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Blackburn v Aston Villa

Last season: 1-1

Last five League matches: Blackburn WDDWL; Aston Villa WDWLD

Striker Pedersen (ankle) is doubtful for Blackburn. Sutton could get a place in the starting line-up and Bohinen is available again after suspension. Villa may well be without defender Southgate (ankle). Milosevic (thigh strain) is still struggling and Joachim is called up again.

Coventry v West Ham

Last season: 2-2

Last five League matches: Coventry DLDDL; West Ham WLWDD

Williams and Whelan are expected to be recalled to Coventry's squad, but Salako, injured against Leicester, is receiving further treatment to his back problem. Rieper, West Ham's Danish centre-half, is aiming to continue his scoring run against Coventry and takes his place in an unchanged line-up.

Derby v Tottenham

Last season: No corresonding game

Last five League matches: Derby DLWLL; Tottenham LLWWD

Sturridge returns for Derby after a two-match ban and manager Smith also has midfielder Van der Laan back. Defender Stimac (knee) is doutbful. Midfielder Howells (back) is out of the Spurs side and Swiss defender Vega (hamstring) is still recovering. A fit Edinburgh will be pushing for a place.

Everton v Man Utd

Last season: 2-3

Last five League matches: Everton DLDLW; Man Utd WDWLW

Danish midfielder Thomsen (ankle) will have a late fitness test for Everton and Speed returns after a one-match suspension. Keane is back for United after his ban and manager Ferguson will field his strongest side, although there are injury worries over Beckham and Giggs.

Middlesbro v Chelsea

Last season: 2-0

Last five League matches: Middlesbro LLWWW; Chelsea LDLWW

Ravanelli is ruled out for Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury and Robson may start with Beck on his own up front. Minto returns for Chelsea after a one-game ban. Manager Gullit, still without Leboeuf, is again set to leave Vialli on the bench as he sticks with Zola and Mark Hughes up front.

Sheff Wed v Leeds

Last season: 6-2

Last five League matches: Sheffield Wednesday WWWWL; Leeds WWWDL

Leeds' Yeboah will have to wait to learn if he keeps his place after his shirt-throwing incident. Captain Palmer starts a two-match ban, with Deane (ankle) and Wallace (hamstring) expected to be fit. Pembridge returns from suspension for Wednesday, who lose Atherton to a one-match ban.

Southamptonv Leicester

Last season: No corresponding game

Last five League matches: Southampton WDDLL; Leicester WWDLD

Manager Souness has to decide whether to recall Le Tissier, who insists he is fit. Centre-back Monkou presses for a recall but Dodd and Lundekvam are out injured. Leicester captain Walsh (knee) could return, while Heskey (foot) faces a late fitness test and Poole continues in goal.

Sunderland v Nottm Forest

Last season: No corresponding game

Last five League matches: Sunderland LLWLL; Nottm For WLLDD

Waddle makes his debut for Sunderland and Stewart is also expected to be in the line-up. Howey replace central defender Melville (Achilles). Loan signing O'Neil is in line to make his Forest debut and Cooper (ban) is back. Also included are Moore and Lee, who returns from a loan spell.