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Arsenal v Manchester City

Wright (knee) and Adams (Achilles strain) are fit. The Gunners' other internationals, Denmark's Jensen and Sweden's Limpar, came through their World Cup ties unscathed. Coton could be back in goal for City after missing two matches with a back injury, Dibble may make way. Hill is fit but Edghill, 19, keeps his place at right-back.

Chelsea v Norwich City

Peacock inherits the Chelsea captaincy Wise (ban) while Spencer may start. Norwich expect to be unchanged, although midfielder Johnson and the former Southend defender Prior are added to their squad. Manager Walker has scrapped plans for a spying mission on next week's Uefa Cup opponents, Bayern Munich, sending reserve-team manager Faulkner instead.

Coventry City v Southampton

Gould Jnr replaces Ogrizovic in goal for the Sky Blues, while Quinn is recalled up front and Ndlovu has passed a fitness test on an injured knee. Southampton's manager Branfoot has no room for England B international winger Le Tissier. The abrasive midfielder Hurlock, who has been out all season after a knee operation, was lined up to return until he suffered a calf muscle injury, which will delay him a further two weeks.

Liverpool v Oldham Athletic

Liverpool, one point in last five games, field Fowler while Israeli hero Rosenthal and Walters focus on bench. Oldham give a debut to winger Holden, back at the club for a second spell following his pounds 450,000 move from Manchester City. Defender Jobson is out with an ankle injury but midfielder Henry will face his home-town club after recovering from ankle damage.

Manchester United v Tottenham

Ince and Irwin face late tests before United name their team. Both were hurt in Wednesday's World Cup qualifiers, Ince damaging both ankles in England's defeat in the Netherlands and Irwin straining his thigh in Dublin. Robson and Martin are on stand-by to replace the pair should they be ruled out of the all- ticket sell-out. Kanchelskis is also added to the squad. For Spurs, Durie is on the transfer list while Barmby makes first appearance since summer shin splints surgery in place of Anderton (groin). Edinburgh could also play.

Newcastle v Queen's Park Rangers

Newcastle, unbeaten in their last 10 games, will be unchanged. Manager Keegan sticks with the side that demolished Notts County 7-1 away from home in the Coca-Cola Cup. Rangers' Ferdinand and Penrice (hamstring) face tests.

Sheffield Wednesday v Wimbledon

Worthington could return for Wednesday in place of King, centre-back Pearce may also earn a recall, with Palmer moving back to midfield. Four Wimbledon defenders are ruled out: Barton and Joseph (hamstring injuries), Blackwell (achilles) and Scales (calf). McAllister helps to fill the gaps.

Swindon Town v Everton

Swindon goalkeeper Digby and left-back Bodin have both passed fitness tests, but they have a doubt over striker Mutch (bruised calf). Everton's Watson (head) could end a two-month absence in place of Holmes (groin). Hinchcliffe (foot) and Rideout (groin) face tests.

West Ham v Aston Villa

Martin Allen (groin) is Hammers' only doubt. Villa, unbeaten in seven away matches this season, could be without Republic of Ireland internationals Staunton (groin) and Townsend (hamstring). Small stands by to deputise for Staunton while Cox continues at right-back for Barrett (ankle injury).

TOMORROW

Ipswich Town v Leeds United

Slater, Ipswich's pounds 750,000 signing from Celtic, hopes that a bout of flu will not stop him making his home debut. Wark (flu) should also be fit. Leeds - without Strachan (knee) - await fitness reports on Batty and Rod Wallace.

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