ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Brad Friedel and Tim Howard go head to head with a European spot possibly on the line, while Jon-Paul Pittman has the chance to save Wycombe's season at Tranmere Rovers in limited midweek English action.

Aston Villa - Everton

Both Brad Friedel and Tim Howard will pit their wits against one another as either Yanks' club looks towards a European spot at the end of the season.

It's seventh versus eighth, with Aston Villa having one game in hand and a four point advantage on their opponents. Everton are themselves within six points of overtaking arch-rivals Liverpool, also with a game in hand over their fellow Merseysiders.

The Villans are fully equipped, with Nigel Reo-Coker coming back from his lengthy injury lay off.

Even with a win, Everton would stay in eighth, a point shy of Villa. Mikel Arteta's groin strain will be monitored ahead of the Wednesday outing, while Dan Gosling and Marouane Fellaini are out for the season.

Tranmere - Wycombe

Jon-Paul Pittman will be looking to lift his club up and beyond Tranmere Rovers as a victory could help them see extend their time in League One.

Wycombe will have to face the relegation six pointer without their captain Adam Hinshelwood, who was stretchered off in the 18th minute against Hartlepool in their last outing. Leon Johnson and Ian Westlake are both out of contention.

Andy Robinson and Paul McLaren will give Les Parry a boost in his squad selection, with Robinson coming back after serving his time out with a red card. McLaren was also on the sidelines, serving his time for collecting his tenth yellow of the season, while Craig Curran is doubtful with a groin injury.

Leyton Orient - Norwich

Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient will have their hands full when Zak Whitbread and Norwich come to town.

Whitbread will look to make the bench, while Grant Holt is forced out after picking up his tenth booking. Norwich will have Fraser Forster back after he served his time for his red card, while Luke Daley and Jens Berthel Askou are both sidelined.

Sean Thornton is finally back for Orient after sitting out their last outing with his tenth booking of the season, while Jonathan Tehoue is out with a hamstring injury. Charlie Daneils and Stephen Purches are carrying injuries, but look to play regardless.


Stuart Holden's Bolton takes on Chelsea on Tuesday, however the American midfielder is still several weeks away from a return to the field.

Mike Grella will be on the bench when Leeds travels to Carlisle.

Jemal Johnson was left off Stockport's weekend roster, and may find the same story Tuesday against Hartlepool.

Seb Harris will start from the bench when Northampton travels to Rotherham.