JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, January 27, 2012
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City look to continue in the FA Cup as they take on West Bromwich Albion, while Jonathan Spector and red hot Birmingham City play Sheffield United in cup play as well.
West Bromwich Albion - Norwich City
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City travel to play West Bromwich Albion in an FA Cup clash this weekend.
Whitbread is a regular starter for the Canaries and has featured in the FA Cup. The center back is likely to play on Saturday.
City is on a hot streak right now, as they have gone unbeaten in their last five games. In that streak they defeated Burnley 4-1 in the FA Cap.
West Brom is coming off a win over Stoke City this past week and beat Cardiff City in their last round win in the FA Cup.
The two teams last faced off earlier this month in Premier League play, with the Canaries winning 2-1.
Marc Tierney, James Vaughan, Elliot Ward, and Declan Rudd look to miss for Norwich.
Christopher Brunt and Zoltan Gera could be sidelined for West Brom.
Sheffield United - Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Sheffield United in FA Cup action.
Spector is a regular starter for the Blues and he could get the start once again this weekend.
City goes into the game on a hot streak, having gone unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions. They beat Watford last week and now are in a playoff spot in the Championship.
United lost to Charlton Athletic last week but had won three games straight prior to that. They have only lost two games in their last thirteen. Fans hope that their strong league play translates to FA Cup success.
James Beattie will miss due to suspension for United, while Ryan Flynn could return to action after missing time because of illness.
Hartlepool United - Carlisle United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United take on Hartlepool in League One action this Saturday.
Simek is a regular starter for the Cumbrians and should be in the lineup once again this weekend.
Carlisle goes into the game on a seven game unbeaten run and hope it continues with a win. They tied against Walsall last week.
Hartlepool tied Sheffield Wednesday last week and finds themselves in 14th place in the league. They are ten points above the relegation zone.
Newly signed loanee Ben Parker could get his first minutes for the Cumbrians this weekend.
Brad Friedel looks to get some rest as all signs point to Tottenham's backup ‘keeper Carlo Cudicini to play against Watford in the FA Cup clash.
Brad Guzan could feature in Aston Villa's game against Arsenal. Eric Lichaj has been playing for the reserve team but it is unclear when he will make his first team comeback for Villa.
Stuart Holden is injured and will not feature in Bolton's FA Cup match against Swansea City.
Conor Doyle hopes for playing time as Derby County takes on Stoke City in cup play.