ANDREW VORCE - Friday, January 22, 2010
The FA Cup is in full swing as Landon Donovan looks to get his first FA Cup experience while Brad Guzan should start his second game in a row after Villa's midweek Carling Cup thriller.
Manchester United - Hull
Jozy Altidore will be looking to get back onto the field after the disaster in Haiti forced him out of contention in Hull's last outing.
Altidore will be battling with newly signed Egyptian international Amir Zaki, and with a full squad at Phil Brown's disposal the American will need to work hard. Jimmy Bullard is on the cusp of a return from his knee injury, while Ian Ashbee remains the only long term injury through a PCL tear.
Manchester United will have a point to prove after their midweek Carling Cup loss to cross city rivals Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson squad has been bolstered with key players coming back from injury, but John O'Shea is out with a thigh muscle strain until late February. Rio Ferdinand could see a return against Hull, while Owen Hargreaves is eyeing a return next month.
Wolverhampton - Crystal Palace
Marcus Hahnemann will be ready to get past their League One opponents when Crystal Palace come to Molineux.
David Edwards, Andy Keogh, Michael Kightly are all suffering from ankle injuries, while Stefan Maierhofer is out with a sports hernia. Matt Murray will see his return from a knee injury in the middle of February.
Palace teenager Victor Moses could get his test against Premier League opposition, which will look like the wingers last game for Palace. Sean Scannell remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, which is also hampering Danny Butterfield.
Everton - Birmingham
Tim Howard and Landon Donovan will have a stern test in the FA Cup when currently-hot Birmingham come to Goodison Park.
Sylvan Distin, Dan Gosling, and Jack Rodwell will all be in the fold for Everton, with Tony Hibbert most likely out with a groin strain. Victor Anichebe is nearly at the end of his knee injury. Victory Anichebe and Phil Jagielka are both nearly to the end of their ACL injuries, aiming for a full return by the end of February.
David Murphy and Teemu Tainio are both out with knee injuries for Birmingham , with Garry O'Connor out with a hip injury. Lee Carsley is out until March with an ankle injury.
Aston Villa - Brighton
Brad Guzan should continue in goal after his Carling Cup victory during the midweek against Blackburn Rovers.
Curtis Davies is nearing his return from a dislocated shoulder, but is short of match fitness ahead of the visit. Wilfred Bouma is out for another week at minimum with an ankle injury, with his expected return to be before the turn of the month.
Brighton will be without Adam El-Abd who is out with a foot injury, while Colin Hawkins remains the only other Brighton team. The defender is out with a heel injury, while Gus Poyet has an otherwise full team.
Blackpool - Watford
Jay DeMerit will look to put Watford back on winning ways after back to back defeats, while Blackburn have only won one game in their last six outings.
Watford have let in seven goals in their last two outings, and the suspension of Henri Lansbury for card accumulation will not help their cause. Watford have an otherwise full squad ahead of the trip to Blackpool.
Stephen McPhee and Billy Clarke are out due to injury, while Algerian midfielder Hameur Bouazza is away with his national team. Blackpool will be boosted as Alex Baptiste has signed a three year extension on his contract keeping him at the club until 2013.
Southend - Wycombe
Jon-Paul Pittman will look to start again for Wycombe as Ian Joyce is prepared to sit the bench for Southend United.
Jean-Yves M'Voto is still regaining match fitness, but could be right behind Osei Sankofa in their returns to the field. Joyce is on the bench due to senior goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall returning to full fitness due to a hip injury.
Wycombe will be bolstered by the arrival of backup goalkeeper Steve Arnold and veteran midfielder Dean Keates. Kevin Betsy was released by Southend and has since found a place at Wycombe, while Scott Davies has left back to Reading. Matt Bloomfield, Lewis Montrose, Ian Westlake, and Lewwis Spence are all out with knee injuries. Leon Johnson is the last Chairboy out, sidelined after a hip surgery.
Norwich - Brentford
Zak Whitbread will be looking to made his firs start for the red hot Norwich who take on Brentford at home.
Michael Spillane is out with a hamstring injury, while Jens Berthel Askou joins him on the sidelines with a foot injury. With a couple of key signings, Paul Lambert has a selection overload rather than a selection dilemma.
Brentford will be bolstered by the loan of Toumani Diagouraga from Peterborough United, with the 22 year old Frenchman joining on an initial one month loan.
Nikki Bull is the only injury worry for Andy Scott, being out with a shoulder. Scott's biggest concern is at the back where 19 year old Arsenal goalkeeper, who has been on loan for the Bee's, is out of his loan spell and is not guaranteed for the trip.
Carlisle - Stockport
Jemal Johnson will be looking for his second start in successive games as Stockport remain dead last in League One.
The situation for Stockport has gone from bad to worse, losing late against Swindon and then losing Matty McNeil out of contract. Johnson was one of five recent signings, joining Danny Sqailes and Richie Patridge from Milton Keynes Dons to Stockport.
Carlisle will be bolstered by Adam Clayton, who has re-signed his loan deal from Manchester City until the end of the season. Carlisle are fresh off of a 2-1 victory over League One leaders Leeds, while Andy Cook, David Raven, and Gavin Rothery are all out of contention.
Clint Dempsey is out injured when Accrington Stanley welcome Fulham.
Mike Grella will be hoping to take the field at some point when Leeds take on Tottenham in the FA Cup.
Frank Simek will be looking to make the bench when Sheffield Wednesday host Peterborough.
Seb Harris will look to make the bench for Northampton when Chesterfield comes to town.