PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
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JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, December 2, 2011
Brad Friedel and Tottenham hope to continue their strong league play when they host Bolton, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham host Liverpool on Monday at Craven Cottage.

Tottenham Hotspur - Bolton Wanderers

Brad Friedel and Tottenham try to bounce back after their Europa League loss as they take on Bolton in weekend Premier League action.

Friedel did not feature in the Spurs loss to PAOK on Thursday, but he is likely to start against Bolton.

Despite their play in Europe, Spurs go into Saturday's game on fire in the Premier League. They find themselves in third place, unbeaten in ten games in league play.

Bolton are winners of just one game in their last five in league play. They find themselves in the relegation zone in deep need of points.

Stuart Holden remains injured and will not feature. He is joined by Tyrone Mears, Sean Davis, Samuel Ricketts, Ricardo Gardner, David Wheater, and Chung-Yong Lee.

Niko Kranjcar, Danny Rose, Michael Dawson, and Tom Huddlestone will all be sidelined for Spurs. Giovani dos Santos and Roman Pavlyuchenko are questionable.

Everton - Stoke City

Tim Howard and Everton try and make it three wins in a row as they take on Stoke City on Sunday.

Howard started and went the distance last week. He will be in the starting lineup once again this weekend.

Everton are coming off wins over Bolton and Wolverhampton, and they look to continue that good run this Sunday.

Stoke trail Everton by just one point in the standings. Their form has been inconsistent this season, but a win this weekend would make it two in a row. City hope for the three points and look to gain momentum to climb the standings.

Stoke's Mamady Sidibé is likely to miss because of injury.

Fulham - Liverpool

Clint Dempsey and Fulham welcome Liverpool to Craven Cottage in a Monday Premier League clash.

Dempsey did not feature in Fulham's Europa League loss to Twente this week. He is expected to feature against Liverpool.

The Cottagers are winless in their last four games in all competitions. They look to gain some momentum in front of their home crowd on Monday.

Liverpool find themselves in sixth place and look to grab a European spot with a win. They are unbeaten in their last eleven games.

Simon Davies and Zdenek Grygera are injured for Fulham and will not feature. Steven Gerrard andLucas Leiva are also hurt and will be sidelined.

Brighton & Hove Albion - Nottingham Forest

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest look to escape from the relegation zone with a win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Findley played a half in Forest's midweek loss to Leeds United. The American striker is likely to feature this week.

Forest are the losers of three out of their last four games. They have gone goalless in the last two games and hope for some offense come Saturday.

The Seagulls find themselves just outside of a playoff spot. The winners of two games in a row, they hope to jump as high as fourth in the standings this weekend.

Forest's Andy Reid will miss because of suspension. Joel Lynch and Ishmael Miller are sidelined with injuries.

Marcos Painter, Vicente Rodriguez, and Gonzalo Jara Reyes will miss due to injuries for Brighton.

Cardiff City - Birmingham City

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City take on red hot Cardiff City in Championship action this weekend.

Spector started and went the distance in Birmingham's midweek Europa League clash against Sporting Braga. He is expected to feature once again for Birmingham.

Birmingham's play has been inconsistent of late. They find themselves in eleventh place, but with three games in hand to the majority of teams, the Blues are still in a strong spot.

Cardiff are unbeaten in their last seven league games. They are coming off a midweek League Cup win over Premier League side Blackburn.

Notes

Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan will not feature in Aston Villa's clash with Manchester United.

Zak Whitbread will miss Norwich City's game against Manchester City with injury.

Conor Doyle hopes to feature in Derby County's game against Crystal Palace.

Mike Grella could find the field in Brentford's match against Wrexham.

Frank Simek is out injured for Carlisle United as they take on Charlton Athletic.

Anton Peterlin hopes for playing time in Walsall's clash with Degenham & Redbridge FC.

Jemal Johnson is not likely to play in Southend United's game against Oldham Athletic.

John Paul Pittman will be on the bench in Crawley Town's game against Redbridge.
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