By FRANCO PANIZO
Four games, three cleansheets. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa have gotten off to a dream start in the Premiership season, but will have to dig deep this weekend in order to extend their undefeated run to five games.
The Villans, who surprisingly sit in second place right now, host star-studded Arsenal on Saturday and are hoping to put forth another strong performance in order to stay near the top of the table in England’s top tier. Guzan will likely need to come up with another solid outing in goal for Aston Villa to have a shot at avoiding their first defeat of the year, and improve on their 3-0-1 record.
While Guzan is all but assured to start for his club, Julian Green is less of a certainty to do the same for his. Green’s loan club, cellar dwellers Hamburg, will lock horns with his parent club Bayern Munich on Saturday. That makes Green’s role unclear as Hamburg attempts to grab their first win of the season, especially since he struggled to find his footing in his Bundesliga debut last weekend.
If you’re in search of a match-up involving players from the Americans Abroad contingent, look no further than 1860 Munich’s clash with FC Ingolstadt. Recent U.S. Men’s National Team call-ups Bobby Wood and Alfredo Morales could both see time in the match, making for an intriguing battle between two of the prospects who are seeing consistent playing time in Europe right now.
Here is who the Americans Abroad square off against this weekend:
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play SC Freiburg.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play VfR Aalen.
Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr, Amando Moreno, John Requejo and Club Tijuana play Santos Laguna.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Queens Park Rangers. (Cameron is out injured.)
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Arsenal.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Burnley.
Cody Cropper and Southampton play Swansea City.
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Cardiff City.
Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Blackburn Rovers.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Millwall.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood, Brek Shea and Birmingham City play Norwich City.
Danny Williams and Reading play Sheffield Wednesday. (Williams is out injured.)
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Julian Green and Hamburg SV play Bayern Munich.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play Schalke 04.
Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund play Mainz 05.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Nice.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Cercle Brugge.
Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play Rheindorf Altach.
Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Jeb Brovsky and Stomsgodset. (Valentin is out injured.)
Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Viking. (Gatt is out injured.)
Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play Napredak.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Pachuca.
Michael Orozco and Puebla play Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas.
Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Universidad de Guadalajara.
Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Cruz Azul.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play West Bromwich Albion.
Tim Howard and Everton play Crystal Palace.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play VfL Wolfsburg.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play FC Cologne.
Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig play FC Union Berlin. (Boyd is out injured.)
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play PEC Zwolle. (Johannsson is out injured.)
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play FC Groningen.
Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek IF play Aalesund.
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Haugesund.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Toluca.
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Think Guzan and the Villains grab a result vs. Arsenal? Do you see Green playing against Bayern Munich?
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