SUNDERLAND V QPR, 7.45pm
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is waiting for news of key duo John O'Shea and Lee Cattermole.
Central defender O'Shea limped out of Saturday's 4-2 home defeat by West Brom with a calf problem and is a major doubt, while midfielder Cattermole's chances of playing are not a great deal better after he aggravated a knee injury during the same game.
O'Neill also admitted he has a series of other knocks which are a concern, but declined to elaborate as he prepared his side to face a team managed for a first game by Harry Redknapp.
Harry Redknapp should be able to call on QPR captain Park Ji-sung for his first game in charge.
Park failed to recover from a knee problem in time for Saturday's defeat at former club Manchester United but is expected to be in contention for the Barclays Premier League trip to the Stadium of Light.
Jose Bosingwa is thought to have recovered from the virus that ruled him out at the weekend but strikers Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are longer-term concerns.
Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose, Cattermole, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Sessegnon, Saha, Fletcher, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden.
QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Fabio, Bosingwa, Traore, Derry, Diakite, Park, Granero, Taarabt, Hoilett, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse.
ASTON VILLA V READING, 8.00pm
Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar is an injury doubt for tonight's bottom-three clash with Reading at Villa Park.
The central defender suffered a calf injury during Saturday's home goalless draw against Arsenal and was substituted early in the second half.
If he is ruled out, then Matt Lowton is likely to partner Ciaran Clark at the heart of the defence with Eric Lichaj being recalled at right-back.
Reading midfielder Jimmy Kebe will miss the trip.
Kebe had returned to training after being sidelined with a groin problem, but will miss out once more.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and midfielders Danny Guthrie and Jem Karacan remain in the treatment room.
Reading squad: Federici, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Tabb, McCleary, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Hunt, Robson-Kanu, Roberts.
Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj, Baker, Stevens, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Bent, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams.