FOOTBALL: TEAM SHEET

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Coventry v Leeds

Last season: 0-0. Last five League matches: Coventry LDLLL; Leeds DLWWL

Coventry await a doctor's decision on whether Belgian international defender Genaux (groin strain) can play. New Leeds manager Graham adds Ford and Couzens to his injury-depleted squad.

Derby v Sunderland

Last season: 3-1. Last five League matches: Derby DDLDW; Sunderland DWDLD

Derby strikers Gabbiadini and Simpson start and Ward is in the squad for the first time since his groin operation. Flynn faces a late fitness test. Sunderland are unchanged, with Melville likely to overcome a toe injury.

Everton v Middlesbro

Last season: 4-0. Last five League matches: Everton WDDLL; Middlesbrough: DLDWW

Limpar is added to the home squad, while the places of Stuart and Grant are under threat after both were dropped to the second team. Middlesbrough manager Robson has decided against playing his new Dane, Beck.

Man Utd v N Forest

Last season: 5-0. Last five League matches: Manchester Utd WDDDW; Nottingham Forest WLDDD

United await a fitness test on full-back Irwin, and Keane could be on the bench. Transfer-listed Lee is expected to make his first full start of the season for injury-hit Forest and Roy has recovered from a hamstring injury.

Newcastle v Blackburn

Last season: 1-0. Last five League matches: Newcastle LWLWW; Blackburn LLDLL

England midfielder Batty is available for Newcastle, but his replacement, Clark, has been impressive. Scottish international Gallacher is back in the reckoning for Blackburn, but injured striker Warhurst has not yet recovered.

Southampton v Tottenham

Last season: 0-0. Last five League matches: Southampton DLLDL; Tottenham WDDLL

Defender Monkou (calf) is struggling to be fit for Southampton, but captain Venison (back) is poised to return. Tottenham have named Sheringham (thigh) in their squad and Armstrong (ankle) faces a fitness test.

West Ham v Wimbledon

Last season: 1-1. Last five League matches: West Ham LDWLD; Wimbledon LLLWW

Dowie is fit again after illness for West Ham, while fit-again striker Cottee could be named as substitute. Wimbledon have no injury worries and manager Kinnear is ready to field the side who beat Everton 4-0 last week.

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Chelsea v Aston Villa

Last season: 1-2

Last five League matches: Chelsea DWWDW; Aston Villa LWWWD

Chelsea's Hitchcock starts in place of goalkeeper Kharin (ankle). Myers (back) and Minto (leg) face fitness tests. Vialli is fit after a cold. Johnson will be relegated to the Aston Villa bench in favour of record- signing Curcic, ineligible for the 1-1 Uefa Cup draw against Helsingborgs in midweek.

Leicester v Liverpool

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five League matches: Leicester DWLLD; Liverpool DWDWW

Leicester are expected to name an unchanged side, which means no place for Parker, with Taylor and Izzet continuing in midfield. Liverpool manager Evans may give Berger his full debut after the Czech Republic gave clearance, despite a World Cup qualifier with Malta next week.

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