FA Cup third round team news
Top scorers (all competitions): Tom Craddock (Oxford) 11; Nick Blackman (Sheff Utd) 13
Match odds: H 12-5 A 6-5 D 11-5
Referee: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire)
Peterborough v Norwich
In-form striker Dwight Gayle is cup-tied for Peterborough having played for Dagenham in the first round, and boss Darren Ferguson will be forced to make two further changes to the team that started the league win over Barnsley as forward Lee Tomlin begins a three-match suspension and defender Gaby Zakuani has joined up with the Democratic Republic of Congo squad for the African Nations Cup.
Declan Rudd is set to get his chance in goal, while Norwich are without injured strikers Grant Holt (hamstring) and Steve Morison (thigh), plus defender Steven Whittaker (hip). Midfielder Andrew Surman (knee) is back training but unlikely to feature, while Jonny Howson has recovered from a knock suffered against West Ham. Elliott Ward, Simon Lappin and Jacob Butterfield have all returned from loan spells.
Top scorers (all competitions): Dwight Gayle (Peterborough) 14; Grant Holt, Anthony Pilkington & Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) 4
Match odds: H 5-2 A 11-10 D 23-10
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
QPR v West Brom
QPR striker DJ Campbell has returned from his loan spell at Ipswich and will feature against the Baggies. Midfielder Samba Diakite has departed for African Nations Cup duty with Mali and forward Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring problem. Strikers Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are sidelined with long-term injuries.
West Brom boss Steve Clarke confirmed defenders Jonas Olsson (groin), Steven Reid (ankle) and Goran Popov (hamstring) plus midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) are again ruled out. Five other unnamed players were rated doubtful, while midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will play his final game before linking up with the Democratic Republic of Congo for the African Nations Cup.
Top scorers (all competitions): DJ Campbell (QPR) 10; Shane Long & Romelu Lukaku (West Brom) 7
Match odds: H 6-4 A 7-4 D 23-10
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons
Sheffield Wednesday will be without suspended on-loan midfielder Jeremy Helan and manager Dave Jones could be tempted to rest David Prutton and Rhys McCabe and turn to a trio of midfielders with Jermaine Johnson, Paul Corry and Chris Lines all vying for recalls. Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater is also hoping to return in goal in place of Chris Kirkland and although striker Mamady Sidibe has been given permission to play by parent club Stoke, Chris Maguire is back in contention. Defender Reda Johnson, who missed the Championship defeat to Burnley, is doubtful due to a foot injury.
Forward Dean Bowditch (groin) looks set to join MK Dons’ long list of absentees after he was forced off at half-time with a groin injury in the league win at Notts County. Izale McLeod, who re-signed for the club on Thursday, will be cup-tied while Angelo Balanta (QPR), Ibra Sekajja (Crystal Palace) and Zeli Ismail (Wolves) have all completed their loan spells and returned to their parent clubs. George Baldock (hamstring), Tom Flanagan (broken foot) and Jabo Ibehre (abdomen) have returned from loan spells but are all injured. Right-back Jon Otsemobor is still nursing a groin injury, but on-loan Brighton midfielder Ryan Harley has been cleared to play.
Top scorers (all competitions): Chris O’Grady (Sheff Wed) 6; Luke Chadwick (MK Dons) 8
Match odds: H 11-10 A 5-2 D 23-10
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Southampton v Chelsea
Southampton captain Adam Lallana is unavailable with a knee injury although right-back Nathaniel Clyne could feature at St Mary’s after a knee complaint of his own. Gaston Ramirez is available to feature despite sustaining a dead leg against Arsenal on New Year’s Day, and Zambia international Emmanuel Mayuka leaves for the African Nations Cup after the game.
Demba Ba is poised to make his Chelsea debut after completing his move from Newcastle. Ba could replace Fernando Torres up front, with interim manager Rafael Benitez keen to rest his fellow Spaniard at times during the second half of the season. Nigeria stars John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will be available before jetting off to Portugal for a pre-African Nations Cup training camp, but John Terry (knee) and Petr Cech (groin) remain out.
Top scorers (all competitions): Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 8; Fernando Torres (Chelsea) 14
Match odds: H 4-1 A 4-6 D 11-4
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Southend v Brentford
Southend will be without midfielder Tamika Mkandawire, who has returned to parent club Millwall following the end of his loan deal but the club remain hopeful of a new loan deal for Leyton Orient’s Marc Laird. Mark Phillips could earn a start after coming off the bench last weekend following a knee problem. Striker Neil Harris (knee) is back in full training but is not expected to return until next week.
Watford loanee Lee Hodson is ineligible to play for Brentford and fellow defender Rob Kiernan has gone back to Wigan, but the Bees’ other loanees Marcello Trotta, Jake Bidwell and Tom Adeyemi are all available to play. Richard Lee could start in goal while Sam Saunders, Jake Reeves and Paul Hayes are also in contention for a run-out. Midfielder Kevin O’Connor (ankle) and striker Farid El Alagui (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Top scorers (all competitions): Gavin Tomlin (Southend) 14; Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 15
Match odds: H 2-1 A 11-8 D 11-5
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
Tottenham v Coventry
Left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has overcome his knee injury and looks set to make his first Tottenham appearance in four months. Midfielder Scott Parker is likely to make his first start of the season and goalkeeper Brad Friedel could play as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to rotate his squad following a tiring festive period. Winger Gareth Bale is available following his one-match suspension but defender William Gallas (calf) is unlikely to feature and Younes Kaboul is out until mid-to-late February with his knee problem.
Coventry will be without leading scorer David McGoldrick. He returned to parent club Nottingham Forest this week after his loan spell ended, having scored 17 goals in 25 appearances for the Sky Blues. Loanees James Bailey and Blair Adams have both been cleared to play, while manager Mark Robins is not expected to have any new injury or suspension concerns for the encounter.
Top scorers (all competitions): Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 14; David McGoldrick (Coventry) 18
Match odds: H 1-5 A 14-1 D 5-1
Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)
West Ham v Manchester United
West Ham expect to have new signing Joe Cole available after his free transfer from Liverpool was confirmed on Friday. Captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Collins are back from one-match bans but defender Joey O’Brien is a doubt with
hamstring problem. Striker Andy Carroll (knee) and midfielder Mohamed Diame (hamstring) continue their rehabilitation.
Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic are set to bolster Manchester United’s defence. Jones has missed three games with a minor injury while Vidic was rested for the New Year’s Day trip to Wigan. Wayne Rooney (knee) has been ruled out for a further two weeks while Nani (hamstring) will not be considered despite returning to training on Friday.
Top scorers (all competitions): Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 5; Robin van Persie (Man Utd) 19
Match odds: H 4-1 A 4-6 D 11-4
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Wigan v Bournemouth
Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez are both expected to make their Wigan debuts. Espinoza completed his move from American Major League Soccer this lunchtime whilst Henriquez has joined on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the campaign. Manager Roberto Martinez is expected to make a number of changes, with Callum McManaman amongst those tipped for a rare start, while Arouna Kone is available before heading off on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast.
Former Peterborough goalkeeper Shwan Jalal played in Bournemouth’s victories over Dagenham and Carlisle in the earlier rounds but has played second fiddle to the Cherries’ current number one David James in npower League One. If the 42-year-old is given the nod it will be his 59th appearance in the competition, three of which have come in FA Cup finals. Mark Molesley, Josh Wakefield and Wes Thomas have returned from loan spells while striker Lee Barnard has gone back to Southampton at the end of his loan stint. Brett Pitman made his loan move from Bristol City a permanent one on Thursday for an undisclosed fee.
Top scorers (all competitions): Arouna Kone (Wigan) 6; Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 10
Match odds: H 17-10 A 16-5 D 5-2
Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)
Sunday, January 6th
Mansfield v Liverpool
Ritchie Sutton is available for Mansfield following suspension but the Stags kept a clean sheet against Alfreton on New Year’s Day so the defender may struggle to get back into the team for the televised clash on Sunday. Jake Speight is expected to be restored to the starting XI, though, partnering Matt Green in attack.
Striker Luis Suarez looks like getting a rest, with Liverpool’s new signing Daniel Sturridge set to be included in the visitors’ squad. However, the England striker may not be match-fit enough to start. Defender Jose Enrique has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring problem so Glen Johnson may have to continue to fill in at left-back.
Top scorers (all competitions): Matt Green & Jake Speight (Mansfield) 8; Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 18
Match odds: H 11-1 A 1-4 D 9-2
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)
Swansea v Arsenal
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has a fully-fit squad to select from. Top scorer Michu played 90 minutes as he returned from an ankle injury against Aston Villa, while Angel Rangel has also recently returned from a calf problem. But Laudrup may opt to make changes against the Gunners, with the Swans facing the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Arsenal reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been struggling with a virus, as has midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, back from his loan spell at Charlton. Midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) are back in training, but not yet match-fit.
Top Scorers (all competitions): Michu (Swansea) 14: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 14
Match odds: H 11-5 A 5-4 D 23-10
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
Monday, January 7th
Cheltenham v Everton
Cheltenham boss Mark Yates has a slight injury concern over Darren Carter. The former West Brom midfielder was substituted just after half-time in the 1-0 defeat at Oxford on Tuesday after suffering a facial injury. On-loan Reading winger Jake Taylor returned to his parent club after the Oxford defeat and he could be replaced by Marlon Pack in midfield as the npower League Two side look to cause a giant-killing.
Everton manager David Moyes will try to freshen up his side. Left-back Leighton Baines could be in line for a rest as Bryan Oviedo may be given a run-out, while midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger and Ross Barkley may come into contention for a start. Forward Kevin Mirallas and defender Seamus Coleman (both hamstring) are still sidelined, as are Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (thigh).
Top scorers (all competitions): Shaun Harrad (Cheltenham) 7; Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 8
Match odds: H 8-1 A 4-11 D 7-2
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)