Friday 25 January 2013

FA Cup: Berbatov to make Old Trafford return

Fulham striker to lead line against Man Utd on a busy weekend of FA Cup action

  • Dimitar Berbatov to return to Old Trafford for the first time since joining Fulham

  • Yaya Toure scores the winner in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City

Scroll down for the FA Cup fourth round draw

Aston Villa travel to Millwall on Friday night in the opening tie of this weekend's FA Cup fourth round contests.

Paul Lambert's men will be aiming to bounce back after suffering the heartbreak of losing 4-3 on aggregate to Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi-final. Midfielder Ashley Westwood and striker Jordan Bowery are set to return to the squad.

In all there are 14 Barclays Premier League clubs in FA Cup action this weekend with only two all Premier League clashes.

On Saturday lunchtime, League champions Manchester City travel to Stoke City in a repeat of the 2011 FA Cup final while Manchester United host Fulham in the late afternoon kick-off.

Man City have not won at the Britannia Stadium since 1999 but winger James Milner believes that with the backing of the club's fans, his side can make it to the last 16.

"It's a pretty good draw for us, even though it’s not the easiest of places to go," he told the club's official website. "Our thinking is, if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everyone anyway.

"The fact that we’re taking more than 4,000 fans is really important because the Stoke fans make a lot of noise, but our supporters are brilliant and will give as good as they get when it comes to creating an atmosphere.

"Hopefully he will do something nice, but for me it is important that he works for the team"
Martin Jol on Dimitar Berbatov

"The Britannia Stadium is not the easiest of venues to go to but if we can quieten the home crowd early on then so much the better."

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov returns to Old Trafford for the first time since his summer move to London from Manchester United.

The 31-year-old was at United for four years before signing for Fulham on transfer deadline day last August and has scored seven goals in 19 Premier League appearances.

"I don't want to put pressure on him," said Fulham manager Martin Jol. "Of course if he was playing for Man United it would be a bit easier for him but he is not playing for them anymore, he plays for us."

"Hopefully he will do something nice, but for me it is important that he works for the team. We would love to go to the next round, even though we are playing against United."

Arsenal will be without skipper Thomas Vermaelen for their trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday because of an ankle injury picked up in the midweek victory over West Ham United.

Midfielders Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (calf) are set to be available again, but Mikel Arteta (calf), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) remain out.

Striker Jason Roberts will miss Reading's home tie against Sheffield United while Wigan Athletic travel to the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, Blue Square Premier side Macclesfield Town.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton could rotate his squad for the visit of Luton Town, Queens Park Rangers, who are unbeaten in five matches, play MK Dons at Loftus Road while Bolton Wanderers host Everton.

Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to maintain their impressive form of only one defeat from 14 matches when they travel to Leeds United on Sunday.

FA Cup holders Chelsea, who were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Swansea City during the week, make the short trip across London to play Brentford at Griffin Park and Liverpool travel to Oldham Athletic in a repeat of last year's third-round tie.

FA Cup fourth-round draw

26 January

All ties 3pm kick-off unless specified otherwise

12.45pm Stoke City v Manchester City
Bolton Wanderers v Everton
Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal
Derby County v Blackburn Rovers
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
Hull City v Barnsley
Macclesfield Town v Wigan Athletic
Middlesbrough v Aldershot Town
Millwall v Aston Villa
Norwich City
v Luton Town
Queens Park Rangers v MK Dons
Reading
v Sheffield United
5.30pm Manchester United v Fulham

27 January

12pm Brentford v Chelsea
2pm Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur
4pm Oldham Athletic v Liverpool

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Key Points

  • 14 Barclays Premier League clubs involved in FA Cup fourth-round ties this weekend
  • Dimitar Berbatov to play for Fulham against Man Utd
  • Man City travel to Stoke and Aston Villa take on Millwall