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Arsenal v Nottingham Forest

Arsenal's centre-half, Bould, and winger, Flatts, are out, while Smith (ankle), Dixon (gastric flu), Parlour (ankle) and Limpar (calf) are doubts. Forest's captain, Pearce, out for four games with a groin strain, knows he must play if he is to stand any chance of leading England in their World Cup tie against San Marino on Wednesday. Webb, recovered from a sore Achilles tendon, is expected to return in midfield at the expense of the Icelandic international, Orlygsson.

Blackburn v Newcastle

Blackburn look set to revert to a tested defensive formula, with Moran replacing the Swedish international, Andersson, and May reclaiming his right-back position from the Norwegian international, Berg. The Magpies should be unchanged.

Derby County v Bolton

The axed quartet from Derby's midweek win over Barnsley - Johnson, goalkeeper Sutton, full-back Kavanagh and winger McMinn - could remain on the sidelines. The defender, Seagraves, and midfield man Kelly are suspended, leaving Bolton with selection problems. Centre- back Winstanley (thigh) is out and Walker (back) is doubtful.

Ipswich Town v Grimsby Town

Ipswich's Kiwomya, injured in the midweek draw with Queen's Park Rangers, is touch-and-go but defenders Linighan (knee), Wark (groin) and midfielder Johnson (back) should be fit. Grimsby, looking to reach the sixth round for the first time since 1938-39, add defenders Jobling, Lever and goalkeeper Sherwood to their squad but expect to name an unchanged side.

Manchester City v Barnsley

Coton (virus) should return in goal for injury-hit Manchester City at the expense of Dibble. The defender, Flitcroft, is available after suspension for the first Cup meeting of the clubs since 1947-48. Barnsley will probably have to do without goalkeeper and captain Butler (knee ligaments). The England Under-19 international, Watson, stands by, while striker Biggins could be on the substitutes' bench 12 days after an appendix operation.

Sheffield Wed v Southend Utd

Bart-Williams should shake off a groin strain, allowing Wednesday, unbeaten in 12 games, to name an unchanged side. Southend bank on Collymore, the scorer of 10 goals in 15 matches since his pounds 150,000 move from Crystal Palace, and fit-again Angell. Left-back Powell (chicken pox) should return.


Chelsea v Aston Villa

Wise (foot injury) is still out so Chelsea, without a win in 11 games, should be unchanged. The much-missed striker, Atkinson (stomach muscle strain), may return to the visitors' attack as Villa attempt to take a two- point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table.

Leeds United v Oldham

Bowman, the 17-year-old Durham- born full-back, hopes to stay in the Leeds side after his encouraging midweek display against Manchester United; while Strachan (calf), Fairclough and Wetherall (groin strains) are back in contention. Rod Wallace is also hopeful of a recall after two goals for the reserves in midweek. Olney, Oldham's joint top scorer, has recovered from flu and leads the quest for critical survival points. Bernard (tonsillitis), is also in a 15-man squad.

Southampton v Liverpool

Le Tissier (bruised foot) a slight doubt for Southampton, so the promising Banger stands by for a game that kicks of at 5pm. Liverpool expect to recall Redknapp, rested for the midweek draw at Chelsea.


Sheffield Utd v Manchester Utd

Sheffield defender Gage misses out, while fellow defenders Barnes and Gayle, and forwards Hodges and Littlejohn, face late fitness tests. Cantona is unavailable for the visitors, due to his absence on French World Cup duty in Israel. Giggs could move into a central striking role with Kanchelskis coming in on the wing, or McClair may push forward alongside Hughes, with Phelan drafted into midfield.

Tottenham v Wimbledon

Durie (groin injury) has suffered a setback in training and faces a long spell on the sidelines, starting with Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Malta next week. Barmby, who has taken Durie's front-line role recently, is doubtful with a damaged arm and elbow. Nayim - a target for Real Zaragoza - and Gray are named in a 16- strong squad. Wimbledon wait on their defenders McAllister (six stitches in shin wound) and Blackwell (groin strain). Midfielder Talboys (knee) looks likely to make way for Jones, available after suspension.