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By Ciaran Baynes.   Last Updated: 25/08/00 1:54pm

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Table-toppers Middlesbrough will be hoping Alen Boksic can recover from a slight injury problem to face Leeds in the pick of Saturday's Premiership action.

Colin Cooper and Paul Ince are set to return in place of Australian international Paul Okon and goalscorer Mark Summerbell.

Hamilton Ricard will drop down to then substitutes' bench should Croatian striker Alen Boksic recover from stiffness in his back and groin after he played his first game in four months last weekend.

Leeds will probably field the same side that gained the win in Munich on Wednesday.
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Elsewhere, West Ham go into Saturday`s match at Upton Park looking for their first point of the season and would not have wanted to face champions Manchester United.

The Hammers are likely to be unchanged from the team that lost in midweek, including Igor Stimac who received his marching orders against Leicester.

United meanwhile may revert back to the partnership of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke after the Trinidadian and Solskjaer failed to score on Tuesday against Ipswich.
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Elsewhere Bradford hope to back up their great victory over Chelsea with a win over Leicester, who themselves will be confident after their victory at Upton Park. Bantams boss Chris Hutchins only slight injury worry is Ian Nolan`s ankle problem but the former Sheffield Wednesday defender should recover to take his place in the starting line-up at Valley Parade.

Foxes boss Peter Taylor meanwhile has to decide whether to recall Stan Collmore and Callum Davidson, who should both be fit to play after missing Wednesday`s game, at the expense of Darren Eadie and Steve Guppy.
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Duncan Ferguson may make his full debut in front of a Goodison crowd confident of victory over Derby following their hero`s late brace after coming on as a substitute. Niclas Alexandersson could make his debut for The Toffees as has a late fitness test along with Michael Ball and Alessandro Pistone.

Meanwhile, Rams boss Jim Smith has a plethora of injury problems with Rory Delap, Malcolm Christie, Craig Burley, Georgi Kinkladze and Horacio Carbonnari still out of action.
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Following their creditable draw with Manchester United on Tuesday, George Burley`s side will be confident of gaining their first win of the Premiership season against Sunderland - who lost to Town`s fellow new-boys Manchester City on Tuesday. Blues skipper Matt Holland could break his streak of 169 consecutive appearances as he has an ankle injury and Martin Reuser stands by to deputise.

For The Black Cats, Jurgen Macho will continue to fill in for the injured Thomas Sorensen and Peter Reid will have to chose between Jody Craddock and Steve Bould to partner Paul Butler after Stanislav Varga was crocked on Wednesday.
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City meanwhile face Coventry who will be confident of getting a result at Maine Road after breaking their away hoodoo with a win at Southampton on Wednesday, while Paulo Wanchope will be looking to prove that his midweek hat-trick was no fluke. Both sides are likely to remain unchanged although Joe Royle may find a place for new signing Paul Ritchie in The Citizens line-up.
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After their trip to Middlesbrough on Tuesday, George Graham`s side face another journey to the North East where they face Newcastle, who won their first home game of the season against Derby in midweek.

Spurs will remain unchanged but Bobby Robson will have to find replacements for Nikos Dabizas and Carl Cort who both picked up injuries on Wednesday. Alain Goma and Stephen Glass are likely to fill in for The Magpies.
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Finally, two sides hoping to bounce back from midweek defeats meet at The Dell where Southampton entertain Liverpool.

The Reds will have to do without England striker Emile Heskey, who is also likely to miss next Saturday`s international friendly with France, and with Titi Camara also injured, Dutch striker Erik Meijer may be called upon to deputise.
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