6 players out – Martinelli, Torreira, Soares, Mari, Leno, Chambers. Luiz returns from suspension and is available. Sokratis is back in full training so presumably available for selection. Tierney could possibly be rested after his previous cramp. Soares is in full training but set to be available only following this match.
Defender Jack O’Connell has missed the return so far but may be fit. Dean Henderson (keeper) will return having missed the 3-0 loss to Manchester United.
Sheffield are currently above us on the table with 44 points to our 43.
Sheffield have had a poor restart with 1 draw (Aston Villa) followed by two 3-0 losses (Newcastle, Manchester United). They haven’t scored a goal in this time.
Eddie Nketiah has scored in all four of his domestic cup appearances this season for Leeds and Arsenal. In his career, Nketiah has scored six goals in eight domestic cup games (FA/League Cup), averaging a goal every 83 minutes.
My team prediction
Auba Laca Nelson Saka Xhaka AMN Tierney Holding Mustafi Bellerin Martinez
Key question for the lineup is how much rotation we expect.