ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Tim Howard and Everton face Reading in the fifth round of the FA Cup while Michael Bradley and Brad Friedel look to do the same away at Manchester City in a limited edition of midweek English action.
Everton - Reading
Tim Howard and Everton will be looking to duplicate recent success as Reading come to Goodison Park in the FA Cup on Tuesday.
Everton could be without their big guns however as multiple front men picked up slight injuries in Saturday's win over Sunderland. Jermaine Beckford scored both goals in the game but has a slight groin strain, while Louis Saha has been carrying a hamstring injury. Victor Anichebe and Tim Cahill will also be assessed.
Reading drew 3-3 at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Reading captain Ivar Ingimarsson paid the price after picking up a groin injury. Alex Pearce is out with a thigh strain while Andy Griffin is out with an Achilles injury. Adam Federici will likely be the biggest miss as the keeper is out with a knee injury meaning 21 year old Alex McCarthy remains in goal.
Manchester City - Aston Villa
Brad Friedel will start in goal for Aston Villa as Michael Bradley looks to play some part in their away trip to Manchester City on Wednesday.
Villa were 4-1 winners at the weekend over Blackburn but had to go into the break scoreless due to the away team's defensive stability. City are also known to defend strongly in big games and will force Villa to attack which may open the game up a bit.
Ashley Young scored twice in their weekend win but Gabriel Agbonlahor remained on the bench for the entire game. Luke Young is out for a month with a knee injury, with Carlos Cuellar and Andres Weimann all out until the end of March.
Manchester City slumped to a draw against Fulham and were forced to defend for spells in the game as the Cottagers refused to lay down. City could be without Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards for the game, while Nigel De Jong is sidelined for another week with an ankle injury. Alan Johnson is out until April while Shay Given has been sidelined until May with a shoulder injury.
Charlton Athletic - Carlisle United
Frank Simek and Carlisle return to action with a Tuesday encounter at The Valley versus Charlton Athletic.
Simek should line up as usual at defender for the Cumbrians.
Saturday's defeat at home versus Sheffield Wednesday was of particular disappointment for Simek who would have liked to have gotten the best against his old club.
The defeat to the Owls leaves Carlisle still muddled in the middle of the League One standings with 42 points.
Tuesday's contest for the Cumbrians will be made slightly easier with Charlton's Johnnie Jackson expected to miss.
The dangerous winger has 14 goals on the campaign.
In addition to Jackson, the hosts will also be without Pawel Abbot and Federico Bessone while Carlisle will be missing Lubo Michalik, Liam Cooper and Paul Thirlwell.
Chesterfield - Wycombe Wanderers
Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe's climb to the top of the League Two standings continues on Tuesday versus at Chesterfield.
Pittman has started up front for Wycombe in their last two matches, both resulting in wins, and shoudl expect the same at b2net Stadium in a clash between the top two teams in the standings.
Chesterfield are currently first with 62 points while Wycombe are lurking in second, six points behind.
Simon Ford, Mark Allott and Dwayne Mattis are all out for the hosts while Wycombe will be without Dave Winfield and Andy Sandell.