JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Tuesday brings pivotal games in England as Tim Howard's Everton take the road to play Arsenal, while Stuart Holden could feature in Sheffield Wednesday's match against Blackpool.
Arsenal - Everton
Tim Howard and Everton look to jump into a Champions League position with a win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Howard recorded three saves in Everton's weekend win over Queens Park Rangers. The American ‘keeper will be at goal on Tuesday for the Toffees.
Everton goes into the midweek match just three points from a European spot. The Toffees have gone five games unbeaten, winning four of those games.
The Gunners however bring an even strong streak to the game, as they have lost just once in their final ten games. Arsenal are also winners of four straight games and look for a fifth to being to solidify their Champions League position.
The Toffees have not beaten Arsenal since 2007, and David Moyes and company know that Tuesday would be a perfect time to break that skid.
Arsenal will be without Lukasz Fabianski, while Everton got through the weekend's match without any injuries.
Blackpool - Sheffield Wednesday
Stuart Holden and Sheffield Wednesday take the road to play Blackpool in a pivotal midweek Championship battle.
Holden did not feature in the Owls weekend loss to Leeds United, but the American midfielder is likely to see time on Tuesday. Wednesday continue to be cautious with Holden as he continues to regain fitness after a long-term knee injury.
Despite the weekend's loss, Wednesday still has just lost once in their last five games. They are four points above the drop zone with four games left in the season, making Tuesday's game crucial.
The home team is just one point above Wednesday and five points above the drop zone. With games dwindling in the season, relegation does not seem likely, but nevertheless Blackpool can help solidify their spot in next season's Championship with a win.
Blackpool's Isaiah Osbourne is suspended and will miss, while Seyi Olofinjana and Gary Madine will miss because of injuries for the Owls.
Seb Hines and Middlesbrough take on Nottingham Forest.
Jonathan Spector is injured and likely will not feature in Birmingham City's game against Bristol City.
Conor Doyle hopes to dress in Derby County's game against Barnsley.
Zak Whitbread's Leicester City take on Tim Ream's Bolton.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Bury.