JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, January 28, 2011
Tim Howard and Everton take on resurgent Chelsea while Jermaine Jones will be trying to score for Blackburn against Brad Friedel's Aston Villa in a full weekend of English action.
Everton - Chelsea
Tim Howard and Everton face a major challenge in the fourth round of the FA Cup as Chelsea come to Goodison Park.
David Moyes will have to consider Diniyar Bilyaledtinov after his 77th minute goal over West Ham as Louis Saha remains sidelined until the first of February with a thigh muscle strain. Ross Barkley continues to be sidelined through a broken leg, out until March.
Chelsea will look to continue with their winning ways after finally getting the right result on Monday against Bolton. Four different goal scorers were on the scoresheet after the Blues seemingly had hit a slump in recent weeks.
They are still without Frank Lampard, while Alex, Yossi Benayoun, and Yuri Zhirkov remain sidelined.
Aston Villa - Blackburn
Brad Friedel will be charged with keeping Jermaine Jones' Blackburn Rovers at bay as they travel to Villa Park.
Villa have enjoyed a change of fortunes in their recent outings after being pegged back with negative results. Both Fabian Delph and Stephen Ireland are out with knee injuries, while Andreas Weimann is out for another week with an ankle injury.
Blackburn have slotted Jones straight into the midfield and the US International will be looking to help his new club reach the next round of the FA Cup.
Keith Andrews and Vince Grella should return next week from a pair of groin strains while Ryan Nelson has been sidelined with a knee injury. Phil Jones is out until May with a knee ligament injury.
Eric Lichaj is not expected to take part for Villa.
Bolton - Wigan
Stuart Holden and Bolton need a change of pace and will hope to get a much needed win when Wigan comes to Bolton.
Bolton should have Ivan Klasnic back next week, joined by Sean Davis. Klasnic has been sidelined with a groin strain while Davis has been out of commission with a knee injury. Jlloyd Samuel and Joey O'Brien both continue their lengthy spells on the sideline through a calf muscle strain and knee injury respectively.
The Wigan back line have been blessed with a solid goalkeeper in Ali Al Habsi which makes Chris Kiklands's return to Wigan even more difficult.
Wigan haven't manage a Premier League victory since December 26th, but were able to defeat Hull City 3-2 in the previous round of the FA Cup. Tom Cleverly and Victor Moses will return in February while Anthony Alcaraz is out with an ankle injury.
West Ham - Nottingham Forest
Jonathan Spector and West Ham will look bounce back from their midweek defeat in the Carling Cup as Robert Findley's Nottingham Forest come to town.
The Hammers coughed up three goals after scoring early on in the League Cup's second leg of the semi finals. West Ham will continue to be without Manuel Da Costa who is sidelined for another week with an ankle injury while Thomas Hitzlsperger will return by March from a thigh muscle strain. Patrick Kurucz is out until May with a knee injury.
Findley has plenty of competition at the forward position with Dele Adebola, Robert Earnshaw, and David Mcgoldrick all pushing for positions. Nottingham currently sit in fifth place in the Championship and are fresh off of the back of a 1-0 home victory over Bristol City.
Fulham - Tottenham
Clint Dempsey and Fulham welcome fellow Londoners Tottenham to Craven Cottage in the FA Cup.
Fulham will need to bounce back from their unfortunate 1-0 loss away at Liverpool but will be boosted by the loan signing of Gael Kakuta from Chelsea. Matthew Briggs and Dickson Etuhu should return to the team next week with Bobby Zamora and Philippe Senderos both expected to make their long awaited return to full action a few days later. Aaron Hughes is the last Cottager sidelined due to a hamstring injury.
Tottenham continue to monitor the progress of Gareth Bale who has been sidelined with a back injury while Tom Huddlestone is out for at least another week with an ankle injury. Ledley King is out with a groin strain while Jamie O'Hara and Jonathan Woodgate look to get back to action in a weeks time.
Norwich City - Crystal Palace
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City take on Crystal Palace in a Championship battle.
The American center back started and played 86 minutes last week and sould again feature for the Canaries.
Norwich are currently in third place in the standings and are prime candidates for promotion. They beat Sheffield United last week and hope to keep that momentum going this weekend.
Elliot Ward is nursing a calf injury and is questionable to play while Andrew Surman could be out with a knee problem.
Crystal Palace is coming off a tie against Bristol city, but they will need to start gathering wins if they want to avoid relegation. A win this weekend could help their cause.
Palace came off their Bristol City game unscathed and should field the same lineup.
Hull City - Queens Park Rangers
Brad Guzan and Hull City take on Queens Park Rangers this weekend in league action.
Guzan, recently coming off a loan extension, started last week and again should feature against QPR.
The Tigers are coming off a tie against Reading and know that a win this Saturday could get them a step closer to a promotion playoff spot.
Tom Cairney continues to suffer from injury and could miss once again for Hull.
QPR have a comfortable lead atop the Championship standings and look to keep up their form against the Tigers. They beat Coventry City last week.
Heidar Helguson came off last weekend because of injury and is questionable for this week's game.
Carlisle United - Oldham Athletic
Frank Simek and Carlisle United host Oldham Athletic in League One play. Simek, a regular starter for the Cumbrians, should again feature at defense.
Carlisle are coming off a win over Notts County and hope to capture that momentum and beat Oldham this weekend. The Cumbrians are currently in the middle of the standings but are only five points from the last playoff spot.
Long term injuries for the Cumbrians include Sean McDaid, Tony Kane and Danny Livesey.
Oldham just outside the last playoff spot and find this game crucial in their quest towards possible promotion. They tied Walsall last week but have been on a strong run in the recent weeks.
Filipe Morais is questionable to play for Oldham after being carted off at the end of their game last weekend.
Marcus Hahnemann will be in a battle for the starting keeper position when Wolves welcome Stoke to Molineux.
Anton Peterlin hopes to feature as Plymouth take on Bournemouth