English FA Cup Preview: Wolves Set To Stop Chelsea
By Ogbolu George
Burnley vs Lincoln City
Burnley’s manager, Sean Dyche, has warned against complacency when his side takes on Lincoln City at the Turf Moor, in Saturday’s FA cup tie.
Lincoln’s run to the last-16 has been captivating.
The non-league side breezed through Ipswich Town and Brighton to get to this stage.
If Lincoln City beat Burnley (who have an outstanding home record this season), they would be the first non-league side since QPR in 1914, to reach the last eight.
Burnley would be without Jeff Hendrick (suspension) and Robbie Brady (cup-tied).
Lee Beevers remains the only injury concern for Lincoln City.
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City
With their Champions league last-16 tie against Monaco next week, Manchester City might rest a handful of players.
However, don’t take away anything from the tie, as Man City’s reserve is capable of wreaking havoc.
Huddersfield would have to up their game and best City in every department if they are going to have any chance of coming out victorious.
Huddersfield, who would bank on the John Smith’s Stadium crowd, should fancy themselves to cause an upset against an inconsistent City side.
Aaron Mooy (ineligible), Jonathan Hogg and Kasey Palmer (hamstring) are all out for Huddersfield.
Manchester City would definitely be without Gabriel Jesus (broken metatarsal).
Middlesbrough vs Oxford United
Oxford United would travel with its fans to the Riverside Stadium hoping to reach the last eight for the first time since 1964.
With Middlesbrough just two points above the relegation zone in the English Premier League, Aitor Karanka has his hands full.
Prior to their midweek defeat against Southend, Oxford United were in fine form.
Boro need to keep tabs on United’s Kane Hemmings, the striker who has already scored five goals in their Cup run.
Adlene Guedioura (cup-tied) and Antonio Barragan are out for Boro while Gaston Ramirez and George Friend are available after returning from injuries.
There are no new injury concerns for Oxford United.
Millwall vs Leicester City
Leicester City should be weary of Millwall as the League One side outclassed Bournemouth and Watford in previous fixtures.
Both teams made significant changes against Millwall and paid the ultimate price.
Leicester City have an upcoming Champions League tie against Sevilla next week and might make changes for this fixture.
Nouha Dicko misses out with a hamstring injury.
Andreas Weimann and Jack Price could be called upon by Paul Lambert.
David Luiz, Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso look set to sit this one out.