This weekend's FA Cup team news


There is lots of "good" news in this weekend's FA Cup team sheets. Let's go through some of the "highlights".

(And yes, I may carry the "quotes" thing throughout the piece. Fair warning.)

QPR v Chelsea

Akos Buzsaky - a new fantasy darling after his free-kick goal against Wigan - has an achilles injury, and joins a long list of walking wounded for Rangers. Taye Taiwo doesn't have his work permit yet, so he won't feature either. That is something we'll be watching very closely as the Premier League deadline approaches.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will be missing Frank Lampard, who has a calf injury.

Liverpool v Manchester United

It's hard to see Craig Bellamy featuring this weekend as Kenny Daglish is keen to give the striker rest, but it's hard to see him missing this fixture. In Luis Suarez's absence, Bellamy has become just that important to Liverpool's attack. Whether or not he plays will give us a big indication as to whether or not he'll play @Wolves midweek.

Speaking of Suarez, the Wolves match is the final game of his suspension, so look for him to be available to Liverpool - and to fantasy managers - on 6 February against Spurs.

Manchester United have a full side unavailable with Wayne Rooney the latest casualty.

Bolton v Swansea

No Tim Ream for Bolton, but Tyrone Mears makes the initial squad list. Jussi Jaaskelainen could be back too. Josh McEachran could play, but cannot face Chelsea this midweek. That's good news for those fantasy managers who own Gylfi Siggurdson. Not that they're like-for-like players, but any less competition is more likelihood that your guy plays.

Which is nice.

Derby v Stoke

Stoke have a clean bill of health, and I'll expect to see a lot of fringe players against Derby.

West Brom v Norwich

Nothing to see here really. Business as usual - for good, and bad - for both clubs.

Brighton v Newcastle

Fabricio Coloccini is a doubt, but it doesn't sound like it will impact his chances of making the league match midweek.

Sunderland v Middlesbrough

Staying in the northwest, as we've covered previously, Niklas Bendnter is out for the Black Cats but Frazier Campbell is available as he continues his recovery.

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Thierry Henry, Mikel Arteta, and amazingly Bacary Sagna may be available for the Gunners. Villa will have Emile Heskey and Stephen Ireland back, but Charles N'Zogbia is out.

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So there you have it, no more quotation marks but a few too many dashes. That's okay.

Have a great weekend, and we'll be breaking down the matches - and the fantasy "implications" (sorry) - first thing next week.

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