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ANDREW VORCE - Friday, October 22, 2010
It will be a tough weekend for American goalkeepers as Tim Howard Everton take on Tottenham and Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves travel to Chelsea in a full weekend of English action.

Tottenham Everton

Tim Howard and Everton will be up against the wall to pick up their third victory of the season as they travel to high flying Tottenham.

The fifth place team is fresh off the back of an incredible 4-3 loss to Inter Milan in the Champions League where Welsh winger Gareth Bale scored a hat trick. The home team will also have Sando and Rafael van der Vaart back in their squad to bolster Harry Redknapp's charges.

Ledley King and Vedran Corluka are both out with groin injuries, while Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe are both out with knee injuries. Younes Kaboul could return, but Jamie O'Hara and Jonathan Woodgate are still both sidelined.

Leon Osman is Everton's latest injury casualty, being forced out for a month with an ankle injury. Ross Barkley, Marouane Fellaini, and Jack Rodwell are all out, while Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha both race against the clock to make the final selection.

Chelsea - Wolverhampton

Marcus Hahnemann will need to be in tip top shape when he and Wolves take a trip to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have a perfect record at home, thumping 14 goals past their opponents in their last four matches. Didier Drogba should return to action for the Blues, who are without Alex, Yossi Benayoun, and Frank Lampard.

Wolves will be without Michael Mancienne due to his loan agreement by Chelsea. Jody Craddock is out due to a hip injury, while Karl Henry serves his first game out after receiving a red card in their last outing. Stephen Hunt is still out, while David Davis has been recalled from Walsall to play with the senior squad.

Sunderland - Aston Villa

Brad Friedel is going to have to lead Aston Villa from the back if the visitors want to pick up maximum points at the Stadium of Light.

Villa have history on their side, having won their last five away game at the Black Cats. Sunderland will have a major boost however, bringing Darren Bent back into the fold. The home squad have gone unbeaten in their last six games, picking up points off of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United.

American fullback is likely to start the game on the bench for Lichaj.

Aston Villa will have Emile Heskey back who has found his feet under Gerard Houllier. The Frenchman will also have Richard Dunne and Marc Albrighton fit for the encounter. Big players are also out in the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Luke Young, but Houllier will have his charges focused on the task at hand.

Wigan Bolton

Stu Holden and Bolton travel the seven mile trip to DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic on the outskirts of Manchester.

Wigan will be gunning for the victory after dropping two points against Newcastle in their last outing, letting a 2-0 lead slip as Newcastle rallied for a draw. Ali Al-Habsi will be forced out of selection as his loan agreement from Bolton makes him ineligible to play against his parent club, meaning Chris Kirkland will step in.

Ivan Klasnic will be the only player likely to sit out due to his red card picked up against stoke. Bolton's injury list is still the same, with Sean Davis, Ricardo Gardner, Andy and Joey O'Brien, and Jlloyd Samuel all remain out.

West Brom - Fulham

Eddie Johnson may miss out but Clint Dempsey and Fulham will be looking to pick up maximum points at Hawthornes.

Johnson will be in battle with namesake striker Andy Johnson who is set to make his return, being out since January with a slew of injuries. Danny Murphy will join Simon Davies, Damien Duff, and Dickson Etuhu on the sidelines, while Diomansy Kamara could make an appearance.

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has an outside chance of facing Fulham as the striker missed last weeks 2-2 draw against Manchester United with a knee injury. Marek Cech is out with a broken foot, while Joe Mattock and Ishmael Miller both have thigh injuries.

Port Vale Cheltenham Town

Jemal Johnson and Port Vale will travel to play Cheltenham Town this Saturday in League Two play.

Johnson did not start last week but came on in the 25th minute in Vale's tie to Gillingham. He is expected to take part in this weekend's game.

Vale are coming off two consecutive ties and will need to start winning if they want to reclaim their spot at the top of the standings.

The Valiants' Robert Taylor came off with an injury last week and is questionable to play against Cheltenham Town. Lewis Haldane has been injured long term but is close to making a return, though this weekend he is still a doubt.

Cheltenham Town are coming off a 3-1 loss to Bradford City and will look to win this weekend.

They will be without Michael Pook who was injured in last week's loss, while Wes Thomas is still recovering from a muscle tear.

Carlisle United Charlton Athletic

Frank Simek and Mike Grella will try and help Carlisle United get a result against Charlton Athletic this weekend in League One play.

Grella is newly on loan from Leeds United and played the second half of the Cumbrians loss last week. He is expected to take part in Saturday's clash.

Simek is a mainstay in Carlisle's lineup and should again be starting.

The Cumbrian's loss last week has their fans hoping for a change in order to keep pace with the top half of the standings. Only three points separate themselves and the second place team in the league.

Carlisle's Lubo Michalik could still be out with a hamstring problem while Graham Kavanagh had knee surgery last week. Danny Livesey is close to coming back after a long groin injury, but is still questionable. Paul Thirwell and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson are both suffering from knee injuries.

Charlton are coming off a brutal 4-0 loss to Brighton and will need to turn things around this weekend. Already in the bottom half of the standings, Charlton fans know that points must be gained in order to stave off relegation.

The Addicks' Kyel Reid left last week's game injured and is questionable. Kelly Youga has an injured knee and Chris Solly is suffering from an ankle problem. Scott Wagstaff is hurt with a foot injury and Akpo Sodie's knee could keep him out as well.

Notes

Jonathan Spector is not expected to dress for West Ham who welcome Newcastle.

Conor Doyle hopes to feature for Derby County as they travel to play Milwall.

Anton Peterlin could make the bench as Plymouth host Huddersfield Town.

Seb Harris and Northampton Town travel to play Oxford United.

Conor Doyle hopes to feature for Derby County as they travel to play Milwall.

Anton Peterlin could make the bench as Plymouth host Huddersfield Town.

Seb Harris and Northampton Town travel to play Oxford United.
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