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Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest

The rugged Teale returns to Villa's defence after a three-week absence with a knee injury. Spink and Houghton are also available. After last week's win at Leeds, Forest will be full of confidence - they restore Black to their team in place of Woan (hamstring).

Ipswich Town v Manchester City

Ipswich include two recent recruits from Bobby Robson's club, Sporting Lisbon, in their squad: Genchev, a Bulgarian international striker, and Bozinoski, a Yugoslav-born Australian international midfielder. Williams, the former Derby man, may return to their midfield. Reid, City's player-manager, picks himself to start a game for the first time in three months. Flitcroft also returns as Simpson and Sheron are dropped.

Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday

Whyte (absent against Forest last week) returns to the Leeds rearguard after a neck injury. McAllister has recovered from a back problem but Batty is still out. Wednesday are expected to recall Pearson to their defence.

Manchester United v Norwich City

For United, Giggs is the main doubt with the ankle injury collected in the Manchester derby last weekend - which raises Cantona's hopes of a full debut. The top-of-the-league Canaries may employ Culverhouse as a sweeper, as they did when they won 3-2 at Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

QPR v Crystal Palace

The Rangers pair of Ferdinand and Sinton have recovered from ankle knocks and will play against struggling Palace, who welcome Thomas back to their squad after three weeks of intensive fitness work at Lilleshall. The former England midfielder is, however, unlikely to start the game.

Sheffield United v Everton

Bradshaw, the Blades striker, is suspended and will be replaced by Cork, who needs one League goal to reach a career total of 150, or Littlejohn. Their captain, Gayle is still out after knee surgery, Pemberton continues at the back. Everton call up Warzycha and Radosavljevic but will be without Kenny (suspended) and possibly Jackson and Hinchliffe.

Southampton v Coventry City

Le Tissier and Cockerill are expected to recover from hamstring injuries, which would allow the Saints to name an unchanged side for the sixth successive time. For Coventry, McGrath and Babb are the likely replacements for the injured Robson (hamstring) and Pearce (back).

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

Spurs await tests on Durie (knee and thigh injuries), Howells and Allen. Bergsson could make his first appearance of the season as sweeper. For the Gunners, the Norwegian international, Lydersen, or O'Leary will replace Dixon - out for three weeks.

Wimbledon v Oldham Athletic

Barton hopes to return for the Dons after missing last week's defeat at Norwich with a wrenched knee, but Fashanu, who played 30 minutes at Carrow Road, is doubtful after a recurrence of a back injury. Goalkeeper Gerrard stays in the Oldham line-up.


Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers

Rush has recovered from hamstring trouble and is ready to attempt to spoil the return of his old partner Dalglish, the Rovers manager. Hutchison (ankle) is likely to make way for Rush in the Liverpool line-up. Moran, Price and Sherwood - who missed Wednesday's 6-1 Coca-Cola Cup win over Watford - are added to Blackburn's squad.