PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, January 13, 2012
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur welcome Wolverhampton to White Hart Lane, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa take on the American duo at Everton of Landon Donovan and Tim Howard.

Tottenham Hotspur - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur look to continue their strong play as they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane.

Friedel did not feature in the Spurs FA Cup win over Cheltenham, but he did go the distance against Everton on Wednesday. He is expected to start this weekend.

Spurs are now tied in points with Manchester United for second place in the league. They trail Manchester City by three points for the Premier League lead.

Wolverhampton is just one point above the relegation zone and is in deep need of three points. They tied Birmingham City in FA Cup last weekend and lost to Chelsea the week before that in league play.

William Gallas, Tom Huddlestone, Ledley King, and Jermain Jenas look to miss for Spurs.

Jody Craddock, Ronald Zubar, and Jamie O'Hara could be sidelined for Wolves.

West Bromwich Albion - Norwich City

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City travel to play West Bromwich Albion in a pivotal Premier League clash.

Whitbread started and went the distance in the Canaries' FA Cup win last weekend. The center back should get the start once again on Saturday.

City is coming off a 4-1 victory over Burnley in cup play and a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League. They hope to continue their strong play this weekend and improve on their ninth place standing in the league.

West Brom are currently in 15th place and six points from the relegation zone. Though, they trail the Canaries by just three points. A win could catapult them into the top half of the league.

The Baggies could be without Christopher Brunt, Zoltan Gera, and Steven Reid.

Ritchie De Laet, Marc Tierney, James Vaughan, and Elliot Ward look to miss for the Canaries.

Aston Villa - Everton

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa welcome Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, and Everton to Villa Park for a crucial Premier League clash on Saturday.

Guzan has been the starter since Shay Given was injured over a month ago. Although Given is back on the training field, it is likely that the American goalie keep his spot this weekend.

Villa is coming off an FA Cup win over Bristol Rovers last week and they hope to translate that play into victory over Everton.

The Toffees had a tough loss to Spurs in the midweek and look to forget that defeat with three points on Saturday. They are in 11th place, only one point above Villa.

Aston Villa's Chris Herd is injured and could miss.

Tim Cahill, Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman, Ross Barkley, Tony Hibbert, and Phil Jagielka look to miss for Everton.

Blackburn Rovers - Fulham

Clint Dempsey and Fulham travel to play Blackburn Rovers in Premier League play this weekend.

Dempsey, coming off a hat-trick performance against Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup, is expected to start for Fulham.

The Cottagers are in 14th place in the league, just seven points above the relegation zone. They are unbeaten in four games in all competitions and hope for a positive result on Saturday.

Blackburn is coming off a loss in cup play to Newcastle United. They hope to emulate their big win on new years eve against Manchester United this weekend.

Rovers will need to start garnering wins in order to dig their way out of the Premier League cellar.

Michel Salgado, Martin Olsson, Vincenzo Grella, and Scott Dann look to miss for Rovers.

Simon Davies, Marc Schwarzer, and Zdenek Grygera could be sidelined with injury for Fulham.

Portsmouth - West Ham United

Daniel Potts and West Ham United continue their quest for Championship glory against Portsmouth this weekend.

Potts started and went the distance in West Ham's FA Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Hammers are currently behind Southampton for first place by only goal differential in the standings. They beat Coventry City in their last league game and hope to duplicate that victory this weekend.

Portsmouth are just seven points from the relegation zone need to start garnering wins in order to separate themselves from the pack. They lost to Chelsea 4-0 last weekend in the FA Cup and hope for victory in order to forget that tough defeat.

Millwall - Birmingham City

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City travel to play Millwall in a pivotal Championship matchup.

Spector started and went the distance in the Blues FA Cup win over Ipswich Town last week. He is expected to take part once again for City.

Bimringham is currently just two points from the lat playoff spot in the standings and hold one game in hand to the majority of teams. They hope to snap their seven game winless streak on the road this weekend.

Millwall are just two points form the relegation zone and are in dire need of a win. They are coming off a draw in the FA Cup and two straight losses in league play.

Milton Keynes Dons - Carlisle United

Frank Simek and Carlisle United travel to play Milton Keynes Dons in League One action.

Simek started and went the distance in Carlisle's win over Leyton Orient last week. He likely to start for United this weekend.

Carlisle are currently holding the last playoff spot in League One. They have a three point lead over Stevenage who is in back of them in the standings. A win would solidify their spot in the League One elite.

MK Dons are above Carlisle by five points in the standings and hope to jump to a possible third place in League One. They are currently on a three game unbeaten run.

Brentford - Walsall

Anton Peterlin and Walsall travel to play Mike Grella and Brentford in League One play.

Peterlin has been starting of late for Walsall, including their draw in the FA Cup last week. He should feature once again this weekend. Grella often times comes off the bench for Brentford. He could feature in the match.

Brentford is on a five game winless slide, though the majority of those games have been draws. They hope to garner a win to snap that streak.

Walsall is on a three game winless streak of their own. They are just two points from the relegation zone so a win is a dire need for the team.

Notes

Conor Doyle and Derby County take on Coventry City in Championship action.

Robbie Finley is recovering from injury and will miss Nottingham Forest's game against leaders Southampton.

Cody Cropper is injured and will not feature in Ipswich Town's game against Blackpool.

Jemal Johnson and Southend United take on Northampton Town in League Two play.