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Many important fixtures set for Matchday 16

The English Premier League is set up for a pivotal weekend for Matchday 16, as there are plenty of intriguing fixtures that will help shape the table from top to bottom.

The weekend is highlighted by the Manchester Derby, as Manchester City and Manchester United will clash at Etihad Stadium. United currently is in the league lead with 36 points from 15 matches, while City has 33 points from that many played. However, a win for the blue side of the city would help the club into first place. A win from Alex Ferguson's side would help it to a six-point lead.

Arsenal also hosts West Bromwich Albion, which is an important match for both sides. The Gunners could get back on track for a Champions League chase, while West Brom will want to pick up its form in order to stay clear of the pack.

Chelsea looks to forget about its recent Champions League failure, as the club travels to the Stadium of Light to take on strugglers Sunderland.

Liverpool looks to keep up its solid form as it heads to the Boleyn Ground to battle West Ham United. A win would put the Reds level on points with the Hammers.

Tottenham Hotspur has an opportunity to tighten its grip on the top four, as the Lilywhites play Everton at Goodison Park. A win against the Toffees could catapult the North London side into third place.

Norwich also has a chance to boost itself from midtable, as it faces surging Swansea City in Wales.

Important relegation battles set for the weekend
The relegation zone will be busy this weekend, as Wigan Athletic faces Queens Park Rangers. This may be a match QPR needs, as Wigan is one of its chief rivals for the drop.

Southampton faces Reading, and with a win, the Saints could climb out of the drop zone, making life much harder for the Royals and Super Hoops.

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