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Chelsea v Sheffield United

Chelsea are unchanged, so Harford plays but Spackman's hamstring keeps him out. United give tests to Bradshaw and Bryson.

Everton v Manchester City

Everton recall Cottee after a hat-trick in the reserves, but they must wait on Beardsley (flu) and Horne (groin). City are unchanged from the Coca-Cola defeat at Spurs, a reaction to an ankle injury delaying Vonk's return.

Leeds United v Coventry City

Cantona, recovered from a hamstring injury, and Dorigo, after a groin strain, are available to the champions again after missing out in midweek. Rod Wallace may keep Cantona on the bench. Coventry have Billing back after three months; he replaces the injured Pearce.

Manchester United v Wimbledon

United start as they finished in the Coca- Cola defeat at Villa, Blackmore in place of Irwin - out for a month after tearing a hamstring - and Kanchelskis in midfield. The Dons expect to have Holdsworth and Fashanu back in attack.

Norwich City v Middlesbrough

Norwich's Culverhouse faces a fitness test on his foot and club-record signing Beckford is in the squad. Falconer is back in Boro's midfield after six games out with a calf injury. Winger Hendrie is in the squad but may not start.

Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town

Laws for right-back Charles, who suffered a recurrence of his old knee injury at Crewe on Wednesday, is Forest's only change. Although Ipswich keeper Forrest's three-match ban is over, Baker keeps the green jersey as Forrest has a groin strain. Whitton has a test on his hip injury.

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn

Francis has named himself in Wednesday's squad for the first time since 19 September, a place on the bench looking likely. Blackburn give a late test to Ripley's back while Cowans and Moran, rested in midweek, return.

Southampton v Oldham Athletic

Groves will play his third match in a row with a broken toe and a pain-killing injection, leaving Southampton unchanged from their Coca-Cola defeat by Crystal Palace. Oldham's Halle returns to the defence after missing the win at Swindon with a twisted knee, but Olney's shoulder is still too badly bruised.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

James is back in goal for Liverpool, Grobbelaar pronouncing himself unfit with a hamstring injury. Rosenthal picked up a knock playing for Israel in midweek and Nicol is still out so Wright keeps his place. Spurs have Walker, Fenwick and Gray still out; Van Den Hauwe (illness) and Durie (back) are doubtful; while Samways, Sedgley and Nayim suffered minor injuries in midweek.


Aston Villa v QPR

Froggat will replace Yorke for Villa if his knee has mended. Rangers have doubts over Sinton, Impey and goalkeeper Stejskal.