JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City host Chelsea in an FA Cup replay, while Frank Simek and Carlisle United hope to get back to winning ways against lowly Rochdale in League One action.
Birmingham City - Chelsea
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City take on Chelsea in an FA Cup replay. Spector is expected to take part in the cup matchup while USA youth defender Will Packwood is expected to make his first-ever appearance on the Blues' bench.
This game will mark the first in the post Andre Villas-Boas era for Chelsea, as the Blues fired the Portuguese manager earlier this week. Roberto Di Matteo is the interim coach for the rest of the season.
Birmingham is coming off a tough draw on the weekend, as the Blues gave up a two goal lead to Derby in Championship action. They hope to reverse that luck and continue on in the FA Cup.
Chelsea lost to West Bromwich Albion and clearly out of the Premier League title race. The London side is hoping to find solace in FA Cup success.
Didier Drogba, John Terry, and Jose Bosingwa look to miss for Chelsea.
Birmingham face a tough time as several players are likely to miss. Stephen Carr, Steve Caldwell, David Muphy, Peter Ramage, Curtis Davies, Andros Townsend, Keith Fahey, ErikHuseklepp, and Caleb Folan will be sidelined.
Carlisle United - Rochdale
Frank Simek and Carlisle United take on Rochdale in midweek League One action.
Simek is a regular starter and is likely to feature for the Cumbrians.
United is coming off a tough loss to Notts County. They are currently out of a playoff spot, but a win along with other results could bolster them into a postseason spot.
Rochdale is winless in their last four games and is hoping for a win. They are currently in the relegation zone, 4 points from safety.
It is unlikely that Brad Friedel starts in Tottenham's FA Cup game against Stevenage on Wednesday.
Conor Doyle is not likely to feature in Derby County's game against Blackpool.
Robbie Findley will likely not see the field in Nottingham Forest's game against Doncaster Rovers.
Daniel Potts hopes for playing time in West Ham United's league game against Watford.
Mike Grella should be in Bury's starting lineup on Tuesday evening when the team hits the road to take on Sheffield United.
Robbie Rogers is recovering from a concussion and is unlikely to feature in Leeds United's game against Hull City.
Jon-Paul Pittman could feature from Oxford's bench on Tuesday in their road game at Shrewsbury Town.