FA Cup briefing

  • Last Updated: March 9 2014, 13:50 GMT

Team news, statistics and our verdict for Sunday's action in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Manchester City: Hope to celebrate victory over Wigan
Manchester City: Hope to celebrate victory over Wigan

Sunday, March 9

Sheffield United v Charlton (1200 GMT)

Sheffield United quartet Harry Maguire, Jamie Murphy, John Brayford and Stephen McGinn are all doubtful. Defender Maguire has missed the last two games due to a knee injury, while Murphy and Brayford sat out the midweek win against Peterborough with respective groin and calf problems and McGinn suffered a recurrence of a back injury in midweek. Terry Kennedy, who made his full debut against Peterborough, could continue in central defence if Maguire is ruled out, while on-loan Ben Davies stepped in for Brayford.

Charlton are hopeful Michael Morrison, Jordan Cousins and Simon Church will be fit. Defender Morrison suffered a thigh strain during last weekend's 3-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat by Leicester while midfielder Cousins and striker Church also picked up knocks, with the latter forced to withdraw from the Wales squad in midweek. Fit-again goalkeeper Ben Hamer (ankle) is set to keep his place ahead of January signing Yohann Thuram-Ulien.

Top goalscorers (all competitions): Chris Porter (Sheff Utd) 9; Simon Church (Charlton) 7

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Our verdict: Sheffield United 1 Charlton 2

Hull v Sunderland (1400 GMT)

Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo are in line to lead the Hull attack, with January signings Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic both cup-tied. Maynor Figueroa is a doubt having had a gruelling friendly trip to Honduras in midweek, but otherwise there are no new injury concerns for the Tigers.

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt returns to the squad after the 24-year-old Scotland international was ineligible for the Capital One Cup final. Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) remains the only man on the long-term casualty list after undergoing shoulder surgery which is likely to rule him out for much of the remainder of the season.

Top goalcorers (all competitions): Robbie Brady (Hull) 4; Adam Johnson (Sunderland) 9

Match odds: H 23-20 A 13-5 D 11-5

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Hull 1 Sunderland 0

Manchester City v Wigan (1605 GMT)

Manchester City are still without defender Matija Nastasic (knee) and striker Stevan Jovetic (hamstring). Striker Edin Dzeko is in contention despite reports that he was unhappy about playing 90 minutes for Bosnia-Herzegovina in midweek due to a fitness issue. With manager Manuel Pellegrini regularly playing his second-choice goalkeeper in domestic cup ties, there could be another opportunity for Costel Pantilimon.

FA Cup holders Wigan are unlikely to have top scorer Nick Powell back in time from a hamstring problem. Ben Watson, whose late headed goal defeated City at Wembley last May, is out for the season after sustaining a double fracture in his leg while Martyn Waghorn, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Rob Kiernan are all cup-tied. Winger Callum McManaman (ankle) may feature for the first time since the last round. Long-term injury victims Scott Carson (thigh), Gary Caldwell (calf) and Shaun Maloney (hip) are all back in training, although this clash is likely to come too soon for each of them.

Top goalscorers (all competitions): Sergio Aguero (Man City) 26; Nick Powell (Wigan) 10

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Our verdict: Manchester City 3 Wigan 1


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