FA Cup Weekend Preview (Saturday Matches)

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FA Cup Weekend Preview (Saturday Matches)
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Chelsea vs. Cardiff

 

Once again Chelsea got the luch of being put at home against a lower league side, but Cardiff will be looking to make them not so lucky.  Chelsea are coming off a mid-week loss to Everton and will looking to bounce back. Meanwhile Cardiff have won 5 in their last 6 games and want to keep their good form.  Ancelotti has revealed who will start and be on the bench for Chelsea:

 

"We'll play Hilario in goal, Paulo Ferreira, Alex, Ricardo Carvalho and Yury Zhirkov; Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Michael Ballack; Daniel Sturridge, Joe Cole and Didier Drogba up front."

 

"The bench will be Ross Turnbull, Jeffrey Bruma, Branislav Ivanovic, Florent Malouda, Nemanja Matic, Fabio Borini and Salomon Kalou."

 

While Cardiff are facing a plethora of injuries to key players. 

 

Chelsea are ever strong at home and will have to much for the League Championship side.

 

I say:3-1 Chelsea

 

Southampton vs. Porstmouth

A big derby coming up on Saturday, Southampton will be without their January signings thanks to injury, while Pompey will miss Ricardo Rocha through suspension. A terrible time for this match for Pompey, thanks to their off the pitch crisis, while Southampton have not lost since the end of December. 

 

But Southampton boss Pardew has taken a different view on the matter:"

"About six weeks ago would have been a better time to play them. When you have such turmoil off the pitch as a group you come together and want to fight the world.

 

"They are beginning to get that, they are playing well without getting the results and we are taking them on at their most angry."

 

Southampton may be considered slight favorites but Porstmouth have played well in previous games but may have been cheated by the referees.

 

I say:2-2

 

Derby County-Birmingham

Birmingham will be the favorites going into this one despite just being promoted last season. Not much in the way of injuries here, and the game may prove hard to predict the outcome.

 

I say: 2-1 Birmingham

 

Reading-West Brom

The one all championship game tomorrow sees promotion hopefuls West Brom face relegation contenders Reading. No one (well I certainly wouldn't) have thought Reading would be struggling for relegation. West Brom should take the game to them and win, but Reading have already defeated Liverpool and Burnley in this season's fa cup.

 

I say:2-0

 

Manchester City-Stoke City

The all premier-league matchup tomorrow, City can consider themselves fortunate not to be drawn away to Arsenal-killers Stoke. A recent renewal of form for City could result in the end of Stoke's fa cup hopes, while City continue to make Mancini's promise come .

 

I say:3-1

 

 

Ok that's it for my preview, please comment....

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