Chelsea begins life without Di Matteo, many important Matchday 13 clashes
The English Premier League was shocked this week to learn Chelsea sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo, only months after winning both Champions League and the FA Cup. As his replacement, former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will take the helm.
Benitez will have a difficult task immediately, as Chelsea hosts Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. City currently has a slender lead over Manchester United for the top spot, and Chelsea currently sits four points from first.
United hosts Queens Park Rangers, in a match the latter needs to win. QPR sits on the bottom of the league, five points from safety. However, it could be exceedingly difficult to get anything from the match, as United's form this season is impressive.
West Bromwich Albion looks to continue its surprising season, as the club travels to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland. Another win from the Baggies could catapult them into third place.
Arsenal's struggles this season could be erased if the North London side defeats strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday. The club easily overcame Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, and a win could put the club back into the thick of the race for Champions League qualification. Tottenham will face another difficult match, as Spurs host West Ham United. Currently, Tottenham trails West Ham by two points in the table.
Muddled midtable may receive clarity this weekend
The middle of the pack in the Premier League are jockeying for position, and decisive victories could see some of the clubs gain steam for a push to the top of the table. Liverpool heads to Wales to face Swansea City, and is looking to extend its Premier League unbeaten streak to eight matches.
Fulham visits the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City, and a win could help the club make a serious push toward European qualification. Wigan also will try and improve its league position with a match against strugglers Reading, while Newcastle will attempt to change its fortunes against Southampton.
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