PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
ANDREW VORCE - Friday, September 10, 2010
Tim Howard will welcome Wayne Rooney and Manchester United to Goodison Park while Clint Dempsey will look to get his first goal of the season when Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves come to Craven Cottage.

Everton - Manchester United

Tim Howard will be on hand as his former club comes to town, bringing with it the man of the hour and former Toffee hit man, Wayne Rooney.

Everton will be without their front men Louis Saha and Jack Rodwell, but could have a trio of players back.

Aiygebeni Yaukubu could return, along with the help of Phil Neville and Victor Anichebe.

Rio Ferdinand could make his full return from fitness after playing a half in the reserves before the international break, while Anderson could also make a return.

Owen Hargreaves remains a long term absentee with a chronic knee injury which is keeping him out.

Stoke City - Aston Villa

Brad Friedel will be back in goal for Aston Villa, while Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj look to be on the bench for the Villans as they travel to Stoke City.

The away game will be the first for former Liverpool head coach Gerard Houllier who has recently been appointed as head coach by the Birmingham club.

His first bit of business will be to replace Stephen Ireland and Fabian Delph, both of who are sidelined through injury.

Stoke City could have Liam Lawrence back from a groin strain, but Mamady Sidibe is definitely out.

Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has signaled he is ready to play, but Tony Pulis may have other plans if the shot stopper isn't healthy.

West Ham - Chelsea

Jonathan Spector will look to keep his place in the West Ham squad as Chelsea make the short cross-London trip to Upton Park.

Robert Green remains an injury concern for the Hammers with a hip injury, joining Zavon Hines on the sidelines.

James Collison and Peter Kurucz are both long term injury absentees, while Thomas Hitzlsperger could make his return.

John Terry and Frank Lampard could make a timely return from injury, while back injuries rule Branislav Ivanovic and Gael Kakuta out.

Jose Bosingwa has nearly recovered from a knee injury, and could play a part in the cross-town rivalry.

Fulham - Wolverhampton

Clint Dempsey will look to add his name to the score card as international teammate Marcus Hahnemann gets in between the sticks for Wolverhampton.

Fulham have the most injury hit team this September with seven players listed.

The trio of Damien Duff, David Stockdale, and Mark Schwarzer are all possibilities, but Phillippe Senderos is out with an Achilles injury.

Diomansy Kamara, Andy Johnson, and Bobby Zamora are all sidelined through injury.

American striker Eddie Johnson will hope to be on the bench.

Wolves also have a trio of players eligible for selection through Steven Fletcher, Steven Mouyokolo, and Jelle Van Damme.

Stephen Hunt is out until mid-October through a metatarsal fracture.

Arsenal - Bolton

Stuart Holden will look to add another start to his statistics as Bolton travel to Arsenal.

The home head coach will be upset that talismanic winger Theo Walcott was injured on international duty, putting the Englishman out until the end of October.

Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, and Aaron Ramsey are also all out.

Emmanuel Frimpong is out for the season with an knee injury, while Nicklas Bendtner could be selected after recovering from a groin injury.

Ivan Klasnic and Gavin McCann could both return for Bolton, while Sean Davis is out until the end of October.

The only other injury concern for the Wanderers is Joey O'Brien who has been sidelined with a knee injury.

Derby County Sheffield United

Conor Doyle and Derby County host Sheffield United in Championship action this Saturday.

Doyle has received consistant playing time this season and could be in the starting line up once again for the Rams.

Derby currently only has won one game in four tries this season and will want to get in the winning column this weekend.

The Rams tied the Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers in their last game 2-2.

Sheffield United won their first game of the season against Preston North End the last time they saw the field and they hope to continue that momentum against the Rams.

United look to be without forward Darius Henderson and defender Ryan France who both are suffering from knee injuries. Midfielder Lee Williamson's back is hurt and also looks to miss out.

Kris Commons left Derby's last game injured and is quiestionable, while Rob Husle is suffering from an Achilles injury and could miss as well.

Carlisle United Sheffield Wednesday

Frank Simek will play his old team as Carlisle United take on Sheffield Wednesday in League One action.

Simek has been a staple for Carlisle and should be in the starting eleven once again.

Carlisle have tied their last two games but have not lost all season long. They hope to keep their unbeaten streak alive and beat Wednesday this Saturday.

Although back in light training, Cumbrians' defender Danny Livesey will be out with a groin problem.

Sheffield Wednesday are on top of the League One standings, but did lose to Brentford for their first defeat of the season last week.

They hope to change their luck and keep on their fine early season play.

Midfielder Jermaine Johnson appears to be the only player injured for Wednesday. He is out with a knee ligament injury.

Plymouth Argyle Colchester United

Anton Peterlin hopes to help Plymouth Argyle against Colchester United this Saturday.

The young American played the last 15 minutes of the Pilgrims' loss to Peterborough United and should again feature this weekend.

Peterlin started the season with a series of starts and lately has been coming off the bench for Plymouth.

The Pilgrims are winless since their first game of the season against Southampton and hope to end their winless streak against Colchester United.

Colchester are coming off a game they nearly won against Carlisle United. It was only in stoppage time that the U's gave up a goal and had to settle for a tie.

The U's have not lost all season but have only recorded one win.

Lee Molyneux and Dean Parrett are questionable after being carted off in Plymouth's game last week.

Simon Hackney has an injured back and Steven Gillespie's ankle is hurt and both are questionable for Colchester. Morten Knudsen and John-Joe O'Toole both have knee ailments and could miss as well.

Wycombe Wanderers Macclesfield Town

Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe will take on Macclesfield Town in League Two play this weekend.

Pittman played the last half hour of the Chairboys' tie against Accrington Stanley and helped set up their lone goal of the game. He is expected to take part this Saturday.

The Chairboys tied last week's game but hope for a win to start their climb up the standings.

The Silkmen are still without a win this season and are in deep need of points. They look to reverse their tough start of the season against Wycombe.

They will be without Ricky Sappleton and Richard Butcher who both have knee injuries.

Wycombe are without defender Alan Bennett who is nursing a hamstring injury.

Notes

Mike Grella will hope to make the bench for Leeds as they host Swansea City.

Zak Whitbread is injured and will not suit up for Norwich City as they play Barnsley.

Jemal Johnson and MK Dons take on Brighton in League One play.

Seb Harris could see some time as Northampton Town plays Southend United.