ANDREW VORCE - Friday, September 24, 2010
Tim Howard and Everton need a win against Clint Dempsey's Fulham while Brad Friedel and Marcus Hahnemann will be pitted against each other in all-Yank encounters in a full slate of English action.
Fulham - Everton
Tim Howard and Everton need a win, but Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson will both be raring to go to keep Fulham unbeaten in the Premier League.
Fulham boss Mark Hughes has yet another major injury concern as Moussa Dembele was carried off on a stretcher in Fulham's 2-0 loss at Stoke in midweek Carling Cup action.
Dembele joins Bobby Zamora on the injury list as two of Fulham's most creative minds now face major time on the sidelines.
The Cottagers have plenty of other injury worries, with Andy Johnson, David Stockdale, and Phillippe Senderos all out. Diomansy Kamara has an outside chance of returning after recovering from an ankle injury.
David Moyes and Everton need a victory over Fulham to kick start their campaign, having failed to register a win all season.
Their woes were added to after being knocked out of the Carling Cup at the hands of League One squad Brentford.
Moyes has come out and said that his squad isn't scoring enough, with four goal threats being sidelined through injury.
Tim Cahill and Louis Saha are both out with knee injuries for the near future, while Jack Rodwell is also sidelined with an ankle injury.
Victor Anichebe might be rushed back into the squad having just overcome a knee injury himself.
Bolton - Manchester United
Stuart Holden will shuffle back into the Bolton midfield as the American winger takes on his childhood team at Reebok Stadium.
Andy and Joey O'Brien both remain sidelined through injuries, suffering from an ankle and knee injury respectively.
Sean Davis still has a month left on his recovery plan before being eligible for selection due to his knee injury.
Antonio Valencia's season was thought to have come to an end when he gruesomely was injured against Rangers in last week's Champions League match, but the winger's ankle surgery was successful and could be back as soon as February.
Michael Carrick has been sidelined for another week with an achilles injury, while Owen Hargreaves continues his long lay off with a knee injury.
Wolverhampton - Aston Villa
Brad Friedel will travel to Marcus Hahnemann's domain in the battle of the American keepers, while Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj will look to make the bench for Villa.
Mick McCarthy will judge the fitness of Jelle Van Damme and decide whether or not to include the player who has been struggling with an ankle injury.
The only other injury concern for Wolverhampton is Stephen Hunt who could make his return in the middle of October after recovering from a metatarsal fracture.
Friedel will retake the reigns of the Aston Villa back line from Guzan who was the number one keeper in Wednesday's Carling Cup win over Blackburn.
Lichaj was also in Villa's defense, and will hope that his performance earned himself a spot on the bench.
Richard Dunne is sidelined with an Achilles problem, while John Carew and Fabian Delph are both injury concerns.
Carlisle United AFC Bournemouth
Unbeaten Carlisle United and Frank Simek take on AFC Bournemouth this weekend in League One action.
Simek is a regular starter for the Cumbrians and will be in the lineup once again this Saturday.
Carlisle tied Brighton last week with no goals to show for. They hope to keep their unbeaten streak alive and win in their clash against the Cherries.
The Cumbrians will be without Paul Thirwell who is out with strained knee ligaments. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson has an injured ankle, Kevan Hurst is struggling with a back injury and Danny Livesey will be out for a month with a groin problem.
AFC Bournemouth are only two points from catching Carlisle in the standings and hope to win and leapfrog them Saturday.
The Cherries lost last week to Oldham Athletic and will look to regain some momentum with a pivotal win over the Cumbrians.
Michael Symes could again miss for Bournemouth due to shoulder problems.
Port Vale Accrington Stanley
Jemal Johnson and Port Vale will host Accrington Stanley in League Two play.
The American played 12 minutes in Port Vale's last game and could receive more this weekend. Johnson arrived on loan last month from Milton Keynes Dons.
Port Vale are currently tied at the top of the standings and are coming off an impressive 3-0 victory over Macclesfield Town.
Lewis Haldane is close to coming back to action after a severe reaction to an insect bite, but will still most likely sit out against Port Vale.
Stanley are currently unbeaten but have recorded five ties throughout the early season. They will look to win this Saturday.
Accrington Stanley are coming off a 3-0 over Lincoln City and will look to keep that momentum this weekend.
Sean McConville came out injured in Stanley's win last week and is questionable to play. Craig Lindfield is out with a knee problem while Alan Burton should also miss.
Northampton Town Bradford City
Seb Harris and Northampton Town will look to beat Bradford City this Saturday.
Northampton Town are coming off a Carling Cup victory over Liverpool and will hope to keep that momentum against Bradford City.
Harris did not feature in this victory but did play 35 minutes in their last League Two game.
The American could see time against Bradford.
Tadhg Purcell looks to be out most of the season for Northampton Town with a knee injury. Craig Hinton also looks to be sidelined with a knee problem while Marcus Hall will miss with a hurt hamstring.
Bradford City is coming off a 2-0 win over Gillingham and will hope to keep those winning ways against the Cobblers.
The Bantams could be without James Hanson who is suffering from a hamstring problem. Michael Flynn has a hernia and Simon Ramsden injured his calf
Jonathan Spector will look to make the bench as West Ham host Tottenham.
Conor Doyle hopes for playing time as Derby County hosts Crsytal Palace.
Mike Grella will fight for playing time as Leeds United takes on Sheffield United.
Anton Peterlin could get playing time as Plymouth take on Rochdale.
Jon-Paul Pittman has a hamstring injury and is questionable to play as Wycombe play Shrewsbury Town.