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Aston Villa v Arsenal

Aston Villa are hoping Townsend (right instep injury) will be fit. If he is ruled out, Staunton is likely to deputise. Draper, Milosevic and Charles are all expected to shake off minor knocks. Bergkamp has a calf muscle injury and may miss his first game for Arsenal since his transfer from Internazionale. Helder stands by. Keown (leg) is back in contention for a midfield role.

Blackburn v West Ham

New Swedish striker Gudmundsson is in the Blackburn squad but is considered an unlikely starter because of his lack of match fitness. Bohinen is expected to replace McKinlay in midfield. Defender Martin is ruled out by a hamstring injury, so West Ham reshuffle their back four. Breacker comes in at right- back, Potts switches to centre back and Dicks, back after suspension, takes over from the injured Rowland at left-back.

Bolton v Nottingham Forest

Bolton, with a depleted squad, are still striving to complete the signing of Newcastle midfielder Sellars. Paatelainen, Lee and Stubbs are injured, while Patterson is serving a one-match suspension. Sneekes replaces Patterson. Forest have been hit by flu, with Silenzi and Bart-Williams among the ill. Haland takes over in defence from the suspended Chettle while manager Clark hopes striker Lee (thigh) will be fit.

Leeds v Manchester City

The Swedish striker Brolin is set for his home league debut. Defenders Pemberton and Jobson are available again but Palmer impressed in midweek and manager Wilkinson may name an unchanged side. Manager Ball has named an unchanged City side following the run of three wins and a draw.

Liverpool v Southampton

Scales replaces Ruddock (groin) as Liverpool attempt to avoid losing four successive home games at Anfield for the first time since 1923. Transfer- listed defender Charlton could earn a recall for Southampton. Venison (back) and Bennett (shin) face late fitness tests and defender Neilson (groin) could return.

Manchester United v Chelsea

Schmeichel's elbow injury means that reserve goalkeeper Pilkington comes in. United are also without suspended midfieldmen Keane and Butt. Chelsea's Johnsen starts a three-match suspension, so Sinclair is set to deputise. Gullit is in the squad but is again rated a doubtful starter with a calf injury.

QPR v Middlesbrough

Hateley could make his full debut for QPR. Top scorer Hignett has recovered from an ankle injury and is expected to return for Middlesbrough. Utility player Blackmore has been added to the squad.

Tottenham v Everton

Tottenham are expected to be unchanged as they bid to maintain their surge towards the top of the table. Everton will have Amokachi leading their attack in place of the injured Rideout. Horne has failed to regain his place in midfield.


Wimbledon v Newcastle

Wimbledon's injury list is shortening with Cunningham and Ardley competing for places. Newcastle expect their leading scorer Ferdinand to be fit after taking a knock in midweek. Otherwise manager Keegan can field an unchanged side.