Matchday 18 offers many holiday treats
There are many matches in the English Premier League this weekend, which could make it an attractive appetizer for the holidays. The fixtures could prove to be quite exciting, as the races at the top, bottom and middle of the table are starting to clear up.
Manchester United looks to pad its lead on the top of the table with a win over tough side Swansea City. This won't be an easy fixture for Alex Ferguson's side, as the club must travel to Wales to take on the Swans.
Manchester City may have a bit easier of a fixture this weekend, as it hosts Reading, the club stuck at the bottom of the table. The Royals need wins quickly if they are to survive, but this looks like a mammoth task.
Chelsea will look to get back on track, as it is 13 points off of the league lead. However, the club must host a resurgent Aston Villa, who is coming off of a strong win against Liverpool.
Liverpool will need to get back to its winning ways quickly, and its next opportunity is an attractive one. The Reds host a tough Fulham side at Anfield.
Everton also travels to West Ham on Saturday, while Tottenham hosts Stoke City.
Intriguing relegation battles this weekend
The relegation fight isn't getting any clearer, as more clubs are getting pulled down into the battle. Queens Park Rangers will have an opportunity to improve its chances of avoiding the drop, as the club plays Newcastle. The Magpies have had a woeful stretch, and a loss to QPR could put the side in a lot of trouble.
Sunderland and Southampton are both slightly above the drop zone, and a win from either side could be beneficial. Both clubs may be fighting it out later in the season, so points are at a premium.
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