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Big Games At Both Ends Of The Premier League This Weekend

It promises to be a really interesting weekend in the Premier League with Chelsea and Manchester City both having more than one eye on crucial Champions League games next week, while there is a massive six-pointer at the bottom of the table.

At the top, leaders Manchester United travel to Norwich on Saturday with a two-point advantage over champions Manchester City, at home to Aston Villa.

Chelsea, a point further back in third, travel to fifth-placed West Brom, where former Chelsea assistant Steve Clark has done a fantastic job this season.

The Villa and West Brom matches have traps written all over them as City and Chelsea have must-win games in Europe next week. Chelsea travel to Turin to play Juventus while Manchester City entertain Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium before the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge a week on Sunday.

At the bottom of the table we are have the first real six-pointer of the season as Sunderland visit QPR. That this game is so important to both sides this early in the season is a indication about how much they have both struggled this season.

QPR have yet to win in 11 Premier League matches this season, while Southampton have just one victory.

With the massive new TV contract kicking in next season the costs of getting relegated have never been higher and I would not be surprised to see the losing manager get sacked.

Meanwhile the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham sees both clubs battling to get back into the four while Everton will look to maintain their place in the top four at home to strugglers Reading.

Liverpool will look to Luis Suarez to continue the form that has already yielded 11 goals this season, eight in 11 Premier League matches as Liverpool begin a stretch of 10 matches that should see them leapfrog into the top six in the table.

English Premier League fixtures
Saturday

Arsenal v Tottenham
Liverpool v Wigan
Manchester City v Aston Villa
Newcastle v Swansea
Norwich v Manchester United
QPR v Southampton
Reading v Everton
West Brom v Chelsea

Sunday
Fulham v Sunderland

Monday
West Ham v Stoke

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