MNT Mar 4, 2011
A huge top of the table clash today as Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht host Racing Genk. The teams are tied on 60 points, with Genk narrowly holding a one-goal edge in goal differential. At the other end of the spectrum, Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres join Pachuca when they travel to take on Tecos in a meeting of two teams at the bottom of their respective groups.
A host of U.S. internationals will square off Saturday afternoon in England, starting with Bolton welcoming Aston Villa to Reebok Stadium. Stuart Holden and Michael Bradley could square off in the center of the park, while Brad Guzan has completed his loan spell at Hull City. Bolton is unbeaten in their last four, including three victories. Bradley got his first start for Villa earlier in the week in the loss to Manchester City in the Carling Cup. Clint Dempsey will go in search of his 10th league goal of the campaign when Jermaine Jones and Blackburn come to town, the sides even on 32 points in the EPL table and just four points above the relegation zone. Tim Howard looks to shake off the loss to Reading in the FA Cup when Everton travel north to Newcastle. Coming off last week’s 3-1 win against Liverpool in which Jonathan Spector entered as a sub, West Ham are desperate to keep the momentum going as they seek to climb out of the relegation zone. Piling in eight goals in their last two matches, they welcome Stoke City. Eric Lichaj has started all four matches since going on loan to Leeds United, and he hopes to help continue their eight-match unbeaten run when they host Doncaster Rovers. Eddie Johnson has started five of six at Preston North End, his team still sitting at the bottom of the League Championship and facing a tough test at fifth place Norwich City.
Steve Cherundolo has another biggie on the schedule this weekend, third-place Hannover hosting perennial Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich. With Bayern in fourth place, that one spot in the table is the difference between Champions League qualifying and the Europa League. After a loss to AZ last week, FC Twente sits three points behind league leaders PSV and wants to make up the ground against NAC Breda. Oguchi Onyewu has returned from injury to start in the last three league games. Carlos Bocanegra and St-Etienne are looking to snap a three-match losing streak when they travel to Caen. Jonathan Bornstein has sat the last two for Tigres, who take their seven-point lead in Group 1 to second-place Chivas de Guadalajara.
Sunday’s action begins with Maurice Edu and Rangers facing off against St. Mirren, still sitting five points behind Celtic in the title race with two games in hand. Edson Buddle made the most of his 15 minutes last week against Karlsruhe when he scored his second goal of the season in the 4-1 win, FC Ingolstadt hosting Aachen hoping for a second straight victory. Up north, the Danish league kicks off this weekend and Clarence Goodson could debut for his new club when Brøndby play Lyngby.