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Saturday, 22 April, 2000, 12:21 GMT 13:21 UK
Leeds in last chance saloon
david O'Leary
O'Leary will be hoping for a change in fortune at St James Park
Newcastle v Leeds
Watford v Arsenal
Sunday April 23, 1500 BST

Leeds United face a difficult task of trying to salvage something from a troublesome few weeks as they face Newcastle at St James Park.

David O'Leary's men went out of the Uefa Cup last Thursday at the hands of Galatasaray, and a poor run of league form has seen the team slump from second to fourth.

A win in the north-east would be a major boost to their attempt to finish the season in a top-three Champions League spot.

Bobby Robson's Newcastle have also endured a demoralising run recently, having lost their last three games, which included a cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea.

Watford's relegation fate could be secured by Arsenal, as the Vicarage Road team find themselves 12 points away from safety at the foot of the table.

Hornets boss Graham Taylor has already admitted that his team will be playing First Division football next season, whereas their opponents will be hoping to play in the Champions League come August.

Arsenal have secured a place in the Uefa Cup final and can add to their recent joy by creating a gap between themselves in third, and the chasing pack.


Newcastle v Leeds

Paraguyan Diego Gavilan looks likely to win his first start for Newcastle with Nolberto Solano on World Cup duty with Peru.

There are injuries to strikers Duncan Ferguson, Temuri Ketsbaia and Paul Robinson, midfielders Kevin Gallacher and Stephen Glass.

Defenders Nikos Dabizas and Alain Goma are also out, while keepers Shay Given and Steve Harper are both doubts.

Right-back Gary Kelly is the main Leeds doubt due to a groin injury which forced him out of Thursday's Uefa Cup defeat by Galatasaray.

Captain Lucas Radebe will wait to see if there is any reaction to his knee ligament problem after playing the full 90 minutes.


Watford v Arsenal

Watford boss Taylor expects to name an unchanged side.

Forward Allan Smart is suffering from swelling to the knee, but is expected to play before having an operation during the close season.

Midfield star Nordin Wooter is doubtful despite returning to training this week.

Gunners skipper Tony Adams, midfielder Emmanuel Petit, winger Freddie Ljungberg are all nursing injuries.

Striker Nwankwo Kanu is on World Cup duty with Nigeria, but keeper Alex Manninger may get a chance to play in goal as manager Arsene Wenger considers resting England's David Seaman.

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