Absentees concern Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is concerned that the Seagulls' excellent run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup has come at a cost.

Hughton's side defeated Championship side Derby County 2-1 in Saturday's fifth-round tie thanks to first-half goals by Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia.

However, Hughton has revealed that veteran striker Glenn Murray, who scored twice in the fourth-round replay win at West Brom, is struggling with a calf injury while Davy Propper missed Saturday's match because of illness.

Lewis Dunk and Leon Balogun were not involved in the match because of injury so Hughton handed a first call-up to the squad for teenage defender Leo Ostigard.

Hughton said of Murray: "He just felt his calf very slightly, but certainly enough, the same with Dunky, for him not to be available.

"And then we will push as hard as we can to get them fit for the Leicester game (on 26th February).

"Glenn probably more so than Dunky would have been involved. I think Dan Burn has done very well in the games he has played.

"Davy [Propper] was ill, trained on Friday and then didn't feel great. We assessed him and he was definitely not well enough to play.

"It's unusual for us. Generally we've been good with injuries but it was a difficult week with Leon Balogun injured as well in training, his shoulder. Probably that makes the result even more pleasing."

Locadia picked up an ankle injury against the Rams while Florin Andone is suspended.

Brighton, 8/1 to be relegated this season, are available at 10/3 to beat Leicester and 16/1 to win the FA Cup.

Gray calls for ruthless streak

Demarai Gray believes Leicester City would be challenging for a top-six finish if they had been more ruthless in front of goal this season.

The Foxes have beaten Chelsea and Manchester City this term, as well as securing an impressive 1-1 draw at Liverpool, but have lost to several sides that are currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table, including Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Southampton.

Claude Puel's team are currently 12th in the table but have only scored 31 goals in their 26 league matches to date, although they were unfortunate to lose their last game – 3-1 to Tottenham at Wembley.

"It's been a tough run of games for us," said Gray. "We've done well in every game. We've been dominant in the majority of the games against top-six sides this season.

"We've got results against teams like Chelsea and Man City and, against other teams in the top six, we could have got results out of the games.

"It's not like we've come up against these teams and had a nervous attitude. We've come and attacked these teams and played really well.

"We've just been unfortunate in front of goal. Not many teams come away against the top teams and apply pressure like we do. We just have to be more ruthless in front of goal."

Leicester, 8/15 to finish in the top half of the table, can be backed at 23/20 to beat Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Wolves dig for victory

Wolves skipper Conor Coady said his team dug in to withstand Bristol City pressure and win through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Ivan Cavaleiro scored the only goal of the game at Ashton Gate as Premier League Wolves beat their Championship opponents 1-0.

City are in the Championship play-off places and put sustained pressure on the Wolves goal in the second half with both Jay Dasilva and Matty Taylor going close.

However, they couldn't force an equaliser and Wolves are in the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since 2003.

Coady said afterwards that the team had shown the resilience necessary to beat determined opponents.

He told BT Sport: "It was a frantic second half, we knew it was going to be tough. I thought we dominated in the first half, but we stuck in there and showed we could defend.

"We knew we'd have defend. Sometimes you have got to dig in.

"We wanted to keep the same system as last year, we have a manager who's got an identity for this and we wanted to stick with that."

Wolves are seventh in the Premier League table in an impressive first season back in the top flight and only two of the sides above them will be in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Manchester City have already booked their place, beating League Two Newport on Saturday while Monday night sees the final fifth round tie when Chelsea host Manchester United.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said, on who he wanted in the quarter-finals, that he would just be happy to have a home tie at Molineux.

Wolves beat Liverpool in the third round of the competition, overcoming League One Shrewsbury after a replay in the fourth round.

Wolves are next in action on Saturday when they travel to the south coast to take on AFC Bournemouth. They are 8/5 for the win with Eddie Howe's side 17/10 and the draw 9/4.

Wolves are 12/1 to finish in the top six in the Premier League, they are 11 points behind sixth-placed Chelsea.

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Double injury blow for United

Manchester United have been hit by the news Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are set to be sidelined for at least a fortnight due to injuries.

England international midfielder, Lingard, suffered a hamstring problem during Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League last-16 first leg defeat against Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford.

He was replaced shortly before the interval in the game, while France international striker, Martial, was withdrawn at half-time because of a groin injury.

And, having suffered his first defeat since taking over as interim manager from Jose Mourinho in mid-December, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed the duo will definitely miss Monday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Chelsea and next weekend's Premier League clash against title challengers Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian said: "I think they'll be out for two to three weeks, looking at it now.

"They have done really well for us, but with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez they have different skill-sets, so they can show what they can do."

United, who are 1/1 to secure a top-four Premier League finish are 29/10 to win in the FA Cup at Chelsea on Monday, while they are priced at 11/5 to inflict defeat on Liverpool in their next league outing.

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Lovren doubtful for Bayern game

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that Dejan Lovren is not expected to be fit in time for the side's meeting with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The teams meet at Anfield on Tuesday in the round of 16 first-leg and Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk who is suspended for the game.

However, Lovren is unlikely to play as his replacement. The Croatian suffered a hamstring injury against Wolves last month and has not travelled with the squad to their warm-weather training camp in the south of Spain.

Klopp admits that Lovren is not expected to be fit for Tuesday night's game.

He said: "I don't want to rule it out but I cannot really plan with it.

"He is not here for good reasons, because he cannot be part of training. We are back on Friday. Then from Saturday on, Dejan is back at Melwood and we will see.

"But in the moment we prepare the game and in this preparation Dejan is not involved. We have to find other solutions."

Klopp though did have better news on Georginio Wijnaldum who had been ill and missed training in Marbella.

His manager said that he was recovering and should be in contention to face the Bundesliga champions.

Liverpool are 1/1 to win the first-leg and take a lead to Germany with Bayern 23/10 and the draw 14/5.

Liverpool are without a match this weekend with the FA Cup fifth round ties taking place, having lost to Wolves in the third round.

Klopp's side are second in the Premier League table and follow the Bayern fixture with a match away to Manchester United next Sunday.

Liverpool are 6/5 to win their first Premier League title with Manchester City 8/11 to retain the trophy they won last year.

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Davies loving Everton role

Everton midfielder Tom Davies says he is loving his new role as captain and says he hopes that he can continue as skipper going forward.

With the likes of Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman all out on the sidelines, manager Marco Silva has given local lad Davies the armband in recent outings.

Davies has relished the privilege and hopes he can continue in the position for as long as possible.
"I love it. Obviously being from here and supporting the club gives you that extra lift and I’m so proud of myself to do it," he told the club's website.

"To be captain of Everton is amazing for me. I just want to keep doing it and showing I can do that role in the team and leading us out.

"When you are captain, I definitely feel like you've got to be that leading role in the dressing room and on the pitch."

He added: "If on the pitch things aren't going your way people are looking to you. It brings my game on a lot really. I know I need to be getting on the ball or doing things I think a captain should be doing.

"I've always been a leader. I've got that personality where I can be and I'm glad the gaffer has seen that and given me the armband."

Everton are 11/10 to finish in the top half of the table this season.

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Hazard talks up Sarri influence

Chelsea star Eden Hazard claims his style of play is suited to what manager Maurizio Sarri is trying to achieve at Stamford Bridge.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding Hazard's future at the club, with Real Madrid expected to push forward with their interest at the end of the current campaign.

However, the Belgian international says he is enjoying playing under current Blues boss Sarri and feels he is better suited to the Italian's style than previous Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The former Lille star told Chelsea's official website: "All the managers I've played for have given me something.

"From when I started with Claude Puel at Lille, to now with Maurizio Sarri. They all see football in different ways which is why I'm the player I am. They have all given me important advice.

"Jose Mourinho was special, but the way Sarri and Rudi Garcia [former Lille coach] like to play is more like my philosophy of football, but they've all given me a lot."

Chelsea are 5/4 to finish in the top four in the Premier League this season and 11/2 to win the FA Cup this term.

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Nuno: We deserved draw

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo thought justice was done when his side snatched a last-gasp equaliser to draw 1-1 with Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez's side looked set to clinch three much-needed points at Molineux on Monday until Willy Boly headed home Wolves' equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Isaac Hayden had given the Magpies lead but Boly's late equaliser means they are only one point above the relegation zone with 12 matches of the campaign remaining. Newcastle are 7/1 to be relegated this season.

After watching his team extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to six games, Nuno said: "The last minute showed the character of the team and belief of our fans here in Molineux, so I'm pleased for the late moment of joy. Once again, it's a last-minute goal that I think puts some justice in the game, honestly.

"We keep on going. The boys know until the final whistle is there everybody fights. We went until the end, a big effort from the boys and a point here in Molineux I think was good.

"In the last minute we started putting the ball in the box and got a moment we deserved. The last minute gave us the joy in the end, I think it was well-deserved, I think we didn't deserve to lose this game."

Wolves are 17/20 to beat Bristol City in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday and 8/1 to win the competition outright this season.

Benitez eyeing further progress

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez feels it will take more than a couple of January signings for him to commit to the Magpies long term.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the manager's future at St James' Park, especially with Newcastle struggling just above the relegation zone.

Antonio Barreca and Miguel Almiron both joined Newcastle before the end of the January window but Benitez wants further progress to be made at the club before committing his future beyond the current campaign.

"That [my future] is something we will have plenty of time to talk about," Benitez told Sky Sports.

"Obviously one or two signings at the end of the transfer window doesn't change everything.

"We are a little bit better than before, but we still have to talk about a lot of things if we want to move forward."

Newcastle, who have won just six of their 25 Premier League games this season, have a chance to build a three-point gap on the 18th-place Southampton when they travel to Wolves on Monday night.

The Magpies are 17/4 to win, 13/5 to draw and 4/5 to lose to Nuno Espirito Santo's side at Molineux.

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City hit Chelsea for six

Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League table in emphatic fashion, beating Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

City were 4-0 up before half an hour, exposing the visitors defensive frailties to move back above Liverpool on goal difference.

Chelsea began the game by attempting to press high up the pitch but their tactics were undermined within the first five minutes, City taking the lead.

It was the recalled Kevin De Bruyne who began the move with a quick free kick which found Bernardo Silva and, with the Chelsea defence failing to react, crossed for Raheem Sterling to pounce and turn the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Sergio Aguero should have scored shortly afterwards but, after being set up by Silva, shot wide with the goal gaping.

However, Aguero and City weren't denied for long and he doubled City's lead on 13 minutes, Oleksandr Zinchenko losing possession but the ball fell to the Argentine who shot into the top corner from about 25 yards out.

All Chelsea's plans were in tatters and City continued to pour forward to test a stretched defence and were rewarded on 19 minutes, Aguero getting a rather more scruffy goal but again Chelsea failed to clear the ball from their own area.

With less than half an hour of the game gone it was 4-0 when Ilkay Gundogan took advantage of a poor clearance from Antonio Rudiger and shot home.

City made it five about 10 minutes into the second half, Aguero completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot. Cesar Azpilicueta was ruled to have brought Sterling down in the area and the striker made no mistake from the spot to compound Chelsea's misery.

City have a heavy fixture list in coming weeks, taking on Newport in the FA Cup, Schalke in the Champions League and Chelsea again in the EFL Cup final and Pep Guardiola made changes with those games in mind.

The game already won he took off Aguero and De Bruyne, replaced by Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez.

It looked as if City were winding down but Guardiola recently suggested the Premier League title race could come down to goal difference and City scored another before the end to be nine goals ahead of Liverpool, Sterling getting on the end of another excellent moving involving David Silva and Zinchenko.

That completed the scoring and City, having played a game more than Liverpool, are back above them at the top of the Premier League.

City are 8/11 to win the Premier League with Liverpool 6/5.

City are 13/8 to reach the final of the Champions League this season with Liverpool 4/1 and Manchester United 14/1.

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