PREVIEW: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, September 20, 2013
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland hope to notch their first league win of the season when they take on West Bromwich Albion, while Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play red hot Arsenal at the Emirates.

Norwich City - Aston Villa

Brad Guzan will be in the nets for Aston Villa when they take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Villa goes into the match on a three game losing streak in league play. They started the season with a huge victory against Arsenal, but have been unable to heighten their level of play ever since.

Christian Benteke has again taken charge of Villa offensively, however they must find other avenues to score goals if they will be successful moving forward.

The Canaries are coming off a loss to Tottenham on the road. They have amassed only four points in their first four games and lead Villa by just a point.

Charles N'Zogbia and Jores Okore will miss due to injuries for Villa.

West Ham United - Everton

Tim Howard and Everton take the road to play West Ham United in London as they try to carry on from last week's momentum-building win.

Everton is coming off their first victory of the season and Roberto Martinez' first win as the team's manager. They beat Chelsea 1-0 at Goodison Park courtesy of a Steven Naismith goal.

Previous to that victory, Everton had notched three straight draws to start the season. A victory this weekend could catapult them into the league's top four.

The Hammers started off the season with a win over Cardiff City, but the team has not scored a goal in their next three league games.

West Ham hopes a return to Boleyn Ground will give the team motivation to notch a victory.

Steven Pienaar, Arouna Koné, Darron Gibson, and Antolín Alcáraz are injury concerns for Everton.

Arsenal - Stoke City

Geoff Cameron should be a factor when Stoke City head to London to play Arsenal.

Cameron is likely to start at right back for the Potters, while Maurice Edu and Brek Shea hope to make the game day roster.

Stoke goes into this weekend's matchup playing strong soccer. They have gone four games unbeaten in all competitions, including three wins in that span.

The Potters have seven points in four games and a win could bolster them into a top spot in the Premier League.

Arsenal also goes into the game playing great soccer. The Gunners lost their first game of the season, but the team has regrouped and pulled off three straight wins to put them in second place.

Marc Muniesa, Jamie Ness, and Glenn Whelan are injury worries for the Potters.

West Bromwich Albion - Sunderland

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland take on West Bromwich Albion in a game featuring the Premier League's two bottom teams.

Altidore has become a regular in Paolo Di Canio's starting lineup and is likely to feature this weekend.

The Black Cats have yet to win a game this season and have only pulled off one draw thus far in league play. They lost to Arsenal last weekend, where Altidore found the back of the net only to have the goal disallowed because of a previous foul by the opponent during the buildup.

West Brom is ahead of Sunderland in the standings, but just by a point. They have not won a game this season and have drawn two games, including last week's game against Fulham.

Andrea Dossena, Connor Wickham, and Phil Bardsley are all injury worries for the Black Cats.

Doncaster Rovers - Nottingham Forest

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest take the road to play the Doncaster Rovers in Championship action.

Lichaj is a regular in Forest's back line and is likely to see the field.

Forest drew their midweek game against Middlesbrough, where Lichaj assisted in one of their two goals. They are currently in fifth place with 14 points and could jump to first place with a win and some help.

Doncaster is currently on a four game winless skid, including their midweek defeat to Watford. Their in the bottom half of the standings and hope to start clawing their way up with a win on Saturday.

Derby County - Reading

Danny Williams and Reading head to Pride Park to play Derby County.

Williams is likely to see action in the Royals midfield this weekend.

The German American assisted on Reading's stoppage time winner over Leeds United in the midweek. That helped the Royals put them in the Championship's 12th position.

The Rams have lost just once in their last four league games. A win for them could put them into a playoff position.

Notes

Brad Freidel is not likely to feature in Tottenham's match against Cardiff City.

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City take on Blackpool.

Seb Hines and Middlesbrough play AFC Bournemouth at home.

Tim Ream could see the field in Botlon's game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jon Paul Pittman's Wycombe play York City in League Two action.