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Tottenham v Nottm Forest

Skipper Mabbutt plays his 600th game for Tottenham, who have Sinton cup-tied and Dozzell suspended. Striker Armstrong is again doubtful with an ankle injury so Slade is set to continue in attack. Nottingham Forest expect skipper Pearce to be fit despite suffering stiffness in his calf after returning in the Uefa Cup defeat by Bayern Munich. Manager Clark cannot finalise his side because Stone and Woan are nursing knee injuries. Cooper (side) and Silenzi (virus) are both definite non-starters.


Chelsea v Wimbledon

Spencer and Peacock will be hoping to win back their places from Spackman and Furlong as Chelsea bid to reach the semi-finals for the second time in three seasons. Striker Holdsworth, a target for Chelsea earlier this season, has recovered from the bout of flu which caused him to miss last week's dress rehearsal at Selhurst Park but may have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench.


Aston Villa v QPR

Midfielder Draper has recovered from an ankle injury, so manager Little has to decide whether to recall him or retain promising Scimeca. Steve and Taylor are almost certain to be missing and Johnson is doubtful with a thigh strain. Struggling Rangers, who lost to Leeds in midweek, are expected to recall experienced campaigner McDonald in place of Ready. Brevett returns after suspension in place of Challis.

Everton v Coventry

Hottiger will make his Everton debut just two days after receiving a work permit. He will replace youngster O'Connor at right-back. Short takes over from hamstring victim Watson in defence and Amokachi is on stand- by in case Ferguson suffers reaction to a groin strain.Coventry left- back Burrows faces a fitness race to face his old club after suffering a hamstring injury in last week's 2-2 draw against another of his former teams, West Ham. Another ex-Evertonian, midfield man Richardson, is missing through suspension.

West Ham v Middlesbrough

Brazilian Juninho could be recalled by Middlesbrough after returning from an Olympic qualifying tournament in Argentina, and compatriot Branco may may make his first start although he still lacks match fitness. Skipper Pearson returns after a two-match suspension, but central defender Vickers is ruled out by a calf strain. The best Dumitrescu can hope for is a place on the bench for West Ham after finally being granted a work permit. West Ham manager Redknapp is keeping everyone guessing about his starting line- up, now that he has a large squad available following the return to fitness of Moncur and Breacker.



Leeds v Liverpool

Welsh international midfielder Speed wants to return to action just two weeks after sustaining a cheek-bone injury. Defensive duo Dorigo (hamstring) and Kelly (knee) face late fitness tests. Manager Wilkinson will delay naming his side. Pemberton, fit again after a three-month lay-off, is unlikely to be risked as Leeds attempt to go a step nearer their second Wembley final of the season. Fowler will be hoping to press his England claims further as in-form Liverpool attempt to reach the semi-finals. Manager Evans is hopeful that centre- back Wright can shrug off a groin injury.