and Ray Parlour are available after they pulled out of England's friendly against Switzerland in Berne. Steve Bould is fit again following a hand injury but is not included in Arsene Wenger's squad. Ian Wright's comeback will not be before next week, when Dennis Bergkamp will start a three-match ban.
Sheffield Wednesday's pounds 1.7m Macedonian international centre-back Goce Sedloski is likely to make his full Premiership debut in place of the injured Jon Newsome. Sedloski came on for Newsome during the 3-2 defeat at Bolton a fortnight ago. Graham Hyde is in contention for a midfield place after serving a two-match ban, with Norwegian international Petter Rudi suffering from a hamstring problem. There is a place in the squad for the former Benfica defender Emerson Thome, who was signed on a free transfer last week.
Barnsley v Liverpool
Redfearn 11 Leading scorer Owen 19 Last season: No fixture
Ashley Ward, who scored the only goal when Barnsley beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield in November, is out with a hamstring problem, while John Hendrie (ankle) is also unavailable. Jan-Aage Fjortoft and Georgi Hristov are most likely to start up front. Andy Liddell is doubtful after breaking his nose in the 4-3 win over Southampton a fortnight ago. Ales Krizan (knee) and Peter Markstedt (neck) are also out of contention, and centre back Adie Moses is suspended, so Matty Appleby, Scott Jones and Arjan de Zeeuw come into contention. Barnsley have won their last three Premiership games.
Karlheinz Riedle and Phil Babb are both back in the Liverpool squad after injury and could make their Premiership returns today. Babb's return could see manager Roy Evans reverting to a five-man back line while Riedle could partner Michael Owen up front. Evans, however, may decide to leave the teenage England player as a lone striker as he did at Tottenham a fortnight ago, with support from Steve McManaman running from midfield. Liverpool have only won one of their last eight Premiership games.
Bolton v Leicester
Blake 12 Leading scorer Marshall 8 Last season: No fixture
Colin Todd's squad has been strengthened by three transfer deadline signings. Bob Taylor, John Salako and Swiss forward Gaetano Giallanza are all likely to be involved in the game today. Top scorer Nathan Blake is suspended, so either Taylor or Giallanza will be chosen to partner Dean Holdsworth in attack. Gerry Taggart remains out with a long-standing groin problem and midfielder Scott Sellars (calf) is still is not fit. The departures of Jamie Pollock to Manchester City and Peter Beardsley to Fulham leave gaps in the midfield, where Salako is likely to make a debut as a winger. Bolton won 3-2 against Sheffield Wednesday a fortnight ago, their first Premiership win since December, to give their relegation fight some impetus.
Leicester welcome back Scottish international Matt Elliott after a leg injury. Tony Cottee, Garry Parker and Pontus Kaamark all come into contention after injury but Muzzy Izzet is still suspended. Captain Steve Walsh returned to training yesterday after an Achilles injury but is unlikely to be risked. Leicester have lost their last two Premiership matches.
Coventry v Derby
Dublin 19 Leading scorer Wanchope 15 Last season: 1-2
Coventry will continue to start with their veteran goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic as they look to extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches. The 40-year old lost his place to Magnus Hedman in January, but regained it when the 25-year old Swede damaged an ankle in training. Hedman returned from international duty this week but must wait to reclaim his place in starting line-up. Coventry set a new club record for six consecutive League wins before drawing 0-0 at Newcastle a fortnight ago and will be hoping to beat Derby as they try to maintain their late challenge for a place in Europe next season.
Derby are almost certain to be without goalkeeper Mart Poom (shoulder) and Russell Hoult will take over. Stefano Eranio (hamstring) is unavailable and Dean Sturridge completes a two-match ban. Lars Bohinen, signed from Blackburn this week, will make his debut. Robin van der Laan returns to the squad for the first time since he damaged an ankle against Manchester United in October. Jim Smith's side will be hoping to recover from the 5-0 home thrashing against Leeds a fortnight ago to maintain their own European challenge.
C Palace v Tottenham
Dyer 8 Leading scorer Ginola 9 Last season: No fixture
Crystal Palace's new signing, the pounds 1m Yugoslav international Sasa Curcic, will be given an immediate debut in today's relegation six-pointer against Tottenham. Palace will probably be without their Scotland B midfielder Jamie Fullarton, who was injured in training for his international match in midweek. The England Under-21 forward Bruce Dyer (ankle) is also struggling to be fit. Strikers Paul Warhurst (who has recovered from a broken leg) and Neil Shipperley (who has recovered from a hernia and scored for the reserves in midweek) may return.
Tottenham will be without David Ginola, who is suspended. Spurs are also missing Les Ferdinand, who is having acupuncture treatment on a back injury. Goalkeeper Ian Walker is back in contention following a shoulder operation and is expected to reclaim his place from Espen Baardsen. Spurs have won only one of their last five Premiership matches, but might be heartened by the fact that Palace are still looking for their first official home League win this season. Palace beat their tenants Wimbledon 'away' at Selhurst.
Everton v Aston Villa
Ferguson 9 Leading scorer Yorke, Milosevic 9 Last season: 0-1
Everton have included Peter Beagrie, a deadline day loan signing from Bradford, in their squad for today. Beagrie, back at Goodison for his second spell, has recovered from a hamstring injury to come into contention. Duncan Ferguson returns after being suspended for three games but Carl Tiler starts a two-match ban and Craig Short faces a late fitness test on a back injury. Everton have won just one game in their last six Premiership matches and are two points above the relegation zone. They have also played a game more than two of the sides in the bottom three.
Aston Villa's attack will be spearheaded by strikers Dwight Yorke and Julian Joachim, in the absence of Stan Collymore and Savo Milosevic. Collymore is still struggling to shake off a groin strain that has troubled him since his two-goal performance against Liverpool last month. Collymore has sought specialist advice about the problem, but Villa manager John Gregory has admitted that he is unsure about just when Collymore will be able to return to action. Milosevic is serving a one-match ban after collecting five bookings this season.
Man Utd v Wimbledon
Cole 22 Leading scorer Euell 8 Last season: 2-1
Manchester United hope to have Ryan Giggs and Peter Schmeichel back after hamstring injuries. Both have been back in training this week. Nicky Butt is still suffering from a calf injury. David Beckham, Andy Cole and Phil and Gary Neville, all unavailable for England in midweek, have fair chances of playing. Gary Pallister, although making progress after a recurrence of his back problems, may not be risked. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to partner Andy Cole up front, with Teddy Sheringham suspended for one match.
Wimbledon will not be able to give pounds 1.75m signing Mark Kennedy a debut. The former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland winger will be out for a fortnight with a hand injury. Efan Ekoku is still unavailable with an ankle injury, which will keep him out for the next two weeks. Joe Kinnear, who sold Vinnie Jones in midweek, has an otherwise full squad to select from. The Dons have won three of their last five Premiership matches but are only four points clear of the relegation zone. Kinnear said yesterday that he believed three wins from their remaining 10 games should guarantee safety.
Southampton v Newcastle
Davies 12 Leading scorer Barnes 7 Last season: 2-2
Southampton are likely to recall defender Richard Dryden for the visit of Newcastle today. Dryden has a back injury but is expected to recover in time to replace Dutch defender Ken Monkou, who is ruled out by a one-match ban. Winger Andy Williams is also serving a one game suspension while England Under-21 international Kevin Davies and David Hughes are still out with long-term ankle and rib injuries respectively. Defender John Beresford makes his first appearance against his old club since completing his pounds 1.5m move to the Saints.
Steve Howey will miss Newcastle's trip south after failing to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up in his side's 2-1defeat at home to Crystal Palace last week. Gary Speed could play despite picking up a back injury while on international duty in midweek, while defender Steve Watson is also in the squad after being out for six weeks with a foot injury. Watson completed 90 minutes in a reserve game last Monday, but a decision on his fitness will not be made until the last moment. Warren Barton and David Batty are suspended but Philippe Albert and Stuart Pearce are available.Reuse content