Thursday, March 5, 2009

FA cup six-round

source: BBC Sports

Coventry v Chelsea

FA Cup sixth-round
Venue: Ricoh Arena Date: Saturday, 7 March Kick-off: 1230 GMT

Coventry's highly-rated left-back Dan Fox is set to miss the game after suffering a knee injury.

Striker Leon Best hopes to recover from a throat infection in time to partner Clinton Morrison, who is expected to shake off a knock.

Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has shaken off a hamstring problem, and Michael Essien returns after six months out with knee ligament damage.

But Nicolas Anelka (toe) and Paulo Ferreira (knee) are sidelined.

Coventry (from): Westwood, Dann, Turner, Wright, Gunnarsson, Doyle, Henderson, Eastwood, Simpson, Best, Osbourne, Beuzelin, Morrison, Marshall, Ward, Hall, Thornton, Cain.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Hilario, Taylor, Essien, Carvalho, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Mancienne, Ivanovic, A Cole, Belletti, Stoch, Lampard, Obi, Ballack, Kalou, Drogba, Malouda, Di Santo.


Chris Coleman's Coventry City have the onerous task of beating four times winners Chelsea, if they are to reach the semi-finals for the first time since winning the FA Cup in 1987.

The Sky Blues dumped Premier League Blackburn out of the Cup in a fifth round replay, and must now try and emulate fellow Championship side Barnsley, who ended the Londoners interest in this competition at this same stage last year.

Chelsea, who've returned to second spot in the Premier League, seven points behind Manchester United and have a Champions League trip to Juventus on Tuesday, face lower league opposition for the fourth consecutive time in this cup run.

Chelsea are hoping to reach the semi-finals for the 18th time; Coventry for only the second.

The Sky Blues have scored six goals on this cup run, courtesy of five different scorers. Only Leon Best has scored twice. The West Midland club have kept clean sheets in three of their four matches.

Chelsea have netted 11 times in the current cup run, and conceded once in each of the four matches. Nicolas Anelka has four goals including a hat-trick against Watford in the last round. There's been three for Michael Ballack and two a piece for Salomon Kalou and Frank Lampard.

The League ladder

Coventry are 31 places lower than Chelsea in the league standings.


Steve Bennett (Kent)

Replay date

Wednesday, 18 March - Kick Off: 1945


Current form

Wednesday's 1-2 home defeat to Sheffield United ended a six-game undefeated sequence of four wins and two draws (all competitions).

Recent FA Cup performance

Playing in the sixth round for the first time in 11 years.

There was nothing to choose between then Premier League Coventry and First Division (second tier) Sheffield United in their last quarter-final in the 1997-98 season. The sides could not be separated after three and half hours, and the Yorkshire club went through 3-1 on penalties, but then lost in the semi-finals to Newcastle.

The Manager

Chris Coleman has faced Chelsea 10 times as a manager and won just once; Fulham prevailing 1-0 at Craven Cottage in the Premier League on 19 March 2006.

Coleman was denied a place in the Fulham team that played Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2001. The tie came just days after the Wales international defender broke his leg in a car crash - an injury that effectively ended his playing career.

FA Cup fact

Became the 41st of 42 clubs to have lifted the silverware when beating Tottenham in the 1987 final.


Current form

Won the last five and three in a row on the road (all competitions).

100% under Guus Hiddink; won four of four.

Recent FA Cup performance

Qualified for the last eight for the fourth season in a row; bidding to reach the semi-finals for the third time in four years.

The Manager

Although Hiddink had arrived at Stamford Bridge, Ray Wilkins oversaw the 1-3 fifth round victory against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Hiddick won Holland's equivalent of the FA Cup, the KNVB Cup, four times as coach of PSV Eindhoven.

FA Cup fact

Last season's quarter-final exit at the hands of Barnsley was their first FA Cup humbling by a lower league club since Millwall defeated them on penalties in 1995.


All competitions

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six games against Coventry.

The Londoners won three and drew two of five Premier League matches against them, then knocked the Sky Blues out of the Worthington League Cup, 0-2 in a third round tie at Highfield Road on 9 October 2001 in their most recent clash.

The League Cup loss was Coventry's first defeat in nine home games with Chelsea, but their most recent home victory was 2-1 on 15 August 1998, in the Premier League.

FA Cup

These clubs are meeting for the first time in this competition.

Fulham v Man Utd
FA Cup sixth-round
Venue: Craven Cottage Date: Saturday, 7 March Kick-off: 1715 GMT

Fulham defender Chris Baird is still out after sustaining a leg injury in the match at Arsenal last week.

Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora should start up front but Diomansy Kamara is pushing hard after building up his match fitness in recent weeks.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game at Craven Cottage.

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is expected to give way to either Ben Foster or Tomasz Kuszczak.

Fulham (from): Schwarzer, Pantsil, Stoor, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Dacourt, Murphy, Gera, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora, Zuberbuhler, Kallio, Nevland, Kamara, Gray, Barnes.

Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Gibson, Fletcher, Park, Giggs, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Berbatov, Tevez, Welbeck.


Manchester United continue their quest for a unique quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Carling Cup and six pieces of silverware from the one campaign, having already bagged the Community Shield, League Cup and World Club Championship.

Fulham have never won the FA Cup; Manchester United have lifted the trophy a record 11 times.

The Cottagers' sixth and most recent appearance in the semi-finals was in 2002, when they were beaten by Chelsea. They last appeared in the quarter-finals five years ago and, ironically, it was Manchester United who eliminated them.

The Red Devils are aiming for a record 26th appearance in the last four.

Fulham, who've been drawn at home for the first and only time in this Cup run, have scored nine goals so far on the road to Wembley, a third of them by Andrew Johnson.

United have also netted nine goals on their "march to the arch", with Danny Welbeck, Nani and Darron Gibson helping themselves to two each.

The League ladder

Fulham are nine places lower than Manchester United in the Premier League table.


Mike Dean (Wirral)

Replay date

Tuesday 17 or Wednesday 18 March - Kick Off: 2000 hours


Current form

Wednesday's late, late 0-1 home loss to Hull was only their second defeat in eight games (all competitions).

Not scored in two; both Premier League fixtures.

Recent FA Cup performance

Facing Premier League opposition for the first time in this current cup run, and the first occasion since being knocked out at the fifth round stage home to Tottenham in the year before last.

Not ousted a fellow Premier League club since Everton in the fourth round in 2004. It was two rounds later that season when they last faced and lost to Manchester United in this competition.

The Manager

Roy Hodgson has won two domestic cups in his managerial career; he guided Malmo to the Swedish Cup in 1986 and 1989.

FA Cup fact

Fulham were a second tier club when they contested their only FA Cup final in 1975, losing 2-0 to West Ham. The Cottagers' team included Bobby Moore and Alan Mullery, in what was to be the last Wembley appearances for both as professional players, as their long and distinguished England international careers neared their end.


Current form

Undefeated in 14; won 13 and drawn one since losing to Derby in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final at Pride Park on 7 January.

Lost only one of the last 29.

Recent FA Cup performance

Aiming to reach the semi-finals for the fourth tie in six years.

Eventual winners Portsmouth blocked their path at this same quarter-final stage last season.

The Manager

United have won the cup a record five times under Sir Alex Ferguson, who has led out the side for the final on eight occasions.

Sir Alex has won 21 major pieces of silverware since taking charge at Old Trafford in November 1986. He is the most successful British football manager, winning 32 pieces of silverware in all in over 22 years at the helm.

FA Cup fact

Been paired with Premier League opposition in 13 of their last 15 rounds.


All competitions

Manchester United have won their last eight meetings with Fulham, scoring eight goals without reply in the last three - all Premier League games.

The Red Devils are undefeated in 29 league and cup matches against the Cottagers. They have won 24 and drawn five since Fulham's 2-1 top-flight triumph on 5 September 1964 at the Cottage.

FA Cup

This is the eighth time these clubs have been paired together; United have progressed on each of the last six occasions and have only been knocked out by Fulham in a fourth round tie in West London in March 1908.