Sheffield Utd v Charlton, 12:00
There is a lot of cutting edge in the two crests of these clubs, but in league terms both are really struggling to cut the mustard this year and the FA Cup has provided some welcome relief for both. Now at the quarter-final stage in the competition, there is almost a risk of losing more momentum if they don’t convert what would be considered the best draw either side could have hoped for into a spot in the last four, and if the 11/10 on both teams scoring with Betfair is good this could be a great watch.
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough will make late assessments on Harry Maguire, Jamie Murphy, John Brayford and Stephen McGinn before kickoff. Charlton hope Michael Morrison, Jordan Cousins and Simon Church will be fit, but Chris Solly and Leon Cort remain sidelined.
Hull v Sunderland, 14:00
After the nearly match at Wembley there is good and bad news for Sunderland, who know they have a place in the Europa League all but assured for next season, but are far from sure they’ll still be a Premier League team in August. Both these managers have enjoyed cup success as players and want their charges to experience that same glory, but neither is unaware of the reality of the situation, an keeping their clubs up is the most important thing they could achieve this or any other season. A 1-1 draw, at 6/1 with Coral would be enough to take it home for Sunderland, and they’ll have a better chance in front of their own fans.
Hull will be without Robbie Brady after he was ruled out for the rest of the season, Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are cup-tied and Paul McShane is unavailable after undergoing ankle surgery this week. Sunderland’s Keiren Westwood (shoulder) remains their only long-term absentee.
Man City v Wigan, 16:05
We now know Roberto Martinez won’t be retaining the FA Cup personally, and the last chance for anyone from his Wigan side to make consecutive appearances in a final comes today as the now-Championship side travel to Manchester to take on the team they shocked via a Ben Watson goal. City will probably put out a very strong line-up, as they don’t really have the players to do anything but even with the Champions League just a few days away, and while a shock would be romantic it seems unlikely with Alvaro Negredo 7/10 at BWin in the score/win double.
Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic are Manchester City’s only confirmed absentees, although Sergio Aguero could be rested having played 55 minutes for Argentina in midweek. Wigan’s top scorer Nick Powell (hamstring) is back in training but is unlikely to feature, although Callum McManaman could return.