PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, April 6, 2012
Tim Ream and Bolton host Clint Dempsey and Fulham, while Zak Whitbread and Norwich City welcome Tim Howard and Everton to Carrow Road.

Bolton Wanderers - Fulham

Tim Ream and Bolton welcome Clint Dempsey and Fulham to the Reebok Stadium in Saturday Premier League play.

Both Americans are expected to start for their respective teams.

Bolton goes into the game playing their best soccer of the season, having won three league games straight. Despite their strong play of late though, Bolton is still only one point from the relegation zone.

Fulham beat Norwich City last week, ending a three game losing skid. Dempsey scored his 19th for the Cottagers this season in that game, and both the Texan and Fulham hope to emulate that result against Bolton.

Owen Coyle gave some news that both American and Bolton fans disliked, announcing that midfielder Stuart Holden will not return this season from a knee injury.

Fulham looks to be without Steve Sidwell and Orlando Sa.

Sunderland - Tottenham Hotspur

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur travel to play Sunderland on Saturday.

Friedel is a regular starter and should be at goal for Spurs.

Tottenham beat Swansea City last week to end a run of bad play last week. They are in 4th place and trail Arsenal by goal differential for the final automatic Champions League spot.

Sunderland has only won one game in their last five in all competitions, but they find themselves in a strong 9th place in the standings.

David Bentley, Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson, and Jermain Jenas will miss for Spurs.

John O'Shea and Titus Bramble look to miss for Sunderland.

Liverpool - Aston Villa

Eric Lichaj looks for his second start in a row as Aston Villa take on Liverpool at Anfield.

Lichaj started in place of the injured Alan Hutton last week and could be in the lineup once again.

The American defender had a dream game back last week despite Villa's loss to Chelsea. Lichaj scored a goal and notched an assist in his first start in months.

Villa though is currently just five points above the relegation zone and is in dire need of three points. They have only won one game in their last nine.

Liverpool has lost three straight Premier League games. They went down to Newcastle last week and are likely to be out of the Champions League or a Europa League spot.

Pepe Reina will miss due to a red card suspension for Liverpool, while Sunderland's Hutton, Richard Dunne, and Darren Bent are sidelined for Villa.

Norwich City - Everton

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City host Tim Howard and Everton in league action this weekend.

Whitbread started and was subbed off at half time last week for tactical reasons. It is likely that the American center back start once again this Saturday.

Howard is a regular starter for the Toffees and should be in the lineup.

The Canaries have only won one game in their last seven and are in 12th place in the standings. They are a comfortable 11 points clear of the relegation zone, but the Norwich faithful will be hoping for their team to snap out of their skid.

Everton is in 7th place in the standings and trail Chelsea for the Europa League by ten points. They are the winners of two straight Premier League games.

Grant Holt looks to return from suspension for Norwich, while James Vaughan is injured and could miss.

Leon Osman is questionable to feature for Everton.

Wycombe Wanderers - Carlisle United

Frank Simek and Carlisle United travel to play Wycombe in a crucial League One matchup.

Simek is a regular starter and should be in the lineup for the Cumbrians.

Carlisle goes into the game having lost only one game in their last nine in all competitions. They hold a 4-point cushion for the final playoff spot and hope to solidify that spot with a win this weekend.

Wycombe is unbeaten in their last six games and they hope to make it seven with a win on Friday. Despite their hot streak, Wycombe is still in the relegation zone. They are two points from safety.

Notes

Jonathan Spector is injured and questionable to take part in Birmingham City's game against Crystal Palace.

Robbie Rogers hopes to feature in Leeds United's game against Reading.

Daniel Potts and West Ham United travel to play Barnsley.

Conor Doyle hopes to make the game day roster in Derby County's game against Ipswich Town.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest host Bristol City.