JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, November 2, 2012
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City take on Norwich City, while Clint Dempsey and Tottenham Hotspur look to shake off a midweek loss with a win against Wigan Athletic.
Norwich City - Stoke City
Geoff Cameron looks to help Stoke City notch a win as they take on Norwich City.
Cameron is a likely starter at right-back, while Maurice Edu hopes to make the gameday lineup.
The Potters have nine points this season, enough to keep them well clear of the drop zone, but they only have one win. They are in 13th place and could further solidify their position clear of the relegation places with a victory over a poor Norwich team.
The Canaries are coming off a dramatic win over Tottenham in the League Cup on Wednesday and hope to bring momentum to Saturdays match. In the league they have struggled this season, as they are just three points from the bottom three.
Mark Bunn and Harry Kane are sidelined for the Canaries with injuries while Stoke are not reporting any absences.
Sunderland - Aston Villa
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and Aston Villa look to create some separation from the bottom three with a win against Sunderland.
Guzan has become Villa's starting ‘keeper and should be in the lineup on Saturday. Lichaj is also likely to feature for the Villans in the defense.
Aston Villa has struggled mightily this season and is just two points above the drop zone. Even with a majority of the season left to play, Villa knows they need to start garnering points to avoid a relegation battle.
Sunderland's season has not been much better than Villa's, as they find themselves just three points above them. They had a winless October, but they look to open their November with three points.
Richard Dunne and Gary Gardner look to miss for Villa, while Wes Brown is sidelined for Sunderland.
Tottenham Hotspur - Wigan Athletic
Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey look to help Tottenham notch three points against Wigan Athletic.
Friedel has been starting of late for Spurs and should feature once again on Saturday, while Dempsey is also likely to feature in one way or another.
Spurs are coming off a tough midweek League Cup loss against Norwich City. In that game Dempsey had a perfect chance to tie the game in the dying moments but his penalty kick was saved, sending Tottenham out of the competition.
Dempsey and Spurs look to bounce back from that loss and keep their pressure on the top teams in the Premier League standings.
Wigan is in 15th in the standings, and despite their midweek League Cup loss, they did beat West Ham United last weekend in league play. They hope momentum is on their side and look for the upset this weekend.
Scott Parker will definitely be sidelined, though Jake Livermore and Emmanuel Adebayor are questionable to feature for Spurs.
Fulham - Everton
Tim Howard and Everton travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham.
Howard is the regular starter at goal for the Toffees and should be in the lineup once again on Saturday.
The Toffees have drawn their last three games, but they will need the full three points this weekend if they want to keep up with the Premier League's elite. Everton is currently in fifth place in the standings.
Fulham trails the Toffees by just two points and are in seventh in the standings. The Cottagers have only lost once in their last six games and will be gunning to extend their strong run with three points.
Simon Davies is out with a long-term injury for Fulham, while Dimitar Berbatov is suffering form a rib injury but is likely to feature anyways.
Birmingham City - Ipswich Town
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City host Ipswich Town in Championship action on Saturday.
Spector is expected to feature, while Will Packwood hopes to make the game day lineup for the Blues.
Birmingham City is coming off a win over Leeds United last week. Prior to that victory, they had gone four games without a win. They are currently just four points from the drop zone and will need to start garnering points soon.
Ipswich Town is at the bottom of the table with just seven points. They have not won a game since August and will need to quickly start changing their season around.
Watford - Leicester City
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City take the road to play Watford.
Whitbread missed a chunk of the early season, but the American defender has featured of late and is likely to see action on Saturday.
Leicester is currently just three points from first place, a spot in the standings they were in not long ago. They lost to Crystal Palace last week but hope to bounce back with a win this weekend and catch Cardiff City at the top of the table.
Watford is in 16th place in the standings and just four points form the drop zone. They lost three out of their last four games including a loss to Blackburn last weekend.
Bolton Wanderers - Cardiff City
Tim Ream and Bolton host Cardiff City in a Championship battle.
Ream, who has regained his spot in the starting lineup, is likely to feature once again for Bolton. Stuart Holden is back with Bolton but still weeks away from returning to action.
Bolton is coming off a tough loss to Middlesbrough last week, though the struggling team did manage four points from the games against Wolverhampton and Bristol City prior to that.
Cardiff City is at the top of the Championship standings and has dropped just one game in their last six. They hold a three point lead over Leicester City and look to keep that lead on Saturday.
Carlisle United - Ebbsfleet United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United host Ebbsfleet United in the first round of the FA Cup.
Simek is a regular starter at defense for the Cumbrians and is expected to feature on Saturday.
Carlisle is coming off a tough loss to AFC Bournemouth in League One play, and has only won once in their last five games. The Cumbrians look to bounce back after some tough weeks and start an FA Cup run with a win.
Ebbsfleet beat Woking to reach the FA Cup first round, but they have struggled throughout this season's Conference National season. They are currently in the relegation zone, but they hope a win against a League One team will give them momentum in league play.
Rory Loy, Lee Miller, Jon-Paul McGovern, Alex Salmon, and Brandon Gwinnutt are injury worries for the Cumbrians.
Gillingham - Scunthorpe United
Robbie Findley and Gillingham host Mike Grella's Scunthorpe United in an FA Cup showdown.
Findley did not feature this weekend but the American striker could play this weekend.
Grella's playing time has been inconsistent of late, but the American forward did feature in last weekend's league game and could see time on Saturday.
Scunthorpe United is coming off a loss to Milton Keynes Dons, and have struggled mightily this season. They are currently in the League One relegation zone and are on a seven-game winless skid.
Gillingham's season has been very strong. They are in first place in League Two by five points and have lost just once in their last six games. The Gills look for victory against a vulnerable Scunthorpe side.
Conor Doyle is unlikely to start when Derby County take on Blackpool.
Seb Hines hopes to feature in Middlesbrough's game against Charlton Athletic.
Robbie Rogers could see playing time in Stevenage's FA Cup game against Rotherham United.
Jon Paul Pittman hopes to feature in Oxford United's FA Cup battle with Barnet.