FA Cup fourth round players facing their former clubs XI
The FA Cup fourth round will soon be upon us, and that got Coral’s football experts thinking about who is set to face an old club in the historic competition?
We’ve put together an XI and some honourable mentions that are preparing to return to former stomping grounds in cup clashes.
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster
England understudy stopper Foster will be aiming to keep out old boys Birmingham City for West Bromwich Albion in a tasty Midlands derby tie. The Baggies are 11/5 to win to nil at St Andrew’s.
Right back: Nathaniel Clyne
Sticking with that Three Lions theme, Clyne comes across Crystal Palace once again in Southampton colours. He’s the first of two defenders in our XI to have made the switch from Selhurst Park to St Mary’s.
Centre back: Ian Evatt
Veteran centre half Evatt began his career at Derby County, but is set to turn out against them for Chesterfield in cup action. Facing a forward line that includes Darren Bent, Chris Martin and another attacker that features later on here, the Spireites will need all his experience to shut out the rampant Rams.
Centre back: Jose Fonte
Portugal cap Fonte famously quit Palace for Southampton, where he is now club captain, because he felt he would reach Premier League heights with the Saints. He did indeed, but so too did the Eagles soar into English football’s top-flight, and they meet once again in the FA Cup here.
Left back: Paul Konchesky
Leicester left back Konchesky once spent time on loan at Spurs over a decade ago. Now, he and his fellow Foxes are charged with frustrating Tottenham’s wide players Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli. It’s a tall order, but Nigel Pearson’s men are 4/1 shots to win at White Hart Lane
Right wing: Luke Chadwick
Cambridge native and fan Chadwick began his senior club career with Manchester United where he won the Premier League in 2000/01. Almost 14 years on, he is on the books of boyhood side Cambridge United, and is 8/1 to net anytime.
Central midfield: Craig Gardner
West Brom is the third Midlands outfit midfielder Gardner has played for. After starting out at Aston Villa, he made a controversial switch across the Second City to Birmingham, and he will be plotting the Blues’ downfall in a Baggies shirt in round four.
Central midfield: Jay Spearing
Anfield academy product Spearing has fallen out of favour at Bolton Wanderers under Neil Lennon, but the Trotters boss would be well-advised to restore his club captain to his XI for this cup clash. As a holding player, Spearing possesses the aggression to upset his old Reds teammates Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.
Left wing: Jamie Ward
Northern Ireland international winger Ward is back from a thigh strain and will be looking to heap defeat on old club Chesterfield for Derby. He is a 5/1 shot to score first.
Striker: Harry Kane
Spurs striker Kane has been in great form lately and, like Konchesky but in reverse, spent time on loan at Leicester. ‘The Hurri-Kane’ is 4/1 to bag a brace or better against the Foxes.
Striker: Emile Heskey
Completing our awesome XI is a target man that once won a cup treble in Liverpool colours, but now comes up against them for Bolton. Back ‘the Hesk’ at 11/2 to net at Anfield anytime.
We can’t leave out some other names! Cardiff’s all-Championship clash with Reading is riddled with subplots like this, for example. Bluebirds centre half Sean Morrison and striker Adam le Fondre face their former Royals cohorts here, while Wales full back Chris Gunter has the boot on the other foot.
Birmingham club captain Paul Robinson and wide loan signing Lloyd Dyer take on the side where both their careers began; West Bromwich Albion. Sticking with wingers, Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon joins Eagles boss Alan Pardew in lining up against old team Southampton. Preston pair Paul Gallagher and Kyel Reid, meanwhile, are in for a reunion with Sheffield United.