American Exports preview: Shea may get Stoke City debut
AMSTERDAM – We're here again to help you plot pub raids to catch Americans in European weekend action, which includes Brek Shea's first shot at his Stoke City debut. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea – Stoke City at Fulham (Saturday, 7:45 am on ESPN2/ESPN3.com)
The erstwhile FC Dallas winger has been passed fit for selection and should be named to the Potters game squad, while US teammate Cameron seems a safe bet to start. Stoke are 1-5 on their last six trips to Craven Cottage, but at least this time they won't need to deal with old nemesis Clint Dempsey. Of more concern will be the fact that they've only won once on the road this season.
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj – Aston Villa at Arsenal (Saturday, 10 am ET on Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Soccer 2Go)
The Villa 'keeper (above) has yet to defeat Arsenal in two tries, with a shutout draw in this season's earlier meeting. Guzan has conceded a dizzying 15 times in the last four EPL away contests, but only lost one of them. Lichaj should also dress for the visitors. Aston Villa have not fared too poorly at Arsenal in recent years, notching two wins and two draws from their last seven trips south.
Fabian Johnson, Daniel Williams, Michael Parkhurst – Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim (Saturday, 9:30 am)
While Williams is expected to work from the sub's bench for this relegation derby, the other two Americans should see plenty of each other along their flank. Both Johnson and Parkhurst are coming off rough outings last week, so renewed efforts are in order with a single point separating the clubs on either side of the automatic trap door. Augsburg have not beaten their weekend visitors in three Bundesliga tries, but do hold a slim 4-3-2 edge in home meetings.
Jozy Altidore – AZ Alkmaar vs. NAC Breda (Sunday, 10:30 am)
The AZ power forward will try to cut his three-goal deficit on the league scoring lead, while his team attempt to get back in the table's top 10 by halting a six-match win drought against NAC. Though he's failed to log either in three tries versus the Yellow Army, Altidore has 16 goals and four assists in 17 home games over the last year. In addition to injured playmaker Maarten Martens, the hosts will be missing defender Nick Viergever through suspension.
BELGIAN JUPILER LEAGUE
Sacha Kljestan – Anderlecht at Club Brugge (Sunday, 8:30 am)
Kljestan & Co. will try again to fluff up their eight-point tabletop cushion against a struggling rival. The midfielder should keep his usual place, especially with a two-game ban coming up for last week's previously unpunished elbow on Standard's Yoni Buyens. Anderlecht, who found out this week they will hang onto star man and seemingly perpetual CSKA Moscow target Matías Suárez, have three wins and a draw in the last five derbies in Brugge.
BEST OF THE REST
Tim Howard – Everton at Norwich City (Saturday, 10 am on Fox Soccer 2Go)
Michael Bradley – AS Roma at Atalanta (Sunday, 9 am on beIN Sport en Español)
Timothy Chandler – FC Nürnberg at Stuttgart (Saturday, 9:30 am)
Jermaine Jones – Schalke vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf (Saturday, 12:30 pm on GolTV)
Terrence Boyd – Rapid Vienna at Red Bull Salzburg (Sunday, 10 am)