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Football Daily: FA Cup special

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Manchester United host Arsenal in the pick of the FA Cup quarter final clashes this weekend, with the Gunners looking to bounce back from their midweek Champions League defeat.

Cesc Fabregas misses out for the visitors with a hamstring problem, with Theo Walcott a long term absentee. For United, Nani and Park Ji-Sung both miss out through injury, while Rio Ferdinand is also a doubt with a calf strain.

Reading are the last Championship team standing in the FA Cup this year, and travel to Eastlands looking to cause an upset after a couple of big scalps already this season.

City come into the clash on the back of a Europa League defeat against Dynamo Kiev, with James Milner and Adam Johnson again set to miss out through injury. Mario Balotelli is also questionable after an 'illness' picked up during Thursday's clash, while Carlos Tevez is set to lead the line for the Citizens.

West Ham travel north to face the Potters on Sunday, with both sides dreaming of some potential silverware. Matthew Etherington is in line to face his old club after recovering from a jaw injury, whilst John Carew could also lead the line.

Kieron Dyer, Jack Collison, and Robbie Keane are all absent for the Hammers, although the attacking triple threat of Demba Ba, Carlton Cole and Freddie Piquionne should pose a threat for Avram Grant's side.

Birmingham host the Trotters in the opening tie of the weekend, with Alex McLeish hoping his side can get over their Carling Cup hangover after claiming the first trophy of the season a fortnight ago.

Owen Coyle is keen to win the trophy to commemorate Nat Lofthouse, although will have to do so without star striker Daniel Sturridge, who is cup-tied. David Bentley is the latest name on the Blues injury list.

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