–Efe Ambrose seeks return to action after 7 games on the bench
By Johnny Edward:
Sammy Ameobi will be coming up against his elder brother Sola when Crystal Palace take on Newcastle United at Selhurst Park in London tonight in what will be manager Alan Pardew’s first game against his former club.
While Shola is poised to make his debut for the Eagles since his short term switch last month,Sammy has chalked up 17 games for the Magpies and has scored twice.
At the Brittania stadium, Victor Moses is in line to make his 14th appearance for Stoke when they host Champions Manchester City who have failed to win in their last four games. Moses who welcomed a baby girl at the weekend has scored once for the Potters.
In Spain, Ikechukwu Uche’s Villarreal will look to avenge a 3-2 loss suffered in the La Liga a fortnight ago at Camp Nou when they face Barcelona in tonight’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg. Uche who has made two Copa del Rey appearances has scored five goals in 20 La Liga games.
In France, Elderson Echiejile has been included in Monaco’s 19 man squad to face his former team Stade Rennes in the Coupe de France’s clash at the Louis stadium. The former Sc Braga defender has played 10 Ligue 1 games.
In Scotland, Efe Ambrose will hope to get a taste of action in tonight’s Glasgow derby when Celtic host Partick Thistle away at the Firhill Stadium after watching from the bench in the Hoops’ last seven games.
Without Ambrose in the squad Celtic have won all six matches they have played so far in 2015 and are yet to concede a goal.
He last featured in the SPL in Celtic’s 2-0 away win over Kilmarnock where he provided the assist for the winner at the Rugby Park on the 5th of January.