ANDREW VORCE - Friday, November 12, 2010
Brad Friedel and Aston Villa take on Manchester United at home while Marcus Hahnemann will look to lead his Wolves past Stuart Holden's Bolton at home in a full weekend of English action.
Aston Villa - Manchester United
Brad Friedel and Aston Villa will need to find another gear if they want to take anything out of the visit from Manchester United.
Both teams are playing subpar with multiple players out. Villa will continue to be without Steven Sidwell and Nigel Reo-Coker, but can expect a trio of players back in December. John Carew, Emile Heskey, and Stiliyan Petrov are all on the mend, while Andreas Weimann and Fabian Delph remain sidelined.
United are still without star striker Wayne Rooney, along with a list of other starters sidelined. Ryan Giggs could return from his hamstring injury, but Rafael and Patrice Evra were forced out of the battle of Manchester meaning Sir Alex Ferguson will have to look at both outside back positions.
Owen Hargreaves is out until mid-December after picking up a hamstring injury on his Premier League debut this season, joining Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia on the sidelines. Anderson completes United's injured list, though Paul Scholes will miss out due to picking up five yellow cards so far this season.
Wolverhampton - Bolton
Mick McCarthy will demand a home win after a slew of good performances when Stuart Holden's Bolton arrives at Molineux.
Wolves failed to pick up points away at Manchester United or at home to Arsenal after very strong performances. Michael Kightly remains on the injured list, while Jody Craddock and Ronald Zubar will both be available for selection. Adelene Guedioura will be sidelined until February with a broken leg.
Owen Coyle will be pleased with his squad's recent performances, even after dropping two points away to Everton. Ricardo Garnder and Jlloyd Samuel are both doubts with a thigh muscle and calf muscle strain, respectively. Sean Davis and Joey O'Brien are both still sidelined with knee injuries.
Newcastle - Fulham
Clint Dempsey and Fulham will take positives out of their second half showing away to Chelsea, but will need to be on from the start away at Newcastle.
Newcastle picked up a shock result against Arsenal, but then fell at home to Blackburn Rovers. Joey Barton was given a three match ban for a punch on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Shola Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, and James Perch are all out injured, while Dan Gosling and Steve Harper are out until the new year.
Chris Baird could return for the Cottagers, while Fredrik Stoor remains sidelined. Carlos Salcido has been sidelined through an MCLknee injury, but should return to action in the beginning of December. Bobby Zamora and Phillippe Senderos will be sidelined until February.
Everton - Arsenal
Tim Howard and Everton will need to put in a full shift when Arsenal come to Goodison Park.
Everton will be without Marouane Fellaini who received a red card for retaliation in their last outing, but Everton were still able to squeak out a draw.
For once Everton have a generally full squad, with Victor Anichebe being the only long term absentee. Leon Osman should return at the end of December from an ankle injury while Anichebe is out with a knee injury.
Arsenal played against Wolves during the midweek and secured a 2-0 victory. Kieran Gibbs and Manuel Almunia should return, with Aaron Ramsey also back in action. Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen are also both sidelined.
Carlisle United – Southampton
Mike Grella and Frank Simek hope to help Carlisle United take down Southampton in League One play.
Grella is in his last game of his one month loan and should return to Leeds United afterwards. The American should take part in this game.
Simek is a regular starter and should again go the full ninety for the Cumbrians.
Carlisle won their midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy game over Crewe Alexandra. They hope to keep that good form against Southampton.
The Cumbrians' Paul Thirlwell and Danny Livesey have been out long-term and will again miss.
Southampton are coming off three straight league wins and a win last week in the FA Cup. With another win, they can jump to second in the League One standings.
They are injury free going into this game.
Milton Keynes Dons – Brentford
Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons will take on Brentford in a League One clash this weekend.
Johnson played the last 20 minutes in MK Dons' tie last week in the FA Cup. The American should feature against Brenton.
Dons are ninth in the standings but are only three points from second place.
MK Dons will miss Gary MacKenzie who is completing a three-game suspension after his red card against Tranmere. Jabo Ibehre is out with a knee injury while Jude Stirling is suffering from a long-term groin problem.
Brentford are coming off a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Swindon Town on Tuesday. They are currently in the middle of the standings and know that a win could take them a long way in separating themselves from the relegation zone.
The Bees' Gary Alexander is suffering from an ankle injury and is questionable to play. David McCracken will miss with a calf injury and Carl Cort is out long-term with an Achilles problem.
Jonathan Spector will hope to make the bench after recently being called up to the US squad as West Ham face a must win against Blackpool.
Anton Peterlin hopes to feature as Plymouth play Tranmere.