FOOTBALL: WEEKEND GUIDE TO THE PREMIERSHIP AND FA CUP

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Everton

Form: WDLWD

Leading scorer: Bent 6.

Subs from: Wright, Bent, Ferguson, Arteta, Osman.

Injured: Watson (stomach, four weeks).

Doubtful: Carsley (leg), Cahill (ankle).

Suspended: Hibbert (one match).

Killer fact: Have not beaten Chelsea home or away in the Premiership since November 2000.

Chelsea

Form: WWWWD

Leading scorer: Drogba 8.

Subs from: Cudicini, Johnson, Smertin, Geremi, Kezman, Drogba, Jarosik.

Injured: Robben (foot, six weeks), Huth (knee, six weeks), Parker (foot, three weeks).

Doubtful: Carvalho (toe), Drogba (groin), Bridge (foot).

Killer fact: Have scored 41 goals in the 16 games in which Arjen Robben has featured - but only eight in the 10 he has missed.

Tickets: Available (0870 442 1878)

Birmingham v Liverpool

Kick off: Today 3pm. Last season: 0-3. TV: Highlights BBC1 10.30pm

Tickets: Sold out

Birmingham City

Form: LLLWL

Leading scorer: Heskey 6.

Subs from: Vaesen, Carter, Morrison, Blake, Tebily, Anderton, Martin Taylor, Kuqi.

Injured: Dunn (hamstring, three months), Izzet (knee, two months), Lazaridis (thigh, one week).

Unavailable: Clemence.

Killer fact: Last Premiership draw was in November but that was the month they beat Liverpool at Anfield through Darren Anderton's goal.

Liverpool

Form: WLLWWW

Leading scorer: Baros 9.

Subs from: Carson, Pellegrino, Biscan, Nunez, Warnock, Mellor.

Injured: Sinama-Pongolle (knee, season), Cisse (leg, season), Alonso (ankle, season), Kewell (groin, four weeks), Kirkland (back, two months), Josemi (knee, two weeks).

Suspended: Garcia (one match).

Killer fact: Only four away wins all season but three have come since Boxing Day.

Blackburn v Norwich

Kick off: Today 3pm. Last season: N/A. TV: Highlights BBC1 10.30pm

Tickets: Available (08701 123456)

Blackburn Rovers

Form: WWLLL

Leading scorer: Dickov 7.

Subs from: Enckelman, Douglas, McEveley, Jansen, Stead, Reid, Gallagher, Short, Amoruso, Johansson, Tugay, Johnson, Bothroyd.

Injured: Gresko (knee, six months).

Doubtful: Savage (groin).

Suspended: None.

Killer fact: Only a single goal in each of their last seven games - three wins and four defeats.

Norwich City

Form: LLDLW

Leading scorer: Francis 7.

Subs from: Gallacher, Shackell, Brennan, Drury, Safri, Jonson, Mulryne, McVeigh, Crow.

Injured: Ward (knee, one week), Svensson (knee, two weeks), Helveg (calf, one week), Bentley (knee, three months).

Doubtful: Jonson (virus).

Killer fact: Still searching for that elusive first away win.

Bolton v Middlesbrough

Kick off: Today 5.15pm. Last season: 2-0. TV: Live PPV; Highlights BBC1 10.30pm

Tickets: Available (0871 871 2932)

Bolton Wanderers

Form: WWWWW

Leading scorer: Davies 7.

Subs from: Poole, Hierro, Fadiga, Okocha, Kaku, Laville, Pedersen, Vaz Te, Candela.

Injured: Cesar (foot, three weeks), Hunt (ankle/shin, three weeks).

Doubtful: None.

Killer fact: Looking for six consecutive wins for the first time in their six Premiership seasons and that would take them above Boro into sixth place.

Middlesbrough

Form: LDDLW

Leading scorer: Hasselbaink 10.

Subs from: Nash, McMahon, Graham, Taylor, Wheater, Bates.

Injured: Boateng (toe, three weeks), Viduka (hamstring, four weeks), Cooper (thigh, one week), Christie (foot, season).

Doubtful: Morrison (shin).

Suspended: Zenden (one match), Parlour (one match).

Killer fact: No away Premiership win in three months.

Portsmouth v Aston Villa

Kick off: Today 3pm. Last season: 2-1. TV: Highlights BBC1 10.30pm

Tickets: Sold out

Portsmouth

Form: LLLWL

Leading scorer: Yakubu 9.

Subs from: Ashdown, Hislop, Skopelitis, Rodic, Fuller, Mezague.

Injured: O'Neil (groin, one week), Foxe (foot, two months), Todorov (knee, three months), Pericard (knee, three months).

Doubtful: Primus (virus), De Zeeuw (shin), LuaLua (chest).

Killer fact: First-ever Premiership game was a 2-1 home win over Villa in August 2003.

Aston Villa

Form: LWLDL

Leading scorer: Solano 6.

Subs from: Postma, Laursen, Berson, Davis, Hitzlsperger, Whittingham.

Injured: Vassell (ankle, one week), McCann (knee, three months), Cole (hip, two weeks), Delaney (knee, two weeks).

Doubtful: None.

Killer fact: Villa have only one away Premiership win all season - at Bolton in November.

Man City v Man United

Kick off: Tomorrow 1pm. Last season: 4-1. TV: Live Sky Sports1; Highlights BBC2 10.30pm

Tickets: Sold out

Manchester City

Form: DWLDD

Leading scorer: S Wright-Phillips 9.

Subs from: Weaver, McCarthy, Sommeil, Flood, Onuoha, Jordan, B Wright- Phillips, McManaman.

Injured: Sun Jihai (knee, season), Sinclair (knee, season), Reyna (thigh, one week).

Suspended: Bosvelt (one match).

Killer fact: Last home defeat to United was five years ago.

Manchester United

Form: DWWWW

Leading scorer: Scholes 8.

Subs from: Howard, Bellion, P Neville, O'Shea, Miller, Fortune.

Injured: Kleberson (ankle, two weeks), Van Nistelrooy (calf, two weeks), Smith (ankle, one week), Ronaldo (calf, one week).

Doubtful: Fletcher (hamstring), Giggs (hamstring), Keane (knee).

Suspended: Silvestre (second of three matches).

Killer fact: Last scored more than once at City in 1996.

FA CUP REPLAY TOMORROW

Sheffield United v West Ham

Kick-off: Tomorrow 4pm. TV: Live Sky Sports1, Highlights: BBC2 10.30pm

Tickets: Available (0870 787 3345)

Sheffield United

Cup form: 4-3-4-SF-QF

Leading scorer: Gray 10.

Subs from: Thirlwell, Shaw, Cadamarteri, Liddell, Quinn, Bromby.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Killer fact: Knocked out West Ham's star-studded side in the fifth round in 1968 before falling to Leeds in the quarter-finals.

West Han United

Cup form: 3-QF-4R-5-5R

Leading scorer: Harewood 14.

Subs from: Walker, Brevett, McClenahan, Noble, Rebrov, Zamora, Mackay.

Injured: Williams (ankle), Etherington (groin).

Killer fact: Won at Bramall Lane in the League in September, Teddy Sheringham making it 2-1 with five minutes to go.

FA CUP REPLAYS TODAY

Fulham v Derby

Kick off: Today 3pm. TV: Highlights BBC1 10.30pm

Tickets: Available (0870 442 1234)

Fulham

Cup form: 3-3-3-SF-3

Leading scorer: Cole 11.

Subs from: Crossley, Volz, Legwinski, John, McBride, Goma.

Injured: Malbranque (ankle, two weeks).

Doubtful: Pembridge (calf, one week).

Suspended: None.

Killer fact: In their only previous Cup meeting, Fulham won 3-0 in the quarter-finals in 1936.

Derby County

Cup form: 3-4R-3-3-3

Leading scorer: Rasiak 11.

Subs from: Grant, Junior, Turner, Peschisolido, Doyle.

Injured: Konjic (knee, two weeks), Vincent (calf, four weeks).

Suspended: Huddlestone (one match), Taylor (first of three matches).

Killer fact: Beat Fulham on way to winning the Watney Cup in 1970.

Hartlepool v Brentford

Kick off: Today 3pm. TV: Highlights BBC1 10.30pm

Tickets: Sold out

Hartlepool United

Cup form: 2-1-1-1R-3

Leading scorer: Boyd 19.

Subs from: Provett, Barron, Williams, Strachan, Istead.

Injured: Clark (knee, three weeks).

Doubtful: None.

Cup-tied: Daly.

Suspended: None.

Killer fact: Hartlepool have never reached the fifth round of the Cup in their 97-year history.

Brentford

Cup form: 1R-1-2-4-2

Leading scorer: Burton 7.

Subs from: Lennie, Lee, Palmer, Hillier, Harrold.

Injured: None

Doubtful: Lawrence (knee), O'Connor (foot), Hutchison (head).

Cup-tied: Bankole.

Suspended: None.

Killer fact: Best Cup run is the sixth round on four occasions.

Tottenham v West Brom

Kick off: Today 5.30pm. TV: Live BBC1; Highlights BBC1 10.30pm

Tickets: Available (0870 420 5000)

Tottenham Hotspur

Cup form: 3R-QF-SF-3-4R

Leading scorer: Defoe 17.

Subs from: Cerny, Pamarot, Gardner, Marney, Mendes, Kanoute, Bunjevcevic.

Injured: Dawson (shin, one week), Davis (knee, one week), Ziegler (hamstring, two weeks).

Unavailable: Reid (cup-tied), Mido.

Killer fact: Winners eight times but last reached the final in 1991.

West Brom

Cup form: 3R-3-QF-4-3

Leading scorer: Earnshaw 12.

Subs from: Kuszczak, Kanu, Gaardsoe, Horsfield, Dyer.

Injured: Johnson (knee, two weeks), Marshall (leg, four weeks).

Suspended: Greening.

Cup-tied: Richardson, Chaplow.

Killer fact: Beat Spurs in the quarter-finals on route to winning the cup in 1954.

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