PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
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JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, August 30, 2013
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland look for their first league win of the season when they take on Crystal Palace, while Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea, and Stoke City take the road to play West Ham United.

Cardiff City - Everton

Tim Howard and Everton take on Cardiff City on the road in hopes of their first victory of the season.

Howard did not play in the Toffees' midweek League Cup game, but the American ‘keeper is likely to see the field on Saturday.

Everton goes into this weekend's game without much momentum. They needed extra time to be Stevenage in cup play during the week and they have drawn their first two league games

Cardiff on the other hand is full of momentum, having beaten Accrington Stanley in League Cup action after their monumental win over Manchester City last week.

The Welsh squad will miss Andreas Cornelius, while the Toffees Darron Gibson and Antolin Alcaraz are sidelined.

West Ham United - Stoke City

Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea look to help Stoke City notch a win on the road against West Ham United.

Cameron is likely to see the field as a full back, while Shea returned to the field in the midweek and could see time on Saturday.

The Potters beat Walsall to advance in the League Cup this week and garnered three points with a win over Crystal Palace last weekend. The momentum is building and they hope it carries over to London.

West Ham has four points in two league games this season and is also coming off a midweek cup win. The team carries much confidence and look for even more from their fans this weekend.

The Hammers look to be without Alou Diarra and Andy Carroll, while Stoke's Jamie Ness is doubtful.

Crystal Palace - Sunderland

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland take on Crystal Palace as both teams look for their first league win of the season.

The American striker has been a regular in Paulo Di Canio's squad thus far and is likely to start once again on Saturday.

Altidore notched his first goal for the club in their midweek win over Milton Keynes Dons. He looks for another positive performance this weekend and hopefully open his scoring account in league play.

The Black Cats have brought in a group of new players, including Altidore, and are still working on building cohesiveness. Di Canio hopes this weekend things will come together for Sunderland.

Steven Fletcher could make his return to the field for the Black Cats this weekend after missing the season thus far with an ankle injury.

Birmingham City - Ipswich Town

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City host Ipswich Town in Championship action.

Spector played 120 minutes in the Blues' League Cup victory in the midweek. He is likely to see the field on Saturday, while Will Packwood is out because of a long-term injury.

Birmingham City beat Yeovil Town in League Cup action in the midweek on penalty kicks, however the Blues hope that having played a long and tough match will not give the squad heavy legs this weekend.

Ipswich Town has won just once in four league games this season. Confidence is missing right now for the squad, but a win on the road could change things for Ipswich.

Charlton Athletic - Leicester City

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City travel to play Charlton Athletic this weekend.

Whitbread has been in the starting lineup of late and could be so once again on Saturday.

The Foxes roll into the match with much momentum, having scored five goals en route to their midweek League Cup victory over Carlisle United and going unbeaten in the young season thus far.

Charlton were ousted from the League Cup after their loss to Huddersfield Town in the midweek, and they have just one point in league play thus far.

Wigan Athletic - Nottingham Forest

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest look to keep their strong start going when they take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

The American defender has been a regular in Nottingham's backline and is likely to see the field once again this weekend.

Forest is coming off a midweek League Cup victory over Millwall, and has gone unbeaten in the Championship season thus far. They did tie Watford last week, but the team hopes to rebound with a three-point performance Saturday.

Wigan started their season off with a strong win over Barnsely, however the team has mustered just two points in their last three games. They hope to regain some momentum in front of their home fans this weekend.

Callum McManaman is suspended and will thus miss for the Latics.

Notes

Brad Friedel will dress but is unlikely to see the field in Tottenham's game against Arsenal.

Tim Ream hopes to see the field in Bolton's match at Blackburn.

Seb Hines and Middlesbrough host Sheffield Wednesday. The defender is not likely to see the field as he is suffering from a knee injury.

Danny Williams and Reading take on Yeovil Town.

Jon Paul Pittman and Wycombe take on Southend United in League Two action.
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