GIANLUCA VIALLI'S side have lost their last three Premiership games and are without Dennis Wise, who sits out the second game in a three-match ban. Chris Sutton is also suspended for one game after five yellow cards while Graeme Le Saux has an ankle injury. Marcel Desailly should return after a one-match ban. West Ham may be without the services of Paolo di Canio. He suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury. At the other end they will be without their goalkeeper Shaka Hislop as he serves a suspension for his sending off at Boro. Craig Forrest will deputise.
NEWCASTLE UNITED V EVERTON
DUNCAN FERGUSON hopes to take on his old club after his successful return from injury in the midweek Uefa Cup win over FC Zurich, in which he scored. He will face competition, though, from his fellow countryman Kevin Gallacher. The Newcastle captain Alan Shearer and midfielder Rob Lee both missed training yesterday but are expected to play. Warren Barton misses out through suspension. Everton's Portuguese midfielder Abel Xavier has recovered from a foot injury and is ready to face the team coached by Bobby Robson, his former boss at PSV Eindhoven. Tommy Johnson, on loan from Celtic, is expected to start up front alongside Kevin Campbell.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V ARSENAL
THE Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, insists he has no doubts about the ability of the French midfielder Patrick Vieira to handle what is sure to be a white-hot atmosphere at White Hart Lane in his last match before starting a six-match suspension following his spitting offence against West Ham. Steffen Freund is suspended for Spurs, while Allan Nielsen has still not shaken off a groin injury and Mauricio Taricco is also battling to recover from a foot problem.
WIMBLEDON V LEEDS UNITED
THE LEEDS manager, David O'Leary, should revert back to playing two strikers after Michael Bridges was on his own up front against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Uefa Cup win in midweek, with Alan Smith the man to come in and midfielder Eirik Bakke dropping to the bench. Wimbledon, meanwhile, are delighted that the speculation over striker John Hartson is over for the time being after the club rejected an approach from Spurs.
RANGERS V CELTIC
THE Rangers coach, Dick Advocaat, has Rod Wallace, Jonatan Johansson, Gabriel Amato and Andrei Kanchelskis vying for the striking roles with Michael Mols ruled out for the season with damaged knee ligaments. Meanwhile, the Celtic manager, John Barnes, says he will draw on his Merseyside derby experiences with Liverpool in gearing his side up for the big match, his first Old Firm skirmish.Reuse content