EPL Preview: The battle continues

by ‘Ifreke Inyang

The biggest game this week sees Manchester United renew their age-long rivalry with Liverpool. The match which will be played at Old Trafford will see the Patrice Evra come face to face with Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez, who is back after serving an eight-game ban for racially abusing the United defender.

Six games will kick off at 3pm. Arsenal travel to Sunderland. The Gunners were in sparkling form last week against Blackburn Rovers, thrashing Steve Kean’s men 7-1 in a display of brilliant attacking football. It will be first of two double header meetings, as both side will square up against each other in the 5th round of the FA Cup next weekend.

Bolton Wanderers welcome Wigan Athletic to the Reebok. Owen Coyle’s men are sitting in 18th position and need to start clawing their way back up as the games start running out. Wigan are at the bottom of the league and will make life hard for the Trotters. In a week that has seen Roman Abramovich visit the training ground constantly, Andre Villas-Boas would have been left with little doubt that it is squeaky bum time. Chelsea play Everton at Goodison Park and will be wary of the fact that the Toffees defeated Manchester City the last time out. In the other games, Fulham will play Stoke City and new boys, Swansea City and Norwich meet at the Liberty Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspurs will host Newcastle in the last game on Saturday. There’s an excited atmosphere in White Hart Lane, with coach Harry Redknapp cleared of tax evasion earlier in the week. He was evidently missed as Spurs struggled to a barren draw at Anfield on Monday. Alan Pardew will be hoping that his Senegalese strike duo of will be firing on all cylinders, as they seek to maintain their hunt for European football.

On Sunday, Wolverhampton Wanderers will play West Brom at home. It promises to be a cracker, as not only is a derby, but the two teams desperately need points. West Brom is 15th and just six points off relegation places, while Wolves are just a point clear in 17th.

The last game for this round of Premier League games is between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park. The Blues would be licking their lips, as Villa’s form has been woeful of late and there are whispers that the fans might protest before the game.

Let’s get ready for another episode of Britain’s most watched drama series!

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