ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Jozy Altidore will be looking to start against Chelsea while Jemal Johnson and Stockport need to pick up points against Oldham to stay alive in a limited midweek in English action.
Hull - Chelsea
Jozy Altidore is likely to retain his starting position when Hull City take on a high flying Chelsea squad at KC Stadium.
Jimmy Bullard is nearing a return, but is one of three expected to be out for another week. Kamil Zayatte and Kamel Ghilas are both doubtful, with Ian Ashbee being the long term absentee with a PCL tear.
Chelsea rested Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba over the weekend after the duo returned from the African Cup of Nations, and may do so again for the Hull match. Juliano Belletti is out with a calf muscle strain, while Michael Essien is out with a knee injury. Jose Bosingwa is the last Chelsea player out, but should see a return within the month of February.
Watford - Sheffield United
Jay DeMerit will be looking to get back to action after a weekend off due to freezing conditions canceling Watford's game with Swansea.
Will Buckley and Stephen McGinn will look to have asserted themselves in the Hornet's squad, but Scott Severin has left the team to join up with Kilmarnock. Watford have a generally full squad, with Severin being the only player carrying any sort of injury.
Sheffield United have bolstered their squad with the signings of Fulham defender Toni Kallio and Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy. The signings come in due to the injuries from Andy Taylor and Marcel Seip while Lee Williamson has a hamstring injury.
Stockport - Oldham
Jemal Johnson and Stockport will need to pick up points as they continue to flounder in League One.
Fellow Milton Keynes Dons loanee Jabo Ibehre will return after two matches out for picking up a red card, but Jonny Mullins is out after picking up a knee injury. Mat Sadler and George Donnely will give Gar Ablett options.
Oldham are without Lewis Alessandra, Andy Holdsworth, Kelvin Lomax, Rob Purdie, and Jon Worthington. Krisztian Timar is suffering with a hamstring injury and could be rested, while Joe Colbeck is expected to make his return.
Marcus Hahnemann is likely to get rested when Wolverhampton travel to Crystal Palace in an FA Cup replay.
Clint Dempsey is out for Fulham who welcome Portsmouth to Craven Cottage.
Mike Grella will be on the bench when Leeds welcome Tottenham for their FA Cup replay.