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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 22 Preview 31527431 On the up-and-up On+the+up-and-up Premier League

#EpicSunday is upon us, with two massive matches between some of the Premier League’s top squads being played back-to-back. But, all eyes aren’t just on those Sunday clashes – a few clubs are quietly working their way into the top spots, as some of the long-time "big boys" have been slipping. We could see a brand new squad in the top four after all is said and done this weekend. Read more to find out who could break into one of those coveted positions.

 

FOX Soccer's Rob Stone

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 22 Preview 31527426 Fun and games Fun+and+games Premier League

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure (and pain) of experiencing the fitness tests that the United States men’s national team players were put through at the beginning of this January camp. Lucky for you, my camera crew was there documenting my every move – graceful and otherwise. You won’t want to miss this when it airs this week on Goals on Sunday.

 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 22 Preview 31527430 Manchester United vs. Liverpool (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET) Manchester+United+vs.+Liverpool+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Sunday%2C+8%3A30+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Who would have thought Manchester United would have had this level of success with Wayne Rooney out? The surprising boost despite his absence has given Sir Alex Ferguson great peace of mind, as there is no rush to get him back from his injury until he’s 100% healthy. Robin van Persie, Javier 'Chicarito' Hernandez and Co. have all been seamlessly handling the load for the Red Devils. Plus, Nani and Anderson will both be back in the squad after lengthy absences, adding another boost to United's chances.

 

Liverpool know this matchup was once the premier rivalry in the league, but they must also be aware that the tide has certainly shifted towards the Red Devils. If Liverpool want to let it be known that they have plans of being a premier world power again, a win would be perfect way to send that message. It won’t be an easy task, especially in the Theatre of Dreams, but it’s necessary to start reestablishing their dominance.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 22 Preview 31527427 Arsenal vs. Manchester City (live, Sunday, FOX Soccer, 11 a.m. ET) Arsenal+vs.+Manchester+City+%28live%2C+Sunday%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+11+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

City fans have to be worried by the amount of points that their club has been surrendering in the last couple of weeks. A small consolation: they can take solace in the face that they trailed United by eight points with six games left last year, and still went on to win the league. But the Citizens know they need some positive results, and this will be a big test for them. As always, I am intrigued by the Mario Balotelli situation and how it will play out – whenever he gets a new hairstyle like he did this week, it always lets me know that something is brewing in Mad Mario’s mind.

 

Arsenal’s back-to-back ties in league and FA Cup play – both of which were in disappointing fashion – have Gunner fans once again scratching their heads saying, "which team will appear this week?" It has not been a fair season to Arsenal faithful; just when they think their team has straightened itself out, and is ready to go in the right direction, they lay an egg. It has been very quiet during this January transfer window, giving very little hope that this is a team that can crack the top three. If they want a top five spot, they need the three points this weekend.

 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 22 Preview 31527428 Everton vs. Swansea City (live, Saturday, FOX Soccer Plus, 10 a.m. ET) Everton+vs.+Swansea+City+%28live%2C+Saturday%2C+FOX+Soccer+Plus%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

With a potential top four spot on the line, Everton needs a stronger showing from Tim Howard. He just hasn’t put in as many Howard-esque performances as we are accustomed to this season. Despite this, Everton is very much still in the running for a Champions League spot. And if I’m US men’s national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann, I’m watching this game intently knowing that there’s a huge road World Cup qualifier coming up in early February, in which Howard is going to have to make a couple of big saves and be a difference maker. This match has big implications not just for Everton, but Howard as well.

 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 22 Preview 31527425 QPR vs. Tottenham (live, Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET) QPR+vs.+Tottenham+%28live%2C+Saturday%2C+7%3A30+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Both teams are in the hunt in the Barclays Premier League, but for two very different prizes – and one more desperate than the other. Harry Redknapp knows that points are massively imperative at this juncture. QPR are coming off of an impressive – and almost unbelievable – win in their last BPL match against Chelsea, so they’ll be riding a wave of confidence coming up against the Spurs.

 

Tottenham are quietly sitting in third place in the league table, and have their eyes squarely on Manchester City, with all efforts focused on overtaking them. With Emmanuel Adebayor heading to the Africa Cup of Nations to represent Togo, it will be fascinating to see who fills the offensive void for Spurs. This game is crying out for Clint Dempsey. If the American can step up in Adebayor’s absence, he could help solidify his spot as an offensive force in the squad.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 22 Preview 31527429 Stoke vs. Chelsea (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) Stoke+vs.+Chelsea+%28live%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

The drama in the Chelsea camp centers around the forward situation. Demba Ba dropped a double in his Blues debut, certainly making it look like Chelsea’s acquisition of the former Newcastle striker was a wise one. The non-verbal signs from Fernando Torres – who sat Ba’s debut out on the bench – revealed a less-than-thrilled Spaniard. Those two are going to have to coexist. This match looks like it could be the first with the two of them on the field together. A worrying sign for the Blues: if you look at the production from Ba and strike-partner Cisse at Newcastle, it leads you to believe that the two-headed monster up front isn’t the best thing for him. Will Ba be able to find the chemistry with Torres that he failed to with Cisse? And will Torres be able to coexist and relocate his confidence?

 

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