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Leeds United v Crystal Palace

Leeds are still handicapped by injuries. Kerslake, Kerr and Fairclough are all out while internationals Dorigo and Batty are doubftul. Palace's Armstrong is expected to recover from a damaged foot. Young is fit after a knee injury.

Liverpool v Coventry City

Liverpool's Marsh is out with a dislocated knee but Stewart returns after injury. Coventry check on the fitness of Zimbabwean striker Ndlovu.

Manchester United v Chelsea

Bruce is expected to recover from a thigh strain. McClair, Parker, Ince and Irwin have been under treatment but should be given the all-clear. Robson, substitute four times in the last four games, could start. Chelsea call up Livingstone.

Sheffield Utd v Blackburn

Sheffield expect to have Gage back in place of Ward. Former Rovers' player Carr is in the squad, but veteran Cork is missing with tonsillitis. Blackburn's Hendry is suspended, and Norwegian Berg has a leg injury.

Southampton v Everton

Saints are without Dowie and Benali, both suspended. Everton recall Johnston to the squad after a two-month absence but Ablett is out with a hip injury.

Tottenham v Oldham

Spurs' keeper Walker has recovered from glandular fever and is fit with Thorstvedt (broken finger) ruled out for the rest of the season. However Dearden, who stepped in at Forest on Monday, may keep his place. Samways could return after shrugging off a virus. Oldham will be without top-scorer Olney (flu). Veteran Ritchie will lead the attack with Beckford.

Wimbledon v Nottm Forest

Wimbledon's Scales is doubtful and Blackwell is standing by. McAllister is available after suspension while Holdsworth is expected to recover from a groin injury. Forest expect to name an unchanged line-up although Gemmill is fit again.

TOMORROW

Aston Villa v Man City

Villa boss Atkinson is set to juggle his defence with Teale suspended. Barrett is likely to drop back from midfield to right- back, with Cox moving to centre-back. Parker is set to return. City wait for fitness checks on White (ankle), Quinn (back) and Sheron (leg).

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Arsenal v Sheffield Wed

Arsenal give fitness tests to Limpar and Jensen but Dixon is suspended and Keown cup-tied, so O'Leary is likely to step in for Dixon. Either Campbell or Smith will partner Wright in attack. Warhurst has recovered from a groin problem and is set to return for Wednesday which means Hirst staying on the bench.

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