ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Stuart Holden and Eddie Johnson are the only two Americans playing in the midweek as Holden's Bolton travels to Wigan in an FA Cup replay with the winner facing Clint Dempsey and Fulham.
Wigan - Bolton
Stuart Holden and Bolton will have to get past Wigan in order to face Fulham this weekend as their midweek date is a must win in the FA Cup.
Bolton and Wigan drew blanks in their last meeting but winning is the only option for either team if they look to push forward.
The Trotters will be without Zat Knight who twisted his knee in Bolton's midweek win over Everton and joins Jlloyd Samuel on the treatment table. Daniel Sturridge will be looking to make it four goals in four games as the on loan Chelsea front man has scored in every outing since joining.
Wigan have gone on a four game unbeaten run since losing twice, a 3-0 demolition by Arsenal and a narrow 2-1 home loss to Aston Villa. Wigan were able to pick up a point off of Liverpool and won a dramatic game against Blackburn the game before. Wigan do not have any injuries coming into the game and will be looking for the midweek win to advance to the next round.
Preston North End – Watford
Eddie Johnson and Preston North End take on Watford in Championship action.
Johnson started and went the distance for Preston in their loss to Hull City and could again feature for his new team.
Preston have dug themselves a deep hole in the bottom of the standings and now are ten points from safety. A win this midweek could at least give fans hope of a possible run out of the relegation zone.
Conor McLaughlin is questionable to play for Preston.
Watford are currently in the middle of the standings and would like to make a playoff push in these last months of the season. A win this midweek could help spark that run.
Carlisle United – Oldham Athletic
Frank Simek and Carlisle United take on Oldham Athletic in midweek League One action.
Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians' loss to Southampton the past weekend. The American defender should again feature for Carlisle.
Carlisle played down a man for the majority of their loss to Southampton and could not muster up very many opportunities. The Cumbrians are now only four points from the relegation zone and will not want to slip up against Oldham.
Oldham are holding on to the last playoff spot and thus deem this game critical to solidifying their promotion hopes.
Carlisle has no new injuries though long-term injuries include Sean McDaid, Tony Kane and Danny Livesey.
Oldham's Chris Taylor is likely to be out of Tuesday's game after leaving with an injury in their weekend's tie against Huddersfield.