ANDREW VORCE - Monday, November 8, 2010
Tim Howard will look to keep Stuart Holden's Bolton at bay, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham take on next door neighbors Chelsea in a full midweek of English action.
Aston Villa - Blackpool
Aston Villa coach Gerard Houllier will demand a response from their weekend draw as Blackpool come to Villa Park.
Brad Friedel is likely to start for Aston Villa and Brad Guzan will be his backup. Villa's American fullback Eric Lichaj is expected to be on the bench and will hope for his first Premier League minutes of the season against Blackpool
John Carew is facing off the field issues with the coach, but he is currently sidelined until December with a calf muscle strain. Emile Heskey and Stiliyan Petrov are all out until December as well. Gabriel Agbonlahor may be fit for the match, but Fabian Delph and Andy Weimann are both out.
Blackpool earned a draw against Everton on Saturday and will feel they can produce the same result against Aston Villa. Alex Baptiste is out with a knee injury, while Billy Clarke is out for the entire season with an ACL knee injury. The Tangerines sit in 12th place, a point and two places above their opposition.
Chelsea - Fulham
Clint Dempsey and Fulham will need to rebound from their weekends performance if they look to get anything out of their midweek game against next door neighbors Chelsea.
Chelsea coach Carlos Ancelloti will demand a turn around after the Blues were defeated by the hands of Liverpool, with multiple chances gone begging. Chelsea rested Didier Drogba in the first half, but his exclusion from the team always finds his squad members well below par. Michael Essien has been sidelined through a toe injury, while Yossi Benayoun is out until April with a Achilles problem. Frank Lampard may make a return from his groin injury.
Fulham have Dickson Etuhu out through an ankle injury, while Frank Stoor is out with a groin injury. February returns can be expcted from both Bobby Zamora and Philippe Senderos, out with a broken leg and a calf injury respectively.
Wolverhampton - Arsenal
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers will need a repeat performance of their weekend efforts against Manchester United if they want to win at home against Arsenal.
Mick McCarthy was fuming as his squad let a share of the spoils slip through their fingers as Ji-Sung Park's 93rd minute goal won United the game. Wolves had had many strong performances throughout the season, but they are still sitting at nine points and in second to last place in the Premier League.
Jody Craddock and Ronald Zubar may return for McCarthy, but Michael Kightly looks to be sidelined for some time with his knee injury. Adlene Guedioura is the last Wolvs player out, suffering from a broken leg which sees him out until February.
Arsenaal let three points slip away at the weekend as well, and Arsene Wenger will demand things be tightened up. Newcastle were able to secure a 1-0 victory away at Emirates Stadium, but now the attention will be shifted to Molineux.
Thomas Vermaelen may be able to return for the Gunners after recovering from his Achilles problem which would help add some composure to the young squad. Abou Diaby has been sidelined with an ankle injury, which Emmanuel Frimpong being sidelined until May with an ACL knee injury.
Everton - Bolton
Tim Howard and Everton will face a stern challenge as high flying Bolton travel to Goodison Park.
Stuart Holden and company were able to topple Tottenham over the weekend with an impressive 4-2 scoreline. Howard was unable to keep Blackpool at bay as the Toffees let in two goals to draw 2-2. Everton only have Leon Osman and Marouane Fellaini out, and with Tim Cahill scoring at the weekend Everton may bring extra motivation to the table.
Bolton have four out, all doubts for the midweek clash. Back to back victories would be huge for Bolton, butt a few key players will be missing. Ricardo Gardner is out with a thigh muscle strain, while Jlloyd Samuel is out with a calf muscle strain. Sean Davis and Joey O'Brien are both sidelined with knee injuries.
Carlisle United – Crewe Alexandra
Frank Simek and Mike Grella will try and help Carlisle United take down Crewe Alexandra in Johnstone's Paint Trophy play this Tuesday.
Both Americans are likely to play part in the Cumbrians' midweek clash.
Carlisle is coming off an emphatic and impressive 6-0 victory over Tipton Town in FA Cup play, and are hoping to keep that momentum going on Tuesday.
The Cumbrians' Oliver Norwood is still injured with a thigh problem. Paul Thirlwell and Danny Livesey are recovering from long term injuries but should be back once they build up their match fitness.
Crewe Alexandra are coming off a 2-1 loss to Tamworth in FA Cup action, and are looking to change their luck against Carlisle.
Crewe look to be without Danny Blanchett who suffering from a bruised calf he sustained against Shrewsbury last week.
Both teams could shuffle their lineups do to congested schedules.
Jonathan Spector is not expected to suit up for West ham who take on West Brom.
Anton Peterlin hopes for playing time as Plymouth Argyle take on Exeter City in Johnstone's Paint Trophy action.