JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, February 24, 2012
Tim Ream hopes to make his Premier League debut for Bolton as they play Chelsea, while Zak Whitbread looks to return from injury for Norwich City's game against Manchester United.
Chelsea - Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream and Bolton travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in Premier League action.
Ream started and went the distance in last week's FA Cup win over Millwall. It was the center defender's debut for Bolton, and he could see time this weekend.
Bolton is currently in the relegation zone, but a win could bolster them into safety. After last week's win, they hope to continue their good play in league action.
Chelsea has yet to win a game in any competition this month and they hope it comes this Saturday. In the midweek the Blues lost their Champions League game against Napoli, so they look to reverse their luck against Bolton.
Jose Bosigwa and John Terry look to miss for Chelsea, while Stuart Holden, Marcos Alonso, Marvin Sordell, Ricardo Gardner, Sean Davis, and Chung Yong Lee remain injured for Bolton.
Arsenal - Tottenham Hotspur
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur take on neighbors Arsenal in the latest, and crucial edition of the North London Derby.
Friedel is a regular starter in Premier League action for Spurs and he is likely to feature against Arsenal.
Tottenham is currently in third place and trails Manchester United by five points in the standings. They have only lost one game in their last 15 and they hope to continue their hot streak on Sunday.
The Gunners are in fourth place and trail Spurs by ten points. They lost last week in the FA Cup so they hope to erase that memory with a big win this weekend.
More important than bragging rights, Arsenal are currently locked in a free-for-all with several other teams in an attempt to claim the Premier League's coveted fourth Champions League place. They currently hold the slightest of edges over Chelsea and Newcastle, and also have Liverpool three points back and looking to fight their way into contention.
Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong, Abou Diaby, and Andre Santos will miss for Arsenal due to injuries.
William Gallas will miss for Spurs, while Emmanuel Adebayor, Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric carry injuries but are likely to play.
Queens Park Rangers - Fulham
Clint Dempsey and Fulham take on cross-town rival Queens Park Rangers in Premier League play. The Texan is a regular starter and should be in the lineup this weekend.
The last time Fulham played they beat Stoke City, but prior to that they went winless in three games. They hope for the win this weekend and improve on their 12th place standing.
QPR is in 16th place and just one point above the relegation zone. A win at home is pivitol for Rangers who are winless in their last four games in all competitions.
Luke Young, Heidar Helguson, and DJ Cambell look to miss for QPR, while Fulham's Philippe Senderos, Andrew Johnson, and Orlando Sa are sidelined.
Norwich City - Manchester United
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City welcome Manchester United to Carrow Road in a Premier League battle this Sunday.
Whitbread looks to return to the field after a hamstring injury kept him sidelined of late.
The Canaries are in eighth place in the standings and have only lost two out of their last ten games in all competitions. They hope for the big home win this weekend.
Manchester United is in second place and trails league leaders Manchester City by just two points. United beat Liverpool in their last game and hope to continue that play at Norwich.
Antonio Valencia is injured and will miss, while Nani looks to return to the lineup.
Birmingham City - Nottingham Forest
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City take on Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest in a battle of Americans in the Championship.
Spector is a regular starter for the Blues, while it is likely that Findley sees the field but as a substitute.
Birmingham is coming off a midweek win over Barnsely and a draw against Chelsea in last week's FA Cup weekend. They have not lost in 15 games and are third in the standings.
Forest beat Coventry City last week, as Findley found the back of the net in the 86th minute of that game. A win this weekend could jump Forest out of the relegation zone.
Carlisle United - Yeovil Town
Frank Simek and Carlisle United look to bounce back after Monday's tough loss as they take on Yeovil Town on Saturday.
Simek is a regular starter for the Cumbrians and should see the field once again this weekend.
Carlisle lost to Brentford 4-0 in their last game and wants to reverse their luck against Yeovil. They are in seventh place, just two points form a playoff spot.
Yeovil has won three out of their last four games and is just two points from the relegation zone. They hope their hot streak continues against the Cumbrians.
Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj take on Wigan Athletic in Premier League play.
Robbie Rogers is injured and unlikely to play in Leeds United's game against Portsmouth.
George John, Daniel Potts, and West Ham United take on Crystal Palace.