JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, May 4, 2012
Brad Friedel and Spurs look to hold their Champions League spot as they face Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa, while Tim Ream and Bolton hope to jump out of the drop zone with a win over West Brom.
Fulham - Sunderland
Clint Dempsey and Fulham host Sunderland in Premier League action. Dempsey is a regular starter and should be in the lineup for the Cottagers.
Fulham is coming off a big win over Liverpool during the midweek at Anfield. The Cottagers have won four out of their last six games and hope to pull off another victory on Sunday.
The Texan has had a superb season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions. Dempsey, although goalless, was lively throughout the Liverpool game and came close to finding the back of the net.
Sunderland is coming off a draw with Bolton last week, though they have just won one game in their last ten in all competitions.
Bryan Ruiz, Steve Sidwell, and Moussa Dembélé are injured for Fulham.
Wolverhampton Wanderers - Everton
Tim Howard and Everton travel to play Wolverhampton this Sunday. Howard is a regular starter at ‘keeper for Everton and should be in the lineup once again this weekend.
Everton is coming off a draw with Stoke City and have been playing strong of late. They are unbeaten in their last seven league games.
Wolves are officially relegated. They have only won five games in 36.
The home team will be without David Davis, while Everton will be without Victor Anichebe and Jack Rodwell.
Aston Villa - Tottenham Hotspur
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa take on Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur in a crucial league matchup.
Both Americans are expected to take part for their respective teams.
Villa is coming off a draw with West Bromwich Albion. They are just three points above the relegation zone with two games left in the season.
Spurs are coming off two straight wins and are back in the Premier League top four. They are in that spot above Newcastle by just goal differential and will have to hold them off if they want to play Champions League soccer next season.
Darren Bent will miss for Aston Villa.
Bolton Wanderers - West Bromwich Albion
Tim Ream and Bolton host West Bromwich Albion in a pivotal Premier League match up. Ream has been a regular starter since arriving at Bolton and should be in the lineup.
Bolton is coming off a tough loss to Tottenham and will need to bounce back with a win to avoid relegation. With two games left they are currently in the relegation zone, trailing Queens Park Rangers for safety by just goal differential.
West Brom has no relegation worry, though a top half finish is a goal for them. They are unbeaten in their last three.
Stuart Holden and Fabrice Muamba are long term injury worries for Bolton, while Ricardo Gardner looks to miss as well.
Oldham Athletic - Carlisle United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United take on Oldham Athletic in a must win for the Cumbrians in League One's last regular season game.
Simek is a regular starter for Carlisle and should be in the lineup.
Carlisle beat Exeter City in their last game, snapping a five game winless skid. They trail Stevenage by one point for the final promotion playoff spot. Notts County is also above them, but they trail Stevenage as well but by goal differential.
Oldham is in 18th place but have no relegation worry.
Stevenage - Bury
Mike Grella and Bury travel to play Stevenage in a crucial League One game. Grella has been starting for Bury of late and should be in the lineup this weekend.
Bury is in 12th place, having no shot at the playoffs or relegation with one game left in the season.
Stevenage currently has the last promotion playoff spot. They lead Notts County by goal differential and Frank Simek's Carlisle United by a point. A loss could knock them out of their promotion dreams.
Rotherham United - Northampton Town
Neal Kitson and Northampton Town take on Rotherham United. Kitson is a regular starter and should be in the lineup this weekend.
Northampton Town is in 19th place but with one game left there is no chance of relegation.
Rotherham officially has no shot at the playoffs but they will want to end their season on a positive note.
Jonathan Spector is questionable to feature in Birmingham City's promotion playoff against Blackpool.
Anton Peterlin hopes for playing time in Walsall's game against Milton Keynes Dons.
Jon-Paul Pittman and Oxford United take on Port Vale.