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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South Africa continues its test tour of Australia, as the two sides are set to meet at the Adelaide Oval in South Australia.
The first day of the next test is fast approaching, with it set to kick off at 7 p.m. EST on November 21. It is planned to continue until the final meeting, which takes place on November 25.
Australia will be looking to improve from the first test, which ended in a draw. There are two tests left between the two sides, with the home side likely needing to sweep the final two in order to get the victory. The weather should be perfect for the match, as it is expected to be in the high 70s throughout much of the first day, while it should get warmer as the weekend continues.
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The English Premier League experienced an action-packed weekend, with the highlight being West Bromwich Albion's shock defeat of Chelsea, which helped the Black Country side into fourth place, with hopes of qualifying for Europe.
A goal from Peter Odemwingie in the 50th minute helped the Baggies to the surprising victory, which catapulted the side into the heart of the Champions League qualification race. The loss prevented Chelsea from gaining ground in the title race, and the club is now four points off pace.
Arsenal also made its case for fourth, as the North London side defeated rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs an early lead, but after his red card in the first half, Arsenal opened the floodgates, scoring four unanswered goals.
Manchester United was shocked this weekend, as the club lost 1-0 to Norwich City at Carrow Road. A goal from Anthony Pilkington at the hour mark gave the Canaries the surprise win. Manchester City took advantage of Chelsea's and United's poor performances by thrashing Aston Villa 5-0. This put the Sky Blues to the top of the table, one point higher than their city rivals.
Many matches, but no clearer picture in the table
Liverpool managed to continue its solid form, as the club easily handled Wigan by a score of 3-0. Luis Suarez's brace helped bring the North West side closer to midtable. However, the blue side of Liverpool did not fare as well, as Everton fell 2-1 to Reading at Madejski Stadium.
The relegation battle didn't get any less complicated, as Southampton defeated Queens Park Rangers 3-1. This left QPR at the bottom of the table, while Aston Villa, Southampton and Reading are all one point apart.
Sunderland prevented Fulham from climbing into Europe qualification contention, as the Black Cats scored three at Craven Cottage for a 3-1 victory.
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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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The UEFA Champions League is entering its final stretches of the group stage, and many clubs are trying to lock up a spot in the knockout rounds. Others are trying to avoid elimination in a desperate attempt to make the next stage.
Three teams already qualified for the knockout rounds, as Manchester United, Malaga and Porto will play in the next phase of the tournament. All three made sure of this on the previous matchday, with United ensuring it won its group.
Meanwhile, many clubs will be looking to join the ranks after the upcoming match is complete. Chelsea faces Juventus in a match that could put each side in the driver's seat for a chance to get to the next round, while a loss would cripple their chances. A Chelsea win would actually see them advance in the group, while a win for Shakhtar Donetsk would also put it through in Group E.
Surprise club Celtic will help themselves into the knockout round with a win against Benfica, while Barcelona would do the same if it defeats Spartak Moscow. An Arsenal victory in Group B would put it through the the next round, while Schalke would be able to do the same if it defeats Montpellier.
Clubs try to stay afloat
While many of the bigger sides have destiny in their hands, some others will need a bit of help. Manchester City will need to win its final two matches to have an opportunity to play in the next phase. This won't be easy, as the club must face Real Madrid on Matchday 5.
AC Milan will play Anderlecht, with both clubs needing a victory to have a chance at the next round. A win could put the Italian side through, but the Belgians will need points from the final two matches to be sure.
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Two of the biggest cricket nations will clash later this week as England begins its tour of India for four test matches.
The first test between the two sides will begin at 11 p.m. EST on November 14, at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. This match will continue until its final match kick off on November 18.
The second test will start on November 22, at 11 p.m. EST, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This will continue until the final match commences on November 26.
India and England will reconvene on December 4, at 10:30 p.m. EST, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The final match of this test will begin on December 8.
The fourth and final test between the two nations will take place on December 12, at 11 p.m. EST, at VCA Stadium in Nagpur. The test will continue until its final match on December 16.
England and India are two of the most successful cricket nations in the world. The latest test rankings from the International Cricket Council showed England in second place, with a rating of 117. India currently sits in fifth spot, with a rating of 106.
Two nations share storied rivalry
Both England and India have met several times through the years in test cricket, with England winning 16 of the tests through the years. The Men in Blue won nine times through the years, with four draws between the two sides.
While England is far ahead all-time, India experienced the majority of the recent spoils. England won last year's Pataudi Trophy, but since 1986, India captured five tests against England, as well as two draws and only three losses. This includes two of the latest clashes, including the 2007 Pataudi Trophy and the 2008-09 England tour of India. Meanwhile, the aforementioned 2011 Pataudi Trophy was won easily by England, by four tests to zero.
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Manchester United managed to gain a slight amount of breathing room at the top of the table, but Manchester City and Chelsea are still close behind.
United fell into a significant hole against Aston Villa, but an own goal and two from Javier Hernandez completed a 3-2 comeback victory, helping themselves to a two-point cushion at the top of the table.
Manchester City did its part to keep pace with its rival, as the club struck twice to edge Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad. The win vaulted City into second place, but also held Tottenham out of an opportunity to sneak closer to the top four. Chelsea struggled against Liverpool, failing to pull out a win at Stamford Bridge. The draw may prove important later in the year, as the Blues lost some ground in the race for the title.
Surprises continue march up the table
Two surprise clubs further shocked doubters this weekend, as West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United both picked up wins. The Baggies managed a 2-1 victory against Wigan, firing the club into fifth place with 20 points after 11 matches. The Hammers also looked impressive in a 1-0 victory over Newcastle. That result put the East London club into sixth place, two points back of West Brom.
Everton kept pace for the Champions League battle, as the club defeated Sunderland. This put the Toffees into the fourth spot, on goal differential. Arsenal could only manage a draw in a wild match against Fulham, with Mikel Arteta missing a penalty kick in the waning moments of the match.
The relegation battle did not get any clearer, as Southampton only managed a draw with Swansea City. Reading also captured a point against Norwich City in a scoreless draw. Queens Park Rangers struggled yet again, as the club on the bottom of the table failed to score against Stoke City, losing by a goal.
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Matchday 11 of the English Premier League season is this weekend, and there are plenty of matches on the schedule with significant implications.
The race for the title is still as tight as ever, and the three sides jockeying for position may all experience difficult tests this weekend. League leaders Manchester United look to keep their roll alive, but it may be more difficult than expected, as the Red Devils must travel to Villa Park, in what could be a difficult match.
On Sunday, Manchester City looks to take all three points at home against Tottenham Hotspur, but the North London club has aspirations of its own. A win at the Etihad would put Spurs within two points of the third-place side, as well as a potential leg-up in the race for a Champions League spot.
Chelsea also will try to make life at the top of the table more interesting, as the club hosts Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. This may be a match that Liverpool needs to grab all three points, as the Reds slow start to the season sees them in 12th.
There is also an intriguing match between two mid-table sides, as Newcastle welcomes West Ham United to St. James' Park. Last year's surprise side, Newcastle may need to pull out some magic against the East London club. The Hammers impressed many to start the season, and the side shows no signs of slowing down.
Intrigue surrounds other matches
The relegation battle will heat up this weekend, as Norwich City travels to Madejski Stadium to meet Reading in a match where both could use three points. Queens Park Rangers heads to the Britannia to face Stoke City, and a win could bring the Hoops closer to exiting the drop zone.
Wigan also hosts a surprising West Bromwich Albion side on Saturday, while Arsenal faces Fulham in a all-London fixture. Everton and Sunderland will clash at Goodison Park.
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