Premier League sides average more than six changes in FA Cup [DailyTimes] 29 Jan, 2020

Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool named an entirely changed starting line-up for their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury as top-flight sides made over six alterations on average.All 11 of the team that started the 2-1 win over Wolves on Thursday dropped out as a mixture of fringe players and youth talent took centre-stage.Klopp’s young side looked to be getting the job done as they went 2-0 up through Curtis Jones’ opener and Donald Love’s own goal right at the start of the second half, but substitute Jason Cummings was introduced on the hour mark and bagged a brace to earn the Shrews a replay.In Monday night’s match at the Vitality Stadium, both Eddie Howe and Mikel Arteta introduced fresh faces to their respective line-ups.Bournemouth boss Howe made six alterations for the visit of the Gunners, while Arteta named five different players from the side that drew 2-2 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Eddie Nketiah started his first game of the campaign for Arsenal following a loan spell with Leeds, and he scored his side’s second of the night as the north London club progressed to the next stage with a 2-1 win.The 14 Premier League sides who played in the fourth round made on average 6.14 changes to the team that started their previous match.After Liverpool it was Leicester who made the next highest number of alterations of the top-flight sides in action over the weekend as Brendan Rodgers shuffled his pack for the trip to Brentford.The Foxes, showing nine changes with only Caglar Soyuncu and Ayoze Perez retained from the midweek win over West Ham, still had enough to secure a 1-0 win through Kelechi Iheanacho’s early effort.Fellow top-four sides Chelsea and Manchester City made eight changes apiece for their ties against Sky Bet Championship opposition.Frank Lampard handed a rare start to Michy Batshuayi at Hull and he provided the opening goal, with recalled defender Fikayo Tomori also finding the back of the net in a 2-1 victory which saw only Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic and Callum Hudson-Odoi keep their spots.City cruised through at home to Fulham, largely thanks to an early red card for Tim Ream.Pep Guardiola followed Lampard’s lead by naming just three of the side who started the Premier League win over Sheffield United. Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty against the Blades but made up for that by notching a double in a 4-0 success, with Riyad Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi also included once again.The fewest changes came from Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho potentially identifying the FA Cup as his best chance of landing his first trophy at the club. But things did not go to plan at in-form Southampton as Spurs, with only three changes from their last league outing against Norwich, were pegged back late on to draw 1-1. New signing Gedson Fernandes made his full debut as Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga also started, with Southampton’s four alterations seeing Danny Ings return but unable to add to his impressive recent scoring record.

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