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Matchday 17 pits juggernauts against strugglers

The English Premier League resumes this weekend with many of the league's top clubs facing off with the sides stuck in the lower part of the table. These matches could play a significant role in the title race, while many sides may be able to move themselves away from the drop zone.

Manchester City will head to the North East to take on a struggling Newcastle side. The club could help get back into the thick of the title race with a win, while Newcastle needs a result to try to pick up its recent form.

Manchester United hosts Sunderland, and the match could be vital for both clubs. For United, the club will look to sustain its six-point cushion at the top of the table, while Sunderland will need to stay above water. Currently, it is only one point above the drop zone.

Aston Villa and Liverpool look like two clubs going in very different directions, as the Reds are only four points out of the top four. Aston Villa is in 17th place, with only goal differential separating it from 18th.

Stoke also looks to continue its solid form as it hosts Everton, another club with an impressive start to the season. Queens Park Rangers and Fulham face-off in a derby that could be extremely important for the former side, as QPR has yet to get a win in the league this season.

Other attractive fixtures set for the weekend
Tottenham Hotspur hosts Swansea with hopes that a win will put the North London side into the top four. However, Swansea is also potentially a win away from the same achievement.

West Bromwich Albion welcomes West Ham United the Hawthorns, with both clubs looking to get back on track. This may be one of the most intriguing matches of the weekend, as the two clubs are the surprises of the league this year.

Wigan travels to Carrow Road to battle Norwich City on Saturday, while Reading also faces Arsenal on Monday.

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