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Arsenal v Aston Villa

Arsenal retain the side which beat Leeds 3-0 last week. Dutchman Helder is likely to hold off the challenges of Jensen and Keown for a place. Villa manager Little has to decide who will operate on the left side of midfield as both Staunton and Townsend are available for the first time this season.

Chelsea v Manchester Utd

Clarke and Spencer face late tests while defenders Sinclair, Minto and Kjeldbjerg are still out injured. With Spackman suspended and new signing Petrescu still seeking a work permit, Chelsea manager Hoddle has selection worries. United's injury problems seem to have subsided with Cantona and Irwin included in their squad.

Coventry v Sheff Wed

Coventry give a fitness test to striker Dublin. Left-back Hall is due to return after missing the 0-0 draw at Liverpool, allowing Borrows to revert to his favoured right-back position. With Hirst suspended and Sheridan missing through illness, Wednesday hope that pounds 1.6m Belgian Degryse recovers from a heel injury.

Manchester City v Leeds

Winger Beagrie has been ruled out with a recurrence of his shin injury so Summerbee could be back. Leeds have injury worries with Speed (ankle) and Whelan (knee) doubtful along with Dorigo. Skipper McAllister is expected to defy the pain from an ankle injury to play.

Middlesbrough v QPR

Middlesbrough manager Robson is waiting to see if Norwegian striker Fjortoft can shrug off a knee injury before finalising his side. Fit again Hendrie stands by. QPR welcome back full-back Bardsley, after a five match absence with a rib injury, and defender McDonald.

Newcastle v Wimbledon

Gillespie has recovered from the bout of flu and Frenchman Ginola has shrugged off a calf injury. Defender Elkins is fit to return for Wimbledon, who still have 11 players unavailable. Youth team striker Euell has been included in Kinnear's 16-man squad.

Nottm Forest v Bolton

Dutch striker Roy is set to return in place of Haland after being substitute for the 1-0 midweek Uefa Cup win in Auxerre. De Freitas has recovered from injury and returns to the Bolton squad. Suspension rules out centre- back Taggart.

West Ham v Blackburn

Dutchman Boogers is included in the West Ham squad. Midfielder Robbie Slater is expected to face his old club. Faltering Blackburn have new signings Bohinen and McKinlay back after being unavailable for Europe in midweek.


Everton v Tottenham

Kanchelskis returns after missing the European Cup-Winners' Cup match with Feyenoord but Amokachio is away on international duty with Nigeria. Hinchcliffe is available after suspension. Tottenham are waiting to see if striker Chris Armstrong will be declared fit.

Southampton v Liverpool

Saints defender Monkou and midfielders Magilton, Maddison and Widdrington are all trying to shake off injuries. Liverpool full-back Jones starts a three-match suspension so Ruddock is likely to return after being banned for the Uefa Cup match with Brondby. McAteer is available while Rush is expected to be chosen ahead of Collymore.