JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, November 30, 2012
Clint Dempsey visits his old home as Tottenham takes on Fulham, while Tim Howard and Everton travel to play powerhouse Manchester City.
Fulham - Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey looks to help Tottenham notch a victory against his old team Fulham.
The Texan is likely to start, while Brad Friedel looks to be on the bench for Spurs.
After going through a rough patch of games in November, Spurs have won two games straight and are in fifth place in the Premier League. They beat Liverpool in a midweek matchup, where Dempsey played part in one of the Spurs goals.
Fulham is winless in six games and is in need of victory this weekend. They started the season strong but that momentum has waned in the last weeks. Craven Cottage is sure to be electric on Saturday to push their side to victory and see their old star after a bitter breakup.
Brede Hangeland is suspended and will miss for Fulham, while Bryan Ruiz, Simon Davies, and Alexander Kacaniklic are sidelined for the Cottagers.
Spurs will miss Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Emmanuel Adebayor, Scott Parker, and Younes Kaboul.
Manchester City - Everton
Tim Howard will start at goal for Everton in their crucial match against Manchester City.
The Toffees are coming off a tied against Arsenal in the midweek. They have drawn six out of their last eight games and will need to start notching victories if they want to contend with the Premier League's elite. A win on Saturday would be a statement for the Liverpool based club.
City trails their cross-town foes by just a point in the standings and will surely be gunning for three points this weekend. They are coming off a win over Wigan Athletic in the midweek and hope to continue their momentum against the Toffees.
Gael Clichy and Micah Richards are injury scratches for City, while Kevin Mirallas and Phil Neville will miss for Everton.
Queens Park Rangers - Aston Villa
Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj are expected to feature in Aston Villa's pivotal game against Queens Park Rangers.
Villa beat Reading in midweek play, but they are still just one point above the drop zone. They will go for the three points to further separate themselves from the league cellar.
QPR has not notched a victory this season and are in last place. They need to start garnering points soon if they want to give themselves a shot at climbing out of the relegation zone this season.
Hogan Ephraim, Bobby Zamora, and Andy Johnson look to miss for QPR, while Joe Bennett, Gary Gardner, Chris Herd, Charles N'Zogbia, and Richard Dunne are sidelined for Villa.
West Bromwich Albion - Stoke City
Geoff Cameron looks to start in Stoke City as they take on West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
Cameron started at left defense in the midweek and could very well see the field there once again this weekend.
Stoke currently is playing their best soccer of the season, as they are unbeaten in their last four games. They look to keep that momentum going on Saturday.
West Brom is having a very strong season and has turned the heads of all Premier League fans. They are in fourth place in the standings and tied with Chelsea with points. West Brom lost to Swansea this midweek but look to bounce back against the Potters.
Craig Dawson looks to miss for West Brom, while Rory Delap and Marc Wilson are sidelined for Stoke.
Birmingham City - Middlesbrough
Jonathan Spector looks to feature in Birmingham City's match against Seb Hines' Middlesbrough.
Will Packwood is unlikely to make the game day lineup for the Blues.
Spector and company drew with Blackpool in the midweek. They are in 19th place and look for three points to separate themselves from the drop zone.
Boro is coming off an impressive victory over Huddersfield Town and are in a strong third place in the Championship. A win could technically jump Boro into the top of the standings.
Julio Arca will miss for Boro.
Leicester City - Derby County
Zak Whitbread is likely to feature in Leicester City's game against Derby County.
Conor Doyle is not likely to see the field for the Rams.
The Foxes are coming off a tough loss to Leeds United in the midweek and will need a win in order to keep up with the top teams in the Championship. They are currently in fourth placebut still within striking distance of the automatic promotion spots.
Derby impressively drew with Championship front runners Cardiff City this week and look to turn that form into a win against Leicester. They are in 12th place in the standings and look to climb into the to half of the Championship with a victory.
Sean St Ledger and Michael Keane are injury concerns for Leicester City.
Carlisle United - AFC Bournemouth
Frank Simek looks to feature in Carlisle United's home FA Cup match against AFC Bournemouth.
The Cumbrians' season has been difficult thus far, but they didbeat Yeovil Town in their last game and they hope that momentum will translate into FA Cup glory this weekend.
AFC is in 10th place in the League One standings and playing strong soccer of late. They are currently on a ten game unbeaten run and look to continue that streak on Saturday.
Tim Ream could see time in Bolton's game against Ipswich Town.
Robbie Findley and Gillingham take on Preston North End in FA Cup play.
Jon Paul Pittman and Oxford United take on Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup.