JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, November 4, 2011
It will be Clint Dempsey and his Fulham side against fellow American Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur in a London derby, while Tim Howard and Everton head to Newcastle this weekend in English soccer action.
Fulham - Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey and Fulham will take on Brad Friedel and Tottenham in a Premier League battle. Dempsey started and went the distance for Fulham in their win last week against Wigan Athletic. The Texas native scored in that game and is likely to be in the starting lineup once again this Sunday.
Friedel did not feature in Tottenham's Europa League loss to Rubin Kazan but the American ‘keeper should be in the starting eleven this weekend.
Fulham's big win last week separated them from the relegation zone. They will need another victory this week to give themselves more breathing room.
Tottenham are on a seven game unbeaten streak in league play and are currently in fifth place but they could jump to third with a win and some help.
Aaron Hughes and Philippe Senderos are suffering from thigh injuries and are questionable to feature for Fulham. Orlando Sa could also miss out because of a hamstring problem.
Giovani Dos Santos, Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar, Danny Rose, Tom Huddlestone, and Michael Dawson will all miss out for Tottenham.
Steven Pienaar and William Gallas returned from injury problems in Tottenham's Europa League game and will be available this weekend.
Newcastle United - Everton
Tim Howard and Everton take on streaking Newcastle United this weekend in the Premier League. Howard started and went the distance against Manchester United last week and will start once again this weekend.
Everton have only won one game in their last seven in all competitions. They are now hovering just above the relegation zone, meaning three points this weekend would definitely be valuable.
Newcastle are playing good soccer of late, having gone ten games unbeaten in league play. United are currently in third place in the Premier League.
Marouane Fellaini will be out because of yellow card accumulation for Everton. Phil Neville and Tim Cahill are questionable to feature.
United will miss Gabriel Obertan because of an infected toe, while Shola Amoebi, Mike Williamson, and Cheik Tiote will also be sidelined due to injuries.
Portsmouth - Nottingham Forest
Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest take on Portsmouth in weekend Championship action.
Findley started and played 88 minutes in Forest's win over Reading during the week. Ishmael Miller's injury means the American striker is likely to get the nod.
Nottingham Forest are hovering around the relegation zone, despite winning in the midweek. They will need to start winning in order to separate themselves from the bottom feeders.
Portsmouth are on the same boat, trailing Forest by one point in the standings and only four points form the relegation zone. They tied Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Stuart Holden is recovering from knee surgery and will not take part in Bolton's game against Stoke City.
Zak Whitbread is injured and will not feature for Norwich City as they face Aston Villa this weekend.
Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj are likely not to feature for Aston Villa in their game versus Norwich City.
Conor Doyle and Derby County take on Peterborough United.
Frank Simek is injured and will not feature in Carlisle United's game against Exeter City.
John Paul Pittman and Crawley Town travel to play Hereford United.
Jemal Johnson is not likely to play in Southend's game against Oxford United.