Weekend Preview: FA Cup Fifth Round

There are no Premier League games this weekend, as the schedule makes way for FA Cup fifth-round matchups. Two Americans could see the field in that competition, and several games are on the tube.

Bolton hosts Tottenham on Sunday, and the game could mark the Wanderers debut of American midfielder Stuart Holden, who played 60 minutes with the Bolton reserves on Wednesday. Holden has been nursing a thigh injury since going on trial with Bolton in mid-January.

U.S. keeper Brad Guzan (above) is likely to start for Aston Villa when it visits Championship side Crystal Palace on Sunday. Guzan has been picked over countryman Brad Friedel for all of Villa’s Cup games so far. Palace is currently in 19th place in the 24-team championship. Crystal Palace Fun Fact: This club was the first English team to roll out an artificial-turf field, playing on the fake stuff at Loftus Road from 1981 to ’88.

Recent reports suggest Fulham’s Yank midfielder Clint Dempsey is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee ligament strain, but he won’t be available when the Cottagers’ host League Two (that’s the fourth level of British soccer) side Notts County in the FA Cup on Sunday. Fulham is a 6-1 favorite in this one (betting is legal over there, btw), but the Magpies are talking tough!

Other Premier League teams in FA Cup action this weekend are Birmingham City, which visits Championship team Derby County (15th place); Portsmouth, which travels to League One Southampton; Chelsea, which hosts Cardiff City, currently in fourth place in the Championship; and Manchester City, which welcomes fellow Premiership side Stoke City. All of those games are on Saturday. 

Here is the U.S. TV schedule, all times EST:

Saturday:

Chelsea v Cardiff City, Setanta Sports, 7:00 a.m.

Derby County v Birmingham City, Fox Scocer Channel, 10:00 a.m.

Manchester City v Stoke City, Setanta Sports, 12:00 p.m.

Southampton v Portsmouth, Fox Soccer Channel, 7:00 p.m. (delay)

Sunday:

Bolton v Tottenham, Fox Soccer Channel, 8:30 a.m.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, Fox Soccer Channel, 10:30 a.m.

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