English FA Cup Third round team news
AFCBournemouth vB right on& Hove Albion (Today,12.30pm)
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed he will rotate his side for this tie following the mid week 3-3 draw against Wat ford. Brighton are sweating on the fitness of Bernardo. The midfielder went off duringhisside’s2-2PremierLeague draw at West Ham on Wednesday with a ham string injury and will be assessed.
Sheffield Wednesday vLutonTown (Today,12.30pm)
Lee Bull en takes charge of a fifth game as Wednesday’ s caretaker manager and his aim will be to maintain the unbeaten run that has returned some positivity following last month’ s sac king of J os Luhu kay. Victory will not be easy against opponents who sit second in League One and are the division’ s top scorers with49goals.
WestHamUnited vBirminghamCity (Today,12.30pm)
Sa mir Na sri is set to make his West Ham debut against Birmingham after joining on a free transfer on New Year’ s Eve. Andy Carroll, whose future remains uncertain as he turns 30 tomorrow and only has a contract until the end of the season, should start in attack while youngsters Grady Di an ga na and X an de Silva will be in contention.
Bolton Wan der ersvWa ls all (Today,3pm)
A Christian Do id ge, Re mi Matthew sand Gary O’ Neil could all be missing for Bolton due to a registrationembargo. Such an outcome would serve as a further reminder of the troubles being endured by the four-time FA Cup winners. They will hope for some re spite against opponents who sit 15 thin League One.
Derby County vS out hampton (Today,3pm)
■Southampton manager Ralph Has en hut tl know she must strike the right balance between pursuing progress in the FA Cup and fighting for Premier League survival. Has en hut tl, who accept she is performing a juggling act with his squad, confirmed he will make changes for the game at Championship promotion-hopefuls DerbyCounty.
Gil ling hamv Cardiff City (Today,3pm)
■Neil Warnock has told his Cardiff squad not to become an“FA Cup headline” at Gil ling ham. Cardiff have become accustomed to playing the role of Premier League under dogs this season following their promotion to the top flight. But they take on the mantle of FA Cup giants when they make a third-round trip to League One side Gil ling ham.
Bristol Cityv Huddersfield Town (Today,5.30pm)
On the face of it, this Cup tie is the last thing Huddersfield need right now but David Wagner has taken the opposite view and spoken about a chance to get“this winning feeling back ”. November was the last time the Premier League’ s bottom club enjoyed that experience. Bristol City, who are unbeaten in eight matches, will be awkward opponents.
Norwich City vP or ts mouth (Today,5.30pm)
■Norwich come into this one currently second in the Championshipand with promotion on their minds despite four dropped points in the last two games and a host of injuries–Mo ritz Lei tn er, E mi Bu end ia, Alex T et tey, Marc oS tie per mann and Jam al Lewis are all expected to sit out. League One leaders Portsmouth willfancyanupset.
Mill wallv Hull City (Tomorrow,2pm)
■Mill wall defender Shaun Hutchinson will miss this all-Championshiptie after a freak accident in which he ga shed his leg putting out the bins. The home side will have to do without him while visitors Hull have absentees of their own in Frazier Campbell–whohasahamstring problem–and Jackson Irvine who is away on international duty.
Sheffield United vB ar net (Tomorrow,2pm)
■Sheffield United come into this one off the back of three wins in a row and well-placed in the Championship to continue their push for the Premier League. To help them do that they are reportedly looking to sign Shane Long on loan and, with fifth-tier Bar net likely to cause little trouble tomorrow, the Irish striker may well get a cup run out of the potential move.
Sean Dy che has warned Burn ley their new-found momentum will count for little in this meeting with Barn sley if they do not maintain their standards.Back-to-backPremier League wins have lifted them out of the bottom three and seen spirits so ar as they prepare for the League One side’ s trip to Turf Mo or. They will be without the suspended Robbie Brady following his red card in midweek.
Shrews bury Town vS toke City (Today,12.30pm)
Shrews bury have improved since winning once in 13 matches in all competition sat the beginning of the season and Stoke will beat est of just how much better the going is at the Meadow. Stoke’ sf ir st season back in the Championship is not going according to plan. Gary Row et tis under pressure and has said his focus is on winning. Stoke have the quality but will miss Ryan Shaw cross.
A cc ring ton Stanley vIpswichTown (Today,3pm)
A cc ring ton and Ipswich meet for the first time competitive ly with omens not looking ideal for Paul Lambert’ s side. Ipswich have lost their last four cup matches to opponents from a lower division, with three out of the four in the third round. They have no two na cup match since 2010. A cc ring ton miss Off ran de Zanz ala through suspension.
Brent fordvOxfo rd United (Today,3pm)
Oxford will have Northern Ireland under -21 midfielder Mark Sykes, who has completed a permanent move from Irish League side Glen avon, and Jordan Graham available for the trip to Griffin Park. Brent ford could have defender Chris Me ph am available while mid fielders Lewis Mac leo d and Emilia no Mar con des are unavailable duetoinjury.
Ever tonv Lincoln City (Today,3pm)
■Lincoln manager Danny Cowley believes this tie against Ever ton will be a valuable learning curve that could help his side’ s promotion challenge. Ireland international James McCarthy, who has not played since he broke a legal most a year ago, is looking at a potential return after being named in the Ever ton squad for the first time this season.
Middlesbrough vP et er borough United (Today,3pm)
■Tony Pu l is’ Middle sb rough team selection could make history in two ways today as he looks set to field the club’ s youngest and oldest players ever. Ing le by Bar wick, who is 16 years old, has already set the youngest recordwhile40-year-oldgoalkeeper Di mi K on stan to poul os also looks set tostart.
Crystal Palace vG rims by Town (Today,5.30pm)
■It is nearly 15 years since these clubs last met, with Palace avenging their 5-2 thrashing from the previous seasonbywinning4-1atBlundell Park. Back then, G rims by were members of the top two division sand have since recovered after spending fiveyearsinnon-league.Theywill fancy their chances of causing an upset against Roy Ho d gs on’ s side.
FulhamvOldh am Athletic (Tomorrow,2pm)
■Fulh am look like they will be without Alfie Maws on for their home tie against League Two Old ham but Cl audio Ranier i is expected to ring the changes anyway. Seven fixtures in December left the London side fatigued and Ranier is aid“I will give a chance to players who aren’ t used to playing every match and I want to give them a good opportunity .”
PrestonNorthEnd vDoncasterRovers (Tomorrow,2pm)
■Don cast er’ s visit to Deep dale could see a debut for Kier an Sad li er who signed from Cork City in December but is yet to play. Preston have made three new signing sin the last few days but each of Josh G in nelly, Jay den Stock le ya nd Brad Pot ts are cup-tied for the visit of their League One opponents.
WokingvWatford (Tomorrow ,2 pm; TV: B TS port 2)
■Currently sitting second in the National league South–the sixth tier of English football–Wok ingar ethe lowest ranked side currently left in the competition. With manager Alan Dow son predicting a potential “cricket score” there isn’ t much hope for the Cards who face a Hornets side bolstered by the return of Sebastian Prodl. Manchester Un it edv Reading (Today ,12.30 pm; TV: B TS port 2)
John O’ Shea has an FA Cup upset in his sights as he prepare store turn to his old stomping ground at Old Tr afford today. O’ Shea will lineup for Reading against United and would love nothing more than to shock his former employers. Ole Gunnar Solskjaerw ill give starts to Alexis Sanchez andRo mel uLuka ku a she prepares to make a a number of changes.
West Bromwi ch Albion vWiganAthletic (Today,12.30pm)
Darren Moore wants West B rom to bounce back after defeat to Blackburn but a fifth game in 15 days means that Mason H olga te, and Jack Fitz water will make debut sin defence. Jake Liver more is unavailablethrough suspension. West B rom beatWigan2-0andapoorrunofone win in 13 matches has left Paul Cook feeling pessimistic.
Aston Villa vS wan sea City (Today,3pm)
Aston Villa have progressed past the third round once since losing the 2014-15 final to Arsenal. Their chances of progressing against Swansea look positive after 1-0 wins both home and away in the Championshipthis season. Neil Taylor and Henri L ans bury could return for Villa but Wil fried Bony, O li M cB urnie and Jefferson M ont ero could all miss out for Swansea because of illness.
Ch else av Nottingham Forest (Today,3pm)
Ce sc F ab re gas is expected to feature in what could be his Chelsea farewell against Nottingham Forest. F ab re gas, who made his 500 th appearance in English football, is out of contract this summer and he has been linked with Monaco and AC Milan this month. Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Will ian are unavailable but CallumHudson-Odoiisfitagain.
FleetwoodTownv AFCWimbledon (Today,3pm)
■Fleet wood Town and AFC Wimbledon, who signed Du nd al k’ s Dylan Con nolly on Thursday, have been drawn against each other for the first time and the Don shave already beaten Fleet wood this season, on the opening day of the League One season. Both sides will be aiming to reach round four for the first time.
Blackpool vA rs en al (Today ,5.30 pm; TV: B TS port 2)
■TerryMc Phillips believes Blackpool can take so lace from their narrow defeat to Arsenal in the League Cup as the teams prepare to meet again. The Seaside rs gave Unai Emery’ s men a fright at the Emirates Stadium last October as P au die O’ Connor headed home from a corner to get the home side’ s nerves jangling. Arsenal eventually prevailed 2-1.
NewcastleUnited vBlackburnRovers (Today,5.30pm)
■Newcastle boss Rafael Ben itez will embark upon a new FA Cup campaign making little effort to disguise the fact that Premier League survival remains his over riding priority. Ben itez will make changes for the clash with Blackburn, with his side sitting just two points clear of the top-flight relegation zone.
■R other ham manager Paul War ne has called on his side to make a name for themselves when they visit Pep Guard io la’ s Manchester City today. Not too many people will give them much hope of success against arguably the best team in England, but War ne hopes his side can must er somemagic.
Queens Park Rangers vLeedsUnited (Tomorrow,2pm)
■Marco Bi elsa will likely make widespread changes to his Leeds side with promotion back to the top flight their primary priority. However, he will also be mindful of the em bar as sing defeat to Newport County in this competition last year. This game is also a chance to get back to winning ways after two losses in 10 days.
Newport Countyv Leicester City (Tomorrow ,4.30 pm; TV: BBC 1)
■The fact Newport beat Leeds at this stage last season and came within eight minutes of knocking out Tot ten ham should serve as a warning to Claude Pu el and his players as they prepare for a trip to Rodney Parade. Leicester’ s manager is expected to bring back Wes Morgan and make a few other changes after a hectic but successful festive period.