ANDREW VORCE - Friday, October 29, 2010
Brad Friedel and Aston Villa take on local rivals Birmingham, while Stuart Holden faces Liverpool and Marcus Hahnemann goes up against Manchester City in a full weekend of English Action.
Aston Villa - Birmingham
Brad Friedel and Aston Villa take on local rivals Birmingham as the American keeper looks to continue Villa's winning streak.
Stephen Warnock returns for the home team after sitting out the win over Burnley after picking up five yellow cards.
Marc Albrighton is now on the sidelines after picking up a straight red card for a professional foul. Gabriel Agbonlahor, Stiliyan Petrov, and Luke Young are all out injured.
Alexander Hleb will return for Birmingham as the on-loan Barcelona man shook off his knee injury for the clash. Michel will also return, but Jean Beausejour, Cameron Jerome, and James McFadden are all out.
Bolton - Liverpool
Stuart Holden and Bolton come into their weekend game 10 places above Liverpool, but will still be considered underdogs.
Ivan Klasnic's position in Owen Coyle's squad has come under question after allegations over his personal life, but the striker is available.
Andy O'Brien has overcome his hamstring injury, but will be sent on loan to earn match time.
Sean Davis, Joey O'brien, Ricardo Gardner, and Jlloyd Samuel are all out.
Liverpool have two influential players out in Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson.
Kuyt was sidelined with an ankle injury while on international duty, while Johnson has an outside chance at playing after suffering from a thigh injury.
Fernando Torres will need to be on point if Liverpool want to turn their season around.
Fulham - Wigan
Clint Dempsey and Fulham need to refind their steely concentration if they want to turn their good performances into three points as they take on Wigan at home.
Damien Duff is out with a calf injury while Dickson Etuhu has an ankle injury. Danny Murphy is still out with a groin injury, joining Phillippe Senderos and Bobby Zamora on the sidelines.
Eddie Johnson will wait on the sidelines as Andrew Johnson returns to full fitness.
James McCarthy is out injured with an ankle knock while Emmerson Boyce is sidelined with a hamstring problem. Gary Caldwell has recovered from a thigh injury and is expected to play some part in the match up.
Everton - Stoke
Tim Howard will look to rectify the image of his personal mistake against Tottenham and come up big against Stoke City.
Leon Osman is still out with an ankle injury, while Steven Pienaar has returned to full action. Mikel Arteta was not available to face Spurs and will be racing against the clock to be deemed fit.
Marouane Fellaini and Jack Rodwell are both long term absentees.
Kenwyne Jones and Jermaine Pennant are both sweating off being sick and will hope to suit up against Everton. Mamady Sidibe is out with an Achilles injury, while Tuncay Sanli will look to play a part in the trip.
Wolverhampton - Manchester City
Marcus Hahnemann will need to be in top shape if he and Wolves want to take anything out of their home clash with Manchester City.
Carlos Tevez is the biggest absentee for Roberto Mancini's men, who flew home to Argentina following a leg injury. Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to step in, while Jo and Mario Balotelli are also possibilities.
Dedryck Boyata will be out after picking up a red card in City's 3-0 loss to Arsenal.
Karl Henry will return to action for Wolves after serving his three match suspension.
Jody Craddock is out with a thigh injury, while Stephen Hunt looks to have overcome his foot injury that has seen him sidelined since joining from Hull City. Adlene Guedioura and Ronald Zubar are both sidelined.
Milton Keynes Dons - Tranmere Rovers
Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons take on Tranmere Rovers in League One action this weekend.
Johnson was on loan with Port Vale but until MK Dons reinstated him last week. The American started and played 72 minutes in last week's win over Exeter City.
He is expected to take part in this weekend's game.
MK Dons currently have 20 points in the standings and are only two points off second place.
Tranmere are in a relegation spot and are in desperate need of points. They tied Stockport in midweek cup action.
Enoch Showunmi and Aaron Cresswell are both nursing a variety of injuries and are questionable to play this weekend for Tranmere.
MK Dons' Dietmar Hamann could miss with a hamstring injury while Dean Lewington is questionable with a knee problem. Jude Sterling is out long-term with a groin injury.
Carlisle United – Bristol Rovers
Frank Simek and Mike Grella look to help Carlisle United beat Bristol Rovers this Saturday.
Grella impressed in his first start for the Cumbrians scoring the opening goal in last week's loss to Charlton Athletic.
The young American should see time against Bristol.
Simek has been a regular for Carlisle this season and is expected to start once again.
The Cumbrians started the season strong but have been faltering lately. A win this weekend could change their momentum going forward.
Carlisle's Bernard Zoko and James Chester left last week's game with injuries and are questionable for Saturday's matchup.
Bristol tied last week against Hartlepool and will hope for a win against the Cumrbrians.
The Rovers do not have any notable injuries going into the weekend.
Jonathan Spector is not expected to feature for West Ham who take on Arsenal.
Conor Doyle hopes to feature as Derby County hosts Watford.
Anton Peterlin will try and make the bench as Plymouth take on Oldham Athletic.