There’s another big weekend on tap for Americans in the Premier League as Clint Dempsey is set to return to EPL action for the first time since injuring his knee in late January, and Landon Donovan is likely to wrap up his loan spell with Everton. Also: Jozy Altidore and Hull City host third-place Arsenal, Jonathan Spector and West Ham travel to second-place Chelsea—and all but one of the games involving Yanks are on the tube.
Gentlemen, start your DVRs….
Dempsey played 30 minutes of Fulham’s 3-1 loss to Juventus in the Europa League yesterday, and came through unscathed, so he should see some time on Sunday, when the Cottagers travel to Old Trafford to take on mighty Man U. If you get Fox Soccer Plus, you can watch that one, at 9:30 a.m. EST.
Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton play Saturday at Birmingham City, which sits two points above the Toffees in the table. Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) has the game, which should be hard-fought one, at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves travel to Burnley for a crucial relegation battle, while Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa are away at Stoke City.
Injured U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden will sit out Bolton Wanderers home game against Wigan, a battle between two sides hovering above the drop zone.
Here is the U.S. TV schedule, all times EST:
Tottenham v Blackburn, 7:30 a.m., ESPN2
Chelsea v West Ham United, 9:45 a.m., Fox Soccer Plus
Birmingham v Everton, 10:00 a.m., FSC
Hull City v Arenal, 12:30 p.m., FSC
Stoke City v Aston Villa, 2:00 p.m. (delayed), Fox Soccer Plus
Burnley v Wolverhampton, 4:00 p.m. (delayed), Fox Soccer Plus
Bolton v Wigan , 5:00 p.m. (delayed), FSC
Manchester United v Fulham, 9:30 a.m., Fox Soccer Plus
Sunderland v Manchester City, 12:00 p.m., FSC