FA Cup Notes

A few things pop out at me, looking at the lineups for today's FA Cup games.

Man City: Given, Richards, Garrido, Sylvinho, Kompany, Zabaleta, Petrov, Weiss, De Jong, Mwaruwari, Boyata.
Subs: Taylor, Barry, Tevez, Vidal, Bellamy, Trippier, Tutte.
Mancini looks to have named six defenders in his side. Garrido starts after his free kick goal in midweek. If he's at left back, then perhaps Sylvinho is at left midfield and Kompany is in midfield. Why Mancini thinks he can play MPet on the right is beyond me. But if Sylvinho doesn't have to actually defend, he could be a really nice fantasy option. Though likely that spot goes to Bellamy in a league game.

Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Cort, Higginbotham, Collins, Lawrence, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington, Beattie, Fuller.
Subs: Simonsen, Whelan, Sidibe, Pugh, Sanli, Tonge, Wilkinson.
Tuncay finds himself back on the bench as Pulis goes looking for goals. I don't know if he's being rested, but I'm guessing that if Beattie/Fuller works today we'll see that pairing again against Fulham.

Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Cana, Da Silva, McCartney, Malbranque, Meyler, Henderson, Murphy, Campbell, Bent.
Subs: Carson, Healy, O'Donovan, Reed, Anderson, Noble, Liddle.
No Reid. No Zenden. No Jones.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Neill, Baines, Pienaar, Neville, Cahill, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Vaughan.
Subs: Nash, Coleman, Duffy, Forshaw, Agard, Baxter, Mustafi.
As we expected, Vaughan the lone striker. In more ways than one.

Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Bassong, Bale, Kranjcar, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric, Keane, Defoe.
Subs: Alnwick, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch, Naughton, Giovani, Corluka, Rose.
Bale the starting left back in BA-E's absence. Modric is 'arry's "answer" on the right of midfield, sans Lennon.


  1. Also, David Dunn is back for Rovers. However, he's had a PK saved by Guzano and Rovers overall look TERRIBLE against a 1/2 strength Villa side.

  2. Bale with 2A, 1 SOT, 1CW, at least 2 SC, and 2FW. Nice outing, but against weaker opposition. Should be enough to get him another start...I hope.

  3. Anonymous9:39 AM

    why no spurs manager play giovani dos santos (after 3 managers if i m not mistaken)? he was a wonderkid during his time in barca...

  4. Anonymous9:46 AM

    ^lightweight? not fast thinker as epl too fast?

  5. Anonymous10:18 AM

    He (allegedly) stopped turning up for training on time, started enjoying the london nightlife a little too much etc. Apparently Harry had a word with his parents and his attitude has improved. He is currently still injured from a carling cup game about a month ago, I believe. I also believe that he only really had one good game for barca. Also, who is he going to displace at spurs at the moment? Krancjar, modric, lennon? He doesnt seem like a likely partner for defoe up front either...