Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Maurice Edu 6 (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Maurice Edu may have had an up-and-down Champions League game against Valencia, but he'll need to quickly put that past him as Rangers take on Celtic in a battle of unbeatens this weekend.

Both teams enter the Old Firm derby with eight wins in as many matches, and the winner will take an early lead in the race for supremacy in the SPL. Despite sitting on just two days rest when the game kicks off, Edu could be looked at to help neutralize a Celtic attack that will be bolstered by its home fans at Celtic Park.

Benny Feilhaber will also be on relatively short rest when he and AGF Aarhus square off versus Skive this weekend. Feilhaber scored the winner off a free kick in a 4-1 decision against Fyn on Wednesday, and he'll be hoping to build off that performance as Aarhus continues its dominance in Denmark's second tier.

Looking for an intriguing battle of Americans? Look no further than IK Start's fixture against Stabaek IF, where Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman will attempt to contain Mikkel Diskerud. A potential battle of central midfielders could also occur should Ricardo Clark and Jermaine Jones both see the field when Eintracht Frankfurt faces Schalke 04.

Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

FRIDAY

Edgar Castillo and San Luis play Necaxa.

SATURDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Tottenham Hotspur.

Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play West Bromwich Albion.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Wigan Athletic.

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Chelsea.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Newcastle United.

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Sunderland.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Millwall.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Middlesbrough. (Whitbread is out injured.)

Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Huddersfield Town.

Frank Simek, Mike Grella and Carlisle United play Charlton Athletic.

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Werder Bremen.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Kaiserslautern.

Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play FC Cologne.

Amaechi Igwe and FC Ingolstadt 04 play FSV Frankfurt. (Igwe is out injured.)

Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play Arminia Bielefeld. (Cooper is out injured.)

Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Caen. (Bocanegra is out injured.)

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Toulouse.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez, Marco Vidal and Pachuca play Chiapas.

Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. play Queretaro.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Atlas.

SUNDAY

Maurice Edu and Rangers play Dominic Cervi and Celtic.

Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Atletico Madrid.

David Yeldell and MSV Duisburg play Luis Robles and Karlsruhe.

Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play Olympiakos.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KVC Westerlo.

Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland. (Tracy and Rolfe are out injured.)

Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Skive.

Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek IF.

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Stromsgodset.

MONDAY

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Napoli.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Sedan.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play AIK.

Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play Brommapojkarna. 

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Do you expect Edu to start in the Old Firm derby this weekend? Think Feilhaber will score again? Are Goodson and Freeman capable of shutting down Diskerud? Hoping to catch a glimpse of Jones vs. Clark?

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