By FRANCO PANIZO
Tim Howard and Everton have conceded three goals in back-to-back games, and things are not about to get any easier for them.
Looking to return to winning ways after dropping their last two games across all competitions by a combined scored of 6-2, the Toffees will be hoping that their defense puts forth an improved outing when they go on the road to face rivals Liverpool on Saturday. Howard will likely serve as a key figure in the first Merseyside Derby match of the season, as the Reds attempt to get their attack going after a subpar start to the season that has yielded just seven goals and a 2-3 record.
Brad Guzan is also in store for a tough one, as he leads Aston Villa into battle against Premiership leaders Chelsea. The Villans are aiming to rebound from their first defeat of the campaign, a 3-0 loss to Arsenal, and will need Guzan to be on top of his game again in order to grab a victory on the road against a star-studded Blues team that is undefeated in seven matches across all competitions this season.
Not all the more interesting action will be taking place in England. There could be an intriguing duel between U.S. Men’s National Team teammates Timmy Chandler and Julian Green in Sunday’s Bundesliga encounter between Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburg, but Green will have to prove he is recovered from the bruised ribs he suffered earlier in the week in order to be available for selection.
Down a division in Germany, Andrew Wooten will try and extend his recent game-winning scoring tear. Wooten has netted three decisive goals in as many games for SV Sandhausen, and he surely will not mind doing it again when they square off with TSV Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.
Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play SpVgg Greuther Furth.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.
Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr, Amando Moreno, John Requejo and Club Tijuana play Veracruz.
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Toluca.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Santos Laguna.
Tim Howard and Everton play Liverpool.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Chelsea.
Cody Cropper and Southampton play Queens Park Rangers.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Swansea City.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Arsenal.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood, Brek Shea and Birmingham City play Emerson Hyndman and Fulham.
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Zak Whitbread and Derby County.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Brighton & Hove Albion.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play SC Freiburg.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play SC Paderborn 07.
Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund play Schalke 04.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Karlsruhe.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play ADO Den Haag. (Johannsson is out injured.)
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Zulte-Waregem.
Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play SV Josko Ried.
Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt. (Gatt and Valentin are out injured.)
Jeb Brovsky and Stomsgodset play Viking.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Edgar Castillo and Atlas.
Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Pachuca.
Danny Williams and Reading play Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Williams is out injured.)
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play FC Augsburg.
Julian Green and Hamburg SV play Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig play Fortuna Dusseldorf. (Boyd is out injured.)
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Lyon.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play FC Twente.
Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek IF play Lillestrom.
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Aalesund.
Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Pumas UNAM.
Michael Orozco and Puebla play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Newcastle United.
Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play Novi Pazar.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Expect Howard and the Toffees to come up victorious? Do you see Green being deemed healthy enough to at least play? What are the chances that Wooten scores a fourth consecutive late winner?
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