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Birmingham v Stockport

Swedish international Limpar stands by to make his debut for Birmingham. Breen (fractured hand) is set to return and is likely to fill in as a makeshift right-back in place of on-loan Brown, who is ineligible. Midfielder O'Connor is also cup-tied. Stockport field the same team which nearly knocked Southampton out of the Coca-Cola Cup. Manager Jones puts faith in his strike partnership of Armstrong and Angell.

Carlisle v Sheffield Wed

Carlisle defender Walling (groin) is in contention for a place. Wednesday centre-half Newsome could return after a knee operation. The pounds 1.6m signing from Norwich has built up his fitness in three reserve games and may take over from Yugoslavian international Stefanovic as Walker's partner. Manager Pleat must also decide whether to recall fit-again midfielder Collins.

Derby v Aston Villa

Derby are below strength with defender Carbon joining Croatian international Stimac and Yates on the sidelines. Asanovic has recovered from a strain. Villa striker Johnson has a hamstring strain and England Under-21 striker Hendrie stands by. Draper is out with a hernia, while midfielder Taylor and wing-back Nelson try to overcome thigh injuries. Staunton returns from a hamstring injury.

Everton v Bradford City

Midfielders Parkinson and Grant came through a reserve game after injury and are in contention for places in the Everton line-up. Defender Short is also fit. Bradford's record signing Watson is cup-tied. Swedish striker Steiner is likely to replace him if he recovers from an ankle injury. Hamilton (thigh) is the only other doubt.

Hednesford v Middlesbro

Slovakian left-back Kinder makes his Middlesbrough debut, replacing Fleming, who is struggling with a knee injury. Roberts continues in goal in place of Walsh and midfielder Ormerod is on the bench. Hednesford's midfielder McNally is battling to be fit and winger Hemmings is available after suspension.

Leicester v Norwich

Striker Marshall may replace Robins in the Leicester attack. Record signing Elliott is available but captain Grayson is a doubt. Loan pair Rocastle and Scott are ineligible for Norwich and Irish striker O'Neill has been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury. Captain Crook (ankle) is doubtful while midfielder Johnson (knee) and defender Polston (groin) are still out. Milligan returns from suspension while strikers Fleck and Scott are fit again.

Man Utd v Wimbledon

United's Beckham (ankle) is out. Poborsky replaces him. Butt is also ruled out, and with Johnsen (hamstring) and May (hernia) out of the defence, Casper makes his cup debut. Wimbledon full-back Kimble (ankle) has recovered. Manager Kinnear has to decide whether to recall top scorer Ekoku, fit again after a back strain, or keep Holdsworth up front. Captain Jones has recovered from flu and looks certain to start.

Portsmouth v Reading

Swedish striker Svensson is in contention for a recall to Portsmouth's team. Centre-back Perrett is available again following suspension but former West Ham defender Whitbread (knee) is out for six weeks. Northern Ireland defender Hunter returns from international duty for Reading and replaces McPherson. Bodin may come in as a straight swap for Gilkes.

QPR v Barnsley

McDermott will be pushing Graham for the right wing-back role for Rangers while Impey could be recalled after impressing in the reserves. Bardsley is still out with an Achilles heel injury. Manager Houston must decide whether to play Dichio or Hateley alongside Spencer up front. Barnsley manager Wilson could play the fit-again Appleby (ankle ligament). Striker Hendrie may replace Liddell if fit.

Brentford v Man City

Statham and McPherson are candidates to replace full-back Anderson, who starts a two-match ban for Brentford. City manager Clark has recalled Republic of Ireland defender Kernaghan, who has played one game this season because of a cartilage problem. Clark's latest signing, Northern Ireland goalkeeper Wright, is cup-tied.

Coventry v Woking

Coventry manager Strachan may be pressed into action for his injury-hit squad. Burrows and O'Neill have just had hernia operations and centre- half Liam Daish is having knee surgery. Woking have already beaten Millwall and Cambridge Utd and manager Chapple has a full squad to choose from.

Bolton v Luton

Alan Thompson (foot) returns after two months. Bolton manager Todd awaits fitness checks on his top scorer McGinlay and winger Lee. Luton are unchanged, though there will be at least one alteration on the substitutes' bench as Grant is on World Cup duty with Ghana. Midfielders Waddock and McLaren are still injured.

Leeds v Crystal Palace

Leeds have five experienced defenders unavailable. Wetherall starts a two-match suspension and Dutchman Molenaar is ineligible, while Dorigo, Jobson and Pemberton are injured. Palmer switches from midfield to central defence and Beesley is poised to win a recall. Sharpe (groin) faces a late test and striker Yeboah is still out with hamstring trouble. Palace's new signing Linighan misses the tie and midfield play-maker Houghton (calf) could be ruled out. Striker Freedman is available again.

West Ham v Wrexham

West Ham manager Redknapp is without on-loan striker Newell. Moncur is suspended, Lampard could come into midfield. Teenager Ferdinand, who usually plays as a centre-half, may be used as a striker. Wrexham manager Flynn has drafted 19-year-old midfielder Wainwright in but is expected to name an unchanged team. Connolly, Morris and Watkin compete for two forward places.


Chelsea v Liverpool

Chelsea give fitness tests to Mark Hughes (calf) and Wise (groin). Burley (ankle) is ruled out while player-manager Gullit has a similar problem. Clarke is back after suspension and Minto (hamstring) has recovered. Liverpool captain Barnes (thigh) is fit and should reclaim his place from Carragher. Thomas and Babb are suspended but Berger and McAteer are fit after flu.

Newcastle v Nottm For

Newcastle manager Dalglish is hoping Albert (hamstring) will be fit, but Ginola (calf) has recovered. Forest's Dutchman Roy is hoping to keep his place, though first-choice strikers Campbell and Saunders are fit. Clough, on loan from Manchester City, is ineligible.