North London derby highlights Matchday 12
The English Premier League resumes for Matchday 12 this weekend, and the biggest match of the weekend is its first. Two rivals clash at Emirates Stadium, as the North London derby returns with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Both clubs are in position to make a run at Champions League qualification, and a win in the derby will prove hugely important – not just for the rivalry itself. Currently, Tottenham is one point ahead of its local rivals, and of the two, a win could put them in the drivers seat for fourth place.
While the two North London sides battle it out, Everton will look to strengthen its grip on the fourth spot, as the club takes on Reading at Madejski Stadium. A win could help the Toffees close in on the top three, continuing a dream season for the North West side.
There are several other intriguing matches this weekend, including Queens Park Rangers against Southampton and Liverpool hosting Wigan on Saturday. Sunday features Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage, while West Ham welcomes Stoke City on Monday.
Title battle continues this weekend
Manchester United has a slender lead at the top of the table, but a win against Norwich City on Saturday could help keep the pressure on the club's closest competition to catch up. The Canaries aren't out of the relegation battle yet, and at least a point against the league leaders may prove crucial later this season.
Chelsea is three points off of United, but the side has a difficult fixture against surprise club West Bromwich Albion. Only four points apart in the table, the Baggies will attempt to continue the dream campaign at The Hawthorns.
Manchester City, only two points behind its city rival, welcomes Aston Villa to Etihad Stadium on Saturday. It may be important for the Sky Blues to not underestimate the visitors, as the Villans nearly pulled off a shock win against United last weekend.
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