ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Jozy Altidore will need to push Hull past Brad Friedel and Aston Villa as both Yanks need wins for very different reasons while Jay DeMerit and Watford need a win in the Championship in a short English midweek slate.
Hull - Aston Villa
Jozy Altidore will hope for the start when struggling Hull City play host to Aston Villa in a must win game for both clubs, with Brad Friedel and Villa chasing fourth spot.
The win is necessary for two very different reasons, as Hull try to claw out of the relegation zone, while Aston Villa are on a quest for a Champions League spot.
Villa are well poised, but must overcome Manchester City and Tottenham in their next three games. Only Craig Davies is out for Villa, and won't feature after picking up an ankle injury.
Hull have parted ways with striker Amr Zaki, who has been out with a knee injury. Richard Garcia and Kamil Zayatte are both out with a knee injury, while Ian Ashbee could make a return in two weeks from his PCL tear.
Anthony Gardner is out until the weekend with an ankle injury, while Stephen Hunt is sidelined with the same injury.
A win could see Hull City catch up with West Ham with a win, while the Hammers are trailing 17th place Wolverhampton Wanderers with 34 points.
Queen's Park Rangers - Watford
Jay DeMerit and Watford face a true test in their campaign to beat the drop as they travel to 18th place Queen's Park Rangers.
A win could see Watford change places with their opponents, currently occupying 20th with 48 points. Rangers are three points ahead, and this will be the last make up game that sees all of the Championship become level on games played.
Henri Lansbury and Jon Harley will be recalled to a full role in Watfords must win game after losing 4-1 at the hand of Leicester.
Lloyd Doyley and Will Buckley will look to make an impact as well, but Tom Cleverly has returned to Manchester United after tearing a ligament in his knee.
Queen's Park Rangers have multiple injuries at the back, which could bode well for Watford. Damion Stewart is out for the season after fracturing his skull after a terrible clash of heads with Crystal Palace forward Calvin Andrew.
His partnering center back Matt Connolly is out with an ankle injury, while Gavin Mahon and Martin Rowlands are out of the midfield.