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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 27 Preview 31603176 The Premier League returns! The+Premier+League+returns%21 Premier League

After an exciting week of Champions League and Europa thrills and spills, the Premier League is back in action. This weekend’s matchups feature both a clash of the titans, and a David and Goliath battle between top and bottom. Make sure you don’t miss any of the action on the FOX family of networks. And with that, here are the games that you should circle on your calendar:

 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 27 Preview 31603144 Waiting in the wings Waiting+in+the+wings Premier League

Landon Donovan spoke to a USC class this week, and he brought up the fact that he wants to return to the United States men’s national team. Landon and I have actually gone back and forth in conversations during the last couple of weeks. Everything I’ve heard from him says he’s not done yet with his break, but when that break is over he’ll be more than ready to return. When Landon comes back, refreshed and stronger, and more able to help our US national team, then this whole sabbatical will have been worth it for himself, the national team and for the sport in the United States.

 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 27 Preview 31603146 Manchester City vs. Chelsea (live, Sunday, FOX Soccer, 8:30 a.m. ET) Manchester+City+vs.+Chelsea+%28live%2C+Sunday%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+8%3A30+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

This is the one that is going to determine how the Premier League title shapes up come mid-May. This match-up pits number two against number three in the standings, and both teams are facing some serious question marks. City has been on a bad skid as of late. Carlos Tevez started against Leeds last weekend so may get another chance to start up front, but City’s defense needs to get its confidence back, otherwise their grasp on second place may not be so tight anymore.

 

With Chelsea, you just never know how serious they are in trying to move up from the number three spot to number two. The good news for Rafa Benitez this week is he won’t have to see his “fans” at Stamford Bridge, he can get his business done on the road. I really like what Eden Hazard has done lately. He and Juan Mata have had some nice combinations, but Fernando Torres still looks a shadow of his former himself. The Blues are also carrying a few knocks so it will be interesting to see which team Benitez puts out at the Etihad.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 27 Preview 31603143 West Ham vs. Tottenham (live, Monday, 3 p.m. ET) West+Ham+vs.+Tottenham+%28live%2C+Monday%2C+3+p.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Spurs have quietly steadied the ship and held on to that fourth spot in the league standings for a few weeks now. As much as we’ve railed on Andres Villas-Boas in the past, he’s done a really nice job after a shaky start. He was able to handle the goalkeeper transition from Brad Friedel to Hugo Lloris very well.

 

Plus, he has Gareth Bale firing at will and squeezing his way into the conversation as one of the best players in the world right now. He has 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances, and he’s starting to master the Ronaldo-esque free kick. I really like Spurs and I think they’re going to finish the season higher than fourth.

 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 27 Preview 31603145 Arsenal vs. Aston Villa (live, FOX Soccer Plus, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) Arsenal+vs.+Aston+Villa+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer+Plus%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

It seems like more and more, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is similar to that grandparent that you’re thinking about taking the car keys away from. He has problems zipping up his jacket, makes some questionable player selections, and is railing on the media at moments that just don’t seem to make sense. You just get the feeling that the background noise with all the recent struggles at Arsenal is finally getting to him.

 

The last month or so, there have been some curious moves and major setbacks for a team that is really having a difficult time. They had a tough midweek home loss in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, but as we’ve seen from Arsenal, just when we think they’re down, they’re up, and just when we think they’re up, they’re down. So it’s hard to tell which end of the spectrum they’ll end up at this week.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 27 Preview 31599414 Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United (live, FOX Soccer, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) Queens+Park+Rangers+vs.+Manchester+United+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Usually, games featuring the first and last-placed teams don’t have a whole lot of drama, but there is a lot riding on this one for both clubs. United is still on track to pull off the treble, and if they’re going to take care of their Premier League responsibilities, this one is a no brainer.

 

But for QPR, time is of the essence, and draws and losses no longer cut it. They have to start getting three points. Good news: they’re at home. Bad news: they haven’t beaten United at Loftus Road since May 1989. But, one more bit of good news for QPR: Wayne Rooney has been ruled out.

 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 27 Preview 31603142 Norwich vs. Everton (live, FOX Soccer 2GO, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) Norwich+vs.+Everton+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer+2GO%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29+ Premier League

These two teams have been awfully even as of late – in fact, their last three league matches have ended in ties. While I don’t think a lot of people are talking about them, Everton are still in the conversation for a Champions League spot as they hover in sixth, but it’s about time for them to get a little surge.

 

Marouane Fellaini has been wonderful, though I found his comments this week a bit curious. He claimed that the officials are scared of him, saying “I can see them keeping a special eye on me - they are frightened of me.” Look, his hair frightens me, but his play certainly doesn’t, and it shouldn’t frighten the refs either.

 

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