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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31638428 Turn off the lights? Turn+off+the+lights%3F+ Premier League

Time is running out in the Premier League, and with two months to go in the season, battles on both ends of the table are heating up. Can Reading beat the odds and survive relegation after sacking their manager? Will Manchester United close the door completely on City, or allow another comeback? Every game becomes unmissable – so make sure you clear your weekend schedule. And with that, we turn to this week's key fixtures:


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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31635650 Boy wonder Boy+wonder Premier League

I was fortunate enough to be at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday night for the Galaxy’s 4-1 CONCACAF Champions League win over Herediano and walked away impressed. Jose Villarreal is absolutely for real, and yes it appears it's time to get him up with the big boys on the national team.


I don’t see him getting called up for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but the CONCACAF Gold Cup (exclusively on FOX Soccer) should be a great coming out party for this wonderful young American talent.


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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31635647 Chelsea vs. West Ham (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET) Chelsea+vs.+West+Ham+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Sunday%2C+11%3A30+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

I am pleading with Rafa Benitez to finally give us the Demba Ba – Fernando Torres combo up top.Despite Torres' goal against Steaua Bucuresti on Thursday, the Spaniard has struggled mightily this season. However this could be the spark the striker needed. Torres has six goals and three assists in seven league games against the Hammers. He hasn’t produced against any other league opponent more often than that.


Chelsea has seen their form dip them down to fourth in the standings, which is still good enough for a Champions League spot, but on the bonus side, they could be in third by the end of the weekend after their match against the Hammers.


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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31635649 Tottenham vs. Fulham (live, Sunday, FOX Soccer Plus, 11 a.m. ET) Tottenham+vs.+Fulham+%28live%2C+Sunday%2C+FOX+Soccer+Plus%2C+11+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

A lot of American eyes are going to be on this one as it’s the last game for Tottenham ahead of the international break. Clint Dempsey, who has been dealing with a calf strain, didn’t make the lineup for Thursday’s Europa league clash. However he is back in training and could see some minutes over the weekend against his former club Fulham.


In this clash, Fulham needs Dimitar Berbatov to be influential and involved early and often. On the other hand, Spurs know that Gareth Bale had the midweek off and he should be rested and ready to continue his fantastic form. One place where Tottenham is going to hit Fulham? On the counter attack. No club in the league has created more chances than Tottenham on the counter.


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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31638427 Manchester United vs. Reading (live, FOX Soccer, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET) Manchester+United+vs.+Reading+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Saturday%2C+1%3A30+p.m.+ET%29 Premier League

These are two clubs on opposite ends of the table, but going through some similar struggles at the moment.


Reading canned their coach midweek as they have slipped all they way down to 19th place. This ill-advised move may seal their fate – no team that has sacked their coach at this stage of the season has survived relegation. They only have nine games left, including their trip to Manchester United, to try and get themselves up into 17th place. It’s not going to be easy as they have a tough remaining schedule.


As for United, in their last two home games they lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League, and what felt like a loss, they coughed up a 2-0 lead to Chelsea in the FA Cup last weekend, and had to settle for a 2-2 tie. If United is smart, they’re going to lean on Wayne Rooney for the remainder of the season.


He’s having his best ever league campaign when you look at goals he’s involved in per minute – he has a goal or an assist every 75 minutes he’s on the field this season.


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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31635648 Swansea vs. Arsenal (live, Saturday, FOX Soccer, 11 a.m. ET) Swansea+vs.+Arsenal+%28live%2C+Saturday%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+11+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Say hello to your cliffhanger special. This season, six of the seven goals scored between these two teams have come in the final ten minutes. Remarkably, this will be the fourth meeting between these two clubs this season, and the record is split right down the middle with one loss, one win and one tie for each.


Swansea are on a nice little run, and they will go into this one trying to win their fourth Premier League home game in a row for the first time this season. The Swans are definitely making a move up the table.


It will also be interesting to see how Arsenal reacts to their brave, but in the end, defeated effort in their Champions League tie in Munich earlier this week.


Rob Stone

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31635646 Everton vs. Manchester City (live, Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET) Everton+vs.+Manchester+City+%28live%2C+Saturday%2C+7%3A45+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

How will Everton continue to fare without Tim Howard in the net? Their FA Cup match last weekend didn’t go so well - as the Toffees lost 3-0 at home to lowly Wigan.


Everton really needs a win as they’re now seven points out of a Champions League spot, but Manchester City also is in need of the full three points. I may be alone here, but I don’t think their 12-point deficit behind Manchester United is insurmountable, especially with the way the Red Devils have stumbled lately outside of league play.


City needs to continue to ride the Carlos Tevez train – an impressive six goals in his last four appearances. He has never scored in five straight games since moving to England, but I’ve got a funny feeling he’ll do it over the weekend.


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