FA Cup fourth round: match previews

first_img Pinterest Birmingham City Twitter CHELSEASubs from Eduardo, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Fàbregas, Moses, Kanté, Palmer, Barkley, Scott, Sterling, Musonda, Hudson-OdoiDoubtful Barkley (match fitness), Fàbregas (hamstring), Cahill (hamstring), Drinkwater (match fitness)Injured Courtois (ankle, 31 Jan), Morata (back, Feb), Willian (hamstring, Feb)Suspended NoneNEWCASTLE UNITEDSubs from Woodman, Darlow, Lascelles, Dummett, Yedlin, Lejeune, Shelvey, Hayden, Mitrovic, Aarons, Saivet, GayleDoubtful Lejeune (foot)Injured Gámez (ankle, unknown)Suspended NoneHuddersfield Town v Birmingham CitySteve Cotterill should not be too fazed by the opposition considering Birmingham beat Huddersfield on the penultimate game of last season when staring relegation full in the face. The Blues are going toe-to-toe at the bottom of the second tier once again, though, and David Wagner is likely to let Alex Pritchard have free reign against a defence that has more important battles yet to come. Graham SearlesSaturday 3pmVenue John Smith’s StadiumReferee Neil SwarbrickHead to head Huddersfield wins 40 Birmingham wins 38 Draws 31Odds H 3-4 A 5-1 D 5-2 CARDIFF CITYSubs from Murphy, Wilson, Halford, Harris, Mendez-Laing, Paterson, Pilkington, Damour, Gounongbe, Meité, Coxe, HealeyDoubtful NoneInjured Bryson (achilles, Feb), Connolly (calf), Gunnarsson (knee), Peltier (hip), Ward (knee, all unknown)Suspended NoneMANCHESTER CITYSubs from Ederson, Touré, Adarabioyo, Díaz, Walker, Mangala, Otamendi, SanéDoubtful Kompany (calf)Injured Jesus (knee, Feb), Foden (ankle, Mar), Mendy (knee, Apr), Delph (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneChelsea v Newcastle UnitedAntonio Conte and Rafael Benítez may have very different objectives this season, but at least they can empathise with each other’s frustrations in the mid-winter window. The visitors, beaten here in early December, are unable to use their solitary addition to date given Kenedy is on loan from the Premier League champions. Conte will be tempted, though, to offer his own new player, Ross Barkley, game-time, possibly from the substitutes’ bench. The Italian insists he is still “happy” in south-west London. This fixture will test his mood. Dominic FifieldSunday 1.30pmLive BT Sport 2Venue Stamford BridgeReferee Kevin FriendHead to head Chelsea wins 68 Newcastle wins 52 Draws 40Odds H 1-2 A 7-1 D 4-1 Chelsea MIDDLESBROUGHSubs from Randolph, Mejías, Clayton, Christie, Gestede, Braithwaite, Fletcher, Johnson, Fry, Guedioura, Da Silva, BakerDoubtful NoneInjured NoneSuspended NoneBRIGHTON & HOVE ALBIONSubs from Krul, Mäenpää, Hünemeier, Rosenior, Schelotto, Goldson, Kayal, Skalak, Lua Lua, March, Baldock, BongDoubtful NoneInjured Locadia (hamstring, Feb), Sidwell (back, unknown)Suspended NoneMillwall v RochdaleRochdale will undoubtedly be fresher than Millwall as the League One side have not played since 13 January but rust could work against them. Neil Harris’s side are likely to be confident after their epic 4-3 win against Leeds last week and Rochdale’s record of one win from their past six games, in all competitions, will further boost their hopes of making the fifth round. Graham SearlesSaturday 3pmVenue The DenReferee Andrew MadleyHead to head Millwall wins 6 Rochdale wins 3 Draws 3Odds H 4-7 A 6-1 D 11-5 HUDDERSFIELD TOWNSubs from Coleman, Green, Sabiri, Palmer, Mounié, Billing, Hefele, Williams, Quaner, Löwe, Smith, Schindler, Lolley, CranieDoubtful Cranie (ankle), Lolley (hamstring), Löwe (foot)Injured Stankovic (knee, Feb), Kachunga (knee, Mar)Suspended NoneBIRMINGHAM CITYSubs from Trueman, Kuszczak, Maghoma, Adams, Morrison, Gardner, Jenkinson, Jutkiewicz, Roberts, Bramall, Lowe, Dacres-Cogley, O’Keeffe, HardingDoubtful Gardner (groin) Injured Vassell (knee, unknown) Suspended NoneHull City v Nottingham ForestAfter their win against Arsenal in the third round, drawing Hull was perhaps a minor comedown for Nottingham Forest, but that is nothing compared to the state their opponents are in. Hull have one win in their past 15 league games, the appointment of Nigel Adkins having not halted their slide. The FA Cup might provide respite, but there is a chance Adkins will make changes with a crucial Championship game against Leeds on Tuesday. A number of players, including Will Keane, Evandro and Fraizer Campbell, have recently returned from injury, so this could be a chance to get some game time. Nick MillerSaturday 3pmVenue KCom StadiumReferee Stuart AttwellHead to head Hull wins 25 Nottingham Forest wins 29 Draws 9Odds H 6-4 A 2-1 D 9-4 Facebook Share on WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn WIGAN ATHLETICSubs from Walton, Jacobs, Burn, Powell, Fulton, Byrne, Vaughan, Hunt, Jones, Morgan, James, Merrie, MacDonaldDoubtful NoneInjured NoneSuspended NoneWEST HAM UNITEDSubs from Adrián, Trott, Collins, Zabaleta, Makasi, Cresswell, Johnson, Kouyaté, Noble, Haksabanovic, Antonio, Diangana, Neufville, Ayew, QuinaDoubtful Antonio (match fitness), Ayew (hamstring), Cresswell (cramp), Kouyaté (ankle), Noble (foot)Injured Reid (groin, 30 Jan), Arnautovic (hamstring, Feb), Fonte (ankle, Feb), Lanzini (hamstring, Mar), Carroll (foot, Apr), Sakho (knee, unknown)Suspended None Twitter Share on Messenger SHEFFIELD UNITEDSubs from Eastwood, Donaldson, Duffy, Holmes, Lafferty, Lundstram, Sharp, Slater, Norrington-DaviesDoubtful NoneInjured Freeman (knee, Feb), Brooks (illness, unknown), Coutts (leg, unknown)Cup-tied WhitemanSuspended NonePRESTON NORTH ENDSubs from Hudson, Boyle, Cunningham, Gallagher, Johnson, Barkhuizen, Robinson, Spurr, Hugill, DaviesDoubtful Spurr (knee)Injured Davies (hamstring, unknown), Maguire (hamstring, unknown)Suspended NoneSouthampton v WatfordThese two teams meet in the Cup just a fortnight after their 2-2 draw in the league and Mauricio Pellegrino may not have envisaged then that he would outlast Marco Silva. His replacement and fellow La Liga alumnus, Javi Gracia, takes charge of Watford for the first time. Both managers’ primary objective is staying in the Premier League, but a win would provide either side with a needed morale boost. The stakes are certainly lower than their last Cup meeting – the 2003 semi-final at Villa Park, won by Southampton. Niall McVeighSaturday 3pmVenue St Mary’sReferee Bobby MadleyHead to head Southampton wins 21 Watford wins 18 Draws 11Odds H Evens A 17-5 D 27-10 Cardiff City v Manchester CityIf Manchester City are to complete the quadruple they will have to get past a team whose form has been somewhat mixed in recent weeks. Cardiff are undefeated in four games having lost their previous four games, but with the canny Neil Warnock in charge and a raucous crowd behind them, they are sure to provide a test for Pep Guardiola’s side. In spite of that the Premier Leagues leaders, for whom Kyle Walker is fit having been taking off as an injury precaution in the midweek victory at Bristol City, should come through their trip to Wales unscathed. Sachin NakraniSunday 4pmLive BBC OneVenue Cardiff City StadiumReferee Lee MasonHead to head Cardiff wins 9 Manchester City wins 20 Draws 20Odds H 10-1 A 1-3 D 5-1 MK Dons v Coventry MILLWALLSubs from Archer, King, Shackell, Meredith, Gregory, Romeo, Tunnicliffe, Morison, Twardek, Saville, Philpot, SmithDoubtful NoneInjured O’Brien (ankle, 24 Feb), Webster (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneROCHDALESubs from Collis, Moore, McNulty, Brown, Williams, Thompson, Adshead, Cannon, Morley, Kitching, GillamDoubtful Thompson (match fitness)Injured Davies (knee, 10 Feb), Canavan (ankle, May), Keane (groin, May)Cup-tied Dobre, Hart, KnottSuspended NoneMK Dons v Coventry CityMK Dons are struggling in League One and as a result have won one more FA Cup match than the two league games from which Dan Micciche’s side have earned three points since October. Micciche was not in charge then, though, and as such will hope his first game in charge can provide fresh influence and continue their Cup progress. Coventry are fairing much better in League Two, sitting sixth, and may consider their route back to League One of much greater importance. Graham SearlesSaturday 3pmVenue Stadium MKReferee Peter BankesHead to head MK Dons wins 3 Coventry wins 3 Draws 2Odds H 6-5 A 5-2 D 9-4 Match previews Huddersfield Share on Twitter Topics FA Cup SOUTHAMPTONSubs from McCarthy, Taylor, Soares, Hoedt, Pied, Davis, Højbjerg, Tadic, Long, Gardos, Hesketh, McQueen, Obafemi, SimsDoubtful Bertrand, Long, McQueen (all illness)Injured Austin (thigh, Mar)Suspended NoneWATFORDSubs from Okaka, Sinclair, Mariappa, Watson, Holebas, CapoueDoubtful Cleverley (hamstring)Injured Gomes (back, 31 Jan), Britos (foot), Cathcart (knee), Chalobah (knee), Deeney (illness), Hughes (hamstring), Kaboul (foot), Success (knee), Femenía (hamstring, all Feb), Wagué (hamstring, both unknown) Suspended NoneWigan Athletic v West Ham UnitedWigan are five points clear at the top of League One, West Ham not quite as many above the relegation positions so there is the possibility of a Championship next season. The stage could be set then for another Cup upset at the DW Stadium following Bournemouth’s exit in the previous round. Both sides are likely to rest players with an eye on upcoming league games but, with West Ham unable to call on Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini, Wigan could have the forward momentum to go through. Paul WilsonSaturday 3pmVenue DW StadiumReferee Chris KavanaghHead to head Wigan wins 8 West Ham wins 11 Draws 2Odds H 17-10 A 2-1 D 2-1 MK DONSSubs from Sietsma, Upson, Cissé, Pawlett, Seager, Muirhead, McGrandles, Rasulo, Ugbo, Logan, Jackson, Nombe, Thomas-Asante, KasumuDoubtful None Injured Walsh (knee, May) Suspended Aneke (first of three)COVENTRY CITYSubs from O’Brien, McDonald, Kelly, Vincenti, Hyam, Beavon, Dion Kelly‑Evans, Devon Kelly-Evans, Hayness, Barrett, Maycock, Sayoud, Stevenson, Camwell, Finn, Ponticelli, ThompsonDoubtful McDonald (groin)Injured Jones (knee, May), Andreu (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneNewport County v Tottenham HotspurThe League Two side’s manager, Mike Flynn, said: “I’m hoping the gods are with us,” before the plum tie with Tottenham at Rodney Parade, where temporary seating has been erected to swell the capacity to around 10,000. Flynn should have Joss Labadie and Matty Dolan available again, both having been absent for the midweek draw with Morecambe. Tottenham will hope to avoid being pushed as hard by League Two opposition as they were at this stage of the FA Cup last season, when they required an 89th-minute goal from Dele Alli to secure a 4-3 home win against Wycombe. Gregg BakowskiSaturday 5.30pmLive BT Sport 2Venue Rodney ParadeReferee Roger EastHead to head Newport wins 0 Tottenham wins 0 Draws 0Odds H 18-1 A 1-5 D 7-1 Brighton & Hove Albion HULL CITYSubs from McGregor, Mannion, Andrew, Diomandé, Grosicki, Tomori, Dawson, Meyler, Larsson, Evandro, Bowen, Campbell, Luer, OdubajoDoubtful Grosicki (ankle)Injured Hernández (achilles, Feb), Mason (skull, unknown)Suspended NoneNOTTINGHAM FORESTSubs from Henderson, Evtimov, Traoré, Carayol, Darikwa, Mills, Vellios, Ward, Cohen, McKay, Vaughan, Hobbs, Walker, SmithDoubtful Ward (hamstring)Injured Murpjy (rib, Feb)Suspended Bridcutt (first of two)Liverpool v West Bromwich AlbionJürgen Klopp will demand another positive reaction to defeat after his side’s 18-game unbeaten run came to a surprising end at Swansea on Monday. He will also be looking to avoid a repeat of last season’s fourth round when another west Midlands club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, won at Anfield as Klopp’s rotation policy backfired. West Bromwich Albion secured a merited goalless draw at Liverpool last month and have shown signs of recovery of late under Alan Pardew. Albion have also won four of the seven previous FA Cup ties between the clubs. Andy HunterSaturday 7.45pmLive BT Sport 2Venue AnfieldReferee Craig PawsonHead to head Liverpool wins 68 West Brom wins 38 Draws 43Odds H 1-3 A 10-1 D 5-1 Cardiff City PETERBOROUGH UTDSubs from O’Malley, Tyler, Baldwin, Cooper, Doughty, Kanu, Penny, Ward, Edwards, Miller, Lopes, Anderson, Nabi, Burrows, Cartwright, Freestone, Barker, Douglas, BorgDoubtful Marriott (hip)Injured NoneSuspended NoneLEICESTER CITYSubs from Schmeichel, Hamer, Dragovic, Chilwell, James, Ndidi, Okazaki, Mahrez, Vardy, Ulloa, King, Slimani, Musa, Simpson, Barnes, KnightDoubtful NoneInjured Morgan (hamstring, unknown)Suspended NoneSheffield United v Preston North EndPreston were worthy winners when the teams met in the Championship in December but with both clubs involved in a tight scrap to make the play-offs and, with Chris Wilder and Alex Neil having an eye on important league matches in midweek, the lineups will feature a number of changes. Wilder has ruled out Kieron Freeman and David Brooks for the Blades but Ched Evans has recovered from ankle surgery and is set to feature for the first time since September. Ben Davies and Sean Maguire are out for North End, who will give a first starting place to the striker Louis Moult, who signed from Motherwell and made his debut as a substitute against Birmingham last weekend. Tony PaleySaturday 3pmVenue Bramall LaneReferee Graham ScottHead to head Sheffield Utd winsH 49 Preston wins 35 Draws 30Odds H 5-4 A 5-2 D 2-1 Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Pinterest Coventry City NOTTS COUNTYSubs from Collin, Searson-Smithard, Ameobi, Smith, Forte, Dickinson, Walker, Bird, Dearle, Hawkridge, Nolan, SaundersDoubtful NoneInjured Tootle (illness, Feb)Suspended Fitzsimons (first of three), Virtue-Thick (one match)SWANSEA CITYSubs from Fabianski, Roberts, Britton, Carroll, Fernández, Dyer, Routledge, McBurnie, Abraham, Mawson, SanchesDoubtful Abraham (hip), Fernández (nose), Sanches (hamstring)Injured NoneSuspended NonePeterborough United v Leicester CityThe last time these two sides faced each other, in the Championship five years ago, promotion-chasing Leicester featuring future Premier League winners Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan and Jamie Vardy were beaten by a Peterborough side that were relegated. As he did in the third round, Claude Puel is almost certain to rest most of his first-choice players, which will give Kelechi Iheanacho a rare run-out, while new signing Fousseni Diabaté should play up front. The Peterborough manager, Grant McCann, will take charge of his 100th game, and should put out a strong side, though the striker Jack Marriott is a doubt with a hip problem. Nick MillerSaturday 12.30pmLive BT Sport 2Venue London RoadReferee Michael OliverHead to head Peterborough wins 6 Leicester wins 6 Draws 4Odds H 9-2 A 4-7 D 3-1 LIVERPOOLSubs from Karius, Can, Gomez, Lallana, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno, Milner, Solanke, Woodburn, Markovic, Ings, SturridgeDoubtful NoneInjured Clyne (back, Feb), Ward (back, unknown)Suspended NoneWEST BROMWICH ALBIONSubs from Myhill, McAuley, Field, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Livermore, Burke, NyomDoubtful NoneInjured Chadli (thigh, Feb), Morrison (thigh, Feb)Suspended NoneMiddlesbrough v Brighton & Hove AlbionA rerun of the final day of the 2015-16 Championship season when both teams were vying for automatic promotion. Middlesbrough won – albeit narrowly – at the Riverside with Brighton losing out in the play-offs. With Tony Pulis anxious to earn his new Boro side a play-off place and Chris Hughton desperate to keep Brighton in the Premier League, neither manager is likely to be left heartbroken by defeat. Neither will want a replay. Louise TaylorSaturday 3pmVenue Riverside StadiumReferee Anthony TaylorHead to head Middlesbrough wins 24 Brighton wins 9 Draws 13Odds H 5-4 A 5-2 D 2-1 news NEWPORT COUNTYSubs from Bittner, Collins, Hayes, McCoulsky, Osadebe, Reid, White, Labadie, DolanDoubtful Dolan (hamstring), Labadie (hamstring)Injured Owen-Evans (thigh, Feb), Rigg (hip, Feb), Marlon (unknown)Suspended NoneTOTTENHAM HOTSPURSubs from Lloris, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Davies, Sánchez, Dier, Oakley-Boothe, Eriksen, Lamela, AlliDoubtful Aurier (calf), Eriksen (illness), Lamela (glute), Lloris (illnes)Injured Alderweireld (hamstring, 31 Jan), Rose (knee, 31 Jan), Winks (ankle, 31 Jan)Suspended NoneNotts County v Swansea CitySecond-top in League Two hosts the Premier League’s bottom side in what could be a classic Cup shock yet Notts County will have noted how Swansea City dispatched Liverpool in their last outing, Jürgen Klopp’s side gave Manchester City a first league defeat. Still, at Meadow Lane, County are sure to attack the Swans and so this should be an invigorating watch. Jamie JacksonSaturday 3pmVenue Meadow LaneReferee Michael JonesHead to head Notts County wins 24 Swansea wins 30 Draws 16Odds H 7-2 A Evens D 13-5 Reuse this contentlast_img

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