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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31663742 New coronation? New+coronation%3F+ Premier League

With the international break officially over, the shift now focuses back to domestic fronts with key Premier League matches in the mix. With Manchester United's league title all but locked up, our attention clearly turns to the relegation and European spot battles. Make sure to clear your schedule this weekend as FOX Soccer presents this week's key Premier League fixtures:

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31663740 Aston Villa v Liverpool (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET) Aston+Villa+v+Liverpool+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Sunday%2C+8%3A30+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

The reverse of this fixture saw an emphatic 3-1 victory to Aston Villa at Anfield, but since then both clubs have seen a reversal of fortunes – with Liverpool hitting a rich vein of form and the Villans getting dragged into a relegation scrap.

 

Villa manager Paul Lambert can welcome back a number of players returning from injury, but will be most relieved to see forward, Darren Bent, returning to the fold giving him a number of striking options for the clash. However, the Reds – despite slipping up against Southampton – have improved on their attacking play since the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan.

 

Brendan Rodgers’ side prior to defeat against Southampton, had won an impressive four games in a row. With the league’s top scorer, Luis Suarez, in excellent form, Liverpool have a good chance of continuing good work.

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31663741 Arsenal vs. Reading (live, Saturday, FOX Soccer 2Go, 11 a.m. ET) Arsenal+vs.+Reading+%28live%2C+Saturday%2C+FOX+Soccer+2Go%2C+11+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Arsenal faces various injury concerns ahead of the clash with Reading and will be missing key players, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby who has just been ruled out for nine months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Typically, the Gunners don't do well without first team players. Jack Wilshere’s absence will be felt the most, as his ability to unlock resolute defenses could make it a long and arduous afternoon for Arsene Wenger’s side.

 

Nigel Adkins will be taking the Reading helm for the first time at the Emirates and will be hoping his new side will rediscover the battling spirit that has eluded them since they edged out Sunderland at the start of February. Crucially, the new Royals manager will have striker Pavel Pogrebnyak available after a three-match suspension, who will be central to any positive result.

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31663738 Southampton vs. Chelsea (live, FOX Soccer Plus, Sunday, 11 a.m. ET) Southampton+vs.+Chelsea+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer+Plus%2C+Sunday%2C+11+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Southampton have looked an improved side under manager Mauricio Pochettino. Buoyed by the recent 3-1 win over Liverpool, Southampton has developed into an attractive and confident footballing side. However, the side could see a major change in personnel as key players Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jos Hooiveld face late fitness tests ahead of their game against the Stamford Bridge outfit.

 

Chelsea comes into Saturday’s match on the back of a three game unbeaten run having wrestled back third place from Tottenham. Performances as well as results have improved under Rafael Benitez, with Eden Hazard and Juan Mata have struck up a fearful partnership which is starting to boarder on telepathic.

 

Despite the promising signs, Chelsea’s current match schedule is becoming painfully overcrowded. Their continued run in the Europa League and FA Cup means they will be playing four games in the space of 10 days. Although Tottenham and Arsenal are desperate to snap up the remaining Champions League spots, Benitez will be looking for a trophy to end this season and will have to rest players.

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31663737 Manchester City vs. Newcastle (live, FOX Soccer, Saturday, 11 a.m. ET) Manchester+City+vs.+Newcastle+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Saturday%2C+11+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Manchester City’s reaction to boss Roberto Mancini’s comments earlier in the week conceding defeat in the Premier League title race could be pivotal for the remainder of their season. Still in the FA Cup - with their only chance of silverware this season, Mancini will be desperate to grab something from an otherwise disappointing season.

 

Central to City’s success will be Vincent Kompany’s availability after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a calf injury. Kompany is one of the few players in the squad who teammates and fans alike can rally around with his commitment to the cause. Without his leadership, City could struggle to be up for the fight.

 

In Newcastle, City is up against decent opposition. The Magpies have proven to be an exciting attacking force, but have struggled defensively. Injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara will leave manager Alan Pardew short at the back and could struggle going up against such a strong attacking outfit.

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: March 30 - April 1 31663739 Sunderland vs. Manchester United (live, Saturday, 8:45 a.m. ET) Sunderland+vs.+Manchester+United+%28live%2C+Saturday%2C+8%3A45+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Manchester United heads into the game a massive 15 points ahead of league rivals Manchester City and with an important FA Cup replay against Chelsea (live, FOX Soccer, Monday, 7:30 a.m. ET), Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking to rest players.

 

Ferguson will also be concerned that a large amount of his squad were away on international duty – five of his team started for England against Montenegro with Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia only returning to the country on Thursday.

 

Sunderland, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same luxuries as their opponents. Languishing a few points above the relegation zone, the Black Cats have had an awful season and will have to face up to the runaway league leaders with a threadbare squad. Top scorer Steven Fletcher and captain Lee Cattermole have been ruled out for the remainder of the season, with midfielders Stephane Sessegnon and David Vaughan struggling with injuries, making coach Martin O’Neill’s job even more difficult.

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