Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership: West Ham v Wimbledon Last season: 3-1

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WIMBLEDON'S MICHAEL Hughes thinks John Hartson will relish the chance to take on his former team-mates today. Hughes, who joined the Dons from West Ham for pounds 800,000 in September 1997, said yesterday that Joe Kinnear's latest recruit from across the capital will relish the chance to take on his old team. "John's looking forward to it. He's settled in nicely here. It's easy to settle in here once you've got the first few days over with. The big man is brilliant. He has worked hard. I'd like nothing better than to see him get off the mark tomorrow and score a goal, or even a hat-trick. It would be good for him and good for us."

West Ham's Harry Redknapp has injury, illness and suspension problems today. Ian Pearce and Trevor Sinclair are suspended, Ian Wright (knee) and Marc Keller (hamstring) are injured, and Samassi Abou, Eyal Berkovic and Richard Hall are ill. Marc Vivien-Foe should go straight into the side playing a holding role in the centre of midfield while Paolo Di Canio has been named in the squad, despite Redknapp saying his Italian striker is probably not ready to play yet. It would be wise not to bet against Di Canio being thrown on as a wild card at some stage.

WIMBLEDON: squad to be announced.

WEST HAM (from): Hislop, Forrest, Potts, Minto, Breacker, Lazaridis, Ruddock, Ferdinand, Lampard, Foe, Lomas, Cole, Kitson, Di Canio, Moncur, Omoniymni, Hodges, Dicks.

Suspensions: Wimbledon: Roberts. West Ham: Pearce, Sinclair.

Referee: P Durkin.

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