JOHN KRETLOW - Saturday, April 21, 2012
Clint Dempsey and Fulham get back to work against Wigan Athletic, while Brad Friedel and Tottenham have a crucial battle against Queens Park Rangers.
Fulham - Wigan Athletic
Clint Dempsey and Fulham take on Wigan Athletic at Craven Cottage this weekend. The Texan is expected to start for the Cottagers.
Fulham is on a three game unbeaten streak and is in 10th place in the standings. They look to keep their streak going against the Latics.
Just a month ago Wigan looked to be a team heading towards relegation, but an impressive collection of wins over Liverpool, Stoke City, Manchester United, and Arsenal have them five points above the relegation zone.
Pavel Pogrebnyak and Andrew Johnson will return to action for Fulham, while Bryan Ruiz looks to miss.
Manchester United - Everton
Tim Howard and Everton travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Sunday. Howard is a regular starter at goal for the Toffees and should be in the lineup this weekend.
Everton lost last week's FA Cup semifinal against Liverpool, but they will try and bounce back against the Premier League's best team at the moment. Despite last week's loss, the Toffees had previously gone four games unbeaten.
United goes into the game five points ahead of Manchester City for the battle of Premier League champion. There are only four games left to play this season.
Leighton Baines and Jack Rodwell look to miss for Everton.
Queens Park Rangers - Tottenham Hotspur
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur travel across London to take on Queens Park Rangers. Freidel is a regular starter for Spurs and will be in the lineup this weekend.
Tottenham lost to Chelsea last week in the FA Cup semifinal, but they will look to bounce back in league play. They currently hold the last Champions League spot but only by goal differential over Newcastle United.
QPR is just two points above the relegation zone. They lost to West Bromwich Albion last week and will need a better performance on Saturday.
Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson look to miss for Spurs.
Aston Villa - Sunderland
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa host Sunderland in a Premier League battle. Lichaj is expected to start in defense for the Villains.
Aston Villa is just six points above the relegation zone. They have just won one game in their last 12.
Sunderland is winless in their last five games, but a win this weekend could jump them over Liverpool in the standings.
Darren Bent will miss for Villa, but Marc Albrighton, Chris Herd, Ciaran Clark and Stephen Warnock could return to action.
Lee Cattermole, Kieran Richardson, and Connor Wickham will miss for Sunderland.
Bolton Wanderers - Swansea City
Tim Ream and Bolton host Swansea City in a crucial Premier League battle.
Ream has been a regular starter since joining Bolton this season, and the center back should be in the lineup once again this weekend.
Bolton is currently in the relegation zone and two points from safety. Wanderers have five games left in the season, two games in hand compared to their rivals.
Swansea City beat Blackburn last week, ending their four game losing streak. They hope for another win and possibly a jump into the top half of the standings.
Lee Chung-yong, Stuart Holden, Fabrice Muamba, and Gregg Wylde will miss for Bolton.
Middlesbrough - Southampton
Seb Hines and Middlesbrough host Southampton in a crucial Championship battle. Hines is a regular starter for Boro and is expected to feature.
Boro is four points from a playoff spot with just two games left to play. They will need a win to stay in the hunt for possible promotion.
Southampton will seal their spot in the Premier League with a win, so motivation will be high for the visiting team.
Tadanari Lee is likely to miss with injury for Southampton.
Joe Bennett and Faris Haroun both missed Boro's midweek game, but the duo could return to action this weekend.
Sheffield Wednesday - Carlisle United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United travel to play Sheffield Wednesday in League One play this weekend.
Simek is a regular starter for the Cumbrians and should be in the lineup for the match.
With three games remaining Carlisle is one point behind Notts County who hold the last promotion playoff spot.
Wednesday currently has one of those playoff spots, but with a strong finish they hope to catch one of the automatic spots into the Championship. They will need a win this weekend if they hope to catch Sheffield United for an automatic spot.
Ryan Lowe and Keith Treacy could return to action for Sheffield, while Julian Bennett and Reda Johnson look to miss.
Lee Miller, Chris Chantler, and Matty Robson will be sidelined for the Cumbrians.
Zack Whitbread is injured and questionable to feature in Norwich City's game against Blackburn.
Robbie Rogers will not feature in Leeds United's game against Cardiff City.
Robbie Findley is not expected to take part in Nottingham Forest's game against Hull City.
Cody Cropper hopes to make the game day roster in Ipswich Town's match with Millwall.
Conor Doyle is not expected to feature in Derby County's game against Portsmouth.
Jonathan Spector is injured and unlikely to feature in Birmingham City's game against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Mike Grella and Bury take on Notts County.
Anton Peterlin and Walsall meet Exeter City.
Neal Kitson and Northampton Town take on Hereford United in League Two play.