PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, October 4, 2013
Tim Howard's Everton aim to stay unbeaten when they play Manchester City, while Jozy Altidore and Sunderland hope to notch their first win of the season as they take on Manchester United.

Manchester City - Everton

Tim Howard and Everton look to keep their unbeaten start in league play going as they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Howard is the regular starter for the Toffees and is expected to feature on Saturday.

Everton is coming off three straight wins and has gone six games unbeaten to start the Premier League season. This hot start for Roberto Martinez' men has them in fourth place and just three points behind leaders Arsenal.

City are two points behind Everton and in seventh place. They lost their midweek Champions League match against Bayern Munich and last week's league game against Aston Villa.

Manuel Pellegrini and company hope to bounce back this weekend.

The Toffees look to miss Steven Pienaar and Antolín Alcáraz due to injuries, while Jack Rodwell and Martín Demichelis are sidelined for City.

Fulham - Stoke City

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City hope to bounce back from last week's loss as they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Cameron is likely to feature in Stoke's backline, while Maurice Edu and Brek Shea are not likely to see the field.

The Potters season started out strong, but the team has gone winless in their last three games and they have tumbled 15th in the standings.

Mark Hughes hopes to reinvigorate his men on Saturday and start their climb back up the standings.

Fulham goes into this weekend's match having won just one game at the start of the season. They are currently in an early relegation hole and hope to garner three points on Saturday.

Matthew Etherington and Jonathan Walters are injured and look to miss for the Potters, while Scott Parker, Ashkan Dejagah, Maarten Stekelenburg, and Matthew Briggs are injury doubts for the Cottagers.

Hull City - Aston Villa

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa take on a red-hot Hull City on the road.

The American goalkeeper is Villa's regular starter and likely to feature on Saturday.

Villa is coming off a big win over Manchester City last weekend, where not only did he star at goal but he provided an assist. They are currently in ninth place and hope to jump up in the standings with a win.

Hull has won three straight games in all competitions and find themselves a points ahead of Villa and in eighth place. A win for the home team along with some help could bolster them into a top four spot.

Christian Benteke, Villa's strongest offensive weapon is hurt and will miss. Charles N'Zogbia and Jores Okore are also injured for the Villains.

Hull's James Chester and Robert Koren are sidelined.

Sunderland - Manchester United

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland hope to notch their first victory of the Premier League season when they take on Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.

The American striker as been a regular in the Black Cats' lineup this season and is likely to feature once again on Saturday.

Sunderland have just one point in six games and are at the bottom of the league standings. Paolo Di Canio was relieved of his duties as coach because of the team's struggles and now Kevin Ball has taken over as an interim coach.

United is struggling as well under new coach David Moyes, as they have won just one game in their last four matches in all competitions and they find themselves in 12th place.

Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher are injury doubts for United, while Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Phil Bardsley, and Andrea Dossena look to miss for the Black Cats.

Birmingham City - Bolton Wanderers

Jonathan Spector's Birmingham City host Tim Ream's Bolton Wanderers in Championship action this weekend.

Spector is a regular in the Blues lineup and is likely to start, while Ream hopes to see time for Bolton.

The Blues are currently in 17th place, but they have won three out of their last four games in all competitions and hope that momentum carries over to Saturday's match.

Bolton is at the bottom of the Championship table and have not won a league game this season. They have drawn three out of their last four games but they hope to start garnering wins to claw their way out of their relegation hole.

Brighton & Hove Albion - Nottingham Forest

Eric Lichaj's Nottingham Forest take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

Lichaj has been a regular in Forest's lineup and is likely to feature once again this weekend.

Forest started the season on fire and spent time at the top of the table, however they have won just once in their last five games. They are still in a strong fourth place position, but they hope to turn things around and make their way to the top once again.

Brighton is in 12th place and has won just one game in their last five. They will be without Adam El-Abd due to suspension, nevertheless they hope to notch an important three points on Saturday.

Notes

Brad Friedel is not likely to feature in Tottenham's game against West Ham United.

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City take on Doncaster Rovers.

Seb Hines and Middlesbrough take on Yeovil Town.

Danny William's Reading take on Burnley.

Duane Holmes hopes to feature in Huddersfield Town's game against Watford.

Jon Paul Pittman hopes to see time in Wycombe's game against Burton Albion in League Two action.