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Aston Villa v Arsenal

Villa await tests on Atkinson (groin) and Saunders (back). Bosnich, although not fully fit, will be on the bench. Jensen, out for the season, joins Hillier and Winterburn on the Arsenal injury list. Flatts is in the squad, while Dickov and Carter will be recalled from loan spells at Brighton and Oxford next week.

Chelsea v Leeds United

With Stein and Cascarino out, Chelsea recall Fleck after a long spell out of favour. Teenage defender Duberry is called up as Johnsen is doubtful with a stomach strain. Leeds will be without Dorigo but Strachan is fit and is in the squad along with O'Leary.

Everton v Coventry City

With Snodin and Ablett suspended, Everton call up Unsworth and Hinchcliffe; Angell continues up front. Coventry are unchanged.

Manchester Utd v Manchester City

Cantona returns to the United team after his five-match ban, with McClair dropping out, while Keane is likely to replace Robson. City are likely to be unchanged, with Dibble staying in goal even though Coton is available.

Newcastle v Oldham

Newcastle will be unchanged team if Venison (back) and Bracewell (groin) survive fitness tests. Robinson and Jeffrey stand by. Oldham leave out Beckford and Pointon.

Norwich City v Sheffield United

Norwich may recall Adams and Ekoku. The Blades could be without Carr (hamstring) and Tuttle (dead leg), Ward and Beesley stand by.

Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich Town

The Owls name an unchanged squad, with Walker and Jones, who both missed the midweek international activity, having recovered from minor injuries. Linighan, the Ipswich captain, may not be risked - he needs an operation on his broken nose. Whelan and Youds are suspended, so if Linighan is ruled out Marshall may move back from the front line.

Swindon Town v Wimbledon

Moncur, the Swindon midfielder, is doubtful with an ankle strain sustained in training. Nijholt is available after a one-match ban, and Whitbread returns after injury. For the Dons, the talismanic Jones, fit again after a hamstring injury, is likely to replace Castledine. However, they are still without defenders Ardley, McAllister, Fitzgerald and Kimble.

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

For Spurs, Samways is back after suspension, while Barmby and Anderton are both fit again. The Saints await fitness tests on Wood (calf), Moore (hamstring) and Heaney (thigh); Le Tissier, Dowie and Benali are all suspended.

West Ham United v Liverpool

West Ham welcome back Potts and Rush continues in attack. Charnock joins the Liverpool squad for the first time in the absence of Jones, Wright, McManaman, Molby and Thomas.


Blackburn v Queen's Park Rangers

Colin Hendry is expected to return to Rovers' defence for Kevin Moran after his one-match ban. Rangers welcome back McDonald, the Northern Ireland international, for his first appearance of the year, following recovery from an Achilles injury.