JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, February 17, 2012
Landon Donovan finishes his English adventure as Everton takes on Blackpool in FA Cup play, while Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.
Norwich City - Leicester City
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City host Leicester City in an FA Cup battle this weekend. Whitbread is a regular starter for the Canaries and the center back could feature on Saturday.
Norwich has beaten Burnley and West Bromwich Albion to make it to this point in the cup. They are unbeaten at home since December 27th and they hope to keep that streak going.
Leicester City has taken down Nottingham Forest and Swindon Town to reach this game, but both of those victories were at home. They hope for an away win this weekend.
James Vaughan, Daniel Ayala, and Declan Rudd look to be injured for the Canaries going into Saturday.
Everton - Blackpool
Tim Howard and Landon Donovan look to guide Everton into the next round of the FA Cup with a win against Blackpool at Goodison Park.
Howard and Donovan are expected to feature. This is Donovan's last game with the Toffees before he returns to the US for duty with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Donovan has enjoyed a successful second spell with Everton, as he has assisted in five of their eight goals in January. The Toffees have only lost two games of their nine since the American winger arrived at Goodison Park at the start of the year.
Everton took down Fulham in the last FA Cup round, and has gone unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions. They hope that momentum translates to another win this weekend.
Blackpool is having a strong season in the Championship, as they find themselves in fourth place and in a playoff spot. They have only lost one game in their last 15 in all competitions.
Sylvain Distin, Seamus Cole, Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman, and Phil Jagielka look to miss for Everton.
Chelsea - Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on wounded Chelsea in FA Cup play. Spector is a regular starter and should be in the lineup once again in London.
Birmingham is having a strong season and are in a playoff spot at the moment. They hope their good run translates into a big win this weekend.
While usually a force in both league and cup play, Chelsea are struggling through one of their worst seasons in recent memory where success will likely be defined by whether they are even able to qualify for England's final Champions League spot.
They are coming off a loss to Everton and are winless in their last three games, and will hope for a change in luck against the Championship team.
Ramires and John Terry are sidelined for Chelsea.
Brentford - Carlisle United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United travel to play Brentford in League One action. Simek is a regular starter for Carlisle and should feature this weekend.
The Cumbrians find themselves just outside of the promotion playoffs and could jump in with a win this weekend.
Brentford is in tenth place and trails United by just six points in the standings.
Brad Friedel is not likely to feature in Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup game against Stevenage.
Tim Ream hopes to make his debut for Bolton in their FA Cup game against Millwall. Stuart Holden will miss again because of a knee injury.
Robbie Rogers hopes to feature in Leeds United's game against Doncaster Rovers.
Conor Doyle could see some time in Derby County's game against Southampton.
Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest hope to dig out of the relegation zone with a win over Coventry City.