FA CARLING PREMIERSHIP 1995-96

GLENN MOORE'S TEAM-BY-TEAM GUIDE
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ARSENAL

Forecast 5th

The gaze has shifted, across North London, to Highbury as Bruce Rioch seeks to build a team to match the stadium. Doubts remain about the size of Dennis Bergkamp's fee but he has the quality to do well. David Platt will provide goals and more flexible ballast in midfield but Arsenal are still short of creativity. By the time further signings are blended in, and Rioch's passing philosophy instilled, the title may be beyond them but another cup is within reach.

Manager: Bruce Rioch

In: Dennis Bergkamp (Internazionale) pounds 7.5m; David Platt (Sampdoria) pounds 4.75m

Out: Stefan Schwarz (Fiorentina) pounds 2.5m; Kevin Campbell (Nottingham Forest) pounds 2.5m; Jimmy Carter (Portsmouth) free; Alan Smith (retired); Paul Davis (released)

Ground capacity: 38,500

Admission prices: pounds 11-pounds 25; pounds 5-pounds 5.50 concessions

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,000-5,000 available depending on game; pounds 11-pounds 11.50

Ticket enquiries: 0171-354 5404

Credit card bookings: 0171-413 3366

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2 Dixon

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6 Adams

7 Platt

8 Wright

9 Merson

10 Bergkamp

11 Helder

12 Linighan

13 Bartram

14 Keown

15 Parlour

16 Hartson

17 Hillier

18 Morrow

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21 McGoldrick

22 Selley

23 Dickov

24 Flatts

25 Marshall

26 Harper

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ASTON VILLA

Forecast 12th

Doubts at the back, where Paul McGrath's knees must creak into gear once more and Ugo Ehiogu, though improving, is often careless. But there is plenty of fresh drive, with Gareth Southgate and Mark Draper in midfield, while Savo Milosevic brings real possibilities to the attack. Brian Little's biggest problem may be the chairman's expectations as much work remains before the Holte End can dream of chasing titles again. At least last year's relegation struggle should be avoided.

Manager: Brian Little

In: Savo Milosevic (Partizan Belgrade) pounds 3.5m; Gareth Southgate (Crystal Palace) pounds 2.5m; Mark Draper (Leicester) pounds 3.25m

Out: Dean Saunders (Galatasaray) pounds 1.5m; Dalian Atkinson (Fenerbahce) pounds 1.7m; Shaun Teale (Tranmere Rovers) pounds 500,000; John Fashanu (retired)

Ground capacity: 36,000 ( more when the Doug Ellis Stand is completed)

Admission: pounds 12-pounds 15; concessions pounds 5-pounds 8

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2,500 available; pounds 13

Ticket enquiries: 0121-327 5353

Credit card bookings: 0121-327 7373 1 Bosnich 2 Charles 3 Staunton 4 Southgate 5 McGrath 6 7 Taylor 8 Draper 9 Milosevic 10 Johnson 11 Townsend 12 King 13 Spink 14 Wright 15 Fenton 16 Ehiogu 17 Carr 18 Yorke 19 Farrelly 20 Scimeca 21 Browne 22 Farrell 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Oakes 31 32

BLACKBURN

Forecast 4th

Manchester United were not the only team distracted by the Champions' League last season - less than half the entrants retained their domestic titles, and most of those who did were in one-horse leagues. Blackburn will suffer similarly, and are equally unlikely to be consoled by European success. At home they will be the team to beat but their solidity and confidence should ensure few do so. Last year's success may lead to a more fluid approach but do not bet on it.

Manager: Ray Harford

In: Matty Holmes (West Ham) pounds 600,000 plus player exchange; Adam Reed (Darlington) pounds 200,000

Out: Robbie Slater (West Ham) player exchange deal; Matt Dickins (Stockport County)

Ground capacity: 31,000

Admission: pounds 14-pounds 17.50; concessions pounds 7-pounds 8

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 1,500-4,000 depending on game; pounds 14 adult, pounds 7 child

Ticket enquiries: 01254-696 767

Credit card bookings: 01254-696 767

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3 Kenna

4 Sherwood

5 Hendry

6 Le Saux

7 Ripley

8 Gallacher

9 Shearer

10 Newell

11 Wilcox

12 Marker

13 Mimms

14 Makel

15 Holmes

16 Sutton

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21 Harford

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BOLTON

Forecast 20th

The new ground is only a year away but it is unlikely to be ready in time to host Premiership football. The omens were grim even before Bruce Rioch departed. In the last five years only Blackburn have been promoted through the play-offs and survived and Bolton have no Jack Walker. There will be big-money transfers, but in the wrong direction with Stubbs and McAteer coveted at Highbury and elsewhere. Plenty of spirit which may enable them to avoid the disintegration suffered by Swindon.

Manager: Roy McFarland

In: Gerry Taggart (Barnsley) pounds 1.5m; Andy Todd (Middlesbrough) pounds 250,000; Chris Fairclough (Leeds) pounds 500,000

Out: Peter Shilton (Coventry City) non-contract; Mark Seagraves (Swindon Town) pounds 100,000; Neil Fisher (Chester City) free; Andy Mason (Hull City)

Ground capacity: 21,500

Admission: pounds 11-pounds 15; concessions pounds 8-pounds 9

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,250; seats pounds 15, standing pounds 11

Ticket enquiries: 01204-521 101

Credit card bookings: 01204-521 101

1 Branagan

2 Green

3 Phillips

4 McAteer

5 Bergsson

6 Stubbs

7 Lee

8 Sneekes

9 Paatelainen

10 McGinlay

11 Thompson

12 McDonald

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15 Patterson

16 Davidson

17 Coleman

18 Spooner

19 Whittaker

20 Coyle

21 Fairclough

22 Taggart

23 Todd

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CHELSEA

Forecast 7th

Possibilities and problems in equal measure. Ruud Gullit has probably never played alongside the likes of Frank Sinclair before while Paul Furlong will come as a shock to Mark Hughes after working with Eric Cantona. Those players, and others, should learn much from these ageing maestros but only Dennis Wise will be on the same wavelength. Another season of reconstruction beckons as Glenn Hoddle seeks to develop the continental touch on the pitch and the board fight for the honour of finishing the job off it.

Manager: Glenn Hoddle

In: Mark Hughes (Manchester United) pounds 1.5m; Ruud Gullit (Sampdoria) free

Out: David Hopkin (Crystal Palace) pounds 850,000

Ground capacity: 31,000

Admission: pounds 10-pounds 35; concessions pounds 4-pounds 6

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 1,700-2,000 depending on game; pounds 12-pounds 17 adults, pounds 8 children

Ticket enquiries: 0891- 12 10 11

Credit card bookings: 0171-386 7799

1 Kharin

2 Clarke

3 Minto

4 Gullit

5 Johnsen

6 Sinclair

7 Spencer

8 Hughes

9 Stein

10 Peacock

11 Wise

12 Burley

13 Hitchcock

14 Furlong

15 Myers

16 Rocastle

17 Spackman

18 Newton

19 Kjeldbjerg

20 Lee

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COVENTRY

Forecast 15th

The juxtaposition of Mr Bojangles and the country's dullest club still takes some getting used to but there are signs that both parties are good for each other. Ron Atkinson no longer looks like a second-hand car saleman while ambition has been re-introduced into Coventry's vocabulary. A forward line of Peter Ndlovu, Dion Dublin, Isaias, the Brazilian, and John Salako is alluring but elsewhere the side looks too brittle.

Manager: Ron Atkinson

In: Isaias (Benfica) pounds 500,000; John Salako (Crystal Palace) pounds 1.5m; Carlos Batista (Farense) pounds 125,000; Paul Telfer (Luton) pounds 1m; Paul Williams (Derby) pounds 750,000; Peter Shilton (Bolton) free.

Out: Mike Marsh (Galatasaray) pounds 500,000; Steven Pressley (Dundee United) pounds 750,000; Sandy Robertson (Dundee United) pounds 250,000; Sean Flynn (Derby) pounds 250,000; Mick Quinn (PAOK Salonika) undisclosed; Roy Wegerle (out of contract); Paul Williams (Plymouth) pounds 50,000

Ground capacity: 23,500

Admission: pounds 12-pounds 20; conc pounds 4-pounds 10

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 4,000; pounds 15-pounds 18

Ticket enquiries:01203-225 545

Credit card bookings: 01203- 225 545

1 Ogrizovic

2 Borrows

3 Burrows

4 P Williams

5 Rennie

6 Richardson

7 Telfer

8 Isaias

9 Ndlovu

10 Dublin

11 Salako

12 Busst

13 Filan

14 Jenkinson

15 Cook

16 Darby

17 Pickering

18 Hall

19 Christie

20 Morgan

21 Batista

22 Boland

23 Gould

24 J Williams

25 Gillespie

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EVERTON

Forecast 8th

The dogs of war, having ensured survival last season, may be heading for the kennels as Joe Royle slowly restores the School of Science image he was weaned on. There will always be a place for Barry Horne but Anders Limpar and either Andrei Kanchelskis, or the more thoughtful skills of the youngster, Tony Grant, will now be alongside. More spending is likely, especially if Duncan Ferguson, the forward totem, loses his appeal against imprisonment. A European Cup-Winners' Cup run is well within reach.

Manager: Joe Royle

In: Craig Short (Derby County) pounds 2.4m plus player exchange; Andrei Kanchelskis (Manchester United) pounds 5m pending

Out: Gary Rowett (Derby County) pounds 250,000 plus player exchange

Ground capacity: 39,500

Admission: pounds 10-pounds 17; concessions pounds 6

Tickets and prices for away supporters:

2,800; pounds 16 adults, pounds 10 children.

Ticket enquiries: 0151-330 2300

Credit card bookings: 0151-471 8000

1 Southall

2 Barrett

3 Hinchcliffe

4 Unsworth

5 Watson

6 Ablett

7 Stuart

8 Rideout

9 Ferguson

10 Horne

11 Limpar

12 Amokachi

13 Kearton

14 Ebbrell

15 Jackson

16 Samways

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18 Parkinson

19 Barlow

20 Grant

21 Short

22 Holcroft

23 Smith

24 O'Connor

25 Moore

26 G Allen

27 Grugel

28 Price

30 Hennigan

32 Woods

33 Speare

34 P Holmes

LEEDS UTD

Forecast 6th

Only Paul Beesley to show for another fruitless summer wooing foreign forwards. Since the defence was already sound this is hardly likely to turn Leeds from fringe candidates to genuine title hopefuls. Tony Yeboah, in his first full season, could score heavily but lacks support. Only Gary McAllister has played to potential since the 1992 championship which now seems more of a one-off than ever. The fans' European campaign will be watched as closely as the players'.

Manager: Howard Wilkinson

In: Paul Beesley (Sheffield United) pounds 500,000

Out: Chris Fairclough (Bolton Wanderers) pounds 500,000

Ground capacity: 39,800

Admission: pounds 14-pounds 25

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 1,700-3,500; pounds 14-pounds 21

Ticket enquiries: 0113-271 0710

Credit card bookings: 0113-271 0710

1 Lukic

2 Kelly

3 Dorigo

4 Palmer

5 Radebe

6 Wetherall

7 Masinga

8 Wallace

9 Deane

10 McAllister

11 Speed

12 Pemberton

13 Beeney

14 White

15 Worthington

16 O'Leary

17 Tinkler

18 Forrester

19 Whelan

20 Sharp

21 Yeboah

22 Ford

23 Couzens

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LIVERPOOL

Forecast Champions

Looked promising last year and, although Stan Collymore is not the final piece in the jigsaw, he may tilt the balance in an open year. His arrival means Robbie Fowler can be rested occasionally while Ian Rush demonstrates the value of selflessness to both of them. Collymore's power should improve Liverpool's penetration at home leaving the inconsistency of David James and Phil Babb as the main worries. Could do well in Europe but may be best served by an early exit. Balanced squad, with more depth than most.

Manager: Roy Evans

In: Stan Collymore (Nottingham Forest) pounds 8.5m

Ground capacity: 41,003

Admission: pounds 12-pounds 16; concessions: joint ticket adult + child pounds 19.50-pounds 24

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,060; pounds 15-pounds 16

Ticket enquiries: 0151-260 8680

Credit card bookings: 0151- 263 5727

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2 R Jones

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5 Wright

6 Babb

7 Clough

8 Collymore

9 Rush

10 Barnes

11 Walters

12 Scales

13 Stensgaard

14 Molby

15 Redknapp

16 Thomas

17 McManaman

18 Charnock

19 Kennedy

20 Bjornebye

21 Matteo

22 Harkness

23 Fowler

24 L Jones

25 Ruddock

26 Warner

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MANCHESTER CITY

Forecast 19th

Alan Ball may find management a different proposition without Matthew Le Tissier to build a side around. A shortage of cash and quality points to a season of struggle which may lead to a reappraisal of Brian Horton's record. Georgi Kinkladze is an interesting addition but the problems are defensive, there is plenty of attacking flair if they can get the service. The biggest lift would a successful return from injury by Paul Lake - and a bad season for their neighbours.

Manager: Alan Ball

In: Georgi Kinkladze (Dynamo Tbilisi) pounds 2m; Kit Symons (Portsmouth) pounds 1.2m plus player exchange; Eike Immel (VfB Stuttgart) pounds 400,000

Out: Fitzroy Simpson and Carl Griffiths (Portsmouth) player exchange; Maurizio Gaudino (Eintracht Frankfurt) loan return; Stephen Finney (Swindon Town) free; Michael Quigley (Hull City) free; John Burridge (Notts County) free

Ground Capacity: 35,000

Admission: pounds 8-pounds 16; concessions pounds 5-pounds 7

Tickets and Prices for away supporters: 3,000; pounds 11

Ticket Enquiries: 0161-226 2224

Credit Card Bookings: 0161-227 9229

1 Coton

2 Edghill

3 Phelan

4 Lomas

5 Curle

6 Vonk

7 Kinkladze

8 Walsh

9 Quinn

10 Flitcroft

11 Beagrie

12 I Brightwell

13 Margetson

14 Griffiths

15 Kernaghan

16 Summerbee

17 Brown

18 D Brightwell

19 Simpson

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24 Mike

25 Dibble

26 Thomas

27 Ingram

28 Rosler

29 Foster

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MANCHESTER UTD

Forecast 3rd

A transitional season, over dependent on Eric Cantona's return, but one in which they will still challenge. Paul Parker's recovery, and Gary Neville's emergence, gives them options at the back while the combination of Roy Keane and Nicky Butt could consign Paul Ince to history. But Andrei Kanchelskis's pace and goals could be missed, especially if Ryan Giggs again struggles for fitness. Not as explosive, but still as attractive as anyone. A lot of 'ifs' - Cole, Cantona, Giggs - but the potential is there.

Manager: Alex Ferguson

Out: Paul Ince (Internazionale) pounds 6m; Mark Hughes (Chelsea) pounds 1.5m; Gary Walsh (Middlesbrough) pounds 250,000; Ashley Westwood pounds 40,000; Richard Irving (Nottingham Forest) pounds 50,000; Paddy Lee (Middlesborough) free; Mark Rawlinson (Bournemouth) free

Ground capacity: 30,000 rising to 55,000 when rebuilding is completed

Admission: pounds 11-pounds 18 for members; concessions half price.

Tickets and prices for away supporters:

No tickets available due to redevelopment.

Ticket enquiries: 0161-872-0199

1 Schmeichel

2 Parker

3 Irwin

4 Bruce

5 Sharpe

6 Pallister

7 Cantona

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12 May

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16 Keane

17 Cole

18 Davies

19 Butt

20 G Neville

21 McGibbon

22 Scholes

23 P Neville

24 Beckham

25 Pilkington

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MIDDLESBROUGH

Forecast 17th

Last year's title, the new stadium, and Bryan Robson's drive should enable a good start but it will soon go wrong if the team is not strengthened. Nick Barmby's pounds 5.25m purchase indicates that both the finance, and the will to use it, are there but it is just a start. The next investment will need to be in defence, then another midfielder and a partner for Jan Age Fjortoft. He and Alan Moore, a cultured left-winger, should link well with Barmby.

Manager: Bryan Robson

In: Gary Walsh (Manchester United) pounds 250,000; Nick Barmby (Tottenham) pounds 5.25m; Paddy Lee (Manchester United) free

Out: Andy Todd (Bolton Wanderers) pounds 250,000

Ground capacity: 30,000

Admission: pounds 8-pounds 15; concessions pounds 4-pounds 10

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2,800; pounds 8 children, pounds 12 adults

Ticket enquiries: 01642- 227 227

Credit card bookings: 01642 227 227

1 Miller

2 Cox

3 Morris

4 Vickers

5 Pearson

6 Whyte

7 Barmby

8 Pollock

9 Fjortoft

10 Hendrie

11 Mustoe

12 Moore

13 Walsh

14 Fleming

15 Whelan

16 Robson

17 Blackmore

18 Kavanagh

19 Moreno

20 Stamp

21 Hignett

22 Liddle

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NEWCASTLE

Forecast 2nd

Expectation is enormous but the new signings may need time. Footballers often struggle to settle in the north-east, despite its hospitable nature, and the new men are from different cultures. The worldly Les Ferdinand could adapt quickest, if he does he could be the biggest Gallowgate hero since Supermac, never mind Andy Cole. Equally important is the successful return from injury of Philippe Albert and Scott Sellars. Will be thrilling to watch when they have the ball, a bit more battle required when they do not.

Manager: Kevin Keegan

In: Les Ferdinand (QPR) pounds 6m; Warren Barton (Wimbledon) pounds 4m; David Ginola (Paris St-G) pounds 2.5m; Shaka Hislop (Reading) pounds 1.5m

Out: Barry Venison (Galatasaray) pounds 750,000; Alan Nielson (Southampton) pounds 750,000; Michael Jeffrey (Rotherham) pounds 80,000; Paul Bracewell (Sunderland) free.

Ground capacity: 36,518

Admission: 100% season ticket, prices from pounds 139-pounds 365. Concessions available

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 1,800; pounds 11.50 children, pounds 16 adults

Ticket enquiries: 0191- 261 1571

Credit card bookings: 0191- 261 1571

1 Srnicek

2 Barton

3 Beresford

4 Peacock

5 Fox

6 Howey

7 Lee

8 Beardsley

9 Ferdinand

10 Clark

11 Sellars

12 Hottiger

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15 Hislop

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18 Gillespie

19 Watson

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22 Appleby

23 Holland

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27 Albert

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NOTTM FOREST

Forecast 9th

Stan Collymore's ability will be missed, even if, judging by last year's estrangement, his personality will not. Frank Clark has gambled with his investments - Arsenal fans could not wait to get shot of Kevin Campbell; Andrea Silenzi has only ever had one goalscoring season; and Chris Bart- Williams is still waiting to graduate from "potential" to performance. However, Clark's transfer record is excellent and the shape of the team remains good. Could be England's best in Europe.

Manager: Frank Clark

In: Kevin Campbell (Arsenal) pounds 2.5m; Chris Bart-Williams (Sheffield Wednesday) pounds 2.5m; Andrea Silenzi (Torino) pounds 1.8m; Richard Irving (Manchester United) pounds 50,000

Out: Stan Collymore (Liverpool) pounds 8.5m; Gary Bowyer (Rotherham United)

Ground capacity: 30,587

Admission: pounds 16-pounds 18; concessions pounds 8

Tickets and prices for away supporters: up to 5,000; children pounds 10, adults pounds 17

Ticket enquiries: 0115- 952 6002

Credit card bookings: 0115-952 6024

1 Crossley

2 Lyttle

3 Pearce

4 Cooper

5 Chettle

6 Tiler

7 Phillips

8 Gemmill

9 Bohinen

10 Campbell

11 Stone

12 Lee

13 Rigby

14 Woan

15 Silenzi

16 Webb

17 Black

18 Haland

19 Howe

20 McGregor

21 Bart-Williams

22 Roy

23 Wright

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QPR

Forecast 10th

Simon Osborn is a shrewd signing, Geoffrey Goodridge a speculative one, and Ned Zelic is a bit of both. The one area Ray Wilkins has not invested is in central attack where Danny Dichio, 20, is likely to be handed Les Ferdinand's mantle. He and Kevin Gallen, 19, will thus form the youngest striking partnership in the country. Andy Impey and Trevor Sinclair should ensure they get plenty of chances but Wilkins has been dusting off his boots to make sure. Will be entertaining to watch, and may prosper in a cup.

Manager: Ray Wilkins

In: Ned Zelic (Borussia Dortmund) pounds 1.25m; Simon Osborn (Reading) pounds 1.1m; Geoffrey Goodridge (Torquay) pounds 250,000; Lee Charles (Chertsey); Andrew McDermott (Chertsey)

Out: Les Ferdinand (Newcastle) pounds 6m; Clive Wilson (Tottenham Hotspur) free; Michael Meaker (Reading); Mayrice Doyle (released)

Ground capacity: 19,072

Admission: pounds 8-pounds 20; concessions pounds 4-pounds 6

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,000; pounds 13-pounds 20, children half price

Ticket enquiries: 0181-749 5744

Credit card bookings: 0171-344 9494

1 Roberts

2 Bardsley

3 Brevett

4 Barker

5 McDonald

6 Maddix

7 Impey

8 Holloway

9 Dichio

10 Gallen

11 Sinclair

12 Penrice

13 Dykstra

14 Ready

15 Osborn

16 Zelic

17 Allen

18 Goodridge

19 Hodge

20 Wilkins

21 Yates

22 Charles

23 McDermott

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SHEFFIELD WED

Forecast 11th

The great conundrum. Good players, but not a team. David Pleat should instill a better shape but he will need better fortune than Trevor Francis had with injuries, notably to David Hirst and Chris Waddle. Otherwise goals will be a problem although the approach play should be delightful. Mark Pembridge's bustle is a valuable addition but here, as at so many clubs, the commodity required most is the one in greatest scarcity - time.

Manager: David Pleat

In: Marc Degryse (Anderlecht) pounds 1.5m; Mark Pembridge (Derby County) pounds 900,000

Out: Chris Bart-Williams (Nottingham Forest) pounds 2.5m

Ground capacity: 36,000, rising after alterations to the South Stand.

Admission: pounds 8.50-pounds 17; concessions pounds 5-pounds 11.5.

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,800; pounds 12.50, pounds 8.50 concessio.

Ticket enquiries: 0114-233 7233

Credit card bookings: 0114-234 3122

1 Woods

2 Atherton

3 Nolan

4 Pembridge

5 Petrescu

6 Linighan

7 Poric

8 Waddle

9 Hirst

10 Bright

11 Sheridan

12 Pearce

13 Pressman

14 Degryse

15 Sinton

16 Hyde

17 Walker

18 Ingesson

19 Whittingham

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22 Stewart

23 Key

24 Watts

25 Williams

26 Barker

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SOUTHAMPTON

Forecast 16th

Without him, no chance, with him, they should survive. It is going to be a season of panic for Dave Merrington every time Matthew Le Tissier goes down in a tackle. The dangers inherent in Southampton's over-dependence on Le Tissier illustrates why Terry Venables is disinclined to follow suit. His performances, and their results, are the counter argument. The club do have other decent players - Jim Magilton, Neil Shipperley, Richard Hall - but not enough of them. Worth watching, for you-know-who.

Manager: Dave Merrington

In: Alan Neilson (Newcastle United) pounds 750,000

Ground capacity: 15,000

Admission: pounds 12-pounds 18; concessions pounds 5-pounds 6

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 1,500; pounds 14-pounds 17

Ticket enquiries: 01703-337 171

Credit card bookings: 01703-337 171

1 Grobbelaar

2 Dodd

3 Benali

4 Magilton

5 Hall

6 Monkou

7 Le Tissier

8 Watson

9 Shipperley

10 Maddison

11 Heaney

12 Widdrington

13 Beasant

14 Charlton

15 Neilson

16 Hughes

17 Tisdale

18 Maskell

19 Allen

20 MacDonald

21 Bennett

22 Whiston

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TOTTENHAM

Forecast 14th

What a difference a year makes. Ardiles has gone but so have his World Cup signings Klinsmann and Popescu. Ilie Dumitrescu only remains as no- one else wants him. Klinsmann is irreplacable but Nick Barmby will be equally missed. Under Gerry Francis's aegis Chris Armstrong may mature as Les Ferdinand did but an often critical support may not wait for him to do so. Injuries and dissension mean the club begins unhappily. Things are unlikely to improve.

Manager: Gerry Francis

In: Chris Armstrong (Crystal Palace) pounds 4.5m; Clive Wilson (QPR) free

Out: Nick Barmby (Middlesbrough) pounds 5.25m; Gica Popescu (Barcelona) pounds 3m; Jurgen Klinsmann (Bayern Munich) pounds 1.25m; John Hendry (Motherwell) pounds 200,000

Ground capacity: 33,100

Admission: pounds 14-pounds 32; concessions pounds 7-pounds 11.50

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2,100-4,300 depending on game; pounds 15-pounds 21

Ticket enquiries: 0181-365 5050

Credit card bookings: 0171-396 4567

1 Walker

2 Austin

3 Edinburgh

4 Howells

5 Calderwood

6 Mabbutt

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9 Anderton

10 Sheringham

11 Armstrong

12 Dozzell

13 Thorstvedt

14 Nethercott

15 Wilson

16 Rosenthal

17 Turner

18 McMahon

19 Scott

20 Caskey

21 Hill

22 Kerslake

23 Campbell

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WEST HAM

Forecast 18th

Their spirited revival last year, and the presence of quality players like John Moncur and Marc Reiper, makes tipping them for the drop a dangerous business. The main problem is in attack where Tony Cottee has endured a series of dubious partners. The latest, Marco Boogers, has been a frequent scorer in weak teams in the Netherlands so he should feel at home. There are also gaps elsewhere and it would help if Don Hutchinson, the club's most expensive player at pounds 1.5m, showed the same single-mindedness as Julian Dicks.

Manager: Harry Redknapp

In: Marco Boogers (Sparta Rotterdam) pounds 1m; Robbie Slater (Blackburn) player exchange plus pounds 600,000; Stan Lazaridis (West Adelaide) pounds 300,000

Out: Matt Holmes (Blackburn) player exchange; Matt Holland (Bournemouth) free; Trevor Morley (Reading) free; Jamie Victory (Bournemouth)

Ground capacity: 26,002

Admission: pounds 14-pounds 25 with reductions for members; concessions pounds 8-pounds 10

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2,500-3,800 depending on game; pounds 14 adults, pounds 8 children

Ticket enquiries: 0181-548 2700

Credit card bookings: 0181-548 2700

1 Miklosko

2 Breacker

3 Dicks

4 Potts

5 Martin

6 Allen

7 Bishop

8 Rieper

9 Cottee

10 Moncur

11 Boogers

12 Rowland

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15 Brown

16 Hutchison

17 Lazaridis

18 Webster

19 Slater

20 Williamson

21 Feuer

22 Whitbread

23 Gordon

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WIMBLEDON

Forecast 13th

Gradual evolution from ugly scrappers to acceptable footballers continues, though it can only be completed when the Jones boy has moved on. Joe Kinnear's achievements here are not as widely recognised as they ought to be - although Ireland may come calling when Big Jack goes. In particular he has retained the world's-against-us mood which is so crucial to their survival while cutting back the physical excesses. Chris Perry and Alan Reeves provide a solid and improving defensive bulwark.

Manager: Joe Kinnear

In: Paul Heald (Leyton Orient) pounds 125,000

Out: Warren Barton (Newcastle United) pounds 4m; Steve Anthrobus (Shrewsbury Town) pounds 25,000

Ground capacity: 26,500

Admission: pounds 10-pounds 40 with discounts for members; concessions pounds 5-pounds 10

Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2,337-5,000 depending on game; pounds 15

Ticket enquiries: 0181-771 8841

Credit card bookings: 0181-771 8841

1 Segers

2 Cunningham

3 Kimble

4 Jones

5 Blackwell

6 Fitzgerald

7 Leonhardsen

8 Earle

9 Ekoku

10 Holdsworth

11 Gayle

12 Elkins

13 Heald

14 Goodman

15 Reeves

16 Thorn

17 McAllister

18 Ardley

19 Castledine

20 Harford

21 Perry

22 Clarke

23 Sullivan

24 Fear

25 Blissett

26 Newhouse

27 Payne

28 Talboys

29 Dobbs

30 Joseph

31 Thomas

33 Murphy

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