PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
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JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, November 23, 2012
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City host Fulham, while Tim Howard and Everton look to get back to winning ways against Norwich City at home.

Everton - Norwich City

Tim Howard looks to start in Everton's match against Norwich City at Goodison Park this weekend as the club hosts Norwich City who is coming off a big win over Manchester United last week.

Howard and Everton are coming off a loss to Reading on the road. The Toffees are in fifth place in the standings but they will need to start notching wins in order to keep up with the top half of the standings.

The two teams have drawn their last two games against each other. The last time a team won in their head to head series was in 2010 when Everton won a 4-2 decision.

Kevin Mirallas, Victor Anichebe, Phil Neville, and Tony Hibbert are injury scratches for Everton, while Marouane Fellaini is out suspended.

Stoke City - Fulham

Geoff Cameron is expected to start in Stoke City's clash with Fulham, while compatriot Maurice Edu is not expected to feature for the Potters.

Stoke is playing their strongest soccer of the young season. They are coming off a draw against West Ham United and a win over Queens Park Rangers the prior week.

The Cottagers are coming off a loss to Sunderland and have not won a game since they beat Aston Villa over a month ago. Fulham though is in ninth place and still in a strong position to make some noise this season.

Fulham won the last game between the two last season in February.

Stoke's Rory Delap, Michael Owen, and Marc Wilson look to be sidelined.

Aston Villa - Arsenal

Brad Guzan is expected to start in Aston Villa's home game against Arsenal, while Eric Lichaj just hopes to make the gameday lineup.

Aston Villa is coming off a horrible game where they lost to Manchester City by five goals. They are currently in the relegation zone and will need to start garnering wins in order to avoid Championship soccer next season.

Arsenal is just out of one of the European spots in the standings, but a win could boost them into one of the coveted positions. The Gunners beat their crosstown rival Tottenham last week in a strong outing and they look to continue that momentum on Saturday.

Joe Bennett, Darren Bent, Chris Herd, Charles N'Zogbia, and Richard Dunne are sidelined for Villa, while André Santos, Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosický, and Lucasz Fabiański look to miss for the Gunners.

Tottenham Hotspur - West Ham United

Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel, and Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham United in a Premier League battle.

Dempsey is expected to feature while it is unclear if Friedel or Hugo Lloris will start at goal for Spurs.

Tottenham has lost four out of their last five games in Premier League play, but drew with Lazio in midweek Europa League action.

West Ham is two points ahead of Spurs in the standings and will look to extend that lead on Sunday. They drew against Stoke City on Monday.

Emmanuel Adebayor is suspended for the game, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker look to miss due to injury.

Sheffield Wednesday - Leicester City

Zak Whitbread should to start in Leicester City's road battle with Sheffield Wednesday.

Leicester City is coming off a 6-0 pummeling of Ipswich Town. Prior to that win though they had gone four games winless in league play.

Wednesday is on a three game losing streak and is just two points above the relegation zone. They look to improve their standing this weekend with a win.

Sean St. Ledger and Michael Keane are injury concerns for Leicester City.

Middlesbrough - Bristol City

Seb Hines could feature in Middlesbourhg's game against Bristol City.

Boro is coming off a loss to Cardiff City, but they still are in a strong position in the standings. They are in third place and just two points from an automatic promotion position.

Bristol City is having a difficult season, as they are in the relegation zone and have not won a game since September. They look to start garnering wins this weekend.

George Friend, Faris Haroun, Jonathan Woodgate and Staurt Parnby are questionable to feature for Boro, while Julio Arca is a definite scratch.

Derby County - Birmingham City

Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector hope to see action in Birmingham City's Championship clash with Derby County.

Birmingham City is in 19th place and seven points above the relegation zone. They lost to Hull City last week and look to start making a run up the standings.

Derby County is three points above the Blues in the standings and look to extend their lead on Saturday. They have lost two straight games though and will look to bounce back with a victory this weekend.

David Murphy is to undergo knee surgery and could be out long term for the Blues.

American Conor Doyle is not expected to see playing time for Derby County.

Notes

Tim Ream hopes to start in Bolton's game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Frank Simek is likely to feature for Carlisle United when the squad face Yeovil Town.

Mike Grella hopes to see the field in Scunthorpe United's game against Doncaster Rovers.

Robbie Rogers is unikely to feature in Stevenage's game against Tranmere Rovers.

Robbie Findley and Gillingham take on Accrington Stanley.

John Paul Pittman and Oxford Town take on Northampton Town in League Two play.
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