PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, January 25, 2013
Eric Lichaj looks to feature in Aston Villa's FA Cup match against Millwall, while Geoff Cameron and Stoke City face a tough test against Manchester City.

Millwall - Aston Villa

Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa look to forget their ousting in the League Cup with a win in the FA Cup against Millwall.

Brad Guzan is not likely to feature for the Villains.

Villa is coming off a win over Bradford City in the League Cup this week, but it was not enough to erase their prior loss in the first leg of the semifinal. They have struggled in league play and hope to perform better starting Friday.

Millwall lost to Burnley in league play and look to bounce back with a win against Villa. They are currently in ninth place in the Championship and hope to gain some momentum with a victory.

Martyn Woolford, Nathan Tyson, and Darius Henderson look to be scratches for Millwall, while Nathan Baker and Richard Dunne are sidelined for Villa.

Stoke City - Manchester City

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City host Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium in FA Cup play.

The Potters go into Saturday's game struggling, as they have won just one game in their last six. They are in 10th place in Premier League play but hope that a win in tournament play will give them momentum for the rest of the season.

City on the other hand goes into the game playing strong soccer. They have won five games straight and trail Manchester United by just five points in league play. They beat Watford in the last round of the FA Cup.

Andy Wilkinson is doubtful to feature for the Potters, while Aleksandar Kolarov, Kolo Toure, and Yaya Toure will miss for City.

Middlesbrough - Aldershot Town

Seb Hines looks to feature in Middlesbrough's game against Aldershot Town.

Boro is coming off three straight league losses, but their win over Hastings United thrust them into their fourth round matchup with Aldershot Town. They are still in a playoff position in the Championship and hope that Saturday's game helps their league play.

Aldershot Town is currently in 20th place in League Two and lost their last league games. They beat Rotherham United in the FA Cup third round and look to play that way this weekend.

Justin Hoyte, Jonathan Woodgate, Josh McEachran and Ishmael Miller are sidelined for Boro.

Bolton Wanderers - Everton

Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, and Bolton host Everton in FA Cup action while usual Toffees starter Tim Howard looks to get a rest and miss for the Toffees.

Holden made his comeback from a knee injury in Bolton's last FA Cup game and could see action once again on Saturday.

Bolton is currently on a four game unbeaten run, though three of those games have been draws. The lone victory was their FA Cup match against Sunderland.

The Toffees have had two scoreless draws in a row, but they hold the Premier League's fifth spot in the standings. They beat Cheltenham Town in the third round of the tournament and look to continue on in the tournament.

Seamus Coleman, Darren Gibson, and Tony Hibbert look to miss for Everton, while Mark Davies and David Wheater are sidelined for Bolton.

Leeds United - Tottenham Hotspur

Clint Dempsey and Tottenham Hotspur take the road in FA Cup play against Leeds United.

Dempsey scored the goal to tie Manchester United in last week's league game. Spurs are in fourth place in the league and beat Coventry City in the third round of the tournament to reach Sunday's match.

Leeds got passed Birmingham City after two games in the FA Cup third round, but are just in 11th place in the Championship. They have won two straight games in all competitions and will try to keep that momentum going this weekend.

Leeds' Ross Barkley is cup tied and could possibly miss.

Carlisle United - Scunthorpe United

Frank SImek and Carlisle United host Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United in League One play.

Both teams are coming off postponed games last weekend and will attempt to get back on the field successfully on Saturday.

The Cumbrians won their last game against Coventry City and are in 17th place in the standings.

Scunthorpe beat Colchester United two weeks ago, but they find themselves just two points above the drop zone They will need a similar performance this weekend to separate themselves further from relegation.

Notes

Conor Doyle hopes to feature in Derby County's game against Blackburn Rovers.

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City take on Huddersfield Town.