PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
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ANDREW VORCE - Friday, May 6, 2011
Michael Bradley will hope to see some time against Wigan while Jonathan Spector hopes to keep his starting position as West Ham take on Jermain Jones' Blackburn Rovers.

Aston Villa - Wigan

Michael Bradley will hope to get a taste of Premier League action this weekend as Aston Villa hosts Wigan Athletic.

Brad Friedel will take his normal spot on the Villa starting line up as Brad Guzan should be in the substitute goalkeeper position. Villa are relatively safe to fiddle with their starting line up as they take on 18th placed Wigan Athletic who are fighting against the drop.

Villa are without Steven Ireland while Wigan Athletic only have Mike Pollitt out injured. Mohamed Diame and Charles N'Zogbia are both carrying knocks but Wigan will try to push them through to ensure they can field the best possible team against their opponents. A win could be vital in Wigan's battle against relegation.

Everton - Manchester City

Tim Howard and Everton can dent Manchester City's confidence of holding onto their Champions League spot with a weekend home win.

Everton are all but out of the European placement hunt, while Manchester City are currently seven points above both Tottenham and Liverpool.

City will have an eye on their Tuesday clash with Tottenham, which, should Everton send City back home without any points, could have knock-on effects to the fourth and final Champions League spot.

Everton are without Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha through ankle injuries while Johnny Heitinga is out with a hamstring injury. Joey Baxter is the final Toffee out, suffering from a hamstring injury.

City are still without Carlos Tevez due to his hamstring injury, although he could return as early as next weekend for their FA Cup final date with Stoke. Jerome Boateng is out with a knee injury while Micah Richards is struggling for fitness after a hamstring injury. Shay Given remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

West Ham - Blackburn

Jonathan Spector will hope to retain his starting position as West Ham welcome Jermain Jones' Blackburn Rovers to Upton Park.

West Ham sit dead last in the English Premier League and will look to get a massive three points as fellow strugglers Blackburn come to town.

Scott Parker and Junior Stanislas remain sidelined while Kieron Dyer and Mark Noble are both out for another week. Peter Kurucz and Garry O'Neil are the last two Hammers out.

Blackburn are without David Dunn due to a calf strain while Junior Hoilett is struggling with a hamstring injury. Keith Andrews will be monitored for fitness while Vince Grella and Ryan Nelson are both out with knee injuries.

Fulham - Liverpool

Clint Dempsey returns to the starting line up as Fulham take on Liverpool at Craven Cottage.

The home squad will be rearing to go as they look to take points off of Liverpool who come to the Capitol city. Fulham rested Dempsey in their last outing but still managed a 3-0 win at Sunderland.

The Cottagers welcomed back Phillippe Senderos after his lengthy lay off due to injury, while Damien Duff just went under the knife to correct his Achilles injury and won't feature until next season. Diomansy Kamara is out with a back injury.

Liverpool also scored three times in their last outing, winning 3-0 at home to Newcastle. The resurgent Reds won 5-0 the game before that, having scored 12 goals in their last four games, only conceding once, continuing their fine run under the supervision of Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool could be without Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio, and Steven Gerrard. Martin Kelly is the last injury concern, out with a hamstring injury.

Norwich City Coventry City

Zak Whitbread and newly promoted Norwich City take on Coventry City in the last game of the Championship season.

The American defender has been bothered by a hip injury in the last week, but was fit for last week's promotion clincher and should feature once again this weekend.

With the team's place in the Premier League secured and nothing more to play for this season, Norwich coach Paul Lambert is likely to make big changes in his lineup, including starting his loan players Daniel Pacheco and Henri Lansbury.

The Sky Blues do have a bit of a motivation to gather points in this game, as a win or a tie would leave Coventry with their best season since 2006.

Coventry's goalie Keiren Westwood is suffering from a shoulder injury and is questionable to take part in Saturday's finale.

Leeds United Queens Park Rangers

Eric Lichaj and Leeds United will fight for a shot at the playoffs as they take on likely future Premier Leaguers Queens Park Rangers.

Lichaj has started regularly since arriving on loan from Aston Villa, and is likely to feature once again in United's vital regular season finale.

Leeds will need to win and hope for a Nottingham Forest loss while hoping for goal differential to go their way if they have any hope of reaching the four-team promotion playoff.

Luciano Becchio is still suffering from a hamstring injury and is doubtful to feature while Lloyd Sam looks to miss as well due to a knee injury for United.

QPR look to finish their magical season on a high note, which could only be soured a looming disciplinary decision expected by the FA after the weekend regarding alleged transfer violations with Argentinean Alejandro Faurlin. A loss would not take anything away from the league leaders, possibly leading Neil Warnock to play around with his lineup and give some fringe players time on the field.

They look to be without Clint Hill, Fitz Hall and Paddy Kenny.

Carlisle United Yeovil Town

Frank Simek look to finish their season in the top half of the standings as they face off against Yeovil Town.

Simek has been a regular for the Cumbrians this season and it is likely he will feature once again this weekend.

Carlisle goes into the game with no injury or suspension problems and should field the same lineup as they have in the last six games.

Yeovil are coming off their biggest win of the season last week when they beat Colchester 4-2.

Coach Terry Skiverton could field the same lineup as that big win in order to finish the season on a high note.

Andy Williams will miss for Yeovil with an ankle problem while Sam Williams is doubtful as well.

Notes

Stuart Holden's Bolton take on Sunderland on Saturday, with the American currently undergoing rehab back in the states for a knee injury.

Marcus Hahnemann will be on the bench as backup keeper as Wolverhampton takes on West Brom on Sunday.

Conor Doyle and Derby County end their season against promotion hopeful Reading.

Eddie Johnson and relegated Preston North End finish their season against Watford.

Anton Peterlin hopes to feature in Plymouth's last League One game against Leyton Orient.

Jon-Paul Pittman looks to miss due to injury Wycombe's pivotal game against Southend, as a win could clinch promotion to League One.
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