Last season: 0-0
ARGENTINIAN DEFENDER Nelson Vivas has been given a vote of confidence by manager Arsene Wenger for Aston Villa's visit to Highbury. He will deputise for broken-nose victim Nigel Winterburn in Arsenal's quest to keep their Premiership crown. Substitute Vivas left Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink unmarked to score the late goal on Tuesday night which gave Manchester United pole position in the title race.
Aston Villa's rookie striker Darius Vassell is hoping to make the first Premiership start of his career as Villa chase the three points that would ensure they qualify for the Intertoto Cup. Stan Collymore is still absent and Dion Dublin is absent due to hernia surgery. Midfielder Lee Hendrie, suffering with an ankle injury, has resumed light running and could figure.
ARSENAL (from): Seaman, Dixon, Keown, Adams, Vivas, Parlour, Vieira, Petit, Overmars, Bergkamp, Anelka, Kanu, Diawara, Hughes, Bould, Grimandi, Lukic.
ASTON VILLA (from): Oakes, Watson, Calderwood, Southgate, Wright, Stone, Draper, Barry, Taylor, Joachim, Merson, Vassell, Ehiogu, Thompson, Samuel, Enckleman.
Referee: D Elleray.
Charlton v Sheffield Wednesday
Last season: No fixture
CHARLTON MANAGER Alan Curbishley hopes to have a near full-strength squad for the club's do-or-die relegation battle with Sheffield Wednesday at The Valley. Centre-half Richard Rufus twisted his ankle in training but is hopeful of being fit. Long-term injuries Paul Mortimer and goalkeeper Simon Royce are out but Sasa Ilic is back in contention for the No 1 shirt.
Sheffield Wednesday's England left-back Andy Hinchcliffe has undergone surgery on a troublesome knee injury and will miss the last game of the season. Dejan Stefanovic will again deputise in what is certain to be the Yugoslav's last game, as he is due to leave Hillsborough this summer. Midfielder Philip Scott is also out with an Achilles problem.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC (from): Ilic, Petterson, Powell, Brown, Youds, Mills, Tiler, Rufus, Barnes, Bowen, Kinsella, Redfearn, Hunt, Pringle, Mendonca, Bright, Stuart, K Jones, S Jones, Newton, Konchesky, Parker.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (from): Srnicek, Atherton, Jonk, Newsome, Walker, Carbone, Booth, Sanetti, Humphreys, Briscoe, Stefanovic, Cresswell, Emerson, Alexandersson, Rudi, Sonner, McKeever, Haslam, Morrison, Quinn, Pressman.
Referee: M Reed.
Chelsea v Derby County
Last season: 4-0
CHELSEA PLAYER-MANAGER Gianluca Vialli can pick from virtually a full-strength squad for the visit of Derby to Stamford Bridge, although the Italian would rather have had that luxury when his side had the opportunity to challenge for the Premiership title. The only absentees are long-term injury victims Pierluigi Casiraghi (knee) and Andy Myers (Achilles).
Derby defender Tony Dorigo is still troubled by the back injury which has kept him out of the last four games and is doubtful. Derby manager Jim Smith also has problems on the right-hand side of his defence where Rory Delap is doubtful with a groin injury. Midfielder Lars Bohinen is likely to miss out for the second week running with a torn calf muscle.
CHELSEA (from): Babayaro, De Goey, Desailly, Di Matteo, Duberry, Ferrer, Flo, Forssell, Goldbaek, Kharine, Lambourde, Le Saux, Leboeuf, Morris, Newton, Nicholls, Percassi, Petrescu, Poyet, Vialli, Wise, Zola.
DERBY COUNTY (from): Poom, Prior, Carbonari, Laursen, Eranio, Powell, Schnoor, Wanchope, Sturridge, Beck, Harper, Murray, Baiano, Jackson, Christie, Hoult.
Referee: M Riley.
Coventry City v Leeds United
Last season: 0-0
DAVID BURROWS expects to be fit to play for Coventry in their last fixture of the season against Leeds at Highfield Road. The former Everton, Liverpool and West Ham left-back damaged a muscle in the front of his thigh and missed the drawn game at Derby County last weekend, but he is manager Gordan Strachan's only concern - especially as his team are already safe in the Premiership for another season at least.
Lee Bowyer is Leeds' only doubt for their manager, David O'Leary. The former Charlton midfielder picked up an ankle injury yesterday morning and has been unable to train, so Matt Jones could be called up to the bench as a replacement. "Matty has a chance but we will have to wait and see," O'Leary said.
COVENTRY CITY (from): Hedman, Nilsson, Edworthy, Shaw, Breen, Williams, Burrows, Hall, Telfer, McAllister, Boateng, Soltvedt, Huckerby, Whelan, Aloisi, Gioacchini, Clement, Kirkland.
LEEDS UNITED (from): Martyn, Haaland, Radebe, Wetherall, Wijnhard, Hasselbaink, Ribeiro, Bowyer, Hopkin, Granville, Halle, Kewell, Harte, Knarvik, Batty, Woodgate, McPhail, Smith, Jones, Robinson.
Referee: S Lodge.
Liverpool v Wimbledon
Last season: 2-0
STEVE McMANAMAN says his farewell to Anfield against Wimbledon before starting a new career with Real Madrid, with the club on the brink of two unwanted records. Liverpool could finish in their lowest top-flight position since they were promoted in the 1961-62 season and they have already set one record for the fewest victories in a league season since that date, 14. They could have Vegard Heggem back in their squad.
Marcus Gayle returns from international duty with Jamaica to give struggling Wimbledon a major boost. However, defender Ben Thatcher misses the game with an ankle injury, although Chris Perry is available despite recently cracking a bone in his foot. Jason Euell, Gareth Ainsworth, Efan Ekoku and Michael Hughes all remain on the long-term injury list.
LIVERPOOL (from): Friedel, Song, Staunton, Carragher, Matteo, Babb, Bjornebye, Ince, Redknapp, Leonhardsen, Berger, Thompson, Riedle, McManaman, James, Ferri, Kvarme, Dundee.
WIMBLEDON (from): Sullivan, Heald, Cunningham, Blackwell, Jupp, Kennedy, Earle, C Hughes, Leaburn, Gayle, Hartson, Kimble, Roberts, Cort, Ardley, Pearce, Fear.
Referee: D Gallagher.
Manchester United v Tottenham
Last season: 2-0
ROY KEANE could make a surprise comeback for Manchester United. He was injured during last weekend's win at Middlesbrough, but trained yesterday morning and is likely to return, a fitness test tomorrow permitting. If United win, or Arsenal fail to beat Aston Villa at Highbury, the title will return to Old Trafford. Alex Ferguson will not confirm his line-up until the last minute.
Tottenham's Les Ferdinand is likely to return to the squad after missing the last five games because of an Achilles injury. Midfielder Allan Nielsen is still out injured and full-back Mauricio Taricco is suspended. Justin Edinburgh or Andy Sinton will replace him. Ferdinand is likely to be given a place on the bench while Chris Armstrong and Steffen Iversen continue up front.
MANCHESTER UNITED (from): Schmeichel, G Neville, Stam, Johnsen, Irwin, Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Giggs, Cole, Yorke, Keane, P Neville, Sheringham, Solskjaer, May, Blomqvist, Brown, Van der Gouw.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (from): Walker; Carr, Scales, Young, Campbell, Sinton, Edinburgh, Anderton, Freund, Sherwood, Ginola, Iversen, Armstrong, Fox, Clemence, King, Dominguez, Nilsen, Baardsen.
Suspension: Tottenham: Taricco.
Referee: G Poll.
Newcastle Utd v Blackburn Rovers
Last season: 0-1
NEWCASTLE DEFENDER Laurent Charvet is out of the game at St James' Park against relegated Blackburn. The knee injury the Frenchman picked up against Tottenham on Easter Monday is threatening to end his FA Cup final hopes as well, while Andy Griffin and Silvio Maric will undergo late fitness tests.
Blackburn go into their Premiership farewell still decimated by injury. With strikers Kevin Gallacher, Chris Sutton and Nathan Blake all on the casualty list, and Kevin Davies dropped for disciplinary reasons, manager Brian Kidd will again pair Matt Jansen and Ashley Ward up front. In the other positions, Jason McAteer remains on the sidelines along with Jeff Kenna, Billy McKinlay, Christian Dailly and Gary Flitcroft.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (from): Harper, Given, Griffin, Barton, Domi, Dabizas, Beharall, Hughes, Lee, Speed, Hamann, Glass, Solano, Maric, Ketsbaia, Shearer, Ferguson, Andersson.
BLACKBURN ROVERS (from): Filan, Croft, Henchoz, Peacock, Davidson, Gillespie, Dunn, Carsley, Wilcox, Ward, Jansen, Duff, Flowers, Broomes, Taylor, Johnson, Fettis.
Referee: J Winter.
Nottm Forest v Leicester City
Last season: No fixture
RON ATKINSON is poised to name an unchanged Nottingham Forest line-up for the final game of his 28-year managerial career. Relegated Forest have won their last two matches and Atkinson has hinted he will resist the temptation to make changes to his side for the City Ground meeting with Leicester. The Dutch striker Pierre van Hooijdonk is almost certain to miss the game because of a rib injury.
Leicester City pair Emile Heskey and Steve Walsh are set to return to the starting line up for the East Midlands derby. The duo picked up groin injuries before Leicester's final home game against Newcastle last weekend but are expected to start. Ian Marshall faces a late fitness test on a hamstring injury.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (from): Crossley, Louis-Jean, Rogers, Bonalair, Gough, Chettle, Porfirio, Bart-Williams, Palmer, Harewood, Freedman, Shipperley, Darcheville, Hjelde, Lyttle, Woan, Allou, Beasant.
LEICESTER CITY (from): Keller, Sinclair, Taggart, Walsh, Izzet, Lennon, Heskey, Parker, Guppy, Gunnlaugsson, Savage, Kaamark, Campbell, Elliott, Marshall, Fenton, Arphexad, Impey, Cottee, Oakes, Zagorakis.
Referee: S Dunn.
Southampton v Everton
Last season: 2-1
SOUTHAMPTON'S MANAGER Dave Jones has injury worries over captain Jason Dodd and midfielder David Hughes, who are both struggling to recover from knee injuries. Chris Marsden is still troubled by a groin problem. Matt Le Tissier has declared himself fit after recovering from a calf strain, while Stuart Ripley serves the final game of a three-match ban.
Everton fans will be hoping that the trip to The Dell will not be Kevin Campbell's last game for the club after hitting nine goals in seven games. The striker is on loan from Trabzonspor, and manager Walter Smith is hoping to buy him with the receipts from a summer sale or two. Olivier Dacourt could play his last game for the club with a transfer likely soon.
SOUTHAMPTON (from): Jones, Dodd, Monkou, Lundekvam, Benali, Le Tissier, M Hughes, Marsden, Kachloul, Beattie, Pahars, Ostenstad, Beresford, Hiley, D Hughes, Bridge, Hirst, Oakley, Moss.
EVERTON (from): Myhre, Weir, Watson, Unsworth, Short, Ball, Dacourt, Hutchison, Gemmill, Campbell, Jeffers, Simonsen, Barmby, Ward, Bakayoko, Degn, Phelan, Cadamarteri, Oster.
Suspension: Southampton: Ripley.
Referee: G Barber.
West Ham v Middlesbrough
Last season: No fixture
STEVE POTTS returns to the West Ham squad for Middlesbrough's visit to Upton Park and could replace the suspended Steve Lomas at right- back. Suspended keeper Shaka Hislop is replaced by Canadian international Craig Forrest. Midfielder John Moncur and striker Ian Wright are also both suspended, while striker Paul Kitson (hip) will not be fit.
Paul Gascoigne and Gary Pallister will undergo late fitness tests for Middlesbrough, as both men are struggling with knee injuries. However, defender Colin Cooper and midfielder Keith O'Neill, who were ruled out for the season only weeks ago, are expected to return. Cooper could go straight back into the starting line-up in place of the suspended Jason Gavin.
WEST HAM (from): Forrest, Potts, Ruddock, Ferdinand, Minto, Sinclair, Lampard, Foe, Keller, Berkovic, Di Canio, Sealey, Cole, Lazaridis, Mean, Abou, Hodges, Alexander, Holligan, Omoyimni.
MIDDLESBROUGH (from): Schwarzer, Beresford, Stockdale, Gordon, Baker, Harrison, Vickers, Pallister, Cooper, Maddison, Townsend, Mustoe, Summerbell, O'Neill, Ricard, Deane, Campbell, Cummins.
Suspensions: West Ham: Hislop, Lomas, Moncur, Wright. Middlesbrough: Gavin.
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