PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
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ANDREW VORCE - Friday, April 23, 2010
Clint Dempsey could make his Premier League return for Fulham against Tim Howard's Everton while Aston Villa look to continue their push for fourth place as a full slate of English action is on the table.

Aston Villa - Birmingham

Brad Friedel and Aston Villa need a win against a strong Birmingam squad to help aid them in their quest for fourth place in the league standings.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have a game against each other to make up in the closing stages of the campaign.

Tottenham have the edge on points standing two points above City and three above Villa.

Only Curtis Davies is out, so a full squad is at Martin O'Neill's disposal.

Birmingham have a similiiar run of luck and look safe from relegation in ninth.

Garry O'Connor may make a return after a hip injury while Danny Murphy will look to make a return at the end of the month from a hamstring injury.

Everton - Fulham

Tim Howard will be on hand to welcome Clint Dempsey back to the Premier League after the midfielder made his return in midweek Europa League action.

Everton will be without the services of Johnny Heitinga who has pulled up with an ankle injury. Heitinga joins Dan Gosling and Maraoune Fellaini on the sidelines. Gosling's injured his knee has him out for the remainder of the year.

Fulham are off the back of a grueling road trip from London to Hamburg where they battled to a goalless draw in the Europa League.

Dempsey came on and played nearly 40 minutes in the second half and may be pushing for more time in league play.

Only Andy Johnson is out, injured until June with a knee injury.

West Ham - Wigan

Jonathan Spector and West Ham need a victory in front of their home crowd when Wigan come to Upton Park.

Kieron Dyer and James Tomkins are both very doubtful ahead of the home clash with a hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

Luis Boa Morte will be pushing for a return before the final game while Zavon Hines is out until June with a knee injury.

Wigan are not in any better of a position even though the 15th placed club did just beat Arsenal 3-2.

Only four points seperate the two teams and a loss for West Ham could send them spiraling into the relegation zone.

Wigan are only without Richard Kingson.

Wolverhampton - Blackburn

Marcus Hahnemann will be looking for a hat trick of shutouts when Blackburn come to Molineux to take on his Wolverhampton.

Wolves will be looking for at least a point as they sit three points above West Ham and two spots outside of relegation.

Blackburn look safe sitting in 12th spot.

Wolves will be without Michael Kightly for the game.

Lars Jacobsen is healthy again but still looks a way out from featuring in Sam Allardyce's squad.

Otherwise, the big head coach has a full squad and will likely bring his 'A' team to Molineux.

Hull - Sunderland

Jozy Altidore looks set for the start as competing striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has been sidelined with a concussion ahead of Sunderland's visit to Hull City.

Amr Zaki's season has been cut short while Kamil Zayatte could feature for Hull in the coming stages.

Anthony Gardner will be pushing for a recall while Ian Ashbee is still a few days out.

Stephen Hunt and Richard Garcia look to be out for the rest of the season.

Sunderland could be boosted by a trio of returns, starting with Lorik Cana.

George McCartney could return after a hamstring injury while Lee Cattermole could miss out after a calf muscle strain.

Andy Reid is the last out, suffering from a hamstring injury.

Leyton Orient-Millwall

Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient play Millwall this weekend in a critical match for both teams.

Leyton Orient are close to cementing their safety for another season in League One and a win this weekend could put Orient out of reach from the rest of the relegation battlers.

Lichaj scored his first goal for Orient since arriving on-loan from Aston Villa in last weekend's big win against Stockport County. The American is expected to start again at defense.

Millwall are currently third in the League One standings and find themselves only one point from Leeds United and an automatic promotion spot.

The Lions lost a midweek game against Huddersfield Town and will hope for a change this weekend.

Orient's James Scowcroft could be out with a nagging hamstring injury.

Milwall could be missing Shaun Batt after the Lions player left injured in the fifth minute of their midweek game.

Alan Dunne and Andy Frampton are also expected to miss Saturday's game as well.

Stockport County-Huddersfield Town

Stockport County and Jemal Johnson take on Huddersfield Town this weekend.

Stockport County are relegated but would like to end the League One season with some sort of success. They have lost four games in a row and will look to snap their losing streak this weekend.

Johnson played 79 minutes in Stockport's loss to Leyton Orient. The American is expected to play against Huddersfield Town and could possibly start.

Huddersfield Town are currently in League One's last playoff position and are looking to pick up momentum going into the postseason.

Stockport County will be without Greg Tansey who is nursing a torn thigh muscle and will miss the remainder of the season.

Huddersfield Town could be without midfielder Michael Collins who is injured with a badly broken finger. Robbie Simpson is nursing a thigh injury and Lee Peltier could miss the weekend game after leaving last week's game early due to injury.

Wycombe Wanderers-Swindon Town

Jon-Paul Pittman and the Wycombe Wanderers will take on Swindon Town in a critical game that could go far in deciding their respective team's fates.

Wycombe are currently pitted in the relegation zone and are in dire need for a win. The Wanderers are on a three game winning streak and will hope to build upon that in hope of seeing League One soccer next season.

Pittman played 65 minutes in the Wanderers win against Milton Keynes Dons. The American should get playing time this weekend.

Swindon Town are currently in a playoff position and have an outside chance to jump to second and an automatic promotion position. In order to get there, they will need to win this Saturday.

The Robins appear to be at full-strength for this game.

The Chairboys could be without captain Adam Hinshelwood who injured his knee in Wycombe's win against Hartlepool. Leon Johnson is injured with a knee injury and Ian Westlake is nursing a bad ankle.

Notes:

Stuart Holden's Bolton take on bottom of the League Portsmouth.

Jay Demerit is injured and will miss Watford's game against Reading.

Kenny Cooper hopes to regain his spot on the game day roster as Plymouth take on Nottingham Forest.

Frank Simek will hope for playing time as Sheffield Wednesday play Cardiff City.

Devann Yao will hope to make the game day roster for Ipswich, as they play newly promoted Newcastle United.

Mike Grella will start on the bench and hope for playing time when Leeds plays MK Dons.

Seb Harris could see time for Northampton Town who host Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
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