JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, December 7, 2012
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa look to cool down Geoff Cameron's Stoke City, while Tim Howard and Everton host Clint Dempsey and a streaking Tottenham Hotspur.
Aston Villa - Stoke City
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa host Geoff Cameron and a streaking Stoke City.
The Potters go into this game on a five game unbeaten run, having won four in those contests where they now sit in ninth place in the standings and just four points from a European spot.
Villa has notched five points in their last three games, and compared to the rest of the season it has been a strong run. However, they are still just two points above the relegation zone and will be gunning for three points this weekend.
Joe Bennett, Gary Gardner, Chris Herd, Charles N'Zogbia, and Richard Dunne are sidelined for Villa, while Rory Delap and Marc Wilson are sidelined for Stoke. Charlie Adam will miss due to suspension for the Potters as well.
Maurice Edu, who has played a grand total of ten minutes this season for Tony Pulis, is unlikely to see action.
Everton - Tottenham Hotspur
Tim Howard's Everton look to catch Clint Dempsey's Tottenham in the standings with a win this weekend.
Brad Friedel should beon the game day roster but he is unlikely to feature.
The Toffees have drawn their last three games and have not won since mid October. They are currently in sixth place and trail Spurs by three points.
Tottenham goes into the game on a three-game win streak in Premier League play, while also winning their Europa League game on Thursday. Dempsey was involved in two goals in their win over Panathanaikos and looks to help Spurs on Saturday.
Phil Neville looks to miss for the Toffees, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul are scratches for Spurs.
Leicester City - Barnsley
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City look to put pressure on the Championship's elite with a win against Barnsley.
Whitbread has become a regular starter at center back and is likely to feature on Saturday.
The Foxes have lost just one game in their last five and are just four points from one of the automatic promotion positions. They are coming off a big win over Derby County and hope to bring that momentum into this weekend's game.
Barnsley has not won a game since October and is just two points above the drop zone. They lost big to Watford in their last game and look to bounce back on Saturday.
Sean St Ledger and Michael Keane are injury concerns for Leicester City.
Peterborough United - Middlesbrough
Seb Hines looks to feature in Middlesbrough's game against Peterborough United.
Boro goes into the game after having lost against Birmingham City, but still reside in a promotion playoff position at fourth with 35 points.
Peterborough is at the bottom of the standings but a win could bolster them out of the relegation zone. A victory on Saturday could jump start their climb out of the Championship's cellar.
Jonathan Woodgate, Faris Haroun, George Friend are questionable for Boro while Julio Arca, Muzzy Carayol, Curtis Main, Rhys Williams will be out with injuries
Peterborough are not reporting any injuries.
Wolverhampton Wanderers - Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City take to the road to play Wolverhampton, but Will Packwood is not likely to feature for the Blues.
The guets are coming off a big win over Middlesbrough last week but still languish in 19th place in the standings. Their victory last week was their first in five games and they hope it brings them momentum going into Saturday's match.
Wolves find themselves in the bottom half of the standgins as well, just a single point over the Blues. They also won their game last week and hope they can make it two straight on Saturday.
Wolverhampton will be without David Edwards Razak Boukari, Georg Margreitter, Slawomir Peszko, Steven Mouyokolo, Wayne Hennessey, Stephen Hunt and George Elokobi also remain unavailable.
Birmingham City are also reporting their share of injuries with Darren Ambrose David Murphy, Stephen Carr, Akwasi Asante all not able to participate.
Carlisle United - Sheffield United
Frank Simek looks to feature in Carlisle United's home game against Sheffield United.
The Cumbrians go into the game having won just once in their last five games. They are just four points above the drop zone and will need to start winning games soon if they want to save themselves from a relegation fight.
Sheffield is in fourth place in the standings, but they have only won once in their last four games and will need to start garnering points soon if they want to keep up with the Championship's elite.
For Sheffield United Dave Kitson and defender Tony McMahon will both miss the match with hamstring injuries.
Carlisle will be missing Lee Miller and Rory Loy with long-term injuries.
Conor Doyle hopes to feature in Derby County's game against Leeds United.
Tim Ream could feature in Bolton's game against Huddersfield Town.
Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest take on Burnley.
Mike Grella could see time in Scunthorpe United's game against AFC Bournemouth.
Robbie Rogers and Stevenage take on Hartlepool in League One action.
Jon Paul Pittman and Oxford United play Aldershot Town in League Two play.