Bergkamp 19 Leading scorer Barnes 7 Last season: 0-1
Arsenal will be without four first-team regulars as Martin Keown, Lee Dixon and Ian Wright are all injured, and Dennis Bergkamp is suspended. Keown injured his eye in last Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Wolves and is being kept out today as a precaution, while Dixon will not be back before next Saturday at the earliest. Steve Bould will come in for Keown but Dixon's natural replacement, Gilles Grimandi, is not certain to play due to a back problem. Nicolas Anelka and Christopher Wreh are likely to continue up front as Bergkamp completes a three-match ban.
Kenny Dalglish will not name his side until the last moment, but Robert Lee and Steve Watson both have hamstring trouble and are unlikely to be involved today, although they are likely to come into contention for Monday's game against Barnsley. Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie has not trained for the last couple of days and is also a doubt. Dalglish must decide whether to start with John Barnes in midfield or rest him in preparation for Monday's game. Newcastle have not won in their last five Premiership matches.
Barnsley v Sheff Wed
Redfearn 13 Leading scorer Di Canio 13 Last season: No fixture
Barnsley will be without the suspended trio Darren Barnard, Darren Sheridan and Chris Morgan. They begin one, three and five match bans respectively, which means Danny Wilson will have to make some defensive changes. Arjan de Zeeuw should return for only his second game since 15 February after being out with a groin injury, while Matty Appleby is likely to complete the three centre-back line-up. Wilson will have to choose between Georgi Hristov and Jan-Aage Fjortoft up front to partner Ashley Ward.
Sheffield Wednesday's new Brazilian signing, Emerson Thome, may make his debut. The 26-year-old defender, who was signed for free last month, was an unused substitute for the last two games. The Owls have lost their last four away games, so Ron Atkinson may use three centre-backs - Thome, Des Walker and Goce Sedloski - in a tactically changed line-up. There could be changes in midfield as well, with the captain, Peter Atherton, beginning a two-match ban. Graham Hyde and Jim Magilton are in contention for returns.
Bolton v Blackburn
Blake 12 Leading scorer Sutton 20 Last season: No fixture
Bolton have serious defensive problems for today's game. Gudni Bergsson and Jimmy Phillips are suspended, while several others are struggling with injury. Chris Fairclough is certain to replace Bergsson, but manager Colin Todd has no recognised replacement for Phillips, with Robbie Elliott and Mike Whitlow both out for the rest of the season. Todd must also decide who to pair with top scorer Nathan Blake. Bob Taylor has started only once since returning on deadline day, while young Swiss striker Gaetano Giallanza has yet to make a Premiership start. One of them is likely to play today, with Blake's normal partner, Dean Holdsworth, having scored just once in 18 appearances.
Blackburn manager Roy Hodgson has no injury worries for the Lancashire derby apart from the long-term absentee Tim Flowers. Hodgson seems likely to stick with the team beaten 3-1 by Manchester United in midweek, with Swedish striker Martin Dahlin starting on the bench. Rovers have won twice in the last six Premiership matches, while their opponents have won twice since 1 December.
Chelsea v Tottenham
Vialli 17 Leading scorer Ginola 9 Last season: 3-1
Gustavo Poyet is back in Chelsea's squad for today's London derby, six months after suffering a ruptured cruciate knee ligament. The Uruguayan midfielder is likely to be a substitute at best today, but could play a role in next Thursday's European Cup-Winners' Cup semi-final against Vicenza. Russian goalkeeper Dmitri Kharine (knee) withdrew from the Chelsea squad yesterday, so Ed De Goey will play. Roberto Di Matteo is likely to feature today, although he will be banned from the European game after collecting a yellow card in the first leg. Frank Sinclair is still out with a thigh injury.
Darren Anderton, Les Ferdinand and John Scales are back in Tottenham's squad, but may be on the substitutes' bench. Ferdinand scored two goals in two games for the reserves this week after being out since February with knee and back trouble. Anderton also played in the reserve games after recovery from a long-term groin injury. Scales has not had a first- team chance this year. The manager, Christian Gross, however, is almost certain to persevere with Jurgen Klinsmann and Chris Armstrong up front.
Coventry v Aston Villa
Dublin 19 Leading scorer Yorke 11 Last season: 1-2
Coventry expect to be unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 at Leicester last week for today's follow-up Midland derby. Darren Huckerby has been under treatment for a groin injury, but is expected to play. Steve Ogrizovic, 41 in September, will play his 499th League match in goal. Manager Gordon Strachan, still not contemplating, in public at least, that his side are in contention for a Uefa cup place, said: "We need two points to avoid relegation. Then we will try to get as many points as possible to see how high we can finish up the league." Coventry are unbeaten in 13 matches in all competitions.
Savo Milosevic will not be recalled for Aston Villa after telling manager John Gregory he did not want to stay at the club - despite the fact that it was mainly due to the Yugoslavian that Villa managed to beat West Ham 2-0 last week. Apart from striker Stan Collymore, who is still recovering from a groin problem, Gregory has a full squad to choose from. A win for Villa will also revenge for their FA Cup exit at the hands of Coventry earlier this season, and maintain their upturn in form.
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Dyer 8 Leading scorer Marshall 8 Last season: No fixture
Paul Warhurst, who has been out since breaking his leg on 3 January, may return today for Crystal Palace. The versatile former Blackburn player has been in full training this week, although he missed out on a chance to build up his match fitness when a midweek reserve match was postponed. Strikers Neil Shipperley and Matt Jansen also hope to play after being treated for injuries this week. They stayed behind while the rest of the first-team squad visited Italy for a three-day training trip.
Leicester City striker Tony Cottee will miss the trip to Palace after aggravating a calf strain. Graham Fenton seems certain to win a rare starting place in attack because Ian Marshall is still out with a groin strain. Otherwise, manager Martin O'Neill is expected to name the side who drew 1-1 with Coventry at Filbert Street last weekend. Defender Rob Ullathorne starts a three-match ban.
Everton v Leeds
Ferguson 9 Leading scorer Hasselbaink 19 Last season: 0-0
Everton will recall Carl Tiler after suspension, but are still without the banned Slaven Bilic for today's visit of Leeds. Tiler is expected to take over in defence from teenager Richard Dunne, who played at Tottenham last weekend and was part of the Everton side that reached the FA Youth Cup final on Tuesday. Another youngster, Gavin McCann, made his full debut at White Hart Lane and should hold his place in midfield to play in his first senior game at Goodison Park. Everton have won one League game in their last six.
Leeds' manager George Graham is likely to name an unchanged side following the 3-1 midweek win over Chelsea. Rod Wallace is available again after shaking off a groin injury, but will not start because of the dynamic partnership between Jimmy Hasselbaink and Harry Kewell. Bruno Ribeiro is out with a groin problem, while David Hopkin has recovered from his eye injury. Leeds have won five of their last six Premiership matches to move to fourth in the table.
Southampton v Wimbledon
Davies 12 Leading scorer Euell 8 Last season: 0-0
Matt Le Tissier will miss today's game through suspension. Le Tissier is serving a one-match ban after being booked for the fifth time this season in the victory over Newcastle two weeks ago. England Under- 21 striker Kevin Davies could replace Le Tissier after returning from a two-month injury absence against Sheffield Wednesday last week. Midfielder Carlton Palmer is recalled after a one-match ban. Matthew Oakley misses the match with a twisted knee and winger Andy Williams is ruled out with a broken nose.
Mark Kennedy hopes to make his Wimbledon debut over the Easter programme and may feature today. Kennedy, signed from Liverpool for pounds 1.75m, has a hand injury, but said: "I am pushing to play myself over the Easter holiday weekend." Apart from the possible inclusion of Kennedy, Joe Kinnear is likely to field the same side that drew 0-0 with Bolton last week. The Dons, still not clear of the relegation zone, have won one League game in their last five.
West Ham v Derby
Hartson 22 Leading scorer Wanchope 15 Last season: No fixture
Derby manager Jim Smith must decide whether to give Russell Hoult another chance in goal or recall the fit-again first-choice Mart Poom. Hoult came in two weeks ago at Coventry when Poom injured a shoulder in training and the Estonian international was on the bench last Sunday against Chelsea. Captain Igor Stimac returns from a one- match ban to replace the injured Jacob Laursen in defence and Stefano Eranio should also back after missing two games with a hamstring tear.
West Ham manager Harry Redknapp will recall Israeli midfielder Eyal Berkovic to face the Rams after dropping him for the 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa last Saturday. Redknapp said: "He is a tremendous player, one of the best. But you have to pick teams to win games and we need squad players we can shuffle around." Redknapp has no new injury worries but Paul Kitson is still struggling with a groin strain. Tim Breacker and Ludek Miklosko are also still out.Reuse content