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FA CUP SEMI-FINALS

Sheffield Utd v Sheffield Wed

United defender Gayle (knee), a surprise absentee from Wimbledon's FA Cup final team in 1988, is struggling but Deane and Gage have passed tests. Wednesday's chances of a Wembley double were increased when Warhurst (groin) was pronounced fit.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

The Gunners expect to field a full-strength front line tomorrow with Smith (ankle) set to return after missing three matches. Merson and Wright (ribs) also fit. Dixon (shin) is the biggest doubt followed by Davis and Morrow (hamstring). Spurs keeper Thorstvedt (knee) has been declared fit in a 16-man squad which includes Barmby, who has not played since returning from the World Youth Championships in Australia with shin injuries.

FA PREMIER LEAGUE

Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool

Dalglish set to give debuts to Gallacher and Le Saux while Wilcox (flu) and May (calf) have both recovered. Liverpool are without Wright (knee), Redknapp (back) and Jones (mouth). Hooper (arm) is out, so Grobbelaar, recalled from Stoke, is on the bench. Piechnik is back in favour after two months.

Chelsea v Middlesbrough

For Chelsea, Wise is suspended but Fleck is recalled after injury. Also included is Livingstone, signed from Blackburn as part of the Le Saux deal. Boro's captain Kernaghan (thigh) returns but Peake is suspended and Pollock ill (flu).

Coventry City v Southampton

Ogrizovic is dropped by Coventry for the first time in nine years; the manager's son, Jonathan, takes over. Wegerle makes his debut. Southampton's Adams (throat) is well again to face his old club but Monkou and Cockerill (calf muscles) are struggling and Moore could line up alongside Hall.

Crystal Palace v QPR

Armstrong and Young are Palace absentees with Williams recalled to lead the attack. Shaw takes over in central defence. For Rangers, Bardsley (thigh), Ferdinand (hip) and Sinton (calf) all face fitness tests.

Manchester City v Ipswich Town

City lose Hill (stomach); Ranson fills the void and Flitcroft (back), Sheron (knee) and Phelan (ankle) should be fit. Dozzell makes his 400th appearance for faltering Ipswich, who again lack Thompson (tendon) and Whitton (hip).

Oldham Athletic v Wimbledon

Beckford must wait for his Oldham debut, McDonald moves on to bench after Brennan (toe) pulled out. Dons are missing Jones (banned), McAllister (banned) and Elkins (banned) but Digweed fit for bench work.

Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa

Pearce and Laws both out, so Chettle becomes Forest's emergency left-back for tomorrow's game. Webb is still out. Dalian Atkinson (hernia) set to return in place of Regis for Villa with Yorke continuing in midfield.

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