PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, December 6, 2013
Tim Howard's red hot Everton take on first place Arsenal, while Geoff Cameron's Stoke City hope to get back to winning ways when they take on Chelsea.

Stoke City - Chelsea

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City host Premier League giant Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium.

Cameron is likely to start while Brek Shea and Maurice Edu hope to make the game day lineup.

The Potters go into Saturday's game struggling. They are in 14th place and just four points above the relegation zone. They have not scored a goal in their last two games, so their form will need to change if they want to give their fans something to cheer about.

Chelsea is coming off three straight league wins and they trail Arsenal by just four points for the Premier League lead. A win will cut the Gunners lead to just a point ahead of their clash with Everton.

Stoke's Robert Huth and Marko Arnautovic will miss, while the Blues will be without Oscar and David Luiz.

Sunderland - Tottenham Hotspur

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Stadium of Light.

The American forward is coming off scoring his first goal of the season in the Premier League in the Black Cats' loss to Chelsea. He is likely to see the field once again, while Tottenham's Brad Friedel is not likely to play.

Sunderland is at the bottom of the standings with just eight points in 14 games and they have not won a game since their mid November win over Manchester City. They look to jump out of their rut with three points on Saturday.

Spurs are in sixth place and trail Everton and Liverpool by just three points for a European spot. They are coming off a road win against Fulham and they hope they can keep that momentum going this weekend.

Carlos Cuellar will miss for the Black Cats.

Arsenal - Everton

Tim Howard's red-hot Everton take on first place Arsenal in a pivotal Premier League clash.

Howard is Everton's regular starter and will once again feature on Sunday.

Roberto Martinez' men are coming off an impressive win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the midweek. They have not lost a game since October and they hope to continue that streak with three points.

The Gunners lead Chelsea by four points for the league lead. They have won five games straight and look to extend their standing this weekend.

Everton's Leighton Baines is hurt and will miss.

Bolton Wanderers - Doncaster Rovers

Tim Ream and Bolton host Doncaster Rovers in a Championship battle.

Ream is a regular in Bolton's backline and he is likely to feature once again on Saturday. Stuart Holden has a long-term injury and he will not play.

The Wanderers had been on a heavy hot streak for weeks, however they have now lost their last two games. They are in 18th place, just four points above the drop zone.

Doncaster is a point above Bolton in 15th place. They are coming off a midweek draw, but they have lost just once in their last five games.

Mark Davies and Josh Vela will miss for Bolton.

Sheffield Wednesday - Nottingham Forest

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest take the road to play Sheffield Wednesday.

Lichaj is a regular at defense and is likely to see the field once again.

Forest is currently in 8th place and just three points from a playoff position. However, they have won just once in their last seven games. They look to get back to winning ways with a victory on the road this weekend.

Wednesday is in the relegation zone with just 14 points in 17 games. They did however beat first place Leicester City in the midweek and they hope to keep that momentum going on Saturday.

Notes

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood are not likely to feature against Middlesbrough. Seb Hines hopes to see the field for Boro.

Danny Williams and Reading take on AFC Bournemouth.