PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
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ANDREW VORCE - Friday, March 12, 2010
Landon Donovan and Tim Howard could play their last game as Everton teammates while Clint Dempsey looks to make a return against Manchester United.

Birmingham - Everton

Tim Howard and Landon Donovan could suit up for the last time together in Everton colors as the Toffees travel to Birmingham City.

Donovan scored and provided an assist in the Toffees last outing against Hull en route to a 5-1 victory, and with labor talks going south in Major League Soccer, Donovan may just get an extra few games while the situation back home is sorted out.

Louis Saha and Philliip Senderos are both very doubtful for the away trip, with Saha suffering from a hamstring injury. Senderos has been nursing an ankle injury, while Maruane Fellaini is out with an ankle injury.

Birmingham have had a very strong showing this campaign, resting comfortably in eighth place two points above Everton. A reason for Alex McLeish's fortunes have been his limited injury concerns, with Stuart Parnaby being the only player out, suffering from an ankle injury.

Stoke - Aston Villa

Brad Friedel is expected to keep the starting keeper jersey as Aston Villa look to force their way into Champion League spots when they travel to Stoke.

Aston Villa have scored 11 goals in their last four outings, only losing once in as many games, a Carling Cup final loss to Manchester United. The Villans successfully booked their place in the next round of the FA Cup after a 4-2 win against Reading.

Nigel Reo-Coker is the only player out for the Villans, as he is not expected to come back into the fold until the end of the month.

Stoke have had an opposite run of games, falling to Arsenal and Chelsea after stomping Manchester City 3-1. Stoke claimed a difficult point at Burnley in their last outing, and with only Ricardo Fuller out of the fold, Tony Pulis will be looking to make life difficult for his visitors.

Chelsea - West Ham

Jonathan Spector will continue to be at the center of West Ham's plans when an all London affair sees the Hammers make the cross town trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.

Juliano Belletti could make a return for Chelsea, but Petr Cech is still out for two weeks. Ashley Cole's World Cup hopes were put in jeopardy but the defender could return in early May. Jose Bosingwa is out until July with a knee injury.

West Ham could have Benni McCarthy and Daniel Gabbidon back, but Heirita Ilunga is out for another week with a calf strain. Crag Davenport has been ruled out with a hip injury, while Zavon Hines and Luis Boa Morte are out until June with knee injuries.

Burnley - Wolverhampton

Marcus Hahnemann will have a very stern test at Turf Moor as Burnley look to take points off of fellow strugglers Wolverhamton.

Turf Moor has become a very difficult place to come and play this season, with Burnley pulling off a shocking win over Manchester United earlier in the campaign.

Recent results have failed the hosts, however, as they now find themselves in a relegation fight sitting in 18th place. They have claimed four points out of a possible nine in their last three home games, beating West Ham 2-1 at home and drawing against Stoke in their last outing.

Wolves are without David Edward and Michael Kightly for the away trip, with both suffering from ankle injuries. The team has only claimed one victory in their last six outings, a 1-0 home win over Tottenham.

Hull - Arsenal

Jozy Altidore will be looking to cement himself back in the Hull line up as high flying Arsenal come to KC Stadium.

Anthony Gardner is out of the Hull City line up after picking up an ankle injury. Ian Ashbee is nearing a return to competitive action, a PCL Tear taking him out through the end of April.

Arsenal have longer injury concerns, with Cesc Fabregas being doubtful with a hamstring injury. Aaron Ramsey is out for an undetermined amount of time after a broken leg, but Robin Van Persie and Jibril Djorou look for returns in late April. Keiron Gibbs is the last Arsenal player out, until mid-May.

Manchester United - Fulham

Clint Dempsey looks to make his Premier League return after going 30 minutes in Fulham's Europa League game at Juventus.

John Pantsil and Kagiso Kikgacoicould could both feature for Fulham after injury spells on the sideline, with Pantsil looking to return after a PCL tear. Andy Johnson has been sidelined for the season after picking up a knee injury.

United are in free scoring mode with Wayne Rooney leading the way against AC Milan in the Champions League. The Red Devils are without Wes Brown, but Gary Neville should slot in. Michael Owen has been ruled out until June, while John O'Shea looks to rejoin the squad in late-April. Owen Hargreaves is still nursing a knee injury, and Anderson is out until September.

Watford - Peterborough United

After a disappointing loss in their midweek game against Swansea, Jay Demerit and Watford look to turn around and beat Peterborough United this Saturday.

Demerit will start at center back for Watford, as the struggling Hornets try to win for the first time since their February 9th triumph against Bristol City.

The Hornets find themselves just two points above the relegation zone and will need to make the most of the visit of last place Peterborough on Saturday to stave off the threat of relegation.

After a midweek win against Sheffield United, Peterborough will hope to add another victory against the Hornets. Peterborough are deep in the relegation zone, sitting in dead last place with just 27 points and more than 10 points from safety.

Watford will be without Ferrie Bodde, who has been ruled out for the season.

Sheffield Wednesday - Swansea City

Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday take on Swansea City in a crucial game for both teams.

Sheffield Wednesday is currently in the relegation zone, but can climb themselves out of it with a win on Saturday. A midweek loss to West Brom saw the Owls miss out on a chance to get to the safety zone.

American defender Frank Simek did not see playing time in the midweek game against West Brom, but did come off the bench to play the second half of the Owls March 6th win against Leicester City.

After a classic defensive performance against Watford in their midweek clash, Swansea City will try to build upon that victory with a win against Sheffield Wednesday. Swansea City sit comfortably in a playoff spot, but will not want to lose their run of good play as of late.

Sheffield Wednesday appear to be without injury concerns.

Swansea City continue to have injury problems and will be missing Andrea Orlandi and Albert Serran who are out with hamstring problems, while Garry Monk and Fede Bessone are out with calf injuries. Joe Allen and Jordi Lopez are also both to miss the game, while Gorka Pintado is still serving suspension.

Plymouth - Coventry City

Kenny Cooper and Plymouth will continue their ongoing fight to stay in the Championship and take on Coventry City, who themselves try to stay in the playoff race.

A midweek 2-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers makes this game vital for Plymouth Argyle. Coach Paul Mariner's team sit in the relegation zone and will need to maximize points in order to stay in the Championship.

Cooper did not make an appearance in Plymouth's midweek game, but he hopes to play against Coventry City and help boost a struggling offense.

The former FC Dallas star has received limited playing time since joining Plymouth on loan from 1860 Munich.

Coventry City sit in 8th place and only three points off of a promotion playoff spot. Currently on a three-game winning streak, Chris Coleman's team will do their best to continue their good run of play and make a push to the Premier League.

Injuries could keep Plymouth's Craig Noone, Chris Clark, and Reda Johnson out.

Coventry City could be without Sammy Clingan as he came out due of injury last week. Defener Richard Wood is sidelined with a hip injury, while Leon Barnett is suspended.

Wycombe Wanderers - Oldham Athletic

After last week's crucial point against Carlisle United, Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers look to continue their fight out of the relegation zone against Oldham Athletic.

Wycombe remain three points from safety in the relegation zone, but a win against Oldham would carry the Chairboys at the brink of the safety zone.

Pittman played 82 minutes against Carlisle United last week and should start this Saturday.

Oldham Athletic currently are in the safety zone, but a slip up against Wycombe could start making their supporters nervous.

The Lactics won their midweek game against Leyton Orient and will hope to add to that win Saturday.

Wycombe go into the game without any significant injuries, while Oldham Athletic will hope to have Kiegan Parker and Alex Marrow back from injury as both did not play in last week's game.

Northampton Town - Darlington

Seb Harris and Northampton Town take on last place Darlington this Saturday.

The Cobblers beat Port Vale last week and will look to record their fourth consecutive victory. They are now only three points off of a promotion playoff spot.

Harris came on to the game in the 74th minute, one week after recording his first professional goal against Cheltenham Town.

Darlington are looking to build upon a positive mid week game where they held Bury to a 1-1 tie. They sit in last place in League Two and are most likely to be relegated this season.

Northampton Town's goalkeeper Chris Dunn is out long-term due to knee surgery, while forward Steve Guinan is out due to a hernia.

Darlington striker Noel Whelan is out with a hamstring injury, while defender Mark Bower ankle and Chris Lumsdon are all injured and not expected to play.

Notes

Stuart Holden will not suit up for Bolton as Wigan come to Reebok Stadium.

Devann Yao is not expected to take any part when Ipswich Town take on Scunthorpe United

Zach Whitebread is nursing a calf injury and is not expected to take part in Norwich City's game against Huddersfield Town.

Mike Grella is out with a hamstring injury and will not take part in Leeds United's game versus Southampton.

Jemal Johnson is injured and will not play in Stockport County's game against Gillingham.
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