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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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Manchester United gets cushion after City draw on Matchday 15

The English Premier League title is now Manchester United's to lose, as the club continued to rack up points, and its biggest competition failed to keep pace during Matchday 15.

The Red Devils had a crazy match against Reading, as the club managed a 4-3 victory with all of the goals coming in the first half. After Wayne Rooney's 30th minute goal to put the Manchester side on level terms, Robin van Persie scored the winner four minutes later.

Manchester City picked up a point against Everton, but the failure to snag a win prevented the club to keep pace with its city rivals. Chelsea also struggled, and its 3-1 loss to West Ham United put it 10 points behind United. While there are plenty of matches to play, the West London club will need a drastic improvement in the coming weeks.

West Bromwich Albion may be better suited to a run at the Champions League places than the title, as the Baggies fell 1-0 to Stoke City at The Hawthorns.

Clubs with high hopes produce differing results
While Arsenal came into the season looking to qualify for Champions League at the minimum, the task is looking to be more difficult than expected. The Gunners fell 2-0 to Swansea on two goals from Michu. This dropped Arsenal to 10th, while Swansea climbed into the top seven.

Liverpool helped its hope for European qualification by defeating Southampton 1-0 at home. A goal from Daniel Agger saw the club reach the brink of the top 10. Tottenham Hotspur managed to dismiss Fulham by scoring three goals in the second half. Norwich also defeated Sunderland 2-1, as goals from Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington proved too much to overcome for the Black Cats. Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa also fought it out to a 1-1 draw.

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England, India set to meet in Kolkata

Both England and India look to take the upper hand in the former's tour next week, as the third test is rapidly approaching.

Two of the four tests in England's tour of India are in the books, with each registering a victory. While the first test was claimed by the home side by nine wickets, England charged back in the second test, winning by 10 wickets. This gives the visitors a chance to steal the tour with plenty of opportunities remaining.

The next test between the Men in Blue and England takes place at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It is set to start at 10:30 p.m. EST on December 4, and will continue until the final meeting on December 8.

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Champions League Matchday 6 approaches, qualification spots still on the line

The final day of Champions League's group stage is on the horizon, and while many teams have already qualified, there is still plenty to play for. The schedule looks to be an intense one for the clubs and fans, alike.

Thirteen of the sixteen spots in the Champions League knockout round are already spoken for, with three spots left up for grabs. That means Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Malaga and Barcelona can breathe easy, as they are set as group winners. AC Milan and Real Madrid are guaranteed of group places as runners-up.

There are a group of other clubs who are guaranteed to progress to the knockout stage, but haven't had their positions guaranteed. This includes Porto and Paris Saint-Germain in Group A, Schalke and Arsenal in Group B, Shakhtar Donetsk in Group E, as well as Bayern Munich and Valencia in Group F.

Margin of error is gone for many clubs
With the final matchday approaching, a group of clubs need results to go in their favor as the day shakes out.

In Group H, Galatasaray and Cluj are level on points, but the former has the edge on tiebreakers, which could prove essential. Group G has one spot open, with Benfica having a slight edge over Celtic. However, the Scottish side must face last-place Spartak Moscow, while Benfica must face Celtic.

Juventus and Chelsea both look to fight for the second spot in Group E, but the road could be much tougher for the defending European champions. Chelsea must face Nordsjaelland, the team in the bottom of the group. While this may seem like a manageable task, nothing less than a win will help them. Juventus faces Shakhtar knowing a point will see them through to the next round. Additionally, a win from Juventus will help the club to top spot in the group.

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Matchday 15 provides many interesting fixtures

The English Premier League is in full swing, and there is still everything to play for. The title race, Champions League spots and Europa League qualification are still open to any club, while the relegation battle looks to be exciting.

Manchester United aims to add to its slender lead at the top of the table as the club heads to Madejski Stadium to take on struggling Reading. The Royals may need to pull off a small miracle to get a win, but even a point could help them out significantly.

Manchester City has a much tougher fixture, as the side hosts Everton this weekend. Only one point behind its city rivals, the Sky Blues will need to play at the top of their game. Chelsea faces West Ham in what is an important match for each side, as well.

West Brom needs to get back on track against a surging Stoke City side, which could give the Baggies a lot of trouble. The clubs room for error may not be large, as Tottenham is only three points behind. The North London side travels west to take on Fulham. Arsenal also needs a positive result, as the club plays Swansea City.

Some midtable clubs need a boost
Liverpool will need a strong showing, as the club hosts tricky Southampton at Anfield. The Saints are in the thick of the relegation battle, and could prove difficult. Newcastle also needs to find its form, as it hosts Wigan on Monday night.

Norwich faces Sunderland, and a win from either side could help significantly in the quest to reach midtable and avoid the relegation battle later on. Aston Villa will be looking to do the same this weekend, as it faces Queens Park Rangers, the club in last place in the table.

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Manchester United keeps slim lead on Matchday 14

The English Premier League had plenty of exciting midweek matches, with shakeups all over the table. Two clubs chasing the title won, while some struggling at the bottom are starting to improve.

Manchester United kept its slender lead for first place, as the club edged West Ham United 1-0 at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie's early goal was enough to hold-off the East London side, which kept the pressure on other clubs in the top part of the table.

United's toughest competition for the title at this stage, Manchester City, also managed a win, as the Citizens grabbed two goals in the second half to overcome Wigan Athletic at DW Stadium.

West Bromwich Albion experienced a hiccup after starting strongly, as the side was unable to overcome Swansea City. An early barrage of goals helped the Swans to a 3-1 victory. Chelsea also failed to keep up the pace with the Manchester clubs, as it drew 0-0 with Fulham in the West London Derby.

Tottenham Hotspur got its Champions League hopes back on track, as it held off a late surge from Liverpool to secure a 2-1 win. This put the club only three points off of fourth in the table.

Everton and Arsenal drew 1-1 at Goodison Park, which prevented both from keeping pace with fellow competitors looking for European qualification. However, Stoke inched closer to those two clubs, as the side overcame Newcastle United 2-1.

Strugglers manage to grab valuable points
For clubs in the relegation battle, any and all points are vital at this stage. Aston Villa took this advice to heart, as it overcame fellow strugglers Reading 1-0 at Villa Park. While Queens Park Rangers wasn't able to register a win like their competition, the side managed a 0-0 draw with Sunderland, which could be a springboard for future success.

Southampton is still in drop zone limbo, but it managed a point at home against Norwich City, which could be important later on.

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Midweek offers Premier League Matchday 14

More action occurs this week in the English Premier League, as all 20 clubs are in action on Tuesday or Wednesday. There are some key matches that may clear up the relegation battle, as well as several to help clubs jockey for position in the race for Europe.

Queens Park Rangers could help its fortunes out significantly with a win against Sunderland on Tuesday. The Super Hoops are currently seven points from safety, with Sunderland eight points ahead in 16th place. While it is still early, new manager Harry Redknapp has much to do to ensure another year in the Premier League.

Reading and Aston Villa, currently the other two clubs in the drop zone, face at Villa Park later on Tuesday. A win from either side would be a huge boost, and could help each club feel more comfortable about its prospects.

Southampton and Norwich are both hanging around the bottom part of the table, and a win from either side would help distance themselves from the drop. While this match may be more even, fellow strugglers Wigan have a mammoth task. The club welcomes title contenders Manchester City to the DW Stadium on Wednesday.

Title race, Europe spots up for grabs
With Manchester City facing a manageable fixture, the pressure may be on the other clubs at the top of the table. Manchester United has a difficult match against West Ham at Old Trafford, while Chelsea must play West London rivals Fulham, in what will likely be a tricky fixture. Surprise contenders West Bromwich Albion must travel to Wales to face Swansea City, in what could prove to be a tough match.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur also play on Wednesday, and this could be a match where points are vital for each side. Tottenham sits five points from fourth place, while Liverpool is four points behind the Lilywhites.

The league also has intriguing matchups this week between Stoke City and Newcastle United, as well as Everton and Arsenal.

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Matchday 13 sees muddled title race

The English Premier League recently completed Matchday 13 and, while the title is still Manchester United's to lose, there are plenty of clubs in range of taking the Red Devils down, at this early stage.

United managed to keep up its winning ways over the weekend, as it calmly defeated bottom-feeders Queens Park Rangers. Three goals in eight minutes from Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez helped prevent what would be a shock win from the Super Hoops, as Jamie Mackie opened the scoring in the 52nd minute. QPR will start life with new manager Harry Redknapp later this week, as the club sacked Mark Hughes in an attempt to turn its fortunes around.

Manchester City stayed close, as the club managed a 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. This was the first match with Rafael Benitez at the helm of the West London club, and it showed he will have a tough task. Chelsea dropped to fourth place in the table with the draw, five points from first. City now sits one point behind United in the table.

West Bromwich Albion continued its dream season, as the club defeated Sunderland 4-2. This puts the Baggies into third place, only four points off of the league leaders.

Midtable sides fail to move up
West Ham United had an opportunity to push itself into the fifth spot this weekend, but a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur saw the East London side fall to eighth. Southampton managed to distance itself from the drop zone, as the club surprised Newcastle 2-0. However, this was at the expense of Aston Villa, who are now in 18th. Villa only managed a 0-0 draw against Arsenal, as the North London side also continued its struggling form.

Liverpool missed an opportunity to move up the table, as it only managed a draw against Swansea City. Additionally, Everton and Fulham ended 1-1, preventing each side from making up ground.

Wigan kept Reading in the relegation zone with a 1-0 win, while Stoke City also took care of Fulham 1-0, which put the two sides level on points.

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