JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, March 1, 2013
Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea look to feature in Stoke City's game against West Ham United, while Tim Howard's Everton aim for three points in their match with Reading.
Everton - Reading
Tim Howard looks to help Everton get back to winning ways when they take on Reading on Saturday.
Despite Everton's FA Cup victory over Oldham Athletic in the midweek, the Toffees have lost their last two league games and have fallen to sixth place in the standings and now Arsenal for a Europa League position by five points.
Reading also goes into this weekend's matchup on less than par form. They have lost three straight games and are in the drop zone. However, a victory for the away team could get them temporarily to safety.
Tony Hibbert will miss for the Toffees with a calf injury, while Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe are questionable to feature.
Stoke City - West Ham United
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea, and Stoke City look to bounce back from last week's loss with a victory over West Ham United at Britannia Stadium.
Cameron is likely to start for the Potters, while Shea could see time once again after making his debut last week.
Stoke has just won once in their last six games in all competitions, and will look for Saturday's match to improve their play. Their only win during their dry spell was at home, and they look to mirror that with a victory over the visitors from London.
The Hammers have just won once in their last nine games. They are just six points above the bottom three and will need to improve their play quick if they want to stop their plummet down the standings.
Robert Huth will miss because of suspension, while Matthew Etherington is questionable to feature due a back injury.
Aston Villa - Manchester City
Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj hope to help Aston Villa jump out of the drop zone with a win over Manchester City.
Guzan will start at goal, though Lichaj has not featured of late and will hope to break into Villa's game day roster.
The Villans have won just once in their last five games in all competitions and are currently in the relegation zone. Fans were encouraged though with a strong outing last week, despite ending up losing to Arsenal. A win could bolt Villa back to safety.
City is in second place, trailing Manchester United by 12 points. They won their last league game last week against Chelsea, but had gone three straight matches without a victory prior.
Richard Dunne, Gary Gardner, and Marc Albrighton are likely to miss for the hosts.
Barnsley - Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden, and Bolton look to keep their strong play going when they take on Barnsley on the road.
Ream has not featured of late but will push manager Dougie Freedman for a game day roster spot, while Holden made his first league appearance in almost two years in the midweek and could see time this weekend.
The Trotters go into Saturday's game on a five game unbeaten run. They are now in the top half of the Championship and trail Brighton & Hove Albion by seven points for the last playoff position.
Barnsley lost last week's game against Bristol City, but had gone nine games unbeaten prior to that defeat. They are just two points above the drop zone and will need to get back to winning ways once again.
Hull City - Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City take the road to play Hull City in Championship action.
Since returning from injury, Spector has regained his spot in the Blues starting lineup and is likely to feature once again on Saturday. Will Packwood suffered a season ending injury earlier this season and will miss out.
Birmingham won last week's game against Peterborough United, which snapped their three game winless skid. The Blues sit in 16th place and are seven points above the drop zone.
The Tigers lost their last game against Bolton, and will need three points this weekend with a bounce back performance. They are currently in third place, but they trail by just goal differential to Watford for an automatic promotion position.
Notts County - Carlisle United
Frank Simek is expected to start in Carlisle United's away match against Notts County.
The Cumbrians are on a four game winless skid, losing last week to Walsall in their last game. They are six points above the bottom three and will need a victory to relieve some drop zone pressure.
Notts County is in 10th place, but still a good nine points from a playoff position. With less than half a season to go they will need all the points they can get, making Saturday's match crucial.
Clint Dempsey looks to miss with injury in Tottenham's match against Arsenal.
Seb Hines hopes to get minutes in Middlesbrough's game against Cardiff City.
Conor Doyle could make the game day roster in Derby County's game against Crystal Palace.
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City take on Ipswich Town.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United take on Brentford in League One play.
Jon Paul Pittman's Oxford United take on Port Vale in League Two action.