By FRANCO PANIZO
Tim Howard and Everton have not lost in their last seven games, and if they are to extend that streak, they'll have to do so against a team they haven't defeated in league play since 2007.
Everton hosts Arsenal in a game the Gunners need in order to keep within striking distance of first place. The Toffees haven't tasted victory against Arsenal since a 1-0 win in March 2007, so a big day will likely be needed from Howard if Everton is to change that.
Howard isn't the only goalkeeper slated to play in a big game this weekend. Brad Friedel and Aston Villa will attempt to jump in the standings when they take on Manchester United. Friedel is certain to start, while Eric Lichaj will be hoping to build on his debut before flying to South Africa.
Jozy Altidore could also potentially play against one of the bigger clubs in the world this weekend. Fresh off scoring a goal in the Copa del Rey, Altidore could make a cameo off the bench when Villarreal faces Barcelona. A win for Altidore and Villarreal would put them ahead of Barcelona and in second place in La Liga.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:
Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play FC Erzgebirge Ave.
Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Le Mans.
Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez, Marco Vidal and Pachuca play Necaxa.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Manchester United.
Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Blackpool.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play Newcastle United.
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers.
Conor Doyle and Derby County play Leicester City.
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Reading. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons play Brentford.
Frank Simek, Mike Grella and Carlisle United play Southampton.
Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Tranmere Rovers.
Maurice Edu and Rangers play Aberdeen.
Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Barcelona.
Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play FC Cologne.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play VfL Wolfsburg.
Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Werder Bremen.
Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play Mainz.
Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Valenciennes.
Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Brest.
Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play FC Midtjylland. (Tracy and Rolfe are out injured.)
Edgar Castillo and San Luis play Cruz Azul.
Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. play Santos.
Tim Howard and Everton play Arsenal.
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play St Mirren.
Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Inter Milan.
Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play TSG Hoffenheim.
David Yeldell and MSV Duisburg play Alemania Aachen.
Amaechi Igwe and FC Ingolstadt 04 play SC Paderborn 07. (Igwe is out injured.)
Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play Energie Cottbus. (Cooper is out injured.)
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KAA Gent.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Lyngby.
Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Viborg.
Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Ranheim.
Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Toluca.
Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play Iraklis.
How do you see Howard and Everton faring against Arsenal? Is a win in store for Friedel and Aston Villa against Manchester United? Do you see Lichaj coming off the bench? How do you think Altidore would fare against Barcelona should he get on the pitch?
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