Weekend’s FA Cup third round team news


Weekend’s FA Cup third round team news

Barnsley v Middlesbrough, Oakwell, 3pm

George Williams could make his first start for Barnsley with Joe Dudgeon (knee) and James Bree (unspecified) both struggling for fitness, while striker Sam Winnall is continuing his rehabilitation following a hamstring problem. Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull is back in contention following suspension and boss Danny Wilson must decide whether to recall him or retain Adam Davies.

Striker Patrick Bamford will be included in the Boro squad after extending his loan spell to the end of the season. Boss Aitor Karanka also has no fresh injury concerns, although Emilio Nsue is due to meet up with Equatorial Guinea ahead of the African Nations Cup. Ryan Fredericks (thigh), Muzzy Carayol (knee) and Damia Abella (knee) remain out.

Top scorers (all competitions): C Hourihane (Barnsley) 11; G Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) 11

Referee: D Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Blyth v Birmingham, Croft Park, 3pm

Alex Nicholson is expected to be fit for Spartans, despite being withdrawn with a dead leg during the 1-0 defeat at Whitby which ended their seven-game winning streak. Stephen Turnbull, who scored in the win over Hartlepool in round two, is set to be restored to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in their last outing.

Nikola Zigic could make his first start for Blues since rejoining the club. Manager Gary Rowett admitted that he may look to rest players following a punishing festive schedule. Will Packwood (groin), Gavin Gunning (knee) and Matt Green (knee) remain on the injury list.

Top scorers (all competitions): R Dale (Blyth Spartans) 12; C Donaldson (Birmingham) 8

Referee: M Jones

Bolton v Wigan, Macron Stadium, 3pm

Lee Chung-yong will miss out for Bolton after linking up with the South Korea squad ahead of the Asia Cup, while Matt Mills is a doubt after picking up a knock in the loss to Huddersfield. Craig Davies and Kevin McNaughton (both hamstring) are back in the squad but Joe Mason (hamstring), Mark Davies (knee), Marc Tierney (ankle) and Max Clayton (knee) are all long-term absentees.

Wigan will be without Callum McManaman, who begins a three-game suspension, and Grant Holt after the 33-year-old damaged cruciate ligaments during the final game of his loan spell at Huddersfield on St Stephen’s Day. The departure of midfielder Roger Espinoza, who is heading back to the United States, was also confirmed this week, while Leon Barnett (hamstring) and Martyn Waghorn (shoulder) are still out.

Top scorers (all competitions): C Davies (Bolton) 5; C McManaman (Wigan) 5

Referee: P Dowd (Staffordshire)

Brentford v Brighton, Griffin Park, 3pm

Brentford new boy Lewis Macleod is ineligible after moving to the Bees from Rangers and will have to watch from the sidelines. Winger Sam Saunders could be in line for a first start of the season after recovering from a long-term knee injury. Right-back Alan McCormack (ankle) and striker Scott Hogan (knee) remain in the treatment room.

New Brighton manager Chris Hughton has a much-changed squad for his first game in charge, with loanees Darren Bent, Greg Halford, Gary Gardner and Elliott Bennett no longer around. Hughton can welcome back midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey, who missed Monday night’s 2-0 win at Fulham through illness, but skipper Gordon Greer (knee) remains a doubt and fellow defender Bruno completes a three-match ban.

Top scorers (all competitions): A Gray (Brentford) 10; L Dunk (Brighton) 5

Referee: D Coote (Nottinghamshire)

Cambridge v Luton, Abbey Stadium, 3pm

Ryan Donaldson, Harrison Dunk and Tom Elliott are still among those sidelined as Cambridge boss Richard Money struggles to establish a settled side. However, Ian Miller is available following a long-term Achilles problem.

Fraser Franks, Jake Howells, Ross Lafayette and Ricky Miller could come into the reckoning for Luton if boss John Still decides to freshen up his side. Paul Benson (broken leg), Luke Guttridge (foot), Alex Lawless (foot) and Pelly Ruddock (hamstring) remain out but the quartet should be back in contention this month.

Top scorers (all competitions): K Appiah (Cambridge Utd) 8; M Cullen (Luton) 9

Referee: T Harrington (Cleveland)

Charlton v Blackburn, The Valley, 3pm

Oguchi Onyewu is a doubt for Charlton after pulling up with a hamstring strain in midweek, while goalkeeper Stephen Henderson (shoulder), left-back Rhoys Wiggins (foot) and winger Franck Moussa (knee) remain sidelined and right-back Chris Solly could drop out if two matches in four days is too much for his troublesome knee. Callum Harriott will also be absent as he serves the second game of a three-match ban for his red card against Cardiff on St Stephen’s Day. Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer must decide whether to stick with Simon Eastwood in goal or recall Jason Steele, who this week made his loan move from Boro permanent. Defender Tommy Spurr (groin) is set to make his first appearance of the season, while returning loanee John O’Sullivan could also feature. Corry Evans is still banned, Jason Lowe (foot) remains a couple of weeks away, Marcus Olsson is a major doubt, while Ryan Tunnicliffe was recalled by Fulham on New Year’s Day.

Top scorers (all competitions): I Vetokele (Charlton) 8; R Gestede (Blackburn) 12

Referee: K Stroud (Hampshire)

Derby v Southport, iPro Stadium, 3pm

Derby head coach Steve McClaren may take the opportunity to rotate his squad, with Kelle Roos possibly in line to replace Lee Grant in goal, while the likes of Ivan Calero, Lee Naylor and Kwame Thomas may come into the reckoning. Paul Coutts, who has recently returned from a long injury layoff, could be given the chance to get some much-needed minutes as he rebuilds his match sharpness. McClaren will check on Jamie Ward, who has been struggling with a thigh injury recently.

Southport are again set to be without Micah Evans and Joe Connor (both hamstring). Luke Foster has been managing a back problem but came through the busy Christmas period unscathed. Defender Clayton McDonald was released after missing last Sunday’s Vanarama Conference victory at Kidderminster, having made 13 appearances for the club on non-contract terms.

Top scorers (all competitions): C Martin (Derby) 16; R Brodie (Southport) 10

Referee: G Scott (Oxfordshire)

Doncaster v Bristol City, Keepmoat Stadium, 3pm

Richie Wellens (hamstring), Kyle Bennett (hamstring and thigh) and Nathan Tyson (calf) are all doubts for Doncaster. Rovers boss Paul Dickov said this week that teenage midfielder Harry Middleton is close to earning a place in the starting line-up, while striker Curtis Main will also be pushing for a recall.

City hope to be able to field Matt Smith, who has scored three times in his last two games, with boss Steve Cotterill asking Fulham if they will let the on-loan striker play in this round. Cotterill has doubts over Kieran Agard (ankle) and Aaron Wilbraham (hip), but Chelsea loanee Todd Kane has been given permission to feature. Joe Bryan (thigh) and Wade Elliott (calf) will also be involved having shaken off their recent problems.

Top scorers (all competitions): N Tyson (Doncaster) 6; A Wilbraham (Bristol City) 13

Referee: S Duncan (Tyne & Wear)

Fulham v Wolves, Craven Cottage, 3pm

Lasse Vigen Christensen is out for Fulham with a hamstring strain, while Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz will be checked over after he failed a late fitness test before the defeat to Brighton. Ryan Tunnicliffe has returned from his loan spell at Blackburn but is not eligible to play, while Tim Hoogland (hernia) and Fernando Amorebieta (knee) are still injured.

Kevin McDonald is serving a one-match ban after being sent off against Brentford, but Bakary Sako will be available for Wolves before he joins up with Mali for the African Nations Cup. Danny Graham has returned to Sunderland following the end of a loan spell which saw him score one goal in five games but end up as an unused substitute in his last two matches.

Top scorers (all competitions): H Rodallega (Fulham) 9; B Sako (Wolves) 7

Referee: L Probert (Wiltshire)

Huddersfield v Reading, John Smith’s Stadium, 3pm

Huddersfield forward Sean Scannell is hoping to shake off a foot injury he picked up against Bolton, while Nahki Wells is pushing for his first start in four matches after scoring a late winner off the bench last time out. Boss Chris Powell has no other new injury or suspension worries, but defender Joel Lynch (groin) remains sidelined. Grant Holt is recovering from a serious knee injury back at parent club Wigan following the end of his loan spell.

Jamie Mackie could come into the Reading team after striker Glenn Murray returned to Crystal Palace at the end of his loan spell — Mackie came on as a substitute in the win over Norwich following a hamstring injury. Midfielder Danny Guthrie is finally fit having been hindered all season by a calf problem and is also in line to start. But Pavel Pogrebnyak, Anton Ferdinand (both calf) and Hope Akpan (shoulder) are set to miss out again.

Top scorers (all competitions): N Wells (Huddersfield) 10; S Cox & G Murray (Reading) 8

Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands)

Leicester v Newcastle, King Power Stadium, 3pm

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is set to make changes, with Danny Drinkwater (groin) out. Paul Konchesky returns from suspension, while midfielders Jeffrey Schlupp and Riyad Mahrez are available for their last match before the African Nations Cup. Newcastle defender Steven Taylor will miss out as he awaits news on the ankle injury he picked up during the draw with Burnley. Papiss Cisse is suspended and has been released to join up with the Senegal squad ahead of the African Nations Cup, while midfielder Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid are due to follow suit with the Ivory Coast and Algeria respectively. Goalkeepers Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh), Siem de Jong (thigh), Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (thigh), Sammy Ameobi and Ryan Taylor (both knee) are all still out.

Top scorers (all competitions): L Ulloa (Leicester) 7; P Cisse (Newcastle) 9

Referee: L Mason (Lancashire)

Millwall v Bradford, The Den, 3pm

Millwall will be without suspended midfielder Shaun Williams and cup-tied new signing Paris Cowan-Hall. Right-back Carlos Edwards remains sidelined with a long-term knee injury but teenage defender Sid Nelson is set to keep his place after an impressive debut against the Cherries.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is unavailable for Bradford, while Andrew Davies and Filipe Morais are major injury doubts. Pickford, on a season-long loan, has not been given permission to play in the competition by parent club Sunderland. Davies was forced out of Sunday’s home win against Notts County due to a hamstring injury and Morais sustained a dead-leg in the same match. Morais’ short-term deal is due to end at the weekend and on-loan striker Jon Stead is scheduled to return to parent club Huddersfield, so both players could make their final appearances for the club.

Top scorers (all competitions): L Gregory (Millwall) 4; J Hanson & J Stead (Bradford) 6

Referee: D Webb (County Durham)

Preston v Norwich, Deepdale, 3pm

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake could make his debut for Preston after signing a deal until the end of the season on Thursday. His new club have no fresh injury concerns and hope to welcome back winger Kyel Reid from illness. Bailey Wright (groin) was back on the bench last Sunday while fellow defender David Buchanan (hamstring) is also fully fit again. That leaves just long-term absentees Joe Garner and Jordan Hugill (both knee) on the sidelines, but on-loan striker Jermaine Beckford does have permission to play in this competition.

Norwich will be without defenders Martin Olsson and Carlos Cuellar and midfield pair Alex Tettey and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (knee). Olsson and Tettey have had injections on injuries while Cuellar missed the 2-1 defeat at Reading on Sunday with a calf injury and has not recovered. Javier Garrido, whose last game came in the Capital One Cup defeat at Shrewsbury on September 23, is fit again and is in the travelling party.

Top scorers (all competitions): J Garner (Preston) 12; C Jerome (Norwich) 12

Referee: S Attwell (Warwickshire)

Rochdale v Nottm Forest, Spotland, 3pm

Matty Lund and Jack O’Connell are both out for Rochdale. Lund has a dislocated shoulder and O’Connell’s loan spell at the club expires on January 3 and he did not have permission to play in the competition from parent club Blackburn anyway. Midfielder Stephen Dawson remains doubtful.

Henri Lansbury is serving the first of a two-match ban for Forest — Academy product Ben Osborn, who made a promising cameo off the bench against Birmingham, could replace Lansbury in the side. Kelvin Wilson is available again after suspension while fellow centre-half Jack Hobbs, out since mid-September with an ankle injury, has resumed training and it is hoped he will make his comeback at Spotland.

Top scorers (all competitions): M Done (Rochdale) 14; B Assombalonga (Nottm Forest) 13

Referee: G Sutton (Lincolnshire)

Rotherham v Bournemouth, New York Stadium, 3pm

Rotherham will be without Tom Lawrence and Emmanuel Ledesma after they were recalled by respective parent clubs Leicester and Middlesbrough. Boss Steve Evans is waiting to hear whether fellow loanees Scott Wootton and Reece James have been given permission to play.

Lee Camp is set to start for Bournemouth because, although number one goalkeeper Artur Boruc extended his loan deal with the Cherries on Wednesday, he is unavailable to feature as he can only be officially re-signed after the deadline for FA Cup registration. Tokelo Rantie has joined up with South Africa ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and will miss out for Eddie Howe’s Championship table-toppers.

Top Scorers (all competitions): J Clarke-Harris & A Revell (Rotherham) 4; C Wilson (Bournemouth) 13

Referee: N Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Tranmere v Swansea, Prenton Park, 3pm

Tranmere are sweating on the fitness of striker Kayode Odejayi (groin) but Liam Ridehalgh returns from suspension. Loanees Josh Thompson and Shamir Fenelon have permission to play but Calaum Jahraldo-Martin has been sent back to Hull, while Danny Woodards (foot) and Matt Hill (Achilles) are still injured.

Swansea boss Garry Monk may give fringe players Gerhard Tremmel, Jazz Richards, Kyle Bartley, Tom Carroll and Marvin Emnes a chance, with top scorer Wilfried Bony and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng now away on international duty, Jonjo Shelvey suspended and Jefferson Montero sidelined with a hamstring injury. Swansea’s Wayne Routledge is available having successfully appealed against the winger’s straight red card in the 1-1 draw at QPR.

Top scorers (all competitions): M Power (Tranmere) 9; W Bony (Swansea) 9

Referee: P Tierney (Lancashire)

West Brom v Gateshead, The Hawthorns, 3pm

West Brom could be without Victor Anichebe (groin) but Jonas Olsson, who is still recovering from an Achilles operation, is definitely out. Georgios Samaras, Gareth McAuley, Jason Davidson and Brown Ideye could all start with new head coach Tony Pulis ready to give his players a clean slate.

Gateshead boss Gary Mills has no new injury concerns, but goalkeeper Adam Bartlett will again deputise for injured number one Alex Baird while midfielder JJ O’Donnell is still expected to be sidelined with a foot injury. Mills is likely to keep faith with the side that drew 2-2 with FC Halifax on Boxing Day, which would mean another start for Albanian Under-21 international Valentin Gjokaj in defence.

Top scorers (all competitions): S Berahino (West Brom) 9; D Wright (Gateshead) 9

Referee: A Madley (West Yorkshire)


Arsenal v Hull, Emirates Stadium, 5.30pm

Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina is expected to start as Arsenal take on Hull in a repeat of last year’s FA Cup final, but Danny Welbeck (thigh) and Lukas Podolski (groin) are still expected to be out, while Olivier Giroud serves the last part of his three-match suspension. Theo Walcott could come back into the side following a return to fitness, along with midfielder Mathieu Flamini, but Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (calf), Mesut Ozil (knee), Abou Diaby (calf) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) all remain out. Hull welcome back Tom Huddlestone from a four-game suspension, Stephen Quinn returns from a one-match ban and the likes of Harry Maguire, Tom Ince and Yannick Sagbo will all be pushing for rare starts. There are gaps to fill elsewhere, with Andy Robertson (ankle), Liam Rosenior (hamstring), Gaston Ramirez (groin), Mohamed Diame (knee) and Michael Dawson (hamstring) all missing.

Top scorers (all competitions): A Sanchez (Arsenal) 15; N Jelavic (Hull) 6

Referee: R Madley (West Yorkshire)

Aston Villa v Blackpool, Villa Park, 3pm

Ron Vlaar is likely to be out for Villa after he limped off with a knee injury in their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Thursday. Fabian Delph is still suspended while Ashley Westwood, Nathan Baker and Libor Kozak are out. Jack Grealish, Shay Given and Matt Lowton could all start with Villa boss Paul Lambert expected to rotate his squad.

Blackpool have been hit by loanees returning to their parent clubs. Winger Jacob Murphy, who apologised earlier this week when a social media image of him mocking the Seasiders’ plight leaked online, unsurprisingly returned to Norwich in the aftermath of an internal investigation. The Seasiders have also lost Donervon Daniels, John Lundstram and Stuart O’Keefe to their parent clubs since their last game on December 28 against Rotherham. Striker Ishmael Miller is at least back from suspension.

Top scorers (all competitions): C Robinson (Aston Villa) 5; S Davies & N Delfouneso (Blackpool) 3

Referee: C Foy (Merseyside)

Chelsea v Watford, Stamford Bridge, 4pm

Striker Diego Costa and forward Eden Hazard are among the front-line Chelsea players who could be rotated out, while Petr Cech could replace Thibaut Courtois in goal, depending on the severity of the latter’s finger injury. Jose Mourinho will aim to balance fielding a side to advance with one which gives his players a rest after an arduous festive fixture schedule which included Thursday’s 5-3 loss at Tottenham.

Watford will have to make at least one change as midfielder Adlene Guedioura has returned to Crystal Palace at the end of his loan spell. Sebastien Bassong, who missed Sunday’s 4-2 win at Cardiff due to a dead leg, is ineligible to feature under the terms of his loan deal from Norwich. Fellow defenders Joel Ekstrand (back) and Gabriel Tamas (cruciate) are still on the sidelines, but strikers Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra could return to the starting line-up.

Top scorers (all competitions): D Costa (Chelsea) 14; T Deeney (Watford) 9

Referee: K Friend (Leicestershire)

Dover v Crystal Palace, Crabble Athletic Ground, 1pm

Goalkeeper Mitch Walker could return for the first time since September for Dover. The former Brighton stopper has beaten elbow trouble to return to full training this week, but boss Chris Kinnear is likely to keep faith with Andy Rafferty to start against Palace. Kinnear admitted he has faced selection headaches ahead of this tie — but should field a settled squad. Palace will give fitness tests to Damien Delaney and James McArthur — the Eagles pair picked up unspecified injuries in the goalless at Aston Villa on New Year’s Day and are to be assessed. Glenn Murray, Jack Hunt and Adlene Guedioura are available after returning from loan spells, but Mile Jedinak is away on international duty with Australia.

Top scorers (all competitions: S Payne (Dover) 12; D Gayle (Crystal Palace) 6

Referee: A Marriner (W Midlands)

Man City v Sheff Wed, Etihad Stadium, 3pm

City are still without captain Vincent Kompany (calf/hamstring) and strikers Edin Dzeko (calf) and Sergio Aguero (knee). Midfielder Fernando is available again after suspension but Yaya Toure could be involved for the final time before joining up with Ivory Coast for the African Nations Cup. Second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero may keep his place for another game with England number one Joe Hart rested.

Wednesday will be without on-loan pair Royston Drenthe and Lewis McGugan after they returned to parent clubs Reading and Watford respectively. Captain Glenn Loovens overcame a hamstring strain to start at Wigan and is expected to resume in defence, while fellow centre-half Kamil Zayatte is in contention for his first appearance since September following a long-term hamstring problem.

Top scorers (all competitions): S Aguero (Man City) 19; S May (Sheff Wed) 7

Referee: M Oliver (Northumberland)

QPR v Sheff Utd, Loftus Road, 1pm

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is likely to rest several key players. Rob Green, Richard Dunne, Joey Barton and Clint Hill have all featured regularly over the busy Christmas schedule and are likely to sit out the match. Sandro and Alejandro Faurlin are both ruled out with knee injuries while Yun Suk-young remains sidelined with an ankle problem and Adel Taarabt is not considered fit enough to play.

James Wallace returns to the Blades squad after overcoming groin and hamstring issues to return to full training. Defender Chris Basham is suspended for the first of a three-match ban after his straight red card in the St Stephen’s Day defeat to Port Vale. The Blades will also be without striker Chris O’Grady and defender Paddy McCarthy, who have returned to respective parent clubs Brighton and Crystal Palace.

Top scorers (all competitions): Charlie Austin (QPR) 12; Che Adams & Marc McNulty (Sheff Utd) 8

Match odds: H 1-2 A 4-1 D 14-5

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

(Tyne & Wear)

Southampton v Ipswich, St Mary’s, 3pm

Saints will again be without right-back Nathaniel Clyne (foot), but France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is available after being suspended for the win over Arsenal. Midfielder Sadio Mane is set for a scan after limping off after scoring against the Gunners. Japan defender Maya Yoshida has left on international duty at the Asia Cup in Australia.

Mick McCarthy must decide whether to bring Tyrone Mings back into the Ipswich side after he returned from having an infected toe. With a number of Premier League clubs reportedly monitoring the 21-year-old, it will be interesting to see if McCarthy allows Mings to become cup-tied. Luke Hyam is also available again after an Achilles problem, but Noel Hunt has returned to Leeds following the conclusion of his loan spell.

Top scorers (all competitions): Graziano Pelle (Southampton) 11; Daryl Murphy (Ipswich) 17

Match odds: H 1-3 A 6-1 D 10-3

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Stoke v Wrexham, Britannia Stadium, 3pm

Bojan Krkic remains out with a hamstring problem for Stoke, while boss Mark Hughes may take the opportunity to give fringe players such as goalkeeper Jack Butland and midfielder Oliver Shenton a chance to stake a claim with a rare run out.

Louis Moult and Andy Bishop both face a fitness battle for Wrexham. Moult, a former trainee with the Potters, must shrug off an ankle injury and Bishop has a hamstring problem. Jon Flatt is set to end his spell on loan from Wolves by coming back into the starting line-up, as Andy Coughlin continues his recovery from injury and fellow loanee Dan Bachmann drops out to return to Stoke. Captain Dean Keates remains sidelined by a thigh strain.

Top scorers (all competitions): Mame Biram Diouf & Jonathan Walters (Stoke) 6; Louis Moult (Wrexham) 11

Match odds: H 1-8 A 14-1 D 5-1

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Sunderland v Leeds, Stadium of Light, 1pm

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has a groin injury and will not feature after the problem also kept him out of Thursday’s 3-2 Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester City. However, head coach Gus Poyet will have a tailor-made replacement available following Liam Bridcutt’s return after concussion, while full-backs Patrick van Aanholt (shoulder) and Anthony Reveillere (calf) are expected to resume training next week.

Leeds are expected to be without defenders Stephen Warnock and Jason Pearce. Warnock was forced out of the defeat at Derby due to an ankle injury and centre-back Pearce has been struggling with a knee problem that has ruled him out of the previous two matches. Head coach Neil Redfearn must decide whether to start with right-footed Gaetano Berardi at left-back in Warnock’s absence or recall Charlie Taylor, whose last appearance was in August.

Top scorers (all competitions): Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 5; Mirco Antenucci (Leeds) 8

Match odds: H 6-10 A 5-1 D 13-5

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Yeovil v Man Utd, Huish Park, 3.30pm

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson is keeping his side’s injury worries close to his chest. The Glovers boss admits a number of his players are sidelined but hopes the unnamed squad members will be ready to face the Red Devils. Jordan Clarke is one player that definitely will not feature as he remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Ashley Young has been ruled out for United because of the hamstring injury he suffered against Stoke on New Year’s Day. Midfielder Angel di Maria is back in training following his pelvic injury and could feature. Marcos Rojo (thigh), Daley Blind (knee) and Marouane Fellaini (illness) are all major doubts.

Top scorers (all competitions): Jordan Clarke & Kieffer Moore (Yeovil) 4; Wayne Rooney & Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 8

Match odds: H 7-1 A 1-4 D 4-1

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)


AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool, Kingsmeadow 7.55pm

Sammy Moore and Adebayo Akinfenwa will be fit for AFC Wimbledon after recovering from illness and a leg injury respectively. Millwall youngster Jake Goodman is eligible to play what will be the final game of his loan spell while defender Adam Barrett will be unavailable for Wimbledon as his loan from Gillingham expires on Sunday. Defenders Jack Smith (hamstring) and Andy Frampton (ankle) are set to miss out again.

Defender Martin Skrtel returns from suspension for Liverpool and fellow centre-back Dejan Lovren could make his first appearance since December 17 after recovering from a groin injury. Captain Steven Gerrard, who has announced he will be leaving the club in the summer, is likely to be rested while striker Mario Balotelli needs to be assessed after missing Thursday’s draw with Leicester through injury.

Top scorers (all competitions): Matt Tubbs (AFC Wimbledon) 15; Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) 7

Match odds: H 11-1 A 1-6 D 9-2

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

Burnley v Tottenham, Turf Moor, 7.55pm

Burnley boss Sean Dyche will make changes to his starting line-up for the first time in seven games, with defence a concern. Captain Jason Shackell picked up a calf problem in the draw at Newcastle before his replacement, former Cork City player Kevin Long, suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Michael Duff (calf) is still out, while Dyche must check on the availability of on-loan Manchester United centre-half Michael Keane.

Ryan Mason is not expected to feature for Spurs — the midfielder lasted just 11 minutes of the New Year’s Day defeat of Chelsea after picking up a hamstring injury when stretching for the ball. Erik Lamela missed that match with a minor calf complaint and may not be risked against Burnley, against whom head coach Mauricio Pochettino is likely to rotate his squad.

Top scorers (all competitions): Danny Ings (Burnley) 5; Harry Kane (Tottenham) 17

Match odds: H 9-4 A 10-11 D 12-5

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)


Everton v West Ham, Goodison Park, 7.45pm

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is likely to make changes as he looks to bounce back from four straight league defeats. The Spaniard could recall Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o up front but Antolin Alcaraz is suspended following his late red card at Hull.

West Ham will be without Senegal forward Diafra Sakho and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate as they head off on international duty for the African Nations Cup, while Alex Song could yet be a late call up for Cameroon. Defender James Tomkins is available after suspension and winger Matt Jarvis is pressing for a start after coming off the bench against West Brom on New Year’s Day.

Top Scorers: Romelu Lukaku & Kevin Mirallas (Everton) 7; Diafra Sakho (West Ham) 9

Match odds: H 4-6 A 16-5 D 5-2

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

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